On tour with Doo-Wops & Hooligans: grandMA2 joins Bruno Mars

The grandMA2 controls amongst others 20 Clay Paky Sharpy, two Hippos, double-stacked Barco projectors and a large LED wall

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Bruno Mars is taking grandMA2 and on the road for his international tour in support of his debut album, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans.” According to lighting designer/programmer/operator Cory FitzGerald almost two trucks full of lights are accompanying Mars, who is known as one of today’s most versatile pop singers.

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To control the extensive lighting complement, “we have two grandMA2 full-size running the latest version software – the first time we’ve taken the grandMA2 on tour,” he reports.  “We’re using overhead and double-hung diagonal trusses and have a pretty well-rounded lighting inventory.”

FitzGerald has been “working with grandMA for a while” and has teamed with A.C.T “to tweak and get it perfect. It’s been a good process – grandMA2 is different from grandMA, and I’m very pleased with it and like where it’s going. The macros make things go much faster, I have three times as many playbacks for more flexibility per song or per page, and the console layout is great.”

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The grandMA2 controls amongst others 20 Clay Paky Sharpy, two Hippos, double-stacked Barco projectors and a large LED wall. Nocturne is the video equipment vendor. 

FitzGerald, who also did the production design for the tour’s set and screens, reports “no issues” with the grandMA2.  In fact, he’s thinking about how to fine-tune the system to further meet his needs.  “I’ve been very active in giving ideas for future macros to A.C.T, and they’ve been very receptive,” he says.

A.C.T Lighting is the distributor of MA Lighting in North America.

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