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Jands Vista Makes Successful Debut in Sweden

1st August 2005

Lighting production company and exclusive Jands Swedish dealer, Teaterteknik, has sold three Vista lighting consoles within weeks of receiving their first shipment of stock.

Stockholm's Botkyrka Center of Performing Arts and Culture approached Teaterteknik about the console when they were in the process of upgrading their main stage lighting system. The venue is used for a wide variety of shows, including professional and amateur theatre productions, musicals and performance art.

Botkyrka's in-house lighting team were currently renting in automated fixtures for productions and were finding the existing control desk's speed and performance inadequate for driving moving heads.

As lighting duties on productions were shared with many outside show designers, it was important for in-house Lighting Director Kenneth Stenbeck when specifying a replacement console that it be very intuitive to program, as well as offering plenty of potential for controlling a fully automated rig in future.

Upon seeing a demo of the Vista, Kenneth knew almost immediately that it was exactly what he'd been looking for: "I knew 15 minutes into the demo that this was the right console for us. It is so easy and fast to work with, which is a necessity due to the nature of the shows that take place here. It's very refreshing to be able to focus on the creative part of the lighting design. No more '1to5@75%' number crunching. It's simply the most competent lighting console I ever worked with, and the support from Teaterteknik has been excellent."

Soundlite, Stockholm's first production company to invest in a Vista, specialises in lighting and sound design for various Swedish popular music artists as well as studio and equipment rental. The company chose the Vista as they wanted to invest in a desk which they believed would have real longevity, and saw the Vista as the way forward in future lighting console design.

The Vista will be used mainly for their own rock and pop projects, but also made available as rental stock due to the amount of interest in the desk from customers. So far the console has been used for studio production rehearsals and live shows by internationally acclaimed artist Martin Stenmarck - who recently represented Sweden in this year's Eurovision Song Contest - and Swedish household name, Di Leva.

Johan Larsson, Chief Lighting Technician at Soundlite, commented: "This is the way it is supposed to work - it should be simple and you should not let your focus get away from the creative part of lighting design. The support given by the Swedish resellers has been fantastic, and we feel we have really made the right choice."

The third Vista console was sold to Proudlighting, a production company in Gothenburg owned by Björn Stolt. Bjorn commented: "The Vista was an obvious choice for me after doing a thorough "in the head comparison" right after the demo. I was thinking, why do things in the "old" way with number crunching when you can do it in this way? I really think that this desk is the next big step in lighting programming, and I want to join the future as soon as I possibly can. I'm going to use it on as many gigs as possible and the first big thing will be a city festival in Gothenburg with a lot of different bands and music styles. The versatility of the desk will suit this occasion perfectly!"

Teaterteknik have also purchased a Vista for use by their in-house Projects deptartment, which handles lighting design and production for theatre, concert and corporate events.