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


Review: Robert Juliat Dalis 860

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016

1-RJ Dalas promoby Brandon Creel

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.

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Australian Distributor: Show Technology


Review: Chauvet Maverick MK2 Wash

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016

Chauvet-Maverick-MK2-Wash-SquareBy Richard Olson

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.

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Australian Distributor: Show Tools