Pick Five Things Fixture Manufacturers Could Do Better

I’ve worked on both sides of the equation with respect to the manufacturer/user balance, and the question of which five things a fixture could improve upon ALWAYS comes up — I always love the discussion because everyone wants something different.

 

It’s honestly sometimes a special little hell from a product development standpoint, because usually, at least 75% of the good suggestions could improve the product you’re developing, but the time/talent/money triangle ALWAYS dictates how much of everything you can put into your fixture.  Then, you have to avoid “feature creep,” which is just adding too much crap into the fixture’s abilities, just because you can.  All of this is also regardless of whether it’s a moving head or a conventional non-mover.  “You can fill a development cycle with however long you give the engineers to fill it.”  That’s a Berenice Chauvet quote, ladies and gentlemen, she is one brilliant individual ninja.

PICK TWO off the triangle above and design your show.

So here, I have a poll for you — if you could pick five things on a moving head to improve, what would they be?

Pick FIVE THINGS You Would Improve about Moving Lights.

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At the Drive In Bodyslams a Sharpy at Splendour 2016

This last week has been kinda crazy with the artists doing stuff to production that we’d all prefer they not do — like Marilyn Manson getting all jiggy at FOH with his crew.

Here’s another great example of something that could have been a lot easier to do than destroy a piece of gear — here’s Cedric Bixler of At the Drive In about to bodyslam a Sharpy to the ground at the Splendour in the Grass Festival 2016.  Apparently it was shining in his eyes and he couldn’t be bothered to either A) notify stage management that the light was a problem, B) reach down and unplug it, or C) do something other than bounce that motherf**ker to the deck like a hero.  Way to go, At the Drive In!  We professionals are so impressed at your display of professionalism.  That kind of crap is not exactly what I would call a friend maker for the crew.

The Sharpy is fine from what I hear — a few hours chilling in Catering and some Klonopin for anxiety and it was back on the case for the second act.

Way to go, hero! You tell that burdensome light who's the rockstar!

Way to go, hero! You tell that burdensome light who’s the rockstar!

Some links for you to check out the noisy sounds of At the Drive In:
http://www.atthedriveinmusic.com

At the Drive In on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ATDImusic/

Splendour in the Grass Festival Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/splendourinthegrass/

Splendour in the Grass website:
http://www.splendourinthegrass.com

 

 

RDM2GO – A Badass Handheld RDM & DMX Magic Box

Ok, this is pretty awesome.  Nobody paid me shit to post this, CHAUVET Professional makes good gear that kicks most of the mid-range stuff’s ass.  I guess truth is hard to read.

 

RDM2GO_Chauvet

So, below, Ford Sellers, the Senior Product Manager for the PRO line fixtures and equipment, is gonna tell you about the RDM2GO unit.

Here’s the official hoo-haa:  http://www.chauvetprofessional.com/products/rdm2go/

The RDM2go is a multi-functional tool for working with fixtures over a DMX/RDM data line. The palm-sized controller performs a multitude of tasks including RDM functionality, DMX snapshot and test-scene record and playback, Ilumicode addressing for Iluminarc fixtures and DMX input and output monitoring. The RDM2go also features a built in DMX cable integrity checker, and an easy to ready OLED display. The unit easily recharges via a standard micro USB jack and comes with a convenient carry pouch and connector convertors.

SO:

  • It’s a handheld tool for managing fixtures and systems with DMX, RDM, AND Ilumicode based control, which is bad ass because the Iluminarc line has some pretty beefy, punchy LED architectural units in its line.  it was one of my favorite things when I worked for Chauvet.
  • RDM2GO allows you to easily address, locate and monitor RDM capable fixtures.
  • This thing makes it so you can check DMX addressing, cabling, and store/playback basic snapshots.
  • Address and set personalities of Ilumicode based architectural fixtures (AWESOME)

This thing is pretty cool!  It also comes with some accessories:

RDM2GO_kit

What’s in the bag?

  • the RDM2go unit
  • the RDM2GO Carry Pouch
  • 2 pieces, 3- to 5-pin converters
  • 5-pin male to bare wire adaptor
  • USB-A Male to Micro USB-B Male (3 ft)