Entertainment and architectural lighting manufacturer Altman Lighting has unveiled a new lighting console, Genesis, to simplify the creative control of complex automated and LED luminaires. The product is designed to combine the ease-of-use of a fader-based controller with the power of an intuitive touchscreen interface.
“As theatres, churches, educational facilities and event spaces look to upgrade their lighting designs with the latest technology, Genesis is a user-friendly and affordable solution for the control of intelligent luminaires,” said Jason Osterman, global specifications manager at Altman. “Wanting to give users a simple experience in creating the most dynamic looks possible, Genesis is complete with a built-in animation effects engine, and an innovative software design that guides the lighting technician through each step of programming.”
The Genesis lighting console also provides advanced programming functionality with features such as shape FX, chases, fan and individual cue timing. Additionally, the graphical user interface allows control of luminaire parameters via familiar icons, colour picker, movement targets or touch sliders. For moving light control, pan and tilt are also controlled via the touch pad, adding a fine movement control for those critical focus points. The animate feature is designed to provide a simple and intuitive way to quickly create chases, sequencing and patterned attribute control within a single cue.
“Focused on giving programmers of all skill levels the operation simplicity of an instinctive console that boasts high-end features, we are very excited to be releasing Genesis,” said Pete Borchetta, vice president of product innovation at Altman. “This product line takes us into a new direction that allows us to broaden the innovative and affordable technology solutions that people in the industry have come to expect from Altman Lighting.”
Genesis control consoles can control up to 24 discretely addressed luminaires, each with a physical intensity fader and bump button, and each console is capable of controlling up to one DMX 512 Universe. Additional universes and luminaire counts may be achieved through the connection of an optional Genesis wing, and two Genesis wings may be added to each control console.