Electro controls lighting boards.

vaulter825

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Jun 15, 2004
What are the differences between a Celebrity and a Celebrity plus Lighting console from Electro-Controls? My school has the Celebrity and i want them to get a new board but i was just curious as to the differences.
 

vaulter825

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Jun 15, 2004
Electro Controls is not still in business. They were taken over by Strand and put out of business i believe. I was just curious the differences between the Celebrity (which my school has) and the Celebrity Plus.
 

Fusiondude

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Jul 20, 2004
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Colerain Twp. Cincinnati, OH
My high school has Electro Controls Quad dimmers and a Celebrity board. I think the only difference with the Celeb and the Celeb Plus is an added "effects" module. Hopefully we'll be getting a new board soon, as this one is on it's last leg.
 

pathway

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May 27, 2009
I pulled out one of my ancient EC catalogs (who are you calling a hoarder??) and there they were! See? -- it does pay to keep old stuff around!

The Celebrity Plus was pretty much a conventional lighting board with all the bells and whistles you still see nowadays, but only for controlling dimmers. It had a level setting & cue recording keypad, level and fader wheels, color video display and a softpatch module. There was also an optional cassette tape drive for show backup. You could order the board with up to 60 channels of 2-scene preset.

The Celebrity had the 2-scene preset, the softpatch module, and optional tape drive, but also came with 24 or 48 programmable scene masters.

Both of these boards spoke EC-Mux protocol, which like DMX supported 512 dimmer levels but inexplicably ran it on only one data wire plus common -- a source of many headaches over the years. Their average age is now 25, so replacement is definitely overdue if you still have one!