www.glp.de: German Light Products - Latest News http://www.glp.de/ Latest News en www.glp.de: German Light Products - Latest News http://www.glp.de/EXT:tt_news/ext_icon.gif http://www.glp.de/ Latest News TYPO3 - get.content.right http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:12:00 +0000 GLP X4 PLAYS MAJOR ROLE IN ‘FALL OF THE WALL’ 25TH ANNIVERSARY http://www.glp.de/index.php?id=news_det&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=334&cHash=33210104d79c36916654a099a3ede623 Björn Hermann designs historic lightshow in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate To celebrate 25 years of the Berlin Wall being torn down, a massive day of festivities took place on November 9th, culminating in a major ceremony in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

Some 8,000 helium balloons were released into the night sky over Germany's capital at the culmination of events while GLP’s frontline X4 series impression LED automated heads also helped light up the night sky with a real tour de force for the central event — courtesy of the dynamic lightshow designed by Björn Hermann.

Björn Hermann had been commissioned by show director, Sven Sören Beyer of phase7, the Berlin artists company responsible for setting the programme. They in turn were brought in by mediapool Event Services GmbH, while global rental company, PRG supplied all the lighting for the main event.

Conceptually, the LD said he wanted to make the Brandenburg Gate itself the star of the production and create a three-dimensional effect using his lighting armoury to build multiple layers.

His further challenge was to not only illuminate the Gate from the front, back or sides but by building five low weight 13-meter high freestanding towers, to be able to shoot right through the Gate itself. This feature represented the sunrise behind the Gate in the symbolic opening of the Wall (by moving the LED walls) as tens of thousands of guests populated the square in front of the Gate, the symbol of the division of Germany, to hear some of the political champions of reunification and witness a dynamic stage show.

Björn Hermann has been a long-time user of GLP’s evolving impression LED platform and for this show he sourced more than 150 fixtures, divided into the workhorse X4, the smaller X4S and newly-launched super-sized X4 XL.

“Ever since the first impression 90 came onto the market, I have been fascinated by the lamp,” he said. “With the further development the RZ120 Zoom the possible applications expanded again. And now with the X Series GLP covers all areas of small, medium and large lighting sources. In terms of LED wash light they are among of my favourites.”

However, this was his first experience with the X4 series. He had requested the X4 (19 x 15W high power RGBW LEDs) for evaluation, and as soon as it had tested positively, he specified it for the show, working closely with GLP to complement the fixture with the smaller X4S (7 x 15W RGBW LEDs) and X4XL, the output of which he was particularly keen to experience.

Appraising the lights, he noted, “The X Series played an important role in the overall concept; the lamps both read well to camera and yet are completely suitable for use in a live context, delivering a very high light output.

“Since I illuminated the Brandenburg Gate with LED floodlights I wanted to use the same technique to recreate the design of the stage platforms and walkways, using additional colour mixing — and thereby emphasise the size of the stages.”

In view of their compact size, he said, the X4 could be set into the scenic architecture, including the walkways and at the front of the stage area, while due to their high output, the X4 XL fixtures were positioned on the leading edges of the two main stages to produce additional impact.

The new star of the portfolio, the X4 XL boasts a mighty 55 individually controllable RGBW LED sources, each rated at 15W. With a vast palette from strident colour to soft pastels, each colour matched to align across units, giving them compatibility with X4 and X4S units that may be used on the same production. It also offers the same zoom range of 7° to 50° which, with such a high output, forms a ‘cannon of light’ at its narrowest angle up to a bright expanse of coverage at its widest.

Hosted by actor Jan Josef Liefers, there were also historical anecdotes among bands and artists appearing, while the event also included speeches from civil rights activists Freya Klier, Ulrike Poppe, political cabaret artist Wolfgang Koch and performances by top German musicians. In addition, Polish freedom fighter Lech Walesa and Mikhail Gorbachev and German Federal President Joachim Gauck, who accompanied the symbolic fall of the Wall (with the rise of the balloons) stood next to Major Klaus Wowereit on stage. There were fireworks and Daniel Barenboim conducting the Staatskapelle Berlin with Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Ode to Joy.

Peter Gabriel gave a rendition of Heroes and other musical highlights were provided by Udo Lindenberg, Silly, die Fantastischen Vier, Clueso, Paul Kalkbrenner, die Staatskapelle Berlin mit Daniel Barenboim, phase7 performing.arts, Junges Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Wolf Biermann and others.

Summing up, Björn Hermann again praised the versatility of the impression X4 range. “For the speakers I was able to create a low-output base look to create camera backgrounds while for the bands I used the lamps to their full extent, depending on the mood of the music — generating full ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ movements.

“These lamps completely met my expectations. I like  the product design, the light output, the colours and the zoom range … actually everything!”<xml></xml>

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New X4 XL given impressive workout at Nature One http://www.glp.de/index.php?id=news_det&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=332&cHash=221b4a7fd39903d1369a59a1e581bd50 Thomas Gerdon provides massive light output for major open air electronic fest With his reputation for piloting the lighting at two of Europe’s leading electronic music festivals — the German extravaganzas Mayday and Nature One — Thomas Gerdon (gerdon MEDIADESIGN) is in high demand.

 

He describes both these events as entirely unique, with Nature One among the largest European open-air electronic dance fests and the slightly smaller Mayday its indoor equivalent.  Both share the same promoter (SFX Group) and the Group’s production company (I-Motion GmbH); but the recent Nature One also gave Thomas Gerdon the chance to use GLP’s new large-format impression X4 XL for the first time at a sold-out event attended by some 72,000 people.

Thomas Gerdon has been involved with Nature One — which takes place annually at the Raketenbasis Pydna disused NATO rocket base in Kastellaun — since 2002; initially he was a lighting op for one of the smaller club floors, but his role has steadily grown, and since 2011 he has taken charge of the main open air floor design.

“We really work closely to the music, tight to the beat.” He says. “We don’t run timecode — everything is operated live and we can just freestyle and follow the music.”

Along with Jerry Appelt, who debuted the X4 XL LED head on the major ‘Böhse Onkelz’ concert at the Hockenheim Ring he has been one the first top tier LDs to jump on board. “[GLP’s] Oliver Schwendke introduced the X4 XL to me and I was immediately impressed with the fixture and its features,” he said.

Gerdon already had 64 X4 heads incorporated into the stage design — but this was the icing on the cake. “I always choose these if they are available, but I really wanted to have the XL to complete the design. GLP supported me in finding a supplier and in just 10 days I found a way to add 12 of the new XL into the design.”

Supplied by Heli Showequipment GmbH, the X4 series lights were mounted on the open air stage floor for effect lighting. Many were also set in the roof above the DJ where they were used as an effect light and as front- and backlight for the DJs. In addition X4s and X4 XL were used as floor lights for further effects.

Each impression X4 XL head features 55 x 15W RGBW LEDs and a 7°-50° zoom; asked for his assessment, the LD was unstinting in his praise, describing the experience as a memorable one. “They are very good looking and don’t have a base, which gives them a really sleek look.

“They have an enormous light output and the quality of the colours is as good as the X4. The zoom range is really impressive — you can use them both as a beam light and as a stage wash — and they work well in both modes; the pan/tilt speed is excellent —surprisingly so, as you don’t expect this when you see the size of the fixture.

“But the biggest advantage is the output — they really have an extreme lighting output which you don’t find in other LED fixtures. The pattern effects are also cool and because of the big amount of pixels you can create a lot of new looks.”

Almost uniquely, he says, they received positive feedback from the artists themselves. “The manager of one famous DJ called me and said that the artist had remarked that it was one of the best lighting effects that he had ever seen — which was most unusual. That was really a great honour for us to get a feedback like this.”

Going forward, he anticipates both the impression X4 and X4 XL will become staple workhorses in his shows. “For sure I will be speccing them, as they will function in a lot of different applications, always doing a great job.” This will include an upcoming YouTube video shoot, a TV production and a new large scale touring project.<xml> Normal 0 21 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE </xml>

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Versatile VOLKS|LICHT SPOT is just the ticket for Tomoka http://www.glp.de/index.php?id=news_det&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=330&cHash=a4fd87710ab877e96a9d53e667112522 The Tomoka Christian Church, near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently carried out a major technical... According to AC’s Fred Mikeska, this was the result of AC Lighting’s long relationship with the church’s audio visual contractor, Nate Mudge (president of system contractors and dealers Nateco) and followed a successful GLP fixture demo at last year’s InfoComm trade show in Florida.

While the Church’s Technical Director, Shane Stanton, was already familiar with the GLP brand, he admits that this was the first time he had investigated their fixtures at close quarters.

“I had told Nateco that I wanted LED wash and profile fixtures to take the place of the discontinued and outdated arc based fixtures that were previously in the plans; they needed to be sufficiently bright and fit in the budget.”

He added that had he not discovered the VOLKS|LICHT Spots he was considering staying with an arc based system “since we could not find an LED fixture that could meet the criteria.”

So what criteria did he set for the VOLKS|LICHT Spot — and what does it offer the church? According to Stanton it was a combination of features — notably the LED engine, brightness, the build quality and price. “Also we knew, based on calculations, the 15° beam would work nicely in our auditorium with our lighting grid height,” he continued.

With their small footprint, flexibility and lack of maintenance requirements, he could also see further advantages. “Compared to our older bigger fixtures, one person can easily change install or move these on the lighting grid.”

The new LED heads have immediately taken up a versatile role within the church. “We use them mostly for effect, with haze, but have done some spotlight effects as well.

“Our style is pretty dynamic, and we’ll have a fast upbeat song with lots of flash and beam effects, a medium tempo where we might have some gobos with beam effects or some patterns on the walls, or a slow song where we’ll go for more of a backlit look with the beams cutting through.”

All this is well within the scope of a spot fixture that boasts a 300W RGB LED engine, which offers high output through an efficient optical system with clear gobo projection, even field distribution and smooth dimming without any colour shift.

And Fred Mikeska, the man initially responsible for directing the Tomoka technical team onto GLP’s InfoComm booth, endorsed this.

“They were really impressed with the overall performance, reliability of GLP and the low cost of ownership,” remembers the AC Lighting man, who supplied all the GLP fixtures  along with a new Jands i3 lighting console.  

This included GLP’s increasingly popular impression X4 — from which the church is  also deriving great benefit for washes and beam effects. This lightweight LED head features 19 RGBW high output LED’s and offers 7° to 50° zoom range, full colour mixing including CTC and customisable pixel patterns across its front face to provide even colour mixing across the beam at all angles.

Finally, having used a Jands Vista lighting desk for a number of years, he knew that the new i3 would not only be compatible with the LED fixtures, but also with their programming style.

All of which is hugely beneficial to Tomoka Christian Church’s new 800-seat fan shaped auditorium — which will be expandable to over 1,000 in the future. With an open ceiling, painted black to conceal the new compact GLP light sources and air ducts, the building supports five regular services throughout the week, along with certain special events.

Summing up, the Church’s TD confirms, “We have been continually impressed with both the VOLKS|LICHT and the X4. The VOLKS|LICHTs give us the brightness we are looking for, with the gobos and prism effects for some eye candy, and with the LED engine we wanted.”

Pictures: Brendan Erazo

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impression X4 help to rock Rio in Lisbon http://www.glp.de/index.php?id=news_det&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=328&cHash=0bc3e656ee3ac768bd03bb6cd15b01c3 Thomas Giegerich and Toto Bröcking light main stage façade with 100 heads  

When the famous Rock in Rio Festival returned to Lisbon this summer, and crowds of up to 350,000 swarmed to the Parque da Bela Vista, they zeroed in on the main Palco Mundo stage, the façade of which was spectacularly lit by 120 GLP impression X4 LED heads.

This provided the perfect setting for top tier acts such as the Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Justin Timberlake, Linkin Park, Queens of the Stone Age and many more to perform over the four days.

Having worked with Rock in Rio, one of the largest festivals in the world, for the last decade, lighting design company, bright! GmbH again turned to GLP’s successful impression platform.

Thomas Giegerich, who runs the German lighting company with brother Michael, confirmed that they had successfully built on the legacy of the original impression 90s. “We used all the X4s to bring the metal stage structure to life — something we had done with the Impression 90 years before. It really highlighted the facade.”

He noted that in addition to being compact, light weight and low on consumption — ideal for festivals — there were many other attributes. “They are rugged, produce very good colours and are extremely fast,” he stated. “In the end the price was part of the decision too.”

He had first become involved in the event back in 2004 when bright! were asked to handle the complete WYSIWYG on-site preprogramming. “We were hired by Procon, which is now PRG Germany, for the first European Rock in Rio — and now I am the festival’s lighting designer, ” Giegerich continued.

Founded by Brazilian entrepreneur Roberto Medina, the event itself is a series of festivals that take place in Rio (Brazil), Lisbon (Portugal) and Madrid (Spain). It had been his decision to move the event to Lisbon in 2004 before it returned to its original location, Rio de Janeiro, with a new line-up in 2011.

Working this year alongside Gabisom, who provided the sound, Thomas Giegerich and Tobias ‘Toto’ Bröcking designed all the lighting and video sets (assisted by WYSIWYG specialist Matthias Reuhl), trading on their long relationship with GLP.

They had first been introduced to the Karlsbad-based company many years ago when one of their employees (Denis Hessberger) moved to the manufacturer.

Since then they have developed ever closer ties, with bright! specifying every generation of impression fixtures and handling the manufacturer’s trade fair booth designs to this day. Meanwhile Hessberger has returned to bright! but continues to work closely with GLP.

As for the X4s, they also proved popular in Lisbon with the influx of visiting LDs who found them easy to programme and build cues. “They are just so easy to work with,” concluded the lighting designer. “All the incoming bands’ LDs know these fixtures and can easily implement them in their shows.”

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Supercharged impression X4 XL makes stunning UK debut with The Naked And Famous http://www.glp.de/index.php?id=news_det&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=326&cHash=4c42d2dc2679e5b893b116928fc06cc7 When New Zealand band The Naked and Famous were set to play their first major UK headline showcase... So he commandeered 12 of GLP’s powerful new impression X4 XL LED washlights — the latest and largest of the popular X4 family — from equipment vendor TSL Lighting, knowing he would be giving them their exclusive UK debut. “I had been hoping to get my hands on this fixture for a while,” he admits.

Liam was already familiar with the fixture’s forbears, the popular X4 and smaller X4 S, having used them as floor packages on the band’s American arena gigs — both in their own right and in support of US rock band, Imagine Dragons. But at Shepherds Bush, six of the massive X4XL pan heads, each housing 55 x 15W RGBW LEDs, and vertically mounted on pipes set downstage left and right, were set to output huge swathes of light.

It was an impressive tour de force that had an immediate impact on the indie band itself. Keyboard player Aaron Short summed up the anticipation of the new GLP lights by quipping, "Liam had been going on about this Shepherds Bush show for so long — and now I know why. We'd been using the X4 on our last tour, which is great, but these X4 XLs are five times as big. They're epic and make it feel like we're playing in an arena!

"For me, the bigger the production I'm surrounded in, the better … so having the new GLP X4 XLs on stage definitely helps me take my performance to another level.”

Taking up the story again, Liam says, “With 55 LEDs, it gives a real punch — the beams are amazing!” He also highlights the individually controllable LEDs which allowing a range of different patterns to be created and displayed on the front lenses. “It's all about lighting the band, really, using the power of the beams via the pattern chases; a lot of fixtures can't do that.

“GLP’s colour tones and dimmer curves have always been better than their competitors while the [7°-50°] zoom on the X4XL is amazing; it makes such a difference.

Aside from being impressed with the colour saturates he has also noticed that the fixture is hardly DMX hungry: “27 channels in the hi-res mode which is pretty reasonable. In fact power wise we are on 63 amps but we are running nowhere near capacity.

“I also like the lens on the front so you don’t see the tacky LEDs. The strobing is also a lot nicer and it’s pretty fast for a fixture of that size and weight, as I do move the lights into the crowd.” The fixtures are also easy to programme on his Chamsys desk.

The X4 XLs were clearly the highlight of a production that also featured Solaris flares and short arc discharge lamps, creating as big a wow factor for the full house as the band themselves. “To add a lot more effect we are using custom built mirrors to create prism effects which we’ve had since the Imagine Dragons tour,” confirms the LD.

He has been morphing the same show file as he used with the X4’s, adding subtle tweaks. “I have always worked on the idea of doing a cue stack for a track and having specials on a different fader, so it's all pretty much time coded really. I have a bespoke page for each song, and there's a lot of triggering of Macros as well; I find it easier to edit a Macro especially at smaller venues when we're cloning/morphing different fixtures.”

Liam Griffiths, who comes from a family of lighting and video technicians, has honed his art at venues just such as this; his CV features stints with Rudimental, Maximo Park and The Enemy among others, while a heavy booking roster for next year includes a tour with Brooke Fraser.

Martin Locket from TSL Lighting also added his pride at being involved in the UK debut of GLP’s new blockbuster. "We are delighted to continue our support for Liam and this show has been a great chance for us to collaborate with Mark Ravenhill and his team.

“An energetic live show gave us a first class opportunity to evaluate these fixtures fully and to identify further productions and designers that they would be ideally suited to, across several market sectors."<xml></xml>

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impression X4 help bring Billy Joel´s MSG residency to life http://www.glp.de/index.php?id=news_det&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=324&cHash=d600b8e54f57d708247a981e00cc4760 Production designer Steve Cohen’s association with Billy Joel dates back an astonishing 40 years.... Along the production journey, as technology evolved into LED, so Cohen encountered the world of the GLP impression series — using both the original impression 90 and 120 RZ zoom as well as the Volkslichts. But it was the later introduction of the X4 that confirmed his love affair with the impression LED platform.

“I saw the X4 for the first time on the GLP stand at LDI when Mark Ravenhill showed them to me. The technology and colour were spectacular and I used them for the first time on Human Nature [at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas].”

This show, which celebrated the magic of Motown, ran in the city where his operation, Steven Cohen Productions, is based. “I have had a lot of success with that show and could see immediately that the X4 was a pretty efficient light. As an LED wash light I can set it at 50ft-60ft, as I do on the Billy Joel shows, and it’s amazing to see such a pure collimated beam.”

For this tour, lighting vendors, Atomic Lighting of Pennsylvania, have supplied 120 GLP X4’s to help punctuate a concept which exploded from one original small show that Joel undertook in the UK. “I had some ideas with segmented video screens and I modified that for 360°, reconfiguring it and repositioning the video — and that drove the lighting plot.”

Both the residency and touring set, plays in the round from the end of the arena, with Billy Joel’s piano on a revolving turntable.

The New Yorker has a decades-long history with the Garden. Since 1978, he’s played a record-breaking 47 shows, including a sold-out run of 12 consecutive nights in 2006, and a moving performance at the 12-12-12 concert benefiting victims of Sandy. Capacity audiences of 18,000 have been flocking to see the artist, many of them repeat visits.

And with his inspired use of video Steve Cohen is helping Joel celebrate the magic of New York “with animated scenery and video capture technology, both evocative and impressionistic.”

As a TV lighting designer he knows the importance of balance. “There are only two types of lighting used on the show and the balance we have achieved with the video gives us plenty of headroom.”

He is using the X4 both as a flood and a tight beam. “In fact I’m using every parameter,” he says. “It offers the best colour of any LED light and it’s reliable, giving us a consistent colour feel. On top of that they are lightweight and you get a lot in a small amount of space.”

The X4 fixtures are mounted on ten bars, purpose manufactured by Atomic Lighting and each containing four X4 impressions; some are set both above and below the random vertical video panels — which hang in separate strips to form the ‘broken’ wall — where they hold their own effortlessly. A further 27 X4 fixtures are placed on nine vertical booms at the back of the stage — three on each — and also around the stage floor itself.

The geometry of the video design is such that when it fades to black, the silhouetted outline represents the Manhattan Skyline.

The shows further benefit from being directed by experienced programmer Mark Foffano, another long time Billy Joel associate, who has worked on every show since the late ‘90s.

 

 

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MIRRAD storms the Bastille with GLP impression X4 artillery http://www.glp.de/index.php?id=news_det&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=322&cHash=750877d44b7eae9fd27d95d15b7e0d6f Lighting designer Jamie Thompson has again turned to GLP’s groundbreaking LED impression series to... Three years after successfully integrating the impression 90s (and Zoom) into The Script’s show design, his company MIRRAD, which he runs with experienced co-lighting designer Bryan Leitch and Dave Cohen, specified 60 of the German manufacturer’s highly popular X4 moving heads. The inventory was supplied by PRG after first providing a demo of the fixtures.

Technology has advanced a long way in three years, and Thompson admits, “I’m really loving the X4 … I feel that GLP has made another huge leap with this new range. Combining both power and effects, this range has really come into its own.”

The London-based band, fronted by Dan Smith, has been playing a range of successful shows, including the massive Coachella Festival in the States (where Will Dart was programming and operating the lighting board) as they embark on the festival season.

The production concept this time around has been to highlight the triangle symbol which replaces the ‘A” in Bastille — and the impressions are used to line the upstage triangle and mid-stage diagonals. They are also rigged overhead for use as mid-air effects and to wash the stage.

“In these roles the X4 has been opening up some amazing effects for us,” Jamie continues. “The ability to use specific cells in the fixtures is a fantastic feature. But what really impresses is just how bright they are for their size — and how they stand up to the discharge sources.”

In fact GLP’s popular touring product features 19 RGBW 15W LED’s in a new baseless, lightweight design, with slimline body — making them easy to specify and place within the plot. The impression X4 features a 7:1 zoom ratio (7°-50°), full colour mixing including CTC and customisable pixel patterns across its front face. It is designed to deliver high output and with its RGBW sources, offers a wide colour palette from soft pastels to deep saturates.

Although Bastille’s rig size has downscaled for some of the smaller shows the full GLP inventory will be on display again from October. Meanwhile Jamie Thompson is planning to rejoin The Script shortly for further shows.

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impression X4 boosts German national team’s triumphant celebration in Berlin http://www.glp.de/index.php?id=news_det&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=320&cHash=f4bcebc4548c3074304a0b910bb85734 After winning a thrilling Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro and the subsequent flight home in the... Already in recent weeks up to 500,000 football fans had celebrated their team’s success on the Straße des 17. Juni in front of the Brandenburg Gate and along the Fan Mile. For the light show on the main stage, situated in front of the famous landmark, local company TLT Event AG was responsible for building the 65 square metre LED wall along with a number of X4 impression X4s.

Lighting designer Lars Murasch was more than satisfied with the performance of this compact LED moving head: "The X4 is a very versatile wash light,” he said. “It can be combined excellently with Beams due to its tight zoom and the low amount of stray light. It proved itself in front of the TV camera for both its image and among other things for its baseless design.”

Both the German team as well as the LED Wash ‘designed in Germany’ performed exceptionally. After a month-long tournament in Brazil and a total of 13 days of use on the Fan Mile the most beautiful homecoming the German football fans could imagine was the presentation of the trophy in front of the fans by team captain Philipp Lahm and his team-mates.

TLT AG’s director, Jan Schimming, was entirely satisfied: "The operating days at the Fan Mile can sometimes be long. For the team’s homecoming the stage programme, for example, began at 8 clock in the morning — and yet we experienced no problems with the impression X4 during the entire production."

In conclusion, Schimming said that these fixtures from GLP represented a good long-term investment. "We have already used 48 impression X4 for the New Year's Eve event at the Brandenburg Gate. Those LED moving heads have therefore now proven themselves to be reliable in both cold and hot conditions — and they didn’t let us down on either occasion. Operational reliability and flexibility are the key points for all involved parties, for us, our clients KIT Group & Wohlthat Entertainment GmbH and last but not least the audience."

 

Pictures: David Marschalsky

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New impression X4 XL adds sting to SCORPIONS lighting set http://www.glp.de/index.php?id=news_det&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=318&cHash=755cfc57a2ec9ac9dc6d51e8f4ef11c5 LD Rainer Becker debuts GLP’s new LED head on MTV Unplugged tour Rainer Becker, long-serving LD for legendary German rock band, the Scorpions, has frequently turned to GLP’s evolving impression family of LED heads when designing his touring sets; but he has now gone a step further by becoming the first adopter of the company’s new X4 XL moving head for the latest MTV Unplugged series.

Producing an amazing amount of light output, the impression X4 XL uses 55 RGBW LEDs and offers a zoom of 7° to 50°. Providing Becker with ultimate flexibility the fixture works equally well as a narrow beam light — with hard edge capability — or as a smooth wash light with even coverage at wider angles.

It was GLP’s Oliver Schwendke who proposed the X4 XL during a production meeting with the LD, along with the band’s video creatives, Günther Jäckle and Hans Otto Richter. “We were discussing content and immediately agreed to use the X4 XL for the Unplugged tour,” confirms Becker. “I had been waiting for an LED spotlight with high output — and the X4 XL delivers that along with an unbelievable zoom; this fixture is a must on outdoor stages.”

Consequently, six of the X4 XL fixtures were positioned along the front edge of the subwoofers, with Becker declaring, “I prefer big effects. They have so much power that if you set the zoom to zero they will hurt people’s eyes so you have to fire them over the heads of the audience.” Literally an ‘over the top’ effect then.

In addition to the aforementioned zoom which Rainer Becker describes as “incredible”, he says, “The built in effects library — the same as the impression X4 — is also very nice, and the patterns are very easy to programme.”

The enormous output is based on a fully homogenized RGBW colour system with additional variable CT control. Also featured are a variable speed electronic strobe, smooth full range dimming, 16-bit pan and tilt and GLP’s trademark stylish baseless design.

MTV Unplugged was originally recorded in August last year in the Greek capital of Athens. “I did the set and lighting design for this show — and based on this, the band asked me to make an adapted arena version,” said the LD. “For the rock shows I always request 30 GLP impression XL in the technical rider wherever possible.” With 240 K2 LEDs, he says this is his ‘go to’ solution when it comes to LED wash lights.

These rock shows also continue to use the G-LEC system, part of the GLP portfolio, originally suggested by the Hanover band themselves, and first used by Rainer Becker as far back as 2010.

“For the rock shows the rough appearance of the 30mm display works really well but for the Unplugged show we use 8mm screens, because we have a lot of camera pictures.”

But the stars of MTV Unplugged have unquestionably been the X4 XL. While low power draw and lumen efficiency remain the two mainstays of GLP’s impression series the features keep improving in order to remain competitive, he believes. “It seems like whenever GLP launches a new model everyone is trying to design a copy.”

Summing up, Rainer Becker says he has been extremely happy with the debut performances of the impression X4 XL. “The lights looked great the way we used them — as ‘skytrackers’ above the audience — and even the band noticed that we had a new toy.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how they will perform when we use them outdoors, as they can easily replace molefays!”

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impression X4 XL i-touring Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:02:00 +0000
GLP launches new generation impresion X4 XL http://www.glp.de/index.php?id=news_det&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=316&cHash=c52c84171b44c411bb55b48c4483cbbb GLP’s next generation impression X4 XL LED moving head has been creating waves among global LDs... The X4XL embraces the same philosophy and highly efficient optical design of the smaller X4 and X4S to complete a family of fixtures suitable for venues and shows of all sizes.

The automated head boasts 55 RGBW LED sources, each rated at 15W and each colour matched to align across units, giving them compatibility with X4 and X4 S units that may be used on the same production. It also offers the same zoom range of 7° to 50° which, with such a high output, forms a ‘cannon of light’ at its narrowest angle up to a bright expanse of coverage at its widest.

And with its quad colour sources, the X4 XL offers the same extensive colour pallet as others in the series, ranging from soft pastels to deep, strong saturates; and the increased intensity ensures that the saturated colours just become even purer.

For effects across its face, the X4 XL allows for individual control of each of the 55 pixels, with a complete range of patterns built into the fixture as standard. Custom patterns can be programmed quickly and easily via a few DMX channels and recorded directly into the control desk. The X4XL standard DMX mode uses just 26 channels with access to all functionality, making it particularly economical.

The optical system of the X4 XL has been designed to give even coverage of both colour and intensity across its beam at all zoom ranges and doesn’t suffer from dark spots, remaining faithful to the core needs of a washlight and not sacrificing performance for gimmicks.

The optical dimming performance of the X4 XL continues GLP’s tradition of producing the highest quality control, with no colour shift occurring during any part of the dimming process — so that long fades will reproduce exactly. An electronic shutter gives a wide and varied strobe effect up to 25 flashes per second, with built in macros for ease of programming.

Finally, the impression X4 XL features 16-bit pan and tilt control, with 660° of pan and 260° of tilt movement, complete with feedback sensors to ensure positional accuracy at all times.

Confirms GLP US Inc president, Mark Ravenhill, “The initial reaction to the X4XL has been amazing, and it is clearly the large LED washlight that people have been waiting for. Creating continuity and longevity with our product lines is important for us, for our partners and the designers that use our fixtures. The addition of the X4 XL allows us to strengthen this product series for everyone.”

The X4 XL is available from GLP distributors globally.<xml> </xml>

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Product News impression X4 XL i-theater Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:54:00 +0000