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Monday, April 29, 2013

American DJ Beamer 600 Unit

Another classic from American DJ.  This is the Beamer 600 unit from the Beamer family of units.  American DJ made a few different ‘Beamer’ models before changing to the Avenger – Aggressor newer units.  These were comparable to the Lampo and f.a.l. early units where very large and heavy transformers made these units very bulky (Pre-64515 Lamps).  This unit features 2 X 24 volt, 250 watt EHJ lamps mounted on a sound active rotation arm.  The light projects out of 6 front colored lenses creating 12 large swirling beams of light that move to the sound of the music.  The unit has a very unique shaped chassis and is built solid like many of the early American DJ units.  Unit made in Taiwan / China??  Not sure, but there are some Asian characters inside the unit…       


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Lightwave Research (HES) Emulator System

One of the coolest lighting systems ever produced!  This is the Lightwave Research (Now High End Systems) Emulator System.  This unit produces a laser simulator type effect that is truly stunning!  How the system works is actually pretty simple.  There is a special arc lamp with a small reflector behind it placed vertical in the chassis.  The lamp is mounted behind a piece of machined aluminum (Pin Block) and a special condensing lens that will only let a tiny bit of the lamps light emit forward in the unit.  This is what produces the super concentrated beam of light that emits from the unit.  The light shoots through a dichoric color wheel.  From the color wheel the light shoots onto a set of scanning galvos (Same as what is used in laser scanning systems).  This produces all of the patterns and designs projected from the unit.  The unit features 11 colors and white, variable speed strobe and the ability to create awesome aerial beams including text.  There is also a beam block / strobe assembly for blackout and strobing capabilities. 

The control of the fixture is LWR Protocol.  At the time the unit was produced control was available from the dedicated LED or LCD rack mount controllers or Status Cue System.  Later a DMX converter box was available from a third party vendor.  This system currently is using the dedicated LCD controller.  The controller features 594 programmable scenes, 1024 programmable presets, scrolling and graphic capabilities, joystick, removable memory card (for backup and additional memory), and audio input for sound-to-light operation.  24 Emulator units can be controlled with a single rack mount controller and controllers can be connected together for additional channels.  An additional touch panel can be connected to the rack mount controllers for bringing up cues and other effects.     

A few interesting notes on this system:  The LED controller was the first controller available for the emulator system.  The LCD came at a later time.  The emulator heads came in a silver color chassis and black chassis.  The silver units were earlier in production and the black were the later models.  The special lamp is still available but is very expensive.  Currently they sell for around $350.00 - $375.00 each.           

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Griven Circus 575 Lighting Unit

These are AMAZING lighting units!!  These are the spectacular Griven Circus units.  Each unit uses a 100 volt, 575 watt HMI Arc lamp in the center for great vibrant colors.  The light is projected from the center of the unit.  The light then goes through a dichoric color / gobo wheel and reflects off of a 45 degree mirror on opposite sides of the unit.  The light is then projected out of the front of the front convex lenses where it strikes a reflective scan mirror and a spinning cone barrel mirror that also scans on a pivoting motor.  It creates an awesome light show of colored spinning beams and shapes.  These units can be controlled by a standard 0 – 10 volt analogue controller or run by themselves via internal programs triggered from an onboard microphone.  The adjustment for the spinning barrel mirrors is located on the front of the unit (you can see the potentiometer in the pictures).  These units are super bright and were even available in a 1200 watt version!!  Units made in Italy.