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Ayrton MiniPanel-FX design lights up Suzhou’s Vela club

Ayrton MiniPanel-FX design lights up Suzhou’s Vela club

Ayrton MiniPanel-FX design lights up Suzhou’s Vela club


Gasoline Design’s Andy Taylor has chosen Ayrton MiniPanel-FX solution for his lighting design at the Vela nightclub in Suzhou. A total of 174 of the fixtures have been installed at the 800-capacity new club in the fast-growing city 100km west of Shanghai.

“I have used Ayrton products on nightclub install designs before, most notably DreamPanel Twin in Jewel, and MagicPanel-R and MagicBlade-R in Omnia at Caesar’s Palace, both in Las Vegas,” explained Taylor. “The fittings worked with spectacular effect in both of those designs, so when I was looking for something different to use as the workhorse of the effect lighting for Vela, the MiniPanel-FX was a natural choice. The client was also keen for the design to look like nothing he had seen anywhere else and to create that elusive ‘wow’ factor. Having a large array of MiniPanels ticked both those boxes to great effect.

“The most important thing for me is quality of function and reliability – I don’t want to put 174 fixtures in a design and get 174 different shades of white – and with Ayrton you can guarantee uniformity, even after many hours of use.”

Most of the MiniPanel-FXs have been rigged in clusters at the centre of six rectangular moving pods. The intention was to create a “ceiling” of moving lights capable of being pixel-mapped as a low resolution screen that can mirror the club’s LED screen content, as well as create in-air moving beam looks. There are another 40 mounted on the back wall behind the DJ, positioned in between, above, below and in two rows either side of strips of LED screen. These create beam and pixel-mapped effects that shoot out into, and over the guests.

“Once the resident techs learnt how to programme these unique fixtures, they were very excited about the potential of the looks they could achieve,” continued Taylor. “It's important that the guys who have to look after, programme and operate the system night after night are as excited about its potential as I am.”

Added Vela’s general manager, Julie Zhou: “We are so happy with the performance and results from the MiniPanel-FX. The house technicians enjoy having individual colour control over MiniPanel-FX’s four lenses, which they haven’t experienced with other comparably sized moving heads. The result is we now have a club that is very dramatic and full of colour.”

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