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Lighting designer Fares Aljunied connects various GrandMA consoles and covers four floors without a hitch.

Covering an area of four floors of the Suntec City Convention Centre, SAP Asia held its annual field kick off meeting in Singapore. Concept 360, the responsible event management company based in Singapore, organised the convention with the theme of “Take it Higher”. Bringing customers, partners, top executives and employees from all over Asia and Australia together, the convention gave an insight in SAP’s strategy for the upcoming years. The three days of intensive workshops culminated in the Sentosa Gala Beach Party.

Lighting designer and programmer Fares Aljunied used two grandMA full-size, one grandMA light, one MA NSP and two grandMA video media server for the show. The sheer size of the venue made it necessary to consider a network based layout. Several stages and installations were spread out over the various floors which had to be linked. According to Aljunied, “it was simply a breeze to connect the various consoles and have them synchronised for the show.”

The customer’s requirements involved also the use of media servers for live video content, as well as Art-Net output to LED-panels. Aljunied covered these by using grandMA onPC running on a laptop standalone, directly connected to the media server. Doing this allowed him to preprogram the show and then simply keep it running during the convention. For the live video feeds and effects it would have been too difficult to use separate consoles and multiple operators. Therefore Fares simply specified “one console which can do it all”.

Sher Mohamad, director of Concept 360, reported: “The grandMA was so user friendly for Aljunied to work on, given such a short time for programming before the main show. This enabled him to create innovative lightings for the show which was really the icing on the cake, enhancing the event to a higher level. I would strongly recommend the grandMA to the event management industry and industry peers as it is a god-send solution, especially when it comes to fast programming and creative lighting solutions. Above all, it was stress and fuss free.”

The lighting equipment was provided by Showtech.