Review: Ayrton MagicBurst

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

by Craig Rutherford

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.

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Australian Distributor: Show Technology


Review: Wahlberg DMX Winches

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016

By David Martin Jacques

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

1-spikie-02by Brandon Creel

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.

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Australian Distributor: ULA Group


Review: ETC ColorSource Consoles

Posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

1-1-colorsource40-20-groupBy Brandon Creel

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.)

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Australian Distributor: Jands


Review: Clay Paky Scenius Profile

Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2016

clay-paky-scenius-profileby Craig Rutherford

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.

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Australian Distributor: Show Technology


Review: Chauvet Maverick MK2 Spot

Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2016

maverick-squareBy Chris Lose

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.

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Australian Distributor: Showtools


Review: Martin RUSH MH 6 Wash

Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

RushA 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.

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Australian Distributor: Show Technology