The enthusiasm of lighting director Jared Trinnaman for the grandMA2 control desk by German manufacturer MA Lighting persuaded rental company owner Ian Livie to invest in the console for the Free Spirit Tour by former Free and Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers.
Trinnaman devised a “minimal” rig of moving lights and traditional-style ‘Leko’ fixtures, plus video, for a tour visiting venues including Birmingham’s Genting Arena (15,700), and Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena (10,000) and London’s The Royal Albert Hall (5,300).
“I’ve been a MA user since 2012 and I’ve never looked back,” says Trinnaman. “For our Free Spirit shows, we had four separate kabuki [curtain] drops. When the cue came up, all my screens would display a giant icon to activate the proper drop. The same buttons would automatically take me back to my show view as soon as I executed the command. I have yet to use another desk so flexible.”
Livie adds, “When I discussed working with Paul Rodgers with [tour manager] Warren Cracknell, I knew I had to invest in a console. I was confident grandMA2 would stand the test of touring time.”