The National Theatre of Namibia has taken delivery of an ETC Ion® control desk, thanks to ETC’s South African dealer Prosound.
Prosound’s general manager Ian Blair says: ‘We recently did an extensive upgrade for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, and on one of our follow up visits, we called in at the National Theatre of Namibia, where we met Technical and IT manager Jack Francis Jnr and Head of Lighting Asser Kauazunda.
‘Asser and Jack advised that their current old theatre console had reached the end of its life – but, with the upcoming Independence Theatre Festival, they really needed a new desk, and fast.’
Blair recommended the ETC Ion control desk, plus fader wings for additional hands-on control.
‘We couldn’t offer an Ion straight away, because all our demo desks were out at theatres in South Africa – but we were able to get an ETC Gio to them, which runs the same software as the Ion. That way, they’d be able to get used to the software and its features, and check it was right for them, while waiting for their new desk to be delivered.’
The theatre’s staff were delighted with the arrangement, says Blair, and are now fully up to speed with their new Ion, which will soon be upgraded with software v2.3 – adding new functionality to effects and implementing Open Sound Control. It also introduces new colour controls that provide multiple options for colour spaces, new tinting tools and live colour fade options.