Anyone convert one of these things for anything else?(non-commercial)
Not much there to work with. It's analog out, so you'd need an Analog to Digital converter ($1000 or so), plus some sort of remote patching device to patch the 24 analog channels to 512 DMX channels (might be the same unit as the A to D, but maybe not, so another grand). Then you get no recordable subs or scenes.
For the money invested making it work with modern gear, you might as well buy a Smartfade or Leprecon.
I some how missed this the first time around. So you could take the lights to 200%?! That's great. Way better than the audio amplifiers that go to 11!...My favorite feature of the protoype: It had a split/dipless crossfader that they hadn't quite figured out yet. Split the crossfader fully and put +20V on the input to the +10V dimmers!...
LMI did make a programmable board. I have it laying in my room. It uses a tape drive to store the shows on. i'm trying to revive it and start using it at shows. It has some really cool logic redundacy/backup circuits built in, incase one part of the console fails. Also these two separate logic systems can be run totally independent, they are even on their own independent power supply. You still dont see redundancy in lighting consoles yet this one does and it was built in 85.