Visual Productions Cuety
My fetish for all things tech is quite widely known. Why on earth would you use a simple light switch when you could hook up a router, a network connection and an app! Perhaps it’s just me…
Earlier on in the year, as I have already written about in my QSC Touchmix review (issue 73), my daughter was in a school production of Joseph. I, in my position as Super Dad (and go-to school sound and lighting bod) was roped in asked to do the sound and lighting for this magnificent production. With the Touchmix taking good care of the sound, I needed to find a high tech solution to control the lights and ideally meet the desire to have my whole life controllable by an app!
I turned to the library in the sky, Google, and it didn’t take long to whittle down the options. The key thing for me was it had to be iPad controllable, as space was a real issue in the primary-school hall. I had no desk space, so had to mount it on an arm floating above the sound desk. It also had to control both moving heads and a variety of LED par cans. The stand-out option was Cuety by Visual Productions.
So what is Cuety? Rather than attempt to explain in my own words, it makes more sense to quote the Visual Productions sales blurb as they have described it so succinctly: ‘Cuety is a new generation lighting controller that turns your iPad into a powerful lighting console. Easy to use and budget friendly, Cuety enables you to take full advantage of the iPad’s mobility and multi-touch display. The controller has full support for moving heads, LEDs, conventional lighting and DMX controlled special effects’.
To set up a lighting system controlled by Cuety you need three things: the Cuety LPU-1 control box, a wireless router (not supplied) and an iPad (not supplied) running the Cuety App. The LPU-1 has its own power supply and then links in to your wireless router via a standard Ethernet cable. There are two versions of the app: Cuety, which allows you to setup, program and run your lightshow, and a simplified version, Cuety Remote, which offers a bank of cue buttons to fire off your pre-programmed cues. It’s worth noting that Cuety Remote is also available for iPhone, so you can use an iPad to program your show, but then run it discretely from anywhere in a room with your phone!
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The full review can be found in Pro Mobile Issue 75, Pages 90 - 91.