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Memory Lighting Control Systems, History

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    1963: Century Lighting (founded in 1926) sold to Progress Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia (parent company of Singer sewing machines)/Lighting Corporation of America (LCA)
    1964: Ariel Davis Manufacturing Company purchased by Electro Controls
    1966: Lighting Corporation of America (LCA) merges with Walter Kidde & Company
    1967, Micro-Set by Electro Controls, developed by Jack Halvorsen (first installation in Banff, Alberta)
    1967: The Rank Organisation buys Strand Electric Holdings
    1967, Rank Strand IDM/DL
    1968, Century Memo-Q by George Van Buren
    1968, (UK) Thorn Q-File (sold by Kliegl Bros. in the US beginning 1970)
    1969: Rank buys LCA and forms Century Strand, "A company within the Rank Organisation"
    1969, Electro Controls Micro-Set MkII (See post .)
    1971, Van Buren Industries Sweet 16, First board to use solid state memory
    1971, Van Buren Industries System 128, Larger version of Sweet 16 as chips got bigger
    1972, Electro Controls Micro-Set MkIV
    1973, (UK) Thorn Q-Level (sold by Kliegl Bros. in the US)
    1973, (UK) Rank-Strand MMS
    1974, Van Buren Industries Compuset 2000, developed by David Cunningham
    1974, Skirpan AutoCue (used a "light pen" for setting levels)
    1974: Altman introduces the axial 360Q ERS
    1974: Century-Strand name changed to Strand-Century
    1975, Electro Controls Micro-Set 96
    1975, Electronics Diversified LS-8, developed by Gordon Pearlman and used on the Broadway production of A Chorus Line. See the thread .
    1976, (UK) Rank-Strand Lightboard (Not to be confused with the later, 1985, Strand Lightboard M.)
    1976, Datacue manufactured by Marketronics - Sold to Teatronics in 1979
    1977, Strand-Century Multi-Q
    1977, Strand-Century Micro-Q (first microprocessor console?)
    1978, Berkey-Colortran ChannelTrack (built by ETC and based on its MegaCue)
    1978, Electro Controls Plexus 1000
    1978, Kliegl Performance, developed by Steve Carlson and Gordon Pearlman
    1979, Strand-Century Light Palette, developed by David Cunningham
    1979, Strand-Century miniPalette
    1979, Berkey-Colortran ColorTrack (a monochrome monitor with gels taped to portions of the screen, thus the first "color" monitor)
    1979, Kliegl Performer (I)
    1980, (UK) Strand Galaxy
    1980, ETC ELC (Entertainment Lighting Console), proprietary product developed for use at Disney's EPCOT
    1981, Kliegl Command Performance
    1981, Strand-Century Mantrix with Memory
    1982, MicroStar (on Apple IIe; a PC-version came later, called ProStar, then TechStar, all made by WestStar)
    1982, ETC Concept (96) 125
    1982, Kliegl Performer II
    1983, Kliegl Performer III (the II indicated analog output, while the III used K96 protocol)
    1983, Kliegl Entertainer
    1983, ETC Idea (wood sides)
    1983, Electro Controls Celebrity
    1984, Berkey-Colortran DimensionFive
    1984, Electro Controls Premiere (only console ever with a "heads-up" display)
    1985: LEE Electric of the UK buys Colortran to form LEE Colortran
    1985, Strand-Century Light Palette Two
    1985, Strand-Century Mini Light Palette
    1985, ETC Vision
    1985, GAM Access.pdf (reportedly cost $140 to build, retailed for ~$1799)
    1985, Colortran Prestige 1000, 2000, 3000
    1985, Vari*Lite Artisan
    1985, Strand-Century LightBoard M (No real relation to the 1976 Rank Strand Lightboard.)
    1986: Strand-Century buys Electro Controls, keeps selling EC products for a few more years
    1986: USITT publishes the DMX512-1986 and AMX192-1986 standards.
    1987, ETC Expression (I)
    1987, Kliegl Performer IV
    1987, GAM AccessPro
    1987, Strand-Century Light Palette 3
    1988, LEE Colortran Scenemaster 60
    1988, LMI Designer
    1989: Strand-Century drops Century name, becomes Strand Lighting
    1989, (AUS) LSC Precept 12 Precept 12
    1989, Strand Light Palette 90 (over 700 are sold, more than all other LightPalettes combined)
    1989, GAM Panache (a re-branded Performer IV)
    1989, Strand Impact (another re-branded Performer IV)
    1989, Martin 2032 Controller
    1990: ETC buys dimmer manufacturer LMI (Lighting Methods, Inc.)
    1990, ETC MicroVision
    1990, ETC MicroVisionFX
    1991: Kliegl Bros. ceases operations
    1991, LSD (Light & Sound Design) Icon Console
    1992, Flying Pig Systems Whole Hog (I)
    1992, Compulite Animator
    1992, ETC Obsession
    1992, Strand Impact II (a repackaged version)
    1992, Strand Mantrix MX
    1992: ETC introduces the Source Four ERS, Sensor dimmer
    1992, EDI EnAct
    1993, LEE Colortran Gold Medallion
    1993, LEE Colortran Encore
    1993, Strand GSX
    1993, ETC Expression2X
    1994, Horizon Controls (software to allow any Win3.1 computer to control lighting)
    1994, Strand 430 and 520
    1994, FPS Wholehog II
    1994, High End Systems Status Cue
    1994, Martin 3032 Contrroller
    1995, Strand LBX
    1995, Strand 530
    1995, ETC Express
    1995: ETC introduces the Source Four PAR EA
    1996: NSI buys the assets of Colortran, forming NSI/Colortran
    1996, Strand 550i
    1997, ETC ObsessionII
    1998, ETC Expression3
    1998, Rosco/ET Eclipse (dedicated control surface for Horizon Controls)
    1998, Vari*Lite Virtuoso
    1999: Leviton buys NSI/Colortran
    1999, Strand 300
    1999: HES buys FPS
    1999: ETC introduces the Source Four PARNel
    2000, MA Lighting grandMA
    2000, Vari*Lite Virtuoso DX

    None of the previous are still in production.
    1998, Martin LightJockey
    2001, HES HogIII
    2002, ETC Emphasis, (an add-on to extend the feature set of the Express/Expression line)
    2002, Martin Maxxyz
    2003, ET/Horizon Marquee
    2003: ETC buys AVAB Transtechnik
    2004, Jands Vista
    2004: PRG (Production Resource Group) merges with/purchases VLPS (Vari*Lite Production Services)
    2005, ETC/AVAB Congo
    2005, HES Hog iPC
    2006: Genlyte buys Strand, Vari*lite, ET
    2006, Strand Light Palette Classic/Live/VL; Basic/Classic/Preset/Sub Palette (ALL using HorizonOS on Strand hardware)
    2006, ETC Congo jr
    2006, ETC Eos
    2007, ETC Ion
    2007, HES Road Hog, Road Hog Full Boar
    2008, Strand Palette VL
    2008: Philips buys Genlyte
    2008: HES discontinues Hog iPC (a dual-boot II/3 console), and ceases support of Hog2 software.
    2008: Jands ends production of Hog 500 and Hog 1000, which also used Hog2 software.
    2008: ETC discontinues Emphasis, Expression, Express, (reportedly the most popular console line ever, with 19,000 units sold; 14,000 of which were Expresses).
    2008, MA Lighting grandMA2
    2008, PRG V676, the successor to the Vari*Lite Virtuoso DX2
    2008, Strand Palette II (family)
    2008: Barco buys HES
    2008, Martin Maxxyz Compact
    2009, ETC Element 40, 60
    2009, Zero88 ORB
    2009, Martin MaxModules
    2010, Martin M1
    2010: Philips/ET Marquee discontinued
    2010: Barco/HES ceases repair support for Wholehog II consoles
    2010, PRG V476, a smaller version of the V676
    2010, ETC SmartFade family
    2011: Cooper Controls closes Hillsboro, OR facility of Electronics Diversified (EDI)
    2011, ETC Congo Kid
    2011, ETC GIO
    2011: Acuity Brands acquires Horizon Controls, Pathway Connectivity
    2012, Jands Vista L5
    2012, MA Lighting MA onPC command wing and Martin M2PC. Both systems require a user-supplied personal computer.
    2012, Martin M2GO
    2012, Pathway Connectivity Cognito
    2012: Lighting & Electronics, Inc. (L&E), in business since 1960, announces plans to cease operations.
    2012, Barco/High End Systems Hog4, Full Boar4, Road Hog4, Nano Hog4
    2012, PRG V276 On Mac, a playback/programming wing for use with a user-supplied Apple Mac computer.
    2013, Martin M6.
    2013, ETC Eos Ti (Titanium), replaces original Eos.
    2013: Wybron announces closure. Company reborn as Gel Services, Inc. .
    2015, MA Lighting dot2 expansion of grandMA2 family
    2015, Pathway Connectivity extends Cognito line with Choreo controller.
    2016, ETC releases ColorSource line of consoles.
    2016, ETC announces Gio @5 console (half of a standard Gio) to the EOS family.
    2018: Elation buys Martin M-series controllers
    2018, ETC Element 2
    2018, MA Lighting grandMA3
    2018: Jands Vista hardware and software acquired by Chroma-Q.

    Please feel free to correct dates, make additions, etc.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2018
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