Creative Use of Gobos, This Month in Lighting Insights!


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.

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THE WEEKLY RIG from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst – WINGS of ICARUS!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time again – time for The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst!

You’ll have to pardon our posting pause, our little digital stagehands needed to have a few weeks vacation after a 7-week tour, and you definitely have to make the crew happy. I mean, who is going to move the emails if the digital stagehands go on strike?!


This week’s rig is called Wings of Icarus – with the stage design being pretty simple and relying heavily on the architecture of the venue we’ve created for this week’s rig, we wanted to push the idea of being able to use the powerful beams of the Legend 330 SR Spot as your scenery. With this expansive stage-width truss design, you can give your audience member a focal point on the stage from anywhere in the venue to really keep their eyes focused where you want them.


An interesting design choice this time was the addition of 14 panels of PVP S5 5mm video panels in a wing configuration across the fronts of the truss podiums.  In addition to content being broadcast across the panels from the Arkaos Media Master Pro server powering the panels, they can be used either on their own for certain moments of songs, or as a major visual effect any time you need it.  Balancing video and beams, now THAT separates the photons from the electrons, doesn’t it!

The Wings of Icarus truss design is pretty simple, but expansively effective.  Spanning across the rear of the band and beyond is the wing structure of the design, all ground-mounted with 30″ Trusst Base Plates.  A unique but very effective piece we utilize in this week’s design is the 2-Way 135° Truss Corner, which gives us those great shapes in front of the drum riser.  The 2m Stick1m Stick, and Half-meter Stick are all utilized in Wings of Icarus, composing the uprights bearing the Legend 330 SR Spots and the PVP S5 video panels, as well as the center mass around the drummer.  As most Trusst designs should be, we’ve also utilized about 16 of our 6-Way Corner Blocks on this design, it’s a valuable, regular piece of Trusst that everyone should have to open their design horizons!


Front light and back light spots are all the Ovation E-190WW LED ellipsoidals. We also added a front blast from the FOH truss of E-190WW LED ERS with Chroma-Q scrollers attached, just to please the people who still use scrollers in their rigs! E-190WW is versatile and ready for whatever you want to toss at it in production.

We’re using the dependable, reliable COLORdash Par Quad 7 as toners for our rig; the Par Quad 7 is a bright toner that fits inside most 12” box truss, and since we’re using Trusst brand truss here and we know that the COLORdash Par Quad 7 fits right inside, it seems like an ideal fit!


As a real-world side note, the Par Quad 7 fits nicely right between the diagonals of the Trusst sticks and arcs that you would use to put a rig of this nature together, so keep them in mind as a great toner in your inventory! They make great backlights, too!

For the toner rig, we’re generally using a pretty simple rule of 1m – if the stick is at least a meter long, we added two toners, top and bottom, to the stick. This gave us a nice compliment of dual-toned colors to make undulate and vibrate during portions of the set. Toners can be very special additions to any rig, just make sure that you’re using them to bring some life to the structure!


For Wings of Icarus, we went for a rig of single model units, in this case all Legend 330 SR Spots because of their excellent output and complement of beam shaping accessories – great rotating gobo wheels, color mixing, and a steel wheel of scrolling gobos that each can be individually selected and manipulated. The Legend 330 is a powerhouse among its competitors too, bringing affordability and power to one complete package.

We hope you enjoy this week’s Weekly Rig – check out some renders of our virtual concert!















Lighting Insights: PIXEL-MAPPING Your Truss!


Truss takes on new life as a living, breathing, eye-popping entity when it’s outfitted with pixel mapped fixtures.  CHAUVET Professional’s own lighting expert Jim Hutchison shows you how to add a whole new dimension to your show by sprinkling a little pixel mapping magic on truss.   Watch Now!  It’s time for another episode of Lighting Insights with Jim Hutchison!

Check out the original article in this month’s August Lighting Insights here!


The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and TRUSST — Quatuor Erro!

weekly-rig-7-chauvet-professional-dIt’s that time again – another installment of The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst!  This week’s installment is called Quatuor Erro, which translates to Four Hallways in Latin.  Now you’re learning Latin!

Particular attention was paid to this week’s design with respect to repetition – an important design element that is often overlooked is the power of repetition and symmetry in your lighting and truss designs.  This brings up another very important aspect of design – do you want even numbers of fixtures in a row or odd numbers?  Each gives you different looks, and the even vs. odd debate also lends itself to different combinations of aerial and wash looks.  Even numbers of fixtures lends itself to interesting center splits in a design, especially when fanning, and the odd numbered fanned splits will require you with a beam right in the center of your view.  Keep in mind this isn’t a bad thing at all; it’s just a different kind of aerial look!


This week’s installment of The Weekly Rig features the bright and powerful Legend™ 330 SR Spot and the eye-popping Nexus™ 4×4 LED panels, with the COLORado Batten 144 Tour being utilized for architectural blasts.  All of the four lighting positions are made from Trusst™ trussing, all self-standing, and self-supporting!  The Trusst “doorways” are made from 2m straight sections with 90° corners creating the top of the doorway.  COLORdash™ Par Quad 7 LED wash fixtures are used for truss toning – with truss used as scenic elements, it’s best to have a bright fixture lighting your structure up!

Check out some renders of this week’s Weekly Rig, Quatuor Erro!












The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst – Digital Buddha!


It’s time for another installment of The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst trussing!  This week’s rig is geared towards EDM and unconventional bands like The Black Keys and The White Stripes  — meet Digital Buddha!



This week’s installment of The Weekly Rig brings a relatively new fixture to the forefront of design and maximum output — the bright, versatile, and punchy Nexus Affinity AW7x7 pixel-mapping panel!  Nexus AW7x7 can be mounted in myriad configurations, what we’ve provided here for you is a mere scratch to what can be done with the Nexus AW7x7.


Also in this week’s Weekly Rig is the venerable Legend 330 SR Spot, the COLORdash Par Quad 7 for truss toning, the COLORado 2 Quad Zoom Tour for backlight blasts, and a FOH truss sporting the Legend 330 SR Spot for maximum audience enjoyment.



In addition to the CHAUVET Professional lighting fixtures, this week’s edition of The Weekly Rig features several excellent pieces of TRUSST trussing, including 1m sticks, 6-way cornerblocks, 3m truss arcs, and the versatile, strong, and easily configurable universal TV mount for adding displays and monitors to your design!  A media server and some fun content, and you have some excellent dynamic graphics to go along with your rocking light show!






Stay tuned for next week’s rig where we incorporate circles, triangles, and squares of truss into a design!  Check out our other episodes of The Weekly Rig as well, we hope you find something that rocks you!


Check Out CHAUVET Professional’s Lighting Insights Video Series!


We’re doing something fun and new here at CHAUVET Professional — reaching out into the industry with some guides and quick videos geared towards taking you outside of your comfort zone of lighting!  Each month with the Lighting Insights newsletter, we’re putting out a new Lighting Insights video featuring CHAUVET Professional’s own Jim Hutchison as he talks about lighting design, lighting technology, and just lighting in general!

Check out the last three Lighting Insights videos — Beyond DMX (talking about Art-Net), Toning Your Truss, and Atypical Fixture Parameters!

Beyond DMX:

Toning Your Truss:

Atypical Fixture Parameters:

Stay tuned for more lighting education, coming to you directly from CHAUVET Professional!


Atypical Fixture Parameter Effects!


CHAUVET Professional’s Jim Hutchison is back at it again with another installment of the popular Lighting Insights video newsletter — this month’s edition talks about non- pan and tilt parameters like zoom optics, frost, iris, and gobo wheels, and how to make awesome effects without moving the beams around!

Check out this month’s episode, and check out the Lighting Insights newsletter for May 2014!