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John Roll

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Suggestions for light show for band
« on: July 17, 2011, 02:17:07 pm »

I'm the soundguy for a band who plays small clubs. I'm looking for opinions of my idea for a small light show. Currently,they have two bulky Chauvet Colorado3s on a truss in the back of the stage. They are slowly failing. I want to replace them with some lighter units, I'm thinking of 3 or 4 PAR64 LEDs for back lighting and three PAR38 LEDs up lighting each of the three front men. What is the opinion of LED panels for back lighting vs the PAR 64s?

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John
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Re: Suggestions for light show for band
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2011, 11:32:23 pm »

Depends upon your desired look. Panels, bars, and pars all have different beam patterns, and panel/bars can do some cool "eye-candy" stuff that pars can't do. Personally I prefer using ADJ Mega Bar Pro's, as you can get really cool effects as well a traditional "wash". Need a decent controller to really get your $$ worth.
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Re: Suggestions for light show for band
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2011, 05:37:26 pm »

Depends upon your desired look. Panels, bars, and pars all have different beam patterns, and panel/bars can do some cool "eye-candy" stuff that pars can't do. Personally I prefer using ADJ Mega Bar Pro's, as you can get really cool effects as well a traditional "wash". Need a decent controller to really get your $$ worth.

Has anyone used stuff from Stage Ape lighting?
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Re: Suggestions for light show for band
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2011, 08:02:03 pm »

Cheap price, cheap quality, cheap copies of better gear with lesser performance, did I say "Cheap?"

Quite often this class of fixture is irritating to program because of the channel assignments and functions. YMMV.
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Re: Suggestions for light show for band
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2011, 10:30:15 am »

Cheap price, cheap quality, cheap copies of better gear with lesser performance, did I say "Cheap?"

Quite often this class of fixture is irritating to program because of the channel assignments and functions. YMMV.

Gotcha', you get what you pay for. any suggestions for who to deal with when I decide to purchase?
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Re: Suggestions for light show for band
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2011, 04:41:40 pm »

Cheap price, cheap quality, cheap copies of better gear with lesser performance, did I say "Cheap?"

Quite often this class of fixture is irritating to program because of the channel assignments and functions. YMMV.

Gotcha', you get what you pay for. any suggestions for who to deal with when I decide to purchase?
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Re: Suggestions for light show for band
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2011, 02:45:07 am »

ADJ has some great cost-effective choices as well. Whatever brand you look at, make certain you actually talk to the dealer(s) you are considering. Prices posted online are often higher than the price you can negotiate.
Again, make certain you've chosen a good controller; without it you will not get the full value of your fixtures.
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Re: Suggestions for light show for band
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2011, 10:28:44 pm »

As stated ColorkeyLED along with Chauvet has some pretty good lights. We have purchased and use the 10mm PAR64 from ColorKeyLED with acceptable levels of light and color balance. To get something decent you are going to spend a few hundred on a fixture. This would put you into 1W type units, most likely ok for video shoots too, since the higher priced ones tend to be flicker free. Take a look at the ColorKeyLED line up. The fixtures are built well, compared to some. The Chauvets in their DJ line are good too. If you want something to knock your socks off, the Colorado fixtures are fantastic, but will set you back a bit per fixture. Figure 450-500 per light in the pro realm, and it goes up from there.
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Re: Suggestions for light show for band
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2011, 12:27:54 am »

In addition to what Duane said about ADJ,

If you do go with an Elation Show Designer Board

You can go to there website and get "Profiles" for ADJ, Elation and some other brands of lights.

I went with the SD-2 and am still learning the board, It does have a lot of features for a beginner, However I started with simple shows.

Regards,  John
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Re: Suggestions for light show for band
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2011, 01:58:14 am »

I'm the soundguy for a band who plays small clubs. I'm looking for opinions of my idea for a small light show.

Hey there, my old band used 2-Chauvet 4bars and 2-Chauvet 4plays on stands, controlled through my laptop with Enntec's DMXIS and a Behringer FC1010. Took one evening to set up 10 basic scenes and had the expressions pedals doing strobe speed and dimming. I know the Chauvet stuff is low end, but it was quick to set up at shows, not blazing hot, and did the job. The plan was to get another dozen LED par64's for back lighting and dance floor lighting. The best part for us was the incredible drop in current draw compared to regular Par 64's and 56's.
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