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ED Magazine March 2019 51 ExoticDancer.com Lighting is a different ball game. The first thing we would look at is the lighting control system. This needs to be a DMX programmable system. If they already have a DMX programmable system, we can first reprogram and add all new looks, secondly we would look to add some new fixtures—either moving heads or LED accents. The other thing we do, often, is add textures to things—like fabric that is back lit, texture panels on the bar and stage dye and lighting these areas up with RGB LED This makes a big impact for small money. ED: If a club still has lighting in their club that's not LED, is it more affordable today to upgrade that lighting to LED than it may have been 10 or 15 years ago? KIESLICH: Basically just about everything is LED now. As the LED technology progresses, the cost per fixture comes down and the quality of the fixture goes up. This is a win- win for the end users. In some states, you can only use LED fixtures and in many states, you can get money back from the utility companies if you upgrade. ED: You work with many different sound/lighting/effects manufacturers. Is there any new technology or products that you've come across recently that provide a "wow factor"? KIESLICH: Some of the hot items now are the LED video walls. They look fantastic and have dropped in price. ED: We're always trying to educate new readers, so for those who are unfamiliar with what a "systems integrator" is, how would you explain exactly what it is that Sound Stage System does and why it's crucial to have someone experienced in systems integration to set up sound and lighting in their club? KIESLICH: When designing a sound, lighting and video system for an entertainment venue, there are many factors to take into consideration. A true "system integrator" will not just pick fixtures off a website or catalog and bolt them to the ceiling. There is a process in designing, installing and programming a complete entertainment system. Sound must be clean, rich and cover all areas and have the features that both the owner and client want. The system should be set and calibrated and have the proper system limit set. Lighting is designed in layers. To properly design a lighting system you also need to plan ahead on the finished programs and effect the system will produce. Video is designed so that all customers have a viewing angle at a display and the proper content is key. All of these elements are all married together to produce a seamless full-featured entertainment system. For more information, visit soundstagesystems.com or call (203) 230-0226.

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