Elation Adds World Premiere Product Launches to LDI 2018 Lineup

Elation Professional has added three new World Premiere products to an already impressive list of innovative product launches at LDI 2018. Showing October 19-21 at LDI Booth 931 for the first time anywhere will be the Artiste Monet™, Proteus Profile™ and Smarty MaX™, new professional market luminaires that continue Elation’s efforts to bring innovation and best-in-class ROI products to the market.

Artiste Monet™: The Artiste Monet is an extremely bright, full-featured, 45,000 lumen LED Profile fixture offering outstanding projection quality, a comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and a wide array of colors via its innovative SpectraColor engine. The new SpectraColor array uses traditional CMY colors but adds variable RGB flags for rich and vibrant primary colors. In combination with variable CTO color correction, the Monet produces colors that were previously impossible to achieve from theatrical pastels to the purest reds, blues or greens ever produced by a color mixing system.

The Monet houses a full blackout, 4-blade framing system with unlimited indexing and continuous rotation control that allows shapes to rotate while morphing and transforming for transitions, projections and aerial effects not previously possible. Monet’s comprehensive FX package includes 7 rotating and 7 fixed glass gobos, full animation wheel, dual prisms, dual frost and a high-speed iris. With a fast 6 to 50-degree zoom and an impressive 160mm front lens, the Monet has the power to cut through at even great distances in arena touring environments or large TV or theater stages. Providing up to 45,000 lumens from an efficient 950W white LED engine, the Artiste Monet is ideal for any application requiring superior output, stunning effects and unmatched colors in a quiet and refined luminaire.

Proteus Profile™: The Proteus Profile™ is an extremely bright IP65-rated LED Profile fixture offering outstanding projection quality in any environment. Providing up to 45,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Proteus Profile is the ideal fixture for any outdoor application requiring superior output, bright and powerful beams, and quiet operation, as well as stunningly precise gobos and colors. Proteus Profile provides the designer a comprehensive FX package with 6 rotating and 7 fixed glass gobos, full animation wheel, dual prisms, dual frost and a high-speed iris. Its indexable framing system provides full blackout shutter cuts for precise beam shape control. With a fast zoom range from 6 to 50 degrees and an impressive 160mm front lens, the Proteus Profile has the power to cut through at even great distances in any outdoor concert or special event, and with its fully dust and waterproof design it is an ideal fixture for theme parks and cruise ships as well.

Also showing at Elation Booth 931 will be a preview of the Smarty MaX™, an extreme-output, beam/spot/wash hybrid moving head featuring the new Philips MSD Platinum FLEX 400 lamp. Rated at 480W with up to 4000 hours of smart lamp life, the Smarty X is the ultimate designer tool. Combining CMY and variable CTO, this is the world’s first hybrid incorporating a full iris for dynamic beam effects. Compact and lightweight with a large 160mm front aperture lens, four prisms on two planes, dual frosts plus dual gobo wheels and animation round out the design package.

Elation is excited to show visitors to LDI 2018 these never-before-seen World Premiere products and invite lighting professionals to Booth 931 to be the first anywhere to see them.

About Elation Professional
Elation Professional is one of the world’s leading lighting and visual solutions providers and is the global brand of Elation Lighting. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Los Angeles, with European sales, distribution and support based in The Netherlands, Elation designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of innovative yet affordable lighting and video products that are distributed through a global network of dealers and distributors. Made up of a spirited team of dedicated personnel, Elation is setting new efficiency and performance standards in Platinum lamp and LED technology and is acknowledged for a comprehensive commitment to Total Support. As a company in expansion with a presence in a growing variety of market segments, chances are you’ve experienced Elation lighting at a concert, special event, TV, theater, late night venue, House of Worship, theme park, cruise ship, exhibition, architectural space or elsewhere. For more information, please visit www.elationlighting.com

For more information, contact:

Elation Professional US
6122 S. Eastern Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90040
Tel: (866) 245-6726 (toll free)
Tel: (323) 582-3322
Email: sales@elationlighting.com

Elation Professional Mexico
Av Santa Ana 30,
Parque Industrial Lerma,
Lerma, Mexico 52000
Tel: +011 52 728 282 7070
Email: ventas@elationlighting.com


Lexair Entertainment Pty Ltd
ABN: 16 126 585 028
Phone: +61 418 691 509
Email: info @lexair.com.au


Unmasking Theatre Design: Book review

I received this book awhile ago from Focal Press, Taylor & Francis Group. It is written by Lynne Porter, who is the Resident Designer and Director of the theatre program at Fairfield University.

Theatre production often start off with a germ of an idea, this book explains the process that designers can go through to achieved the finished result that we all see on stage. This book looks at a variety of mediums such as costume, lighting, audio and/or projection. It shows how the nugget of an idea becomes a polished relativity. It looks at the inner workings of the design process.

It uses real life shows to demonstrate the process.It talks about collaboration, vulnerability as a designer in a team. So it covers the design holistically. It discusses such topics as the key elements of design, brainstorming ideas, idea generations just to name a few. This book is suitable for both the novice or the experienced designer. This text will stimulate your thought processes in regards to designing for theatre.

As you make your way through the text you come across different views on the design process, no matter what field you are designing in. It can guide you through the design thought processes. The explains the nature of theatre, how theatre can change us, and how the process of good theatre is collaboration. It explains the goal of the designer, and the key elements of design. 

It also covers things like”Thinking about thinking”, the generation of ideas and defining the creative process. You exposed to a variety of thoughts on how to design, how to cope with mental blanks and gathering inspiration. It gives you some ideas on script analysis and researching. It includes some good little exercises to go through. It breaks down the design process and examines it in detail. It then puts it all together for you to present a complete design that will complement the show and stimulate the mind.

As a lighting designer I found this book stimulated me into thinking about my design process, and to look at other methods into arriving at my lighting design. I am sure other designers will find this book very useful. Weather you are a beginner or a seasoned professional you will get a lot from this text.

You can get this book from Focal Press.
Unmasking Theatre DesignA designer’s guide to finding inspiration and cultivating creativity
by Lynne Porter

ISBN: 978-0-415-73841-5 (Paperback)

Obsidian Control Systems to launch first products under ONYX™ platform at LDI 2018

NX 2™, NX Wing™ and NX DMX™ ready for demo at LDI Booth 1135. Obsidian training to be held October 19th and 20th at Las Vegas Convention Center

Obsidian Control Systems is pleased to be showcasing at the LDI Show in Las Vegas October 19-21 the first three lighting control products under the ONYX™ lighting control platform. Designers, programmers and operators are invited to Obsidian Control Systems Booth 1135 for a first look and hands-on demo of the extremely powerful NX 2™, the portable NX Wing™ and the convenient NX DMX™.

NX 2
NX Wing

NX 2™:  The powerful NX 2™ is the ultimate compact yet fully-integrated lighting controller with all the connectivity and power the ever-increasing size of shows demands. As a member of the innovative ONYX platform from Obsidian Control Systems, the NX 2 is feature rich and never restricted in its capabilities. NX 2 offers a slate of professional features like a high brightness, full-HD multi touchscreen, 8 assignable parameter encoders, an assistive mini touchscreen, full keypad and command section, a dedicated grand master, and 10 full playbacks with four freely assignable buttons. Utilizing the latest in industrial components, the NX 2 contains a powerful Intel Hexa-Core processor, high-speed NVMe SSD drive and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Fast boot times, instant operation and the ability to process 64 Universes right inside the console without the need for costly external processing networks result in unprecedented power in this small form factor.

NX Wing™:  NX Wing™ is the complementary USB control surface to Obsidian Control Systems’ ONYX platform. Based on the NX 2 console, the NX Wing utilizes the same rugged design and components with an identical footprint and layout. Through its USB connection, the NX Wing provides a responsive professional hardware surface to operate ONYX on any PC system without compromises. Any user of ONYX will feel instantly familiar with the NX Wing and no setup or additional installation is required. Simply plug it into a user-provided PC with ONYX and get started instantly. NX Wing provides extensive connectivity with 4 DMX Ports, MIDI and Timecode ports while unlocking 128 Universes of control when connected to ONYX on a PC.  


NX DMX™:  The NX DMX™ is a USB –powered, plug -and –play, 2 –port DMX Node for ONYX. It provides instant access to DMX In and Outputs as well as RDM communication. The device is plug and play and requires no drivers or additional configuration to integrate with ONYX. It is designed to work with any PC but also works with any ONYX console as a fast and affordable way to add two additional DMX ports. NX DMX supports ONYX on PC systems for up to four Universes without any dedicated license. When connected to an ONYX licensed PC or a console the NX DMX is assignable to any one of 255 Universes. NX DMX allows for the full ONYX system to be used in many applications from small events and tradeshows to clubs and churches. Many technicians utilize ONYX through the NX DMX as an affordable but powerful tests station due to ONYX outstanding library support. 

Training sessions at LDI

Obsidian will be holding two “Introduction to Obsidian” training sessions at the Las Vegas Convention Center at LDI. The first training will be held Friday, October 19th from 10:00 am to noon with the second taking place Saturday, October 20th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Training in Arkaos media server software will be offered on Friday, October 19th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Interested professionals can reserve their spot by contacting anthony@elationlighting.com.


ONYX is a powerful yet easy-to-learn lighting control platform designed for both hardware consoles and PC systems. It is a rebranding of the well-established M-Series control platform and is designed for use with all new ONYX and existing M-Series hardware (M-DMX, M-Touch, M-Play, M2PC, M2GO, M2GO HD, M1, M1 HD and M6). Designed and maintained by real-user professionals with over 25 years of experience in lighting control systems, ONYX provides a stable and efficient programming platform that is fast to program and fun to operate. ONYX scales from the smallest shows to the largest touring productions with easy-to-use tools and optimized graphical work environments that can adapt to any task and complexity. Obsidian Control Systems products are exclusively distributed by Elation Professional worldwide and are available in various sizes to accommodate any scale and budget. More information on Obsidian Control Systems and the ONYX platform can be found at www.obsidiancontrol.com.

Relevé Spot: 2018 PLASA Innovation Award Winner

About to be released from the stable of ETC this new fixture has already drawn a lot of attention and won a PLASA innovation award. The Relevé could offer venues a versatile moving fixture that is going to give the design a large scope.

Relevé Spot from ETC

A decade of LED optical engineering with 4 decades of theatrical design into an automated fixture specifically for the theatre.

  • Concerts
  • Dance recitals
  • Plays & musicals
  • Community events
  • Band and Orchestra
  • Meetings

What your stage needs…

The calibrated four-color additive mixing system builds on the success of the ColorSource Deep Blue array offering brighter reds, more vibrant greens, and deeper blues than typical event-focused automated luminaires, with the even and calibrated color mixing you’ve come to expect from ETC. Mix infinite shades of warm and cool whites, every hue of your favorite reds and blues, or the perfect sunset or sunrise. 

What you can’t see from the outside…

The Unique Ani-gobo wheel paired with the dynamic customizable five-position rotating gobo wheel enable you to create textures like never before. This custom designed, laser etched wheel will be one of your favorite features of the Relevé Spot. Relevé Spot wouldn’t be an automated fixture without a smooth, controllable iris, an 18-54° zoom and the most perfectly subtle theatrical frost in the world.

What you’ll barely notice…

Relevé Spot always knows when it’s home. With a startup movement of no more than 1° you can rest assured that these fixtures will never detract from the show running on stage. Want even more control? You can program the parameters of the fixture so it never rotates into a nearby pipe, balcony rail, catwalk, or other fixture. A brilliant feature that will help programmers of all experience levels to fully utilize automated lighting in places they never have been able to before. 

What you’ll appreciate later…

With a modular design you’ll never have to worry about costly repairs or full fixture replacement. Backed by 24/7/365 phone support, you can put your mind at ease that we will be there for you if you ever need us.   

Shipping end of 2018

Defend our Opera House

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The Iconic Opera House

Racing NSW has gone beyond the pale with the concept of projecting images on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. These projections are just advertising. It is the barrier draw for a horse race thus they are cheapening the arts and the role they play in society.

The Opera House is an iconic arts building, renowned world wide. You show someone a picture and they immediately recognize the building and can name the city and country it is in.It was designed for the performing arts not the betterment of the gambling business. 

Questions need to be asked why the state government has pushed for this projection to happen. Surely the event is sufficiently advertised and patronised without this extra advertising. This smacks of the government promoting gambling and its associated problems. Also one of the key voices pushing for these projections to happen is Alan Jones. 
Gladys Berejiklian the Premier of NSW was also adamant that these projections go ahead, even the Prime Minister had something to say in support and  said the site was Sydney’s “biggest billboard”. So is “commercialisation” of the world heritage asset really the right thing for the government.

What makes matters worse is that radio commentator Alan Jones weighed in and was rather abusive to the CEO of the Opera House. He has since “sort of apologised”. He was incredibly abusive to the CEO, Louise Herron. It really was more like bullying and Ms. Herron is now looking at legal proceeding against Alan Jones.

ALIA, Australian Lighting Industry Association, was one of the key players in organisation of a protest against this travesty. CX magazine was also a big supporter as well. I would have also been there if I had been working this week in Sydney, as had originally been planned.

So the general public has spoken out against this outrageous event. A petition on change.org was started and the response was immense. At the time of writing the number of signatures was over 300,000. The people did not want this desecration of an icon with horse racing advertising to happen during “Responsible Gambling Awareness Week” in NSW. The petition was taken to parliament on Tuesday morning, the day of the event, but the Premier did not want to accept it. This does not surprise me. She is behind the fiasco of the Light Rail and the moving of the PowerHouse Museum. It seems that this government might be in the pocket of Corporate Australia.

So what happened?
Well the event did do ahead. They had to change the time of the event, for security reasons. The decided to not allow gambling until after the barrier draw. And the best part – thousands turned up to protest and peacefully show their dissatisfaction with Racing NSW and the government. They pointed torches etc at the sails of the Opera house, thus degrading the projections. In fact lighting techs in the industry set up a portable generator with half an dozen very bright sharpies on the back of a ute that they then directed from a distance onto the sails. Unfortunately the police kept moving these protestors on. There was several maverick lighting displays that night. This shows how unpopular the Racing NSW projection was.

Unfortunately the government did not listen to the voters. The Sydney Opera House is a icon that is of cultural importance that should not be used as a screen for commercial projects. Next we will see projections on War Memorials, Art Galleries etc., advertising all manner of commercial projects.  We need to make the government understand that this is unacceptable, it is time they listened and had the moral fortitude to stand up to these corporations instead of giving in to their “pay masters”

Disrupted Display
Photo courtesy of 
Lauraine Knight


Avid Expands VENUE | S6L Live Sound Platform, Delivers on Promise of Modularity and Scale

Burlington, MA, 9/28/2018

New S6L system components broaden the product family, allowing sound companies and performance venues to configure systems to meet a wider array of production needs, including tight spaces and budget limitations

Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID), the leading technology provider that powers the media and entertainment industry, today announced the immediate availability of a new control surface, processing engine and I/O rack option for its expanded Avid VENUE™ | S6L unified live sound platform. The Avid VENUE | S6L-24C control surface, Avid VENUE | E6L-112 engine and Stage 32 I/O rack are the first releases out of six new components announced in April 2018, providing sound companies and performance venues with greater flexibility to configure the perfect system to meet any production, space or budget requirement.

The fully modular Avid VENUE | S6L delivers best-in-class functionality for a wide-range of applications including front-of-house, monitor, broadcast, and theater. Avid VENUE | S6L is the industry’s only live sound platform that offers 100% software, hardware and show file compatibility, enabling engineers to scale systems up or down to meet their changing requirements for control, processing, and I/O. Because the VENUE | S6L platform features the same VENUE software and workflows across every model, engineers are presented with an identical user experience regardless of system configuration, allowing them to focus on helping their artist to deliver the best performance possible.

“SSE have been ambassadors for S6L since its launch, utilizing the 32D and 24D consoles in hire stock as well as supplying systems to various UK rental outfits,” said Alex Penn, Sales Director at SSE Audio Group. “These latest additions make the S6L platform a realistic option for a much larger customer base. We’ve championed S6L as we love the system’s functionality, and now with an expanded range we’re looking forward to seeing a lot more of them being used at all levels.”

New VENUE | S6L System components now available

A complete VENUE | S6L System includes control surface, engine, and one or more I/O components—Avid is announcing that the following are now available:

    • VENUE | S6L-24C control surface: The new VENUE | S6L-24C is a more compact and affordable variant of the popular S6L-24D control surface, providing powerful performance and proven S6L workflows in a streamlined package. Featuring 24 faders, 32 assignable knobs, and an integrated central touchscreen, S6L-24C is perfect for festivals, corporate events, and live sound installations.


    • VENUE | E6L-112 engine: The powerful VENUE | E6L-112 is the ideal central processing component for mid-level systems, featuring 112 input processing channels, 48 busses, 100 plug-in slots, and support for up to two HDX cards. The E6L-112 connects to all S6L control surfaces, allowing users to select their desired processing capabilities without compromising on the level of control.


  • Stage 32 I/O rack: The compact Stage 32 brings premium-level sound quality to mid-level S6L systems, increases flexibility in distributing I/O across the performance space, and enables engineers to expand local and stage I/O. Featuring four card slots and using the same premium option cards as the Stage 64 I/O rack, Stage 32’s modular design allows for maximum user customization—up to 32 inputs or outputs, in any order.

“We are excited to expand the Avid VENUE | S6L unified live sound platform with the availability of these three new components and give engineers more options than ever before to configure the perfect S6L system for their clients’ needs,” states Al McKinna, Director of Live System Product Management at Avid. “With its proven VENUE workflows, affordability, and seamless connectivity to a variety of processing and I/O options, the S6L-24C is the natural replacement for our popular Profile system, while the E6L-112 and Stage 32 help us to bring S6L’s premium-level performance and sound quality to new markets.”

“We’ve had great success with the S6L and think that it’s the mixing platform of the future—that’s why we’ve invested in 10 S6L systems to date,” said Bernd Wittenberg, Managing Director, Go Audio Rental GmbH. “The new surface and engine offer even greater flexibility for limited truck and trailer space and budgets, but with maximum audio performance.”

About Avid VENUE | S6L

Offering unprecedented processing capabilities—with over 300 processing channels—S6L delivers unrelenting performance and reliability through its advanced engine design, backed up by modern touchscreen workflows and the scalability to easily handle large, complex tours and events. Like all Avid VENUE systems, S6L provides seamless Avid Pro Tools® integration and on-board industry-standard plug-ins, with higher track counts and more processing power than ever before. And with the new WSG-HD option card, S6L now provides engineers with unmatched integration with Waves SoundGrid systems, including extensive tactile and software control of plug-in parameters, a vastly simplified setup, system redundancy, legacy show file import of plug-ins parameters, and much greater creative flexibility.

For more information on the Avid VENUE | S6L unified live sound platform, visit www.avid.com/S6L.

Starting out – Tip 4

One of the most useful skills in the entertainment industry is the ability to roll cables correctly. None of this over elbow/shoulder stuff that you may have picked up from your parents. If you roll a cable correctly you will lengthen its life. The less wear and tear the less likely it will fail in a show. So I have found this video online at youtube that shows you the correct way to roll your mic, power etc cables. If you are left-handed, like myself, it will take a bit of use getting it right.