As many others have posted on this site, we are probably getting a new light board. We're primarily lookng at the ETC Express 24/48. Our theatre has 78 dimmer channels and we use all conventional fixtures. Occasionally we'll plug a fan or something similar into a dimmer, but our stage isn't wired well to use fog machines and such with our board. The board needs to be simple to use for the average user who just wants lights on stage, but complex enough to do sophisticated effects and shows. Our shows are known for our lighting by several colleges and it is a major focus of our director. Do you feel that the Express is the correct choice? Just to verify, although it only has 48 sliders, it has 96 channels, right? Also, given that we do get that board. Any tips for switching from a parent written program on a computer to this board? What should I learn first and what should I know to make it easier?