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Product Spotlight

  • Willie Nelson Country Throwdown Tour

    Helios 250 Mobile Stage

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | October 13, 2011

    Solar-Powered Stage from Kleege Industries and Sustainable Waves

    Kleege Industries has been around since Nevin Kleege designed and built his first “plank and ply” stage in 1984. Sustainable Waves has been an alternative energy trail-blazer for eight years. The two companies got together to come up with Helios 250, a solar-powered mobile stage. It toured the country from May to August 2011 with the Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown and Vans Warped tours, soaking up the rays and providing enough power, even on cloudy and rainy days, to provide 120 amps at 120V for up to 12 hours. Read More...

  • ETC Source Four Fresnel

    ETC Source Four Fresnel

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | September 16, 2011

    Earlier this year, Electronic Theatre Controls surprised the industry with one of their latest products, the Source Four Fresnel.  With all of the developments in LED technology and the push for greener products, who would have thought that a new tungsten product would come to market. ETC did! Read More...

  • Parasol Systems

    Moving the Moving Light with Parasol Systems

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | August 12, 2011

    When we talk about moving a light, two things instantly pop into our heads. The first is getting up on a ladder and physically moving a light either to a new position or to focus it differently on stage. The second is a moving light that can remotely pan and tilt. The latter, of course, is easier, as it can be done from a desk. A new player to the field wants you to add a third dimension of moving a light — remotely moving the physical location of the light fixture itself as it relates to the stage or field. Read More...

  • LumenRadio CRMX Nova FX RDM

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | April 12, 2011
    LumenRadio recently announced availability in the U.S. of their latest wireless DMX/RDM/Ethernet device, the CRMX Nova FX (Flex) RDM. The CRMX, or Cognitive Radio Multiplexer technology, is an automated and adaptive wireless technology that was designed and developed specifically for the lighting industry. It adapts to its surroundings to maximize performance and range while minimizing interference with other systems. Read More...
  • VSFX3 Image Effects Projector by City Theatrical and White Light

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | March 15, 2011
    For 40 years, London-based White Light has been supplying lighting equipment to the entertainment industry. Although manufacturing is not their primary focus, they have been building the VSFX image projector for some time. But they turned to City Theatrical to work with them in a joint venture to improve the product. According to City Theatrical president, Gary Fails, the VSFX had some "design challenges that White Light wanted to overcome." Read More...
  • Roland V-1600HD

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | October 19, 2010
    In the realm of professional video, it's fair to say that the video production switcher is the heart of the show, whether it's a live event, a newscast or even a corporate gig. Read More...
  • atmosphere

    LDI 2010 Product Previews

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | September 22, 2010Check out these products you will see at LDI: atmosphere, Chauvet COLORdash Batten-Tri, Chauvet COLORado 1 VW Tour, Guard Dog Low Profiles with and without ADA Compliant Ramps, Ramp-Runner Transport Power Pack, Vector Violet, Pipe Case & Hamper, Altus Rigging Controller, RC4Magic Wireless Dimming, Sanyo PLS-WM5500/4500, Snow Masters Magic Lamp DS9000, Snow Masters Cryo Jet, Wildfire 150W Long-Throw Series II UV Light, Wildfire UltraRail Series Black Lighting and Wildfire Effects Master Energy Series Black Lighting. Read More...
  • Compulite Vector Violet and Ultra Violet

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | August 6, 2010
    One of the earliest automated lighting consoles on the market was called the Animator. It was very advanced for its time, but it never gained the widespread popularity it deserved in North America, probably because it had limited distribution. The company that designed and built that console is Compulite. Read More...
  • Pix2o LED Video Display

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | July 9, 2010
    In the post-MP3 world, production values in live events are often dictated by economics. Those fat advances that record companies used to front to recording artists have gone the way of reel-to-reel tape machines and typewriters. Today, they are much more reliant on ticket sales and profitable touring, so every means of saving money on the road is of capital importance. Read More...
  • Vari-Lite VLX

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | February 11, 2010
    When the company that paved the road for the era of automated lighting and drove down the highway of that technology on cruise control for more than 25 years suddenly takes a left turn at the intersection of LED Boulevard and Automated Lighting Way, it's bound to turn some heads. Read More...
  • Martin RADAR

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | November 13, 2009
    There’s a fascinating book called The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google by Nicholas Carr about how cloud computing is changing the world. Read More...
  • Zero 88 Leap Frog 48 Console

    PLSN Staff | Product Spotlight | February 16, 2009

    In one of my many past lives, as a systems integrator, I specified a number of Zero 88 Frog consoles, mostly the Fat Frog, which was nicely positioned for the entry market. I was surprised when Zero 88 opted to drop the Fat Frog and jump to the Leap Frog range. Rather than an entry-level board, it’s now a mid-range console with control of up to 200 automated lights. Zero 88 has kept the ease of getting started on the console, plus, if you plan to grow your system, Leap Frog does not have the limitations of Fat Frog.

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