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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.


Vista L5 goes West (and Australia wide) with CCPWA

Vista L5

Since Perth’s Concert and Corporate Productions (CCPWA to their friends) purchased their Jands Vista L5 they’ve barely had the pleasure of its company. And it’s that kind of immediate return on investment that really makes a production company happy. Sean McKernan, General Manager of CCPWA, couldn’t be happier with its absence. “We got it mid-September and we only had it in our warehouse for 12 hours before it went out on its first tour!

After purchasing from Jands, the L5 flew into Perth to be prepped by the CCPWA crew, and soon turned around and was put on a plane to Brisbane, where it kicked off on UK metal band Bring Me The Horizon’s national tour. As that tour finished up, the desk went straight over to US rockers Fall Out Boy for another lap of the nation.

It was a good month and a half before it came back” Sean continued, “and it has had nothing but praise from all the LDs who’ve used it.” User feedback coming into CCPWA has repeatedly highlighted the L5’s intuitive operation and great operating system. Sean concurs; “I’m a GrandMA operator, and I find the Vista L5 completely intuitive.

One of the big hits with operators is the generous 21-inch, 1920×1080 resolution TFT screen. “It’s one of the biggest visual surfaces on the market” agreed Sean. “There’s not many other consoles that have a better work surface.

After doing two tours of duty, bouncing around Australia’s highways in trucks, the L5 finally made it home in fine working order, ready to go out again almost immediately. “We’ve only had it back for four weeks” explained Sean, “and it has done three shows during that time.

With the incredibly busy Christmas and New Year period upon us, the L5 is still out working hard for CCP. It was on the Perth leg of the huge EDM-based Stereosonic Festival on 30 Nov/1 Dec. Early in 2014 it will be showing its versatility by working on an opera. Looks like the warehouse crew won’t be seeing much of this workhorse at all in the near future.

Fall Out Boy Tour Australia with Vista

Fall Out Boy

American rockers Fall Out Boy recently toured Australia to support their new album Pax Am Days which reached No. 2 on the ARIA Album Charts.

Lighting designer Robb Jibson toured a Vista L5, the latest addition to the revolutionary Jands Vista range of consoles and control surfaces, with a Mac Mini based S3 as a system back up.

Robb has been a Vista user for over eighteen months reporting that he was instantly blown away by the simplicity of the interface and the intricate timings that he could dial in.

My favourite feature is probably the swing based FX,” he added. “Not having to create multiple macro-based cue lists and the ease in which you can lock sync with the band and those FX. Close second would be the way the console deals with multipart fixtures and matrix FXs.

Robb further commented that he particularly likes how the software is designed and developed. “It’s not a hodgepodge of many programming styles, it stands on its own two feet. That said, it’s really powerful and super flexible, but does not try to dabble with concepts from here or there, and the networking abilities on the Vista L5 are amazing.

Vista finally allows me to refine my work flow. I can be in After Effects, Photoshop, Vectorworks and all the keyboard commands system wide, that I’m used to, work. I can command tab between my apps and keep things flowing. It’s also a very musical software, being able to build FX and cues that relate to BPM and then divide and multiply, means that I can get dialed in quickly for any project I’m working on.

With Fall Out Boy, Robb is sometimes touring a system and sometimes not, fortunately the Vista L5 platform allows him to quickly and effortlessly swap, merge, expand and contract all the programming that is being built very easily. “By using matrix FX and global based personalities, I can swap from our rig to spec one day and a hodgepodge of knock off equipment the next!” he said. “I’ve been told a few times by house staff and vendors that other shows have a hard time getting things going quickly or are waiting on fixture personalities to be built, whereas the Vista software has you up and going quickly! I live for the fixture editor we have, scared no more of the abyss of knock off fixtures in remote countries!

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Sydney Opera House – 40th anniversary

Sydney Opera House 40th

As part of the week of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House, Crown Prince Frederik and Australian born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visited the Harbour City to honour the Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s crowning achievement.

In cooperative effort between SBS, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, the royal couple and the charitable Bikuben Foundation, their Highnesses presented the annual Crown Prince Couples Awards at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, the first time the awards ceremony has been held outside its native Denmark since its inception in 2004.

The awards were established by the Bikuben Foundation as a wedding gift for the royal couple and celebrate Danish excellence in arts, culture and society. The creative teams behind the television series The Killing and Borgen received the Cultural award, while violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen and singer-songwriter MØ aka Karen Marie Ørsted both received the Rising Star award for young musicians. Volunteer organisation Natteravnene (Night Owls) received the Society award for their work with young people. Australia’s Gurrumul and Diesel performed alongside 2013 Rising Star winners and past winner Oh Land, while Julia Zemiro co-hosted.

Lighting Director Gavan Swift was tasked with bringing the ceremony in on top of current show-in-residence South Pacific. The Sunday before the show saw the crew stripping out part of the musical’s set, bringing in a semi-trailer full of extra lighting from Chameleon and setting up a “black box” TV studio environment with trussing and black masking.

Gavan chose to run the show from a Jands Vista L5. A long time user of the Vista platform, he knew the desk had the usability and features he needed to build a show with such a tight schedule. “The Vista is my go-to-console for any kind of live concert or event-style lighting” said Gavan. “I ran the Helpmann awards on Vista for five years, and I’ve used it on gigs like APEC and Concerts in the Domain.”

With no pre-programming time, Gavan came in at 7 AM on the morning of the ceremony, exported a CSV file from South Pacific’s ETC Eos and imported the patch into the L5. He plugged the Vista into the theatre’s Ethernet network and had complete control of South Pacific’s channels. Rehearsal started at 9 AM, and Gavan began with no cues built.

The lighting was the set” explained Gavan. “Because we created a black box environment, the lighting became the background for all the camera shots.” With the combination of time pressure and with the lighting doing dual duty as set, the Vista L5’s ergonomics and speed of workflow were integral in getting the show up to international broadcast standard.

It’s the timing features of the console that are a huge drawcard for me” Gavan continued. “The ability to select something, contract the time, spread out the fanning of it and have moving light effects in an instant rather than having to type in delays or inventing timing numbers. It’s much more intuitive, quick and easy to create the right look for these kind of shows.”

Daringly, it was also Gavan’s first time using the Vista v2 software. “I’d had plenty of experience using the original Vista, but I’d never used v2 at all” Gavan confessed. “I walked in on the day and made it work. I was very impressed by the improvements to the console and the improvements to the overall interface.”

Vista L5 for Deftones Tour


Lighting Designer, Robb Jibson of So, Midwest Inc. is currently using a Jands Vista L5 to control lighting for Grammy award-winning alternative rock band, Deftones‘ latest tour.

Having only tried Vista for the first time one year ago, Robb immediately fell in love with its simple, visual interface and has been specifying Vista consoles exclusively for his many tours and productions ever since.

Initially struck by the power and simplicity of Vista‘s v2 software, Robb comments that “Vista makes it so easy to set up and program a show”, adding that “Unlike other lighting control platforms, Vista doesn‘t require any complex programming or number crunching, which is very appealing.

Travelling with their own custom grid package, the Jands Vista L5 is controlling over 150 lighting fixtures on the Deftones tour, including a number of LED battens, moving heads, spotlights and strobes.

With extremely limited truck space, Robb requires a control system that can facilitate media server type effects, without the use of a dedicated media server. By utilizing Vista‘s powerful Smart Effects engine in combination with the sophisticated Matrix feature, Robb is able to achieve “stunning” pixelmapping effects using the Vista‘s onboard features alone – saving space, time and money.

After being so impressed with the platform, Robb took the plunge and purchased his own Vista S3, which he uses for pre-production and as a live tracking backup on the road.

With timing central to Robb‘s design, he really maximizes Vista‘s powerful Timeline environment, which allows him to get in at the smallest of details “quickly and accurately”.

For a band with seven full length albums to date, it‘s not uncommon for them to play songs outside of their set list. For this, Robb programs the show ‘on the fly‘ – heavily utilizing Vista‘s ability to split playbacks – resulting in a show that “looks cued moment to moment, no matter what the circumstances.

Concluding, Robb explains that “Until Vista, I hadn‘t found a console that could do everything I want it to… Jands and their exclusive North American distributor, A.C. Lighting Inc. are both incredibly receptive to my feedback, and provide great service and support.

The Vista L5 was supplied by Chicago based rental company, Windy City Lighting.

Vista L5 on tour with Secret Garden

Secret Garden

Lighting Designer, Trond Dybfest of Trondheim Lyd Lysverket recently chose a Jands Vista L5 console to control lighting for award‑winning neo‑classical duo, Secret Garden’s latest tour.

With over 3 million international album sales and a Eurovision Song Contest win under their belt, Secret Garden have been touring relentlessly for over 15 years, covering a huge portion of the globe.

The first time Trond tried a Vista he was immediately drawn to its powerful, simple operating system, which he found to be extremely intuitive. Since then, he has become a keen Vista user, specifying a range of Vista products across his busy schedule of tours and productions.

Trond chose the new, flagship Vista L5 console to control lighting and media on this tour knowing that the software’s simple, powerful and visual interface would provide him with the flexible, reliable and consistent control he needed.

For this tour there was no touring lighting rig, so Trond relied heavily on Vista’s powerful Fixture Swap capabilities, which allowed him to quickly and accurately swap programming between the wide selection of fixture types he knew he would encounter.

Trond explains “It was completely necessary that the Fixture Swap worked seamlessly… which it did… Combined with Vista’s powerful FX generator, I managed to create great looking shows with whatever equipment was available to me on the night.”

Trond comments that he especially likes the Vista’s Timeline functionality, which allows him to quickly fine tune every detail of his show, providing “endless opportunities to create extraordinary looks”.

Trond concludes that he “simply loves working on Vista consoles” and really appreciates the Vista L5’s 21 inch High‑Definition TFT screen, which made it incredibly easy for him to access everything clearly on the rig at any given moment.

The Vista L5 used on the tour was supplied by Norwegian Jands Vista dealer, Norsk Sceneteknikk.

L5 Controls Lighting & Media for Incubus

Incubus photo by Steve Jennings

Photo © Steve Jennings

A Jands Vista L5 console was chosen by Chicago based Lighting Designer, Robb Jibson of So, Midwest Inc. to control lighting and media for multi-platinum selling rockers, Incubus. Sharing the headline of the North American 2012 Honda Civic Tour were Grammy award winning rap-rock outfit, Linkin Park.

Robb was first introduced to the Jands Vista platform earlier in the year when he was supplied a Vista L5 on the Australian leg of Incubus’ tour. Although initially cautious, he was immediately impressed by Jands’ flagship console with its powerful Vista v2 software, and after using it chose to make the swap to the platform at the first opportunity.

Initially using a Vista T2 for Incubus’ spring run, then a Vista L5 for the high profile Honda Civic Tour, Robb explains that as a designer he likes his consoles “to be as intuitive and easy as possible to operate”, stating that “the Vista absolutely delivers on all levels.

With complex timing changes, intricate programming, an extensive lighting system and multiple video content and input layers, Robb‘s design required a fast workflow, which the Vista’s simple, powerful interface helped him achieve.

Timing is central to Robb‘s designs, and he really appreciates the ability to fine tune each detail quickly and accurately using the Vista‘s timeline.

The Vista makes it so easy to add complex timing and build intricate programming very quickly. With all the power you need and virtually unlimited possibilities – what more do you need?” Robb enthuses.

The L5‘s design is dominated by its 21 inch High-Definition TFT screen. This comfortable work-surface allows everything to be accessed quickly and clearly on the rig. Ergonomically, “It‘s a great desk” says Robb, commenting that he likes the feel and positioning of the faders plus the ’clicky-ness‘ of the flash buttons.

The L5 ran the system via ArtNet on the Honda Civic tour, which proved to be rock solid.

Following such positive experiences using the Vista control platform, Robb decided to invest in his own Jands Vista S3 console, which he used as a tracking backup on the Honda Civic Tour.

Opening for Incubus and Linkin Park were prog-rockers MUTEMATH, whose LD, Darien Koop, is also a dedicated Jands Vista fan.

Vista L5 Controls Multi-Media Experience

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A Jands Vista L5 media and lighting control console, running the latest Vista v2 software, was used by designer Geoffrey Platt to help deliver US telecoms company 5LINX Enterprises‘ corporate vision to over 8,000 sales delegates.

Geoff, of Atlanta based Production People Inc. (PPi), used the Vista L5 with another of the family, a Vista T2, running in full tracking back-up to deliver a stunning stage production featuring video, lighting and LED.

Geoff has worked for PPi for the last five years as a creative and concept designer for scenic, video and lighting. Although he has been an enthusiastic user of the Vista family for a number of years, this was his first chance to use the new flagship Vista L5.

Despite the scale and stature of the event, and not to mention the fast pace of the show, Geoff was completely confident that the L5 was the right tool to deliver the precise look and feel he wanted for the presentations.

The L5 was controlling over 100 moving lights – a mix of VARI*LITE V*L3000 spots, V*L3500 washes, Martin Professional MAC 250 washes and Clay Paky Sharpys – as well as conventional lightsources and 140 LED fixtures including Chroma-Q™ Color Block™, Philips CK ColorBlast and ColorBlaze, Chauvet Colorado TriPAR and Alkalite Opto Strips. All lighting equipment was supplied by rental company 4Wall‘s Las Vegas facility.

Two Catalyst media servers were controlled by the Vista L5 to supply video throughout the event‘s presentations.

Geoff absolutely loved the L5 – especially its striking 21 inch, high-definition screen, which made accessing all the elements of the rig both fast and easy. This really assisted with the fast, intense programming the show demanded of Geoff and co-programmer, Greg Haygood.

Geoff continues to be hugely impressed with the performance of Jands‘ next generation Vista v2 control platform, commenting that its Effects Engine is “fantastic”.

He says the powerful, simple, visual Vista v2 software is invaluable for designing and operating quickly and efficiently on large and complex shows like 5LINX Enterprises, and features such as Vista v2‘s Matrix effects quickly bring extra dynamics and dimensions to the show.

I think it‘s the fastest console currently on the market for programming – the timeline interface makes all the difference in the world” he enthuses, concluding “Jands have done a fantastic job on the L5, building a product with ’the future‘ in mind. I am very excited to see how things will develop from here.

Vista L5 for Queen and Adam Lambert

Queen and Adam Lambert

A Jands Vista L5 was chosen by leading Lighting and Visuals Designer, Rob Sinclair, to control lighting and media for British rock legends, ’Queen‘. Their recent string of high profile shows featured American Idol star Adam Lambert as lead singer.

The first highly anticipated show truly tested everyone‘s technical and creative skills. Performed in front of enormous crowds (estimated at up to 500,000 people) in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine – the concert was televised live as part of the Euro 2012 Football Championships, as well as being streamed online.

Although Rob has been a keen Vista user for a number of years, this was his first experience using the new flagship L5 console. Choosing to do so on a show of such stature and visibility was a real testament to his confidence in the reliability and flexibility of the Vista family.

Rob‘s design concept began with the classic look of the massive Queen PAR can rigs of the 1970s and 80s. It was then evolved into a stunning contemporary version by taking advantage of the latest LED, automation and control technologies.

The touring rig featured over 200 moving lights arranged on six moving pods over the stage that were able to shift into different positions throughout the show.

Custom video – co-ordinated by Rob – was played back from a Catalyst media server that was also under control of the Vista L5.

Rob was extremely impressed with his experience, “The L5 has definitely been designed to make controlling even large and complex shows like this extremely easy” he comments. He found the console‘s 21 inch high-definition screen made it “very easy to find everything quickly.

Rob took full advantage of Vista‘s Matrix Effects to quickly get some great looks out of the rig‘s 180 Mac 101s when they were configured as a big par wall. He concludes that Vista gives the tools to “Achieve straightforward tasks very easily, whilst retaining the ability to engage in complex programming. You don‘t have to do any maths to write a cue.

Given the choice, Rob has specified Vista control extensively on his shows for the past few years. As well as Queen, these include Peter Gabriel, Adele, Pulp, Pet Shop Boys, Keane, and Will Young.

All photos courtesy of ©Rob Sinclair. Click to enlarge.

L5 Launch Competition Winners

Competition winners

Left. David Weeks with Jonathan Walters.   Right. North American winner Andrew Anguiano


Jands is pleased to announce the winners of a high-profile competition celebrating the recent launch of its Vista L5 flagship media and lighting control console – the latest addition to the exciting Vista range.

The competition to win a MacBook Pro running the innovative Vista v2 software was sponsored by Jands’ distribution partners for Europe & the Middle East – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. – and North America – A.C. Lighting Inc. – and open to industry professionals in these territories.

The competition proved extremely popular, with an overwhelming response from professionals in many countries and industry sectors. This reflects the high level of interest in the Vista L5, which received its official trade show launch at the Prolight+Sound 2012 exhibition in Frankfurt in March.

The lucky winners, who were selected at random from the entrants who correctly answered the competition question, were David Weeks from the UK and Andrew Anguiano from the US.

David Weeks works at the 1500 capacity live music venue, 53 Degrees in Preston, UK.

He had not used Jands Vista before, and his first impressions of the Vista L5 after seeing the video were, “To say that I‘m quite impressed is an understatement! The way the screen is laid out, it all made sense – it‘s a lovely bit of design. I will now be quite frustrated with our current house desk.

When David visited AC-ET‘s Northern office in Leeds to collect his MacBook Pro, he received a full product demonstration on the Vista L5 after which he was left even more amazed by it.

He particularly liked the extra large screen and thought the pixel-mapping capabilities were much more intuitive than his venue‘s current console. David says “The power of Vista by comparison takes this to a whole new level.

The North American winner, Andrew Anguiano is a sophomore in college and lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, US where he also works at the Life Bridge Church co-ordinating technicals and media. He has had considerable experience with Jands Vista and regularly creates shows using a Vista S3.

Andrew says, “I think Jands produces a great product with Vista. Their technical services team has always been extremely helpful in answering questions.

He intends to continue using Vista and is looking forward to gaining more experience across the range.

The new Vista L5 media and lighting control console was designed by listening to the creative people who deliver some of the most stunning shows worldwide every day. It’s features include a 21-inch High Definition Wacom pen tablet for easily managing today‘s lighting rigs – including large numbers of moving lights, media servers and LEDs, as well as the tools to control any design simply, powerfully and visually.