Clay Paky A.Leda Wash K20 are ‘the best’
Posted on Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Sydney production company 32Hundred Lighting has always been a big fan of Clay Paky equipment owning Alpha 1500 HPEs, Alpha 575 HPEs, Alpha 575 washes, Alpha 1200 HPE, Alpha 1200 washes, Stage Zooms and even some perfectly functioning Goldenscans.
Now they have expanded their Clay Paky family with the purchase of ten A.LEDA WASH K20 which offers a valid alternative to discharge lamp washlights, adding all the benefits of LED technology: low energy consumption, long light source life, small size, light weight and robustness.
“They’re great, really cool and well, basically …. they’re the best,” declared Iain Reed, managing director of 32Hundred Lighting. “We use them instead of traditional wash fixtures as they are a lot better and the colour rendering is really nice. They are also extremely bright.”
A.Leda Wash K.20 is fitted with multicolor RGBW LEDs that produce a full range of vivid colours as well as excellent shades of white. It is also equipped with a motorised and fully controllable 14°-70° zoom.
“We use them as the wash light we have been needing for ages,” concurred Martin Bevz, lighting designer at 32Hundred. “It’s a relief not to have to worry about discharge lamps and zooms not working. In fact it’s very refreshing. It’s a good, solid fixture that matches our Clay Paky Alpha 1500 profiles. The zoom is great as is the pixel mapping.’
The guys at 32Hundred have developed their own in-house Catalyst profile for their A.Leda Wash K.20s so that they can do ArtNet merging and run content through them from a media server.
“That was a big thing for us as really cutting edge technology is what we try to focus on,” added Martin. “The pixel mapping and macros are great for a bit of eye candy. Not only can they be a major lighting instrument in a room but also part of the décor as they add a designer element as well.
In fact each colour of each LED may be controlled separately: this unique feature not only allows you to create an endless range of colour variations, but also to use each LED of the array as a pixel in order to draw all kinds of graphic images that change dynamically both in shape and colour.
Photo of Corroboree Sydney by Daniel Boud courtesy of Destination NSW
MJF Lighting welcome MA2 and Clay Paky Sharpys
Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
MJF Lighting Limited, a leading supplier of theatre and event lighting, recently purchased a MA Lighting grandMA2 light together with 16 Clay Paky Sharpys.
“We consider ourselves to be a technically proactive company who embraces new technology and always looks to ensure we can provide the national and international LDs with what the market requires. And we also pride ourselves on our ability to keep up with technology and lighting trends. This ensures we continue to be an effective and efficient supplier.”
They further remark that the MA2 console allows for freedom of control for rigs that are continuing to grow in size and pushing technology to its boundaries.
“We were finding that many technical riders were specifying the MA2 so the purchase was definitely market driven. We love the ease of use and the flexibility of being able to set up the console to how you prefer to operate. The ability to have either a stand-alone console, or to bring it into a network system, therefore having more than one console, is fantastic.”
MJF Lighting Limited also made a strategic move in purchasing 16 Clay Paky Sharpy units.
“Again, the purchase was market driven as so many technical riders request Sharpys. The Sharpys are quick, powerful and give us the ability to add another level/dimension to our lighting designs”.
Ayrton has landed in Australia
Posted on Thursday, April 17th, 2014
SHS Global are excited to announce that Ayrton has finally landed in Australia!
Over the next few weeks they will be doing demonstrations on the Ayrton Magic Panel 602 and the Ayrton Wildbeam.
Ayrton Magic Panel 602 is a modular LED luminaire allowing for a broad range of diverse visual effects. Equipped with continuous double rotation in PAN and TILT mode, it is able to display media thank to its Arkaos KlingNet protocol or to be controlled via DMX RDM protocol through its XLR connectors. The display is made up of 36 15 Watt LED RGBW modules fitted with high-output 7,5° 45-mm optics, the unit runs on a sophisticated and particularly quiet cooling system and offers an overall luminous flux in excess of 14.000 lumen for a consumption of 600 Watt.
The Wildbeam is the smallest of the new Radical range from Ayrton. Highly compact, lightweight, super-fast and powerful, WildBeam’s seven 15W LED RGBW sources and 67mm optics produce 3200 lumens with a centre beam intensity of 380,000 candela from a mere 130W of power. The distinctive finish and arrangement of the optics and individual control of each source affords numerous original graphic effects.
If you are interested in getting your hands on these fixtures please call Dave Jackson on 0418 454 837 to arrange a demo.
ULA Group appointed as Australian Distributor for Pharos
Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014
The ULA Group is very excited to announce the new partnership with Pharos as the Australian distributor of their innovative lighting control solutions.
Cuono Biviano, Managing Director of ULA Group says; “It is with great pleasure to welcome Pharos on board as part of the ULA Group family of world leading lighting solution products. Pharos is a leader in architectural lighting and room zone control for both lighting and audio-visual products. Pharos pride themselves in high level customer support and highly reliable turnkey solutions, which is a key protocol of the ULA Group culture. I look forward to working with Tony and all of the team and delivering real solutions and training to our clients.“
Tony Symms, Regional Manager Asia Pacific of Pharos, says: “We are delighted to welcome the ULA Group into the family of distribution partners for Pharos Architectural Controls. Our new relationship with ULA will enable us to further extend the Pharos network and provide service and technical support for Australia. We will be working closely with ULA to promote Pharos in the region to provide quality control systems for any application.”
Founded in 2004, Pharos is independently owned and is part of the Carallon group, a product design company specializing in control systems for the entertainment industry.
Pharos Architectural Controls is committed to providing innovative lighting and audio-visual control solutions for the architectural and entertainment industries. Pharos award-winning products are installed across the globe, running day and night in theme parks, shopping malls, state palaces, art installations, museums, airports and homes.
Please contact us at the ULA Group to arrange a demonstration of this powerful control solution or to arrange training.
Scene Change Melbourne expand with Show Technology
Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014
Scene Change Melbourne has added Clay Paky Alpha Spot 300’s, Martin MAC101 moving head LED wash lights and an M2GO lighting controller to their inventory, as well as a bunch of the LED PAR Quad-7 fixtures.
“The M2GO is compact, priced well and certainly does what we need it to do,” commented Linton Gellatly, director of Scene Change Melbourne. “All the reviews I had heard or read were very positive and it has proved to be the right console for our size business. Everyone can easily get their head around using the console, in fact it’s very easy to use compared to some other consoles on the market. From my perspective it ticks all of the boxes; it’s priced well and we’re not paying for features we don’t need. Plus our guys don’t need training to use it.”
Eight Martin MAC 101 LED wash lights were also purchased and Linton is so impressed by them, he’s sure they will purchase some more in the near future.
“They really are an industry standard now,” added Linton. “They’re bright, fast, small, simple to use and they travel well. They really are good bang for your buck.”
The four Clay Paky Alpha Spot 300 spotlights acquired are described as simply awesome by Linton.
“They definitely put my other moving head spots to shame as they are incredibly bright,” he said. “Their optics are great and they certainly live up to the Clay Paky reputation.”
Linton cannot stress how enthralled he is with the LED PAR Quad-7, a member of the new LED PIXPAR range that is compact in size, utilises the latest in LED technology, is bright, looks fantastic and is also inexpensive.
“They are fantastic, we love them!” declared Linton. “We’re going to move away from our old LED PAR cans to these. They are neat, small, bright and, as they are a quad colour, they have a really nice white. They have a great dim so when you kill them, they dim out dissolving away like a tungsten source. Compared to our old LED PAR cans, they are very compact and so once I get rid of the old PARS, I’ll be able to get heaps in a road case. It’s often the little things that give you the most pleasure! We expected the Clay Paky fixtures to be great but these were a fabulous surprise.”
Consisting of 7 QUAD-COLOUR RGBW- 8Watt LEDs, the LED PAR Quad-7 can cover a large range of the colour spectrum including quality pastels, whites warm and cool. With a total 56Watts of LED power this compact unit has more than enough output to suit even the most fussy of production managers. Beam width is ideal, at 25degree, with control available via DMX, Static colour or Auto modes.
Linton remarks that he is delighted with the new purchases and adds that everyone is very happy with the customer service delivered by Show Technology.
Picture: Dan Evans operating the M2GO
PixPads an amazing investment for Nextgen Rentals
Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Nextgen Rentals has taken onboard twenty-four ShowPro PixPads the fabulous eye candy lighting that is taking the events market by storm.
The PixPads can be used as a standard wash type fixture or you can individually control each RGB pixel to make patterns or display text. The variety of effects achievable with a few PixPads is astounding plus they are lightweight and incredibly quick and easy to set up.
Initially Nextgen purchased the PixPads for a client who owned a car dealership and wanted something special to attract attention to the showroom during a three day sales promotion. As the PixPads are so bright and thus highly visible during the daytime as well as night, they were the perfect solution.
“The showroom is set a fair way back from the main road but they are still very noticeable,” explained Guy McGregor, director at Nextgen. “At first I was thinking of getting some LED MultiPARs to do some uplighting but I visited Paul Nicolaou at Show Technology’s Melbourne office and he suggested the PixPads. They can do the required uplighting but also so much more.”
The car promotion was so successful, the client has booked the PixPads for another promotion meaning that just two projects have paid off fifty percent of their initial purchase.
Nextgen also displayed their PixPads at the recent Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“We had a lot of interest in them,” added Guy. “We also have them going into a project at Crown this month. I really like the PixPad’s intensity, they are so bright. Visually, they’re very appealing. They are a great set piece and as we always like to use our lighting and AV gear as part of the overall scene, they fit in well.”
All Things Theatre take on grandMA
Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014
When a lighting manufacturer introduces a new model to an already successful line, publicity tends to focus on the new product. However there is another side to the story that is rarely focused upon; the superseded model can drop quite dramatically in price thus allowing the smaller players in our business access to previously unobtainable product.
This is what happened to Perth based company All Things Theatre when MA Lighting released the grandMA2 range – finally they could afford a grandMA1 full size!
“We’ve always wanted a grandMA console because they are the industry standard, but they were a little out of our price range,” commented Sean Ashton of All Things Theatre. “Once the MA2 came out, the prices dropped to a level we could justify getting one.”
It was five years ago when Sean visited Show Technology to have a demo of the grandMA and he remembers being very impressed by its power and how quickly you could find your way around the console. Now he has finally got the console of his dreams and he is loving finding out new features and abilities.
“The speed at which you can program effects is amazing,” he added. “It’s great that it comes with free visualize software so you can work on a show without actually being there. In fact it’s an incredibly flexible console and we also expect to hire it out quite often.
“I recently attended an ALIA tour and learnt a few tips and tricks in regards to macros. Although it’s quick to learn basic stuff on the grandMA, there is so much more complex stuff for me to learn – the more you learn, the more you can do and it just doesn’t seem to have a limit!”
Important Exit Sign Information
Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2014
Lighting Council Australia, electrical contractor representative bodies, and fire industry representative bodies, amongst others, have expressed concern over the recent introduction of photoluminescent (PL) ‘glow in the dark’ exit signs to the National Construction Code of Australia (NCC).
“One of the major concerns is the confusion amongst electricians, building owners and building managers, as to how PL exit signs may be used.
If installed in accordance with the NCC amendment, PL signs will cost considerably more to install and maintain than the current electrically powered LED exit signs” says Lighting Council Australia Chairman, Russell Loane, OAM.
“The installation of a PL exit sign typically requires the installation of two additional luminaires. Firstly, the NCC amendment requires that a PL exit sign must have a dedicated, uninterrupted light source continuously illuminating 100 lux onto the face of the sign. Secondly, the NCC already requires, via AS/NZS 2293.1, that an emergency luminaire must be installed within 2m of an exit door or typically where exit signs are located (AS2293-1 clause 5.4.1).
In practice this additional emergency light is not required where an electrically powered exit sign is used, as almost all internally illuminated exit signs already have sufficient light output to be also classified as emergency luminaires. PL material cannot achieve a light output to obtain this classification, so the additional emergency luminaires will be essential.” This comes at a cost.
“The expected supply and install cost of a standard LED exit sign is in the order of $250, with ongoing energy costs of $3.16 per year. The supply and install cost of a PL exit sign and accompanying emergency light and separate luminating light source is in the order of $550, with ongoing energy costs of $21.56 per year.”
There is also a legal requirement to comply with the NCC and AS/NZS 2293.1. Emergency and exit lighting is an essential life safety device, and the non-compliance with regulations regarding its correct installation and maintenance jeopardises the safety of building occupants.
It is therefore surprising the number of people who are not aware of their exposure to significant penalties for non-compliance with regulations regarding exit signs and emergency lighting. Penalties are imposed for non-compliance with the proper installation and maintenance of exit and emergency lighting, on building owners, building managers and employers, under Work Health and Safety (WH&S) laws, OH&S legislation (which applies in Victoria and Western Australia where the WH&S laws have not been adopted), and under state building regulations. The WH&S legislation treats a serious breach as an indictable offence, and carries a maximum penalty of $3 million dollars for a corporation and significant financial penalty and up to 5 years imprisonment for individuals. In Victoria and Western Australia the maximum penalties for a corporation are $1.3 million dollars and $625,000 respectively, and significant financial penalties and possible imprisonment are imposed for serious breaches by an individual.
Also of concern are the safety issues associated with the use of PL exit signs (even when installed correctly). Mr Loane says, “Even with the additional luminaries that must be installed with PL signs, there is a strong consensus view across a number of industry bodies, experts and academics that the use of PL signs significantly compromises safety. Exit signs have over 30 years of test and empirical data supporting the worldwide view that the safety of an exit sign is determined by its luminance level, and that the appropriate luminance level to ensure safe egress in an evacuation scenario (irrespective of the type of sign emitting it) is between 8cd/m (candela per square metre) and 15cd/m. The amendment to the NCC provides for a luminance level for PL exit signs of 30mcd/m (millicandela). One candela is 1000 times brighter than one millicandela.
Mr Loane adds, “This 30mcd/m figure is essentially 1/250th as bright as an existing electrically powered exit sign needs to be. The level is adopted based on a test process used in the US, called “The Observer’s Visibility Test”, which purely tests the visibility of PL signs, without regard or relevance to evacuation requirements or emergency considerations.
One of the many submissions to the Australian Building Code Board opposing the amendment to permit PL signs was by The Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Building Code and Audits Division in Melbourne. That submission states:
“When firefighters are in a smoke affected environment, the visibility of exit signs is an important safety aid, which will be compromised by the lower level of brightness of PL exit signs.
It will be difficult to evaluate the compliance of a PL sign during essential services audits, and Fire Brigade Fire Safety Inspections. I foresee issues with inspection and enforcement regarding the requirement for 100lx of illumination onto the face of these PL exits and as to whether the signs provide the requisite minimum light output.
It is not difficult to envisage situations where a much cheaper, stick on, glow in the dark exit sign will be used in a non-compliant way. Essential life safety devices should not be put in a situation where they can be compromised in this way.
The type of premises that tend to be attracted to cheaper alternatives, also tend to present fire services with the biggest challenges when it comes to public safety and the maintenance of essential services, for example: backpackers, nightclubs and budget accommodation. High visibility [of exit signs] – from a distance and in smoke conditions undoubtedly aids occupant survivability.”
Although the additional price tag, and ongoing additional energy costs, should deter the use of PL signs, Mr Loane says that simply allowing their use is of concern as safety is compromised, and the potential for confusion and misinformation presents a risk that the PL signs may be used without the additional luminaires and therefore without the financial deterrent.
Lighting Council Australia is the representative body for members in the lighting industry, including emergency lighting. The Council’s goal is to encourage the use of environmentally appropriate, energy efficient and quality lighting systems. The Council works with, and advises the government on policy and strategy and has representation on numerous Australian and International standards committees.
Should any building owners, facility managers or employers be concerned about their current or proposed emergency lighting options, they can contact Owen Manly at Lighting Council Australia (02 6247 8011) for further advice.
A milestone of movers for ResX
Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the new Martin MAC Viper, Resolution X have again increased their stocks. This brings ResX up to 50 Viper profiles and 750 fixtures from the Martin MAC range and over 1,000 moving lights in total. The ResX crew had little time to celebrate this momentous milestone with all of these lights being kept busy doing gigs.
Tim Hall (Managing Director at ResX) commented “The Viper has fast become the new industry standard and we needed more just to keep up with the demand”.
Australian Distributor: Show Technology www.showtech.com.au
Wireless Solution the only solution for Live Productions
Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Live Productions is a fast growing technical production company with a rental inventory that is constantly growing. To ensure they stay at the cutting edge of the rapidly evolving rental technology landscape, Live have recently embarked on investing in products that make processes and therefore installations more effective and efficient.
One brand that has been crucial to their success is Wireless Solution and in particular their W-DMX, the twice award winning Wireless DMX system that is today the unofficial standard for those that require the most dependable product available for transmitting lighting control data wirelessly, no matter the distance or location.
W-DMX makes large, creative, or technically complex installations possible through the wireless distribution of lighting control signals so it was no surprise to see that Live Productions used two BlackBox F-1 G4 MK2’s and one BlackBox F-2 G4 MK2 for the T20 cricket internationals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and ANZ Stadiums.
“Award winning reliability and one-button-to-go setup allows for quick installation of lighting fixtures, on-time completion of time-sensitive projects and faster, more efficient and less labour intensive load-in and load-out of rental equipment,” commented Ben Elliott, technical director at Live Productions.
Wireless Solution’s product range boasts indoor as well as IP65 rated outdoor models and can be used in even the most complex lighting systems today. The only manufacturer on the market carrying a whole range of wireless equipment and accessories, even the most complex turnkey systems can be specified and supplied in their entirety by Wireless Solution.
“Having a reliable product like this minimised the installation time and allowed greater flexibility with the fixture placement around the grounds,” added Ben. “A large portion of the moving lights Live Productions own have inbuilt wireless receivers which the Wireless Solution boxes can directly transmit to. Wireless DMX saves a great deal of time, and in turn a lot of money throughout the course of a year.”
Synergy Events want even more Martin RUSH MH3
Posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Tan Huynh of Synergy Events is so impressed with his eight new Martin Rush MH3 fixtures he is already making plans to buy more. Synergy Events supplies lighting for Crown Casino venues, such as Studio 3 photographed.
“We were looking for an inexpensive, mid-range beam light and the RUSH MH3 is the ideal solution,” commented Tan. “They are very fast and the output is great. You can never have enough beam action! At least with Martin you’re buying a reputable brand. We’ve really pushed our RUSH MH3’s to give them a good workout and we’ve found no faults in them.”
Synergy Events also own plenty of Pro Shop Blinder Bars and Quad Colour Multipars.
“The Blinder Bars have a nice Tungsten look and you can do much more with them than a molefay” said Tan. “Also, you don’t need to have a dimmer which is fantastic. The Quad Colour Multipars are just solid, reliable and are very bright”
Synergy Events also purchased a couple of Look Solutions Unique hazers which are pushed extremely hard.
“They are run up to 30 hours a week and just keep going,” remarked Tan.
Synergy Events: syne.com.au
Pro Shop: www.showtech.com.au
PixPads a ‘perfect solution’ for Staging Connections
Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014
Staging Connections Sydney has invested in a dozen ShowPro PixPads to add a new and exciting dimension to their events.
“We wanted something a little bit theatrical that gave bang and impact,” commented Sam Rollston, National Asset Manager at Staging Connections. “We have a lot of bands play at our gala dinners and we wanted something to compliment that side of the business. Eye- candy is a great word for them!”
Staging Connections’ Lighting Designer Rocco Anzellotti added that he is always looking for something different to give new looks to their clients when buying lighting equipment.
“The way lighting is evolving today most people have seen a moving light that can swing about, change colours and has different gobos,” he said. “We have enough of these fixtures so I look for a product that can give us something else.”
Whilst providing high levels of light output so it can be used as a standard wash type fixture, the PixPad supplies even colour across all of the pixels which you have individual control over. With individual control of each RGB pixel, when placed together in quantities, allows users to even scroll text and advanced colour chases. There is also a large number of on-board programs which can run in stand-alone mode to ensure a simple and quick set up when required.
“The Pix Pads were the perfect solution,” remarked Rocco. “I like the idea of doing more visual looks than just lighting a stage or performance. The PixPad does a great job of not only being easy to rig, but also easy to control giving the lighting people an easy solution where setup times are always under pressure. The variety of effects and colours you can do with them is fantastic. I like the design of the product which in itself looks interesting with the sunken cones of LEDS. Also as a video wall solution is really out of our price range, these lights give us the ability to do simple video and mapped looks on a large scale but still at a great price point.”
Rocco concludes that with the popularity of the fixtures increasing, he can only see them buying more.
Total AV invest in a MA2 Light
Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014
Late last year Jason Griffin decided that after working in the audio visual business for eight years, it was time to start his own business and so, along with his business partner, he formed Total AV. First on the shopping list was a lighting console that had a great reputation, and would also be sought after for sub-hires.
“We decided that the MA Lighting MA2 Light was the product to purchase to break into the market,” commented Jason. “Market popularity was most definitely important and the MA series of consoles are the most a sought after.”
Jason explains that Total AV is a small, niche business and that they plan not to have too many clients in order to concentrate fully on those that they do have.
“The big tour we are doing this year is the Australian International Ice Hockey event across Australia which will take place through June and July,” he said. “Obviously our MA2 Light will be a big part of the tour!”
Jason is very impressed by the power and reliability of the MA consoles, stating that over the years he has never had an issue with a MA console crashing.
“Its 3D software is brilliant to work on and pre-program shows,” he added. “However, the main selling point is the way you can customize the console to suit the individual operator. It’s such a staple console now and everyone knows it as it’s a very user friendly.”
Martin RUSH for Diverse AV
Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
Diverse AV saw the launch of Melbourne clothing label Third Chapter’s new range as the ideal opportunity to debut their new Martin RUSH MH1 and their old favourites the Blinder Bar.
“I found that the money I was spending on cross hires was really eating into my profit and so I decided it was time to buy some of my own gear,” commented Brad Hurle, managing director of Diverse AV.
When Brad came across the Martin RUSH range he knew straight away it was the perfect fit for his requirements. His company doesn’t supply a lot of arena size shows rather small venues at the moment, with a capacity up to 1500 and so he doesn’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a high end fixture.
“The Martin RUSH range made the most sense to me and Show Technology’s Simon Barrett was a valuable resource showing me all the options available,” said Brad. “It was really good because he wasn’t trying to sell me the most expensive product rather what was most suitable and would make me money fast.”
Brad decided to start with a purchase of six Martin RUSH MH1 Profiles stating that you really can’t go past the Martin brand for reliability.
“When you think of moving lights, you think of Martin straightaway,” he remarked. “Also, we don’t have to worry about stocking heaps of lamps and not having to keep serious track of lamp hours is great.”
Brad further commented on the RUSH MH1’s effective optics that deliver a variety of effects and some great 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.
The event also saw Diverse AV’s six Blinder Bars in action as well as 2 Martin MAC301 movers.
“We love the Blinder Bars, because you just can’t go wrong with tungsten blinder look, but with the sun strips, you can get so creative with the 10 channel mode,” Brad concluded.
PLASA Launches New International Online Job Service
Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
PLASA announces the launch of its International interactive job board. With its focus on the creative industries, the PLASA Job Board offers its members—and the creative industries at large—an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections.
“We’re very excited about the PLASA Job Board because we know how critical it is for employers in the industry to attract first-rate talent with a minimum expenditure of time and resources,” said Kacey Coffin, Director of Membership for PLASA worldwide. “And it’s important for us to help enable smooth career transitions for our members and those seeking industry jobs.”
Both members and non-members can use the new PLASA Job Board to reach qualified candidates with members receiving special pricing. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting that provides job activity statistics.
For job seekers, the PLASA Job Board is a free service that provides access to employers and jobs in the creative industries. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse and view available jobs based on their criteria and save those jobs for later review if they choose. Job seekers can also create a search agent to provide email notifications of jobs that match their criteria.
To search available jobs, post job openings or upload a resume, visit jobboard.plasa.org.
Jands Vista L5 Goes West (And East, North And South) With CCPWA
Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Since Perth’s Concert and Corporate Productions (CCPWA to their friends) purchased their Jands Vista L5 they’ve barely had the pleasure of its company. And it’s that kind of immediate return on investment that really makes a production company happy. Sean McKernan, General Manager of CCPWA, couldn’t be happier with its absence. “We got it mid-September and we only had it in our warehouse for 12 hours before it went out on its first tour!”
After purchasing from Jands, the L5 flew into Perth to be prepped by the CCPWA crew, and soon turned around and was put on a plane to Brisbane, where it kicked off on UK metal band Bring Me The Horizon’s national tour. As that tour finished up, the desk went straight over to US rockers Fall Out Boy for another lap of the nation.
“It was a good month and a half before it came back” Sean continued, “and it has had nothing but praise from all the LDs who’ve used it.” User feedback coming into CCPWA has repeatedly highlighted the L5’s intuitive operation and great operating system. Sean concurs; “I’m a GrandMA operator, and I find the Vista L5 completely intuitive.”
One of the big hits with operators is the generous 21-inch, 1920×1080 resolution TFT screen. “It’s one of the biggest visual surfaces on the market” agreed Sean. “There’s not many other consoles that have a better work surface.”
After doing two tours of duty, bouncing around Australia’s highways on trucks, the L5 finally made it home in fine working order, ready to go out again almost immediately. “We’ve only had it back for four weeks” explained Sean, “and it has done three shows during that time.”
CCP’s Jands Vista L5 was on the Perth leg of the huge EDM-based Stereosonic Festival and soon after showed its versatility by working on an opera. Looks like the warehouse crew won’t be seeing much of this workhorse at all in the near future.
Show Technology launches Electronic Product Guide
Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Show Technology has recognised that in the fast, technology driven entertainment lighting market, customers and end users need to be able to access accurate and comprehensive details of their equipment, anywhere and at any time.
“The old printed catalogue has really been dead for a few years now, particularly at the more professional end of the market,” commented Mark McInnes, Show Technology’s National Sales & Marketing Manager. “However there is still a need for a collection of product details which can be quickly and easily accessed. We had tried a couple of other ways to present this information and we were never really happy with the functionality or its edit-ability. Products are moving so fast, it was essential to find a way to keep data updated.”
Persistence has paid off with Show Technology launching their Electronic Product Guide this week. The guide will allow changes and updates to be made to the products’ individual files when necessary and customers will be able to access those changes immediately. So, for example, if a manufacturer changes a product specification, releases a new product or deletes a product, changes can be made on the back end and the product guide is updated straight away.
“We are confident this is both a solid way to contribute to reducing our impacts on the environment whilst providing a better solution for those of our customers who still need a product guide as a resource,” added Mark McInnes. “Our customers will always have the latest information if they use the on-line system.”
Show Technology’s Electronic Product Guide can be accessed at www.showtech.com.au/productguide
Chameleon Lighting takes on SGM X5 Strobes
Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Chameleon Touring Systems, one of Australia’s largest specialist lighting providers has purchased a quantity of X5 Led Strobes. They are also currently evaluating other SGM fixtures including the powerful P5 Wash and the SP6 Sixpack Blinder. Chameleon Director, Tony Davies commented, “At Chameleon we are always trying to offer our clients the latest technology that will make their productions and events unique and memorable. This exciting new product range from SGM ticks all the boxes, a number of the fixtures have a IP65 rating and built in wireless DMX, so we can utlise them in a wide range of applications. The new LED pixel effects like the LB100 Led Balls and LT100 Tubes, I am sure are going to become very popular when we role them out in 2014. Our recent purchase of X5 Strobes purely reflects the appearance of these units on a number of international riders this year.”
Dave Croxton, Managing Director of SGM’s Australian Distributor, ETA said, “Both ETA and SGM are proud to be associated with one of Australia’s premier lighting companies in Chameleon. Chameleon has always been at the forefront of entertainment lighting in Australia and it is our priority to support them as they introduce SGM’s new range to the Australian production industry.”
Attached picture: Chameleon Director, Tony Davies checks out the SGM P5 Wash.
Lux Events add Clay Paky Sharpys to their stock
Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014
Lux Events have added sixteen Clay Paky Sharpys to their inventory and according to managing director Dave Trapp, they are fast becoming a favourite with his corporate clients.
“The Sharpy is a light that makes such an impression even our corporate clients comment on them!” he announced. “The Sharpys are well renowned for their brightness but none the less the LX guys have still been blown away by what a difference they’re making to our shows.”
The photographs show eight of the Sharpys put to use on a corporate party where they were the feature light used to dress the space. Project Manager for the event was Michael Judges and Senior Production Manager was Matt Gibbons., aiming for a Ministry of Sound theme in the Crown Casino ballroom.
“We used the Sharpys for aerial effects and because of their brightness, they are perfect for that,” said Matt. “I actually had to run them at 40% because they were far too bright for the ballroom! What can I say that hasn’t been said by everyone else: amazing colours, amazing gobos, very sharp and very fast. The Sharpy really is a unique light, very versatile and it has great precision.”
Also in the rig were nine Martin LC Panels which Dave says are oldies but goodies and have been used nearly every weekend over the last few months. Added to them were sixteen Martin MAC700s, Pro Shop Tri-Color, Unique Hazers and a full size grandMA1.
Digilin & Lightech Have Merged
Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013
After enjoying many years of a successful trading relationship, these two companies have merged resulting in the new company “Digilin Australia Pty Ltd”
Digilin has forged an outstanding reputation for quality and reliability, while manufacturing in Australia for more than 30 years. Digilin has been at the forefront of emerging LED and fibre optic lighting technologies, and has enjoyed being the “choice of professionals” for projects locally & internationally.
As a dedicated Digilin distributor, Lightech has been involved in the design, supply and implementation of specialist lighting projects within Australia and overseas. With a diverse background in design, contracting and integration, Lightech has been a successful interface and a dependable support arm for the Digilin product range.
The new company Digilin Australia continues to manufacture superior quality LED and fibre optic lighting, right here in Australia, but now adds a dedicated technical support team and increased service levels. Digilin Australia takes the guesswork out of control gear/driver issues and can provide you with “project specific” wiring schematics and system layouts, which makes using Digilin products easier than ever.
Digilin Australia will continue to be the “choice of professionals” by;
- Manufacturing superior lighting products that outperform all others
- Engineering solutions for performance and reliability
- Pioneering research and development into emerging lighting technologies
- Providing extensive technical support to our customers and associates
Digilin Australia is embarking on a rebranding process, which will include a new logo & website plus improved traditional and electronic communications. This process will provide closer relationships and deeper engagement with our valued customers, plus develop an image that accurately defines our capabilities and core values.
Digilin Australia has new contact details including freecall 1800 phone and fax numbers. We are implementing a new communication system that keeps us in touch with our valued customers.
Phone 1800 950 888
Fax 1800 982 005
At Digilin Australia we are embracing the challenges of Australian manufacturing and we are extremely grateful for your business & support. What we are creating is a brand new “Digilin Experience” that will set the foundation for the next 30 years, we certainly hope you can be part of this exciting journey
Alive Technologies Group Gears Up!
Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Alive Technologies Group recently added 8 new Robe MMX Blades and 8 Robe Pointe fixtures to their extensive rental inventory. Their season started in big style with David Guetta mega concert in Hobart last weekend.
Tony Lukeman from ULA Group Melbourne office worked closely with David Bell to choose the best available products on the market for his productions. Tony Lukeman comments: “In today’s market, rental companies need to get as much value as possible form their inventory. Robe continues to tick all the boxes with the MMX Blade and Pointe providing unmatched functionality, versatility, class leading energy efficiency and compact design. It’s great to see Alive Technologies Group continue to grow with our smaller, lighter, brighter, more useful fixtures bred with Robe’s world famed reliability keeping them ahead of the game.”
When the MMX Blades and Pointes arrived, Alive Technologies Group staff were really impressed with their powerful effects. David Bell comments: “The MMX Blades are perfect for our cross discipline use. They are as small as a 300 spot, making them inconspicuous for corporate work. They are as powerful as a 1200 spot making them perfect for concerts, and the variable shutter module makes them sought after for our Theatre clients.”
Alive Technologies Group’s current Robe rental stock also includes the versatile and punchy Robin 100 LEDBeams, popular Robin 600 LEDWashes, Robin 300E Spots, ColorSpot 700ATs, Digital Spot 7000s, all together over 140 Robe fixtures, making them the biggest lighting rental company in Tasmania.
Cornerstone invest with Martin RUSH MH1 and MH2 fixtures
Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013
Steve Piemontese of Cornerstone Lighting & Production recently invested in six Martin RUSH MH1 Profiles and six RUSH MH2 Washes. The company provides lighting production to a wide variety of small productions.
The RUSH MH1 is a super bright LED profile moving head with efficient optics that deliver 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.
The RUSH MH2 is a compact yet powerful, fast and agile LED wash light moving head that features RGBW colour mixing. Unique wash beam effects are possible with auto trig shows and music trig sound activation.
“The first thing that attracted me to the RUSH fixtures was brand,” commented Steve. “With Martin you get reliability and great support. I like the brightness of the RUSH MH1 especially for such a low wattage. I set them up against some MAC250’s and they are definitely brighter.
“I really like the colour you get with the RUSH MH2. Its standard LED mixing but it’s very effective and it’s great that you have white as well. They’re a great entry level moving head LED wash light.”
Photographed is a video shoot for which Cornerstone Lighting & Production supplied their Martin RUSH MH1 Profiles as well as eight Pro Shop Blinder Bars.
“It was a music video that featured a couple of dancers and the core design was a background of Blinder Bars,” explained Steve. “The MH1 Profiles were there to help emphasis and create the movement and the atmosphere. In the white room the colour came from the MH1 Profiles and it worked really well.”
Terbly QUAD 7 LED wash lights soon pay for themselves!
Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013
Queensland-based Aisle 6 have only had their eight Terbly QUAD 7 LED wash lights for three months but already they have paid for themselves, according to managing director Scott Mullane!
“The Terbly fixtures have been performing fantastically,” added Scott. “We don’t really advertise rather relying on social marketing and word of mouth. The first show we used them on was the Australian Christian Churches State Conference and we had several enquiries afterwards as to what we had been using on the stage. Through that we secured three hires and so it has grown. They have been in consistent use on conferences, rock shows, school end of year award nights and now carols.”
The QUAD 7 is a high output QUAD LED wash light with a fixed beam of 8 degrees. Capable of an extremely wide colour range with individual control of the ‘outer’ or ‘inner’ ring of LEDs means this is a small stage look as well as an effective beam effect. Using the same 10Watt QUAD LEDs as the others in the Terbly range the QUAD 7 is ‘a mighty little light at a mighty small price’.
“We were looking to get rid of our MSD moving head fixtures in favour of LED for obvious reasons such as bulb life and maintenance issues,” remarked Scott, when asked what drove his purchase. “Initially we looked at the Martin MAC101 but the Terbly QUAD 7 was comparable – in fact we thought it was better. They’re RGBW rather than RGB and I think they’re brighter. Plus they are more cost effective.”
ULA Group appointed Australian Distributor for LumenRadio
Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013
ULA are proud to announce the new partnership with LumenRadio and appointment of being an Australian distributor of their wireless CRMX technology systems.
“It is with great pleasure and excitement we announce our partnership with LumenRadio,” comments Cuono Biviano, Managing Director of ULA Group. “The CRMX product line is without any doubt the most reliable and advanced wireless DMX/RDM technology in its class, making it a perfect fit into the ULA Group stable of products. Their wireless products range from touring to architectural projects and beyond making most demands a reality. I look forward to working with the highly skilled team at LumenRadio and providing these solutions to our loyal clients and beyond.”
Peter Kirkup, VP of Entertainment from LumenRadio says: “ULAs commitment to their product portfolio and to their customers is outstanding! ULA is a highly respected distributor and are currently working with some of the largest manufacturers within the industry, such as Robe, Avolites and Chamsys. We are very excited to have them onboard and look forward to this new partnership with great expectations”.
Picture: Peter Kirkup and Cuono Biviano.
Adelaide Festival Centre Switches To ETC Control
Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
The Adelaide Festival Centre has joined the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, His Majesty’s in Perth, State Theatre Centre of WA and most of the country’s leading company’s and venues, in installing ETC lighting consoles.
Most significantly, they were the first venue in Australia to receive an ETC Eos Titanium (or “Ti”), ETC’s flagship lighting control console. Ti includes many software and hardware features that add to its award-winning Eos-family functionality, including large-format, articulating multitouch displays, a multitouch encoder display, a solid-state hard drive and the ability to work with Magic Sheets.
“It was time to replace our aging Strand 500 Series consoles and ETC was the obvious choice,” commented Nathan Luscombe, head lighting technician at Adelaide Festival Centre. “Strand used to be the industry standard for all the major venues in the country but over the past few years, they have been superseded by the ETC EOS range. More and more shows coming through the Adelaide Festival Centre’s venues were using an ETC platform so the choice was simple to make.
“For someone who has used a Strand console for many, many years, I found the ETC philosophy the next logical step. I found it really easy to switch to the ETC platform. Basically, they’re just nice to use.”
The Adelaide Festival Centre was Australia’s first multi-purpose arts centre built in 1973 and physically, it has two locations: the riverside centre, and Her Majesty’s Theatre. These two locations house six different venues: the Festival Theatre, Dunstan Playhouse, Space Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Artspace Gallery and the Amphitheatre.
The ETC Gio has been installed into the Dunstan Playhouse, and the ETC Ion into the Space Theatre. The ETC Eos Ti has been installed into the Festival Theatre, a large proscenium arch theatre, and the lighting department are delighted by its performance.
“The Eos Ti is extremely similar to the Eos console, which we are familiar with, with main differences being in the layout of the console,” remarked Nathan. “However these differences make designing and programming easier particularly the built-in multi-touch screens that make it possible to display much more information.”
Nathan was also impressed by the speed of the console, most noticeably its boot time, all made possible by the new solid-state hard drive of the Eos Ti.
Another feature of Ti (and the entire Eos family) is the new Magic Sheet functionality, allowing users to interact with both automated and conventional fixtures in an intuitive, visual way.
Nathan commented that the Magic Sheets have added the ability to reference the lighting plan on screen as well as selecting instruments. This provides more flexibility to the programmer and the designer and is a feature that the AFC programmers are finding extremely helpful.
“I have been really pleased with the positive feedback from all the operators on how intuitive and flexible the EOS family is,” added Chris Searle, Head of Lighting at AFC. “Although we have only had the consoles a short time the crew have managed to adapt quickly and become confident around the new systems.
“I’m glad that I was able to purchase three consoles in the one hit as this has meant everyone is changing over all at the same time so tips and tricks are being shared daily improving the experience for all.
“Tim Kennard from Jands as always was a great help in accommodating our requests and I would like to thank him for making the process as quick and simple as it was.”