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ETC ColorSource CYC

Brandon Creel • Current Issue Road TestsJanuary 2018 • January 11, 2018
The ColorSource line from Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC), headquartered in Middleton, WI, includes fixtures, control and relay products. The fixture line consists of a spot, par, linear, and now, the newest addition, the ColorSource CYC wash light. Let us have a closer look at this luminaire (and see if that is actually a mirror). Read More...
Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro HD Switcher

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro HD Switcher

Jeff Gooch • Articles Road TestsDecember 2017 • December 14, 2017

Video switchers are not sexy. At least the smaller frames. Let’s face it, in terms of sheer eye candy, small event video switchers take a back seat to their audio and lighting cousins.

It’s a general rule that the larger the console, the more bells and whistles and consequently more blinky lights and buttons. The smaller fare is basic because they tend to be more utility than glam. There’s only so much you can fit in a frame anyway.

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Martin MAC Encore Performance

Martin MAC Encore Performance

Richard Olson • Articles Road TestsDecember 2017 • December 14, 2017

I recently got a chance to test the Martin MAC Encore Performance fixtures from Harman, which are available in two versions — the WRM, or “warm” version, and CLD, or “cold” version. (As of last month’s LDI, Martin added the MAC Encore Wash, also in warm and cool versions, but here, I’ll just focus on the two versions of the MAC Encore Performance.) After playing with the Performance, I concluded that it is perfect for working with cameras.

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Robe MegaPointe

Robe MegaPointe

Richard Olson • Road TestsNovember 2017 • November 9, 2017

“The Pointe was like taking the first beam fixtures manufactured and putting them on steroids.”

This was how the original Pointe was described to me before I used it. Now Robe has taken this fixture to the next level.

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Chauvet Professional Maverick MK Pyxis

Chauvet Professional Maverick MK Pyxis

Richard Olson • Road TestsNovember 2017 • November 9, 2017

Chauvet Professional has delivered an impressive fixture that can serve as a nice wash light as well as a masterful bit of eye candy. The Maverick MK Pyxis is a compact slugger with a lot of bells and whistles designed to offer the user unending colorful and dimming chase effects. Most importantly, they have come up with a system of macros that deal with dimmer chases as well as fun color combinations at the same time. Read More...

Elation Dartz 360

Elation Dartz 360

Brandon Creel • Road TestsNovember 2017 • November 9, 2017

Elation Professional’s (also known as Elation Lighting) World Headquarters is located in Los Angeles. They’ve been producing innovative products since 1992 and are part of the American DJ group of companies. LED fixtures, like washes and spots, have been around the market for a while, but not LED moving BEAM fixtures. Today, we have the pleasure of taking a look in and around Elation’s newest product.

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Claypaky Axcor Profile 900

Claypaky Axcor Profile 900

Phil Lopez • Road TestsNovember 2017 • November 9, 2017

With the release of the Axcor Profile 900, Claypaky has launched their first spot profile to use a LED light source, instead of a traditional discharge lamp. With their recent marvels in LED light engine technologies realized, the time had come for them to show the world what they had been waiting for and by all first responses, the wait was worth it.

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Blizzard Lighting G-Mix 200

Blizzard Lighting G-Mix 200

Brandon Creel • Road TestsOctober 2017 • October 12, 2017

Blizzard Lighting is based in Waukesha, WI. I’m not sure where that is either, but it turns out it’s about 30 minutes west of Milwaukee. Blizzard Lighting is a newer company to the industry, but not as new as you may think. They have been manufacturing lights since March of 2010. In fact, their first LED moving light was called “Flurry Wash,” which certainly aligns with their theme of “cool” and “wintry.” Read More...

PR Lighting XLED 4022RZ

PR Lighting XLED 4022RZ

Nook Schoenfeld • Road TestsSeptember 2017 • September 9, 2017

PR Lighting is the market leader in entertainment lighting in China. They have been around since 1984, and their professionally designed, quality gear is among some of the best fixtures in the world. They have been working on their XLED series of fixtures suited for the entertainment market for a few years and recently released their top-of-the-line wash light — the XLED 4022RZ. While this is the 12th fixture to be included in this series, it offers more punch and effects than the other LED pancake style models previously released.

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High End Systems SolaFrame Theatre

High End Systems SolaFrame Theatre

Craig Rutherford • Road TestsSeptember 2017 • September 9, 2017

For a few years, it wasn’t clear how soon we’d have LED engines capable of providing the raw output necessary to compete with high-wattage arc sources — those tiny bits of bottled lightning held their position as the brightest practical form of entertainment lighting we had for many, many years. As advancement in semiconductor science marched on, however, the first truly usable hard-edged LED fixtures appeared and have been steadily improving.

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DTS Brick

DTS Brick

Nook Schoenfeld • Road TestsAugust 2017 • August 11, 2017

DTS is an Italian company that designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes lighting products and lighting effects for entertainment and architectural uses. This month, they sent me a light that is perfect for any architectural application, but also can be used in any theater, concert or live event as a wonderful source for splashing color.

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Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Wash

Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Wash

Brandon Creel • Road Tests • July 12, 2017

Chauvet Professional is a top name in entertainment lighting, and the company continues to deliver new and innovative products to the market. Joining the existing Maverick series of spots, washes, and a beam is the brightest of the washes, the Maverick MK3 Wash. In this Road Test, we’ll travel in and around the full-featured MK3 Wash moving head fixture to learn all about it.

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