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University of Bedfordshire

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Luton/Bedford, England

Zero 88 Provides Consistent, Flexible Theatrical Lighting Control to the University of Bedfordshire.

Two Zero 88 lighting consoles - a FLX and FLX S48, two Zero 88 24-channel Zero 88 RigSwitch units and various Zero 88 networking products

Sought a powerful, flexible, yet straightforward solution for the 110-seat Luton Campus Theatre, followed by further lighting control refinement for the 255 capacity Bedford Campus Theatre and its Studio Theatre ‘sister’ venue.

Quicker changeovers between productions, events, functions, and the wide variety of activities taking place in all these spaces was key to these recent control system updates. 

The University of Bedfordshire, a multi-site academic facility including campuses in Bedford and Luton, UK, recently upgraded three of their performance spaces with powerful theatrical lighting control from Zero 88, a Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) entertainment lighting brand. 

We had three different theatrical spaces in need of upgrades, and we wanted a consistent experience across all of them. The smaller Luton Campus theatre needed a powerful, yet straightforward console. Our Bedford Campus Theatre and Studio Theatre needed a bit more refined control capabilities, but with the same product quality and ease of use. That’s why I went with Zero 88 control solutions.

Jamie Spirito, Technician / Demonstrator, University of Bedfordshire

Stage Electrics supplied the university with two Zero 88 consoles, a FLX for the 110-seat Luton Campus Theatre and a FLX S48 for the 125-seat Studio Theatre, both of which run the award-winning ZerOS software. For the larger 255-seat Bedford Campus Theatre, a ZerOS Server was installed, along with two 24-channel Zero 88 RigSwitch units. DMX distribution in the facility was upgraded to Zero 88 Gateway 8 and Splitter 8 devices as well.

When operational, these spaces host a hectic festival-style schedule, including a myriad of activities performed by students from the University’s various performing arts-related courses. In addition to full-on productions and rehearsals, seminars and lectures also occur in the spaces, requiring quick setup and often a short turnaround for another event the same day.

Some of these events, especially in the Luton venue, are run by students, while others, particularly events in the Bedford Theatre, are run by a professional crew. This variety of events and operator proficiency required solutions that could cater to different levels of technical knowledge and experience, while also being intuitive enough for everyone to learn and feel comfortable operating as well.

Spirito credits the easy-to-use ZerOS software for delivering this flexible experience.

I devised special ‘speed training’ courses for the FLX consoles that allowed students and staff to grasp the basics in 20 minutes. This has proved to be hugely popular and helped everyone become confident about being able to use the lighting to the best effect for their requirements in a short amount of time.

Jamie Spirito, Technician / Demonstrator

PRODUCTS USED

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FLX

The FLX lighting console is fully featured, portable and easy to use. Control up to 2048 fixtures (upgradable up to 8192) over DMX or Ethernet.

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FLX S48

Double the power of FLX S24 with intuitive control of up to 96 fixtures, and a touch monitor output to provide quick access to palettes and an overview of the show.

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Apps

ZerOS Remote enables wireless control of your rig, allowing you to manipulate, control and playback your shows from your smart phone or tablet.

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RigSwitch

RigSwitch can be delivered in standard 12 or 24 channel cabinet configurations with RCD or RCBO options with a wide choice of user control interfaces.

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User Interfaces

Control panels are available in brushed stainless steel as a 2 button wallpanel, On & Off and a 6 button wallpanel, 5 Scenes & Off.

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ZerOS Server

A rackmounted, slimline (1RU), fully featured lighting control system ideal for use in studio installations and networks where scene replay, tracking backup or architectural system integration is required.

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Gateway 8

Gateway 8 provides flexible DMX / RDM data distribution in a slim (1RU) 19” format, converting eight universes of Ethernet (sACN or Art-Net) into DMX512/RDM.

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Splitter 8

Splitter 8 provides flexible DMX / RDM data distribution in a slim (1RU) 19” format, offering both splitter and “data fix” functionality in a single device.

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Acknowledgements

Zero 88 would like to thank The University of Bedfordshire and Jamie Spirito (Technician / Demonstrator) and Zero 88 Distributor Stage Electrics.

Photos courtesy of Jamie Spirito.

First published 2021