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Elation Cuepix Panels from Arena to Club on David Nail I’m a Fire Tour

October 2015

Country singer David Nail turned to Nashville-based Cour Design for help in creating the lighting for his I'm a Fire tour, a fully MIDI-triggered lighting rig that uses Elation Professional Cuepix Panel LED matrix blinders as the main lighting element.


Gordon Droitcour, Co-founder and Designer at Cour Design, knew the singer would be opening for artists in large arenas but also needed a rig that would fit into clubs when Nail headlined his own show. The rig needed to have the same impact in each venue and fit in a single trailer.  


Looking for a vendor who could supply the gear while providing excellent customer support, Droitcour called on Elite Multimedia, also of Nashville. 


“We’ve worked with Elite Multimedia on all our projects because their customer service is excellent,” Droitcour said. “They are very good at helping us come up with the best solution for whatever project we may be working on no matter how big or small.”


Cour Design and Elite Multimedia agreed on a lighting package that included Elation Cuepix Panels as well as LED wash luminaires, a combination of products that could give the tour all the design elements desired while still making the transition from arena to club with ease. Cour Design acted as David Nail's production designer and programmer with Gordon Droitcour and Cour’s Erik Anderson handling the lighting design. 


The LED matrix panels are used as the main lighting fixture and create an impactful look from upstage set carts that allow them to get on and off stage quickly. To simplify the load-in process, Cour Design created motor-controlled set carts on which the rig would travel. Once on site, crew members can easily roll the carts into place, raise them to the exact height needed, and then plug them into the self-triggering visual package. 


The Cuepix fixtures are used as eye candy behind the band with eight panels all facing straight out on the set carts. Depending on stage size, the crew can place the carts as far or as close together as needed, keeping the rig as flexible as possible. 


Droitcour said that, when first looking at fixtures, they originally thought of using a similar product but with halogen bulbs. He continued: “That would give a classic look, but it was very much a single use product and a logistical nightmare. We were worried that the champagne colors would not translate with an LED product, but we thought we would go with one anyway for several reasons. In the end, we were blown away by the warm amber and champagne colors that came out of the Cuepix Panels. They looked like incandescents.”


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