Review: GLP GT-1
Posted on Monday, May 22nd, 2017
It is true, though not necessarily original, to observe that the marketplace for multifunction luminaires has been particularly busy for the past few years. The promise of multiple features on a compact and low-wattage platform is an appealing one, and the makers of these light try their hardest to get the highest-quality effects into moving heads with very little space and demanding cooling requirements. Today, we’re examining the GT-1 hybrid fixture from German Light Products, a (not unsurprisingly) Karlsbad, Germany-based company that has been making intelligent lighting since 1994.
Physically, the GT-1 follows many of the design characteristics that GLP has standardized across its range, including the slim “base” of the fixture, on which are mounted the power and data inputs. This base is very small; this fixture keeps most of the bulky electronics in the yoke of the fixture. The rest of the fixture follows a fairly standard physical layout, with a push-button tilt lock in one arm and the fixture’s menu system on another.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/22768-glp-gt-1.html
Review: Robe Spiider
Posted on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Robe is a top name in entertainment lighting and they continue to deliver new and innovative products to the market. Robe has their successful line of LEDWash and LEDBeam fixtures. In 2016, they released their first “LED WashBeam,” called the Spikie. After its immediate success, Robe began developing a second LED WashBeam fixture, the Spiider. Let’s explore this fixture to learn why it’s different from the competition.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/22767-robe-spiider.html
Notch: An Impressive Tool for Manipulating Media
Posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Notch is fresh. Notch is exciting. I would go so far as to say that Notch is the future of media server playback/creation. Here are a few reasons why.
What It Is
Notch is a node-based, real-time compositing software package that can be used as either a stand-alone media server or in conjunction with other media servers like d3 vR14, Hippotizer v4.2, Avo’s AI v9.1, and 7th Sense Delta Media Server. It can be used to create and play back generative effects in real-time, letting users edit and create HD content in a node-based environment.
Review: Ayrton DreamPanel Twin
Posted on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
Some fixtures do their best to defy categorization. In recent years, we’ve seen manufacturers release lights that attempt to fit characteristics of several types fixtures into a single unit, generally combining key aspects into a fixture released under the banner of “hybrid.” Today we look at an Ayrton fixture that combines elements of high-resolution video panels and narrow-beam LED matrices into a single fixture.
Read the full article at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/22527-ayrton-dreampanel-twin.html
Review: Martin’s Dotron and Fatron Fixtures
Posted on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
I cut my teeth in lighting from early on, but eventually found myself working for a video production company, finding the gear far cooler — and far more complex. Back in those days, lights were lights, projectors were projectors, and never the twain met. But there were some emerging technologies and we always dreamed about marrying them, or at least producing a weird hybrid-freak-son-daughter.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/product-spotlight/22528-martin%E2%80%99s-dotron-and-fatron-fixtures.html
Review: Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam
Posted on Monday, March 20th, 2017
Beam fixtures have certainly become commonplace in the world, but when one thinks of these we normally think of the small fixtures with a tiny aperture that project pencil-thin beams. That was then and quite frankly, this is now. The VL6000 Beam takes everyone’s preconceived notion of what a beam fixture should be able to do and has doubled down on it. This unique fixture is like no other, changes color like no other, emits lumens equivalent to a long throw spotlight and is the fastest large-yoke fixture I have ever seen. And it’s virtually silent.
Read the frull review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/22232-vari-lite-vl6000-beam.html
Review: Elation Fuze Wash Z350
Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2017
For those who have attended the annual LDI conference in Las Vegas, you know how the conference floor can be overwhelming with thousands of products emitting high intensity light through the ever-present fog and haze. After stumbling into the vast and beautifully designed Elation Professional booth, I was pleased to discover several exciting new products. One of the standout new products was the Fuze Wash Z350 LED moving light.
Read the full review at http://www.churchproduction.com/story/main/elation-fuze-wash-z350-moving-light
Review: Chauvet Professional Strike 1
Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Ever since I saw a Police reunion show a few years ago, I have had visions of moles on steroids. They had giant 9-lite moles that looked like they had par 56 bulbs in them as opposed to the normal par 36 bulbs we see in blinders. I thought to myself ten years ago, “Why doesn’t someone just make a “Build your own Blinder kit?”
Perhaps manufacturers were waiting for LEDs to get bright enough. Perhaps nobody but the folks at Chauvet thought about this. Either way, this is one happy designer to have a new toy in his toolbox. I can make giant 9 liters, L- shapes, T-shapes like crosses. I can blind my audience however I want – and not need a separate 400-amp service to do it. And I could care less about hanging these things in the rain.
Read the full article at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/22005-chauvet-professional-strike-1.html
Review: Elation Fuze Series
Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
In this modern day of pixilation, it’s become so commonplace for the new par fixtures to act like eye candy as opposed to emulating the look of a gelled par 64. While there is nothing particularly wrong with the look of an LED wash light with many cells on its face, some designers as well as artists prefer the look of the older pars and moving wash fixtures of yore. This is where Elation’s series of Fuze fixtures comes in. They have a lens system that turns this line of RGBW COB wash fixtures into one homogenous beam.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/product-spotlight/21774-elation-fuze-series.html
Review: Blizzard Lighting Turbo Scan
Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
LDI 2016 was populated by many memorable displays and booths, not the least eye-catching of which was a giant (playable) Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots display built by Blizzard Lighting and ModTruss. The Wisconsin-based company has been involved in the lighting industry since 2010, when they sold their first fixture, the Flurry.
Automated moving lights today tend heavily in the direction of moving head fixtures — scanners are a relative scarcity; a rare bird indeed. Nevertheless, they have a significant advantage in one area: pan and tilt speed. The top speed of a moving mirror with its negligible mass can be screaming in comparison to all but the fastest moving heads, though the trade-offs are pan and tilt range. Today, we’re looking at one of these not-often-seen moving mirror fixtures, the Blizzard TurboScan.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/21775-blizzard-lighting-turbo-scan.html
Review: Ayrton MagicBurst
Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Ayrton might be likened to the Apple of the LED lighting fixture world, creating fixtures we didn’t know that we wanted until we saw them. The utility of a moving-head strobe may not be immediately clear, and at first blush the idea of a pixel-mappable moving head strobe seems — perhaps — a little over the top. But play with the MagicBurst™ for an afternoon, or even a few minutes, and that opinion might change. While the concept is simple enough on the surface, there’s greater depth here than might be immediately apparent.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/21548-ayrton-magicburst.html
Review: Wahlberg DMX Winches
Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Wahlberg is one of the most respected names in scenic automation. This Danish company has been moving heavy scenic elements in extremely complex stage designs for decades. The new Wahlberg DMX-controlled winches are available in many sizes and weight loads. These include loads from 1Kg (2.2lbs) up to 50Kg (110lbs). This should be able to handle most of your rigging needs. In addition, these winches are DMX-controlled, meaning that motorized flying effects can be cued from your DMX lighting console.
Review: Robe Spikie
Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2016
Robe, the well-known lighting manufacturer based in the Czech Republic, continues to deliver innovative products. They certainly followed through again this time with the LED WashBeam. Yes, I said it, LED Beam fixture! Has LED finally reached the capacity to fully replace discharge lamps? Not quite, but we are getting closer.
Review: ETC ColorSource Consoles
Posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
What is ColorSource? Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) has given birth to a family of products that is continually growing. It started with an only child, a Par (wash) fixture, followed by spot fixture. Wireless DMX and relays shortly joined. Now, new to the family, is a series of four consoles: the CS20 and CS40 (reviewed here) and the soon-to-be-released CS20AV and CS40AV. (We’ll probably be kicking the tires of the AV consoles at some point down the road.)
Read the full article here: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/21044-etc-colorsource-consoles.html
Review: Clay Paky Scenius Profile
Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2016
It was just a few months ago that I was looking at the spot version of this light, the Scenius Spot (PLSN, March 2016, page 62). It impressed me then; Clay-Paky is known for their high quality fixtures, and this one was no exception, with excellent dimming and color mixing. This time, we look at the Profile version of the Scenius, intended to fill a role needing additional beam control and shaping — particularly useful in theatrical contexts, or as front lighting for actors and scenery.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/21047-clay-paky-scenius-profile.html
Review: Chauvet Maverick MK2 Spot
Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2016
I recently had the pleasure of programming the Chauvet booth for InfoComm 2016. I was able to use the newest fixtures that the Florida-based company had to offer. The Maverick MK2 Spot especially impressed me. I didn’t even realize that it was an LED fixture until I was told half way through the day. I’ve known Chauvet to be the less expensive alternative to other manufacturers for years. This fixture has made me rethink my perception of Chauvet in several ways. Chauvet’s Professional product line is continuing the trend that the Nexus Panel started, taking Chauvet off of the alternate list and moving them to the preferred list.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/21045-chauvet-maverick-mk2-spot.html
Review: Martin RUSH MH 6 Wash
Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
A few years ago Martin Professional introduced the Rush line of lighting fixtures, providing more cost-effective options to balance out Martin’s excellent but pricey line of automated fixtures. With the lower price point and the Martin Professional name, they are certainly attractive to the church market. Here we are taking a look at the MH 6 LED Wash fixture.
Read the full review here: http://www.churchproduction.com/story/main/martin-professional-rush-mh-6-wash-fixture
Review: Robert Juliat Dalis 860
Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016
You probably recognize the name of the France-based lighting manufacturer, Robert Juliat, for their followspots. The company has now developed a purpose-built cyclorama wash light, the Dalis 860. (It’s spelled differently, but pronounced just like the city in Texas.) The fixture boasts a double row of 24 LEDs, an eight color mixing system and a new rigging method. Let’s dig a little deeper to see what makes this unit so innovative.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/20519-robert-juliat-dalis-860.html
Review: Chauvet Maverick MK2 Wash
Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016
Chauvet Professional showed the world the prototypes for their new stellar line of fixtures, dubbed the Maverick Series, at the Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt last April. This only whetted my appetite; I have waited a couple of months to get my hands on the first fixture of this series to be released, the Maverick MK2 Wash. Rest assured, the fixture lives up to its hype as a powerful wash light with some tasty effects.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/20293-chauvet-maverick-mk2-wash.html
Review: TourPro LightSky AquaBeam
Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
by Craig Rutherford
Today, we’re looking at the IP54 Light Sky AquaBeam from SHS Global. Originally known as a used gear company, SHS has since expanded their operations into distributing various lines, including the AquaBeam from Light Sky, an IP rated moving head beam projector with a lot of power. There’s still a solid place for arc-based lights in the industry; LEDs still don’t have the raw output needed for certain applications. Extremely short-arc lamps like the one found in the AquaBeam pack a tremendous punch for low wattage, which makes them very attractive for this class of narrow-beam moving heads.
Read the full article at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/20294-tourpro-lightsky-aquabeam.html
Review: Martin MAC Axiom Hybrid
Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016
In the last year or so, the industry has seen the advent of the small footprint, hybrid light fixture. Unlike the large model fixtures that can take the place of a wash, spot or beam fixture dependent on their light’s output beam, these smaller lights are not the all-in-one hybrids they claim to be. But as far as functions go, it’s plain to see that Harman’s Martin Lighting excels in areas where others took shortcuts and is hands down the best little moving light in its class right now.
Read the full article at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/19987-martin-mac-axiom-hybrid.html
Review: Avolites Arena Console
Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
by Craig Rutherford
Avolites has been in the console game for a long time, but their popularity in the States was never as strong as in Europe. The choice of a console is a very personal matter for any LD, and — full disclosure — for many years, I chose to use consoles other than Avolites because I had a perception that they were difficult to use. The Titan operating system, introduced almost concurrently with an updated line of Avo consoles, however, sought to change all that, and today we’re going to look at their latest offering — the Avolites Arena.
Read the full article at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/19992-avolites-arena-console.html
Review: Chauvet Professional Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidal
Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
The common perception of LED lighting versus the reality of today’s amazingly high-quality professional LED lighting products is a constant source of fascination for me. Many consumers think of LED lighting as “industrial” or sterile—while nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to modern products intended for the theatre. Case in point, the Chauvet Professional Ovation E-910FC, an LED “ellipsoidal” that utilizes a relatively new technology—Lime LEDs from Lumileds. This Lime color is exactly what it sounds like: a raucous, very tropical color that isn’t terribly pleasing to look at on its own. However, our eyes are most sensitive to the color green, and by adding those green frequencies into the color mix, we get increases in not only brightness but incredible color rendering as well.
Read the full article at: http://stage-directions.com/current-issue/110-gear-review/8452-lime-is-key.html
Review: Martin Atomic 3000 LED Strobe
Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016
Martin Professional has a very long history in the entertainment lighting and effects industry, starting way back in 1978 when founder Peter Johansen created a smoke machine from a coffee maker. Since then, the company has conceptualized and brought to market a huge number of effects, including the wildly popular Atomic 3000 DMX strobe, which has for many years dominated the market for strobe effects in concerts, special installations and live events. With the evolution of the market away from arc-based sources and toward LED, however, the creative minds at Martin decided it was time for a significant update to their flagship strobe.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/19460-martin-atomic-3000-led-strobe.html
Review: Robe BMFL WashBeam
Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2016
I have always been critical of hybrid lights. That’s because, for several years, I have heard boasts from several manufacturers that they have come up with the ultimate Swiss Army Knife of a fixture. Yet every time I drive a new one on a gig, I find something missing, or a trade off in certain features, that leaves me disappointed. I find lights where the lumens disappear when I pop out the tight narrow lens or a color system that is not up to snuff with what I desire. So I’m putting the BMFL WashBeam through the wringer to see if everything’s as great as what I’m hearing on the web.
Read the full review at: http://plsn.com/current-issue/39-road-tests/19459-robe-bmfl-washbeam.html