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AVOLITES QUARTZ! AVOLITES QUARTZ!! What-what?!

It’s dropping at PLASA in London in just a few short weeks, but we here at JimOnLight got the skinny on some masked detail photos of the upcoming Avolites Quartz from a secret source deep inside Team Avolites that we refer to as DEEPFADER, in an attempt to sound less like a porno than it already would have.

Check this out, I have to get my hands on this or I might just wilt into a crying ball of ridiculous:

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From my source…

The Quartz is the most cost-effective fully featured console in the Avolites Titan range. Offering all the power of Titan in a super-portable package. A bright built-in touchscreen, the latest on-board processing and all the flexibility of Titan Net connectivity mean the Quartz punches above its weight.

More details:
12.1” high brightness touchscreen (similar performance to that in TTII) 1 x Gigabit ethercon port
4 x 5-pin DMX connectors
ArtNet and S-ACN support
Compatible with Titan Net backup, multi-user and DMX expansion
Up to 16 universes from console alone
10 playback faders
3 optical encoder wheels
Front and rear-mounted USB ports
5-band sound to light support (implementation from v9 onwards) Expand control surface with Titan Mobile Fader Wing

…and from LSi Online:

UK – Avolites is going down the ‘size matters’ route at this year’s PLASA London, showcasing new wings to enlarge its industry-leading consoles, and unveiling a brand new, compact console aimed at the touring market.

The Avolites team will be on stands M10 and M20 at London’s ExCel for PLASA, which runs from 5-8 October 2014. First up, they will be offering hands-on demos of the new Quartz console.

“Quartz is the newest addition to the Titan Mobile family, complete with on-board processing and a bright, vibrant 12.1″ screen,” says Avolites sales manager, Stephen Baird Smith. “Super compact, measuring only 42.5cm wide, the Quartz is positioned as the ideal companion for lighting projects ranging from touring and festivals to clubs and one-offs. It is Avolites’ smallest fully-featured console.

“Featuring the same high quality faders and hardware you’ve come to expect from Avolites, the Quartz can go anywhere you can, ideal for life on the road.

“Offering full compatibility with Multi user, the Quartz is also perfect for use as a back-up or extra programming surface, cutting your programming time. Quartz is ready to benefit from multi band Sound to Light Triggering functionality, offered in Titan version 9.”

Also on stand will be the Avolites Tiger Touch Fader Wing, which has the same profile as the Tiger Touch II and features 30 playback faders all electronically labelled with an LCD screen.

Avolites will also be exhibiting its ‘ultimate in live control’ Sapphire Touch and new Wing, offering an additional 30 motorised faders and a third hi res touch screen.

The full Titan range is also available for demo and hands-on experience, running the amazing software features of the new Titan Version 8, packed full of the latest features to enhance the Titan experience and take your shows to the next level!

As well as the entire Titan range, Avolites will be showcasing the Ai S2 media server, which offers all the benefits of Avolites’ powerful hardware in a server drastically reduced in size and cost. Also on the stand will be latest Ai Infinity EX servers, and the Sapphire Media.

The team has spent 12 months listening carefully to what users felt they needed from the next installment of Ai. The results of this user led development process are illustrated in an impressive version 8 feature set and a more unified workspace that delivers ‘everything you always wanted’ in a media server. It’s truly a game changer.

Too.  Freaking.  Cool.

HOG 4 TRAINING VIDEOS!

High End Systems has released a series of training videos for the new Hog 4!

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From a press release at High End Systems:

Following the extremely successful HOG4 launch and due to incredibly high demand, High End Systems is today releasing a series of Hog4 training videos.

In tandem with the large number of worldwide training classes undertaken both by High End Systems and it’s extensive distributor network, the initial 12 videos will allow everyone to learn how to use a Hog.

The videos have been split into easy to watch segments meaning that beginners as well as experienced users will benefit from them. They are also in a logical order allowing for the user to move from one element of the Hog software to another with ease. The 12 videos means that users who only need to look at a specific area of the console may do this with ease.

“The addition of these videos to our already extensive training program is testament to our commitment to offer education at multiple levels” says Jeff Pelzl, VP, Technical and Marketing Services “and we are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to Hog training.”

“We realized that not everyone is able to attend training classes and also that users want the ability to brush up on certain areas of the platform’ says Chris Ferrante, Director of Product Management “so we partnered with Colin Wood of Pre Production Services and now have a brilliant suite of training videos”

These videos can be seen at the following location:  http://www.highend.com/support/training/Hog4Training/index.asp

As well as launching this suite of videos, High End Systems has recently launched version 1.2 for the Hog4 platform adding a host of new features including Command Keys, which continues the aggressive release schedule embarked upon on the platform’s launch.

AWESOME!!!!!

The videos:

Lesson 1:  Starting a New Show

Lesson 2: Default Layout of a New Show

Lesson 3: An Introduction to Patching

Lesson 4: Basic Programming

Lesson 5: Cue Playback

Lesson 6: Using Palettes

Lesson 7: Basic Cue Timing and Editing

Lesson 8: Tracking

Lesson 9: User Kinds

Lesson 10: Command Keys

Lesson 11: Multi-Console Setup

Lesson 12: Configuring Art-Net

I hope to see more of these from MORE console manufacturers in the near future!!!

MA Lighting’s USB onPC Command Wing for grandMA2

This was something that is just too perfectly timed not to catch my attention – I’m looking into using my wysiwyg Perform into a pre-visualization studio for myself (and perhaps others), and the two consoles I wanna run are the Road Hog Full Boar and the grandMA.

Translation from Jim to English:  the two consoles I wanna play with all day long on my own side projects and goofy 4am programming ruminations are the Road Hog and the grandMA.

The grand plan is to save up and get a USB programming and playback wing(s) for the Hog, and another console interface.  Not necessarily the grandMA2 stuff quite yet, I’m still a pretty basic grandMA programmer, and everything Jeff Waful (et al) has ever shown me on the grandMA that they use is just stellar.  I’ve been a Hog programmer since Kris Jones and Benny Kirkham showed me how to drive the Hog II back in 2002.  Marcus Wuebker was also pretty instrumental in turning me into a better Hog programmer, but I think pretty much anything those folks programs turns into a piece of art.

Then MA Lighting releases this – the onPC Command Wing for grandMA2:

So it’s a USB playback and programming surface for the grandMA2 software on the PC based lighting application grandMA2 onPC.  Specs from the brochure that got in my hands:

  • Perfect solution for flexible and mobile programming
  • Look and feel as known from grandMA2 consoles
  • 2,048 parameters on-board
  • Expendable by an MA 2Port Node onPC/onPC PRO
  • Light, handy & rock solid: extra small housing and just 6kg
  • Plug and play via USB: simply connect to your notebook
  • Fully integrated into the grandMA2 system

The brand new MA onPC command wing is the perfect solution
if you are working as a lighting professional all over the world, running a small club or theatre, want to join the huge grandMA2 family or simply look for a smart backup or preprogramming solution. 

Pretty cool.  I definitely wanna check this out.

London’s National Theatre Goes EOS

Lighting resources manager for the National – Michael Atkinson – is getting hooked on the ETC Eos desk.  The National Theatre is switching over to run a bunch of Eos and Ion desks from their previous console choices after testing a series of consoles to determine the best fit.  TPI ran a story about the topic a few days ago, and Michael Atkinson talked about the Eos as a choice:

Eventually, Michael settled on ETC’s Eos product family: initially five Eos desks, three of its smaller sibling, Ion, and four remote processor units for backup – plus another Ion for off site shows such as Warhorse, which has just moved to the West End. In time, the National also intends to purchase a further two Eos systems for use by the video department and another for touring.

“We really liked the fact that we are using a desk at the beginning of its product life cycle, and are able to influence its development,” he adds. “By sending feedback to the product team, we’ve been able to tell those working on the software how we think it should work – and some of those ideas have been included in software updates.”

I don’t know what the previous console was inside the largest of the National’s theatres, the Oliver, but with their 100+ moving lights in the main theatre, I can only imagine how many conversations ended in some sort of swearing when running a few productions in rep and updating focus positions and cue stacks.  From the article:

“It’s been a relatively easy transition from our previous desk, because the programming styles have some similarities. There are many things we can do on the Eos which we couldn’t do on the previous desk; and a few things we can’t do now that we used to be able to. But we were even given our own section on the ETC community forums so that we could note our concerns. That way our technicians, who all work different times, could share information with each other and with ETC’s support people.”

Also, The National Theatre is looking for a lighting technician! If you’re going to be living near London and feel like sending in your application, hurry up – the search ends March 12.  The information on this gig is here.

ETC Stops Taking Orders for Express/Expression

This is a little bit of old news (not to me, apparently) , but on the ETC Blog today I read that they have abruptly stopped taking orders for their extremely popular lighting desk lines, the Express and Expression.

Wow.  All things come to an end, huh.

Am I wrong to say that most lighting programmers cut their baby teeth on one of these?  I offer programming seminars on both of these lines, and I have the strong believe that there is not a lighting design inspiration that didn’t take place on one of these two control surface lines, some time.  Teaching students about how to write a moving light bally with focus points and finessing fade times.  Learning how to write a chase.  What the heck is a split fade?  How do I write a part cue?  All of these are questions were answered on an Express.

The Microvision FX was my first console.  How about you?