Clay Paky Alpha’s for The Voice

Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2012

The Voice Australia brings to our screens superstar musicians, Delta Goodrem, Seal, Joel Madden and Keith Urban. For the past few weeks they’ve competed against each other as coaches and mentors in the quest to find Australia’s next great voice.

Channel 9’s ratings winner is broadcast from Sydney’s Fox Studios with a massive lighting rig designed by Hugh Taranto and supplied by Chameleon Touring Systems.

The set and lighting design follows the template of the overseas versions of The Voice.  The show which hails from the Netherlands, is shot in a daylight colour temperature and Hugh also adds tungsten light sources to capture that original look. To compliment the daylight effect, Hugh uses Clay Paky Alpha Profile 1500 fixtures for key lighting the various hosting positions on stage.

“They’re very good for that as they have an even colour temperature and the shuttering system is very useful,” he commented. “We also use them for effects lighting during the performances where their gobos and colours get a work out. It’s a great light, bright and with fantastic optics.”

The range of effect and projection options offered by the Clay Paky Alpha Spot 1500 fixtures along with their high luminosity, sharpness of image, richness of colour and graphic effects are all features that help Hugh’s creative vision become a reality.

Added to the forty Clay Paky Alpha Profile 1500 models are forty-eight Clay Paky Alpha Beam 700 fixtures which are scattered throughout the rig. The Alpha Beam 700 is a special and unique luminaire, conceived as an automated ACL to create parallel light beams, visible even in the brightest scenes.

“The producers wanted a rock concert feel to the lighting and the Alpha Beams really deliver that ACL beam rock’n’roll look,” said Hugh. “We’ve used them from the first show steadily increasing their number to forty-eight to create the feeling that you in an arena watching a rock concert. As an effects and beam light they’re absolutely amazing and can really punch through. They are also quite small and light which makes them ideal for integrating into sets.”