okay, our church's HOg1000 is getting long in the tooth, so i'm looking for replacement ideas.we're currently running 20 mac250 fixtures and 96 channels of conventional dimming. it's unlikely we will add a lot more yolk lights or any conventional dimming in the future, but led panels and the like are certainly on the horizon. The hog has 2 universes. i'm not sure we're gonna ever need a whole lot more than that....i'm not afraid to jump to a completely different operating system. the HOG has been fine, and all my guys know how to run it. but no one is in love with it. primary criteria, in order of importance.1. reliability. the HOG hasn't been...2. ease of use. all my lighting programmers are volunteers3. price. absolutely must be less than 10K [i'd prefer around 5K] U.S dollars4. i'd prefer an established brand. we'll have this desk for probably 8-10 years. i'd like the manufacturer to still be around at the end of that time.i know there are some software based solutions available, and i'm not totally against those, if they will meet the above criteria.any suggestions?
Most of the big brand consoles cost way more than 10k new. You MAY be able to find something like a used Chamsys if your lucky (but it will probably be beat up a bit).. You won't get a Avo, MA, Hog 3/4, Roadhog, etc for that little. Used hogs may be an option. Hog 2, IPC are both disco'd and can be found for 2500-7000$ish.I'm not to familiar with conventional boards as i mostly play with moving lights.. I'm sure frog/jands/etc have boards in those ranges NEW.
Chamsys Maxi Wing with a touchscreen computer will come in way under 10k with a great tactile surface plus the touch screen. Consoles will cost much more. Only took me a week to get one delivered from the UK.http://chamsys.co.uk/maxiwingIn the US, talk to Mike @ Farralane 1.800.433.7057
Take a look at the Mega Systems Enlighten One. It's designed specifically for churches that use volunteers. Plus it is also entirely made in San Antonio, TX.http://www.mega-lite.com/prolight/dmxcont/consoleone/List price is $3800 and you need a touch screen windows pc.This thing is pretty awesome. You can download the software to demo it from the website. Also, their tech support is outstanding.Disclaimer: I am a dealer for Mega SystemsKyle
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