Burning Man 2016

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis for the Burning Man Festival, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. The Burning Man Festival is well known for bringing out some of the most creative lighting minds across the United States, to help power the event. And lasers have always been at the forefront of lighting for the Burning Man Festival, adding that special “WOW” factor to the scene.

And at this year’s 2016 Burning Man Festival, the team at Mayan Warrior Productions led by Mr. Pablo Vargas went all out, brining in state of the art laser technology that amplified the energetic feeling washing over those in attendance. This monumental laser display was no easy task though. Performing laser shows in desert conditions is never easy, and generally takes it’s toll on most production and lighting equipment due to the dusty and dry environment.

So to ensure the event went well, the team at Mayan Warrior used brought out their new fleet of Spectrum 30 Laser Projectors with the integrated Pangolin FB4 media server. These state-of-the-art laser show projectors are made for life of the road, and built to work in even the most harsh conditions. The innovative combination of OPSL and diode laser sources inside these laser show projectors also ensured that the units had the brightness needed, so that those attending the festival could see the beautiful laser beams across the desert sky.

The built-in FB4 media server also made laser show control for the event a lot easier. Mayan Warrior was able to run the lasers in a complete network setup, all from a single control station. In addition, they were also able to have the lasers run themselves (in true auto-mode) using the new real time clock feature on FB4. This allowed the team to program their laser show effects and content in Pangolin’s laser show software, and save this to the memory system on FB4. Then the lasers were able to play that content back automatically, with out any PC or console required to trigger the content. The projectors were truly able to run custom content automatically. All they required was power. This innovative feature on the FB4 helped Mayan Warrior run the show without a hitch, even in this barren area of Nevada.

Show Tec: 

Kvant Spectrum 30 Laser Show Projectors
FB4 Media Server (built into KVANT Spectrum Laser Show Projector)
BEYOND Laser Show Software

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Electronic Zoo – Snakes with Lasers!

2016 marked the 17th year of the famous Electric Zoo here in the United States.

Approximately 100,000 fans gathered together on the ‘Wild Island’, aka Randall’s Island Park, to experience the electric urban jungle that overtakes New York City.

The festival rang true to its promise of “new stage designs inspired by larger-than-life animals and the thrill of exploring new worlds…”, eliciting excitement from zoo-goers with an insane white and black cobra that was the main stage.

Approximately 70’ high, the cobra seemingly lurked until it came alive with lighting, video walls, and Pyrotecnico’s close proximity pyrotechnics, flames, confetti, and lasers. One of the most captivating moments was when the cobra beamed its bright green laser eyes out across the Wild Island, while lasers hovered just above the audience.

“Pyrotecnico FX is proud to have been part of Electric Zoo for a third year. Each year we strive to do something different and even more creative for our client and the audience. When we saw the stage design this year, our laser lead, Jesse Parker, saw the opportunity to bring the cobra “alive” in laser. Along with ten FX Series 20w RGB, and two FX Series 24w green lasers (for the cobra’s eyes), he used Pangolin’s Beyond software with FB3 hardware to design the effects and control the lasers to make this awesome effect.”, Pyrotecnico Creative Director Rocco Vitale.

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SHOW TEC:

FX Series KVANT Spectrum 20W Lasers
Pangolin BEYOND Laser Show Software
FB3QS Laser Control Hardware

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.

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.

Show Tec
 

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.

New “Live Control” Tutorials for BEYOND Software

Live laser shows are a standard in our industry. To help you get the most out of the BEYOND software when performing live laser shows, we’ve partner with renowned laser operator Anthony Garcia, to create a 5-part tutorial series.

You can access the complete tutorial video series on YouTube, by Clicking Here.

This tutorial series begins by covers begins by covering the basics of setting up and controlling live laser shows with BEYOND, and then it progresses further, showing more advanced concepts such as using PangoScript and creating custom BEYOND Universe workspaces.

  • All features shown are available in the latest version of BEYOND 2.1, and subsequent 3.0 and higher updates.

Laser Show Projectors – How to make them last longer

Have you ever wondered…

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.

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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.

THE SOLUTION

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.


 

What is the Pangolin Projector Referral Network?

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.