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Towers utilized for followspots and PA delay stacks. Photo by Peter Ryaux-Larsen.
Towers utilized for followspots and PA delay stacks. Photo by Peter Ryaux-Larsen.

Stageline: The Founder, The Company and their Latest Feat of Engineering

Nook Schoenfeld
Spotlight on Staging

Yvan Miron started out like so many young people in the entertainment biz, as a musician. An accident to his finger derailed his guitar playing ability, but not his love for music, as he became a promoter of shows and managing bands back in the 1970s. By the early 1980s, he was working with a friend organizing outdoor events — a feat that can be cumbersome when you are located in Northeast Canada. Quebec certainly has its share of climatic changes. He explains what drove him to start his own staging company.

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Brad Schiller
Brad Schiller

Live On Stage: The Real World

Brad Schiller
Feeding the Machines

Visualizers are wonderful tools that can be extremely useful to programmers and productions alike. When a show can be pre-programmed in a virtual world, countless dollars can be saved in labor, venue and equipment rental, and much more. Computer technology has allowed visualizer software applications to become very powerful and very realistic. However, there are always differences between the virtual world in the computer and the real world happening live on stage. A good programmer must understand the potential differences and how to best adapt or correct for them.

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Three options. Pick any two.
Three options. Pick any two.

"I Solve Problems."

Jeff Gooch
Video World

This article has nothing to do with good system design. Let’s just get that out there first. If you want to learn to design systems, go to school (hard knock U or other) and start designing. Designing is a learned process, and you learn by doing. That said, I’ve been designing a lot of systems lately. I’m a system technician by trade, but for some reason, the phone keeps ringing and I get a line like, “We’re wanting to do this crazy thing, and we weren’t quite sure who to call, but your name kept coming up.” 

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Pulse nightclub logo
Pulse nightclub logo

Orlando; Weezer; Adam Ant; Quick Cues on kd lang, Tribe, Dead & Co., More…

Debi Moen
Designer Watch

There are so many sad stories regarding the recent Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre. LD Kevin Cauley shares one of them. Cauley has been doing lots of programming lately, including the May 26 Red Nose Day live broadcast from Los Angeles for NBC, which raised money for needy children. He was now starting on programming this season of La Voz Kids, a Spanish version of The Voice for youngsters, produced by Telemundo. “The show tapes three rounds in Orlando over a four or five month period,” he explains. “We had just reconvened for the third round. The attack (at Pulse nightclub) happened the night before.”

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TourPro LightSky AquaBeam
TourPro LightSky AquaBeam

TourPro LightSky AquaBeam

Craig Rutherford
Road Tests

Today, we’re looking at the IP54 Light Sky AquaBeam from SHS Global. Originally known as a used gear company, SHS has since expanded their operations into distributing various lines, including the AquaBeam from Light Sky, an IP rated moving head beam projector with a lot of power. There’s still a solid place for arc-based lights in the industry; LEDs still don’t have the raw output needed for certain applications. Extremely short-arc lamps like the one found in the AquaBeam pack a tremendous punch for low wattage, which makes them very attractive for this class of narrow-beam moving heads.

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Chauvet Maverick MK2 Wash
Chauvet Maverick MK2 Wash

Chauvet Maverick MK2 Wash

Richard Olson
Road Tests

Chauvet Professional showed the world the prototypes for their new stellar line of fixtures, dubbed the Maverick Series, at the Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt last April. This only whetted my appetite; I have waited a couple of months to get my hands on the first fixture of this series to be released, the Maverick MK2 Wash. Rest assured, the fixture lives up to its hype as a powerful wash light with some tasty effects.

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The MMS 100 has an Axon media server on board.
The MMS 100 has an Axon media server on board.

High End Systems' MMS-100 and MMS-200

Vickie Claiborne
Product Spotlight

Tracing the Evolution of HES’ MMS Orbital Head: A look at moving mirror systems technologies offered by High End Systems, a Barco Company

Rather than struggle with the challenge of rigging and precisely pointing the beam from a big, bulky projector, it’s often easier and more efficient to fine-tune the position of a flat mirror that reflects and angles the light beam. That simple truth has led to the creation of MMS (moving mirror system) technologies by Austin, Texas-based High End Systems, now owned by Barco. Here, PLSN takes a closer look at the MMS concept and how it evolved.

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