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.”
Chauvet partners with Novatech Creative Event Technology
Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013
Leko Novakovic, managing director of Novatech Creative Event Technology, was in the market for some new effects and eye-candy to add to his lighting inventory. After extensive research of current European and US markets, he was drawn to the Chauvet Nexus™ 4×4 wash light and once Showtools had demonstrated the fixture to him, he was sold!
“From the moment we previewed the Nexus™, we knew it was the right product for us,” said Leko. “It looks phenomenal and, at the moment, appears to be in a category of its own. We’re glad we added forty fixtures to our inventory.”
Novatech have found that the Nexus™ delivers the sizzle of a pixel mapping display and a robust light output afforded by 16 27-watt RGB COB LEDs. The combination of COB emitters and a clever reflector design yields a striking, diffused light richly drenched in saturated hues.
Nexus™ 4×4 is controllable via Art-Net, Kling-Net and DMX protocols and features interlocking hardware to build large arrays. Whether in use for front viewing or as a backdrop, Nexus™ 4×4 promises a hard-to-match visual impact.
Entertainment Installations expand with Martin MAC Vipers and MA onPC command wing
Posted on Friday, November 8th, 2013
Entertainment Installations are well equipped for the busy summer season having added eight Martin MAC Vipers – with eight more arriving soon – and a MA Lighting MA onPC command wing to their arsenal.
“I first saw the MAC Viper at LDI last year and knew straight away it was a great product that would be highly spec’d by clients,” remarked Neale Mace, managing director of Entertainment Installations. “We were just waiting for the right time to purchase a few to add to our moving light inventory. Recently we’ve seen a bunch of riders asking for them and our lighting guys were asking for them too!”
Upon arrival at Entertainment Installations’ central coast warehouse the MAC Vipers were promptly hustled out of the door to Opera in the Vineyards and a few days later they performed at the Fat as Butter festival as well as fitting in Tony Hadley (pictured), Boy & Bear and Richard Clapton.
“They were great – they’re a great looking light, they’re lightweight, have great optics, and have a lovely gobo set,” added Neale. “Plus they can certainly cut through in terms of light output.”
Neale and his crew have been using MA Lighting control for several years and are very happy with the platform. Bryce Mace prefers to use MA for his lighting design work, such as for the John Butler Trio, as he has set up his own preprogramming suite set up with grandMA2 onPC, MA onPC command wing and MA onPC fader wing.
“He can get a show designed, get it in the console and get it visualized in advance which saves a lot of time in the factory,” said Neale. “Then the whole thing breaks down into three cases that can be put on a plane as luggage. That’s really handy for touring Australia and also doing festivals where they don’t have a MA console as he can just bring his own. The festival can give him the spec which he can load into the console at his leisure, program the show using the visualizer and then take the console to the show, plug it in and away he goes.”
Jands Welcomes PR Lighting On Board
Posted on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Jands is pleased to announce that from November 1st it will be distributing PR Lighting products in Australia. This development brings a wealth of new and exciting products to the Jands Professional Lighting stable and greatly increases the scope for Jands Dealers to meet the needs of their customers from the entry level through to the most demanding of professional applications.
Founded in 1984, in Guangzhou, China, PR Lighting Ltd. has been dedicated to the development and manufacture of professional fixed and moving luminaires, architectural lighting and performance LED products. With 29 years of successful operation behind it PR has not only been a pioneer in the Chinese lighting industry but has earned a solid reputation for quality, performance and innovation throughout the industry worldwide.
“We are very excited to have PR Lighting on board as part of the Jands professional lighting range. PR have been around for over 29 years as a manufacturer of professional lighting products and I think it’s fair to say that so far they have exceeded our expectations in every area. Prior to signing on with PR we visited their factory in Guangzhou and the facilities are world class with a large, dedicated R&D division as well as first rate Quality Control processes in place at every level. With a great stable of products backed by a strong support team both at the factory and here at Jands we are looking forward to introducing new customers to the PR brand throughout Australia,” said Tim Kennard, Lighting Sales Manager of Jands.
“It is now widely accepted that the quality of products built in China by western companies is second to none,” said Paul Mulholland, Jands Managing Director. “So it was only a matter of time before some China manufacturers emerged offering quality, reliable and innovative products. Jands have been looking for such product for many years and are pleased to have finally found such a manufacturer in PR Lighting.”
Scene Change Opt For Philips Vari*Lite VL880 Spot Luminaires
Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Scene Change in Tasmania has taken delivery of Philips Vari*Lite VL880 Spot luminaires primarily to service their busy corporate market.
Compact and economical yet still loaded with powerful and useful features, the VL880 comes complete with all of the optical quality and functionality designers have come to expect from Philips Vari*Lite.
“We were most impressed by their whisper-quiet operation which is very important in the world of corporate events,” remarked Steve Fraser, technical director of Scene Change Tasmania. “Plus they are compact and lightweight which is great for corporate set ups. However, despite their small size they really deliver a lot of punch with their intense and powerful beam.”
The VL880’s 800-watt MSR Platinum 35 lamp allows for a very impressive lumen output and there is a zoom range from 15º to 36º, plus a mechanical iris for continuous beam control. A drop in frost glass assembly allows users to soften the overall beam, allowing for additional beam control.
Steve further comments that the VL880 delivers everything you would expect from a Philips Vari*Lite luminaire such as rich colour mixing, fast and smooth moment, precise gobo images, and smooth fades.
“As expected, they have superior optics and the zoom is amazing,” he added. “The colour mixing is good too and they can produce some beautiful rich colours. Their stock gobo patterns are great.”
The VL880 Spot luminaire provides brilliant colour mixing with its three-wheel CYM colour assembly and when combined with eight standard colours on a fixed wheel, the colour options are practically limitless.
“We are very happy with the performance of our VL880’s which have really lived up to the Vari*Lite reputation for quality and reliability,” concluded Steve.
Auswide Productions rev up their inventory with LED LitePAR QUAD lights and MAC101’s
Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
It’s been three weeks since Auswide Productions received a huge boost to their inventory in the form of eight LED LitePAR Pro Quad-12 and twelve LED LitePAR Pro Quad-18 and they couldn’t be happier!
The new LED PIXPAR range is compact in size, utilises the latest in LED technology, and can cover a large range of the colour spectrum including quality pastels, whites warm and cool. Plus it is bright, looks fantastic and is also inexpensive.
When choosing his new fixtures, director James Pritchett compared the LED LitePAR Pro Quad lights against other similar fixtures on the market.
“I found the dispersion and brightness of the QUADs to be far superior to the other models,” he commented. “So really the purchase was a no-brainer!”
Auswide Productions purchased their LED LitePAR Pro Quads to use on corporate events as well as live concerts, with James remarking that they are great for up-lighting in venues.
“They also work well up in the truss for room wash lighting at corporate events,” he added. “Plus they look great as just eye candy rigged on truss or on uprights on stage. I really like the ability to adjust colour temperature and also that they are red, blue, green, and white so you can use them as an open white light source which is quite handy.”
James also notes that the QUAD fixtures have a ‘memory’ so he can set them to a certain DMX address or particular function, and when he turns them back on the next day they automatically go to those presets.
“It makes it easier to pre-prep and saves a lot of time on the ground,” he said. “I also like that they have three and five pin DMX because often you’re short of one style of cable or adaptors.
“So far they have performed really well and we’re very happy with our investment.”
Made of robust moulded aluminium, these new ‘PARS’ are stronger and longer lasting than the previous PAR64 / 56type variants. This means they’ll last longer in your installation or production department before requiring replacement thus saving you money.
At the same time of the LED LitePAR Pro Quad purchase, Auswide added four more Martin MAC101 LED moving head wash lights to the four they already own.
“We really needed to get four more as they tend to get specified in a touring pack of eight,” explained James. “They’re just a great little light with a tight, bright beam and it’s also very fast.”
Lots of Watts Australia launches new website
Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Lots of Watts Australia has recently unveiled its sleek, new website. The new portal to everything audio, visual and lighting is packed with relevant information for customers and the industry that can be easily and successfully navigated.
An exciting new, fluid and responsive design allows the website to be viewed seamlessly across all devices, both fixed and mobile. The site is fully integrated with social networking services allowing others to join Lots of Watts Australia online and add their voice. It also features a ‘google-like’ search as you type function to help visitors find what they need quickly to stay up to date and in touch with Lots of Watts Australia and the latest industry news and products.
For over 20 years Lots of Watts Australia has been servicing Sydney’s educational, religious and government sectors with audio, video and lighting; professional hire, installation and sales solutions.
With the purchase of the stock and assets and the re-employment of many of the Lots of Watts staff by the Lightmoves Group of Companies in early 2013, Lots of Watts Australia’s planned ongoing transformation will provide continued growth opportunities.
The new website for Lots of Watts Australia is the latest project in the growth, redevelopment and strengthening of the business.
Vjam take on Martin RUSH MH 3 Beams
Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Hobart production company Vjam has taken delivery of eight Martin RUSH MH 3 Beams to add to their extensive family of Martin MAC fixtures.
The Martin 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 and strobe, frost, zoom, 8-facet prism and focus.
“We wanted another lighting effect particularly the beam look that everyone seems to want these days,” commented Nick Morse, director of Vjam. “Being a small Tasmanian company we really couldn’t afford Sharpys and the RUSH Beams are half the price.
“The RUSH Beams allow us to be a lot more creative as they can deliver several looks from a tight beam to a flower effect to a frosted beam. I like how bright they are whilst drawing little power. They’re also small which is good for corporate work.”
The photos show the Martin RUSH MH 3 Beams more than holding their own amongst a variety of Martin MAC fixtures used to light a corporate function. The event was held at Hobart’s Princess Wharf No. 1 Shed with 32 MAC101 LED moving yoke fixtures in the roof to deliver a room look. On stage there were 8 x MAC2000 wash on the back truss, 8 x MAC250 Entour on the floor at the back of the stage, the front truss held 6 x MAC600 and 10 x MAC700 were located around the room. The four Martin RUSH MH 3 Beam fixtures were situated either side of the stage on plinths.
Harry The Hirer add Eurotruss trussing, Nivtec staging and Showcase cases to their inventory
Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013
For over twenty years, Harry the Hirer has set the standard for creating innovative and unique solutions with their lighting and audio visual production for parties, events and exhibitions.
With an extensive range of lighting, rigging, LED screens, audio and power distribution equipment, the Harry’s range of hire product is unmatched for its quality and diversity.
This impressive scope of hire equipment now extends to Australia’s largest inventory of Eurotruss trussing, Nivtec staging and Showcase cases.
“The Eurotruss and Nivtec brands have proven to be the best solution when talking strength, precision and flexibility along with a quick assembly process,” remarked Simon Finlayson, Harry’s Productions Division Manager. “Their ease of use allows us to create the perfect solution for every client at any level, and that’s the key difference. Nivtec Staging provided our company with a complete range of staging equipment which again allows us to create breathtaking events on every occasion.”
Harry’s have used their Eurotruss and Nivtec gear on many impressive events including staging the wonderful Ellen DeGeneres as well as the Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival, pictured.
MA2 Consoles, Clay Paky Sharpys and Sharpy Washes strengthen MPH Australia and Clifton Productions
Posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013
Since deciding to join forces in order to offer a new lighting hire and production service, MPH Australia and Clifton Productions have been upgrading their stock to ensure that they have the latest and best in lighting technology. This has led to them purchasing two MA Lighting MA2 lite consoles as well as a dozen Clay Paky Sharpys and a dozen Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330.
“The MA2 consoles round off our collection of consoles,” remarked Matt Hansen, MPH Australia’s Managing Director. “The decision was really spec driven as everyone seems to want them! Hopefully the two will fill the demand.”
Matt admits that he has no idea what features the MA2 can offer his clients; he just knows it is in demand and has heard nothing but fabulous reports on the console! With MA Lighting’s famous reputation and reliability plus the security offered by Show Technology, he was happy to make the purchase.
“The decision to purchase the Clay Paky fixtures was also market driven and really, following the trend,” commented Matt. “Having the matched pair offers our clients that much more. Judging on how popular the Sharpy Beams have been, having a fixture of similar quality, especially size and big output, following that line I assumed that the Sharpy Wash would be a popular fixture too. And I was correct!”
Matt comments that just about everyone specifies the Sharpy and that the Sharpy Wash is now starting to pop up on the latest riders.
“The speed of the Sharpy Wash’s zoom is unbelievably fast,” he said. “The output for the size is incredible and the power consumption being quite low is good too. I’ve noticed that even the smaller touring acts are now requesting Sharpy Washes.”
Picture is the Brownlow Medal ceremony held at the Crown Palladium with lighting designed by Rohan Thornton.
Latest LSC Catalog Now Available
Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013
LSC is pleased to announce that its latest 2013 International Catalog has been released and is also available on the company’s website as a PDF download in both standard and Print Quality formats.
This latest catalog has detailed information including photographs and ordering codes on all LSC products that are available in the International market including some new and soon-to-be-released products as well.
Those interested in obtaining a hard copy of the Catalog should contact LSC directly otherwise the PDFs can be downloaded from
grandMA2’s for Mandylights
Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013
Seeing as the guys from Mandylights seem to work exclusively with MA Lighting consoles these days, the decision was made to purchase some of their own in the form of two grandMA2 light consoles.
“The grandMA2 consoles have really become the international standard console on the touring circuit and there is always one available wherever you go,” said Richard Neville, director at Mandylights. “We’re also supplying control on a number of our own shows back in Australia and we also have our studio for preprogramming, so it got to that stage where it just made sense to purchase our own console.
“We then decided to buy two to ensure that we’d never be in a situation where we didn’t have a backup console available.”
The main features of the MA2 light consoles that Richard favours are their physical size and the screens.
“The MA2 light, with its two screens, still has more screen real estate then the full size grandMA1,” he remarked. “They are very transportable and don’t take up much space.”
The grandMA2 light has 4,096 parameters, 15 motorized executor faders and two touchscreens available. All further features and controls are identical to those on the grandMA2 full-size.
With Mandylights currently supplying continual design and operation for artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Taio Cruz and Ricky Martin amongst others, the purchase of an international-standard console means that both festival and touring shows can easily be advanced in the company’s Sydney studio before the team travel to wherever they are needed.
Closer to home, the consoles complete Mandylights’ control inventory which now includes several media servers, over two hundred universes of Artnet distribution and a huge amount of both wired and wireless networking for large projects.
PLASA Announces Finalists for Sixth Annual Rock Our World Awards
Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2013
PLASA announces there are eight finalists in the sixth annual Rock Our World Awards, to be presented at the PLASA Cocktail and Awards Reception at LDI 2013. The Rock Our World Awards were created to honor ground-breaking achievement by PLASA members and to acknowledge the genius of both the creator of the technology and the designer or integrator who applies it in a real world environment.
The finalists for the sixth annual Rock Our World Awards are:
• GBLOCK — Gallagher Staging and Productions, Inc.
• GCT (guy cable tensioner) — TOMCAT USA
• Mbox Extreme Media Server as used on Oblivion — Production Resource Group
• TiMax2 SoundHub and TiMax Tracker — Out Board
• AsteraTouch — Astera LED-Technology
• dmXLAN v4 software — ELC Lighting
• Royal Opera House Muscat — Theatre Projects Consultants
• London Olympics Opening Ceremonies
Winners will be selected by a top-notch panel of industry judges and be announced at the PLASA Cocktail and Awards reception on Thursday, November 21 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Las Vegas Hotel during LDI 2013. Reservation forms are available at the URL below.
ETA set up to launch SGM Lighting in Australia
Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
New start-up company, Entertainment Technology Australia (ETA) provided a spectacular launch for the new-look SGM brand in its local territory at this year’s ENTECH 2013 trade show in Sydney.
The reaction was positive, with ETA reporting a flood of enquiries about products such as the LB-100 and LT-100/ 200 – coupled with a continual stream of positive comments, many from Australia’s lighting industry leaders. One renowned LD, Rohan Thornton of Firelight, stated: “Seeing the new SGM range was refreshing. In a time when we are seeing more of the same, there were a number of SGM products which definitely caught my eye.”
Dave Croxton is the man behind ETA – which began trading on 1 July. It had been a chance meeting with SGM representatives in Jakarta, Indonesia, which originally set the ball rolling. Croxton was there working for another manufacturer. “Over lunch we discussed each other’s companies and how they were both driven by passionate industry icons. I love working with innovative technology, introducing something new and better to the market and the SGM guys were looking for a distributor in Australia.”
He was soon approaching business partners about the prospect of setting up a new distribution company, Entertainment Technology Australia, heavily focusing on SGM as the primary brand. “The beauty of a new start up is that the company can take a fresh approach to the market and its distribution structure. We have some plans for new marketing strategies with SGM and we will look at how other brands fit into that mould.”
Jamie Payet, who has previously worked with Croxton, was engaged in the role of national sales manager and with warehousing in Melbourne and just outside Sydney, ETA were able to hit the ground running. ENTECH became the perfect launch-pad as the show had a strong lighting focus and was tied to SMPTE. This gave them good exposure to the TV stations and film studios, the company says.
As a result of the successful launch, ETA now see endless opportunities for SGM. “Presently, the main interest seems to be in the LED effects, but there is plenty of interest in the strobes, washes and the amazing SixPacks,” says Croxton. “It is just a matter of getting these products into the hands of operators and designers in this market. Like most countries around the world, Australia is becoming very energy conscious and the power saving capabilities of these new fixtures and their robust, long life performance will be big selling points for customers here in Australia.”
Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre Welcomes An ETC Ion 1000
Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Country Arts SA is one of South Australia’s largest arts organisations, providing arts and services across regional South Australia through a range of arts programs and initiatives, the management of performing and visual arts venues, and the provision of grant funding which supports the creative endeavours of communities and individuals.
Each year Country Arts SA tours national and international productions that entertain, challenge and stimulate a wide variety of audiences in their five performing arts centres in Mount Gambier, Port Pirie, Renmark, Noarlunga and Whyalla.
Recently the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre in Mount Gambier became home to a new ETC Ion 1000 lighting console which will enable them to provide fully integrated control of conventional and moving lights.
“We’ve always had a relationship with Jands equipment and systems so when the existing lighting console at Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre expired, the choice was simple,” said Ray Ellison, Country Arts SA Infrastructure Manager. “In selecting the ETC Ion 1000 we considered what consoles were being toured by professional artists and the case for software application based solutions.”
“The ETC Ion was a console frequently toured into our venues so we were familiar with its functionality and assured of its acceptance by our clients. We felt a purpose built console over a software solution offered superior reliability and better hardware construction. With capacity to control both moving lights and smart LED luminaries using device-based profiles, the Ion1000 is pretty future proof. We will be looking at updating our other four regional theatres with the ETC ION 1000 in the near future.”
Fay Cakebread, Technical Manager at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, comments that the ETC Ion 1000 is a particularly easy console to navigate and she has enjoyed getting to know it.
“It’s really quite self-explanatory however Jands supplied us with some great training,” she said. “As you use it, the Ion 1000 reveals its capabilities such as the powerful effects package, marking and timing functions.”
Board operator Karen Kennedy (pictured) had quite a steep learning curve migrating from the old Jands ESP console to the ETC Ion 1000 but now she has adjusted to the new console, she describes it as a lovely console to run.
“It’s so comprehensive, each time I use it I learn something new,” she commented. “We only have conventional lights in our own rig so I am limited in the features that I use however I’m trying to make the most of my submasters. If I ever have a query I find that the online forum always gives me the answer.”
Pictured: Karen Kennedy, Board Operator
MA Lighting, Martin and Robert Juliat on show at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre
Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
The lighting department at Gladstone Entertainment Centre has become home to a variety of innovative lighting products courtesy of Show Technology. A couple of years ago they purchased a MA Lighting grandMA2 light console to add to their existing MA ultra-light console and this was followed recently by an MA onPC command wing.
“The onPC command wing is a control surface that everyone is familiar with,” commented Chris Eichler, a Gladstone-based lighting designer associated with GEC. “For the Boomtown Festival (pictured) I was using it to run video through our LED panels. We do multiple venues and it’s great for the smaller satellite venues where you don’t want to drag the MA2 too but you still want the MA2 features.
“The onPC command wing offers a seamless transition from the hardware console. I’ve just bought a heap of touchscreen laptops for the onPC so essentially you plug in the onPC command wing and you have a MA light.”
A few months back two Robert Juliat Super Korrigan follow spots were added to the venue and Chris is especially enamoured by their rolling dimming.
“I think it’s awesome!” he declared. “It’s so quick and easy, and right there where you need it. So if you’re trying to do a palette change you can still dim at the same time. They’re bright for their wattage, reliable and nice to use.”
The Centres latest purchase is twenty Martin MAC Vipers which have impressed the lighting crew no end.
“They are fantastic and their output is incredible,” said Chris. “We’ve only had the Vipers three weeks and have used them solidly. They’ve performed flawlessly and have great colours, nice gobos and are very bright.”
All photos, except the truss shot, are Gladstone Harbour Festival. The truss shots are from QMF ‘Boomtown’ also at the marina. The lady in the photos is Mishka Greene, a trainee theatre technician at the GEC.
Photos: Chris Eichler
Innovative Production Services look to the future with AirScan
Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Jeremy Koch, managing director of Innovative Production Services, admits that he has had his eye on purchasing a coolux AirScan system for a while now.
“From the moment I saw the concept I knew it was something we would want to own and be able to offer but we had to wait for the right time,” he revealed. “Earlier this year I did coolux training in Germany and one of the courses that I did was on AirScan. Once I further understood the benefits of the product and what it could do, it became far clearer that we needed to own this product.”
The coolux AirScan system combined with the Widget Designer PRO allows for touch free interactivity. They offer the opportunity to interact with digital content in ways not possible with traditional displays. The AirScan control interfaces allow for custom design and integration of interactive displays that let users navigate menu based multimedia presentations in any environment.
As part of a Pandoras Box Playback solution, full HD video presentations can be controlled from any distance and projected onto any sized screen with no mouse or pointing device required.
“It’s a point of difference for us,” Jeremy commented. “It’s a piece of technology that requires intense creative ability to execute it well and there’s a fair bit of technology required in making it work, but that’s one of the big strengths of our company.
“When people see that any surface can be transformed into a giant interactive touchscreen, they’re always blown away. It allows the most basic content to become interactive.”
IPS is confident that AirScan will allow them to offer their clients a new dimension in interactive multimedia display and presentation solutions.
“It will be ideal for any clients that want a wow factor and something new, as it hasn’t really been seen in Australia,” commented Jeremy. “Later in the year I am planning to use it on a project incorporating a four sided projection screen; back of stage, two side walls and the floor. We plan to use AirScan on the floor so we can have video track where the performers are.”
MPH & Clifton Productions form New Joint Venture
Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
MPH Australia and Clifton Productions have announced a joint venture that will see the two companies offer a new lighting hire and production service. All new and existing lighting production and hires previously managed by Clifton’s will now be handled by MPH Australia.
Matt Hansen, MPH Australia’s Managing Director, says of the partnership:
“We’ve been doing this for a while now [lighting production] and have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Clifton’s for much of my working career, so we’re sure the partnership won’t come as a surprise to most. I’m confident the timing is right and basically, the move is going to allow both companies to focus on their expertise with the end result being a better and more specialised service for new and existing customers. We have some new and exciting gear on the inventory too and more on the horizon so that, coupled with the existing hire stock of both companies, will see a huge choice for production and lighting hire made available to customers in one place.”
The venture does not affect any other areas of Clifton Productions who remain Australia’s premier company for staging, rigging, exhibitions and video. Visit the Clifton’s website for more information on any of these services.
For more information and news on the products and services now available contact:
MPH Australia on 1800 MPH AUS (674 287)
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Southcity Church steps up with a Martin M1 and Pro Shop LED PixBand Quad 6 Movers
Posted on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Since acquiring their Martin M1 console a few weeks ago, it has been a pivotal point at Southcity Church in improving the quality and excellence for their four services each weekend.
“We have found the M1 console easy to use whilst at the same time it has the power and ability to utilize all our light fixtures to their capacity,” commented Pastor John Mez. “We also have a unique experience where we have our services in different venues so we transport our M1 in the hard case and have two different shows already configured with the press of a button. The M1 makes this really easy because it is a light desk which can be mobilized with ease.”
Previously the Church had been using a Martin LightJockey for control but they knew they needed to step up a notch and for John, the M1 looked to be a cost effective way of doing so.
“The volunteers at the Church have found the console really easy to navigate and were soon programming on it,” added John. “The effects generator is amazing, I really like that. It’s really good for getting all of the gear to look like one show which can be hard when you’re using a variety of lights. The effects engine makes everything look like its moving and working together.”
The Church also recently purchased ten Pro Shop LED PixBand Quad 6 Mover fixtures to add to their Pro Shop LED PAR cans.
“They are absolutely amazing!” said John. “Great eye candy and work within the show really well. They really are cool.”
TAIT Acquires Stage Technologies and Delstar Engineering
Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
TAIT announces the acquisition of Stage Technologies and Delstar Engineering. This acquisition sees the merger of manufacturers in the field of automation, staging, and engineering for the live entertainment industry. The enhanced capacity of the groups provides the ability to offer unrivalled technology and expertise across the globe from locations on the East and West coasts of America, Belgium, Macau, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, China, and Australia. The increased breadth and depth of the company will provide clients with an extensive palette of cutting edge technologies, which will include eChameleon, Navigator, F:Light, Sculptor toolkit for 3ds Max, plus a comprehensive range of winches and staging solutions for concert touring, theatre, corporate events, film and television, and permanent installations.
Both companies are well established in the field of automation with TAIT focusing on the touring market and Stage Technologies on permanent installations for opera houses, theatres, and other permanent large-scale installations; alongside automation rental for London’s West End and beyond. Adam Davis, partner, TAIT Group commented, “Over the last few years we have seen the advantages of transferring knowledge and working practices from concert touring to other markets, such as corporate and theatre to provide our clients with more efficient and cost effective staging and automation solutions. As the creativity of our clients continues to push the boundaries of technology, the amalgamation of Stage Technologies and TAIT will allow our teams to respond to these needs with greater resources and provide better value engineered solutions.”
Mark Ager, CEO Stage Technologies Group added, “We are very excited to be joining forces with TAIT. Not only will our clients benefit from our increased capacity, but by unifying our engineering, design, and R&D teams, we will be able to offer a greater diversity of both hardware and software across the globe.”
In the course of the next few months, the companies will be working to provide integrated services for their combined client base. Kevin Taylor, president of TAIT/FTSI remarked, “We are delighted to be joining forces with Stage Technologies, as both companies have a great synergy in our core values and are dedicated to the provision of first-class customer service. Going forward, we are committed to combining resources to provide quality engineered products, while continuing to support all of our current technology out in the field. We are confident this merger will be greatly beneficial to new and existing customers across all markets.”
Frederic Opsomer, CEO of TAIT Europe added, “We really welcome Stage Technologies into the TAIT Group, as this is an excellent platform to provide an established infrastructure for TAIT Europe to provide automation to meet the ever growing demands of our clients and to provide integrated scenic and automotive packages.”
MA2 command wing and more Martin MAC101’s for GproShaw Events
Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Perth-based GproShaw Events are an up and coming in-house production team who create unique design ideas and concepts for themed Corporate Events, Concerts, Launch Parties and Fashion Events.
Recently the company invested in a MA Lighting MA onPC command wing which utilises the highly flexible and powerful grandMA2 control system. In combination with the free of charge grandMA2 onPC software, the MA onPC command wing is a portable 2,048 parameter control solution that can be used in nearly any location – and all for an affordable price.
“I was trained on a MA classic console so it has always been my console of choice and the MA onPC command wing is a natural progression from that,” commented Blake Granston. “T he price of the MA2 command wing is very affordable and offers small companies like ours an entry level into the MA Lighting range of control. It would have been crazy to go with any other console in that price range as no one else could offer the functionality of the MA onPC command wing.”
The MA onPC command wing USB interface for MA onPC software has two DMX outputs, one DMX input, an XLR timecode input, as well as analog remote capabilities, and the usual MIDI in and out ports.
“The MA onPC command wing offers us up to four universes and the effects engine is amazing,” added Blake. “There were a few times on the MA Classic where I wanted to achieve something and there was no simple way to do it. However with the MA onPC command wing’s smart effects and effects engine itself, it just seems so much easier to achieve what is going on in my head!
“The assignable executor buttons are handy and the 3D pixel mapping has been an absolute saviour now that we’re doing different layers of visual content material. ”
GproShaw Events also purchased eight Martin MAC101 LED moving head wash lights to add to the eight they already owned. Small, super light and easy-to-use, the MAC101 has an amazingly bright beam for such a compact luminaire. It features rapid movement and calibrated colours with a low price tag that allows for revolutionary set, stage and decorative lighting design.
“And we don’t plan on stopping there!” said Blake. “They are such an amazing little punchy light especially for their price. We use them on just about anything and everything! Obviously it’s great to look at as a light source but they don’t cast a bad light on the floor either especially with the lens cap you can get. You can hang them anywhere and we’re often in venues where there are structural limits so their lightweight is a bonus.
Norwest Productions acquires Cairellie
Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2013
Norwest Productions Pty Limited, a leading provider of audio services in Australia and New Zealand, is pleased to announce today the acquisition of Australia’s specialist event services business, Cairellie Pty Ltd.
Norwest’s Chris Kennedy says the acquisition of Cairellie gives Norwest the ability to broaden its range of services and product offerings for clients in Australia to incorporate lighting, video, staging and communications, something the Norwest group is already doing extremely successfully for its clients in New Zealand. ‘This acquisition is a response to emerging needs of a number of Norwest’s customers in Australia, and our clients can remain confident in our ability to continue to provide a premium service that exceeds our clients expectations’.
Cairellie founders Stephen Knight and David Gleig will retain their existing roles in the Cairellie business, and will join the Norwest Board. Stephen and David see the acquisition as providing existing Cairellie clients with access to a broader range of equipment, expertise, and regional capability across Australasia. They also consider that access to more extensive corporate governance structures and capital resources will enable them to continue to grow the capabilities of the Cairellie business and respond to evolving customer needs.
Norwest Productions, founded exactly 20 years ago this July by Chris Kennedy, has offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth in Australia, and in Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand. Private equity fund, Anacacia Capital, invested in Norwest in 2008 providing capital and corporate governance to enable the company to grow rapidly through a mixture of organic growth and strategic acquisition.
Norwest is internationally renowned for its work with the very largest public events including Olympic ceremonies in Sydney, Athens, London and Vancouver, the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and Delhi, Rugby World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, The Asian Games and Arab Games in Qatar and the inaugural Youth Olympics and several National Day Parades in Singapore. As well as public events the company services corporate events, musical theatre, broadcast, arena concerts, club touring, festivals and dance parties.
Cairellie celebrated 10 years of operation in February this year. Its beginnings go back as far as 1997 as a small business servicing minor live performance events. Stephen Knight and David Gleig, met on one of these events and went on to form Cairellie in 2003. The business focused on the corporate market, which required it to
expand to provide lighting, video and staging in addition to audio. The business model was extremely successful allowing it to grow from humble beginnings to become a well-known market leader supplying full service production.
Both companies will continue operating as normal. Chris Kennedy said ‘We continue to recognize that our different brands across the Norwest Group are extremely important to both our people and our customers, and we are absolutely committed to all these brands, Norwest, Oceania, Cairellie, and Phase-One, going forward’
In the coming month, Norwest will relocate their offices and equipment to Cairellie’s existing North Rocks premises. Contact telephone numbers for both businesses remain unchanged.
Martin M1 lands in the Northern Territories
Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2013
Dreamedia Events is one of the Northern Territory’s premier conference, meetings and special event coordinator and as business is booming for them, the decision was taken to upgrade their aging lighting consoles.
“We looked at the Jands Vista and the Martin M1 but it appeared that the Martin M1 was the more widely used and specified console,” commented Chris O’Brien, managing director of Dreamedia Events, on the decision to go with the Martin M1 console. “Basically it was a good business decision.”
Chris reports that the console has not skipped a beat and its first appearance was at a concert for Jessica Mauboy in front of 4500 people. Since then their Martin M1 has provided control for gala events, fashion shows, sporting events – in fact it has worked consistently since arriving in the hire department.
“My guys tell me that the M1 is very easy and quick to patch in comparison to the old Jands consoles we used to have,” Chris said of the compact yet all-in-one lighting controller. “I reckon any operator can patch the console and check the fixtures with very little experience on the M1 console.”
Whilst Chris admits that it has been an adjustment for his crew switching to the M1 as they are starting with a raw template, he has no doubt that they love their new console.
“The M1 really is a tool that you build on each show and make it your own, rather than an off the shelf product,” he said. “Other aspects of the Martin M1 that the crew favour include the layout of the console, the ability to easily grab things on the fly if needed plus its small weight and size.”
The M1’s growing popularity stems from a design based on simplicity combined with a fast dual-core processor that ensures an extremely responsive user interface. The easy-to-use concept and portable package has struck a chord with lighting programmers and designers across the globe.
Chris revealed that the chances are high that he will purchase another Martin M1 console within the next six weeks!