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 February 3

by LearnStageLighting.com

In previous years, I had the opportunity to review LightShark’s LS1 console and created tutorial videos for how to use their console. In this post, I was able to review the LS-Wing and provide feedback on the unit.

In this post, we will cover the unit’s capabilities, configuration, and share my thoughts on LightShark’s LS-Wing.

At first glance the LS-Wing looks like any other lighting console wing but I soon realized it was much more than that.

LS-Wing Overview

The LS-Wing comes with 10 playback faders, customizable buttons, two rows of playback buttons, and a tablet holder. Sounds like a normal lighting console wing, doesn’t it? But this hardware does much more than that.

If you were to connect any type of unit that takes MIDI, the LS-Wing is able to to connect MIDI through USB and this gives you control over that unit. The buttons on the LS-Wing can be mapped and set up in any way that you need.

You would also have the ability to set it up in OSC mode. When it uses OSC Mode (or Open Sound Control) you would then have the capability to customize the OSC messages to the payback faders and buttons.

Back to the physical attributes, you have 10 non-motorized faders. On the back of the unit you’ll notice a number of ports available.

This can be very handy as you may already know how quickly ports can be tied up. With multiple ports available it makes for a great tool for those in any industry.

Configuring the LS-Wing

The configuration process for the LS-Wing is simple and most likely once it’s done you may never need that option again.

As it launches, you’ll have the option to name the device. The IP address by default is 2.0.0.1 and you would set your computer manually 2.0.0.2 to get them both connected. Once you have this you can then change the information manually.

If you’re LS-Wing is going on a network it may be a good idea to reserve a special IP address for itself. Completely optional but something to consider if you have multiple devices on your network.

You will also notice the UDP, OSC, and DMX remote control. This part is really interesting because through these options, you can control the wing from other devices. With the buttons and faders you can set multiple commands to OSC targets, software, or devices.

While the standard individual may not use the LS-Wing in that manner it definitely opens up for a lot of different options and functionality.

The next step is gong to “Targets” to set up your unit. You can select the brand and unit or use the generic option.

In the next section is your Mapping where you have two pages to work with on mapping. You can select the fader or button to begin setting up different commands.

My Final Thoughts and Opinion

I was able to take the LS-Wing on a couple of gigs and paired it up with my ONYX console. This unit can be paired up with any device that communicates OSC giving the LS-Wing the capability to add audio, lighting, and other commands.

You have the DMX ports on the back which allows you to use any units that have Art-Net or sACN. It also has a network switch that can be used as well.

While testing it, I found it was a great wing and had no issues with it technically. It offers a lot of capabilities and gives you multiple device options that you can pair it up with. For the price it is a very valuable tool.

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