Product Spotlight

Whirlwind Offers Solution for Real Time Monitoring of Power

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Whirlwind's PLR power distro, front and back viewsWhirlwind, Inc. is a name well known to anybody in the music industry, with good reason. Makers of some of most ubiquitous and long-lasting electronic infrastructure equipment you’re likely to find on the road, they’ve been a leader in creating high-quality audio interfaces for more than 40 years.

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Martin MAC Quantum Profile

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MAC Quantum ProfileMartin Professional has been a leading manufacturer of moving lights for many years, and their MAC series of lights has been incredibly successful. With the MAC Quantum Profile, the company moves into previously unexplored territory, combining the fast-growing area of LED technology with their optics and color systems, and the result is the company’s latest LED profile light.

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Road Tests

Barco HDX-W20 Flex

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Barco HDX-W20 Flex projector with optional rigging fly-flameThe problem with new technology and gear is that you usually only get to put your hands on it the day before a gig, or worse, actually on the gig. I’ll admit — under duress is usually the best way to learn a piece of gear, but not exactly the most stress-free activity in the world. So I was delighted to be able to get my hands on the Barco HDX W20 Flex actually in a shop and not under any time gun or a client breathing down my neck.

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Road Tests

dot2 Console from MA Lighting

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MA Lighting featured the dot2 Console at PL+S 2015 in Frankfurt, GermanyMA Lighting has somehow hidden the secret that they have been working on a new console pretty much since they debuted the grandMA Series 2 line five years ago. I was amazed, not only by their ability to keep it a secret all this time, but also by how easy this console is to operate. But let’s cut to the chase and give you the facts.

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d3 Technologies 4x4pro

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d3 4x4proOne of the biggest challenges facing the video industry today is how to handle 4K signal distribution and the hardware that will support that raster size for playback.

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Road Tests

Robe BMFL

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Robe BMFL

I just spent two straight hours playing with this remarkable new fixture from Robe, the fine Czech Republic manufacturer of quality lighting fixtures. The latest in their series of hard-edged spot fixtures is cleverly called the BMFL, which stands for Bright Multi-Functional Luminaire. This fixture is so unique in the way that it projects textures that it took me all that time just to glance at all the amazing designer macros in this fixture and the fact that I’m playing with a whole new beast of a light here, not another clone of a typical spot fixture. This fixture has every bell and whistle of all the other spot fixtures I have used, rolled into one.

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Video Digerati

Palette/Preset Types: When and Why They Make a Difference

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Selective (S) and Global (G) grandMA2 palettes used for a John Legend showOn a Hog4 they are called Per Fixture, Per Type and Global. On a grandMA2 they are called Selective, Global and Universal. What do these labels mean? When should you use them, and why? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of palette types.

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Focus on Fundamentals

Survey Says...

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The typical PLSN reader We took a survey of our readers last month. We wanted to see what interests you the most as well as determine how resourceful this magazine is to you. Do you read it for the entertaining articles or for the technical jargon? And are we doing all right with our current curriculum? I have some facts, but as in all surveys, are they really facts, or are they figures that reflect a certain demographic?

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Feeding the Machines

Perfect Patching

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Automated lighting consoles are full of features, many of which rarely get used. However there is one feature that is required for every single show: patching. A patch is a set of instructions that assign specific controls on the desk to fixtures and their attributes in the real world. Without a patch, no communication between the console and devices can take place. It is vital for lighting programmers to understand how to patch their console and how to use the various options within the patch window. While some of the terminology may change from desk to desk, the basic procedures remain the same regardless of the console.

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Designer Watch

In the Driver's Seat for Mercedes-Benz; The Return of Steve Owens; More

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Mercedes-Benz LD Richard Profe's lighting rig is hidden from view. (c) Richard Profe

This year Mercedes-Benz has been launching its new model luxury automobiles, but along with its sophisticated exteriors, the lighting needed to shine on the advanced electronic technology inside. A key theme: “driverless driving.” To accomplish this, the German auto manufacturer tasked its longtime lighting designer Richard Profe with using lighting technology that would also reflect the luxury, efficiency and high technology of its own cars.

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