What was on Show at Jands @ Home

Soundcraft had on display si Series Digital Live consoles. This is a really nice console, maybe a bit on the large size. But it does have that nice solid feel to it. This desk does offer an easy upgrade path from a analog system. With this console you can take it out of the box and plug it straight in. The desk has all of the necessary analog connectors on the back. The layout is pleasant and easy to follow, a lot of it is self-explanatory especially if you are familiar with digital consoles and even if you were not, it would not take long to get a mix happening. Specs are below

• 48 or 64 Mono inputs
• 4 Stereo inputs
• Left/Centre/Right outputs
• 24 bus outputs (Aux/Group)
• 8 Matrix outputs
• 12 VCA’s
• 8 Mute Groups
• 4-band fully Parametric EQ with high and low cut filters.
• On-board dynamics
• Four independent Lexicon processors
• A physical output and meter for every bus.
• 8 assignable analogue inserts for additional outboard equipment
• 4 expansion slots for AES/EBU and/or MADI
• HiQNet connectivity
• Dual redundant power supply option

Si Series by Soundcraft
Si Series by Soundcraft

Shure’s UHF-R wireless microphone system was on display. To many this might be just another wireless system but as with technology there are always improvements and this set up represents Shure’s continued effort to improve an already good system. These are solidly built units that should easierly survive the rigours of touring.  Qouting from thier brochure “

Offering you more productivity, more reliability and more control, UHF-R is premier wireless technology that helps you master the complexities of large-scale wireless installations. UHF-R takes wireless to a completely new level.

Unparalleled control for complex installations. UHF-R automates setup and control operations to save you time and effort on even the most complex networked installations. UHF-R’s usability innovations include networked Automatic Frequency Selection with group scan, infrared automatic transmitter sync and smart menu-driven system operation for fast setup and intuitive operation.

Superior RF performance and reliability for every installation. With 3000 selectable frequencies across 75 MHz of bandwidth, UHF-R provides up to 40 simultaneous compatible systems per band. Advanced Track Tuning Filtering Technology, by shifting the RF filter along with the selected frequency, allows you to deploy this added bandwidth without audio degradation or interference. All UHF-R components – including the compact, sweat-resistant bodypack – are engineered to withstand the abuses of the road. You can rely on UHF-R for consistently reliable performance, always.

Crystal-clear audio that sounds more like wired. Shure’s patented Audio Reference Companding delivers crystal-clear audio transmission, far superior to conventional wireless. Unlike other wireless systems, Shure uses a variable companding ratio that responds to the audio level – eliminating wireless artifacts and substantially increasing dynamic range.

I think their words say it all. You can also get some great accessories. It also has two bodypacks  transmitters with switchable RF power. Also available is a variety of handheld mics such as SM58, SM86 etc. A very versatile system. Visit the Jands website to find out more.

shure uhfr

Clear-Com were displaying the Encore Party-line  and Tempest Wireless comms systems. Now Clear-Com have been around for a lon time in the industry and their gear gets better and better. I have always been a fan of thier systems so it was nice to see what improvements they have been made over the years.

The Encore system is an improvement on the wired system that they have always made. And what a versatile system it is. It is also extremely robust and would take a rock’n’roll beating and still keep working. There are a lot of bits and pieces so that you can assembly a system that is just right for your situation.

Encore Wired System
Encore Wired System

The Tempest Wireless intercom products are also very neat. They do not work in the same frequency band as your wireless mics, so that you will not have problems with the frequency allocations. They work on the 2.4GHz band using digital frequency hopping technology. The system is very comprehensive. You can name beltpacks, control who mics are open etc all via software loaded on a PC or from a base station.

Tempest Wireless System
Tempest Wireless System

ETC also had some lighting desks on display.  There were 3 desks from the Eos Series, the Ion Control Desk, Element Control Console and the Eos Control Desk. As with all ETC desks these are well built and very functional looking.  They have a desk to suit everybody. A look at the tech specs will show you have useful these desks will be.

Eos Control Desk
Eos Control Desk

Complete control of conventional and moving lights, LEDs and media servers. Supports multiple users with partitioned parameter control and full backup, multiple playback faders and cue lists in a tracking, move fade environment, with unique tactile response direct selects and encoders.

applications

• Theatre
• Television Studios
• Houses of Worship
• Corporate Theatre
• Exhibits
• Special Events
• Touring

features
• 4000, 8000, 12,000 or 16,000 Outputs/Parameters
• 10,000 control channels
• 12 Discrete Users
• Partitioned Control
• Master playback pair with motorised 100mm faders
• 10 100mm motorized faders x 30 pages for configurable
faders, submasters, masters and grandmaster control
• 2 full size LCD touchscreens for display, direct selection and
context sensitive control
• LCD direct selects with tactile response
• Four discrete palette types (IFCB)
• Presets function as “all palette”
• Effects provide dynamic relational and absolute progressive
behavior
• Central information area (CIA) accesses electronic alpha
keyboard, Hue + Saturation colour picker, gel picker, browser
and other controls
• 1 context sensitive LCD touchscreen with six associated
force-feedback encoders for non-intensity parameter control
• Configurable high-density channel display, with format and
flexi-channel modes
• User configurable topographical channel views
• List views of all record targets
• Mouse-less navigation of displays
• ETCNet2 and Net3 (powered by ACN) network protocols
• Show import from Obsession, Express/ion, Emphasis, Congo
and Strand 500/300 Series via ASCII
• Multiple MIDI and/or SMPTE Time Code Inputs, MIDI Through
and Output, Analog/Serial Inputs

Ion Control Desk

Ion Control Desk

features

• 1024, 1536, 2048, 2560 or 3072 outputs
• 10,000 channels
• 4 Discrete Users
• Master playback pair with 60mm faders
• Four discrete palette types (IFCB)
• Presets function as “all palette”
• E ffects provide dynamic relational or absolute
progressive action
• Central information area (CIA) accesses electronic alpha
keyboard, Hue + Saturation colour picker, gel picker, browser
and other controls
• Configurable high-density channel display, with format and
flexi-channel modes
• User configurable topographical channel views
• List views of all record targets
• Mouseless navigation of displays
• ETCNet2, Net3, Artnet and Avab UDP network protocols
• Show Import via ASCII from Obsession, Expression, Emphasis,
Strand 300/500
• In/Out: local DMX512 x 2, MIDI In/Out, Networking DMX,
MIDI, SMPTE, SERIAL and contact closure via Net3 Gateways

Element Control Console

Element Control Console

FEATURES
• 1024 Outputs
• 250 or 500 Channels
• 40 or 60 Fader versions, pageable as channel or
submaster control
• Master Playback pair with 60mm faders, GO, STOP/GO BACK
• Intensity, Focus, Colour and Beam Palettes
• Stepped, Relative and Absolute Effects
• Hue+Saturation Color Picker and Gel Picker for LED, CMY
color mixing
• ETCNet2, Net3, ArtNet and Avab UDP network protocols
• Show import via ASCII from Obsession, Express, Expression,
Emphasis, Strand 300/500
• I/O: local DMX512-A (2 output ports), MIDI In/Out, Ethernet
• Distributed DMX, MIDI, SMPTE and contact closure via
Net3 Gateways

ETC also manufacture the popular Cono, Congo Jr, Smartfade and SmartFade ML. ETC products are extremely popular.

Also on display was the Vari-Lite VLX led wash light. LEDS are certainly improving. This lantern shows the way that LEDS could be heading, if no other technology knocks them out. A very nice piece of kit.

Vari-Lite VLX

Vari-Lite VLX

Jands New Modular Lighting Bar…The JLX-PRO was also on display. This is a very useful for new venues being set up. This is pre-wired and all you do is rig it and run power from your dimmers to it. You can also have DMX and data in the bar as well, Jands offer it in several configurations. so there is bound to be one suitable for you. due to its modular nature it can be cost effective and you can build on the system.

Features

  • Proprietary extruded aluminium spine for strength (Registered Design No. 302249)
  • Durable construction & black low sheen finish.
  • Distributed Loads of (up to) 100kg/m & Point Loads of (up to) 100kg.
  • Three module lengths (2.35, 3.5 & 4.7m) and three outlet densities (low, medium & high) for simple user customised solutions from standard building blocks.
  • Kits for flying from ropes or chains, for suspending from battens and for fixed installations.
  • Industry standard Socapex cables, headers & tails.
  • 10A (standard) & 20A (optional) outlets available.
  • Compatible with Jands WM range of patch panels.
  • User configurable Extra Low Voltage compartment using Jands SB plates and universal inlet kit.

     

    JLX-PRO Modular Lighting Bar

    JLX-PRO Modular Lighting Bar

Jands also had some other interesting staging products on display. Jands are one of the big players in fitting out theatre venues and and they have the resources to back it up. They have some very interesting gear that will make a techie life so much easier and also reduce the OH & S issues with flying of scenery and the like. Items such as P 250TH servo – which is a motorised steel band hoist, H550P-VX – which is their Pile wind motorised hoist, controllers for these hoists.  This is some serious kit which I wish I had in some of the venues I worked in.

So you can see that Jands had a reasonable amount of gear to show off. Some of it I have not mentioned or otherwise this post would have gone on forever. But I will repeat myself and say I hope Jands will do this again for Adelaide, as this sort of thing is rare here.

For those that want more information I suggest you visit the Jands website and they will help you solve your technical needs. They can be contacted at Jands

or

Jands Head Office operates from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday, Australian Eastern Standard time.

Jands Pty Ltd
ABN: 45 001 187 837

Jands Head Office
40 Kent Road
Mascot NSW 2020

Postal Address
Locked Bag 15
Mascot NSW 1460

Main Phone Number: (+61) 2 9582 0909
Main Fax Number: (+61) 2 9582 0999

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One thought on “What was on Show at Jands @ Home

  1. The soundcraft digital is not a nice console and I would never trust one after the show and tell because it crashed and took at least 2 mintues to reboot.

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