The ClubMAX User Experience by Theo Petrides

Theo Petrides laser background

Over the past few years, I’ve created many internationally awarded laser shows. Each year I participate in various laser displays using KVANT laser projectors. I've enjoyed designing laser shows and operating them in my studio environment, producing shows that range from small family-oriented to large ones for thousands of people. When it comes to performance, durability, ease of setup/use and customer service, I trust Kvant. With them, it is easy to get the job done 100%.

Theo Petrides with ILDA Award

I currently own four laser projectors - one that is self-built and three Kvant ClubMAX FB4 projectors. Two of them contain Pangolin's built-in FB4 control interface and the other one I control using an external FB4 attachment. I use the Clubmax 3000 projectors because the majority of the shows I do are for less than a few thousand people and with my studio environment, the higher power systems are not necessary.

I frequently listen to EDM (Electronic Dance Music), and I first saw lasers used at Defqon.1 2014 end-show on Youtube. After watching it, I got goosebumps from head to toe. I spent hours researching how to build a laser projector, built one and used it to program some of my first shows. Shortly after, I discovered more professional systems made by Kvant.

Theo Petrides laser in studio

After speaking with Justin Perry at Pangolin Laser Systems, I bought my first Kvant Clubmax 3000. Soon after I was programming day and night, creating new timeline based shows in Quickshow and BEYOND software. Over a few years, I produced some internationally awarded shows, attended many laser enthusiast’s meetings, made many friends through gigs, and even got a job as a mechanical engineer at a laser company.

Theo Petrides using BEYOND

Since I have a background in mechanical engineering, I quickly fell in love with the design and ease of use of Kvant laser systems. When it comes to Kvant projector design, even the smallest details are covered:

  • o-ring sealed housings
  • incorporated desiccant packs to absorb moisture
  • 360-degree yoke mounts
  • integrated Pangolin FB4 controllers/scanners/Lasorb
  • Neutrik connectors on every port
  • availability of different lenses/attachments
  • practical beam alignment
  • single-press Colour Balance button feature
  • sturdy interlock key safety
  • professional packaging
  • SEXY trim lines on the projectors

While others may not appreciate these small details, at the end of the day, that is what matters - especially if you demand high standards. I've used my Kvant Clubmax 3000 laser projectors in a variety of environments, from cold weather situations to exposure to high vibrations. Never had to align the lasers or required maintenance on them, and I never fear of bringing them to a client.

Theo Petrides laser show in studio

It may sound crazy, but owning these high-quality Kvant laser projectors has boosted my confidence as a laser show designer. I made my first purchase of a Kvant Clubmax 3000 projector in 2016, and three years later it still reads above the guaranteed output.

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I plan to purchase more Kvant products in years to come. I have many ideas for shows I want to create with no plans of stopping. I wish there was enough time in the world to program shows for those many songs I listen to daily. I am always thinking of new ways how to expand my creativity in laser art because the possibilities with lasers are endless.

One quite creative project I worked on was a collage of flow visualization photos that were printed on metal and displayed at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

Theo Petrides flow visualization

I highly recommend everyone, who wants to dive into the world of lasers, to look at Kvant laser projectors first - especially if they are after reliable and cost-effective solution.

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