Lighting Apps

There’s an app for everything these days.  From little handy tools up to full lighting control.  I’m just going to run down some apps I use for lighting that come in handy.

iLedMapper is a cool little app that will receive ArtNET and turn your iPhone or iPad into a mini “LED” panel.  I’ve used it to put a light into a prop when you want something to light up.  Pretty cool and cheaper than buying a custom LED fixture.

In our theatre we have an ETC ION lighting console.  ETC makes two apps that work with that console.  One is free and shows you the cue list and lets you make notes on each cue.  Great for tech rehearsals when you’re still dialing things in.  The director doesn’t have to figure out what cue you’re on, they’ll see it live on their iPad or iPhone.  Cool idea and not too hard to set up or use.  I’ve also thought about giving access to people back stage to see where we’re at in the show live.

The second app lets you actually control fixtures and go through the cue list.  That app is a little pricey but does come in handy.  It’s cheaper than getting the hardware remote and can do more.  If I were to buy the console again I probably would save the money for the hardware remote and just get the software.

Pocket LD has all kinds of great info on lighting fixtures.  One cool feature is being able to calculate the throw distance and see what size light beam you’ll have and what the brightness will be.  Great for when you’re setting up a show.  Helps take out some of the guesswork when you’re trying to pick the right light.

DipSwitch is a really simple app that makes addressing older style intelligent lighting fixtures easier.  You just enter the address and it shows you the dip switch combination you’ll need to set the address in the fixture.  If you’ve ever set dip switches on a lot of fixtures you’ll love this app.

Audio Apps

Faber Acoustical makes some pretty cool iOS and Mac apps.  I got them a while back when they were a little cheaper but they’re still reasonably priced.  Since I always have my iPhone on me I use these apps pretty often.  More often than I would use Smaart on my laptop.

There’s an RTA app that I use the most.  Granted the iPhone microphone doesn’t have full range, flat response, but you can still identify frequencies that are feeding back or sticking out.  When you’re killing feedback it helps to really zero in on the exact frequency that’s giving you problems.  Many times when dialing in by ear it’s hard, or at least a lot slower, to get perfectly center on the problem frequency.

Once I’ve gotten enough gain from a microphone then I can move on to adjusting for tone.  That’s how I approach problematic situations like wireless LAV’s and headsets or choir mics.