A new software upgrade for Xciter, Martin’s multi-layer embedded controller for live manipulation of light shows, increases the controller’s functionality to make it more powerful both in programming and playback.

Xciter provides instant pitch adjustment, freeze, flash, blackout, master fader, and more. Its new features make it ideal for clubs, small touring and performance applications, or even larger mobile DJs.

Xciter features six general faders and two masters, six flash and four customizable buttons in which to trigger lighting and effects. It can now control up to 40 fixtures, each with up to 48 channels with a maximum of 512 channels, and it is now possible to save more shows.

The powerful effects generator allows users to apply effects, such as fanning, to all channels, faders, fixtures or groups of fixtures. Functions such as strobe, smoke, and mirror ball activation can be allocated to each of four programmable buttons for simplified effects juggling. The Xciter also now includes factory-programmed effects–presets that can quickly be assigned to a fixture or range of fixtures. Users can also create macro presets to recall complex effect generator settings.

Users can now combine any patch with any show. Auto patching multiple fixtures and dimmers has been simplified by selecting the start address and Xciter will do the rest. Assign effects, scenes, or dimmers to any of six faders and flash buttons and access them live during playback. The Grand Master Fader can be set for overall light intensity and Pitch Fader to speed their show by up to five times. Xciter’s technology also allows different fixtures to follow base, mids, or highs.

Playback sequences can be altered during playback, and cue transparency is now more flexible and customizable. Playback values can even be added to an existing look. Stacking of background scenes in the cue, priority scheming of sequences, and cross fading playback faders result in very adaptive and flexible playback.

Users can connect their PC directly to Xciter via USB connection. The Xciter’s blue LCD displays permit easy navigation for show menu, dialogue and fader label screens. A jog wheel also delivers a scrolling function through fader pages, and a joystick simplifies the manual pan and tilt control. A complete training DVD is now available covering all of Xciter’s features.