Todd Runkle, west territory sales manager for CHAUVET® DJ, delivered a ShowXpress™ training to nearly 20 inquisitive lighting enthusiasts at World of Stereo in San Jose. The two-hour training focused on the ShowXpress™ software and also included tips for controlling lights with a DMX board. To demonstrate multiple personality features, Runkle connected an Obey™ 4 and Obey™ 40 DMX controller to SlimPAR™ 56 wash lights. For the ShowXpress™ segment, he wired an Xpress™ 512 Plus interface to two Q-Spot™ 260-LED moving heads and exhibited the features of Editor and Generator. Additionally, the disco ball in the showroom was put to use and provided examples of XY movements and cue markers. Check it out.
Crazy Dave’s Music Experience was a huge success at this year’s Welcome to Rockville Festival. The sold-out festival, which took place in Jacksonville, featured performances by artists including Buckcherry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Limp Bizkit and Alice In Chains. During the event, Crazy Dave’s Music created an interactive exhibit featuring all the elements needed to create music in a professional band setting. The exhibit included 12 CHAUVET® DJ fixtures, 20 CHAUVET® Professional lights and one TRUSST® Goal Post Kit, as well as guitars, bass, amps, drums, keyboards, electronic gear and lighting used by today’s most popular bands.
Within the 30-by-30 foot tent, people took turns playing guitars, drums and keyboards, singing into different microphones and trying their hand at the latest DJ equipment. They also got the chance to meet some of their favorite rock stars and take part in the “30 Seconds to Shred” guitar contest. Scroll on for some photos from the festival.
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
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.”
On April 18, Albert and Bérénice Chauvet were honored with the African-American Achievers Award sponsored by JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and were recognized for their contribution, hard work and commitment to the community. They joined others in a rich history of celebrating those who “unselfishly invest their time and talents toward building a stronger South Florida community.” Tune in for an exciting interview with the exceptional team who is living the American dream.
The seniors at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma celebrated their final days of school in style. The school hosted a lavish prom at the historic Cain’s Ballroom, complete with 37 Chauvet fixtures. Randy Lundy, owner of Party Allstars, created a lively atmosphere using one Scorpion™ 3D RGB and two Eclipse™ RGB lasers, one Cubix™ effect light, 20 SlimPAR™ 38 and four COLORrail™ wash lights, and four Q-Spot™ 260-LED and four Q-Spot™ 160-LED moving heads. He also used ShowXpress™ software to program and control the entire system. Lundy, aka DJ Ran-D, DJ RO’ and DJ Vixen kept the dance floor packed and the students had the time of their life. Party AllStars specializes in proms, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, Sweet 16′s and a variety of school events ranging from elementary to university level.
“Lighting played a huge part in enhancing the event,” Lundy said. “ShowXpress™ allows us to match the music and set the mood. The director of the venue said our light show was more impressive than most of the bands and DJs who perform there.”
AVM Productions used 20 CHAUVET® DJ fixtures to light the stage during the Color the Grove 5K & Music Fest held at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia. The team included four members: Jodie Kretzer, production manager; Mark Davis, sound technician; Dan Reeves, lighting technician; and Dustin Tilley, stage hand. Throughout the event, Abigail Rose, Relapse and The Cole Taylor Band entertained attendees as they performed on a stage illuminated with eight SlimPAR™ 56 and two SlimPAR™ 64 RGBA par-style wash lights, eight COLORrail™ IRC linear wash lights and two SlimBANK™ Tri-18 wide-area wash lights.
“My favorite fixture by far is the new CHAUVET® DJ SlimBANK™ Tri-18,” Kretzer said. “I can see myself using these fixtures in just about any application, whether they are used as an effect or wash light. For this event, I used them as audience blinders and the built-in programs looked great through haze — these lights can really throw out some light. They have a great beam and even lit our pecan grove.”
“I will always spec the COLORband™ PiX Mini as my mid side light,” Sullivan said. “With its brightness and the benefit of tri-color LEDs, it saves time between dance pieces by eliminating the extra time spent changing the boom color.”