Avolites Tour with Zeds Dead

Toronto-based production due Zeds Dead celebrated the official launch of their first full debut album, Northern Lights, with a North American tour of the same name that pulled out all of the stops both sonically and visually.

Production Manager Adam Bantz called upon Lighting Designer Tom Campbell and used pushed the bands visual content out through the DJs and into the audience using mapped figures. Campbell chose two of Avolites’ flagship Sapphire Touch lighting control consoles paired with two Ai Infinity EX8 media servers, and a Titan Net Processor, to expand the show’s number of DMX universes and increase processing speed.

“My primary lighting rig was comprised of 36 Ayrton MagicPanel 602’s mounted vertically in three rows of six on either side of the rear video wall and 22 DreamPanel Twins mounted horizontally in two rows of eleven in front of the DJ booth,” commented Campbell.

Touring LD Joshua Schultz was on the Sapphire Touch for the bulk of the North American tour, with Deftones LD Jon Eddy jumping on the desk for three shows as well.

In addition to the Ayrton 6×6 and 8×8 array panels, the Sapphire Touches were used to control a dozen Claypaky Stormy CC strobes, four Chauvet Strike 4 LED blinder/strobes, and a pair of Chauvet Nimbus dry ice fog machines.