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Show Designer

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American DJ's new Show Designer DMX controller represents the ultimate marriage of computer technology and user practicality. The controller keeps getting "smarter and smarter" as technology advances, thanks to the availability of continual software upgrades, which can be downloaded directly off the internet into the Show Designer. This downloading can easily be done from any Windows PC linked to the Show Designer's trackball connector, using a standard PC serial lamplink cable. As a result of being able to have its software upgraded on-line, the Show Designer will never become obsolete, but will always remain at the current state-of-the-art! Of course, today (as in the future) the Show Designer embodies the most advanced technology in DMX lighting controllers. As its name suggests, it offers users the capability to design their own visual effects shows, orchestrating and controlling a wide variety of DMX intelligent lighting fixtures. The versatile controller actually comes with a large library of fixture settings for many different brands of lighting equipment, built right into the unit. Capable of handling a lighting presentation of virtually any size or scope-as well as multiple shows simultaneously-the Show Designer can control up to 512 channels, and up to 16 large fixtures (with as many as 32 channels each) or 16 groups of smaller fixtures. It can hold up to 1024 scenes, 512 pre-sets, 256 chases and 256 shows. "The Show Designer gives clubs and DJs the ability to pull together all the different types of intelligent lighting fixtures in their repertoire and control them all from a single master unit," said Scott Davies, general manager of American DJ Supply. "Not only does this provide great convenience, it also allows users to integrate special effects from different manufacturers to create a totally unique, customized light show. Their imagination is the only limit!" What's more, Davies pointed out, because the Show Designer is an upgradable controller, DJs and clubs won't have to worry about its technology becoming outdated, but will be able to use it for years to come, even as they add new intelligent fixtures to their shows. "Our goal at American DJ was to build 'The only controller you'll ever need,' and we think the Show Designer fits that description," Davies remarked. Another of American DJs goals was to make the wizard-like controller easy for users to operate, and here too the Show Designer is right on the beam. It offers many user-friendly features and built-in short-cuts, such as the ability to select fixtures and memories easily from 16 convenient switches. There are also eight faders that allow direct control of channel settings for 32 channel fixtures using a bank switch. A 32-character backlit LCD display allows for easy programming. The operator "pilots" the Show Designer via a large, easy-to-use rotary wheel, which controls pan and tilt, chase speed, and crossfade times, and can also be used for data entry. Pan and tilt can also be controlled by a standard PC trackball. "Despite its many advanced features and capabilities, we made the Show Designer easy for the average non-technically-oriented individual to operate," said Davies. "That way, the user doesn't have to focus on operational concerns, but can devote all their attention to the creative aspects of lighting. The Show Designer is a tool that can truly elevate the use of special effects lighting to a new level of artistry." The Show Designer recently demonstrated its artistic merit with flying colors (literally!), when it was used to control an award-winning special effects presentation put on by American DJ, which won first place at the 1998 LDI Show. The presentation, entitled "Images of Arizona," utilized more than a dozen of American DJ's intelligent lighting and special effects fixtures to convey impressions of a day in the Arizona desert. "All of the effects were controlled by the Show Designer so that they were perfectly choreographed with each other and with the music," related Davies. "The Show Designer really proved it could handle a wide range of lighting effects simultaneously, with great precision." As big as it is in brains, the Show Designer is strictly "laptop" in size, measuring 19" x 4.75" x 5.25" and weighing only 7 lbs. It features MIDI in, MIDI out, audio input, and a 3 pin XLR connector for DMX512 output.