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  1. C

    Console Recommendation for High School + Theatre Academy?

    Hello, ControlBooth: I am the president of the Lighting Crew at my high school, and I have been tasked with recommending a new light board to be purchased for the auditorium. Besides the many functions which the auditorium serves the community (plays, concerts, presentations, etc.), my school...
  2. Palms

    Lock programming on ETC eos

    Hi all, I am trying to find a way to lock an ETC eos file so that none of the programming can be altered. I have a SM that is convinced they know what they are doing on the desk but in preshow checks they have managed to alter my fade times twice already. Is there a way or is it a macro I...
  3. SamSam

    Unison System - Losing Timing

    Long-time Lurker, first time poster. Recently took over a space with a 15 yr old Unison system. It controls house lights, warmers, and works with various screens, buttons, and switches as you might expect. Various presets for things that dim, smooth fades between. Switches/Buttons and relays...
  4. Brent McDannald

    Relatively new Master Electrician at a road house

    Hey! As the title says, I am a relatively new(about a year in) Master Electrician at a road house where we have about 300+ shows a year. Im starting to learn Vectorworks and Lightwright. And slowly but surely we are acquiring more intelligent fixtures(currently just have ETC ColorSource Cycs)...
  5. Capt.T_T.

    Control/Dimming Color DMX Level Data for LED Fixtures

    The fixture library on my console doesn't play nicely with my ETC D60s, or with the ColorSource Cyc fixtures I'm demo'ing this week. I specifically have issues with matching gel colors using the console's UI. I typically get around this by punching my desired color into the ETC Photometrics App...
  6. C

    ETC PhaseAdept

    http://www.etcconnect.com/PhaseAdept/ I'm not sure what else to say but "what's the deal with these?" Nevermind. I have questions: Envisioned applications? A universal miracle solution for the plague of bad LED house light retrofits? Will there be new and exciting data added to...
  7. Rose03

    A Congo?

    Hi y'all I wanted some opinions on a Congo lighting desk. Ive been thinking about upgrading from a Mactop and nomad dongle to a real desk. I've heard Congo is a little tricky to learn. I need something that is good in theater settings and can busk decently. Thanks!
  8. IanTech

    S4 Series 2 Lustr vs Ovation E-910FC

    Has anyone compared these fixtures? Any thoughts? I was thinking about purchasing a mix of them as I hear the Ovations have more saturated colors. I was thinking Ovations for high sides, back lighting, some front lighting and for the stage wash Source Four Series 2 Lustrs. I know buying...
  9. Rose03

    Hacking an Express

    I came upon an express and a spare processor as of late. Truly beautiful condition. I was wondering if anyone had ever tried to hack the desk or modify the software. Since I have two processor units I thought I'd use the worse of the two to have some fun with.
  10. Aiden Schramm

    Control/Dimming ETC Unison RemoteDirect

    At my school we have a Unison Heritage Fader and Button station both of which feature infrared receivers. I've searched online for information on the remote for the stations, and I'm reasonably confident that our Paradigm system was installed after the newer remotes were introduced. Getting a...
  11. Noah Abrams

    Source FourHEAD

    If anyone is willing to actually make this, I will be forever thankful! Source-FourHead-Header(1) by Noah Abrams posted Apr 2, 2019 at 7:17 AM "The legendary Source Four moves out of the theatre and into your home with the introduction of Source FourHead. The head lamp includes the same...
  12. ademhayyu1

    ETCNomad and Element mirroring

    Hello, I just got a new ETCNomad and a wifi router for our school's lighting console. I'm having trouble mirroring the console to my Nomad. They're both on the same wifi (the console is connected via ethernet and my Nomad is connected via Wifi) but I still get the same "Finding Master Console"...
  13. Noah Abrams

    Etc Eos Gadget 2/ion

    Hello everyone, this is my first time posting on here and hope I can get some good feedback. I have recently purchased an ETC Gadget 2 DMX to USB interface. I love being able to have the functionality of an ion with a fraction of the price tag. Is there any affordable ways to connect an external...
  14. starksk

    Fred Foster Passes Away

    ETC co-founder and CEO Fred Foster passed away on February 8, 2019 at the age of 61. Foster was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and fought a courageous battle lasting years longer than originally projected. Foster leaves behind a legacy of a company that has impacted the theatrical world in...
  15. M

    ETC Express upgrade

    Hey all! New to CB, but so far see a wealth of info out there! Small community theatre here with a 282 seat house. Have a ETC Express and looking to upgrade so we can start incorporating LED, moving lights, etc. Am considering an Element or Element 2, possibly preowned due to budget...
  16. zackconn44

    Showbaby 6 with Chauvet freedom pars

    So I have a city theatrical Showbaby Wireless DMX 6 attached to my etc ion. I was wondering if that could connect to the wireless Chauvet FlareCon that is contained within each freedom par. I know they both run on the same frequency so how would I make them communicate?
  17. venuetech

    Bounce focus tips??

    A speed square is usualy hanging around. I taped a string with a small weight onto the back side with the electric at spike you can stand at the desired focus point, and line up the fixture with the back of the square. make note of the angle fly the electric in to a working hight then...
  18. Rose03

    Microvision Or ETC Nomad?

    I have quite a predicament on my hands, I am looking to buy a DMX controller and I have narrowed it down to two possible candidates. Etc Nomad EOS or a microvision. Each is around the same price. The Pros of the microvision are I would have the opportunity to learn a new desk language, its an...
  19. Rose03

    Old Lighting Desk For Sale

    Since my recent foray into lighting I have always been interested by the earlier etc and strand consoles (particularly the light palettes and microvision). To my frustration I haven't been able to find any for sale. Could anyone point me on the right direction?
  20. Rose03

    ETC EOS Admin Account

    I noticed the other day that there was a second account called admin on my ion. The account has a password on it and etc would not tell me what it is. Does anyone know what it may be?