Magazine article Stage Directions

Tools of the Trade

Magazine article Stage Directions

Tools of the Trade

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BlackTrax Tracking System

Cast Software's BlackTrax tracking system is a powerful, accurate tracking technology solution that delivers precise 3D & 6D positioning to controllers for the downstream interfacing automated/ robotic technologies used extensively in entertainment production. Using proprietary IR and RF, it delivers dynamic streaming positional data with six degrees of freedom (x, y, z, plus roll, pitch & yaw) to 3D & spatial audio, automated lighting, multimedia servers and robotic cameras - all at the same time and in realtime.

CITC Quiet Cube

CITC's new Quiet Cube snow machine makes an extremely quiet, evaporating snow. It's 1OdB quieter than their Little Blizzard SP snow machine, and is designed to be used in venues needing "almost quiet" sound. The small body of the machine still outputs the same amount as larger units. It comes with DMX onboard and a variable speed remote control,


DiGiCo's SD9 console has new firmware and software upgrades, including a revision of the OS aimed specifically at theatre markets, the SD9T. The SD9T includes features that have made the larger and more expensive SDTT a hit on Broadway: Auto Update and Aliases to manage cue-to-cue changes; Matrix nodal delays for precise sound positioning; visual control groups (another name for a VCA function); and the Players function, which enables engineers to quickly deal with cast changes on stage,

Dirty Rigger Secutor Belt

Dirty Rigger's Secutor Belt offers backstage gladiators a 5-inch-wide padded back for "maximus" comfort. …

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