Equipment News

First look at grandMA3

Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Overnight MA Lighting International announced that grandMA3 was on its’ way, due to be launched at Pro Light & Sound in April and to be shipping in June.

Founded on the legacy of the previous grandMA consoles, the grandMA3 represents a radical re-think of what’s possible from a lighting control platform. The elegant new system-architecture incorporates new fixture, feature and effects-handling at its very heart.

The system features ground-breaking concepts from top industry visionaries, presented within a refined user interface, and is designed to make practical tasks more intuitive.

The physical design detail of the grandMA3 range is extraordinary and focused on delivering the best possible user experience, now and into the future.


Huge screen real-estate

The grandMA3 full-size and light models feature huge multi-touch screen surface area; All dedicated encoder and playback information is accessed directly on the letterbox screens allowing the larger screens to be fully-configured to suit user needs.

Work without boundaries

grandMA3 breaks the limitations of Local Area Networks (LAN) with the ability to access Wide Area Networks (WAN). Software updates, technical support, online help and fixture downloads are all features to be supported within the WAN framework.

Using the advanced MA-Net3 protocol, grandMA3 systems can output up to 250,000 parameters. There are three sizes of grandMA3 processing units to expand the console parameter count.

Robust and durable

The grandMA3 full-size and light models incorporate a sophisticated thermal design, transferring heat to a cooling corridor, which insolates critical components from harmful dust and keeps fan-noise to a whisper.

The lightweight chassis has been designed for durability and easy handling. The large screen housing on the full-size and light models have a dual friction hinge system, providing fast-folding for portability whilst ensuring maximum visibility for users.

Real-world fixtures

The grandMA3 control software utilizes a flexible new fixture concept, developed to replicate the real-world physical components of the most complex fixtures. All features of the new fixture concept are generic, allowing intuitive control of all possible fixtures.

Dual-wheel encoders

The grandMA3 consoles features dual-wheel encoders, which provide users with intuitive control of additional features and functions.

Feature-mapping of the dual-wheel encoders is customizable, facilitating ease of use and faster programming.

Enhanced playback capability

Long-life motorized playback faders are used across the entire grandMA3 console range. The faders incorporate a color-changing light pipe.

A fully flexible assignment of playback functionality allows for 30% more playback handles than any previous grandMA series console. All playbacks have direct access to button pushes as well as intensity and timing changes thanks to the new rotary RGB backlit encoders.

Key to the future

New buttons have been specifically developed for the grandMA3 consoles, to satisfy the needs of the most demanding users.

The almost-silent buttons feature low travel and have a positive actuation-point, ensuring fast, accurate operation and a tactile experience that professional users will appreciate.

Even the backlit button-caps have been ergonomically optimized to reduce mis-hits.

Improved workflow

grandMA3 has a refined user interface designed to be ergonomic yet fully featured. Users can customize their workflow to incorporate favorite options and features, without cluttering their workspace. Standard default-configurations for screen views and playback layout are fully featured but can be customized, providing a new level of flexibility that many grandMA console users will appreciate.

Advanced processing technology

At the heart of the grandMA3 control system is a powerful new MA designed processing engine featuring high performance Intel® technology. The capacity and power of the cutting-edge hardware is far in excess of current requirements, allowing plenty of headroom for future developments.Integration

In addition to the lighting control capabilities, the grandMA3 software features an integrated 3D visualiser for pre-programming, and the ability to manipulate and playback basic media content directly from within the console.

Designed from the ground-up to incorporate audio and video content, grandMA3 software provides seamless interaction across the platform


A consistent theme for MA Lighting consoles is connectivity, and the grandMA3 console is no exception. All console variants come with a full set of hardware connections suitable for Midi, LTC, Audio in and out, local Trigger inputs and multiple Ethernet connections for expanded functionality.

Improved Effects

Dynamic effects are no longer restricted to just two step modulated parameters. The grandMA3 software has a totally new effects concept allowing, multi-step effect sequences to be nested inside a cue or preset. “Phasers” are treated just like static parameter values and respect normal programming syntax.

grandMA3 onPC

onPC versions of the grandMA3 software are available for Windows 10 and macOS®. The grandMA3 onPC Windows version can be used in conjunction with the grandMA3 onPC command wing and grandMA3 onPC XPort Nodes as standalone systems. The grandMA3 macOS® version can only be used as a preprogramming tool, back-up or as a designer display.

grandMA2 compatibility

The grandMA3 control consoles are compatible with shows created on grandMA2 consoles. Where features allow, existing shows can be exported from grandMA2 software 3.4 for use in all grandMA3 console models.

The grandMA3 full-size and light console models also incorporate fully featured Mode2, which runs native grandMA2 software version 3.4 and later.
Australian Distributor: Show Technology


Robe onePATT™

Posted on Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Another member of the extended PATT family of retro-style lighting fixtures, onePATT is a RGBW multichip, high-powered, multicolored LED fixture housed in a super slim, lightweight, brushed metal retro-style frame.

The unit’s high light output can be pixel mapped and therefore controlled and used for large scale matrix applications, as well as individual illuminating needs.

It features an integrated intelligent electronic Control System that guarantees flicker-free driving, protection from overheating and together with remote addressing, calibration and status messaging with a Power Supply unit, it ensures easy, remote maintenance and long term reliability.

Total quantity of seven onePATTs can be connected to the PATT Driver – a power and data box specifically designed for pixlePATT, PATT 2017 and onePATT family of products.
Australian Distributor: Jands


PR Lighting Introduces XPAR 1012

Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

PR Lighting introduces the XPAR 1012 a bright and colorful IP67 rated luminaire that is perfect for both indoor and outdoor production.

Equipped with 12 bright RGBW LEDs the XPAR 1012 is a powerful, compact, color-changing luminaire. Its unique ability to withstand inclement weather allows the unit to be used in permanent or temporary exterior applications. The RGBW color mixing delivers a smooth, beautifully mixed color wash effect ideal for theaters. Built with strong housing, this compact fixture has silent operation, making it perfect for church and theatre installations. Its flexible structure also allows the luminaire to be used as an uplight.

The beam angle can be customized with an optional barn door and diffuser accessory which allows the user to soften the edges of the output for long and short throw applications. For simple ground stacking and rigging, the XPAR 1012 comes with a double mounting yoke and has a stand-alone mode for easy programming and addressing. Whether used for production or installation, the XPAR 1012 can be used in large or small venues and will give the user the effects required at any club, concert, church, or theatre.

* Input voltages: 100V/120V/200V/220V /230V/240V AC, 50/60Hz
* Power consumption: 130W at 220V
* Light source: 12 10W LED (RGBW four-in-one) 50,000 hours lamp life
* Color system: RGBW color mixing with macro
* Color temperature: linear correction 2,700K ~ 10,000K
* Beam angle: 14-degrees (Optional:10-degrees, 20-degrees, 40-degrees)
* Dimmer: 0- to 100-percent linearly adjustable
* Strobe: 0.5 ~ 33 F.P.S.

* Control: six channels in standard mode and 11 channels in extended mode.
Australian Distributor: Jands


Wink – Blizzard’s new sophisticated mini moving head

Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Sometimes, the smallest most subtle things are the ones that hit where it counts. Proof: Blizzard Lighting’s newest LED moving head, WINK™ will get your rig noticed from across the room in the blink of an eye. Well endowed with a 60W 4-in-1 RGBW LED in the center plus a 4x segment pixel mappable LED ring with a total of 8x 0.5W RGB LEDs, WINK™ packs slick moves and eye candy effects into a tour-ready-but-tiny housing. WINK™’s 5-45° motorized zoom creates exceptionally bright beams and stunning wash effects that will really reel ‘em in.

WINK™’s dancefloor moves are nothing to scoff at, either. With blazing fast 540°/270° + infinite pan and tilt, WINK™ owns the scene–from slow jam to slamdance.

“I seriously hate/respect WINK™. It has moves and charisma I just don’t have,” said Will Komassa, Blizzard’s Chairman of the Bored. “At least I can watch it in awe from the edge of the dancefloor. I only wish I had multi-pixel RGB LED rings around MY eyes. *Sigh*.”

WINK’s™ effortless charm and bold individual style play out publicly in its two auto modes, two sound active modes, multiple colour presets and virtual colour wheel effects. Plus, it’s always ready to catch digits with its four button full-colour LCD display, 3-pin DMX In/Out, powerCON® compatible power In/Out, and quarter-turn omega mounting bracket.

WINK™ fixtures are backed by Blizzard’s 2-year warranty, and will not hit on your significant other. We promise.
Australian Distributor: Phantos Lighting


Chauvet DJ’s new Eve Pars

Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Covering a range of colour options, the new Eve units include the 130W tri-color Eve P-130, the 140W variable white Eve P-140 and the 150W ultraviolet Eve P-150 UV. The three new Eve units have a bright, flicker-free output that makes them well-suited for events of all sizes. All the fixtures are fan free and silent for use in video recording applications.

Interchangeable 25° and 45° magnetic lenses come with the Eve par washes, making it easy to change beam angles. The fixtures also have a gel frame holder and 6 ¼ – inch accessory slot for optional barn doors. Adding to their flexibility, the new fixtures offer D-Fi USB compatibility, PowerCON-compatible power linking capabilities, and both 3-pin and 5-pin DMX connections.
Australian Distributor: AVE Corp


Elation KL Fresnel™ Series

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

Elation Professional is pleased to introduce the KL Fresnel™ series, a new line of warm-white LED Fresnel lights that provides the attractive warmth of tungsten halogen with all the benefits of LED. Available in 50W, 150W and 350W models, a 3000K fixed color temperature and high color rendering capacity ideally mimic the warm glow output of traditional Tungsten halogen lights while surpassing them in output and efficiency.

The KL Fresnel series (KL for Key Light) has been designed to produce the warmer, natural key light that designers desire while providing high CRI’s to make colors radiate, accurately reflecting an object’s true color. They project a superior quality of light and are an excellent choice for the wide variety of white light illumination needs required in broadcast, theatrical or stage environments from highlighting performers or scenery on stage to illuminating speakers. The KL Fresnel 4 and 6 models house a manual zoom while the KL Fresnel 8 features a motorized zoom system. All models include removable barn doors and a filter frame.

KL Fresnel 4™:  The KL Fresnel 4™ uses a 50W warm-white LED engine calibrated at 3,000 Kelvin to emit a smooth wash of light that simulates the warmth of a Tungsten halogen source. With a high CRI of 91 and superior light quality, the KL Fresnel 4 has the ability to better distinguish color and contrast. Total lumens output exceeds 1,600, on par with compatible Tungsten halogen models. For easy adjustment of beam size for more precise coverage, the fixture incorporates a 14° to 31° manual zoom. Consistent lux levels are maintained throughout the zoom range.

KL Fresnel 6™:  The KL Fresnel 6™ uses a 150W warm-white LED engine calibrated at 3,000 Kelvin to emit a smooth wash of light that simulates the warmth of a Tungsten halogen source. With a high CRI of 97 and a superior light quality, the KL Fresnel 6 has the ability to better distinguish colour and contrast. Total lumens output exceeds 5,200, on par with compatible Tungsten halogen models. For easy adjustment of beam size for more precise coverage, the fixture incorporates a manual zoom that expands the beam evenly from 16° to 31°. Consistent lux levels are maintained throughout the zoom range.

KL Fresnel 8™:  The KL Fresnel 8™ uses a 350W warm-white LED engine calibrated at 3,000 Kelvin to emit a smooth wash of light that simulates the warmth of a Tungsten halogen source. With a high CRI of 97 and a superior light quality, the KL Fresnel 8 has the ability to better distinguish colour and contrast. Total lumens output exceeds 6,400, on par with compatible Tungsten halogen models. For easy adjustment of beam size for more precise coverage, the fixture incorporates a 12° to 36° motorized zoom. Consistent CT and CRI levels are maintained throughout the zoom range.

Common features

All KL Fresnel fixtures dim smoothly all the way to zero with smooth 16-bit selectable dimming curve modes included for programming ease. Gamma correction and LED refresh rate can be adjusted variably for flicker free operation for broadcast and film environments. Professional control options include DMX and RDM (Remote Device Management), and all fixtures can be controlled manually. All KL fixtures are outfitted with 5pin XLR and powerCON TRUE1 in/out connections while a 4-button / 2-rotary dial control panel and LCD menu display make for easy navigation. All units come with multiple-unit power linking to save on setup time and hassle, and are outfitted with a multi-voltage universal auto switching power supply.

The KL Fresnel series offers all the benefits of LED like greater reliability and less maintenance and consumes little power for a lower cost of ownership. With a long LED life rating, service intervals are few and far between.
Australian Distributor: Lexair


AQUA LED 600 Spot

Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

PR Lighting introduces the AQUA LED 600 Spot, a bright and powerful IP65 rated luminaire that is perfect for both indoor and outdoor production. With a powerful 600W LED engine this moving spot luminaire is PR’s brightest IP rated LED light to date. It features a variety of effects that can be used under inclement weather. This allows for the unit to be used in outdoor productions or in permanent and temporary exterior applications.

The Zoom Range, Animation Wheel, Gobos, Prism and CYM colour mixing can be used to create unique looks in different conditions. The Aqua 600 has a unique easy gobo access which simplifies the ability to easily change the gobos without having to disassemble the entire head. With a dynamic zoom range (8°-56°) the unit can be utilized in near and far settings. Whether used for production or installation, the Aqua Led 600 Spot can illuminate all of your applications.

Two rotating gobo wheels: each has six exchangeable gobos+white, metal or glass

One replaceable animation wheel, bi-directionally rotatable at variable speed

Electronic strobe, 0.3~25 F.P.S

Frost: 0-100% linear adjustment

Iris: 5-100% linearly adjusted with macro

DMX512, 3 pin and 5 pin interface

LCD display and touch-screen

Wireless DMX Control, RDM and Ethernet protocol
Australian Distributor: Jands