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Lonestar: Big and Bright

From ETC and High End Systems comes the Lonestar, the most affordable, versatile moving head fixture form the legendary lighting manufacturer yet! Let’s take a look at what you get…

Lonestar is a great lighting tool built for designers and programmers who want maximum performance from a mid-sized automated framing fixture. The budget friendly luminaire brings punchy output, a professional feature set, and ETC’s legendary quality at a new, more affordable price point.

THE RIGHT SIZE

Engineered to easily fit into any lighting design, Lonestar is the most compact High End Systems framing fixture yet, but doesn’t sacrifice any features or output.

THE RIGHT FEATURE SET

Output

Offering punchy 15,400 lumen output from its Bright White LED engine, Lonestar delivers high brightness and visual impact to any stage.

Color

With seamless CMY mixing, linear CTO plus fixed color wheel for the purest saturated colors available, all your needs are covered.

Shaping

Lonestar’s full curtain framing shutters allow precise, repeatable beam shaping; put the light where you want it, and never where you don’t.

Patterns

Shape your stage with Lonestar’s nine rotating patterns. Animation wheel, plus dual frosts and prisms produce limitless morphing and texture layering options.

Beams

Build structure in the air with Lonestar’s beams. The 3.5 – 55 degree zoom range creates powerful narrow beams to wide washes and everything in between.

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SOLAFRAME – MEET THE SOLASERIES: PART 1

The SolaFrame 3000 is just beautiful
The High End Systems' SolaSeries

Welcome to part 1 of our in depth look at High End Systems’ SolaSeries Moving Head Fixtures. Today we’re taking a deep dive into the SolaFrame family of fixtures,

High End Systems have been in the game for a long time, and they’ve used that experience to come up with some of the most complete and feature-rich fixtures on the market. When you add ETC’s world-renowned optics and colour technology the result is a series of fixtures that go above and beyond your normal moving head.

THE SOLAFRAME FAMILY

With the most advanced and complete line of LED framing fixtures on the market, SolaFrame features full-frame, four plane shutters engineered for accuracy and speed. The SolaFrame family also includes the optical effects package from the SolaSpot series, including CMY color mixing, linear CTO, fixed color wheel, fixed and indexing gobo wheels, sophisticated animation effects, prism, iris and frost. All fixtures are available with either Ultra-Bright engines for maximum lumens or High Fidelity engine for high CRI and superior color rendering.

The SolaFrame fixtures are a full featured set for the SolaSeries
The SolaFrame Family offers feature rich options on any budget.

Designed to be feature rich and precise, SolaFrame has the right product for every size and type of application. From the compact SolaFrame 750 to the arena ready SolaFrame 3000 to our award-winning silent fixtures, this family set and raised the bar for sheer output and quality of light, color control and mind-blowing visuals.

SOLAFRAME 750: DYNAMITE COMES IN SMALL PACKAGES

The SolaFrame 750 is the most compact of the family
The SolaFrame 750 is compact yet feature rich.

SolaFrame 750 is the most compact framing fixture in the Sola Series family. Featuring a small footprint but a huge feature set, the fixture is a perfect fit for small to medium-sized venues, and its 11,300 lumens can easily cut through the competition. SolaFrame 750 is available in Ultra-Bright and High CRI versions and offers the widest array of effects currently available in a fixture of its size, including full-curtain framing shutters, 6°–50° zoom, rotating gobo wheel plus fully continuous animation, iris, prism, and frost.

With the right blend of features, performance, and size, SolaFrame 750 has been specified extensively for use in nightclubs and retail installations, studio and film, Houses of worship, performance venues, cruise ships and themed entertainment venues. Modular construction makes SolaFrame 750 easy to service, and it’s backed by the best LED engine warranty and 24/7 customer service in the industry.

SOLAFRAME 1000: EVERYTHING YOU’LL EVER NEED

The SolaFrame 1000 is one of the best all-round fixtures on the market
The SolaFrame 1000 gives you so many options

SolaFrame 1000 is the go-to workhorse automated framing fixture for lighting designers. With 20,000 lumen output, full framing shutters, rotating and fixed gobo wheels, multiple color systems, 12°-40° zoom, animation effects plus all the bells and whistles required by the modern LD, the SolaFrame 1000 is a star performer in all professional production environments.

Available in Ultra-Bright and High CRI versions, SolaFrame 1000 ships with a TM-30 Filter that boosts the Ultra-Bright engine to 85+ CRI. Other features include Iris and Light Frost, Rotating Prism, and our patented Lens Defogger System.

The SolaFrame 1000 is guaranteed to add a set of powerful tools to any venue’s inventory while giving rental houses the perfect go anywhere, do anything fixture.

SOLAFRAME 3000: RIDICULOUSLY BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL LIGHT

The award winning SolaFrame 3000 combines unprecedented light output from its 1000 watt Ultra-Bright White LED engine with a limitless palette of effects and color possibilities. Engineered for the largest lighting applications, the fixture’s 37,000 lumens exceed the output of powerful arc lamp fixtures, while simultaneously offering the many advantages of LED technology such as long engine life. The fixture is also available in a High Fidelity version with incredibly accurate color rendering.

SolaFrame 3000 is designed for use in arenas and stadiums, concert halls, broadcast studios, churches, and other large-scale events. The fixture’s color control, precise framing, projection and animation effects, versatile zoom range, and other features have made SolaFrame 3000 a popular choice for designers, production companies, and permanent installations alike.

Product Features

  • Ultra-Bright White LED Engine
  • 1000W Ultra-Bright engine produces 37,000 field lumens or High Fidelity Engine with incredibly accurate color rendering
  • CMY/CTO – Linear color mixing system
  • 7 position replaceable Color Wheel
  • Framing system for total control of beam shaping
  • Iris, Light Frost, Prism and 7°-55° Zoom
  • 7-position plus open interchangeable Gobo Wheel
  • 7-position plus open Rotating Gobo Wheel
  • Continuously Variable Animation Wheel
  • TM-30 Filter Boosts Ultra-Bright Engine to 85+ CRI
The Features on the SolaFrame 3000 are unbelievable

SOLAFRAME THEATRE & STUDIO: WHISPER QUIET

The lighting industry’s first automated LED fixture to offer completely silent operation, SolaFrame Theatre is engineered with no fans and features a high CRI Bright White LED engine. A natural fit for use in theatres and other venues where noise is not acceptable, SolaFrame Theatre has seen phenomenal success in venues worldwide.

SolaFrame Theatre features 15,000 lumen output, smooth full-frame shuttering and a wide zoom range. With fixed and indexing gobo wheels, Animation effects, prism, iris, and frost, it is also extremely feature packed. The convection cooled luminaire features modular construction, extremely low power usage and other innovations such as our patented Lens Defog system.

You won't find anything more quiet than the SolaFrame Thetare & Studio
SolaFrame Studio & Theatre can be seen, but not heard

Like its bigger sibling the SolaFrame Theatre, the convection cooled SolaFrame Studio prioritizes high quality features, beautiful spectral output and silent operation. The fixture’s 10,000 lumens and full curtain framing are a perfect fit for theatres, concert halls, opera houses, film/TV broadcast studios and houses of worship. With a feature set designed for exquisite projection control and gorgeous color rendering, SolaFrame Studio can quietly steal the scene.

With a wide zoom range, rotating gobo wheel, Animation effects, prism, iris and frost, SolaFrame Studio is also feature packed. The convection cooled fixture features modular construction, extremely low power usage and other innovations such as our patented Lens Defog system.

SolaFrame Theatre Product Features

  • Bright White LED engine
  • 440 W High CRI engine produces 15,000 field lumens
  • Fanless, silent operation
  • 540° x 265° movement
  • CMY / CTO- linear color-mixing system
  • 7-position replaceable Color Wheel
  • Framing system for total control of beam shape
  • Iris
  • Light Frost
  • Linear Four-facet Prism
  • 7°-42° Zoom
  • 8-position plus open interchangeable Gobo Wheel
  • 7-position plus open Rotating Gobo Wheel
  • Continuously Variable Animation Wheel

SolaFrame Studio Product Features

  • Bright white LED engine
  • 300 W High CRI engine producing 10,000 field lumens
  • Color-matched convection-cooled engine for completely fanless operation
  • High quality 13-lens optic system with patented Lens Defogger
  • Extremely powerful 5.5 – 57° zoom
  • CMY / CTO-Linear color mixing system
  • Seven position plus open replaceable Color Wheel
  • Full-curtain framing system for total control of beam shaping
  • 16-blade iris for extremely tight beam effects
  • Light diffusion with additional, optional heavy diffusion
  • Seven position plus open Rotating Gobo Wheel
  • Linear Prism for controlled pattern replication across a stage

CHECK OUT INDEPENDENT TEST RESULTS FOR THE SOLAFRAME STUDIO & THEATRE

World-renowned acoustics specialists Müller-BBM in Munich have tested SolaFrame Theatre and SolaFrame Studio.


Their independent reports demonstrate just how quiet this fixtures is. Download the reports and see for yourself.

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ETC and High End fixtures play well together in La Jolla

The 2017 closure and eventual demolition of the Sherwood Auditorium in San Diego could have dealt a fatal blow to the La Jolla Music Society who had been its tenants since 1986. “It was a huge shock,” recalled Christopher Beach, the society’s president and CEO, “We had no place to call our own.” Now, after a Herculean fund-raising effort, it has a new home in the $82 million dollar La Jolla Conrad Prebys Arts Center.

Located in the heart of La Jolla Village, the 49,200-foot facility houses two performance venues with a total capacity of 620. The 49-foot stage can be configured for concerts, theatre, lectures, or film. Curtis Kasefang of Theatre Consultants Collaborative, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, turned to ETC and High End Systems to create a house rig that could be augmented by touring shows. “There were several factors that drove fixture selection: color rendering, fixture noise, and heat contribution chief among them,” says Kasefang. “The client had a clear vision of a very theatrical space, not your traditional concert hall. He wanted it to be able to support acoustic music, amplified music, film, and secondarily dance and other performing arts.”

Kasefang faced several challenges. “The noise floor was very low, so lighting fixtures had to be fanless for acoustic events and the lighting had to be invisible. The audience chamber and the stage are surrounded by wooden grillage, through which you can see the enclosing box, which was built as an enveloping cyclorama. The initial architectural lighting fixtures didn’t cut it, so we employed the ETC ColorSource CYC fixtures which provided a beautiful quality of light that felt limitless.”

FIXTURES AND CONTROL

The project is predominantly ETC equipment driven by an Ion Xe 20 Console, including Source Four Series 2 Lustr+ front light for amplified events, ColorSource Spots for side and high side light for amplified events, Desire D40 Lustr for down lights, ColorSource CYC lights and wall wash fixtures, and High End Systems SolaFrame Theatre automated fixtures.

“We banked on the development of the High End Systems SolaFrame Theatre units because the tightness of the room and the acoustic requirements demanded a remote focusing light, but we could not tolerate the noise. Early in design, we met with Bobby Hale and based on his word, we trusted the fixture would be a success,” said Kasefang. Being a California installation, environmental factors were important. “The decision to go all LED was a big one. In truth, cost was a wash relative to halogen, but it enabled a reduction in duct sizing which made the building design possible,” Fang explained.

ETC and High End Systems arrive in force at Theatre du Chatelet

After more than two years of renovations, the celebrated Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris has recently reopened its doors to the public. With the intention of restoring the venue to its original splendor, the project saw the inclusion of an array of products from ETC and High End Systems.

Christophe Leuba – one of the venue’s two lighting managers who assist lighting director Renaud Corler – recognized the potential of ETC Eos consoles after attending an ETC training session. “I loved the event and as soon as I got back to the Châtelet I arranged an ‘Introduction to Eos’ session for our entire team,” says Leuba.

Several other desks were considered, but Eos family consoles emerged as the best solution for the theatre. “Thanks to their simplicity, it’s obvious how to make a patch,” says Leuba. “But it’s the color tool that really stands out. With the level of color control they offer, there is no comparison with other consoles at the moment.”

Subsequently, two Eos Ti consoles were installed in the theatre’s control room – one of which is used in the audience during creation phase – and a more compact Ion Xe 20 was chosen for use elsewhere.

Even though decision-making for lighting control and power control was not connected at the outset, the Eos consoles chosen complemented the Sensor3 Power control system selected, with both product families originating from ETC. “It’s really convenient to be able to control the dimmers from the consoles,” says Bernard Maby, the theatre’s other lighting manager. “In addition, it’s very nice to have the feedback directly on the desks.”

The electrical room features seven Sensor3 power control racks fitted with 582 modules, plus 24 modules in an additional rack for lighting. The team opted to work in sACN for communication between consoles, dimmers and fixtures.

Technical solution provider Dushow was appointed to supply the lighting, and began with a demonstration featuring all the key brands of the sector. “The Dushow demo was superb because it was very objective,” says Leuba. “The High End Systems SolaFrame 3000 stood out thanks to its power, but also its color quality and full-frame shutters. This led to an investment in 46 SolaFrame 3000 fixtures.”

The venue already had a dozen Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr luminaires and the team chose to add 60 units of the same model, equipped with 25–50 ° zoom optics. “It’s a great fixture with quality tungsten emulation,” says Leuba. “And the color management with Eos is just amazing. It consumes nothing and it makes beautiful color!”

It’s fitting that the 72 ETC fixtures are proving to be a perfect accompaniment to the SolaFrame 3000s for Théâtre du Châtelet’s current production – An American in Paris.

High End Systems to Launch SolaHyBeam 3000 at LDI 2019

At the LDI 2019 exhibition, High End Systems will introduce the new SolaHyBeam 3000 automated fixture. With a feature set designed for beam control, aerial effects and raw power, the flagship luminaire has all the elements to cut through the haze and shine brilliantly in the world’s largest venues. Powered by an exceptionally efficient White Light LED engine, SolaHyBeam 3000 features a large front aperture and optimized long throw optics for superior light output throughout the fixture’s wide zoom range.

Automated Lighting Product Manager Matt Stoner commented, “We are so excited to have the SolaHyBeam 3000 added to our family of ultra-powerful premium quality fixtures. The SolaHyBeam 3000 specializes in a fantastic narrow 3.1 degree beam, turning its massive output and dazzling front lens into a powerful narrow beam. Whether used as a long throw front light (yes it has framing shutters) or for shining dazzling aerials across your rig, SolaHyBeam 3000 is a beam light unlike any other, a wash light with punch and versatility, and so much more. We can’t wait to see this fixture burning the skies on festivals and tours around the world!”

HES General Manager Becky Koester added, “Our development and product management teams did an exceptional job on defining and pioneering the narrow beam capability and unique lens effect that offer a unique tool set for designers and end-users. The SolaHybeam 3000 addresses a universal segment of the market that has been dormant the past several years. The early product previews have been remarkable.”

An ETC Company, High End Systems is a leading manufacturer of LED automated lighting and control products for the entertainment industry. For more information on High End Systems, visit highend.com. To learn more about SolaHyBeam 3000, visit highend.com/products/lighting/solahybeam.

ETC and High End Systems are set to impress at LDI 2019

ETC and High End Systems will exhibit the latest innovations in lighting technology in a combined booth at LDI 2019. Visitors will get the chance to see powerful fixtures, sophisticated controls, and intuitive rigging products in booths 325, 425, and 525.

Among the new in-booth products is the upcoming Augment3d programming environment. This exciting tool will be included in Eos v3.0 and enables programmers to control and design in a three dimensional space. Live demos of Augment3d will take place throughout the show.

The High End Systems booth will be packed with new automated and effects fixtures to view. The SolaPix family makes its grand entrance at LDI with an exceptionally bright wash. The HaloGraphic Pixel Definition featured in the SolaPix provides improved face definition with edge lighting on the pixel cells. For more unforgettable effects, TurboRay will turn heads with its many different looks as a washlight or hard edge beam. Additionally, SolaFrame 1000 and SolaWash 1000 make their first appearance at LDI this year. Booth visitors will also get a first peek at an upcoming addition to the Sola line of automated fixtures.

The ArcSystem family of LED house lights heads to LDI with the addition of a new Pro One-Cell High Output luminaire, packing more than 8,000 lumens.

For advanced networking solutions, visitors can learn more about the Response Mk2 DMX Gateways, offering easy-to-read status screens and a configuration interface on every unit. Rounding out ETC’s family of Show Control Gateways, the Response SMPTE Gateway is another new solution on display at LDI.

ETC and High End Systems will spearhead a number of sessions at LDI, including:

Students are invited to the annual Student Session led by Nick Gonsman in room N258 on November 23 at 6:15 to discuss all things lighting with product experts from ETC.

High End Systems & ETC Shine at Greece’s SNFestival

With an eclectic program of events, this year’s Summer Nostos Festival (SNFestival) attracted more than 200,000 people and featured an array of High End Systems and ETC gear across five stages.

Athens’ most modern cultural landmark – the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center – played host to the annual, week-long SNFestival. The center’s beautiful gardens, the canal, the National Library and the Greek National Opera were transformed into stages for music and theatrical performances, family activities, educational workshops and sports for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

George Tellos of LightingArt oversaw all lighting design for the festival. With a team of five lighting programmers, Tellos was tasked with illuminating the vast and varied schedule of events while under tight time constraints. It involved designing, programming and operating 50 shows over eight days. This was a manageable challenge for Tellos, who is familiar with working under pressure, thanks in part to his role as LD for the Sochi Medals Plaza at the 2014 Olympic Games.

This year’s events featured concerts by Neneh Cherry, Rita Wilson and Andrew Bird; Ana Sánchez-Colberg’s dance performance “Seven to Seventh”; Brian Eno’s music and image installation 77 Million Paintings; and the festival’s largest collective work, Tape Art.

“For the Alternative Stage we needed absolute silence for some of the performances and High End Systems’ SolaFrame Theatre fixture was perfect for this,” Tellos says.

“For some of the shows, including Rita Wilson, I used the SolaFrame 3000,” he adds. “I wanted an amazingly bright and precise fixture, and anything else looked subdued in comparison. With its high CRI, low shutter distortion and great zoom range it was an obvious choice.”

Supplied by PRG XL VIDEO and UTG, the SNFestival lighting package also featured products from ETC – High End’s parent company. These included an Eos Ti and two Gio lighting control consoles; and Source Four LED Series 2 Lustrs, Source Four LED CYC Adapters, Source Four Fresnels and ColorSource Spot fixtures.

“ETC and High End Systems products are first-class,” Tellos concludes. “Working on this production I was reminded that even with a little quality equipment you can do great things!”

High End Systems Launches SolaPix

High End Systems has announced the launch of the SolaPix 7 and SolaPix 19 wash luminaires. The SolaPix family takes the traditional concept of a pixel wash and pushes it to its maximum potential. With a wide variety of looks to help set the mood and steal the show, SolaPix features an additive LED, RGBW colour mixing system for extremely powerful saturated colours and tunable white control, a versatile 4.5° – 60° zoom range, FleX Effects Engine and Pixel mapping on all models.

HES national sales manager Sean Hoey commented, “We are excited to bring this new fixture range to market. SolaPix is truly an innovative wash fixture. It provides incredible wash capability with great output, and the face of the fixture brings a new, unique look.”

Automated Lighting Product Manager Matt Stoner added, “Ever since High End Systems created the pixel wash with our ShowPix fixture, it has been an integral part of lighting rigs of all types. The SolaPix family builds on this technology by introducing new optics and next-generation brightness in a fixture that is far more versatile than ever before.  The lenses and efficiency have been maximised, plus the size and footprint have been minimised. SolaPix also features HaloGraphic Pixel definition, the newest patent-pending innovation from High End Systems.”

“The fixture’s FleX Effects Generator is a macro system that allows users to choose from a library of different patterns; once selected, up to three colours can be selected for use in the pattern.  These patterns will display over the background of the fixture, which is also completely user-controllable.  Effect speed and fade rate add the final touches, giving the user a massive level of control for fixture face looks.”

High End Systems Introduces Solawash 1000

High End Systems introduces the newest member of the Sola Series, the SolaWash 1000 automated luminaire. SolaWash 1000 is available in two versions; either with an Ultra-Bright engine producing 20,000 field lumens or a High CRI Engine featuring incredibly accurate colour rendering. 

The fixture includes a full framing shutter system, CMY/CTO linear colour mixing system, a seven-plus open position replaceable colour wheel, iris and dual Linear Frost systems for medium and heavy frost. Sharp edge focus performs throughout the entire 12° – 55° zoom range. A TM-30 Filter boosts the Ultra-Bright engine to 85+ CRI.

Automated Lighting Product Manager Matt Stoner commented, “The SolaWash 1000 offers an elegant feature set for our users.  Whether you are using the fixture as an Ultra-Bright wash light with framing, a High CRI key light for face lighting or even a wide and soft edge wash fixture, the SolaWash 1000 is designed to give designers a great light, a wide gamut of pure and even colors, and a beautifully simple feature set.”

“From a feature perspective, the SolaWash 1000 is a wash light with the best of the basics: fantastic colour mixing possibilities, great output and near-silent operation,” says High End Systems Brand Manager Tania Lesage. “The fixture is designed with fast serviceability in mind and is of course equipped with High End Systems’ patented lens defogger. SolaWash 1000 will be a great complement to our SolaFrame 1000.”

ETC and High End Systems showcase new products at PLASA 2019

ETC and High End Systems return to PLASA on stand J38A/B with a selection of their latest products, ‘Tech Talks’ seminars by ETC specialists and an evening of networking and Augment3d games.

Visitors to the Olympia London from 15-17 September can explore the newest innovations including High End Systems’ TurboRay effects fixture, ETC’s Augment3d software being added to the Eos family of controls and the ArcSystem range of house light fixtures.

Augment3d is ETC’s first integrated 3D programming environment which will be a part of the upcoming Eos v3.0 software. The power of previsualization, live interaction and augmented reality are combined in this Eos tool allowing users to work more effectively before and during production periods. Visitors to the stand on Monday 16th September can attend ETC’s networking event from 5pm where there will be an extra chance for attendees to experience first-hand how to program from a new perspective with Augment3d.

A range of the latest moving lights will be displayed at the tradeshow including High End Systems’ SolaWash 1000, TurboRay and ETC’s Relevé Spot. The newly launched SolaWash 1000 includes a full framing shutter system, CMY/CTO linear color mixing system, a seven plus open position replaceable color wheel, iris and dual Linear Frost systems for medium and heavy frost. Sharp edge focus performs throughout the entire 12° – 55° zoom range.

TurboRay’s radial diffusers give it a classic retro look. It is truly versatile and can be used as a punchy narrow-angle wash light or as a powerful hard edge beam producing beautiful aerial effects and spectacular textures unseen in any other fixture.

Relevé Spot is the first member of a new automated lighting family for ETC. Specifically designed for use in theatre Relevé Spot brings the color quality, control, and consistency of the ETC LED product lines to the automated lighting world.

ETC’s Eos and High End Systems’ Hog 4 family of entertainment control systems will be on show and available for demonstrations at PLASA. The powerful console desks, including Hog 4-18 and Eos Ti, use the very latest technology and are suitable for all sized venues.

ETC’s newly acquired ArcSystem, BluesSystem and CueSystem product lines will be present on stand J38A/B alongside interactive product presentations with product specialists on hand to provide demonstrations of the new options and features ETC has added to ArcSystem such as Fade to Warm and RDM versions of the entire ArcSystem range.

Product specialists will present ‘Tech Talk’ seminars throughout the three days covering a range of topics including ‘Maximising your LED Colour System’, ‘Power Up – managing your LED power infrastructure’, ‘The Illusion of Colour’ and ‘Effects & Affects’ sessions on both Eos and Hog.