Decisions often involve a trade-off, as taking steps to address one challenge may complicate another. Philipp Reister, the Event Technician at the famed Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, understands this issue firsthand.
Philipp values the flexibility of moving fixtures, especially since changing lights on the Z Bridge at the school’s performance hall is a time-consuming process involving a mobile crane. On the other hand, the moving fixtures that had previously been installed at the school, while providing the desired flexibility, raised the issue of noise.
In the past Philipp and the team at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg have worked diligently to balance these issues. This summer they enlisted the help of a new “partner” to their cause: The CHAUVET Professional Maverick Silens 2 Profile.
“We needed to improve our flexibility because our hall is a fixed installation,” said Philipp. “Therefore, we have relied on moving heads, which are flexible in all areas – as spots but also as wash and with colors. However, some of the events we have also demand absolute silence. This is why we were so happy to see the new Maverick moving profiles. The Silens are as promised: they are operating completely in silence, especially when their Absolute Silence mode is enabled!”
The Z Bridge at the school’s hall is divided into three sections, with a single Maverick Silens 2 Profile controlled via sACN, positioned in each. Philipp is quick to point out that the value of these fixtures extends far beyond their flexibility and silent operation.
“A very important benefit of the Mavericks is their volume intensity,” he said. “They enhance our lighting possibilities in all aspects, working as a spot and effect light. The 10:1 zoom range allows us to light up large surfaces as well as tightly focused spots.”
Flexibility is particularly important at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, since the school’s hall hosts such a wide variety of programs. Interest in these events is always high, as the school counts many famous artists like Goethe Award winning composer Hans Zender and the late renowned tenor Fritz Wunderlich among its alumni.
Now when people attended a concert or recital by a future star at the hall, they will be able to enjoy a performance supported by impeccable lighting, minus the distraction of noise, giving them a cultural experience without trade-off or compromise.