I don't have an official reason from ETC, but I imagine it is to standardize the facepanel layout and eliminate one physical fader that doesn't get used often by most people.
You’re only hitting both buttons if you need a blackout button push. My legacy Ions all have their BO buttons disabled as it’s about as fast to just slam the fader to zero. And I’d have to check but usually you can configure in Fader Configuration what the buttons do so I think you can set it for one of the buttons.As is, I am sure, not uncommon, I don't need it often, but when I need it, I need it BADLY, and having to a) figure out which fader to grab and b) remember to hit both buttons is a non-starter.
I don't buy a lot of boards, and what's in their used market will serve me fine, so I don't expect to change their mind, but...
I'm not sure there is a console other than the original ion that doesn't come with at least a few faders. You can also assign macro buttons to do a black out.
Chances are if you are the type of person who utilizes a grandmaster, you're also using lots of other faders and as such will have a console with them. Alternatively, you can use all of the nice touch friendly soft faders on screen.
One of the Ion XE models has no faders, I’d want a fader wing if I purchased that model. The other desks in the Eos line have faders.
Been a few years since I threw faders busking an incandescent rig. Probably the last time I used a GM or blackout key for anything. My workflow's changed enough with LED's that I don't find myself needing a GM or blackout button.I have mixed feelings about no GM. I can seen needing it but cannot recall the last time I used it.
As a matter of fact, No! Today's consoles have evolved to the point where every light, infact, every parameter of every light, can have its own unique time. No longer are we limited just to one time for raising intensities and one for lowering.As long as we are going down this rabbit hole, does anyone else miss split crossfaders?
That said ( and I do agree with Derek ) - I wish there was an easier / obvious way on modern consoles for the operator to control the overall time of a cue. I don't believe this is easy to grok on an EOS family. Not sure about other boards.As a matter of fact, No! Today's consoles have evolved to the point where every light, infact, every parameter of every light, can have its own unique time. No longer are we limited just to one time for raising intensities and one for lowering.
Likewise re: Grand Master. Does one really desire a Fader that controls the level of every DMX value--I think not. Maybe one needs/wants an Intensity Master, but the operator can choose any fader on the desk to be that.
Go to the light Carol Anne.
The EOS family has at least two ways on many consoles: the Rate wheel and the master split fader pair. What time control on a cue are you looking for?
Randomly, when I need it.