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Lighting Console



Lighting Consoles allow lighting designers to control several light fixtures for live shows, performances, and various other events. In today’s lighting industry there are many different consoles to choose from

PT has put together a list of Lighting Consoles to help make the choice easy


ChamSys MagicQ MQ500M Stadium


MagicQ MQ500M Stadium offers the highest level of show control, supporting 256 universes directly from the console without need for external processors.

Main Features include:

  • 256 universes direct from the console
  • 15 fully motorised fader playbacks
  • 15 encoder playback with RGB indicators
  • 12 multi-purpose Macro/Executes/Playbacks keys
  • RGB illumination of playbacks
  • Backlit buttons
  • Dual Inbuilt 15” Multi HD touch displays
  • Up to 8 touch displays support (5 via remote network)
  • Dual motorised 100mm crossfaders ideal for Theatre
  • Inbuilt MagicVis Visualiser with full rendering of beams and gobos

Technical Specification:

Hardware Specifications:

  • Universes direct from the console (via Artnet/sACN/Pathport): 256
  • Direct DMX Outputs: 4
  • Motorised Playbacks: 15
  • Encoder Playbacks: 15
  • Macro/Execute/Playback Section keys: 12
  • Total no of Playbacks: 42 (15+15+12)
  • Dual Motorised Cross Faders: Yes
  • Attribute Encoders: 8
  • Backlit Keys: Yes
  • Illuminated Playback/Encoders with RGB control: Yes
  • Intensity Wheel: 1
  • Network Ports: 4
  • Inbuilt 15” HD Multi-Touch Displays: 2
  • External Monitor up to 1920x1200 Resolution - DVI-D Port: 1
  • USB Ports, including 2 High Power USBs: 6
  • Audio Input (1 channel, 7 band): Yes
  • Audio Output: Yes
  • MIDI Ports 1 in and out: Yes
  • LTC Timecode Ports in and out: Yes
  • Remote Input: Yes
  • Inbuilt UPS: Yes, uses 12v Lead-Acid Battery
  • Front Storage Pockets: 2
  • Power Input, Neutrik powerCON TRUE1 110 to 240 VAC

Console Weights and Dimensions:

  • Width: 860mm (33.8 inches)
  • Depth: 585mm (23 inches)
  • Height: 90mm high at front (3.5 inches), 175mm high at rear (screens stored) (6.9 inches)
  • Weight: 32kg (70.5 lb)

Altman Genesis


The Genesis Lighting Control Console combines the ease of use of a fader-based lighting controller, with the power of a touch screen graphical user interface. A 7” capacitive touch screen provides a powerful user interface with the familiarity and comfort of today’s smart phones, making it easy to control. 

Main Features include:

  • Control of up to 24 individual fixture group over 512 control channels
  • cETLus listed for indoor use and CE marked
  • Two-year warranty
  • Ten (10) playback faders with ind. flash /GO buttons
  • Ten (10) playback pages
  • Two (2) master faders
  • One (1) playback master & One (1) fixture master
  • One-Hundred (100) Cue Lists with up to 1,000 Cues or effects.
  • On-Board context sensitive help with multi-language support
  • “Animate” feature – create complex effects between two or more fixtures – simply.
  • Fixture template wizard
  • 7” color capacitive touch screen
  • Icon driven graphical user interface system
  • Additional playback and DMX outputs available with Genesis Wing (Accessory)
  • One (1) RJ45 Ethernet port for support of: SACN and ARTNET
  • Low Voltage Power Jack with external power supply
  • Dual USB for file storage and wing connectivity
  • Multiple Undo / Redo Command

Technical Specification:

  • Interface: Twenty-Four (24) Luminaire intensity faders; Ten (10) Playback Faders over 10 pages; One (1) Master Play back faderOne; (1) Master Luminaire intensity faderOne; (1) 7” Capacitive 5-point touch screen
  • Storage: 4GB Flash Memory; 1,000 Cues / Animations; 100 Cue Lists
  • Data Connections: DMX 5 Pin XLR (1); USB 2.0 (2); RJ45 Ethernet (1)
  • Data Protocols: DMX 512a, sCAN, Art-Net
  • Input Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz (Remote Power Supply)
  • Power Input: 1.5A @12VDC – 2.5mm Jack
  • Environment: 0 to 40 degrees C (32 to 104 degrees F) with humidity of 5%-95% (non-condensing)
  • Weight: 10.8 pounds (4.9kg)
  • Dimensions: 19.3” x 12.99” x 3.2” (530 x 380 x 130mm)
  • Compliance: cETLus listed and CE marked for indoor use

High End Systems HOG 4-18


Hog 4-18 is designed for the largest stadium shows, theme park installations and concert tours. Hog 4-18 shines in any environment requiring a multi console setup and networking.

Main Features include:

  • Robust Hog 4 OS operating system
  • 5 high-resolution parameter encoders
  • Built-in tri-axis backlit trackball with cursor and parameter control functions
  • 10 master playbacks with motorized faders and master control keys
  • Dual 18.5” multi-touch screens, tilt adjustable
  • Up to three external display port monitors, with touch or multi-touch
  • 8,192 output channels, expandable with DP8K processors
  • 8 Neutrik XLR-5 DMX outputs
  • sACN and Art-Net
  • MIDI In, Out and Thru
  • Dual EtherCON connections for HogNet and FixtureNet
  • Integral keyboard drawer and storage drawer
  • Accessory arm mounts, one arm and VESA mount bracket included
  • Two blue/white desk lamps included

Technical Specifications :

Connectivity:

  • Local DMX-512 outputs: 8x Neutrik 5-pin XLR
  • Expandable DMX-512 outputs via USB DMX Widgets
  • Local Art-Net and E1.31/sACN outputs: 1x 1GB/s Ethernet port
  • Local HogNet 1GB/s Ethernet port
  • Unlimited DMX-512, Art-Net and E1.31/sACN universes via HogNet-connected DP8Ks
  • LTC/SMPTE input via 3-pin XLR
  • MIDI in/out/thru supporting MIDI messages, MIDI Show Control, and MIDI Time Code
  • Expandable MIDI and LTC inputs via USB MIDI/LTC Widgets
  • Unrestricted connectivity to visualizers via encrypted Fixture-Net Visualizer Stream. (Art-Net and sACN to visualizers also supported but restricted by system’s total output capacity)
  • OSC (Open Sound Control) for remote control and integration
  • USB 2.0 ports: 6 rear / 2 drawer

Electrical:

  • ETL, CETL and CE compliance
  • Mains power: 100-250VAC, 50/60Hz, max 120W
  • Mains connector: IEC320 C13
  • Fuse: 1x 5x20mm 5AT fuse

Weights and Dimensions:

  • Width: 994mm / 39.1”
  • Depth: 746mm / 29.4”
  • Height (Monitor Up): 430mm / 16.9”
  • Height (Monitor Down): 169mm / 6.7”
  • Weight: 42kg / 92lb

Obsidian Control Systems NX4


The NX4 is a comprehensive feature packed control surface. With a well-arranged combination of motorized and manual faders as well as an array of playback button the NX4 offers 44 total playbacks in a compact yet extremely powerful package. 

Main Features include:

  • Adjustable 15.6” Full HD multi touch screen, 2x external 4K Touch Displays
  • 44 playbacks (10 Motorized, 12 Sub, 22 Playback Executors)
  • 9 Encoders, Keypad, Trackball, 14 Function keys, assistive 3.5” touchscreen
  • 64 Universe integrated processing
  • Network, DMX, Timecode and Midi Connectivity
  • CAPTURE Duet Edition License.

Technical Specifications :

Surface:

  • 10 x 60 mm motorized playback faders, each with 4 xfunction-assignable buttons, digital backlit labels
  • 12x 45mm Sub Playback Fader with Flash keys
  • 22x Playback Executors
  • 12 x customizable multi-function keys
  • Playback Select button
  • 2x Master Go section with Go, Pause, Snap and Release
  • 4 x digital rotary encoders with push function and statusLED for fixture parameter control
  • 4x screen mounted digital rotary encoders with push
  • 1x digital intensity Encoder with push
  • 3.5” RGB touchscreen for parameter groups, effectparameters, fanning and global timings
  • 1x 60mm Grandmaster with Flash/DBO
  • Blind/HighLight/Last/Next buttons
  • Full numerical keypad and command keys
  • Industrial Trackball

Hardware:

  • Industrial 15.6” TFT 16:9 touchscreen (1920x1080px)
  • 250 GB NVMe M.2 storage drive
  • Industrial motherboard with Intel i5 Hexa-Core CPU
  • Quiet thermal design using advanced copper heat pipe coolers
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Integrated graphics processor
  • Windows 10 IoT Embedded Operating System
  • OS installation by USB 3.0 storage device
  • Supports Windows USB touch screens

Connections:

  • 4 x DMX / RDM Universe In/Out: 5-pin locking XLR
  • External Display: 2x DisplayPort (up to 4k)
  • External Display Power: 12V, 2x Molex 8pin
  • Network: 2x Gigabit EtherCon for Art-Net, sACN and ONYXX-Net
  • Storage and Peripherals: 3x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0
  • Audio Out, Mic In: 2x 6.3mm Jack
  • MIDI in/out/thru (MIDI show control, MIDI notes, MIDItimecode): 5pin DIN
  • SMPTE Timecode In/Out: 3-pin XLR
  • Seetronic Power In
  • Desk lamp: 2x RGB LED, integrated

Electrical:

  • 100-240 V nominal, 50/60 Hz, 140W

MA Lighting Grand MA3 onPC Command Wings


The grandMA3 onPC command wing is the ultimate grandMA3 mobile solution. In combination with the free of charge grandMA3 onPC software, the grandMA3 onPC command wing is a portable 2 048 parameter control solution that can be used in nearly any location.

Main Features include:

  • Real-time control for 2 048 parameters in combination with grandMA3 onPC
  • Expandable up to 4 096 parameters with onPC products and grandMA3 onPC
  • Command section similar to grandMA3 compact layout
  • 29 rotary RGB backlit encoder
  • 5 Dual encoders
  • 10 motorized 60mm faders
  • 40 separate playbacks
  • 16 assignable x-keys
  • 2 motorized A/B faders 100mm
  • 1 Level-wheel
  • Individuality backlit and dimmable silent (clickless) keys
  • Connect via USB to any PC running grandMA3 onPC

Technical Specifications (ARCS WIDE):

  • Parameters: 2 048 (HTP/LTP)
  • Parameters Mode2: not applicable (no Mode2)
  • Operating voltage/ Supply voltage: 100-240V, 50/60Hz
  • Power: max. 50VA
  • Operating Temperature: 0 °C up to 40 °C / 32 °F up to 104 °F
  • Dimensions: 620 x 427 x 102 mm / 25 x 17 x 4 in;  (width x depth x height)
  • Net weight: 10 kg / 22 lbs
  • Connectors: 1 x IEC-60320 C14 cord; 2 x DMX512-A Out (5pin XLR female); 1 x DMX512-A In (5pin XLR male); 1 x MIDI In (5pin DIN female); 1 x MIDI Out (5pin DIN female); 1 x Linear Timecode In (3pin XLR female); 1 x GPI General Purpose Interface (D-SUB DE9 female) for remote control; 1 x USB 2.0 (type B); 1 x LED desk light (4pin XLR female)

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