Martin Raves at UK’s Gatecrasher Festival
July 29, 2008
Martin Professional’s new compact 150 W luminaire, the smartMAC™, recently proved it could punch well above its weight at one of the UK’s prestigious dance festivals, Gatecrasher, in the Dirty Disco and Turbo tent.
Supporting lighting rental supplier Colour Sound Experiment and LD Simon Barrington were 12 smartMAC’s™, 4 LC Series™ 2140 LED panels run by a Maxedia PRO™ media server, 4 MAC 575 Krypton™ moving heads, and the new Roadie Compact™ high powered atmospheric effects generator.
‘Nice little unit’
Lighting Operator for the tent, Chris Sirey, commented, “The smartMAC’s are a nice little unit...very bright and aesthetically look good.”
The smartMAC is a bright 150 W moving head profile luminaire that offers superior reliability, long service intervals, total silence and reduced power bills thanks to a unique fanless cooling system (no dust and pollutants are forced into the fixture). Extremely bright, the smartMAC houses eight interchangeable dichroic colors and six interchangeable effects.
Four smartMACS were rigged on the front truss, as well as the MAC 575 Kryptons, with the remainder on the floor punching up on to the tent roof (approx. 20 m), projecting their exceptionally sharp glass gobos.
“I also found the LC panels were most impressive with good color saturation and brightness, ideal pixel pitch, and nice effects for corporate work as well as rock ‘n’ roll,” Chris went on to say. Controlling the LC panels with a simple DVI input over fiber optic cable was Martin’s Maxedia PRO digital media system. He continues, “This was very intuitive and easy to pick up with good standard content.”
Simon Barrington designed the panels as individual hangs on the back truss with equidistant spacing and addressed with gaps in-between the panels using the simple dip switches to achieve a wide aspect ratio over the four panels. “The transparency of the LC panels looks very appealing and rigging lights behind to shine through is an effect I hope to be able to use in the future.”
Despite the atrocious weather conditions the Martin kit lasted all weekend without any hitches, a testament to their proven reliability and rugged build quality. Haydn Cruickshank, owner of Colour Sound experiment had nothing but praise for the Martin kit. “Martin kit continually proves that it’s got what it takes no matter what the application. It ticked all the boxes for what we wanted to do. Gatecrasher once again proved a huge success for all concerned and we look forward to this partnership continuing on future events.”