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Martin Maxedia Drives LED Sculpture at Vanity Nightclub, Las Vegas

PLSN Staff • News • May 11, 2010

LAS VEGAS – Although its name might suggest otherwise, not all eyes at the Vanity nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino are focused on the club's mirrored surfaces. Instead, they naturally gravitate to a custom-made LED chandelier/sculpture made up of 20,000 LED points driven by a Martin Maxedia Compact media server. The Maxedia media server drives 25 universes of pixelmapped ArtNet output across the chandelier, creating floating graphic effects with a three-dimensional feel.


Along with visuals synched to the beat of the music, the chandelier can display custom content for marketing purposes, VIP customization, or graphics and logos for corporate events, such as a recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition launch and a recent Microsoft event.


The LED chandelier is surrounded by 40 Martin MAC 250 Entour moving heads and Martin Atomic 3000 strobes with Atomic Colors scrollers.


The lighting supplier is FBP Systems of Las Vegas, with lighting design and programming by FBP's Matthew Paupst.


"Maxedia is a very user-friendly system, and so far, everyone has been very happy with it," Paupst said. "It's been running strong with no lag in the system, no delay. It's a solid system that provides instant live access to accommodate an atmosphere that is constantly changing."


The entire lighting and control system is controlled by a 42 inch touchscreen located in the DJ booth, driven by an AMX TPI-PRO.


Opened during New Year's Eve with P. Diddy serving as host, Vanity is described as an "eclectic jewel box" decorated in pearls, crystal, velvet and metallic gold.


The 14,000 square foot venue features marble bars, a sunken dance floor, 60 intimate VIP booths, an outdoor terrace with cabanas and a women's lounge. Vanity is operated by The Nightlife Group.


Martin equipment:
41 MAC 250 Entour fixtures

14 Atomic 3000 fixtures

14 Atomic Colors

1 Maxedia Compact Rackmount unit

2 Jem K1 Hazers


Photos courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas 


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