I was browsing around the web looking for nothing in particular - just to pass the time and found this Russian ProSound site featuring two of my favorite things - Electro-Voice and CareySound. Apparently they picked up on a news release from the EV website on our Phoenix rig. Now if they would just invite SoundMan for a visit. My passport is current and I'm ready to go. Click here for a link to the Russian site and click here for the original press release on the EV site.
After several hours of frustrated searching on all of Bosch's websites, I came to the conclusion that the EV UCC1 must be a product that EV didn't want anyone to know about. Every tech geek has to have some secrets, otherwise just any old nerd could join in the fun. This, after all, is an expensive piece of hardware that is the key to connecting the Elgar shell and NetMax software to a computer which in turn unlocks all of the power of the EV RL and TourGrade amlifiers and NetMax digital audio system controller not to mention the Dynacord amplifiers with remote capabilities.. Cant give just anybody those kind of powers. Or can we?
After hours of research, my personal Bosch audio resource, the V2 man himself, Craig Bess came to rescue and gave me the secret locations to the collection of files I was looking for. It also came to my attention that our very own Tommy Martin who just returned from his intensive week long training session under the tutelage of the wizard Ethan at EV also knew where the files were buried. As Kurt Vonnegut so aptly put it - so it goes.
Not wanting you to have to go to the same consternation as I did to find the files I have made them available to all of you in one easy to find zip file at the top of our Software section under our Download Menu or by clicking here.
The guests arrive.
The reception and after party.
Truss sculptures provided by CareySound.
Craig Bess from Vision 2 Marketing sent me another great photo that I though I would share with you. Some things are just not worth fixing. Sometimes you just have to clean out the trash to make room for the good stuff. To bad someone had to make the same mistake three time though. Long live MIDAS.
Successfully rigging a line array is much more complicated than pointing a loudspeaker box somewhere. There is plenty of bad audio at concerts to prove it. Just because you can afford to buy a line array system does not guarantee successful deployment.
Not only does Electro-Voice build the most sophisticated concert hardware in the audio industry, they also offer the most comprehensive software tools available to ensure successful setup and supervision. They have just released version 2.0 of their line array prediction software that combines the different separate packages for each of their line array offerings into one program, adds a new polished interface and many new functions making the already powerful program even more useful and easy to use. There really is no excuse for all of the bad sound at concerts with the tools available from Electro-Voice. If you still have problems using the new software CareySound will be more than happy to teach you how to use it.
An Overview of this newest version
LAPS 2.0 may be used to predict array behavior of the following Electro-Voice product lines:
• X-Line® large-format line array systems
• XLC® compact line array systems
• XLVC® very compact line array systems, including both XLD® and XLE® systems.
Based on user input, LAPS 2.0 predicts the following parameters:
• SPL in audience areas.
• Polar response.
• Equalization required to achieve flat frequency response at the front of house mix position or
any other chosen position in the venue.
• Mechanical rigging configuration and suspension requirements.
Predictions may be done for any combination of the following scenarios:
• Main floor plus up to two balconies.
• Optional secondary loudspeaker cluster located separately from main loudspeaker cluster.
• With or without flown subwoofers.
Acoustic predictions are performed simultaneously for up to three frequency bands. Frequencies and
bandwidths are supplied by default, but may be freely changed by the user.
LAPS 2.0 accepts input and displays results on a formatted multipage worksheet. All worksheet pages
Both English and Metric units of measure are supported.
Unlike other spreadsheet-based array prediction programs, LAPS 2.0 saves and restores its array and
venue specification data in compact text files, not in full spreadsheet files. This results in a 1000-fold
reduction in file space requirements.
LAPS 2.0 includes an in-place HELP system and a comprehensive set of error checks and messages.
You can find the new software (LAPS 2.0) in the Downloads section under Software or by clicking here.