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grandMA3 shines on Idols South Africa

grandMA3 shines on Idols South Africa
Photos courtesy of Anriette van Wyk, Kief Kreativ

grandMA3 shines on Idols South Africa

South Africa:

Joshua Cutts from Visual Frontier was once again brought in as lighting designer for the latest series of Idols South Africa. He used an MA Lighting grandMA3 light console to program and control his setup for the first time.

This was the 14th season of Idols South Africa and the ninth consecutive year that Mr Cutts worked on the show alongside a team from Dream Sets led by project manager Eben Peltz and the show’s executive producer and director Gavin Wratten. With MA Lighting having launched the grandMA3 in 2018, Mr Cutts saw this latest series as the perfect chance to dry the new desk out and approached Duncan Riley from MA Lighting distributor DWR Distribution.

‘Still running on grandMA2 software, it’s still the same desk for now but with new hardware,’ said Mr Cutts. ‘It worked out pretty well because I broke my arm before we loaded in, and only had one arm to program with. The console is small enough for me to reach every button with one arm.

‘I was very impressed with the work MA Lighting have done on the buttons, faders, and the whole tactile experience, which I think is what they wanted to achieve. The buttons were softer and easier to use, the faders were more responsive and the touch screen very accurate. The grandMA3 light integrated well with my grandMA2 light, the MA NPU (Network Processing Unit), MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) and MA 8Port Node. It worked seamlessly with the system and never gave any problems.’

Limited to one arm, and with Idols South Africa being such a mainstream show, Mr Cutts flew in Chris Bolton from Durban to help him program the lighting. ‘I operated because I know the show so well, but he helped me get the information into the desk which was the tricky part,’ Mr Cutts revealed. ‘We used full-on time coding. Because it’s such a tight show and we’ve being doing it so well for such a long time, Gavin Wratten and our team worked very closely together and integrated a new system called CuePilot throughout the season.’

This was the 14th season of Idols South Africa and the ninth consecutive year that Mr Cutts worked on the show alongside a team from Dream Sets led by project manager Eben Peltz and the show’s executive producer and director Gavin Wratten. With MA Lighting having launched the grandMA3 in 2018, Mr Cutts saw this latest series as the perfect chance to dry the new desk out and approached Duncan Riley from MA Lighting distributor DWR Distribution.

‘Still running on grandMA2 software, it’s still the same desk for now but with new hardware,’ said Mr Cutts. ‘It worked out pretty well because I broke my arm before we loaded in, and only had one arm to program with. The console is small enough for me to reach every button with one arm.

‘I was very impressed with the work MA Lighting have done on the buttons, faders, and the whole tactile experience, which I think is what they wanted to achieve. The buttons were softer and easier to use, the faders were more responsive and the touch screen very accurate. The grandMA3 light integrated well with my grandMA2 light, the MA NPU (Network Processing Unit), MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) and MA 8Port Node. It worked seamlessly with the system and never gave any problems.’

Limited to one arm, and with Idols South Africa being such a mainstream show, Mr Cutts flew in Chris Bolton from Durban to help him program the lighting. ‘I operated because I know the show so well, but he helped me get the information into the desk which was the tricky part,’ Mr Cutts revealed. ‘We used full-on time coding. Because it’s such a tight show and we’ve being doing it so well for such a long time, Gavin Wratten and our team worked very closely together and integrated a new system called CuePilot throughout the season.’



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