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Ben Ryan Tour

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When Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Ben Rector embarked on a 34-date autumn tour of the USA to promote his beautifully crafted The Walking in Between album, Lighting Designer Ryan Burton employed a Jands Vista S1 to provide portable yet powerful control.

Ryan’s lighting concept for the tour was to create a warm and natural vibe, reflecting the feel of the songs, whilst contrasting with blasts of colour when the music reached more dynamic levels. To achieve this, Ryan specified a lighting rig including Martin Mac Auras, Thomas 8-Light Blinders and Altman 1500W 18” Scoops, all controlled by the Jands Vista S1 console connected to a MacBook Pro running the Vista v2 software.

The Vista S1 is very flexible,” says Ryan. “I really like the programming interface, which is intuitive and visual, as well as the controllability I get with the timeline. It makes it very easy to control fade time in sync with movement, which I primarily utilised with the Auras. I was so impressed with the simplicity of the console. You have great control, but are not overwhelmed with pointless extra buttons and knobs.

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Vista at the 2014 Winter Olympics

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Moscow based Show Atelier distribute Vista products in Russia and were pleased to provide lighting equipment, including a L5 console, for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Show Atelier installed the L5 at the Iceberg Skating Palace, the venue that hosts the figure skating and short track speed skating events. The Russian team earned their first gold medal for skating at this venue.


All photos were kindly provided by Vista console operator Aleksej Coquelin.

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