Next Gen Chauvet GigBar .. The "Move"

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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Well you work out the numbers, yeah it is less than 2% lol I was just thinking it is rare, not even once a year, in fact I think the last time was at a wedding, but usually it is a corporate event. But here is a pic from that wedding 2 years ago.


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That looks like concert lighting. Very nice. Why do only a small amount of your clients want lights? Is the reason more clients want lights at their event is because of the price you charge to provide lights?
 

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I thinks these gig bars are a great idea, but they always miss the mark for me. Ditch the laser and strobes and this would be a better fixture in my opinion

You can turn either one off
 
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The laser you can unplug .. the strobes would need either a coating of GAF tape or DMX control to turn off. I do agree with Tunes that those strobes and the laser are the least useful things. Pull the strobes and laser and it's a cleaner product.
 
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The laser you can unplug .. the strobes would need either a coating of GAF tape or DMX control to turn off. I do agree with Tunes that those strobes and the laser are the least useful things. Pull the strobes and laser and it's a cleaner product.

I'm pretty sure you can turn either off with the remote on the GB2 maybe the move is different.
 
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I'm pretty sure you can turn either off with the remote on the GB2 maybe the move is different.
Looking at the GB2 manual, you can turn the strobe off on the remote, but there's no functions for the laser. On the rear menu, you can select just the pars and the derbies for an auto program, so you can do it that way .. not sure about sound active. A simple dip switch on the back to disable pieces would have been nice.
 

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Yes, and if I turn them both off, the heads still come back toward me a tad. If enabled, they swing right at me. So I guess that's Chauvets version of a totem mode? Anyone else have this issue? Chauvet still hasn't responded to my email. A phone call is next.
 

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Looking at the GB2 manual, you can turn the strobe off on the remote, but there's no functions for the laser. On the rear menu, you can select just the pars and the derbies for an auto program, so you can do it that way .. not sure about sound active. A simple dip switch on the back to disable pieces would have been nice.

Ironically my first gig with it was Feb 15 and it was also my last gig this year. I'm not sure what I did but one night at home playing around with the remote I turned off the laser and had a heck of a time turning it on. I'm not sure if the strobes went with it or not I don't remember but the Derbys and the Pars were still on. I assumed it was a feature but maybe some odd mess up on my part
 

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So has anyone bought one of these?
 
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I seriously considered it when I was buying stuff to start my business with... but didn't. I took the advice of some of the folks here and invested in Wash FX Hex's instead. I'm glad I did, but there are some times when I wish I had a gigbar for the simplicity of it.... like small birthday party or a backyard cookout where they just want some fun, tacky lights.
 

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I seriously considered it when I was buying stuff to start my business with... but didn't. I took the advice of some of the folks here and invested in Wash FX Hex's instead. I'm glad I did, but there are some times when I wish I had a gigbar for the simplicity of it.... like small birthday party or a backyard cookout where they just want some fun, tacky lights.
Please don't say tacky. If it works for you then fine. There are those who do large productions and others who do something simple. What one DJ feels is cool, another will not.
 
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The band I worked with had this as their stage lighting... thankfully they never turned it on during the actual event. I saw this on during their sound checks and it was unbearable. WAY TOO BUSY. Thankfully they left it off once I told them that I'd be providing lighting while they're playing as well.
 

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The band I worked with had this as their stage lighting... thankfully they never turned it on during the actual event. I saw this on during their sound checks and it was unbearable. WAY TOO BUSY. Thankfully they left it off once I told them that I'd be providing lighting while they're playing as well.
What your team provides for lighting at event is more than enough!
 

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It’s not the point I was making. I was saying this effect is VERY busy and it’s just all so random

I get what you are saying and compared to something done well on DMX it is not the greatest but do you really believe the average client notices or cares? I always felt especially with lighting it's more for the DJ than the client. It's akin to the WAV/MP3/Bitrate arguments or Bose Vs anything else. The DJ cares much more about these things than the client does

Side by side with your setup it would really suck stand alone it does the job
 
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I get what you are saying and compared to something done well on DMX it is not the greatest but do you really believe the average client notices or cares? I always felt especially with lighting it's more for the DJ than the client. It's akin to the WAV/MP3/Bitrate arguments or Bose Vs anything else. The DJ cares much more about these things than the client does

Side by side with your setup it would really suck stand alone it does the job
Everything is in how it’s used. I’ve seen these effects running during a slow dance and completely kill the atmosphere. I’ve seen them on as people are arriving to the event and completely take away from the beauty of a room, I’ve seen people having these running during a speech… again an unnecessary distraction. Is it ok during open dancing where you just want some visual eye candy… yes. But honestly, that’s perhaps the only time they should be on. The only thing I notice, and I know clients and photographers have mentioned is if there are photos with minimal to no flash, because the lights are so busy, the photos are filled with dots and laser and so many multi-colored designs that it takes away. It’s not like a moving head with a big beam covering a given area… these effects have a significant amount of shapes and patterns and beams across a small area.
 

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Everything is in how it’s used. I’ve seen these effects running during a slow dance and completely kill the atmosphere. I’ve seen them on as people are arriving to the event and completely take away from the beauty of a room, I’ve seen people having these running during a speech… again an unnecessary distraction. Is it ok during open dancing where you just want some visual eye candy… yes. But honestly, that’s perhaps the only time they should be on. The only thing I notice, and I know clients and photographers have mentioned is if there are photos with minimal to no flash, because the lights are so busy, the photos are filled with dots and laser and so many multi-colored designs that it takes away. It’s not like a moving head with a big beam covering a given area… these effects have a significant amount of shapes and patterns and beams across a small area.

I agree!

Also, I can see myself getting rid of effect lighting all together for weddings after this year. I offer it complimentary, and most couples want it thrown in since it's free, but I have been considering changing this to "Wash Lighting" and simply setting up a couple of bar lights or par lights to wash the dance floor. I would keep the effect lighting in stock in case I ever book a kids party, or Sweet 16, grad party, or high school prom, or something of that nature in the future.

My brother only sets up effect lighting if the bride/groom ask him about it prior to the wedding. He told me, he has only done one wedding this year so far with effect lighting, and last year he had two. In the past, I have always felt it adds value to my show/presentation, and I think it did IN THE PAST. Today, I don't think the clients, or the guests at weddings in my market care much about the effect lights, and I think perception has changed a bit as well with adults.

SOME place emphasis on the Up Lights though. There is value in Up Lights, AND people pay for that for their weddings when they want the look.
 
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I agree!

Also, I can see myself getting rid of effect lighting all together for weddings after this year. I offer it complimentary, and most couples want it thrown in since it's free, but I have been considering changing this to "Wash Lighting" and simply setting up a couple of bar lights or par lights to wash the dance floor. I would keep the effect lighting in stock in case I ever book a kids party, or Sweet 16, grad party, or high school prom, or something of that nature in the future.

My brother only sets up effect lighting if the bride/groom ask him about it prior to the wedding. He told me, he has only done one wedding this year so far with effect lighting, and last year he had two. In the past, I have always felt it adds value to my show/presentation, and I think it did IN THE PAST. Today, I don't think the clients, or the guests at weddings in my market care much about the effect lights, and I think perception has changed a bit as well with adults.

SOME place emphasis on the Up Lights though. There is value in Up Lights, AND people pay for that for their weddings when they want the look.
In my opinion wash effects are better than stand alone “effects” or combination type lights
 

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Everything is in how it’s used. I’ve seen these effects running during a slow dance and completely kill the atmosphere. I’ve seen them on as people are arriving to the event and completely take away from the beauty of a room, I’ve seen people having these running during a speech… again an unnecessary distraction. Is it ok during open dancing where you just want some visual eye candy… yes. But honestly, that’s perhaps the only time they should be on.

I'm with you 100% on that. I have a Gig Bar and would NEVER use it any of those times you mentioned except maybe to have a wash or laser during a slow dance certainly not the derby's or anything flashing


The only thing I notice, and I know clients and photographers have mentioned is if there are photos with minimal to no flash, because the lights are so busy, the photos are filled with dots and laser and so many multi-colored designs that it takes away. It’s not like a moving head with a big beam covering a given area… these effects have a significant amount of shapes and patterns and beams across a small area.
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I try to cooperate with photographers to help them get the best shots. I generally don't use the laser until later when they are finished and if they need it I go to white light on the Gigbar
 

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In my opinion wash effects are better than stand alone “effects” or combination type lights

I have a couple of the original "Gig Bars" and the washes are what I use...probably 85% of the time.About a year ago, I was in a very intimate, very cool venue (It was the loading dock of an old newspaper office, so lots of really old red brick) and it hit me like a ton of bricks. All I needed were the washes and it looked just as cool.
 
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