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Wholehog Live 1996

10th February 1997

The Clothes Show Live at the NEC last year was the UK debut of the two latest enhancements for Flying Pig Systems' Wholehog II console; the Effects Engine and Wing.

The Effects Engine menu gives one-button access to effects such as circles, fly-aways, rainbows, shutter-chases, and the ballyhoo. It uses mathematical waveforms (tables) to manipulate fixture parameters in the programmer. By adjusting The rate, size, and offset of each parameter's table, complex and dynamic looks can be created and viewed in real-time, and stored as a single cue.

The Wing is a hardware extension of the console's playback facilities. An additional 16 fader masters and 18 faderless masters bring the total to 42 - all with LCDs for legending. The unit is aimed at those who require more playback locations to run "horizontal" or unpredictable shows.

Lighting for the Lloyds Fashion Theatre was supplied by Meteorlites with the usual team of Richard Knight and Stan Snape at the controls with a Hog each. The system consisted of 96 VL5s, 38 Cyberlights, and 36 Colour Faders cunningly rigged on 10 motorised pods to create a splendid rig reveal. With only a day to program, it was clear that the power of the Effects Engine and playback flexibility of the Wing helped ensure another spectacular success for the Clothes Show Live team.