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Avolites was at LDI with updated software for their line of control desks and media servers.

Updated for 2017 the entire range of the TITAN console line was on display.

SAPPHIRE TOUCH- The flagship console of the Avolites line is a high-performance console with more submasters, flash and executor buttons, and power to control the large shows than ever before. 45 motorized touch-sensitive playbacks, 15.6” touch screens for programming, 8 physical DMX and up to 16 over ArtNet or streaming ACN and a built-in battery back up make this desk ready for the road. Should you really need it you can also connect to Titian Network processors for up to 64 universes of DMX. Remember when we all used to think that was crazy? For additional live control, you can connect up to 2 Sapphire Touch wings to each sapphire Touch. There is an expandable fixture library for up to 14,000 devices, there are 20 programmable macro buttons, and MIDI in and through. The Screen is also articulating, it’s just a small touch that makes it a very adjustable console.

The ARENA desk is uniquely suited for festival applications but just as at home in other music venues and theatres. This console has a brand new optical output for enabling fiber connections directly to the console, eliminating signal loss over the long runs to FOH, essential for low latencies in large outdoor venues. The Arena has a main display and a touch screen for extra workspace, there are also 6 LCD display screens with legends for the 30 faders for easy labeling. This desk also has a built-in UPS and can be used in a master, backup situation, or allowing for multiple programmers to work simultaneously before the mail console takes charge.

Think of this console as a Tiger Touch II with a wing. It does have more bells and whistles but on the surface it is basically the same.

Tiger Touch II- One of the best thing about the Titan line of consoles is that no matter which console you are using you have access to the same software. The Tiger Touch II has the same great features, 4 physical DMX universes, with up to 16 over ArtNet or streaming CAN. If you are using Titan Networking you can expand up to 64 universes. I never ever thought we would need that many but I have seen the jobs that do so let’s not pretend they aren’t out there. With 10 playback faders, 20 executor buttons and 3 encoders programming is quite efficient. You can add a Tiger Touch Fader Wing to add to you playback options.

Quartz – Is the mobile version of the Titan software. A compact console that you can put in your brief case and carry with you anywhere you need to go. If you want add a Mobile Wing to add some programming and playback functions.

There is always the Titan 1 the entry-level version. The USB Dongle allows the user to output one line of DMX with the full functionality of AVOLITE Titan software.

Now that most any medium to large show includes some sort of video, media servers have become an integral part of a show. Bring in Avo's AI v10 Media Server- AI is a powerful media server, we all know how important the power of your media server is no matter how good your content. You have to have a program that you can use and will be rock solid. AIv10 of AI has added some great features. There is a fully redesigned timeline. Add tracks for each layer of each screen fixture and dragcontent to the track. Then attribute andcontrol tracks can be added, which are easy but precisely edited all withinthe one interface. Once some layers arecontrolled via the timeline, it’s still possible to perform live with otherlayers simultaneously – great for live music, but also for corporate eventswhere the goalposts can move at any time.

In V10 of AI the designers have worked hard to make the user interface very intuitive and easy to use. Their goal is to address the concerns some user’s regarding the interface. The team at AI have implemented an overhaul of the icons used in the program and will continue to improve the interface.

V10 also bring Projective Keystone, also known as Mesh-Warp. It applies a projective keystone which stops a straight line from warping or curving. This is especially helpful when technicians have little time on site.

NOTCH- is a new way to build and record your effects. Once you have the effect you want, export it as a “Notch Block” and load it in AI. AI will then run the block and send the generation to what layer you select.

NDI (Network Device Interface by New Tek)- Sending a 4k video from machine A to machine B is now a breeze. Use NDI to send video over Ethernet, you can send large amounts of video data quickly and accurately. AI supports 8 inputs of NDI which do not require any additional hardware, as long as something sends NDI then AI V10 can receive it.

Baxter Controls Pocket Console

The newest thing at BCI / Pocket Console was their Best Boy.

This is their Playback-8 model which features 8 Sub-masters which gives you the same 8 Channels of control as the Basic model, however with the added ability to Record up to 8 Sub-masters for calling back 8 exact looks.

What makes the Best Boy different is that it comes with a custom pelican style protective case specifically built for the unit.

Electronic Theatre Controls

ETC Booth LDI 2017ETC’s booth atLDI 2017was awash in color as the newColorSource CYCluminaire made its debut. This new compact, affordable five-color LED cyclorama light that specializes in smooth washes and rich color.

ETC Ion XeAmong the other products making their first appearance at LDI were theIon Xe and Ion Xe 20consoles, which update the compact Eos® family desk with backlit keyboards, increased output, and the option of built-in faders.

Also showing for the first time was theSource 4WRD™ PAR and PARnel– which combine new fixture bodies with the Source 4WRD engine to create incredibly bright LED wash lights – and a Source 4WRD Daylight unit (5700K).

LDI attendees also saw new varieties of theIrideon™ FPZ architectural luminaire and the GDS by ETCArcLamp. At the ETC Rigging stand was theProdigy® P75 Self Climberhoist and a new, custom cart for theFoundation Desk.

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