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elation news: Dave Matthews Band

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elation news: Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band con Elation SixPar 200 y barras LED Elation Colour Chorus en su gira este verano.

La banda norteamericana de rock Dave Matthews Band, con 25 años de carrera y más de 30 millones de discos vendidos, gira este verano por diferentes teatros y recintos de ciudades de Estados Unidos con una producción de iluminación que incluye aparatos de Elation Professional.

Fenton Williams es el diseñador de iluminación de Dave Matthews Band desde el año 1995 y es el responsable del diseño de iluminación, video y escenografía de las giras del grupo.

Fenton comenta: “En esta gira estamos utilizando barras LED Colour Chorus de Elation para bañar en color un gran telón que se posiciona detrás de la banda sobre el escenario”.
“Respecto al Elation SixPar 200, estamos usando de hecho la versión para exteriores SixPar 200IP para iluminar el interior de los tramos horizontales de truss de 20 pulgadas y media que se montan en esta producción”.
“Hemos elegido el SixPar 200 por su muy homogénea mezcla de color y porque, gracias a sus módulos LED multi-chip, evitamos que el público note colores individuales de la mezcla en los aparatos que están posicionados hacia los espectadores”.

La empresa Theatrical Media Services (TMS) de la ciudad de Omaha, Nebraska, lleva suministrando el equipamiento de iluminación para las giras de Dave Matthews Band desde hace 23 años.

Aaron Stinebrink de TMS comenta:
“Utilizamos numerosas unidades del Elation SixPar 200 en nuestras producciones. Tienen un gran nivel de luminosidad y la mezcla de color gracias a sus LED con 6 colores es muy rica. La versión IP65 de este aparato encaja de maravilla para los numerosos eventos y producciones al aire libre en los que trabajamos cada año”.

El SixPar 200IP forma parte de la gama de Par LED SixPar de Elation Professional.
Con su construcción IP65 resistente a la lluvia y para su uso en exteriores, el Elation SixPar 200IP cuenta con 12x LED RGB + blanco + ámbar + ultravioleta de 12-vatios de potencia cada uno (para un total de 144-vatios) y una apertura de haz de 15°.

El jefe técnico de esta gira es Pete Frank, de TMS, y añade:
“Para bañar el gran telón que se sitúa detrás de la banda recomendamos la barra LED Elation Colour Chorus al diseñador de iluminación Fenton Williams”.
“En nuestro caso invertimos en este producto de Elation para reemplazar unas barras LED que se habían quedado antiguas. La gama Colour Chorus ha sido la elección natural para este proyecto”.

La gama de barras LED Colour Chorus de Elation Professional cuenta con cuatro modelos, con longitudes con un rango desde los 176 centímetros del Colour Chorus 72 hasta los 30 centímetros del Colour Chorus 12.
La barra LED Colour Chorus 72 cuenta con 288x LED single-color de 3-vatios de potencia (para un total de 864-vatios), repartidos en 72x LED de cada color rojo, verde, azul y ámbar.
El control individual sobre la intensidad, el hue y la saturación de cada LED, además de sus conectores RJ45/Ethercon para señales de control Art-Net, hacen de esta gama de barras LED el complemento ideal para producciones de la máxima exigencia.

Equipamiento de Elation Professional en este evento:

Elation Colour Chorus series
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Elation SixPar 200IP
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As one of the most successful bands over the last 25 years, the Dave Matthews Band has a string of hits to their credit with over 30 million in record sales worldwide.
The popular jam band is also known as a must-see summer touring act and this year are playing amphitheaters and select arenas across the U.S. beneath a rig that includes Elation Colour Chorus Series LED battens and SixPar 200 LED Par lights.

Lighting and scenic designer is Fenton Williams, who has been with the rock group since the band formed in 1991.
He has been handling the designs for lighting, scenic and video since 1995 when the band began to carry its own production.

Draped behind the band and a series of horizontal trusses is a large backdrop curtain that required a wash of colored light.
“We’re using Colour Chorus fixtures to uplight the backdrop behind the band and the SixPar 200s as truss toners in the silver 20.5-Inch utility trusses over the band,” Williams explains.
Colour Chorus is Elation’s popular series of RGBA batten wash lights useful for floodlighting surfaces in even washes of dynamic colored light.
Available in 1, 2, 4 and 6-foot lengths, hue, saturation and intensity are all individually controllable.

Williams says the SixPar 200 Par lights were specd due to their homogenous light output.
“Some of the truss toners are visible from the front and we didn’t want to see the individual LEDs making up the color mix,” he said.
“In addition, we’re using the IP65 rated version as it’s not uncommon to see some rainy days playing amphitheaters in the summer.”
The SixPar 200 houses a high-power 6-color LED multi-chip (12x 12-watt LEDs), including a UV LED, and can be used as a wash light, uplight, wall wash, truss warmer and more.

Production company Theatrical Media Services (TMS) of Omaha, Nebraska, has been working with the Dave Matthews Band for 23 years and serve as lighting supplier and co-lighting designer on the current tour.
TMS decided to purchase the SixPars based on the fixture’s fantastic light output, states TMS’s Aaron Stinebrink.
He adds, “Also, having a homogenized LED source was a must for us. We are finding that many clients are requesting that feature in their fixtures. The IP-rated SixPar fit in perfectly with the numerous outdoor events that we do throughout the year.”

As far as the Colour Chorus fixtures, TMS recommended them to Williams as the right fixture for the job, says Pete Franks of TMS.
“We bought them as a replacement for a previous fixture in our inventory that had gotten to the end of its useful life,” he says.
“The Colour Chorus fixtures were the obvious replacement for those.”

The Dave Matthews Band’s summer tour is a celebration of the band’s 25th anniversary and runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
LD Fenton Williams acknowledges TMS President Mark Huber for his support and the “great TMS support staff back in Omaha.”
He also recognizes TMS’s Pete Franks (Crew Chief) and system techs Bob Chaise, Jerry Kaiser, Josh Albright and Josh Light, who also serves as board operator.

Photos: Todd Kaplan

 

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