CHAUVET Professional Shines at BPM & PRO
All eyes were on CHAUVET Professional at last month’s BPM and PRO shows held at the Birmingham NEC from September 13-15. One of the main attractions at the three-day event was the central performance space, known as the BPM Arena, sponsored by CHAUVET Professional.
Highlights on the main stage included DJ sets from Toddla T and Kutski; AV DJ sets from The Video Geeks and Beat A Maxx; performances from Urban Cookie Collective and Angie Brown; and live Q&As with high profile DJs Roni Size and Kissy Sell Out.
To cater for the diverse activities taking place in the Arena, Chauvet Europe’s Sam Bowden specified a versatile package comprised exclusively of CHAUVET Professional gear. The design encompassed an array of moving heads including 20 feature-packed Rogue fixtures – a mix of the Rogue R1 Beam, R2 Beam, and R2 Spot; 12 Legend 412Z; and eight Legend 330 SR Spot. Added to this were 40 one-metre pixel-mapping ÉPIX Bar 2.0, 40 Nexus Aq 5x5 LED wall panels, and a further 40 PVP S7 high definition video panels. Twenty-two STRIKE strobes, eight Ovation E-190WW ellipsoidal-style LED spots, and four Amhaze II haze machines completed the main Arena design. For the VIP areas at the rear of the Arena, 14 ultra-compact CHAUVET Professional COLORdash Par-Hex 12 RGBAW+UV LED fixtures provided a wash of colour.
“One of my main objectives was to show how effective and easy it is to integrate different types of video product. The only must-have was a central screen on the main stage, PVP S7, moving out from this I added a funky ÉPIX grid,” said Bowden. “Also, this was a big platform for us to show the Rogue fixtures; I was keen to show how well they perform in a production environment. I like to use beam units as a visual back wall item, so I incorporated R2 Beams for this purpose. I selected R1 Beams for the middle for good aerial effects, made possible by their dual prisms and resulting wider dispersion. Added to this were the STRIKE 324 pars, for me, they have the best eye-candy effect.”
In addition to the packed schedule prepared by event organisers Marked Events, CHAUVET Professional hosted a special breakfast product demonstration that culminated with an exhilarating light show incorporating spectacular effects.
Freelance lighting designer Dave Kyle, who operated the desk for the duration of the event, commented: "The quality of the lights was very impressive but the Rogue R2 Spot especially stood out. This is the first time I’ve used an LED spot and actually forgotten it wasn’t a discharge source. Bright enough to mix with the high intensity R1 and R2 beams and with great colours, optics and features too. Even with a lot of harsh chases and effects every fixture worked flawlessly throughout the day. I’d happily tour with any of them. The support from the Chauvet team was also outstanding."
To complement the Arena showcase, CHAUVET Professional invited guests to its hospitality area on stand G42 in the PRO show. Meanwhile, new products, including the Intimidator Wave IRC and FlareCON, pulled in crowds at CHAUVET DJ’s stand at the adjacent BPM show.