Los Angeles, CA (October 16, 2014)— Dodd Technologies, Inc. of Pendleton, Indiana provided a pair of MA Lighting grandMA2 consoles with VPU plus for video control on the main stage of the Electric Forest Festival, a four-day, multi-genre event featuring electric music and jam bands held on the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan.
A total of five (four full-size grandMA2s and one grandMA2 light) consoles were on hand during the weekend. Dodd Technologies was tasked with managing the content for two 8-meter screens configured upstage in a diamond-shape panel, and created content for bands that didn’t already have big-screen imagery and routed some media to the screens for the DJs.
Dodd operated two VPU plus video processing units with SDI inputs, which were connected to the grandMA2 consoles for video control.
“We’ve used the VPU plus before and like them because, operationally, they’re very simple to connect to the console and don’t rob the consoles’ parameters,” said Andy Meggenhofen, lighting and production designer with Dodd Technologies. “They don’t eat brainpower on the consoles, and that’s not true of all systems. We can put the servers anywhere but still manage content.”
The equipment was particularly adaptable to the needs of the Electric Forest festival, he notes. “We didn’t know what a lot of the acts were going to be. We had a lot of media at our disposal and the ability to fade between clips on the same layer – all done on the fly as we went along with the band for the ride! To be able to respond like that with video was huge.”