Funny, most of those listings are for more than I've been told the console goes for new.It looks like a tiger touch is at the top and beyond your budget.
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Avolites Tiger Touch
First show was last night, Rusted Root:Ah, but which elation show designer is it, 1, 2 or 3. To be honest, before I posted the idea of the Obi Wan of consoles, I thought of suggesting getting a bunch of DJ controllers, instead of dimmer per circuit, you could have started the trend to controller per fixture.
Please keep us posted, and also, what things do you have to blink, and what things to wiggle, why were they chosen and was it a good choice?
Looking at the specs of the Melange Pro and the 7000 series, I think you would be moving in entirely the wrong direction. Fewer channels, no VGA monitor, no soft patch, no macros... Is the current console failing in some way?I am a Middle School teacher and the "technical director" of our drama department. We are using an old Melange Pro light board with 6-DDS6000 packs. We have 24 channels (I believe) and 37 old incandescent fixtures. We run plays and musicals from a small stage that feeds out to the gym. We pre-program the light cues and run them back from the internal memory. No moving lights. The board is ready to be replaced. I saw the dmx-lator and was told that we could get a new board and that it should be seamless. I was also told that the Leviton MC 7000 series would work and can hook up to our old lights and offers dmx512 for new ones. I really don't know what the budget would be, I am in the data collecting stage. I am new to this all and really don't know enough to make an informed decision (but I am trying to learn). Any insight would be great.
If you are talking seniors as in the over 65 and not high school, then I would think very simple. I do not like the smartfade ml or lepricon although both offer a lot, for a senior they are far to complex.