It’s Wednesday, Have Some Light!

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Happy Wednesday, world of lighting!  It’s a great day in the industry of light.  No matter what you’re up to this fine Wednesday, whether it’s rocking and rolling, opera, theatre, dance, corporate events, or something in-between with bits of everything, CHAUVET Professional wishes you a great Wednesday!

Here’s a little something to get the heart pumping this morning — Tom Cochrane singing Life is a Highway.  You know it, so crank it up loud in your shop, design studio, production house, or offices!

Happy Hump Day!

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Vanity Osaka Gets the Meacham Touch with CHAUVET Professional

Wait until you see the photos for this beautiful club in Osaka, Japan – the Vanity Osaka – designed by Michael Meacham of iDesign Productions in Miami, Florida.  Check it out!

OSAKA, JAPAN – With its concrete canyons and bustling crowded streets, Osaka resembles many other big international cities. In terms of culinary excellence though, Japan’s third largest city is in a league of its own. Sometimes called “the food capital of the world,” the city, which boasts 108 Michelin restaurant stars, lives by an ethos the Japanese call kuidaore, a joyful gastronomical indulgence. Now with the opening of Vanity Osaka, the city has a nightclub that equals its dining excellence, thanks in no small part to a sweepingly bold lighting design by Michael Meacham that draws upon the brightness, color and pixel mapping capabilities of over 400 fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

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Meacham of iDesign Productions (Miami) has designed some of the highest profile clubs in the world. He faced a special challenge when lighting Vanity Osaka. “This is a single level club with both sides of the dance floor elevated for VIP seating, so my design was going to be broad, horizontal and expansive,” he said. “The challenge I faced, though, is that there are these huge structural columns that land right in the center of the dance floor.”

Instead of trying to “work around” the wide columns, Meacham used EPIX 2.0 bars and EPIX 2.0 strips along with some adroit pixel mapping to incorporate them into his stunning design. “I figured the columns would be a great place to start my design,” he said. “Once I started the design utilizing the huge columns on the dance floor, the rest came together quickly. It was a really smooth, fun process.”

Fun indeed… it is impossible to see the end result of Meacham’s efforts without being awestruck. His artful pixel mapping and overall lighting design has transformed the Vanity Osaka dance floor into a free flowing, almost cosmological swirl of patterns and colors that instantly envelops visitors, creating a visual experience they aren’t likely to forget.

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“My vision for this project was to create an expansive look inside the club,” said Meacham. “The idea is to have an intimate lighting and video experience in every direction. We want people to be immersed in the entire space, no matter where they are in the club. Our goal is to create something that surrounds everyone.”

As Meacham noted, the creation of this immersive experience started when he used the EPIX 2.0 bars to illuminate the center columns on the dance floor. “The EPIX fixtures on the columns, just flowed so well with the DJ booth and ceiling lighting,” he said. “It created a very smooth look.”

In addition to the EPIX 2.0 bars and strips on the columns, Meacham built EPIX 2.0 bars into the wall behind the DJ booth and added five configurations of 32 EPIX 2.0 strips each on the ceiling. He also positioned EPIX 2.0 strips behind the frosted glass in the VIP area. The LD accented the EPIX lighted columns with 20 Intimidator Spot LED 350 moving fixtures from CHAUVET DJ in four groups of five. Meacham’s design utilizes the motorized focus of the Intimidator Spots to project crisp gobos over the dance floor.

Meacham positioned eight Strike 882 white SMD LED strobe panels with pixel control and special effects macros above the VIP areas on either side of the dance floor. “The Strikes have an impressive big punch, plus the individual pixel cells make for great chasing effects,” said the LD.

The pixel mapping capabilities of the Chauvet fixtures was essential to Meacham’s vision for his Vanity Osaka design. When asked to describe his creative vision for this club, the LD simply replied, “Deep abstract video immersion. I wanted to push pixels all over that club!”

Elaborating on that point, Meacham explained, “I love high contrast abstract video. It’s much more captivating to use it as moving art and interesting eye candy. There is a lot of color matching between the video and moving lights that gives the guests an exclusive experience that’s different than most other clubs. Vanity has an ambience of pixel mapping effects.”

The Chauvet fixtures were praised by Meacham for being easy to use with a variety of control options. “I used the GrandMA to send DMX out to the Chauvet movers, strobes and hazer,” he said. “I also used Arkaos Media Master Pro in fixture mode talking to GrandMA via native MA NET with CITP enabled. All the EPIX, including the VIP uplighting, is mapped with Kling-Net. There’s a huge video content library set up and by having CITP enabled, it allows the lighting operator to see a still preview of the video in the MA windows.”

Meacham’s gear list at Vanity Osaka included 299 EPIX 2.0 strips, 59 EPIX 2.0 bars,
41 EPIX Drive 642s, 8 Strike 882 panels, 12 Q-Wash 419Z-LED RGBW moving yoke fixtures, 20 Intimidator Spot LED 350s and one Amhaze II water-based haze machine.

“The Chauvet fixtures were amazing,” said Meacham. “We were very happy with the quality of the Chauvet products that we chose for Vanity. I had used the Intimidator Spot 350 previously in other clubs with great success, but I never used the EPIX series before. The EPIX fixtures worked out perfectly for this design.

“My client was thrilled,” continued the LD. “Vanity is one of the most original and unique clubs. There is nothing like it in Osaka.” So a city acclaimed for its eateries, now has at least one very special nightclub too.

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For more information on iDesign visit www.idesignproductions.com

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Reno’s Whitney Peak Hotel Goes CHAUVET Professional!

We’re so happy to hear of the new install at Reno’s Whitney Peak Hotel, in particular the CARGO concert venue!  Check out the article below — pure high speed rock and roll!Chauvet WhitneyPeak1

RENO, Nevada– Everyone knows that the focus of Nevada hotels is on gambling, right? That is, of course, unless that establishment is the new Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno. The absence of gaming may be unusual in a Nevada hotel, but then again, how many luxury boutique hotels feature the 164-foot-tall exterior climbing wall and interior climbing boulders found at Whitney Peak?

Occupying a building that once housed the iconic Fitzgerald’s Hotel and Casino, a Reno landmark, Whitney Peak is the result of an extensive, carefully planned and well-executed renovation that relied heavily on lighting throughout the facility to create a transformative and memorable experience for guests.

The spacious first floor that been occupied by slot machines and table games when the site was Fitzgerald’s, now houses Heritage, a farm-to-table restaurant that features locally sourced food and is inspired by Reno and Northern Nevada history; and Cargo, an 1,100-capacity concert venue illuminated by a plethora of fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

The Whitney Peak team of Dan Bishop, production manager and front of house engineer, and Justin Bell, A/V manager and lighting director, developed the lighting design based on the hotel’s vision, along with the specifications for the lighting rig. The team worked with Matt Jones, founder and head of XN-Tric in Reno, who consulted with the team and sourced the extensive equipment that now includes: 40 COLORdash Par-Hex 12 RGBAW+UV LED fixtures, four Rogue R2 Spot moving heads, four COLORado 2-Quad Zoom Tours, 16 PVP S5 SMD LED video panels, 10 PVP Rigging Kits, one VIP Driver and one ArKaos Media Master Express, along with 16 CHAUVET DJ SlimPAR-38 par cans.

“Chauvet is always at the cutting edge of new and exciting products and technology, so these fixtures were a natural choice given Whitney Peak’s vision and the type of experience they wanted to evoke for guests,” said Jones, who toured worldwide for over a decade with superstars like Cher, Madonna, The Beach Boys, and Barbra Streisand, before starting what is now XN-Tric. “In addition to the color and output of the Chauvet fixtures, the fact that they’re LED offered a lot of environmental benefits, which were important to the team.”

Chauvet fixtures were used throughout Cargo, positioned on upstage and downstage trusses as well as on two mid-stage pods and dance floor pods. “We wanted to create an immersive environment with the lights,” Bishop explained.

Creating a lightshow that supports the diverse mix of artists at Cargo has required a lighting design that was itself diverse and flexible. The end product fits this bill nicely, covering a range of emotions for different musical motifs by offering everything from the UV light of the COLORdash Par-Hex 12 to the eye-popping colors of the COLORado 2-Quad Zoom Tours. The new Rogue R2 Spot also supports Cargo’s philosophy. Featuring a 240 W LED light engine to drive a bright, crisp spot, the fixture provides users with an array of design options with two continuously and variably scrolling color wheels, motorized frost and an extensive series of split colors.

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“For Cargo, it is about making all artists feel like they’re rock stars. Whether they’re internationally famous or just a local band looking for exposure – they all get the same level of high-quality production – which, in turn, gives the patrons a more vibrant and unforgettable experience,” said Bell.

Cargo has quickly established itself as a must-see club in its market by showcasing an eclectic mix of talent in a best-in-class, high-production-value setting. In keeping with the Whitney Peak Hotel’s adventuresome, convention-defying spirit, the club has played host to an extraordinary blend of artists, ranging from local acts like Moondog Matinee and Naked for Safety to special guests such as dubstep superstar Rusko, Youngblood Hawke and Caught a Ghost.

However, Cargo is not the only area of the Whitney Peak Hotel where lighting plays a pivotal role in driving the guest experience. Throughout the 157-room hotel, meticulously developed lighting design harmonizes various elements of the building’s architectural features with one another, as well as with the aesthetic tradition of Reno and the surrounding area. BaseCamp, Whitney Peak’s 7,000-square-foot bouldering gym, features 18 Chauvet DJ SlimPAR Hex 6 IRC lights. This non-traditional use of the lighting has proven to be a great move on the part of the design team: the lighting is highly effective in creating a specific mood and spotlighting the various climbing surfaces within the gym.

“Our vision is to honor the beauty and natural resources of the region and pay tribute to the rich history of Reno and the region. The lighting supports that vision, whether in highlighting design features, spotlighting our cuisine, or illuminating the local photography and artwork of the region,” said Niki Gross, project manager for the hotel. “We definitely wanted a ‘natural’ look in all of the spaces, so we’ve taken steps to ensure we’re not overwhelming our guests with harsh fluorescent tube lighting. Track lighting and subdued canned lighting has definitely been more of our focus and gets us the type of lighting that highlights the design features we’ve selected. Lighting is an integral part of the total package, and it has definitely met and exceeded our expectations,” she added.

For more information on XN-Tric visit http://xn-tric.net/
For more information on the Whitney Peak Hotel, visit http://www.whitneypeakhotel.com/

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Old Jameson Distillery Gets A Taste of CHAUVET Professional!

The Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, Ireland recently got a facelift, and a bunch of new kit from CHAUVET Professional and Iluminarc architectural lighting!  If you’ve never been to this attraction and you find yourself in Ireland, it’s a highly recommended place to visit!

Check out the article from AV Interactive — Design by Gorilla Design, and equipment provided by QLX Lighting.  Very cool!

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From the original article:
http://www.avinteractive.com/news/lighting/59308/chauvet-gorilla-design-create-warm-vibes-jameson-distillery

Designed and installed by Gorilla Design, supplied by QLX Lighting, the area now presents a more unified look which for guests is the first point of contact with the brand.

The installation encompassed the main reception area, café, stairwell and underfloor of the attraction. A more welcoming feel was created using 24 of the resourceful Chauvet Professional COLORado 1 Tour fixtures, 24 Chauvet Professional COLORdash VW wash lights powered by seven cool and warm white LEDs, for purer whites and a colour temperature selection ranging from the warm and inviting to crisp, cold shades.

The installation also featured 48 Ilumiline Logic 12 fixtures from Iluminarc by Chavuet Professional. The iluminarc models were chosen over battens because their slim line profile is better hidden beneath the metal frame suspending the glass floor.

Finally, a total of six Chauvet Professional wireless event LED luminaires and charging case (WELL)2.0 systems were used as flexible lighting solutions throughout the venue for private events.

Gorilla Design deployed an iLight control system to create a fully controllable lighting solution for the multifunction event space, with energy efficiency managed for low running and maintenance costs.

Rob Jones, Gorilla Design md and director of QLX Lighting, explains, “Gorilla Design is known and praised for its creative designs and use of event space, so when we were asked to design this lighting upgrade, we knew we’d use Chauvet. It’s essential to know the lighting effects you’ve designed will continue without any problems for some time to come. We use the Chauvet range of lighting for its superior quality at a competitive price. Chauvet is perfect for high impact event spaces such as the Old Jameson Distillery because of its reliability and the beautiful high definition colours it can create.”

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Sara Bareilles with Nexus 4×4 on The Today Show!

She’s got a great voice, serious talent, and she’s up onstage rocking with the Nexus 4×4!

Check out the article below with Peter Greenbaum, talking about lighting Sara Bareilles with Nexus 4×4 on the Today Show!

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NEW YORK – In her young spectacular career, multi-Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles has already worked with an impressive array of superstars, collaborating with the likes of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Pharrell Williams, and opening for Maroon 5 and Counting Crows. This summer Bareilles harmonized on stage before a national TV audience with another new star that’s been garnering a great deal of attention lately, the Nexus 4×4 COB LED panel from CHAUVET Professional.

LD Peter Greenbaum (Illumination By Design, NY), the lighting director for the Today Show, used 12 Nexus 4×4 panels to accent Bareilles’ dynamic Toyota Concert Series performance on the popular morning program. Greenbaum lined the upstage area behind the platinum-selling recording star’s piano with two banks of three Nexus panels to create a focal point behind her as she performed. He also lined two upright truss supports with the three Nexus units to frame the stage.

“As a set element, the Nexus panels look great on stage and highlight the area we want to focus on,” said Greenbaum. “We’ve been using them consistently throughout our summer concerts, and they’re excellent for the camera. We offer the producers a choice of four different packages. I worked with Drew DeCorleto from WorldStage to put together each package, and the Nexus is in most of them. ”

Since the Toyota Concert Series is held outdoors at the TODAY plaza in Rockefeller Center between 48th and 49th Streets, any fixture used on the set must be able to stand out against ambient light, even on the brightest mornings. In this respect, said Greenbaum, the Nexus panels performed superbly; their intense output made them readily visible to the live audience and TV viewers on the sunny summer’s day when Bareilles performed.

Greenbaum used the panels as bright white set pieces. He also relied on them to help fill in sections of the stage with a variety of vivid colors. “We can create a bunch of varied looks with the Nexus,” he said. “My programmers Brian Davis and Mike Gugliotti love to work with them. When we did the Fall Out Boy concert for the Today Show, all we had was Nexus panels. I love the way they look as a design feature. The Nexus is a great tool for creating scenes on the stage for the camera, which really creates magic when you have an inspired performance from an artist like Sara Bareilles.”

For more on Illumination By Design visit www.illuminationbydesign.net
World Stage can be reached at www.worldstage.com

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Peter Greenbaum is ROCKING the Nexus 4×4 on the Today Show!

We love seeing the ways lighting designers across the world design with our fixtures — and one of those LDs is Peter Greenbaum who is using the Nexus 4×4 on the Today Show!  Check it out!

All images © Today Show and Peter Greenbaum. Lighting Design by Peter Greenbaum.

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Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy engaging the crowd!today-show-peter-greenbaum-10

Sara Bareilles in the moment!today-show-peter-greenbaum-1

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Pharrell Williams layin’ it down:today-show-peter-greenbaum-3

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Mariah Carey, elegant and talented!today-show-peter-greenbaum-6

Phillip Phillips delivering the groove!today-show-peter-greenbaum-2

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Beautiful work, Peter!

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COLORado 2 Quad Zoom Tour and VW Tour in Church Production!

Cool!  This week in Church Production Magazine, the COLORado 2 Quad Zoom Tour and COLORado 2 Quad Zoom VW Tour!  Two LED powerhouses that bring the punch and the power to whatever it is you need illuminated in whatever color you like.

Check them out!

http://www.churchproduction.com/story/main/chauvet-colorado-wash-lights

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