Leading UK rental and production specialist Adlib’s lighting department has invested in eight new FLX S24 consoles.
Simon Pettitt, Lighting Technical Manager at the busy Liverpool headquartered company and his team made the decision after becoming aware of the console and realizing its massive potential as a cost-effective control package for small-to-medium shows, events, and installations.
Typically, Adlib envisions using these consoles - offering optimized control for up to 48 x LED sources, moving lights, and conventionals - on a wide range of smaller corporate events, smaller / alternative festival stages, house of worship events, and dry hires to schools and colleges. All of these are likely utilizing a mix of some moving lights and LED fixtures.
"FLX S24 uses a familiar workflow for programming fixtures in a small package at an excellent price point. We can use them on events utilizing moving lights, as opposed to just static LED fixtures, which wasn't easy before without taking a larger desk out of rental stock." Simon Pettitt, Lighting Technical Manager, Adlib
Directly related to that, he continues, is the speed and ease of which FLX S24 can be powered-on, patched, and programmed. He feels that the encoders, combined with the familiar touchscreen pallet grid, are a key enabling factor for sending it out on projects to control fixtures with pan / tilt functionality.
The FLX S24 links in well with Adlib’s relationships with the educational and house of worship clients says Simon, a scenario highlighting their keenness for lighting control to be “useable, approachable, and creatively rewarding,” both for the events being lit and for the training and development of those using the kit.
The console has been designed from the outset to be quick to set up and use. “Users with little lighting experience can access intuitive basic moving light control and make the most of the fixtures they have installed or rented. However, because it uses the language and workflow of larger consoles, FLX S24 can also prepare students who potentially want to progress to the next levels of lighting control,” confirms Simon.
He thinks the FLX S24s will be easy to maintain long term due to the lack of fans and the low weight, all of which contributes to reducing transport costs for clients “needing to maximize their budgets.”
One of the first shows for Adlib’s new FLX S24s was at Liverpool Cathedral for LightNight 2018, a dynamic and free one day arts festival celebrating culture and diversity in and around the city. Simon elucidated that users appreciate the “responsive software, RDM functionality, the bright screen, but mostly just how quick it is to patch a modest rig and create some detailed looks and effects with the lights.”
"The Team is quick to respond with clear, concise information, and we have every confidence that any future back up, if needed, will be excellent." - Simon Pettitt, Lighting Technical Manager, Adlib