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Number of channels in Express console settings

You may find that in some circumstances you don’t need all the channels available in your console. The system default is the maximum number of channels the console can address. By reducing the channel count below this maximum, you can significantly reduce processing time and free console memory for other purposes.

If you plan to reduce the number of channels, note that when patching fixtures you need one channel for every attribute in a fixture’s personality (two channels for each 16-bit attribute). For example, a fixture’s personality might require the assignment of 20 channels for the mix of attributes and data types used by that fixture. If you patched five of those fixtures, your console would need to provide 100 channels.

Follow these steps to set the channel count for your console:

Keystrokes: Action:
1. Press [Setup] Selects Setup display
2. Select [1], System Settings, and press [Enter]. Selects System Settings menu
3. Select [2], Number of Channels, and press [Enter].

Prompt reads: Select number of channels, then press ENTER

Note-Icon-new.png Note: Fixtures require one channel for every control output
4. Press [1][0][0] to enter the desired number of channels. Corner reads:
Chan 100
5. Press [Enter]. Number of channels is set to 100
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