CHAUVET Professional ÉPIX and Nexus Add Flair To Martin Audio Launch

What better way to launch a groundbreaking audio product that to highlight it with a glittering display from state-of-the-art lighting products!  That was the thinking of Martin Audio when it called upon a collection of ÉPIX and Nexus fixtures to add extra glitter to an already dazzling launch event for its revolutionary CDD installation series of loudspeakers.

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Held at the Kap Europa Conference Centre during Prolight + Sound, the event marked the first live demo of Martin’s CDD series products, which combine distinctive curved enclosures with unique Coaxial Differential Dispersion™ technology to deliver ultimate coverage consistency from a stylish enclosure. Guests at the event had the opportunity to walk the coverage pattern of a singular CDD12. A bar room set up at the event allowed visitors to listen to the smaller enclosures, and a specially constructed nightclub zone provided an opportunity to appreciate the more full-on sound, with the CDD15 and the double 18 subs (CSX218).

Contributing to the club-like atmosphere of the event were the high output CHAUVET Professional fixtures, which were arranged on the same trussing that held the loudspeakers. A total of 33 ÉPIX Bar 2.0 pixel mappable tri-color SMD LED bars and seven Nexus Aw 7×7 warm white LED panels were used at the event. The vivid pixelated colors of the ÉPIX dressed the trussing around the Martin loudspeakers; whilst the sharp narrow beams of the Nexus Aw 7×7 created a blinder effect to enhance the nightclub atmosphere.

The performance of the CHAUVET Professional fixtures created a positive impression on James King, Marketing Director of Martin Audio. “The relationship with CHAUVET Professional kicked off at ISE when they helped us with our inaugural demo this year, and so when it came to the pivotal launch event for CDD, we were delighted to have their support once again,” he said. “CHAUVET Professional always gives that extra dimension to our presentations and demonstrations and the CDD event was a total success, with many saying it was the best event Martin Audio had ever laid on.”

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For more on Martin Audio, visit https://www.martin-audio.com/

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Cole Swindell Goes CHAUVET Professional!

NASHVILLE –  Like many fans, lighting designer Justin Kitchenman of FadeUp Design Group and the team at Elite Multimedia were impressed with rising country music artist Cole Swindell when he opened for superstar Luke Bryan last year. They were in a good position to appreciate this emerging talent, since Kitchenman was the LD on the tour and Elite provided its lighting and video package. So when Swindell announced his current Ain’t Worth The Whisky tour, they were eager to put together a lighting package, which is precisely what they wound up doing in colorful fashion with some help from 44 ÉPIX Strip 2.0 units from CHAUVET Professional.

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“We’ve had a great relationship with Justin and production manager James “Mo” Butts, who works with Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell,” said David Venus of Elite Multimedia. “Justin has used the ÉPIX strips in various rigs over the past few years.  He has found them to be a versatile, impactful video element that is easily deployed and extremely reliable. They worked great for him in the Luke Bryan tour, so it was pretty natural for him to include them in the Cole Swindell rig.”

Like Bryan, the Country Music Association’s Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year in 2014, Swindell brings a high level of energy to his performances. Seeming to cover every inch of the stage as he jumps and struts from side to side, he captivates audiences with a heartfelt country sound that often veers into progressive territory.

Keeping up with such a passionate performer requires an intense lightshow. Kitchenman delivered this and more with a collection of high output moving fixtures and the ÉPIX strips. Pixel mapped to display video images, the strips added a level of depth to the stage that provided a counter balance to the moving beams. The pixel mapped images were fed to the units via Kling-Net driven by a media server which was triggered by lighting cues on a grandMA2 Light. 

“The ÉPIX strips are positioned both vertically and horizontally throughout the entire rig in pre-rig truss as a backdrop to the band,” said Venus. “They do a great job filling in space to make the design look much bigger. We ride the strips and pre-rig truss in set carts, so they don’t have to be torn down and setup every day.”

Most of the ÉPIX strips in the “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” tour are positioned at a slight angle. Each strip is angled in the opposite direction of the one next to it to highlight the band on stage.

Like a good country artist, the ÉPIX strips have earned praise from Nashville’s Venus for their rock solid performance.  “Overall we can rely on the ÉPIX Strips because they are a reasonable fixture that fills a lot of space in lighting rigs,” he said.  “We constantly have them working on tour and one-off shows without a problem. They help pull a lot of designs together.”

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For more information on Elite Multimedia visit: www.elitemultimedia.com

For more information on FadeUp Design visit: www.fadeupdesigngroup.com

 

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Steve Lieberman Uses NEXUS and EPIX for XS Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS – You have to stand out to stay ahead in Las Vegas; nowhere is this more apparent than at XS. The award-winning club at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas has led Nightclub & Bar’s Top 100 list for an unprecedented six years. Never one to rest on its laurels, the team at XS has continuously sought out new ways to provide guests with an unparalleled nightlife experience, whether it’s by bringing in the most sought-after DJs or taking a great lighting design to the next level of technology.

Renowned nightclub Lighting Designer Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting is intimately familiar with the latter point. The creative force behind many leading nightclub lighting designs, Lieberman was engaged to work his magic on XS and give the club a new, more technology driven look. He met this challenge with a bold futuristic design that drew on the pixel mapping power of the Nexus Aw 7×7 warm white LED panels and ÉPIX Strip 2.0 LED strips from CHAUVET Professional.

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“I’ve enjoyed a good relationship with the team at XS,” said Lieberman. “When XS managing partner Jesse Waits announced that they were ready to take the next step at the club in terms of lighting, we put our heads together to come up with a state-of-the-art concept. They wanted to incorporate newer technology into the design so they could stay ahead of the competition. We built our design with pixel mappable fixtures such as Nexus and ÉPIX, which could do things that weren’t possible when the club was originally conceptualized.”

Among the high-tech features that Lieberman incorporated into his design was a custom designed DJ booth. “We wanted a booth that allowed the DJ to face front and back,” said Lieberman. “We created a 3D video screen with six cubes that displays video on four sides to create a sense of depth.”

Once the DJ booth was constructed, Lieberman turned his attention to the overall design of the venue. His goal: to use lighting to create a completely immersive experience in the club, making every aspect of the room an interwoven nexus of light, music and energy.

“When I looked at the room I wanted to highlight all of its architectural elements with tech driven visual excitement,” said Lieberman.

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Lieberman lined the walls, archways and soffits of the club with 80 Nexus Aw 7×7 panels. Using a MADRIX controller with a grandMA console, visual elements are pixel mapped throughout the venue via the Nexus units.

While the Nexus panels unify the visual landscape at XS, the ÉPIX Strip 2.0 units and struts that support the large DJ video panel provide greater depth and detail to key scenic elements. Like the Nexus panels, this technology is pixel mapped to display images that coordinate with video.

“Everything in this room works together,” said Lieberman. “Technology has given us great new tools to create more movement and add unity to lighting designs. We wanted to use this capability to create something cutting-edge and unique at XS – it’s what this club is known for.”

For more information visit: www.sjlighting.net
For more information on XS visit: www.xslasvegas.com

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ÉPIX Strips from CHAUVET Professional and Luke Bryan’s UNIFY Tour!

Awesome!  Check out some excellent news for the EPIX product family, with 104 EPIX Strip 2.0 units rocking the pixels in the Luke Bryan light rig, from lighting designer Justin Kitchenman of Fadeup Design Group!  Check it out below!


NASHVILLE – From the moment he rose from below the stage on the back of a black pickup truck surrounded by flames, until he closed some two hours later with the provocative hit “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” Luke Bryan gave the sellout crowds at his That’s My Kind Of Night tour everything they expected from the red-hot country superstar. There was the non-stop energy, the down-home rapport with the crowd, the dazzling pearly white smile, the exhilarating dance moves, the hard driving music and, to set an appropriately powerful visual tone for it all — a dynamic lightshow that included 104 ÉPIX Strip 2.0 pixel mapping strips from CHAUVET Professional.

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Lighting Designer Justin Kitchenman of Fadeup Design Group wanted the large collection of pixel mapped ÉPIX Strips to serve as a kind of electrifying visual link that tied his power-packed multi-dimensional design together in a single eye-popping package. The strips, which were provided by Elite Multimedia, accomplished this in stunning fashion.

“We had an ÉPIX Strip in the space between every lighting fixture in the rig,” said Kitchenman.  “We also had lighting elements that we called ‘The Battens.’ These were single rung truss units that we hung the ÉPIX Strips on.  The Battens were lightweight and versatile, so we could use them in our full rig or as unique visual elements at smaller festivals or at venues where weight and setup time were factors.

“In all cases, the ÉPIX Strips were spread throughout the rig so we had a unifying video element on stage,” continued the LD. “Actually, we were able to stretch the visual elements of this design well beyond the confines of the stage by in essence adding ÉPIX Strips to our lighting fixtures. The ability to map the ÉPIX Strips and LED fixtures together allowed us to work them in unison, which created some very impactful moments. If you’ve ever seen a Luke Bryan concert, you’ll know why impact is so important. This is a very engaging, high-energy artist, so the lightshow has to keep pace.”

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The ÉPIX Strips were mapped in an Arkaos Media Server via Kling-Net. This server was dedicated specifically for the high-output LED strips, with all programming done on a grandMA2 console.  “We used an Art-Net/DMX merge to map our moving LED fixtures into the Arkaos map,” said Kitchenman.  “We could add the fixtures or remove them from the map by utilizing the control channel of the server.  We were also able to search all of our media files to find the perfect match for our lighting and video. Having pixel mapped images running throughout the stage on the strips really helped us convey a story that fit Luke’s songs during the concert.  We have large screens as our primary video element, so we used the ÉPIX Strips as a video effect to connect the video to the rest of the lightshow. In this respect, they worked beautifully.”

Kitchenman credits Tom Wilson of Elite Multimedia and Luke Bryan’s production manager Pete Healey with helping him incorporate the latest technological lighting tools like the ÉPIX Strips into his designs. “Tom has been a constant source of encouragement to me,” he said. “He’s always the first one to suggest we take a look at new fixtures and he leaves no stone unturned when it comes to supporting us with them.”

As for the ÉPIX Strips, Kitchenman was impressed with the way they performed as road warriors as well as pixel mapped lighting elements. “We’ve used the ÉPIX Strips before and they’ve been nothing short of great,” he said. “They’re easily mapped, easily implemented and are very well suited for adding a large element without dinging the budget too much.  We handled the strips on a daily basis during this tour and never had a failure rate. Plus, the hanging bracket design allows us to hang them in a variety of positions.”

Looking at his overall show for the American Country Music Awards “Entertainer of the Year,” Kitchenman is proud of the final results. “I’m my harshest critic, but I got to say I was very pleased with this show,” he said.  “Luke draws sellout crowds wherever he plays, so we want to deliver our best.”

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For more on Fadeup Design Group visit www.fadeupdesigngroup.com
For more on Elite Multimedia visit www.elitemultimedia.com

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CHAUVET Professional Will Be at the New UK PRO Show!

Are YOU coming to the new PRO Show???  We’ll be exhibiting at PRO, which will run alongside the upcoming BPM show at the NEC in Birmingham.  We’ll be there!  Will we see you?  Come on by Stand G42!

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BIRMINGHAM, UK – CHAUVET Professional is exhibiting at an exciting new event focussing on professional lighting, audio and video technology. PRO will run alongside the successful BPM show at the NEC in Birmingham, 13-15 September 2014.
LED wash fixtures, powerful and versatile LED moving head lights and an easy-setup pixel mapping display system are among the products in the spotlight on stand G42 at PRO, and in the neighbouring BPM Arena, sponsored by CHAUVET Professional.
On display will be an array of luminaires, including the Nexus line with Nexus Aq 5×5 and Nexus Aw 7×7 narrow beam panels, ÉPIX Bar 2.0 and ÉPIX Strip 2.0 pixel-mapping fixtures, the Legend 330SR Spot powerful moving yoke and the feature-packed Rogue Spot and Beam fixtures that bring great value and performance.

CHAUVET Professional is making it easier for users to create professional video and pixel-mapping displays with its groundbreaking ÉPIX Series. Included are two one-metre linear tri-color LED fixtures that work together seamlessly — the ÉPIX Bar 2.0 and ÉPIX Strip 2.0 — and the ÉPIX Drive 642, which hosts the fixtures’ processing and power supply. Requiring little technical knowledge to set up and configure, the ÉPIX Series has been designed to give users of all experience levels a way to achieve vibrantly coloured pixel mapping and video in minutes with minimal effort.

The company will showcase the latest additions to two of its most celebrated fixture families. The Parnelli award-winning Nexus LED display series has been expanded with the launch of the Nexus Aq 5×5 (RGBW) and Nexus Aw 7×7 (WW) narrow beam panels. Ideal for creating large arrays on stage and in studio, these multi-function panels can be used for everything from generating high-impact aerial effects, to producing vibrant text and graphic displays, to serving as a wash or audience blinder.

Another must-see is the newest model in the popular Legend moving head series. The Legend 330SR Spot, a compact moving head spot featuring a 330-watt Osram Sirius lamp and precision optics for extremely intense brightness and crisp gobo projection — plus a full complement of pro features, including a custom-designed CMY colour mixing system, 22 gobos, 8-facet prism and variable frost-filter for dual use as a wash-type fixture.

A new class of fixture, the Rogue Series consists of high-performance automated spots and beams that are loaded with features like gobo morphing, variable speed scrolling and multi-prism rotation, typically thought to be unattainable at their price point. Promoted as “weapons of mass creation” that revolt against “the tyranny of tight budgets,” the Rogue fixtures’ bright output, vivid colours, stunning effects and rapid movements will impress audiences and clients in a wide range of applications, while their cost-efficiency will yield a high return on investment for lighting designers, installers and rental houses.

See these and other exciting products from CHAUVET Professional on stand G42 and in the CHAUVET Professional Arena at PRO 2014.

We have a limited number of Trade Passes available for free admission to the PRO Show. Trade professionals are also invited to join us in the Arena for a product demonstration, with complimentary breakfast, at 10am on Monday 15th September.
To register to attend, or for further details, please contact:

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Storm Events Glamourizes the Grosvenor House with EPIX!

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Storm Events rocked this one — check out this article on a recent Grosvenor House event that was made in proper glamorous English fashion with CHAUVET Professional’s EPIX family of products!

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LONDON – Glamour is commonplace at Grosvenor House. The Beatles have stayed at this majestic hotel, so too have US presidents, Saudi princes, movie stars and moguls. The hotel’s Great Room, one of the largest ballrooms in Europe, has hosted so many high-profile events that it’s become a familiar sight on BBC news reports. Standing out in such a glitzy venue is no easy task, but that’s exactly what a recent awards ceremony did thanks to some inspired pixel mapping by Storm Events using the EPIX 2.0 Strip and EPIX 2.0 Bar from CHAUVET Professional.

“Everyone wants an event at Grosvenor House to be special, because there is such a rich tradition here,” said Andy White, Production Director at Storm Events (Peterborough, UK). “This was a prestigious event hosted by Claudia Winkleman a well-known BBC presenter and journalist and attended by many key publishing people, so our client asked us to do something to make the set stand out.”

Creating a stand out design is precisely what Storm Events did using the EPIX 2.0 products to achieve a glittering pixel-mapping effect. “We joined all of the EPIX units end-to-end in twos, and spaced them at 250mm across the set,” said White, noting that a total of 80 strips and bars were used. “Our design alternated strips and bars back and forth with the strips set slightly higher than the bars to create a 2.3m high continuous image. Using Kling-Net we were able to map the entire image in about 30 minutes.”

Storm positioned video projection screens between its EPIX strips and bars. The company also used Q-Spot 460 LED moving yokes and Legend 412 RGBW LED washes throughout the venue for added color, spotting and washing. The razor sharp beams of the Q-Spot 460 fixtures added extra punch to the lighting design, while the Legend 412 RGBW provided a smooth even color wash to the background.

“The end result was really quite dazzling,” said White. “I think the pixel mapping really brought the backdrop to life, creating a very engaging presentation.”

White says there were three key reasons why the Chauvet products were selected for this project. “We went with Chauvet because of the ease and flexibility of rigging their lightweight products. We also liked the fact that they were simple to program and cable; and finally we were very impressed with their performance and bright output.”

In addition to pixel mapping and creating the lighting design, Storm provided live filming to screen, audio, set and event lighting. “It was a very comprehensive project,” said White. “We’re very proud of the end result.”

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For more information on Storm Events visit www.storm-events.co.uk

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GET READY FOR AWESOMENESS – Epix Tile 2.0 Video!

Ok, wait — stop, stop for a minute, because you have to check out this video.  It is two minutes long.  Afterwards, you will know a great piece of pixel mapping equipment called an Epix Tile 2.0, which goes along with the Epix Bar 2.0 and Strip 2.0 in the EPIX family of pixel products.

All of these things make a portal of dancing light that you can add anywhere — add them to your night club wall, as a centerpiece in a venue, in a building’s lobby where you want to catch the attention of the audience and show them that your organization has a creativity and poise that pushes beyond the competition…  just watch the video, yeah?

Didn’t I tell you?!  Have a great day, everybody!

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