Every year, farmers, milk lovers and music fans flock to Ufa - the
dairy capital of Russia - to celebrate the Milk Music Festival. Festivalgoers
can learn about the dairy industry, interact with farm animals, take a spin on
amusement-park rides, and - of course - enjoy locally sourced dairy products.
One of the biggest draws to the festival is an open-air stage featuring folk
singing, dancing and musical groups. This year, the lighting for the
performances was controlled by an ETC Cobalt®
20 desk .
The Cobalt console was supplied by Kilowatt Rentals and Staging, who
thought the desk's exceptional busking capabilities would be perfect for the
Milk Media Festival. It controlled a rig full of moving lights, LED luminaires,
audience blinders and strobe lights.
The Festival was the first time
that Lighting Designer Yan Prokofyev had used a Cobalt desk. ETC Console
Trainer Vladimir Kraynov gave him a short lesson on Cobalt's features -
including creating palettes, presets and effects - and Prokofyev was ready to
light. In a small amount of time, they were able to focus and preprogram parts
of the Festival's lighting, and during the performances, Prokofyev controlled
the strobes, blinders and other effects on the fly. Cobalt's Content effects
were a powerful tool for busking, and the Channel layouts with intensity and
RGB color indication, along with Cobalt's intuitive syntax and Russian-language
interface, made for speedy operation. "The Cobalt hardware and control surfaces
are truly innovative and convenient," says Prokofyev.