Andreas Bünemann relies on the ONYX lighting control platform for the German reggae artist Gentleman
Germany – Lighting designer and operator Andreas Bünemann is using Obsidian Control Systems’ ONYX lighting control platform to manage a large lighting rig for the German reggae artist Gentleman and says he would not turn to any other systems. “Our choice is the Obsidian ONYX system and it will move forward,” said Bünemann, owner of the full-service rental company Bam Bam FX of Germany. “For us it is the future and the direction we want to go. It is a powerful and reliable system and we will recommend it to customers interested in intuitive lighting control. “
Gentleman is the most successful reggae artist in Germany and has been filling venues in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since May 13 in support of his latest album, “Blaue Stunde”. Bünemann has been in charge of lighting for Gentleman since the beginning of this year and runs the current show using ONYX software on an M6 console, a desk he started with years ago.
“I fell in love with the console and the operating system and decided it would be my console of choice,” he commented. “When Elation acquired the M Series and launched Obsidian it was a huge step forward, which was fantastic. There hadn’t been any real progress with the software for a while, but once Elation took over things started happening, specific steps like the Dylos effects engine, which is so simple and easy to use. . In my opinion, there is no other console that can do what this console can do at the moment. “
For the Gentleman tour, Bünemann had 36 washers, 36 beam projectors and 36 LED pixel tubes at his disposal, along with a floor set of blinders and moving lights. The LED pixel tubes, arranged in 1 x 1 meter squares at different heights, were an effective canvas on which to perform visual effects. “I would have needed a video server to do this, but with ONYX and the integrated Dylos it wasn’t a problem.” He says there are aspects of lighting control that he has made much easier, such as the speed of a simple fly. “Before, it would have taken some time to program, but with Dylos it’s easy to do this using a simple preset.”
Bünemann, who also scheduled the show, identifies another problem that often arises: when a rig has more moving lights than there are preprogrammed lights. “You can start cloning them, which isn’t easy, especially since all of your signals have to be redone because you can’t just add moving lights to presets. But with Dylos it’s possible. Just add lights, move them around the video screen and that’s it. There is no other console that makes it that easy. “
Other elements such as timing are also more intuitive according to Bünemann. “When you produce programs for 20 or 30 moving lights, for example, but then you only have to use ten, the timing is up. But with ONYX you just have to move the lights on the screen and that’s it. “
All control data for the show is passed through a NETRON EN12 node from Obsidian Control Systems, a powerful 12-port Ethernet to DMX gateway. Bünemann says he has also added an NX2 to the Bam Bam FX inventory, Obsidian’s compact but fully integrated lighting controller, which he says he can take with him when traveling by plane anywhere in the world. “It’s super compact and I can just take it on board as hand luggage. It can process 64 universes so I can do the whole show with it as it should be. It’s the perfect console for flight shows ”.
Gentleman performed 16 shows in May and early June, most of which sold out, with a string of festival dates scheduled throughout the summer. “The tour was great,” concludes Bünemann. “The artists were looking forward to the tour and the audience was really excited. I’m looking forward to directing the summer shows with Obsidian gear and many more shows after. “
photo: Moritz Hartmann