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.
Astera names exclusive Australian distributor
Posted on Monday, July 14th, 2014
Astera has appointed Bluebottle as the exclusive distributor of its wireless event lights in Australasia. Bluebottle is based in Melbourne, Australia, and will serve mainland Australia, New Zealand and other Australasian islands. Bluebottle has been working with Astera since 2010 and this partnership will serve to enhance the sales, distribution and support of Astera’s wireless event lighting range in the Australian market.
“The addition of Astera to our current portfolio significantly enhances our sales outlook as it allows us to provide an even more comprehensive array of audio/visual solutions to our customers,” commented John Salisbury, associate director at Bluebottle. “We are committed to bringing this expanded offering to new and existing customers while also ensuring they receive the same level of service and support that they always have from our team.”
Commenting on the partnership, Blaine Holloway, regional sales manager at Astera, said, “We look forward to the opportunity to partner with Bluebottle, who provide a high-end platform for customers to appreciate our products. Bluebottle’s strong market knowledge and support is a huge benefit to our customers in the region. There is not a more qualified partner in the region to represent Astera and help fulfil our mission to provide the most reliable wireless lighting solutions available.”
ALIA 2014 Annual General Meeting
Posted on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
The 2014 ALIA AGM will be held at 4:30pm on Wednesday 23rd of July in a meeting room at the Entech Connect Show in the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.
The meeting will present a review of the progress that ALIA has made in the last 12 months and, more importantly, provide an opportunity for members to influence the future direction of the association through the election of committee members.
All committee positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and six ordinary committee members, are open for nominations and election. This is your opportunity to have an input to the direction of ALIA. Due to our members’ wide geographic dispersion and frequently frantic work-habits, the 2014 election of office bearers will be held by a combination of email, fax, and personal voting at the meeting.
Nomination forms for all committee positions are available for downloading.
Full meeting details on the AGM page
Martin M1 in control at John Paul College
Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2014
Queensland’s John Paul College has always made the performing arts a priority to the point where it now attracts students choosing performing arts as a career path.
During the past three years their main 220-seat auditorium has been going through the process of refurbishment and recently the college were able to fund the purchase of a new lighting console.
“We’re constantly looking for the ability to teach our students how to use standard industry equipment,” remarked William Wallace, School Of Performing Arts Facilities and Technology Coordinator. “We have a stock of lighting already and the idea was to buy a console with the view to adding more lighting in the future. Ideally we’d like to purchase moving lights and also be able to move our lighting equipment around the campus as there are other venues we need to do shows in.”
With that in mind, William looked no further than the Martin M1 console which offers the full power of a larger console and the agility of a smaller one.
“I was familiar with the Martin M1 as crew that come in to do our productions usually had one and they recommended it,” added William. “For me, it was a case of what I know and it’s very straight forward and intuitive. In fact the M1’s ease of use is incredible. The level of fixtures inbuilt in it already is amazing; we have some cheap Chinese lights purchased quite a while ago and I wasn’t expecting to find them inbuilt into the console but they were. The level of depth Martin have gone to with pre-loaded fixtures and the ease of use to load them up ready to use has been great and very straightforward.”
William is also impressed at how simple it is to show his students how to operate the M1, particularly with the touchscreen, and he says that they pick it up very rapidly.
Kosmic Sound Light Vision supplied the M1 console to the college.
Chromlech in liquidation
Posted on Friday, July 4th, 2014
Chromlech, the French manufacturer behind innovative LED lighting products such as Jarag and Elidy, has gone out of business with the loss of 14 jobs. Known as an innovator of lighting products, Chromlech enjoyed great success with its Jarag line of LED modules, which sold well for years, and still selling right up to the company’s demise. Gleamer, a dimmer dedicated to low-voltage lighting, won a PLASA Award for Innovation in 2011. Then came Elidy, a striking 5×5 LED matrix tile producing warm white beams of light, launched at the PLASA Show in 2012.
However, copies of the Elidy concept, made in China, began to appear on the market with months of the product’s release, and Chromlech found itself unable to take legal action to protect their intellectual property. Two patents covered Elidy – one for the technology and one for the design, or form factor. Unfortunately for Chromlech, their technology patent application was still pending and the differences introduced by the Chinese manufacturer to the form factor of its product – which was a 7×7 matrix instead of a 5×5, and also incorporated other minor design changes – meant that the design protection was also likely to be side-stepped.
Eventually, as the cheaper product took hold in the marketplace, at around 50% of the cost of Elidy, Chromlech’s project and sales leads evaporated. In June, Chromlech announced to its sales partners that the company had finally been forced to cease operations.
Martin M2GO and RUSH MH2’s for P.S.I Audio
Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
P.S.I Audio in Western Australia purchased four Martin RUSH MH2 Wash fixtures to add to their burgeoning lighting hire inventory.
“And we’re definitely going to buy some more RUSH fixtures in the near future!” commented Ryan Miller of P.S.I Audio. “The MH2’s are very compact and light which means they are easy to maneuver and that’s great for corporate work. They may be small but they are super bright and I also really like that they can do pastel colours. However the best feature is their amazing price – the quality for the price is unbelievable.
Compact yet powerful, the fast and agile RUSH MH2 LED wash light moving head features RGBW colour mixing. Unique wash beam effects are possible with auto trig shows and music trig sound activation.
The portable Martin M2GO lighting console was also supplied to P.S.I Audio. It offers a professional level of features and has been developed with cost, ergonomics, feature set, size and weight in mind.
“At the moment we’re not massive in the lighting industry and so we were looking for a beginner’s console with the total show experience,” said Ryan. “The M2GO is easy to operate and get your head around. It’s a really good all-rounder console – small, portable, quick to set up and easy to patch.”
Robe MiniMes for Australian Old Parliament House
Posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Four Robe Robin MiniMes — Robe’s compact effects luminaire with video — have been supplied for use throughout the Museum of Australian Democracy (MOAD) located at the Old Parliament House Building in Canberra, ACT, by Elite Sound & Lighting, also based in the city.
The fixtures are mobile and are being used for a variety of applications involving temporary exhibitions and small events which are constantly staged in the venue.
Elite is one of Australia’s leading rental companies and the company has a substantial number of Robe products — nearly 300 moving lights — in regular hire stock.
Elite managing director Darren Russell explained that they have also enjoyed a close working relationship as the in house audiovisual provider for external clients within the venue and also as a supplier to MOAD, which includes introducing them to new, interesting, and appropriate technologies as and when they come to the market.
This is exactly what happened with the MiniMe. The Elite team first saw the innovative MiniMe at Frankfurt in 2013 at Prolight + Sound where it was launched and as soon as the units were available — via Robe’s Australian exclusive distributor The ULA Group — they took delivery and arranged a demo at MOAD.
The venue’s technical team was also suitably impressed and promptly ordered the first four MiniMes, which was also the first MiniMe supply and sale for Elite.
The building — and the majority of its contents including furnishings and fabrics — is Heritage listed and therefore subject to a plethora of rules, regulations, and restrictions in terms of how technical equipment and lighting fixtures in particular can and can’t be used, when, and how.
“The MiniMe ticked all the boxes in that respect,” says Russell, “It’s small, light, portable, powerful, and very versatile — that’s what they need — ultimate flexibility.” He also mentions that the MiniMe optics are high quality and the units can be controlled either by DMX or in stand-alone mode, which further widens their scope.
So, the company says the MiniMes are making their very own little bit of history in being the first in the landmark building which has shaped so much of Australia’s political history.
The MOAD events team is delighted and the MiniMes have been in constant use for anything from visually illustrating lectures and seminars to creating effects at events and presentations where they are great for logo projections and other crossover lighting and video effects.
The MiniMe is an effects lighting luminaire with the addition of full video output. It is a small, neat, and fast moving fixture that is LED driven with a 20,000 hour lifetime source. Colors, gobos, and beam shapes are all digitally generated by the on-board micro-media server. Custom artwork, still photographs, and video content can be simply uploaded and used for projection, and live video can also be streamed through the HDMI input.
Old Parliament House is one of Australia’s best loved buildings, and housed the Parliament of Australia from 1927 to 1988.
The Museum of Australian Democracy brings the journey of Australian democracy to life — presenting its past, present, and possible futures via a range of interactive exhibitions, tours, and public programs that challenge and inspire.
Photo: Darren Russell, managing director of Elite Sound and Lighting, with Kevin Abbott, technical officer from Australia’s Old Parliament House
Novatech Creative Event Technology add the newly released d3 Technologies 4×4 Pro to their fleet
Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014
Novatech Creative Event Technology is pleased to welcome a game changing new addition to their fleet of d3 Media Servers; the newly released d3 Technologies 4×4 Pro.
Even before the purchase of their first d3 system in 2012, Novatech realised what a great new addition to their already broad capabilities this system would bring. Not only allowing an unprecedented level of multilayered simultaneous video playblack on both simple and complex 3d objects, but also providing a realistic previsualisation suite enabling clients to venture into the virtual world and explore their event without stepping foot into the venue weeks or months before the event.
With an impressive four 4k video outputs or sixteen HD outputs (and anywhere in between with user replaceable VFC Cards) and four HD-SDI or two 3G-SDI inputs featuring the lowest frame latency on the market, we are not kidding when we say game changer.
Novatech has seen extensive growth to their previsualisation and projections projects. Since having d3 on board, it has been responsible for an impressive list of events including the Samsung Smart TV Launch, Holden VF Commodore Launch, SA State Brand Launch and Vivid Sydney to name a few. The purchase of the newly released hardware was an obvious next step for Novatech to cope with the demand for the system.
In the coming months d3 will feature on a number of key events including a 360 degree immersive projection with a massive canvas size of 225m x 8m, and also provide playback on Australian Dance Theatres new stereoscopic show venture ‘Multiverse’.
“We were well aware of d3’s commitment to further develop their product over the past 12 months with new industry leading innovations in both software and hardware,” commented Jayden Sutherland, d3 Project Manager. “It’s impressive to finally see this come to fruition in the new server range.
“The biggest draw card for purchasing the 4×4 Pro was the I/O abilities and extremely high level of playback. The user replaceable VFC cards give you the option of running four 4k outputs or up to sixteen 1080p outputs, and anywhere in between. This means we can run some of the most complex shows from a single machine! To be able to drive enough content to all those pixels, the 4×4 Pro can run an equivalent of 32HD Video Layers. Impressive!”
Novatech are one of the first in the world to take delivery of the 4×4 Pro arriving June 2014.
Alive Technologies bring Clay Paky B-EYEs to Tassie
Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
Tasmanian-based Alive Technologies has purchased eight Clay Paky A.LEDA B-EYE K20 LED moving lights.
David Bell, managing director of Alive Technologies, had been looking for a cutting-edge technology fixture that would meet his unique requirements as well as create demand for hire.
“The B-EYE was the logical choice as it is so unique,” he remarked. “We have a limited market here in Tasmania so I wanted a versatile fixture that could be used in a diverse array of productions. The A.LEDA B-EYE K20 is ideal as it is, simultaneously, a state-of-the-art LED wash-light, an amazing “beam-light” and a projector for totally unseen, stunning graphic effects. So it can provide all of that in one show.”
Alive’s eight B-EYES had their major debut at Launceston’s Breath of Life concert featuring Public Enemy, Empire of the Sun and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, as well as countless other acts and DJs.
“Everyone at the concert was very impressed by the B-EYEs, even the sound crew, and they performed fantastically,” reported David. “The colours out of the B-EYEs are superb and the film guys we work with are very impressed by the natural tungsten colours they deliver.”
David Szoka, systems tech at Alive, has had a few weeks to familiarize himself with the B-EYEs and is loving everything about them! He is particularly impressed by the wide 6° to 60° beam aperture offered by the B-EYE and the fact that the zoom can be closed even further, down to as little as 4 degrees.
“I love the zoom on the B-EYEs, it’s absolutely amazing,” he declared. “Being a small company, it means we can take less lights to cover more area. The colour you get out of the B-EYEs is beautiful and very consistent.”
David has been delighted by B-EYE’s stunning effect abilities whereby the front lens is rotated in either direction and at variable speed creating many little beams that can be unfolded or closed like petals. When colours and dynamic patterns are added, B-EYE generates countless kaleidoscopic projections, as no other LED fixture has ever done.
“The shapes and effects are great even in the daylight – you don’t have to have darkness and smoke to see them,” said David. “The effects are really easy to control. In fact I realized at the show that there’s more control function that I realized. And there’s still more to learn. I love that the effects themselves have built in crossfade or snap function, so you don’t actually have to program a cross fade or a snap, you just change it in the effects. That saves a lot of time.
“I couldn’t believe how sharp and bright the beams were and I was surprised at the speed of their tilt and the pan. The features are really easy to use. You don’t have to have one control channel at 2% and the next one at 55%, it’s all just simple and easy to use.
David also mentions that the versatility of the profiles they have built into them make them great for all levels of lighting experience; basic, shapes, extended, and extreme extended if you want to get down to a pixel mapping experience.
“As David Bell said, when we go shopping we look for something we can use in multiple places,” he added. “We can use these as basic wash lights for corporate dinners, throw in shapes, effects and patterns in the air and people are amazed it’s the same light. Plus the B-EYEs are a relatively low-wattage fixture with no heat issues which is always good.”
The third David is Dave Taylor, lighting designer for Empire Of The Sun and also the main stage at the festival. Dave was overjoyed to discover that he would have Clay Paky A.LEDA B-EYE K20 to play with.
“I had been looking at the B-EYEs the week before and wondered when I’d get to see some,” he noted. “Tasmania was probably the last place I expected to see some! I was most impressed by the output of them and of course, the effects modes are great but just being able to do the nice, subtle stuff with them has been great too. Not having to have the intensity at full all the time was perfect as I could save them for the big moments. I would have loved to have had more of them!! We’ll definitely use them again and I’m sure over the coming months, as Empire Of The Sun so the US and European summer festivals, I’ll see them on many stages.”
Ipswich Civic Centre adds extra flexibility to their MA Lighting control system
Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014
Towards the end of 2013, the Ipswich Civic Centre purchased a MA onPC command wing and a MA onPC fader wing to add to their existing MA console stock.
Even though most of the productions handled at the Centre are in-house with grandMA1 and grandMA2 consoles, it became necessary to purchase a portable lighting control system to handle the smaller events throughout the venue here as well as some external events, without creating unnecessary wear and tear on transporting the larger consoles.
“The MA onPC command and fader wings have been a great addition to the infrastructure here at the Ipswich Civic Centre,” remarked David Finn, technical manager at the Centre. “The portability of the wings while retaining the strength of the MA software has been a huge asset to us.”
The MA onPC command wing paves the way for mobile use of the highly flexible and powerful grandMA2 control system. This portable solution offers realtime control for 2,048 parameters in combination with grandMA2 onPC. Designed as the perfect hardware expansion to the grandMA2 onPC software, onPC command wing enables the look and feel of the software to be as close as possible to a real grandMA2 console.
“We’ve discovered that the MA onPC command wing offers reliability, backup and flexibility plus it is not too expensive,” added David. “Obviously our tech crew are familiar with the MA control surface but even if they weren’t, it’s simple to learn.”
The MA onPC fader wing completes the mobile range of onPC products, with a mobile control solution that supplies real faders and executors in connection with the free-of-charge software.
Scene Change invests in Martin RUSH Par 2’s and MAC101’s
Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Fast-growing national AV company Scene Change has increased its investment in Martin lighting products, building its Sydney lighting stocks with Martin MAC101’s and Martin Rush Par 2 RGBW Zooms.
Scene Change purchased the RUSH Par 2’s for their accurate colour mixing as these bright single-lens LED PAR Cans come with fully premixed colour from 12 RGBW LEDs and a spectacular 10 – 60 ° zoom. It offers electronic dimming and strobe and comes with a flexible bracket for floor or truss mounting.
“We have one large client who is very particular about their brand colour and we found that previous LED fixtures couldn’t deliver it,” said Vicken Hekimian, Sydney Director of Scene Change. “We’ve really found them to be a step up from what we’ve used before.”
Hekimian also likes the wide 100 to 600 zoom for its versatility, which helps get around the rigging restrictions in many hotel ballrooms.
Hekimian and senior lighting technician Jarrod Farr find the MAC101’s suit almost every kind of show, with the ability to get a lot of different looks out of a small package. They can light tables as a pinspot, sit on the stage, or light a party band in impressive style. Eight of them fit in a modest-sized roadcase, making them much easier to move around in vans than traditional moving fixtures.
“The MAC101’s are bright, fast, and lightweight, which is important for corporate shows where you don’t have a lot of time to set up or rehearse,” commented Vicken.
Their reliability has also impressed Jarrod, who uses the MAC101’s on a near-daily basis.
“We haven’t had one break down yet, which a major benefit for rental work,” he said.
Their commitment to new technology has seen Scene Change grow substantially in the last year, moving to its third new premises since the company opened in 2007. Scene Change was also recognised at the recent Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Awards in Kuala Lumpur, taking out the Best Technical Production National Award for the third year running. This puts Scene Change into the MEA Hall of Fame, the only AV company to hold this accolade.
“Showtech have been a big part of the growth of our company,” remarked Vicken. “They’ve supported us since the start, and we have a level of trust that is really reassuring.”
Martin RUSH MH 3 Beams win the race for High Noon Productions
Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014
We are not saying that Dyke Dunning, managing director of High Noon Productions, is horse racing crazy but here is his report on his new Martin RUSH MH 3 Beams.
“I went to the CX yearling sales looking for a sharp, bright, tight, quick colt. I was very impressed with the MH 3, the sire being Martin out of the dame Rush. Its sectional times were impressive, extremely quick going around the outside of the track with a big 160W heart and tight beam. The gobos are sharp and tight for those 800-1000m gigs. Equally impressive is its blood lines being traced back to PAR can out of the dame ACL, a very competitive filly from the 80’s. We have been impressed with the MH 3’s long distance in which it can compete, having out shone the other great colt in the stable MAC700. I recommend if you want to syndicate a light, this is the unit to get a share in. Excellent return and easy to feed young colt.”
Dyke kindly enclosed a picture of one of his RUSH MH 3 Beam fixtures playing with a stuffed dog. The dog also has impressive sectionals.
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.
Brisbane Sound Group are Loving their new Pointes!
Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Brisbane Sound Group have recently invested in 16 new Robe Pointes and they’re absolutely loving them!
They purchased their first Robe fixtures a few weeks ago and have used them on a wide variety of shows, including corporate, church and concert events.
Rosh Bellen from Brisbane Sounds Group comments: “We were looking at expanding our offerings within our lighting inventory and the Pointe appealed to us due to its versatility. The response and acceptance to the fixtures within our current client base has been overwhelming positive”.
With almost 30 years of experience in live audio, studio and lighting, Brisbane Sound Group offers a comprehensive solution in technical event productions with the ability to cover a wide variety of events, from school recitals to large outdoor concerts. Their upcoming events feature some big names and productions and they will be definitely using the Points as a key feature lights.
Austage Events expand with Show Technology
Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Perth’s Austage Events is an audio visual company specialising in technical services and event management for professional corporate events, conferences, product launches, exhibitions, fashion shows and much more.
With a diverse clientele to keep satisfied, Austage Events looked to add variety to their lighting inventory with the purchase of twelve Martin MAC Auras, fifty LED PAR Quad-18s, twenty Pro Shop LED Strip HO units, two Look Solutions Unique 2 Hazers and a W-DMX Transmitter with two Receivers.
“The MAC Auras are a rather versatile little moving head,” commented Dan Read, Technical Director at Austage. “They are nice and light making it easy to mount them in a variety of different places. Their compact size and attractive looks are perfect for the corporate market. Plus they are bright, fast and have some great colours.”
Dan reports that they mainly use the LED PAR Quad-18’s and Pro Shop LED Strip HO’s for up lighting in various situations.
“The HO’s are great for creating a bit of a stage look also on some truss uprights,” he added. “They are very bright and really pack a punch. I like that you can control them either as a solid bank or in segments to allow a slow colour scroll effect. As for the LED PAR Quad-18s, they’re compact in size – always a plus in our business – yet bright and can deliver warm or cool whites too. They’re also very cost effective – both in purchase price and running price.”
As for the Look Solutions Unique 2 Hazers, Dan remarks that they are the industry standard and never fail to impress.
“The W-DMX is a handy addition to our inventory and saves time running cables into roofs and to that one light the client wants to be able to control out in the foyer!” concluded Dan.
PixPads and Fusion Bars light Planetshakers
Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014
Planetshakers Church has invested in twenty-four ShowPro PixPads, Pro Shop LED Fusion Bars and a MA Node for their main Melbourne campus as well as their Melbourne North East Campus.
“We really liked the PixPads and were keen to incorporate them into the look of our productions,” explained Steve Piemontese, production assistant at Planetshakers. “Of particular interest was the ability to pixel map them and run effects through them. We’ve really pushed them quite a lot and created some interesting effects with them. They really help the visual look of the stage particularly for the cameras; that’s very important as we live stream out Sunday service.”
Eight of the PixPads were deployed to the Melbourne North East Campus where they are mostly used for stage wash. They are joined by the six LED Fusion Bars which add an element of eye candy. The LED Fusion Bars utilize the latest in Tri-Colour technology whereby the colour mixing is fused into each lens by way of the special Tri-Colour LED’s eliminating the usual chromatic shadowing and ensuring an even spread of colour upon the illuminated surface.
The MA Node is instrumental in solving a wireless problem where the wireless DMX kept dropping out.
“With the aid of the MA Node, we turned it into fixed DMX instead and it’s been smooth sailing ever since,” said Steve.
Devine Lights partners with The Strand Archive
Posted on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Stephen Devine of Devine Lights is pleased to announce a partnership with Jon Primrose, owner of The Strand Archive - www.strandarchive.co.uk
The Strand Archive was built by Jon over a number of years and it is now one of the very few resources where information on vintage Strand Lighting equipment can be accessed. The archive is now regarded as the definitive website for information.
Like all things that evolve like this, Jon has a lot of information to put up and very little time to do it. He felt the only way forward was to get another person involved in the venture.
The plan is to get all the information Jon has, along with all the information Steve has, use a professional web developer and build a new site that is far more comprehensive and reflects the importance of the resource.
Consideration is being given to establishing other archives for other brands of equipment once this one is established.
The joint venture will expand the archive and provide data on all of Strand Lightings discontinued and vintage equipment.
Discussions are underway with a number of vendors in UK, Europe, Australia and the USA so that users will be able to hire or buy some of the vintage equipment via the website.
Enquiries in the first instance to Stephen Devine firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Primrose can be contacted at Jon@thestrandarchive.co.uk