Calibash Goes NEXUS 4×4!!

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LOS ANGELES – Ten of Latin music’s most glittering stars were shining on the Staples Center Stage for Calibash recently, and a dozen Nexus 4 x 4 panels from CHAUVET Professional were there to support them step by glittering step. Production manager William Cortes of Link Productions and LD Brandon Dunning of Visions Lighting used the intensely bright LED panels to create bands of dazzling light on massive circular downstage truss at one of North America’s premier Latin music festivals.

Pixel mapped to display graphical and video images that support the performances on stage by artists like Pitbull, Don Omar, Carlos Vives, Wisin, Becky G and others, the Nexus panels served as kind of a crown jewel for the massive lighting array, which was anchored by circular truss set ups of 100’, 60’, 40’ and 20’. “This was without a doubt a powerful display for a powerful show,” said Todd Roberts, president of Visions Lighting. “The level of excitement and anticipation that you see at Calibash is intense, so you want a lightshow that matches that mood.”

The Nexus panels were essential to setting an appropriately bold tone at the concert, according to Roberts. “We used the Nexus panels as audience blinders and they were plenty bright,” he said. “Most of the time we ran them at 100% brightness and if you know the Nexus, you know how intense that is! The 12 panels we had on the downstage truss lit up the entire Staples Center. It was quite impressive.”

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A grandMA console was used to control the Nexus panel, and ArKaos MediaMaster Pro was used to pixel map the units. The images on the panels were part of a general pixel mapped theme that covered the entire stage to deepen audience engagement.

Creating this pixel mapped presentation in a short setup time period was the main challenge with this project, noted Roberts. “The only big issue we had to contend with was the time frame for setup,” he said. “We had to load in at 4:00 am and be ready for rehearsal at 10:00 am, and we had 37 different video surfaces to map. This required a lot of teamwork on our crew’s part, but we finished everything for rehearsal and were able to put the stage in place at 9:45. We were actually fifteen minutes early!”

Of course, anyone who saw this amazing concert had no idea about the frantic rush to set up 37 mapped video surfaces, a combined 220’ of circular truss and a large array of lighting fixtures. “We got a lot of great comments on the lighting rig,” said Roberts. “William Cortes, who was responsible for hiring us, gave a lot of great props to our team. We all wanted to make a big statement on stage, and certainly Nexus helped us turn up the lighting volume.”

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For more information on Visions Lighting visit: www.visionslighting.com

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Corsican Customer Displays CHAUVET Professional at Open House

Atacc International install and rental company of the island of Corsica recently organized an exciting open house, brining on display various fixtures from CHAUVET Professional, like the Parnelli Award winner Nexus 4×4, Nexus Aq 5×5, Nexus Aq 7×7, moving heads from the Rogue line, PVP video panels and more. All lights come via French distributor Algam. Here are some colorful pics:

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TECH TALK March 2014: The Art of the Strobe Light

It’s time for another TECH TALK featuring Mike Graham, one of the CHAUVET Professional Product Managers.  Mike?MIKE-GRAHAM

Chauvet Professional has recently launched two new LED strobe lights.  The STRIKE 324 and STRIKE 882 are both very powerful strobe lights with some really cool effect possibilities, and with a little planning, can fit into almost any show.

Let me preface this article by saying that I am an epileptic.  Throughout my childhood, I got it under control with the help of medication, but it is still something that is on my mind every time that I work with strobe lights.  This is something to be conscious of when designing shows with strobe lights involved.  Mind your audience.  In all of the shows that we did when I worked on cruise ships, we always made announcements at the start of every show warning our guests of strobe and pyrotechnic effects.  This is something that I do recommend for all shows, but perhaps that is just me.

Using strobe lights in a concert setting is a no brainer.  Strobes go great with drum solos in rock and country.  They make great blinder effects into the audience, and in electronic dance music (EDM) they are often used in that manner.

A few really cool things that set the STRIKE series apart is the ability to control individual zones of LEDs, as well as to use some built in zone control preset macros that will give you some crazy cool effects.  Using these effects across several fixtures will give your audience something to talk about after the show.  Because of the ring control, it is possible to use the STRIKE fixtures as more than just strobe lights.  They can be audience blinders, eye candy, and matrixed effect lights if you so choose.  The STRIKE 324 lends itself to the matrixed effect really well with its 8 rings of zone control in a par style body.  These rings can be individually programmed or be run in pre-built macros that can be run at variable speeds to create some really interesting patterns.

Beyond the zone control features, these strobes also have the ability to be run all on at full with no duty cycle, also with no fear of burning out the LEDs.  This has been accomplished by making sure that the cooling on these fixtures was designed to be more than just strobe lights, they can also be used as area lights and work lights.  This is especially true with the STRIKE 882.  Its panel design and 882 LEDs lend themselves to area lights, audience blinders, and work lights.  If you are looking for a blinder effect like you would see in a xenon lamped strobe light, check out the 5 channel mode.  Run channels 1-3 to full.  This will give you that old school blinder effect.

So how do use your STRIKE in other venues besides the concert stage?  A few ideas that come to mind include lightning effects on stage performances,  attention grabbers and audience lighting for corporate events, and anywhere else that you need some extra punch.  But how about you try them out and tell us how you used them.  Take videos or photos and send them to us here at CHAUVET!  We will post them on our blog site for the world to see how you are using your STRIKES.

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STRIKE 324 — Round form-factor LED Strobe

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Meet the NEXUS Affinity AQ5x5 RGBW LED Pixel Mapping Display!

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Yeah, it’s a NEXUS!

Meet the Nexus Affinity AQ5x5 – a 25-cell RGBW LED pixel mapping display that is completely compatible with the warm white LED pixel mapping panel, the Nexus Affinity AW7x7:

Nexus Affinity is ready!  Are you ready to expand your design horizons?  Check out the Nexus Series at CHAUVET Professional!

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