Project News

Studio Due colour Arts Centre Melbourne

Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017

In mid-2016 Rachel Burke, along with Relume Consulting, was commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne to upgrade her existing lighting design to the Theatres Building Forecourt.  The original design had served the premiere cultural venue for over ten years but lamp technologies have changed drastically over that period. It was time to replace a variety of fixed and moving head fixtures running discharge lamps with state- of- the- art LED luminaires.

After considerable research the Studio Due CityColor 20/30 RGBW 20w and Turbo-Color RGBW 16w were recommended for site trial based on with their technical specifications.

“The fixtures appeared to meet our performance requirements in terms of output with a range of options for housing finishes and modest physical dimensions for both products,” commented Rachel.

Both the CityColor and the Turbo-Color, with anti-glare baffles and barndoor kits, were tested at a night trial for suitability along with five other contenders. .

All fixtures were mounted on Level 10 of the Theatres Building and aimed at the Forecourt between the podium and National Gallery Victoria. Each fixture was run in full white and full blue and a light meter was used to test light level in full output mode. The two Studio Due fixtures were deemed to have the best performance attributes in terms of colour, output and beam quality.

“Fixture set up and operation was supported by Show Technology, with Arts Centre Melbourne staff, on a cool and clear winter evening in August,” said Rachel. “The project, led by Robert Last Project Manager, Theatre Technical Development ACM, was fully supported by Show Technology who worked knowledgably and cooperatively with designers, installers and client.”

According to Rachel, the designers and the client were pleased with the measured lux level results of the CityColor and the improved intensity and quality of the colour washes on the forecourt.

“The deep blues and purples produced by this fixture were especially noteworthy, helping to link the ground plane with the spire lighting scheme above and with the Hamer Hall facade.”

Wide and narrow lens options were subsequently trialled on a second night to ascertain the most appropriate beam angles for a range of throw distances from the two forecourt poles.

“The Studio Due CityColor LED exceeded our performance expectations and six fixtures were ordered in a combination wide and narrow lenses for installation and programming,” Rachel commented.  “The results of the new scheme have delighted Arts Centre Melbourne visitors and users whilst colourfully and creatively reinvigorated this landmark point of arrival.”

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Perth Concert Hall installs Elation

Posted on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

The recent refresh of the entire Perth Concert Hall lighting rig (made possible through the State Government’s Department of Culture and the Arts Infrastructure Improvement Program) saw Head of Lighting Alex Spartalis with a lot of decisions to make. The choice to make the PCH home to nine Elation Sixpar 300 RGBAW+UV LED fixtures was not one of the difficult ones. With the whole rig headed to LED, Alex had to audition a huge range of luminaires, and the Sixpar 300s were an easy winner.

“I loved the six-chip design, the inclusion of amber, their narrow beam angle capability, the 5-pin DMX, and the build quality,” Alex listed. Added to this is the fanless design, a must in acoustically sensitive applications like classical concerts. “All of the features Alex mentioned were a big plus,” added Sean McKernan of lighting supplier Evolution 512, “but the fact they’re completely silent was incredibly important. A lot of fixtures Alex and I auditioned simply did not have an acceptable noise floor.”

The nine Sixpar 300s are included in the house rig as floating fixtures – they’re often used on stage, but also roam around the venue, sometimes used as powerful uplights on the nine columns of Perth Concert Hall’s iconic Brutalist façade. “They’ve got great colour mixing, and they’re really bright,” continued Alex. “They’re a good complement to the rig for our for school and dance shows. We often use them on a stick of truss lower to stage than our 16.3 metre ceiling when we need something closer. They’re also our back light colour off the screen truss now, because when we have a screen in place, it takes out or back light bar.”

The indoor version of Elation’s Sixpar 300 runs 18 12W RGBAW+UV LEDs, with the amber and white LED’s helping lighting designers to achieve extremely natural whites and pastels. They have 15° beam and 25° field angles, electronic strobe and dimming (0-100%), and five variable dimming curve modes. Vital for filming, they have flicker free operation. Multiple units can be power linked, and all can be controlled via RDM.

Elation products are supported in Australia and New Zealand by distributor Lexair Entertainment, who in turn support their dealers such as Sean McKernan’s Evolution 512. Lexair and Evolution 512 pride themselves on professional service, prompt technical support, and quality products. “We have a great relationship with both Evolution 512 and Lexair,” confirmed Alex, “and hopefully we’ll buying more equipment from both of them soon!”

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Australian Distributor: Lexair www.laexair.com.au

 

ShowPro for the Bowery Theatre

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Brimbank’s St Albans Community Centre and the Bowery Theatre opened with a gala community showcase day in March. The new venue includes a 200 seat performing arts theatre and new community hall spaces each holding 100 people with retractable walls giving a space for over 300.

Mozaix supplied and installed a lighting solution for the theatre that included ten ShowPro LED CYC RGBWA and four LED Tri-12 Par 4 Packs.

“It’s a small, multipurpose theatre with retractable seating and a lighting grid over the whole ceiling of the room so that they can move the direction of the theatre any which way that they want to,” explained Paul Tucker of Mozaix. “The original specification was for some conventional cyc lights but LED is taking over, especially at this mid-level size of venue, and so we came up with the ShowPro solution with Show Technology. Together we proved to the venue that the LED cyc delivers greater flexibility, draws less power and gives a much wider colour scope.”

Ten ShowPro LED CYCs are spread along the fourteen metre wide stage and, with their two adjustable ‘heads’, coverage of the wash is considerable. According to Paul, the client has been very impressed by the punchy output from such a small unit.

The ShowPro LED Tri-12 Par 4 Packs were purchased mainly for back lighting and again, the client has been very happy with the acquisition.

“They’re a cost effective fixture with a very bright light output,” said Paul. “They’re great for back lighting or an eye candy look.”

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Canberra’s Captain Cook Fountain Lights Up!

Posted on Monday, March 27th, 2017

The Captain Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin is back – bigger and better than ever – and now with added illumination!

The Memorial Jet has recently undergone a major $3 million refurbishment, including the installation of new high-powered Anolis lighting system.

“The jet was designed to be lit when operating at night and the original lighting system wasn’t as efficient as it could be”, explains Malcolm Snow, the National Capital Authority’s Chief Executive.

The ULA Group worked with lighting design team from Norman Disney Young along with Shepherd Electrical in Canberra to specify, commission and install the new LED high-powered lighting system. The Project brief was to deliver a lighting system which is able to enhance the dynamics of the Captain Cook water Jet Fountain in full. The Anolis ArcSource Outdoor 48MC fixtures were selected as the perfect fit for this project. These fixtures carry an IP67 rating, making them ideal for outdoor lighting applications exposed to any water elements. Benefiting from a cleverly designed totally flush mounted ‘Watch Glass’ frontage, the units are far less likely to suffer from a build-up of debris, ensuring greater performance and lower maintenance.

Eleven fixtures with 11deg optics were mounted to the fountain structure, with the control infrastructure consisting of both cable and Wireless DMX transmission which was powered via a central LumenRadio Transmitter and multiple receiver units built into the luminaires. The dynamic show and static lighting states were enabled via Pharos LPC Control unit.

“With this new lighting technology we now have the ability to be able to light up the jet much more effectively, to change the colour and distribution of the light so that the night time dynamics of the jet can be appreciated,” comments Snow. “We now have the ability to enhance the water feature for special occasions and events, when we want to celebrate a special day on Canberra’s calendar”.

The first opportunity to view the Memorial Jet at its full height and light was during the Canberra Day Celebrations on 13th of March. A huge crowd of ‘Canberrians’ got down to Lake Burley Griffin to take in the night time spectacle.

The Memorial Jet current operates daily from 11am to 2pm using one pump at the height of 114 metres, and will be boosted to two pumps reaching the heights of 152 metres and featuring the new lighting effects at night time for Canberra’s significant events, special visits and state occasions.

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MA & Martin for The Venue

Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

The Venue Alexandria is Sydney’s Newest Premium Warehouse Event Space.

The Venue offers clients a large, flexible warehouse space with 5 star amenities catering to a wide variety of events including gala dinners, product launches, fashion parades, conferences, corporate functions, weddings and community events. With a capacity of 1,000 guests for a dinner, cocktail style or conferencing, flexibility is the key to the space.

The NW Group are The Venue’s technical production partner, offering the latest in audio visual and presentation technology to ensure all events runs smoothly. Their objective is to provide seamless and cost effective technical solutions for all of The Venue’s events.

David Gleig, Project Manager/ Executive Director at The NW Group, immediately turned to Show Technology to provide lighting equipment settling on 24 x Martin RUSH MH6, 8 x MAC Quantum Profile, 8 x DMX Sunstrips, 4 x Atomic Strobes, 2 x Unique Hazers and a MA2 light for control.

“The RUSH MH6 fixtures have performed beyond expectation,” commented David. “We used these as they have been successful in a number of other fixed installations and are now becoming an industry accepted fixture that you would expect to see in any good installation or hire stock. Our intentions will be to grow our inventory of RUSH products into 2018. So far we have not had a single failure or event they have not been suitable for.”

The Venue also has 12 MAC Quantum Spots as part of the floor package which is included when there is entertainment in the space.

“They don’t technically live at The Venue but this is what is used, 90% of the time,” explained David. “These are particularly great even in a large venue like this. They are often accepted also when MAC Vipers are requested. In fact the MAC Quantum Spot is probably the most used, most versatile fixture in our stock. We have tried to breed these in the dark corners of our warehouse of an evening. At this stage we have not had success.”

According to David, the MA2 light was the obvious choice as this would be the console of choice for just about every internal and external hire.

“Rather than trying to save money on a sub-standard product or a smaller MA console, we decided that the MA ‘full-size’ was legitimately over kill and the ‘light’ packed all of the features for small events right through to the larger events we will see in this space. We also purchase an MA NPU giving us the ability to add many fixtures to this space without running out of processing capabilities.”

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Brisbane’s Green Wall Blossoms with Colour

Posted on Monday, March 20th, 2017

The ULA Group Architectural Lighting team continues working closely with Cam Gunning from Vision and Sound Technology, this time on lighting up the Living Green Wall at King George Square in Brisbane.

Brisbane City Council is strategically illuminating the main icons of the city as well as the ‘hidden’ beauties of the CBD precinct, which might have been missed by tourists or even not noticed by locals before. A Living Green Wall is one of those hidden treasures of the city, located right in the heart of the CBD at King George Square, to the side of the main tourist route.

Following the successful implementation of new LED lighting system illuminating the iconic Brisbane City Hall in King George Square, the design intent was to illuminate the Green Wall on the adjacent side and connect both parts of this precinct into one automated lighting control system, giving the option to trigger the lighting schemes and colour patterns simultaneously.

Griven Ruby MC RGBW LED Flood fixtures with medium optics were chosen to enhance the beauty of the Living Green Wall. These stylish and versatile fixtures are ideal for spot or flood lighting along with wall grazing owing to the wide light distribution. The combination of RGBW LEDs provides an impressive saturated white light as well as a wide selection of intermediate colour hues.

The lighting control system is integrated as part of the existing system, which already operates the lighting on City Hall. This enable seamless integration of both the Green Wall and Brisbane City Hall’s colour palletes and dynamic lighting shows. Both installations can also be operated independently from the one lighting control surface. Over 30 different lighting shows and numerous preset colour schemes are pre-programmed within the software, ensuring changing the mood lighting and colour selection is as easy as ‘one click’ on a tablet or wifi activated device.

Cam Gunning comments: “This project required a very compact luminaire to retro fit into existing mount points on the structural frame, while still providing a high level of illumination when compared to the superseded metal halide lamps. The Griven RUBY MC in a medium optic proved to be an ideal choice, meeting all dimensional and lumen output requirements. The six multi-chip LED sources in each RUBY fixture provide a very uniform colour wash and the white chip on it’s own is a very useable colour temperature, being particularly helpful for the successful illumination of the various colours contained within the dense foliage.”

“The colours are very even across all twelve RUBY MC luminaires allowing the client to choose between soft pastel tones and dramatic, high impact saturated colour. Green Wall is an excellent example of a ‘living’ structure implemented into a high density city space and the addition of colour enhances this great initiative into a vibrant and inviting public space at night. The addition of the Griven product will provide the client with years of maintenance free illumination and significant cost savings in power consumption.”

The Brisbane City Council is very pleased with the end result, bringing new life to the Living Green Wall in heart of the Brisbane city, expanding the options of mood lighting throughout the King George Square precinct and enhancing the festive atmosphere during numerous celebrations and events happening in the city.

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The Argyle receives sensitive lighting upgrade

Posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The Argyle is situated The Rocks, in one of Australia’s oldest buildings, and is the ultimate Sydney nightlife venue. The venue has a rich historic feel, with a uniquely modern take.  Housed in the 1820s Argyle Stores building in the heart of Sydney’s Rocks precinct, The Argyle retains much of the original heritage-listed structure.

Blending an alluring mix of historic and ultra-modern, The Argyle is an impressive space featuring high archway entrances, a sandstone outdoor courtyard and sleek timber flooring and beams.

An iconic Rocks hotspot, The Argyle has become a favourite of both locals and visitors alike since its opening in 2007 by John Szangolies as part of the Urban Purveyor Group.  With a series of unique bars spread over two levels – including the famed outdoor cobblestone courtyard – The Argyle is a venue to suit any mood or occasion.

A recent design, re-fit and refurbishment of this iconic historical venue meant that the design teams worked closely with Show Technology who were asked to design the lighting that was sympathetic to the heritage needs of the venue, highlighting the architectural features whilst injecting colour and atmosphere into the various zones.

Over a period of months Stephen Dallimore, Show Technology’s Business Development Manager, worked closely with Phil Hudson, Brand Manager at The Argyle, to deliver a sophisticated solution that embraces the natural elements of the venue such as sandstone and aged timber. Stephen also had to take into account that the venue transitions from a daytime venue to a post-work drinks setting, right through to a late-night destination.

“The opportunity to work with a historic venue like the Argyle was both challenging and very rewarding,” commented Stephen. “Using the fabric of the building was key to getting the lighting mood correct. The lighting starts work as soon as the venue opens right through until it closes, creating a different ambience though out each zone of the building. In this post lock out era in Sydney, it’s great to see venues still looking to reinvest in their visitor experience.”

The entrance to The Argyle is through an impressive archway into which seven ShowPro LED HEX16 Strip have been installed heralding what is to be expected within. Once through the archway, the venue’s famous cobblestone courtyard is bathed in light and colour thanks to nine ShowPro LED Flood HEX36 whilst windows carry more ShowPro LED HEX16 Strips. ShowPro DMX Festoon lighting has also been added to this area.

The entrance into the main building is again accentuated by ShowPro LED HEX16 Strips. A DMX Scene Player w/12 Key and USB port allows for simple presets so that the lighting can be changed as the day progresses and the atmosphere charges up.

On the ground floor eighteen ShowPro LED ROXStrips light up the bar area with RGB High Density LED Tape adorning the walls. Martin RUSH MH2 Washes provide colour and movement whilst a couple of Martin Atomic Strobes add dramatic moments.

The next floor up where all the dance action happens was a bit trickier due to its low ceiling height; more RUSH MH2 Washes were installed as were RUSH MH4 Beams along with a couple of RUSH strobes. Again the bar area received the ShowPro LED ROXStrips and LED Tape treatment. ShowPro’s battery driven LED Truss Mate 2 were located on beams down stairs. Control for upstairs is via an MA Lighting dot2 Core console chosen for its ease of use and simple interface as the venue has a variety of lighting operators come through.

The final area Stephen weaved his magic was the Reibey Room, an intimate space that has been transformed by ShowPro LED ROXStrips and LED Tape into an atmospheric and enticing room.

Phil Hudson commented that despite the huge restrictions that come with a heritage building, the lighting exceeded his expectations spectacularly transforming the venue. Numbers through the door are up and The Argyle is one of Sydney go-to destinations.

Sydney AV company Slave worked tirelessly to install the lighting into the venue, heeding the heritage requirements and going above and beyond to deliver a world class installation.

www.showtech.com.au

 

 

 

VuePix Screen for The Juniors

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club recently acquired a brand new VuePix ER series LED screen for their main auditorium. Club management decided to invest in LED technology to take the entertainment experience for patrons to a new level.

The screen consists of forty eight ER4.8 panels – enough to make up a surface measuring 8m x 3m – but the Club will configure the panels in a variety of ways to suit their different show requirements.

The new VuePix screen made its debut at the Juniors’ production of “Saturday Night Fever”. For this show, the panels were configured into three sections: a large central display and two smaller screens to the sides displaying graphics to enhance the performance.

All media content was managed by ArKaos Media Master Pro5 Software with RGB Link Venus X1 taking care of video signal processing and scaling.

The VuePix ER Series panels have been designed specifically for the touring & rental markets where durability, flexibility and ease of use are essential. The slim panels are light in weight, yet durable. Equipped with user-friendly features such as locating pins for quick, positive alignment, ergonomic handles for safe and convenient handling and a simple quick-lock system allowing fast set up and pack down.

With these handy features, the panels can be easily re-configured to suit a wide variety of applications including live entertainment as well as promotions throughout the club.

www.ulagroup.com

 

Lighting up the façades of Pacific Fair

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

Pacific Fair, the iconic shopping centre positioned in the popular tourist area of Broadbeach in the heart of the Gold Coast, has recently undergone a major redevelopment and re-branding, resulting in a world-class shopping and lifestyle experience destination for both locals and the 12+ million visitors who choose the Gold Coast as their holiday destination each year.

With its prime location on the Gold Coast Highway and nestled between some of the most desired real estate on the coast, it was one of the main objectives of the redevelopment to make the retail precinct visually prominent from both land and air.

TDLD were engaged to design various elements of the lighting in the new look centre including upgrading the exterior lighting for the eastern façade which runs parallel to the busy Gold Coast highway, with the intent to bring the same high end modern make over delivered inside the mall to the outside.

High powered LED lighting was a natural choice for TDLD, its long life, high output and energy efficiency making it the perfect match for illuminating a 21st century facility. The aim was to use the existing lighting mounting infrastructure and replace the old metal halide floods with a more modern, suitable high-powered LED fixtures. The Anolis ArcSource 96 Integral RGBW LED floods were chosen as a suitable fixture for the project.

The Anolis ArcSource 96 Integral fixtures feature 96 high bright rebel LEDs, providing superior light output previously unavailable in the LED fixture of this size. The latest technology electronics ensure stable white balance is achieved while maintaining a minimum life expectancy in excess of 75,000 hours. Housed also in the compact IP67 rated aluminium body are the control electronics and integral power supply. Control is via DMX/RDM allowing for advanced programming options.

The new lighting system is operating as a cool crisp white colour across the entire eastern façade currently, with the possibility of running saturated full colour lighting schemes and dynamic fades for special events and functions occurring throughout the retail hub and Gold Coast Community. The system runs 7days a week and is integrated to operate seamlessly via the Venues Building management system.

www.ulagroup.com

 

Cleo Ultra Lounge

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Cleo Ultra Lounge, discreetly located in the Kings Cross area of Sydney, is a versatile and elegant venue that can be used as a cocktail bar, function lounge and night club. A luxurious venue, Cleo Ultra Lounge exudes an exclusive environment for prestigious clientele.

Full Throttle installed the lighting at Cleo, which was specified and supplied by Show Technology. With a low ceiling height and such an emphasis on aesthetics, a moving head light with a small profile and the ability to blend into its’ surroundings was required.

“We decided that the Martin RUSH MH8 Mini Profile was the ideal choice,” remarked Stephen Dallimore, Show Technology’s Business Development Manager. “Not only does its’ build suit the venue, it delivers some really eye-catching effects with its’ vibrant colours, gobos, strobe and dimming.”

The MH 8 Mini Profile uses the latest 18 W white LED technology that delivers super sharp optics with over 800 lumens via a 14° beam angle. High speed pan and tilt with separate colour and gobo wheels allow designers maximum flexibility from the lounge bar to the high-energy dance floor, and all within an affordable price bracket.

Show Technology also supplied LED downlights and LED tape, specifically around the bar area, adding accent lighting, creating a subtle, atmospheric vibe.

Control is by a Martin M-PC Lighting controller and computer which feeds through to an ELC AC612XUB lighting wall controller in the bar area, which is easily operated by the bar staff due to programmed presets.

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ShowPro dreamPIX Spiral

Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Fresh from their launch in Melbourne this week, newly formed design collective ADDITIVE have revealed their first major project entitled The Spiral.

ADDITIVE comprises of three well known lighting designers; Tom Wright, Paul Lim and Ben “Bosco” Shaw.

After years of working on productions and festivals around the world, these experienced professionals, and close friends, have joined forces to harness their collective industry experience and technical knowledge.

The marvel that is The Spiral resides in Robina shopping centre. Initially created as an alternative Christmas decoration, the chandelier has proved so effective and popular, the shopping centre has requested that it stays indefinitely

The client requested a feature that was stylish with the hint of traditional festivities, but avoiding the stock of standard Christmas lights. They wanted something bold and striking.

“The brief was very loose with a couple of chandelier images shown to us as an idea,” said Tom. “I presented five chandelier ideas, the fifth of which was the most complex to make and typically they chose that one!”

Fortunately ADDITIVE had the help of Michael Petrani of Diversity Rigging who turned Tom’s CAD drawing into a spiraling reality. At four and a half metres in length, this was no mean feat!

Tom has used several LED tube products in the past and knew they could be fiddly and temperamental so he was delighted to discover the ShowPro dreamPIX Tubes that were simply plug and play. The dreamPIX Tube enables awe-inspiring 3D eff­ects with a double-sided pixel mappable RGB tube and an easy-to-use ArtNet interface that works flawlessly with popular industry standard pixel mapping tools.

“Not only were they plug and play, they were in a price point that was completely attractive,” he said. “I could have paid less for some Chinese tubes that require a lot of extra effort to get to the same start point I would be out of the box with DreamPix. Alternatively, there are more expensive products out there, but they lack the elegant cabling and PSU of the DreamPix. With 150 LED tubes our elegant spiral could have been a cabling nightmare.”

With the dreamPIX, it is possible to use one cable for sixteen Tubes so Tom was able to have fifteen per PSU, with the ten PSU’s in a rack thirty metres away using a standard 4 pin cable. It really was plug and play!

“Plus The dreamPIX tubes are very bright, incredibly responsive and quick,” Tom reported. “The hanging bit on the top is fantastically versatile and allows several options. We were able to rig all our tubes quickly and efficiently, but we’re also keen to see what other configurations we could do in the future.”

Tom remarked that another advantage was that the PSU’s have ArtNet straight in and there is an Ethernet switch built in. This allows you to send one signal to a rack of PSU’s and daisy-chain them with small Ethernet cables. The PSU’s themselves are simple to use, set the IP address, tell it what universes to listen to and then, with one simple command, it assigns the DMX addresses to all the Tubes.

Whilst one rack is full of PSU’s, the other has two mini Mac computers; one running Bootcamp and MA onPC, the other the media server. At the moment the client only requires a white rainfall effect however ADDITIVE is hoping to increase The Spiral’s possibilities by making it an interactive sculpture where shoppers are able to change colour and effects via a touch panel.

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Lightmoves at Euneva Avenue Carpark

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Having recently built a brand new multi-level car park in the heart of Glen Waverley’s shopping precinct, the City of Monash wanted to highlight this building and make it a feature within the area. What started as a call from the client wanting to temporarily light up one of their buildings in time for Christmas, developed into a permanent installation project with further stages planned for the rest of the facades.

Lightmoves had full creative control of the project and provided onsite ‘proof of concept’ tests and installations at each stage of the design process. 12 Space Cannon FIM 900 RGB fixtures were used to highlight the mid-section of the intricate brick work of the carpark, whilst 3 Elle 60 RGBW fixtures on either side were used to flood the two main pillars and also skim and highlight the brickwork allowing it to really stand out.

Pharos was the chosen control solution for the programming.. From its ease of use and programming to its scheduling capabilities it was the best control, dynamic programming and playback solution for this project.  Power management and data distribution control for the fixtures was achieved using Philips Dynalite.

Multiple challenges were presented for the project, mainly due to the unusual brickwork design. The lighting had to be modified to fit in with the available space, whilst highlighting the intricate brickwork design and enhancing the structure’s overall aesthetic. As vandalism is a real possibility, special consideration had to be given to the design and installation process making sure fixtures couldn’t be accessed or damaged.

Due to their previous successful work with the City of Monash, Digisen Integration became the nominated electrical contractor and installer for this project. Lightmoves and Digisen worked closely to ensure the project was delivered to the clients’ requirements and within their very narrow time constraints.

www.lightmoves.com.au

 

ETA lighting Shields Street, Cairns QLD

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Entertainment Technology Australia are very proud to announce their involvement as a major lighting and technical services supplier for the redevelopment of Shields Street in Cairns, Queensland.

When complete, the redevelopment will cover the entire city strip of Cairns centre, from the top of Shields Street to the Esplanade – approximately 1km. Stage 1 of 3 has now been completed and hosts 150m+ of local aboriginal art, native plants, projections and LED lighting.

The city centre is brought to life each evening with a theatrical lighting show lead by the SGM G-Spot. There are 14 G-Spots in the Stage 1 design, each hung atop 10m permanent rigging poles spread throughout the space. The moving LED spots are used to search the grounds projecting vivid colours across the street, people, trees and surrounding buildings. The gobo module has also been utilised by local Cairns artists, who have developed custom patterns for the G-Spot to project.

Considering the cyclone prone, extreme humidity, heat and rain common to the Cairns region, all of the lighting fixtures used in this project required a minimum IP65 weather rating. The SGM G-Spot is the only IP rated moving head light in the world, and what a perfect application to utilise it. The G-Spots will be exposed to the elements 24/7 without any protection from the bulky and disruptive ‘weather dome’ commonly used by other brands.

To ensure the success of this redevelopment, ETA provided technical lighting support and services alongside the design team from the very early stages of this project. ETA will continue to provide support to the installation team as the project develops.

www.etaust.com

 

ShowPro LED Fresnels at The Chapel

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017

Located just off Chapel Street in one of the oldest churches in Victoria, Chapel Off Chapel is one of Melbourne’s most popular live performance venues.

Consisting of two theatres and a welcoming foyer, Chapel Off Chapel has hosted artists such as Coldplay, Foo Fighters and musicals such as Dreamgirls, Rent and Blood Brothers.

Simon Prentice, Technical Supervisor at Chapel Off Chapel, has been looking at replacing the venue’s aging 1k Fresnel’s with an LED option for quite some time.

“After testing out a few different brands including Selecon, Chauvet, and ShowPro, we all agreed that for the price, build quality, control and output, the ShowPro ticked all the boxes,” remarked Simon. “The added extra of the DMX zoom is really handy too.”

ShowPro LED Fresnel HP’s were chosen and in the three months since they were installed, they have lit a wide variety of dance, live music and theatre shows.

“During a recent dance season we used them as side lights and were able to create some great effects with live moving of the zoom,” said Simon. “This is something we would have used a mover to do in the past.”

The almost silent operation of the ShowPro LED Fresnel HP makes it ideal for venues hosting dance and theatre performances. Boasting an excellent colour temp of 3200K with a maximum light output of 8400lm, the light output is nice and flat yet the Fresnel has an electronic zoom of 18° – 60°.

“The integration of the ShowPro LED Fresnel’s into our mostly tungsten light rig has been seamless,” added Simon. “The ability to adjust white balance and dimming curve has been great. The lighting designers who have used them have also been really happy. Next year, when we replace the rest of our Fresnel stock we will look no further than the ShowPro LED Fresnel range.”

Photos: Phil Loughnan

www.showtech.com.au

 

Lightmoves at The Cube Wodonga

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017

Wodonga’s iconic public entertainment facility has been washed in colour and light. The council run venue used for concerts, theatre production, ballet and various other arts and culture events employed Lightmoves to transform the building’s façade with moving gobo projections.

One of the ultimate goals of the project was to be able to have the work of local artists adorn The Cube’s outer walls. The images and dynamic, adjustable, custom range of gobos needed to be capable of being projected from over thirty metres away and have a LED light source that could be controlled wirelessly.

Using three Martin MAC Quantum units were the first choice thanks to their ultra-bright 12, 0000 lumen output and variety of static and rotating gobos. This extremely bright LED profile fixture combines top-quality white light with a fast, smooth CMY colour mixing system and crisp gobo projection on surfaces as well as mid-air.
To protect the unit from the elements and to ensure continuous uninterrupted operation regardless of the weather, the Claypaky Igloo Easy Outdoor Enclosure was used to house the units; a tough, sturdy enclosure that offers complete protection against rain and humidity.

Wireless control came from the single universe Wireless Solutions F1 White Box, an IP65 DMX transceiver located inside of the roof in the Wodonga City Library. The transmitter would be located over 30 meters away inside The Cube itself.

For dynamic programming and control, a Pharos LPC 1 single universe DIN rail mount controller was provided due to its capabilities with timeline shows and astronomical time clock triggering. For push button access, the Philips Dynalite AntumbraDisplay was installed allowing the technical staff of The Cube to quickly access any of the pre-programed shows at any time.

Final commissioning and programming was carried out onsite by Lightmoves’ own service technicians and The Cube’s Technical Co-ordinator.

www.lightmoves.com.au

 

Solaspot Pro 2000’s Shine at The Joan

Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2016

the-joan The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in the Sydney suburb of Penrith is known affectionately by the locals as ‘The Joan’. Like the grand old dame herself, The Joan has fantastic stage presence, with a 580 seat concert hall, 378 seat theatre and a 90 seat studio. Like any flexible performance space, the concert hall at The Joan hosts everything from touring acts to local community groups, which means the technical staff have to get shows, and looks, up and running quickly.

Taking their place among the lighting rig’s static LED and traditional incandescent fixtures are The Joan’s four new SolaSpot Pro 2000 LED source moving head spots. With a 600W Bright White Engine kicking out 26,000 lumens, the 2000s also include frost, 5 to 45 degrees zoom range, linear and three-facet prisms, and more. “They’ve also got two animation wheels, two rotating gobo wheels, and great colour rendering,” said Geoff Turner, Technical and Production Coordinator at The Joan. “They’re feature-packed, really bright, and pack a lot of punch. We felt the SolaSpot Pro 2000s had more features than the Martin MAC Vipers.”

In addition to the CMY + CTO system that Geoff and other designers love, the SolaSpot Pro 2000 includes popular High End System features such as Active Thermal Control, their Lens Defog System, and Indigo Highlighter LEDs. It’s the brightest white LED spot fixture in the High End Systems range, with long-throw optics built to keep sharp the-joan-2focus through the entirety of its 8 to 45 degree zoom range, making it perfect for large scale shows.

Also needing a new lighting desk that’s nimble and easily navigable, the trusty crew at The Joan chose a High End Systems Full Boar 4, enhanced with a Hog Playback Wing 4. “We wanted a good busking desk for use with moving lights,” continued Geoff. “We have a lot of concerts where we don’t have much in the way of rehearsals – one-night wonders, dance performances, and schools. A lot of the time, we have to make it up as we go along, and we feel the Full Boar 4 really excels in those situations.”

The Full Boar 4 gives the lighting operators at The Joan fast access to everything parameter they need through two 15.6” 10 point multi-touch screens, 10 motorised faders plus master fader, 12 user keys and five encoder wheels. Adding a Hog Playback Wing 4 to the system gives them an extra 15.6” screen, ten more faders and an extra master fader – more than enough physical control to handle anything unexpected a show can throw at them.

The Hog’s Palettes feature, giving operators the ability to map multiple parameter changes onto a single ‘button’ on the touch screen, was another big selling point for the crew. “Thatthe-joan-4 was a big thing for us, realising what we can do with Palettes,” Geoff explained “Rather than relying exclusively on the faders, we can just hit a Palette. If you’ve set it up right, you have an unlimited amount of effects, moving head profiles, or gobo changes. It’s an easier and faster way to recall complex changes.”

All High End Systems products in Australia and New Zealand are proudly distributed and supported by Lexair Entertainment. “Lexair have been brilliant,” Geoff confirmed. “They’ve come to The Joan twice to run training for our staff on the Full Boar 4. Even when we first started looking at our options for a new desk, they bought units in to the venue and gave us a full run-down of all their capabilities. There’s a lot of different options on the market, and Lexair did a great job in showing us what the Hog platform can do. They really did a good job selling it, and that’s why we went that way.”

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Martin RUSH for Scary Canary

Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2016

14701038_10154730374291520_738389913983548226_oThe Scary Canary is Sydney’s most popular destination for backpackers looking for a fun night out, and it usually doesn’t matter which day of the week it is. What drives so many to pick Scary Canary for their night out is the different themed nights including foam nights.

Any gear that gets installed into this venue has to be ready every night of the week and be able to take a bit of a thumping! No wonder the guys at TAVSA (Technical Audio Visual Systems Australia) decided to install Martin RUSH fixtures.

“We chose four RUSH MH5 profiles and four RUSH MH3 beams to compliment the system already in the venue,” said Alasdair Lockhart-Thomson from TAVSA. “We really like that they are low maintenance and have a low trim height so that they tuck up into the ceiling nicely. The power output from them, for their size, is quite impressive. The eight of them give us great coverage across the dancefloor, good effects against the mirror ball and also the rest of the room.”

Control is via a Martin LightJockey system.

www.showtech.com.au

 

MCEC grows with Clay Paky, Martin and ShowPro

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

mcec_plenary_imagine_012 The lighting department at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has boosted its stock with the recent acquisition of twelve Martin MAC Viper Profiles, twelve Clay Paky B-Eye K 10’s, four Clay Paky Alpha 700 HPE and sixty-four ShowPro LED Cyc RGBWA units.

These units were specifically chosen as a flexible production lighting solution for Plenary, both for corporate theatre sessions and entertainment concerts.

According to Michael Walker, the MCEC’s Infrastructure and Equipment Manager, customer demand was the primary driver behind the product selection.

“The popularity of the Clamcec_plenary_imagine_003y Paky Alpha series purchased in 2012 has seen demand increase for a more powerful fixture, that was suitable for our 5,500 seat Plenary theatre,” commented Michael. “The HPE 700’s were an easy decision to expand on our existing fleet due to high demand in our special event spaces.

“The Clay Paky B-Eye K 10 satisfied our needs for a simple wash light, with the added benefit of beam effects and pixel mapping. We like their brightness (particularly in such a small fixture), zoom capability and effects.”

Michael remarked that the MAC Viper was selected because it was small and powerful enough to be effective from their Front of House bridges, as well as rigged around Plenary. It is also readily available for hire when they need to supplement our in-house inventory. He says that their brightness, great gobo selection, and easy to change gobos for their customers’ customised gobos, make them popular with the crew.mcec_plenary_imagine_027

The ShowPro LED Cycs were purchased as part of MCEC’s continual commitment to reduce their environmental impact, while improving their quality of production.

“All of the new fixtures are performing reliably and are proving to be a popular choice amongst our customers,” said Michael. “They are quick, easy to transport and setup, and the macro modes provide spectacular looks in a quick turnover environment with minimum pre-programming time. To date, we’ve experienced perfect reliability from the units, and they are exceeding our expectations in the performance space. Due to the high turnover of events within MCEC, maintenance time is at a premium, so reliability is key for us.”

Michael further commmcec_plenary_imagine_010ented that Show Technology have provided excellent support, both pre and post-sale, with product experts available to provide advice to our lighting specialists.

“They provided a friendly and personalized service, and demonstrated a commitment to understanding our customer and business needs,” he said.

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Martin Rig for Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre

Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016

nwests3 In another sign of urban renewal for Newcastle’s CBD, The Wests Group have opened the inner city’s largest exhibition and conference facility entitled NEX (Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre).

After the purchase of Newcastle Panther’s in mid-2015, The Wests Group has transformed the venue, relaunching the lower level as Wests City and the upper space as NEX.

The good people at Scion Audio were tasked to fit out the venue and having always preferred Martin lighting products, they turned to Show Technology for advice.

“We’ve always used Martin products as we know their reliability,” commented Louise Tillman of Scion. “I have MAC250’s that I’ve had for twenty years and I still send them out knowing they’ll work every time and do the job. The other f_dsc7672actor is the incredible service we have always received from Show Technology. Our relationship goes back to when the company started 22 years ago!”

Consequently the venue is equipped with four MAC Quantum Profile, twenty-four RUSH MH6 Washes, eight RUSH MH1 Profiles and a Robert Juliat Roxy follow spot, all controlled by a Martin M1 console.

“The main requirement in the brief given to us was to use LED fixtures and as it’s a large stage, we turned to the MAC Quantum Profiles as they have a great output,” added Louise. “In fact the output is very bright and crisp, plus the Animotion FX is really cool.”

Martin RUSH fixtures were added due to their versatility and cost-effectiveness without compromising on quality.

“The RUSH MH 6 Wash offers full colour wash and tight beam effects with the quality and affordability you’d expect,” said Louise. “The colours of the fixture are excellent. I really like the gobo selection with the RUSH MH1 and again, the output of the RUSH MH1 is amazing. T1111-355-276hey’re also quiet and relatively quick.”

The M1 console was chosen for its small footprint and abundance of playbacks on the control surface. The standard 10 cuelist faders and the 12 playback faders make it easy to control any show – plus it can control video too.

“It’s an easy console for our guys to operate,” Louise said. “They like the layout of the console and the ability to easily grab things on the fly.”

Keeping with the idea of an all LED venue, the new Robert Juliat Roxie LED followspot was installed. With its ultra-compact dimension and low power consumption, Roxie is ideal for this type of venue.

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Kurilpa Bridge Shines Under a New Light

Posted on Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Providing a pedestrian and cycle crossing over the Brisbane River in Brisbane, Australia, Kurilpa Bridge connects Brisbane’s Central Business District with the city’s South Bank and its major cultural precinct. As the world’s largest structure based upon a ground breaking system of balanced compressive and tensile forces named “tensegrity”, Kurilpa Bridge is a 470m long multi-mast, cable-stay bridge with a 120m main span. The tensegrity principle was required and successfully implemented in order to minimize the deck thickness and ramp length, while creating a strong but agile structure.

While the geometry of the bridge is informal, the cables (in tension) and tubes (in compression) have been arranged with a structural rhythm, in order to deliver the strength and resilience required to carry thousands of pedestrians and cyclists. Kurilpa Bridge not only provides a new connection across Brisbane’s river but also forms a new public space. Namely, it features two large viewing and relaxation platforms, two rest areas and a continuous all-weather canopy, which has become a symbol for art, science, technology, and healthy living. Its structural elements seem to be floating in the air delivering to the bridge a completely new identity and a unique appearance. Its innovative architectural style and advanced technology have deeply transformed Brisbane’s image to that of a city rich in walking and cycling opportunities.

Completed in 2009, Kurilpa bridge has recently had its lighting system upgraded with a new GRIVEN LED lighting system specified by Cameron Gunning of Vision & Sound Technology (VAST), working close to Griven’s exclusive distributor in Australia, the ULA Group. The project was initialized and managed by Adam Axten from electrical contractors Stowe Australia.

Cameron Gunning Comments: ”Griven manufacture an excellent product that is very robust and reliable. The LED sources are extremely high quality with consistent colour matching across luminaires. Both fixtures offer very accurate optics and powerful output in a really compact housing. The slim line design of the Emerald and small footprint of the Ruby fixtures provides an unobtrusive addition to the bridge structure.”

At night, the bridge is lit up by a sophisticated LED lighting system, which can be programmed to produce an array of different lighting effects. Depending on the different lighting configurations, 75%-100% of the power required is provided by solar energy. Solar panels are mounted directly on top of the bridge, generating a daily output of 100KWh.

32 units of JADE 16 in RGBW colour configuration with narrow optics have been installed in carefully selected points of the bridge in order to enlighten its structure, made of huge metal tubes, up to the top. Moreover, 10 EMERALD RGBW with narrow optics have been mounted on the external cornices of the bridge to deliver a splash of coloured light to the whole structure. In order to avoid any unpleasant glaring effect to pedestrian and cyclists and to better direct the light beams, these fixtures have also been equipped with specially developed anti-glare shields.

JADE 16 RGBW is a newly engineered rounded spotlight, which houses sixteen high power RGBW LEDs, as well as in-built electronics and power supply unit. Providing a vibrant and brilliant colour palette from such a compact chassis, JADE 16 RGBW features functional efficiency whereas spectacularly dynamic lighting performance is assured by digital control of all functions, either onboard for standalone operation, with Master-Slave selectable for multiple unit synchronization, or from external DMX512 controller. The wide choice of selectable optics groups, ranging from narrow aperture beams to elliptical wide distribution, and the aiming orientation adjustment further enhance JADE 16 RGBW maximum flexibility for any surface mount application purpose. JADE 16 RGBW Polar Edition features an integrated de-icing system with electrically heated glass, which assures a comfortable functioning even in the utmost severe cold weather conditions.

Benefiting from state of the art electronic colour mixing, EMERALD RGBW features 60 premium quality high RGBW power LEDs, coupled with a variety of high build and design optics groups for the utmost optical efficiency, balanced projection and photometric flexibility. The combination of RGBW LEDs offers an unprecedented astonishing white light output quality, as well as a wider variety of intermediate colour hues for an even broader range of application purposes. Such a remarkable performance is enhanced by the capacitive touchscreen display that allows for a direct access to all on-board functions.

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Over 3000 Anolis Arc Dots for Elizabeth Quay

Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Elizabeth Quay_8139 Over 3000 Anolis Arc Dot LED fixtures have been utilised in an eye-catching light sculpture “The Artists Edge” created by artist Stuart Green for the new landmark Elizabeth Quay development that reconnects the Swan River with the city of Perth, Western Australia, creating a brand new entertainment and leisure precinct.

The design specification and realisation of the work – which traces the outline of the actual water around the centre of the new Quay area – was undertaken and co-ordinated by David Sparrow of Perth based architectural and creative lighting specialist, Light Application.

Stuart Green has a penchant for imagining spectacular, bold and interesting public art works, many of them involving light, and The Artist’s Edge is a border of animated light around this inlet, invoking over a kilometre of double-sided acrylic track. Inside which the ArcDots – a Cree MC-E RGBW multichip based high powered multi-coloured LED pixel fixture – are mounted.

The work was commissioned by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA), a government entity charged with redeveloping major sections of the city, who also asked Light Application on-board to specify and deliver lighting for the entire area. This also currently includes 9 separate building sites which when completed will include new Westin and Ritz Carlton Hotels, offices and retail outlets.

The idea of using fully addressable light-sources for this element of the lighting scheme was originated jointly by David, Stuart and project architects ARM. All agreed that it would be a perfect solution to be able to feed the sourceElizabeth Quay_8530 with video content that would produce beautifully organic effects.

It also enables guest artists to produce content and clips that can be featured and the installation can be coloured for special events like breast cancer awareness and festive occasions like Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, etc.

From there, David specified the Anolis ArcDots.

It was the first time he had used this particular product, but having used Anolis in his work for about 12 years, he was fully confident that the product met all the criteria of reliability and quality engineering, and knew that he would receive excellent back up and support from Anolis’ Australian distributor, The ULA Group.

Another primary reason to go with Anolis was brightness. It needed to be visible from afar and especially from the magnificent view of downtown and Elizabeth Quay from Kings Park on the mount opposite.

The ArcDots are fixed to a plate under both edges of the double-sided acrylic cover of the tubes which snake all around the space, and the two sides are independently controlled for additional dynamics.

The ArcDot power supplies are in eight different locations spread around the Quay all linked via a fibre network back to the e:Cue Light Engine controller which is integrated to the site wide system lighting controller, allowing The Artist’s Edge to change colour together with lighting on the trees, foliage, bridge, walkways, street lights and elsewhere. There are currently over 4000 sources in the complete lighting scheme.Elizabeth Quay_8157

The Artist’s Edge switches on at 7 minutes after sunset and runs – slowing down a bit at midnight –  until 5 a.m. An anemometer is also linked into the control, triggering different shows created by the artist, which are played to match or contrast the weather based on wind speed and wave activity.

The Artist’s Edge leads these site-wide colour changing effects in all the other fixtures and David believes the overall scheme is the largest single intelligent lighting system installation in Western Australia to date.

Cuono Biviano, Managing Director of ULA Group comments: “We are extremely proud of being involved in this major redevelopment in Perth. As someone who has had a long history and passion for Perth, it has been a real honor to have our technology as the key visual center piece to Elizabeth Quay, the new prominent landmark of the city”.

“Working together with our long term trusted partner David and his team at Light Application is always a pleasure,Elizabeth Quay_6104” says Con. “Their ability of implementing the latest visual technologies into modern city structures is commendable. The Anolis ArcDots are the perfect fit for this project, offering total flexibility to create visual art and atmosphere to bring life to architecture and open space”.

The public reaction has been really positive – people love the Artist’s Edge and it also serves as a beacon to attract people to the area in which the first retail outlets, restaurants and bars are already open and trading.

“I’m delighted with the ArcDots,” says David, “They are extremely bright, rich in colour and evenly spread for a really smooth effect. The amount of intelligent control in this project has opened up new and exciting possibilities for multi-level lighting control here in Perth and elsewhere,” he concludes.

www.ulagroup.com

 

CHAUVET DJ Intimidators add zest to Spice Market

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

sm5 In the heart of the central business district of Australia’s second largest city lies the popular Spice Market bar, ultra lounge, and  nightclub. Offering an eclectic programme of DJs, live performances, and award-winning food against a stunning backdrop of Indo-Asian design, the chic nightspot draws a diverse cross section of people. Recently, in hopes of continuing their longstanding success, owners Geremy and Dean Lucas decided to update and renovate their unique establishment, whilst adding a new dynamic visual spice.  Designer Sohail e. Najafi of Najafi Design Group, helped them accomplish this goal with a new comprehensive theatrical and effect lighting system that featured approximately 30,000 pixel-mapped LEDs and DMX-controlled flying automation, all supported by CHAUVET DJ Intimidator Spot LED 350 moving fixtures.

Najafi was initially faced with a couple of significant challenges when asked to enhance the exotic and theatrical environment of the club. “Given the varied programme of the venue, which transitions from an after work bar to posh ultra lounge and finally to a high energy dance club, I required a versatile fixture that was small, economical, and sm10feature-rich. At only 15 inches tall, the Chauvet Intimidator Spot LED 350 worked masterfully,” commented Najafi.

Thanks to the impressive array of features included within the Spot 350’s arsenal, Najafi and his team were able to use the fixture to fulfill several roles. “The solid gobo selection is a great feature for creating beautiful washes of texture during early evening bar and lounge hours,” said Najafi. “Combined with the rotating three-facet prism, which features good overlap orientation, smooth gobo rotation, and a good assortment of colours, the same rig allowed for a whole manner of different looks and dynamic effects during the later nightclub hours. Also very useful was the impressive speed of the fixture and the commendable light output from the frugal 75W LED engine.”

Given the fact that the club often features live performances, Najafi alssm3o needed a fixture capable of properly key lighting talent. “The great light output, even field, and pleasant native colour temperature of the LED engine allowed me to successfully provide key light for several performance areas littered around the venue. As seen in the accompanying shots, we were able to create true theatrical stage looks in the middle of the action within the club, allowing our client’s guests to feel incredibly connected to the performances,” Najafi said. “As such, I was very pleasantly surprised at what I was able to accomplish with this plucky little fixture.”

Another of Najafi’s key considerations of the install regarded the relatively low ceiling height of the club itself. “As is the case in many intimate venues housed within larger properties — Spice Market is located within the Grand Hyatt Hotel — height is invariably a key problem when installing comprehensive lighting systems,” continued Nasm8jafi. “Thankfully, the compact 15-inch height of the Intimidator 350 fit very nicely hidden among the ceiling beams of the venue. Subsequently I was able to discreetly place each fixture so that they would not litter the beautiful architecture of the venue.”

Thanks to the Intimidator’s varied abilities as a compact atmosphere-shaping moving light, Najafi succeeded in giving Spice Market an extra dynamic twist to its nightly programme. “For the size of the fixture, the output, gobo and colour selection, speed and value are fantastic,” concluded Najafi. “The Intimidator truly exceeded all my expectations.”

www.chauvetdj.com
Australian Distributor: AVE Audio Visual Engineering www.avecorp.com.au

 

Hog 4 for Revesby Workers’ Club’s Whitlam Theatre

Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Isaac Anvia and Al Pascual_email The Revesby Workers’ Club in south-west Sydney is a regular stop for premiere touring acts. Its concert venue, the Whitlam Theatre, seats 750 in ‘dinner mode’ and 1400 in theatre mode. The theatre is known for its big PA and excellent audio facilities, but, until recently, its lighting systems were struggling to keep up with the demands of modern touring acts. Happily, Revesby has changed all that with the purchase of High End System’s flagship Hog 4 console plus a Playback Wing 4, bringing their venue back in line with the best in Australia.

The Hog 4 replaces a lighting desk known and loved by an entire generation of lighting operators – a JandsHog 600, first released in 1996! Obviously way past its use-by-date, the JandsHog 600 will still be missed. “It uses floppy discs,” points out Phill Webb, Revesby’s Audio Visual Coordinator, “and obviously that’s not supported anymore! As you can see, it’s not often we get the chance to upgrade, so when we do, we invest in the best we can get. That’s why we went for the Hog 4. From our perspective, it was not only important that our regular operators like the platform, but also that we had something rider-friendly.”

Scott Masters, Customer Service Manager at consultants and integrators Saltec has worked closely with Revesby over the last few years to keep their facilities current for touring acts. “We’ve been doing some work in the auditorium to get them up to speed,” reports Scott. “The club is very serious about providing first-class services to their customers and the room was at risk of failing to meet this commitment. We started with a few infrastructure upgrades, a little lighting system work, some projection improvements, and then converting their audio to digital. With all the new LED lighting fixtures in use, they needed to look at the standard fRevesby Workers Club 2_emailor touring acts. We went down the Hog path, because most of the touring artists coming through are set up for Hog.”

It’s not just industry acceptance that drove the decision. “Our other argument for getting a new console is that the venue has 120 channels of dimmers and not one LED fixture,” explains Phill Webb. “We’ve got great dimming infrastructure but poor DMX infrastructure, so that’s got to be our next step. We talked to the financial staff at the club and told them we could save a lot of money by getting rid of the traditional fixtures and installing LEDs, explaining that by doing so, the fixtures use a lot less power and we’d be running the air conditioning a lot less. They liked that idea!”

With its two massive touchscreens, extensive channels and universes, pixel mapping capabilities and vast capacities for physical expansion via USB and Ethernet, the Hog 4 has future-proofed the Revesby Workers’ Club. The addition of the Payback Wing 4 expands the number of motorised faders in the system to twenty plus two masters, and adds another 15.6 inch touchscreen. “A lot of our shows involve busking,” continued Phill. “We like more faders, and tend to throw everything to a fader and run the show that way.”

Australian High End Systems distributor Lexair Entertainment are key to Revesby and Saltec’s peace-of-mind. “Lexair have been really helpful,” relates Scott Masters. “They’ve done everything they could possibly do to support this sale. They’re always there when we need to ask technical questions or need to follow-up on bits and pieces. I would recommend Lexair for anyone looking to purchase.”

www.lexair.com.au

 

Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K10’s travel to Northwest

Posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

nw1 Northwest Church in Tamworth has been discovering the delights of their four Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K10 fixtures along with a bunch of ShowPro HEX 18 LED PARs.

The B-EYE K10 is a highly versatile light with three operating modes: wash, beam and effects. Its zoom ranges from 4° to 60° and is therefore suitable both for spaces with low ceilings where large angles are extremely useful and for larger environments or arena shows. The fixture’s front lens can also be rotated to create countless vortex effects, for aerial or ‘kaleidoscopic’ projection use.

“We use our Anw2.leda B-EYE K10’s for a variety of events and looks, as they are so multifunctional” said Matt Morrisey, head of production at the church. “They are a powerful washlight, with a nice narrow spot beam, if turned to wide zoom, it is perfect to create massive blinding effects. The shape function gave additional effects to the stage in combination with the rotation lens system.

“Sometimes we use them to add ambient light in the auditorium; most auditoriums have those dark little spots people can find themselves in and so we use them to throw ambient light against the wall.”

Matt reports that the ShowPro HEX18 LED PARs have been really good and are their ‘skeleton’ light, pretty much always on to deliver a solid base of light.

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The Star shines bright with Clay Paky SuperSharpys

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016

star1Every year for the past seven years, Sydney’s streets and skyline have come alight with the beautiful, inspiring, interactive festival that is Vivid Sydney. The lights and installations of Vivid Sydney illuminate some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, Customs House, Maritime Museum and The Star casino.

In fact during Vivid Sydney 2016 The Star never shone so bright.

For Vivid Sydney 2015, The Star temporarily installed forty-four Clay Paky Sharpys and ten Mythos fixtures onto their roof as part of an installation entitled Mission Control. The resulting light display was so stunning and popular, the venue realized there was potential beyond Vivid Sydney.

star2To celebrate VIVID 2016 a total of thirty-six Clay Paky Supersharpys were chosen for their enhanced optical design. Famous for its powerful beam, the Supersharpy produces clearly defined mid-air effects even at long distances. The Supersharpy’s beam angle may be reduced to almost zero degrees by means of a perforated grid which provides a perfectly parallel beam, similar to a laser beam.

“We chose Clay Paky due to past positive experiences with the brand,” commented Bruce Dwyer, Head of Lighting at The Star. “We did look at using Mythos but decided we would be paying for a lot of amazing features that we just wouldn’t use in this application.”

To protect the Supersharpys from Sydney’s temperamental weather, each fixture is housed within a Clay Paky Igloo, a tough, sturdy enclosure that offers complete protection against rain and humidity, and maintains a perfect working temperature (between 0°C and 35°C) for fixtures even in hot or sub-zero conditions.

star4Thirty-six IP-rated ShowPro LED Flood EX36 are positioned between the Supersharpys for colour wash, thus adding another dimension to the design. Bruce commented that they actually looked at many other IP-rated wash lights but the EX36 really did work for what they needed at the correct price point.

The 2015 display was interactive so that the public were in control, happily bashing a touch screen which resulted in some fairly erratic beam movement. During Vivid Sydney 2016, the lights are tightly programmed and choreographed with little fast paced movement. Beam angles are carefully controlled so as not to hit apartment blocks, the Harbour Bridge or possibly interfere with air traffic.

Show Technology supplied a full turnkey solution for this project, with Technical Manager Mike Gearin working closely with Bruce Dwyer to put the system together.

“Essentially its thirty-six lights managed from two MA onPC computers, main and backup, with MA 4port nodes,” commented Mike Gearin. “The PC’s were custom made by James Moore at Show Technology. We’ve designed it so that you can program a show from down on the pier where it’s easiest to see the full effect of the lighting. The entire show is run from Agenda on the MA with Time Code taking over every hour; we spent a lot of time changing Agenda to be different every day so it’s not the same show triggered at 8pm every night.”

star6RDM has been utilized so every fixture is performing two-way communication back to the computer. Every day the software exports a performance report telling if there is an error in any of the fixtures. The Igloos are not just domes with extraction fans, if the fixture overheats or the unit stops air intake or outtake, the fixture won’t start. Supersharpys also have inbuilt safety system so if it loses data, or is on and stops panning, the fixture just fades out. If the Igloo loses power or data, the fixture returns home and lamps off.

PCC Event Services supplied a wireless networking link that allows a MA Gigabit link 400 metres away down at the pier. The project sees the inaugural use of air fibre for lighting networking in Australia: two point to point networking 24 GHz at 1GB a second, 400 metres away.

star5“It’s amazing, we are getting 1GB per second 400m away in an area that is jammed packed full of Wifi,” remarked Mike Gearin. “It’s super easy to configure the system and now its just plug and play. We roll out the grandMA light for programming and we have an MA session running in seconds with fast connection speeds and no latency. We have one air fibre mounted on the top of The Star permanently and one that we mount on a speaker stand on the wharf. We line it up with the line up tool on a laptop and we are away!”

Infrastructure included custom made power distribution from Indu-Electric in Germany, designed to fit the requirements of the project. Essentially, it’s a 12 channel Socapex IP55 Rated Distro with extra 16amp CeeForm auxiliary outputs for Igloos, fans, software which means they can be left on. The entire system is cabled with 16AMP IP65 CeeForm connectors so its water tight and all data connections are in Junction Boxes rather than XLR to keep it water tight.

star7Bruce Dwyer commented that Show Technology’s involvement with the project was exemplary.

“Mike Gearin has been shoulder to shoulder with us from concept proposal all the way to completion,” he added. “He has been a shining example of Show Technology’s ‘can do’ attitude. Our proposal had an extremely short lead time and a very tight time table. The support we received from Show Technology ranged from sourcing equipment, designing power and data systems to installing the gear side by side with our own technicians. Time tables were adjusted almost daily due to all manner of obstacles yet Mike and Show Technology just rolled with the waves and kept the ball steadily on course to the goal. Nothing has been a problem. The ongoing response we have received to technical queries post the install, has again has been immediate and succinct.

“In summation, Mike Gearin and Show Technology have been an invaluable partner across the whole project and we are very grateful for their involvement.”

star8A few days after the installation was completed, Sydney suffered one of its worst storms in history and the entire set up came through totally unscathed.

The Star now has such a remarkable and reliable infrastructure, they have incredible scope for future projects and installations that will assist them in their vision of becoming Australia’s best integrated resort.

Client: The Star
Project Manager: Bruce Dwyer
Technical Manager: Mike Gearin
Programmer and Creative: Benjamin Ronczka

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