Ok, so we will be using dimmer packs, we will probably get 2-6 more dds4600 packs, along with about 20 or so ellipsoidals. I havnt decided whether I want Strand SL's or ETC Source 4's (I have used and operate both, but personally I prefered the strand, I know ETC is the standard). Also we may, purhase cyc wash lights and respective dimmer packs if I have the budget. So I need to be able to have an expandable system, hence why I believe going PC is the most cost effective way.moojoe said:Martin does have one, along with some other small ones that i dont know much about.
emphsis i think is like $15,000. its an upgrade to the express, expression, or insight line, where they tie in WYSIWYG design software into the board. increadible program, but def. overkill for a high school.
is that the fixtures youll be controlling? or what else are you getting, if you say what your getting, ill recomend some programs to you, but i need to know what type of system you need exactly.
(the reason i know an ok amount on this is because im going PC based in most of the theatres i work at, so ive been doing a lot of research)
Why wouldnt I want a PC Based system? I realize that its for more advanced lighting, but it can be used with basic lighting as well, making the system in the long run cheaper than buying a board.moojoe said:I'm just wondering why your so into PC based control?
you can use something like Hog2PC http://highend.com/products/controllers/Wholehog2pc.asp which is free to download (Here), just look for HogIIPC but the thing is, you then need to buy the DMX to USB widget, which is $1200 since the software is free, and i would suggest getting the Programming wing since it makes life so much easier. this software is great, and its what i use constatly, but its made more for moving lights and a lot of complicated lighting actions, not high school productions.
thats why i suggest an actual board. all of the pc based systems are for advanced lighting, normally with moving lights. what you need though it seems is just a simple 2 scene preset.