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THE CITIES PROJECT - 2016

DRIFT - 2020

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WHEN WE DIED - 2020

WE COULD BE HEROES - 2018

THE DRIFT - 2017 [R&D]

FABMAX - 2016

FABMAX

CONCEPT

FABMAX IS A MIDI TO DMX LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM, IT IS AN OPEN SOURCE LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES A VERY LOW COST, TECHNICIAN[LESS], HIGHLY EXPANDABLE CONTROL SYSTEM THAT ARTISTS CAN ADOPT INTO THEIR PROJECTS TO REALISE VISUALLY & AUDIBLY STUNNING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS.

DEVELOPMENT           FROUD & MIKE BIGNELL

BACKGROUND

SEVERAL DAYS INTO THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW PROJECT, THE ADOPTION OF HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED LIGHTING AND SOUND CUES DEVELOPED INTO AN ATTRACTIVE PERFORMANCE STRUCTURE. BUT A MAJOR ISSUE TO OVERCOME FOR AN ARTIST WHO HAD VERY LITTLE FUNDING SUPPORT. WITHOUT WANTING TO COMPROMISE THE PROJECT DUE TO FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS, OPTIONS THAT WOULD AVOID THE USE OF EXPENSIVE LIGHTING CONSOLES AND EMPLOYMENT OF A TECHNICIAN NEEDED TO BE EXPLORED.

 

LIGHTING PROGRAMMES THAT CAN BE USED ON MAC OR PC WITHOUT A PHYSICAL LIGHTING CONSOLE [IN SOME CASES WITHOUT A TECHNICIAN OPERATING THE SHOW] ALREADY EXIST, INEVITABLY THEY HAVE THEIR POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES.

 

CHAMSYS OFFERS YOU A FREE DOWNLOAD OF THEIR SOFTWARE MAGICQ, WHICH WILL REMOVE THE NEED FOR A LIGHTING CONSOLE; BUT DOESN'T REMOVE THE NEED FOR A TECHNICIAN TO TRIGGER THE CUES.

 

ENTTEC'S DMXIS FILLS THE GAP THAT MAGICQ DOESN'T, REMOVING THE LIGHTING CONSOLE AND THE TECHNICIAN. BUT CARRIES THE TOTAL COST OF AROUND £350, AFTER PURCHASING DMXIS AND OTHER SOFTWARE TO RUN YOUR PROJECT, LOGIC PRO X, ABLETON LIVE OR OTHER PRE-PROGRAMMABLE SOFTWARE.

 

FABMAX REMOVES THE PHYSICAL LIGHTING CONSOLE, THE POTENTIALLY EXPENSIVE SOFTWARE AND THE NEED FOR A TECHNICIAN TO CUE THE SHOW. IT ALSO, WHEN PARTNERED WITH SOFTWARE THAT PROGRESSES IN A LINEAR FASHION, SUCH AS LOGIC PRO X OR ABLETON, GIVES THE ARTIST A HUGE SENSE OF RELIEF KNOWING THAT NO CUE WILL EVER BE MISSED, NO MATTER HOW COMPLEX IT IS. ALL OF THIS, PROVIDES A VERY LOW COST, TECHNICIAN-LESS, HIGHLY EXPANDABLE CONTROL SYSTEM THAT ARTISTS CAN ADOPT INTO THEIR PROJECTS TO REALISE VISUALLY & AUDIBLY STUNNING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS.

 

THIS IS THE VERY REASON WHY FABMAX WAS CREATED.