A.C. Supply Jands Vista & Color Blocks to Leading Event Lighting Company
23rd November 2004
A.C. Lighting have supplied a leading event lighting design company with a Jands Vista lighting console and 80 Chroma-Q® Color Block LED fixtures for use on in-house production rentals.
The products were purchased by DBN Lighting, one of the North West's leading event lighting specialists, providing lighting design and rental to a mainly corporate client base. In addition to conferences, exhibitions and corporate parties, the company is also involved in live music events and large scale public arts projects, and in the last 12 months have undertaken projects on four continents as well as at home.
DBN were not actively looking to purchase a new lighting desk, but upon reading about the Jands Vista, thought it was the first really interesting desk in a long time and therefore warranted a demo to their team of lighting designers.
The whole team was really excited when they saw the Vista, feeling that the ground breaking desk offered a new type of user interface which would allow them to either make significant savings in show programming time or program much more complex shows in the allotted time. Could all night programming sessions be a thing of the past?
DBN Director and Lighting Designer for the event, Pete Robinson said: "As soon as I saw the desk I knew that I had to use it on this show instead of my current desk, as the Vista's unique timeline features fitted perfectly with the requirements of my design. It's the most exciting development in lighting in the last fifteen years bar none (even rotating gobos in moving lights!) It's just such a different way of working and just makes the job of lighting design so much easier. Now that I've used it in a live situation I don't want to use any other desk - I intend to use Vista on all my future shows. Our directors all design their own shows and all mean to use the Vista in the future as well, so we're certainly going to buy another one."
The show in question was for DBN client and production company Reflex Communications, who were providing the set for a standalone meeting in Barcelona for 1200 psychiatrists hosted by AstraZeneca - one the world's largest pharmaceutical companies.
Similarly, during a demo of the new Chroma-Q® Color Block, the quality of colour depth of Blue produced by the units was more than any other LED product in DBN's rental stock. Impressed by the superior colour mixing options the product offered and also the brightness of the fixtures, Pete used 60 Color Blocks on the show as well.
The set was lit by a combination of moving head and colour-mixing LED fixtures, including 3 curved spines backlit with Color Blocks shining onto rear projection material. Pete found that because he could split the Color Blocks into single block battens, he could follow the curves of the spines really smoothly for an even dispersion - something which wouldn't have been possible with fixed length battens. Equally, Pete found that by using the Vista to control the Color Blocks he was able to programme complex colour sequences very quickly which would have taken far longer to programme on other desks in their rental stock.
DBN already have the Jands Vista booked on a number of upcoming shows and will be purchasing a second desk in the near future to cope with their own demand.
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