The new Emulation Control Software from Elation Professional is the next generation in software lighting control. It has all of the functional features that lighting professionals are accustomed to working with like cue-lists, fixture groups, playbacks and globals but there is one big difference –they can run it on a Mac OS platform from the start. And, they won't have to spend a king's ransom for this privilege either! (Oh, and PC users take heart! Emulation Control Software runs on Windows and Linux too.)
“In the past lighting professionals had limited choices when it came to lighting control software,” said Eric Loader, Director of Sales for Elation Professional. “We have been getting requests for years for a MAC OS lighting software from both Pro Lighting users and Musicians who all own MAC computers. Sure they could run their lighting software on a Windows platform by using a third party software and then go through the awkward, time-consuming process of running the application – but this was inefficient. We knew a MAC OS software would be the only way to make these users happy but it also had to be a software that spoke their “pro” language as well…this is led us to develop Emulation.”
Because of the easy to understand graphical user interface and ultra short learning curve associated with Emulation – this software will not only be attractive to pro users but to beginners as well. Musicians will enjoy the easy to use programming and set up of the software. Another nice feature is that plug and play MIDI-compatibility is included with Emulation allowing you to control the software form many MIDI devices.
A powerful, feature-rich DMX-512 control software for intelligent lights, LEDs, dimmers, laser and effects, Emulation includes more than 1,500 fixture profiles from all major manufactures. Plus, since it provides a seamless, convenient way to work on the Mac platform, Emulation gives lighting professionals the best of both worlds. “It really fills a gap that existed in the controller world,” said Loader. “Lighting professionals no longer have to choose between spending a lot of money, or making due with software that can't work directly with their Mac computers.”
Emulation software comes with a USB to DMX interface. This interface sends out 512 channels through an ESD protected DMX-512-A USB port. Once the hardware interface - CueCableâ„¢ - which is a simple DMX to USB cable is connected to a computer, the DMX data is duplicated over Art-net. The proprietary DMX to USB cable is the “key” to the software and allows users to put it in their laptop bag easily and take it with them anywhere.”
A powerful controller, the Emulation has 512MB Ram Memory and 50MB of disk space when used on a Mac platform. Other features include multi-core CPU optimized software engine that runs at 33Hz, maximum 24 individual fixtures, plus 8 sub fixtures each, unlimited groups and submasters, 64 playback fader and 80 playback buttons, USB joystick support and 100% touch screen compatibility.
The industry standard cuelist system in Emulation, which is used for stacking cues and programming light sequences, is standard to the systems used on larger consoles. Among the many features found in the cuelist are Delay, Fade In & Fade Out Timings, Shape Generator and Programmer Window.
In addition to being compatible with Mac, the Emulation is available on OS X as well as Windows XP, Vista and Linux platforms. Aside from its Mac capabilities, the Emulation also stands out by being very flexible, allowing LDs to work on their lightshows from a home PC, iPhone or any mobile device with a modern Internet browser.
Emulation comes with a Riggers remote application that runs mobile devices, such as iPhones, with a modern Internet browser. The Riggers application includes Playback pages and a Patch List page which displays all of the fixtures in the Emulation patch as well as their settings (such as mode and starting address) in real time. The Patch List feature in the Emulation allows lighting professionals to go on stage and set the address on each fixture and have this information shown on their iPhone! The Playback button triggers a cue list. So, a lighting professional who needs a break, can go off stage and cue lights from another area.
Despite its high-tech wizardry, the Emulation is a surprisingly user-friendly product. An intuitive graphical user interface makes it easy to learn and operate. The Emulation software is currently available in 6 languages – English, German, Spanish, French and Dutch. The Emulation is also quite affordable with an MSRP of only $699.99. “It has all of the features and capabilities of much more expensive computer lighting control software,” said Loader.
For more information, call Elation Professional toll-free at 866-245-6726 or visit www.elationlighting.com
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