The Guide: Apps special

A small selection of the apps out there that could be of assistance to event industry professionals
App, Applications, Come2interact, DiGiCo, Dubai, Event, Facebook, Industry, Instagram, Live feed, Livecube, Neumann&Muller, Party, Social mosa, Transformers, Twitter, Wall, Content management
App, Applications, Come2interact, DiGiCo, Dubai, Event, Facebook, Industry, Instagram, Live feed, Livecube, Neumann&Muller, Party, Social mosa, Transformers, Twitter, Wall, Content management
App, Applications, Come2interact, DiGiCo, Dubai, Event, Facebook, Industry, Instagram, Live feed, Livecube, Neumann&Muller, Party, Social mosa, Transformers, Twitter, Wall, Content management
App, Applications, Come2interact, DiGiCo, Dubai, Event, Facebook, Industry, Instagram, Live feed, Livecube, Neumann&Muller, Party, Social mosa, Transformers, Twitter, Wall, Content management
App, Applications, Come2interact, DiGiCo, Dubai, Event, Facebook, Industry, Instagram, Live feed, Livecube, Neumann&Muller, Party, Social mosa, Transformers, Twitter, Wall, Content management
App, Applications, Come2interact, DiGiCo, Dubai, Event, Facebook, Industry, Instagram, Live feed, Livecube, Neumann&Muller, Party, Social mosa, Transformers, Twitter, Wall, Content management

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As mobile technology continues to infiltrate seemingly every aspect of our daily lives, the events and live production industries are no exception. Here is just a small selection of the apps out there at the moment that could be of assistance to industry professionals.

Come2Interact
By: Neumann&Müller
Price: On request

Surprisingly, one of the most often-overlooked aspects of the meetings and conferences realm is, in fact, the involvement of attendees. While there may be a Q&A at the end or a comment box in which to drop feedback forms, today’s technological world calls for technological interaction.

Therefore, we at Sound & Stage couldn’t help but be impressed last month when we were invited to witness the new ‘come2interact’ application by Neumann&Müller, which was demonstrated at the company’s ‘come2meet’ industry event.

With come2interact, everybody in the plenary receives an iPad for the duration of the event and can, for example, view the agenda, put questions to the podium or comment on presentations.

By offering interactive involvement of participants, the app enables hosts to obtain statements and opinions in real time. The audience can participate in votes, have their say on discussion topics and post comments that then appear on video walls.

Comprising six different, self-explanatory functions, come2interact offers an easy-to-use solution for creating a dynamic event out of any presentation. The “Vote!” function gives the audience the opportunity to answer questions put forward by the moderator, while the “Ask!” function lets the audience address the moderator or other attendees.

“Brainstorm!” enables organisers and their audiences to gather ideas within a short period of time, then display the suggestions that have been collected using different video wall graphics in real time. The remaining three functions — “Map!”, “Agenda!” and “Notes!” — offer an easy, interactive and eco-friendlier alternative to more traditional handouts.

Come2interact also allows for a customised look according to the event organiser’s corporate design. Additionally, as the applications were developed with an in-house team, Neumann&Müller are able to make adaptations at any time in order to offer customised, individually programmed modules for any specific conference.

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Social Mosa
By: Tangible Interaction/Transformers
Price: On request

Developed by Tangible Interaction and represented exclusively in the Middle East by Transformers, Social Mosa is an integrated, animated, dynamic Instagram and Twitter application that offers something different from the usual static or linear displays.

Having recently released version 2.0, which now streams Instagram video, Social Mosa collates tweets and Instagram posts related to an event, then forms mosaics that portray logos and key messages.

It does this by pulling down any correctly hashtagged tweet and/or Instagram, then displaying up to 30 at a time on the visualiser — updating and refreshing as new content comes in.

Able to be shown on any type of screen available at the venue, the visualiser can be branded to meet a client’s specific requirements, while the ‘Moderator’ tool allows the organisers to make sure all content is suitable before being shown.

As the sole Middle East representative of Social Mosa, Transformers are able to supply the custom app with a computer to run it (and hosting), plus a separate monitor app (and iPad to run the this app), as well as a host or hostess to filter incoming messages. The screens are supplied by the client or their AV company.

Having proved to be one of Tangible Interaction’s most successful products in the US and Canada, it seems that Social Mosa is also becoming a must-have here in the Middle East as, so far, Transformers has provided the service to a number of clients within the region including Emaar (via HQ Creative), Bloomingdale’s (via Al Tayer), Executive Office (via Prisme), and Ajyal Youth Film Festival (via Doha Film Institute).

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Luminair
By: Synthe FX
Price: $89.99

This full-featured lighting control platform is capable of controlling all DMX compliant gear including LED fixtures, conventional lighting, dimmers, media servers, and more.

Thanks to its support for open industry standards such as Art-Net and sACN E1.31, Luminair works with more DMX hardware than any other mobile lighting control app and makes an ideal replacement for those looking to get rid of their console, but still retain physical control over their lights.

Having been tested rigorously in the field, Luminair is used daily by lighting professionals working in live entertainment, film and TV production, and a variety of other fields across the globe.

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Digico SD
By: DiGiCo
Price: Free

Just last month, DiGiCo announced the release of its new SD App through Apple’s App Store, which is compatible with all consoles in the SD Range and allows users to take advantage of both Apple and DiGiCo’s touch screen technology.

This means that your iPad becomes a remote control surface and also an expansion of the control surface. The app takes the existing feature set and presents it in a new way to take advantage of the extra screen — allowing engineers to implement specific functions dedicated for FOH or monitors.

Aimed at installation and touring applications, the DiGiCo SD App includes a number of dedicated screens that open up the iPad surface to a selection of the consoles’ functionality.

For example, there are eight macros available on the hardware buttons of an SD9, but by connecting the iPad via the DiGiCo SD App, a large number of user-defined buttons will be available; these can reside on the iPad screen, allowing for quick access while the console remains clear to mix the show on.

“The SD App adds a new level of versatility to our SD consoles,” says DiGiCo’s David Webster. “It makes mixing a complex show, or working with an extensive installation even easier than it was before.”

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SignalScope Pro
By: Faber Acoustical, LLC
Price: $74.99

SignalScope Pro is a real-time analysis toolset for iOS devices, suitable for use in areas such as acoustics, audio, electronics and vibration. The app includes four tools for dynamic signal analysis, as well as a signal generator.

With an FFT analyser, octave and 1/3-octave analyser tool (RTA), level meter tool, oscilloscope and stereo signal generator, SignalScope Pro acquires signals from the current audio input path or from the built-in accelerometer.

Different engineering units, including Volts, Amps, pascals, g’s, and ips (inches per second) can be assigned to input channels of the dock connector audio input or the headset input.

Sensitivity calibration can also be performed for any audio input device or input channel. While the built-in and headset microphones are suitable for certain, basic sound level measurements, high precision external microphones may also be used with appropriate audio accessory hardware.

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Livecube
By: Livecube
Price: On request

Launched in 2013, Livecube focuses on attendee engagement by applying game mechanics to common event practices like social media use and networking.

Through a web-based admin panel, the event organiser is able to populate an agenda, speaker bios, and prizes. The app URL is sent to the attendees, who can then sign in to find and share ideas, earning points as they post.

The biggest sharers progress up the leaderboard to win rewards and real prizes from the event organiser, while the custom branding options allow for an experience that compliments the event and leaves attendees with a recap of the best ideas and people they’ve met.

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