Hawthorn chooses Zero 88’s FLX
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
zero-88-hawthorn-img5392Sam Burns, Gavin Kuzniar, Chris Ruddle, Matt Edgington, BeckyDigby and John Ray from Hawthorn’s lighting department
UK - Hawthorn has invested in Eaton’ Zero 88 FLX and FLX S series consoles.
The decision partly customer led, as Adrian Searle, Hawthorn’s asset operations director, explains: “[It was] partly due to the fact that we can all clearly see the benefits of the FLX feature set and appreciate the fact that Zero 88 hardware and software has a history of making complex programming tasks exceptionally straightforward.”
The new batch of FLXs is replacing some of those older consoles which have served well for many years but are now not ideal for controlling the proliferation of LED based fixtures on the market. Searle adds that FLX is great for its corporate events work which involves a lot of LED light sources where the operator/designer needs to be creative, often with precious little time to programme and integrate them into a show. He says: “FLX is perfect for this scenario with its colour picker and the quick and easy set up.”
The latest batch of Hawthorn FLXs were purchased for some of their venues at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival - specifically Assembly and Summerhall - which was a great success.
They are in regular rental stock and in active service on all types of applications, from educational and am-dram shows to corporates and industrials. More recently they have been out with an am-dram society production in Sheffield; lighting a philharmonic orchestra for another client and several conferences - illustrating their versatility.
(Jim Evans)

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