Clay Paky & Parasol

This year, Clay Paky debuted three new fixtures and one enclosure at LDI. The first new fixture was the Alpha Spot QWO 800. The QWO 800 uses the MSR Platinum 35 lamp operating at 800W to produce outputs that are normally equated with a 1000-1200 W fixtures.  Clay Paky created this fixture to take advantage of this additional output primarily as a gobo/graphics projector.  It features a wide zoom range (7.6° to 55°), CMY color mixing, fixed color wheel, 15 glass gobos (7 rotating & 8 fixed), 9 facet rotating prism,  16 blade iris, animation wheel, variable frost system and hybrid (electro/mechanical) dimmer.  One of the interesting features about this fixture is the Stay-Sharp-Zoom. When set, it holds the sharp focus of the gobo projection across the zoom function by self-altering the focus on the fixture.  Additionally it features the dyna-cue-creator (also seen in the alpha 1500 and 700) to allow for a moving cue creation with zoom, color, and gobos. It creates fast moving and easy to program effects that are in perfect synchronization.

The second fixture they released at LDI was the Glow-up.  It is their battery powered LED fixture.  They are available in three versions (RGBW, Tunable White, and Full white).  Built into each fixture is wireless DMX allowing each unit to act as a receiver and a repeater (to help increase max distance of the chain of fixtures).  Unlike other fixtures in this niche market, the Glow-up can store onboard DMX streams. So you can program a complex function, upload and go without further need for the console. It also features mounting plates and anti-theft cables due to the portable nature of the device. Comes standard in White, Black, or Chrome.

Lastly, Clay Paky introduced their Igloo enclosure. This is a domed climate controlled enclosure for Clay Paky’s smaller lights. It can fit Alpha 300, Alpha 700, and Sharpy Fixtures. It is IP54 rated and features either onboard wireless DMX or a gland-based wired DMX version (chosen at purchase time).  It can be installed in any orientation without compromising its IP rating.

Also sharing Clay Paky’s booth was the new company Parasol. Parasol is creating products to bring new functionality to moving fixtures. They currently are developing two new product lines. The first is the Parasol system which is a track system with fully independent and programmable carts. Each of these carts mounts a single fixture.  Then the carts can be programmed to move along a straight or curved truss in either direction.  Control is achieved through wireless DMX and power is conveyed through the use of a power rail on the mounting surface.

The second product is the Kinetic light ring (KLR)(which was installed in the Clay Paky booth with a ring of Sharpys). It is a fixed space ring that mounts moving fixtures on it. The ring can then be rotated up to 72” per second.  It can be scaled from 10’ to 30’ in diameter.

Both of these options can offer new ways of creating amazing effects by offering new axis of motion for traditional moving lights.  They are controlled via a computer resident proprietary program. The programming shown for the KLR was very simple, with only a few parameters to monitor.

Here’s a video from PLSN TV that shows it: