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Adlib’s new Martin MAC Ultra and MAC Aura PXL become instant live events’ favourites

Adlib’s new Martin MAC Ultra and MAC Aura PXL become instant live events’ favourites
Adlib’s new Martin MAC Ultra and MAC Aura PXL become instant live events’ favourites

UK – Adlib’s rental inventory of new flagship Martin fixtures, including the MAC Ultra Wash and MAC Aura PXL, made an instant impression across a wide range of live events throughout the UK.

At one of these events, experienced lighting designer Liam Tully looked after the front of the house for Adlib at TRNSMT.

“We used 26 MAC Aura PXLs as washes, plus 22 MAC Ultra Washes on the front and side trusses.” explained Liam. “Out of all the bands and headliners that came through – and we had the likes of Liam Gallagher, Courteeners, Chemical Brothers and Snow Patrol – everyone came in and said, yeah, that’s perfect, that’s the kind of rig we want!”

The MAC Ultra is Martin’s new flagship fixture, available in Performance and Wash variants. Both feature impressive feature sets, including an incredible light quality, a 46,500-lumen output for the Performance, and 63,500 lumens for the Wash.

The MAC Aura PXL takes the Aura family to the next level, with 19 main beam LED pixels and 141 Aura backlight pixels. It’s by far the highest output of the Aura family, and it is this that attracted it to Liam for festival use.

“All of the fixtures on that gig were friendly for daytime artists and evening artists," he explained. “That’s what I think is so good about having the MAC Aura PXLs on a festival rig. Compared to Aura XBs, they’re punching through that daytime slot so you can see that a wash is there, whereas, with other fixtures on the market, I just don’t think you can see that.”

In fact, on the very subsequent weekend, Adlib’s MAC Aura PXLs were also in-use at the Creamfields festival, with a total of 56 MAC Aura PXLs deployed by lighting designer Paul Abdullah.

Tom Edwards, head of lighting and video at Adlib, concluded: “Our continuous investment into LED technology puts us on the front foot and ensures that we can service our clients well, even during the year’s busiest periods. Moving away from lamp-based fixtures means that we are more efficient and consistent when deploying large scale lighting rigs. Our fixtures spend less time in the prep and service department, and we don’t have to worry about uneven colour or additional power consumption. These fixtures just work, and I think the LDs we work with appreciate that.”

photos: Brad Kavanagh

21st April 2022

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