Hog 4 At The 2014 Winter Olympics


High End Systems’s Hog 4 had it’s work cut out for it in Sochi:

The elaborate three-hour opening ceremony that unveiled the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia was a breathtaking marriage of art, history, patriotism and technology. The ceremony’s 18 chapters necessitated the use of over 1,100 lighting instruments, all controlled by Austin, TX-based manufacturer High End Systems’ state-of-the-art Hog 4 lighting console. This marks an industry milestone as one of the largest lighting productions, utilizing in excess of 1,000 instruments.

“If you know Hog, you know the Hog 4.”


PLSN’s Justin Lang reviews High End System’s Hog 4 range of consoles in the December 2013 issue of PLSN.

Choosing a lighting console is a personal thing. Most programmers have a particular console that they love and worship. The Hog certainly has a dedicated following — so much so that the Hog 2 series of consoles actually had membership cards!

Do you have a card? If not — or even if you do and you want to learn more about the Hog 4 lineup, check out our product pages or call us at (518) 251-3302.

Creative Stage Lighting now Axon HD Major Reseller


Today we’re announcing another partnership with High End Systems. Creative Stage Lighting is a Axon HD Major Reseller. CSL Dealers now have access to the brand new Axon HD and Axon HD Pro media servers.

CSL has had an excellent history with High End beginning many years ago. Craig Burros of High End said:

We continue to collaborate with CSL’s technically experienced regional management in place throughout the United States to service their distribution client base, and now to convey the practical dominance of the Axon family over other media server models available in the market, an excellent choice for us to work together and platform this arrangement on the heels of our recent Hog 4 Major Reseller establishment with Creative Stage Lighting.

Axon HD and Axon HD Pro is a brand new update of High End System’s innovative media server line. Axon HD media servers are rack-mountable, featuring quiet operation, Intel Haswell hardware, Windows 7 embedded 64-bit operating system, and capable of 4k output. The graphics engine has been completely upgraded, playing back content at its native resolution. Axon HD also comes with a rich HD media library and includes all the original Axon content.

To learn more about Axon HD and Axon HD Pro you can take a look at our Axon HD product pages or give us a call at (518) 251-3302.

CSL’s Holiday 2013 Hours


Creative Stage Lighting will break to celebrate the holidays and the New Year on December 20, 5pm. We will reopen for normal business hours on January 2, 2014. If you need assistance during this time please call us at (518) 251–3302 for our emergency contacts.

We will process orders right up until we close. Please be sure to get orders in by 3pm EST Friday afternoon to ensure prompt shipping before the break.

From all of us at Creative Stage Lighting, thank you for your business and for a wonderful 2013. We’ll see you again in 2014. Enjoy the holidays and take care.

Introducing JB-lighting’s Sparx 7

This year at LDI we introduced JB-lighting’s new Sparx 7 LED moving light. JB-lighting first announced Sparx 7 earlier this year at PLASA.

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Sparx 7 takes the same principles of their PLASA Innovation award winning A7 LED moving head and builds on it with a brand new head technology and cooling system. It’s still small, lightweight, and powerful, but includes a few upgrades, including

  • 19 RGBW multi-chip LEDs at 15w
  • Individual heatsinks for each LED, reducing weight and making maintenance easier than previous generations
  • Smooth dimming
  • A zoom range of 4-40º

The Sparx 7 also features a brand new effects engine. Designers can create a huge number of effects with minimal DMX channels.

For more information about Sparx 7 please check out our dedicated page with a video demonstration.

Creative Stage Lighting Lights Camp Bisco 2013

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Creative Stage Lighting recently provided lighting crew and equipment for the Camp Bisco music festival. Camp Bisco 2013 took place at the Indian Lookout Country Club July 11th-13th and featured performing artists including Passion Pit, STS9, Boys Noize, Squarepusher, and The Disco Biscuits.

Creative Stage Lighting provided stage and lighting equipment for the two main stages including Avolites Diamond 4 Vision and MA Lighting Grand MA 2 control consoles, JB-lighting A7s, Clay Paky Sharpys, High End Systems SHOWBEAM 2.5 units, Robe ROBIN LED 100s, Martin Mac III Profiles and Mac 2000 XB Wash units,, Martin Atomic 3000 Strobes, Altman Phoenix Ellipsoidals, Ultratec G3000 Foggers, Reel EFX DF-50 Hazers, Entertainment Power Systems power distribution systems, Columbus McKinnon motors, and Dura-Flex cables.

Creative Stage Lighting crew included crew chief Kevin Parsley and lighting technician Jessica LaPoint. Other crew included Gregory Wershing and Evan Miller. Lighting design by Johnny R. Goode. Photography by Dave Vann.