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All Eyes on Robe for T1 Launch at LDI 2018
USA – Robe launches its brand new T1 Profile luminaire at the LDI 2018 expo in Las Vegas next week, on booths 2503 and 2603, revealed for the first as the show opens on 19th October.
The exclusive reveal of the T1 – the new one and only fixture needed for theatre, television and touring – illustrates the strategic importance of the North American market to Robe and recognises the growing international composition of the trade show and its visitors.
In addition to this, part two of Robe’s ‘Lost World Trilogy’ is set to 'wow' the crowds – another stunning immersive theatrical stand design, complete with a unique, energizing new live performance developed especially for this once-only occasion at LDI 2018!
The fabulous light show will include Robe’s newest technologies like the just launched SuperSpikie and iParFect, the first in a range of IP rated luminaires, together with Robe’s RoboSpot remote followspotting system, Tarrantula, a large LED wash beam and the ever popular MegaPointes and Spiiders.
All of these and more will be incorporated into the booth design and the spectacular show which will run every hour on the hour.
Robe’s latest luminaire, the T1 Profile, is specifically designed to fulfil the challenging requirements of three very diverse disciplines: theatre, television and touring, in one comprehensive fixture.
The revolutionary new MSL (Multi-Spectral Light) LED light source is impressively bright, yet the T1 Profile is full of theatrical subtlety.
With CMY colour control, and a radical new custom colour creation system and wide ranging CCT control from 2700K to 8000K, all variations of colour are possible.
The precise needs of theatrical dimming are catered for with Robe’s ultra-smooth 18-bit dimming system, while the high CRI provides the natural and harmonious skin tones so fundamental to theatre and television and film applications.
For television work, there are other features like a plus / minus green channel and a special flicker-free management for use with multiple vision systems and recording formats.
All this is combined with accurate framing shutters, a dynamic focus-tracking zoom, variable frosts, bespoke breakup and aerial gobos, animation wheel and prism, offering total control for fine-tuning the most demanding of designs for theatre, television and touring.
The SuperSpikie was launched at PLASA last month and has already been trailblazing. Bigger, brighter and bolder, the SuperSpikie takes the single beam light look to another level. It is four times brighter than the original Spikie (launched in 2016) and with the addition of aerial rotating gobos, it becomes a neat little effects machine with even more looks to blast through its substantial high quality 165mm front lens.
The zoom is wider, going from a tight 3.5° beam to a nice soft wash at 42 degrees and the CMY or RGBW colour mix options both offer a rich array of shades and hues.
In a fraction of a second the SuperSpikie can change from a razor-sharp beam to a fabulous rich wash light producing a single shadow light output which is vital for TV and theatre productions.
A range of in-air effects using different combinations of the aerial gobos, prism or flower effect feature make it a versatile stage, set or studio luminaire which can be mounted in any position, while the fast and continuous 360°pan and tilt rotation adds yet another dimension for all to enjoy.
The all-new iParFect 150 FW RGBW is loaded with cool features starting with an exceptionally-wide zoom of 3.8° to 60°. It is completely silent due to passive cooling and the IP65 rating makes it ideal for any outdoor application.
Other characteristics include both CMY and RGBW colour control, 18-bit dimming and tungsten emulation with both selectable and variable colour temperatures providing total output control.
The powerful, punchy beam combined with a Fresnel style beam edge, results in a smooth, beautifully homogenized shaft of light emanating from this compact, lightweight fixture.
Tarrantula is Robe’s most powerful LED beam/wash/effects fixture to date. Building on the advanced technology of the popular Spiider, Tarrantula is designed for multiple environments, from concerts to car shows and everything in between, and particularly for large venues and spaces.
It is powered by 36 x 30W and one 60W high powered LED chips, providing a jaw-dropping 20,000 lumens of output. A versatile optical system offers adjustable beam angle from a tight 4° spot to a super-wide 50° wash, all with the highest quality of light.
The LEDWash 800 inspired Beam Shaper accessory creates a traditional oval beam that can be indexed for precision coverage of the stage or performance area.
Central to the Tarrantula’s advantages is Robe’s exclusive flower effect adding yet another eye-catching visual dimension. Driven by the 60W RGBW multi-chip, this creates sharp, speed-controlled spikes of light that can be rotated in either direction.
Intense, fully saturated colours plus a fantastic range of subtle pastel tones with ultra-smooth transitions are possible due to the integrated 18-bit LED dimming system.
Dynamic video-driven effects can be easily achieved by mapping the Tarrantula’s individual pixels via a DMX console or a media server and utilising the on-board sACN with internal HTP merging via DMX or Kling-Net protocols.
RoboSpot is a modular remote followspotting system comprising several different elements that can be used in a variety of combinations to control up to 12 units of Robe’s newest fixtures including the BMFL range, MegaPointes, DL7 and DL4 series luminaires and Pointes.
At the heart of the remote-control element is the ergonomically designed, comfortable to operate RoboSpot BaseStation which can be located anywhere in a venue or show space. The BaseStation has a large 15.6-inch HD touch screen display, so the operator observes the performance space from a first person perspective, like most video games.
A live video picture relays visual and positional information from the MotionCamera/s that are either integral or rigged adjacent to each individual remote spot fixture on the rig. The operator’s commands are instantly transferred to the luminaires via DMX allowing them to perfectly motion track across the stage or performance area.
A full range of hand controls are available for operating the fixtures such as pan, tilt, intensity, focus and many others. These controls are all fully customisable for the operators’ benefit.
The remote lighting desk retains control of all the internal fixture parameters of the fixtures like intensity, gobos, colours and other effects. The console operator can also switch those fixtures designated to the remote follow spotting system between that and the main rig throughout the performance if they wish.
The benefits of running a remote followspotting system like RoboSpot are numerous. LDs can choose multiple fixtures and different types of luminaires to use for this role in the show, instead of being restricted to having two, four or however many fixed FOH followspot positions.
They can now highlight an artist with multiple light sources or with just one or two that are most appropriate when using a certain section of the stage or set, all helping in the creation of optimum drama and the most fabulous of stage looks.
LDs have the chance to use positions over the stage which might have previously been inaccessible, even for operated truss spots.
On the health and safety front, using a RoboSpot system means that operators don’t have to be at height in the rig throughout a show, creating a safer and much more comfortable working environment.
BMFL FollowSpot LT is another new fixture that was launched last month. It is a brighter long throw version of the standard BMFL FollowSpot, with all the same features as the standard BMFL FollowSpot, but also benefiting from a different reflector and optics with a tighter beam spread optimized for extra brightness over long distances.
12th October 2018
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