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Do you want to know all about your Element console, but can’t make it to a console-training event? Have you already attended an ETC training event and want to build on what you learned? Or do you want your colleagues or students to brush up on their console knowledge? If you are ready to learn more about your console, the Element Video Learning Series is for you!
Starting this week, new versions of the Eos family iRFR and aRFR remote apps will be available for purchase on the App Store and Google Play. The overhauled mobile applications feature fully-redesigned user interfaces, more intuitive connectivity, and expanded feature sets that include a full-feature keyboard and Direct Selects. Software v2.6 or higher must be installed on the host Eos device for the apps to function.
The new lineup of available apps is as follows:
- iRFR-BTS/aRFR-BTS (sales benefit US-based charity Behind the Scenes)
- iRFR-Backup/aRFR-Backup (sales benefit UK-based charity Backup)
- iRFR Classic/aRFR Classic (previous iRFR and aRFR apps, renamed and available as free downloads)
- iRFR Preview (unchanged; available as a free download)
Customers who previously purchased the iRFR and aRFR apps may upgrade to the new versions free of charge with a simple update.
The new iRFR and aRFR apps are NOT compatible with Cobalt devices.Any users who inadvertently update can revert to the old software by downloading one of the free Classic apps.
To light a show within budget and with a limited fixture inventory has always been one of the lighting designer’s most common challenges. But when lighting designer Jonathan Sin knew he could use eight Source Four LED Lustr+ luminaires for his five dance pieces in Nanyan Academy of Fine Arts’ (NAFA) 2014 graduation show, CROSSINGS, he felt relieved as “things became promising when I knew I had the privilege of using ETC’s new LED fixtures.”
Sin chose the Sour Four LED Lustr+ luminaires as sidelights to support the tungsten Source Four® fixtures in his design. “This decision allowed me to have very flexible color-changing options while minimizing the rig on my side booms to four fixtures per boom,” describes Sin.
Another reason Sin fell in love with Source Four LED Lustr+ luminaires was their extraordinary range of color and superior mixing capabilities. The x7 Color System™ lets LED luminaires achieve theater-worthy color rendering and allowed Sin to “complement and strengthen my design for the five dance pieces.”
He truly applauded ETC’s latest technology, which allowed for smooth mixing of conventional and LED lights, drastically simplifying the designer’s rig. “As a testament to ETC’s Layers of Light philosophy, the ability to be able to combine traditional tungsten Source Four fixtures with the new Source Four LED Lustr+ luminaires serves as a very powerful multi-tool on this design with a minimalist approach,” explains Sin.
“It worked perfectly for maximum impact when LEE color swatches were dialed up for color choices on the ETC Ion® console during plotting sessions. By rigging these Lustr+ LED profiles in a mid-height position, this strategy enabled me to capture the full length of their side profile with stunning results. Colors of L110 (Middle Rose), L105 (Orange), L158 (Deep Orange), L117 (Steel Blue), L119 (Dark Blue) were very closely matched and made it almost an effortless task to light the dancers’ bodies,” says Sin.
Tay Huey Meng, technical manager of CROSSINGS, is also fond of Source Four LED luminaires and added that the flexibility of the x7 Color System and the reduction in manpower was very beneficial for the show: “Most of the dance pieces have different styles and moods, and in the past we had to change gel color after almost every piece, which was very time consuming, and to do it fast, we frequently needed more manpower. With the Source Four LED luminaires, which have built-in color mixing, we can just change the color from the instrument, while the brightness remains unchanged. We could even change it during the dance itself without disturbing the flow of the show. The colors are very clean and vibrant.”
ETC Asia and Stage Equip supplied all the Source Four LED Lustr+ luminaires and the Ion console in CROSSINGS 2014. “We are keen to support young, talented lighting designers who experiment on the potential of LED technologies developed by ETC. And we’re very excited that NAFA CROSSINGS 2014 successfully brought Layers of Light to life by deploying Source Four LEDs as a complement to the conventional rig with stunning results,” says sales manager of ETC Asia, David Law.
CROSSINGS is a program of NAFA that presents both Western- and Asian-inspired dance pieces that feature students of the Department of Dance. It showcases the collaboration between professional international choreographers as well as selected student choreographers in the current curriculum.
The Necessary Stage’s newest comedy, Pioneer (Girls) Generation (PGG) , captured the retired life of four 60-somethings who shatter the stereotype of older generations. Lighting designer Stephen Kwek employed ETC Source Four® LED Series 2 Lustr® luminaires , controlled by an Ion® console, to shed light on the energetic pioneers’ vivacious and colorful life, helping the audience rethink the image of the aging population in Singapore.
The story, written by Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan, was set in a luxurious Singapore retirement home. Lighting was used to depict a call center, hospital room, newsroom, a home in a neighboring country, and a garden. Color was essential to the lighting plot, being used to differentiate the locations. That meant that fixtures with good color control were a top priority on Kwek’s equipment list.
Kwek also appreciated the ability of the Source Four LED Series 2 luminaires to naturally illuminate the actors, using the simple color controls to dial in the perfect temperature for each of them. “The x7 Color System really brought out the facial skin tones beautifully,” he says. “Having the flexibility of color mixing really cut the plot time in half, because we didn’t need two or three face-light systems with different colored gels.”
The final scene included a pop concert, which Kwek lit effortlessly. “Having color-changing flexibility and brightness definitely helped in that aspect, even with the use of moving heads.” All the fixtures were programmed on an Ion console, which reduced programming time considerably. “Color picking was a breeze and recording cues was very easy,” emphasizes Kwek.
Mark Rothko, one of the most influential postwar American artists, was famous for using colors and forms to interpret his artistic philosophy. He paid particular attention to the lighting where his paintings were exhibited. That’s why Singapore’s Blank Space Theatre focused on the lighting design on Red, an award-winning docudrama by John Logan, which covers Rothko’s work in the late 1950s. ETC LED luminaires, controlled by an ETC Ion® console, helped lighting designer James Tan achieve that lighting goal during a production at the Esplanade Theatre Studio.
Red takes place in spring 1958, in Rothko’s New York studio. In order to create natural-looking light shining through the window into the compact space, Tan used seven ETC Source Four® LED Lustr+ luminaires.
“I decided to use LED fixtures that would be intense enough and could also change color easily, as the play spanned two years with different seasons and day and night,” says Tan.
On the other side of the stage, Tan placed a Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr® fixture with an attached Source Four LED CYC adapter on a head-high boom to illuminate the back of the entrance. “What we managed to achieve was a perfectly clean source of light that had enough punch,” explains Tan. “The CYC light backlit the frosted windows, and created the silhouette of a person entering or exiting through the door.”
The only other character in the play was Ken, Rothko’s young assistant. The highlight of the play is a scene where both characters work on a canvas together, choreographed to lighting and sound. Tan’s design for this dramatic scene included two 21-inch ETC Selador® Classic™ Vivid-R LED luminaires that provided brightness and saturated color to enhance the canvas.
“The intensity, punch and color-mixing abilities of the Vivid-R fixtures are very impressive and they helped make the canvas pop. The saturated colors added a touch of elegance to the look of that scene,” explains Tan.
The show was run on an ETC Ion console with the latest software, v2.2. “Ion was easy to program and it worked well for the play,” summarizes Tan. “The lighting programmer was able to program smoothly, despite a very short technical prep time.”
Singapore theater company W!ld Rice looks East for inspiration, and its latest production, Monkey Goes West – a pantomime take on the Chinese classic novel Journey to the West – was an impressive triumph, attracting more than 10,000 spectators in a holiday show. The enchanting lighting was the soul of this tongue-in-cheek musical, thanks to ETC Source Four® LED Series 2 luminaires and Source Four LED CYC adapters .
The story was placed in a modern-day Singapore context, written by W!ld Rice’s resident playwright, Alfian Sa’at, and directed by Sebastian Tan. It depicted the adventure of an orphan, Ah Tang, who ran away from home and found himself in a mythical land where he met the monkey king and other imaginary creatures. Lighting designer Adrian Tan says that the team wanted to explore the idea of using light to enhance the storytelling of the show during the initial creative process. “Playing with shadows and light on backdrops, gauzes and cycloramas were very important design approaches,” explains A. Tan.
He used eight Source Four LED Series 2 luminaires together with Source Four CYC adapters to illuminate the cyclorama. Five units were placed two meters away from the bottom of the cyclorama and three units overhead, which allowed him more space for set pieces upstage and to hang more lights on the limited lighting bars that he had. “I have never seen such power and versatility packed into one tiny fixture,” says A. Tan.
Lighting designers often light their cycloramas with L120 or L181 Dark Blue/Congo Blue, which can be washed out by front-of-house fixtures and moving lights. “In this case, it didn’t happen,” describes A. Tan. “I had the ETC Source Four LED Series 2 in a full indigo on the cyclorama, and I had my profiles and moving lights in white. The indigo still stood out and looked beautiful among the dry ice and white light on stage.”
“I firmly believe that ETC has got it right and is ahead of everyone else in LED technology in terms of size, color, dimming and consistency. I would recommend it to anyone at any time,” concludes A. Tan.
The production has been nominated for the Life! Theatre Awards, leading the pack with six nominations, including Production of the Year.
Photos courtesy of W!ld Rice Ltd.
Source : https://www.etcconnect.com/About/News/ETC-Source-Four-LED-Series-2-goes-on-a-journey-in-Monkey-Goes-West.aspx
Witness the impressive color spectrum, dimming and seamless blending of ETC ColorSource® LED fixtures – featuring a selection of accessories – together with Source Four® LED Series 2 and conventional luminaires. Eos® family control software, acclaimed for its unprecedented color control options and extensive toolbox for quick, easy color mixing, brings the show to life.
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Professional control…scaled just right
Gio @5™ brings the high-end control of the larger Eos® family consoles to venues with tighter spaces – or tighter budgets.
This portable console packs all the control necessities into a compact footprint, so external monitors and accessories are optional. With an articulating, 17-inch, multi-touch LCD display, five definable and page-able motorized faders and a master fader pair, Gio @5 is the perfect step up for Ion® users who want expanded hands-on access to playbacks, color control, touchscreen Magic Sheets and more.
The console features the same full-function, backlit keyboard as the Eos Programming Wing and Gio® console, providing an easy transition for experienced Eos users looking for a smaller desk – and a good platform for new programmers looking to gain professional skills that scale up.
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