FLX Wins a PLASA Award for Innovation

5th Oct 2015

The versatile new FLX lighting console won a 2015 PLASA Innovation Award to the delight of all at Eaton’s performance lighting control business.
The much coveted Innovation Awards were presented at the three day entertainment technology expo staged at London’s ExCeL Centre earlier this week.
Zero 88 series General Manager David Catterall commented, “A huge amount of work has gone into ensuring that FLX would deliver new standards in lighting control using a touch screen interface and other time-saving features, and winning the Award is great recognition of the effort and ingenuity engaged at all levels by the team who have brought this product to the market”.
Launched earlier in the year, FLX has been an instant success for Zero 88 in a number of sectors from rental companies to theatres, churches to multi-purpose venues.
The Innovation Awards were judged by a number of leading and highly experienced industry professionals.
Their comment was that the FLX offered "a revolutionary approach to colour and movement for the tablet generation as being part of a well thought out-desk package aimed at an accessible price point for entry-level and more professional users."

The PLASA show was a busy and successful one for Eaton / Zero 88.

The manufacturer launched a range of Apps and DMX universe upgrade options that further enhanced those investing in the FLX control platform, including the FLX 8 which supports up to 8 DMX universes over ArtNet or streaming ACN, bring 4096 channels of control with no patch limitations.



Zero 88 at PLASA 2015

1st Sept 2015

Following its successful launch earlier this year - there will be a first time PLASA showing of the new FLX lighting console with our demonstrators shifting attention to introducing the latest FLX software releases - as we roll out a planned program of feature and capability enhancements to make FLX a truly powerful, durable, portable and extendable lighting control console package. Step by the stand to view the latest developments and sign up for one of our free training sessions.

Sitting alongside the FLX will be the new ZerOS Wing, allowing the expansion of FLX to increase the number of playback faders. A number of configurations will be shown to demonstrate the versatility of the ZerOS Wing package. The Wing will also bring new standards of flexibility to all ZerOS consoles in a future software update - either used alone with a PC or connected to ZerOS consoles such as ORB XF and Solution.
Also showcased will be new Remote and Monitor Apps for all ZerOS consoles on iOS and Android. These new apps will deliver easier remote operation of ZerOS consoles via mobile devices, as each app has a specific function tailored to the needs of the application. The highly successful new Chilli Bypass power control and dimming cabinet completes the new product line up.

Our team of demonstrators and product specialists will be on the stand to answer your technical questions and guide you with your projects.

Come and join us on Stand E30, 4 - 6th of October 2015.




Zero 88 supporting the Edinburgh Festival

28th July 2015

We can't believe we're already a week into supporting this year's Edinburgh Festival! Last week Paul McEwan trained up members of C Venues on their FLX and Jester ML consoles in their training room, and this week Jon Hole travels up to increase the number of venues we can visit each day.

As always, we're providing free onsite support and training throughout the festival. We've already visited some venues that have Zero 88 consoles for the first time, and we're also really happy with the uptake of our new FLX console just 3 months after its launch - we're finding them all over Edinburgh!

Whatever Zero 88 console you're using, make sure you're running the latest software and fixture library, downloadable from or just let us know where you are and we'll come and update it for you.

If you require any Zero 88 training, or simply have a question you don't know the answer to, contact us via social media or by calling +44 (0)7778 502174 (Paul), +44 (0)7734 736690 (Jon) or +44 (0)1633 838101 (central tech support).


Howden Park Centre chooses FLX for installation

10th June 2015

"The FLX console even from the teaser adverts and videos, appeared to give us everything we required in a small footprint and at a very good price point, using known and proven software."
Ian Gibson, Technical Coordinator, Howden Park Centre.

Howden Park Centre in Livingstone, Scotland, is a multi-functional venue with two art studios and a 300 seat raked auditorium.

The venue reopened in 2009 after a major redevelopment, and today it offers a continuous programme of professional arts and performances - including theatre, music, comedy, dance, exhibitions, public classes, corporate launches and special events.

The console operational requirements at the venue are very diverse with cued theatre shows and busked concert events. Time is at a premium with very short technical sessions on incoming shows and the console has to be quick and easy to program with the ability to cover a very wide spectrum of operational experience amongst users.

Ian explains that they have been looking for a console for quite some time, "The colour pickers with filter selection is a real time saver and the ability to build our own pallets will speed things up greatly."

"With the on board multi-touch screen a rainbow wash is just so simple to achieve. The promised future features will allow ongoing development and the addition of the Wing will give 49 Playbacks without us having to worry about moving pages".

"With the teaser videos and images the console looked well put together and it is."

Black light have been a Zero 88 distributors for over 30 years, and Karen Fairlie who runs the sales department was only too happy to help Iain at Howden Park with the supply of their new lighting desk and wing.



FLX & Wing News

5th May 2015

After it's successful launch at Prolight+Sound earlier this month, the FLX & Wing will be appearing at the Plasa Focus Leeds Exhibition on the 12-13 May. Come and see us on Stand N-B12 for an overview and demonstration.


National Student Drama Festival

28th April 2015

Mark and Jon spent several days in Scarborough again this year to support the NSDF. Zero 88 equipment used in the venues included ORB XF, ZeroWire CRMX and BetaPack 3 dimmers. We also ran three workshops for the technical team, discussing available Jobs within the Entertainment Industry, an introduction to Lighting Control and an Introduction to FLX – our new lighting control console which was launched just days before.

Picture - David Graham (NSDF), Jon Hole (Zero 88), Paul Roughton (Stage Electrics) and Barclay Dakers (Martin)


Prolight+Sound 2015

10th April 2015

We had a fantastic show this year and the Eaton – Zero 88 Team enjoyed it immensely. The FLX Lighting Console was very well received attracting people from all corners of the World. We were kept very busy with all the FLX demonstrations and it was nice to chat and to get feedback from all our Dealers and end users.
We had the Chilli Dimmer Range which is the European industry standard, and the new Chilli Pro Bypass - the future innovation for the Install market in Europe. The new Alphapack 3 prototype and the new Split2.8 with fix switch was also on display. Everything was well received with many positive comments and we all thought it was an excellent show.


The new FLX lighting console arriving soon

16th March 2015

FLX creates more time to be imaginative, inventive and efficient        

It’s clean, straightforward, intuitive User Interface offers tools like Patch Wizard and Auto Palettes to take care of all the prep work, so

LDs and operators can be free to work faster and more harmoniously.

Straightforward three-step programming – What, How and Where - you want it… streamlines time and the operational process.

True Colours - Even when working with fixtures that colour mix using different methods, the software will work everything out so all the fixtures respond correctly and accordingly.      

The Simple yet sophisticated philosophy of FLX enables operators of all backgrounds and experience levels to feel instantly comfortable, due to familiar industry standard syntax and intuitive fader-per-channel intensity control.

Please watch this space ….. and in the meantime check out the video at  

And these links to see more …



The Phoenix's Got Talent 2014

1st Nov 2014

As a thankyou for the fantastic support and resources the Phoenix Artist Club regularly give us when delivering our UK training program, it was an honor to support their search for “the next West End Musical Theatre star”.

Congratulations Laura Jane Matthewson on winning “Talent 2014”!







Zero 88 at The Edinburgh Festivals 2014

19th Aug 2014

The 2014 Edinburgh Festival and Fringe is the biggest yet, increasing on last year’s program by 11% and making it the world’s largest arts festival in history. Eaton’s Zero 88 team have reacted in a similar manner by increasing their support and training opportunities at the festival ...more


Zero 88 at ProLight+Sound 2014

24th Feb 2014

Zero 88 will again be at the forthcoming Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt where we will be please to meet you! The Zero 88 brand ...more



Dealer Open House in Tyneside and Manchester

21st Oct 2013

Zero 88 will be exhibiting at the Stage Electrics Tyneside and Manchester Tradeshows. Back by popular demand Stage Electrics exhibitions are returning to Newcastle College and the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester ...more


Zero 88 at Plasa Expo - London ExCel

3rd Oct 2013

Cooper Controls exhibits at PLASA, ExCeL London for the first time as part of the Eaton Corporation, complete with a fresh new look and a special press event on the Monday to celebrate moving forward.
The company will present a selection of innovative lighting control products for entertainment and architectural applications from its Zero 88 and Cogent Lighting ranges, alongside the latest technologies from distributed lighting brands including DTS & LDR ...more


Zero 88 at the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe

10th Sept 2013

The 2013 Edinburgh Festival and Fringe once again proved its world status as a global magnet for shows of many sizes and flavours– and it once again proved to be a busy time for all kinds of Zero 88 equipment supplied by many lighting rental companies from near and far ...more



Edinburgh Festival Preparations

4th July 2013

We're busy prepping kit for the Edinburgh Festival ...more


Zero 88 at ABTT 2013
June 12 - 13, 2013

Come and see us at the Old Truman Brewery on the 12th & 13th June and visit Cooper Controls;  stand number  61. We will have the latest products on show from Zero 88, Cogent, LightProcessor, DTS, LDR and SoundLight ...more


Come and See Us at Pro Light + Sound, Frankfurt, Germany 10th - 13th April 2013

April 8th, 2013

Zero 88 will again be featured at the forthcoming Pro Light + Sound show in Frankfurt where we will be presenting a range of products including the new SCD Server & SCD Server Pro ...more


Zero 88 release the latest ZerOS Console Operating Software - Version 7.6.0

March 14th, 2013

ZerOS 7.6.0 is a major new software release for all ORB Series, Solution Series, FROG2 and Leapfrog 48 & 96 consoles, and is available as a free of charge upgrade from the Zero 88 website ...more


“Top Story” at the Old Vic Tunnels

January 15th, 2013

A play about the end of the World as we know it.

The venue is unique, presenting a combination of natural beauty, darkness and dampness. With an unusual depth that can be daunting to light with great length, limited height and no opportunity for side-light, there were many challenges ...more



Zero 88 at PLASA 2012
August 20th, 2012

Zero 88 are launching ZerOS 8.0 operating software at the show, which will be showing on the ORB XF and Solution lighting consoles. Zero 88 will also be demonstrating their range of smaller lighting consoles. Additionally, Cooper Controls’ range of RDM ...more



Zero 88 ORBs in control at the 2012 International Student Drama Festival
August 6th, 2012

Zero 88 ORB Series lighting consoles were selected by the 2012 International Student Drama Festival, to operate the lighting in 5 venues across Sheffield. The consoles, alongside countless Zero 88 dimmers, performed flawlessly for the duration of the festival. Attended by ...more


Fixture Library Release 24
July 16th, 2012

Fixture Library release 24 is now available to download. Featuring over 3,100 fixtures from 197 manufacturers, this release includes all the latest products. For full information, please see this topic in our forum ...more


Dealer Host Zero 88 Lighting Open Day
June 12th, 2012

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd.’s Lighting division will be hosting a dedicated open day event in conjunction with Zero 88 to showcase the UK manufacturer’s latest innovative lighting control technologies, including the recently launched Orb XF and Solution lighting consoles ...more


Zero 88 at ABTT 2012
June 11th, 2012

Cooper Controls will be showcasing new Network and Data Distribution products at this year’s ABTT. Designed for compatibility with the RDM standard, these products are ideal for future-proof installation or touring systems where data distribution needs to support the latest ...more


Me & My Zero 88
May 24th, 2012

In celebration of 40 years of Zero 88, Cooper Controls are running a competition to reward loyal Zero 88 users with a chance to win a new lighting desk. To win a console, users simply submit a photograph of them with ...more


PLASA Focus 2012
April 5th, 2012

PLASA Focus this year sees the UK launch of Cooper Controls’ new Network and Data Distribution products. Designed for compatibility with the RDM standard, these products are ideal for future-proof installation or touring systems where data distribution ...more



Stage Electrics ring in the London New Year 2012 celebrations
January 20th, 2012

The Mayor of London’s New Year 2012 celebrations started with a bang thanks to a fantastic pyrotechnic and light show produced by creative events experts, Jack Morton Worldwide ...more


Zero 88 Console Training
January 10th, 2012

Due to continued demand for its lighting console training courses, Zero 88 has increased the number of UK training sessions for 2012. Taking place every Thursday, the first six months of training sessions are now available for booking For ORB Series ...more


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