This is one of my favorite books. Whenever I see/hear/talk about this book, I have to go back and read the history chapter again just for fun.Automated Lighting, by Richard Cadena. Focal Press, 2006, does a very good job of documenting the history of moving lights.
In the middle, before Elation became the parent company, LSD (Lighitng and Sound Design) was the brand name for most AMDJ controllers. Also, Elation makes/imports higher quality stuff under their own name than the stuff than it imports under the AMDJ name. They still do "steal" alot of their designs for lighting instruments, but they've also got alot of their own designs.
Thanks! Even though this is a necroposted thread, I'm always up for talking about lighting history! Always fun to learn more.I'm moving this thread to from "Off-topic" to "Lighting," as I feel it deserves a more prominent place.
I think "Moto-Yoke" sounds familiar. The fixture bases were black, as were the yokes, and looked suprisingly similar to a mirror ball motor case, only larger and upside down. Sort of like a heavy duty turntable motor for retail display, if you're familiar with those.Van, that sounds like you are describing the controller for the MAC ACR, not the PanCan (as the PanCan didn't have a dedicated controller). Was the "fixture" base round and red, about 18" in diameter?
It could have also been a Moto-Yoke, by Dyna-Might Sound and Light--I never saw a controller for one of those.
Our beloved Strand Lighting had, in the 1980s, the ParScan, a moving PARcan, which most people nicknamed the ParScam, due to the fixture's lack of reliability.
The Cadena book says the same thing - when they powered the whole 55-light system up for the first time, they tested the movement, and didn't realize the power that moving beams of light would have.Oh and for what it's worth.... I was talking to Gordon one day about the "History of moving lights" he told me one of the funniest things about Vari-Lites was that when they first demonstrated the things to Genesis, they were intended to only be a fixture capable of "refocusing" in the middle of a show. It was purely an accident when someone left the shutters open on a bank of them, and then moved them to their next position. Apparently everyone went nuts, "Do it again Do it again" and the rest is history