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Right: Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way Ball’ lighting was controlled by MA Lighting’s grandMA2 full-size. Below: Martin Professional’s M1 controller was used at the 2012 Global Gathering at England’s Long Marston Airfield.


where it was originally installed to manage street lighting. It was then decided by the Council that the system would be installed on the internally illuminated traffic signals. The system has not only helped Surrey county council to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, but it has also seen a reduction in accidents. Planning is now in place for the system to be installed across more traffic signs in the area. The development of the solution was


taken extremely seriously, with both One2See and Harvard Engineering looking to ensure that traffic signaling and lighting requirements were taken into consideration. This was vital to the project as it ensured that the collaboration resulted in a reliable and energy efficient solution. There are some applications where lighting controls get pushed to the limits, and the entertainment sector often provides real challenges for any system. Martin Professional’s M1 controller was recently involved in one such challenge at the 2012 Global Gathering, a festival at England’s Long Marston Airfield. The controller was used to operate a large moving head rig on the main stage and festival Lighting Operator André Beekmans was delighted with the controller’s performance; “The patch goes so fast and easy that, even without any knowhow of the M1, any operator can patch the desk and check the fixtures,” he says. “The ‘group tools’ is a feature that every brand should have in their software and I like the easy way of creating an effect”.


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system so that simplicity is at its heart, combined with a fast dual-core processor, which results in an extremely responsive interface. This easy-to-use system and its portable package has seen the M1 already making waves amongst lighting programmers and designers across the world. Lady Gaga is arguably one of the biggest pop stars of the moment, and her concert tours are famous for their flamboyance. The latest tour, the ‘Born This Way Ball’, is a two and a half hour show split into five acts. Lighting design for the show has been organised by Patrick Woodroffe, with Mac Mosier out on tour as Lighting Director. The rig for the concerts includes about 270 moving lights and multiple LED fixtures, which were controlled by one of MA Lighting’s grandMA2 full-size consoles. Using the grandMA2 was a learning curve for Mosier, who particularly likes the way the console is laid out; “You can set it up just like the grandMA ‘series 1’ or however you like, and that’s fantastic,” he says. “The grandMA2 has some really neat new features. For example, instead of having an effects palette to work on, you can actually build the effect into the cue. It’s a great console and it’s exciting that it still has more to offer. There’s no Timecode on this show so I’m actually operating the console live and calling spots - it’s a lot of fun”.


Lighting Programmer Patrick Dierson has also been impressed with the console; “The grandMA2 system has proven itself to be remarkably stable under some incredibly processor-


intensive programming sessions during the tour’s build-up. One outstanding feature in particular is the extreme flexibility of its customisable Macros. We've been able to create some very complex Macros that help the touring crew prepare and maintain the wellbeing of the lighting rig each day”. From concerts to accommodation,


controls play a major role in the success of a lighting installation, so keeping up-to-date with the latest technology is essential for ensuring that projects are as effective as possible.


Contact


Hamilton Litestat T: +44 (0) 1747 860088 www.hamilton-litestat.com


Cooper Controls T: +44 (0) 1923 495495 www.coopercontrol.com


DANLERS T: +44 (0) 1249 443377 www.danlers.co.uk


Harvard Engineering T: +44 (0) 113 383 1000 www.harvardeng.com


Martin Professional T: +44 (0) 203 207 2960 www.martin.com


MA Lighting T: +49 52 51 68 88 65 10 www.malighting.com


www.a1lightingmagazine.com


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