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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
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.
Clockwise from top-left:
PBG = Parallel Blade Grounded, usually 20 amps = 5-20R
GSP = Grounded Stage Pin, usually 20-30 amps = 2P-20G or
TS = Terminal Strip, wire ends screw locked between mounting
GTL = Grounded Twist Lock, usually 20-30 amps = L5-20R
Other connector types available.
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.
Combination DMX dimmer (priced with one PBG outlet per channel)
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.
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
CLASSIFICATION CODE KEY: (A
analog, D digital, preset scenes / channels x 100 watts per
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
ANALOG DIMMERS <LOD>
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,
portability, quick setup, low budget applications. Twelve or fewer 500
watts lighting units are suitable for classroom demonstrations,
photo/video, club, church or outdoor lighting.
(A2/6x10) SCENEMASTER II-Plus
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.
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
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
DvHLC3 (D1/3) THREE CHANNEL DIMMER 3-gang
box required. 375.00
DvHLC4 (D1/4) FOUR CHANNEL DIMMER 3-gang box
DvHLC6 (D1/6) SIX CHANNEL DIMMER 4-gang box
Also other analog consoles, including several of the following
listings, analog to digital interfaces, and other analog light control
SMALLER / STARTER SYSTEM
Systems utilizing 8 to 24 channels, dimmer capacity 14,400 - 57,600
watts (120 - 480
amps), 24 - 96 lighting units.
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).
I.Q. TWELVE CHANNEL 12 scene memories, expandable to
multiple scenes/shows using memory cards (see below).
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.
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or Secure Digital (SD) card for DvIQ512, 128 megabyte
through 1 gigabyte size prices on request.
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.
12 : SUBLIME 12 12 channels.
1,135.00 : 1,795.00
24 : SUBLIME 24 24 channels.
1,705.00 : 2,365.00
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.
Compact Wall Mount units include slotted hanging holes on 16" centers.
(D1x24) DIMMERMASTER 1x24 1 channels
x 2,400 watts 660.00
(D4x12) DIMMERMASTER 4x12 4 channels
x 1,200 watts 755.00
(D6x24) DIMMERMASTER 6x24 6 channels
x 2,400 watts 2,370.00
(D12x24) DIMMERMASTER 12x24 12
channels x 2,400 watts 3,320.00
(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.
Larger versions of the Techmaster and Sublime as described above.
36 : SUBLIME 36 2,275.00 : 2,935.00
48 : SUBLIME 48 2,845.00 : 3,505.00
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
Dimmer Packs <LOD>
modular rack DvDM424C24 DvDM424
The Dv424 modular
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,
24 DIMMER CONTROL MODULE
48 DIMMER CONTROL MODULE
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.
Techmaster consoles are commonly configured to 60 2-scene channels, but
may be add-on configured to nearly any size manual and memory.
TECHMASTER 60 : SUBLIME 60 3,415.00
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).
(D72) 72 DIMMER CONTROL MODULE
Cabinet pricing on request.
Request specfications and pricing for 6 kw, 12 kw, and 24
dimmers. Request specification sheets for review of many additional and
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 (DD48A) DMX to
48 channel adjustable 8-28v DC output, 252 channel selection.
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.
5-pin DIN. Here priced in common lengths with male and female
connectors on opposite ends. Other brands and configurations available.
45.00, 25' 90.00, 50'
119.00, 100' 143.00
DvDMXTERM DMX TERMINATOR
Also splitters, multi-ports, routing isolators, connector boxes, more.
Request cable adapter, configuration, and final pricing assistance.
GTSAIDS: UNDERSTANDING STAGE LIGHTING
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,
console. This enables easy later addition of more dimmers and lights as
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
allowing on stage left to right reading. Multiple outlets per circuit
arecommonly sequentially repeated; e.g., from stage left for 24
(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
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
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
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
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
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.