‘Twas The Night of the Load Out

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‘Twas the night of the load out and all through backstage
Not a creature stood still, the crew all engaged
A late night was later, a delayed load-out
One guy was so mad he got a case of the gout!

The cases were lined up and ready for gear
To take down from truss and placed in, no fear
“Unhook the safeties, unmount the clamps
Deal with that pile, shake off your cramps”

As the movers were held, surrounded with foam
Rolled away in a Northern Case, on their way home
“Load these in Santa’s truck” the crew chief yelled out
“You know the drill…first in, last out.”

“Now on crew members, on techs, and you – video guy
Don’t pretend you don’t hear me, don’t even try
The sooner we’re done, the sooner we’ll leave
And back to our loved ones on this Christmas Eve”

The gear was all loaded, the truss taken down
Ready for the next gig over in the next town
The crew chief looked out on this truck of lights
and said “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Creative Stage Lighting’s Dura-Flex™ Cable and Cable Assemblies Now UL Listed

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We’re happy to announce our UL-listed Dura-Flex™ cable assemblies. Not just the cable. Not just the connectors. The entire assembly! When you have a Dura-Flex cable assembly you can be sure that what you have meets the highest safety standards established by Underwriters Laboratories.

With increasingly stringent safety certification demands on tours, portable power distribution, installations, and productions, it’s easier to stay ahead of safety standards using cables produced by Creative Stage Lighting.

Cable styles include:

  • 19-pin multicables
  • Breakins and breakouts
  • 7-pin motor cables
  • Pin and sleeve
  • and more!

Dura-Flex single pole (feeder cable assemblies) are available as UR, Underwriter’s Recognized.

Dura-Flex assemblies continues its cable without compromise stance with a durable, flexible proprietary jacket and paper-tape slipping agent. Both features make Dura-Flex™ stand-up to extreme conditions and provides maximum flexibility.

Dura-Flex™ —a complete cable solution! Learn more or contact us for a quote.

39 Years of Being Creative

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On May 2, 2016, Creative Stage Lighting celebrated its 39th birthday. Like any birthday, we took a moment to reflect on our time in business and the journey from our beginnings to the company we are today.

Next year we’ll be 40, which will be a huge milestone for CSL. It wouldn’t be possible without all of you: our loyal customers and clients for nearly four decades. Thank you.

CSL at the Long Lake Central School Career Fair

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CSL at the Long Lake Central School Career Fair

We were so happy to be included in the Long Lake Central School career fair! Creative Stage Lighting and other companies from the Adirondacks were asked to come speak with students. We discussed what Creative Stage Lighting is all about, the kinds of skills we look for when hiring, and what the entertainment lighting industry is like!

We’re Bringing Hog 4 Training To the Pacific Coast Entertainment Open House

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Hog4 PCE

Going to the Pacific Coast Open House? Enjoy the fun, games, and new tech at the open house and then learn the ins and outs of HOG 4 from Creative Stage Lighting.

Class Times

  • 6/24: 10AM – 6PM
  • 6/25: 10AM – 4PM

Hour lunch break each day


7601 Woodwind Drive
Huntington Beach, CA

Course Price: $499.99

Space is LIMITED.1 For more information please see CSL’s Training page. You can also sign-up online.

Sign-up online

  1. Registrations not final until payment has been received. Please see sign-up form for details. Course subject to meeting registration number requirements. Registrations closed at eight students. 

HOG 4 OS 3.0 Is Out

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High End Systems has released version 3.0 of their HOG 4 software. This release can run on Hog 4, Full Boar 4, Road Hog 4, Nano Hog 4, Hog 4PC, Hedge Hog 4/4S/4N/4X, and RackHog 4.

New features include:


Users can now build graphical 2-dimension fixture plots in their show files, allowing for quick and easy fixture selection and basic feedback. See section 20 of the Hog 4 OS help manual for more details.

Pixel Mapping

Console operators can now use the plot window to create PixelMaps that can then be used to display video or still image content on fixtures. Custom content is also supported for import into the console for PixelMapping playback. See section 20.4 of the Hog 4 OS help manual for more details.

Inhibitive Submaster Adjustment using Choose + Encoder

Users can now adjust the intensity level of an inhibitive submaster by holding down the choose key for that inhibitive submaster (or hold down the onscreen display for that master on the playback bar) and turning the appropriate main encoder wheel labeled “intensity”. This enables user to be able to adjust inhibitive submitters assigned to masters that don’t have physical faders.

New Uses for PIG key in File Browser

Holding pig while selecting files or folders in the the file browser now adds those files and/or folders to the selection one-by-one as if holding the control key on an external keyboard (in previous software versions hold pig while selecting files and/or folders mimicked holding the shift on a keyboard). Also, now holding the pig key while selecting a single folder in the file browser will select the folder instead of entering the folder.

Front Panel HID Mode Improvements

After upgrading the console to v3.0.0 the console front panel will enter HID mode ONLY when Pig+Fan+Cursor Up are held. If additional keys are held the console will not enter HID mode. Also following the upgrade the blind key LED will continually blink anytime the console front panel is set to HID mode.

Hog 4 Center Wheel Improvements

The Hog 4 console’s center wheel now adjusts single dmx integer parameters such as media folder and media file by a value of 1 with each click of the center wheel’s direct control wheel. The center wheel’s shuttle control wheel still works the same as before.

This release also includes a number of bug fixes.

To upgrade use the download links on High End’s website for your console.


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High End Systems is putting on “The Hog Factor” – a National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition.

The top teams in the country will be brought to LDI 2015 in Las Vegas where they will compete to win school prizes such as a Hog 4 console (worth $44,000), a $20,000 Scholarship and a personal Internship at High End Systems with the chance for full-time following a successful trial period!

Phase 1 is in progress now and will close on July 31st. Submit a virtualized light show programmed to one of the following songs to compete.

  • Uprising- Muse
  • Bring Me To Life – Evanescence
  • Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson / Bruno Mars

The final competition will be held at LDI 2015!

Learn more at http://www.highend.com/hogfactor.

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