Let's say you hooked two consoles to the same universe. How do your dimmers know which one to obey? What happens if console A is trying to turn a light on and console B wants it off? The protocol was designed for a single console to avoid having to put that much intelligence (and cost) into each and every dimmer. If cost isn't a problen, there are outboard boxes you can buy that will merge the outputs of two consoles. Some will even let you select between different sharing schemes - A takes priority, B kicks in if A fails - or last one to change takes control - or highest takes control. An outboard box isn't cheap, but it costs a lot more if you try to cram that intelligence into every dimmer.avkid said:
DMXtools said:avkid said:If cost isn't a problen, there are outboard boxes you can buy that will merge the outputs of two consoles.
I guess cheap is a relative term. My fave console, LightJockey, offers the ability to run a wing that is basically a 12 channel fader, plus a lot of other toys.
Used Win 98 or XP computer with decent memory: $750 (estimate)
LightJockey PCMCIA card $1500 street price
Fingers wing: $900 street price
under $3200 total.
Ability to program anything, anywhere, anytime, without having to power up or even have lighting connected: priceless.