November 2010 - CCI Solutions Blog — CCI Solutions Blog

CCI Solutions Creates Lighting Design for Phantom of the Opera

November 19, 2010 at 10:18 am
Lighting Design for the stage production of Phantom of the Opera at Rogers High School

Rogers High School Phantom of the Opera

Jeff Miller, our ace lighting guy and certified ETC lighting tech, recently created the lighting design for Rogers High School’s production of “Phantom of the Opera”.  This is one of the first Phantom productions produced by a high school drama department in the US!

Under the direction of drama teacher Bill Wornofsky, the Rogers troupe has created an outstanding production which sold out all performances.

Jeff Miller created the plot, supervised the hang and focus, as well as performed the programming of the lighting console.  Jeff used ETC’s ION console and Selador LED theatrical lights in the hang.

CCI Solutions Provides Christian Musicians Summit Sound, Lighting & Video

November 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Christian Musicians Summit LogoCCI Solutions partnered for the 8th year in a row with Christian Musicians Summit at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Washington.  CCI was a gold sponsor and provided all Christian Musician Summit sound, lighting & video for the event  In addition, CCI had 25 booths in the exhibit hall chock full of sound, lighting and video gear for church techs to touch and try.

CCI also conducted 4 comprehensive classes on acoustics, sound, video and church building construction technical infrastructure.

We also conducted over 100 tech tours at the conference with personal interaction, advice and training from manufacturers such as JBL Professional, Soundcraft, Roland, PreSonus, Community, Audix, Bose, Sennheiser, Line 6, Westone, Audio-Technica, Canon, Sanyo, Countryman, Aviom and TeachLogic.

We sure enjoyed seeing those of you that came to the exhibit hall.  We also enjoyed giving out over $2000 in gifts and prizes!

Computer Control PreSonus StudioLive

November 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm
Presonus VSL computer control PreSonus StudioLive

Presonus VSL Studiolive control software

In my last post, I highlighted the PreSonus StudioLive 16 as a digital mixing console that is suitable for live mixing in a church environment.  I also included a link to my YouTube video that has more information about using the StudioLive in a live mix show. In this post I am going to talk about how you can use computer control PreSonus StudioLive digital mixing consoles via VSL software.

PreSonus has developed software that allows you to control the StudioLive consoles remotely from a computer.  The link is bidirectional, so changes on the computer are made at the console and changes on the console are shown on the computer.

It is easy to see how this feature can be used to mix on-stage monitors during a rehearsal.  You can connect by wire, using ethernet, or connect wirelessly using another laptop and remote desktop software.  Best of all, the software is a FREE download.

Here’s a short description of the PreSonus VSL remote control software package:

StudioLive mixer owners will be delighted to learn that they can control the most-used StudioLive parameters directly from a computer, thanks to PreSonus’ new VSL software for the StudioLive 16.4.2 and StudioLive 24.4.2 digital mixers. VSL(short for “Virtual StudioLive”) provides bidirectional computer control PreSonus StudioLive channel, subgroup, and main-bus levels; Fat Channel parameters; aux mixes; effects; and the graphic EQ. You get a visual overview of your StudioLive settings so you can see, tweak, and organize them and can easily manage your presets and Scenes. The software will be available for Mac OS X and Windows in the first quarter of 2010 and will be a free download.

Controlling your StudioLive with VSL is as easy as drag-and-drop. Drag different Fat Channel presets into each channel in seconds—or just drag part of a preset to the appropriate processor within the Fat Channel. Assign channels to multiple buses and control mute and solo on every channel with a sweep of the mouse. Load effects; adjust the Fat Channel’s gate, compressor, and EQ; and adjust the graphic EQ quickly and easily from your computer. You can even load an entire mixer Scene by dragging it from a list that you see at all times.

Preset management is a breeze with VSL. You can store and organize a library of presets on your computer, reorder them to best fit your workflow for the gig, then transfer them to your mixer whenever you need them. Create presets anywhere you can take a computer, then drag them to your preset pool next time you connect the computer to the StudioLive. You can even drag presets out of the browser and email, IM, or disk-swap them with other StudioLive owners.

Since the control is bidirectional, fader moves and parameter changes made on the StudioLive are reflected in VSL, as well. So, for example, you can set up the StudioLive the way you want it and then save your Scene or other presets in VSL.

VSL is a 64-bit application, uses very little CPU power, and is wicked fast. Unlike previous efforts at computer-controlling a digital mixer, VSL has an innovative UI that can selectively drag preset components from sharable XML presets, so you can even drag an EQ into Skype so your friend can drop it on their StudioLive mixer. You can access controls buried deep into the front panel and see all controls at once with 1 to 2 ms of screen latency over a very high speed FireWire link—not a MIDI link requiring routing, setup configuration, and so on, as with some products.

Finally, if you connect a computer to the StudioLive via FireWire and set the computer up as a WiFi base, it’s easy to control VSL (and therefore the StudioLive) from a WiFi-enabled tablet PC,using VNC or RDC (Remote Desktop Control). That allows you to tweak and mix from anywhere in the venue where you can maintain a WiFi link.