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Scott Wagner

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Re: DMX Controller for small club install
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2015, 04:35:38 pm »

The problem with just about every low$$ controller is the lack of being "end user friendly". IMHO, for a controller to be truly "idiot proof" AFTER it has been programmed, it needs to have the ability to store all aspects of a chase/scene/program such that all the operator (or bartender) has to do is push one button to call up a new look without having to adjust speed, fade, etc. It also needs more than 8 buttons for this task. None of the low$$ controllers (that I'm familiar with) will do this. All of the "Operator" series have the same limitations, in spite of the "pro" cosmetics.
$ 749 may seem like a lot until you look at what all you are missing. Yes, there are tons of features that you might not use, but the important thing is the fact that you will be able to get almost everything possible out of the fixtures without the client having a need to know anything other than "Pick 1-16".
You're preaching to the choir here, but plenty of other people are likely to read this. I'm going to hit them with the Stage CL first, then back down to the SD1 if they balk.

I was just lamenting the fact that the low-budget controllers seem less usable than the pathetic IR remote. The market seems wide open for such a device. How difficult could it be?
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Re: DMX Controller for small club install
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2015, 12:17:10 pm »

well $799CA for a martin M-Touch, plus the cost of a PC, gives everything. PC solutions now are the way forward as far as cost effectiveness and features. i have been using it for a while now, and for installs in clubs/bars/ the MPC platform works great.

i know that its not what your client wants...but honestly, best option for the $$$ IMHO.
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Re: DMX Controller for small club install
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2015, 03:54:37 pm »

I have a couple of Magic 260s on the shelf that may fit your needs.
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Re: DMX Controller for small club install
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2015, 11:17:59 am »

If you want to keep it really simple use a chauvet (or equivalent) obey 4 controller it gives you 9 preset colors and controls 4 fixture zones at touch of a button, cant get much more idiot proof $70 also has audio chases and such built in

sometimes less is more.

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