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The MAdot2 provides a Student Solution

The MAdot2 provides a Student Solution

UK – Robert Arnall is just one year into a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts course at York College. He has already made his mark at college by being a member of the winning team at the 2015 Lighting the Locomotives Competition that took place at the National Railway Museum sponsored jointly by Ambersphere Solutions and Pulsar Lighting. The team’s imaginative lighting of the steam locomotive that became famous in the film “The Railway Children” was programmed and controlled by a dot2 console from MA Lighting and provided to all the teams by Ambersphere Solutions.

Outside of his college obligations, Arnall has been busy building his own business along with his partner, Owen Price who is also at York College. “It was Owen who really got me into sound and lighting in the first place. We started out DJing about four years ago but with very minimal equipment and certainly nothing of quality. Since then we have gradually been growing as a company doing bigger and higher profile events in our area and been able to invest in better equipment. When it came to investing in a console, the dot2 was the obvious choice for both of us. Neither of us had used an MA before but I had done all the programming at the NRM competition and really enjoyed the experience. However, everything was done under a very pressured time frame so I went down to Ambersphere for a training session with Thor André to really explore the functionality of the desk.”

It proved a fruitful trip as Arnall decided to purchase a dot2 Core for his company R&O Sound & Lighting which is based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire as he explains: “Owen and I still have another year at college and there’s no doubt that having a dot2 of our own will be a massive help to us there but mainly it fits in with the range of events we are now doing with the business. We do many different type of shows from simply busking a show manually to doing a very structured heavily cued theatrical event. The dot2’s versatility means it is equal to any task we set it.”

Arnall and Price first used the console for a pantomime which consisted of many moving lights and LED fixtures and then went straight on to a festival which asked for a completely different type of control. The dot2 proved more than up to the tasks.

As far as value for money is concerned, the dot2 appears to tick that box as well: “The range of features, highlighting fixtures, different ways of using the submasters and cue stacks, along with the quality of the build, the layout of buttons and touch screens, the ability to add wings all make this a bargain buy as far as we’re concerned.”

In order to achieve the best possible deal, the purchase was arranged through R&M Productions of Stokesley, North Yorkshire. MD Robbie Baxter elaborates: “Robert contacted us after Ambersphere had suggested that making the purchase through us would be to his advantage. We then dealt with Thor to complete the arrangements; as always, he was great to deal with and made the whole process simplicity itself. Robert and Owen got a good price on the dot2 and we shipped directly to them across the North York Moors to Scarborough!”

“We were a little hesitant about how two college students would be received as potential purchasers,” concludes Arnall, “but the process with both Ambersphere and R&M Productions has been brilliant, going above and beyond our expectations; they are still there when we get stuck. Thor and Glyn have been so generous with their time making us feel very valued as customers; I am really happy we went to them.”

In picture: Thor André, Owen Price and Robert Arnall.

8th July 2016

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