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 color 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 utilized 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.”
Billed as ‘the console for the jetset’, the Vista S1 is compact enough to qualify as carry-on luggage whilst being deceptively powerful for its size, making it the ideal portable yet fully-featured console for international tours and festivals, amongst other applications.
The Vista S1’s impressive specification includes five playbacks, faders, and flash buttons, a complete programming section with three encoder wheels, a rotary master fader and two LCD displays.
Featuring two DMX ports, the number of channels is determined by the Jands Vista dongle – with cost effective options from 128 to 8192 channel versions available. This offers the flexibility of deciding how many channels are needed, and the ability to upgrade as required.
Ryan continues: “Whilst much of the show was pre-programmed, I utilized the venue house lights and/or our crowd blinders and scoops on the fly. The Vista performed really well with these – the faders were very responsive and I never had any issues with clearing out looks.”
Ben Rector’s autumn show toured coast to coast in the States, kicking off in California last September, moving to the east coast in October, and finishing in Oklahoma in November.
“The size of the console was great. It was very easy to transport – I was able to fit it, as well as my MacBook, in a nice Pelican case!” says Ryan.
Jands North American distributor, A.C. Lighting Inc., worked with North Carolina-based Special Events Systems to supply the Jands Vista S1 for this tour.
The Vista range includes a choice of portable, flexible control surfaces which connect to the Vista v2 software running natively on a Mac or on a PC, and which are customisable with a variety of DMX channel options. In addition, there’s a choice of consoles running the same v2 software in a convenient self contained hardware package.
Jands’ award-winning Vista lighting & media control system has been embraced by leading designers, companies and venues all over the world on a wide range of shows. Covering entertainment, education & drama, installations, corporate, events and worship, there’s a Vista system to suit all levels of user and almost any scale of show.
Recent shows featuring lighting or media control by Vista include ‘The Smiler’ Rollercoaster launch at Alton Towers (UK) Resort, and international tours by Peter Gabriel, Fall Out Boy, Bloc Party, Deftones, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town.
To arrange a Jands Vista demo or discuss your requirements, call +44 (0)1494 446000 or for more information and a list of international Vista users, visit www.jands.com/vista/users