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Express Console Specifications and Functions


  • Voltage input 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
  • Maximum current 0.8 amps

Built-in interfaces

  • 1,024 DMX512 outputs
  • Parallel printer
  • Remote Focus Unit
  • Remote Macro control
  • Remote Trigger option
  • MIDI Time code control
  • ETCLink
  • Console lights

System capacity

  • 600 cues per show
  • 125 or 250 control channels
  • Proportional patching of up to 1,024 DMX512 dimmers
  • Eight-part multipart cues
  • Thirty-three dimmer profiles, all but one of which are editable
  • 500 groups
  • 99 focus points
  • 2,000 macros
  • 24 overlapping submasters
  • Ten pages of submaster memory
  • Two timed/manual fader pairs


  • Parallel printer
  • Remote Focus Unit
  • Lighting Playback Controller
  • Remote Interface Unit
  • Remote Video Interface
  • Remote Macro controls
  • Console lights

Size and weight

  • 35 x 15 x 6 inches
  • 21 pounds

Console memory

Information in console memory is preserved by an electronic backup system for approximately 28 days. Within the limits of this system, if power should fail or if you shut down and then re-power, all programmed elements should be the same as they were. For additional security, ETC recommends that you routinely save to diskette as you go along and before shutting down.


CAUTION: The electronic backup maintenance system must be recharged periodically to function as intended. You must have the processor on for at least seven hours every 28 days to maintain the necessary charge.

Fader functions

  • Fade times programmable from 0.1 seconds to 99:59 minutes
  • Manual override of upfade and/or downfade
  • Rate override
  • Split time fades
  • Manual fades
  • Background fades with LTP channels
  • User selectable default fade times
  • Hold/Back functions

Playback controls

  • Two timed/manual fader pairs
  • Two [Go] buttons
  • Two [Hold] buttons
  • Two [Back] buttons
  • Two [Rate] buttons
  • Two [Clear] buttons
  • 24 submasters
  • Programmable Master on 100mm potentiometer
  • Blackout function
  • Trackpad
  • Eight softkeys to streamline operations

Timed control

  • Internal or external clock
  • 12-hour or 24-hour timing
  • References sunrise and sunset with astronomical clock
  • Up to 500 user-created, Real Time Programs

Display functions

  • VGA video output
  • Extensive online Help displays available for all functions
  • Stage
  • Blind
  • Fader
  • Effects
  • Spreadsheets: Cues, Submasters, Groups and Focus Points
  • Patch
  • Park
  • Setup
  • Flexichannel (displays only recorded channels)
  • Channel attributes

Submaster functions

  • Ten pages of recorded submasters each
  • Fully overlapping channel assignments
  • Proportional channel levels
  • The bump buttons for all submasters may be enabled, disabled or placed in solo mode as a group or individually
  • Integral LEDs on all submasters
  • Programmable fade and wait times
  • Live and programmed rate control
  • Submasters either overlapping pile-on or inhibitive
  • All submasters programmable with effects
  • Update function
  • Control keypad features
  • Spreadsheet editing
  • Submaster list

Channel functions

  • 8-bit and 16-bit data types
  • Both highest level (Highest Takes Precedence) and last action (Latest Takes Precedence) channel types
  • Group function to proportionally manipulate channels
  • [And], [Except], [Only], and [Thru] functions for selection of control lists
  • [Full] function
  • [Level] sets a channel to an editable default value
  • Independent channels
  • Flip channel
  • Link List allows channels to be linked together for control by the trackpad

Moving light functions

  • Fixture personalities may be loaded from diskette
  • Patch fixtures by assigning personalities, starting channels, starting DMX512 address, remote dimmer, swap focus, pan or tilt flip
  • Five attribute categories
  • Fixture box level adjustment
  • Fixture focus with Solo

Cue functions

  • Up to 600 cues in the range 0.1 to 999.9
  • Discrete upfade and downfade times (00:00-99:59) for each cue
  • Linked cue sequences
  • Effect cues
  • Split wait times
  • Follow time
  • Link to cue or macro
  • Eight-part multipart cues
  • Selective cue recording
  • Update cue command
  • Attribute range editing
  • Subroutines, with cue or style steps
  • Spreadsheet editing
  • Cue list

Group functions

  • Up to 500 groups
  • Any cue or submaster may be accessed as a group
  • Spreadsheet editing
  • Group list

Focus point functions

  • up to 99 preset focus points
  • Hard key for quick access
  • Update cues and submasters when focus point changes
  • Record level of focus point without link
  • Available in effects
  • Printout available
  • Spreadsheet editing
  • Focus point list

Diskette functions

  • 3.5-inch high-density diskette drive for show storage
  • One show per disk
  • Software updates installed through diskette drive
  • Retrieve show and configuration contents separately or together

Macro functions

  • Up to 2,000 macro selections for programming
  • Macros may activate any key except [Enter Macro]
  • Live Learn mode
  • Macro editing
  • Macros programmable for Macro wait
  • Can include in real time programs
  • Can include in time code events
  • Four macros operated by remote switches
  • Powerup macro
  • Remote Trigger function

Effects functions

  • Effects may be recorded as cues or submasters
  • Up to 100 steps each
  • Live effects recording
  • Spreadsheet editing
  • 8-bit and 16-bit data types
  • Variability of rate during playback
  • Step times
  • In/Dwell/Out Step fade times
  • High/Low Levels
  • In/Dwell/Out Effect fade times
  • Range editing of effect attributes and step values

Profile functions

  • Profiles may be assigned to dimmers
  • Ten preset profiles, nine of which are editable
  • Twenty-three additional profiles that may be programmed
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