# Strand MX + Scrollers

#### DHSLXOP

##### Active Member
Hi Everyone...I'm new here but have been reading for a while.
(I hope I'm using the right terminology here...if I'm not let me know...thanks in advance)
At my theater, we have a Strand MX 24 control board with a 5 pin DMX output controlling about 30 or so dimmers but has about 20 Strand Lekos and Fresnels actually plugged in. All of the lights are plugged in using stage pin plugs. Due to lack of enough light on the stage, we are looking for par cans (or something similar that can still create a wash) with scrollers attached to be able to create a brighter wash of the stage. Also, please note that the FOH electrical is probably less than 10 feet away from our stage (our theater is more of a multipurpose room and another company has taken the originally rounded stage has extended it out to make it more square at the front...this is in order to have more room on stage) Is it possible to run scrollers with the Strand MX 24? How would I patch in scrollers...and some par cans for the scrollers to go on without destroying the existing structure of the lights (especially since these additional lights will not be a permanent addition to the theater, but only hooked up during specific events) For now, since there is no real budget for a bigger board, I was considering taking channels 23 and 24 on the light board and making 23 be the par cans and 24 be the scrollers.What would I need to use to be able to do this though?
Basically, I'm asking, how do I go about putting in additional par cans and scrollers into my Strand MX 24 control board?
Another option I do have however, if I cannot patch both the par cans and the scrollers into the board is to take down some of the existing lekos and use some of them only for specials and replace the rest of the lights with scrollers and par cans. This may be easier to do, since I could just plug the par cans into the stage pin dimmers already in the theater.

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#### DHSLXOP

##### Active Member
Treat yourself and your school to an ETC Smartfade 2496. You should be able to get one for about $1500. And since your parcan order will be about$1490 with ten cans (including shipping), that'd come out just about right.
EDIT: You can actually download an offline version of the Smartfade from ETC's website and play around with it (after reading the manual a bit). I read the manual for less than 5 minutes, and I can do just about everything now.