Laser show control from a lighting console is a popular topic right now as more and more lighting designers are entering the laser scene. At the recent Serpent Festival in Australia, Lighting Designer Greg Ellis of Pretty Lights performed a stunning laser light show, controlling the new ClubMAX 3000 lasers with FB4, from a GrandMA 2 console. Effect programming was done entirely using the Pangolin BEYOND software, and then run from the GrandMA 2 console. The team at Lumina Visual Production (Australia) provided the ClubMAX-FB4 3000 laser systems, for the event.
The new Pangolin FB4 hardware makes control of lasers from a lighting console easier than ever, with advanced support for all major lighting protocols, including DMX, ArtNET, Network and OSC, as well as common laser protocols including the standard “ILDA” connection.
Creating and controlling content for use with a lighting console, is very easy to do. Simply design your desired effects (using our popular QuickShow or BEYOND laser show software programs) and then save that content to the on-board memory, that comes standard with all FB4 hardware. Install one of our profiles for the lighting console of your choice (we support all major consoles) and then you can control the content you create in real-time. And this can also be done, with NO PC used, during the show performance.
On the laser projector side of things, all you will need a laser show system with Pangolin’s FB4 Network Hardware integrated. We at Pangolin provide a wide-variety of FB4 compatible lasers, that work in perfect harmony with both BEYOND or QuickShow laser show software, as well as with popular lighting consoles. You can see our lineup of FB4 compatible laser systems online, by Clicking Here.
When you use a laser with FB4, you also open up a lot more control possibilities as well. As these new lasers can be entirely controlled via DMX, ArtNet or Network. They also support the ILDA connection, if desired or required for your show. You can learn more about FB4, and see the various control possibilities available with this hardware, by Clicking Here.
Why did my laser projector fail? Why is my laser projector less bright?
Why are my laser projector’s colors different?
If you have asked yourself questions like these, don’t feel bad – You are not alone! Every day people around the world experience this very same issue, and have the unpleasant experience of having to deal with a broken or unusable laser show projector, that is the result of premature laser diode failure. And premature laser diode failure is caused in many cases, by electro-static discharge (ESD) and power surges. Thankfully, there is a solution, and it’s called LASORB!
THE PROBLEM WITH LASER DIODES Nearly all laser show projectors, have laser modules inside. And inside most laser modules, are laser diodes. A laser diode is a small semiconductor device that produces coherent radiation. A diagram is shown below, illustrating what a standard professional laser show projector looks like. The picture next to this, shows you inside of the laser projector, so you can see what a typical laser module looks like. And next to that, you see inside the laser module, where the sensitive laser diodes live.
Laser diodes are very fast devices that react rapidly to changing voltage and current. And scientific evidence suggests that many laser diodes fail long before their life expectancy, in many cases, because of ESD and power surges that are generated during power on/off cycles. Voltage spikes are often produced at these times, and their cumulative effect on laser diodes is highly detrimental. Even a small ESD event or power surge, can substantially harm a laser diode to the point where it is noticeably less powerful, or in a worse case scenario, entirely unusable. So if you have ever wondered “Why did my laser projector fail?, Why is my laser projector less bright? or Why are my laser projector’s colors different? … Chances are, an ESD related event or power surge, was the culprit.
WHAT IS NEEDED TO PROTECT A LASER DIODE Based on our extensive testing and evaluation, we developed and patented a new method of protecting laser diodes — a hybrid component called LASORB, that keeps ESD and power surge spikes from exceeding the diode’s normal operating voltage. LASORB also absorbs high energy in the circuit until ESD and power surges subside, as current is shunted away from the diode. Thus, protecting your sensitive laser diodes, and ultimately, your valuable laser show projector.
HOW LASORB PROECTS LASER DIODES
LASORB’s primary means of protection is a slew-rate detector that monitors the voltage across the pins of the laser diode. If there is a fast change-of-voltage condition detected, this triggers LASORB to aggressively conduct the voltage (and thus current) away from the laser diode. The conduction is initiated very rapidly – in some cases less than one nanosecond. The conduction can last from several microseconds, to tens of microseconds.
Next time you go to purchase a laser show projector, make sure to ask the manufacturer if LASORB is installed, on the laser diodes used within the unit. This is a sure-fire way, to get an idea of the quality of the system. LASORB is very inexpensive, and can cost as little as $2 for manufacturers to integrate. So if your provider is not using LASORB, ask them why! Think of it as an insurance policy for your laser projector, which will protect it from ESD and power surges. You can also integrate LASORB into your existing system, or you can browse Pangolin’s line of professional laser projectors, all of which feature the LASORB component, on each and every singe laser diode used. You can see our complete lineup of systems, at http://www.getalaser.com.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
Below you can watch a live video (shot with an iPhone, and not fancy editing) that shows LASORB in action, protecting the popular 520nm GREEN laser diodes, so commonly used across the laser show industry.
Buying a laser projector can be a difficult process these days, with so many sellers and manufacturers out there. And event though the cost of laser projectors has come down dramatically in recent years, at the end of the day, the old adage still stands true – You get, what you pay for.
Since Pangolin is a laser entertainment technology company at heart, we understand the pain clients like you have when trying to find a professional laser projetor on the market these days…
You want something quality built, that allows you to create those stunning laser beam effects, as well as laser text, laser graphics, and laser logos – Providing you the technology you need, to bring your creativity to life.
You want a unit from a reliable manufacturer, who stands behind their products, and who will support you when you need assistance.
You want something produced using quality components and technology, but at an affordable price point.
And perhaps most importantly, you want something safe, that is compliant with all US CDRH/FDA regulations, as well as international rules and regulations.
When you look hard at various laser projectors on the market today, and really work with these systems on a daily basis, and put them side by side (as we have), you begin to notice stark differences in the types of effects they can produce, and the quality and overall performance these different laser projectors can offer.
To help make the purchase of a laser system easier, and to ensure you as the client get the quality, support, and service you are looking for, Pangolin has teamed up with a select group of manufacturers, to bring you new lines of laser show projectors, that meet our stringent quality standards. And we are able to get you these laser projectors at an incredibly reduced price points.
One of the lines of laser projectors that we feel has “hit the nail on the head”, in terms of quality, reliability, performance and price, is the all new ClubMAX line of professional laser projectors, from KVANT.
Check out this video, which shows these laser projectors in action. Explaining how they are engineered, and hand-crafted piece by piece, to ensure optical quality, performance and reliability.
The laser projectors are all custom fabricated in Europe, with NO OEM manufacturing! Everything is truly hand crafted piece by piece, to ensure the highest quality and performance. And, all systems are complaint with US CDRH / FDA regulations, as well as with European and International regulations.
This is why today’s leading professionals trust the ClubMAX line of laser show projectors, for high profile events, tours and venues. These lasers work – period. And they allow you to create the type of stunning laser content, you have been hoping for.
Here are a few things that make the ClubMAX line of lasers, so special…
These systems use all pure diode lasers sources, with custom optics, and they are protected by LASORB. Our unique process for creating laser modules ensures a tighter and brighter beam profile, with a stunning white balance. And our pure diode sources allow you to create millions of different color combinations, with linear fade-ins, and fade-outs. We also incorporate the LASORB protection device onto every diode inside of these units, so you can be assured that your lasers are protected from both ESD and power surges – two of the biggest proponents of premature laser failure in the field. The ClubMAX systems are one of the only lasers in the world, to feature LASORB on every diode used!
These laser also feature the new ScannerMAX Compact-506 optical scanning system, that allows you to produce incredibly wide-angle beam effects, as well as stunning text, graphics, and logos. When you see these lasers in action, you will definitely be impressed by the incredible width of the projection area you can achieve. And the graphics, text and logos from them, are second to none. Crisp, clean, beautiful looking images, that are sure to impress your audience.
Our ClubMAX laser projectors can also be entirely network controlled, with the optional new FB4 hardware system. Simply run network and power to the back of our laser projectors, and you are setup and done. This allows you to also control our lasers easily, from any lighting or DMX console (with no PC in the setup). In addition, with the FB4 system, you can run your shows in “auto-play” mode, so that the lasers will automatically run laser shows at a specified date, and time, without a PC in the setup. And, content can be updated via the network as well, so that there is no need to use small “memory chips” like many others. Just send content to the laser via a standard CAT 5 cable, and you’re all done.
Also note, that all of these lasers are also certified and compliant, with all US CDRH/FDA regulations, as well as with European standards. And, we can assist you with the proper filing of your laser show variance, to ensure you are operating correctly.
The new ClubMAX line of laser projectors, is available in the following models (click on each unit, to see pricing information and detailed specifications):
If you have any questions about these lasers, need more information, or just have want to “talk lasers” with our team, feel free to contact us at anytime. You can reach us by phone, at +(407) 299-2088, and or by email (Contact@Pangolin.com).
A note about specifications:
All specifications have also been independently tested and certified. You will not have to worry about exaggerated specifications, minimum/maximum output powers, or any confusing means of listing laser specifications. All units perform exactly as listed, and you are guaranteed to get the output power specified, as well as the true scan speeds listed.
The laser show industry is growing at a rapid pace, with more people performing laser shows than ever before. As such, the demand for laser projectors, laser show systems, and laser control products has also grown. This trend has led to more companies producing and advertising laser projectors and laser show gear, than ever before.
Laser is a unique technology, and different in many ways to traditional light sources, such as LED. And buying a laser projector can sometimes be confusing process, with so many suppliers and vendors out there offering product.
In addition, the lack of “standardized specifications” of laser projectors (such as output powers, scan speeds, modulation, beam diameters, etc.), can make it very confusing at times, to find the best laser for your specific needs.
To help address this growing issue in the marketplace, Pangolin has started a service called the Pangolin Projector Referral Network, whereby we help you as a client find a quality laser projector, at an affordable price, and we ensure you receive first-class support and service on your equipment all along the way.
Pangolin pioneered much of the technology used to power the laser industry. Everything from laser control systems (including laser show software and hardware), to safety products, to optical scanning systems and laser diode protection. And from our work in the field, we’re proud to say that our developments have received 28 international patents, and contributed to over 400 international awards for our clients. In addition to our vast experience with laser technology, we have also visited nearly every single factory (in the US, EU and Asia) making laser systems. As such, we have great insight into who is making quality laser projectors, and how those units will perform in the field. And from this experience, we help you as a client find the best laser projector for your specific needs.
We take the guess work out of buying a laser! And when purchasing through the Pangolin Projector Network, we help you understand the differences between all of the laser systems on the market today, as well as how to interpret their specifications. And we educate you, so that you understand how those specifications relate to the type of shows you wish to perform. We then work to find you the best laser projector for your needs, and at a great price, backed up with the outstanding service and support the industry has come to love from Pangolin.
Our new FB4 hardware has taken the laser show industry by storm, providing clients with a fully integrated network solution, that gets built directly inside of a laser projector.
When using FB4, you have a variety of laser control configurations possible. These are noted below:
Streaming Mode – In Streaming Mode, you have the BEYOND software running on your PC, and then you run a network cable from your PC to your laser projector with FB4.
Lighting Console Mode – In this setup, you create content in the BEYOND software, and then save it to the FB4 memory, which again, is generally integrated inside of your laser projector. Then, the content you created can easily be controlled from any lighting or DMX console, without the need for a PC in the show setup.
Auto-Play Mode – In Auto-Play Mode, you once again create content in the BEYOND software, and then save it to the FB4 memory. FB4 has a built-in clock, which allows you to set a specific date and time for that show content to be played. Then, once set, FB4 will play the show back automatically, without the need for a PC to be connected. You can even update content on FB4’s memory, via the network cable, so there is no need to physically touch the laser (taking it off a truss, etc.) just to change the content playing from it. This is an ideal control mode, for permanent installations.
Inside of the BEYOND and QuickShow software, there is a special new feature, which allows you to upload content to FB4. We’ve created the following tutorial, to help show you how to access this feature, and upload content to FB4’s memory. NOTE – This tutorial was created in BEYOND, but the same principles apply in QuickShow.