Revolutionary new i-Pix Db1 makes Dance Event Debut at 10x10

i-Pix’s unique new DB 1 video / beam light-source made its UK dance event debut at the 2015 Manchester International Festival (MIF)’s ‘10x10 Day & Night’, a special two night collaboration betweenMIF and The Warehouse Project (WHP) to celebrate 10 years of both events in the city of Manchester.

Manchester based lighting specialist dbn was providing lighting and visuals. When the organisers confirmed they wanted something inventive and different, the DB 1s were proposed by dbn and i-Pix’ Chris Ewington … and they found the additional production budget needed for the 23 fixtures to grace the main stage at the Mayfield Depot.

Jon Drape, MD of Ground Control which co-ordinates all production for the WHP organisers, commented, “We've been waiting to get the DB1s on a show since Chris first invited us to see the fixture in development. The unique collaboration between the Warehouse Project and Manchester International Festival was the perfect opportunity. The DB 1 is a ground-breaking product, and like the audiences, we were completely blown away with its impact.”

The DB 1s were used on the second of the two 12 hour events, which ran from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the cool occasional venue and former train station in the heart of the city.

“It was a perfect opportunity to show the versatility and high impact of the fixture,” commented DB 1 inventor Chris Ewington, who was delighted with the results.

Twenty-three DB 1s were arranged in four pyramids stacks on the main stage for the evening which was headlined by Carl Craig and Mike Banks.

The DB 1s were run as both a lighting and a video fixture!


Video sources were fed into them via an Avolites Ai Infinity X8 server run by Chris from a Tiger Touch II console which produced beautiful organic and powerful mesmeric patterns and movement.

These effects were further enhanced as the db1’s 15 powerful LED cells were manipulated by being mapped, with strobing and intensity run as a lighting fixture by Edwin Croft from his Avo Pearl Expert console.

Chris ran a selection of original content through the fixtures while Edwin added a whole new dimension of patterning, spirals and swirls, etc. which really brought a 3D element as well as intense luminosity to the output.

Working together, the two of them effectively made the db1s a moving lightsource with a huge repertoire of individual, never-repeated liquid and flowing effects and looks in a wide range of rich, distinctive colours.

Combining the two modes of operation enabled Edwin to chop the lightsources in and out, so when db1s were the only light on in the room they delivered huge slices and beams of textured light.

Chris approached the media server almost like a morphing gobo. While the video content will always stay on the ‘surface’ of the db1, the beams of light shooting out from the LEDs inside and being moved by the video means the units can work as a perfect companion to any moving or static lightsource also on the rig.

The strobing is also an incredibly potent effect.

The precision of the DB 1’s LED lightsource when pulsed means that the eye can see the different colours changing as the light is emitted, giving nanosecond hits of incredible split-colour light. Tweaking the LED oscillations results in extremely trippy sequences.

Says Chris, “I had the privilege of designing and operating at these two very special nights. It was an exciting and creative journey made all the better by a great team working with me behind the scenes. Good on them for having the balls to try something new!”

A week earlier, Chris had operated 24 DB 1s for a Charlatans gig at Castlefields Arena in Manchester, when he ran them more in conventional lightsource.

After that he reprogrammed the desk so he could access different media server clips on the bump buttons, ideal for the more ravey and improvisational style of operation appropriate for 10x10.

It’s not an understatement to say that everyone was blown away with the results!

 “They are new, properly different, definitely exciting … and were the highlight of a fantastic event,” declares Pete from dbn.



DB 1s are 'Out of This World' for The Charlatans Hometown Sold Out Show


DB 1s are 'Out of This World' for The Charlatans Hometown Sold Out Show

UK - DB 1s were proud to be part of The Charlatans performance at Manchester's Castlefield Bowl for Summer in the City.
The 80's indie rock band captivated the hometown crowd with fan favorites from their extensive catalogue, as well as new songs from their newest release, Modern Nature.
Andy Liddle programmed and operated the lighting using an Avolites Tiger Touch II console, which controlled an array of lighting fixtures working with the i-PIX DB1s.  The rig including Martin MAC Vipers, Quantum Washes, Atomic 3000s and Clay Paky Sharpys supplied and rigged by Adlib Lighting with a floor package from Lite Alternative consisting of Solaris Flares, i-Pix Satellite IIs and SGM X5s.
Chris Ewington, creator  of the i-PIX DB 1, programmed and operated the content for the show, using 24 of the DB 1 video and lighting projectors. Even the simplest, plainest, or even monochrome graphics, are impressive to see projected from the DB 1, in which a light valve projects a light forward from the screen in a defined, soft-edged beam.  
For the DB 1 fixtures, driven by both DMX and video input, this was a first high-profile UK show. Prior to this, as many as 64 units had been used on a major tour in Japan.
Control of the DB 1s  came in the shape of an Avolites Tiger Touch II console, which Ewington used in conjunction with the Ai S8 media server to send content to the 24 i-Pix fixtures, supplied and rigged by DBN, with AtoV supplying signal management for the Db1 array.
"Full control of the console added to the excitement of working with this new technology," says Ewington.
"As a hometown show, this concert was a big deal for the band, and as such was a good opportunity for try something different. I got a big thanks off the management and Andy who were very happy!"

Photo Credit Shirlaine Forrest