#CHAUVETDJ Gig Lab: The Value of Trade Shows at NAMM 2015: By Geoff Short

#CHAUVETDJ Gig Lab: The Value of Trade Shows at NAMM 2015: By Geoff Short

The Gig Lab goes to Anaheim, California for the NAMM 2015 show to talk to industry experts John Young of Disc Jockey News, Ryan Burger of Mobile Beat Magazine, DJ Mikey Mike and CHAUVET DJ Senior Product Development Manager Allan Reiss about what trade shows like NAMM can mean to your DJ business.

#CHAUVETDJ Wins Two MMR 2014 Dealer Choice Awards

CHAUVET DJ Wins Two MMR 2014 Dealer Choice Awards

History repeated itself at NAMM this year, and for good measure it added an exclamation point to its recurring message. Not only did CHAUVET DJ, received its second consecutive MMR Dealer’s Choice Lighting Line of the Year Award at the show, it took home the 2014 MMR Dealer’s Choice DJ Line of the Year Award honors too.

CHAUVETDJ_MMR Awards“It’s very rare for a company to win awards in two different categories in the same year,” said Albert Chauvet, president and CEO of Chauvet. “From what I’ve been told, this marked the first time that the same company has received the Lighting Line and DJ Line award in the same year, so we’re very honored and excited.”

What makes the award especially meaningful to the CHAUVET DJ team is that it’s based on voting by dealers. This is a tribute not only to the popularity of the company’s groundbreaking new products, but also to its commitment of standing behind those products and working with dealers to build and maintain a healthy market.

MMR_Awards“Certainly, these awards reflect the fact that we are making products that are well received by end users,” said Chauvet. “However, this honor also goes beyond that to show that we care about service and supporting our dealers. This is who we are as people and as a company, so the two MMR awards reflect what we’re all about.”

CHAUVET DJ has introduced a variety of products in 2014 that have captured the imagination of end users and dealers alike by offering new ways to overcome familiar challenges. These include the battery-powered remote-controlled EZ Series that frees mobile entertainers from the reliance on power outlets and cables. Another newcomer, the FlareCON Air and app, broke new ground last year by allowing end users to turn their phones into DMX Controllers. The wireless battery-powered Freedom Series of fixtures, which are compatible with the FlareCON app, also gave end users greater mobility in 2014.

On the color rendering front, CHAUVET DJ brought 6-in-1 LED technology to the market with fixtures like the SlimPAR Hex 6 IRC par-style RGBAW+UV high-output fixture. The company’s legendary Intimidator line also shook up the market in 2014 with the introduction of the Intimidator Wave IRC, which can create a club-like lightshow all on its own with five independently controlled moving heads projecting razor sharp beams.

“This has been an exciting year, with a lot of great new products for us,” said Chauvet. “We’re proud of the awards, but now our focus is to work hard and come out with more breakthroughs in 2015.”

#CHAUVETDJ Gig Lab: The New #TRUSST Speaker Stand Adaptor: By Geoff Short

#CHAUVETDJ Gig Lab: The New TRUSST Speaker Stand Adaptor: By Geoff Short

Sometimes it’s worth a quick trip to the Gig Lab just to check out a simple tool that can make all our gigs easier and safer. That’s the case with this episode as Geoff talks with TRUSST Product Manager Kenny Miller about the new Speaker Stand Adaptor.

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New lights from #ChauvetDJ from #NAMM2015 With Nick Airriess on #DJNTV

New lights from #ChauvetDJ from #NAMM2015 With Nick Airriess on #DJNTV

New lights from #ChauvetDJ from #NAMM2015 With Nick Airriess on #DJNTV

Nick shared three new lights being released at NAMM 2015. The SlimBEAM Quad, the Intimidator Spot Duo 150, and the 6 Spot Quad IRC.

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#CHAUVETDJ To Launch Powerful New Lighting Products At NAMM

CHAUVET DJ To Launch Powerful New Lighting Products At NAMM

CHAUVET DJ will release 16 new lighting fixtures and accessories at the 2015 NAMM Show this month in Anaheim, California. These game-changing new products range from moving head fixtures, hex technology fixtures and battery-powered wireless lights, to new gear bags and a cutting edge new lighting controller. “As always, CHAUVET DJ’s new products are designed to give entertainers and event producers of all kinds the ability to add dramatic lighting to their events,” said CHAUVET DJ Senior Product Manager Allan Reiss. “We’re excited to provide a whole new set of powerful tools to add to our existing products that will let them do that quickly and easily. DJs and event designers are always looking for convenient wireless lighting solutions, hex technology and dynamic moving head fixtures. These new products will definitely meet those needs”. NAMM visitors can get a hands-on introduction to the new products at the CHAUVET DJ booth #5574.

The 6Spot Quad IRC is an all-in-one fixture consisting of six movable heads on a single bar containing high-powered Quad-Color (RGBW) LEDs. The six movable heads make pin spotting multiple locations or achieving total room or stage coverage easy. The 6Spot Quad IRC’s unique slip-over design that fits most tripod stands and the included L-brackets and clamping locations make mounting possibilities limitless. Pre-programmed light shows can be accessed wirelessly using the optional IRC-6 remote. The included carry bag makes set up and tear down easy.

EZ-WASH-HEX-PACKThe newest addition to CHAUVET DJ’s EZ line of battery-powered, wireless fixtures is the EZWash Hex IRC. Created in the image of its predecessor, the wildly popular EZPin IRC, the EZWash Hex IRC is a compact wash fixture using 6-in-1 (RGBAW+UV) technology, creating literally trillions of colors. Battery powered means no cables to deal with, making set up and tear down fast and easy. Control is simple and easy using the optional IRC-6 remote control. 9 preset colors custom mixed for the EZWash HEX utilize the HEX LED to its fullest. The IRC-6 remote also allows custom color mixing and access to pre-programmed automated and sound activated shows. The EZWash HEX’s white housing is perfect for elegant events such as weddings and art shows. Like the EZPin IRC, the EZWash Hex IRC features a magnetic mounting plate and included scissor clip base, offering the fastest set up and tear down of any wash light on the market. The EZWash Hex IRC is also available in the EZWash Hex Pack, a case that includes 6 fixtures, charging unit and IRC-6 remote control.

Intim. Spot Duo 150CHAUVET DJ’s venerable Intimidator line of moving head fixtures gets 3 exciting new additions at NAMM. The Intimidator Spot Duo 150 features two powerful Intimidator Spot LED 150 moving heads pre-mounted on a single bar. The unit’s built-in pass-through hole allows it to be safely mounted on tripods, and its bright, compact and lightweight profile makes it perfect for mobile applications. Generate synchronized shows in Master/Slave mode with up to two units, which could be in combination with first generation Intimidator Spot Duos as well. Increase design flexibility and effects with separate color and gobo wheels. The Intimidator Spot Duo 150 allows you to enhance any light show with super smooth dimming and adjustable strobe speed. The fixture’s separate built-in movement macros for sound and automated modes minimize programming time. Power link multiple Intimidator Spot Duo 150 fixtures together to save time running cables.

The Intimidator Spot 255 IRC is a feature-packed moving head spot fitted with a 60W LED to enhance any event or installation. Some of the most exciting features of this powerful new fixture are 3 new operating modes never before seen. “Totem Mode” allows users to limit the pan and tilt parameters to keep the light effects forward focused on the dance floor. “Manual Mode” allows the user to create a custom look and have it stored to recall whenever the light is turned on. “Delay Mode” is an advanced Master/Slave mode that allows users to operate up to 4 fixtures in Master/Slave mode, but will randomly create and add synchronized movement variations, making it appear as though complex light shows have been created. The Intimidator Spot 255 IRC’s full color LCD menu screen and full text readout make it easy to navigate. Time saving features include built-in effect macros and move-in-black capabilities, as well as the ability to power link multiple units together to save time running cables. Project the light where you want it with user-selectable pan and tilt ranges, and achieve super smooth LED fading with the built-in electronic dimmer. The Intimidator Spot 255 IRC allows you to split the beam and cover a larger area with the 3-facet prism, and its easy-access gobo door allows you to quickly and easily change gobos. Create continuous shows with individual reset of pan/tilt, color, gobo and prism. Convenience is always at hand with the Intimidator Spot 255 IRC with sound activated programs and wireless non-DMX control with the optional IRC-6 remote. The Intimidator Spot 255 IRC fits best in the CHS-40 VIP gear bag.

The Intimidator Wave 360 IRC is a stunning moving light array with 4 independently controlled heads on a single rotating base. Its narrow, razor-sharp beams of RGBW light create astonishing aerial effects, and continuous pan rotation and 4 tilting heads create unique and amazing effects unlike any other light. The Intimidator Wave 360 IRC has an easy to use full color menu interface, making manual operation simple and quick. Convenience features include wireless non-DMX control with the optional IRC-6 remote and the ability to power link multiple units together to save time running cables. The Intimidator Wave 360 IRC’s adjustable pan and tilt ranges put light where you want it, and the Master/Slave mode makes it easy to generate coordinated light shows. Built-in movement macros and color programs create complex looks easily.

The Freedom Strip HEX-4 is another great addition to the Freedom family of fixtures, which all include built-in D-Fi transceivers, batteries and IRC remotes. The Freedom Strip HEX-4 has 2 zones of control to create great chase effects. The Freedom Strip HEX-4 also works with CHAUVET DJ’s FlareCON Air wireless transmitter. This 100% wireless linear wash fixture features 6-in-1 LED technology (RGBAW+ UV) to produce trillions of colors. Built-in automated and sound activated programs are also featured, making light show creation easy. An IRC-6 remote is included.

Another UV fixture making its debut this month is the Slim Strip UV-9, an ultra-compact (0.5m) and powerful black light. Whether highlighting specific areas or just having a black light party, this economical and powerful fixture is a perfect solution. Truss mountable-design, included L-Brackets and safety cable attachment allow this unit to be mounted at any conceivable angle.

SlimBEAM QuadThe SlimBEAM Quad IRC is a wall accent and effect light all in one. This linear fixture features a unique design that creates dramatic beam effects that go beyond a standard uplight. Of course when the SlimBEAM Quad IRC is used in conjunction with other conventional uplights, breathtaking wall and ceiling effects are possible. The SlimBEAM Quad IRC has three Quad-Color LEDs (RGBA) in a single bar that can be tilted up to 180°, providing added lighting flexibility. No moving parts means silent operation, and multiple units can be linked together to create unique wall effects. The SlimBEAM Quad IRC’s eye-catching effects can be triggered with built-in automated programs, via Master/Slave mode, DMX or optional IRC remote.

Fitted with 3W LEDs to punch through nearly any ambient lighting, the Mini Kinta™ IRC fills the room with sharp beams and features more output and broader coverage than derby effects twice its size. Simple wireless, non-DMX control from the optional IRC-6 allows you to create the perfect looks without having to be a programming genius. Floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall coverage is effortless with red, green, blue and white effects. Let the built-in programs do the work or use DMX to program your own light show.

The new JAM Pack Gold and JAM Pack Silver are bundle packs of fixtures and effects providing convenient ways to add multiple units to your lighting inventory. The JAM Pack Gold is the perfect combination of four party-ready products that are ready to use right out of the box. JAM Pack Gold includes a Derby, Laser, fog machine, and a UV wash/strobe combo light. The JAM Pack Gold also features easy wireless control of color, auto and sound mode from the included IRC-6 remote. The JAM Pack Silver is a convenient package of 3 effect lights – a Moonflower, 3-color wash effect light and combo UV wash/strobe. The JAM Pack Silver also features easy wireless control of color, auto and sound mode from the included IRC-6 remote.

This year’s NAMM show will see the release of an innovative new CHAUVET DJ light controller. The FootC is a compact 36-channel DMX foot controller with rugged guitar pedal-style buttons to easily activate built-in auto and sound modes for control of chases and scenes. The FootC can control up to six 6-channel fixtures and store 12 sets of chases containing up to 24 steps each. It works with MIDI technology and has a direct line in so musicians can send an audio feed directly into the controller to trigger scenes to the beat. The FootC also has the ability to save and recall 24 scenes and trigger them in auto mode or sound mode.

CHAUVET DJ’s Freedom line of wireless fixtures grows with a brand new way to transport and charge them. The Freedom Charge 9 is the perfect solution for safely transporting and charging your Freedom™ Par fixtures. This durable, rolling road case easily handles all the punishment a mobile entertainer can throw at it. When the gig is over, simply connect the fixtures to the internal charging module and use the external plug to connect directly into standard wall voltage. The next day, fixtures are fully charged and ready to go again. Each case holds up to 9 Freedom Par Tri-6, Quad-4 or Hex-4 fixtures with enough space for all power cables.

CHAUVET DJ will debut two new gear bags as well. The CHS-DUO VIP gear bag is a durable, gear bag that is hard on the outside but extremely soft on the inside. Its internal compartment is custom-molded to fit an Intimidator Spot Duo or an Intimidator Spot Duo 150 so it can be easily transported from gig to gig. There is enough space inside to keep the hanging bracket installed on the fixture, which saves time during set up and tear down, and a convenient side pocket fits the user manual for on-site referencing.

The CHS-WAVE VIP gear bag also has a hard shell outside but is extremely soft on the inside. Its internal compartment is custom-molded to fit an Intimidator Wave IRC. Like the CHS-DUO, there is enough space inside to keep the hanging bracket installed on the fixture which saves time during set up and tear down, and a convenient side pocket fits the user manual for on-site referencing.

Light Up The Crowd With #CHAUVETDJ’s Firebird LED Multi-Color Simulated Flame Effect

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Light Up The Crowd With CHAUVET DJ’s Firebird LED Multi-Color Simulated Flame Effect

CHAUVET DJ FireBird LEDNothing fires up a crowd more than . . . fire itself! Now you can instantly add the drama of a leaping column of flames to your show or performance, safely and easily, with CHAUVET DJ’s new Firebird LED multi-color simulated fire effect.

Featuring a built-in flicker effect that perfectly imitates a real flame, which is colorized by RGBA LEDs, the Firebird LED creates authentic-looking “fire” in a rainbow of hues — with no heat. Majestic and mystical, the flare-like blaze rises 6.5 feet (2M) high, making it visible from long distances – and ideal for everything from stage shows and music concerts, to outdoor parties and special events.

CHAUVET DJ FireBird LED FXRich flame colors can be created by blending the unit’s 4-in-1 Quad-Color red, green, blue and amber LEDs, using a wireless remote controller that comes included with the Firebird LED. Colors and other features can also be controlled manually from a display panel on the unit, or digitally via DMX using a 9-channel profile. An infinite spectrum of RGBA shades can be produced, allowing the Firebird LED’s towering flames to be color-coordinated to match any theme or décor, adding a personalized look to your performance or event.

Lightweight and packable, the Firebird LED is perfect for DJs, bands, mobile entertainers and event producers who want a mesmerizing effect that will transform the ambience at any show or venue. “There are so many exciting things you can do with the Firebird LED to wow a crowd,” said Nick Airriess, Product Manager for CHAUVET DJ. “Use this torch-like effect to set an exotic mood at a party or wedding, or fire it up at the end of your music concert and have the stage ‘go up in flames.’

“One of the best things about the Firebird LED is that for all the mystique and raw force associated with fire, it’s completely safe and easy to use,” added Airriess. “Its flicker effect is so realistic that it allows you to create an exact replica of raging flames — with no heat or hazards to worry about.”

Bright and powerful, the Firebird LED utilizes four 5-watt 50,000-hour Quad-Color RGBA LEDs, which emit an illuminance of 1,109 lux at 2 meters. It features a variable strobe effect (0 to 12 Hz) and includes 3-pin DMX connectors and a wireless remote.

Easy to transport, the Firebird LED unit weighs 22.2 pounds (10.1 kg) and measures 20.4 x 8.9 x 12.8 inches (518 x 228 x 325 mm). These dimensions make it a perfect fit for Chauvet’s CHS-50 VIP Gear Bag (sold separately), which offers ideal protection during travel and storage.

#CHAUVETDJ Thursday Vids: Trying (and Failing) to be Infallible DJs: By Geoff Short

#CHAUVETDJ Thursday Vids: Trying (and Failing) to be Infallible DJs: By Geoff Short

In this edition of Thursday Vids, Geoff remembers a particularly tough gig where a disgruntled party guest illuminated just how hard – and just maybe unnecessary – it can be to try to be all things musical to everyone.

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The FlareCON™ Air utilizes cell phones and tablets and turns them into wireless DMX controllers. It works with all CHAUVET® DJ Freedom series fixtures as well as all D-Fi™ products for versatile control over your rig.

The built-in Wi-Fi™ transmitter connects with cell phones and tablets running the FREE FlareCON™ app, to allow the user to control the connected lighting fixtures. The FlareCON™ Air then converts the Wi-Fi™ signal from the phone or tablet into D-Fi™ and wirelessly transmits those signals to an unlimited number of receivers.

The FlareCON™ app is available for both Android™ and iOS® in both phone and tablet versions. The FlareCON™ Air can also connect directly to a DMX controller to send wireless signals out to an unlimited number of D-Fi™ lights or receivers. The FlareCON™ Air is fully FCC and RTTE compliant.

#CHAUVETDJ 2014 Year In Review

#CHAUVETDJ 2014 Year In Review

2014 has been a great year at CHAUVET® DJ! We were busy attending trade shows, organizing workshops, and have enjoyed bringing you great new products. We launched new additions to the Freedom™ and EZ™ series of wireless fixtures, to the Intimidator™ line of moving heads, we introduced the new GigBAR™ IRC effect combo fixture that combines 9 effects in 4 lights, the popular Swarm™ 5 FX, and so much more. We were very honored to receive the MMR’s Dealers Choice Award for Lighting Line of the Year 2014, among other recognitions this past year. Thank you for being part of a fantastic year and enjoy our year in review!

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#CHAUVETDJ Geyser Helps Adds Impact To Halftime Show At Capital One Orange Bowl

CHAUVET DJ Geyser Helps Adds Impact To Halftime Show At Capital One Orange Bowl

You better bring your A-Game to the Capital One Orange Bowl, whether you’re a college football powerhouse or a top cross rental house/lighting design firm. Aside from being one of the most prestigious and competitive games in college football, the annual clash of gridiron titans is also a premier televised entertainment event, which in recent years has featured the likes of Train, Kelly Clarkson, Ciara and ZZ Top at its halftime show.

123114-OrangeBowl-BD-141ACT Productions, which has produced the event’s halftime and pregame shows for a decade, knows this. So too does Design Oasis, the cross rental house that specified the lighting rig for the halftime show. That’s why Design Oasis called on six Geyser RGB foggers from CHAUVET DJ to add some extra drama and excitement to this year’s halftime performance, which featured Grammy-winning country superstars Little Big Town. The foggers, which shoot red, green and blue shafts of LED light through a voluminous column of white water-based fog, played a key role in LD Abas Ritscher’s stunning halftime lightshow.

“Everyone was amazed by the foggers,” said Ritscher, who is a co-owner of Design Oasis. “We positioned the Geysers behind the halftime stage and triggered them to send these huge columns of colored fog in the air at key points in the songs. They ‘colored’ fog combined with the bright lights in our rig created the party atmosphere that our client wanted. No doubt, they helped us create the impact we wanted on everyone in the stadium as well as the national TV audience.”

The DMX-controlled Geyser RGB sends columns of fog illuminated by RGB light 25 feet in the air. This output was critical to their performance at the halftime show. “Anytime, you’re doing something at a stadium, you have to be aware of how ‘big’ the impact of your gear is going to be,” said Ritscher. “With the six Geysers we had no trouble being right sized for the job.”

Also contributing to the impact of the halftime show were 32 Nexus Aw 7×7 panels from CHAUVET DJ’s sister company, CHAUVET Professional. Ritscher lined the back wall of the mid-field stage with the powerful LED panels and also positioned them over the vomitorium (vom) walkways leading into the field. From these positions, the DMX-controlled panels covered the entire field and much of the stadium with sharp, crisp beams of warm 2800K white light that moved rapidly in vertical waves. “The panels gave us all the punch we needed for this very energized show,” said Ritscher. “They had the output to cover a very large area, and color temperature was great for television. Between the fog from the Geyser and razor sharp Nexus beams, we created something very memorable.”

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