Welcome to the Learn Stage Lighting Podcast, we’re now at Episode 99! Here in the US on May 12th, it’s DMX Day! Today, we’re going to cover some thoughts about recent events and then we’ll discuss choosing consoles.
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Lighting News (2:08)
During the pandemic and stay at home orders, most households are relying on live streaming for their entertainment. But for most the entertainment on Hulu and Netflix is starting to dry up so people are looking for other forms of entertainment.
This really did get me thinking about bands doing more videos for Facebook Live and even YouTube. While some economies are starting to open back up it’s still going to be a while before large gatherings are even permitted. So, my thoughts are why don’t bands do more live streaming events? They could offer tickets and they can live stream a special event in their own homes. Bands could offer an all-request night or play all of their hits.
With world events happening, it’s a great opportunity for bands to take live events to a whole new level and still be able to make money.
Moving on, I opened up this month’s PLSN Magazine and found, that for once not every show in their “Showcase” article used Grand MA!
I’m not an MA-hater, but I do want folks to realize that there are other great options, and those options may be both cheaper AND a better fit for your show or service!
You don’t always have to purchase the most expensive console to create a great show.
A last piece I wanted to share from the PLSN magazine is the article about Lumineers and the lighting show that was recently done. It’s a great piece and the lighting done was absolutely fantastic. You can read it here: Lighting Up the Lumineers Cathedral Style.
Main Segment (15:50)
A topic I discuss often is how do you choose a lighting console? Choosing your lighting console is very crucial in being able to do a lighting show well and be able to do it efficiently.
A thought that I’ve been wanting to share with you is that you don’t always have to purchase the most expensive or the most professional console to do your job well. That’s not the type of mind frame your want to be in.
Instead, you want to find the console or control system that is able to do everything you need it to do in the most simple and time effective way.
There are a few different console categories that I like to put consoles into. These consoles fall into the Entry Level, Intermediate Level, and the Professional Leve.
The entry level consoles are normally easy to set up and easy for someone to learn. These consoles are able to do certain light functions and have the capability to put on a great show.
The downside to entry-level consoles is that they do have some restrictions on lighting capabilities. Especially if you’re trying to have the console do a function it’s not meant to do.
The intermediate consoles can at times be very vague. Consoles in these categories have the capability of doing more than the entry level but they’re not always able to do what the professional consoles can do.
Intermediate consoles allow users to have more control over their lights and how they can organize pallets and presets. But these consoles are not able to offer what the professional-grade consoles do.
The professional consoles are exactly what they are named, they are generally used by the professionals. These type of consoles are able to do what ever you need them to do.
The downside to professional consoles compared to entry-level and intermediate is that a professional console is a blank slate. While entry-level and intermediate consoles will have a general way that they work but professional consoles often is very open to different ways to lay it out.
This can definitely be challenging if a new lighting person is trying to learn how to use a professional console that has no real base way that it can function.
There are different aspects that you want to consider when purchasing a new console. You want to consider the types of lights you want to control, how do you want to control them, and what different ways will you be needing to use this console.
At the end of the day, a general audience is not going to notice what type of console you are using. All they know is that the show was good and they enjoyed themselves. A lighting console is simply just a tool in your toolbox. It’s important but it means more to find what works best for you than having the latest and greatest console.
Show Sponsorship (26:23)
With Learn Stage Lighting Labs, it’s a great place for those who want to bring their lighting to the next level. Inside, we offer many different action plans for all types and styles of lighting. Or perhaps, you’re not sure what console to start with? We have a fantastic forum where our members and admins are more than happy to help walk you through choosing the right console for your setup.
We cover everything inside of the labs from consoles, to purchasing new lights, and courses that are always being updated. Definitely be sure to check it out.
Thank you so much for joining us this week. It was definitely a different episode than what we’ve been covering but I hope you enjoyed it.
Happy DMX Day and I hope everyone is staying safe, we will get through this. We’ll see you in a couple of weeks!
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