Andreas Bünemann relies on ONYX lighting control platform for German reggae artist Gentleman
Germany – Lighting designer and operator Andreas Bünemann is using Obsidian Control Systems’ ONYX lighting control platform to run a large lighting platform for German reggae artist Gentleman and says no would resort to no other system. “Our choice is the Obsidian ONYX system and it will go ahead,” said Bünemann, owner of the full-service rental company Bam Bam FX in Germany. “For us, it is the future and the direction we want to go. It’s a powerful, reliable system, and we’ll recommend it to customers interested in easy-to-use 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 the year and directs the current show with 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 favorite console,” he commented. “When Elation acquired the M series and launched Obsidian it was a big step forward, which was fantastic. There was no real progress with the software for a long time, but once Elation took over, they started go through 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 right now.
For the Gentleman tour, Bünemann had 36 wash lights, 36 beam fittings, and 36 LED pixel tubes at his disposal, along with a set of umbrellas and moving lights. The LED pixel tubes, arranged in 1 x 1 meter squares at different heights, were an effective canvas on which to execute visual effects. “It would have taken a video server to do that, but with ONYX and the built-in Dylos it wasn’t a problem.” He says there are aspects of lighting control that have been greatly facilitated, such as the speed of a simple fly, for example. “Before, I would need some programming time, but with Dylos it’s easy to do with a simple preset.”
Bünemann, who also scheduled the show, identifies another problem that often arises: when a platform has more moving lights than pre-programmed lights. “You can start cloning them, which is not easy, especially since all your instructions have to be redone because you can’t add moving lights to presets. But with Dylos it’s possible. You just have to add lights, move them on the video screen and that’s it. No other console makes it that easy. “
Other elements such as time are also more intuitive according to Bünemann. “When you produce programs for 20 or 30 moving lights, for example, but you only have to go with ten, time goes off. But with ONYX you just move the lights on the screen and that’s it.”
All of the show’s control data went 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 inventory of Bam Bam FX, Obsidian’s compact but fully integrated lighting controller, which he says he can carry with him when traveling by plane anywhere in the world. “It’s super compact and I can only carry it on board as hand luggage. It can process 64 universes so you can do the whole show with it the way it should be. It’s the perfect console for flight shows.”
Gentleman did 16 shows in May and early June, most of them sold out, with a number of festival dates on the show during the summer. “The tour has been great,” Bünemann concludes. “The artists wanted to go on tour and the audience was very excited. I look forward to presenting the summer shows with the Obsidian team and many more shows afterwards. “
photos: Moritz Hartmann