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 Show Control – BEYOND, GrandMAX, FB4 and ClubMAX Laser Projector

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.

 


Show Tech

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.

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.


 

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

 

TOUR

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.

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.

Pangolin clients dominate at the 2013 ILDA Awards Ceremony

The 2013 International Laser Display Association Awards Ceremony has finally come to a close. Pangolin clients dominated this year, taking home awards across a wide vareity of categories including beam and atmospheric laser shows, live laser shows, multimedia laser shows, laser shows for festivals, atomostpheric laser shows, laser shows for television, planetarium laser shows and many more. 

We at Pangolin are incredibly proud of this year's awards winners, and are amazed to see the work they are creating in the field, using Pangolin products. 

Learn more about Pangolin Systems, and see how you can use our products to enahnce your laser show, by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. And be sure to regiser for our newsletter (avaialble in seven languages) here.

New TC2000 Unit from Pangolin


New TC2000 Timecode reader from Pangolin Pangolin Laser Systems just recently released an all new TC2000 SMPTE Timecode device. This was announced along with tons of other interesting laser industry news, in the latest edition of the Pangolin Post. Check it out! 

http://www.pangolin.com/NEWSLETTER/

P.S. Did you know that the Pangolin Post is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Russian. Register your email address (information provided on the top of the newsletter), and receive the Pangolin Post is your favorite language.

Pangolin Europe Tour Continues in Madrid, Spain

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We are currently in Madrid, Spain, for the Pangolin Europe open house event. We were pleased to work with our partner Cittadini Laser, to show clients in Spain the power of our new BEYOND software, in combination with Cittadini Laser … Continue reading