Top Stage Management Apps

Corralling actors, scheduling and keeping track of props, running digital tools such as our dimmer packs and our wireless DMX devices, which use Lumen Radio’s CRMX technology, are all a part of the life a stage manager. These and countless other tasks must be performed and hopefully executed with military style precision in order to have a successful show. To further complicate matters, a different setup is often required with each new production. So, how can stage managers simplify the process without missing critical steps? The same way many of us administer our lives and work – with the use of technology. Here are a few of the top stage management apps.

  • Focuster: As we’ve already said, stage managers have a lot of tasks to perform with every production. This is why it takes a tremendous amount of focus and organization to pull off even the simplest performance. Focuster helps by automatically scheduling your to-do list in your calendar. Moreover, it helps you focus by prioritizing tasks helping you to create a hierarchy of duties.
  • Stage Manager: Stage Manager is a free app that helps you to plan events, concerts and shows from your mobile phone. It is the perfect app for producers.
  • Barbizon’s Electrician’s Handbook: This app, which is available for iOS and Android, is a great reference tool for stage managers who may be a technologically challenged. It gives the user access to every bit of reference material related to wires and cables, lighting fixtures, lamps, color, patterns, pipes, knots, and more.
  • eSET: The world of theater and stage production has a very specific and complicated language all its own. eSET provides the user with a glossary of over 2,000 industry terms covering everything from set dressing to sound effects to lighting, etc. The app is great for newcomers or for pros who want to refresh their memory on some aspect of theater production.
  • Rehearsal 2: This powerful app lets cast and crew organize their scripts for auditions and on set. It has even been used by actors on the sets of such shows as “Heroes” and “CSI.” The app even allows voice performers to audition wherever they are and to email these performances as MP3s.stage manager

We know what you are probably thinking. These apps were not available in the time of Shakespeare. Well, the theater world and the technology that supports it has gotten far more complicated than it was in those days. It is very difficult to keep every aspect of a given play organized in one’s head. These apps can help stage managers perform their duties. We can also help by providing you with state-of-the-art technology and by providing you with Strand Dimmer repair services.

Omni-Directional vs. Directional Antennas: What are the Differences?

One of the disadvantages of technology is that it sometimes makes certain choices more difficult even while hardware like our Cintenna portable DMX wireless system is itself relatively easy to use. For example, once you have installed one of our wireless, Omni-directional DMX units into the DMX input of your lighting device, you may still have to decide which kind of antenna is best for you – directional or Omni-directional. Here are some differences between the two kinds of antenna.

Omni-Directional vs. Directional Antennas

Omni-directional antennas, as the name suggests, radiate and receive energy equally well in all directions. Think of this kind of antenna as working like a lamp. The light from a lamp radiates outward in all directions. However, this 360 degree transmission is not always either required or desirable for light engineers. Sometimes a technician may desire that the available energy radiated by an antenna be pinpointed in a particular direction. In this case, a directional antenna would be more suitable. Directional antennas allow RF energy to be focused in a particular direction. This would be desirable, for example, if a technician needed the transmission to be focused in areas such as hallways, long corridors, isle structures with spaces in between, etc.

The Pros and Cons of Each

No technology solution is ever perfect nor is technology always one size fits all. Both kinds of antennas have their advantages and disadvantages and it is up to the light technician to figure which is more appropriate for his or her needs. Since directional antenna need to face particular areas in which coverage is needed it can sometimes lead to mounting challenges. Moreover, directional antennas have less angular coverage by their very nature than Omni-directional antennas. The advantage they have over Omni-directional antennas is that they are usually more powerful. On the other hand, there are Omni-directional antennas. The advantages to them are that they are generally easier to install and they do not face the mounting challenges that directional antennas do plus they cover a broader area. One disadvantage is that they generally have less range than directional antennas do. In either case, it takes a careful assessment of exactly what is needed for your production to determine which is the most suitable. We can help you fulfill those needs with our Strand dimmers and our Strand dimmer repair service as well as our DMX devices. We can also help you lower production cost with our equipment rentals.  cintenna