I just got a press release from Patricia at Electronic Theatre Controls in Middleton, WI about the USITT Conference that’s happening in March.  Are you going to USITT this year?  Check ETC’s booth out, and if you need a conference pass, read the release!

ETC at USITT 2009: New LEDs, lighting control console, and student opportunities!

Middleton, WI (27 February 2009) — When the doors open at this year’s USITT, in Cincinnati, March 19th, 2009, students will rush the ETC booth in greater numbers than before. Always a show favorite, ETC’s booth (#1100) will pack them in this year as the company exhibits their new LED product line publicly for the first time, unveils a brand-new lighting control console, and stages some phenomenal student opportunities.

The riot of people at the ETC booth will be viewing a riot of color — from ETC’s new SeladorTM Series x7 Color SystemTM LED fixtures. ETC waited to get into LEDs until LEDs could be real stage lights, offering a color quality and light output that would blend with and complement the gel colors of professional lighting rigs. Energy-saving and beautiful, the Selador Series’ PalettaTM, LustrTM and VividTM LED fixtures offer cool and warm hues, saturated colors, bright white light, and finally – natural-looking light for skin tones.

Getting back to lighting-control basics, but with cutting-edge innovation, ETC will reveal the newest console in the award-winning Eos® family. Designed for modest rigs dominated by conventional lights and a need for more hands-on fader control, this new board contains a roster of lighting-control fundamentals. Channel faders, submasters, cue lists, effects, plus control of devices like motorized accessories for conventional lights, LEDs and small numbers of moving lights – all the right, user-friendly tools for smaller venues such as schools relying on single board operators and volunteer staffs.

ETC recognizes that USITT is a critical career-networking opportunity for students and educators. As a free resource this year they will provide a special on-site service center: the unique ETC-sponsored Portfolio Workspace to help people make last-minute adjustments and updates to their portfolios and résumés. Located in the ETC Connect lounge [Duke 252 room], the Portfolio Workspace will provide all the finessing tools needed, including Mac and PC computers (loaded with Microsoft Office®, Photoshop®, Vectorworks®, and AutoCAD® Lite), plus CD burners and blank CDs, color printers, and layout tools — like cutting boards and rulers. Not to mention quality résumé and photo paper, inserts, slip covers, labels, colored pencils, glue sticks, and more. ETC will even provide card stock for generating business cards, as well as 17×22 photo-quality prints — all free. ETC’s popular mentors Doug Tuttrup and Durrell Ramer will be on hand for on-the-spot portfolio advising.

And, as every year at USITT, ETC will host their standing-room-only famed Student Session, where students have the chance to meet ETC and ask good questions for great swag prizes. And, if all that’s not enough – students will have the chance to win one of three sleek professional portfolio cases. The date and time to put into cell-phone calendars: ETC Student Session, ETC USITT booth #1100, at the close of the show, approximately 5:00pm, Friday, March 20th, 2009. To attend, students must stop by the ETC booth or ETC Connect Lounge ahead of time to receive a VIP Student Pass that allows them to remain on the show floor after show hours.

Applications for ETC’s LDI Student-Sponsorship will also be available at the ETC booth, as well as free USITT-exclusive ETC Selador T-shirts — destined to be some of ETC’s coolest collectible tees yet (and available only as long as quantities last!).

ETC also reminds people that free USITT show floor passes are available from ETC and USITT. Follow this link: and enter ETC1100 in VIP Code box.

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