My school is looking for a new lighting console. We have a really old console from the mid 70s (Strand Mantrix 2). The connections are all AMX and it lacks programmability and by "lacks" I mean it has none. We have rented a Colortran Status 12/24 before and really liked it. We are looking for a 24 channel console (dimmers are okay as we already have one 12 channel Strand CD80 pack), we make a lot of use out of cue stacks and want something that is easy to learn and program yet flexible. We also want something which is rugged and that can put up with a rough environment, yet something that is not too bulky. Our price range for the new console is $2200.00 or lower. We were thinking about an ETC SmartFade 24/96 Strand 200 24/48. The 200 has subs and no stack, so that is most likely out of the question. We have a total of 14 incandescent fixtures and we have NO moving lights and therefore do not need a moving light console. Anyone used the ETC SmartFade or Strand, if yes how is it and do you think it will meet our demand, or do you have any alternatives.
We would prefer to stay with Strand or ETC