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
CHAUVET® DJ and TRUSST® are teaming together to support S.H.E.A.R., Inc., Sharing Hope Empowerment and Reaction, in their effort to help at-risk youth in Miami. The dynamic duo is lending a hand by sponsoring the Holy Ghost -N- Da Hood gospel concert held on June 15 at the Miami Rescue Mission. To enhance live performances by renowned gospel artists, including Malcolm Hawkins, Mark Samuel and Scum of the Earth, the stage is set to feature 26 CHAUVET® DJ fixtures and a 24-piece TRUSST® trussing system.
Anthony Durden, quality control technician for Chauvet and president of S.H.E.A.R., Inc., partnered with Raglan Jones, product coordinator for Chauvet, to create a design that complemented the event. For a prominent focal point on stage, Jones designed a TRUSST®-built cross illuminated with four SlimPAR™ Quad 6 IRC wash lights and crafted from one 2.5-meter and three 1-meter sticks of truss, one 6-way corner block and one 30-inch base plate. To add dimension, he incorporated six Intimidator™ Spot LED 350 moving heads mounted atop two 1-meter, two 1.5-meter and two 2-meter sticks of TRUSST® warmed with six SlimPAR™ Quad 6 IRC wash lights into the design. Additionally, two 4BAR™ Tri wash lights will add front lighting to performers, while two Geyser™ RGB fixtures, two Impulse™ 648 strobe lights and a Nimbus™ dry-ice machine emit impressive, eye-catching effects. To enhance beams and tie the light show together, two Hurricane™ Haze 2D haze machines will be placed at the rear of the stage. For more information about this event, please click here.
Take a sneak peek of the design and stay tuned for post-event photos!
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.
Lance Shirley, a member of the Chauvet team for nearly four years, is the quality control manager at Chauvet. Read on and get to know a little bit more about him.
1. Where are you from?
I’m originally from Miami.
2. Why Chauvet?
I was fresh out of college and needed a job to hold me over until I was able to find something in my field of study. I really like working at Chauvet because of the family-oriented atmosphere we have here at headquarters — especially in the quality control department. We spend more time with each other here at work than we do at home with our own families. We are all from different walks of life and we all offer each other advice when one of is experiencing tough times.
3. Where did you work prior to joining the Chauvet team?
I was a full-time student at Florida A&M University.
4. Favorite food?
My favorite food is oxtails and steamed veggies.
5. Favorite type of music?
Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, Neo-Soul, Gospel and a little Reggae.
6. Favorite thing to do outside of work?
Spending time at the park with Cameron, my two-year-old son, and playing sports.
7. What is one thing about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
8. A show without lights is like…
A show without lights is like a club without a DJ.
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.”