On Tour with Justin Timberlake: grandMA2 Gets Experienced

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Justin Timberlake kicked off his “20/20 Experience” World Tour in Montreal and 1 x grandMA2 full-size was out in force. True to its name, the tour is “an experience rather than a show,” says lighting designer Nick Whitehouse. “It’s very visual with lots of projection and lighting and a lot of new technology. We got pretty creative with everything and had fun putting it all together.”

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The tour is in support of Timberlake’s third studio album, which has a sophisticated vibe. The singer will play dates in North America, Europe, Australia and South America.

Whitehouse programmed the tour on a grandMA2 full-size with Jason Gangi, who is also the lighting director. “I like using grandMA2 best,” Whitehouse says.

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“We did seven weeks of rehearsals,” Whitehouse reports. “The gear really got a workout – 20 hours a day.” On the tour “the whole rig is hidden behind a scenic back wall and ceiling. We have 80 x Clay Paky Sharpy and 130 x Clay Paky Sharpy Wash mounted on trusses, and all of them come through a grill and look amazing. When they’re not on you don’t see them at all. And when they’re on you can’t see the grill.”

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Although the tour is still in its early days the lighting designer says “everything is working great – the grandMA2 is holding up really well. The guys at A.C.T were awesome, too. A.C.T’s support has always been incredible. Day or night, we could make one call to A.C.T and get anything sorted out.”

A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in the US and Canada.

MA Lighting International, based in Paderborn, Germany, is the dedicated sales, support and service entity for the renowned control systems, digital dimming systems, networking tools and media servers of MA Lighting Technology, based near Wuerzburg, Germany. The product range offers cutting-edge solutions for control and dimming, including the award-winning grandMA2 consoles, the MA onPC command wing and MA onPC fader wing and reliable digital dimmer racks and packs. With its innovative MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) MA bridges the lighting and video worlds.

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