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PERFORMANCE LIGHTING CONTROL

For combo, touring show, club, theatre, school, or "house and road" use, the GTS selection includes the price and capability you need. Units are compact, many portable, easy to install and use, many priced with 2 grounded "Edison" sockets per channel (other connectors available). GTS offers a very wide range of analog and digital systems in many fixed and portable configurations. Listed units we have found most suitable for most needs and budgets. Other systems information is available on request.
Excepting Scenemasters all are modular expansion systems which permit growth and change with YOUR NEEDS, avoiding expensive replacement. Most are digital systems using small diameter DMX control cable and allowing pre-programming of a few scenes to major productions for selective cueing with the push of a button. If you use repetitive lighting sequences, more than 3 dozen dimmers, or require fast scene changes, you need digital storage. If your analog equipment includes 12 or more dimmers and is showing its age, consider an interface control module to upgrade your console with minimum cost. All listed dimmers are suitable for incandescent, quartz, LED, and simple inductive lamps. Request assistance with fluorescent, neon, display and architectural applications.
Begin your research by printing a copy of this file for each person involved with production or finance decisions, then contact GLOBE THEATRICAL for planning assistance and product brochures. GTS does no installations, however, your local electrician will have no difficulty installing current modular units and we're here to discuss optimal layouts. When the most likely module selections have been made, request installation/operation manuals for a detailed understanding and comparison of the equipment. Request information regarding integrated or separate architectural lighting or other non-stage control systems.

            POWER DISTRIBUTION  <LD>

Outlet Types
Clockwise from top-left:
PBG = Parallel Blade Grounded, usually 20 amps = 5-20R
GSP = Grounded Stage Pin, usually 20-30 amps = 2P-20G or 2P-30G
TS = Terminal Strip, wire ends screw locked between mounting strips
GTL = Grounded Twist Lock, usually 20-30 amps = L5-20R or L5-30R
Other connector types available.
Distribution Strip
Most stage distribution "outlet" (also called "power") strips or boxes are custom made per venue. Planning requires strip length, outlet quantity and type, and whether flush mounted outlets or outlets on drop cords (usually 18" long). See UNDERSTANDING STAGE LIGHTING, Power On for an introduction. For portable applications, consider Stiks or Mini-boxes which mount with C-clamps.
  DvDM406U
Combination DMX dimmer (priced with one PBG outlet per channel) Mini-boxes also serve well with low ceilings or other limited space applications. Other outlets available. Consider DvIQ8 or another DMX DIGITAL CONTROL UNIT listed below for a control consoles.
LODDvDM406SUG  (D4x10)   MINI-BOX  4 channels x 1,000w, DMX and analog control, mounting yoke.    660.00
Also, custom designed standard power and audio outlet boxes, whether hung or in floor "pockets".

GTSAID: For those interested, the light control units are coded as follows:
CATEGORY CODE KEY: LO- light contoller, LOM multiplexer or demultiplexer, LOD dimmer, LOR relay, LOC control console, LB control cable
CLASSIFICATION CODE KEY: (A analog, D digital, preset scenes / channels x 100 watts per channel)
Examples: (D2/24) describes a 2 scene, 24 channel console which issues digital (most commonly DMX) control signals.
(D24x12) describes a 24 channels dimmer pack, with 1,200 watts per channel light powering capacity, which responds to digital control signals.

            ANALOG DIMMERS  <LOD>

DvSM6DUG  back

                Scenemaster

Economical, yet solidly built 6 channel x 1,000 watts analog unit. Scenemaster includes self-contained dimmers with face-plate controls. Controls include channel "bump" momentary buttons (full light output while button is depressed), 2 scenes channels with timed cross-fade, and scene and master dimmer faders (for dimming), and black-out switch. Scenemaster includes 2 input power sockets which accept common PBG (parallel blade grounded) power cords, 12 PBG outlets (2 per channel), and channel fuses. For moderate duty, easy portability, quick setup, low budget applications. Twelve or fewer 500 watts lighting units are suitable for classroom demonstrations, portable photo/video, club, church or outdoor lighting.
DvSM6DUG  (A2/6x10)    SCENEMASTER II-Plus    945.00
Ask about slave expandability to add lighting units and footswitch control.

                HOUSE LIGHTING CONTROL  <LOC>

For auditorium, church, ballroom, or club, various wall consoles can be parallel linked with the performance console to provide convenient or emergency houselight control. Use with 0-10 volts DC input dimmers. Request details.
 DvHLC-
0-10 volts DC terminal strip output, may be series linked, full ON ("panic") and OFF buttons, CHANNEL and MASTER faders, 12-15vDC power required (usually from dimmer).
DvHLCP
  (D1/1s)    ONE CHANNEL SWITCH  no fader, 2-gang box required.    185.00
DvHLC1  (D1/1)    ONE CHANNEL DIMMER  no master, 2-gang box required.    233.00
DvHLC2  (D1/2)    TWO CHANNEL DIMMER  2-gang box required.    280.00
DvHLC3  (D1/3)    THREE CHANNEL DIMMER  3-gang box required.    375.00
DvHLC4  (D1/4)    FOUR CHANNEL DIMMER  3-gang box required.    423.00
DvHLC6  (D1/6)    SIX CHANNEL DIMMER  4-gang box required.    518.00

Also other analog consoles, including several of the following DMX listings, analog to digital interfaces, and other analog light control components.

            DMX DIGITAL UNITS

                    SMALLER / STARTER SYSTEM COMPONENTS

Systems utilizing 8 to 24 channels, dimmer capacity 14,400 - 57,600 watts (120 - 480 amps), 24 - 96 lighting units.

                        Consoles <LOC>

DvIQ8  DvIQ512
I.Q. consoles include a HOLD button so that the manual 1-scene faders may be set to a new scene then CROSSFADE (virtual 2-scene). Also, BLACKOUT and channel full-on BUMP buttons, MASTER fader. Excellent for small venues, television or rehearsal studios.
DvIQ8  (D1+/8)  I.Q. EIGHT CHANNEL  manual preset only (no show memory).    470.00
DvIQ512  (D1+/12)  I.Q. TWELVE CHANNEL  12 scene memories, expandable to multiple scenes/shows using memory cards (see below).    945.00
Up to 512 scene cues per show, larger memory cards may record multiple shows/acts per card. 4 MEMORY MENU BUTTONS for recording scenes, transportable MMC/SD add-in cards may be console or computer edited, 8 soft-patch tables storage for differing events, dimmers test and lighting focussing mode, DMX input allows use as a backup console, more. Also available with wall or 19" rack mount housing.
MEMORY CARD    MultiMedia Card (MMC) or Secure Digital (SD) card for DvIQ512, 128 megabyte through 1 gigabyte size prices on request.
DvTM12 DvTM24
DvSB24
Techmasters include 2 manual scenes and X/Y crossfaders, MASTER, BLACKOUT, per channel "momentary on" buttons, 255 step programmable chase, easy add-on console expansion. Any unit may be reconfigured for 1-scene double-the-channels use; i.e., the 2-scene 12 channel console may be switched to 1-scene 24 channel use including a HOLD button virtual scene-2. Techmaster consoles are commonly configured up to 60 2-scene channels, but may be add-on configured to nearly any size.
Sublimes add 24 SUBMASTER memory scenes mounted at left end of console. Request quote for additional 24 SUBMASTER modules.
DvTM12:SB12  (D2/12)    TECHMASTER 12 : SUBLIME 12  12 channels.    1,135.00 : 1,795.00
DvTM24:SB24  (D2/24)    TECHMASTER 24 : SUBLIME 24  24 channels.    1,705.00 : 2,365.00

                        Dimmer Packs <LOD>

For overhead mounted dimmers, see Scrimmer Stik and Mini-box listings with POWER DISTRIBUTION above. The following Dimmermaster dimmers provide both DMX and 0-10 volts DC terminal strip output, use 1 or 3 phase input, front breakers and panel lights. Custom configurations quoted on request.
DvDM1224WM  DvDM2412WM  
Compact Wall Mount units include slotted hanging holes on 16" centers.
DvDM124WM  (D1x24)   DIMMERMASTER 1x24  1 channels x 2,400 watts    660.00
DvDM412WM  (D4x12)   DIMMERMASTER 4x12  4 channels x 1,200 watts    755.00
DvDM624WM  (D6x24)   DIMMERMASTER 6x24  6 channels x 2,400 watts    2,370.00
DvDM1224WM  (D12x24)   DIMMERMASTER 12x24  12 channels x 2,400 watts    3,320.00
DvDM2412WM  (D24x12)   DIMMERMASTER 24x12  24 channels x 1,200 watts    4,745.00

Fixed and mobile Rack units.

                    MEDIUM SYSTEM COMPONENTS

Systems utilizing 36 to 48 channels, 43,200 - 115,200 watts (360 - 960 amps), 72 - 192 lighting units. Also, DvIQ512 above.

                        Consoles <LOC>

Larger versions of the Techmaster and Sublime as described above.
DvTM36
:SB36  (D2/36)    TECHMASTER 36 : SUBLIME 36    2,275.00 : 2,935.00
DvTM48:SB48  (D2/48)    TECHMASTER 48 : SUBLIME 48    2,845.00 : 3,505.00
  DvSTARPORT/P DcSTARPORT/U
DvSTARPORT  (D0/512)    COMPUTER INTERFACE    945.00
Compact, specify parallel (printer) or USB port module, allows DMX in & out to dimmers through your computer using Windows 95 (or later) and the enclosed software. Up to 512 channels/512 dimmers, timed fading, mouse and separate console compatible, easily edited and/or inserted 512 scenes stored or may be secured and transported on disk.

                        Dimmer Packs <LOD>

modular rack DvDM424C24 DvDM424
The Dv424 modular rack system includes any number of 4 channel x 2,400 watts dimmer modules plus a system control module(s) of appreopriate size in a wall, floor, or rolling rack(s).
DvDM424  (D4x24)   DIMMERMASTER MODULE    755.00
DvDM424C24    (D24)    24 DIMMER CONTROL MODULE    1,230.00
DvDM424C48    (D48)    48 DIMMER CONTROL MODULE    1,610.00
Cabinet pricing on request.

                    LARGE SYSTEM COMPONENTS

Systems utilizing 60 or more channels, 72,000 or more watts (600 or more amps), 120 or more lighting units.

                        Consoles <LOC>

DvSB60
Techmaster consoles are commonly configured to 60 2-scene channels, but may be add-on configured to nearly any size manual and memory.
DvTM60:SB60  (D2/48)    TECHMASTER 60 : SUBLIME 60    3,415.00 : 4,075.00
For compact large storage, see DvIQ512 listed above.

                        Dimmer Packs <LOD>

modular rack DvDM424C DvDM424
The Dv424 modular rack system includes any number of 4 channel x 2,400 watts dimmer modules plus a system control module(s) of appreopriate size in a wall, floor, or rolling rack(s).
DvDM424  (D4x24)   DIMMERMASTER MODULE    755.00
DvDM424C72    (D72)    72 DIMMER CONTROL MODULE    1,895.00
Cabinet pricing on request.

Request specfications and pricing for 6 kw, 12 kw, and 24 kilowatt dimmers. Request specification sheets for review of many additional and unique features.

INTERFACE & MODERNIZE <LOM>

Have an old system that is dying, in need of expansion, or ready for conversion to digital control? Here is an easy way to turn the corner without scrapping serviceable components. A digital to analog interface permits a new digital console to control old analog and/or new digital dimmers in just about any combination while allowing capacity for further dimmer or other digital units expansion.
Add a DMX console or Starport (with your computer) and you're ready. (Also Mantrix, and Colortran-192 decoders. Virtually any combination of analog, AMX, DMX, CD80, MIDI, etc. is possible. Request assistance including custom inputs and/or outputs.)
Multiple units may be series connected. Request information about other decoder protocols (languages) and analog to digital encoders.
DvMTXDE48
DvMTXDE48
 (DD48A)    DMX to ANALOG DECODER  48 channel adjustable 8-28v DC output, 252 channel selection.    945.00
This unit interfaces to every analog dimmer model we know. For -28 to 0 negative output - request pricing.

CONTROL CABLES & ROUTING <LB>

Request analog cable information.
--5XLRM/F DMX CABLE 5-pin DIN. Here priced in common lengths with male and female connectors on opposite ends. Other brands and configurations available.
Dv5/--     2'  45.00,  25'  90.00,  50'  119.00,  100'  143.00
DvDMXTERM
DvDMXTERM
DMX TERMINATOR PLUG $30.00
Also splitters, multi-ports, routing isolators, connector boxes, more. Request cable adapter, configuration, and final pricing assistance.

GTSAIDS: UNDERSTANDING STAGE LIGHTING

                Overview

All performance light control systems require a power source, distribution wiring from the dimmers to the lighting units, dimmers, and a control panel. Usually the most expensive portion is the power source and distribution, the dimmers are next, and the control console the least expensive. If a desired system cannot be initially purchased in its entirety, budget for power source, distribution, and console. This enables easy later addition of more dimmers and lights as budgets permit.

                Power On

THIS is where YOUR lighting system begins. Whether permanent, semi-permanent, or portable, the most important question is "Where is the power coming from?" Realize that most stage lamps are in increments of 500 watts which is about 5 amps of power at 110 volts. This roughly equates as 100 to 120 amps per every 20 lighting instruments. This reality usually determines the approach to portable systems, but even permanent installations in older venues may require additional power to the breaker boxes at the lighting location. Simply stated, available power dictates quantity of lighting units which then allows selection of instrument locations. If budget permits, lower wattage (about 1/3 that of filament lamps) Light Emitting Diode (LED) instruments may be considered for lower amperage source locations.
Open area (non-proscenium) locations permit enormous lighting freedom and commonly require custom power distribution planning. Proscenium stages require minimum three lines (usually four) of lighting (outlet strips): along the back drape (background lighting), one or more inside the proscenium arch (lighting most of the stage), and in front of the stage (lighting the stage at and in front of the proscenium opening). These latter down stage lighting outlets are generally located near the auditorium ceiling and/or along the auditorium back wall and generally include outlets numbered starting with dimmer circuit 1. Although any sequence can be arranged, traditionally the outlets are numbered sequentially from stage left to right and from down stage to up stage with numbers printed by the up stage facing outlets, allowing on stage left to right reading. Multiple outlets per circuit arecommonly sequentially repeated; e.g., from stage left for 24 1,200 watts dimmers:
(auditorium) 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6
(inside arch) 7 8 9 10 11 12 7 8 9 10 11 12
(mid-stage) 13 14 15 16 17 18 13 14 15 16 17 18
(back drape) 19 20 21 22 23 24 19 20 21 22 23 24.
This allows plugging 48 500-600 watts lighting units.
Next, it is necessary to decide the number of lights per dimming circuit. Ideally, every lighting designer prefers each fixture be independently controlled; but, since the dimmers are generally the most expensive control unit and are in increments of 1,200 watts per circuit, economics encourages planning minimum two instruments per circuit (like the above example). In small venues this is advisable. Larger facilities should consider 2,400 or 3,600 watts (capable of 4 to 7 fixtures) or larger circuits. Decide which circuits to allocate at which stage depths. This is the final decision necessary to determine the quantity of outlets in each distribution strip.
Other than structural support planning (request assistance), consider outlet type. Anywhere rough handling, including traffic vibration, is projected, use a twist lock. Drop-cords usually include twist lock or stage pin receptacles. Mounted parallel blade grounded ("household") outlets permit easy use with table lamps, holiday decorations, special effects equipment, etc. without an adapter cable, and should be considered for small to moderate sized installations.
When ready for further assistance, contact Globe Theatrical 712/255-0972.

                Lights Up

Excepting limited power Scenemaster analog portable dimmers, dimmer "packs" or rack cabinets include several remote controlled dimmers in a single unit which is separate from the control console. For easy input and output wiring, generally the dimmers are located on or near the stage and the power source breaker panel. Unless the packs are to be used portably, the input cables are normally "hard-wired" from the breaker to pack terminal posts. For portable applications the pack wattage usually determines the input connections - request assistance. The distribution wiring may also be hard-wired from dimmer terminal strips to the lighting locations. If portability or manual patching is desired, various types of outlets may be mounted on the pack. (Note: Manual patching is the act of physically removing a distribution cable plug from a dimmer outlet then "patching" by plugging it into an outlet controlled by a different dimmer. Many digital dimmer/console systems now permit digital patching to reassign lighting outlets to any console channel without physically moving any wiring.)
A basic system includes a dimmer for each distribution circuit, and a console manual control channel for each dimmer; i.e., 24 dimmers need a 24 channel console. Large complex systems may be configured to allow several electronically assignable dimmers to be controlled by any console channel. The exception is computer monitor "full channel" (512 or more channels) preprogrammed cues consoles which require "writing a script program" of cues to be stored then selected on screen and activated when needed.
LED stage instruments are a bit different. While each unit still requires a power outlet, it may include its own dimmer. This allows the the console control signal to be cabled directly to the fixture (not through a separate dimmer pack), even serial cabled ("daisy chained") to other fixtures, each of which can be assigned to a specific console control channel. For portable use, the console signal can be radio transmitted to instruments equipped with receivers.
There are many combinations of dimmer and console capabilities. The following terminology should prove helpful when analyzing component capabilities.

LIGHTING CONTROL CLASSIFICATION: Lighting dimmers (and other electronic controllers) can be initially classified by several key design characteristics which determine specific application suitability. Consider first:
MODULAR: A component system including minimally a power-pack/cabinet-dimmer, usually with no controls, and a control console which remotely controls the dimmers via cable(s).
EXPANDABLE: Modular system allowing periodic addition of power-packs, more sophisticated controllers or other components, such as video monitors, disk drives, keyboards, audio sources, etc.
MANUAL OPERATION: Manual control required. All switches and channel faders (dimming controls) must be preset before each scene is required. 1-scene control requires dimming modification as the scene is changed; 2-scene consoles permit pre-setting the next dimmer settings before cross-fading to that scene.
MEMORY STORAGE: Built-in computerized control circuits. Many scenes may be preset and saved to memory for extended storage and rapid recall. Most consoles include one or two sets (scenes) of manual faders allowing manual console operation by temporary users wishing to avoid learning memory programming. Preset-only consoles have no channel sliders, requiring all scenes to be set and entered into memory (pre-programmed) prior to use.
ANALOG REMOTE CONTROL: A separate set of 2-3 wires is needed to carry variable low voltage (usually 0-10v) control to each dimmer.
DIGITAL REMOTE CONTROL SIGNAL: Many linked dimmers may all be computer addressed (multiplexed) through the same 3 to 7 wire control cable.
MULTIPLEX: Digital control signal code systems (languages). Available formats include DMX, AMX, CD80, CMX, CDM, FOM, Micro-Plex (MPX), and various computer languages. Some dimmers can be set to read different codes or communicate via fiber-optic cable or radio.
ELECTRONIC PATCHING: The capability of a dimmer to accept control channel assignments from the control console (software patching), thus eliminating the need to manually patch the dimmer to reassign control channels to output destinations.
INTERFACE: Electronic circuit which allows electronic communication between different devices. Most common are DA (digital to analog) decoders, SMPTE, MIDI, RS232, USB, or parallel ports, and audio inputs. This permits console control (especially pre-programmed) of special effects, stage equipment, video, and audio.
INTERCOMPATIBLE: All expandable systems GTS lists minimally use analog 0-10 volts, DMX512, or MIDI control signals, allowing mix-&-match use with any components using the appropriate same of these common standards. Some of the listed components utilize more than one control format, allowing greater expansion, parallel linkage, or system revision adaptability, including effects, motorized light units, and powered stage mechanicals to be controlled from the light board.
HYBRID SYSTEM: Mixed system including analog & digital modules. Usually such systems include a demultiplexer which converts digital control signals to analog outputs allowing inexpensive control conversion using a digital console while retaining older analog dimmers.

KEEP IN MIND that GTS handles many unlisted brands of light control and associated equipment. No matter how old or new your current equipment check with GTS for conversion/expansion assistance.

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This file was last partially updated 8/2/16.