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Daniel Hoffman replied to Nook Schoenfeld's discussion artnet. Huh?
"The very first thing I suggest is watch this, well worth 12 minutes of your life: Warriors of the .Net - It's probably >15 years old by now - witness the Netscape window at the beginning - but…"
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One way to get to FOH

I was playing somewhere down south this year (Either Ms or Louisiana) and walked into a theater and saw this. I was actually impressed since at most theaters they have to lug these big consoles around to the front and thru chairs to get into position. Maybe it's over engineered, but I gotta admit it did work well. Reminded me of Steve McQueen and the great escape.…See More
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"Normally every product comes with a spec sheet that shows you how many lumens (how bright the light output is) from the fixture.   This is the link to that…"
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Craig Rutherford replied to Nook Schoenfeld's discussion Talking while you program
"You're definitely not the only one. I absolutely do the same thing: "Annnd we'll grab these, set them to yellow, let's add a dim sine wave with a group of 3, annnnd that's a cue." I wonder if this is related to the…"
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"  ADJ makes some good lights and the tripar is OK. But it's more like a low profile par, with 3W LEDs which would work fine for uplighting some color on to the cage itself perhaps. But I would go talk to the dealer about getting something…"
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"Thank you! Huntington is a great town! I was hoping to get some answers to some questions about lighting an MMA cage for my events: I have some lighting questions for a live MMA event. I wanted to properly light the cage similar to how the pro…"
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"Welcome aboard Nicolas. Patchogue eh? I went to school in Huntington way back when."
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Talking while you program

   I was doing a gig with my old friend Joel Reiff last fall. He's out running lights for Jason Mraz right now. As he was programming the show that day I noticed that he continuously talks to himself as if he's telling his quick hands where to go next. Sentences like "All hard edge yellow, small iris, quick move, delay time .5" is the kind of stuff I hear him muttering as he programs away. The thing is I have been talking to myself for 20 years while programming moving lights, but I don't know…See More
Nook Schoenfeld replied to Rob Sayer's discussion Describing Dynamic Lighting
"You are not alone. I say things to programmers with my mouth and hands. I tell them to make the lights go whoosh quite frequently. That's my term for taking a bunch of movers and flying them out to the audience, but half way out they need to…"
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Craig Rutherford replied to Nook Schoenfeld's discussion artnet. Huh?
"Of course you can, but it's extra. :P On a more serious note, Show Networks and Control Systems has some excellent explanations of ArtNet (and DMX) that were enlightening."
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Nook Schoenfeld replied to Nook Schoenfeld's discussion artnet. Huh?
"Thanx Steve. Can you buy it already installed in a series of Tubes Craig? "
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Just a bunch of Roadies

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So there is group of roadies, led by the legendary Charlie Hernandez, who do a lot of good globally. Call themselves JABOR. They get food and medicine to countries that have been ravaged by natural disasters as well as good karma type stuff here in the states. Charlie recently wrote a letter that I would like to post here just to let you guys know what this cat is up to. Pretty phenomenal pay it forward type stuff.…


Race Track gigs

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In my career I have done concerts in all kinds of places. Minor league ball parks with stages towed behind tractors. State fairs where the stage was set on railroad tracks and moved into place. And then there's the circuit of race car events they seem to have every year. As I understand it, plenty of good old boy country acts play the Nascar circuit. Nascar is big time stock car racing I believe. Makes me think of the Dukes of Hazard. These races attract humongous crowds and I'm sure there…



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     It’s not that often that I get to play some club gigs. Usually it’s because one of my acts is playing a benefit show for a worthy cause, or they just want an occasional break from an arena to do an intimate show. Seems to be the trend now with bands doing residency stays in Vegas or other hot spots. The exception is when a group has some backing and is willing to pay my fee. I long ago accepted the fact that money talks, and when it does, I listen.

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Last night in Dallas

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 8:45am 1 Comment

I screwed up again last night. Broke the number one rule in our biz. I assumed something again. I assumed the front of house table at the House of Blues was set up sturdily. I didn't check it. Slayer, the house LD didn't check it. Nobody had ever checked it as it got used successfully every night. Til I get there of course.

    I'm carrying a video wall and mini-mac Catalyst media server. Using a Martin M1 console this run. I receive camera feeds via rf from the stage. I have various…


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      One of the greatest things about our biz is the ability to run into the same people at various gigs in your life. I mean unexpectedly. Last month I ran into two guys I hadn't seen since the eighties, at the same venue. We caught up. No need to become Facebook buddies or anything, just saying hi.

    Last night I was in Boston for a quick one show affair at some club. I walk into a pub next door to get some chow and a beer before the show. 5 minutes later my buddy John Macleish…


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At 6:21pm on December 16, 2014, Nicolas Canobbio said…

Thank you! Huntington is a great town!

I was hoping to get some answers to some questions about lighting an MMA cage for my events:

I have some lighting questions for a live MMA event. I wanted to properly light the cage similar to how the pro events you see on TV but on a budget.

I'm looking into the tripar LED lights to light the cage. The cage is roughly 26'x26' but in shape of hexagon.

How many of the lights would be needed to light the cage? How high up should we go above the cage?

Thanks for the help!

At 8:36am on September 12, 2014, Brian Berg said…

A dealer told me they were getting damaged in shipping. Makes you wonder how they hold up inside a console that bounces down the road in a truck continually. Other than that I haven't had any problems other than a couple small bugs.

I wish we could take the FX engine from a Hog and stick it in an MA. You'd have the perfect console! lol

At 8:11am on September 12, 2014, Brian Berg said…

I hear ya. I had to replace a Multi-touch in a MA2 Light this year and it cost $2800 for a reburb. A new one was $4k. I had to send it to ACT for repair. They won't let me do it myself.

At 12:09pm on March 3, 2014, Joe Leahy said…

Hi Nook, Bummer were going to miss ya in Detroit this time around. Unfortunately I'm here in Michigan doing shows, so no warm climate in my near future. Travel Safe and see ya soon, Joe

At 11:31pm on July 19, 2013, Steven Skippy Baldwin said…

Yeah, spent almost three years to heal up from losing Sallie, and stayed out of the biz.

New shows so show up, but always out of the blue, and tight notice. I still keep my cell phone handy for folks who are using say a Hog!1000. Man, with the right grouping I could make the thing really sing. I saw Tom McKeown's band a week or so ago. Great unplugged type style. Six people is a tall order, and he was cool with my production notes.

At 1:10pm on October 31, 2012, Mike Wharton said…

From lunch that day in Atlanta...! Took a while to find a pic for the profile. Thanks again buddy! 

At 7:57am on November 7, 2011, Kyle Intrabartolo said…
Congrats on the award Nook!!!!
At 7:47am on November 7, 2011, Wayne Lambert said…
Yikes! Sorry for the typo in that last post, NOOK!
At 7:43am on November 7, 2011, Wayne Lambert said…
The pictures of the Kid Rock show look fantastic!! Congratulations on the award, Nick!
At 4:40pm on October 31, 2011, cody stoltz said…
Hey nook congratulations on your award

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