ETC at PLASA
Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013
On display and available for demonstration on ETC’s PLASA London stand this week are: Source Four LED fixture family, including the new CYC lighting adapter; Selador Desire fixture family, including the new Desire D22 luminaire; Cobalt 20 – the first of a new family of control desks from ETC; Eos Titanium – the flagship desk from ETC’s Eos control line.
Plus ETC introduces the ETC PLASA Lounge and Power and data requirements PLASA seminar.
Key to this year’s ETC stand is company’s newest and most innovative LED lighting fixtures – the Source Four LED CYC (pictured) and the Desire D22.
Above the stand is a large 7m x 3m cyclorama, lit with ETC Source Four LED CYC, using the Lustr+ LED engine. One side of the cyclorama is a painted theatrical cloth to show the versatility and efficacy of the Lustr+ seven colour mixing system, highlighting colours as the designer intended, while the other side is white to show the impressive coverage. In both cases, stand visitors can see the even light distribution, with no gaps or seams visible between the luminaires
The CYC is an accessory which can be attached to any Source Four LED fixture engine, producing the powerful beam that the Source Four family is known for. It means that the fixtures can be used as profiles when they’re not needed as cyc lighting – saving on additional inventory which may not always be needed, says ETC.
The 20cm, three kilogram Desire D22, meanwhile, completes the ETC Selador LED range, and brings efficient wash lighting to theatres, museums, lobbies, retail outlets and other installations where low profile fixtures are a must. It’s the perfect detail light for any professional venue. Despite its size, it has the same quality colour mixing, smooth dimming, intuitive user interface and stand-alone operation that the Desire line is known for. The D22 is available with portable, canopy (ceiling mount) and 3-circuit Eutrac Adapter mounting options.
Versions offered include Lustr+ for a complete range of colour mixing, and fixed colour temperature white light options in the Daylight, or Tungsten and finally the Studio HD for variable colour temperature white light.
The Cobalt control system was previewed at this summer’s CUE event in the US and is now presented to the public for the first time at PLASA London 2013. “We really wanted users to be able to reach out and touch the light – craft it, colour it, move it,” says Cobalt Product Manager Sarah Clausen, “with nothing between them and the rig. Thoughts turn into light. That’s what we’ve achieved with the multiple touch screens of Cobalt – users simply touch what they want to change, just like they’re used to with their smartphone or tablet.
Says Product Manager Sarah Clausen: “While Cobalt is great in theatres, it really comes into its own in TV studios, corporate events and live gigs where the lighting is controlled on the fly – in fact, everywhere that board operators need quick and easy access to a wide range of commands and functions.”
Ti takes the place of ETC’s flagship Eos desk at the head of the product line, with new hardware and features that make designing and programming even easier. Says ETC Controls Product Manager Anne Valentino: “We took the solid foundation of Eos and built on it to create Ti. And we added hardware adapted from the design of our Gio desk, such as integrated, articulating, multitouch displays, backlit keys and an anodised finish.”
Eos Ti was first shown in public at ABTT earlier this year, receiving impressive reviews from stand visitors and, later, from beta testers. Both London’s National Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester have become early adopters of the console.
ETC PLASA Lounge
Over in the ETC PLASA Lounge, ETC staff are giving regular seminars in the Layers of Light Theatre, including: Layers of Product Development, presented by Tom Littrell and James Uphoff; The Cobalt control system, presented by Sarah Clausen; Eos Control system – use of Magic Sheets; Building ETC Lighting Control Systems, presented by Luke Delwiche and Jake Dunnum;
The seminar times will be announced on the ETC stand.
For more information and a demonstration of these and other products from the ETC range of lighting, power and control products, as well as to book a place in the ETC PLASA Lounge, please visit ETC’s PLASA London stand J60 at ExCeL 6-9 October.
Data and power Seminar
On Monday 7th October at 12.30pm, ETC’s technical director Adam Bennette gives a free PLASA seminar on requirements for data and power infrastructures for LED stage lighting. The
talk explores the electrical and data demands of LED luminaires, and will be followed by discussion about how to design new systems that support both tungsten and LED luminaires in a rational way, and the conversion of existing installations to allow the deployment of LED luminaires.