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Jose Lorenzo praises ONYX control platform on Giovanni Pernice “This is Me” 2022 tour

Lighting designer, director and operator Jose Lorenzo uses Obsidian Control Systems’ ONYX lighting control platform on tours in the UK and ran a 78 show tour by “Strictly Come Dancing” champion Giovanni Pernice using an NX2™ lighting console. The show, “This is Me,” toured the UK and Ireland and highlighted Pernice’s unique showmanship supported by a cast of dancers and singers.

Lorenzo initially purchased an NX Wing™, the complementary USB control surface to the ONYX platform, and used it on some local tours in the UK. Later in 2021, he bought Obsidian’s compact yet full‐featured NX2 lighting console to use on the 2022 “This is Me” tour. “The number of parameters you get out of the console without having to spend a lot of money on NPU’s and computer processor units is fantastic,” he stated.

“We live in a world now where some lighting fixtures can take up to 200 channels so having more parameters is important and is one of the strengths of ONYX.” The NX2 is able to process 64 Universes right inside the console without the need for costly external processing networks.

On “This is Me,” Lorenzo controlled up to 80 intelligent lighting fixtures, some pixel mapped, some not. He ran up to 16 Universes on the show, 4 straight out of the back of the NX2 desk and 12 out of a NETRON EN12™, a 12‐port Ethernet to DMX gateway. A pair of 10‐ port NETRON DMX 10‐5™ DMX splitters were also used for data distribution. He also hooked into and controlled the house lights at each venue. “Networking with the Obsidian series products is really easy and straight forward compared to piecing together a system using different brands,” he said. “It’s also nice to have a console where you don’t need to block off a bunch of seats to fit it in a house.”

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