PLASA & IBC PLASA (September 11-14) Our new digital dimming products took centrestage on the Strand booth this year. Appearing at PLASA for the first time was the EC21 series dimmer rack. The new racks support a wide range of dimmers including Quad 2.5kW, Dual 3kW and 5kW and Single 10kW thyristor dimmers. There are also dual 3kW and 5kW Snewave modules and each features a fully symmetrical Sinewave output with less than EC21 digital dimmer rack 1% harmonic distortion. Sinewave dimmers may be mised and matched with standard dimmers in the same rack for complete flexibility. Also shown for the first time was the new 6pack digital dimmer, featuring 6 x 10amp dimmers in a compact rack or wall mounting package. Our thanks to Sparks Theatrical Hire for their work installing lighting for our stand. 6pack digital dimmers IBC (September 9-13) IBC 2005 proved to be very busy and we were able to showcase the latest additions to the OneLight PAR and Fresnels range. The new 1200W MSR daylight luminaires were introduced at IBC. Like the 575W OneLight units introduced last year, the new OneLight 1200W features a quiet fully integrated high frequency electronic ballast designed with ClearArc technology for maximum useful lamp life and performance. OneLight 1200W PAR & Fresnel These new OneLights also support an optional DMX control module. Our thanks to Barndoor who assisted us in the design and build of our stand again this year.
Strand 500 Series Master Classes By Bobby Harrell Many new features have been added to the Strand 500 series consoles over the course of its 10 year development. So much so, in fact, that official training has been requested by operators that have been using the desks for years! Compared to the functionality of the consoles from the late 1990s, it’s like having a brand new desk for some users. Many of the features that have been recently enabled allow for much smarter use of conventional fixtures and so many more of the features increase functionality of automated luminaire programming. Philadelphia Local 8 Training I have developed a training course that I teach for user groups all over North America. This summer, I was brought in by IATSE’s Local 8 in Philadelphia for a 3 day masterclass at the Kimmel Center. This was taught to users of all levels that work with the 500 series consoles all over the city. IATSE Local 8 members discussing moving light programming. Each class starts with conventional lighting programming and then moves into automated fixture programming. We had full use of the Kimmel Center lighting rig with 5 Strand 500 series consoles all linked together on the same network running conventional lights, scrollers and movers. Here is what David W. Cecil, a participant, had to say about the class… “Although I had been operating StrandLighting Consoles for several years I found Bobby Harrell's instruction for the Strand 520i and 550i to be invaluable. In his course, Mr. Harrell outlines an efficient approach for the operation of intelligent lighting fixtures. His demonstrates how to edit fixture libraries, attribute filters and profiles. His methods for organizing groups and macros proved to be most illuminating. His comprehensive methodology enables you to successfully integrate moving and conventional fixtures on a single console and still program complex lighting presentations. It is, without a doubt, one of the best professional courses I have ever attended.” Many thanks to Michael Sweeney, Master Electrician of the Kimmel Center and Jim Utterback from Local 22 for their help. Canada Training in Edmonton & Calgary In September, I traveled to Edmonton and Calgary to teach master classes for Canadian users. Always starting with conventional programming then moving into automated fixtures, each class is customized to the students’ level of experience. Each Canadian class lasted one day but I have taught extensive 5 day classes. That gets very hands on and finishes with a single day design and cueing project for the students. The Masterclass in Edmonton. 5 – 520i consoles, 4 - Technobeams with xConnect and WYSIWYG. Thanks to Rob Montgomery and Richard Goode for all their help. If you have a need for training in your area, don’t hesitate to contact your local union. Many have education programs for funding of training. For non-union training of designers, programmers, electricians and students…contact me directly or sign up for my classes at future trade shows!