Musical synthesizers create and combine a
variety of sounds, letting an accomplished musician play the
sounds together, to make an enthralling sonic experience.
Like a synthesizer for laser shows,
Pangolin's new LivePRO creates and combines beams, graphics and
abstracts, allowing accomplished laserists to play all of these
together, to make an enthralling visual experience.
LivePRO goes far beyond previous
live-performance laser software. You can layer up to four beam
and graphic cues at once. It's like going from playing one note
at a time, to three notes of a chord plus a melody.
For example, beam effects can be playing on tracks 1
and 2, while mirror ball effects are playing on track 3 and
graphic animations are playing on track 4. Or, have four
separate graphic tracks fade in and out, layering and
interacting at the same time on a single screen.
as a musical synthesizer has hundreds of preset sounds, LivePRO
gives you the tremendous variety of over 1700 preset cues at a
time. Each cue can contain an image, two separate effects, a
color sequence, and a beam sequence -- or any combination.
And just like a musical synthesizer allows you to
change the sound while you're playing, LivePRO allows you to
modify a cue's size, position, rotation, scan rate, color, and
other parameters live while you are playing the show.
time to switch from one cue to another, you don't have to
jump-cut. Smooth transitions include morphing, fading, zooming,
etc. You can even create your own transition effects.
In addition to the four tracks, LivePRO also
has two independent chasers. The Beam Chaser can target up to 64
different mirrors. The TTL Chaser is designed for optical tables
with actuators and it can also control external effects such as
rotating mirrors and fog machines. Both chasers let you control
the speed, direction, pattern and other chase parameters.
live music, the beat is the key. You can listen to the beat and
play LivePRO manually using the computer keyboard or one of the
controllers shown here. Or you can allow LivePRO to run itself.
Each group of 12 cues can have its own beat pattern. LivePRO can
then detect the musical beats and automatically trigger cues
according to the patterns that you define. LivePRO can also
change the size, position, color and other parameters based on
the amplitude and frequency content within the music. While
these automatic functions are running, you can change additional
parameters manually -- or just sit back and enjoy the show.
During the development of LivePRO, Pangolin
worked very closely with well-known laserists who routinely
produce live laser shows. Just read what they have to say about
back after BETA testing LivePRO during the past year, I just
can't see how we did a decent laser show without it! Every show
we do, we amaze people with its revolutionary ability to
generate layers of effects in a virtual 3D laser realm,
perfectly synchronized to the beat. It's so flexible, LivePRO
can be configured to do anything!"
-- Glenn Turner, Lasercorp, Australia
my creativity is not limited by the software anymore. If you are
into live laser shows, this is what you are looking for: Total
-- Hugo Bunk, LaserImage BV, The Netherlands
professional-level musical synthesizer, LivePRO isn't for
everyone. Some people may just want to play pre-recorded laser
shows using our award-winning Showtime program. Others may only
need the basic single-track capabilities of our Live! program.
But if you're ready for full four-track control of
laser visuals -- if you're ready for the world's most advance
visual laser synthesizer -- then LivePRO is ready for you.
available free for LD2000 Professional users. If
you have the Basic or Intro versions, you can
still get LivePRO for only $695.
LivePRO, contact any Pangolin
The few words and
pictures seen on this web page can not come close to showing all
that LivePRO can do, or the
excitement and intensity that your customers will experience
when they view lasers controlled by LivePRO. So Pangolin
is providing a 26MB Movie file that shows LivePRO in
The video shows master laserist Glenn Turner demonstrating
LivePRO at the 2003 Pangolin meeting in Amsterdam. During the
taping of this event, Glenn Turner had not heard this music
before and in fact, this music is a very difficult piece with
which to perform a laser show, because of the many timing and
mood changes throughout the song. Nevertheless, Glenn is able to
show the basics of LivePRO including the beat system,
zooming, rotation, multiple tracks, multiple scanners, snapshots, and controlling LivePRO with the
computer keyboard, mouse and MIDI controller.
This video was shot by Peter Heyt of !FX Laser Productions
(creator of the "Again" and "Eternity" laser shows provided with
LD2000). It was originally shot with Hi-8 in PAL format, and
then converted to VHS, and then to NTSC, and then finally to WMV
format. Because of this, the video quality is not that great...
In addition, Peter was taping this from a cramped location using
a handheld camera. He did his best to try to get all of the
important content on tape, often rotating the camera to capture
both the laser and computer screen. Originally, this tape was
intended for Peter's own private use and was never intended to
be a highly polished piece for general distribution. At some
point in the future, we will have a better demo of LivePRO. In
the mean time, we have had so many requests for this video that
we decided to make it available to clients. We hope that you
enjoy it and we give special thanks to Peter for graciously
providing it to Pangolin.
Note: You can click on the link above to
view the movie, or right click the link and select "Save Target
As" to download it.