Brian Spady

Martin by HARMAN Glows at Suwannee Hulaween 2016

16 Nov 2016

Lighting Designer Andrew Cass selects MAC Axiom Hybrid fixtures and MAC III Profile fixtures for their versatile performance and industry-wide rider acceptance

Lighting Designer Andrew Cass recently deployed Martin by HARMAN MAC Axiom Hybrid and MAC III Profile fixtures at Suwannee Hulaween, a three-day music festival that took place over Halloween weekend 2016. Set in the Florida Everglades at Suwannee Music Park, the festival’s lineup included The String Cheese Incident, My Morning Jacket, Disclosure, STS9, Logic, Umphrey’s McGee, Big Gigantic and more. Cass selected the MAC Axiom Hybrid and MAC III Profile for their unparalleled versatility, powerful performance and industry-wide acceptance among lighting directors.

“When you’re planning a festival, it’s extremely important to bring in industry-standard fixtures,” said Cass. “You can’t bring in fixtures that other lighting designers are going to have to build a profile for. With a light like the MAC Axiom Hybrid or MAC III Profile, everyone knows they’re going to look great.”

The Suwannee Hulaween 2016 lineup was curated by The String Cheese Incident, and as the band’s lighting director, Cass was hired to design the lighting rig for the festival’s main stage. His goal was to create a lighting rig that would look great for The String Cheese Incident, but also deliver high-intensity visuals for EDM artists. After seeing the MAC Axiom Hybrid at a recent Bassnectar show, Cass realized they would be perfect for the Suwannee Hulaween main stage. Denver-based audio, lighting and video production company Brown Note Productions supplied the audio and lighting for the show, and luckily for Cass, they had plenty of MAC Axiom Hybrids in their inventory.  

“The MAC Axiom Hybrid is a good color mixing beam fixture, and that’s what the industry has been waiting for,” said Cass. “There are a couple fixtures out there that are calling themselves hybrids, but this is the only fixture I’d put in that category. Generally beam fixtures have color wheels, so we’ve all been limited not only by the color selection, but by how we can program the fixtures. The MAC Axiom Hybrid has incredible brightness and true color mixing, so I can treat it like any other light. The clarity of the optics and tightness of the beam are very impressive and the GOBO package works well with both beam and spot looks. The Axiom is now my beam fixture of choice.”

“I have used Martin fixtures for a long, long time,” he continued. “I appreciate Martin’s product line because they don’t release a bunch of minor products all of the time. Every time Martin designs a product, it creates large advancements in the industry. And because of that, it’s a better-vetted product by the time it hits the market.”