Fifalite purchases MA Lighting dot2
AUSTRALIA: Queensland’s Fifalite Effects Lighting has purchased an MA Lighting dot2 XL-F compact lighting console. Having always relied on a different brand of console, Fifalite managing director, David Pfieffer was impressed with the dot2 having been introduced to it by Adam White at the Show Technology offices in Brisbane.
‘I had always admired the MA brand in so much as everywhere I go, the grandMA2 seems to be the console of choice,’ commented Mr Pfeiffer. ‘I never thought I would own one as I run a fairly small business and they are quite expensive for me. Plus the type of shows that I do would not warrant having such a fancy console. However, the dot2 brochure got me interested and once I found out the price, I was hooked.’
With much of his business based around cross hire, a console designed for the novice operator was reportedly a key requirement. ‘You don’t have to be a lighting expert to get a show up and running,’ he offered. ‘I knew that would suit my customers and to be honest, also me as I operate fairly irregularly these days. The in-built help menus are great and a very handy feature.’
The desk’s also weighs less than half that of Mr Pfieffer’s previous console. ‘As I’m getting older, I worry about the weight of a lot of things,’ he said. ‘Often I am working by myself and have to lug the console into gigs alone. Although it doesn’t weigh much, the dot2 XL-F feels very solid and well built.’
The dot2 XL-F is a dot2 core console with a dot2 F-wing built-in. It includes the full programming section, master playback section, 14 fader playbacks, 28 individual playback buttons and three built-in touch screens. ‘The touch screens are really nice to use,’ remarked Pfeiffer. ‘The dot2 XL-F has three screens but I can plug in an external screen which you can divide or keep whole. It means you can have a lot of information available to you on the different screens – in fact I can have seven pages open if I desire. I like that the screens can give you a visual representation of your fixture and what it is doing.’