Monday 5 December 2011

Historic Czech theatre upgrades with sophisticated EtherSound network

By Remi @digigram, Monday 5 December 2011, 13:11 :: Success stories
The J.K. Tyl theatre in the Czech Republic city of Plzen (Pilsen) is one of the city’s most historic cultural landmarks. Built in 1902, the impressive building honors the city’s outstanding theatre tradition, which is second only to that of the capital, Prague. The theatre has recently benefitted from a significant audio system upgrade which has seen the installation of a sophisticated EtherSound digital audio network and an Innovason Eclipse GT digital console.

MUSICDATA, an EtherSound sales partner in the Czech Republic, selected cable from German cable manufacturer, Sommer Cable as the backbone of the system with an AVM500-ES EtherSound network matrix from Auvitran which enabled star as well as daisy-chain connections. The AVM500 is connected to the control room via optical fibre. The result is a completely flexible network which enables high quality audio signal transfer from seven different locations. Sound technicians are able to move any of the Innovason SR-16 16-in/16-out stage boxes to any of the connection points to cater quickly and easily to the demands of any given production.

In addition to the Eclipse GT, the control room has also been equipped with two computers loaded with recording and playback software. These are using the Auvitran AV3rd EtherSound/ASIO bridge.The recording studio workstation in the control room has a direct connection to the network and has the ability to record sound from anywhere on stage or even from ambient microphones in the auditorium. The studio can also add streams to the network, thus to the Eclipse – itself capable of recording up to 64 channels of high quality digital audio – or directly to the monitored lines, or even to the PA system. The final mix from the Eclipse is also sent directly to the PA system in AES/EBU format.

“This is the most complex EtherSound system we have ever installed,” commented MUSICDATA MD, Tomas Ourednicek. “Working in an historical listed building like this beautiful theatre is never easy – in fact, it was very difficult indeed, but we still ended up running over 870m of CAT5 cable and 70m of optical fiber! Furthermore, the whole network is completely scalable and therefore ready for any future expansion. We put our long experience of working with EtherSound and Innovason to very good use in this installation, and I am pleased to report that everything works absolutely perfectly!”

Petr Solc, the theatre’s sound director is equally pleased. “The combination of the new Eclipse GT with the EtherSound network is fantastic. The console itself it well laid out, incredibly versatile and very user-friendly, and the digital patching has made our everyday workflow much easier. Having direct and instant access to the network from the console allows us to react to and implement even the most difficult requests from our director, conductor and all the other artists. It’s a big step forward for us in every sense.”

Thursday 3 February 2011

Point Source Audio Helps Spokane Arena Upgrade with Digigram and EtherSound

By Yvonne Ho, Thursday 3 February 2011, 18:36 :: Success stories

Spokane, WA – Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena has added dual Digigram ES8mic analog-to-EtherSound input modules and Digigram ES8out EtherSound-to-analog audio bridges to its video and broadcast suite. At the same time, the Arena also put its Yamaha M7CL console, originally installed in 2007, on an EtherSound network with AuviTran’s AVY16-ES100 card, while reconfiguring that network in a hybrid star / daisy chain using an AuviTran AVM-500ES Network Matrix. Technical Specialist Monte Koch, who manages AV at the Arena for the Spokane Public Facilities District, uses Stardraw Control with ESMonitor software to give video technicians input / output switching while limiting their access to the rest of the EtherSound network.

Spokane Arena presents events ranging from Spokane Chiefs hockey, to arena football’s Arena Cup championship game, Gonzaga college hoops, pro bull riders, concert tours and more. “We needed to integrate video and front of house with the broadcast suite and the announce / music playback booth,” Koch explains. “Now we have 64 bidirectional audio channels, and a robust network architecture. We’ve gained a lot of flexibility — for instance, we can archive AV programming without re-patching.”

When Spokane Arena upgraded its video displays to HD, Koch seized the moment to expand the audio system as well. “Only Digigram offered compact analog endpoints with the terminations we needed and the versatility we wanted, at a cost that fit our limited budget,” he reports. “Now we can pick up audio from the Yamaha SB168-ES stage box, or any location with an input, and route it to any sound system or video production link in the building.”

Spokane Arena encloses 6.2 million cubic feet. Its 12,000 seats are routinely packed with noisy, enthusiastic fans who generate over 108 dB SPL on lung power alone. But there’s also plenty of AV horsepower available, thanks to a Meyer Sound powered loudspeaker system installed in 2009, along with the Arena’s original EtherSound network. An exploded cluster of 23 MSL-4 powered cabinets covers the main bowl, while a delay ring of 19 UPA-1Cs keeps things intelligible in the upper seats. A dozen HP700 subwoofers deliver plenty of low-end muscle.

Support areas (concourse, dressing rooms and backstage hallways) are handled by QSC-powered Bose speakers controlled by Along with the audio mixing desk and network computers, the AV control room has controls for video, theatrical lighting, Cyberlights, house lights and the 350 degree LCD ribbon board.

About Point Source Audio

Point Source Audio manufactures and distributes worldwide a unique line of lightweight bendable boom ear worn microphones—known as the “toughest” ear worn microphones in the industry. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company has also been recently named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world-renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP codec products, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio.

Wednesday 2 February 2011

EtherSound licensee Amadeus posts details about new ST 250 ES Active Monitoring Speaker.

By Remi @digigram, Wednesday 2 February 2011, 11:42 :: News
The "ST 250 ES" product page is alive here.
Contact directly Amadeus for more details.
Tuesday 26 October 2010

A massive, yet very neat EtherSound conference installation in Paris

By Remi @digigram, Tuesday 26 October 2010, 12:01 :: Success stories
The MEDEF (Confederation of French Employers/Entrepreneurs), held its annual "Summer University" last September in Jouy en Josas, near Paris.
Monday 20 September 2010

Yamaha CA: a new “system design philosophy” based on ES-100

By Remi @digigram, Monday 20 September 2010, 12:09 :: News
Yamaha Commercial Audio has announced a new “system design philosophy” during PLASA Show 2010.
Tuesday 18 May 2010

EtherSound networks with Amptec and Optocore

By Kiera Leeming, Tuesday 18 May 2010, 05:15 :: Success stories
So, hands up who thinks that EtherSound and Optocore are incompatible? Well, in the immortal words of Ira Gershwin, it ain’t necessarily so, as was recently proved at the Belgian HQ of Amptec, professional audio distribution and sound solution specialists throughout the Low Countries. It ain’t necessarily complicated, either...
Thursday 11 February 2010

New EtherSound-enabled, DAW Product from Teqsas

By Remi @digigram, Thursday 11 February 2010, 11:55 :: Hardware
RECO tracker, is a recording and DAW system in a 19" 2RU housing offering DAW functionality rugged enough to perform in a live sound environment.
Wednesday 3 February 2010

A new Yamaha Digital Audio Console with built-in EtherSound interface

By Remi @digigram, Wednesday 3 February 2010, 11:43 :: News
Yamaha Announces the M7CL-48ES. This new Digital Audio Console includes a built-in EtherSound interface with a third port for PC control and monitoring, and much more. Read more at ProSoundWeb.
Wednesday 27 January 2010

Jean-Jacques Dialo

By Remi @digigram, Wednesday 27 January 2010, 12:40 :: News
It is with the deepest sorrow that we learned of the accidental death of Jean-Jacques Dialo, a true network audio expert and renowned sound engineer. Jean-Jacques was killed in a motorcycle accident in Paris on Saturday 23rd January. He will be remembered for his kindness and uncommon talent. Our condolences go to his family and friends.
Wednesday 18 November 2009

France JTSE2009 - Venez rencontrer l'équipe AuviTran les 24 et 25 novembre 2009

By Patrick Tardy, Wednesday 18 November 2009, 16:23 :: Projects
L'occasion d'échanger avec vous sur vos projets EtherSound et sur l'évolution de la technologie audio en réseau
Tuesday 10 November 2009

100% revamped Digigram website: find EtherSound products in a breeze

By Remi @digigram, Tuesday 10 November 2009, 17:10 :: News
Looking for EtherSound products to build your very own solution? The Digigram website has been heavily reworked for faster access to products, solutions and support. Give it a try, here for instance (Live Sound), or here for the latest product in the range (AQONDA).
Tuesday 8 September 2009

[France] Concert d'ouverture du Festival international de musique de Besançon sonorisé par Espace concept en FAN

By Philippe, Tuesday 8 September 2009, 10:28 :: Technology

Le concert d’ouverture du Festival international de musique de Besançon sera sonorisé par Espace Concept en FAN, c'est à dire en s'appuyant sur une chaine de captation, de traitement et de diffusion presque entièrement numérique. EtherSound est le mode de transmission sur lequel s'appuie l'approche FAN. Le concert d'ouverture aura lieu le vendredi 11 septembre à 20h30, place de la révolution à Besançon (25).

Concert en plein air de l'Orchestre Philarmonique de Monté-Carlo, sous la direction de Zdenek Macal. Suivi de Neapolis Ensemble

Friday 3 April 2009

Digigram at PL&S 2009: the first ES-Giga audio bridges are here!

By Remi @digigram, Friday 3 April 2009, 00:28 :: Hardware
At Prolight & Sound 2009 in Frankfurt, Digigram unveiled the AQONDA 8 and AQONDA 16 remotely-controllable EtherSound audio bridges.
AQONDA units are the first devices to implement ES-Giga technology with its 2x256 channel count plus additional network and control capabilities. Perfect for outside broadcasting, live events or versatile digital snake apps. Learn more here.

Thursday 26 March 2009

World Premiere

By Emmanuelle (EtherSound Team), Thursday 26 March 2009, 08:47 :: Hardware
At ProLight & Sound 2009, Digigram will unveil the first EtherSound™ ES-Giga audio bridges.
Monday 19 January 2009

PDF Download: "Networked Audio System Design with ES100 (EtherSound)"

By Remi @digigram, Monday 19 January 2009, 15:57 :: How to
Yamaha Commercial Audio just published a white paper on ES100 systems design. Available in several language, it's a must-read document, available here.



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