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Articles March-April 2021

Step Inside the All New Mondosonic Studio

The all new Mondosonic Studio, located in Ottapalam, Kerela, is a custom Music Production Facility and Studio. With Recording Equipment, Workflows..... read more

Bishwadeep Conceptualizes Sound Design in the Box

Having spent most of his career in Song and Music Recording, Bishwadeep Dipak Chatterjee was constantly toying with the idea of getting involved in designing sound for films..... read more

Celto Acoustique

Established in 2011, CELTO Acoustique is a premium manufacturer of professional audio products for the events and install industry. Founder, owner and CEO - Arthur Felix first displayed his entrepreneurial skills at the age of 14 when he built..... read more

Acoustically OdBle

With Vijay Benegal and Mujeeb Dadarkar

Vijay Benegal and Mujeeb Dadarkar have between them more than 4 decades of extensive experience in the audio industry in India. They have done it all, from recording and mixing for ad films, to doing live sound for renowned artistes..... read more

All About Music, the Marantz Story

In conversation with Joel Sietsem and Alankara Santhana

Marantz has established a strong foundation in the industry with their High fidelity audio systems since the 1970s. Marantz designs products that have intricate detail..... read more

Acoustic and Audio System Design for Small Rooms - PART 6

By - Rahul Sarma, CEO, Menura Acoustic Labs in collaboration with Sound Wizard

We started this series with the definition of a small room, and went on to discuss wave interactions. We continued onto sound isolation, absorption and diffusion in parts 2 and 3. Parts 4 and 5 covered system design goals and finally how to optimize a system..... read more

Studio Showcase

If you had a sign above every Studio door saying ‘This studio is a Musical Instrument’ it would make such a different approach to recording.” - Brian Eno..... read more

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Chamsys Launches MAGICQ MQ500M Stadium

With the introduction of the MagicQ MQ500M Stadium console ChamSys has made it easier and more seamless for fades to be woven into a variety of massive lighting designs. This new powerhouse, offers 256 universes of control direct from the console without the need for additional processing nodes, giving designers and programmers greater flexibility at the highest level of show control.

The MagicQ MQ500M Stadium incorporates a robust array of software features that support motorized playback faders, playback encoders and customizable illumination. 

With 15 motorized faders and 15 playback encoders per bank -- and up to six banks -- a total of 180 playbacks can be accessed at the touch of a button. RGB LED illumination enables different colors to be assigned to each individual fader and playback encoder enabling unlimited customization.

The programmer modes give access to intensities for each patched fixture, to groups of fixtures, or to individual channels of a fixture. The master modes provide instant master control of individual fixtures or groups of fixtures without having to pre-program masters, making it ideal for live moments when lights are flaring in cameras or key lights need modifying.

Playback encoders can be used for controlling intensity, LTP channels, FX size, FX speed, rate and time. They can also control cue stacks of their own, be tied to the fader playback below, or even control a whole bank of playbacks.

Rugged and ergonomically designed with an inbuilt UPS, the console has two inbuilt full HD multi-touch displays with adjustable viewing angles. The MagicQ MQ500M Stadium Wing adds a third full HD multi touch display and doubles the number of fader and encoder playbacks. Up to five additional touch monitors can be connected to the system via network using the simple Multi-Window PC application giving a total of 8 monitors.

The MagicQ MQ500M is built on the MQ500 software which has excelled on 200 universe shows with thousands of fixtures.  Show files are fully compatible between MQ500M, MQ500 and all other ChamSys consoles, making it easy to move between consoles.  Show files unique to ChamSys are both forwards and backwards compatible with the console, eliminating the need to be concerned about software versions.

In addition, MagicQ MQ500M has inbuilt plot and visualisation, audio timeline editor, and a multi emitter color picker.  The inbuilt 3D palette system and support for external XYZ trackers allow innovative features like Focus line, Focus Hold and tracking of artists and moving objects to be used.

Shows with all 256 universes can be previsualised and pre-programmed on a PC or Mac without additional hardware or dongles and then loaded into the MagicQ MQ500M console. All 256 universes can also be visualised within the inbuilt MagicVis visualiser or with a direct link to 3rd party visualisers such as WYSIWYG, Capture, Vectorworks, Depence and L8. Both the Patch and the XYZ fixture position can easily be transferred from the chosen visualiser into MagicQ. The MQ500M Stadium console also has two front pockets with high power USB sockets intended for charging phones and storing small objects.