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At MEGA Systems, It’s a Family Affair

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Company 411
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
M.E.G.A. Systems Inc. (Mega) consists of the four Cabada brothers, doing what they do best — developing new fixtures, selling all kinds of gear, maintaining relationships with clients and backing their products. They do all these things well, because each brother has a separate job in the company that they are responsible for. They work in tandem, and despite their different roles, all company-wide decisions are made by the four partners. On top of that, I love hanging out with all of them because they are happy, fun people who have a zest for life. Read More...

17th Annual Parnelli Awards

PLSN Staff •
  • Current Issue
  • Features
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
The 17th annual Parnelli Awards gala, held Friday, Jan. 26 at the Anaheim Hilton during NAMM 2018, honored Bobby “Boomer” Thrasher, Jonathan Smeeton and John Stadius with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Visionary Award and Audio Innovator Award, respectively. Read More...

Vari-Lite VLZ Spot

Craig Rutherford •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Road Tests
• February 16, 2018
It is, I think, uncontroversial to consider the VL3000 spot fixture as having a special place of prestige among intelligent fixtures. In that 1200-watt fixture Vari-Lite realized a truly excellent light, one that set the standard for the quality of its brightness, effects and optics, and it has been used extensively in entertainment lighting since its inception. It was, to understate things, a very usable intelligent light. Read More...

White LED Lights

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Buyer's Guide
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
If there is one category that has changed dramatically over the last few years, it would be moving heads with white-light only LED light sources. Three years ago, all the major manufacturers offered at least a pancake LED fixture. With a few notable exceptions — Claypaky has an excellent one — not as many of these particular fixtures are offered these days. So for PLSN’s Buyers Guide this month, we decided to run the gamut, expanding the focus to include all kinds of products with a white light LED light source, ranging from LED tape to spotlights and lights designed for use with a camera. Read More...

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Vickie Claiborne •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Video Digerati
• February 16, 2018
When you are given a project that will require a variety of images and clips to be displayed on LED walls with unusual orientations, how do you prepare for programming? Recently I encountered this scenario and in the process of working out the details, I found a unique solution to this very specific situation that I think deserves sharing. Read More...

IP-Rated Fixtures From PR Lighting/Mega Systems Inc.

Richard Olson •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Product Spotlight
• February 16, 2018
With the call for IP-rated weatherproof fixtures becoming a serious concern in all aspects of the lighting business, there are two questions I hear from people when contemplating whether to purchase these types of fixtures. How much extra money will the initial cost be, and how much of a pain is it for the techs to work on a fixture and then put it back together so it’s still waterproof? Read More...

The Genre Series: Concerts

Brad Schiller •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Feeding the Machines
• February 16, 2018
One of my favorite things about working as an automated lighting programmer is that there is a vast array of different types of genres to work within. While the basics of programming are the same, there are certain things that are unique to the various types of productions. Over the course of the next few months, I will cover some of the distinctive attributes that you must be aware when programming on specific types of shows. For this edition, the programming procedures and operations common for concert and live music type productions will be discussed. Read More...

NAMM Buzz, Bits, Brian, Butts and Benoit…and a Bit More

Nook Schoenfeld •
  • Current Issue
  • Designer Watch
  • February 2018
• February 16, 2018
There was a bright buzz reverberating around this year’s NAMM show, considering this was the first year of live production panels at this musical instrument-focused event...Sprinkled throughout this month’s column are familiar faces Designer Watch caught around the NAMM show. Top picture - LD Bryan Hartley (center) visits with LDs Susan Rose and Celine Royer during the Parnelli Awards. Middle picture - LDs Seth Jackson and Howard Ungerleider at the 17th Annual Parnelli Awards reception. Bottom picture - LDs Matt Guminski and Gurn Kaniski catch up at NAMM. Read More...

Just Wing It!

Chris Lose •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • LD at Large
• February 15, 2018
Unorganized productions are the body of the chicken flailing around after the head has been chopped off. They are, pun intended, “just wingin’ it.” Organization is the guard dog that keeps the feathery artistic minds of our field contained in the coop of progress....Since I have started working on high profile gigs, I have become complacent. I have started to take daily schedules for granted. They come in my email; I glance at the lighting lobby call time and then discard them as if no one put any serious time and effort into producing them. After my most recent gig, I will never take another schedule for granted. Read More...

Demi Lovato & Kygo

PLSN Staff •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Showtime
• February 15, 2018
Lighting Co
Everlast Productions

Venue
Fontainebleau Hotel,
Miami Beach, FL
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Death from Above

PLSN Staff •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Showtime
• February 15, 2018
Lighting Co
Bandit Lites

Venue
Various (Tour)

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Passion 2018

PLSN Staff •
  • Current Issue
  • February 2018
  • Showtime
• February 15, 2018
Lighting Co
Bandit Lites

Venue
Philips Arena,
Atlanta, GA
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