Lexair launch new website and competition
Posted on Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Lexair are the exclusive Australian Distributor for High End Systems, Green Hippo and TMB.
ProShop Truss Mates discreet in Tamworth
Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Tamworth Regional Council has invested in 30 x ProShop Truss Mates for use in their entertainment venues. The ProShop Truss Mate is a perfect fit for the extremely popular F33 Tri-Truss and all truss models upwards. The Truss Mate was designed to be inconspicuous but have a clean and powerful narrow output, using three 3w Tri-Colour LEDs.
“We bought the Truss Mates to replace our 20 LED Mini PARs we used for truss which were not the ideal choice, but all we had at the time,” explained Robert Elsworthy, Technical & Production Co-ordinator, Tamworth Regional Council. “The Truss Mate fit much better into the 300mm Global tri truss.”
The lights are secured in the truss with Global half coupler brackets and a 75mm hi tensile bolt straight into the unit.
“The colour is definitely stronger than the Mini PARs and reaches down the length of the truss better,” said Robert. “The Truss Mates were supplied by Colin Baldwin of Events Services who is the dealership company we go through.”
The Truss Mate has both M10 and M12 threads making it easy to rig to truss in three different positions. The ProShop Truss Mate also comes with an IR remote which makes it ideal for applications where DMX control is not desired.
The photo is of the Tamworth Business Chamber Awards night.
Changing of the guard at ALIA
Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
After 13 years under the stewardship of its founders Andy Ciddor and Cat Strom, ALIA (the Australasian Lighting Industry Association) has recently seen a change of leadership. Marcus Pugh (Resolution X) takes over the role of President from Andy, and Peter Darby (Victorian Opera) takes over the Vice Presidency from Cat.
The (almost) bloodless coup has resulted in Andy Ciddor and Cat Strom remaining on the committee and continuing to serve as executive officers running ALIA’s operations and online-activities. Joseph Mercurio continues in the position of Honorary Secretary and Lyndon Buckley stays on as Treasurer.
The outgoing founders have expressed their delight (and not a little relief) that a new leadership group has come forward to advance ALIA and inject new ideas and new energy into the Association.
New ResX Website
Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014
The team at Resolution X is proud to announce the launch of their new website. This site has a whole new look, better interface with mobile devices, more news and product information.
Check it out at resolutionx.com.au
Artistic Licence launches dedicated Art-Net website
Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014
Artistic Licence is delighted to launch www.art-net.org.uk, a website dedicated to the Art-Net protocol. Offering a wealth of technical information, practical tips, downloads and registration portal, the website provides the definitive resource for anyone working with Art-Net.
Introduced by Artistic Licence into the public domain in 1998, Art-Net transformed the lighting control market by removing the channel restriction of DMX512. The protocol enabled multiple universes of data to be transported over a single ethernet cable, a necessary development as channel-hungry RGB LED fixtures became widely adopted.
Art-Net has always been non-proprietary and available free-of-charge. As a result, it is now supported by more than 150 manufacturers worldwide.
Offering over 16 million control channels with full support for remote device management (RDM), Art-Net is ready for an even bigger, brighter future.
Mueller College upgrades with Martin, Pro Shop and Robert Juliat
Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
DFX Productions have supplied and installed Brisbane’s Mueller College eight Pro Shop LED Cyclorama RGBWA, a Martin Jem Ready 365 Hazer and a Robert Juliat Topaz follow spot.
“The college has a giant cyc wall and nothing was working well on it until we found the Pro Shop LED Cycloramas,” explained Damien Float, managing director of DFX Productions. “We’ve hung four from a new cyc bar that we installed whilst the other four are on the ground. The college has just embarked on its dance season and the lighting of the cyc has been excellent.”
Using RGBWA LED chips complete with amber depth control means that the Pro Shop LED Cyclorama is suitable for real world use. Complete with individual LED electronic dimming, stand alone or in built programs as well as being DMX controllable means this unit is suitable for every level of the pro-lighting industry.
Damien reports that the Martin Jem Ready 365 Hazer has been superb especially as it does not set off the smoke alarms like its predecessor did!
“The haze is also so much nicer; fine and even,” he added. “We needed two of the previous haze machines to fill the space evenly whereas with the Martin Jem Ready 365 Hazer we can run it at 10 – 15% and it fills the room nicely.”
The Jem Ready 365 Hazer houses advanced technology, including automatic shutdown with battery backup to prevent clogging and running out of gas by producing limited haze, even if gas pressure is lost. This allows the user to exchange the gas cylinder quickly without loss of effect. The Jem Ready is gas-efficient, sipping small amount of fluid per use and leaves no residue or smell.
The Topaze follow spot was chosen as the ideal solution for the college’s budget and Damien comments that it has a very nice throw and is perfect for this application.
Martin RUSH MH3’s and Mulitbeam 2’s an ideal corporate solution
Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Sydney based production-company Creative Lighting & Audio has added four Martin RUSH MH3 Beam lights and a couple of RUSH Multibeam 2 effects lights to its inventory.
Director Andre Kecskes found his corporate clients were asking for them and rather than continue to sub-hire the fixtures, he decided it would be more profitable to buy his own.
The RUSH MH 3 Beam is a powerful beam moving head that blasts an intense and narrow long-throw beam for spectacular mid-air looks and effects. It houses a fixed gobo wheel and colour wheel with a multitude of effects possible from a dimmer, strobe effect, 8-facet prism and focus.
“What I really like about them is the fact that they are comparable with much more expensive beam lights,” said Andre. “Their movement is good and they’re not noisy. We’ve not had any issues with the, once they are addressed they work.”
Andre purchased a couple of RUSH Multibeam 2 to add effects and basically a few different looks to his corporate set ups.
“They’re very easy to handle, simple to set up and produce nice beams,” said Andre.
The RUSH Multibeam 2 is a versatile effect light featuring two moveable LED bars each with 5 individually controllable narrow beams for powerful mid-air effects. It punches out 10 intense and narrow long-throw beams and features electronic dimming and strobe effect. Multibeam 2 comes with preprogrammed macros for easy effects, master / slave function as well as DMX or sound activation.
Oceania Productions Gears Up!
Posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Christmas has come early for Oceania Productions in New Zealand this year with the arrival of New Zealand’s first delivery of Robe’s flagship BMFL units.
Thirty two Bright MF Lights have arrived to New Zealand’s shores just a few weeks ago and Josef Valchar (CEO of Robe lighting) together with Cuono Biviano and Tony Lukeman from the ULA Group flew over to hand over the units to the excited Oceania Production’s crew.
Cuono Biviano, MD of ULA Group, comments: “We are ecstatic about Oceania’s first investment into Robe and the BMFL to be their flagship light. This is the largest single lighting purchase for Oceania Productions in New Zealand and I would like to thank them for their faith and commitment to both Robe and ULA Group”.
Simon Garrett, General Manager of Oceania Productions, says: “We do a vast range of lighting work across NZ and the pacific islands – theatres to arena’s, R&Roll to corporate indoor, sports fields to outdoor opening ceremonies. The current look is screens and beams and the relentless efficiency improvements in LED screen technology rendered our existing spot movers a bit breathless.
We needed a bright general purpose moving head spot. A work horse powerful enough to shoot across 20—50m and to meet the international specs as well as our own designs.
I heard Robes BMFL was coming, built around a new 1700W Osram lamp and numbers like 250,000lux and a CRI of 92 were mentioned. It seemed to have the feature set we needed including a really good dual animation set, gobos and good Prisms. Compact with a 5-55 degree zoom and weighing just 36 kg, sure I was interested.
I was more than impressed when we tested the sample a month ago and it was all true. This feature packed luminaire provides a real signature lighting-source for any large-scale project.
I guess we took a risk but I have been watching ROBE for some time and other users tell me they are well-built and the support is there. It’s not often you meet the CEO when taking delivery of a shipment of moving lights and have a chance to discuss our business at a global level.
But the reality is always proven on the road and everybody at Oceania was interested to see how their BMFLs perform on the first gig – The Lorde’s NZ tour.”
Simon adds: “I am pleased to confirm that they ran absolutely flawlessly” and even LD David McIntyre comments: “The BMFL is a great compact and universal fixture which has great optics that certainly pack a punch!”.
Nexus Church opts for Martin MAC Auras
Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Brisbane’s Nexus Church has recently taken delivery of four Martin MAC Auras from Brisbane Sound Group and production manager Dan Millar is delighted with their compact size, punchy beam, colours and of course the handy eye-candy effects.
“We looked at a few different fixtures to replace the MAC250 Washes that we had,” explained Dan. “We wanted something to fill their place but obviously with a bit more punch. The MAC Auras really ticked all of the boxes – they have an amazing intensity, awesome zoom, and good price range.
“The zoom was probably one of the most important features as we have a massive screen and needed to be able to wash the stage without covering the screen with light. To have that massive zoom range from narrow spot in to being able to wash the entire stage is a great feature.”
The MAC Aura is an award-winning wash light that lighting designers have turned to the world over due to its versatility as a powerful beam and wash luminaire of the highest calibre. The MAC Aura is the first LED moving head wash light to combine multicolour beam LEDs with a backlight LED array that takes the synthetic look out of LED wash lights.
Central Audio Visual can’t get enough Pro Shop LED PAR Quad 12’s!
Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014
Central Audio Visual, based in South Australia, purchased 20 x Pro Shop LED PAR Quad 12’s, fell in love with them and so promptly purchased another 20 units!
“They really do tick all of the boxes,” commented Bronte Rhodes, Sales Manager at Central Audio Visual. “They are inexpensive, have a bright light output, deliver a range of great colours and we’re happy with the individual white LEDs. They are also lightweight and don’t run “hot” so when they’re used for uplighting, there is no fear of burning legs, ball gowns or drapes. All in all, they’re an excellent return on investment.”
Consisting of 12 Quad-Colour RGBW- 8Watt LEDs this fixture can cover a large range of the colour spectrum including quality pastels, whites warm and cool. With a total 96Watts of LED power, this unit has more than enough output to suit even the most fussy of production managers.
Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K10’s at the Frontier
Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Perth’s Frontier Lighting has become the latest Australian production company to add Clay Paky B-EYES to their inventory in the form of twenty-four A.leda B-EYE K10’s.
The A.leda B-EYE K10 is a versatile LED-based moving light that can be used in many diverse ways, even within the same project.
“It’s not a one-trick pony as it’s a light that can be a wash, a spot and an effects light,” remarked Jared Hawke, managing director of Frontier Lighting. “The fact that it’s made by such a reputable company as Clay Paky excites me as you know they’ll be very reliable. It’s a great product – so compact and the K10 fits nicely into what we do. As a wash light it’s just a beautiful and the effects open up a whole different parameter.”
The A.leda B-EYE K10 is a perfect wash-light, generating beautiful colours and featuring an impressive, wide 6° to 70° beam aperture. The zoom however can be closed even further, down to as little as 4 degrees thus switching the light from a wash diffusion into a narrow and parallel beam. In this operating mode B-EYE becomes a “beam-light”, whose beam consists of an array of nearly indiscernible, individually controllable little beams. As in the B-EYE LEDs can be controlled one by one, the light beam is a pulsating bundle where every micro-beam has its own colour and shade.
“I’ve seen a lot of lights in my day but the A.leda B-EYE K10 is one of the most exciting plus it’s a good looking light,” said Jared. “You don’t normally see too many good looking lights but this looks good and performs well.”
Photographed are the A.leda B-EYE K10’s performing for The Tea Party, lighting designed by Cam McKaige.
Osram Completes Acquisition of Clay Paky
Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Osram has successfully completed the acquisition of Clay Paky, a provider of entertainment lighting for shows and events. All necessary approvals from the respective authorities have been granted regarding the acquisition. With this move, Osram will further expand its position in entertainment lighting. “The successful closing of this transaction is a further step towards strengthening Osram’s specialty lighting segment in a highly attractive market,” said Wolfgang Dehen, chief executive officer of Osram. Pio Nahum, who has been appointed CEO of the Clay Paky business also with effect from October 13, 2014, explained: “As part of Osram, we have good prospects for further growth.”
With the acquisition of Clay Paky, Osram is pushing forward its strategy of technology and innovation. The innovation-driven entertainment lighting market is very attractive, with mid-single digit percentage growth rates. Clay Paky will be part of Osram’s specialty lighting segment, which comprises the company’s automotive lighting as well as the display/optic activities.
Last week during the PLASA London exhibition in London, Clay Paky won the PLASA 2014 Award for Innovation for their new moving head “Mythos” — an advanced form of hybrid light, combining beam light and spotlight. Clay Paky has received the prestigious award the eighth time now.
Show Technology celebrate in Perth
Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2014
As Show Technology continue to celebrate their 20th anniversary, another important milestone was reached – a 10th birthday for their Perth branch!
To commemorate this momentous occasion the entire Perth complex has been refurbished with new offices and showrooms, showing Show Technology’s confidence in the Perth market.
Of course this deserved a party and an official ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as the opportunity to show off some exciting new product. There was a huge turnout from the Western Australian lighting industry as well as a special international guest – Jonas Stenvinkel, Managing Director of Lighting Asia Pacific from Martin Singapore.
On the evening, Show Technology officially launched the Martin MAC Quantum Profile, the fully featured LED profile that is destined to set new standards for combined performance, weight and size.
“I spent quite a bit of time with Jonas showing me the new Martin MAC Quantum Profile and I’m definitely keen to buy some,” commented Jared Hawke of Frontier Lighting. “Amazing feature with the gobo shake! It’s a very exciting product. The night itself was really well put together by the Showtech team.”
“It was fantastic to see some amazing new products and to celebrate 20 years with Emmanuel, Gino and the Showtech team,” said David Trapp, managing director, Lux Events. “As always it was a great opportunity to catch up with other production companies in the WA market. The evening certainly drew out all the players as only a Showtech gathering can. Fantastic to see everyone supporting this great company as they have been doing for us for 20 years now and 10 years in Perth.”
“The great turnout at the recent 10 year anniversary of Show Technology’s arrival in Perth underlined the high levels of interest in their product range – plus of course the opportunity to enjoy some hospitality while being shown over the extensive new facility!” remarked Vaughan Emery of Corporate Theatre Productions Pty Ltd. “Perth is an isolated city and Emmanuel Ziino is to be congratulating for having the foresight to invest in establishing a branch office in Perth, in what at the time was a small market all those years ago.
“Perth Branch Manager Gino Lombardi’s personal support of the production industry has seen him establish a loyal following and a repeat customer base.”
At the same time, DQ launched their new office and warehouse in Show Technology’s complex with Menze van der Sluis, Prolyte Sales Director for Asia in attendance.
Phase 1 expand with Martin
Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Phase 1 Audio may have to change their name soon due to a variety of lovely Show Technology-supplied lighting gear they now have in their possession!
However, Managing Director Jon Caisley is not looking to enter Perth’s competitive lighting hire market ensuring that there is no danger to them in his purchase of lighting gear.
“It really is a gentle move into a foreign land to allow us to cover full production into some of our smaller shows,” clarified Jon. “Phase 1 Audio is just moving with the times. In the last eight months we added a Martin M1 console, six MAC Auras, four RUSH MH1s, twelve LED PAR TRI-18s, a JEM K1 hazer and a number of LED fixtures to our inventory.”
Being an audio chap, Jon’s knowledge of lighting is of a certain limit but he can say that none of his clients have complained about any of the lighting fixtures and they’ve been out on a wide variety of shows.
“The RUSH MH1’s have enough punch and effect to add a little dazzle on a small stage and the MAC Aura’s provide a great palate to work on,” he added. “Everyone loves the MAC Auras and they really are the bee’s knees. Over all we have been really happy with our purchases. It has been fantastic to offer our clients full production. A big thanks to the guys at Show Technology.”
Robert Juliat and Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH Get Moving Together
Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014
Robert Juliat is proud to announce a new partnership with Munich-based Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH in the provision of motorised solutions for the Robert Juliat range of Fresnel, PC and profile lanterns. The official start of the partnership will be celebrated at PLASA London 2014.
“We are extremely happy with this new business alliance which brings together two of our industry’s leading, high-end brands to offer quality solutions to the market,” says Robert Juliat Sales Director, Claus Spreyer.
The two companies join forces to team Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH’s specialised range of motorised yokes, motorised barndoors, colour changers and dimmer shutters with the full range of Robert Juliat Fresnel, PC and profile fixtures. Aimed at theatre and studio installations, the collaboration will benefit these institutions with precise control over their fixtures, alongside huge time-saving measures and greater convenience.
The new motorised Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH yokes bring complete remote control to all Robert Juliat Fresnel and PC parameters including the fixture’s pan and tilt, the opening, closing and rotation of barndoors, and all colour changing capabilities.
Excitingly, the new yokes bring the same level of control to all Robert Juliat profile lanterns. Every feature including pan, tilt, zoom and focus, iris, colour changing and, uniquely, shutters can now be controlled remotely. “We are especially excited about the motorised shutter feature,” says Claus Spreyer. “No other manufacturer offers this for 2000W profile spots so we believe we are the only manufacturer to offer customers this level of remote control.”
“The combination of two high-quality product lines enables customized solutions for ‘motorised light’ which did not exist before now,” says Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH’s Sales Director, Volker Neuland. “Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH looks forward to a constructive cooperation with Robert Juliat.
Examples of what promises to be a classic combination will be shown for the first time at PLASA London 2014 on the Ambersphere/Robert Juliat stand (R80) where both profile and Fresnel models will be going through their paces. Members of the Robert Juliat and Licht-Technik Vertriebs GmbH teams will be on hand to answer your questions.
Australian Distributor: Show Technology www.showtech.com.au
Philips Vari-Lite Announces the ‘1 on 1 with Vari-Lite’ Video Contest
Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Philips Vari-Lite announces the ‘1 on 1 with Vari-Lite’ video contest designed to challenge lighting designers, technicians, and fans worldwide to produce a one-minute video featuring one single Vari-Lite luminaire. With prizes that include a paid trip to LDI or Prolight + Sound, GoPro Cameras, and Vari-Lite swag packs, the winners of the contest will be selected by an independent panel of judges and all entries must be received by October 17, 2014.
“Knowing the high level of creativity that exists with lighting professionals worldwide, we are very excited to launch this video contest,” said Brad Schiller, Philips Vari-Lite product marketing manager. “With the only requirement to use one Vari-lite luminaire as the main subject matter in a one-minute video, we are eager to see how each entrant pushes the boundaries of their own imagination.”
Judging for the contest will be based on overall video creativity and the use of the single luminaire as the main subject matter. Entrants may use any Vari-Lite luminaire desired and video submissions should not exceed 90 seconds in length. The subject matter for the video is up to the discretion of the entrant, but any subject matter deemed to be inappropriate for public viewing of all ages will not be considered for judging. To watch an overview video of the contest, as well a full listing of contest rules and prizes, visit the press room at www.vari-lite.com.
Source: Media release
Rod Finds Martin RUSH MH1 and MH2’s ideal for amateur theatre
Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Earlier this year Rod’s Sound & Lighting Services, who specialise in amateur theatre production, were on a mission to upgrade their Martin MAC250, MAC300 and MAC500 fixtures. Having seen the Martin RUSH range at Entech 2013, managing director Rodney Bertram arranged a demo of the gear and immediately knew that he had found his replacements.
Straight away Rodney ordered six RUSH MH1 Profiles and six RUSH MH2 Washes, impressed by their output, power and weight.
“My amateur theatre clients tend to have small budgets so I needed lights that were affordable yet versatile,” commented Rodney. “They needed to be able to go into all types of venues with all types of rigging and set up options.”
The RUSH MH1 is a super bright LED profile moving head with efficient optics that can punch out a variety of effects and colours from two gobo wheels and two colour wheels. For added versatility and effect, it also houses an electronic dimmer and strobe, iris and 3-facet prism.
“I really like the selections of the gobo wheels with the RUSH MH1 and of course the fact that it is LED rather than a standard globe lamp,” said Rodney. “The output of the RUSH MH1 is amazing.”
Rodney was so impressed by his six RUSH MH2 Washes, he has just taken delivery of another six of these compact yet powerful LED wash lights.
“I love these little wash lights, they are so versatile and fast,” he remarked. “The RGBW colour mixing is great as it gives you pure white which is useful for front white washes over people. The colour saturation is incredibly good. From a control point of view, the speed of them is fantastic and you can get some really unique wash beam effects.”
Rod’s Sound & Lighting Services: www.soundandlighting.com.au
One 20 Productions invest with Martin MAC Auras, MAC101s and MAC700s
Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014
Perth’s One 20 Productions has increased its hire inventory with the purchase of Martin MAC700s, MAC Auras and MAC 101s.
One 20 Productions specialises in boutique festivals – events for between 500 and 2000 people staged by upcoming promoters and quite often held outdoors. They offer audio, lighting, visuals and staging in one attractive package to their clients.
The six MAC Auras have proved so successful, Damian has just ordered six more stating that they are simply a great light that do their job well.
“We have a strong affiliation with Show Technology, it’s as much about the light as the service we get from Gino,” added Damian. “The Auras are being pushed a lot on riders so they’re not only going out on our shows, but being sub-hired a lot. They are getting a lot of work.”
As well as eight MAC101’s, One 20 Productions has just received some MAC Vipers which aren’t even out of their box yet so more on them later!
Although it is a discontinued product, Damian is also excited about his purchase of eight MAC700s as he believes that, as a model they still have a fair bit of life left in them!
“I purchased them as a second preference light rather than an industry standard one,” he said. “I believe I’ll still get five years out of them and that they will often be requested. You have to remember that not every promoter can afford MAC Vipers. We deal with a lot of midrange promoters who are not looking for touring specs but still want a good looking show even though they are constrained by budget. The MAC700s will be a workhorse for us in that particular market.”
Source: Show Technology media release
Martin Professional: www.martin.com
One 20 Productions www.one20productions.com.au
ULA Group Appointed an Australian Distributor of Antari Fog Machines
Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014
ULA Group has announced its appointment as an Australian distributor of Antari fog machines.
Cuono Biviano, Managing Director of ULA Group, comments: “For 20 years Antari has been present in our ULA product range as an OEM partner but now we will be offering Antari fog generators and fluids in their own right. The Antari range is very extensive and the products are manufactured to a high standard and represent great value and performance.”.
Source: media release
Martin Professional Introduces the Wall of Dedication
Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Martin Professional has revealed a new online universe in celebration of passionate people in the lighting industry — the people without whom the company says Martin would not be what it is today.
Martin calls it the Wall of Dedication.
The Wall of Dedication is a collection of personal accounts from passionate people across the globe who are involved in the lighting industry. People share their stories of how they got into the industry, their sources of inspiration, as well as pieces of advice and pearls of wisdom on a web-based platform. The people featured are a mixture of upcoming and well established, high-profile people, and the ones in between with one thing in common: Namely passion for their trade and for the industry.
It is clear to Martin that a large portion of the company’s success can be traced back to the dedication of the people in the industry — people like the consumers. Martin tends to focus on products in this industry, and they think it is time for a different approach. The company notes as pets rely on their owners, products rely on passionate people.
Although Martin develops and manufactures high-tech products for the industry based on feedback and market demands, they also realize that it is not really about the products. When people apply their passion to working with Martin products, magic happens.
The Wall of Dedication is a tribute to passion. Martin wants to celebrate the consumer’s passion and wants to inspire others and to be inspired by others. On the Wall of Dedication, the viewer can get up close and personal with some of the passionate people in the lighting industry and find out what sparks their passion.
Martin Professional encourages all passionate individuals in the lighting industry to share their passion on the Wall of Dedication. Anyone with an affiliation to the lighting industry can apply, regardless of job title and seniority — people with extensive work experience and less experience alike. The only criterion is passion for the profession and industry.
To apply, fill in an online application and the applicant should attach their images. Martin will set it up and the user will be contacted for final review before publishing. The Wall of Dedication will be widely exposed over the months to come, so if an interested applicant wants to be out there — they need to share their passion now.
Source: Lighting & Sound America
Crystal Productions invest in Martin and MA Lighting
Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014
David Thomas, managing director of Crystal Productions, has been expanding the lighting component of his business with a selection of new gear from Show Technology.
“We needed to increase our lighting for corporate events so we could offer a simple, LED based solution,” he commented. “We are very loyal to Martin as they have great product and Show Technology offer great support.”
First on the shopping list were six Martin MAC Auras which David describes as an excellent wash light that is great value for money.
“The Auras have a wonderful zoom and really are a great package,” he said. “We also got sixteen Martin MAC101’s which are handy for everything. I love them. Every time we use them we find more uses for them. They’re fantastic for the corporate market; small, incredibly quick and have great colours.”
David then decided to purchase twelve Martin RUSH MH1 and twelve RUSH MH3 fixtures.
“If you going to do it, it’s worth doing it properly!” he added. “The RUSH is a very good product for its price, an excellent range.”
With all these fancy new lights David then needed a console to drive them all and so a MA Lighting grandMA2 lite was purchased as well as an onPC command wing.
“It’s user-friendly, rider-friendly and an outstanding console,” he noted. “It’s quick and easy to use.”
All of the new gear was used in the first official event to be staged in the new Dockside Pavilion (pictured), a bar mitzvah for 400 guests. The client had high expectations as to how the event should look and with Martin and MA Lighting’s help, David delivered.
Synergy Events buy more RUSH MH3 and MA2 onPC command wing
Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Tan Huynh, managing director of Synergy Events, was so delighted with his purchase of Martin RUSH MH3 Beam fixtures earlier in the year he could not resist buying some more. On top of that he has also added a MA2 onPC command wing for control.
His new gear was put to the test on Pure Trance held at Melbourne’s Studio 3 last month which saw Synergy Events also provide ProShop LED Quad Colour Multipars, ProShop Sun Strip Blinders and Look Unique Hazer 2’s.
Michael Eather, lighting designer for the event, was familiar with the MA platform having extensively used a MA grandMA light and ultra-light. This was the first gig on which Michael used the MA2 onPC command wing and he admits to being a bit nervous beforehand.
“I was pleasantly surprised at how the transition was and after ten to fifteen minutes I was right at home!” he commented. “I had a lot of effects and macros already created on a USB so I could just load them in and save heaps of time. The MA2 onPC command wing is lightweight and compact which was handy as I didn’t have much room for ops.”
All twelve of Synergy Events RUSH MH3 fixtures were used on the event with their intense and narrow long-throw beams used for spectacular mid-air looks and effects.
“I really like how fast the RUSH MH3’s are especially with the colour wheel,” said Michael. “I do a lot of colour chases and the MH3’s are so snappy. They almost replicate a CMY fixture as you don’t realize the fixture is going through several colours when you speed it up. I use the prism and frosts in combination a lot in effects and that looks really good. As they have such a long throw out into the room as you start doing prism / frost effects, you get a really big effect by the time the beam hits the back of the room. They’re a great fixture.”
Four Pro Shop Sunstrips were placed in a row for a blinder effect with dimmer scrolls across them.
“I had a bunch of flash buttons with different effects on them so they were my handy ‘go to’ effects when I quickly needed something,” added Michael. “They’re nice and bright and can really get the crowd hyped.”
In front of and around the DJ console are Pro Shop LED Quad Colour Multipars which were used to great effect.
“The Pro Shop LED Quad Colour Multipars were a nice, little surprise,” remarked Michael. “At first I wasn’t sure what to do with them but ended up using them quite a bit during the night. They were a nice contrast to the beams and surprisingly kept up with them when used in combination.”
Photography by Nathan Doran
It’s a Full Moon with Martin RUSH MH4’s
Posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Mackay’s Kennedy Amplifier Hire Service has added eight Martin RUSH MH4 compact beam moving head fixtures to their hire department. The RUSH MH4 blasts an intense and narrow beam for spectacular mid-air looks and effects. It houses a fixed gobo wheel and colour wheel with a multitude of effects possible from a dimmer and strobe, 6-facet prism and focus.
“The Martin RUSH MH4 really delivers bang for buck,” commented Dale Kennedy, managing director of Kennedy Amplifier Hire Service. “They were cheaper than similar beam fixtures on the market and deliver a good solid beam.”
LXD Lighting Design, one of Dale’s clients, has hired the RUSH MH4 beams for a couple of gigs including the recent Full Moon Party held on Magnetic Island by the Base Group.
“The RUSH MH4 beams add another dimension to the other moving lights supplied to us by Kennedy Amplifier,” explained Ben Madden who runs LXD along with Dave Gibson. “We’d been looking for a different angle to our light shows and the RUSH MH4’s are a brilliant, different avenue to go down! Plus they are a lot cheaper to hire than the competitor’s equivalent.”
Ben admits that the set up for the Full Moon Party was fairly basic but the effects from the RUSH MH4 were fantastic.
“I love the speed of the RUSH MH4, they are very quick,” he added. “I love the prism in them as well; beams for me can be very two-dimensional but the prism effect in the RUSH MH4 really varies your light show.”
Ben reports that budget was tight for the Full Moon Party and that he scrapped using a competitors wash fixtures due to their hire cost.
“The RUSH MH4 beams cost a lot less to hire so we scrapped using any other fixtures and just used eight RUSH MH4 beams,” he said. “So to have the prism effect to vary the look a bit was fantastic.”
Robe Premiere Launch Announcement Planned
Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014
With the industry chatting about the upcoming worldwide Robe Premiere taking place on September 2 – the company says it is a global live broadcast to “launch something special.”
Robe reports an unprecedented interest in registrations for the much anticipated invite-only event … and anyone wanting to catch the action should check www.robepremiere.com soon.
Registration closes on August 24.
The broadcast will be in English, with subtitles for French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
Martin MAC Auras chosen by Entertainment Installations
Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Entertainment Installations has added twenty-four Martin MAC Auras to their moving lights inventory which now has over two hundred fixtures.
“We’ve been looking at various LED wash units to add to production for a while now and we’ve finally settled on Martin MAC Aura,” commented Neale Mace, managing director of Entertainment Installations. “Although we already have lots of Martin MAC301 and MAC101, we were looking for a small fixture with White LED on board and the Auras fit the bill perfectly.”
Although Neale did consider other options, the MAC Auras’ size, weight, light output and features tipped it over to Martin, not to mention the price.
“Although they’ve been available for a while now, they’re on lots of lighting specs for upcoming shows and tours and our first batch of eighteen went straight out on the Australian tour by English chart toppers Kasabian,” said Neale. “After seeing the Kasabian show at The Horden Pavilion in Sydney, I know we’ve made a good choice with these fixtures – tiny unit, BIG light output, huge zoom and beautiful colours and it’s made by Martin.”
Entertainment Installations supplied lighting gear and production transport to all of Kasabian’s gigs including Perth. The gear was rigged and tech’ed by Bryce Mace and Christian Yanni.
“The bands lighting guy, Paul Kell, did a great looking show,” said Neale. “Paul has been with the band for several years and it shows – he’s great with the changes and cues. There were lots of big beam movements, flashing, chases as well as some great backlighting.”
As well as the brand spanking new MAC Auras, the rig included 20 x Clay Paky Sharpy,16 x Martin Atomic Strobe, 8 x Martin MAC700 Wash, 10 x Molefay Duet, 12 x Molefay 4 Liters, 2 x Robert Juliat Victor Follow spots and 2 x Unique hazers.
Adelaide was a challenging gig for the crew as due to a tragic fatal accident on the only road between Perth and Adelaide (near the SA border), the police closed the road to all traffic and the production truck was delayed by eight hours.
Load in commenced at about 5.30 pm at the Thebarton Theatre for a 8pm start – the ATS drivers, Entertainment Installations and JPJ Audio crew pulled off a small miracle to get the show happening.