ABTT 2012 will be a busy show for ETC, with a host of new and updated products on display. And visitors to the ETC stand at its new location in the Old Truman Brewery, east London, will not only enjoy product demonstrations but refreshing glasses of Pimms and lemonade – perfect for the British summer. Showgoers will see the new ETC Source Four LED™ spotlight, Sensor3 Power Control™ with ThruPower™ modules, Congo™ v6.3 console software (preview), the Gio® and Congo Kid™ lighting control consoles, PixelToy™, and more.
Source Four LED
The Source Four LED combines the advantages of a color-changing LED fixture with the best of the conventional Source Four spotlight. ABTT visitors will see how beautifully the Source Four LED’s light can be layered alongside traditional incandescent light. The Source Four LED provides a stunning, well-defined, projection-quality beam for spotlighting, whether the user wants a sharp beam or a soft-edge projection, to give extra versatility to almost all lighting projects.
The new fixture is available in three versions: Source Four LED Lustr+™, Source Four LED Daylight™ and Source Four LED Tungsten™. The Lustr+ offers a complete palette of colors, thanks to the Selador® x7 Color System. Meanwhile, the Daylight and the Tungsten produce maximum brightness at the respective warm (3000K) and cool white (5600K) color temperatures. Each offers the same projection-quality beam.
Sensor3 Power Control with ThruPower modules
Also on show is ETC’s Sensor3 Power Control system with ThruPower modules, which addresses the changing needs of venues by bringing together dimming, relay and constant power. Sensor3’s highly integrated design means fewer parts for fewer failures, while plug-in modularity allows for more configurability, customization and easy maintenance. The new CEM3 processor adds a larger graphical display and a numeric keypad, making system setup and management simpler than ever.
Congo software update preview
The upcoming software update to the Congo control desk line – v6.3 – brings a host of user-interface improvements to the Congo-console line. A big addition comes in the form of more editing options, including new mouse-friendly features. Key to this set of features is the Organizer, a drag-and-drop editor for copying or moving show data around within the current show, or for importing data from another show.
A new context menu system has also been introduced, accessible via mouse or keypad. Controls product manager Sarah Clausen says: “These context menus, which work in the same way as right-clicking in other software, put common commands right in front of you on the screen, making it much easier to work directly in the software without having to know all the shortcuts. This version is still in preview, and we look forward to any commentary ABTT attendees may have about the changes we have made.”
Gio is the latest addition to ETC Eos® line of control consoles and will be on display at ABTT alongside other ETC desks, including the Congo Kid. Gio offers the power of an Eos lighting system but in a smaller portable footprint to fit budgets and space, as well as touring needs. Positioned between the Eos and Ion® desks in the family range, Gio has the operational syntax familiar to many lighting operators.
ETC’s new PixelToy software -- which is still in beta development but on preview at ABTT -- takes a new approach to controlling pixel-mapped lights. The software uses multi-touch interfaces to make designing pixel-based graphics and dynamic-content effects easier. ETC is asking users to try out PixelToy and offer their feedback. The software is also available as a free download from the ETC website at etcconnect.com/pixeltoy. Elements from PixelToy will then be included in ETC control-console software in the future.