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ETC Ion Control Desk 1024 Outputs (Max 6,144 Outputs)

Product Code ET4310A1112
Manufacturer ETC

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With the ease, power and operational style of Eos in a small, affordable package, Ion's small footprint - 19" wide only - is the perfect solution for space-challenged environments and small venues. Providing fully integrated control of conventional and moving lights, Ion packs a punch.

Elegant, highly intuitive and simple to use, Ion will satisfy the needs of beginners and pros alike. But you don't need a PhD in Ion to use it! Start with the everyday (channel 5 at full) and let the full potential of Ion - like the powerful effects package, marking and timing functions - unfold with your experience. And it's an easy step from Ion to Eos, so the knowledge gained will work for you professionally for years to come.

Ion sports a generous programming keypad, dedicated encoders for non-intensity parameter control, a grand master and blackout button, as well as a master split fader. For more hands on control, Ion hosts up to six USB fader wings - the 1x20, 2x10 and 2x20 - for a total of 300 additional submasters with paging controls. The desk can support one or two external high-resolution DVI monitors, which can also be touchscreens.

Ion is available in five basic configurations -1024, 1536, 2048, 2560 or 3072 outputs. Each of these versions supports channel numbering from 1 - 10,000. A networked Ion system can support four discrete control inputs, including a combination of Ion desks, Ion Remote Processor Units - for synchronized backup or stand-alone lighting applications, Net3 Remote Video Interfaces or PC's running the Eos Client Software. Remote control is also provided with the Net3 Radio Focus Remote.

Use Ion in a stand-alone system or as a remote programming station for an Eos system. When Ion is used as a client in an Eos system, it supports the full output of that host Eos system.

Key Features

Ion Software Features

  • Available in 1024, 1536, 2048, 2560 or 3072 output configurations
  • Dedicated master playback fader pair
  • Dedicated grand master and blackout switch
  • 999 cue lists
  • 200 active playbacks
  • 300 submasters
  • 4 x 1000 palettes (Intensity, Focus, Color, Beam)
  • 1000 presets, effects and macros
  • 4 pageable encoders
  • Channel summary or table views, user configurable in live/blind
  • Blind spreadsheet views
  • Offline programming on PC (Windows 7 or XP) and native on Macintosh (OS X Power PC or Intel)
  • Data import from ETC Obsession, Express/ion, Emphasis, Congo and Strand Show files via ASCII
  • Show file compatibility with Eos and Element
  • Client/server networking and synchronized backup

Product Features

  • Supports up to two high-resolution DVI monitors
  • Integral LCD for softkeys and non-intensity parameter control
  • 2 x DMX512 outputs, RDM ready
  • ETCNet2 and Net3 native
  • Hard disk memory and USB compatible external storage
  • MIDI In/Out (additional time code functions via external gateways)
  • Contact Closure Triggers
  • 5 multipurpose USB bus (pointing devices,printer, mouse, keyboard, touchscreens, flash drives)
  • Audio In/Out
  • Phone remote control


System Capacity

  • 1024, 1536, 2048, 2560 or 3072 Outputs/Parametres
  • 10,000 Channels
  • 10,000 Cues
  • 999 Cue Lists
  • 4 x 1000 Palettes (Intensity, Focus, Color, Beam)
  • 1000 Presets (all palette)
  • 1000 Groups
  • 1000 Effects (relative, absolute or step)
  • 1000 Macros
  • Support two extrenal DVI monitors or one VGA monitor at 1280x1024 resolution, with optional touchscreen control
  • Hard Disk
  • USB ports for flash drives, pointing devices, keyboards


  • 2 DMX-512 Ports (RDM ready)
  • Ethernet (ETCNet2, Net3, Artnet and Avab UDP protocols)
  • Contact Closure triggers via D-Sub connector
  • DVI video connector with splitter supports two extrenal DVI displays (1280x1024) with optional touch screen control
  • 1 - VGA connecto
  • USB Multi-purpose (5 ports)
  • Phone Remote (check with factory for availability)
  • Net 3 Radio Focus Remote
  • MIDI In/Out (Timecode, Show Control)
  • Additional MIDDI Timecode, Show Control through Gateway
  • SMPTE Timecode through Gateway
  • Additional contact closure (12 analog inputs, 12 SPDT contact outputs, RS-232) through Gateway


  • Dimensions* (HxWxD): 5.2" x 17.9" x 18.2" / 132mm x 455mm x 462mm
  • Weight*: 20.35lbs / 9.23kgs
  • Shipping Weight*: 23.38lbs / 10.61kgs

*Weights and dimensions typical

Equipment available to buy from this site is for professional use only. Please note in certain countries some products listed may not be available from A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd.

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