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ADJ Vizi Hybrid 16RX
ADJ Vizi Hybrid 16RX

ADJ Vizi Hybrid 16RX

Craig Rutherford
Road Tests

Despite their name and long association with lighting primarily meant for clubs and smaller venues, ADJ Lighting has released a number of professional touring fixtures recently. Their Vizi line includes lights with feature sets normally seen on larger-format lights, but with attractive price points set to be within reach of houses of worship and other facilities or productions that need to be conscientious with their budget.

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Chris Lose
Chris Lose

To Timecode, or Not To Timecode?

Chris Lose
Focus on Fundamentals

Whether “Tis Nobler” Is Not the Question. Here’s a Roundtable Discussion of When It’s the Answer.

For some, timecode is the auto tune of lighting designers — a lazy choice. Others insist that timecode is doing the job of the operator, freeing him or her up from being chained to just punching the “go” button for each and every cue. But the truth is that when properly implemented, it can be used for a show’s greater good.

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Prince photo by Dreamstime
Prince photo by Dreamstime

Growing with the Artist: Roy Bennett and Prince

Nook Schoenfeld
Designer Profile

How an Unknown Musician and a Young LD Paved Each Other’s Career

In the late 1970s, Roy Bennett was a young tech working for Zenith Lighting, a vendor with a Los Angeles office at the time. The head of the company knew that his employee wanted to get into the design part of the lighting business and promised him if he ever got a call, he would submit his name. In 1980, that call came from an unknown singer from Minneapolis that few had ever heard of. This was the start of a 14-year relationship between two young men who ended up rising to be the pinnacles of their respective industries.

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Illustration by Andy Au
Illustration by Andy Au

Energy

Scott Strandberg
LD at Large

For a creative and expressive field like live music production, it’s amazing how jaded some people can be at times. But I’m not going to talk about that; I am going to talk about the exact opposite of that. I want to talk about the energy that pushes you to keep moving to create something almost beyond this world. If there is a single word for it in English, I don’t know what it is. It’s beyond enthusiasm. It comes over you like a spell until you see the project through, then it goes somewhere else for a while. It comes back again later. This energy, as I know, it can manifest in at least three different ways.

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Prince and Sheila E photo from Dreamstime
Prince and Sheila E photo from Dreamstime

Lighting the 'Purple One'

Richard Olson
Designer Profile

PLSN Talks with Several Designers About illuminating Prince

It was a sad day in the city of Minneapolis last month. The musical icon who put the First Avenue performance venue and this city on the musical map had passed on. The streets outside the club where Prince Rogers Nelson had filmed Purple Rain some 30 years ago closed down as the masses gathered to “get through this little thing we call life.”

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Brad Schiller
Brad Schiller

The Art of Negotiation

Brad Schiller
Feeding the Machines

Most automated lighting programmers work as freelancers meaning that they have to not only program shows, but also are responsible for negotiating the terms of their payment and services. Usually this negotiation is done with the production manager, producer, or lighting company. It is very important for lighting programmers to understand basic negotiation skills and to know when to make changes to their standard agreements.

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Guns N' Roses at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Axl Rose borrowed Dave Grohl's 'Throne.') Photo courtesy Chris Lose
Guns N' Roses at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Axl Rose borrowed Dave Grohl's 'Throne.') Photo courtesy Chris Lose

Reunited, and it Feels So Good; Quick Cues; More

Debi Moen
Designer Watch

LD Philip Ealy has designed the much anticipated reunion tour for Guns N’ Roses. Aptly titled “Not In This Lifetime” — referring to the fact that nobody believed it would actually happen — Ealy is working with lighting programmer Rob Koenig and content programmer Chris Lose on the stadium tour.

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