Martin RUSH MH3’s and Mulitbeam 2’s an ideal corporate solution
Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Sydney based production-company Creative Lighting & Audio has added four Martin RUSH MH3 Beam lights and a couple of RUSH Multibeam 2 effects lights to its inventory.
Director Andre Kecskes found his corporate clients were asking for them and rather than continue to sub-hire the fixtures, he decided it would be more profitable to buy his own.
The RUSH MH 3 Beam is a powerful beam moving head that blasts an intense and narrow long-throw beam for spectacular mid-air looks and effects. It houses a fixed gobo wheel and colour wheel with a multitude of effects possible from a dimmer, strobe effect, 8-facet prism and focus.
“What I really like about them is the fact that they are comparable with much more expensive beam lights,” said Andre. “Their movement is good and they’re not noisy. We’ve not had any issues with the, once they are addressed they work.”
Andre purchased a couple of RUSH Multibeam 2 to add effects and basically a few different looks to his corporate set ups.
“They’re very easy to handle, simple to set up and produce nice beams,” said Andre.
The RUSH Multibeam 2 is a versatile effect light featuring two moveable LED bars each with 5 individually controllable narrow beams for powerful mid-air effects. It punches out 10 intense and narrow long-throw beams and features electronic dimming and strobe effect. Multibeam 2 comes with preprogrammed macros for easy effects, master / slave function as well as DMX or sound activation.
Oceania Productions Gears Up!
Posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Christmas has come early for Oceania Productions in New Zealand this year with the arrival of New Zealand’s first delivery of Robe’s flagship BMFL units.
Thirty two Bright MF Lights have arrived to New Zealand’s shores just a few weeks ago and Josef Valchar (CEO of Robe lighting) together with Cuono Biviano and Tony Lukeman from the ULA Group flew over to hand over the units to the excited Oceania Production’s crew.
Cuono Biviano, MD of ULA Group, comments: “We are ecstatic about Oceania’s first investment into Robe and the BMFL to be their flagship light. This is the largest single lighting purchase for Oceania Productions in New Zealand and I would like to thank them for their faith and commitment to both Robe and ULA Group”.
Simon Garrett, General Manager of Oceania Productions, says: “We do a vast range of lighting work across NZ and the pacific islands – theatres to arena’s, R&Roll to corporate indoor, sports fields to outdoor opening ceremonies. The current look is screens and beams and the relentless efficiency improvements in LED screen technology rendered our existing spot movers a bit breathless.
We needed a bright general purpose moving head spot. A work horse powerful enough to shoot across 20—50m and to meet the international specs as well as our own designs.
I heard Robes BMFL was coming, built around a new 1700W Osram lamp and numbers like 250,000lux and a CRI of 92 were mentioned. It seemed to have the feature set we needed including a really good dual animation set, gobos and good Prisms. Compact with a 5-55 degree zoom and weighing just 36 kg, sure I was interested.
I was more than impressed when we tested the sample a month ago and it was all true. This feature packed luminaire provides a real signature lighting-source for any large-scale project.
I guess we took a risk but I have been watching ROBE for some time and other users tell me they are well-built and the support is there. It’s not often you meet the CEO when taking delivery of a shipment of moving lights and have a chance to discuss our business at a global level.
But the reality is always proven on the road and everybody at Oceania was interested to see how their BMFLs perform on the first gig – The Lorde’s NZ tour.”
Simon adds: “I am pleased to confirm that they ran absolutely flawlessly” and even LD David McIntyre comments: “The BMFL is a great compact and universal fixture which has great optics that certainly pack a punch!”.
Nexus Church opts for Martin MAC Auras
Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Brisbane’s Nexus Church has recently taken delivery of four Martin MAC Auras from Brisbane Sound Group and production manager Dan Millar is delighted with their compact size, punchy beam, colours and of course the handy eye-candy effects.
“We looked at a few different fixtures to replace the MAC250 Washes that we had,” explained Dan. “We wanted something to fill their place but obviously with a bit more punch. The MAC Auras really ticked all of the boxes – they have an amazing intensity, awesome zoom, and good price range.
“The zoom was probably one of the most important features as we have a massive screen and needed to be able to wash the stage without covering the screen with light. To have that massive zoom range from narrow spot in to being able to wash the entire stage is a great feature.”
The MAC Aura is an award-winning wash light that lighting designers have turned to the world over due to its versatility as a powerful beam and wash luminaire of the highest calibre. The MAC Aura is the first LED moving head wash light to combine multicolour beam LEDs with a backlight LED array that takes the synthetic look out of LED wash lights.
Central Audio Visual can’t get enough Pro Shop LED PAR Quad 12’s!
Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014
Central Audio Visual, based in South Australia, purchased 20 x Pro Shop LED PAR Quad 12’s, fell in love with them and so promptly purchased another 20 units!
“They really do tick all of the boxes,” commented Bronte Rhodes, Sales Manager at Central Audio Visual. “They are inexpensive, have a bright light output, deliver a range of great colours and we’re happy with the individual white LEDs. They are also lightweight and don’t run “hot” so when they’re used for uplighting, there is no fear of burning legs, ball gowns or drapes. All in all, they’re an excellent return on investment.”
Consisting of 12 Quad-Colour RGBW- 8Watt LEDs this fixture can cover a large range of the colour spectrum including quality pastels, whites warm and cool. With a total 96Watts of LED power, this unit has more than enough output to suit even the most fussy of production managers.
Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K10’s at the Frontier
Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Perth’s Frontier Lighting has become the latest Australian production company to add Clay Paky B-EYES to their inventory in the form of twenty-four A.leda B-EYE K10’s.
The A.leda B-EYE K10 is a versatile LED-based moving light that can be used in many diverse ways, even within the same project.
“It’s not a one-trick pony as it’s a light that can be a wash, a spot and an effects light,” remarked Jared Hawke, managing director of Frontier Lighting. “The fact that it’s made by such a reputable company as Clay Paky excites me as you know they’ll be very reliable. It’s a great product – so compact and the K10 fits nicely into what we do. As a wash light it’s just a beautiful and the effects open up a whole different parameter.”
The A.leda B-EYE K10 is a perfect wash-light, generating beautiful colours and featuring an impressive, wide 6° to 70° beam aperture. The zoom however can be closed even further, down to as little as 4 degrees thus switching the light from a wash diffusion into a narrow and parallel beam. In this operating mode B-EYE becomes a “beam-light”, whose beam consists of an array of nearly indiscernible, individually controllable little beams. As in the B-EYE LEDs can be controlled one by one, the light beam is a pulsating bundle where every micro-beam has its own colour and shade.
“I’ve seen a lot of lights in my day but the A.leda B-EYE K10 is one of the most exciting plus it’s a good looking light,” said Jared. “You don’t normally see too many good looking lights but this looks good and performs well.”
Photographed are the A.leda B-EYE K10’s performing for The Tea Party, lighting designed by Cam McKaige.
Osram Completes Acquisition of Clay Paky
Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Osram has successfully completed the acquisition of Clay Paky, a provider of entertainment lighting for shows and events. All necessary approvals from the respective authorities have been granted regarding the acquisition. With this move, Osram will further expand its position in entertainment lighting. “The successful closing of this transaction is a further step towards strengthening Osram’s specialty lighting segment in a highly attractive market,” said Wolfgang Dehen, chief executive officer of Osram. Pio Nahum, who has been appointed CEO of the Clay Paky business also with effect from October 13, 2014, explained: “As part of Osram, we have good prospects for further growth.”
With the acquisition of Clay Paky, Osram is pushing forward its strategy of technology and innovation. The innovation-driven entertainment lighting market is very attractive, with mid-single digit percentage growth rates. Clay Paky will be part of Osram’s specialty lighting segment, which comprises the company’s automotive lighting as well as the display/optic activities.
Last week during the PLASA London exhibition in London, Clay Paky won the PLASA 2014 Award for Innovation for their new moving head “Mythos” — an advanced form of hybrid light, combining beam light and spotlight. Clay Paky has received the prestigious award the eighth time now.
Show Technology celebrate in Perth
Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2014
As Show Technology continue to celebrate their 20th anniversary, another important milestone was reached – a 10th birthday for their Perth branch!
To commemorate this momentous occasion the entire Perth complex has been refurbished with new offices and showrooms, showing Show Technology’s confidence in the Perth market.
Of course this deserved a party and an official ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as the opportunity to show off some exciting new product. There was a huge turnout from the Western Australian lighting industry as well as a special international guest – Jonas Stenvinkel, Managing Director of Lighting Asia Pacific from Martin Singapore.
On the evening, Show Technology officially launched the Martin MAC Quantum Profile, the fully featured LED profile that is destined to set new standards for combined performance, weight and size.
“I spent quite a bit of time with Jonas showing me the new Martin MAC Quantum Profile and I’m definitely keen to buy some,” commented Jared Hawke of Frontier Lighting. “Amazing feature with the gobo shake! It’s a very exciting product. The night itself was really well put together by the Showtech team.”
“It was fantastic to see some amazing new products and to celebrate 20 years with Emmanuel, Gino and the Showtech team,” said David Trapp, managing director, Lux Events. “As always it was a great opportunity to catch up with other production companies in the WA market. The evening certainly drew out all the players as only a Showtech gathering can. Fantastic to see everyone supporting this great company as they have been doing for us for 20 years now and 10 years in Perth.”
“The great turnout at the recent 10 year anniversary of Show Technology’s arrival in Perth underlined the high levels of interest in their product range – plus of course the opportunity to enjoy some hospitality while being shown over the extensive new facility!” remarked Vaughan Emery of Corporate Theatre Productions Pty Ltd. “Perth is an isolated city and Emmanuel Ziino is to be congratulating for having the foresight to invest in establishing a branch office in Perth, in what at the time was a small market all those years ago.
“Perth Branch Manager Gino Lombardi’s personal support of the production industry has seen him establish a loyal following and a repeat customer base.”
At the same time, DQ launched their new office and warehouse in Show Technology’s complex with Menze van der Sluis, Prolyte Sales Director for Asia in attendance.
Phase 1 expand with Martin
Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Phase 1 Audio may have to change their name soon due to a variety of lovely Show Technology-supplied lighting gear they now have in their possession!
However, Managing Director Jon Caisley is not looking to enter Perth’s competitive lighting hire market ensuring that there is no danger to them in his purchase of lighting gear.
“It really is a gentle move into a foreign land to allow us to cover full production into some of our smaller shows,” clarified Jon. “Phase 1 Audio is just moving with the times. In the last eight months we added a Martin M1 console, six MAC Auras, four RUSH MH1s, twelve LED PAR TRI-18s, a JEM K1 hazer and a number of LED fixtures to our inventory.”
Being an audio chap, Jon’s knowledge of lighting is of a certain limit but he can say that none of his clients have complained about any of the lighting fixtures and they’ve been out on a wide variety of shows.
“The RUSH MH1’s have enough punch and effect to add a little dazzle on a small stage and the MAC Aura’s provide a great palate to work on,” he added. “Everyone loves the MAC Auras and they really are the bee’s knees. Over all we have been really happy with our purchases. It has been fantastic to offer our clients full production. A big thanks to the guys at Show Technology.”
Robert Juliat and Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH Get Moving Together
Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014
Robert Juliat is proud to announce a new partnership with Munich-based Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH in the provision of motorised solutions for the Robert Juliat range of Fresnel, PC and profile lanterns. The official start of the partnership will be celebrated at PLASA London 2014.
“We are extremely happy with this new business alliance which brings together two of our industry’s leading, high-end brands to offer quality solutions to the market,” says Robert Juliat Sales Director, Claus Spreyer.
The two companies join forces to team Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH’s specialised range of motorised yokes, motorised barndoors, colour changers and dimmer shutters with the full range of Robert Juliat Fresnel, PC and profile fixtures. Aimed at theatre and studio installations, the collaboration will benefit these institutions with precise control over their fixtures, alongside huge time-saving measures and greater convenience.
The new motorised Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH yokes bring complete remote control to all Robert Juliat Fresnel and PC parameters including the fixture’s pan and tilt, the opening, closing and rotation of barndoors, and all colour changing capabilities.
Excitingly, the new yokes bring the same level of control to all Robert Juliat profile lanterns. Every feature including pan, tilt, zoom and focus, iris, colour changing and, uniquely, shutters can now be controlled remotely. “We are especially excited about the motorised shutter feature,” says Claus Spreyer. “No other manufacturer offers this for 2000W profile spots so we believe we are the only manufacturer to offer customers this level of remote control.”
“The combination of two high-quality product lines enables customized solutions for ‘motorised light’ which did not exist before now,” says Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH’s Sales Director, Volker Neuland. “Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH looks forward to a constructive cooperation with Robert Juliat.
Examples of what promises to be a classic combination will be shown for the first time at PLASA London 2014 on the Ambersphere/Robert Juliat stand (R80) where both profile and Fresnel models will be going through their paces. Members of the Robert Juliat and Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH teams will be on hand to answer your questions.
Australian Distributor: Show Technology www.showtech.com.au
Philips Vari-Lite Announces the ‘1 on 1 with Vari-Lite’ Video Contest
Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Philips Vari-Lite announces the ‘1 on 1 with Vari-Lite’ video contest designed to challenge lighting designers, technicians, and fans worldwide to produce a one-minute video featuring one single Vari-Lite luminaire. With prizes that include a paid trip to LDI or Prolight + Sound, GoPro Cameras, and Vari-Lite swag packs, the winners of the contest will be selected by an independent panel of judges and all entries must be received by October 17, 2014.
“Knowing the high level of creativity that exists with lighting professionals worldwide, we are very excited to launch this video contest,” said Brad Schiller, Philips Vari-Lite product marketing manager. “With the only requirement to use one Vari-lite luminaire as the main subject matter in a one-minute video, we are eager to see how each entrant pushes the boundaries of their own imagination.”
Judging for the contest will be based on overall video creativity and the use of the single luminaire as the main subject matter. Entrants may use any Vari-Lite luminaire desired and video submissions should not exceed 90 seconds in length. The subject matter for the video is up to the discretion of the entrant, but any subject matter deemed to be inappropriate for public viewing of all ages will not be considered for judging. To watch an overview video of the contest, as well a full listing of contest rules and prizes, visit the press room at www.vari-lite.com.
Source: Media release
Rod Finds Martin RUSH MH1 and MH2’s ideal for amateur theatre
Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Earlier this year Rod’s Sound & Lighting Services, who specialise in amateur theatre production, were on a mission to upgrade their Martin MAC250, MAC300 and MAC500 fixtures. Having seen the Martin RUSH range at Entech 2013, managing director Rodney Bertram arranged a demo of the gear and immediately knew that he had found his replacements.
Straight away Rodney ordered six RUSH MH1 Profiles and six RUSH MH2 Washes, impressed by their output, power and weight.
“My amateur theatre clients tend to have small budgets so I needed lights that were affordable yet versatile,” commented Rodney. “They needed to be able to go into all types of venues with all types of rigging and set up options.”
The RUSH MH1 is a super bright LED profile moving head with efficient optics that can punch out a variety of effects and colours from two gobo wheels and two colour wheels. For added versatility and effect, it also houses an electronic dimmer and strobe, iris and 3-facet prism.
“I really like the selections of the gobo wheels with the RUSH MH1 and of course the fact that it is LED rather than a standard globe lamp,” said Rodney. “The output of the RUSH MH1 is amazing.”
Rodney was so impressed by his six RUSH MH2 Washes, he has just taken delivery of another six of these compact yet powerful LED wash lights.
“I love these little wash lights, they are so versatile and fast,” he remarked. “The RGBW colour mixing is great as it gives you pure white which is useful for front white washes over people. The colour saturation is incredibly good. From a control point of view, the speed of them is fantastic and you can get some really unique wash beam effects.”
Rod’s Sound & Lighting Services: www.soundandlighting.com.au
One 20 Productions invest with Martin MAC Auras, MAC101s and MAC700s
Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014
Perth’s One 20 Productions has increased its hire inventory with the purchase of Martin MAC700s, MAC Auras and MAC 101s.
One 20 Productions specialises in boutique festivals – events for between 500 and 2000 people staged by upcoming promoters and quite often held outdoors. They offer audio, lighting, visuals and staging in one attractive package to their clients.
The six MAC Auras have proved so successful, Damian has just ordered six more stating that they are simply a great light that do their job well.
“We have a strong affiliation with Show Technology, it’s as much about the light as the service we get from Gino,” added Damian. “The Auras are being pushed a lot on riders so they’re not only going out on our shows, but being sub-hired a lot. They are getting a lot of work.”
As well as eight MAC101’s, One 20 Productions has just received some MAC Vipers which aren’t even out of their box yet so more on them later!
Although it is a discontinued product, Damian is also excited about his purchase of eight MAC700s as he believes that, as a model they still have a fair bit of life left in them!
“I purchased them as a second preference light rather than an industry standard one,” he said. “I believe I’ll still get five years out of them and that they will often be requested. You have to remember that not every promoter can afford MAC Vipers. We deal with a lot of midrange promoters who are not looking for touring specs but still want a good looking show even though they are constrained by budget. The MAC700s will be a workhorse for us in that particular market.”
Source: Show Technology media release
Martin Professional: www.martin.com
One 20 Productions www.one20productions.com.au
ULA Group Appointed an Australian Distributor of Antari Fog Machines
Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014
ULA Group has announced its appointment as an Australian distributor of Antari fog machines.
Cuono Biviano, Managing Director of ULA Group, comments: “For 20 years Antari has been present in our ULA product range as an OEM partner but now we will be offering Antari fog generators and fluids in their own right. The Antari range is very extensive and the products are manufactured to a high standard and represent great value and performance.”.
Source: media release
Martin Professional Introduces the Wall of Dedication
Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Martin Professional has revealed a new online universe in celebration of passionate people in the lighting industry — the people without whom the company says Martin would not be what it is today.
Martin calls it the Wall of Dedication.
The Wall of Dedication is a collection of personal accounts from passionate people across the globe who are involved in the lighting industry. People share their stories of how they got into the industry, their sources of inspiration, as well as pieces of advice and pearls of wisdom on a web-based platform. The people featured are a mixture of upcoming and well established, high-profile people, and the ones in between with one thing in common: Namely passion for their trade and for the industry.
It is clear to Martin that a large portion of the company’s success can be traced back to the dedication of the people in the industry — people like the consumers. Martin tends to focus on products in this industry, and they think it is time for a different approach. The company notes as pets rely on their owners, products rely on passionate people.
Although Martin develops and manufactures high-tech products for the industry based on feedback and market demands, they also realize that it is not really about the products. When people apply their passion to working with Martin products, magic happens.
The Wall of Dedication is a tribute to passion. Martin wants to celebrate the consumer’s passion and wants to inspire others and to be inspired by others. On the Wall of Dedication, the viewer can get up close and personal with some of the passionate people in the lighting industry and find out what sparks their passion.
Martin Professional encourages all passionate individuals in the lighting industry to share their passion on the Wall of Dedication. Anyone with an affiliation to the lighting industry can apply, regardless of job title and seniority — people with extensive work experience and less experience alike. The only criterion is passion for the profession and industry.
To apply, fill in an online application and the applicant should attach their images. Martin will set it up and the user will be contacted for final review before publishing. The Wall of Dedication will be widely exposed over the months to come, so if an interested applicant wants to be out there — they need to share their passion now.
Source: Lighting & Sound America
Crystal Productions invest in Martin and MA Lighting
Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014
David Thomas, managing director of Crystal Productions, has been expanding the lighting component of his business with a selection of new gear from Show Technology.
“We needed to increase our lighting for corporate events so we could offer a simple, LED based solution,” he commented. “We are very loyal to Martin as they have great product and Show Technology offer great support.”
First on the shopping list were six Martin MAC Auras which David describes as an excellent wash light that is great value for money.
“The Auras have a wonderful zoom and really are a great package,” he said. “We also got sixteen Martin MAC101’s which are handy for everything. I love them. Every time we use them we find more uses for them. They’re fantastic for the corporate market; small, incredibly quick and have great colours.”
David then decided to purchase twelve Martin RUSH MH1 and twelve RUSH MH3 fixtures.
“If you going to do it, it’s worth doing it properly!” he added. “The RUSH is a very good product for its price, an excellent range.”
With all these fancy new lights David then needed a console to drive them all and so a MA Lighting grandMA2 lite was purchased as well as an onPC command wing.
“It’s user-friendly, rider-friendly and an outstanding console,” he noted. “It’s quick and easy to use.”
All of the new gear was used in the first official event to be staged in the new Dockside Pavilion (pictured), a bar mitzvah for 400 guests. The client had high expectations as to how the event should look and with Martin and MA Lighting’s help, David delivered.
Synergy Events buy more RUSH MH3 and MA2 onPC command wing
Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Tan Huynh, managing director of Synergy Events, was so delighted with his purchase of Martin RUSH MH3 Beam fixtures earlier in the year he could not resist buying some more. On top of that he has also added a MA2 onPC command wing for control.
His new gear was put to the test on Pure Trance held at Melbourne’s Studio 3 last month which saw Synergy Events also provide ProShop LED Quad Colour Multipars, ProShop Sun Strip Blinders and Look Unique Hazer 2’s.
Michael Eather, lighting designer for the event, was familiar with the MA platform having extensively used a MA grandMA light and ultra-light. This was the first gig on which Michael used the MA2 onPC command wing and he admits to being a bit nervous beforehand.
“I was pleasantly surprised at how the transition was and after ten to fifteen minutes I was right at home!” he commented. “I had a lot of effects and macros already created on a USB so I could just load them in and save heaps of time. The MA2 onPC command wing is lightweight and compact which was handy as I didn’t have much room for ops.”
All twelve of Synergy Events RUSH MH3 fixtures were used on the event with their intense and narrow long-throw beams used for spectacular mid-air looks and effects.
“I really like how fast the RUSH MH3’s are especially with the colour wheel,” said Michael. “I do a lot of colour chases and the MH3’s are so snappy. They almost replicate a CMY fixture as you don’t realize the fixture is going through several colours when you speed it up. I use the prism and frosts in combination a lot in effects and that looks really good. As they have such a long throw out into the room as you start doing prism / frost effects, you get a really big effect by the time the beam hits the back of the room. They’re a great fixture.”
Four Pro Shop Sunstrips were placed in a row for a blinder effect with dimmer scrolls across them.
“I had a bunch of flash buttons with different effects on them so they were my handy ‘go to’ effects when I quickly needed something,” added Michael. “They’re nice and bright and can really get the crowd hyped.”
In front of and around the DJ console are Pro Shop LED Quad Colour Multipars which were used to great effect.
“The Pro Shop LED Quad Colour Multipars were a nice, little surprise,” remarked Michael. “At first I wasn’t sure what to do with them but ended up using them quite a bit during the night. They were a nice contrast to the beams and surprisingly kept up with them when used in combination.”
Photography by Nathan Doran
It’s a Full Moon with Martin RUSH MH4’s
Posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Mackay’s Kennedy Amplifier Hire Service has added eight Martin RUSH MH4 compact beam moving head fixtures to their hire department. The RUSH MH4 blasts an intense and narrow beam for spectacular mid-air looks and effects. It houses a fixed gobo wheel and colour wheel with a multitude of effects possible from a dimmer and strobe, 6-facet prism and focus.
“The Martin RUSH MH4 really delivers bang for buck,” commented Dale Kennedy, managing director of Kennedy Amplifier Hire Service. “They were cheaper than similar beam fixtures on the market and deliver a good solid beam.”
LXD Lighting Design, one of Dale’s clients, has hired the RUSH MH4 beams for a couple of gigs including the recent Full Moon Party held on Magnetic Island by the Base Group.
“The RUSH MH4 beams add another dimension to the other moving lights supplied to us by Kennedy Amplifier,” explained Ben Madden who runs LXD along with Dave Gibson. “We’d been looking for a different angle to our light shows and the RUSH MH4’s are a brilliant, different avenue to go down! Plus they are a lot cheaper to hire than the competitor’s equivalent.”
Ben admits that the set up for the Full Moon Party was fairly basic but the effects from the RUSH MH4 were fantastic.
“I love the speed of the RUSH MH4, they are very quick,” he added. “I love the prism in them as well; beams for me can be very two-dimensional but the prism effect in the RUSH MH4 really varies your light show.”
Ben reports that budget was tight for the Full Moon Party and that he scrapped using a competitors wash fixtures due to their hire cost.
“The RUSH MH4 beams cost a lot less to hire so we scrapped using any other fixtures and just used eight RUSH MH4 beams,” he said. “So to have the prism effect to vary the look a bit was fantastic.”
Robe Premiere Launch Announcement Planned
Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014
With the industry chatting about the upcoming worldwide Robe Premiere taking place on September 2 – the company says it is a global live broadcast to “launch something special.”
Robe reports an unprecedented interest in registrations for the much anticipated invite-only event … and anyone wanting to catch the action should check www.robepremiere.com soon.
Registration closes on August 24.
The broadcast will be in English, with subtitles for French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
Martin MAC Auras chosen by Entertainment Installations
Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Entertainment Installations has added twenty-four Martin MAC Auras to their moving lights inventory which now has over two hundred fixtures.
“We’ve been looking at various LED wash units to add to production for a while now and we’ve finally settled on Martin MAC Aura,” commented Neale Mace, managing director of Entertainment Installations. “Although we already have lots of Martin MAC301 and MAC101, we were looking for a small fixture with White LED on board and the Auras fit the bill perfectly.”
Although Neale did consider other options, the MAC Auras’ size, weight, light output and features tipped it over to Martin, not to mention the price.
“Although they’ve been available for a while now, they’re on lots of lighting specs for upcoming shows and tours and our first batch of eighteen went straight out on the Australian tour by English chart toppers Kasabian,” said Neale. “After seeing the Kasabian show at The Horden Pavilion in Sydney, I know we’ve made a good choice with these fixtures – tiny unit, BIG light output, huge zoom and beautiful colours and it’s made by Martin.”
Entertainment Installations supplied lighting gear and production transport to all of Kasabian’s gigs including Perth. The gear was rigged and tech’ed by Bryce Mace and Christian Yanni.
“The bands lighting guy, Paul Kell, did a great looking show,” said Neale. “Paul has been with the band for several years and it shows – he’s great with the changes and cues. There were lots of big beam movements, flashing, chases as well as some great backlighting.”
As well as the brand spanking new MAC Auras, the rig included 20 x Clay Paky Sharpy,16 x Martin Atomic Strobe, 8 x Martin MAC700 Wash, 10 x Molefay Duet, 12 x Molefay 4 Liters, 2 x Robert Juliat Victor Follow spots and 2 x Unique hazers.
Adelaide was a challenging gig for the crew as due to a tragic fatal accident on the only road between Perth and Adelaide (near the SA border), the police closed the road to all traffic and the production truck was delayed by eight hours.
Load in commenced at about 5.30 pm at the Thebarton Theatre for a 8pm start – the ATS drivers, Entertainment Installations and JPJ Audio crew pulled off a small miracle to get the show happening.
d3 Designer Now Available Through d3 Web Shop
Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
d3 Technologies has opened up a web shop through which d3 USB keys and software licenses can be purchased directly. d3 Designer is used by designers, project managers, and technicians to collaboratively design, build, simulate, and sequence shows. First launching in USD, GBP, and EUR shops will be rolled out shortly.
d3 Designer USB keys and licenses are now directly available through the new d3 Web shop at http://store.d3technologies.com. The web shop will not only help speed up the purchasing process for customers, it also enables more flexibility in license options, with subscription available for one month, three months, six months, 12 months, or 24 months.
The company says new customers should purchase the “d3 Starter pack” first, consisting of the required d3 USB key and a two month free software subscription. The d3 USB key will be sent via courier, and comes in a box with demo disc, starter guide, and lanyard.
Those who already own a d3 USB license stick can simply purchase the software license time they require, for which the activation code will be sent by email.
The d3 web shop accepts VISA, Maestro, and American Express. Initially launching with USD as the shop’s only currency, other currencies will be added shortly.
d3 Designer is the software-only version of the full d3 production suite used to design, previsualize and sequence shows with. Users can use it to communicate early show concepts or to go through different looks with clients. Users can determine which projector lenses are best far ahead of rehearsals, and collaborate in real-time using d3’s unique MultiEdit feature during technical set-up. d3 Designer does everything apart from outputting the show, for which the user needs d3 hardware products. For full details on d3 Designer please see the detailed product page on the website.
Next to d3 Designer, other lines will be added later this year including d3 merchandise and d3 hardware accessories.
Osram acquires Clay Paky
Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014
Pasquale Quadri, founder and President of pioneering Italian luminaire manufacturer Clay Paky, has signed an agreement for the acquisition of the company by OSRAM. Clay Paky will continue to operate from its production and administrative head office in Bergamo, Italy. The acquisition is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities.
“Integration with OSRAM, which has a great wealth of technological competence, and an in-depth knowledge of the lighting market, is an ideal opportunity for the further development of Clay Paky,” said Quadri. “OSRAM plans that Clay Paky will maintain its independence to a large extent in day-to-day business,” he added. Key positions in the company will remain, ensuring continuity in management.
Clay Paky: www.claypaky.it
LX Productions get carried away with new, improved Pro Shop LED Flood EX36
Posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
LX Productions were commissioned to light the entire façade of the St Kilda Sea Baths in red to welcome the arrival of the 20th International AIDS Conference to town and they did so with eight Pro Shop LED Flood EX36 fixtures with wide lenses and four Pro Shop 15 x 15w outdoor floods. Incredibly they managed to do so using just half a circuit of power!
“We estimated the façade was 100 metres in length so using only half a circuit of power was amazing,” commented Darren Holborow, owner of LX Productions along with Andrew Davies. “The install has been out there for three weeks during hail and 100 kilometre winds, with trusses rigged in trees closest to the Sea Baths and the EX36 have performed flawlessly.”
Darren admits that initially he wasn’t too sure about purchasing some EX36 floods as he thought the light output was rather directional but when he was shown the wide lenses the interest grew.
“It’s a very solid fixture and there has been a huge improvement in the design of the yoke, and the floor mounted unit is fantastic,” added Darren. “It’s also silent and obviously it has the white chip in it which is another big win. It’s very compact and the menu system is better, the data cables are better – pretty much the whole lot is better! Weight-wise they’re quite good and the output is fantastic, I’d estimate the output is 25% brighter than its predecessor.”
Darren reports that his EX36 floods arrived the day before the planned install at the Sea Baths and they were up and running perfectly in no time. He also revealed that the company had not intended on purchasing so many but got a bit carried away.
“After seeing just the one demo model it was a bit of a punt but they have done their job and we’re very happy,” he said. “We’re also very happy with the four Pro Shop 15 x 15w outdoor flood we purchased.”
LX Productions now own sixteen Pro Shop LED Flood EX36 fixtures and Darren is planning to use them a lot more for indoor events.
“Where we may have used LED PARs for lighting indoor roofs we can now use less fixtures with the EX36’s,” he said. “I think they’ll also be a good alternative to the normal cyc lighting.”
LX Productions also supplied, on behalf of Corporate Vision Australia, eight EX36 floods with standard lens kits to wash Federation Square in red.
Darren purchased his Pro Shop equipment from Bishop Audio, his preferred supplier for several years.
ETC Purchases Vortek Rigging Division of Daktronics
Posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014
ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.) and Daktronics have announced today that ETC has acquired the Vortek rigging division of Daktronics. All Vortek rigging products will be integrated into ETC’s rigging portfolio and operations will be consolidated with ETC’s primary manufacturing locations in Wisconsin by the year’s end.
The transition of Vortek into the ETC Rigging family of products will double ETC’s current offerings of stage machinery. They will be able to provide customers with a wide variety of custom-engineered heavy-lift, high-lift, and high-speed rigging solutions, which include orchestra shell, grand drape and scoreboard lifts, along with synchronized acoustic panels, and motorized packaged hoists. “On the heels of a successful launch of the new Prodigy P75 Hoist and with the incorporation of Vortek’s engineering expertise, ETC is preparing to open up our solutions for theater systems,” says ETC Rigging general manager David North.
The company’s acquisition of Vortek will allow ETC to offer advanced rigging solutions for the entertainment market on a national and international level. By building upon the engineering experience of Vortek, ETC also plans to maintain a custom engineering-design center. “We see a great synergy between ETC and Vortek,” says ETC CEO Fred Foster. “The complementary strengths of rigging products as well as the combination of the skills and experience of the two companies will be a great benefit to our customers, old and new.”
ETC will maintain an active, ongoing relationship with Daktronics to continue to provide high-quality hoists and lifts for Daktronics’ scoreboard-system customers. Additionally, ETC plans to provide the award-winning Prodigy hoists, QuickTouch, QuickTouch+ and Foundation controls, along with the Vortek Classic and custom hoists, and the full line of Vortek control solutions.
Vortek’s operations will be integrated with ETC over the next three months. Product manufacturing will be consolidated into ETC’s new manufacturing facility in Mazomanie, Wisconsin, while a design and engineering center will remain in Victor, New York to support custom products, customer support, and service. “We are committed to providing a smooth and seamless integration of these two companies,” explains Foster. “The entire Vortek team will be helping us through the transition and we will offer them opportunities to continue to work with ETC in the future.” The company also ensures that Vortek customers will continue to have access to the equipment and services they have come to expect from Vortek over the years.
More MA onPC command wings for Staging Connections
Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Perth is the latest Staging Connections branch to receive MA onPC command wings with the company owning quite a collection of these little beauties nationwide.
“We really like the small footprint of the MA onPC command wing especially for those jobs where the space is too tight for our MA2 light consoles,” commented Rocco Anzellotti, technical director of Staging Connections. “The MA onPC command wing is perfect particularly as the touch screen is in line with the width of the wing.”
According to Rocco, operating the MA onPC command wing is exactly like running a MA2 which is very useful for his crew who in the past, have sometimes stumbled with different control surfaces.
“Everyone is comfortable with the MA2 platform – they have all their own profiles, we have all of the fixtures and everyone has no trouble going from one to the other,” he said. “Our initial idea was to purchase the MA onPC command wings for our smaller shows incorporating up to ten moving lights and that is working well. However, we are also putting our MA onPC command wings on bigger shows where we know we don’t require so much heavy programming and few pages. Sometimes the guys put the virtual faders up on the touch screen and use those for extra faders.”
The MA onPC command wings are also used as backup consoles for the main MA2 consoles.
“We love the idea of running CAT5 as a front of house cable and we hardly ever run any long DMX from front of house anymore,” added Rocco. “We run CAT5 down to MA NPU’s or MA NSP’s, in fact we love the NPU’s. We also have MA 2Port Node onPCs and all sorts of MA accessories too.”
Rocco reports that the consoles have been 100% reliable and that the software is very stable.
Staging Connections also purchased some MA 2Port Node onPCs for a fit out of the Shangri-La Hotel enabling the MA onPC command wing to be run in full mode or in two breakout room modes, and Rocco loves this ability to be able to easily divide the system.
Another MA2 light was also purchased for installation into The Ivy in Sydney.
ResX is all abuzz with new B-Eyes
Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014
ResX is excited to announce the arrival of their first shipment of Clay Paky B-Eye K20s.
After trialling the units on this year’s Logies awards the team couldn’t wait to get their hands on the B-Eyes.
“This is the first fixture since the Sharpy that has made me go ‘wow’ out loud. They are an exciting fixture and look forward to seeing them in action.”
Tim Hall Managing Director of Resolution X
The B-Eye K20s offer versatility being a zoomable RGBW wash fixture with plenty of grunt. While also offering a spectacular range of effects and beam looks, created by the 37 individually controllable 15watt LEDs teamed with the rotating lens system. All this means the K20 is three lights in one, a wash, a beam and an effect light.