HARMAN Martin Professional’s Compact and Efficient M2GO Console is a Tremendously Versatile Tour Companion

Alexey Zhivanov
NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia – In November 2014, Alexey Zhivanov, Lighting Designer for Russian stage rental and install firm Grand Show, was tasked with supporting two distinct events: a rock concert at a nightclub and a ballet staged in a traditional opera house. To accommodate the needs of each production, he brought along the versatile HARMAN Martin Professional M2GO lighting controller.

Maximilians, the Siberian restaurant and venue where Russian rock band Chizh & Co performed, is equipped with a small array of fixtures including projectors, LED Wash Zoom fixtures, LED spots, strobes and smoke machines. Zhivanov didn’t need any additional touchscreen monitors or gear to control the lighting fixtures. He simply connected the M2GO to his laptop.

“The rock concert focused mainly on slow compositions, so I programmed scenes filled with warm colors and smooth effects”, said Zhivanov. “The M2GO is efficient and easy to program presets and a PATCH. I only spent an hour preparing for the entire show.”

After Maximilians, Zhivanov made his way to the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre to light the 60-year anniversary performance of Harvest Days: Reclaiming Virgin and Fallow Lands. High-ranking government officials would be in attendance at the ceremonial event so Zhivanov, who felt he had no room for error, planned accordingly.

“I ran the show with the M2GO, using a Martin M-PC for data backup and additional features”, said Zhivanov. “Everything went great. The console worked perfectly and the M-PC sped up programming even further.”

Since the console was located far offstage in the control room, Zhivanov used Touch OSC software to make adjustments remotely from where he stood at the side of the stage.

“From front of house, I could not see some lighting fixtures installed on the top trusses,” he said. “Since the Opera House is quite large, it would have been inconvenient for me to constantly run back and forth from the control room to the stage. All M-Series products integrate OSC protocol, which really rescued me when it came to programming effects.”

Even though the performances couldn’t have been more different, Zhivanov believes the M2GO was instrumental in producing both shows for its efficiency and versatility. “With such limited time for rehearsals, the M-Series Effect Generator and presets were very useful,” said Zhivanov. “I really appreciate M-Series controllers for their expeditious programming. I can always work quickly, control operations remotely and easily add new fixtures to the library. In other words, I can complete every element of the task at hand.”

He is also grateful to the Martin Russia team for its support. “They are real professionals and are always ready to help,” he said.

Read more about Grand Show: http://grandshow.org/

For more information, please visit: www.martin.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.
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