Imagine Festival 2016

Imagine Music Festival located at the Atlanta Motor Speedway was a huge success, especially considering it is only the third year of the festival taking place. The artists booked for the event were nothing short of amazing, featuring an all star lineup consisting of of DILLON FRANCIS, BENNY BENASSI, BOGORE, THE DISCO BISQUITS, EXCISION, GRAMATIK, NERO, SHOWTEK, STEVE ANGELLO, ZEDS DEAD, and many more. The festival featured six stages, carnival rides, circus acts, go-go dancers, creative decorations, giant LED screens, a massive function 1 sound system, with an incredible lighting display, and of course lot of amazing lasers. In addition, this annual event was moved to a new venue and added a third day, included camping for the first time.

Lasers were an integral part of the festival, and helped bring that “WOW’ factor to the event. And the team at FullColorLasers.com (aka LASER ASSASSINS) operated the show, featuring 22 laser projectors across the festival scene, operated by only 4 technicians.

The main stage had an incredible display of KVANT SPECTRUM 20watt lasers, featuring Pangolin’s new integrated FB4 network hardware, and all their revolutionary new Saturn optical scanning system (which allows designers to create incredibly wide arial laser projections, liquid skies, and beam effects). In addition a series of KVANT ClubMAX 6000 systems were used with Pangolin’s PASS audience scanning hardware, for full-on audience scanning laser projections. This combination of lasers made for an incredible and immersive visual experience, where people could actually reach out, and touch the laser light as it surrounded them. In addition to the main laser show, two KVANT ClubMAX 3000’s were used to project laser graphics and abstract effects, on water screens featured on both sides of the stage.

The entire laser display was controlled via ArtNet as well, which made setup incredibly quick and easy. A single ArtNet feed was run from FOH to the lasers, and then daisy chained across all projection systems. And the team at Full Color Lasers, is one of the first companies in the USA, to be running with this new technology.

This new way of setting up a laser show is made possible, thanks to the Pangolin FB4 network hardware featured inside of KVANT’s laser systems. In such a setup, the FB4 hardware is actually integrated together with the lasers. Then, a single network or ArtNet feed is sent to “projector 1” and then is daisy chained across the other projectors at the event. And because each laser has it’s own FB4 integrated, all units are independently controlled, allowing them to project different looks, at the same time.

The content for the Imagine Festival was designed entirely by the incredible artists at Full Color Lasers and created in the Pangolin BEYOND Advanced software, which allowed Full Color Lasers to easily sync the laser effects, with the other stage lighting and video effects taking place. Because BEYOND and FB4 support all major lighting industry protocols (including network, DMX, ArtNet, as well as SMPTE timecode, and OSC) it made combing lasers with these other multimedia effects very easy to do, while still offering a powerful suite of control and design options.

The LASER ASSASSINS absolutely destroyed the festival, utilizing the very latest in laser technology from Pangolin and KVANT. Their laser show was performing all three nights to live music by some of the hottest artist in the industry, and the crowd was in amazement, as they were fully immersed in amazing laser light, and stunning visual effects. The Imagine Music Festival had everything fans could hope for in music, production, and visuals. All senses were stimulated, for three days of magic and memories that will last a lifetime.

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Show Tec: 

6 x 20W KVANT SPECTRUM Laser Systems, with FB4 and Saturn 5 Scanning System
4 x ClubMAX 6000 Laser Systems with PASS Audience Scanning Safety System
2 x ClubMAX 3000 Laser Systems
4 x Full Color Laser 15W GREEN Laser Systems
6 x 20W FCL RGB Laser Systems

Pangolin BEYOND Advanced Laser Show Software, was used to design the laser show and content.

FB4 – Integrated Network Hardware, for your laser shows

A revolution is taking place in the laser entertainment industry, as more and more clients begin to shift to complete network setups, using Pangolin’s proprietary FB4 Network-based Laser Control Hardware, which acts as a media server for laser and multimedia shows.

For many years, the laser industry has used the common “ILDA” cable, as the standard connection for setting up and controlling laser shows. In reality, an “ILDA cable” is nothing more than a DB-25 male to female cable, featuring a 25-pin connection (commonly used in the printing industry). While this means for sending a signal from control software and hardware to a laser has sufficed, it has also presented substantial limiting factors for many clients, making it harder and harder to do larger scale, more sophisticated laser displays.

Some of the challenges when working with ILDA cables include:

  • Short cable runs – When using ILDA cable, you are generally limited to a  maximum run of around 150ft (50M). When extending the cables further, you may notice a loss in the signal or quality of output. And for large scale productions, stadium shows, and festival shows, this has proven to be a severe limiting factor.
  • ILDA cables are a nightmare to run, especially through trussing. The bulky “heads” on ILDA cables easily get tangled, and make it quite challenging to work with.
  • ILDA cables are very sensitive, and the pins on them can easily bend and break. When this occurs, you have a loss in signal running to the laser, that can lead to distortion in the laser effects and shows that are being displayed, or, in even worse case situations, it can impede the safety of the laser projector as a whole.
  • When using ILDA cables, you can only drive some many lasers from a single control position. Making it it hard to drive large scale shows, where multiple projectors are used.

A better approach – The Advantages of using Lasers with FB4

FB4 is a new network control hardware from Pangolin, that acts as a media server for laser and multimedia shows. FB4 can be integrated directly inside of a laser projector, so that you no longer have to use the outdated ILDA cable. Instead, all of your laser shows and displays, can be controlled entirely in a network setup.

When working with FB4, you have a variety of control solutions to choose from, allowing you as the artist to decide what control configuration is best for your needs. Common control configurations include:

Streaming Mode – Where you simply run a network cable from your PC running Pangolin software (QuickShow or BEYOND) to the projector, and you are setup and done.

Lighting Console Mode – Just program the desired laser effects and shows you want in Pangolin software, and save this to FB4’s memory. Then, run DMX or ArtNet from your console to the back of the laser, and you are setup and done. No PC is required, when actually running the shows (unless you want to use one).

Auto-Mode – With our auto-mode feature, you can design any laser effects or shows you want in Pangolin software, and save them to the proprietary memory on FB4. FB4 has a built in clock, which you can then set to a specified date and time, and this will then run your content back automatically, without the need for a PC in the show setup, or at the control station. And, if you need to change or update content,  you can do this over a network cable, without having to physically “go to” the laser.

FB4 is currently available in four different versions, including FB4 Standard, FB4 ILDA, FB4 DMX and FB4 MAX. A detailed page discussing FB4, and the various configurations and control setups that are possible, can be found by Clicking Here.

We also have a full line of lasers available, featuring integrated FB4 hardware standard. And these are available at great rates, through the Pangolin Projector Referral Network. Find out more, see pricing, and place an order, by Clicking Here.