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.

JimOnLight.com Recommends the ROGUE R2 Spot for the 2014 Parnelli Awards!

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Ok, I’m blown away by this fixture, and I want to ask you, the JimOnLight.com readership, for your help in nominating this piece of lighting awesomesauce.  Meet the ROGUE R2 Spot from CHAUVET Professional, a fixture I’ve had the chance to rock on several occasions:

Check out the ROGUE R2 Spot microsite!  http://chauvetrogue.com/rogue-r2-spot.php

It has to be said, I work for CHAUVET Professional as many of you know, but no one asked me to do this or is paying me to do anything.  This is the first moving head I helped to get out into the world, and I am ever, ever so proud to work on this amazing team of engineers, developers, and industry experts.  I truly think that the ROGUE R2 Spot is one bad mamajama — it’s THE bright, quick, accurate, and fully-featured LED moving head gaining traction all over the world.  I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to see and play with pretty much every moving head out there, and the ROGUE series pretty much rocks my face.

GO HERE to nominate the ROGUE R2 Spot for this year’s 2014 Parnelli Indispensable Technology Awards.  I’m hanging my reputation on this one folks, it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever had the chance to work on, to see born right before my eyes.

GET OUT THE VOTE!  Thanks for playing, everyone!  If all else fails, tell ’em JimOnLight sent you!

Undulatus Asperatus – The ‘Holy Crap’ of Cloud Formations

I’m sitting here with the wife, and she gets my attention to show me this video:

Those undulus asperatus cloud formations are nearly unbelievable to the eye.  I rubbed mine three or four times while watching that video, there are several portions where I could have sworn it was a ‘shopped job.  But, nope!

METEOROLOGYNEWS.com – In the first new cloud type to be officially designated in over 50 years, members of the Cloud Appreciation Society are pushing for official recognition of the undulating, ominous-appearing clouds.

Turbulent motions between differing air masses create undulating clouds as seen over rural Kansas in the early morning hours of April 28, 2006. Meteorologists are proposing these clouds be designated as the first new cloud type to be named in over 50 years: Undulus Asperatus.
The Cloud Appreciation Society has designated the clouds as “Undulus Asperatus” or alternatively, “Undulatus Asperatus.”  The Latin term translates loosely as “turbulent undulation.”  Such clouds are relatively rare, but have been photographed in several areas around the world.

The ominous-looking clouds have been particularly common in the Plains states of the United States, often during the morning or midday hours following convective thunderstorm activity.  These clouds are not considered a precursor to severe weather, rather appear to form following rain or thunderstorm activity.

Jane Wiggins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa recently captured several spectacular images of the new cloud type as viewed from a downtown office building.  Several of her images have recently been published by National Geographic Magazine – an honor which Wiggins does not take lightly.

“It is a bit like looking at the surface of a choppy sea from below,” said Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, who first identified the asperatus cloud from photographs that were being sent in by members of the society.

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Well, what do you think of that?  I have to say that is some quite incredible visual magic!  Can you imagine that on the side of a convention center?

One more video, this one is freaking awesomesauce:

Too cool.