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.

BEYOND Laser Show Software – Advanced PangoScript and Universe Features

BEYOND laser show software is revolutionizing laser control, for thousands of people around the world. The advanced PangoScript and Universe tools inside the program allow you as a client to customize BEYOND, to meet your own specific show needs and requirements.

In this latest tutorial from Nathan Miller, you can learn some advanced programming and setup techniques, that can be used when working with BEYOND PangoScript and the BEYOND Universe. These features can be implemented to create your own custom commands, for protocols like DMX, ArtNet, OSC and SMPTE timecode.

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With many of these advanced tools, we are now also seeing clients using BEYOND for more than just laser show control and the software is evolving into a true multimedia control platform in that regard. For control of lasers, video, lighting and more.

If you have any specific tutorial requests, we also invite your feedback. Shoot us a message using our contact form, and let us know more about your requests for future tutorial videos.

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.

QuickShow 3.0 – The World’s Easiest Laser Show Software

QuickShowa has been the world’s leading laser show software for several years, providing thousands of clients around the world with extremely powerful, yet easy to use laser control.

With the release of QuickShow 3.0 (which is a FREE update for all Pangolin clients), we have further expanded the program’s functionality, while still retaining the software’s ease of use, which clients have come to know and love.

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strongIncreased MIDI Support/strong – QuickShow 3.0 now includes a powerful MIDI engine, with a custom map available for the popular AKAI APC Mini. This is great if you prefer running your laser shows live, from a console, to the beat of the music. Our map for the APC Mini conveniently maps the device out with all the features you need to run live laser shows, including color control, size, position and rotation control, zone control, brightness / effect sliders, and a whole lot more. And this is incredibly easy to setup. Simply connect the APC MINI to QuickShow, and it is automatically mapped out. No need to program anything as it is truly plug and play. Check out the image below, which provides an overview of our new map for the device.

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strongNew Virtual DJ Plugin /strong – For our friends who run music and lasers, or who work in the DJ field, you will love our new plugin for the Virtual DJ software. This allows you to perfectly sync your laser shows with your DJ music set, so that they run in complete harmony. And best of all, the plugin is FREE.

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strongFaster Scan Speed Support/strong – QuickShow 3.0 now supports faster scan speeds as well, making it compatible with all types of laser show projectors – Ranging from low-cost introductory based units, all the way up to the highest professional level systems. strong* NOTE – if you are looking for quality lasers, at affordable price points, be sure to check out Pangolin’s line of laser show projectors as well. You can see these online, at/strong a href=http:www.GETLASER.comhttp:www.GETLASER.com/a.

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strongPangolin Cloud – It’s like iTunes for laser shows/strong – Everyone wants more FREE laser shows, content and cues and the Pangolin Cloud provides just that! strongThe Pangolin Cloud is like an iTunes for laser shows, providing you with a nearly invite stream of fresh laser content to download (including shows, cues, workspaces and more)/strong. Just browse our library of content, pick the items you like, and download them directly to your QuickShow workspace – Its so easy to work with, and makes acquiring new content for your laser shows simpler than ever. Pangolin Cloud also allows you as a laser artist, to design and share content with others. In the Pangolin Cloud you can create your own user profile (similar to Facebook) and then feature your laser artwork, shows and content, for others to download. This is a great way to share your artistry and passion for lasers, with thousands of people all around the world.

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If you work with QuickShow and are interested in obtaining a new link for the 3.0 version, contact us. We’ll get you setup with a copy right away.

World’s largest laser show (Samsung Galaxy S7) – ER Productions

Laser specialists, ER Productions, collaborated with Italian agencies Eventually and Giò Forma, to stage one of the biggest laser displays the world has ever seen, in Milan, Italy.

Based on the concept of connectivity, the event celebrated the launch of thew new Samsung Galaxy S7, and saw some of the most iconic buildings in Milan’s Porta Nuova business district, connected using lasers in an elaborate display that took the city by storm.

Emerging from a giant multimedia cube formed of video, laser and light, which was located in Gae Aulenti Square, lasers were mapped across the highest skyscrapers in the city. Buildings featured in the impressive show included the Bosco Verticale, Palazzo Lombardia, Solaris, Samsung and UniCredit buildings, eventually returning to a purpose built music stage in the square where Fatboy Slim played a headline set. Designed to excite the audience at every stage, the lasers show peaked during Fatboy Slim’s performance.

Over 10 tonnes of laser fixtures and an incredible 32 smoke machines were placed at various locations around the site including parks, balconies and skyscraper rooftops. Created for Samsung by the agency Eventually, under the creative direction of Anghela Alò and Claudio Santucci of Giò Forma, this massive laser display is potentially the world’s largest light show ever performed, and it was by far the largest laser show ever to be staged in Milan.

  • Guinness World Records is currently reviewing the project, to see if it indeed qualifies as the world’s largest laser display ever performed

Ryan Hagan of ER Productions, said: “Installing 222 laser fixtures in just three days and two nights over a square kilometre of Milan was extremely challenging but thanks to a great team we were able to achieve the impossible. Guinness World Records are currently checking to see if it is indeed the biggest laser display the world has ever seen but it certainly looks that way.”

Show Tec

With an unparalleled beam profile that’s extremely tight and bright even at a distance, Coherent OPS laser units were selected from ER’s stock, to use in the skyscraper sequence. In terms of the colour palette, ER used blues and green with bursts of white laser, to achieve a futuristic, electronic look that ran through the video content, to form the giant multimedia cube. During Fatboy Slim’s set the colour range exploded to reflect the party vibe.  Because of the distances between city buildings and main stage, which could be up to a kilometre, ER used Pangolin’s BEYOND software, configured with a wireless ArtNET solution, and fibre optics to connect the effects at each location during the 12-minute show.

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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.