LSC Clarity Delivers for Oktoberfest Marathon
Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
Oktoberfest 2009 saw the premiere of LSC’s new Clarity lighting control software and VX20 wing for the central attraction, The Musik Haus, being the main stage of five indoor and outdoor stages that ran into the night on October 15, 2009.
ARC, who presents Oktoberfest, is the organisation responsible for Uni of NSW Student Life with the brief to actively encourage students to take part in a life changing university experience. It would appear ARC takes their brief very seriously. So seriously that this Oktoberfest, held in and around the Roundhouse at the University of NSW, entertained and refreshed 8,000 students and staff and prepared them for the oncoming exam season.
Driving Oktoberfest’s Main Stage in the Musik Haus, LSC Clarity received a serious live outing and came through with flying colours. The music programme was a combination of live music, DJs, as well as some DJs with live enhancements like trumpets or drums. The Rig in the Musik Haus was 8 x Mac 600, 4 x Mac 500, 8 x Technobeams, 8 x Mac250 Entours and 8 x HoneyComb LED 72.
As always in such large and diverse events programming time gets squeezed, but Zac Shenker, the lighting programmer and operator for the Musik Haus reports that Clarity performed extremely well and with the VX20 wing provided a platform to quickly develop and easily manage the recording of Cues and effects. Zac commented that the Freesets function in Clarity is the answer to a dream saving hours or programming time.
For an operator busking a marathon 6 hours of live shows, maintaining different and interesting looks is a challenge and Clarity achieved it with elegance and distinction. Clarity was installed on a laptop, without special configuration, and was supported by an external monitor to display the dockable video windows. Zac
Zac, a full time Computer Science and Digital Media student, has been working in lighting from his early teens in School. As one of the two regular lighting technicians for ARC, Zac and a crew of 8 lit, rigged and programmed the lighting and audio systems for the five stages for Oktoberfest. Additional equipment for the temporary stages was supplied by Chameleon.