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May Issue - Stage Directions Magazine

Tools Of The Trade

May MélangeThe rise in temperature

Wybron Transition

T h e W y b r o n , I n c .

Transition, a CMY Fiber

Illuminator, uses similar

CMY dichroic color mixing

technology to Wybron’s

Nexera lighting fixtures. The

Transition offers smooth color

changes with nearly infinite

color choices and silent operation. The advantage of using fiber

optics is that the light source is separated from the light output,

and its fiber optic strands do not conduct UV radiation, all of

which is meant to allow practically heatless illumination.

The Transition allows the fiber common ends to remain cool,

and the unit will not burn PMMA fiber. It has a compact design

that measures less than 6 inches wide and weighs just less than

8 pounds. The Transition includes an integral electronic ballast

and power supply. It uses a 150-watt compact UHI light source

and has a 10,000-hour lamp life. It accepts 17 through 34 mm

common end fiber bundles and is RDM compliant. The Transition

can be placed in an accessible location for easy maintenance.

QSC SC28 System Controller

The QSC SC28 System Controller is a two-input, eight

output DSP controller that additionally offers user-adjustable EQ

and delay.

The SC28’s

audio quality is

rooted in 48 kHz,

24-bit A/D and

D/A conversion

technology with 32-bit, floating-point DSP offering wide dynamic

range and low distortion. System tunings can be selected by

scrolling through a list of QSC loudspeakers found on the SC28’s

front LCD panel and selecting the desired configuration.

Once the SC28 has been configured to match a system, integral

six-band parametric equalization can be added along with high

and low shelving filters and signal delay. Password protected to

deter unauthorized tampering, the SC28 also provides thermal

and excursion loudspeaker protection, as well as a channellinking

feature that can be used to select linked or independent

control of stereo channel settings.

ETC SmartFade ML

ETC’s new SmartFade ML is a compact, portable and easyto-use

board. The

SmartFade ML

is intended for

small touring acts,

schools, house of

worship venues,

industrials and

other applications.

SmartFade ML brings professional features like palettes,

parameter “fan” and built-in dynamic effects to novice or

experienced users. Its direct-access style of operation means that

Photo Courtesy of Wybron

Photo Courtesy of QSC

Courtesy of ETC

students, volunteers, non-technical staffers and others will be

able to use the console.

With a capacity for up to 24 moving lights and an additional

48 intensity channels (dimmers), and the ability to patch to

two universes of DMX512A (1,024 outputs), SmartFade ML

provides control for smaller lighting rigs.


Look Solutions and City Theatrical Wireless DMX-it

The Wireless DMX-it, by Look Solutions and City Theatrical,

i s a n a c c e s s o r y

d e s i g n e d t o m a k e

any Look Solutions

fog or haze machine

WDS-ready; also, City

T h e a t r i c a l ’s W D S

wireless technology

can control any Look

Solutions product from

their DMX console without DMX cables.

The Wireless DMX-it has a built-in WDS receiver and two

control output jacks: a 1 /8-inch Mini, to control Look Solutions’

Tiny-Fogger or Tiny-Compact, and a 3-pin XLR to control a

Power-Tiny, Viper NT or Unique2. A 5-pin XLR DMX Out is also

included, allowing the unit to function as a conventional WDS

DMX Receiver while simultaneously controlling a fog machine.

Clear-Com Tempest

The Clear-Com

Tempest 2400

a n d Te m p e s t

900 is a wireless

intercom system

that has been

continues to usher in a diverse

array of new products.

engineered to

avoid the need

for licensing and

frequency coordination. Utilizing Frequency Hopping Spread

Spectrum (FHSS) in conjunction with TDMA technology, Tempest

operates in both the 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz bands.

Tempest is intended to serve as a solution for the dilemma

wireless communication system users will face when the DTV

transition is completed in early 2009. Tempest operates in the

unlicensed 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz bands, so it is unaffected by the

reallocation of the UHF-TV spectrum. 2xTX Transmission Voice

Data Redundancy sends each packet of audio data twice on

different frequencies and through different antennas.

Tempest can interoperate with other Clear-Com intercom

systems, as well as those from other manufacturers through fourwire

and two-wire connections. Each base-station can operate

up to five wireless belt-stations.

A Shared-Slot feature allows one of the five belt-stations slots

to be used for up to 25 half-duplex, single transmit belt-stations.

The new system has a PC-based control panel, with set-up and

programming transferred to belt-stations via Ethernet or a USB


Courtesy of City Theatrical

and Look Solutions

14 May 2007 •

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