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LDI 2010: Martin Lighting’s Booth

Sorry for the bit of delay in my first post of the day, I’ve been trying to get Wicked Lasers to tell me why I paid for $400 bucks’ worth of lasers and optics in AUGUST and still haven’t received any product.  Awesome, huh?

Anywho – check out the first post of LDI 2010 highlights – MARTIN LIGHTING’s booth!  It’s always one of my favorites – these booths are often works of art, and I love seeing the new designs each year.  Check out some pics – gotta love those Mac 301s!

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Mac 250 Krypton Is Turning SIX!

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Get out the clown birthday hats and someone buy a big cake (cream chese frosting, of course) – because Martin’s Mac 250 Krypton is about to turn six years old!  Mac 250s are such workhorse fixtures – I’ve seen so many of them in the past five years, and I’ve toured with them.  They’re good stuff.

Here’s something just extra special – Martin is offering 10% off of their price for Mac 250 Krypton from now until the end of June.  Check out Martin’s page on this deal.

Happy Birthday, Mac 250 Krypton!  Thanks for never showing up to work hung over!

Institute for Feedback Excellence

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I just got this, and I think it’s great!

A few companies have banded together in the pursuit to make protocols like Remote Device Management (RDM) adhere to a standard that goes industry-wide – and hopefully at some point ALL lighting industries-wide.  The Institute for Feedback Excellence is going to try to accomplish this feat; Enttec, Martin Professional, and Wybron are heading this effort.  More details below in the press release:

INSTITUTE FOR FEEDBACK EXCELLENCE LAUNCHED

A new nonprofit organization wants to ensure every piece of lighting equipment
using industry-wide feedback protocols performs at the highest standard possible.

The Institute for Feedback Excellence, www.fbexcellence.org, will enable lighting
manufacturers to test their feedback-enabled products – for now, those using Remote
Device Management – to make sure they’re compatible with other feedback devices.

The organization’s three founders are Enttec Pty. Ltd. of Australia, Martin Professional
A/S of Denmark, and Wybron, Inc. of the U.S. All three manufacturers have strongly
embraced the RDM industry feedback standard.

“Our goal here is not to break trail for new protocols. That is being handled very capably
by ESTA and PLASA and the committee members who work diligently to advance the
technical standards used in lighting control,” said Jeremy Kumin, Enttec’s U.S. Sales
Manager. “What we are trying to do is help the customer feel secure that when they rent
or buy something using this new technology, it’s going to play as well as it should with
other equipment.”

Enttec and Wybron have been integrating industry-standard feedback protocols into their
products for several years. While coming to the issue more recently, Martin is an
enthusiastic partner whose gear is recognized and used all over the world, making
compatibility with their products a desirable goal for any other manufacturer.

The organization’s initial focus will be RDM, the ESTA-approved feedback protocol also
known as E1.20. At labs located around the world, companies can test their RDM-enabled
gear against open-source standard tests that, when passed, yield the product the
“IFE Verified” seal of approval.

Companies can also choose to perform the tests at their own facilities by using one of
IFE’s portable labs. This will ensure complete confidentiality for manufacturers
concerned about protecting proprietary information.

A list of approved devices and their manufacturers will be posted on the IFE Web site,
and manufacturers of these approved devices will automatically become Sustaining
Members of the organization.

“It’s really all about the customers – making sure that when they buy RDM equipment,
it’ll work like they want it to, and it’ll be compatible with RDM equipment made by
different manufacturers,” said Wybron President Keny Whitright.

For more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.fbexcellence.org.

Thanks, Jen!

The Elation Impression LED Fixture

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I’ve obviously mentioned about eleventy times already that I was at the three nights of the band Phish’s reunion concerts at Hampton Coliseum; I also mentioned that I was able to interview the lighting designer for Phish, Chris Kuroda!  That interview transcript and video is coming soon – but one of the things I wanted to talk about specifically were some of the LED sources that have made their way into the Phish lighting rig.

For the Hampton shows, Chris was using 32 Mac III‘s, 14 Mac 2000 XB Wash fixtures, 8 High End ShowPix, 14 Martin Atomic 3K Strobes with scrollers, and 38 Elation Impression LED fixtures.  Chris talked in detail about how he handles the difference between designing with the LED Impression fixtures versus the PAR64 sources he was using with a curve on the fader, and how much he likes the quickness of the LED sources.  He also had great praise for the ShowPix fixtures, which were used throughout very tastefully.

The Elation Impression fixtures were placed throughout the rig and used primarily for a toplight-esque system – but on several occasions they were used in a fan-delay tilt effect, and the brightness of the Impression fixture is amazing!  High output and low energy consumption at 60 lumens per watt through Luxeon K2 LEDs (90 of them) gives the Impression superiority over the 575W sources out there on the market.  Impression comes with a lens carrier and a choice between 10° and 25° – and it’s FAST!  660° pan moves in 2 seconds, 300° tilt in 1 second! Impression is DMX-512 controlled, taking a 3-pin XLR.  If you have a chance to spec some of the Impression LED lumainaires, I highly recommend checking them out!

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Mac III’s Ever-Expanding Rep of Tours

Martin is getting more and more news that designers are putting the Mac III in their light plots.  An article in TPI Magazine about the French singer Raphael talks about how the Mac III was designed and incorporated into rig.  From TPI’s article:

Watson used the MAC III Profiles, outfitted with custom gobos, in conjunction with a number of Martin MAC 2000 Performance units. “I chose the MAC III for the brightness and quality of the beam as well as the animation wheel which I adore,” he says. “The zoom range proved to be an absolute winner and of course the fixture’s ability to create red from the color mixing system is a real novelty and a welcome one at that!”

Watson placed six MAC III Profile units on the front truss for front key lighting and for texture washes of both the band and the set. The remaining six fixtures were mounted on the highest of the rear trusses and used for rear band lighting and aerial beam texturing.

There are an increasing number of tours and shows that are rocking the Mac III – James Blunt, Staind, So You Think You Can Dance Holland, The Royal Variety Performance 2008 – are you currently designing anything using the Mac III profile?  Have you designed anything recently using the Mac III profile?  Please post in the comments!

Mac 2K *VS* Everything Else

I met a cool sibling of a good friend this weekend who is working as a production electrician in New York City.  After breakfast and coffee, we got to chatting about fixtures and favorites and that kind of geek speak.  Martin’s Mac 2000 came up, and where I love the Mac 2K, my friend’s sister did not.  Her complaint was that the Martin line is not a very good product line, and I had to naturally disagree.  The main comparison was to the Vari*Lite line of fixtures – for which I have a special place in my heart.  The optics are great, the output is great, and the fixture is smooth and reliable.  However, as a designer and also someone who has had both hands knee deep in both of these fixture lines, I can’t say that the Mac 2000 is a “crappy” fixture.  I’ve been all over the globe with these fixtures (Mac 2K), and I love them.  I’d probably rather have Vari*Lite fixtures, but if I had nothing but Mac 2K’s available, I still feel like I could design and program a rockin’ show.

What are your thoughts on the Mac 2000?  Profile, Performance, or Wash, whatever model you know.  Please post in the comments, I really want your opinions!  Am I the only person who still values Mac 2000’s?

LDI – Martin Lighting’s Area

I was very impressed at the Martin booth – lots of pixel video, the Mac III is still awesome, but I had a hard time getting anyone to talk to me about it.  Lots of people there, I’m sure I didn’t look too important, or at least unimportant by comparison.

It was great to see the Mac III in action!

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LDI – Omnisistem’s Booth

LDI had a TON of moving light manufacturers and reps this year – while I was surprised a little, I wasn’t shocked.  A good quantity of the moving lighting booths that weren’t Clay Paky, Coemar, Vari*Lite, Martin, High End, PRG, etc, were small-ish companies like Ominsistem out of Washington.  They’ve got a very large selection of fixtures and effects (as well as audio, truss, staging, etc), and their booth was hopping the whole weekend.  Give their selection of products a look-see.

LDI 2008 – Coemar’s Booth

Coemar had a pretty kickin’ booth this year at LDI. Coemar, Elation, Chauvet, and Vari*Lite had great booths. Actually, a lot of people had great booths. Barco and PRG’s booths were equally as excellent, and the people at PRG and Barco were extremely friendly and helpful. Martin’s booth was interesting as always – but in addition to the beautiful fixtures on display, I got snubbed a lot, and all I wanted to do was talk to someone about the Mac III. I’ve been using Mac 2000’s of both spot and wash flavors for years. I was bummed to get snubbed.

Rant over. Here’s Coemar’s booth. I do recommend checking out their new Infinity series luminaires. They’re pretty darned bright. Check out the Infinity Wash S, the Infinity Spot S, and the Infinity ACL.

And yeah. The Infinity ACL has a 6° spread. Crazy.

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Mac III’s Added to James Blunt’s Tour

An article at PLSN this week tells of James Blunt’s current tour, and how seven Mac III’s are out on it, getting run through the paces.  Paul Normandale of Lite Alternative in England designed the Mac III’s into the rig, high on a circle truss.  Normandale, the lighting, scenic, and video director of the tour, said he chose the Mac III’s because he was looking for ‘a bright hard edge fixture for venues with trim heights of up to 48 feet, and he needed a powerful spot to go with the Martin LC Series LED panels.’  From the article:

“I’m impressed,” Normandale said, of the 1500-watt profile spots. “The fixtures offer a significantly brghter tier of lighting, a great wide aperture source, a dramatic zoom, real strobing — and finally a real red.”

Normandale also commented on the output and zoom of the Mac III:

“Even at extreme zoom it has light to spare from a trim of nearly 50 feet across a video wall,” Normandale said, of the MAC III’s ability to punch out more than 33,000 lumens.