Dramatic Lighting: Maná Tours with grandMA2

Frankie Janssens worked as lighting assistant and Paulo Lebrao as lighting programmer

Maná is a pop rock band from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, whose career has spanned more than three decades. They have earned - amongst others - three Grammy Awards, five Latin Grammy Awards and five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America. Accompanying their current “Drama e Luz” world tour that started this year is a grandMA2 system, comprising 1 x grandMA2 full-size console, 1 x grandMA2 light and 2 x MA NPU (Network Processing Unit).

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Lighting designer Luis Pastor says of the grandMA2: “After working for six years with the grandMA ‘series 1’, I can say for sure that grandMA2 has an improved graphical user interface. The flexibility of the user configurable views and layouts, as well as the bitmap effects and all the improvements in programming and operation are really great. After six months of hard touring I can say it is a very safe and reliable system - we’ve never encountered a problem with the consoles or the MA NPU.

“This level of adaptability and stability offered by grandMA2 consoles is perfect for the productions in which I am involved”, continues Pastor. “It is excellent when you can sit next to the programmer and ask for complicated sequences, macros or effects without making everything too complex. Much time can be saved with this comfortable user interface, and in conjunction with MA's networking capabilities, it gives me all the performance I need.”

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The grandMA2 was used to control a lighting rig including 42 x Philips Vari*Lite VL3000 Spots, 16 x VL3500 Washes, 10 x VL3500 FX and 10 x Vari*Lite VLX plus two media servers.

Frankie Janssens worked as lighting assistant and Paulo Lebrao as lighting programmer. The video content was designed by Luis Pastor and Ricardo Olguin, and edited by Ricardo Olguin and Javier Ugarte, with equipment supplied by PROCOLOR, Mexico.

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The grandMA2 controled a lighting rig including 42 x Philips Vari*Lite VL3000 Spots, 16 x VL3500 Washes, 10 x VL3500 FX

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