I – Phone apps for Theatre

I recently got a Apple I-Phone 3gs 16gB so I have decided to see what software applications are available for the entertainment industry. so below is a list with links and a brief summary. and were I have used it personally what I think of the app.

Lighting

Gel (Color), Gobo Libraries, and Reference Tools

  • Gel Swatch Library ($12.99 AU) -Wybron, Inc
    • Has library of Lee, Rosco, GAM  Apollogels, showing a preview of the gel and also showing transmission and SED graphs. A very handy utility that is a great tool for lighting designers. Also usrful for finding an equivelent gel colour.
  • Moiré Gobo Library ($12.99 AU) -Wybron, Inc.
    • Displays 3,300 gobos from APOLLO, GAM, INLIGHT, and LEE, with more to come. Lets you spin, blur, and overlap gobos to see how they’d look onstage. Not only fun but useful.
  • CXI Color Calculator ($5.99 AU ) -Wybron, Inc.
    • Allows LDs to find colors for the CXI dual-gelstring color changer. It also gives the values needed to replicate some of the GAM, Lee, and Rosco gels.
  • GelCalc ($5.99) -Michael Zinman
    • GelCalc allows Lighting Techniciana & Lighting Designer’s work out the number of sheets of gel needed, best cutting direction, most frames per sheet & pricing.
  • ML Finder Pro ($47.99 AU) -Michael Zinman
    • ML Finder Pro contains information on over 500 DMX devices: Moving Lights, LED Fixtures, media services, et cetera, including DMX mapping.

    ML Finder (Free) – Michael Zinman

    • A lite version of ML Finder Pro

Technical Calculators

  • Light Calc and Light Calc Lite(5.99 and Free for Lite) -D!HV Lighting
    • Photometric calculation tool for LD’s and Electricians. It holds a database of fixtures that tells you the: Type, Beam Angle, Field Angle, Candela, Lumens & Lamp.
  • ProjectorCalc ($5.99) -D!HV Lighting
    • Software designed to determine the size of a projected image, given the variables such as length away from screen, lens ect. It also estimates the amount of keystoning needed for such a result.
  • DipSwitch (Free) -Tom Weber
    • Lets users enter a DMX channel and it shows the Dip Switch setting needed to achieve that channel. Works in reverse as well. Will also show next Dip Switch based on next address via an offset.
  • iSwitch DMX ($5.99) -Michael Zinman
    • Lets users enter a DMX channel and it shows the Dip Switch setting needed to achieve that channel.
  • PocketLD ($23.99) -Michael Zinman
    • Photometric Database & calculation tool for theatrical, TV and film professionals. Users enter throw distance, select manufacturer, fixture & lamp to calculate beam/field dameter & footcandles/lux.
  • iResist (Free) -Flying Monkey Enterprises
    • Electrical Resistance Calculator.

Console Control

  • GrandMA Remote (Free) – GrandMA Lighting GmbH
    • Remote control of your GrandMA Console, works as a Remote Focus Remote.
  • Luminair (DMX Remote) ($99.99 US) -Synthe FX
    • This app allows users to control, view, record & manage DMX devices, consoles, media servers and other software directly from there iPhone/iPod touch.
    • Requires Art-Net Nodes, and wireless Network.
  • The ETC Ion/EOS/Element iRFR features full control (as demoed at USITT) and all proceeds will got to the Behind The Scenes or Light Relief charities.

Sound

One of the major audio apps developers is Studio Six Digital. This company has produced some very useful apps that replace a case of little black boxs.

  • SPL ($9.99 AU) -Studio Six Digital
    • SPL is a professional-grade sound level meter for your iPhone. It incorporates all the features of a real SPL meter — ANSI modes Slow, Fast, Impulse, Peak, and Leq, A and C weighting, Octave band filters, and the ability to be calibrated.
  • SPL Meter ($1.99 AU) -Studio Six Digital
    • SPL Meter is a professional-grade sound level meter, also known as a decibel or dB meter, for your iPhone or iPod touch. Modeled after a traditional analog SPL meter, we have faithfully reproduced all the characteristics and qualities found in those meters, including the ballistics, ranges, filters, and decay rates.
  • RTA ($12.99 AU ) -Studio Six Digital
    • RTA is a full-featured one-third octave Real Time Analyzer, available for the iPhone 3G or the second-generation iPod Touch. Note that you must be running iPhone software version 2.2, you will have to upgrade your iPhone if you have an earlier version installed.
  • Generator($5.99) -Studio Six Digital
    • Generator is a highly accurate and versatile audio signal generator. It generates sine waves, square waves, white noise, and pink noise. The white and pink noise can optionally be octave-band filtered. All waveforms are highly accurate and low-distortion, created with real-time 64-bit floating point math and ANSI / IEC type 1 filters.
  • Speaker Pop ($4.99 AU) -Studio Six Digital
    • Speaker Pop is an iPhone app that tests a speaker for correct polarity (sometimes called “phase”).
  • FFT($23.99 AU ) -Studio Six Digital
    • RTA is a full-featured one-third octave Real Time Analyzer, available for the iPhone 3G or the second-generation iPod Touch. Note that you must be running iPhone software version 2.2, you will have to upgrade your iPhone if you have an earlier version installed.
  • ETC ($5.99) -Studio Six Digital
    • ETC measures room decay time graphically, by showing the decay of a pulse over time. Typically, you will make an impulse sound by clapping your hands, popping a balloon, or even snapping your fingers. The graph will show the decay of this signal over time, and from this, the RT60 time can be computed.

Remotes

  • ProRemote and ProRemote Lite ($199.99) -Far Out Labs
    • This software allows you to remotely view & control Apple’s ProTools, Apple Logic, Ableton Live & Soundtrack Pro.

DB Meters

  • Decibel ($1.99) -Gadget Fronteer
    • Allows users to get a DB reading, including Max. I have used this one a few times and have found it very useful.
  • Decibel Meter ($2.99) -Future Apps Inc
    • Allows users to get a DB reading, including Max.

Useful Apps

  • Flashlight (Free) -John Haney Software
    • Fills screen with bright white light to work as a torch. Can use the colour of your choice, chasers & strobe modes.
  • Stanley Level (Free) ($1.99) Stanley Inc.
    • Works like a spirit level, showing degrees. The most accurate angle finder to date.
  • Bolt & Nut ($0.99 US) Ryan Newsome
    • Use to determine size and thread pitch of nuts and bolts.

As you can see there are quiet a few apps for the i-phone that are very useful and rather cool. It turns that games machine/ phone in to a handy tax deduction.

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    2 thoughts on “I – Phone apps for Theatre

    1. Rosco also has a free app you might find useful, featuring the entire line of Rosco gobos. Its called iGobo. Some features are rotating, compare and store your selection.

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