The Star Event Centre in Sydney has taken delivery of some extra special lighting just in time for the busy summer period. An MA Lighting MA2 full size, twelve Clay Paky Sharpy Wash PC, six Martin MAC Viper Performers and six MAC Viper Profiles have given the venue new possibilities.
The venue already housed an MA ultra-light console which was initially specified for low grade events with the belief that larger scale concerts would come with their own console.
“We soon realized that most of the work we were doing was of a high grade and we were constantly hiring in an MA full size,” commented Bruce Dwyer, Head of Lighting. “It made sense to purchase our own especially as the MA is the most popular console on the touring circuit. Plus our network infrastructure is all MA so it made sense.”
Bruce and all of his operators love their new MA2 full size which frees them from the limitations of the MA ultra-light.
“The MA ultra-light was fine for small shows but once you need to organize a large amount of elements to be activated at various times, it gets very difficult when you don’t have those buttons,” said Bruce. “I like that it’s all contained and you don’t need to have outboard monitors, plus you have triggers for everything that you need and all the parametres that you need.”
On choosing Martin MAC Vipers, Bruce remarks that he believes them to be the most stable, state of the art option on the market.
“I’ve worked with Martin products before and they are very reliable,” he said. “The build quality on the Vipers is extraordinary and their light source is beautiful. Finally I have an output level that matches my room. The gobos are good which means I can produce some really nice looks and they are reliable day in and day out.”
Bruce commented that he particularly likes the Sharpy Wash PC’s capacity to colour mix which allows him to transition from one look to another nice and gently.
“I decided on these fixtures for their colour mixing as well as their look for corporate work. Plus we have an LED wall which can make the entire lighting rig disappear as it is so bright and the Sharpy Wash PC’s cope very well with that.
“In my opinion, Show Technology are the best supplier and in terms of after sales support they rock. No one else in Australia matches them.”
Photos: The Queen Extravaganza show by Troy Constable.