About Us

Innovation and creativity from a grass roots level
We at High End Systems Inc. are proud to call ourselves an ETC company as of April, 2017. Our offices are located in Austin, TX as they have been for years. Combined with ETC we represent one of the most powerful entertainment lighting manufacturers around the globe. Now in our fourth decade of operation, we’re proud to be a pioneer in high power LED automated lighting, a pioneer in digital lighting fixtures, and producer of industry preferred lighting controllers for live event and concert touring applications.

At High End, we innovate and create the lighting products and control systems that illuminate some of the world's biggest artists on the largest stages. Our portfolio also contains film and television studios, cruise ships, corporate events, theme parks, churches, restaurants and retail spaces.

We attribute our success to staying in touch with the needs of our customers and community. Product research and development is an ongoing collaboration between in-house engineers and lighting professionals in the field and this collaboration is largely to thank for our status as a major industry innovator and intellectual property holder.

As members of the entertainment community, we know reliability is paramount. We maintain rigorous manufacturing standards, while providing industry-leading customer support services.

ETC and High End together, known for innovation and creativity, promise to bring bigger and better things to you for many, many years to come.

 

Timeline

High End Systems Inc. began as a grassroots venture in Austin, TX between a musician, a DJ, and a photographer. Our mission has always been to provide quality lighting products with great service. We’ve gone on to become a global industry leader and innovative force by introducing a series of ground-breaking new technologies that helped define the industry.

1988

The Color Pro color-changing luminaire with dichroic glass filters offered a longer-lasting, color-rich alternative to traditional gels. Our dichroic lab was created specifically to maintain strict color tolerances for this and other products to come.

1990

Our automated Intellabeam moving mirror fixture arrived and soon became an industry standard. Its use on Dire Straits' 1991 tour propelled us into the concert touring industry.

1992

In 1992 High End Systems introduced the Trackspot, an affordable and reliable automated luminaire that brought intelligent lighting to a massive group of new users. With its $6 lamp, Trackspot redefined value in the entertainment lighting industry; in fact most Trackspots are still in use today!

1994

The Cyberlight automated luminaire answered the industry call for more power and reliability. It offered many new advanced features, as well as unprecedented accuracy and manageability in a moving mirror fixture. The Cyberlight also featured the first LithoPatterns, a ground-breaking advancement in optical film from our own optical lab.

1996

The Studio Color 575 became the first moving-yoke wash fixture widely available for purchase. Its versatility, power and quiet operation made it a touring favorite but also appealed to new markets, such as television, film and theatre.

1997

A year after the introduction of the seminal Studio Color wash light, High End released the Studio Spot 575, a companion hard-edged fixture that completed the company’s moving yoke arsenal.

1999

The award-winning Wholehog lighting control system family, became part of the High End Systems product line with the acquisition of Flying Pig Systems. This gave customers a completely integrated lighting and control solution.

2001

High End’s first new fixture of the new millennium was the x.Spot (later the x.Spot Extreme) which offered an unprecedented feature set and made a dramatic impact on the industry.

2002

High End Systems blazed new trails into the world of digital lighting, introducing the Catalyst Media Server.

2003

The DL.1 digital light engine was introduced to complement the Catalyst Media Server and offered lighting designers an unprecedented level of creativity, flexibility and efficiency. For the theatre market, High End Systems introduced two gel-free products: ColorCommand dichroic color-mixing wash luminaire and the ColorMerge dichroic color mixing accessory for the ETC Source Four, both providing color that never fades.

2004

The DL.2 digital light engine was introduced. With its integrated media server, lighting designers were offered an efficient and more powerful tool for creativity.

2005

High End Systems surprised the industry by debuting a new automated wash luminaire, the Studio Command 700. The industry's first hybrid console, Hog iPC, was unveiled to popular acclaim, allowing programmers to use two different software platforms on one console.

2006

The highly-anticipated Hog3PC were released, offering programmers even more control choices. Catalyst v4 Media Server and Software was also introduced, adding even more features and effects to what has become an industry-standard media server for digital content. Studio Command H, the Halogen version, and Studio Command 1200 debuted to offer professionals even more choices in automated wash luminaires. The Axon Media Server also answered a need, offering the graphics engine of the DL.2 but in a rack-mount version.

2007

A new breed of Hog, the Road Hog console, debuted in spring to offer powerful control for smaller shows and at a price that's just right. The Hog family continues to grow... Meanwhile in June, HES unveiled the SHOWGUN, a hybrid automated luminaire that offers hard edge and soft edge wash beams, all in one compact unit. An LED Tracking System encircling the lens gives the fixture a unique look. The year ended with the launch of the Road Hog and Full Boar consoles, offering users more expandability.

2008

DL.3 takes digital lighting to the next level with a higher output and new features. Plus, a new product category is born: Pixelation Luminaires. The first LED product in this category debuted as SHOWPIX, with a smaller version, StudioPix, joining it a few months later. SHOWGUN 2.5 also debuted, offering 30 percent more light output than its predecessor. In June High End Systems was acquired by Belgium-based Barco Inc. High End Systems remains close to its roots, developing new technology in tandem with experts in the field. We remain dedicated to serving the industry as well as shaping its future. Hog 3 ran the video servers for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

2012

In 2012, High End Systems launched the latest breed of Wholehog consoles, the HOG4. An instant hit in the lighting industry, HOG4 desks immediately found their way to countless concert tours, television studios and mega-events like the Olympics. Since its launch, HES software engineers have diligently rolled out new OS versions of this state-of-the-art control platform.

2013

The game-changing SolaSpot Pro CMY was introduced in 2013, marking the company’s shift to all LED lighting products. LD’s found the fixture’s bright white LED engine and HES dichroic filters to be a perfect match in this new LED world.

2014

The Hog 4 was selected to operate the 2014 Olympics opening ceremonies and the SolaSpot CMY debuted.

2015

SolaSpot Pro 1500, the company’s new ‘go-to’ workhorse automated spot luminaire was released, and designers could now clearly see that LED automated fixtures can compete with metal halide lamp sources.

2016

High End launched the flagship automated spot luminaire, SolaSpot 2000.