The Weekly Rig #10, from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst – Duas Arces!

Back by popular demand after a small pause for the LDI Show preparation…  THE WEEKLY RIG from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst!!!


This week’s installment is called Duas Arces, which means Two Towers in Latin.  But obviously DUAS ARCES sounds way cooler than Two Towers, right?!  And look — you just learned some Latin!  How cool is THAT?!

Our imaginary band, Todd’s Crazy Shirt, is rocking and rolling with a mix of keys, percussion, a mix master, and vocals — and a full rig of CHAUVET Professional fixtures cutting through the air and making magic pictures!

A few things to take away from this week’s Weekly Rig — design liner notes!

  1. Never forget about your background.  Often in venues that you’ll play, you’ll have a terrible-looking back wall that can be made amazing with a simple focus palette that you update from venue to venue that gives you gobos along the back wall.  Spin them, pulse them, rotate them with colors and varying directions, and you just blew the audience’s mind!
  2. A great gobo usage scenario is having projecting heads on a FOH truss.  Sure you can spot the band, you can highlight parts of the band at certain points…  but what about a front gobo wash?  Turn your band from a front-lit bunch of musicians to a gobo front-lit bunch of musicians that are in motion and vibrate!
  3. Toners:  You have the ability to make every piece of your truss into its own member of the band by just paying a little bit of attention to add your toners to your cues…  truss is gorgeous while lit, why not make it part of your stack?
  4. Add a powerful backlight to each band member — in the case of Duas Arces and Todd’s Crazy Shirt, I added a COLORado Batten Quad 9 Tour behind each band member for a burst of LED color and intensity to turn each member of the band into their own silhouette that lives and breathes with every single human movement the band members make.  Try it, you will not be disappointed.  Try it!
  5. A single front light on each band member can give you the control you need to simply highlight each human and keep your rig tight without having to use an entire system of wash fixtures (or PARs, depending where you are in the world, of course) to accomplish the look.  You can definitely still design in the front washes (and maybe a GOBO WASH system from the front!) while having specials for each band member.  It’s all about how you want to control your rig!

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DUAS ARCES:  CHAUVET Professional Lighting Products
We’ve got a sizable rig for this week’s Weekly Rig — but for a theoretical band of this magnitude, what choice do we have?!!

Direct from the virtual truck pack — fixtures on the stage deck:
30 @ COLORado Batten Quad 9 Tour

Fixtures on Trusst:
48 @ COLORdash Par Quad 7
8 @ Legend 330 SR Spot
4 @ Ovation E-190WW ERS
24 @ ROGUE R2 Beam
28 @ ROGUE R2 Spot

DUAS ARCES:  TRUSST Trussing Products
Lots and lots of Trusst!

32 @ 3m Trusst Arc sections
3 @ 1m Trusst straight sections
24 @ 2m Trusst straight sections
21 @ 3m Trusst straight sections
32 @ 6-Way Trusst corner blocks
28 @ 1m Trusst extension pipes
8 @ 30″ Trusst base plates

Enough of the bullet points, let’s check out this week’s Weekly Rig!  Ladies and gentlemen, Duas Arces with Todd’s Crazy Shirt on the mic!

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This rig is completely theoretical, and there are lots of things like chain motors and required safety devices that would need to be implemented to make this a reality.  Just keep in mind that no matter what rig you build or how you adapt these designs, you need to consult riggers, structural engineers, and all other appropriate experts before attempting to build any of these designs!  The optimal phrase here is “IF YOU CAN’T RIG IT RIGHT, DON’T RIG IT AT ALL.”  Safety is paramount.  Nothing else is really that important.



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!















This Week’s TOP TEN POSTS on the CHAUVET Professional Blog!

What a week!  Touring the Today Show, Fantasia out on the road with the Legend 230 Beam et al, meeting people all over the world, and spreading the good news of CHAUVET Professional!  How was YOUR week?  Are you keeping busy, staying happy, and making the light??

It’s time to see what you all loved to read over this week!  We love seeing what interests you and drives you to keep coming back to the CHAUVET Professional Blog, we’re lighting nerds, geeks, and dweebs too!

This week’s countdown, this time from the #10 spot and counting down!

#10:  Collyns Stenzel, Life in Color’s Lighting Designer, Talks Light with CHAUVET Professional!

Chauvet Life in Color

#9:  THE WEEKLY RIG from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst – QUATUROR ERRO!


#8:  LD Profiles — Benjamin Brown

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#7:  Who Needs A Pick-Me-Up?  Here’s PHISH Playing CAVERN!

Nexus panels rocking the show!

#6:  NXT-1 from CHAUVET Professional Makes Moving Pixels


#5:  We’ll Miss You, Robin Williams.

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#4:  TECH TALK:  Creating Content for Video Walls, Part 1


#3:  CHAUVET Professional at ENTECH Connect with Australian Distributor


#2:  FANTASIA and CHAUVET Professional Get the Soul Out in Concert!


…and the #1 post of this last week:

THE VOICE Portugal is Singing with NEXUS 4×4!

Chauvet Voice Portugal


The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and Trusst – EL DIABLO!


The Weekly Rig is here!  This week, the fourth week in the series, we call EL DIABLO — a rig of Trusst and CHAUVET Professional fixtures that gives your production a new look to bring big, bold, in your face design to wherever you play!

EL DIABLO uses several pieces of Trusst trussing, from the 3m Arc sections to the 1m straight sticks and a few bits in between.  The structure itself leads itself to being able to position a drummer, percussionist, or other specialist right directly under the main rig, which supports itself via its unique legging structure.

Full parts and equipment list for EL DIABLO:

TRUSST Trussing:

2 x 3m Arc section, CT290-430CIR-90
2 x 1.5m straight section, CT290-415S
2 x 3m straight section, CT290-430S
10 x 1m straight section, CT290-410S
8 x 6-Way Corner Block, CT290-6WAYC

CHAUVET Professional Fixtures:

4 x Legend 330 SR Spot
4 x Legend 230 SR Beam
8 x Rogue R2 Spot
7 x COLORado Batten 72 Tour

Ready?  Check it out!










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The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and TRUSST – Soul Mirrors!

It’s time for the third installment of CHAUVET Professional and Trusst‘s weekly series, The Weekly Rig!


This week we feature a larger design that includes a scenic element of mirror-finished conical discs hanging behind the act, which in this application is an EDM-style design.  With TRUSST arcs compiled into circle lighting positions, this design is created to make the best use out of music in the electronic style!

Keep in mind that it’s always a good idea to sandbag the rear ends of any structure that has a front-heavy load.  This helps ballast the pieces and add additional safety to standing pieces on stage.

This week’s design, which we’re calling Soul Mirrors, features Trusst 1.5m and 3m arcs, 1m, 2.5m, and 3m straight sections, and Trusst 6-way corners to make the connections where needed.  On the CHAUVET Professional fixture front, Soul Mirrors features Legend 330 SR Spots, Legend 230SR Beam fixtures, Legend 412Z wash heads, the venerable COLORado Batten 144 Tour, and the bright and punchy COLORado 4 IP units.

Check it out, and please share with your fellow lighting communities!











THE WEEKLY RIG from CHAUVET Professional – The Three Towers!

It’s that time again — time for THE WEEKLY RIG from CHAUVET Professional and TRUSST!

This week’s rig is a very vertical design featuring three 4m towers loaded to bear with a mix of narrow shooting COLORado 4 IP wash fixtures, LEGEND 412 washes, LEGEND 230 SR Beam fixtures, and COLORdash Par Quad 7 truss toners!

On the TRUSST side of business, we’re looking at 3m sticks, 1m sticks, half-meter sticks, and 6-way corner blocks — all of which create the makings of a fun and exciting design!

Check it out — this week’s WEEKLY RIG, The Three Towers!  Click on each image for a full-size version that you can take to your rep and make this rig!

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Check back next week for another episode of The Weekly Rig from CHAUVET Professional and TRUSST!



This Week’s TOP TEN POSTS on the CHAUVET Professional Blog!

Happy Friday, world of light!  It’s another Friday here on the CHAUVET Professional Blog, and like a lot of you, we’ll be out there mashing the keys this weekend making the pretty lights!  What a beautiful and amazing industry we all work in, regardless of which department you represent.  Even lighting and audio people can live together in harmony!

This week was a great week on the CHAUVET Professional Blog — here’s your TOP TEN favorites from this last week – -starting with #1 and counting up!

The #1 post of this week:
The Weekly Rig — A New Series from CHAUVET Professional and TRUSST!


#2 post:
Do YOU Know How to Coil Cables…CORRECTLY?!


#3:  TECH TALK, March 2014 — The Art of the Strobe Light

Devil Horns Mike_Namm

#4:  Got A Case of the Mondays?  How About Some Awesome Grooves?


#5:  KLF (Uh Huh Uh, Uh Huh Uh Huh) – Hump Day Energy


#6:  LAST week’s TOP TEN POSTS!


#7:  LAST week’s TOP TEN YOUTUBE VIDEOS from CHAUVET Professional!


#8:  Creating Content for Video Walls, Part 1

Product Engineer Anthony Chiappone proudly stands in front of MVP™ panels.

#9:  A LEGO CONCERT KIT?!  Yes Please!


and the #10 post of this week:
LD PROFILE:  Cody Stoltz


Have a great weekend, everybody!