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grandMA Ultra Light

29th November 2001

Offering full compatibility with consoles in the grandMA family the new grandMA ultra-light heralds a new era in ultra-compact hybrid lighting consoles designed to control both moving and conventional lights. Suitable for concert lighting, touring productions and exhibitions, as well as theatre, TV and studio use, the console occupies a minimum amount of space.

Previewed in London at the PLASA 2001 exhibition and fully launched at LDI in Orlando, the innovative grandMA ultra-light is very compact and provides 1,024 control channels (2 DMX lines), a full colour TFT touch-screen, 10 manual executor faders, 10 executor buttons, 4 encoders and 1 multifunction trackball. The console features software compatibility with the grandMA, grandMA light consoles and the grandMA replay unit, permitting transfer and playback of show-files created on any members of the grandMA family.

As standard the grandMA ultra-light includes interfaces for DMX (2 out / 1 in), Ethernet (10 base-T), MIDI, SMPTE timecode and audio input. Also provided are ports for external keyboard, mouse, parallel printer and SVGA monitor. In addition the console includes in-built 3.5" disk drive and 2 Gbyte hard drive.

Also released is the grandMA off-line editor. The grandMA off-line editor is a powerful Windows® based application that provides a valuable tool for lighting designers and operators who want maximum flexibility when using a grandMA console. The software behaves just like a real console, displaying show data and programmes exactly as experienced on a grandMA console. Shows may be edited, fine tuned or completely created using the software. It is also possible to connect to the consoles via Ethernet permitting programming and remote control from a distant location. Therefore, the grandMA offline-editor can be utilised as an ideal designer remote or programming aid for use with the grandMA replay unit.

The grandMA off-line editor software is available for downloaded free of charge from