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New VuePix website launched

Posted on Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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MA2 Full Size for Spot-Light NZ

Posted on Thursday, May 25th, 2017

New Zealand’s Spot-Light Systems provides lighting and services for a large number of international touring acts as well as local concerts, stage shows, corporate spectacles, and television entertainment productions.

In order to keep up with the number of international riders specifying MA Lighting consoles, the company has recently added an MA2 full size to their existing three MA2 light, one MA1 light and two MA1 full size consoles.

Local lighting designer Brad Gledhill regularly works for Spot-Light and he was thrilled to finally get his hands on an MA2 full size.

“I’ve always used MA consoles and have enjoyed using this console the past couple of months,” he said. “I’ve been using it on major international concerts doing system checks and running lights for the support bands.”

Personally, Brad loves the multi-functionality of the MA2 full size, the way it can be configured exactly how he likes it to be.

“It is intuitive, thinking about how I want things to be but also not too intuitive,” he added. “I can do pretty much anything I want to do, programming-wise, to make my show the best it can be. It has a very good effects engine, it is user friendly and very malleable to be adjusted to make the looks that I require.”

Another healthy product impact on the New Zealand market from the newly opened Show Technology branch in Auckland!


PixPads for EI Productions

Posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

As part of their ongoing inventory updates EI Productions have recently purchased sixteen ShowPro PixPad 4×4.

“We’ve been looking at these type of fixtures for a little while now and when a few shows came up that had them on the spec, it was just the “push” we needed to purchase some,” commented Neale Mace, EI’s managing director. “They’re a great looking unit that are well built and they create some great colour effects. I think they look especially good when used in blocks of multiple units.”

Neale added that the PixPads deliver a nice colour pallet from their LEDs and that they are very bright cutting through on a larger stage quite well.

“They seem to have all the mod cons such as PowerCon IN + OUT, good LCD Menu system (with some nice Macros) and DMX IN+OUT,” he said. “The fact that they also have bespoke roadcases for four units is another bonus for us as they arrived in the cases ready-to-use.”

Neale reported that his crew have used the PixPads on several recent shows including The Darkness and Club Troppo Reunion and have commented on how good they looked and performed.

“As always, the supply and service from Show Technology was first class,” concluded Neale.


Resolution X – Lifting With The Professionals

Posted on Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Resolution X, is one of the first companies in Australia that started working with ProLyft Aetos hoists range. They are fully convinced of the technical qualities of the product, however, the outstanding service program made their choice an easy one.

Resolution X, covering Australia with hire bases in Melbourne and Sydney, strives to provide the best quality rental equipment backed by the best people and service. Based on that goal, they have become one of the largest providers of rental lighting and rigging equipment in Australia. They are leaders in bringing new and innovative equipment to market and can boast on a dedicated team that is enthusiastic about all challenges.

Tim Hall, Managing Director of Resolution X explains: “Resolution X have always prided themselves on implementing industry best practises, especially when it comes to safety. Therefore, adding chain hoists with a good double brake system to our hiring stock was a must. We chose the ProLyft Aetos series hoists because of their build quality, double brake system and local support network. The Aetos hoists stand up to the rigors of life in a busy production company but it was having a local dealer and support team that made the choice easy for us”.

Jason Swavley, Account Manager of Design Quintessence Melbourne and Tony Peaker, Product Manager are glad to Support Resolution X as ProLyft Service Point for Australia. “That’s the general idea behind the network of ProLyft Service points. We not only supply our customers with stock and spare parts, we’re also there to provide technical and maintenance support when needed, we have all the knowledge in-house to do so”.

“We hire to a lot of Corporate AV companies working in ballrooms” adds Sam Holloway, Rigging Manager of Resolution X, “most of the time they’re dealing with a restricted load limit in the roof and don’t need to lift heaps of gear. Therefore we also have 250kg hoists on stock, these are ideal for this type of client. The fool-proof operation, jam-free chain guide and limit switches are a bonus.”

Resolution X stocks a large quantity of the 1000kg Aetos hoists, meeting the German BVG-D8+ hoist classification, these hoists are fully equipped to meet the future demands of the entertainment industry. They also stock the 250kg hoists for rental purposes.

Resolution X are always available for a demo of the ProLyft Aetos hoists.

Photo: Sam Holloway


Elation Sixpar 300s for WAAPA

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts is on-par with NIDA in the east as the wellspring of the next generation of Australian talent across the entire spectrum of the lively arts. With its original technical fitout dating to the early 1980s, the entire lighting rig was due for an upgrade. Lighting Coordinator Jon Davey had presided over a project that has seen the Auditorium go 100% LED, with 24 Elation Sixpar 300s making up the majority of the stock.

With a mass of LED pars on the market, what was it about the Elation Sixpar 300s that stood out from the other fixtures Jon auditioned? “We developed a specification based on what was important to us – noiseless, flicker-free operation, and colour rendering giving us a high level of visual acuity. Went through a shoot-out process that covered a range of products, and the Elation units were the right choice. Not only did they meet the spec, they exceeded it.”

The Sixpar 300’s 18 12W 6-in-1 RGBAW+UV LEDs were the feature that really made them perfect for Jon’s goals. “The 6-in-1 gave us another level of performance. The amber is crucial in being able to balance out our whites to get us to a warm white, cool white, and a range of colour temperature options. They are getting us towards a more ‘human-centric’ lighting solution. It means we are able to reduce fatigue for those who are performing and reading music six hours a day, and focussing in up-close detail on their fingers. Good lighting conditions support our students in what they’re trying to achieve.”

The 24 Elation Sixpar 300s are supplemented by just six Profile fixtures out the front, meaning that the Auditorium’s needs are almost completely covered by Elation product. Local supplier Evolution 512 and its General Manager Sean McKernan were on-hand throughout the upgrade process to offer advice and products for comparison. WAAPA and Evolution 512 are backed by Australian and New Zealand Elation distributor Lexair Entertainment, providing industry-leading technical and sales support.


RJ Victors the only choice for Empire Theatre

Posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

A couple of Robert Juliat Korrigan 1200 followspots have reliably been performing their duties at Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre for a few years now. However, as more and more shows were utilising bright LED screens, the decision was made to purchase newer, more powerful followspots.

“We looked at a few models but Robert Juliat followspots are always a stand out and are solidly made,” commented Tim Panitz, Senior Technician. “We have moved the Korrigans to our smaller venue and it’s good to have the same brand between the two venues.

Ben Hunt, Head of Lighting, confirmed that the new follow spots had to deliver more output over the existing house Robert Juliat Korrigan 1200s.

“The unit had to tick a few boxes for us; the domes had to be brighter to play ball with the increase in touring LED screens that we see through the venue and the fixture needed to be operator friendly. It soon became apparent that the Robert Juliat Victor 1800W MSR was the unit for us.”

The Robert Juliat Victor 1800W MSR features a combination of compact dimensions, high output, hot restrike lamp and DMX control in one product. It has also made them the new benchmark followspot for large theatres, TV studios, fashion shows, concerts and touring. It can be used in front-of-house, truss and backlight positions.

“The Victor is housed in a similar body to the Korrigan so getting acquainted with the new units was no trouble at all for our operators,” said Ben. “We have the mechanical dowsing version of the Victor and with the control bar being mounted into the rail, it makes controlling the fixture whilst managing intensity, very comfortable.”

Ben added that the operators really enjoy the functionality of the dowser, find them easy to use and also comfortable to use.

“Since we received the Victors they have been used on a variety of shows,” remarked Ben. “One of Victors even had a debut with Coldplay’s recent Head Full of Dreams tour in Brisbane so at least we are assured they are rider friendly! Recently we have used the domes in house on the Empire Theatre’s production of Wicked in March/April. The domes performed very well in conjunction with our existing domes managing the 40+ metre throw with plenty of power in the bag.”

Pictured is Lighting Technician Kris Stewart.
Wicked photos by: optikal bloc


Chauvet and Eurotruss for Griffith Regional Theatre

Posted on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Griffith Regional Theatre is one of New South Wales premier performing arts venues, providing world class performing arts and entertainment to the people of Griffith and surrounding regions. The theatre is a state of the art, modern facility, with a seating capacity of 520.

Recently John Matkovic , Technical Operations Coordinator for the theatre came to Showtools International with a specific budget in mind to upgrade the current conventional lighting rig. After careful consideration, John decided to upgrade to the full CHAUVET Professional lighting rig supplied by Showtools. The acquisition included 12 x Rogue R1 Spots, 12 x Rogue R2 Washes, 8 x Rogue R1 FX-B’s, 24 x COLORdash Par-Quad 18’s, 8x Ovation E-910FC, and 8 x Ovation FD-165 Fresnels. Furthermore, 6 x Eurotruss HD34 Square truss were also acquired.

The lighting fixtures were put into action recently for a Ratcliff concert, the perfect stage to test the new equipment with production and lighting done by John Matkovic. John was blown away with the fixtures and what they were able to achieve, especially with the output and quality to coincide with the fact the CHAUVET rig upgrade only required half of the budget. The Rogue R1 and R2 Wash were used to create maximum dimension for the show with the fixtures across the stage to provide bright and vivid theatrical looks, with the gobo effects adding further visual options. The sharpness, output, as well as colour and aerial effects of the R1 Spots highlighted the production of the concert, creating an edge to the Ratcliff performance throughout the night. ‘Chauvet has high intensity colors that when mixed through haze, produce beautiful beam visuals and colour saturation. The R1 spots and R2 wash have perfect colour scrolling unison and gobo wheel scrolling,’ stated John. The zoom of the R2 Wash really blew John away, ‘Zoom on the R2 wash is unbelievable, I could achieve full stage cover with 4 units at 6 meters high on our stage.’

The Rogue R1 FX-B’s, which hang from the various Eurotruss HD34 truss around the stage, were used for their rich variety of multi-faceted looks that added depth and texture without taking up a lot of space. The five independently controlled heads are a powerful tool for varying movements that facilitated many creative options in that in turn permit the beams of light that covered the stage with mesmerizing multi-dimensional looks. In addition, The R1 and FX-B combined very nicely together as the R1’s created a nice layer of light for the FX-Bs to pop though with their multi-faceted looks. Together they create a very full and powerful impression. Gobos from the R1s play off nicely against the beams of the FX-B. The COLORdash Par-Quad 18’s was also used for general colour wash.

John Added, ‘The beauty of LED dmx controlled lighting is of course the power linking capability, dmx in and out, no more single circuit runs and dimmers as we all know. For example, upright truss with five Par-Quad 18’s and two movers equals one power run and one dmx run, equals ease of set up. Life in the theatre is currently too busy to let me practice my art, so in a sense with the Chauvet range and its colour intensities, washes, beams and gobos it lets me paint a show so to speak with shape, angle, colour and colour mixing – it’s my picture.’ Thanks always to Robert and his team at Showtools, I would not have been able to secure this new equipment without his help.’

The acquisition of the CHAUVET Professional lighting fixtures and Eurotruss to their theatre rig has allowed John and Griffith Regional Theatre to continue to provide world class performing arts and entertainment to the people of Griffith and surrounding regions. The upgrade has allowed the venue to stay up to date & modern which in turn will allow Griffith Regional Theatre to hosts various entertainment shows in the foreseeable future, with their community production of Wicked coming in June this year where John will be again be using the complete CHAUVET Professional rig with Eurotruss side boom truss for the design of the show.


MA onPC for Bright Spark

Posted on Monday, May 8th, 2017

Sven Naumann of Auckland’s Bright Spark Productions Limited had an on-going job that required a console that anyone in the industry could pick up and program.

“We were originally running with a New Zealand made product that was not user-friendly for those that didn’t know it and not many people in our industry did!” he remarked. “Of course, we also wanted a console that would be useful after that one particular job.”

Whilst looking for a user-friendly alternative that would service a variety of projects in the market place, Sven came across the MA onPC fader wing which meets the requests for a mobile control solution that supplies real faders and executors in connection with the free-of-charge grandMA2 onPC software.

“It’s just a good, all round, solid little console,” he said. “The size is great as you can just pick it up and throw it in the back of a car. Sometimes we put it on a roadcase in the back of a trailer to go around a site programming. To be honest, it’s almost as effective as a standard console for a fraction of the cost. It’s also laid out very similar to the full size MA2 which makes it very easy for operators to flick between them.”



SWS take on GLP GT-1’s and JDC-1’s

Posted on Monday, May 8th, 2017

Sixteen GLP GT-1 spots and eight GLP JDC1 strobes have recently been added to the SWS inventory. These went straight out on the Peking Duk ClownTown Tour.

Matt chose the GT-1 for its amazing output with the Osram 440w lamp, crisp optics, large 3.5 – 57 degree zoom and Hybrid beam features, as well as being featured packed the GT-1 is only 25kg in weight.

SWS was also lucky enough to get eight of the new JDC-1 strobes which debuted at this years Pro Light & Sound in Germany earlier this month.

Matt said “After seeing the live stream from Facebook from Prolight + Sound I just knew that the JDC1s were going to be popular, so I rang the guys at the show and ordered them straight away.”

SWS has always purchased unique products and the GLP GT-1 and JDC-1 fit that mould exactly.

Matt also said. “I couldn’t have been more happier with the service that TLC and Dave Taylor provided, from getting us demo units to play with to the delivery of our order in such a short period of time.”


Martin RUSH MH7 Hybrids for Merrigong

Posted on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Merrigong Theatre Company manages one of Australia’s busiest, most dynamic regional venues – Illawarra Performing Arts Centre in Wollongong, about an hour south of Sydney. They also manage the city’s key civic and community venue, the Wollongong Town Hall.

Merrigong is also a vibrant theatre company in its own right – producing, presenting and touring exciting contemporary theatre and supporting the development of a wide range of theatre-makers and local independent artists.

The Company decided it was time to upgrade the lighting they could offer to one night hirers of their venues, and so they began to look for the ideal moving head. Having not owned any intelligent fixtures before, they were delighted to discover a three-in-one fixture to cover all bases!

“We purchased ten Martin RUSH MH7 Hybrid all-in-one beam, spot and wash moving head fixtures,” commented Jasmine Rizk, Head of Lighting. “We’ve found them to be extremely bright and powerful, plus the gobo wheels are nice. It also has the eight-facet prism which is great. Also, they really decrease our labour time for setting up.”

The venue’s RUSH MH7 Hybrid have to service a wide variety of events which they can do due to their maximum flexibility, all within an affordable price bracket.

“People want to use them all the time now!” added Jasmine.

The RUSH MH 7 Hybrid’s features include sharp, crisp optics with a powerful zoom that ranges from a smooth 45° wash to a punchy 2.2° beam. The Philips Platinum 11R 250W 7800 K lamp contributes to the RUSH MH 7 Hybrid’s impressive output. The fixture features 8 rotating/indexing and 12 static gobos, 10 selectable colours, and exciting beam effects from its 8-facet circular and 4-facet linear prisms.

The RUSH MH7 Hybrids were supplied by CMG AV.


GLP appoint Kenderdine Electrical for NZ

Posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017

GLP has appointed Kenderdine Electrical as its distribution partner in New Zealand. With nearly 60 years of trading, the company brings vast experience and market knowledge.

Kenderdine Electrical was started in 1959 by Hugh Kenderdine, a working theatre electrician, as a hire service to the theatre industry. Over the years the company grew to be a major supplier of equipment to the theatre and rock & roll industry. By the early 80s the company was purchasing and importing equipment for its own hire stock, but more importantly, reselling to customers around New Zealand.

In 1982, Chris McKenzie joined to form Professional Lighting Services to look after the growing film and TV markets in New Zealand.

McKenzie confirms that his company had been seeking a premium moving light brand to introduce to the New Zealand market. “We had been aware of GLP for a long time but at the time it was being represented by an Australian company who also had distribution for New Zealand.”

However, Kenderdine put up a strong case to take on the brand. “GLP now fits into the top end of our product portfolio to provide our professional customers with a world class brand.”

The company acknowledges that while the brand is well-known in the international touring market by local companies who service this sector, they will set out to educate other potential customers. “We have had very positive feedback from those who know the product but more especially from customers who are seeing GLP for the first time,” Chris McKenzie adds.

“In particular we have received solid local interest in the X4 Atom, X4 Bar 10 and 20 and X4 L from second-tier hire and production companies. We will also be showing the units to TV companies and Government-owned theatres who have the budget to run their own lighting stock.”

Kenderdine have certainly opened their account in the most spectacular fashion, with a hugely successful launch at Auckland Live / Aotea Centre. “We had rental companies and production companies from Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch attend the presentation and they were pitched with a well choreographed show,” Kenderdines’ MD continues. “After the first show we had Søren Storm run through the attributes of all the fittings and then present the show again before customers were able to check out the kit close up.”

The next step is to take the GLP range on a five-city roadshow tour of the North Island.

Commented Søren Storm, “We are very pleased that Kenderdine Electric has taken on the distribution of GLP exclusively in New Zealand, as this will help gain a strong foothold in the market. Kenderdine has a long and strong history as a distributor who can represent a brand well, with a strong, dedicated team that knows the industry.

“It was also very clear at the launch of GLP in New Zealand that the brand is well known and has a really good name in the industry.”

Pictured above: Soren Storm (Sales Director APAC GLP) and Chris McKenzie, Owner of Kenderdine Electrical


Elite gets wired with TMB

Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017

Canberra’s Elite Event Technology have just taken delivery of a pallet of TMB ProCable multicores, adding just under 700 metres to their inventory. So how much TMB cable do they own now? “Around 10 kilometres worth,” said Darren Russell, Elite Event Technology’s Managing Director. “We’ve invested in a mixture of TMB ProPlex DMX and Ethernet cabling, ProCable multicable assemblies with Socapex connectors, and headers, patch panels, and tails.”

Elite Event Technology (formerly Elite Sound and Lighting) is a production juggernaut in the ACT, servicing clients on tour nationally. Like most production houses their size, they’d previously manufactured most cabling in-house. “In the past, we’ve made all our own Ethernet cabling; EtherCon to EtherCon with Neutrik connectors and Eurocable cable. The TMB purchases were the first time we’d bought Ethernet and DMX cabling off-the-shelf,” Darren continued. “We got the samples and thought it was really well made, as well as nice to roll. The pricing of the TMB cable meant that when we did the maths it turned out to cost about the same as just the components, and then we’d still have to build them. The value for money is pretty good.”

Elite have run TMB’s ProCable with Socapex in their rigs for years. “We’ve found it to be really reliable and we wanted more of the same,” confirmed Darren. “It definitely wasn’t broken and so we didn’t need to fix it! But we’ve grown to such a point where we just need more of everything. We were running out of Socapex all the time, and it’s been great to take the opportunity to just buy a whole load in the same order. As we speak I literally just walked past a pallet of Socapex getting our branding heat-shrunk on it, going into our system kits, and being sent out to work.”

TMB’s range of professional cabling and infrastructure solutions are distributed in Australia by Lexair Entertainment. “We’ve had long relationships with all of the staff from Lexair, and they’re nice guys,” reported Darren. “In all our dealings with them, whether TMB cabling, or their other brands, their service has been really good. We’re always happy to pick up the phone and talk to Lexair.”


Crown Perth raises the LED bar with Elation

Posted on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Crown Perth makes every demand of its lighting equipment a venue can make. With a 2,300 seat theatre, ballrooms, meeting rooms, hotels, nightclubs, bars and countless public areas, the staff at Crown can be called upon to light everything from foyer displays to Broadway musicals. With so much to light and so much flexibility required, all under the gaze of high-rollers and luxury hotel patrons, Crown’s AV staff recently purchased Elation SixBar 1000 and SixBar 500 LED battens.

“We light banners, set displays, cars, and whatever else comes up,” said Crown AV’s Jeremy Prestwood. “Our LED bars might be rigged on a truss or set on the floor for a band, jazzing up a press conference, highlighting a gaming display, set up for a month in a car on display in the foyer as a prize, or set up and taken down again after a one-hour show.”

Elation’s SixBar 1000 runs 12 12W RGBAW+UV LEDs, while the SixBar 500 runs six, putting out 8,500 and 6,500 Lux respectively. Both models have an 100,000 average hour LED life, produce 30° beam angles, can strobe, and include five variable dimming curve modes. But it’s the thoughtful inclusion of a frost filter and glare shield with both units that got Jeremy’s attention.

“One of the main reasons we chose the SixBars was for the frost filter and glare shield,” Jeremy reported. “Those two inclusions save us messily bolting on diffuser gel or using black wrap to try and get the same effect. The way our fixtures look is very important for what we do; the included frost filter and glare shield are nice and neat, and that’ really important when we’re setting up in public spaces in six-star hotels.”

The SixBar’s practicality and ease of set-up both rated highly for Jeremy and the team; “Their yokes are well designed, look good, and sit well,” Jeremy continued. “I also really like the magnetic connections on the end of the fixtures as it makes it really easy to line them up nice and straight. Having power in and out helps in that scenario too.”

On any given day, Crown’s SixBars will most likely be employed as wash. “We’re usually using the SixBars as a wall-up wash or a set wash,” Jeremy explained. “That’s when we find the UV is really useful, as it gives some deep dusky pinks. Occasionally we’ll use them for of bit strobe on a band, and we’ll sometimes take the frost filter off and throw around some decent beams. We appreciate that the auto settings are really good because the SixBars are often set stand-alone without a desk for control.”

Crown purchased their SixBars through Evolution 512, ably serviced by general manger Sean McKernan. Both Crown and Evolution 512 are backed up by Australia and New Zealand Elation distributor Lexair Entertainment, who are always on hand for technical and service support.


Pro Light & Sound switch to Pharos

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017

Pro Light & Sound purchased twelve ShowPro Pharos compact LED profiles knowing that there would be situations where they would need a fixture equivalent to a 1.2K profile but power would be limited.

“We are also quite conscious with our Going Green Company Policy and see these units as the perfect way to tick several boxes,” said Stav Hatzipantelis, of PL&S. “We’ve found them to be easy to control via DMX and they have smooth, flicker free dimming – great for photography and TV. We often do events televised to millions around the world so it’s important to have the right colour temperature for cameras too!”

The Pharos LED profiles were recently used on a theatrical event held in Chadstone Shopping Centre. The show combined a contemporary story with some great theatrics, dancing and classic songs and ran for three weeks.

“Together with W-DMX, we were able to roll out a fantastic show within the venue limitations,” added Stav. “With limited power and restricted cabling runs in the shopping centre, this would have been almost impossible to do using conventional profiles with a 3 phase dimmers.

Stav further commented that he has been very happy with the investment and after six months of trouble free usage, he has decided to replace all PL&S’s conventionals with the Pharos units.


PMLS invest in MAC Quantum Profiles

Posted on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Tasmania’s PMLS are the proud owners of a fleet of new Martin MAC Quantum Profiles, saying they were the best option for a number of reasons.

“The big attraction for us is that the MAC Quantum Profile is a high powered LED light source which means better consistency of light from fixture to fixture – something that we do not get with standard lamps that vary with age,” remarked Nick Morse of PMLS. “When we did our comparisons, we found the MAC Quantum to be a lot brighter than a MAC 700 by a long way. We also found the Quantum’s to run very fast with low noise and that makes it one of the most versatile fixtures on the market today.”

Nick further commented that the MAC Quantum integrates perfectly with their existing inventory and that it was recommended to them on a number of occasions.

“We spoke with many of our industry friends and they all said you won’t go wrong with the MAC Quantum …. in fact they all said purchase as many as you can!” he added. “We plan to use our MAC Quantums as the work horse of our inventory, and also it made total sense to stay with Martin as most of our stock is Martin.”

Nick said that he and his crew like how extremely light weight the MAC Quantum is, and that fact will be an advantage to them and not restrict use in many Hobart venues.

“Keith Bradshaw from Show Technology was great to deal with through this whole process and yet again, we have had a great experience,” Nick said. “Thank you Show Technology for your continued support of PMLS.”


Illawarra Production Services invests in ShowPro

Posted on Friday, April 7th, 2017

Illawarra Production Services were recently looking for something that could provide some real impact on festival stages – even during daylight. They decided upon the ShowPro PixPad which provides a very professional level of features whilst still remaining affordable, portable, lightweight and extremely useful.

“We’ve been really happy with their output and they provide something different to the more common ‘can’ or ‘strip’ style LED fixture,” commented Jon Bracht of IPS. “They also have a really nice build quality being easy to rig individually or locked together, and with the Powercon loop through they are just quick, easy and effective.”

With individual control of each RGB pixel, when placed together in quantities, allows users to even scroll text and advanced colour chases. However 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.

Jon also decided to purchase a quantity of ShowPro LED PAR Hex-18 IP65 saying that they have proved to be a great multi-purpose fixture.

“Being RGBAWUV, we’ve been able to use them for UV washes, for white front washes where power is really limited, but then they have great colour saturation that punches through on a larger stage as well,” he added. “With the IP65 rating it gives us an easy option for lighting up large outdoor spaces, or Wollongong’s lighthouses for example.”



RUSH MH7’s and LED Profiles for Sapphire

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017

Eight Martin RUSH MH7 Hybrid, along with eight ShowPro LED Profiles FC fixtures, have been added to the production inventory of Sapphire Lighting and Audio Productions.

The Martin RUSH MH7 Hybrid is an all-in-one beam, spot and wash moving head – all within an affordable price bracket. This made it an ideal fixture for a company of this size.

“The hybrid nature of the MH7 offers so many options for the type of events that we do,” commented Benn Sargood of Sapphire. “We do corporate, rock’n’roll, musical theatre and everything in between! They’ve been fantastic, they’re so versatile. Even in a daylight situation they are well and truly bright enough to cut it.”

The RUSH MH 7 Hybrid’s features include sharp, crisp optics with a powerful zoom that ranges from a smooth 45° wash to a punchy 2.2° beam. The fixture features 8 rotating/indexing and 12 static gobos, 10 selectable colours, and exciting beam effects from its 8-facet circular and 4-facet linear prisms.

Energy efficiency was also a key concern for Benn as several of the venues in his area do not have much in the way of power, and the efficient output of the RUSH MH 7 fixtures enables him to draw very little power. Similarly, the ShowPro LED Profiles FC he purchased require little in the way of power.

“They’ve been great,” said Benn. “The colour options the FC offers are great and for some of our clients it gives a lot more bang for buck; they give you a lot of creative options without breaking the bank. The low power consumption lets some of our clients in remote venues achieve much more than they had hoped for.”


Chauvet, Eurotruss and Showcase for Mt Isa

Posted on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Mount Isa is a vibrant and progressive city that has become the administrative, commercial, and industrial center of North West Queensland. Managing Company Mount Isa Entertainment and Tourism Venues (MIETV) manages three, council owned entertainment and tourism venues in the city including Outback at Isa, Buchanan Park Events Complex and The Mount Isa Civic Centre.

In line with striving to provide extraordinary experiences for all events, MIETV has decided to expand its scope of professional equipment by acquiring CHAUVET Professional lighting fixtures, Eurotruss truss and Showcase road cases from Showtools International for all its venues. The new CHAUVET Professional inventory includes: Maverick MK2 Washes and Maverick MK1 Hybrids as well as Showcase road cases and HD34 Eurotruss Square Truss.

The acquisition of the CHAUVET Professional fixtures is set to transform live entertainment in the city. With their 12 40W Osram LED light sources, the MK2 washes provide an intense wash lighting with incredibly bright light and great color options thanks to the CMY mixing plus gobo wheels that provide great depth. The Maverick MK1 Hybrid allows a world of choices for MIETV with advanced optics, with multi-facet prisms and gobo combinations and a robust CMY colour system to create an endless combination of looks, all powered by a 440 W Osram Sirius reflector lamp.

Recently Shane Riddington, Head of Technical and Production at MIETV held a showcase in front of relevant stakeholders to highlight all the new lighting equipment and their capabilities (find the video below).

“This display includes a state of the art lighting system that has one of the largest selections of the all new CHAUVET Professional Maverick range of professional intelligent lighting in Australia,” Shane Riddington stated to The North West Star, “The huge array of lighting effects possible with this system are all controlled by a completely wireless system, allowing the technical staff to control it from anywhere within the Civic Centre.”

Shane Riddington said the effect of the lighting system were a match for any regional theatre or event space. “It puts MIETV in contention with virtually any city based production house in Australia.”

Meanwhile, the acquisition of the Eurotruss HD34 square truss was due to the system’s excellent load capacity, the 3mm wall thickness assures durability and extra strength in addition to its fast-conical connection system.

The latest acquisition has enabled Mount Isa City Council to continue to provide various events and entertainment in the city while offering maximum fulfilment for any event requirements. With its investment into CHAUVET Professional, Eurotruss and Showcase, Mount Isa will continue to provide amazing experiences for all events at each of the city’s entertainment venues, with the new equipment being the newest and largest of its type in Australia putting Mount Isa on the ‘cutting edge’.


Martin RUSH for Hamilton venues

Posted on Monday, March 27th, 2017

H3 in a unit within New Zealand’s Hamilton City Council which manages three major venues; Claudelands Event Centre, FMG Stadium Waikato and Seddon Park.

Within H3 is a Technical Services department which takes care of all production requirements for events in all of those venues. Recently, it was decided that the addition of Martin RUSH MH1 LED profile moving heads would greatly benefit the department and so eight were purchased.

“The fixtures are used in all three venues but predominantly Claudelands Event Centre’s arena,” commented Kelvin Ballard, Senior Technician. “We have used them on a variety of events – touring shows, conference dinners, dance schools – wherever we need a whole range of lighting effects.”

The technical crew report that they are impressed by the selection of the gobo wheels, terrific colours and the great effects they can achieve with the RUSH MH1. Of course, the fact that it is LED rather than a standard globe lamp is also appreciated!

“We purchased the RUSH MH1 to fill an obvious gap in our inventory but one of the main reasons we went with the RUSH MH1, is that RUSH fixtures are readily in town and Auckland is we need to supplement them,” explained Kelvin. “We can easily get more if we need them for the larger events.”

The RUSH MH1 is a super bright LED profile moving head fixture with efficient optics that punches out a variety of effects and colours from two gobo wheels and two colour wheels. For added versatility and effect, it also houses an electronic dimmer and strobe, iris and 3-facet prism.

The photographs are from the CATE 2016 Conference (Careers and Transition Education), held in Claudelands Arena November 2016.


Chauvet Acquires ChamSys

Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Chauvet & Sons LLC has announced that it completed the acquisition of ChamSys Ltd., the Southampton, UK-based designer and manufacturer of lighting controllers. ChamSys provides Chauvet a strong presence in the controller market that complements its CHAUVET Professional lighting fixtures and LED video panels.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to join forces with ChamSys,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet & Sons LLC. “ChamSys has a well-deserved reputation for innovation, quality and value, the same principles that are at the heart of our own Chauvet brands. Together ChamSys and Chauvet are now in a position to better cover and serve worldwide markets.”

ChamSys will continue to operate as an independent business unit from its facility in Southampton, UK.  ChamSys founders Chris Kennedy and George McDuff will remain as Managing Directors of the company and, together with Sales Director Tony Cameron, will continue to lead its current staff of software and hardware engineers, operations, sales and support teams.

The ChamSys industry standard MagicQ series of lighting control products will continue to be sold by the company’s current network of distributors, except in the USA, where Chauvet will sell and support ChamSys products from its Sunrise, Florida, headquarters.  The CHAUVET Professional sales team will assume responsibility for ChamSys sales in the USA.  They will have the full-time support of Phil Watson, former CEO of ChamSys, Inc. who has been named ChamSys USA Director.

“We’re committed to maintaining the ChamSys brand and its reputation for excellence by supporting the vision and culture of its management team,” added Albert Chauvet. “At the same time, we’re also looking forward to building ChamSys in the USA and making this outstanding line of controllers available to an even larger market.”

ChamSys Managing Director Chris Kennedy echoed this enthusiasm. “Chauvet and ChamSys share similar cultures, a strong sense of respect for our customers, an appreciation of our staffs and a powerful drive to be the best in our markets,” he said. “This partnership is clearly a logical step for both companies.  We deeply appreciate that Chauvet is committed to building on our 14-year heritage so that ChamSys becomes even stronger in the future.”


TLC Global establishes GLP downunder

Posted on Thursday, March 16th, 2017

LtoR Dave Taylor (Sales Manager TLC Global), Soren Storm (GLP Sales Director APAC )

In the three months since taking over Australian distribution of GLP’s cutting-edge LED and hybrid portfolio, TLC Global has wasted no time in establishing the brand.

This culminated in a spectacular showcase at the recent ENTECH Roadshows, which ran through Australia’s major cities during the month of February.

According to Sales Account Manager Dave Taylor they are already lining up the X4 Bar 20, X4 Atoms and GT-1 for a major penetration of the professional lighting market down under, while continuing to monitor the fast developing product roadmap.

“GLP has an outstanding reputation for understanding its market and end users,” he believes. “Their ability to adapt and grow with market demands in a way that remains consistent with the brand’s previous development successes provides potential purchasers with a lot of confidence and bodes well for the future.”

In particular, the market is seeking IP rated options and versatility in products such as the modular systems and accessories.

Currently untapped markets, such as fixed installation, are ripe for development, he adds. “There is a wonderful potential for the brand with its evolving facilities — particularly with regard to the government growth here in the country. A wide percentage of this market is now looking for alternative supply and support from the Australian distribution resources.”

Meanwhile, its core rental sector remains in fine shape — due largely to the massive worldwide success of multiple fixtures on high profile events and tours. “As a result, we are seeing a strong push from the rental market towards GLP, as end-user specifications for GLP products filter increasingly onto our shores and into the hands of our local vendors. I see a lot of interest in a number of items from the range.”

And user feedback to the ENTECH Roadshows from the market has been “outstanding”, according to Dave Taylor. “Our end users are pleased to finally have access to products that have not readily been available to them in the past. There appears to be great momentum within our designers as they push to further gain access to these familiar tools that they commonly use around the world, and equally great interest from our vendors and venues who realize the potential in the quality.”

All of this is underpinned by the relationship with the German manufacturer, which could hardly have got off to a more positive start. “We are extremely grateful both for the opportunity and support that we have received from GLP to date, and look forward to a very successful and long lasting relationship to come,” Taylor concludes.

This vision is shared with GLP’s sales director Asia Pacific, Søren Storm: “We are very excited about our appointment of TLC Global as the exclusive distributor of Australia. The team at TLC Global are extremely dedicated to GLP and it is also very clear that they have a really good name in the industry” he says.

“Davey Taylor and Richard Saunders have both a strong background in the production industry, so their remarkable technical skills and understanding are a perfect fit to the GLP range of products.

I am very confident that our partnership will put the GLP brand on the Australian map, in a big way. I am looking forward to our relationship and our ongoing commitment to the Australian market”, concludes Storm.


Eurotruss for Upright Projects

Posted on Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Upright Projects is one of Australia’s premier suppliers of production services and technical equipment to the event, entertainment and exhibition industries. Upright Projects works closely with their clients to develop custom designs—including rigging and lighting solutions—to ensure memorable events.

To provide complete rigging solutions for all types of events, Upright Projects needed trussing that would fulfill a variety of requirements. Upright Projects contacted Showtools International looking for a flexible truss system that can create roofs, towers and other structures to suit different client needs. After careful deliberation, Upright Projects concluded that Eurotruss trussing supplied by Showtools was the perfect choice and they purchased a large inventory of Eurotruss HD34 and HD44 square truss. This acquisition supports Upright with all their rigging needs and helps the company achieve their mission of supplying unique custom rigging solutions for indoor and outdoor events of any size—in addition to providing their clients with the most complete selection of hire truss.

The Eurotruss system was recently put into action by Upright Projects at The Ormeau Carols, an annual event that draws thousands of Gold Coast and Brisbane locals. Upright Projects was tasked with the challenge of building a one-of-a-kind stage to showcase performers for an enthusiastic crowd.

After detailed planning, Upright Projects decided that the Eurotruss system was the right choice for the event requirements. Upright Projects installed the new Eurotruss HD34 and HD44, loading the truss structures with various audiovisual fixtures and large marquee letters titled ‘Love, Peace, Hope,’ which emphasized the meaning of the night for all in attendance. The Eurotruss standard HD34 and HD44 were the perfect choice due to their excellent load capacity, 3mm wall thickness assuring durability and extra strength in addition to their fast-conical connection system.

The event was a great success with hundreds of families enjoying the festive atmosphere and an abundance of Christmas cheer from start to finish. Thanks to the impressive Eurotruss structure utilised for the stage, the Ormeau Carols have been voted Gold Coast’s best carols. The successful choice of the Eurotruss Truss System has helped strengthen Upright Project’s position as a premier supplier of production services and attract a range of new clients and events.

If your event requires the best truss hardware on the market, the Eurotruss system is now available for hire at Upright Projects.


SolaSpot Pro 1500s for Ipswich Civic Centre

Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2017

The Ipswich Civic Centre, south-west of Brisbane, is a typically busy and multi-faceted regional performing arts venue, hosting an eclectic mix of touring theatre and musical acts, local productions, community events, and business functions. Its beating heart is the George Hogg Auditorium, which can accommodate 740 punters in flat-floor concert mode, or 540 in raked theatre seating. In their lighting rig, the Ipswich CC needs to be nimble, cost-effective, rider-friendly, and polished, which is why they’ve chosen to install four High End Systems SolaSpot Pro 1500s.

“We started looking at LED because we wanted to get away from bulb changes and heat related issues and maintenance that come with conventional light sources, as well as trying to reduce our overall power consumption.” said Ben Harth, Senior Technician, Lighting at Ipswich CC. “We like the overall longevity, colour saturation, and brightness of LED sources.”

Ben and the Ipswich lighting team auditioned a range of moving lights, carefully choosing the best fit for their existing rig. “We were looking for an LED mover that would punch over the top of the lighting rig giving us some really powerful beams looks. With the advancement of LED we knew LED lamp source was the only way to go regarding the balance of venue power and delivering the lux level range required. In the end, it was the SolaSpot Pro 1500s brightness that won out.”

While the 20,000 lumens produced by their 400w LED engines was the killer spec that got the SolaSpot Pro 1500s in the door, it was the raft of other features that has made them a staff favourite. “The shutters are a huge bonus because that enables us to use them as theatrical fixtures as well as dance fixtures,” continued Ben. “For the dance schools, there’s plenty of flash and they’re punching over the top quite easily, but we’ve also been using them in corporate settings. We’ve been able to throw a lot of different looks around the room using things like layered gobos and colour. We’ve created custom effects using the on-board features, and used the shutters when shooting onto panels to neaten up the look.’

Getting the new fixtures up and running was a breeze, said Ben. “It was really easy to integrate them into the rig,” he confirmed. “As was getting the fixture profiles into our desk. We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the speed of their movement, and by the quality of their colour. For an open white LED engine, they are phenomenal as far as colour mixing is concerned. They’re just a really good unit that works really well.”

Ipswich Civic Centre’s SolaSpots were provided by Graeme Hicks of Entertainment Production Supplies. EPS, based on The Gold Coast, specialise in servicing performing arts venues, supplying lighting, sound, control, and theatrical infrastructure. “Graeme was great,” Ben related. “He’s been coming in and showing us new toys for a while now! He offered us good advice in getting them running, and directed us to where to get the profiles. He made it all really easy.” Ipswich and EPS are both backed by Australia and New Zealand High End Distributor Lexair Entertainment, providing quality technical and service support for every application.


Martin RUSH and ShowPro for Tamworth venues

Posted on Friday, February 10th, 2017

Robert Elsworthy, Venues Technical Supervisor for Tamworth Regional Council, looks after three venues; the Capitol Theatre in the heart of Tamworth’s CBD which is a multi-purpose performing arts theatre, Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC) which is the home of the CMAA Country Music Awards and the Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall.

Recently he took delivery of sixteen Martin RUSH MH6 and thirty ShowPro Quad-18 LED PAR to join the thirty ShowPro Quad-12 LED PAR they already owned.

“The stage in the Town Hall is quite small so we wanted the Quad-12’s to give us a nice stage wash as we don’t have dimmers,” said Robert. “In the Capitol Theatre we wanted some moving LED wash lights as we often have acts such as tribute bands which are sometimes forward, sometimes back and the RUSH MH6 save all that time focusing. We usually have twelve RUSH MH6 in the roof of the Capitol and they cover the stage well, plus we still have four more to place on the floor if we wish.”

The nearby Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre hosts quite a few large business events where the RUSH MH6 supplement the inhouse lighting, enabling the entire venue to be washed in colour.

“Our aim was to ensure that all of our venues were covered by LED washes and next we’ll be looking at LED moving head profiles,” commented Robert. “We were impressed by Martin MAC Quantum Profiles that Event Services used at the CMAA Country Music Awards but it’ll be a while before we make any purchases.”

Robert also specified ten ShowPro LED Profiles which he reported are excellent on stage for colour changing gobo washes.


Strawberry Sound chooses MA2 light

Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2017

New Zealand’s Strawberry Sound offers a comprehensive AV rental and production service, for events across the South Island. Don’t let the name fool you though … they’re pretty good with lighting too!

“As our lighting department has grown, we’ve been looking at purchasing a console and we believed that the MA2 light gave us a point of difference,” said Dave Craig. “There aren’t that many in New Zealand, yet everyone asks for them.”

Dave commented that his MA2 light has been out on many high end corporate dinners as well as a range of rock’n’roll shows.

“Our lighting guys love it,” he added. “The amount of work they can do pre-show in the visualizer has made the time on the actual job so much easier and quicker. They love the functionality of the console and find it very intuitive to use.”

Photo: Dave Craig and Alex Jones