You'll have to get some pictures up on here John of the rig. Im thinking of getting 8 LED56's to start and then poss another 6 or more if they are good.
Also Im looking at buying or making a about 4 bliners with 4 lamps in each and replacing them with white led's lamps (either par36 size or GU10 type) to put along the truss to run chases etc. I know they wont have anywhere as near the output of a blinder but It may look cool!
I am still waiting on delivery of 2x more LED par64's from Thomann after 6 weeks. It seems that there has been a huge demand for all types of LED lighting as more lampies are moving away from power hungry, short-life halogens and supply cannot keep up with demand.
Still as things are quiet at the moment, there is no rush and I am spending much more time in my rehearsal studio, sorting the acoustics and sound/thermal insulation. John
Jonestown like a bit of stage lighting when they work on new material, so I though I would indulge them.
As I am not doing any work on the road at the moment, I have installed all 4x of the LED PAR56's onto a track on my rehearsal studio ceiling, (but they are easy to dismount for road use). They certainly look much better than my old Tandy/Maplin disco lighting, which I will now remove.
The 4x LED PAR64's and the 2x LED Multispots, will make a great stage lighting rig on their own, for small gigs.
I have just purchased another 4x LED PAR56's from Thomann and I am going to mount all 8x PAR 56's and all 4x PAR64's on 2x T-bars on 2x winch stands. (4+2 each side). I will floor mount the 2x Multi-spots, either side of the drum kits.
I will try the 56's double-up in pairs, to get a brighter output with the same spread. It should be quick and easy to set-up, with the 56's pre-mounted and cabled-up on the T-bars and should be quite effective.
They will get their first rock gig experience on 7/3/09, at a Release The Peach gig, with 2x other bands and 2x solo artists, at a biker club in Hayes Middlesex. I will also be taking my 1.6kw stereo drum fill/keyboard monitoring rig, for RTP's Roland V-Drums and 5x keyboards.
This is not a very good photo, but shows how I hung the 56's and 64's, (2 out of shot stage left). The Stairville units use good quality, standard short PAR56 and long PAR64 cans, with additional ventilation.
As you can see, I used 2x winch stands and the 8m trussing instead of just the T-bars, (which are hung from the trussing, supporting the 2x sets of 4x par56).
The house PA was shot, so I had to use my 1.6kw drum-fill/keys monitors for FOH. They were at the back of the stage for RTP, but I pulled them forward for the other bands and solo artists. (It was supposed to be an easy night for me).
1x 15" 400w subs and 1x 15" + CD 450w wedge monitors on top, either side. (Smart Sound, eminence loaded). They surprisingly did a great job, powered by the SoundTech Power Source 1602 digital amp, via a Q150 dual 15 band graphic and ST1602 sub-mixer, (since been replaced by a Mackie CFX16 MKII). I also brought along my SoundTech LP5MP 200w powered monitor. Just as well, as the venue didn't have any monitors. It has a 9 band graphic built in and behaved very well. John.
Last Edit: Mar 20, 2009 8:51:56 GMT 1 by John Bell
I have just purchased and received 4x Stairville LED PAR64 10mm Black RGB par cans from Thomann, for use as side fill. These have 183x10mm highpower LED´s, mounted in a conventional short PAR64 can, but without filter brackets.
This brings my all LED lighting rig up to 18 luminaires, with 4x different types.
These are great medium throw lights, with very good optics, which produce a perfectly uniform colour mix beyond 3 metres. They also have a narrower beam angle than the 56's, concentrating the light, like a theatre spot.
The stand-alone sound-to-light facility actually works very well, due to their sensitivity controls. They use 7 channels of DMX for full remote control.
I should now have enough LED lighting to cover the whole stage at the Chinnor Bike Dayz X111 fest. John.
Last Edit: May 21, 2009 8:00:52 GMT 1 by John Bell
I took a couple of the new PAR64's to my local live music pub in Cowley, to light up Elliott "Joe C0cker" Tuffin on Saturday and Maddie on Sunday, to see what they could do in stand-alone mode. I mounted them on the FOH speaker poles with heavy duty G-clamps, with some black gaffer to protect the paintwork.
They were very impressive in 2.5s scrolling fade mode. The only problem I had, was that as the beam angle is narrower than the 56's, as Maddie moved forwards, she would move out of the focus. She did eventually limit her movements enough to stay in the zone. Next time I will use 3 and have 1 high up on a stand in front, but keep it out of her face.
One thing I did notice, was that people were paying more attention during the performances than usual and using video camera phones, to capture the moment. John.
Last Edit: May 26, 2009 9:31:37 GMT 1 by John Bell
I had the 2x LED par 64's repaired for free by Thomann under their 3 year warranty, including shipping. There are no readable details of what was repaired, but as long as they keep working, that's all that matters. John.
I am providing and engineering my full PA and medium lighting rigs on Friday 4th, September, at the Tropic at Ruislip, in Middlesex, www.tropicatruislip.co.uk for a charity gig in aid of The David Mather Foundation, for Release The Peach and 24 Fighting Camels, plus Dave & Mike Coe & Gez Neacy, (acoustic folk/blues), from The Lyric Police, in the break.
I will be using all 10x of my 2x types of LED par64's on 2x winch stands. The venue does have it's own 6x par56's rigged from the lowish ceiling above the stage, but I want to be able to fire some big lighting across the stage from either side, without blinding the band members.
If you are in the area, please come and support this gig. Cheers, John.