City Theatrical’s USITT 2017 Show Preview

by Michael Eddy
The City Theatrical DMXcat Multi-Function Test Tool
The City Theatrical DMXcat Multi-Function Test Tool

CARLSTADT, NJ—The City Theatrical team will at the USITT show in St. Louis, MO, March 9-11, 2017 in booth 207. They have a brand new 76-page catalog along with a range of new products on hand including the DMXcat™ Multi-Function Test Tool, SHoW DMX® Multiverse™, QolorFLEX™ LED Tape and QolorFLEX™ Dimmers, along with other new products. Also, on hand in the booth will be John McKernon demonstrating Lightwright 6 and Andrew Voller, the author of Moving Light Assistant, who will be launching his new version 1.3.

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Here is some new technology from City Theatrical that you can see at the USITT show.

DMXcat™ Multi-Function Test Tool

Attention all students!   Come by our booth and register in our raffle to win a free DMXcat!

City Theatrical‘s DMXcat Multifunction Test Tool makes it easy for anyone to control, analyze, or test any DMX lighting fixture, whether it’s a simple LED PAR or a complex moving light. The system consists of a small hardware dongle and a suite of mobile applications. Together, they combine to bring wireless DMX and RDM control plus several other useful functions to the user’s smartphone. The DMXcat solves the problem faced by all users of modern lighting equipment: How to turn on and test DMX lighting gear without using a complicated lighting console. The DMXcat works with both Android and iPhones.

SHoW DMX® Multiverse™

Attention all lighting manufacturers! Come by our booth and learn how you can easily and inexpensively add the world’s most advanced wireless DMX to your products. City Theatrical's newest wireless DMX system, SHoW DMX Multiverse, provides unprecedented levels of data transmission in a tiny package, and at the lowest cost yet seen in our industry for professional quality wireless DMX.

SHoW DMX Multiverse Transceivers can broadcast up to five universes of DMX data in the 2.4GHz band (for use worldwide) or four universes of data in the 900MHz band (for use in the Americas). These tiny circuit board mounted modules are particularly suited for lighting equipment manufacturers who are interested in adding wireless DMX to their products. For the first time, due to small size, low cost, increased data transport, and ease of design integration, we believe that the implementation of a wireless DMX chip in every DMX device is possible.

QolorFLEX™ LED Tape and QolorFLEX™ Dimmers 

We have rebranded our growing line of dimmers for LED tape into the QolorFLEX family, assuring our users that all of our dimmers match perfectly with our ETL listed QolorFLEX LED tape.  At USITT we are adding a great new tiny dimmer, the QolorFLEX 2x4A SHoW DMX Multiverse Dimmer.  Just 3.187” x .70” x .50” (81mm x 18.8mm x 12mm), it is small enough to fit in a 3/4” (19mm) tube and is designed for building into tiny spaces in props, candles, wands, costumes, and other special effects. Utilizing our SHoW DMX Multiverse radio, we have miniaturized the circuit board to take the minimum space possible. Configuration settings can be made either through a computer (Windows or Mac) via a micro USB connection.  No external power is required for this. Alternatively, configuration can me made via RDM through any RDM controller, such as City Theatrical’s DMXcat. Maximum load per channel is 4A and maximum load per device is 8A. All of our QolorFLEX Dimmers are feature rich, RDM enabled, and have the exceptionally smooth low end dimming that professionals demand. 

Lightwright® 6

Industry legend John McKernon will be in our booth demonstrating Lightwright 6, the industry-leading, multi award-winning software for managing entertainment lighting paperwork. Lightwright is an iconic industry standard on Broadway and in other areas of live entertainment, and was created to help designers and electricians record and keep track of the vast amount of data needed to install and maintain a lighting installation. Bring your Lightwright questions for John, or just come by and get a lesson in Lightwright 6.

Moving Light Assistant™ V1.3

Andrew Voller, the author of Moving Light Assistant will be in the booth this year to launch his new version 1.3. Moving Light Assistant is an application designed to document both the physical setup and programming information for moving light rigs commonly used in the entertainment industry. Large shows with many moving lights can be extremely difficult to document, and Andy wrote Moving Light Assistant to make that task possible. Come spend some time with Andy and see all of the new features of Moving Light Assistant.

QolorPoint™ Mini Wireless LED Uplighter

We’ve added a new, smaller version of the QolorPoint Uplighter to our product line, called the QolorPoint Mini Wireless LED Uplighter. It is smaller, lighter, and less expensive than its big brother, but still packs quite a punch. Sleek and elegant, each QolorPoint unit is equipped with our award-winning SHoW DMX Neo radio and is rated for outdoor use (IP65). Its 1,200-lumen output will light up medium sized trees or 2 story buildings and its even color mixing, long battery life (8 hrs max output) and variable PWM makes it a great companion to our full size QolorPoint Uplighter.

QolorPIX™ Pixel Controlled Tape and Pixel Controller

While many companies offer component products for control of addressable LED tape and fixtures, the process of set up and operation can prove to be extremely challenging. We‘ve adopted an approach to pixel control which offers a high level of creativity combined with plug and play usability. Each QolorPIX controller is preconfigured with personality profiles which can be combined and tuned to produce thousands of dynamic effects using only a few DMX channels. Chases, fades, scrolls, bursts, and other effects can be created and saved as needed. QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape connects to the controller using industry standard four pin XLR connectors. Within one minute, the system can be up and running.

Be sure to stop by the City Theatrical booth, #207 at the USITT show in St. Louis, MO, March 9-11, 2017.