Ricky Martin Mexico City BEHIND THE SCENES – Video and Photos!

We had first-line access to the Ricky Martin tour stop in Mexico City a few weeks ago, and the photos and video we got were outstanding!  Check out Ricky Martin’s Mexico City load-in, with CHAUVET Professional Nexus 4×4 panels, NEXT NXT-1 moving pixel panels, and the Vesuvio RGBA hybrid atmospheric!

Check out the video, Behind the Scenes:  Ricky Martin in MEXICO CITY

Now for some excellent behind the scenes photos!

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Check out the initial press release here!

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Ricky Martin ROCKS Mexico City with CHAUVET Professional!

One of the most fun shows with the most exciting design team, Lighting Designer Churry Lafuente and his Mandy Lights team rocked Mexico City’s Ricky Martin show with a rig that included 105 Nexus 4×4 units, 36 NEXT NXT-1 moving pixel panels, and more!  Check it out!

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MEXICO CITY – Everything about Ricky Martin’s phenomenal career has been written on a grand scale. His success has been nothing short of awesome, with six Grammy Awards, 17 Billboard chart toppers and 85 million album sales to his credit. Throngs of fans turn out for his concerts around the world. As for the shows themselves, “extravagant” doesn’t even begin to do justice to their dazzling choreography and scenic elements. There is no room in a Ricky Martin performance for anything that’s less than intense, which is why tour manager Veikko Fuhrman of Motion Music, lighting designer Richard Neville, lighting director Churry Lafuente and lighting programmer Alex Girerson built the lightshow for the superstar’s Mexican One World Tour around pixel mapped Nexus 4×4 and Next NXT-1 panels from CHAUVET Professional.

Opening before a sellout crowd at the 15,000-seat Palacio de los Deportes in the nation’s capital, the Mexican tour featured 105 Nexus 4×4 LED panels and 36 Next NXT-1 moving panels in its rig, along with other CHAUVET Professional fixtures, including four Vesuvio RGBA LED fog machines and two Amhaze II foggers. Monterrey-based rental company Audio Systems del Norte, SA de CV supplied the gear. Beginning with the uptempo EDM-tinged dance tune “Come With Me” and rollicking on through classics like “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” the concert captured the irrepressible energy that has made Ricky Martin a fan magnet around the world.

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“Being part of Ricky Martin’s crew is an exciting experience and setting up this tour pushed our limits to create a magic show that complements Ricky’s talent. We are very happy with the production, the lighting design, and we appreciate all the support CHAUVET Professional has given us,” said Fuhrmann. “Rehearsing in three different cities in the US and Mexico in between Ricky’s engagement at The Voice Mexico was a challenge, but even more so was building the stage and programming all new content and lights in five days before opening night. This was the shortest ever Production Timeline we had for a Ricky Martin Show, but our creative team together with the Chauvet team worked wonders.”

The Nexus panels, which were arrayed in various-sized wall configurations upstage and the Next NXT-1 panels (hung on geometric overhead truss) kept pace with the superstar’s performance step for dynamic step, displaying pixel mapped images and vivid colors that matched his songs. For example, when Martin sang of his native Puerto Rico, the panels flashed the colors of the commonwealth’s flag.

“Ricky is known for spectacular performances with a lot of great dancing and a massive stage presence; so we obviously wanted a lightshow that was in keeping with the aura that surrounds this superstar,” said Neville of Mandylights (Sydney, Australia), the lighting designer for the international Ricky Martin tour. “The Nexus and NXT-1 gave us so many exciting visuals to incorporate into the show as lights, pixel-mapped effects and as scenic elements in their own right.”

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Lighting Director Lafuente of Light Years Productions (Mexico City) echoed this view. “The goal of the show was to join lights, color and video with the music — and the Nexus and NXT-1 did a great job at this,” he said. “When Ricky saw the show during a rehearsal he said to me ‘Fantastic!’ At the beginning, we were just going to use the Nexus panels. Then we saw a video on the NXT-1 moving panel and decided to give it a try. It’s been an amazing fixture. Its square shape, brightness and movement really stand out.”

The Nexus 4×4 panels themselves are a relative newcomer to the Ricky Martin tour, having been added to the rig earlier this year as a replacement for the video panel walls that were used in 2013. “Last year we had a video wall behind Ricky, but we wanted to be more diverse and go with something different, because we have a lot of other video screens in the show,” said Neville. “The Nexus was the perfect fixture to use in place of the video walls because aside from being incredibly bright – we ran it at only 20-percent – and having really cool colors, it also looks incredible on the stage when it isn’t running. The frosted body of the fixture takes light really well.”

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Neville and lighting programmer Girerson (also of Mandylights) made the Nexus and Next NXT-1 integral parts of the lightshow programming. The fixtures were programmed two different ways during the show. They were patched through the console as individual RGB cells for simple bumps, color effects and chases. At other times during the show, they were controlled via a media server to take video files as well as content from the large video screens over the stage.

“We achieved a nice flowing design throughout the stage by using content on all surfaces,” said Grierson. “The Nexus was not only a lighting fixture; it was also a video content display, which created a very unified look on stage. Another factor that contributed to this look was the impressive ability of the Nexus to render smooth even colors that looked consistent from fixture to fixture.”

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The Next NXT-1 also came in for praise for being easy to program. “There were a lot of things to like about the NXT-1,” said Neville. “I was very impressed by how straightforward this fixture is in terms of control.  A lot of similar fixtures have incredibly complicated channel maps.”

As Ricky Martin’s international lighting designer, Neville has taken the superstar’s lighting rig to a variety of different-sized venues. “We set up for large venues such as the concert arena in Mexico City to more intimate settings, so we have to adjust our rig accordingly,” he said. “The Nexus panels have made it easy for us to be flexible. They also give us the dependability we need. We had 2,000 different cues in this show and we haven’t had to swap a single fixture from CHAUVET Professional.”

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Ovation Offers LED Fixtures That Operate on Incandescent Dimmers!

An incredible milestone that CHAUVET Professional is bringing to market — the Ovation LED series that has garnered public favor over the last year now offers a model that will run on incandescent dimming OR a DMX signal.  Check out the release!

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SUNRISE, FL – This year’s LDI show will see the introduction of two products from CHAUVET Professional that resolve a dilemma which has historically confronted end-users who wanted to add dimmable LED fixtures to their existing lighting systems. The new Ovation ED-190WW ellipsoidal and the Ovation FD-165WW Fresnel feature built-in power supply technology that allows them to run off traditional dimming and DMX systems interchangeably, so they can work smoothly with the dimmable incandescent fixtures already on a theater, church, production company or school’s rig.

By seamlessly blending LED and incandescent dimming, the new Ovation products allow energy and cost efficient LED fixtures to be added “unit by unit” to existing lighting systems. “In the past adding dimmable LED fixtures created something of a dilemma for many end-users,” said Albert Chauvet, president of Chauvet. “They wanted all of the savings benefits associated with LED fixtures, but they couldn’t run these lights on the same dimming system as their incandescent fixtures without investing in new infrastructure.”

The new Ovation fixtures solve this dilemma by working with SCR, IGTB, rheostat, and thryristor dimmers to support both LED and incandescent dimming formats. Each of the new fixtures has a built-in auto-sensor that determines which type of power the unit is receiving and instantly adjusts without requiring any action on the end-user’s part.

“Our new fixtures give end-users the capability of running off constant power and DMX, or connecting directly to their current incandescent dimming system,” said Ben Dickmann, Ovation Product Manager for CHAUVET Professional. “Every high school, college and community theatre, every church and anyone else who’s had a couple of hundred dimmers that they just put in a couple years ago can now relax — because they can retrofit to LED without having to run a whole new infrastructure. They can still use their existing dimming systems that they have now and it will work perfectly with their new LED Ovation products.”

CHAUVET Professional has been working on the new LED/incandescent dimming technology found in the new Ovation fixtures for two years. The fixtures combine new power supply technology with special software to allow full range LED dimming on incandescent and DMX systems interchangeably.

“We had the ED-190WW on the dimmer running right next to a tungsten fixture, and our LED fixture was smoother and more responsive, even at the trailing edge of a 30-second fade out. It’s the combination of the power supply technology and our own internal software that creates this capability,” said Dickmann. “CHAUVET Professional is targeting the pool of end-users who are comfortable with their existing systems and may not be experts at dealing with DMX systems and addressing, but want an LED fixture that they can simply plug into their existing system and achieve impressive results. This should definitely make it easier for more theaters, schools and churches to discover the benefits of LED dimming without making wholesale changes to their existing incandescent rigs.”

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VOTE for ROGUE R2 Spot for the 2014 Parnelli Indispensable Lighting Award!

We’re honored, thrilled, and excited to be nominated again for this year’s Parnelli Indispensable Technology Award for the ROGUE R2 Spot!!!  Last year, we here at CHAUVET Professional had the honor of being awarded the Indispensable Technology Award for the NEXUS 4×4 panel, and we’re bringing another excellent collaboration of lighting and technology to the Parnelli Audience!

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To vote for the ROGUE R2 Spot, go here:
http://www.parnelliawards.com/vote.php

In order to vote, you must be a subscriber, but you can find your official PLSN subscriber number on your label, and you need to use your last name:

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We cannot thank all of you enough for the nomination — now let’s win the 2014 Parnelli Award for Indispensable Lighting Technology!  Here’s what others have had to say about the ROGUE R2 Spot:

“…The kind of fixture you want to rent — Bright, small, lightweight, and no lamp to replace.”  Kinetic Lighting

“…Notice how bright it is and how flat the field of the light beam is…  there isn’t any brown banding, just white.”  Greg Persinger, Lighting Designer, in Church Production Magazine

“…The right LED based moving head to come to market and from the day we purchased them we know the wait was worth the while.”  Dan Cohen, Uplyte

“…Extremely versatile…  the brightness of the beam and the crispness of the focus make this fixture extremely useful for running any gobo effects as well.”  Justin Bell, AV Manager, CARGO at the Whitney Park Hotel

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Bandit Lites Increases Their CHAUVET Professional Lineup!

We’re humbled and honored to be considered worthy of the types of major scale productions that Bandit Lites puts on everyday!  Check out an awesome article by Live Design on the incorporation of CHAUVET Professional Nexus™ Aw 7×7 LED panels, Nexus™ 4×4 fixtures and Rogue™ R2 Beam fixtures into the Bandit Lites inventory!

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – While 2014 may be edging its way to a close, Bandit Litescontinues to increase its inventory of new gear by purchasing Chauvet Nexus™ Aw 7×7 LED panels, Nexus™ 4×4 fixtures and Rogue™ R2 Beam fixtures. With the most popular acts in music putting on bigger and brighter shows, Bandit looks to provide its clients with the best and most versatile technology available.

Lighting designer Chris Lisle took advantage of the Nexus™ Aw 7×7 LED panels versatility on Miranda Lambert’s Platinum Tour, which just announced it’s 2015 plans following an amazing 2014 leg. The panels project narrow beams of light, provides warm washes, makes instant audience blinders, and displays impactful text and vivid animated graphics.

Lisle built the Nexus panels into an “M” shaped truss downstage. The panels were driven via the lighting console to create a variety of visual effects that flowed with the far-ranging mix of songs in the concert set.  “My idea was that the Nexus panels would be nice eye candy for everyone above floor level,” said the LD to Chauvet. “I wanted to give them a little something more that the people on the floor wouldn’t see. Our programmer, Scott Chmielewski, worked hard to create some great mapping moments in the GrandMA2 for the Nexus panels.”

In addition to adding new gear for Miranda’s tour, Bandit also added the Rogue™ R2 Beam fixtures to Garth Brooks’ world tour. Lighting designer Dave Butzler was able to utilize the fixtures incredible beam, giving punchy looks with versatility, as its fully scrollable, variable speed color wheel provides 14 fixed colors plus white. Bandit project manager Don Lockridge added they provide one of the biggest looks in the show.

Dave also uses a large number of Nexus 4×4 for audience light, as he finds the smooth color texturing vital to the audience looks he desires to achieve. It affords him so much more versatility than simply a white audience all evening.

We are absolutely thrilled and honored by David’s decision,” said Albert Chauvet, president and CEO of Chauvet Lighting. “Everyone knows the reputation that Bandit Lites has established over the years for its dedication to excellence in every facet of this business. To have a relatively new series like Rogue selected by a company like Bandit for something as prestigious as the Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood tour is a validation of the vision our team had when we were spending all those long days, nights, weeks and months developing the Rogue Series.”

Bandit Chair Michael T. Strickland stated, “Albert and the people at Chauvet were brilliant to work with and a great partner. They continue to come up with innovation solutions with their products. The products are reasonably priced and of the highest quality; our hat is off to them for being such an innovator and for assisting us on so many projects.”

About Bandit Lites, Inc.
Bandit Lites is a global leader in the entertainment lighting marketplace.  From touring productions to fixed installations, Bandit Lites has a full staff of highly trained professionals to deal with all types of lighting needs. Bandit’s global presence will insure seamless transitions no matter where your next show takes you.

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The ROGUE Series is Getting Wash Units! Welcome the R1 and R2 Wash!

When it debuted at PLASA 2014 this month, CHAUVET Professional’s Rogue Series rocked the industry’s notions of value, delivering upscale performance and features that were unheard of in LED moving head spot/beam fixtures at its price point.  Now we’re doing the same for wash lights, adding two new RGBW colorwash moving heads to this trailblazing series: Rogue R1 Wash and Rogue R2 Wash.

Check it out in this month’s Lighting Insights!
http://lightinginsights.chauvetproblog.com/were-adding-rgbw-washes-to-the-rogue-series/

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Creative Use of Gobos, This Month in Lighting Insights!

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We’re back with another episode of the LIGHTING INSIGHTS video newsletter!
Everyone uses gobos, but are you really getting the maximum effect out of them? CHAUVET Professional’s Jim Hutchison offers some insightful tips on how to have more fun with gobos while adding an extra depth and excitement to your light show.

Check it out!

For more Lighting Insights, check out http://lightinginsights.chauvetproblog.com!

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