After several years, your old lighting console is finally bidding farewell and it’s time for you to look for a new one – a modern one! As you make your research for lighting consoles, you’ve realized that your old one can’t control so much compared to the new technologies. But, your needs will actually dictate you what kind of console you should be looking for. You can look at the different options available, but take note that not all of them are good for you. It will take some of your effort and time to find the one that works best for you.
As you look at the internet for the available options, it can be really overwhelming. This can even lead you to be more confused on which one to choose. This article has listed some points for you to consider when finding your next lighting console.
Let’s get started!
– YOUR NEEDS.
Even before you start looking at the options, you need to first identify your particular needs. Your needs aren’t the same with others’ needs. And, what works with the others doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work with you too. Look at your old console and determine the functions you have need regularly- those that can’t be gone. Now, you also think of the functions that you wish your old console has. Then, go and write all of them in a list.
– YOUR BUDGET.
Your budget plays an important role in your choice. How much money are you willing to spend in buying a new console. As there are different types of consoles, the prices also can vary. You might find cheap types and you can also find expensive consoles. Make sure to be realistic when setting your budget- not too high and not too low. When you already have decided on your budget, then it’s time for you to look for the ones that fits it. It’s ideal to always stay within your budget when shopping for a new console.
– YOUR CHANNELS.
The number of channels that you want to have is an essential factor to consider. You have to determine how many lights you’re going to control. This applies to regular lights, moving lights, or LEDs with newer consoles. You can expect the modern console to roll all of them into one fixture. However, you will not have the same experience if you’re using the older console.
– YOUR ‘CUES’
Consider if you’re using ‘cues’ as you operate your lights. This is common for lights intended for theatrical purpose. However, these are necessary for a live band. But if you intend to have pre-programmed looks to return over and over, then cues are needed.
– YOUR SUBMASTERS
Submasters are available in more advanced consoles. Do you need submasters? Yes, if you want to program and control a group of lights at once.
– YOUR FUTURE NEEDS.
Also consider if you’re going to need moving light fixtures in the future. Thinking on what you might need in the future allows you to pick a console that you’re going to use for a very long time. With this, you are able to save both time and money.