ETC schedules global debuts at PLASA 2017
Monday, 11 September 2017
etc-ion-xeThe new Ion Xe and Ion Xe 20 consoles bring award-winning programming power to smaller venues
UK – PLASA 2017 will mark the global tradeshow debut of the recently launched Ion Xe lighting desks and the soon-to-be released ColorSource Cyc fixture. Also to be unveiled is the eagerly anticipated Cobalt software version 8.0. Additionally, Source Four turns 25 this year and ETC will be honouring the occasion on stand J30.
With compact footprints and full-featured Eos software, the new Ion Xe and Ion Xe 20 consoles bring award-winning programming power to smaller venues. Since the new consoles feature the same backlit keyboard layout as their larger Eos family siblings, workflow can transfer seamlessly from desk to desk. Accompanying the consoles are the new Eos Fader Wings which provide 20 or 40 standard faders in handy, USB-connectable modules that match – and are compatible with – all the latest Eos family hardware.
PLASA visitors can get a sneak preview of the upcoming ColorSource Cyc fixture. Slated for release later this year, this purpose-built cyclorama light is bright, compact and affordable. It’s also the first ColorSource fixture to add a fifth colour to its LED array, incorporating indigo with the RGB-L mix to achieve rich, theatrical hues. The Cyc will be joining fellow family members on stand J30, including ColorSource Spot and PAR fixtures, ColorSource AV control desk, and ColorSource Relay wireless power control solution.
Engineered for lighting on-the-fly, the Cobalt line of control was designed to rid the lighting process of unnecessary keystrokes and complicated syntax. Debuting at PLASA, Cobalt software version 8.0 introduces several key features and improvements, including a new multi-console network structure; a redesigned graphic interface; a clone feature to copy show data from a single channel to other channels; and a completely new Magic Sheet engine, giving users quicker and more manageable control of their rig.
ETC will be commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Source Four fixture. The product has played a significant role in the company's history, has made an enduring impact on the industry, and almost 3.8m Source Four fixtures have been shipped since its launch, which gives ETC plenty of reasons to celebrate.
(Jim Evans)

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