Tune in as Johnathan Lewis, aka DJ Tutor, puts COLORband™ PiX-M on the review bench. A must-have LED fixture for mobile DJs, bands or nightclubs, COLORband™ PiX-M is powered by 12 tri-color LEDs and features DMX controllable motors to sweep back and forth, or from position to position, creating movement and dynamic effects. Get an overview of its operation, check out the built-in programs and see it action.
This trip to the Gig Lab features a Gig Log from my very first time DJing a wedding in Florida! This one was a wedding at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida in May and as always, my Chauvet®DJ products got me through it! I used my favorite 4Bar™, 4Play™, Scorpion 3D RGB™, and wireless fixtures like the Freedom Par Quad 5™ and the EZ Par 64 RGBA™. I guess this Gig Lab appointment makes me an official Florida DJ!
Tune in as 32-year veteran DJ Mikey Mike, owner of Direct Sound, reviews the robust 75-watt LFS-75DMX gobo projector and framing spot.Get an in-depth look at the unit, obtain the facts on the features and see it in action.Don’t forget, CHAUVET® DJ VIP members earn 700 points when you add this powerful fixture to your setup!
Tune in as Johnathan Lewis, aka DJ Tutor, conducts an informative and entertaining review of Intimidator™ Spot Duo. Get an in-depth look at the fixture and its components, as well as a complete overview of its functionality. Designed for any mobile application, Intimidator™ Spot Duo features two fully and independently controllable moving heads mounted on an easy-to-rig bar. Tune in and see why your setup craves it!
Jason Goers, uses 10 Intimidator™ Spot 250 LED to light the Alberta Rose Theatre during a live performance by guitar guru, Trace Bundy. Goers is a lighting designer who works more than 140 shows per year and owns Lights Up Loud — a concert lighting design company that specializes in bringing stage performances to life by adding energetic and soulful elements. He recently upgraded his lighting system and replaced his 10 Q-Spot™ 160-LED moving heads with 10 Intimidator™ Spot LED 250 — read on for his seven favorite features. *Photo Credit: Henry Hughes
1. Quicker set up and tear down with power linking capability
2. Easily fly the fixture using a single bracket
3. Upgraded step motors for smooth and controlled pan and tilt functions
4. Blinking red light indicates DMX signal which is great for emergency troubleshooting 5. Improved optics with faster manual focus
6. Easy access for maintenance and cleaning once the chassis is stripped off
7. Brighter and more compact than the Q-Spot™ 160-LED
Geoff is back in the Gig Lab concocting a few tips on using Chauvet® DJ wireless light fixtures and other portable tools to make a better impact on clients during your DJ planning meetings at remote locations. Who says you can’t light up a coffee shop with a wireless par or 2? Today’s technology makes it easy to make a clean, digital, modern impression on your clients.
Orlando Torres, aka DJ Spontaneous — owner of Spontaneous Entertainment, simplified his uplighting system by selling all his wired fixtures and replacing them with wireless Freedom™ Strip Mini Quad-5 wash lights. He is very impressed with his new gear and created a video review to share his thoughts with the world. Tune in for an overview of the fixture, tips to remember when operating it and a demonstration of how to use it with a D-Fi™ 2.4 Tx transmitter.
“I just wanted to say what a great fixture the Freedom™ Strip Mini Quad-5 is,” Torres said. “I was looking to upgrade my uplighting system and go from wired lights, to great quality, time-efficient fixtures. Thanks to Chauvet, I found it! When I first saw all the reviews from NAMM, I was impressed and decided to take the plunge and sell all my lights and go completely wireless — it was the best thing I have ever done. Set up time takes 3-5 minutes, breakdown is even faster and the quality of the 5-watt, quad-colored LEDs is insane. I currently have 14 Freedom™ Strip Mini Quad-5 wash lights and will be purchasing a few more in the near future.”
Check out this Behind the scenes video of the making of The Gig Lab, Chauvet DJ’s newest Youtube channel. Stay tuned to the end of the segment to see the premiere of the opening for the Gig Lab video series featuring Chauvet’s Geoff Short with Chauvet product videos, tips, tricks, performances and more to help bands, DJs, event planners and anyone who does gigs! The doctor is in!
To see the full-length Gig Lab opening, click: http://youtu.be/1EgCXs4Ulv4
Welcome to the Gig Lab! Enjoy the full-length opening to Geoff Short’s Gig Lab video series.
Chauvet DJ’s YouTube channel launched a new video series called The Gig Lab! Gig Lab videos will feature Chauvet’s Geoff Short with fun tips, tricks, performances and more to help bands, DJs, event planners and anyone who does gigs!
To see the Behind the Scenes Making of The Gig Lab, click:http://youtu.be/-2E08KVZ7fg
Jason Hadjoglou, owner of Ages Events — the preferred entertainment company of the NY Jets, recently sold all his American DJ® Mega Bar fixtures and revamped his setup with wireless Freedom™ Strip Mini Quad-5 wash lights. Read on to understand why he made the switch and how he feels about his new uplighting system.
Why did you choose to add Freedom™ Strip Mini Quad-5 fixtures to your setup?
I was already impressed with the original Freedom™ series. When I heard about the launch of the new Freedom™ Strip Mini Quad-5 — with its higher output and quad-color (RGBA) LEDs — I knew I needed to revamp my uplighting system with these fixtures ASAP. The new Freedom™ Quad-5 series really steps up to the plate with 4-in-1 LEDs that provide a rich blend of infinite color combinations, and I have already seen over 18 hours of battery life using a single color. Also, the immediate availability of the Freedom™ Charge S and Freedom™ Charge P made my decision even easier.
In regards to being a mobile entertainer, what have you found to be the benefits of having fixtures with battery power and wireless DMX?
This past year, I ran into a situation where I needed additional uplighting for two jobs that were taking place at the same time so I ended up renting Freedom™ Strip Mini and Freedom™ Par wash lights from I DJ Now in Babylon, NY. Every weekend after that, I found myself renting the Freedom™ series to save myself the cost of an extra roadie/technician. I also saved myself at least an hour and a half in setup time — because I didn’t have to run power wires and signal —and an hour cleaning up. I realized the these fixtures saved me a lot of time and money, not to mention the stress factor and cost of taping. The overall look is also cleaner and more versatile — I was sold. I sold all my American DJ® Mega Bar fixtures and waited for the new Freedom™ Quad-5 series to hit the shelf.
How do you control the fixtures?
With the Freedom™ Strip Mini Quad-5 wash lights, I now have the ability to send as many units as possible to a job and give my tech the IR remote for simple point-and-shoot control. This is ideal for events where we are just doing uplighting and a huge setup with extensive programming isn’t necessary. During full shows, we use ShowXpress™ to seamlessly integrate all of our Chauvet fixtures. As a business owner and lighting designer, choosing the right controller for the right job makes my life easier and allows for a more cost effective business operation. Having the ability to be “free” with my lighting gives me the ability to quickly move fixtures on short notice and increase functionality. For example, if I have to light the ceremony area at the last minute, I can grab all the fixtures within minutes and relocate them to the main reception area — this was never even a possibility or thought with wired units.
Instead of showing potential clients photos of uplighting setups, have you ever brought these fixtures along to give a live demonstration?
This is funny by itself. I purchased a few Freedom™ Par wash lights and keep them in my office for two reasons: to create the client’s color scheme right before their eyes and to hand them the fixture and show there are no wires, tape or mess. This is important because most clients don’t want messy wires in the background of their photos. I’m sure photographers are more focused on capturing the moment instead of analyzing little things that might end up in the background, so I am sure they do their fair share of editing due to wired fixtures. It’s like the old saying goes, “until you have had better, you would never know.”