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Legacy and LED Come Together For Great Gatsby Gala

Professional performers and instructors recently gathered at San Diego’s Hilton Mission Bay for the 2017 Great Gatsby Gala Dancesport Championships; an annual dance competition covering all genres, Great Gatsby relied on MAVI Productions to deliver spectacular sound and lighting for the four-day event. Read More→

University of Florida Takes Delivery Of SolaFrame Theatre Fixtures

The first U.S.A. shipment of High End Systems’ SolaFrame Theatre fixtures recently arrived at their new home, the University of Florida School of Theater and Dance in Gainesville. Read More→

LDG Adds SolaSpot 1500s To Good Morning America

As the largest lighting design firm in the broadcast industry, LDG (Lighting Design Group) works extensively for the major networks, and beyond, across the globe. It’s impossible to turn on a television without seeing their design work in action. Read More→

OG Power Drives Later … With Jools Holland

Over the last 25 years, ’Later … With Jools Holland’ has become a veritable institution in British music television for its unique format and enigmatic host. High End Systems’ HOG consoles have become an institution in their own right on the program, controlling a wide variety of automated lighting and other production elements. Read More→

Ohio University Students Are Running The Show With HES Gear

Students of lighting and production at Ohio University are offered a truly rare opportunity in this business - to design and operate professional touring shows that pass through the Baker University Center in Athens, Ohio. Read More→

Studio Gear Hosts HOG4 Training At USITT 2017

The class qualified participants for six ETCP renewal credits, and covered HOG4 fundamentals such as console layout, patching, editing fixtures, programming, palettes, recording cues and cue lists, timing options and many other areas. Read More→

Penn & Teller Theater Upgrades With SolaSpot Pro 1500s

Penn & Teller’s outrageous blend of magic and comedy has remained one of the hottest tickets in Las Vegas for over twenty years, and when the production team decided to upgrade the show’s set and scenery, it was also time to invest in new stage lighting technology. Read More→

Team Reflector Wins HOGFactor Contest at Prolight + Sound

The latest HOGFactor Programming Competition took place last week at the Prolight + Sound trade show in Frankfurt, and Team Reflector from Berlin Beuth Hochschule emerged victorious in the contest. Read More→

ETC acquires High End Systems

ETC and High End Systems announce today they are joining forces as ETC completes the acquisition of the Austin, TX based company from Barco Inc. “We welcome the High End team to the ETC family. Read More→

Ipswich Civic Centre Punch Over The Top With SolaSpot Pro 1500s

The George Hogg Auditorium in Ipswich Civic Centre hosts an eclectic mix of touring theatre and musical acts, local productions, community events, and business functions. Read More→

HES Gear Augments Hosanna Lutheran Church Christmas Concert

Hosanna Lutheran Church’s Christmas Concert is the largest scale event they produce each year; for the 2016 shows about 15,000 tickets were purchased, and the church also added an additional show for a total of six performances over four days. Read More→

Inspirmedia Outfits Concordia Church With HES Gear For Christmas

Inspirmedia Productions recently helped Concordia Lutheran Church drastically change their worship space by adding High End Systems LED lighting for their Christmas program and services. Read More→

HES SolaSpots Energize Fairy Tale Festival

High End Systems SolaSpot Pro CMY LED fixtures were recently used to add depth, effects and gorgeous texture to the Fairy Tale Festival in Lithuania, held February 24th through the 26th in the small town of Pakruojis. Read More→

Victory World Church Shines With HES SolaRange

Victory World Church in Norcross, Georgia recently upgraded the lighting system in their main facility with High End Systems SolaWash Pro 2000 and SolaSpot Pro 1500 fixtures, along with a new Hog 4 flagship console, Road Hog and Hedgehog desks, an Axon HD Pro media server and other HES equipment, all purchased through LightParts, Inc. Read More→

Ghost Tours With SolaSpot Pro 2000

For Ghost’s North American Popestar tour, lighting designer Christian Wienberg Bonde specified 11 High End Systems SolaSpot Pro 2000 fixtures as the floor lighting package. Read More→

LD Marco Silva Relies On Hog 4 For Portugal’s The Voice

As part of the design team for the Portuguese version of The Voice, Marco Silva works with fellow LDs Ricardo Maia and Miguel Valerio to illuminate the elaborate production set. Read More→

HOG 4 On Deck For WWE Live in Mexico City

Lighting Designer Brandon Spratt of BDS Designs, LLC specified a full size Hog 4 console to control his lighting rig for a recent WWE Live production in Mexico City. Read More→

Story Sound Illuminates Dutch Army Orchestras With SolaSpots

Dutch production company Story Sound recently augmented their lighting inventory with 12 High End System SolaSpot Pro 1000 fixtures; the new gear was used over the holiday season to illuminate Fanfare Korps Nationale Reserve’s (FKNR) Christmas concert, as well as the concerts for Koninklijke Millitaire Kapel Johan Willem Friso (KMKJWF). Read More→

Granger Smith Tours With SHAPESHIFTERs

Country artist Granger Smith’s 2016 touring exposed the rising artist to even larger audiences, and featured a unique lighting design by Sean Semler that included 12 High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER C1s. Read More→

High End Systems SHAPESHIFTERs Elevate Jon Bellion Tour

Rising star Jon Bellion hit the road for a second time in the fall of 2016 to support his latest release, The Human Condition. Read More→

Dutch Show Design Brings SolaSpots To GLOW

Each year the annual GLOW light art festival in Eindhoven features diverse artists who bring spectacular light installations to the city center. Read More→

SolaSpot Pro 1000s Take The Stage At Grand Opera House

The opulent Grand Opera House has been a landmark for the residents of Wilmington, DE and the surrounding region for more than 135 years. Read More→

High End Systems Unveils TM-30/CRI Correction Filter For White LED Automated Luminaires

Automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems announced today that they have created the world’s first TMI/CRI Correction Filter for White LED automated luminaires. Read More→

SolaSpot Pro 1500s Are Star Performers At Opera Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s only producer of grand opera, Opera Philadelphia offers large-scale works at the historic Academy of Music, intimate chamber operas as part of the Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater, as well as frequent community performances. Read More→

HES Gear Adds ‘Big Impact’ To Kansas Youth Gathering

For a recent Kansas District Youth Gathering, Inspirmedia Productions delivered an all LED rig featuring High End Systems SolaSpot Pro 2000s, SolaWash 19s and SHAPESHIFTERs, with lighting control via a Hog 4 desk. Read More→

AB Light Uses SolaSpot Pro CMY LED To Illuminate World Diabetes Day

On November 10th, World Diabetes Day was held around the globe to raise awareness of the disease; this years theme was ‘Eyes On Diabetes’. In Plunge, Lithuania, AB Light illuminated Oginskio Palace at Plungės Manor, using only eight High End Systems SolaSPot Pro CMY LED fixtures to paint beautiful images on the massive palace. Read More→

Jason Cain Drives Hog4 For Misfits Reunion Shows

As The Misfits prepared to rock the music world with their upcoming reunion shows with Glenn Danzig, Jason Cain of Gemini Light Sound Video got the call his superfan side had wanted for many years - the opportunity to control lighting for the horror punk pioneers’ classic lineup. Read More→

SHAPESHIFTERs Energize 2016 Alice In Chains Tour

Alice in Chains recently wrapped the second leg of their 2016 North American tour, with Production Designer Marty Postma at the visual helm. To help achieve his uncluttered vision for the tour, Postma specified 14 High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER C1’s along with a full Hog4 console. Read More→

SolaSpot Pro 1500s Augment Trey Anastasio At Peach Music Festival

For Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio’s recent performance at the Peach Festival in Scranton, PA, lighting designer Marc Janowitz used a High End Systems SolaSpot Pro 1500 rig to add beauty and texture to the show visuals. Read More→

Webster University Fauxtons Win Hog Factor Competition at LDI

Sponsored by High End Systems, the 2016 Hog Factor National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition was held at the recent LDI exhibition in Las Vegas. The contest was very close this year, with Webster University’s team The Fauxtons ultimately winning the competition on Friday, October 21st. Read More→

Richard Belliveau Receives 2016 Paky Award At LDI

Richard Belliveau, a founder and chief technology officer of High End Systems, Inc., was the winner of the third annual Paky Award, presented in Las Vegas, NV, on Saturday, October 22 as part of the LDI 2016 Awards Ceremony at the 29th annual LDI Tradeshow and Conference.Read More→

Lightware USA Partners with High End Systems On All-in-One Lighting and Video Control Platform

High End Systems, makers of lighting products and control systems, has partnered with Lightware USA to create an all-in-one lighting and video control platform for live events.Read More→

Anaheim Ducks Upgrade Lighting With HES SolaRange Fixtures

When the Anaheim Ducks revamped their entertainment system in the Honda Center, lighting designer Kevin Sorg specified new automated lighting from High End Systems, including a dozen SolaWash 37 and four SolaSpot Pro CMY fixtures. Read More→

Hog 4 OS 3.5.0 Offers New Features And Enhancements

High End Systems has released its latest OS for Hog 4 lighting consoles. Hog 4 OS 3.5.0 offers numerous new features and enhancements for the platform’s wide user base; the company is also touting new features in development for release in the near future. Read More→

SHAPESHIFTERS Transform Hastings College Dedication

Inspirmedia Productions recently used High End Systems SHAPESHIFTERs to transform Hastings College’s arena gymnasium into an eloquent banquet hall. The building dedication event featured a banquet for 550, as well as a concert by The Midtown Men of ‘The Jersey Boys’. Read More→

Hermes Music Hosts Hog 4 Presentation and Certification Event

Hermes Music recently held a three day presentation and certification event for High End Systems’ Hog 4 lighting control consoles. Held at the Crown Plaza Hotel de Mexico, the showcase attracted top lighting designers, programmers and operators from throughout Mexico, and served as the reintroduction of Hog to the Mexican lighting community. Read More→

Artists Simply Human Shines With HES Gear

For the past five years, Artists Simply Human’s innovative dance convention tour has traveled North America and Mexico, providing an unequaled dance experience that challenges and inspires dancers as artists. Read More→

SolaSpot Pro CMY Brings Magic To ‘Po Gimtinės Laja’

Lighting designer Arvydas Buinauskas of ABLight is using LED technology from High End Systems for spectacular results in his architectural and entertainment projects. The LD has recently utilized High End’s SolaSpot Pro CMY luminaires for several of his remarkable projects. Read More→

Hog 4 On The Team At The 2016 Rio Olympics

For the recent (and epic) Opening and Closing ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, programming ace Ross Williams was once again on hand with his trusty High End Systems Hog 4 console to assist in the coordination of the massive lighting displays. Read More→

Barco & High End Systems fuel excitement in Drake’s ‘Summer Sixteen’ tour with innovative lighting and projection

Visualization pioneer Barco and High End Systems, a Barco company, are providing their best-in-class AV solutions to help create a mind-blowing visual spectacular for rap artist and songwriter Drake’s current North America concert tour. The company is part of team led by world-renowned Lighting Designer Guy Pavelo and Tour Director Steve Kidd of GP-SK Design & Production . Read More→

HES Gear Does The Serious Work On Grease

The New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham recently hosted this summer’s Stage Experience production of Grease, featuring LD Colin Wood’s stunning interpretation of the classic musical. The annual youth project allowed students the thrill of working on a large stage production, and this year 128 local students participated in the project, either onstage or in technical roles. Read More→

Revesby Workers’ Club’s Whitlam Theatre Votes for Hog 4

The Revesby Workers’ Club in south-west Sydney is a regular stop for premiere touring acts. Its concert venue, the Whitlam Theatre, seats 750 in ‘dinner mode’ and 1400 in theatre mode. The theatre is known for its big PA and excellent audio facilities, but, until recently, its lighting systems were struggling to keep up with the demands of modern touring acts. Happily, Revesby has changed all that with the purchase of High End System’s flagship Hog 4 console plus a Playback Wing 4, bringing their venue back in line with the best in Australia. Read More→

Rocking R Bar Upgrades Lighting System With SHAPESHIFTER And UNO

The Rocking R Bar has been a popular night spot in downtown Bozeman for over 50 years, especially among the students of nearby Montana State University. After a gas explosion in 2009, the R Bar closed for over two years to rebuild and recently turned to Jereco Studios to upgrade their lighting system with High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER C2 and UNO fixtures. Read More→

High End Systems Lighting Energizes ROCKSTAR’s Taste Of Chaos Tour

The 2016 ROCKSTAR Taste Of Chaos Tour recently wrapped a six week run across the US, giving live music fans high energy festival performances from headliners Dashboard Confessional as well as Taking Back Sunday, Saosin and The Early November. Read More→

SHAPESHIFTERs Augment Arcángel’s San Juan Concert

International Reggaetón sensation Arcángel mixes numerous stylistic influences into his musical mix; it’s a thrilling ride that demands visual excitement at his live shows. At a recent concert in Puerto Rico, High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER fixtures were used by LD David Ayala to add a new layer of punch to the singer’s performance. Read More→

CCP Brings SolaSpot Pro 1500s and C1s to APIA Good Times Tour

Concert & Corporate Productions (CCP) recently supplied a variety of High End Systems lighting equipment for the APIA Good Times Tour at the Perth Concert Hall. Despite loading in during a massive storm that hit Perth the prior weekend, the CCP gang all stayed dry within the warmth of the Perth Concert Hall. Read More→

HES Lighting Brings World Class Illumination To Texas Film Awards

The recent Texas Film Awards, the year’s biggest event for Texans in film, featured an elevated level of production quality thanks in part to High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER C1s and C2s, SolaSpot Pro 1500 and SolaSpot Pro 2000 fixtures specified by Bill Haddad of Blue House Design and Guy Pavelo of Guy Pavelo Design. Read More→

SolaSpot 1500s Augment PBS’ Bluegrass Underground

A Todd Squared production for PBS broadcast, Bluegrass Underground is the brainchild of entrepreneur Todd Mayo, who transformed an underground cave system discovered by Aaron Higgenbotham in 1810 into the magical performance environment of The Volcano Room of the Cumberland Cavern. Read More→

High End Systems Uno Debuts on Eurovision 2016

For the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest finals held last month in Stockholm, Sweden, Technical Director Ola Melzig used 108 Uno fixtures from High End System for U.K. performers Joe and Jake. The duo’s rendition of ‘You’re Not Alone’ served as the new fixture’s debut, and the Eurovision team once again pulled together a stunning collective of production elements for the highly anticipated contest. Read More→

SHAPESHIFTERs Elevate Ultra Music Festival Finale

The recent Ultra Music Festival in Miami raised the bar for EDM concerts with elite DJs and unprecedented production quality. With lighting production by Solotech, additional production support by numerous local vendors and a jaw-dropping design by Steve Lieberman, the three day festival was one for the record books. Read More→

SHAPESHIFTERs Join The Party At Cowboys Dancehall For Aoki Show

Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas is a leading venue in the Alamo city, running live music four nights a week along with a host of other country themed events. For years the venue has relied on a variety of High End Systems lighting and control products to light their entertainment, and recently High End’s SHAPESHIFTERs were employed for a Steve Aoki performance. Read More→

LD Matt Guminski Takes HOG On The Ultimate Road Test

Neon Trees LD Matt Guminski is one of the most prolific of the latest generation of lighting designers touring with High End Systems Hog 4 desks. Since wrapping up Neon Trees’ Intimate Night Out Tour last summer, Guminski has toured with Young the Giant, MisterWives, Percy Hill, David Garrett and Bush. All of these shows has been operated on either the Hog 4 or Full Boar 4 and the Hog 4 playback wing, and ‘pre-vized seamlessly’ with the Hog 4 line. Read More→

SolaSpot Pro 2000 Brings Modern Mood To Element of Crime Tour

Soon to celebrate their thirtieth anniversary, German rock band Element of Crime is currently touring Europe with production support by Chaoscenter and Ambion. The group’s signature melancholic pop is as unique as the latest lighting design created by LD Rolf Wenzel. For this leg of the tour Wenzel is using ten High End Systems SolaSpot Pro 2000 fixtures to add ambient punch and beautiful colors to his rig.Read More→

Clair Solutions Specifies Custom HES Fixtures For Jordan’s IT

Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven, CT is host to IT, the world’s largest indoor ropes adventure course. To integrate the design into the retail space, the owners turned to Clair Solutions, who in turn specified custom High End Systems Solaspot CMY Pro fixtures for the installation. Read More→

DLHD’s Enhance PBS Christopher Cross Broadcast

On January 20th, Grammy award winning musician Christopher Cross recorded a PBS Pledge Special at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The concert will be broadcast on PBS and was produced by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. Read More→

SolaWash PRO 2000 LED fixture chosen for La Bohème

Faithless hit on the road again in 2015 after a four year break, taking their infectious dance rhythms to an eager public celebrating twenty years since the formation of the band in the heady 1990s, when rave culture became a defining musical genre of the late 20th century. Read More→

M.F.A. Candidate Uses Theatrical Design to Improve Air Travel

For his thesis to earn an M.F.A. in theatrical design, Carson applied his education about theatrical lighting to the airplane to match passengers’ circadian rhythm and reduce the feeling of jet lag. Read More→

SHAPESHIFTERs Bring Eye Candy To Faithless Tour

Faithless hit on the road again in 2015 after a four year break, taking their infectious dance rhythms to an eager public celebrating twenty years since the formation of the band in the heady 1990s, when rave culture became a defining musical genre of the late 20th century. Read More→

SHAPESHIFTERs Add Horsepower To Godsmack Tour

Touring aggressively promoting their latest release 1000hp, Godsmack’s latest shows featured High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER C1 fixtures as major eye candy, picked by LD Jeff Rials for their unique look and versatile performance. Gemini Light Sound Video provided the lighting rig, while VER supplied the video package. Read More→

High End Systems DLHD’s Ring In New Year At Aria

Wonderland NYE 2016, Lighting and Video Media Designer Vickie Claiborne worked with King Dahl, Stefanie Ishii, Frank Roskowski and Doug Johnson to create an unforgettable evening, made even more memorable with Claiborne’s use of High End Systems DLHD Digital Light fixtures. Read More→

SHAPESHIFTER Shine On Latest Joe Satriani Tour

For guitarist extraordinaire Joe Satriani’s latest tour, Lighting Designer Alastair Watson specified 20 High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER fixtures, 12 SolaSpot 1500 Pro and Axon Pro HD media server, with the lighting rig controlled by trusty Hog Fullboar 4.Read More→

Andreas Gabalier Tours with Powerful HES Rig

Andreas Gabalier, or the 'Elvis of the Alps', like his fans call him, has finished his successful 2015 tour. LD Fink Andreas (Light.TheSign) and LD Michael Mayler created the fantastic lighting, video and stage design for this spectacle, which included 100 automated lighting instruments from High End Systems. Read More→

SHAPESHIFTERs Elevate Planetshakers' #LetsGo

In celebration of their new CD, #LetsGo, Planetshakers and Daystar Television Network joined forces to produce an exclusive live event – Planetshakers LIVE – the likes of which had never been attempted on Christian television. Read More→

Lifegate Church Upgrades With High End Systems Gear

Multi-site House of Worship Lifegate Church presents their contemporary message to multiple locations. Lifegate's Technical Director Robert Wilson records the service and delivers their message on disc to two other Omaha locations, as well as via web to overseas branch Novi Sad. Read More→

SHAPESHIFTERs Add Controlled Chaos To Mayhem Fest

Sponsored by ROCKSTAR Energy Drinks, this year's annual Mayhem Festival featured Slayer headlining the main stage, joined by King Diamond, Hellyeah and The Devil Wears Prada. The 2015 tour rocked 25 U.S. cities before winding down in August. Read More→

4Wall NY Adds HES SolaSpot Pro 1500 To Rental Inventory

During the recent LDI trade show in Las Vegas, leading stage lighting provider 4Wall Entertainment Lighting augmented its New York rental inventory with the purchase of 24 High End Systems SolaSpot Pro 1500 fixtures. Read More→

HOG FACTOR Champs Weigh In On Inaugural Lighting Design Competition

At the recent LDI trade show in Las Vegas, the LD team from Carnegie Mellon University emerged victorious in High End Systems' first HOG FACTOR lighting competition. Read More→

SHAPESHIFTERs Elevate Motley Crue Farewell Tour

The marathon Motley Crue Farewell Tour has rocked incredibly hard for the past 18 months, and will culminate with the band playing their final show in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve. Read More→

HOG Consoles Control Gala for China's Commemorations of WWII 70th Anniversary

On September 3rd, a grand cultural gala themed "Victory and Peace" was held as part of China's commemorations of the 70th anniversary of victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance. Read More→

SHAPESHIFTERs Add The Sizzle To The Glitch Mob Tour

Over the past decade, The Glitch Mob have turned heads and blown minds with their infectious electronic music. With laptops and MIDI controllers as their sonic weapons, the trio's technical chops are far above that of most mainstream musicians. Read More→

Hog Consoles Drive Alfa Future People EDM Festival

EDM Festivals have mushroomed in popularity and scale over the past few years, branching out to a global dance party existence. Recently, Russian EDM fans gathered in mass to groove at the Alfa Future People Project. Read More→

HHBC Renovates Lighting Rig With HES Solaspot Range

HHBC recently undertook a large renovation of the lighting in their worship center, and relied on High End Systems automated lighting products to update the visual side of their worship experience. Read More→

Solaspot Pro 1500s Frame Smoke + Mirrors World Tour

Imagine Dragons' Smoke + Mirrors World Tour is an ever evolving, high-energy production that has garnished rave reviews and thrilled fans across the globe during 2015. Read More→

Preworks Announces Sale of 500th HES Solaspot Pro 1500

Preworks, AED Distribution and High End Systems are proud to announce the sale of the 500th High End Systems Solaspot Pro 2000 fixture in the German/ Austrian/ Swiss region. Read More→

HES Hog 4 Controls Arbonne NTC Event

At a recent corporate extravaganza for beauty wellness corporation Arbonne at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas, High End Systems control products were used to control an expansive networked visual production. Read More→

Bandit Lites Augment Grizzlies Playoffs with SHAPESHIFTERs

Bandit Lites augmented FedExForum’s arena lighting package with high-energy lighting, including a dozen High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER C1 fixtures.Read More→

SHAPESHIFTERs Highlight EDC Festival Arches

The largest festival in North America, EDC brings 140,000+ attendees for each of its three nights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Read More→

Hog Consoles Control Herbert Gronemeyer Tour

For German megastar Herbert Gronemeyer's latest tour, show designer Gunther Hecker of CUE Design ( created an expansive performance environment for the artist by seamlessly blending lighting, video and moving stage elements. Read More→

Ungerleider Uses HES Hog Control To Drive Rush R40 Tour

Rush's amazing R40 Tour is in full swing across North America, and the show features the progressive rock icons taking audiences back in time. Read More→

Hillenkotter Uses Hog 4 Consoles To Control Multi-Media Show

High End Systems Hog li ghting control systems have long been the preferred console of many touring and television lighting designers, and LDs for corporate events shows have also embraced the Hog for their intricate presentations. Read More→

SHAPESHIFTERs Dazzle with Snoop Dog At iHeart Theatre

Snoop Dog rocked the iHeart Radio Theatre in Los Angeles with a filmed performance that featured some major bling courtesy of High End Systems SHAPESHIFTER C1 fixtures. Read More→

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