The Robe fixtures were specified by design consultant Rick Stuart of Rick Stuart Production and Design, based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. He worked closely with the Church's technical director Rob Wimberley on a recent upgrade to their lighting system. The new equipment was supplied by Electro Acoustics and Video (EAVI). Before the redesign, the Church lighting rig was all conventional. With the stage in use 3 or 4 days a week for numerous events and functions including contemporary, acoustic and traditional services with choir and orchestra; special Christmas and Easter services, weddings, funerals and a plethora of concerts including solo organ, big band, choir, children's shows, dramas and plays … flexibility and creative latitude were essential to any lighting solutions.
Twelve Robe ColorSpot 700E ATs were chosen to do the business, picked for their “Many outstanding features, price and value,” says Stuart, adding “Robe and the 700 Series was also highly recommended by many industry professionals, and their reputation easily outshines that of any other comparable moving lights on the market”.
In addition to all these attributes, Stuart also likes the quiet running – useful in an environment that includes church services, the speed, optics and brightness along with easy access to everything within the unit. “And of course, superlative service and support from Robe,” he concludes.
Eight of the ColorSpot 700E ATs are rigged on a FOH truss, and the other 4 are hung on the over-stage grid. Now the Robes are up and running – their functionality is being fully tested by the house technical team. They are controlled via a Jands T2 console, which was also part of the re-fit, along with some LED fixtures.
The new lights were programmed by Wimberley, his lighting assistants Doug Scarborough and Colin Reece, and Jim Cozad of Radiant Design. Rob Wimberley enthuses, “The ColorSpots are just fantastic! So far they have been reliable, easy to work on and offer loads of options. I'm definitely planning on purchasing a few more in the next year!”
Rick Stuart has used Robe on some previous projects including auto shows and corporate events. He's planning on specifying the brand again on two new upcoming construction projects.