ADJ creates a Link
ADJ creates a Link
Designed to fill the void between small, single universe DMX controllers and large-format lighting consoles, the Link is a hardware/software system that combines the processing power, wireless connectivity and multitouch screen of an iPad with lighting-specific tactile controls and a four-universe DMX interface. It has been created to simplify control for lighting designers and is powered by the free Airstream Link iOS app for iPad. The platform includes an extensive fixture library and incorporates tools to allow the easy creation of complex movements and colour chase effects. It allows the iPad’s memory to be used for storing custom Scenes and Shows that can be quickly reloaded when required. The software also makes use of the iPad’s precise touchscreen interface to facilitate actions such as colour mixing and drawing custom movement shapes.
The Link hardware offers a selection of ergonomic controls designed to give lighting designers the hands-on experience of a traditional lighting console. Four large rotary encoder wheels, with push-in selection, provide control over functions such as movement, zoom and focus. Alongside these are eight 100mm channel/submaster faders together with an additional master fader with dedicated blackout button. Each fader is also paired with a dedicated rotary control, with push-in selection, as well as two-page playback buttons. A matrix of 32 buttons provides access to specific scenes, fixtures or effects, while page scroll buttons – together with a two-digit backlit LCD display – help users keep track of a large quantity of scenes. Dedicated buttons provide quick access to each of the app’s main screens and an additional set of buttons provide shortcut control of key app functions.
The lighting manufacturer has also added a chrome version of its Element HEXIP outdoor-rated wireless up-lighting fixture. The model has been created for applications where, instead of blending into the background, lighting fixtures are required to make a bold statement. The Element HEX IP Chrome is powered by four 10W HEX (RGBWA+UV) LEDs, which generate a consistent colour wash with a 20° beam angle. The 6-in-1 LEDs allow for the creation of a large palette of colours ranging from vivid saturates to subtle pastels. For DMX control, the unit features a built-in WiFLY EXR receiver which allows wireless control from a distance of up 760m. The fixture also features an internal rechargeable lithium ion battery which, according to the manufacturer, can be fully charged in just 4.5 hours and is capable of running continuously for up to 16 hours between charges. An IEC power inlet for charging, as well as an on/off switch, are positioned below the menu display and a USB port is included for future firmware updates.