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ETC prepares for PLASA 2015
ETC is getting ready to show at this year’s PLASA London, which takes place from Sunday 4 to Tuesday 6 October, at ExCeL. For the first time at PLASA, the company will be using a second stand hosting its rigging products, which are new to Europe, in combination with their now famous upside down stand, where two fencers battle on the ceiling.
On stand B40, the company’s award winning range of Source Four LED fixtures will be joined by the new, budget-friendly ColorSource line. Source Four LED fixtures are available in full colour, and both cool and warm whites; with their exceptional colour rendering and flicker-free output, they are quickly becoming the luminaire of choice for TV studios and theatres alike. Meanwhile, the ColorSource range is ideal for venues which need good quality basic colour, but whose finances may already be stretched to their limit. The fixtures take the basic RGB emitters, and add a lime green to help fill in gaps in the colour spectrum which would not otherwise be reachable.
The new Eos and Cobalt programming wings will also be on display. These control surfaces can be plugged into a computer via USB, providing the full programming controls from the Gio and Cobalt consoles in a portable package. Each wing contains playback and fader controls, parameter encoders and level and rate controls.
The new ETC Eos v2.3 software will also be available for demonstration. Providing a unique range of new colour control options, v2.3 also joins Cobalt in supporting the OSC (Open Show Control) protocol, allowing two way communication between networked device.
Across the aisle, on stand B50, ETC’s new rigging range will be on show for the first time at PLASA. The range was first introduced to Europe at Germany’s Stage|Set|Scenery show earlier this year, and has already received rave reviews from users, who are keen to obtain turnkey hardware packages from dealers. A range of different rigging equipment will be on show and available for demonstration, all of which comes with ETC’s famous round the clock support via phone or online.
On Sunday 4 October, from 12:15pm to 1pm, ETC’s associate regional manager for UK and Ireland, Jeremy Roberts, will join the National Theatre’s lighting control supervisor Dan Murfin, in a seminar discussing how ETC has been working on improving the control of colour changing fixtures, with the aim of making LED lighting as natural and easy to use as tungsten.
A second seminar on Monday, from 11:15pm to 12pm, will see Luke Delwiche and Sam Smallman showing how OSC can be used to bring your lighting to life. For people who are unable to attend, or who want to know more, there will be an opportunity to sign up for a workshop at ETC’s west London offices, which is set to be held later in the month.
As always, ETC will be supporting the Theatres Trust stand at PLASA – this year, with the loan of six ColorSource PAR fixtures and a SmartFade ML control desk. These give a first hand demonstration of just how powerful and versatile the two can be when used for a small stage.
Among other events on the Theatres Trust stage will be the presentation of the annual Michael Northen Bursary, which is awarded annually to a student or recent graduate who has demonstrated strong, imaginative and creative lighting designs. One young lighting designer will be presented with a £250 award from ETC to reward their excellence in the field of lighting design.
Please visit ETC on stands B40 and B50 at this year’s PLASA London, 4-6 October, where you’ll be able to discuss your project or venue with ETC staff and get a demonstration of many of the company’s latest products and services across their lighting, control and rigging ranges.
21st September 2015
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