Martin MAC III AirFX™ Debuts on Sensation – Source of Light

Versatile 1500-watt beam, mid-air effects and wash luminaire now shipping

Martin Professional’s new MAC III AirFX mid-air effects and wash luminaire had a successful test debut on the premier of a new Sensation electronic dance music event at Amsterdam Arena this past summer and is now shipping to rental houses across the globe.

Sensation lighting designer Sander den Otter of Wonderwolf Design incorporated 22 of the bright and highly versatile 1500-watt fixtures into the spectacular Source of Light show design.

„I needed a spot and wash fixture with a lot of output for impact, something that could do nice mid-air looks, and I found it in the AirFX,“ Sander stated, adding, „The zoom is especially great; it’s fast and can zoom out wide.“


The highly versatile MAC III AirFX can be used as a beam, mid-air effect or wash luminaire and its beam gobo projections can adjust along the entire 10-47° zoom range. On Sensation, they worked together with 88 MAC III Profiles™ as the show's workhorse lighting fixtures, all supplied by Rentall through Martin’s Dutch representative, Fairlight.

The Source of Light design featured a large sqhere centerpiece fitted with various lighting effects including Martin Atomic strobes and MAC Auras with Jem smoke machines used for atmospheric effect. Sanders had the MAC III AirFX fixtures placed at a considerable distance from the sphere, all the way around the arena at the openings to the second level seating.


The MAC III AirFX was used as an extremely bright profile, creating mid-air effects and illuminating the floor and crowd of 50,000, all dressed in white.

„The audience was looking at the sphere and the AirFX fixtures were at a height so that they could look right into the effect, into the gobo beam,“ Sander explains. „They were also at an important position for the camera and the DVD recording. I used them throughout the show.“


Martin Product Manager Peter Skytte was quite satisfied with the test, stating, “All in all it was very successful, both from a technical standpoint and a performance point of view. Sander really used the fixtures effectively, especially its capability to zoom wide which looked awesome on the show. It was really the ideal space to test the AirFX and was also used for a sneak preview the night before, which also went well.”

Martin equipment:
22 x MAC III AirFX™
88 x MAC III Profile™
44 x MAC Aura™
14 x MAC 301 Wash™
74 x Atomic 3000™ strobe with
74 x Atomic Colors™ scroller
Jem smoke machines

Martin Professional
Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. The company operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries.