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