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Rock meets Pop

grandMA2 for Viña del Mar International Song Festival

The Viña del Mar International Song Festival (Spanish: Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar) is a hugely popular music festival that has been staged annually during February since 1960 in Viña del Mar, Chile. It is considered the most important international festival in Latin America.

The Festival features a song competition with two categories (rock and pop music and folk), and includes performances by international music stars encompassing rock and pop music in various languages. Since the beginning, the event has taken place in the Quinta Vergara Amphitheatre and has been broadcast on Chilean television by Chilevisión.

For the 2011 event, a grandMA2 was on-site giving lighting designer Luis Pastor the perfect tool for lighting and video control.

All in all 2 x grandMA2 full-size, 2 x grandMA2 light, 2 x MA NPU (Network Processing Unit), 4 x MA 2Port Node onPC PRO and 2 x MA NSP (Network Signal Processor) were installed to control over 260 moving lights – including Martin fixtures, Vari*Lite VLX, VL3000 spot, VL3500 wash FX and DTS Delta R. The grandMA2 also triggered two Catalyst media servers that fed the video wall.


Luis Pastor said: “The chance to work with grandMA2 gave us the opportunity to have a fully integrated system to control the lights and video. grandMA2 is not a simple console, we had a big system integrated via a fibre optic backbone controlling everything in a very reliable, flexible, powerful and - simultaneously - straightforward way. All the tools grandMA2 has added over and above the grandMA ‘series 1’ make a real difference. Working with grandMA2 was very comfortable and lots of fun.”


Orbita Producciones delivered the lighting equipment and all the lighting support for the festival.

This year the Canadian singer-songwriter Sierra Noble won the international contest with her song “Try Anything”, the folk section was won by Valentina Sepúlveda y Diapazón Porteño from Chile with the song “De Pascua Lama”.

About MA Lighting

MA Lighting International, based in Paderborn, Germany, is the dedicated sales, support and service entity for the renowned grandMA 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 grandMA/grandMA2 consoles, the popular Lightcommander and reliable digital dimmer racks and packs. With its innovative MA Video Processing Unit (VPU) 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 25 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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