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The first full-fledged lighting controller in a foot bar

Program a light show and control it with your feet later – that’s possible now with the foot controller Bigfoot by Eurolite. Bigfoot is a full-fledged lighting controller, packed in a foot bar.

Bigfoot foot controller

Create shows and call them up

While most foot controllers are mainly designed for playing pre-installed effects, Bigfoot goes one step further: It enables you to program creative light shows and to control them by feet. Up to 12 devices with 16 DMX channels each can be operated at the same time – from PAR spots to moving heads.

Color and movement effects

Pre-programmed color and movement effects make programming shows easier. Up to 15 chases with several steps can be saved and combined to a show in live operation mode.

Comfortable use

The Bigfoot is divided into two sections. Above the handle is the programming section with potentiometers and buttons. Below the handle, which also serves as impact protection for the potentiometers, is the live section. It consists of 6 robust foot switches and 2 big pedals. The switches are the same which are used for guitar effects. You control the speed, choose and start a program, use the blackout function or activate the sound control mode with them.

The pedals control the fading time of the scenes as well as the master dimmer function for the brightness. If desired, the latter can also be used for controlling other functions or devices like a fog machine.

The two displays guide through the programming and make use easier by presenting the names of your shows, their speed etc. in live operation mode.

Robust and durable – with case

Made of stable metal, Bigfoot withstands knocks and kicks. Thanks to the big handle, it can also be carried very easily. An optional case protects the controller during transport and provides for a secure position during operation.

Find more information about the versatile foot controller at http://www.steinigke.de/en/Eurolite-Bigfoot/.

Digital loudspeaker management – part 2

Lautsprecher Management

We want to complete the list of tools described in the first part. We start with equalizers – also a vital part of oudspeaker controllers. The frequency range of a PA-system can easily be corrected with fully parametric equalizers. While mixer equalizers are mostly semi-parametric, i. e. only amplitude and frequency can be changed, a fully parametric equalizer can also change the filter bandwidth or shape of the bell. Consider that a high filter bandwidth (Q-factor) equals a small bandwidth and vice versa. As already mentioned, too harsh adjustements of the frequency response have to be avoided because the phase problems make the positive effects of the correction void. Here, less is often more!
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Digital loudspeaker management

Lautsprecher Management

Digital loudspeaker controllers are the heart of every modern PA-system. Controllers assign the matching signal to every speaker, balance inconsistencies in the frequency range and protect the system from overload.

Loudspeaker controllers normally consist of these three important components:

– the hardware including the connectors and interfaces, the transducers, the operating elements and the housing.

– the firmware includes algorithms for signal processing, i.e. equalizers, crossovers, limiters and delays.

– the software providing a graphical surface on the user’s computer for adjusting all controller functions and settings and manage complete setups. Read more »

Now on stock – OMNITRONIC TMC-1 and TMC-2 MIDI controller

October 8th, 2010 Posted in OMNITRONIC Tags: , , , , , , , ,

11045042 OMNITRONIC TMC-2With the new TMC-1 and TMC-2, Omnitronic introduces two compact USB MIDI controllers which are supplied with the powerful software Virtual DJ LE by Atomix Productions.

Both handy controllers can either be powered via USB or the included power unit, which does not only conserve the laptop’s battery in live operation but also increases failure safety with computer breakdowns. Both controllers were designed as wieldy desktop units to give users an alternative to the widely used rack-mounted controllers.

The Omnitronic TMC-1 is designed for DJs possessing a high-grade audio interface and thus comes without analog inputs and outputs. Despite its inexpensive price the TMC-1 features appealing haptics and boasts fine potentiometers, faders and large wheels for sound manipulation. Samples and effects of the supplied software can directly be selected via the numerous control elements.

The Omnitronic TMC-2 is all-in-one solution that combines the benefits of the TMC-1 with a fully-fledged 2-channel audio interface and several finesses. Hence it is possible to route an external line signal (e.g. coming from an iPod) directly to the master output to avoid a complete audio dropout in case of a computer breakdown. The input of the DJ microphone for emceeing and announcements is directly connected to the output and thus does not use up processor resources. What’s more, the interface has two separately controllable outputs for master, booth, and headphones. Additionally, the master signal is available at the recording output.

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Noise protection with the OMNITRONIC SPL-1 Controller with limiter

In Germany, the organisational and legal legislation has changed a lot during the past 10 years. The staff’s qualification in the entertainment industry was completely restructed so that every event must have its own responsible person.

In 1998 and 2007, the guideline for noise protection and the DIN-standard 15905-5 came into force, respectively. Every staff with a social security card is now to be protected against excessive noise by the BGV B3 guideline. The Association of German Discotheques (BDT e.V.) has been training DJs since 2004 in order to sensitize and educate DJs in respect to dealing with loud music and ear damage. Successfull participants can boast with a DJ licence.

These changes are meant to have events carried out and monitored by qualified staff so that neighbours, audience and employed staff will no longer be exposed to excessive noise. This sounds easy in theory, but in not so easily carried out in reality.

It is true that digital loudspeaker controllers like OMNITRONIC’s DXO-series can limit the maximum signal level effectively and protect the settings via password. Furthermore, cost-effective, portable sound-level-meters like the OMNITRONIC SLM-700 can monitor and even record the sound pressure level at the venue and in the neigbourhood. Nevertheless, these measure make sense for individual events or a number of single events, but the authorities do no longer accept such practice in discotheques or other venues with regular events and permantently installed sound equipment. Such locations require highly effective level limits which can be sealed by the authorities.

One solution will be offered by OMNITRONIC’s SPL-1: this system provides a little controller with limiter to be installed between audio mixer and controller or amplifier, respectively. The controller will be connected with a measuring microphone in order to measure the real sound pressure level at the venue. On the frontpanel, the maximum signal level and the operational modes can be adjusted under a sealable cover. Two different “traffic lights” are available for rack installation and wall installation in oder to indicate a too high sound pressure level to the operators and technicians. If the given sound pressure level is exceeded for a longer period of time, the signal will be cut until the input level will be reduced. All connections are installed in a second housing chamber in order to avoid sabotage. If the microphone cable will be cut, the audio signal will immediately be cut.

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