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Presenting lighting, theatre and weather: formerly from the hills of Yorkshire, with bits and pieces of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and trips to Edinburgh; when the music stops, where will neel end up?
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A Final Bunch Of Wackyness From The Frozen Tour

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1: Bad soap dispensing technology at the Byre.

2: "Wacky" audience warning notice.

3: "Crazy" extra "buttons" on the Byre's sound desk.

4: Working prohibited in Aberdeen.

5: Those kids just love coloured plastic!

6: Ladies and Gents, presenting another Worst Lighting Desk Evar (see also and also) - the Eurolight LC2412. See all those buttons and faders and stuff? They do nothing that is at all useful, whilst at the same time trying to do far too many things which themselves prevent all the buttons and faders and stuff from doing the basic functions that a lighting console should be able to perform! Useless!

It may have two axis of faders but the bottom one has to be presets, they can't just control individual channels; that means that only the top faders are assigned to channels - but in a venue with 18 circuits (that you can't repatch to something more convenient) 12 faders aren't enough! Sure, you can switch pages of channels but that makes live operation completely impossible! Lame, lame, lame, lame, lame!

A completely manual desk, something like a Level 12, would be so much more suitable. Lame. When the instruction manual's instructions (I'm not too proud to read the manual) didn't result in the most basic things happening proper like what they should have done, I didn't even bother attempting to program my 106 cues into it. Which wouldn't have worked anyway. 'Cos it could only, maybe, store 99 cues. Lame!

So, to sum up: it is an appalling lighting console - the sort of thing that you'd find in a club that didn't know better / was too cheap to get something decent. Not a theatre desk, by any means. It's also useful to point out that it's made by a sound company. Tch! Noiseboys. No idea at all.
9th Dec 2006, 12:18   | tags:

Hazel says:

Hi Neil,

You fail to mention that the 'wacky' audience notice is displayed in the toilet opposite the control room. On a historical note, it has been there since March 2002 just after the Byre's production of 'Woman in Black' finished.

14th Dec 2006, 17:32

neel says:

Yep - completely failed to point that out. Less funny but definately more accurate.

Hi Hazel!

15th Dec 2006, 22:14