ElectriSound Rental - Monitors anyone?

chris | 18 April, 2017 22:52

At ElectriSound we are busy making things sound great so we don't post here as often as we'd like! We've been working on re-arranging and re-designing some racks for the summer season and while its no secret that we stake our reputation on a lot of our gear - the KV2 ESM12 monitors are no exception.

ESM12 on CA4 Rack We've received high praise on the passively time-aligned boxes from the first time we took them on the road in 2012. The boxes sound great and if you ever had the chance to look at them on an analyzer you'd understand just how remarkable their performance is for a passive box. For monitoring systems that’s a key convenience item for festival style shows. Powered boxes can outperform their passive counterparts these days but on a festival style show it’s a lot harder to deal with powered boxes for wedges on a stage that’s being tossed and turned all day – and if rain’s forecast it becomes costly to use active wedges as rain barrels. (In another note we will try to cover the hybrid power/audio cabling system we use for active wedges - but for this post just take our word for it, its usually faster to move speaker cables around the deck.) When KV2 came out with the ESM12's we grew that inventory slowly because we already had lots of other monitors, but as they aged (and so did we) lugging around EAW 222's was no longer practical, and while the KV2 EX10 remains our favorite box of all time by just a small margin, it’s active and not quite as aggressive as needed on some outdoor events. The ESM12's gave a great sounding replacement covering all the bases of a workhorse monitoring solution that can get a little wet while you’re tarping the stacks.

CA4 Rack Front Other sound companies that have worked with our rig have noticed that the rig was, how shall we say this - WAY over-powered. We would typically take a MacroTech 3.6k rack to power the ESM12's - because we never did buy amps to dedicate to powering them. Over the years this has become more problematic as we did events where the 3600's were better placed pulling massive sub duty than being tied up on wedges. This past year Crest phased out the CA series of amplifiers. While Crest has some amazing offerings out there today (the Pro200 Series is another go-to Amp for us), this was the last of the 100% USA made, solid copper, class AB, weighs more than a car, sounds like a million bucks and arc-welds too CA series - and they had never before seen prices as well. We grabbed a few of those up and knew they would become permanently housed for monitor duty on the ESM12's. As with most companies we found some used racks lying around and got to work.

The real key though this time around was going to be convenience. We knew early on that the I/O panels needed to all be on the front. Re-patching happens often in festival shows for the monitor rig and we’re too old to crawl behind the rack, under the show-mobile, and whack our heads 3 times just to add the second horn mix. Putting the patching up top also made sense. We incorporated the old NL8/NL4 panel from the MacroTech racks since it never really got used there, but with NL8 breakouts would be perfect for monitoring. All that was left was to determine what we wanted to do for input signal…

We could build a rack with simple analog ins – but that’s not our style. Most of our consoles have Dante these days, and since we are using Dante more than most sound companies we knew it had to be in the mix here. We’ve installed some pretty substantial Dante systems, and consulted on a few more. We regularly use it as a split medium between FOH and Monitor worlds with a JoeCo or DVS recording thrown in. Wouldn’t it be great to be even lazier and not even pull the 8 channel XLR patch snake out? For this task we selected the Xilica 8x8 with Dante.CA4 Rack Rear

We’ve used these pieces in installations a lot and even had a couple floating around in rental including one in the MacroTech rack that got un-plugged more often than it got used – with the ES1.0’s or VHD’s we would patch the sub-outs directly into the 3600’s – it was already processed there really wasn’t a point in using any DSP at all – even limiters. So we worked on a program that would allow us to prefer the Dante inputs over the Analog inputs. On a per-channel basis if there is Dante input signal, that’s selected over the Analog signal and passed on to the processing section. For the ESM12’s we don’t need much, just an HPF and some limiters. If we happen to want it we can throw a 31 band EQ in there. We did clean them up with the PEQ and SMAART – but let’s face it, 1 filter with a 1.5 dB boost isn’t really worth considering EQ’d is it? Best part about all this is we can use our Xilica programming background to create a custom touch screen layout that will let us change parameters, override input selection manually, etc.

We get hands free and full featured all in one unit. We even threw the old curves for the EAW 222’s in there so they’re available if someone decides to rent a crane to take those to a gig. In the end, looking forward to the first actual use of the rack out in a few weeks, it’s been a missing piece for a long time.

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The North Side Summer Celebration 2014

sarah | 01 August, 2014 21:58

This year, ElectriSound will be providing sound for the North Side Summer Celebration. Join us for this yearly event on August 13-16th. The schedule for this year includes:

Wednesday, August 13th - Pittsburgh Irish Reds and North Star kids

Thursday, August 14th - The Fabulous Gunslingers alt

Friday, August 15th - Dancing Queen

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Saturday, August 16th - Johnny Angel and the Halos

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Come visit us at the sound booth! You will be able to find us since we will be wearing our famous, red ElectriSound CREW shirts!

Attero Tech - New Product Offerings

sarah | 01 July, 2014 21:28

   Recently, Attero Tech was added to the line of products available through ElectriSound. Attero Tech provides digital networking audio products that are utilize the Dante protocol.   

 

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ElectriSound has recently integrated applications using their new product unDX2IO which is a 2-in, 2-out Dante wall plate powered through Power over Ethernet. Their first Dante enabled devices include 2 gang wall plates  which can be used portably when mounted in a quad box or installed permanently on location. Coming later this summer Attero Tech is planning a 4 input Dante plate as well.

 

 

 

  Contract ElectriSound today to see how Dante enabled audio devices and technology could benefit your organization!

 

ElectriSound recieves requests to offer our proprietary tester as a stand-alone option

chris | 21 May, 2013 22:58

ElectriSound has recieved requests for a standalone verson of our metering and proprietary tester tool built into our distros:

ElectriSound DS24060 Front

My company Check4Sound recently rented one of your power distro units and I wanted to tell you what a wonderful unit it was. especially the metering for voltage and phasing.  Along those lines I was wondering if you produce just a metering panel that could go along with the [other] distro I already own and use?

I do the radio engineering for the Pirates at home games as one of my companies clients. 

Check4Sound

ElectriSound is working with Check4Sound to come up with a custom offering to suit their needs. There are a few technical details to work out, but the concept can easily be adapted to any ditro with a main breaker. (A main breaker is required to disconnect the load while verifying the tester, because with load attached it can establish its own neutral point and give false indications of a correctly attached neutral.) All scenarios are tested for, including a lost neutral, and the tester itself does not establish it's own neutral or ground points.

So how about you? Would you use a standalone version of the proprietary tester if it was commercially available? Leave us a comment with your feedback.

Allen&Heath releases new firmware with enhanced features

chris | 10 January, 2013 23:40

Allen&Heath iLiveElectriSound has upgraded our rental iLive units to Firmware v1.9, one of the major new features is additional bands for the GEQ on faders (due to limited fader capacity not all bands were previously shown). The GEQ functionality also now includes multiple types of popular GEQ models.

Many other new enhancements including:

  • Dynamic EQ allowing 4-band dynamic EQ to the available effects
  • Multiband Compressor adding a 3 or 4-band compressor to available effects
    (Both can be inserted on an individual channel/group, or used as an effect)
  • Stereo Channel Image has revitalized the use of stereo channels allowing mid/side configurations along with width mixing. A previously seldom used feature of stereo inputs since the addition of ganging, now has an entire new use for many new theater and broadcast configurations where mid/side mixing is common
  • Delay Bypass switching has been added to all Input and Mix channels so delays can be toggled on/off without changing the setting
  • Extra User Permissions allow more granular assignment of permissions for multi-user environments such as installs and houses of worship
  • MixRack Boot Scene option added to allow fixed installations to automatically boot to a default scene upon startup
  • As well as many more options...

Please note that while there is no requirement that an authorized dealer perform the firmware upgrade, ElectriSound has experience in performing this task that may be useful. Customers have reported (however rare) that improperly performed firmware upgrades can render a console unusable. Please note that firmware V1.9 also requires an upgrade to all devices that remotely connect (MixPad, iLive Editor, etc) to be compatible, no V1.8 devices are compatible with V1.9 devices.Allen&Heath iLive V1.9 Firmware Includes Additional GEQ bands and types

Current ElectriSound customers under maintenance contracts qualify for free firmware upgrades - schedule yours today! If you are not an ElectriSound customer but would like to begin a maintenance contract with us, just send us an email.

 

FCC thanks ElectriSound for concert rental

chris | 18 October, 2012 09:46

ElectriSound recieved this note from FCC following an equipment rental for a concert they hosted, more information can be found here on the event.

Thank you so much for helping us produce such an excellent concert a few weeks ago! Thank you not only for excellent equipment, but for timely delivery and pick-up... What a blessing you are and we are glad to use you and your company!
 
Until next time...
 
Andrea Orchard
Contemporary Worship Leader
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Wadsworth, OH

JoeCo Dante Recorders - New Rental additions and Product Offerings

sarah | 01 July, 2012 21:43

As of July 2012, ElectriSound has added a JoeCo BBR64-Dante Recorder to rental stock. The JoeCo recorder can record up to 64 channel simultaneously in either 44.1kHz or 48kHz. The recorder can also record up to 8 channels of analogue (balanced line in) alongside 56 channels of Dante for capturing audience and ambience. Higher sample rate recording is available at a reduced track count.

JoeCo Recorder

The recorder will work on any Dante enabled device including Allen&Heath, Yamaha, and MIDAS to name a few. Dante runs over standard TCP/IP and can reduce the stress of trying to record over analog connections. Read reviews here...

ElectriSound has added JoeCo BBR64-Dante Units to our rental inventory to provide simple, multi-track recordings to even our largest of events. Concerts benefit from the ability to record and mix it down later for an excellent quality Live Recording. Additionally record theatrical performances and play it back to test complex programming of audio cues without needing to keep the performers around for hours. Whatever your multi-track recording needs, Dante enabled BBR recorders bring a new level of flexibility to recording.

ElectriSound is proud to be an authorized dealer for JoeCo. There are many additional JoeCo Black Box Recorder models available for integration into MADI, Lightpipe, and analog audio systems. ElectriSound provides competitive pricing on all JoeCo units and exceptional support to integrate the product into your installed or portable audio system. Please contact ElectriSound for more details on JoeCo sales or integration of JoeCo units. Rental units ship anywhere in the continental US for your rental convenience.

ElectriSound JoeCo BBR64-Dante units feature a 6RU shock mount rack complete with BBR64-Dante, 1TB Raid Mirror Glyph disk, 8 channel mic pre for local inputs, a UPS unit and a drawer for accessories. All interconnections for storage are retained on an input panel so users can supply their own hard drives or copy off the files from the included drive.

ElectriSound believes the future of digital audio is focused around the conversion to off-the-shelf TCP/IP networking equipment and Dante fits squarely into our philosophy. Many other industries have made the shift from purpose built hardware platforms to the mainstream computing market saving customers both cost and complexity.

Additionally Allen&Heath iLive series consoles fitted with the Dante option card (another ElectriSound rental staple) enable instantaneous switching from record to playback to enable virtual sound check on the fly.

Contact ElectriSound to setup your demo or rental of the JoeCo Recorder today. Daily rental rates start at $165 for analog BBR units, with deep discounts for longer rentals and bundles with a digital console. For BBR Dante pricing please contact us today!

ElectriSound expands rental wireless inventory with additional Audio-Technica 3000, 4000 and 5000 series

sarah | 01 February, 2012 21:32

At ElectriSound we are always working with various brands to give our customers the rental experience they need and deserve at the best possible prices. Recently we have expanded significantly in additional wireless microphone infrastructure manufactured by Audio-Technica.

ElectriSound first announced Audio-Technica as a substantial rental offering in 2009, and since has expanded our rental offering of our most popular wireless systems even further. With flight ready wireless packages, and stellar wireless connectivity and capsule options Audio-Technica has become a strategic rental partner for ElectriSound.

For more information about specific rentals please contact ElectriSound and we will be happy to help address your sepecific needs. The below press information is provided as a guideline as to the offering of Audio-Technical products for everyday rentals from ElectriSound, additional specialty options are also available.

5K Rental UnitAdding to existing rentals of Shure, Sennheiser, Lectrosonics systems the Audio-Technica systems are yet another set of tools that can be chosen based on specific application needs. With over a hundred channels of wireless IEMs and microphones systems available for rental ElectriSound can make any event wireless. The selection of a wireless system in today’s venues is more difficult than ever because of the large number of other wireless devices that are using up valuable frequency spectrum. Wireless systems must be designed to work around existing devices in these ranges, and have antenna systems that are designed for the application. Having as many possible choices when tackling these problems allows for flexibility in all design parameters to ensure your event is a success. ElectriSound can also provide frequency coordination for your next event to tackle problems such as interference and intermodulation in multi-channel wireless systems.

At ElectriSound we believe in giving you all of the tools you need to succeed on a rental. That is why all of our Audio-Technica 4000 and 5000 series racks are rented to customers inclusive of all accessories (except application specific body-pack microphone elements). This rental philosophy makes for great success out on the road at your venue without needing to compromise on performance. Audio-Technica 3000 series rented from ElectriSound come with accessories for common applications where only a few wireless systems are required.

altPopular AT Body Pack (UniPack) options:

AT-GcW – Guitar cables for UniPack transmitter
AT892cW – Audio-Technica Headset - Various Colors
AT831cW – Audio-Technica Lavalier microphone – Cardioid
AT898cW - Audio-Technica Lavalier microphone - Cardioid (micro)
AT899cW – Audio-Technica Lavalier microphone – Omni (micro)
SE50 – Samson headset microphone - Various Colors
CountryMan e6 – Headset Microphone - Various Colors
PointSource – Headset Microphone - Various Colors
Spare Cables for Samson / Countryman headsets
Other specialty microphones may be available on an as-needed basis.

Popular Hand Held Transmitter options:
AEW-T5400 - Audio-Technica 5400 True Capacitor Condensor Microphone - A true high-fidelity capsule for outstanding stage performance
AEW-T3300 - Audio-Technica 3300 Cardioid Condensor Microphone
AEW-T6100 - Audio-Technica 6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Microphone

Additionally ElectriSound rents Audio-Technica M3 IEM systems, as well as IEM's from many other popular brands!

ElectriSound rents Audio-Technica 5000 Series racks in the following configurations:

altAT5k-Rack – Shock-Mount racks containing:
1 – Audio-Technica AEW-DA550/660 – Band-Specific Antenna Distro
4 – Audio-Technica AEW-5200 – Dual Channel Wireless Receiver
1 – Complete custom rack panel for all input/output connections and wireless management
2 – Audio-Technica ATW-A3 – Half Wave antennas
2 – ATW-A49 – External LPDA antenna w/ LO2BE Quick Disconnect
2 – AC25 – 25’ & 2 – AC50 – 50’ RG8 BNC Antenna Cable (4 BNC Couplers Included)
2 – 25’ 4 Channel Gepco GepFlex XLRM to XLRF snake
1 – 8’ NEMA 5-15P to PowerCon (Blue) Cable – 14/3 for Power Input
1 – 25’ NEMA 5-15P to PowerCon (Blue) Cable – 14/3 for Power Input
1 – 8’ PowerCon (Gray) to PowerCon (Blue) Cable – 14/3 for Power daisy-chaining
3 – 3’ PowerCon (Gray) to NEMA 5-15R Cable – 14/3 for Power Output
4 – AT-GcW – Instrument Cables for UniPack Transmitters (included in rack)alt
8 – Choice of transmitters – mix or match:
   - Audio-Technica AEW-T1000 – Plug-On Transmitter w/ Phantom (Use with any XLR Handheld mic)
   - Audio-Technica Artist Elite Handheld transmitters available based on frequency band and mic type.
*5k Racks typically rent with AEW-T1000 and AEW-T5400 transmitters

Note:
Audio-Technica 5000 series systems rented from ElectriSound can be managed remotely and contain a wireless router. Wireless router information is provided at time of rental to users. ElectriSound rentals of 5000 series racks can manage additional racks of 4000 series systems for remote monitoring via the Audio-Technica ArtistElite software. When managing 4000 series systems RF and AF levels cannot be viewed remotely, if these are requirements please rent all 5000 series systems.

ElectriSound rents Audio-Technica 4000 Series racks in the following configurations:

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AT4k-Rack – Shock-Mount racks containing:
1 – Audio-Technica AEW-DA550/660 – Band-Specific Antenna Distro
4 – Audio-Technica AEW-4100 – Diversity Wireless Receivers
1 – Complete custom rack panel for all input/output connections w/ wide band antenna outputs to feed additional receivers.
2 – Audio-Technica ATW-A3 – Half Wave antennas
2 – ATW-A49 – External LPDA antenna w/ LO2BE Quick Disconnect
2 – AC25 – 25’ RG8 BNC Antenna Cable (3 BNC Couplers Included)
1 – 25’ 4 Channel Gepco GepFlex XLRM to XLRF snake
1 – 8’ NEMA 5-15P to PowerCon (Blue) Cable – 14/3 for Power Input
1 – 25’ NEMA 5-15P to PowerCon (Blue) Cable – 14/3 for Power Input
1 – 8’ PowerCon (Gray) to PowerCon (Blue) Cable – 14/3 for Power daisy-chaining
3 – 3’ PowerCon (Gray) to NEMA 5-15R Cable – 14/3 for Power Output
2 – AT-GcW – Instrument Cables for UniPack Transmitters (included in rack)
4 – Choice of transmitters – mix or match:
   - Audio-Technica AEW-T1000 – Plug-On Transmitter w/ Phantom (Use with any XLR Handheld mic)
   - Audio-Technica Artist Elite Handheld transmitters available based on frequency band and mic type.

Note:
Audio-Technica 4000 series systems rented from ElectriSound can be managed remotely if an Audio-Technica 5000 series system is also rented to link with.

ElectriSound rents Audio-Technica 3000 Series racks in the following configurations:

ElectriSound rents the 3000 series systems in racks of 1 and 3 units. Racks of 3 have an antenna output that can be cascaded to another rack of 3 or a single unit. (We only recommend a single cascade).

AT3k-Rack1 - Padded rack-bags containing:
1– Audio-Technica ATW-3100 – Diversity Wireless Receiver
1 – Complete custom rack panel for all input/output connections
2 – Audio-Technica ATW-A3 – Half Wave antennas
2 – 3’ BNC to BNC Antenna Cable
1 – Choice of transmitter:
   - Audio-Technica ATW-T1802 – Plug-On Transmitter w/ Phantom (Use with any XLR Handheld mic)
   - Audio-Technica ATW-T310 – UniPack body-pack transmitter

AT3k-Rack3 - Padded rack-bags containing:
1 – Audio-Technica ATW-DA49 – Wide-Band Antenna Distro
3 – Audio-Technica ATW-3100 – Diversity Wireless Receivers
1 – Complete custom rack panel for all input/output connections w/ wide band antenna outputs to feed additional receivers.
2 – Audio-Technica ATW-A3 – Half Wave antennas
3 – Choice of transmitters – mix or match:
   - Audio-Technica ATW-T1802 – Plug-On Transmitter w/ Phantom (Use with any XLR Handheld mic)
   - Audio-Technica ATW-T310 – UniPack body-pack transmitter

Note:
ElectriSound rentals of Audio-Technica 3000 series do not come with remote antennas, antenna cables or antenna systems. The 3000 series also rents with the DA-49 Wide-Band distro – which does not provide band specific filtering which may increase interference. If these additional features are necessary we suggest you rent the Audio-Technica 4000, 5000 series systems.

 

ElectriSound adds Audio-Technica and SKB to product line up

admin | 01 January, 2009 00:00

Expanding ElectriSound's already extensive microphone line, we have recently become dealers for Audio-TechnicaAT has been an ElectriSound choice for years as a high end condenser microphone manufacturer, and now we are able to offer these products to our customers at even better prices than before.

In addition to AT, ElectriSound has also become a dealer of SKB products, offering best in class products in musical instrument, and small professional gear protection products. ElectriSound has been working with SKB on custom foam inserts for our own rental equipment, and is able to offer custom foam services by SKB to our customers at great rates as well.

 
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