Jands Vista

History

L5 Controls Lighting & Media for Incubus

Incubus photo by Steve Jennings

Photo © Steve Jennings

A Jands Vista L5 console was chosen by Chicago based Lighting Designer, Robb Jibson of So, Midwest Inc. to control lighting and media for multi-platinum selling rockers, Incubus. Sharing the headline of the North American 2012 Honda Civic Tour were Grammy award winning rap-rock outfit, Linkin Park.

Robb was first introduced to the Jands Vista platform earlier in the year when he was supplied a Vista L5 on the Australian leg of Incubus’ tour. Although initially cautious, he was immediately impressed by Jands’ flagship console with its powerful Vista v2 software, and after using it chose to make the swap to the platform at the first opportunity.

Initially using a Vista T2 for Incubus’ spring run, then a Vista L5 for the high profile Honda Civic Tour, Robb explains that as a designer he likes his consoles “to be as intuitive and easy as possible to operate”, stating that “the Vista absolutely delivers on all levels.

With complex timing changes, intricate programming, an extensive lighting system and multiple video content and input layers, Robb’s design required a fast workflow, which the Vista’s simple, powerful interface helped him achieve.

Timing is central to Robb’s designs, and he really appreciates the ability to fine tune each detail quickly and accurately using the Vista’s timeline.

The Vista makes it so easy to add complex timing and build intricate programming very quickly. With all the power you need and virtually unlimited possibilities – what more do you need?” Robb enthuses.

The L5’s design is dominated by its 21 inch High-Definition TFT screen. This comfortable work-surface allows everything to be accessed quickly and clearly on the rig. Ergonomically, “It’s a great desk” says Robb, commenting that he likes the feel and positioning of the faders plus the ‘clicky-ness’ of the flash buttons.

The L5 ran the system via ArtNet on the Honda Civic tour, which proved to be rock solid.

Following such positive experiences using the Vista control platform, Robb decided to invest in his own Jands Vista S3 console, which he used as a tracking backup on the Honda Civic Tour.

Opening for Incubus and Linkin Park were prog-rockers MUTEMATH, whose LD, Darien Koop, is also a dedicated Jands Vista fan.

Vista L5 Controls Multi-Media Experience

5Lynx 1

A Jands Vista L5 media and lighting control console, running the latest Vista v2 software, was used by designer Geoffrey Platt to help deliver US telecoms company 5LINX Enterprises’ corporate vision to over 8,000 sales delegates.

Geoff, of Atlanta based Production People Inc. (PPi), used the Vista L5 with another of the family, a Vista T2, running in full tracking back-up to deliver a stunning stage production featuring video, lighting and LED.

Geoff has worked for PPi for the last five years as a creative and concept designer for scenic, video and lighting. Although he has been an enthusiastic user of the Vista family for a number of years, this was his first chance to use the new flagship Vista L5.

Despite the scale and stature of the event, and not to mention the fast pace of the show, Geoff was completely confident that the L5 was the right tool to deliver the precise look and feel he wanted for the presentations.

The L5 was controlling over 100 moving lights – a mix of VARI*LITE V*L3000 spots, V*L3500 washes, Martin Professional MAC 250 washes and Clay Paky Sharpys – as well as conventional lightsources and 140 LED fixtures including Chroma-Q™ Color Block™, Philips CK ColorBlast and ColorBlaze, Chauvet Colorado TriPAR and Alkalite Opto Strips. All lighting equipment was supplied by rental company 4Wall’s Las Vegas facility.

Two Catalyst media servers were controlled by the Vista L5 to supply video throughout the event’s presentations.

Geoff absolutely loved the L5 – especially its striking 21 inch, high-definition screen, which made accessing all the elements of the rig both fast and easy. This really assisted with the fast, intense programming the show demanded of Geoff and co-programmer, Greg Haygood.

Geoff continues to be hugely impressed with the performance of Jands’ next generation Vista v2 control platform, commenting that its Effects Engine is “fantastic”.

He says the powerful, simple, visual Vista v2 software is invaluable for designing and operating quickly and efficiently on large and complex shows like 5LINX Enterprises, and features such as Vista v2’s Matrix effects quickly bring extra dynamics and dimensions to the show.

I think it’s the fastest console currently on the market for programming – the timeline interface makes all the difference in the world” he enthuses, concluding “Jands have done a fantastic job on the L5, building a product with ‘the future’ in mind. I am very excited to see how things will develop from here.

Vista L5 for Queen and Adam Lambert

Queen and Adam Lambert

A Jands Vista L5 was chosen by leading Lighting and Visuals Designer, Rob Sinclair, to control lighting and media for British rock legends, ‘Queen’. Their recent string of high profile shows featured American Idol star Adam Lambert as lead singer.

The first highly anticipated show truly tested everyone’s technical and creative skills. Performed in front of enormous crowds (estimated at up to 500,000 people) in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine – the concert was televised live as part of the Euro 2012 Football Championships, as well as being streamed online.

Although Rob has been a keen Vista user for a number of years, this was his first experience using the new flagship L5 console. Choosing to do so on a show of such stature and visibility was a real testament to his confidence in the reliability and flexibility of the Vista family.

Rob’s design concept began with the classic look of the massive Queen PAR can rigs of the 1970s and 80s. It was then evolved into a stunning contemporary version by taking advantage of the latest LED, automation and control technologies.

The touring rig featured over 200 moving lights arranged on six moving pods over the stage that were able to shift into different positions throughout the show.

Custom video – co-ordinated by Rob – was played back from a Catalyst media server that was also under control of the Vista L5.

Rob was extremely impressed with his experience, “The L5 has definitely been designed to make controlling even large and complex shows like this extremely easy” he comments. He found the console’s 21 inch high-definition screen made it “very easy to find everything quickly.

Rob took full advantage of Vista’s Matrix Effects to quickly get some great looks out of the rig’s 180 Mac 101s when they were configured as a big par wall. He concludes that Vista gives the tools to “Achieve straightforward tasks very easily, whilst retaining the ability to engage in complex programming. You don’t have to do any maths to write a cue.

Given the choice, Rob has specified Vista control extensively on his shows for the past few years. As well as Queen, these include Peter Gabriel, Adele, Pulp, Pet Shop Boys, Keane, and Will Young.

All photos courtesy of ©Rob Sinclair. Click to enlarge.

L5 Launch Competition Winners

Competition winners

Left. David Weeks with Jonathan Walters.   Right. North American winner Andrew Anguiano

 

Jands is pleased to announce the winners of a high-profile competition celebrating the recent launch of its Vista L5 flagship media and lighting control console – the latest addition to the exciting Vista range.

The competition to win a MacBook Pro running the innovative Vista v2 software was sponsored by Jands’ distribution partners for Europe & the Middle East – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. – and North America – A.C. Lighting Inc. – and open to industry professionals in these territories.

The competition proved extremely popular, with an overwhelming response from professionals in many countries and industry sectors. This reflects the high level of interest in the Vista L5, which received its official trade show launch at the Prolight+Sound 2012 exhibition in Frankfurt in March.

The lucky winners, who were selected at random from the entrants who correctly answered the competition question, were David Weeks from the UK and Andrew Anguiano from the US.

David Weeks works at the 1500 capacity live music venue, 53 Degrees in Preston, UK.

He had not used Jands Vista before, and his first impressions of the Vista L5 after seeing the video were, “To say that I’m quite impressed is an understatement! The way the screen is laid out, it all made sense – it’s a lovely bit of design. I will now be quite frustrated with our current house desk.

When David visited AC-ET’s Northern office in Leeds to collect his MacBook Pro, he received a full product demonstration on the Vista L5 after which he was left even more amazed by it.

He particularly liked the extra large screen and thought the pixel-mapping capabilities were much more intuitive than his venue’s current console. David says “The power of Vista by comparison takes this to a whole new level.

The North American winner, Andrew Anguiano is a sophomore in college and lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, US where he also works at the Life Bridge Church co-ordinating technicals and media. He has had considerable experience with Jands Vista and regularly creates shows using a Vista S3.

Andrew says, “I think Jands produces a great product with Vista. Their technical services team has always been extremely helpful in answering questions.

He intends to continue using Vista and is looking forward to gaining more experience across the range.

The new Vista L5 media and lighting control console was designed by listening to the creative people who deliver some of the most stunning shows worldwide every day. It’s features include a 21-inch High Definition Wacom pen tablet for easily managing today’s lighting rigs – including large numbers of moving lights, media servers and LEDs, as well as the tools to control any design simply, powerfully and visually.