Moscow’s Arena Club played host to the famous Welsh band, Bullet for My Valentine, on March 6 with HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures and the M1 Console, provided by Moscow’s Euroshow Rental Company. Robert Coleman, the lighting designer for the tour and Moscow show, deployed Martin to bring out the most of his creative ideas.
The set of lighting fixtures included 10 MAC 700 Profiles (six on the middle truss, four on the back truss), 14 MAC 401 RGB Zooms (four on the side truss, five on the middle and five on the back), nine Atomic 3000 DMX strobes, six MAC Viper Profiles and the M1 Professional Lighting Console.
Coleman, who was introduced to the M1 console a few years ago but never previously had the opportunity to use it, worked with Alexey Zhuravlev, Lighting Designer, Euroshow Rental Company, to program the Moscow show.
“I thought the design was good, and I found the layout really easy to pick up. Everything seemed to be where you would expect it,” Coleman stated. “I only had a few hours to program before the show. I like that the desk was ready to go, and I didn’t have to spend ages setting up all my user preferences, window displays, etc. The same with creating effects – certain other desks have made this process way too complicated and time-consuming. I found the desk perfect for making quick and easy effects.”
Coleman was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to learn how to operate the console and the logical programming. “Everything I asked from Zhuravlev seemed to be possible. I’ve had experiences with other desks, when asking the programmer something, only to be told, ‘I don’t think that’s possible on this desk.’”
The M1 surface has more than enough playbacks and buttons for Coleman. “Up until the Russian shows we had been touring our own desk. I had seen the M1 in a few of the venues as the house desk, but never got the chance to use it,” Coleman said. “Now I am more than happy to use the M1 in the future. I really enjoyed using the desk, and it certainly made for a better show than a couple of the others I could mention.”
Coleman also deployed the MAC Vipers in the rig partly because of the size. “The crew had to work at different grounds, from small to big, and because they were mainly placed on the floor and on the set, I didn’t want a big fixture but I still wanted something bright and powerful. That’s why MAC Viper Profile became the obvious choice.”