A milestone of movers for ResX
Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the new Martin MAC Viper, Resolution X have again increased their stocks. This brings ResX up to 50 Viper profiles and 750 fixtures from the Martin MAC range and over 1,000 moving lights in total. The ResX crew had little time to celebrate this momentous milestone with all of these lights being kept busy doing gigs.
Tim Hall (Managing Director at ResX) commented “The Viper has fast become the new industry standard and we needed more just to keep up with the demand”.
Australian Distributor: Show Technology www.showtech.com.au
Wireless Solution the only solution for Live Productions
Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Live Productions is a fast growing technical production company with a rental inventory that is constantly growing. To ensure they stay at the cutting edge of the rapidly evolving rental technology landscape, Live have recently embarked on investing in products that make processes and therefore installations more effective and efficient.
One brand that has been crucial to their success is Wireless Solution and in particular their W-DMX, the twice award winning Wireless DMX system that is today the unofficial standard for those that require the most dependable product available for transmitting lighting control data wirelessly, no matter the distance or location.
W-DMX makes large, creative, or technically complex installations possible through the wireless distribution of lighting control signals so it was no surprise to see that Live Productions used two BlackBox F-1 G4 MK2’s and one BlackBox F-2 G4 MK2 for the T20 cricket internationals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and ANZ Stadiums.
“Award winning reliability and one-button-to-go setup allows for quick installation of lighting fixtures, on-time completion of time-sensitive projects and faster, more efficient and less labour intensive load-in and load-out of rental equipment,” commented Ben Elliott, technical director at Live Productions.
Wireless Solution’s product range boasts indoor as well as IP65 rated outdoor models and can be used in even the most complex lighting systems today. The only manufacturer on the market carrying a whole range of wireless equipment and accessories, even the most complex turnkey systems can be specified and supplied in their entirety by Wireless Solution.
“Having a reliable product like this minimised the installation time and allowed greater flexibility with the fixture placement around the grounds,” added Ben. “A large portion of the moving lights Live Productions own have inbuilt wireless receivers which the Wireless Solution boxes can directly transmit to. Wireless DMX saves a great deal of time, and in turn a lot of money throughout the course of a year.”
Synergy Events want even more Martin RUSH MH3
Posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Tan Huynh of Synergy Events is so impressed with his eight new Martin Rush MH3 fixtures he is already making plans to buy more. Synergy Events supplies lighting for Crown Casino venues, such as Studio 3 photographed.
“We were looking for an inexpensive, mid-range beam light and the RUSH MH3 is the ideal solution,” commented Tan. “They are very fast and the output is great. You can never have enough beam action! At least with Martin you’re buying a reputable brand. We’ve really pushed our RUSH MH3’s to give them a good workout and we’ve found no faults in them.”
Synergy Events also own plenty of Pro Shop Blinder Bars and Quad Colour Multipars.
“The Blinder Bars have a nice Tungsten look and you can do much more with them than a molefay” said Tan. “Also, you don’t need to have a dimmer which is fantastic. The Quad Colour Multipars are just solid, reliable and are very bright”
Synergy Events also purchased a couple of Look Solutions Unique hazers which are pushed extremely hard.
“They are run up to 30 hours a week and just keep going,” remarked Tan.
Synergy Events: syne.com.au
Pro Shop: www.showtech.com.au
PixPads a ‘perfect solution’ for Staging Connections
Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014
Staging Connections Sydney has invested in a dozen ShowPro PixPads to add a new and exciting dimension to their events.
“We wanted something a little bit theatrical that gave bang and impact,” commented Sam Rollston, National Asset Manager at Staging Connections. “We have a lot of bands play at our gala dinners and we wanted something to compliment that side of the business. Eye- candy is a great word for them!”
Staging Connections’ Lighting Designer Rocco Anzellotti added that he is always looking for something different to give new looks to their clients when buying lighting equipment.
“The way lighting is evolving today most people have seen a moving light that can swing about, change colours and has different gobos,” he said. “We have enough of these fixtures so I look for a product that can give us something else.”
Whilst providing high levels of light output so it can be used as a standard wash type fixture, the PixPad supplies even colour across all of the pixels which you have individual control over. With individual control of each RGB pixel, when placed together in quantities, allows users to even scroll text and advanced colour chases. There is also a large number of on-board programs which can run in stand-alone mode to ensure a simple and quick set up when required.
“The Pix Pads were the perfect solution,” remarked Rocco. “I like the idea of doing more visual looks than just lighting a stage or performance. The PixPad does a great job of not only being easy to rig, but also easy to control giving the lighting people an easy solution where setup times are always under pressure. The variety of effects and colours you can do with them is fantastic. I like the design of the product which in itself looks interesting with the sunken cones of LEDS. Also as a video wall solution is really out of our price range, these lights give us the ability to do simple video and mapped looks on a large scale but still at a great price point.”
Rocco concludes that with the popularity of the fixtures increasing, he can only see them buying more.
Total AV invest in a MA2 Light
Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014
Late last year Jason Griffin decided that after working in the audio visual business for eight years, it was time to start his own business and so, along with his business partner, he formed Total AV. First on the shopping list was a lighting console that had a great reputation, and would also be sought after for sub-hires.
“We decided that the MA Lighting MA2 Light was the product to purchase to break into the market,” commented Jason. “Market popularity was most definitely important and the MA series of consoles are the most a sought after.”
Jason explains that Total AV is a small, niche business and that they plan not to have too many clients in order to concentrate fully on those that they do have.
“The big tour we are doing this year is the Australian International Ice Hockey event across Australia which will take place through June and July,” he said. “Obviously our MA2 Light will be a big part of the tour!”
Jason is very impressed by the power and reliability of the MA consoles, stating that over the years he has never had an issue with a MA console crashing.
“Its 3D software is brilliant to work on and pre-program shows,” he added. “However, the main selling point is the way you can customize the console to suit the individual operator. It’s such a staple console now and everyone knows it as it’s a very user friendly.”
Martin RUSH for Diverse AV
Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
Diverse AV saw the launch of Melbourne clothing label Third Chapter’s new range as the ideal opportunity to debut their new Martin RUSH MH1 and their old favourites the Blinder Bar.
“I found that the money I was spending on cross hires was really eating into my profit and so I decided it was time to buy some of my own gear,” commented Brad Hurle, managing director of Diverse AV.
When Brad came across the Martin RUSH range he knew straight away it was the perfect fit for his requirements. His company doesn’t supply a lot of arena size shows rather small venues at the moment, with a capacity up to 1500 and so he doesn’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a high end fixture.
“The Martin RUSH range made the most sense to me and Show Technology’s Simon Barrett was a valuable resource showing me all the options available,” said Brad. “It was really good because he wasn’t trying to sell me the most expensive product rather what was most suitable and would make me money fast.”
Brad decided to start with a purchase of six Martin RUSH MH1 Profiles stating that you really can’t go past the Martin brand for reliability.
“When you think of moving lights, you think of Martin straightaway,” he remarked. “Also, we don’t have to worry about stocking heaps of lamps and not having to keep serious track of lamp hours is great.”
Brad further commented on the RUSH MH1’s effective optics that deliver a variety of effects and some great colours from two gobo wheels and two colour wheels. For added versatility and effect, it also houses an electronic dimmer and strobe, iris and 3-facet prism.
The event also saw Diverse AV’s six Blinder Bars in action as well as 2 Martin MAC301 movers.
“We love the Blinder Bars, because you just can’t go wrong with tungsten blinder look, but with the sun strips, you can get so creative with the 10 channel mode,” Brad concluded.
PLASA Launches New International Online Job Service
Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
PLASA announces the launch of its International interactive job board. With its focus on the creative industries, the PLASA Job Board offers its members—and the creative industries at large—an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections.
“We’re very excited about the PLASA Job Board because we know how critical it is for employers in the industry to attract first-rate talent with a minimum expenditure of time and resources,” said Kacey Coffin, Director of Membership for PLASA worldwide. “And it’s important for us to help enable smooth career transitions for our members and those seeking industry jobs.”
Both members and non-members can use the new PLASA Job Board to reach qualified candidates with members receiving special pricing. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting that provides job activity statistics.
For job seekers, the PLASA Job Board is a free service that provides access to employers and jobs in the creative industries. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse and view available jobs based on their criteria and save those jobs for later review if they choose. Job seekers can also create a search agent to provide email notifications of jobs that match their criteria.
To search available jobs, post job openings or upload a resume, visit jobboard.plasa.org.
Jands Vista L5 Goes West (And East, North And South) With CCPWA
Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Since Perth’s Concert and Corporate Productions (CCPWA to their friends) purchased their Jands Vista L5 they’ve barely had the pleasure of its company. And it’s that kind of immediate return on investment that really makes a production company happy. Sean McKernan, General Manager of CCPWA, couldn’t be happier with its absence. “We got it mid-September and we only had it in our warehouse for 12 hours before it went out on its first tour!”
After purchasing from Jands, the L5 flew into Perth to be prepped by the CCPWA crew, and soon turned around and was put on a plane to Brisbane, where it kicked off on UK metal band Bring Me The Horizon’s national tour. As that tour finished up, the desk went straight over to US rockers Fall Out Boy for another lap of the nation.
“It was a good month and a half before it came back” Sean continued, “and it has had nothing but praise from all the LDs who’ve used it.” User feedback coming into CCPWA has repeatedly highlighted the L5’s intuitive operation and great operating system. Sean concurs; “I’m a GrandMA operator, and I find the Vista L5 completely intuitive.”
One of the big hits with operators is the generous 21-inch, 1920×1080 resolution TFT screen. “It’s one of the biggest visual surfaces on the market” agreed Sean. “There’s not many other consoles that have a better work surface.”
After doing two tours of duty, bouncing around Australia’s highways on trucks, the L5 finally made it home in fine working order, ready to go out again almost immediately. “We’ve only had it back for four weeks” explained Sean, “and it has done three shows during that time.”
CCP’s Jands Vista L5 was on the Perth leg of the huge EDM-based Stereosonic Festival and soon after showed its versatility by working on an opera. Looks like the warehouse crew won’t be seeing much of this workhorse at all in the near future.
Show Technology launches Electronic Product Guide
Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Show Technology has recognised that in the fast, technology driven entertainment lighting market, customers and end users need to be able to access accurate and comprehensive details of their equipment, anywhere and at any time.
“The old printed catalogue has really been dead for a few years now, particularly at the more professional end of the market,” commented Mark McInnes, Show Technology’s National Sales & Marketing Manager. “However there is still a need for a collection of product details which can be quickly and easily accessed. We had tried a couple of other ways to present this information and we were never really happy with the functionality or its edit-ability. Products are moving so fast, it was essential to find a way to keep data updated.”
Persistence has paid off with Show Technology launching their Electronic Product Guide this week. The guide will allow changes and updates to be made to the products’ individual files when necessary and customers will be able to access those changes immediately. So, for example, if a manufacturer changes a product specification, releases a new product or deletes a product, changes can be made on the back end and the product guide is updated straight away.
“We are confident this is both a solid way to contribute to reducing our impacts on the environment whilst providing a better solution for those of our customers who still need a product guide as a resource,” added Mark McInnes. “Our customers will always have the latest information if they use the on-line system.”
Show Technology’s Electronic Product Guide can be accessed at www.showtech.com.au/productguide
Chameleon Lighting takes on SGM X5 Strobes
Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Chameleon Touring Systems, one of Australia’s largest specialist lighting providers has purchased a quantity of X5 Led Strobes. They are also currently evaluating other SGM fixtures including the powerful P5 Wash and the SP6 Sixpack Blinder. Chameleon Director, Tony Davies commented, “At Chameleon we are always trying to offer our clients the latest technology that will make their productions and events unique and memorable. This exciting new product range from SGM ticks all the boxes, a number of the fixtures have a IP65 rating and built in wireless DMX, so we can utlise them in a wide range of applications. The new LED pixel effects like the LB100 Led Balls and LT100 Tubes, I am sure are going to become very popular when we role them out in 2014. Our recent purchase of X5 Strobes purely reflects the appearance of these units on a number of international riders this year.”
Dave Croxton, Managing Director of SGM’s Australian Distributor, ETA said, “Both ETA and SGM are proud to be associated with one of Australia’s premier lighting companies in Chameleon. Chameleon has always been at the forefront of entertainment lighting in Australia and it is our priority to support them as they introduce SGM’s new range to the Australian production industry.”
Attached picture: Chameleon Director, Tony Davies checks out the SGM P5 Wash.
Lux Events add Clay Paky Sharpys to their stock
Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014
Lux Events have added sixteen Clay Paky Sharpys to their inventory and according to managing director Dave Trapp, they are fast becoming a favourite with his corporate clients.
“The Sharpy is a light that makes such an impression even our corporate clients comment on them!” he announced. “The Sharpys are well renowned for their brightness but none the less the LX guys have still been blown away by what a difference they’re making to our shows.”
The photographs show eight of the Sharpys put to use on a corporate party where they were the feature light used to dress the space. Project Manager for the event was Michael Judges and Senior Production Manager was Matt Gibbons., aiming for a Ministry of Sound theme in the Crown Casino ballroom.
“We used the Sharpys for aerial effects and because of their brightness, they are perfect for that,” said Matt. “I actually had to run them at 40% because they were far too bright for the ballroom! What can I say that hasn’t been said by everyone else: amazing colours, amazing gobos, very sharp and very fast. The Sharpy really is a unique light, very versatile and it has great precision.”
Also in the rig were nine Martin LC Panels which Dave says are oldies but goodies and have been used nearly every weekend over the last few months. Added to them were sixteen Martin MAC700s, Pro Shop Tri-Color, Unique Hazers and a full size grandMA1.
Digilin & Lightech Have Merged
Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013
After enjoying many years of a successful trading relationship, these two companies have merged resulting in the new company “Digilin Australia Pty Ltd”
Digilin has forged an outstanding reputation for quality and reliability, while manufacturing in Australia for more than 30 years. Digilin has been at the forefront of emerging LED and fibre optic lighting technologies, and has enjoyed being the “choice of professionals” for projects locally & internationally.
As a dedicated Digilin distributor, Lightech has been involved in the design, supply and implementation of specialist lighting projects within Australia and overseas. With a diverse background in design, contracting and integration, Lightech has been a successful interface and a dependable support arm for the Digilin product range.
The new company Digilin Australia continues to manufacture superior quality LED and fibre optic lighting, right here in Australia, but now adds a dedicated technical support team and increased service levels. Digilin Australia takes the guesswork out of control gear/driver issues and can provide you with “project specific” wiring schematics and system layouts, which makes using Digilin products easier than ever.
Digilin Australia will continue to be the “choice of professionals” by;
- Manufacturing superior lighting products that outperform all others
- Engineering solutions for performance and reliability
- Pioneering research and development into emerging lighting technologies
- Providing extensive technical support to our customers and associates
Digilin Australia is embarking on a rebranding process, which will include a new logo & website plus improved traditional and electronic communications. This process will provide closer relationships and deeper engagement with our valued customers, plus develop an image that accurately defines our capabilities and core values.
Digilin Australia has new contact details including freecall 1800 phone and fax numbers. We are implementing a new communication system that keeps us in touch with our valued customers.
Phone 1800 950 888
Fax 1800 982 005
At Digilin Australia we are embracing the challenges of Australian manufacturing and we are extremely grateful for your business & support. What we are creating is a brand new “Digilin Experience” that will set the foundation for the next 30 years, we certainly hope you can be part of this exciting journey
Alive Technologies Group Gears Up!
Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Alive Technologies Group recently added 8 new Robe MMX Blades and 8 Robe Pointe fixtures to their extensive rental inventory. Their season started in big style with David Guetta mega concert in Hobart last weekend.
Tony Lukeman from ULA Group Melbourne office worked closely with David Bell to choose the best available products on the market for his productions. Tony Lukeman comments: “In today’s market, rental companies need to get as much value as possible form their inventory. Robe continues to tick all the boxes with the MMX Blade and Pointe providing unmatched functionality, versatility, class leading energy efficiency and compact design. It’s great to see Alive Technologies Group continue to grow with our smaller, lighter, brighter, more useful fixtures bred with Robe’s world famed reliability keeping them ahead of the game.”
When the MMX Blades and Pointes arrived, Alive Technologies Group staff were really impressed with their powerful effects. David Bell comments: “The MMX Blades are perfect for our cross discipline use. They are as small as a 300 spot, making them inconspicuous for corporate work. They are as powerful as a 1200 spot making them perfect for concerts, and the variable shutter module makes them sought after for our Theatre clients.”
Alive Technologies Group’s current Robe rental stock also includes the versatile and punchy Robin 100 LEDBeams, popular Robin 600 LEDWashes, Robin 300E Spots, ColorSpot 700ATs, Digital Spot 7000s, all together over 140 Robe fixtures, making them the biggest lighting rental company in Tasmania.
Cornerstone invest with Martin RUSH MH1 and MH2 fixtures
Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013
Steve Piemontese of Cornerstone Lighting & Production recently invested in six Martin RUSH MH1 Profiles and six RUSH MH2 Washes. The company provides lighting production to a wide variety of small productions.
The RUSH MH1 is a super bright LED profile moving head with efficient optics that deliver a variety of effects and colours from two gobo wheels and two colour wheels. For added versatility and effect, it also houses an electronic dimmer and strobe, iris and 3-facet prism.
The RUSH MH2 is a compact yet powerful, fast and agile LED wash light moving head that features RGBW colour mixing. Unique wash beam effects are possible with auto trig shows and music trig sound activation.
“The first thing that attracted me to the RUSH fixtures was brand,” commented Steve. “With Martin you get reliability and great support. I like the brightness of the RUSH MH1 especially for such a low wattage. I set them up against some MAC250’s and they are definitely brighter.
“I really like the colour you get with the RUSH MH2. Its standard LED mixing but it’s very effective and it’s great that you have white as well. They’re a great entry level moving head LED wash light.”
Photographed is a video shoot for which Cornerstone Lighting & Production supplied their Martin RUSH MH1 Profiles as well as eight Pro Shop Blinder Bars.
“It was a music video that featured a couple of dancers and the core design was a background of Blinder Bars,” explained Steve. “The MH1 Profiles were there to help emphasis and create the movement and the atmosphere. In the white room the colour came from the MH1 Profiles and it worked really well.”
Terbly QUAD 7 LED wash lights soon pay for themselves!
Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013
Queensland-based Aisle 6 have only had their eight Terbly QUAD 7 LED wash lights for three months but already they have paid for themselves, according to managing director Scott Mullane!
“The Terbly fixtures have been performing fantastically,” added Scott. “We don’t really advertise rather relying on social marketing and word of mouth. The first show we used them on was the Australian Christian Churches State Conference and we had several enquiries afterwards as to what we had been using on the stage. Through that we secured three hires and so it has grown. They have been in consistent use on conferences, rock shows, school end of year award nights and now carols.”
The QUAD 7 is a high output QUAD LED wash light with a fixed beam of 8 degrees. Capable of an extremely wide colour range with individual control of the ‘outer’ or ‘inner’ ring of LEDs means this is a small stage look as well as an effective beam effect. Using the same 10Watt QUAD LEDs as the others in the Terbly range the QUAD 7 is ‘a mighty little light at a mighty small price’.
“We were looking to get rid of our MSD moving head fixtures in favour of LED for obvious reasons such as bulb life and maintenance issues,” remarked Scott, when asked what drove his purchase. “Initially we looked at the Martin MAC101 but the Terbly QUAD 7 was comparable – in fact we thought it was better. They’re RGBW rather than RGB and I think they’re brighter. Plus they are more cost effective.”
ULA Group appointed Australian Distributor for LumenRadio
Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013
ULA are proud to announce the new partnership with LumenRadio and appointment of being an Australian distributor of their wireless CRMX technology systems.
“It is with great pleasure and excitement we announce our partnership with LumenRadio,” comments Cuono Biviano, Managing Director of ULA Group. “The CRMX product line is without any doubt the most reliable and advanced wireless DMX/RDM technology in its class, making it a perfect fit into the ULA Group stable of products. Their wireless products range from touring to architectural projects and beyond making most demands a reality. I look forward to working with the highly skilled team at LumenRadio and providing these solutions to our loyal clients and beyond.”
Peter Kirkup, VP of Entertainment from LumenRadio says: “ULAs commitment to their product portfolio and to their customers is outstanding! ULA is a highly respected distributor and are currently working with some of the largest manufacturers within the industry, such as Robe, Avolites and Chamsys. We are very excited to have them onboard and look forward to this new partnership with great expectations”.
Picture: Peter Kirkup and Cuono Biviano.
Adelaide Festival Centre Switches To ETC Control
Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
The Adelaide Festival Centre has joined the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, His Majesty’s in Perth, State Theatre Centre of WA and most of the country’s leading company’s and venues, in installing ETC lighting consoles.
Most significantly, they were the first venue in Australia to receive an ETC Eos Titanium (or “Ti”), ETC’s flagship lighting control console. Ti includes many software and hardware features that add to its award-winning Eos-family functionality, including large-format, articulating multitouch displays, a multitouch encoder display, a solid-state hard drive and the ability to work with Magic Sheets.
“It was time to replace our aging Strand 500 Series consoles and ETC was the obvious choice,” commented Nathan Luscombe, head lighting technician at Adelaide Festival Centre. “Strand used to be the industry standard for all the major venues in the country but over the past few years, they have been superseded by the ETC EOS range. More and more shows coming through the Adelaide Festival Centre’s venues were using an ETC platform so the choice was simple to make.
“For someone who has used a Strand console for many, many years, I found the ETC philosophy the next logical step. I found it really easy to switch to the ETC platform. Basically, they’re just nice to use.”
The Adelaide Festival Centre was Australia’s first multi-purpose arts centre built in 1973 and physically, it has two locations: the riverside centre, and Her Majesty’s Theatre. These two locations house six different venues: the Festival Theatre, Dunstan Playhouse, Space Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Artspace Gallery and the Amphitheatre.
The ETC Gio has been installed into the Dunstan Playhouse, and the ETC Ion into the Space Theatre. The ETC Eos Ti has been installed into the Festival Theatre, a large proscenium arch theatre, and the lighting department are delighted by its performance.
“The Eos Ti is extremely similar to the Eos console, which we are familiar with, with main differences being in the layout of the console,” remarked Nathan. “However these differences make designing and programming easier particularly the built-in multi-touch screens that make it possible to display much more information.”
Nathan was also impressed by the speed of the console, most noticeably its boot time, all made possible by the new solid-state hard drive of the Eos Ti.
Another feature of Ti (and the entire Eos family) is the new Magic Sheet functionality, allowing users to interact with both automated and conventional fixtures in an intuitive, visual way.
Nathan commented that the Magic Sheets have added the ability to reference the lighting plan on screen as well as selecting instruments. This provides more flexibility to the programmer and the designer and is a feature that the AFC programmers are finding extremely helpful.
“I have been really pleased with the positive feedback from all the operators on how intuitive and flexible the EOS family is,” added Chris Searle, Head of Lighting at AFC. “Although we have only had the consoles a short time the crew have managed to adapt quickly and become confident around the new systems.
“I’m glad that I was able to purchase three consoles in the one hit as this has meant everyone is changing over all at the same time so tips and tricks are being shared daily improving the experience for all.
“Tim Kennard from Jands as always was a great help in accommodating our requests and I would like to thank him for making the process as quick and simple as it was.”
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.