When Road Hog debuted this past spring, Ross Williams was first in line to purchase one in the UK. A freelance moving light operator for concerts, TV music shows, live events, theatre, quiz/game shows, Williams saw Road Hog as a natural addition to his fleet of Wholehog products.
""I started with the Wholehog 1," Williams explains, diving back into history. "Then of course I graduated to the Wholehog 2. The Road Hog is the perfect replacement for Hog 2. It's good value for the money. I couldn't believe how inexpensive it was,Ē Williams says.
Williams graduated to the Wholehog 3 last year and, as head programmer for the 2006 Olympic ceremonies, he specified four of the consoles to run all lighting for the opening and closing ceremonies. But not all shows are Olympic-sized.
"Most of my work is either very large or very small. I like using Wholehog 3 for the large shows, while Road Hog is smaller and benefits from all the development. Itís built from proven software. Itís got the power of the Wholehog 3 software, so the software is more mature, more experienced, but itís got new hardware, new components. Itís built from familiarity, so itís not reinventing the wheel, and Iím not starting over to relearn a new console. And itís small. When Iím in a little control area, like I have for many of the TV shows I do, I need to be able to fit it in and because of the familiarity of the board, I donít even have to look at what Iím doing.Ē
Williams likes the ability to interchange shows between Hog products. ďIf I have a small show on the Road Hog and then need to pump it up for a larger version of the show, I can take my same program to the Wholehog 3. It also works the other way Ė I can scale down a large Hog 3 show to a smaller version on Road Hog. All my work wonít be undone.Ē
When his Road Hog arrived, he took it out the very day and used it on a show. ďThatís the beauty of the console. Itís instantly familiar. Iíve stayed with Hog products because Iíve never found another brand Iím comfortable with,Ē Williams says.
Debi Moen, HES marketing communications specialist, phone 512-836-2242 x 1204.
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