Germany - Obsidian Control Systems is returning to the Prolight + Sound show and invites designers, programmers and operators to Hall 12.1, Stand C49 to sample a host of new releases that includes several new lighting control products under the Onyx lighting control platform.
Visitors will have a chance to demo the new NX1, a portable yet full-featured lighting console that offers the complete Onyx experience in an ultra-compact package. The NX1 offers a slate of professional features and is built from the latest in industrial components. A compact, motorized fader wing, the NX P, as well as a small USB-powered control surface for Onyx, the NX K will also be on display.
The latest developments in the Onyx platform will make their debut at the show, from powerful NDI video input connectivity to new fixture parameter configuration options.
New devices in Obsidian’s Netron data distribution line will also be on hand for detailed inspection.
USA - Audinate has introduced Dante Studio, a platform solution for advancing AV production capabilities and streamlining workflows. Resident on this platform, apps from Audinate will provide integrators and end-users with professional-grade tools for better, specialized video networks. The first tool on Dante Studio, Dante Video RX, enables Windows PCs to receive video simply and seamlessly from any Dante AV-enabled source.
According to Joshua Rush, Audinate chief marketing officer, this introduction is a critical phase of building out the Dante AV ecosystem. “Dante Video RX completes the end-to-end video workflow - It complements the growing ecosystem of Dante AV hardware products including cameras, encoders and decoders and allows Dante AV signals to be easily ingested into PC platforms and software applications. Dante Video RX facilitates a wide variety of networked video use cases ranging from the video production and broadcast markets to corporate and higher education.”
Dante Studio comprises an array of software solutions that bring Dante video features to PCs. With Dante Video RX, computers can receive a video signal from Dante AV transmitters or Dante AV cameras on their network. Dante Video RX supports 1080p resolution, 60 frames per second and system timing and synchronization along with separate routing of video and audio elements. Dante Video RX will soon support 4K video. It fits easily into Dante-based environments operating on standard 1 Gb Ethernet infrastructures.
Users simply download the Dante Studio installer, activate Dant
USA - The transformative atmosphere of the almost century-old Tampa Theatre was never lost on designer Peter L. Spadaro III when he lit shows there. So, when he was called on recently to light a show for singer/songwriter Citizen Cope at the theatre, he was determined to weave its distinctive Renaissance revival style architecture, complete with statutes and gargoyles, into his design.
“I always believe in extending my design out into the environment rather than limiting myself to just the stage,” comments Spadaro. “Tampa Theatre is a gorgeous historic site built in the 1920s. The architecture inside is truly stunning, and it definitely influenced my work. I was really trying to get the audience and the facade of the theatre fully engulfed in light when I could.”
Spadaro accomplished this in part by playing with different light angles from the Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spots he rented for the show. “Looking at this building, I wanted to make it part of the visual experience,” he said. “So, I got pretty creative with some positions that I never used before due to how the stage and room were set up. Light angles helped connect the audience to the beauty of the venue.”
Tampa-based ESI Production Services supplied Spadaro with his Maverick units as well as Strike 4 fixtures. Complementing the house rig, these lights were positioned on road cases as far upstage as possible, which presented a challenge given the dimensions of the theatre’s stage.
“I usually like to use a good amount of the stage when positioning my lights
USA- Chauvet Professional has appointed Brian Craft as content marketing manager. Craft recently served as director of marketing & outreach at Manatee Performing Arts Centre, director of marketing & communications at Realize Bradenton, and in public relations with IHPR in New York City. Craft serves as creative director on the Board of Florida Public Relations Association, and as a founding board member of Project Pride SRQ.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside such a driven and dedicated team,” says Craft. “I have followed Chauvet for as long as I can remember, and I look forward to continuing the standard of excellence the team has achieved and amplify the impact and messaging of the house of brands.”
USA - Bandit Lites has promoted Scott Wesson to facility foreman where he will oversee integral day to day functions including de-prep of all incoming equipment as well as maintaining the organisation of hardware, cable, truss, and road cases. He will also coordinate with Bandit’s project managers to assist with preps, hardware and truss needs.
Wesson came aboard at Bandit in 2014 where he toured as a lighting tech with artists including Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean. He also provided extensive support for multiple festivals ranging from Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Electric Forest to Lollapalooza.
“Having been a touring technician for many years, Scott has a detailed understanding of how the Bandit machine works as well as ideas on how to be even more efficient,” reflects Bandit Lites’ director of technical services, Jake Tickle.
UK - To provide rock band Nothing But Thieves with expressive visuals for their sold-out UK arena tour, lighting designer Sam Tozer crafted a dynamic rig featuring Martin Professional lighting solutions, provided by Christie Lites.
The tour, which kicked off at the Birmingham Academy on 10 October 2021 and included shows at London’s O2 Arena and Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, promoted the Essex band’s latest chart-topping album, Moral Panic. For Nothing But Thieves, a staple on the festival circuit, the tour marked its long-awaited return to live performances, as well as its arena debut, and so the band wanted to provide audiences with an especially memorable and high-quality live experience.
However, with no opportunity for dress rehearsals due to pandemic restrictions the lighting rig needed to be reliable and adaptable in order to adhere to the strict time frame. To meet these requirements, Tozer relied on Martin’s MAC Aura PXL and MAC Viper fixtures. His team included account holder Andy Stratum, crew chief Adam Morris and production manager Andrew Sweeney.
“When drawing up plans for the tour, we tried to match the new art design of the latest album,” says Tozer. “We wanted to create a clean-looking show and build dynamically during the performance with lighting added throughout the set. I wanted a rig that could light the band, but also was versatile to provide some eye candy when needed.”
The Martin MAC Viper served as the main workhorse for the tour and provided the essential key lighting for framing the band.
Japan - Building on the success of the R2 Supperclub in Tokyo's lively Ropponghi district, the venue's owners have expanded their hospitality portfolio with the launch of the R3 Club Lounge, a colourful “hybrid venue” that combines trendy dining with a DJ-driven nightclub experience.
Designed to offer spatial diversity, R3 Club Lounge provides guests with a range of ways to soak up its immersive ambience, whether in a standing lounge and dance floor, or its opulent and individually themed VIP Room located by the stage area.
Helping to accentuate the club and its different microenvironments is a versatile lighting design by Hibino Lighting. The Hibino team used lighting to give each space a distinctive appeal while pulling everything together into a unified look. Helping them accomplish this was an impressive collection of Chauvet Professional products including six Rogue R1X Spots, four Rogue R1X Washes, four Rogue R1 BeamWashes, eight COLORado Batten Quad Q15 units and 45 COLORdash PAR H7 IP x 45 fixtures.
Beginning with the disco ball in the centre of the venue, the team at Hibino Lighting were keen to accentuate the concentric nature of the venue with its central dance floor and various VIP offshoots. Hung from central circular trussing, the Rogue R1X Spot fixtures highlight the disco ball feature with spectacular concentrated throws of powerful refracted light, creating a unique visual focal point with which to direct attention towards to adjacent lying DJ booth.
In addition to highlighting the centrepiece of the central area within
UK - The National Youth Theatre raised £350,000 during a fundraising gala dinner, with support from production experts Light Fantastic Production Services.
The event, called Nostalgic Fantastic, was a fundraiser for the charity as well as a grand reveal of the newly renovated National Youth Theatre building. As such, the NYT team recognised that technical production was going to be key to showcasing both their cultural value and readiness to welcome the next generation of theatre talent.
Based within easy reach of NYT’s North London HQ, LFPS provided an extensive lighting, power and audio package to ensure the event’s success. LFPS managing director Rob Myer is a former member of National Youth Theatre, and other NYT alumni in attendance at the gala dinner included Rege Jean-Page and Robert Rinder, as well as patrons Rosamund Pike and the Earl of Wessex.
LFPS’ involvement in Nostalgic Fantastic was on a not-for-profit basis, with the goal of supporting a vital piece of the UK’s cultural infrastructure. Beyond the supply of equipment, LFPS also provided a team of experienced technicians. They supported the NYT’s technical members in installing and operating the lighting and audio systems, giving them a valuable opportunity to get hands-on with a range of cutting-edge equipment.
To allow guests to explore the NYT’s renovated spaces, the Nostalgic Fantastic was staged as a piece of promenade theatre. The audience were drawn through the building on their journey to the gala dinner, in the NYT’s largest r
Germany - Wireless LED lighting specialist Astera’s product focus will be on the new Astera technology launched last year - the award-winning PixelBrick, the AX9 PowerPAR and AX2 PixelBar - plus the NYX Bulb which is suitable for shows, sets and installations. The massively popular and omnipresent flagship Titan Tube family of products will also be on the stand.
Additionally, the new Astera HydraPanel will be previewed. Under wraps until the show, this ‘pixel panel’ product offers an extensive range of features not found elsewhere in its small, powerful package, complete with wireless and wired DMX options, plus many beam-shaping modifiers.
PixelBrick offers flexibility and multi-functional light source with the power of Astera’s Titan LED engine coupled with the practicality of its popular AX3 LightDrop product, all in a completely new and fully adaptable housing.
Suitable for concerts, events, filming, or broadcast scenarios, PixelBrick is compact, light (1.1kg) and handy as an uplighter - like an AX3 - or it can be hung anywhere and become a universal light for accenting and texturing buildings or facades. For exterior use, it is IP65 rated and therefore resistant to rain and other elements.
The AX9 PowerPAR is the ‘big brother’ of Astera’s AX5 TriplePAR which became an industry-standard LED PAR. AX9 is bigger, brighter and benefits from all Astera’s latest innovations, including the Titan LED engine and direct control via the versatile AsteraApp.
The AX2 PixelBar is a linear wash fixture with wireless control, onb
Germany - MDG looks forward to welcoming its friends and customers at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt in Hall 12.0, Stand D81 after a break of two years.
MDG will be bringing its most popular fog, haze and low-fog products including its ATMe and ATMe WPE haze generators, members of its Me Series fog generators, its ICE FOG Q HP low fog generator and theONE dual-mode haze and fog generator in its touring cradle.
Appearing for the first time at Prolight+Sound will be MDG’s bespoke Vertical Flight Case. Designed to carry MDG’s ATMe haze generator, or either of its Me1 or Me2 fog generators, plus everything needed to operate under production conditions, this flight case not only provides rugged, safe transport for the generators, but allows the entire unit to be rolled onto stage and simply plugged in for instant use.
Each Vertical Flight Case is fully equipped with direct plug-in connections for power and DMX In/Out. Included inside are snug compartment spaces for MDG’s theFAN, two 9kg (20lb) CO2 bottles, a 4l bottle of MDG fluid, and space for a small DMX console. MDG’s new Vertical Flight Cases are the ideal solution for festivals and touring, ensuring your complete touring package can travel and operate from a single, easily transportable unit.
MDG’s ATMe and ATMe WPE haze generators are industry-benchmark generators. The ATMe WPE is a weather-proof and dust-resistant version of the ATMe which has been designed specifically for outdoor use.
MDG’s Me Series of fog generators, will be represented by the units at two opposite ends o
Germany - Ayrton will celebrate its 20th anniversary at this year’s Prolight+Sound exhibition. Founded in 2001 by Yvan Péard, Ayrton has established itself as one of the leading LED lighting manufacturers in the industry.
The company will launch several new products in Frankfurt, including the first long throw IP65-rated fixture in its 9 Series, Domino LT. Domino LT is the first all-terrain LED luminaire in Ayrton’s long-throw range, and is designed for intensive outdoor use in long-distance applications that require high precision. It combines the minimalist design of Domino Profile with the colour mixing capabilities of Huracán Profile and the IP65 weather-proofing of Perseo.
Domino LT’s 225mm diameter frontal lens produces an ultra-intensive beam with a 15:1 zoom ratio and a zoom range of 3.5° to 53°.
Equipped with an all-new high-efficiency 1,000-watt LED module, Domino LT delivers a record luminous flux of 51,000 lumens at a colour temperature of 6700K. Domino LT’s complex colour mixing system offers a double level of CMY saturation that can obtain 281 trillion colours (patent pending) and a triple corrector for variable colour temperature that allows subtle adjustment from 2700K to 15000K and significant CRI improvement.
Fitted with multiple optical tools for shaping light, Domino LT is factory-equipped with a linear progressive frost system, a lightweight frost filter, and two image-multiplying rotating prisms: one is linear with four facets and the other is circular with five facets. The framing section enables precise po
Germany - Robert Juliat is celebrating its return to PL+S with the launch of new products and premiere showings on its all-LED stand in the Lightpower Village (Hall 12.0 Stand C60).
Prolight + Sound will see the world launch of Sully 4C, a new range of LED zoom profile and Fresnel spots with colour mixing which marks a major step forward in Robert Juliat product development.
The Sully 4C Series builds a new four-colour LED source (Red, Green, Blue, Lime) into a full package of lighting tools, including a removeable lamp compartment as a quick and easy solution to upgrade RJ 600SX tungsten profiles to coloured LED sources, a Profile series offering the same zoom range as the 600SX Series range (650SX 4C) and a single lens Fresnel luminaire.
Launched in 2020 but not exhibited until now, Sully White is Robert Juliat’s complete family of high-quality 115W white LED lighting fixtures. Profile, single lens and followspot fixtures are available in warm (3000K) or cool (5700K) white, with a guaranteed light output equivalent to, or greater than, that of a 1000W tungsten lamp.
The original inspiration behind Sully is a removeable LED module, housed in a single compartment, that enables a reliable and affordable transition from traditional sources to LED. As venues take gradual steps in changing and updating their lighting equipment to LED, Sully makes it possible to standardise the equipment in venues already equipped with Robert Juliat luminaires. Sully ensures a uniformity and consistency in the quality of light throughout the progressive changes,
Germany - Elation, distributed in Germany through LMP, will launch a number of new products as it returns to European trade show participation.
The Proteus Brutus is a powerful 70,000-lumen LED wash fixture with IP65 rating designed for piercing beam looks and high-intensity washes in any environment. A high efficiency 1200W 6,500K white LED engine works with CMY colour mixing, variable CTO and 6-position color wheel while a complete FX system features rotating gobos, animation, iris, and frost. An optional indexable framing module is also available. With a zoom range from 4° to 45° and an impressive 220mm (8.7”) front lens, the Proteus Brutus cuts through at great distances.
The Proteus Excalibur is a powerful IP65 beam moving head offering extreme power (20,000 lumens), super narrow 0.8° beam (3.5° Expander Lens available), and wide front aperture. It houses a wide array of gobos (25), prism overlays (4- and 8-facet) and more. The Excalibur uses Philips’ Flex lamp technology for long lamp life, lower power consumption and reduced fixture maintenance.
The Proteus Rayzor Blade is a combination of linear wash, high-intensity strobe line and SparkLED FX inside a compact IP65 linear fixture design. Available with six or 12 independently controlled 60W RGBW LEDs, Proteus Rayzor Blade provides well-defined mid-air beams up to 12,500 lumens or exceptionally wide and even wash coverage. Two high-intensity strobe lines of cool white LED dots along with Elation’s exclusive SparkLED effects add depth and visual impact. Wide zoom and dynamic tilt ax
Germany - At the upcoming Prolight+Sound tradeshow, Robe is set to launch five new products - Painte, TetraX, iBeam 250, Spikie+ and the Anolis Calumma. The company will also showcase five products launched in 2021 - the Forte, Cuete, LEDBeam 350, T2 and T11, all of them presented physically following their digital launches last year.
Robe also has a further surprise up its sleeve that will be located outside the exhibition hall and will be related to its Robe on the Road activities.
Painte is a compact moving light that delivers a quiet, quality profile solution for short to medium throw scenarios in theatrical, television, installation, live or corporate settings. The impressive 12,000-lumen fixture output has a sparkling, clear white light, with boundless colours via the advanced CMY colour mixing system.
The iBeam 250 is the latest in Robe’s constantly growing iSeries which are fully IP65 rated. This offers speed, colour and zoom range in a package to handle all the challenges of outdoor use and work.
Suitable for festivals, concerts, theatre, and any outdoor events or unpredictable weather scenarios, the iBeam 250 also has all the favourite features of its popular indoor relative, the LEDBeam 150.
TetraX features a dynamic pan movement with ‘extremely high-speed continuous rotation’, dramatically increasing the sweep-effect possibilities of the fixture.
The new Spikie+ generates 25% more lumens from its single 60W RGBW source. The fixture has a specifically designed 110mm front lens, and a rapidly moving zoom that pr
UK Lighting and rigging supplier TSL has added 32 of Martin’s new VDO Atomic Bold hybrid creative LED fixtures to their rental inventory. TSL is the first rental house in the UK to do so, according to the manufacturer’s UK distributor, Sound Technology.
The Martin VDO Atomic Bold is a versatile creative LED hybrid fixture and the newest addition to the VDO Atomic family. It includes a wide range of functionality to support a myriad of applications and can be used as an audience blinder, strobe light, creative LED pixel-mapping surface, eye-candy effect light and stage wash - all in a single, compact fixture.
Including many of the benefits that made its sibling, the VDO Atomic Dot a popular hybrid fixture, the VDO Atomic Bold retains the same interlocking mechanics, same cabling and a similar look but is a larger fixture with higher, full colour output to offer lighting designers even more creative potential.
Dom Sheerman, account director, comments: “We realised that we needed a versatile creative and bright LED fixture in our inventory to complement our stock of Sceptron, and the Atomic Bold ticked all the boxes. It's versatile allowing it to be used in multiple different configurations and can be run from our stock of Martin P3 controllers as well as through DMX. Being IP65 rated it also meant we can use it for outdoor situations as well." TSL’s full inventory has been immediately deployed.
Spain - Barcelona’s fringe theatre Teatre Akadèmia has recently completed a multimedia upgrade to enhance the venue’s technical production capabilities.
Alongside new video and lighting systems, a comprehensive Amate Audio sound installation - comprising loudspeakers, power amplifiers and digital audio processors from the company - has provided the venue with both a new FOH PA and surround sound EFX capabilities.
Award winning theatre sound designer Roc Mateu and Amate Audio’s industrial designer Guiu Llusá worked together to address the theatre’s specific sound design challenges; in particular with respect to the design of the venue, incorporating a ‘thrust stage’ with raked seating on three sides. “The sound design objectives were those required to provide a room with the distinct layout of the Teatre Akadèmia,” says Llusá, “With sound equipment of an appropriate scale, with comparable performance capabilities to that used in large scale auditoria.”
The resultant sound design is effectively two discrete systems, operating together within a matrix sound design; one the FoH dialogue PA, comprising larger full-range cabinets, and the other a wider ‘boundary’ installation, sited around the perimeter of and firing into the room, comprising smaller cabinets providing a dynamic surround sound EFX capability.
N12P and S6P models from Amate Audio’s Nítid series of compact, high-performance, dedicated venue installation loudspeaker systems were selected; two-way designs of relative scale, engineered to provide a common
USA - Full Sail University recently equipped its flagship venue, Full Sail Live, with Martin Professional LED lighting fixtures and creative video elements powered by Martin’s P3 control system.
Full Sail offers accredited degrees in the fields of music and recording, film and television, art and design, games, communications, sports broadcasting, emerging technologies and business. Full Sail’s sprawling campus includes a variety of classrooms, labs, studios and performance venues equipped with the latest technology, offering students the opportunity to learn on the same equipment and software they’ll encounter in their careers.
When it came time to upgrade the lighting rig at the university’s flagship venue for live events, Full Sail Live, staff had high standards for solutions that would benefit students and outside clients alike. Being long-time users of Martin lighting solutions, the university’s Event Operations department selected Martin MAC Ultra Performance, MAC Aura PXL and VDO Fatron 20 fixtures powered by a P3-300 system controller and P3 PowerPort 1500 power and data units.
“It's a 10-year-old facility, so we started to look at how we could offer our students and clients the latest technology,” said Vincent Lepore, director of event technical operations, Full Sail University. “The bottom line was to make sure that we're offering our students the best possible education on the most current equipment available, and that's what this system provides. First and foremost, we're a university, so education is our number one goal
UK - Leading lighting design and rental house Siyan has invested in additional rental stock of Martin by Harman’s creative LED family of products, supplied by Martin's UK distributor Sound Technology.
With an existing large rental inventory of Martin VDO Atomic Dots and VDO Sceptron, Siyan’s stock has been expanded with the addition of a large quantity of Martin’s VDO Fatron fixtures plus 50 new MAC Aura PXL moving heads.
Tom Grant, business director, Siyan, commented, “With its large face, high output and selection of versatile internal FX, the MAC Aura PXL fixture fits perfectly into our inventory alongside our stock of other LED wash fixtures and suits a wide range of applications across our core markets - concert touring, festivals and events.”
The MAC Aura PXLs have already been in action with Siyan supplying The Kooks UK Tour 2022, where the PXLs have been an integral part of the lighting design by Jordon Cooper at Moths Lights.
The Martin MAC Aura PXL is bigger and brighter than the MAC Aura, and the first wash light to feature individual pixel control for its 19 main beam pixels and 141 Aura backlight pixels.
The VDO Sceptron and VDO Fatron Series provide the opportunity for spectacular 3D stage designs, while the VDO Atomic Dot and VDO Atomic Bold are versatile fixtures capable of wash, strobe, blinder and pixel effects. Controlled by DMX, Art-Net, sACN and Martin's proprietary P3 system, these video products can be combined with the growing range of Martin P3-equipped MAC Series moving heads including the MAC Aura PXL
UK - Avolites has been chosen by systems integrators Visual Systems to power the lighting control at The Londoner hotel. Billed as the world’s first “super boutique” hotel by owner Edwardian Hotels and located on the southwest corner of Leicester Square, the hotel has quickly become one of the few hotels to devote as much thought to the behind-the-scenes audiovisual fabric.
“Not many hotels I've seen in my 30 years in the industry have this amount of AV equipment,” says Ray Sappal, a director with Visual Systems and The Londoner’s AV project manager. “Ballrooms very rarely have in-house production lighting. In this case we selected and installed an integrated house light control with the production lighting control to give the lighting engineer complete control over the whole room via the lighting desk.”
While a lighting console was in the client’s original tender, Visual Systems - part of the Myriad Audio Visual Group - convinced them to change the brand to Avolites.
“While the room is equipped with a vast array of AV when the room is hired out for events, the hotel’s client has the option of bringing in their own kit,” says Sappal. “The key piece of kit is the lighting console since this is the brain if you like powering the light show and is what will give any event a sense of spectacle and of occasion.
“Avolites is the industry standard when it comes to live events. This means that clients looking to book the Ballroom are far more likely to trust the kit if they know it is Avolites and also that far more operat
Germany - ETC will be attending the 2022 edition of Prolight + Sound later this month. The company will showcase a mixture of its latest products on stands C53 and C45 in Hall 12.0, including the newest entertainment fixtures and controls.
ETC is attending the tradeshow to connect with its customers and visitors whilst also presenting the latest additions to its product range. Visitors to the stands will have the opportunity to see many new products including the Eos Apex. The recently launched line of flagship consoles deliver new features, and a powerful programming surface.
Attendees can also get a glimpse of the new High End Systems Cyberlight LED moving mirror, and they can explore the X8 array as featured in products like the Source Four LED Series 3 and Desire Fresnel.
In addition to this, ETC will also present seminars during the tradeshow. Senior technical product manager Michael Lichter will speak at a session on Getting the most out of Stage Machinery with changing regulations.
ETC European marketing manager Rosi Marx comments: “After a long pause in tradeshows taking place, we appreciate these gatherings even more now and certainly don't take them for granted. We are especially looking forward to welcoming as many of our business friends, colleagues and media partners as possible to our stands at Prolight + Sound.”
UK - Lighting rental and production management company, Limelite Lighting has become one of the first in the UK to take stock of Claypaky’s new Tambora batten.
Matthew Mountier, director at Limelite Lighting comments, “We have recently purchased the new Claypaky Tambora Batten to replace our outgoing LED battens. As a dry hire and production supplier for TV, events and theatre, we needed a product that was adaptable for a range of applications and that offered creative possibilities.
“We knew we wanted an LED batten that had dynamic pixel mapping and motorised movement. Having extensively researched various batten products by comparing the specs, costs, and availability, we decided the Claypaky Tambora Batten was the most attractive option for us.
“So far we are delighted with our decision, and we are already receiving positive feedback from lighting designers and technicians.”
Limelite has already supplied the fixtures for a number of projects, where they have received positive feedback.
Gus Domingues, an international lighting director from LA and the first Limelite client to use the fixture on set, comments, “I was pleasantly surprised to receive the Tambora Battens from Limelite. I was extremely impressed with the output levels and pixel mapping options. From now on they will be my go-to unit for linear visual effects, while maintaining a powerful wash ability.”
The fixtures were supplied to Limelite Lighting by Claypaky’s UK exclusive distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
USA - The Urshan College 2022 Live Recording was a day-long worship event and celebration of praise music at The Sanctuary church outside Saint Louis. Lighting designer Gabreil Loera tapped into the inspirational qualities of this classic hue when lighting this event, which featured a live concert that was recorded for later distribution.
Loera colorised the stage in teal and white at the start of the event, creating one of his favourite looks of the show. (The other was at the end of the evening when he pushed all his lights out into the crowd to finish the concert with a flourish.) In between, he immersed the crowd and stage in colour washes, many in various shades of teal. At times, he created a blanket of teal over the entire stage, seeming to embrace the large number of performers on it in a rejuvenating sea of hope.
Helping Loera achieve these transformational looks was a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by Pumpjack Productions. Featured in this rig were eight Maverick Force S Spots, two Rogue R2X Spots, and six COLORdash PAR Quad 18 units.
To keep his show varied and interesting, Loera incorporated colours other than teal and white into his show, relying of different palettes and light angles to reflect the distinct styles and personalities of the artists contributing to the concert. All the while, he was able to balance his lighting with the large video wall that occupied a prominent central position behind the stage.
“We varied the looks throughout the recording first by being able to change the colours for each
Europe - Ayrton is launching Zonda 9 Wash and Zonda 9 FX, the first luminaires in a new family of products for stage lighting. Equipped with a 40W LED source with RGB+W additive colour system, these new products are part of Ayrton’s Multi Sources 9 Series category.
For Zonda 9 Wash, Ayrton has developed a silent ventilation mode, to accommodate the quieter environment often required by stage lighting. Meanwhile, each concentric circle of the colour mixing system can be controlled independently to adjust the size of the emitting surface and the luminaire’s power. A complete library of pre-programmed colours - created in collaboration with lighting designers - is instantly accessible.
Zonda 9 FX is a versatile luminaire designed for a multitude of applications. It borrows from the main features of the Wash version and offers infinite continuous rotation on the pan and tilt axes. Individual control of each LED allows you to achieve 3D volumetric effects. Zonda 9 FX can produce a high-definition liquid effect from between its main lenses to create complex graphic effects, known as LiquidEffect. This effect can be used alone or in combination with the main LED matrix.
Zonda 9 Wash and Zonda 9 FX share the same proprietary optical system which consists of a 384mm-diameter dial of 37 lenses in PMMA, combined with 37 glass light guides with an output surface made of an optical micro-structure. This LED/optical system combination can produce powerful light output of 25,000 lumens and a perfectly homogeneous mixture of pastel and saturated colours, regar
USA - Christie Lites has welcomed Chris Patton as its VP rentals. Patton’s new role comes as part of a wider expansion of the Christie Lites management team, bringing increased focus to both client and rep support. To that end Patton will join Ken Alexander, senior VP rentals, to lead, develop and support the Christie Lites rental rep team.
Huntly Christie, CEO of Christie Lites, says: “As the company expands into new countries and market segments, the additional management capacity that Chris brings will ensure continued focus and consistency in our customer experience. Chris will concentrate on expanding our relationship capabilities and developing sustainable business opportunities across the Christie Lites global network.”
A UK native, Patton has 20 years of professional experience, embracing roles including business and team development manager for a large rental operation in the UK and as senior product manager for several key professional lighting manufacturers in the USA.
Patton states: “I am inspired to be joining Christie Lites. This is a company that has a proven track record in providing outstanding lighting solutions to a vast array of entertainment and corporate projects. My appointment comes at a significant time in the industry, with the reopening and reimagining of many sectors of live entertainment and I am delighted to be part of that.”