Vari-Lite introduces the Neo X15 and Neo X5, a family of high-performance lighting consoles designed for mixed-use facilities such as performing arts centers, stadiums and arenas, houses of worship, studios, schools, and more.
“Large format entertainment lighting consoles are typically either focused on theatrical lighting or live event lighting, but traditionally not both,” explains Jon Hole, Global Product Manager, Vari-Lite Controls at Signify. “However, many facilities are multifunctional and need the capabilities of a premium console that works for all the different types of events and user experience levels in the space. X Series consoles offer a feature-rich, customizable platform that is perfect for both theatrical and live event lighting—at a price point that won’t take up the entire upgrade budget.”
The new X15 is Vari-Lite’s flagship, high-performance lighting console, offering 15 multifunctional motorized playbacks and backlit encoders, and can output over 50,000 channels out of the box. The intuitive hardware layout includes two built-in monitors, a soft touch control screen, and built-in audio I/O connectivity that makes it easy to integrate lighting cues with sound effects, videos, and more. A smaller 5-fader X5 console is expected out early next year, with the same processor, build quality, and 100 universes of DMX as the X15.
“Designers want consoles that are made to last, with stable, mature software and a ruggedized, hardwearing build design,” adds Hole. “Even if the consoles aren’t being used on a touring production, they are still often moved around the facility, being setup in a different location when programming the show than when the show is operated. The X15 runs the mature Neo platform and features premium materials and an all-in-one design, ensuring it will work for years to come.”
The all-new Neo 4.0 software on the X Series helps designers find the perfect look in less time by including an advanced effects engine that supports pixel mapping, media playback, timelines and more. “The new touch-driven interface in the Neo 4.0 software feels more like a console than ever, offering quick access to pallets, groups, macros, and effects,” says Hole. “This makes the console quick and easy to use, and thanks to a robust training and support system, with onboard training videos, global tech support, online forums and groups, and an interactive manual, customers can get up and running quickly, tailoring the interface to meet their needs and achieving the look they’re wanting in less time.”