Tuesday, May 09, 2017

NEW IN HIRE

The investment continues .

We sell numerous types and makes of LED lanterns and over the past few years we have seen
three colour units superseded with four , five and now six colour LED units.
(Red, Green, Blue, Amber, White and UV).
The decision about what to use in hire and bounced backwards and forwards for some time
but with a new unit always just around the corner we had to draw a line in the sand at sometime.

The answer was not to go for the very latest technology , but why not hire what we sell the most of.  By far our most popular unit  both in features and the number sold was the LEDJ 9 P10 a five colour slim line unit which is convection cooled (no fan noise) .
These units are normally despatched in a flight case of four units and each lantern costs £15.00 per week.


 
 - 9 x 10W five-colour LEDs (RGBWA)
- Beam angle: 25° (field angle: 35°)
- 1948 Lux @ 2m (full on)
- 3kHz refresh rate
- DMX channels: 5/7 or 9 selectable
- Static colour, colour change, colour fade, auto, sound active and master/slave modes
- 0-100 dimming and variable strobe
- Bracket allows for multiple rigging or floor standing applications
- 4 push button menu with LED display
- IEC power input/output
- 3-Pin XLR input/output
- Convection cooled
- Optional Barn Door/Gel Frame (LEDJ253A)
NEW IN HIRE

We have been investing in new hire equipment of the past couple of week. Nothing spectacular,
but we are pleased.

For many years we have used the Look Solution Unique Hazer as the back bone of our professional
haze machines.  Then we had a run of faults and ended up sub hiring a Le Maitre machine. This machine
used the new Le Maitre  PureHaze fluid which although expensive , lasts an incredibly long time .
So our first purchase was the Le Maitre Neutron XS haze machine.   This hires for £85.00 per week
(the same price as our Unique Hazer) and is supplied with 2.5 litres of fluid . 
We supply the unit with the DMX interface as standard.

The initial response from customers who have tried the machine is very favourable.



The machine that set new standards for haze, Neutron remains one of Le Maitre’s most popular products delivering up to 100 to 120 hours of haze from just one 2.5L bottle of fluid. Part of Neutron’s success is the simple, straightforward controls. Switch it on and it quietly makes haze. Combine this with its minimal power consumption and built-in self-cleaning mechanism and you have a top of the range hazer that is low cost as well as low maintenance. Suitable for small to medium sized venues.
FEATURES INCLUDE
  • High power quiet single speed fan
  • Low fluid consumption: 25cc/hr (100hrs/2.5L bottle)
  • Low power consumption
  • Automatic self-cleaning
  • Optional DMX Interface
 
Le Maitre hazers feature the patented S.T.A.R. technology to produce pure and consistent atmospheric haze. With precise control over thermal conditions and fluid dispensing, Le Maitre hazers combined with the specially formulated PureHaze Fluid, they produce a dry, low residue output, with a long hang time
Le Maitre hazers produce some of the best haze for lighting enhancement. They are used extensively in venues from studios to theatres to stadiums, adding significantly to the impact and drama of lighting and laser rigs.
Le Maitre's haze is almost 90% active ingredient, resulting in 10x more haze in the air than other hazers!


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

DMXcat™ Multi Function Test Tool    
  

City Theatrical‘s DMXcat™ system is designed for use by the lighting professional who is involved with the planning, installation, operation, or maintenance of theatrical and studio lighting equipment. The system consists of a small hardware interface device and a suite of mobile applications. Together, they combine to bring  DMX/RDM control plus several other functionalities to the user’s smartphone for use wherever and whenever they are needed.  Developed with input from  designers and technicians, the DMXcat will be an indispensable tool for lighting users. The DMXcat will operate with both Android and IPhones.

City Theatrical‘s DMXcat™ system is designed for use by the lighting professional who is involved with the planning, installation, operation, or maintenance of theatrical and studio lighting equipment. The system consists of a small hardware interface device and a suite of mobile applications. Together, they combine to bring  DMX/RDM control plus several other functionalities to the user’s smartphone for use wherever and whenever they are needed.  Developed with input from  designers and technicians, the DMXcat will be an indispensable tool for lighting users. The DMXcat will operate with both Android and IPhones.
 
Hardware The DMXcat’s interface device is a compact battery powered unit which fits easily in a pocket or tool pouch or may be worn on a belt. It uses Bluetooth LE technology for communication with the smartphone/applications (up to 50’ range). Without the limitations of being physically connected, the user can move about the workspace as needed with his/her smartphone and run the various apps while still using the phone for on-the-job communication. The device’s 5 pin XLRF connector/cable assembly allows it to be connected to a point in a DMX data chain to allow testing and or control of the various DMX/RDM channel functions. It is charged using a standard USB to Micro-USB cable and charger.
 
 
Apps Included with the Basic configuration include:
• DMX Controller
a single universe (512) DMX channel controller with two user interfaces.
• Fixture ControllerDMX
 test app for multi-attribute fixtures with built in database of lighting fixtures.
• RDM Controller
App for bi-directional communication/control of RDM enabled devices.
• DMX Tester
Permits users to analyze and or adjust  settings for transmitting or receiving DMX.
• RF Spectrum Analyzer (Android only)
For surveying and visualizing Wi-Fi networks.
• DIP switch calculator
This app simplifies the configuring of DIP switches used for setting DMX addresses.
• Light Meter (Android only)
Useful for setting light levels for on-camera use.
 
 
 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Jo Beaumont-Ward joins Central Theatre Supplies

Central Theatre Supplies is pleased to announce the appointment of Jo Beaumont-Ward to their management team.

Jo formally of Lancelyn Theatre Supplies (now National Stage Technology) and Stage Electrics, had taken a health break from work but is delighted to be back working within the industry.

“Jo has 25 years industry experience and we welcome both her technical and management skills “ said David Harwood of CTS . “We are looking to drive the company forward and face the challenges ahead and her dedication to supporting the education and amateur sector fits well with our companies position in the market ”

In addition to her office based managerial role , Jo will continue to design projects and be actively involved with the installation aspect of the business.

Jo said “It is a very competitive market at the moment and we need to change with the times, I am delighted to have been given this challenging opportunity to work with and develop this respected local Birmingham company of 30 years standing. We will be working hard to expand our customer base whilst providing existing client’s with the type of service and in depth knowledge that CTS has become synonymous for.”

Jo can be contacted at JBW@centraltheatresupplies.co.uk


Friday, December 11, 2015

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE ALLEN & HEATH RANGE OF MIXERS


We have been great fans of Allen & Heath mixers for many years and were very glad when we were able to start selling them a couple of years ago. The ZED range of mixers offer excellent value for money combining stunning looks with carefully designed features such as long throw faders and built-in audio interfaces. We recently sold a ZED18 to a ceilidh band who love the ease of use and portability, and get comments about their excellent sound at every performance. I used my ZED18 to record a live music event last weekend and the customer is delighted with the sound quality on his recordings.


A&H have recently expanded the ZED range with offerings aimed at the musician and home recording enthusiast, which will suit beginner and expert alike.


ZED-6 has been created for musicians, singer / songwriters and venues seeking Allen & Heath’s renowned build and audio quality in a compact, portable format. Whether it’s bouncing ideas around at home, performing live or recording tracks to share on YouTube and Soundcloud, ZED-6 is a versatile companion for every step of the creative journey. Featuring the new GSPre boutique preamp design, developed from the GS-R24 studio recording console, the ZED boasts exceptionally low noise and massive headroom, with a signature analogue warmth and depth. Guitarists will be pleased to know that ZED-6 comes with a pair of Guitar DI high impedance inputs, allowing guitars to be plugged straight into the mixer without the hassle and expense of carrying separate DI boxes.

ZED-6FX is the first mixer to include a specially created suite of studio quality reverbs, delays and special multi-model FX, crafted by Allen & Heath’s acclaimed in-house effects aficionados.


ZEDi-8 adds the versatility and convenience of a 2×2 USB interface to allow the desk to be plugged into a PC to record and playback your music. It comes with the acclaimed Cubase LE software, offering powerful yet easy-to-use software tools for audio recording, editing, MIDI sequencing and mixing. Its vast range of proven editing and sequencing tools can be used for a large range of music styles and areas of application. From singers and songwriters recording vocal lines to rock bands jamming in their rehearsal room, Cubase LE is as easy as it gets – with outstanding audio quality as well as time-saving recording and editing functionality.

The ZEDi-10 adds an extra two microphone channels to increase the capacity of your mixer along with a 4 in, 4 out USB interface. The ZEDi-10FX adds effects to an already impressive package.


The mixers also come bundled with the Cubasis LE app. Cubasis LE is the compact version of Steinberg’s streamlined, multitouch sequencer for the iPad, providing the same look and feel of its bigger brother Cubasis. Specially designed for quick and easy operation, Cubasis LE makes recording, editing and mixing a breeze.

ZED 6FX - 6 channel live mixer with built-in effects                                               £115.83
ZED i8 8 - channel mixer with 2x2 USB interface                                                   £107.50
ZED i10 - 10 channel mixer with 4x4 USB interface                                               £165.83
ZED i10FX - 10 channel mixer with 4x4 USB interface and built-in effects            £199.17