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Articles from the November 2017 Issue

Claypaky Axcor Profile 900

Claypaky Axcor Profile 900

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PLSN Staff •
  • November 2017
  • Road Tests
• November 9, 2017

With the release of the Axcor Profile 900, Claypaky has launched their first spot profile to use a LED light source, instead of a traditional discharge lamp. With their recent marvels in LED light engine technologies realized, the time had come for them to show the world what they had been waiting for and by all first responses, the wait was worth it.

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Elation Dartz 360

Elation Dartz 360

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PLSN Staff •
  • November 2017
  • Road Tests
• November 9, 2017

Elation Professional’s (also known as Elation Lighting) World Headquarters is located in Los Angeles. They’ve been producing innovative products since 1992 and are part of the American DJ group of companies. LED fixtures, like washes and spots, have been around the market for a while, but not LED moving BEAM fixtures. Today, we have the pleasure of taking a look in and around Elation’s newest product.

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Chauvet Professional Maverick MK Pyxis

Chauvet Professional Maverick MK Pyxis

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PLSN Staff •
  • November 2017
  • Road Tests
• November 9, 2017

Chauvet Professional has delivered an impressive fixture that can serve as a nice wash light as well as a masterful bit of eye candy. The Maverick MK Pyxis is a compact slugger with a lot of bells and whistles designed to offer the user unending colorful and dimming chase effects. Most importantly, they have come up with a system of macros that deal with dimmer chases as well as fun color combinations at the same time. Read More...

Robe MegaPointe

Robe MegaPointe

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PLSN Staff •
  • November 2017
  • Road Tests
• November 9, 2017

“The Pointe was like taking the first beam fixtures manufactured and putting them on steroids.”

This was how the original Pointe was described to me before I used it. Now Robe has taken this fixture to the next level.

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Front and back view of d3's gx 1

d3 Technologies gx 1 and gx 2

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PLSN Staff •
  • November 2017
  • Product Spotlight
• November 9, 2017

In mid 2017, d3 Technologies revealed its newest and fastest range of servers to date, the gx range. With two models, the gx 1 and gx 2, the new systems meet the increasing demand for real-time generative effects, and then some. Let’s take a closer look at some of its impressive features.

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Oracle double-stacked touring carts

Video Touring Carts

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PLSN Staff •
  • November 2017
  • Zero Point Zero
• November 9, 2017

So you wanna be a rock star? Or, more accurately, you want to provide video for rock stars. You’ve just ordered your fresh batch of zero point zero pixel pitch LED. It’s on its way to your shop, and Larry (your shop guy who normally maintains the line array), says “Hey Boss, the Pat Benatar show we’re doing next week needs video.” Larry wants to bid his first video job.

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OneRepublic wowed the crowds on the 2017 Honda Civic Tour with live video manipulation using VideoDust and Blackmagic Design technologies.

A Summer Season Recap

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PLSN Staff •
  • November 2017
  • Video Production
• November 9, 2017

Top Tours, Festivals Enhance Visuals with Latest Technologies

Many of this year’s biggest music festivals and concert tours impressed the crowds with converging broadcast and AV technologies. Among the companies on the leading edge: Blackmagic Design. The company recently provided a look at how its AV solutions, from cameras to switching, routing and monitoring, have helped rental and staging companies bring the art of live video production to new levels.

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The guitar remains still on a stand.

Projection Arts: Kaki King

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PLSN Staff •
  • November 2017
  • Video Production
• November 9, 2017

With her daring multi-media show, The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, solo acoustic guitarist Kaki King explores the joys of oobleck, MIDI software and anthropomorphic surrealism.

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Cincinnati's Memorial Hall, lit as part of Blink Cincinnati 2017

Blink Cincinnati

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PLSN Staff •
  • November 2017
  • Video Production
• November 9, 2017

Event Draws Big Crowds to See 20 Blocks Transformed by Large-Format Projections

Blink Cincinnati transformed 20 blocks of downtown Cincinnati with large-format projection mapping artworks from Oct. 12-15.

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The musical chronicles a young Elvis Presley as a rising star. Photos by Gary Ng

Heartbreak Hotel

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PLSN Staff •
  • November 2017
  • Video Production
• November 9, 2017

If you’re a passionate fan of rock legend Elvis Presley, you may already know much of the story that Tony-nominated writer/director Floyd Mutrux tells in his new musical, Heartbreak Hotel. The prequel to the popular Million Dollar Quartet (which was written by Mutrux and Colin Escott), this new play follows young Elvis from his humble beginnings as a truck driver to the peak of stardom — a tale that captures the imagination of anyone waiting for their own shot at greatness. Read More...

The Best 'Worst Spot Op' Stories

The Best ‘Worst Spot Op’ Stories

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PLSN Staff •
  • Backstage Banter
  • November 2017
• November 9, 2017

Over the course of the last year, PLSN has stockpiled a list of humorous spotlight tales that actually happened, for your amusement. Read down for a chuckle.

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Rosco Cubes are designed with pulse width modulation (PWM) characteristics that ensure flicker-free performance.

Pulse Width Modulation

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PLSN Staff •
  • November 2017
  • Tech Talk
• November 9, 2017

As the world of lighting moves more and more into LED sources, Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) has become the most common means for controlling LEDs. What is PWM exactly and, more importantly, how does it relate to lighting applicationis it and how does it affect your lighting design? Read More...

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