Harman Professional Solutions, a global leader in audio, video, lighting and control, today introduces the Martin MAC Aura XIP premium moving head wash light. The new fixture “raises the bar for optical quality, featuring an even wash field with soft edge, minimal stray light, and high intensity mid-air beams,” says Harman. “It includes a radical aura filament effect, with improved light engine control and a first-in-its-class outdoor rating with close to zero compromises in weight, size and aesthetics.”“In developing the MAC Aura XIP, we set out to build a true workhorse,” says Wouter Verlinden, product manager Creative LED, Lighting and Control. “Our smart, outdoor-capable design intelligently seals away vital electronics while exposing the cooling system to the elements which allows for a lighter, quieter and more versatile unit that can be used anywhere, at any time, reinventing the universal indoor/outdoor-rated concept.”
MAC Aura XIP’s 12 Radical RGBW filaments deliver a brighter aura backlight effect as well as the ability to show iconic aura filaments, promising new and exciting stage effects. The extensive feature package covers both indoor and outdoor applications with optional high CRI / TM-30 / TLCI modes, LED frequency control for a flicker-free even wash light, RGBW colour mixing and multiple control options. Also included are variable calibrated colour temperature control, 200+ built-in FX macros, rapid movement and 8.8 – 49.3˚ zoom range; weighing just 8.9 kilograms.
Featuring pixel control with video mapping capabilities onto beam, aura, or both with easy setup mapping and addressing via a Martin P3 controller, the MAC Aura XIP promises new and exciting eye candy looks that create intriguing stage effects.The MAC Aura XIP is lightweight, compact and silent enough for the most demanding indoor applications such as theatre, TV and corporate events. While being robust and waterproof for use at outdoor festivals, concerts and events, it breaks the barriers of previous workhorse fixtures with its sealed design requiring less maintenance, says Harman. “MAC Aura XIP is the first fixture in its class to feature innovative smart outdoor-proofing technology. The fixture is fully waterproof for weather conditions such as rain, snow, sand or ice with close to zero impact on the fixture’s size, weight, output, noise and aesthetics, making it a truly versatile workhorse that can avoid ‘indoor-only’ and ‘outdoor-only’ labels.”
While the MAC Aura XIP is very similar to the MAC Aura XB in size and output, it has remarkable upgrades such as a narrower zoom creating a higher intensity beam and less stray light. The optional high CRI / TM-30 / TLCI mode is suitable for better rendering of people and costumes in demanding broadcast and theatre applications, plus LED frequency control for flicker-free projection in broadcasting. It also has additional plus/minus green control over white point which helps to match additional lights and cameras in its vicinity as well as improved skin tone optical performance.
“An extremely even wash field with zero hotspot and a soft edge allow the MAC Aura XIP to create a better stage wash,” says Harman. “The lack of stray light removes the need for beam control accessories such as top hats in many applications. It has the cleanest wash field in its class, emitting rich, saturated colours with RGBW colour mixing to deliver very bright and vibrant colours, soft pastels, and white tones.”
The MAC Aura XIP is built to be a workhorse with handles on the head and base and Omega bracket attachments for easier handling and rigging. It also includes a battery-powered control panel on the base for easy fixture addressing in pre-flight. Its sealed design requires less maintenance (as less dust and pollution can enter the product) than IP20 alternatives.
“The MAC Aura XIP is truly a wash light workhorse,” adds Verlinden. “It works equally well in a range of applications; from quiet and demanding theatre, broadcast and other indoor applications to brutal working applications such as outdoor festivals and touring.”
While the MAC Aura XIP offers lighting designers a range of possibilities with its aura filament effect, narrower beam and better wash quality with improved light engine control; rental customers will appreciate a workhorse that is lighter and more versatile with optical improvements and a sealed design, allowing the product to be used virtually anywhere and require less maintenance.
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