Industry rallies to offer training during COVID crisis
Friday, 20 March 2020
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World - Industry professionals looking to make use of any downtime caused by the coronavirus disruption across the events industry can now access various web workshops and seminars for free.
Lighting professionals can look to the Avolites website for upcoming online tutorials, webinars and support on the company’s Titan and Ai platforms.
Ambersphere has added ‘free for freelancers’ grandMA2 user training and network introduction classes, details of which can be found at The grandMA2 user course will be 24-26 March and the grandMA2 Network course will be the 27 March.
Meanwhile, ETC has made its LearningStage classes free until 15 May; these include Introduction to ETC’s Prodigy training, training on the Element console, the Eos family and the Mosaic Designer software. 
Obsidian Control Systems is offering free online classes covering the Onyx control platform and Netron data distribution range. The courses take place weekly on Tuesdays (Introduction to Netron), Wednesdays (Onyx 101) and Thursdays (Onyx Advanced) each week.
MA Lighting's free e-learning portal MA University is the place to check for all things grandMA.
For those looking to sharpen their programming skills in video applications, Green Hippo is offering free online webinars every weekday. Topics cover Hippotizer, SHAPE and Hippotizer Dive Deep, with the sessions catering for new and existing Hippotizer users. Those interested can register here:
Notch has also said it is working on bringing its courses online, starting with Notch Essentials - for the most up-to-date information, check Notch’s social media channels.
Meanwhile, Vectorworks is offering its Vectorworks Spotlight Essentials seminar for free with the code TRAINMENOW. The code works across all upcoming events, including the works for Vision, Hidden Treasures Seminar - visit this page to register.
CAST Software has also added more wysiwyg online training throughout March, April and May. To book a session, click here.
Those interested in BlackTrax can access a free monthly webinar.
LSi columnist and independent lighting designer and visualiser James Simpson has also uploaded a series of free wysiwyg tutorials to his YouTube channel - follow this link for the introduction to the series and follow James Simpson 3D on Facebook for the latest uploads.
With musicians across the globe struggling due to event cancellations, Sennheiser has opted to host daily concerts that will be streamed online on the German manufacturer’s Instagram page
Sound professionals are invited to take part in various DiGiCo webinars, hosted on the manufacturer's Facebook page and via its South African distributor DWR Distribution, who is offering virtual classes on the SD Series consoles. Meanwhile, Martin Audio has also launched free webinars - more information is available here.
Meanwhile, Avid is providing free 90-day software licences for students affected by campus closures. If your university is an Avid Learning Partner, you should have already received instructions from the ALP team directly. Otherwise, you can request a code.
Out Board, the company behind the TiMax spatial sound technology, has announced a series of online training sessions with TiMax specialists in the UK and USA. Sessions are open to sound designers, sound engineers and production sound techs worldwide on a first-come, first-served basis. Register to download TiMax SoundHub software (Mac or Windows) from the website below and enter ‘1on1’ into the About Me section.
For anyone looking to learn more about rigging and trussing, Area Four Industries has shared its catalogue of training videos

For the most up-to-date listing, visit our COVID-19 response page, where we collate training and information initiatives from across the industry.
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