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Ayrton MagicBlade LEDs Anchor Maroon5 at Mandalay BayCompany Announcement (April 03, 2018)
Brian Jenkins of Flicker Designs, who designed and programmed the lighting and directed Maroon5's annual two-night New Year's Eve show at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, selected a large complement of Ayrton MagicBlade LEDs as well as grandMA2 consoles for lighting control. ACT Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive US distributor of Ayrton fixtures and the exclusive North American distributor of MA Lighting products.
"It's a push to come up with something new and creative when you have programmed the same songs off and on for a few years. That's probably the biggest challenge: How do I give new life and feeling to this song?" says Jenkins. For this show he opted to put a majority of the instruments in the air keeping the trusses straight and with a lot of density.
"The MagicBlades provided the anchor for the rig, although it was fun to keep them dormant for the first five or six songs then have them come alive slowly throughout the rest of the set," he explains. "I leaned on them to provide a base look for the rig, to give it a foundation for the songs and later on all the fun pixel-dancing tricks that we all know and program. I didn't plan to use them for a truss toner but, for one song, it actually worked out well."
Jenkins placed 176 MagicBlades on horizontal trusses "yoked out and double stacked with just enough clearance so the heads would clear each other. We only had about 45 feet of workable trim so the use of a smaller product like the MagicBlade worked perfectly."
He notes that, "I didn't necessarily need the MagicBlades for their infinite pan/tilt - although that came in handy in a few tasteful moments - but for linear looks and to work well in large numbers in close proximity. I wanted a linear product that could accent the width and height of the lighting rig. With the direction I was envisioning I figured the MagicBlades would set nicely in between the rows of trusses. We made sure to watch output levels closely so the audience wasn't constantly blasted by a wall of light."
Jenkins deployed two grandMA2 full-size consoles and five NPUs for lighting control. "As most programmers would say the flexibility of the grandMA's layout views makes life a little easier when dealing with multi-instance fixtures," he says. "Taking the time to create interesting selections is key. For added fun, once a layout is made, I'll usually copy it a few times and do some alignment trickery to skew the selection order. That gives us some interesting looks when using delayed timing or using the selection order in the effects engine. The grandMA is the console I stand behind night after night after night...it's like 'Groundhog Day' sometimes!"
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