We’ve all been there. The decision is made to use audio or video files during your live event and from that point forward the digital media drives the entire show: the stage setup is altered, tech specialists are brought in, you redesign rehearsals to accommodate whatever sync technology is being used, and the pace of your entire show is dictated by the pace of your media.
Ion Concert Media was founded by musicians who finally said, “Enough!” We are passionate about the idea that technology should be an artistic partner on stage, not a cold and cumbersome tool. We built Muséik to blend in to our world because we were tired of bending to the requirements of cold, static digital media. We hope you will let Muséik blend into yours!
EASY | ARTISTIC | AFFORDABLE
Muséik offers the most sophisticated sync on the market today
A live event is, by definition, a dynamic and somewhat unpredictable experience. Fine artists in every discipline know how to manage time to draw the maximum expression from their performance, pulling back a bit here and pushing forward there. By treating the digital media as another performance element on stage Muséik allows the subtle flexibility that is the magic of a live show to shine through.
DOES MUSÉIK AFFECT THE LOOK OF THE MEDIA?
Used properly, Muséik produces results that are perfect copies of the original film. While it is technically true that Muséik alters the playback of the media, a great deal of research and testing was done to ensure that these alterations are not perceptible to the audience. Content creators have been asked to critically view their film assets as they were output from Muséik and found them indistinguishable from the original films.
The heart of the Muséik program is its tempo control function. The program's user interface prominently displays a 'map' of the live event which scrolls across the screen from right to left. Most often this map is a musical score, though text or dance steps can also work.
The red "Now Bar" represents what is happening on stage at any given moment. The Muséik operator uses the Tempo Slider to move the score a bit faster or slower to ensure that the information passing below the Now Bar matches what is happening on stage. So long as the score and the live event are synchronized, you can be sure that all your digital assets - video, audio files, etc. - are also in sync with the live performance.
- Video output resolutions up to 4k.
- Easily connected to switchers, mixers, and other show control systems.
- Send the Muséik output through 3rd party programs to achieve multi-screen and video mapping projections.
- Send audio signals to a USB audio driver and then to house audio to achieve hi def audio outputs.
- Simple audio out setup through the computer headphone jack.
- Muséik currently offers one stereo channel (left and right).
- Muséik 2.0 (available late 2017) will add several additional audio channels, improved signal control, and offer a dedicated channel for Click Track outputs.
- Eight separate media bays make it easy to pre-load your whole show.
- Each bay includes settings for behavior when the current file gets to the end:
- STOP. Stops the media player.
- CONTINUE. Immediately loads the next media files and continues playing.
- LOOP. Current media file loops continually until stopped.
- Play / Pause / Stop / Continue
- Video fade
- Audio volume control
- Quick Scrubber
- Main Tempo Sider
- Ritard. Brings playback speed all the way down to zero.
- Ritard Release. When pressed, it releases the ritard and rests the tempo to where it was before the ritard.
- Tempo Offset. For performances that are much faster or much slower than average, the Tempo Offset control can be used to adjust "sea level." This setting must be made before the performance begins.
- Dynamic interface sizing.
- Wireless control setup functions.
- License management window.
- Disable video output.
- Disable scrolling score.
- Maximize audio signal. The software is built to maximize video processing tasks. In certain situations it is necessary to maximize audio processing instead. This toggle allows you to decide where processing focus should be placed.
MUSÉIK 2.0 WILL ADD EXCITING NEW FUNCTIONALITY
Available late 2017
Coming in 2017
CLICK TRACKS THAT BEND TO YOUR TEMPO
Do you like the security of click tracks but wish they could be more flexible? No problem!
Set the tempo of your each of your tunes before the show and your personalized tempo will be locked in for the whole show.
Want to have the ability to bump up the tempo for that last chorus or take the ritard a little slower tonight? Connect Muséik to any MIDI controller (like a footpedal) and with a few quick clicks you can make small tempo adjustments right from stage.
For those that want the ultimate in tempo flexibility Muséik is the answer. Give a crew member an iPad and let them "perform" right along with the band. Whatever tempo decisions you make, the click (and all your other digital media) will follow you step for step.
Coming in 2017
MUSÉIK WILL TAKE LIGHTING CONTROL TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL
Muséik 2.0 will add DMX controls for show elements like your lighting program. No more manual punching cues at the light board - Muséik will fire complex lighting cues with a rhythmic precision you won't believe, making your whole show more immersive and delivering an amazing audience experience.
A Mac computer running OS X 1.0 or higher is required. The Muséik software is loaded on to that computer.
Muséik ships with the ability to operate it using a laptop's mousepad and keyboard controls. To perform easier files these default controls can be adequate. However, using a physical mouse to replace the mousepad significantly improves your control of many functions.
For technically challenging files using an iPad as a wireless controller is highly recommended. Some keyboard controls are still necessary and the scrolling score does not appear on the iPad, but most functions are accessible from the iPad interface. The flexibility, mobility, and extreme expressive control possible from a tablet controller should not be under-estimated. It is when Muséik is operated wirelessly from a tablet that it most fully imitates a musical instrument.
The Muséik operator is asked to 'perform' the media just as the other live musicians and actors perform their parts. For this reason it is important to consider the placement of Muséik as you design your show. For easier files it may be adequate to place the computer and Muséik operator offstage. But for more challenging files the Muséik operator will prefer to be on stage having eye-contact with the other performers.
VIDEO. Output from the computer will be either HDMI or Thunderbolt. For cable runs of less than 30' VGA or HDMI cable runs will work. For any runs longer than 30' we recommend using HD-SDI cable with the proper converters on each end.
AUDIO. Output from the computer to a USB audio driver through an available USB port. Alternatively the computer's headphone port may be used, but the sound quality will be degraded.
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Is It Easy?
Absolutely. Middle school ensembles have successfully used the platform in public performances. Anyone with a bit of musical ability can learn the system in less than 20 minutes.
Is It Just For Amateur Productions?
Absolutely not. Some of our most dedicated customers are national acts. Muséik makes a digital sync that is easier and more precise than any high priced solution on the market. Beyond that, accomplished users will quickly recognize that under its simple and intuitive exterior there is an amazingly expressive power. While its easy enough for middle school operators to learn with 20 minutes of training, Muséik is at the same time an advanced sync technology capable of delivering the most sophisticated media syncs with grace and deep expression.