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QLab 4 Workshop

Performing Arts
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Program Information

Program Overview

QLab 4 makes it simple to create rich multimedia designs for live performances and installations. The software is used from Broadway to the West End, in churches, museums, store fronts, concert halls, and theatres around the world.

Figure 53 team members Sam Kusnetz (sound and projection designer) and Christopher Cahoon (developer) will give a complete tour of QLab 4, demonstrating its capabilities and discussing techniques and concepts for both designers and programmers.

What does the program offer?

The three-day workshop will start with a tour of the basic fundamentals of QLab 4, and will progress to include advanced topics such as the use of AU plugins, variable playback rate control, slicing and looping audio, and managing basic sound system tuning entirely within QLab. Video-related topics will include an introduction to QLab’s video capabilities, covering how to set up and use single screen surfaces as well as edge-blended multi-screen outputs, corner-pinning and mesh warping, use of live video effects, and projection animation techniques. Lighting-related topics will include creating instrument definitions, patching and cueing, and using QLab’s unique cue structure to your advantage when lighting a show.

Finally, the program will cover methods and techniques for being an effective, efficient programmer in tech rehearsals, such as using AppleScripts to improve your workflow, as well as advanced technical tools including configuring QLab systems for live backup redundancy, triggering QLab from external sources (as well as triggering those sources back), and a deep dive into QLab’s extensive OSC library.

Attendees are welcome (but not required) to bring a Mac laptop running OS 10.10 or later, and will be provided with a one week demo license of the full QLab 4 Bundle to use after the class for more experimentation.

Who should apply?

This workshop is ideal for anyone connected with sound and projectors for live presentations, such as designers, operators, stage managers, and composers. It would also be helpful for artists creating installations involving sound or projections (or both), technicians for corporate events, as well as choreographers, directors, and students.

Spaces in this program are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


What's Included

Single or Shared RoomRead MoreClose

When applying, choose between staying in a single or a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Full Flex Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Full Flex meal plan includes $38 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Workshop Fee
Shared Accommodation Package
Single Accommodation Package

A non-refundable registration fee of $135 will be charged upon registration. Banff Centre reserves the right to cancel a program up to seven days prior to program start date if there is insufficient enrolment. If the program is cancelled all registrants will receive a full refund of any program fees paid. Banff Centre is not liable for any personal/travel expenses incurred. 

CITT members are eligible for a 10% discount on workshop tuition only. Please provide your CITT member number in the comment section of the online application to receive the discount.

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Cancellation Policy

The Banff Centre reserves the right to cancel a program up to 7 days prior to program start date if there is insufficient enrolment. If the program is cancelled, all registrants will receive a full refund of any program fees paid. The Banff Centre is not liable for any personal/travel expenses incurred.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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