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 Lighting Tools

Basic Design Theories for Theatrical Lighting and Its Application

This pamphlet, created by Dean A. Sternke of Mainstage Theatrical Supply, Inc., provides basic information on theatrical lighting, and includes drawings and descriptions/photos of equipment used for production lighting. An added section, originally written for a Church publication, deals with lighting "noise". This is a PDF file, which requires Adobe Acrobat to view.

Use the Mainstage Beam Analyzer to calculate intensity, field and diameter size for your ellipsoidals and pars.

Online Pattern Catalogs
Lee Filters:Steel, Mesh, Standard & Custom Prints
Rosco Laboratories: Steel, Silk Screened, Spectrumgobos, Prismatics, Colorwaves, Image Glass, Colorizers, Standard & Custom
Apollo: Steel, Glass, ColorScenic, Standard & Custom

 Curtain, Track, and Rigging Tools

Mainstage Curtain Specification

The specification provides a written Section 11060, in Word format, that describes curtain construction, track selection and installation methods for the competitive bidding of stage curtains for most facilities. Can be easily edited for your project.File size: 66K (Word document)

Fire safety is an important issue. Our manufactured stage curtains are flame retardant, however much of the fabric sold separately is not. Please download our Entertainment Fire Safety Brochure for information on treating fabric and paint for fire retardancy.

H&H Specialties Online Catalogs - Mainstage is pleased to offer the H&H Specialties online catalogs, showing their complete line of curtain tracks and rigging hardware including typical drawings of rigging systems.



Download Curtain Catalogs

Download Rigging Catalogs

 Mainstage Brochures and Other Useful Resources

Mainstage Catalog

Mainstage Architectural Lighting Brochure

 DIY Training Tools
ETC: Video presenting product releases, equipment tutorials and Bobblehead Fred

STRAND: Palette training videos: a series of 38 videos which include the following sujects: console layout, hardware setup, show options, patching, simple control, fixture check, cues, moving light control


 Manufacturer Software Updates


ETC announces the release of SmartSoft™, SmartFade® and SmartFade ML v3.0.0 software. It includes a number of bug fixes and new features, described below. Additionally, SmartSoft is now compatible with Windows Vista 64-bit and Windows 7 64-bit operating systems for live connection to either a SmartFade or SmartFade ML console.

Palette OS Release Notes V10.8


Education Center


EOS, ION, Element – v1.7.0 Classic_Palette

Congo & Congo  Jr – v6

Smartfade v2.0.1

SmartSoft PC Application v2.0.1 congojr

SmartSoft MAC Application v2.0.1

SmartfadeML v2.1.1

Express Console v3.1.1 (final version)

PaletteOS v10.6.2: For all palette consoles Smartfad

Vision.Net Architectural Control Software v2.0

High End Systems:
WholeHog3 (Link to newest version)

WholeHog3PC (Link to newest version) RoadHog FullBoar

RoadHog newest version (Link to newest version)

RoadHog Full Boar (Link to newest version)

Hog iPC (Link to newest version)