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.
ShowPro dreamPIX Spiral
Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2017
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 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.
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.
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.
ShowPro LED Fresnels at The Chapel
Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017
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.”
“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
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.
Solaspot Pro 2000’s Shine at The Joan
Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2016
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 focus 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. “That 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.”