Top 5 Chauvet DJ Fixtures for 2016 DJ Jer Shop Time #ChauvetDJ

Top 5 Chauvet DJ Fixtures for 2016 DJ Jer Shop Time

The top 5 fixtures for 2016 from Chauvet DJ. Yes the Chauvet DJ Freedom Par is always a top pick, but here are the other must haves. Core Par 80, WashFX, Slim Beam Quad, Intimidator 455z, and of course ShowXpress! Learn more in the video and check out the more in depth videos in DJ Jer Shop Time Channel.

#CHAUVETDJ Booth Tour by Lighting Designer Jason Ayala

#CHAUVETDJ Booth Tour by Lighting Designer Jason Ayala

CHAUVET DJ Booth Tour by Lighting Designer Jason Ayala.

CHAUVET DJ Booth Flies High At LDI #chauvetDJ

CHAUVET DJ Booth Flies High At LDI

New York lighting designer, Jason Ayala (aka Jason Blends) has illuminated shows for stars like Pharrell Williams and Duran Duran. His designs have also turned heads at some of the hottest clubs in the Big Apple. But, his eyes light up like a 10-year-old’s when he talks about the Gravitron, a spaceship amusement park ride he enjoyed as a child. Ayala tapped into this youthful energy when he was asked to design the LDI show booth for CHAUVE DJ.

DJLDI“When Berenice Chauvet (vice president of Chauvet) talked to me about designing the CHAUVET DJ booth at LDI, my mind immediately went back to the Gravitron and images of space travel,” he said. “Fixtures like the Intimidators and MotionOrbs have the kind of sparkling intensity that you imagine when you think of space travel. I could see arranging these lights in a circular configuration and flying them over the booth to create the impression of a spaceship taking flight.”

Ayala turned this galactic vision into an eye-popping reality at the CHAUVET DJ booth with a pixel-mapped lighting design centered around a spaceship-like circular structure constructed with Trusst aluminum trussing from CHAUVET DJ’s sister company TRUSST. The structure, which flew over the middle of the booth, consisted of a 3-meter circle with four 3-meter legs extending out from its core.

“We flew two Intimidator 455Z IRC fixtures on the outer edge of each or the four legs, because this created an intense outline for the structure,” said Ayala. “On the inside we positioned the Intimidator Wash Zoom 350 IRC to create a spaceship glow. We hung MotionOrbs from the center to give the whole thing a 3D perspective; and in the center of it all, we positioned a Geyser RGB fogger to present the image of a spaceship taking off.”

Doing his own pixel mapping, Ayala animated the massive structure with chase scenes, odd-even patterns and abstract images. Although the multi-colored and multi-dimensional structure gave rise to flights of fancy, there was also a hardcore practical thought process at work behind this impressive design.

“Without a doubt we created something fun, but we also wanted our design to deliver an important message,” said Ayala. “Our big mission was to make sure that people who stopped by the booth got a better understanding of what you can accomplish with CHAUVET DJ fixtures. There are a lot of great performance features engineered into products like the Intimidator Series, COLORbands and other CHAUVET DJ products, and we wanted to showcase these capabilities in our design.”

The capabilities of the CHAUVET DJ fixtures were also showcased along the side and back walls of the booth. Ayala divided these areas into sections marked off by 2.5 meter Trusst sticks. A large section of wall was lined with two rows of six COLORband PiX LED strips, which were arranged diagonally. The LD pixel mapped the COLORband units to work in coordination with other fixtures along the wall of the booth.

“It was important to create a sense of movement involving the different fixtures throughout the booth,” said Ayala. “This not only creates a sense of excitement throughout the booth, it also adds dimensionality, getting you away from the 2D look, which is a danger when you just line up fixtures against the wall.”

Ayala designed six scenes for the booth that he rotated throughout the show. He also created two lightshows. “We wanted to create something different and fun to engage people,” he said. Judging from all of the visitors who cranked their heads up to admire his “spaceship,” he succeeded in doing this with flying colors.

CHAUVET Professional Nexus Creates Dance Club Look At OnBlackheath Festival

CHAUVET Professional Nexus Creates Dance Club Look At OnBlackheath Festival

The OnBlackheath festival in South East London has quickly established itself as one of England’s most popular late summer music events. Set on the picturesque Blackheath Common, the two-day gathering features an eclectic mix of live music and pop-up food stalls, an alluring combination that earned it five nominations for Britain’s Festival Awards in 2014, its very first year of existence. This year the festival turned up the juice even more with a new “Make Noise” DJ stage that featured EDM stars like Erol Alkan and Grammy-winner Tom Findlay (Groove Armada), along with a dazzling array of 28 pixel-mapped Nexus 4×4 LED panels from CHAUVET Professional.

Onblackheath 3When festival supplier London Speaker Hire approached John Rogers to design a lighting concept for the Make Noise stage, Rogers decided that the direction of the design should take on an obvious club persona. “With the stage being devoted solely to dance music, I wanted the lighting to reflect that and make it immediately apparent to you as you approached the tent,” commented Rogers.

OnblackheathRogers conveyed his dance club messages on stage by arranging his ensemble of Nexus 4×4 panels in a floor-rigged design, then making them come alive with a variety of pixel-mapped driven looks. These intense pixel-mapped patterns, along with the “colored fog” from six CHAUVET DJ Geyser RGB foggers in Rogers’ rig, transformed the stage, giving it an undeniably club-like feeling.

“In terms of looks I wanted a high-impact fixture that suited pixel mapping, and, seeing as I had used the Nexus 4×4’s previously, it was an easy decision,” continued Rogers. “It’s not the first time I’ve programmed and operated with them. They’re really bright and they mix color very well, especially considering they’re RGB fixtures. The 4x4s are so punchy, at times I had to pull intensity out of them to stop them washing the movers and front lights out.”

Rogers controlled the entire show via an Avolites Quartz console running Titan 9.1 software, which enabled him to make the most out of the fixture’s pixel-mapping features. “The 4x4s are really generous in allowing 3-pin, 5-pin and ArtNet connections, so I knew whatever I decided to do in terms of data runs they’d be versatile and not dictate how I’d have to run my lines,” he said.

Onblackheath 2As the festival has quite an early curfew, half of the acts were on in daylight. The six Geysers, which Rogers integrated into the set, were by all accounts his secret weapons to creating the desired club atmosphere. “I really relied upon the Geysers to create that murky evening club feel in broad daylight,” he said. “It’s always a bit of a fight against the daylight at a festival, but the Geysers added a stand-out effect that pulled in crowds of all ages to dance throughout the day. The added bonus of the dense haze filling the tent meant that the lights were always part of the show.”

As OnBlackheath is a family-friendly festival, in the daytime kids could be seen dancing with their parents in front of the Make Noise Stage. At night, however, the stage took on a different persona. Continued Rogers: “Once the sun went down the whole mood of the tent kicked up a gear with the Nexus and Geysers delivering the ‘club’ atmosphere that I wanted to achieve.”

Rogers concluded: “Erol Alkan closed the stage on Sunday, and was nice enough to say that the lighting was fantastic after his set! I really had fun designing this lighting concept and I think the Chauvet fixtures were a huge part of making the Make Noise stage stand out across the site.”

CHAUVET DJ Gig Lab: Strike Up the Band…Lighting: By Geoff Short #ChauvetDJ

CHAUVET DJ Gig Lab: Strike Up the Band…Lighting: By Geoff Short #ChauvetDJ

In this edition, we turn a local bar into the Gig Lab! Geoff visits Chit Chat’s, a South Florida bar to check out the killer (wireless) light show the CHAUVET DJ team set up for the band Rough Shot ( This band gig was lit using a combination of new CHAUVET DJ USB compatible fixtures, the FlareCON Air, ShowXpress and more! CHAUVET DJ lighting isn’t just for DJs!

DJ Tutor’s Take on BPM: There’s an Intimidator for Every DJ

DJ Tutor’s Take on BPM: There’s an Intimidator for Every DJ

DJ Tutor stops by the CHAUVET DJ booth at BPM and gives us his take on some favorites in the Intimidator series.

CHAUVET DJ Gig Lab: Hazer Health for Halloween: By Geoff Short

CHAUVET DJ Gig Lab: Hazer Health for Halloween: By Geoff Short

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#CHAUVETDJ To Showcase Advanced Wireless USB Series Fixtures And More At BPM

CHAUVET DJ To Showcase Advanced Wireless USB Series Fixtures And More At BPM

With final preparations for 2015’s BPM show underway, CHAUVET DJ is gearing up to showcase some of its latest and most exciting products to an expected crowd of 10,000 DJs and budding musicians.

Held this year from 12-14 September at the NEC, Birmingham, BPM has become one of the world’s premier DJ expos. This year CHAUVET DJ will celebrate its 25th anniversary in style by showcasing six new products: the D-Fi USB series, the Intimidator Trio, the SWARM 4 FX and the COREpar 40, 80 and UV USB series.

“BPM is an extremely important show for CHAUVET DJ as it allows us to interact directly with our customers,” said CHAUVET General Manager for Europe, Michael Brooksbank. “With DJs and entertainers looking to add a new dimension to their lightshow – whether uplighting a room with changing colours or creating eye candy aerial beam effects – the CHAUVET DJ stand will cater for all needs.”

D-Fi-USB-VERTICAL-FRONTLike the rest of the CHAUVET DJ team, Brooksbank is very excited to showcase the company’s latest offerings at BPM 2015. Chief among these new products is CHAUVET DJ’s D-Fi USB Series of lighting fixtures. This is a series of fixtures that include a standard USB connection. DJs and other end-users can wirelessly connect to these fixtures using CHAUVET DJ’s new D-Fi USB transceiver, which eliminates the need for any DMX cables. The USB transceiver is powered directly from the fixture.

Ranging from low-profile LED pars and COB (Chip-on-Board) colour washes, to a gobo projector, LED strobe and simulated water effect – all are controllable with a revolutionary thumb-drive-sized D-Fi USB transceiver, the D-Fi USB. When plugged into the USB port on a compatible USB Series lighting fixture, the tiny D-Fi USB gives users total wireless DMX control of the unit from a CHAUVET DJ FlareCON Air or any other D-Fi compatible transmitter. What’s more, in addition to transferring DMX signals, the D-Fi USB can be used to provide completely wireless Master-Slave operation.

The Intimidator Trio builds on the pedigree of CHAUVET DJ’s much revered Intimidator series. The Trio’s innovative, LED-powered moving head features beam, wash and effects in one affordable package. The fixture’s motorized zoom allows seamless change from a narrow beam to a wide wash, in addition to continuously-rotating honey comb effects.

Also new at the show will be the Swarm 4 FX, a 3-in-1 LED effect light that combines red and green lasers, white strobe effects and RGBAW rotating derby effects into one fixture. The fixture is capable of shaping the look of any event by creating customized looks and effects with separate colour and programme control. The Swarm 4 FX is also capable of creating a synchronised light show by power linking to multiple units.

Another new series of products, the COREpar 40 USB, COREpar 80 USB and COREpar UV USB feature COB (Chip-on-Board) RGB LEDs and offer both 40-watt and 80-watt par-style models for unsurpassed colour mixing. Additionally, the fixtures are equipped with a magnetic Fresnel lens that provides the flexibility to shift from ultra-wide to narrow beam in seconds. Multiple control options include DMX, master/slave and sound activation modes, as well as wireless control thanks to CHAUVET’s D-Fi USB compatibility.

“We’re very enthused about our new products and we look forward to showing them,” said Brooksbank. “It should be a very busy show for CHAUVET DJ.”

See these products and more at the CHAUVET DJ BPM stand #E099

FOLD Festival Stars Shine With ShoPro and CHAUVET Professional

FOLD Festival Stars Shine With ShoPro and CHAUVET Professional

For the better part of five decades, the legendary Nile Rodgers has demonstrated an uncanny ability to weave diverse musical influences together in unexpected ways. Whether it’s been as frontman for his own group Chic or as a producer for the likes of Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Pitbull and Avicii, this ageless wonder transcends musical generations and genres. Rodgers’ versatility and virtuosity were on full display recently at the FOLD Festival, outside New York City, on a star studded stage brilliantly illuminated by a collection of fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

Rodgers not only performed on stage with Chic, he hosted the two-day festival, bringing together an eclectic mix of friends and collaborators while “mashing up music cultures,” as he told the press. What a spectacular mash it was too, with sets by Pharrell Williams, Beck, Duran Duran, Chaka Kahn, Q-Tip and Keith Urban, among others, creating memories for festival goers.

“There was a sense of electricity in the air throughout the festival, and we were happy to be a part of it,” said Jason Ayala of ProSho (New York), which provided the lighting rig. “We wanted lighting that could make a bold statement at the big moments on stage with a lot of intensity and saturated color. Since the festival started at five o’clock when it’s still light out, we needed brightness too.”

Ayala and Kevin Jameson (also of ProSho) served as the festival LDs. The pair’s goal was to create a rig that was flexible enough to accommodate the diverse mix of artists on stage. “We needed the impact and eye candy for some acts, but we also wanted softer washes for others,” said Ayala. “The rig was very accommodating. Two of the bands, Duran Duran and Beck, brought in their own LDs. These LDs knew what we were bringing in and were happy with it, but they got even more excited when they got here and saw what the rig could do.”

The ProSho designers positioned fixtures on upstage and downstage truss as well as on the floor to “envelop the entire stage in light, while also reaching out to engage the crowd,” as Ayala put it. The rig included 14 Q-Wash 419Z-LED moving wash fixtures with 19 15-watt RGBW LEDs on the downstage truss and eight Rogue R1 Spot high output moving LED fixtures, as well as seven Legend 330SR Spot fixtures, on the upstage truss. The floor package included eight Rogue R1 Beams and seven Legend 330SR Spot fixtures.

The FOLD Festival also featured a second DJ Stage illuminated with Chauvet fixtures. This rig included 12 Rogue R1 Spots and 36 COLORado Batten 72 Tours outlining the perimeter of the stage. A customized DJ booth was accented with three MotionOrb décor lights, each made up of 55 individual color-changing and strobing LED orbs on strings.

“We built a lot of scenic looks on the DJ stage, giving it a club-like feel,” said Ayala. “The Rogues gave us great audience lights and aerial effects, while the other fixtures were good eye candy. We created two distinct environments on the two stages, but they worked well together during the two days.”

Blending divergent elements together into a harmonious whole has been part of Nile Rodgers genius. This gift was very evident throughout the FOLD festival, which fittingly got its name by combining the first letters of two songs associated with Rodgers. “Freak Out” a hit he had with Chic, and “Let’s Dance,” the David Bowie classic, one of many No. 1 Billboard tunes produced by Rodgers for superstars from a wide variety of genres.

How #CHAUVETDJ Made Main Stage Magic at DJ Expo!: With Rick Peeples

How CHAUVET DJ Made Main Stage Magic at DJ Expo!: With Rick Peeples

Join CHAUVET DJ Product Manager Rick Peeples as he takes you on a behind the scenes tour of the lighting magic on the DJ Times Square Main Stage at DJ Expo – all lit exclusively by CHAUVET DJ!

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