Zero 88 Ramps Up Online Consultations & Training Opportunities

With lockdowns continuing worldwide in a global attempt to beat the Coronavirus pandemic, U.K. lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 has ramped up its available online consultations and training opportunities. The schedule includes 42 Zoom training sessions each month, which will run for as long as the crisis lasts.

Zero 88 product manager Jon Hole comments, “With the whole live music, events, and performance industry shut down … we want to be as positive, forward-thinking, and helpful as we can to anyone who is already using or keen to know more about some of the core Zero 88 products.”

The Zero 88 home page has full details of what’s available and interested parties can sign up on the spot.

The 42 Zoom training sessions are divided into 10 categories – which are scheduled to be repeated over the monthly period, offering different time slots and also ensuring that those in different time zones can join in.

Sessions last between one and three hours and will cover a wide range of topics related to Zero’s award-winning FLX and FLX S series of lighting consoles.

The topic categories start from entry-level, which are designed to get users up-and-running with an FLX-S desk including patching and basic programming, moving on to more intermediate elements like programming cues into playbacks, cue settings, editing, etc.

The more advanced will explore sophisticated functions like Tracking; DMX / RDM and Ethernet Networking.

The tracking session explores the theory and the jargon which is explained using everyday terminology. It can be seen in action and participants can learn how it can be a very powerful tool for any production.

The DMX / RDM session includes key terminology, common questions like ensuring RDM doesn't cause lights to flicker and investigates how RDM can save hours of work!

Ethernet Networking will examine Ethernet protocols (including sACN, RDMnet, LLRP and Art-Net) which are introduced, reviewed and objectively compared, and there’ll also be an insight of all the "free extra features" with Ethernet.

These advanced sessions are also applicable to most other lighting consoles as well as a key to understanding the full power and potential of the FLX series.

All sessions will include with handy hacks and practical tips for speeding up programming time in relation to some of the console’s settings and defaults.

In addition to the Zoom sessions – presented by Edward Smith, Tyler Holpin, and Jon Hole – one-to-one consultations are also available with Zero 88’s technical support team who will call by request on a convenient number at the best time.

Plus, there is also a wealth of other tuition available to watch on Zero 88’s YouTube channel including FLX and FLX S console training, and series of 44-second ‘video snaps’ aimed at “Simplifying Jargon” where some of the most commonly used verbiage in lighting programming is demystified and explained simply with the assistance of clear voiceovers and graphics.
On top of all these options, Zero 88’s Forum is a vibrant space for end-users to engage, chat and support each other, together with valuable up-to-the-minute input from the Zero 88 team.

Jon and the technical Team – Tyler Holpin, Edward Smith, Keith Rogers and Nathanael Orr – are then offering complete bespoke training sessions tailored to specific groups (e.g. venues, rental companies, students, universities etc.) and their particular requirements. Reach out via to get connected to the team.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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