News – Feb 2010

Great news here, the developer of Field Templates and Softsymbols has released a new product. Steve Shelly(author of the book “A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting) and Fred Allen have been busy. Below is the press release for you all to read.


San Pedro, CA — January 29, 2010

FIELD TEMPLATE [] is proud to mark the 20th anniversary of the company. In 1990 Fred Allen and Steve Shelley formed the Field Template partnership to sell Steve’s patented template design targeted to the entertainment lighting industry. Since then Shelley has designed over 25 unique templates, and Field Template has manufactured and sold over 35,000 units.

In the last twenty years the theatrical industry has embraced Computer-Assisted Drafting (CAD), but they still love plastic with holes. Dealers have many stories about customers, visiting from other countries, buying out their entire Field Template stock to take home. Field Template currently supplies a worldwide dealer network of 142 stores.

In 2003 Field Template released SOFTSYMBOLS, developed by Shelley, to accommodate the world of CAD. To date, this Vectorworks® toolkit has been downloaded by more than 1,000 users in over 20 countries.

Demand for customized templates from the non-theatrical community prompted the launch of the manufacturing website Custom Template [] shortly thereafter.

FIELD TEMPLATE looks forward to expansion and robust growth in its existing and future endeavors for the next twenty years and beyond.


FIELD TEMPLATE is proud to introduce the updated ½” STRIPLIGHT PLACEMAT. Fresh off the grill, this template sizzles with the latest technology. Along with the latest ETC Source 4 MultiPARs, it’s got all the latest LED’s: Selador, Color Kinetics, and the Altman Spectra-Cyc. The ½” Placemat also has today’s freshest standards; the Aurora, Econo-Cyc, and Sky-Cyc, as well as PAR-56, PAR-38, R40, and MR-16. There are section cutouts for every fixture type, as well as three sets of circuitry symbols, two-fer dots, and a scenery bumper.

Yamaha M7CL Series Expands with M7CL-48ES and Enters Third Phase with Version 3!

Yamaha Commercial Audio is pleased to announce a major expansion of its highly popular M7CL digital mixer lineup with a new model – the M7CL-48ES – as well as the Version 3 console software upgrade for all existing M7CL models.

Launched at the ISE 2010 show in Amsterdam, the new M7CL-48ES delivers an EtherSound-equipped, remote digital mixing and multicore solution which builds on the massive success of Yamaha’s revolutionary and intuitive M7CL-48 console as well as the widespread uptake of Yamaha’s SB168-ES EtherSound stage box.

The new console launch coincides with the release of the M7CL Version 3 software upgrade for all M7CL consoles. Featuring enhanced functionality and several new features including Yamaha’s high-class VCM effects as standard, the V3 upgrade will be made available as a free download for all existing M7CL users.


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