Avolites is the brilliant choice for Slightly Stoopid tour
Slightly Stoopid has been out on the road for a good chunk of 2019 in support of its 13th and most recent album, and to visually bring its shows to life in concert, the band now turns to Pulse Lighting, which supplies a full complement of Avolites gear, including a Sapphire Touch console, Ai software, and the lighting manufacturer’s new Synergy feature set. “Every design starts with a conversation. The more we interact with our artists, the better the design translates,” says Mikey Cummings of Pulse Lighting. As a lead designer at Pulse’s Nashville headquarters, Cummings has designed for a long list of Grammy award- winning artists, including Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, and Old Crow Medicine Show.
Every tour he designs goes out with Avolites control. “A majority of our tours use the Sapphire Touch, Arena, or Tiger Touch II,” he says. “With lots of video, color-mixing lasers, and LEDs in Slightly Stoopid’s design, we knew this would be a great opportunity to dive into Avolites’ new Synergy software alongside the Ai software we were already planning to use.” One thing he didn’t mention right away—the version of Synergy they used was still in beta. “I feel like the future embraces the bold; it’s hard to be on the cutting edge if you don’t take chances.” Providing a complete touring package from Pulse inventory enabled Cummings and Programmer and Lighting Director Dan Grabus to assemble a “dream” setup with the Ai software and the new Synergy package integrating seamlessly with the Avolites Sapphire Touch console used for control. While the design was a little lighter on LED fixtures than Cummings initially preferred, it was heavy on lasers. “One of the things that we really like about Ai is how easy it is to manipulate and merge clips together within a layer. ” Instead of using physical servers, they opted to use the Ai software license dongle, which Grabus could easily transport to any gig. In the end, it’s all about integration, Cummings says.