Saturday, December 16, 2017

Console Cocktails

Illuminating while Intoxicating

Cocktail #8: Converting Showfiles and ShirleyTemples

Posted by Cat On January - 30 - 2012

This time we take a look at the new grandMA1 to grandMA2 showfile conversion utility, and then we give a classic drink an adult update.

You can download the MA Showfile converter for free at

Recipe: Converted Shirley Temple


6 oz. Reeds Extra Ginger Brew

1 splash Rose’s Grenadine

1 Shot Domaine de Canton Ginger Liquor

1 Shot 42 Below Vodka

Maraschino Cherry for garnish

Combine the ingredients in a glass with ice and stir (don’t shake). Add a cherry or two for garnish.

Please Enjoy!

Cocktail #7: Smells like Bacon

Posted by Cat On December - 16 - 2010

Besides serving up the recipes you submitted for a Wholehog colored cocktail, we include a video covering all of the Wholehog 3 OPEN key shortcuts.

We received four suggestions for a Wholehog flavored cocktail, so we included all of them in the video. Thank you to everyone who participated and Enjoy!

Want to watch this in HD? Watch it on Vimeo.

Cocktail suggestions came from @cynicalgrim, @xedmada, @housetohalf at @lightjams.

Additional Training Videos

Posted by Cat On December - 1 - 2010

In the past few weeks, I’ve added a couple of new sections to the ConsoleCocktails site. These pages include embedded console training videos that I’ve created in addition to the podcast videos. There are three sections:

  • grandMA2 videos: These are the brand spankin’ new videos I made for MA Lighting. They’re so new, in fact, that not all of them are available online yet. As MA releases each video into the wild, I’ll add it to this site as well- so you’ll want to check back.
  • Wholehog 3 videos: These are a bit older, but you might still find them helpful
  • Other products: Videos on using Pixellage and the Axon Media Server’s CMA app
  • Note: you can also find the Wholehog/Pixellage/CMA videos on High End Systems’ website. The grandMA2 videos are also available on MA Lighting’s YouTube channel.
    Thanks for watching!

    Here’s a sample of one of the grandMA2 training videos:

    Video 9: Special Dialog- Colour + Shaper from Cat West on Vimeo.

    Cocktail #5: HTP, LTP and Gummi Bears

    Posted by Cat On March - 11 - 2010

    This time we’re talking about priority levels when you have multiple playbacks and how to determine which will win. We’re also having drunken gummi bears… which are always full of win. Thanks to Aron Altmark for the suggestion!

    Cocktail #3: Squintin’ at the grandMA2

    Posted by Cat On December - 16 - 2009

    During LDI, we got together with Brian Dowd of ACT Lighting and Justin Lang of to talk about the grandMA2 and what’s new with the hardware and the software. Justin conducted this interview as part of a longer podcast for I brought along my camera (cause you just never know) and got some video that I thought was pretty interesting. You’ll need to watch iSquint for the full podcast next month, but this Cocktail will certainly get you thirsty for more.

    FYI – the Dirty Pete Cocktail is…

    3 parts vodka
    1 part Dry Vermouth
    2 parts Olive Juice (ok, 1 part if you like – just don’t use that premade dirty martini mix: use the brine out of the olive jar)
    5 dashes of Hot Sauce (Pete’s Hot Sauce is recommended, but substitute as needed)
    At least 2 Olives


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    Cocktail #2: Doin’ Shots at LDI

    Posted by Cat On November - 25 - 2009

    I decided to have an impromptu meetup during LDI to film an episode on what we saw on the exhibit hall floor. Lucky for me, Daphne Mir (@lekogirl), Peter Kirkup (@pkirkup) and Aron Altmark (@AronAltmark) were kind enough to answer the Twitter call! The result is a cute, and often times SILLY video recap of new products and swag!

    Production Note: Joe was not able to be in this video because he was giving grandMA 2 demos like crazy!
    Thanks again guys!

    Cocktail #1: Busk Busk Baby

    Posted by Cat On November - 5 - 2009

    In our first episode, we talk about what “busking” on a console means, and offer up some suggestions on how to set up a simple busking showfile. This topic was suggested by Jim Galvin. Suggest your own topic, or send us a question for the series via our new form.

    Of course, the cocktail in this episode is the grandMAr2ni.


    Posted by Cat On November - 4 - 2009

    To prove how excited I get over little things… I give you the “Console Cocktails” theme. 13 seconds of pure amateur MAGIC. Actually, I’m a little embarrassed about how long it took me to make this. Sheesh.

    Happy Halloween

    Posted by Cat On November - 1 - 2009

    At the last minute we threw together some Halloween decorations for our front porch. Since there’s a console and a cocktail involved, we figured you might enjoy seeing it. Plus, there’s some cute trick-or-treaters.

    PS: After the video, we added Voyant Chai Liquor to the pumpkin spice martinis, and it was even better.