Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Princethorpe's Jewel in the Crown


Central Theatre Supplies had a very busy summer

working at Princethorpe College @princethorpecol  

converting the old theatre into a state of the art performance space.


 
The technical side of the 100 seater theatre was designed by Jo Beaumont-Ward and consists of a complete LED rig over 5 lighting bars, using the ETC ColorSource Range of lanterns and ColorSource Control 40 Lighting Console ( more details ) and Martin Rush MH1.

 
The sound is controlled by the Allen and Heath QU-32 mixer (more details ) with Electrovoice speakers (more details) using Audio Technica UHF 3000 wireless microphones (more details )

















 
Back stage there are the GDS Blue Light system (more details) for actors and crew and the Granite Technical Communications System with back stage speakers


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Always looking to future proof the system there is additional wiring for cameras and video streaming and an infra-red hearing system and backstage monitors.

The first production ‘Kinder Transport’ is in 5 weeks. 

We would like to thank all our engineers for their hard work over the summer without them these jobs would not have been possible.



 

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three colour units superseded with four , five and now six colour LED units.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