Laser Control from Lighting Console

A growing number of lighting designers are entering the laser show industry, looking to control lasers from their preferred lighting console. Being the world leader in laser show control, we felt the time was right to begin creating a variety of tutorial videos showing you how to control laser shows from a lighting console, together with our professional BEYOND laser show and multimedia software.

In this first series of videos, we show you how to control lasers from the Grand MA Lighting Console, as well as from the ChamSys Lighting Console. More tutorials are coming, with additional information on control setups of this nature.

Questions? We’re here to help. Email us, and we will be there to provide the support and service you need.

Laser Show Systems – Dance Valley Festival

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The Dance Valley Festival in the Netherlands, is one of the area’s hottest, and most exciting events. And this year, the event held true to it’s reputation, boating a sensational lineup including headliners like Carnage, Cedric Gervais, Dannic, Headhunters, and more.

Putting together a festival of this magnitude is no small feet, and a wide variety of entertainment technology comes into play, when designing the events various stages. Laser shows play an integral part in creating the ‘electronic climate’, that attendees have come to love.

This year, the team at Laser Dream NL was contracted to perform all laser shows and related effects, for the event. And they came out guns blazing, creating a sensational laser display, that still has people talking.

strongCheck out the video below/strong, to see some clips of the stunning laser show effects, created by Laser Dream NL, at this year’s 2016 Dance Valley Music Festival.

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8 x 14W Laser Show Projectors were used to decorate the main stage for the event.

Pangolin’s BEYOND software was used exclusively for laser and multimedia show control.

Timecode Laser Shows using BEYOND software

Running laser shows using SMPTE timecode is quite common, especially when working at large scale festivals, and permanent installations.

Often the timecode will be recorded on one audio track. Then at playback time, the timecode audio is read and decoded by a SMPTE timecode reader device.

In this short tutorial we show you the basics of setting up SMPTE timecode together with BEYOND laser show software.

Pangolin also offers a convenient and easy to use SMPTE Timecode device, called the TC2000. You can see this by >a href=http://pangolin.com/shop/smpte-timecode-reader-writer-tc2000/>clicking here.

Lasertainment Rocks EDC NYC, with RTI Projectors and Pangolin Laser Control

The Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) has rapily become one of the United State's largest electronic dance music festivals, bringing in top name EDM performers from around the world, and drawing in thousands of eager fans. The event tours various locations across the USA, hitting many major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, Las Vegas, and others. 

The recent EDC festival in New York City was a massive success. Our friends at Lasertainment (www.lasertainment.com) performed a huge, live laser show, that spanned several of the stages at the NYC event. The team at Lasertainment realized that with such a massive performance, and with so many people eager to see the lasers, that there was no room for error. Lasertainment utilizied the latest in laser technology, sourcing high-quality laser projection systems from Ray Technologies – RTI (www.laserworld.com), and using Pangolin laser control systems, including our award-winning QM2000.NET hardware, and LivePRO software. 

A short video clip from EDC NYC can be viewed below (courtsey of Lasertainment): 

 

With EDC NYC now over, all eyes are turned to the west, with preparations in full swing for EDC Las Vegas, which is estimated to draw-in hundreds of thousands of excited fans, and the world's top name EDM musical talent. Our friends at Lasertainment are also making preparations, with a huge supply of laser projectors, controllers, and more headed out that way, for a show which is sure to make headlines. Stay tuned!

Pangolin partners with Capture Sweden, for visualization of laser shows

Time and time again we hear clients asking, "how can I show my client my show, without having to setup my rig"… Well, we took this statement to heart, and as such, we've parterned with the great team at Capture Sweden, to incoroprate full-scal laser show visualization inside of BEYOND, using the Capture Polar software. 

Now you can use Capture Polar together with BEYOND, for visualization of your complete laser show. The Capture Polar software is incredibly easy to use and allows you to import rederings of your show setup, and place your laser projectors and other lighting and fixtures inside of the redering, for visualization. Capture Polar work together with BEYOND, taking commands from the BEYOND software, and then ouputing them inside of Capture. Using this setup, you can visualize complete laser show, inclduing beam shows, graphic shows, and laser mapping effects.

To show clients how this works, and to illustrate the possiblities of this software combination, we've partnered with the team at Capture, to create the following tutorial video. 

In this tutorial, Lars from Capture Sweden shows you the basics of using lasers inside of Capture Polar, and Aaron McDonald from Pangolin shows you how to visualize a complete show, using BEYOND. 

For quesiton on using Capture Polar together with BEYOND, email us (contact@pangolin.com) for more information. 

We've received a lot of questions from clients, asking for more informaiton about ZONES inside of Pangolin software, and how to use zones to create better laser shows.

A zone is (essentialy) a tool inside of all Pangolin software, that allows you to output laser content to different projection areas, from a single or multiple laser projectors.

For example, if you have one laser, and you wanted to project an atomospheric effect over people's heads, and at the same time project a graphic/logo in another area, you could use our zones tool to help configure this. Zones go much deeper, but this provides a basic idea of what a zone is, and how it might be used in a real world scenario. 

Another example of using a zone, is if you wanted multiple types of atomostpheric laser effects to be projected (perhaps a wave in one area, and hot beams in another area), you can use the zones settings to configure this in Pangolin laser software. 

We've created the following Pangolin Tutorial video, to help address the commonly asked questions "what is a zone", "how do I use zones to create better laser shows", "how do I setup a zone", etc. 

We hope you find this informational. More tutorials are coming, and if you have a request for future tutorials, share it with us!

We’re Excited to Introduce the All-New Pangolin Laser Media Dock (5.5)

During a professional show, we realize that cables for your FB3QS hardware, Enttec, TC2000 and other devices can tend to get out of control. That is why we've partnered with our good friend Holger Walter (a longtime, and well-respected laser show designer) to create the Pangolin Laser Media Dock (5.5). 

This is a great way to house up to 5 x FB3QS devices, an Enttec and TC2000 for professional show control. It also featuers MIDI ports, so that you can connect an APC40 or other MIDI device, for external control. All inside of a wonderful 19-inch rack mount. It also features high-quallity USB ports and Neutrik connectors. We're taking orders now, but a limited quantity are in supply. Email us (contact@pangolin.com) for details.

 

The 2014 Pangolin Tour Makes Headlines

 

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The Pangolin Team is currently traveling across Europe, meeting with distribution partners across the area to conduct in-depth training seminars on their new BEYOND software, as well as on their award-winning QuickShow and LD2000 software programs. This year's tour takes the Pangolin team to Rome, Milan, Madrid and Moscow, which are all very large emerging markets for laser displays. The event has been gaining a lot of media attention following the recent Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany and as a result, TPI Magazine has even featured the tour in the latest edition of their online newsletter. Additional information about the tour, and the full TPI article can be found online by clicking here.

The Pangolin Team has additional tour dates being planned for the United States, Asia and possibly Brazil. For more information on Pangolin, and their award-winning lineup of laser control software, and laser show hardware visit www.pangolin.com.

ER Productions WOWs audiences at the 2014 BRITS with amazing laser show

 

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The BRITS 2014 was the biggest BRITS to date so it also needed the largest of Laser Rigs! ER Productions supplied 23 high-powered OPSL systems totaling 497watts.

3 artists requested lasers for their performances and ER Production’s worked closely with the shows LD Dave Davey to ensure all effects required were executed correctly and safely. It was the quality of the ops diodes, Pangolin Systems and advanced laser show knowledge that ER Production's brings to the table that helped ER Production’s produce the TV white looks along with the vibrant colours required.

Arctic Monkey’s who opened the show used 3 x 21w RGBB ops lasers systems up-stage center, just behind the band. The laser accompanied the track ‘ R U MINE ‘ and used white and yellow colours.

Next was Katy Perry who’s neon Cleopatra theme suited the laser looks incredibly well. It was important to achieve different styles from the 3 laser rigs so for Katy it was decided to concentrate the majority on the power on-stage. It was also a great opportunity to utilize the large matt white BRIT Statue with some laser mapping effects. This came from 2 x 25w RGBYC OPS systems with high-speed 60k scanners located at FOH. This was a truly unique effect and one ER Production’s has never delivered for a live TV show. The neon theme also allowed them to use really bright greens, magentas and cyan’s which show up on camera really well. The end result looked great and added an effective layer to the laser display.

To top this up, ER rigged 6 x 21w RGBB OPS systems onto the curve truss’s, stage left and right with 2 x 24w Greens hung centrally on a mid-truss. The focus for these was the pit cameras, which shot up through the performance catching all the laser effects. The final performance was for Ellie Goulding who used 12 x 21w RGBB OPS systems and diffracted burst effects. The lasers accompanied the track burn with white and yellow effects throughout with the final verse using the red diffracted effects. ER Production’s metered the audience exposure effects on-site to ensure they all were below MPE. All together this made for a huge laser installation and we are very happy with the end result.

The show was run on 2 separate PANGOLIN.net networks, and a PANGOLIN Beyond system for the mapping. In total 26 PANGOLINS were networked and worked perfectly throughout. More information on Pangolin, and how their systems are used in the field is available online at www.pangolin.com, and on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PangolinSystems

Atmospherics were supplied by 4 Look Solutions Viper Delux ‘s and as with all our shows we used our ER E-STOP interface for quick shutdown. Its not often we have to link 3 of them together but the with 4 inputs and 10 outputs we were able to easily adapt the system to just the one E-STOP button at FOH. More information on ER Productions (and ILDA Member company) is available on their website: www.er-productions.com.

Laser Projectors need LASORB

Ever wonder why your laser projector or modules fail short of their estimated lifespan? One of the main causes of premature death of your laser equipment is likely electrostatic discharge (ESD) or a power surge. Check out this video, which discusses LASORB – a very small, affordable component, that your laser projector manufacturer can build into the products they sell you, which will help to ensure your valuable laser products, don't die from ESD or power surges. So, be sure to ask the question before you buy… "Is my projector protected by LASORB"? — And save yourself a headache down the road.