Review: Avolites Arena Console

Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

by Craig Rutherford

corner2_final_3Avolites 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.

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Australian Distributor: TLC Global


Review: Chauvet Professional Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidal

Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

prod_ovation_910fc_rightThe 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.

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Australian Distributor: Showtools


Review: Martin Atomic 3000 LED Strobe

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Martin AtomicLEDBy Craig Rutherford

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.

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Australian Distributor: Show Technology


Review: Robe BMFL WashBeam

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2016

BMFL_WashBeam-0800by Nook Schoenfeld

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.

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Australian Distributor: ULA Group


Review: Avolites Arena Console

Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

By David Martin Jacques

avolites1Avolites has been a household name in the professional stage and concert lighting industry for decades. “Avo” desks are known for their user interfaces that cater lighting artists who prefer instantaneous control of the lighting effects. This is why Avolites consoles are so popular among live music programmers/operators. The controls are easy to reach and are in the perfect place for instantaneous lighting control.

Avolites recently introduced the new Arena Console. This new lighting desk incorporates the same software and design interface of their popular Tiger Touch II console with additional capabilities for live lighting control.

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Australian Distributor: TLC Global


Review: Clay Paky Scenius

Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2016

claypakysceniusby Craig Rutherford

Clay Paky is one of the most respected and well-established moving light companies on the planet, and they have a solid line of products going back well into the 1980s. The company seems to have a knack for releasing products that become hits — like the Sharpy, the Mythos and the B-Eye. Today we’re going to look not at the latest LED offering, but at a good old-fashioned large-format arc lamp fixture: the Scenius.

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Australian Distributor: Show Technology


PRG ReNew Retrofit LED Light Assembly

Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2016

videoreviewprgBy David Martin Jacques

It seems that the days of the tungsten-halogen lamp are numbered. Just viewing the exhibit floor at this past year’s LDI Conference just confirms that LED’s have taken over as the primary light source for entertainment lighting. It was downright difficult to find many fixtures at LDI that still use the power-hungry incandescent and HID light sources.

So what do you do if you have already own an inventory of ETC Source Four lekos with tungsten-halogen lamps, but want to convert your lighting fixtures to LED? Well, you could spend approximately $2,000 to replace each older incandescent fixture with a new LED leko, or you could spend significantly less converting your present lighting fixtures to one of the several LED source conversion products available on the market.

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