If you are visiting PLASA 2014 at London Excel, then have a look at the Clay Paky stand S80. There you will see the new Mythos unit. We cannot say...
The MYTHOS is a highly advanced form of hybrid light. It works in two different ways without compromising either. The MYTHOS is first of all an excellent 470 W lamp spotlight, which produces an outstanding fat light beam. Its completely redesigned optical unit makes it suitable for a wide range of applications. As a spotlight, it features a zoom that rangesfrom a minimum of 4° up to a maximum of 50°. In other words, it has an extraordinary 1 to 12 ratio.
It also features a wide range of projectable visual effects. There is a wheel with 18+1 fixed patterns and a second wheel with 6 rotating dichroic gobos. The quality of the projected light is truly extraordinary. Focusing is electronically controlled and the light beam is sharp, with perfectly defined edges, from the first millimetres after the front lens right along its entire length.
The zoom is a small masterpiece of micromechanical engineering. It is optimized for focusing, which is separate from that of the fixed and rotating gobos. Its movements are smooth, fast and very quiet.
There are also two indexed rotating prisms, which multiply the projected images. The first is a four-way prism for volumetric light scattering, and the second is linear and multiplies the image by fanning it out.
A completely new visual graphic disc, which turns in both directions at different speeds, may be superimposed on all the gobos, both in and out of focus. Al these functions together make the MYTHOS a truly unique spotlight, which can be used for spectacular, powerful front lighting on the audience.
But that is not all! The MYTHOS is also an extraordinary beam light. Its optical unit allows you to switch to a minimum fixed beam angle of just 0.5°. A large, very dense, 170 mm-diameter light beam comes out the MYTHOS’s front lens and remains parallel for its entire throw even at great distances. In this operating mode, the MYTHOS has two-and-a-half times the brightness of a Sharpy. The fixed gobos can be focused to shape the light beam in midair. The prisms may be inserted and set turning to fill the room with attractive effects.
The MYTHOS features a gradual-insertion CMY system, which is also equipped with fixed colors that may be overlapped and used to generate a two-colored light beam. CMY mixing ensures a very smooth transition from one color to another. Two CTO filters (3,200 K and 2,500 K) and one CTB filter add infinite shades of color, especially pastel shades. A frost filter can be used both to soften the edges of the spotlight and to simulate a wash light. It has a high-precision dimmer and a variable frequency strobe effect.
MYTHOS is able to combine the graphic capabilities of a powerful spotlight with the midair effects of a powerful beam light, seamlessly into a single unit. The MYTHOS is a very versatile tool, which is useful in any situation and therefore an excellent investment. Clay Paky has yet again developed an exemplary light in terms of light output: it is able to generate a previously unimaginable number of lumens for each watt consumed.