Chauvet adds new dimension to Recital Hall
Thursday, 9 September 2021
melbourne-recital-4The 12-year-old music venue’s lighting system has been upgraded
Australia - The Melbourne Recital Hall on the corner of Southbank Boulevard, with its steel and glass lattice façade resembling a honeycomb, and playfully designed white frame defying rigid conventions, attracts much interest.
Inside, the multi-award-winning venue, the aesthetics are just as impressive, only now with a more serious bent. The walls of its shoe box shaped main theatre, for example, are covered with routed timber. The 3D textured panelling isn’t only stunning visually, as it also optimizes acoustics.
In 2021, the 12-year-old music venue’s lighting system was upgraded, when it had Showtools International install a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue and Maverick fixtures.
This move was the culmination of a quest by the Melbourne Recital Centre’s lighting team, led by head of operations Jasja van Andel, to find products that would enhance the facility’s lighting rig so they could create the big looks required for modern shows. After an extensive search for fixtures, and an onsite demonstration by Showtools International, they elected to have 12 Rogue R1 Beam fixtures and eight Maverick MK1 Hybrid units installed.
“First thing we noticed was the size and weight of the fixture, Harrison Cope, senior lighting technician at the Melbourne Recital Centre, said of the Rogue R1 Beam Wash. “The pan and tilt movement is super quick, and despite their small size, they are very punchy. The 3.7⁰ to 67.7⁰ zoom range gives them great versatility. We’ve used them as beam fixtures on a hip hop act, footlights for a dance performance, and as a side wash on booms for general stage coverage. The colour spectrum is excellent.”
With COVID lockdowns impacting audience capacity, the Recital Centre has increased the recording of shows for online viewing. The Rouge R1 Beam fixtures have proven themselves invaluable in delivering camera-friendly light.
“We’re doing a lot of streaming these days, and it’s been great having the R1s available,” said Harrison. “They work well as eye candy pointing at the camera; or we can use the wide zoom to highlight the stage and room architecture to create depth and interest behind the performers. They are flicker free, which has kept our video team very happy.”
The 440-watt Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures in the upgraded rig are used as a spots and beams, creating stunning aerial effects, in addition to decorating the stage with gobo patterns, according to Harrison.
“Normally with a hybrid fixture there is a trade-off between the spot, beam and wash features, but with the Maverick does all three really well,” he said. “We get everything from the super tight beams you’d expect from a dedicated beam fixture, to a nice smooth wash that can be used for front light. It’s also great to have a full animation wheel in the fixture, I’m a big fan of that type of effect, so I’m glad Chauvet fit one in with all the other features.”

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