Lighting News

robe-im-a-celebrity-germanyRobe iSpiders survive jungle experience
Friday, 2 September 2022

South Africa - Robe’s new IP65 rated iSpiider LED wash moving lights passed some serious jungle tests on the latest edition of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Germany (Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier rau) which was recorded at Blyde River Canyon in Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Lighting was supplied by Blond Productions and designed by Mauritz Neethling for production company Triosphere who facilitated the series for franchisee ITV. Normally it would have been shot in Australia, but that was not possible this year due to Covid travel restrictions, so instead they chose South Africa as their new production hub.
Previously four Australian and one French versions of the show have been recorded at the same South African location, and Blond has been a production supplier for the last six years, over which time they have refined the lighting and the processes involved to ensure it is a smooth and efficient operation.
The iSpiiders were a new purchase specifically for this show at the start of 2022. This followed a site recce in late 2021 when Mauritz met the German team including director Michael Maier and DoP Roberto Piersanti.
When the series was broadcasting from Australia, due to the time difference, they were shooting in daylight from three different areas – the camp, the studio, and the trials locations. However, with SA’s time zone being so close to Europe’s, now everything needed to be lit for night-time transmission.
The iSpiiders were used for the show’s studio segment that facilitated

illumixx-new-elationIllumixx appointed Elation distributor in Canada
Friday, 2 September 2022

Canada - Elation Professional has announced that Illumixx - a new distribution company owned by Christie Lites - has been appointed the exclusive distributor for Elation Professional products in Canada. The distribution partnership which also covers the distribution of Obsidian Control Systems and Magmatic atmospheric effects products, went into effect on 1 September, 2022.
Claudia Pfaffinger, CEO of Christie Lites Sales, the sales and integration arm of Christie, stated, “Illumixx brings an understanding of the needs of the professional lighting marketplace. We are confident that this partnership will result in wide product range availability and local stock for quicker deliveries and service.”
Christie Lites provides professional stage lighting systems for a broad range of market sectors and is one of the largest stage lighting companies in North America with locations across the U.S. and Canada. The company’s leading position in the entertainment lighting industry has been built across decades of excellence in personnel and equipment combined with a strong customer focus. The new distribution company, Illumixx, will focus solely on B2B sales and support of professional lighting products within Canada.
“Product availability and first-class customer support are key pillars of our two companies and our plan and vision on how to grow the Elation brand in Canada aligns perfectly with our two companies,” stated Eric Loader, director of sales and marketing at Elation Professional. “Despite the supply chain challenges over the past couple y

 
 
railsplitPLASA Show 2022: Artistic Licence launches railSplit uno
Thursday, 1 September 2022

UK - Artistic Licence is to launch railSplit uno, a bidirectional DMX512/RDM isolator and signal booster, with a ‘data fixer’ for dodgy DMX, at PLASA Sow 2022. The product contains prescient technology that addresses new European Electrical Installation regulations that have recently come into force.
Fittingly, railSplit uno is being entered into the Innovation Awards at this year's PLASA Show. Visitors can see the product in the Awards gallery and at the Artistic Licence stand, D15.
railSplit uno was designed in response to the new European Electrical Installation regulations IEC 60364 (BS 7671). The regulations require Surge Protection Devices (SPDs) to be fitted (including to data lines such as DMX512) for many types of lighting installation.
The existing Artistic Licence product, railSplit extreme, has internal SPDs and so provides a partial solution. However, there are two potential issues:
The new regulations will require installers to cram DMX512 SPDs into ever smaller spaces (e.g.into existing electrical installation boxes).
The SPD needs some way of informing the user if it has been damaged by a protection event. railSplit uno solves both problems. It is a combined DMX512/RDM booster, isolator and SPD presented in a DIN-rail unit just 36mm wide.
Surge protection is achieved using a combination of different electronics. Part self-heals after a protection event. The other part is sacrificial and becomes spent after a number of protection events (usually triggered by nearby lightning strikes). The problem with most SPDs

 
juiceProlight Concepts acquires Flightcase Juice
Thursday, 1 September 2022

UK - Prolight Concepts Group has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Flightcase Juice. The addition of this brand ‘enhances the current umbrella of brands, and enables Prolight to continue to stock, supply and develop this popular consumable’.
This label cleaner and permanent market remover is developed and manufactured in the UK and is currently available in 0.75 litre spray bottle. A 5-litre version is also available which is suitable for refills or larger usage requirements. Mini sample bottles of Flightcase Juice will be given away at the upcoming PLASA Show in London.
Managing director Andrew Jeffrey comments, “I am pleased to welcome Flightcase Juice in our group. We will be looking at further expanding the range with the same dedication and passion that we have applied to our other brands over the years.”

 
 
tsl-matthew-quade-ceoTSL names Matthew Quade CEO
Wednesday, 31 August 2022

UK - TSL has announced Matthew Quade has been named CEO of the company. Chris Exelby, who was named managing director in 2007, will remain on the company’s board of directors as executive chairman and will continue to work with TSL in a senior advisory role.
Quade steps into his new position after working with TSL on a project basis for over six years, including leading implementation of the company’s M&A strategy. More recently, he held the role of COO and is already a well-respected and valued member of the TSL team. Over the last six months, the TSL Board and Quade have been working on the transition into the new role, and he will focus on continuing the brand’s tradition of developing innovative broadcast solutions.
“With getting to know the TSL team and the broadcast industry over the last few years, the opportunity to lead the business through its next ambitious phase of growth and technology development was a hugely attractive proposition,” says Quade. “With TSL remaining profitable throughout COVID, already bouncing back to pre-COVID levels of revenue and knowing the ambitious plans for growth that are already well underway, I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity. I look forward to working with Chris and the rest of the team to lead TSL into this next exciting new chapter.”

 
img3407Highlite appoints sales rep for North of UK
Wednesday, 31 August 2022

UK - Highlite’s UK sales representative Dave Hartley will be enjoying his well-deserved retirement from 15 September. Jeff Davenport will follow in his footsteps and be the new contact for Highlite-related matters and products in the North of the UK region.
Jeff Davenport will be taking over the UK sales representative position at Highlite from Dave Hartley. Jeff will start on 1 September. During the overlap period, Dave will bring Jeff up to speed on the current state of affairs. Jeff will dive right in at the upcoming PLASA Show at the Olympia London (4-6 September), where he will join the team on stand (B23) to introduce himself to the market and clients.
Jeff is already familiar with the market, as he has previously worked for several businesses that are active in the industry. From his hometown of Burton upon Trent, he can be contacted at Jeff.Davenport@highlite.com.

 
 
chamsysmagicqcompactconnectPLASA Show 2022: ChamSys connects with world previews
Wednesday, 31 August 2022

UK - The ChamSys team will be at PLASA Show 2022 on stand C-16, where they will expand their popular Connect family of products with the world preview of the MagicQ Compact Connect and MagicQ Compact Mini Connect.
The new MagicQ Compact Connect products are PC / MAC / Linux based programming interfaces that offer programmers, operators, and LDs a convenient, ‘control-on-the-go’ solution. Simply by connecting to a PC or Mac via a USB-C Connector, the user can run up to 64-universe shows on the MagicQ Compact Connect or MagicQ Compact Mini Connect, either of which fits easily within airline carry-on limits.
Sleek and lightweight, the new products feature the same contemporary styling as the MagicQ MQ70 and MQ50 Compact Consoles. Both allow access to the powerful MagicQ software package. The MagicQ Compact Connect also features 10 Playback Faders, eight Attribute Encoders, and cue stack control buttons, as well as Network and 10Scene ports.
In addition to the new Compact Connect products, ChamSys will be showcasing the popular, MagicQ MQ500M Stadium Console, which is capable of supporting 256 universes without the need for external processors, as well as the workhorse MagicQ MQ70 Compact Console.
ChamSys consoles won’t be the only ones connecting to visitors at PLASA. The company will also be conducting a series of hands-on training courses on a variety of topics throughout the show at Henley Suite.
Rebbecca Cadd, ChamSys product specialist, will be holding sessions on Introduction to MagicQ, Timecode and Audio Timeline

 
robe-plasaPLASA Show 2022: Robe launches iForte moving light
Wednesday, 31 August 2022

UK - Robe anticipates a busy and vibrant PLASA 2022 with the industry, shows and events back and working at full speed.
It will be the official launch of Robe’s potent and impressive iForte moving light, an IP65 version of Forte, the brand’s current highest-powered TETM LED luminaire.
Robe’s expanding i-series of weatherised products includes the iSpiider LED wash beam and iBeam 250 which will join the iForte on Stand C20. These fixtures will be integrated into a Robe signature live performance with a specially created lightshow presented in a purpose-built area together with ‘lots of water’.
Other current products will be the new Painte and TetraX – a 360-degree continuous rotation LED bar – plus Robe’s popular LEDBeam 350TM and the ABTT Award-winning T11TM series, a three-into-one generic lighting solution for theatres and venues.
Dedicated demonstration areas will facilitate in-depth product examinations.
Robe will be hosting RoboSpot Taster Sessions illustrating the advantages of its flexible remote follow spot system in Theatre 1 on the exhibition show floor throughout the event.
Architectural lighting brand Anolis will have its own space on Stand E15 adjacent to Robe’s front entrance, with selected products also active in the Robe demo area. This area of the stand is dedicated to highlighting Anolis’ new CalummaTM range – showcased for the first time at a UK expo – alongside their AmbianeTM and EminereTM product ranges. The stand will also be shared with MDG Fog Generators.

 
 
etc-and-holy-redeemer-2Holy Redeemer adds colour and control with ETC
Wednesday, 31 August 2022

USA - Holy Redeemer Catholic Church near Grand Rapids, Michigan needed more light, more colour, and more control – but didn’t have the budget for a complete overhaul. With ETC’s flexible lighting solutions, they were able to get a whole new look without installing a whole new system.
To add more illumination, David Kolenda of West Michigan Lighting and Controls replaced incandescent fixtures with ETC Desire D22 fixtures featuring a Lustr+ colour LED array in the track surrounding the altar. ColorSource Spots and PARs added accents and highlights.
“They loved the D22’s and ColorSource fixtures – especially with the colour tuning,” says Kolenda. “All the fixtures output automatically calibrated colour so they get an even field from all the fixtures.”
The colour also offers them more possibilities in the space. When children present scripture plays on the altar, or holidays require a little extra emphasis, the colour adds extra vibrancy. The church is also thrilled with the intensity of the fixtures. “They kept wanting to turn the lights down, the LEDs were so bright compared to what they were used to. They’re only running at 17 percent of output! They’re amazed at the variety of levels that they couldn’t get with incandescent.”
They were also pleasantly surprised they didn’t need to upgrade their ETC Paradigm system, even though it was nearly a decade old. Kolenda designed new menus for the Paradigm Touchscreen controllers, letting the church control all the new looks and colours from the same system they were u

 
ed-sheeranBrompton delivers LED processing power for Ed Sheeran
Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Europe - Ed Sheeran kicked off his Mathematics (+–=÷x) tour, his largest to date, on 23 April in Croke Park Stadium, Dublin. Since then, the singer-songwriter has been playing stadiums across the UK and Ireland, with further dates planned across Central Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, Latin America and North America as part of his mammoth 2022 / 2023 world tour.
Continuing its long-term relationship with the artist, Colonel Tom Touring (CTT) is once again supporting the production, supplying over 1100sq.m of a variety of ROE Visual LED panels, all powered by Brompton Technology LED processing.
The spectacular 360-degree stage design incorporates a giant circular ‘halo’ video screen, comprising 462m2 ROE Vanish V8T high transparency outdoor LED panels, fixed over a 90m2 revolving LED stage built from ROE BM5 panels.
The stage is surrounded by six 30-metre-high masts, with 398m2 of ROE CB5 making up six plectrum-shaped, double sided IMAG screens dangling from the masts, and further 220m2 of ROE CB5 half panels completing the LED hoops around the outside of the masts. The giant LED set-up is powered by five active and one backup 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors, as well as 20 Tessera XD 10G data distribution units.
The tour’s video director Phil Mead has been working with Ed Sheeran for 11 years and still remembers the first time CTT used ROE Visual technology with Brompton LED processing.
“The first time we rolled out Brompton’s Tessera LED processors and ROE panels was on Ed’s last tour, the Divide Tour’ 2017 – 2019

 
 
job3280w1044PLASA Show 2022: Free registration ends tomorrow
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

UK - Free registration for this year’s PLASA Show will end at midnight tomorrow (31 August). Taking place in Olympia London’s Grand Hall on 4-6 September, the leading entertainment technology trade show promises to deliver some of the latest technology, brand showcases and product demos. Alongside ample networking opportunities, visitors will also be able to take advantage of the show’s free-to-attend seminar programme of over 60 sessions, taking place across four show floor theatres. Meanwhile, the winners of the 2022 PLASA Awards for Innovation and the Gottelier Award will be announced at the show on Monday 5 September.
Don’t miss out – register for your free ticket by midnight tomorrow: https://registration.gesevent.com/survey/1ibtbcj5j6f10?actioncode=WB14

 
nx1-with-nxk-and-nxpPLASA Show 2022: Obsidian to demo NX1 controller
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

UK - Visitors to the upcoming PLASA Show at Olympia in London will have the chance to demo Obsidian Control Systems’ new portable yet full-featured NX1 lighting console. Obsidian invites designers, programmers and operators to Stand E-14 where personnel from Obsidian, as well as UK partner Entedi, will be on hand to demo a host of new Obsidian products.
The newest member of Obsidian Control Systems’ Onyx family of lighting consoles, the NX1 offers the complete Onyx experience without compromises in a full-featured yet low-profile design package. A compact, motorized fader wing, the NX P, as well as a small USB-powered control surface for Onyx, the NX K, both ideal companions to the NX1 console, will also be on display.
The Onyx user experience has recently been enhanced with release of Onyx 4.8 Version software. Several other new lighting control products under the Onyx lighting control platform will also be on hand including new devices in Obsidian’s Netron data distribution line.

 
 
maverick-storm-2-beamwashPLASA Show 2022: Chauvet answers the questions
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

UK - “What’s new?” Unscientific research has shown those to be the most common words uttered by visitors when they first enter a trade show stand. Those who pose that question to the Chauvet Professional team at PLASA stand C-16 will be treated to some exciting answers, as the company continues to build on its recent impressive string of IP65 rated product introductions, particularly in regard to their class leading weight.
Among the highlights of the booth will be the Maverick Storm 2 BeamWash, the Rogue Outcast 2X Wash, and the Ovation Rêve E-3 IP. Each of these fully-featured outdoor ready fixtures will be making its international trade show debut at PLASA. Thanks to their IP65 rating, the new fixtures are also easy to maintain, as their insides remain dust and debris free.
The Maverick Storm 2 BeamWash is the first in the next generation of Maverick IP65 rated moving heads (profile fixtures are waiting to delight on the horizon). Intensely bright, with an output close to 10,000 lumens, this newcomer, which features 19 50-watt RGBW LEDs in its center pixel array and an outer ring of 0.2-watt RGB LEDs, can light up even the largest stadium or amphitheatre. With a zoom range that goes down to 3.6ﹾ, the Maverick Storm 2 BeamWash can create searingly tight aerial beams. Then, when it’s time for a wide wash, that range can go up to a generous 53.4 ﹾ- all in a rigging-friendly package that weighs in at under 22 kgs (less than 50 lbs.).
Expanding the Rogue Outcast family, the Outcast 2X Wash builds on the success of the Rogue R2X Wash and o

 
proteus-brutusPLASA Show 2022: Elation highlights Proteus
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

UK - Elation is teaming up with technology equipment solutions provider Entedi to present an exceptional line-up of new lighting tools at the PLASA tradeshow at Olympia in West London. Visitors to Elation/Entedi Stand E-14 will be some of the first in the UK to demo the latest luminaires in Elation’s industry leading IP65 Proteus, high-performance/high-value Fuze, and broadcast-optimized KL ranges.
Highlights include the IP65 full-featured beam fixture, Proteus Excalibur, which has already seen service on several high-profile shows, plus the 70,000-lumen Proteus Brutus LED wash. The Proteus Rayzor Blade, a combination linear wash and FX light, and Proteus Rayzor 1960, a compact yet powerful LED wash effects luminaire, will also be available to demo.
Elation’s new Fuze MAX Profile full-colour LED moving head has garnered a lot of attention since debuting at the Prolight + Sound show in April as has the new KL Panel XL, a bigger, brighter and bolder version of Elation’s popular colour temperature-adjustable, full-spectrum KL Panel LED soft light. Both will be available for close inspection as will the new KL Fresnel 6 FC, a full-colour soft light in Elation’s KL ‘Key Light’ series.
The Elation/Entedi team looks forward to a great PLASA and welcomes lighting professionals to Stand E-14 for a closer look at these exciting innovations and much more.

 
 
blackkeys1-photocredit-todd-kaplan-copyBigtime backs Black Keys Drop Out Boogie
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

USA - Embarking on their first full-scale tour since the pandemic, the Black Keys were eager to get back to the basics, eliminating all distractions, and turning out rock infused blues with the free-flowing spontaneity that has made the duo from Ohio a powerful force in popular music. Patrick Carney, the band’s drummer described the experience as “feeling like a band’s supposed to feel”.
It was a sentiment that Michael Grant and Eric Cathcart of Bigtime Lighting Design understood well. Tasked with creating the set and lighting design for the band’s 32-date summer Drop Out Boogie tour, the Bigtime team focused on the fundamentals.
“For this design, it all went to back to basics; keeping things streamlined while still being exciting and creating a visual spectacle,” said Grant, who took the lead role in the design. “We believe that is what the band represents. It’s all about matching, and correctly interpreting, the dynamics, rather than just throwing as much as you can out there.”
In keeping with this approach, the designers opted to use a blow-through video wall for the tour, which is made up of large amphitheatre dates. This allows Grant to hide fixtures and create dramatic mood changes with subtle shifts in lighting.
Helping him accomplish this feat is a collection of 96 Chauvet Professional STRIKE 1 fixtures supplied by Upstaging. “We used these fixtures on a tour before the pandemic, and had them arranged in a massive wall,” said Grant. “Since this is a shed tour, we tried a different format, having them behind t

 
dub-camp5Mavericks set lakeside Dub Camp mood
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

France - At the recent Dub Camp Festival on the banks of Lake Vioreau in the Loire Valley, minimalist sub-bass sounds and riddims filled the air over five stages supported by the subtle lighting designs created by the team at Ecom-Events.
Internationally acclaimed dub artists like Mighty Jah Observer and Martin Campbell who performed at the seventh edition of this annual festival did not “want much light cast on them” said Mathieu Simon of Ecom-Events. Instead, they preferred to perform in an ambient atmosphere, where light reflected their music in more nuanced, but still powerful, ways.
As production manager, Simon led the design team that created subtly evocative moods on stages ranging in size from 18x18m to 40x40m. Relying on ample use of shadows and dark space, punctuated by back and side lighting projected from off-center angles, the design team created an ethereal aura on stage that captured the deep essence of the music.
The colours used against the shadowy background of the stage, were often muted, nonprimary hues, such as dark, pine green, creating an absorbing mood on stage. There were also times, however, during toasting or deejaying moments, when tightly focused key light drew eyes to the artist.
Helping the design team create this subtle power was a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures from Ecom-Events’ own inventory that included eight Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures, four-to-eight COLORado 3 Solo wash lights per stage, 12 OnAir IP Panel 1 units, and 16 COLORado Q40 Panels, as well as a collection of Rogue R1 FX-B and Ov

 
 
robe-colours-of-ostrava-2022Robe celebrates Liberty at Colours of Ostrava
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Czech Republic - The majestic former Vítkovice steelworks in Ostrava again resonated with the music, and animated carnival atmosphere of the Colours of Ostrava festival.
The four-day 2022 event is the largest music festival in the Czech Republic and one of the most popular in Central Europe, presenting multiple stages and a diverse line-up of mixed-genre local and international talent.
Technical production – staging, rigging, lighting, sound, video, audio, stage management and all associated infrastructure – for 18 of the 19 stages was co-ordinated by Prague-based SMART Production, with a team led by Josef ‘Pepa’ Ženíšek, and a Robe moving light rig made impact on the Liberty Stage.
The Liberty Stage was full of Robe moving lights provided by rental specialist AV Media Events, and tech’d and run by Kamil Kruźík and Martin Nakládal.
When choosing their rig, they perused all the lighting specifications – Phoebe Bridges, S+C+A+R+R, Voice of Baceprot, Sam Ryder and many more – and based the rig on their riders, choosing 12 x Robe Esprites, 38 x Spiiders, 17 x MegaPointes, 12 x BMFL Blades and nine Pointes, plus strobes, blinders and MDG hazers for the production lighting rig, complete with grandMA3 light for control.
A relatively modest number of moving lights for a large stage space, but with the flexibility and features of these Robe luminaires plus some imaginative programming, this was enough to produce a series cool and distinctive light shows for all.
Designed to offer the maximum options to as wide a v

 
lollapaloozaVerge Aero creates Lollapalooza drone dance
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

USA - Verge Aero took Chicago’s famous Lollapalooza festival to new highs in July as 300 of the company’s custom-built drones danced high above the site to elevate the experience.
Acts as diverse as Dua Lipa, Metallica and J. Cole performed over the four-day event, which took place at the city’s Grant Park. It was the first time that drones formed part of the Lollapalooza spectacle, and Dua Lipa’s Friday night slot was the setting for the specially created Verge Aero drone show, which was staged in partnership with cellphone network company T-Mobile and Google Pixel phones.
“We actually launched the drone show over T-Mobile’s 5G network, using a Google Pixel phone,” reveals Verge Aero’s Mason Hayes, who designed the drone show using the company’s unique software and piloted the drones on the night. “We have a Verge Aero-created app that we can load onto smartphones and set the drones off on their pre-programmed flight formations, and it worked perfectly.”
Verge Aero has an existing relationship with T-Mobile, having collaborated on a gig for Canadian pop star Justin Bieber to ring in the new year in 2021.
During the drone performance, key messages and on-brand graphics were formed, including an alien UFO, a cassette, the Chicago flag and skyline, and a heart and rainbow. The imagery and words were created in Verge Aero’s visualisation and programming software by Hayes, in collaboration with the Lollapalooza, Google and T-Mobile teams. Hayes designed the show to be continuous with no dead space, forming the 300-strong dr

 
 
vienna-philharmonic-summer-concertphoto-julius-silver1Proteus lights Vienna Philharmonic summer show
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Austria - The annual Summer Night Concert (Das Sommernachtskonzert) by the Vienna Philharmonic at the illustrious Schönbrunn Palace is the second biggest show every year in Austria, only outdone by the orchestra’s renowned New Year's Concert. This year, lighting designer and director of photography Jerry Appelt used 280 Elation Proteus series luminaires to light the summer show for 80,000 spectators in the Palace Park plus a worldwide television audience of millions.
Appelt has been part of the event for five years, lighting the entire space for a live audience and camera, which includes the orchestra and stage, the majestic backdrop of Schönbrunn Palace, and the surrounding park. This year, the designer had 124 Proteus Maximus, 92 Proteus Excalibur, and 64 Proteus Rayzor 760 at his disposal.
Over the years, the event has transitioned to more and more IP65-rated lighting like the Proteus range. Appelt has a long history with the Proteus series, having showcased the Proteus Hybrid on the Burj Khalifa New Year’s spectaculars, as well as several other projects over the last four years. He comments, “A lot of our input from our experience with the Proteus on large scale projects like the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai I can now find in the Proteus Excalibur, which is the reason why I like the fixture very much. They really listened when we gave feedback - big output, the diameter of the lens, better colours - and we found that is has been fulfilled in the Excalibur.”
Appelt has used the Proteus Excalibur on other outdoor shows this year, also f

 
artisticPLASA Show 2022: Artistic Licence covers all bases
Friday, 26 August 2022

UK - Artistic Licence is exhibiting at PLASA London, Stand D15. This year the company will be showing products across all its main areas of expertise, including splitters, gateways, control interfaces, test equipment and dimming technology.
Entered for the Innovation Awards is the Micro-Scope 3c upgrade kit - a low-cost item that scores highly in the sustainability category. The kit contains a microprocessor chip that allows any Artistic Licence Micro-Scope DMX tester to be updated to the latest specification – most significantly adding RDM support. Artistic Licence started selling these testers nearly 30 years ago and there are many in active service today. The addition of RDM support (via a simple chip replacement that the customer can carry out) means they should be good for another few decades
On a lighter note, Artistic Licence is holding a competition at the show. Bring your tester along to our stand, D15, and a free upgrade kit will be presented to the person with the oldest unit (serial number required!) .
Other products on show include Commissioner rdmx, a hand-held tool for testing, programming and configuring DMX512/RDM lighting installations or fixtures.
candlePower octo is a DMX512/RDM controlled 8-channel LED dimmer. Each channel can be individually set to constant current (CC) or constant voltage (CV).
sunDial quad is an award-winning DMX512/RDM controlled 4-channel trailing edge mains dimmer. The product works 'out of the box' with dimmable replacement LED bulbs.
rackSplit octo and rackLynx octo is an 8-way split

 
 
etceosapexPLASA Show 2022: ETC returns with Eos Apex
Friday, 26 August 2022

UK - ETC is set to return to Olympia London for the 2022 PLASA Show from the 4-6 September with the latest product innovations and seminars. The team will be on stand B29 to catch up and network with customers and visitors at the tradeshow.
ETC will present a variety of its newest entertainment fixtures and controls including its latest line of consoles: Eos Apex. This powerful, next generation of lighting control offers cutting-edge technology, a variety of new features, award-winning software and more.
The latest High End Systems moving lights will also be showcased at the PLASA Show, including the newly launched SolaPix 19 XT, an exterior rated version of the most popular SolaPix fixture, the compact Lonestar framing fixture, and the silent fanless SolaFrame Studio.
Visitors to ETC’s stand will also be able to explore the X8 array in the new Source Four LED Series 3, Desire Fresnel and fos/4 fixtures. With the addition of Deep Red LEDs, the Lustr X8 color system sets a new standard in LED lighting quality which visitors will be able to see first-hand on stand B29.
Further, ETC product specialists will present a selection of seminars during the three-day show. These include The Art of Lighting an Audience, Light Bytes Live, The Balance of Power, Mix What You Want, and An Audience with Nick Gonsman.

 
robe-noot-vir-nootNoot vir Noot hits the airwaves with Robe Esprites
Friday, 26 August 2022

South Africa - Noot vir Noot (Note for Note), a long-running popular and successful Afrikaans language TV music-based games show produced by Stemmburg TV and broadcast on SABC 2 has returned to screens after a two-year break due to Covid, with edition 40 featuring a slightly reimagined version of the new set designed by Michael Gill and built by SDS for the fully visually revamped 2019 season.
Lighting is again designed by Ryan Lombard from Blond Productions – the company also supplying the lighting kit – and he specified Robe Esprites for the first time on this show, together with two of his trusty favourite moving lights, the Robe LEDWash 300 and the miniPointe.
The series was filmed at Urban Brew Studios in Johannesburg, and while some features remained constant from the last edition, the set lighting and video are now fully integrated, and Ryan found there was some additional scope for him to be more creative and colourful rather than just supplying a series of ‘flat’ studio looks.
All 18 episodes were shot in a six-day period divided into two parts, first the contestant and eliminations rounds followed by a very tight changeover, then all the live band performance segments were recorded in the same space over two hectic paced days.
Lighting had to be dynamic and flexible to accommodate these two different required styles for the separate parts of the programme, for which the studio floor was marked up in advance so the band sets could be installed seamlessly and quickly.
Six Esprites were spec’d, and becau

 
 
legally-blondeOvations on song for Mountview’s Legally Blonde
Thursday, 25 August 2022

UK - Adam King captured the powerful, punchy and uplifting spirit of the musical Legally Blonde when lighting a recent Franny Rafferty directed production of the Olivier Award winning musical at Mountview’s The Mack Theatre.
“Given the nature of the story, vibrant pink was the major colour theme for Elle Woods, so it was important that we be able to transition to it when necessary,” he said. “However, we also had to lean away from this palette when the scenes were not so linked to the character in order to make it more effective.”
At its core, Legally Blonde is a story of transitions. In this Mountview production, Elle’s transformative journey is supported by well-timed and placed lighting changes that King executes with a rig anchored by Chauvet Professional Ovation fixtures.
“There were lots of different locations that we needed to create so it was vital that we had colour changing ability in the rig to allow us to seamlessly step from one location to another,” he explained. “We needed the ability to light the space as a whole. but at the same time be able to close right down and isolate different areas of the space. Accomplishing this was a lot simpler, given the colour rendering capabilities of these fixtures, as well as the skill of our in-house production electrician Hakan Hafizoglu and the Mountview students.”
Endowing the stage with texture and depth was critical to King’s plan to convey a sense of different spaces throughout the play. The set had a pink brick wall; behind this was the theatre’s

 
vljacob-collier-tourVari-Lite VL2600 adds style to Jacob Collier tour
Thursday, 25 August 2022

UK – Multi-genre English musician Jacob Collier is back on the road for a grand world tour to celebrate his DJESSE album series. The show features an energetic lighting design harnessing the rich colours of the VL2600 range of luminaires from Vari-Lite.
The design was put together by Luke Edwards, specification sales specialist at Signify. Edwards, who was a full-time lighting designer before joining Signify earlier this year, took the opportunity to push the boundaries of his lighting design dynamism, to match five-time Grammy Award-winning Collier’s enthusiastic performing style.
“Jacob’s concerts are as much about the audience as they are about him and I find working with him hugely inspiring,” says Edwards. “His high-energy approach to every moment is infectious and I wanted to create a design that would reflect that and embrace the natural colours of his DJESSE campaign. To that end, I chose colours that evoke the qualities of earth, wind, fire, and water.
“Usually, I’m not keen on using more than two colours in a lighting look but in the case of Jacob’s show I threw all my creative rules off the stage and used colour with the same joyful abandon he takes to performing, and it has worked beautifully.”
Edwards chose to use the Vari-Lite VL2600 Wash and the VL2600 Profile fixtures, which were supplied to the tour by rental company Siyan Lighting: “I wanted my colours to be sharp and clean, as well as deep and rich,” says Edwards. “The colour rendering of the VL2600 range gives me those qualities and m

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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