Monday, October 17, 2011

Amnesia Ibiza upgraded with 3D LED lighting

The famous Ibiza venue now owns the biggest kinetic 3D LED installation in Europe with 76 DMX universes controlled LED.

8,848 RGB pixels are turning the night into day at Amnesia Ibiza thanks to Rebeca Sánchez, Miquel Clot and others. The striking setup was first to be seen at this year's opening, 11th of June.

The Opening Party 2011 was as diverse and colorful as the whole spectrum of Amnesia's club culture–it hosts Matinée, Cocoon, Cream Ibiza and others. The main concept of the lighting redesign is based on this special diversity.

The premise that something different happens every night was quickly established in the first meetings of designers, technicians, and decoration teams. That is why the whole design needed to be functional and spectacular at the same time.

The designers planned a spacious, lightweight, and safe construction with large distances between fixtures. Hence, operators are able to adapt to the different, daily events with ease. Owing to the generous height of the club (11m), the installation is hidden from view if the LEDs are not lit up. But when the show starts, the impressive 2D/3D setup fascinates people within seconds.

The fixtures in use were specially customized for Amnesia. 354 LED tubes, the majority, have a length of 1m and contain 32 SMD RGB LEDs. 2 LEDs each are controlled as one pixel via DMX. The fixtures are attached in zig-zag shapes of 45° and form a tram of 'diamonds' that covers the entire ceiling (incl. horizontal platforms and inclined roof).

Dozens of special effects were developed for this installation. These customized effects as well as custom-built and unique Scripts, mostly used for 3D, provide the new club experience.
But the timing during operation is important. The combination of video walls, moving heads, LEDs and other lighting equipment requires the special attention of the lighting operator to create an atmospheric and vibrant light show.

A grandMA 2 console, which also controls LEDs remotely via DMX-IN, and the MIDI controller AKAI APC-20 complete the state-of-the-art setup. More than 2km of cables were used, while the installation demands 10,000W of power.

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