The MAC 2000 Wash has been produced for one main reason: the market asked for it. The MAC 2000 Profile and MAC 2000 Performance have already been highly successful and to complement these, a washlight fixture in the MAC 2000 Series was demanded.
The goal was to produce a fixture consistent with the look and quality of the existing MAC 2000s and to create a large scale washlight capable of long throw projection. We believe that this goal has been achieved with a fixture that is the brightest Martin Professional has ever produced.
The MAC 2000 Wash uses the HMI 1200 Watt lamp at its source and features a brand new reflector, specially designed for this high powered washlight.
The MAC 2000 Wash features full CMY color mixing along with variable color temperature correction filters. All of these variable filters work under the same principle as the previous MAC 2000 products, but they do feature a new etching design to ensure smooth and even color mixing across the entire beam.
In addition two color wheels each fitted with four color filters, plus open, are fitted. The second wheel has the option to be swapped for a number of other color options that will be available for the fixture in the future.
Motorized Zoom system:
The zoom works in conjunction with the three different front lens options currently available to provide different spread angles. The zoom angles are:
Fresnel Lens: 15 – 40 degrees
PC Lens: 12 – 34 degrees
Super Wide Lens: 70 – 80 degrees
In addition we have added one very special feature to the zoom system, which now allows you to remove the zoom lens entirely from the beam to give a fixed, but extremely powerful beam. This function is automated and controlled completely by DMX.
The power output and beam angles in this ‘hyper’ mode are as follows:
Fresnel Lens: 11 degrees @ 31, 500 lumens
PC Lens: 12 degrees @ 33, 125 lumens
Super Wide Lens: 70 degrees. With such a wide spread, it is more complicated to get an accurate lumen count. However, this lens provides a beautifully wide and even field beam with extremely even color mixing.
Front Lens options:
In order to make the MAC 2000 Wash as flexible as possible, we have used an optical system that works with three interchangeable front lenses. The fixture comes fitted with a Fresnel lens as standard. The Fresnel lens is most commonly used in theatre or television applications where a soft edged pool of light is required.
A PC lens also comes supplied with the fixture for further flexibility. The PC lens gives a much tighter light beam with a slightly harder, more defined edge, than the Fresnel lens. As the beam is tighter, there is more light output. This lens is more often used for long throw applications such as at large exhibitions or corporate events. The PC lens has also become popular in the concert touring industry.
As a further option, there is also a super wide angle lens available, which gives a very wide zoom range. This lens is perfect for flat and even projection over short distances. It is extremely suited for lighting cycloramas in theatres or television studios or for lighting backdrops at concerts and corporate events. The output and color mixing from this lens is extremely flat and even, and is very impressive.
Optional Motorized Barn Door System:
One of the most exciting developments for the MAC 2000 Wash will be the release of an optional motorized barndoor module by September 2002. A barndoor mechanism consists of four plates which fit onto the front of the fixture and allow you to cut the beam wherever desired. For instance in theatres, it is usual to cut the light so that it does not hit the audience. Barndoors are commonplace on almost all generic washlight fixtures in theatres, television studios, and concerts. However, in this traditional form they are always positioned manually. Where Martin Professional is taking a step forward is to have these under motorized control, operated from your DMX console and with the same flexibility as in conventional systems.
Dimmer / Shutter:
The MAC 2000 Wash comes complete with a combined dimmer / shutter system which provides both full microstep dimming and a variable speed strobe. The strobe can also be dimmed whilst running. Within the fixture menu are two dimming curves which can be selected. One dimmer curve is best suited to fast fade times, whilst the other gives more control within the final 25% and is better suited to longer fade times.
3 phase motors provide smooth and accurate movement to the head itself at both fast and slow speeds. Control can be done with both 8-bit and 16-bit, selectable via the onboard fixture menu. The total movement is 540 degrees Pan and 267 degrees Tilt.
As a first for this type of fixture, the MAC 2000 Wash is fitted with a switch mode power supply. This auto detects the local voltage and frequency being supplied to the fixture and adjusts its power settings automatically with no need for any re-wiring by technicians. This is a great feature, whether you are taking the fixture from one country to another with a different electrical supply, or even if you are running equipment from generators one day and then a mains electrical system the next. The switch mode power supply works at 50 or 60 Hz at voltages from 100–130 and 200–260.
The MAC 2000 Wash is available exclusively with electronic ballast to give the added advantages of flicker free operation, hot lamp restrike, extended lamp life and a 700 Watt power saving mode. This feature activates automatically when the shutter has been brought in for more than 10 seconds, reducing power consumption. The fixture reverts to 1200 Watts as soon as the shutter is reopened.
The MAC 2000 Wash has both 3 pin and 5 pin XLR connectors on board for its DMX control connection. The fixture uses either 18 or 20 channels, depending on whether you run the fixture with 8 or 16 bit movement control. 5 channels of DMX allocation are included in the fixture personality for the motorized barn door system – whether they are connected to the fixture or not. These channels have been left in deliberately to save on re-programming should a designer wish to add barndoors after a fixture has been hung and already programmed.
The MAC 2000 Wash is available in single or dual flight cases constructed in tough water-repellant ply.