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Jands release powerful effects processor

1st May 2001

Major software upgrade release for Event 408 & 416 lighting consoles

The release of Version 4.2 software for the highly successful Jands Event 408 and 416 lighting consoles heralds a new era in desks designed to control both conventional and moving light fixtures.

The Event 408 and 416 are hybrid consoles featuring all the familiar characteristics of a 2 preset memory console along with a set of powerful controls and options to select, manipulate and operate almost any modern lighting instrument. This creates the ideal console for operators making the transition into the world of complex multi-function moving head fixtures as well as people making a first time purchase and needing to ensure they have a desk with maximum flexibility.

Version 4.2 software builds on the console's ease of use and flexibility by adding a new Effects Processor. This introduces an easy path to the sophisticated effects that are possible with today's moving lights. The Effects Process provides a range of basic position movements as building blocks, with a set of modifiers to adjust the relationship between fixtures and the size, speed and shape of the resulting effect. Also included is a Fan Function that can be used on its own or in combination with the Effects Processor. Fan can be applied to Position, Colour or Beam and there are options to set how the fixtures are fanned in relation to each other. For example when fanning Position it's possible to have a row of fixtures spread or converge both sides of centre, or to have either end remain stationary while the others are fanned.

The Event 416 is equipped with 2 DMX outputs for a total of 1024 channels (512 channels on the 408) that can be easily patched to 20 automated fixtures, 80 colour scrollers and multiple dimmers or other DMX controllable devices. Both consoles are fitted as standard with a VDU output and keyboard input. As part of Version 4.2 the monitor screens have been completely updated to offer complete visual feedback and it's now possible to call up one of a number of screens which provide instant views of overall output status, palette button labels, patch information, chase details and more.

"This new functionality allied to the inherent intuitiveness of the Event series means that complex lighting sequences can be programmed in the minimum of time with maximum flexibility in playback", stated Glyn O'Donoghue, Marketing Director at A.C. Lighting. He continued "The console's ability to control any configuration of conventional and automated fixtures makes this a superb choice for someone moving into controlling moving lights for the first time".

The list prices of the Event 408 and 416 remain unchanged and consoles with V.4 firmware can be upgraded free of charge from the A.C. Lighting web site at