Heavy duty: Slipknot prepare for hell with grandMA2

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Masked rockers Slipknot are making headlines with a fifth album release, the addition of new band members, their Knotfest concert series and the launch of the “Prepare for Hell” tour – and a grandMA2 console is along for the wild ride.

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The band just marked the debut of their fifth studio album, “.5: The Gray Chapter,” which was quickly followed by performances at their own Knotfest in San Bernardino, California. They began headlining the “Prepare for Hell” tour afterwards.

Trevor Ahlstrand, lighting designer/production designer for Slipknot, is using a grandMA2 full-size and amongst others 30 Clay Paky Stormy, obtained from Christie Lights, on the shows. Ahlstrand chose the grandMA2 for the show for “its reliability and worldwide availability.” It’s been his console of choice for several years during which time he’s seen it “become the standard at most festivals around the world. That makes it very easy to walk in and clone your show then just add their MA NPU (Network Processing Unit) and everything is good to go.”

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He says the grandMA2’s “speed and precision with individual parameter timing and effects are great and so easy to use. It also has such a flexible layout giving me different options and preferences with multiple user profiles, such as for the show’s lighting director Greg ‘Little G’ Kocurek.”

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A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in the USA 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.

Today, MA Lighting is respected for its technical knowledge and has achieved a unique international reputation for its operational philosophy. The company offers more than 30 years experience and strictly follows a professional user-centric approach, getting as close as possible to the market via its own international offices and support centres in the UK, North America, Latin America, the Middle East/India, Asia Pacific and Scandinavia/Eastern Europe/Russia – supported by a world-wide distribution and service network.

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