Our product history part 1
- Category: Laser hardware
As I said in my previous blog post, we started out by developing Fiesta 2 software. It’s the base of the latter Fiesta.NET software, which is used till now...
The first hardware device we tried to develop was multipurpose laser show player. It was actually the reason why we started Showtacle as a company. It was an old idea, to be able to play laser shows without the computer, but we wanted to add quite a lot of nice features. It was supposed to do almost everything (maybe except making coffee). It was meant to be able to play laser shows from SD card along with music. It was supposed to be able to even record laser shows and store them. And there was also an USB port for real time control. Unfortunately, it was just too much for us to manage at the start. And, after 6 months of development, we had to give up on it.
This is how you end up, if you’re planning to produce something great right from the beginning
In 2007 I talked with one client from Brazil. He wanted some cheap laser show controller with software. That’s why we’ve developed Moncha software with Moncha device. It was quite popular, because the software is really easy to use and it was not expensive. We’ve sold more than 1000 of these USB devices till today and it’s still being used quite a lot.
|Easy to use software with USB controller – great for beginners or small clubs|
Our first company dream to produce laser show player was fulfilled in 2008. We named the product Laser Show Jukebox. I think it’s a very good device even today (although we don’t produce it anymore). It’s able to play laser shows at up to 100000pps along with high-quality audio (44.1 kHz, 16bit, stereo). It’s even possible to control it over DMX and synchronize more of the devices to play laser shows for more lasers. But seems like it’s not as interesting for the clients, we haven’t sold many of them.
|Our final Laser Show Jukebox|
Since we did a lot of parties in the past, we often used quite a lot of lasers (e.g. for Tiesto, Paul van Dyk, …). It was almost impossible with PCI cards. That’s why we usually used USB devices. But one computer was not able to fit more than 4 of these USB devices. That’s why we’ve used 3 separate computers for 12 lasers back then. All 3 computers run Fiesta software. But one was master sending the commands to the other 2 computers over Midi. You can imagine it was quite complicated to make it all work.
That’s why we developed LaserMatrix device. Generally, it’s laser signal splitter with ability to control size, position and brightness of every 8 outputs separately. It uses 80 DMX channels(!). It has 4 inputs and you can split every one of these 4 inputs to any of the 8 outputs. All is controlled over DMX so it was even possible to use it using DMX consoles. I know it seems too complicated today, but it was a great idea in 2009. And it was awarded by the first place at ILDA conference (Fenning ILDA award for technical achievement). Yes, we’re proud about it till today :) ...
|Maros came to this idea while walking to the toilet at Shanghai Prolight exhibition :D|
The device was used at almost all of our laser shows. It was used quite a lot by Kvant and we also did some shows for them. One was also awarded by the ILDA award.