I know this may not be the best place for this type of question, but I ask anyway. I’m looking for a new theatrical (stage) lighting desk to control both traditional par cans as well as some basic intelligent lighting. During the Christmas season, I use LOR for my display; however, LOR does not always lend itself to a live production (nor was it designed to). While LOR works great for pre-recorded songs (even on a live stage), it’s hard to seamlessly transition from one song to another.
There are many lighting desks out there that can handle both par cans and intelligent lighting; however, I want the following two items to be addressed. The lighting desk must be portable. I have a Jands Hog, and while it is a very capable desk, it is far from portable. The lighting desk must also have a fader for the intelligent lights, which means it must be able to accept intelligent lighting traits or at least be able to “reassign” channels to a single intelligent light so that the “fader” for all intelligent lighting can be on the same channel (i.e. if the fader for an intelligent is on channel 4, reassign it to channel 1).
I have 28 par cans in which have approximately 12-14 scenes between them, which include those with gels to change colors, as well as various “white” cans to specifically light up various parts of the stage (combinations of up stage, down stage, stage left, stage right, etc.). I also have 10 intelligent lights with 54 3watt LEDs (they are as bright as the Source 4 Pars), each with 9 channels.
I have considered this board (http://www.elationlighting.com/ProductDetails.aspx?Category=&ItemNumber=1224 ) as a possibility; however, I have never seen this desk so I cannot play with it. Anyone have any ideas?