ETC Ion 1500 Lighting Console

ETC Ion 1500 Lighting Console

ETC Ion 1500 Lighting Console

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Product Highlights

  • 1536 Output Control Capability
  • 2 x DMX 512 Ports, RDM Ready
  • LCD Display for Encoder Status
  • 10,000 Channels & Cues
  • Compact 19" Footprint
  • Expandable Up to 300 Added Submasters
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  • 1Description

The ETC Ion 1500 Lighting Console is a compact, easy-to-use DMX lighting board designed for the most flexible operation in venues where space is at a premium. While small in stature the Ion has the processing power to cope with a full array of moving lights, LED and conventional fixtures. Out of the box the Ion 1500 can manage as many as 1536 simple fixtures. As your needs grow and depending on the space available, you can connect a maximum of six additional fader wings to the base unit by either attaching to internal side USB ports or via cables from the five multi-purpose USB ports in the rear panel. These ports also enable the use of external devices such as printers, hard drives, pointing devices, keyboards and flash drives. As many as 300 additional submasters can be added to the base module this way.

The DVI video connector with splitter supports two high resolution DVI monitors or for greater control, two touchscreen DVI monitors for the best visual control of all active fixtures. A generous control keypad provides access to all command line functions, and includes a grand master, a black-out button and master split fader for transition between scenes. The four pageable encoders are used for input of command line functions and patching lighting fixtures and dimmers. The LCD display below shows the encoders current function.

The board can be operated manually or in a pre-programmed automated mode. Effects can be created live so they take effect immediately on stage or "blind" (while the performance is on but not showing until commanded). All effects, fade time edits, and steps may be edited on the fly and new lighting cues are easily inserted if needed.

The Ion 1536 board can form part of a larger linked system with other ETC boards and remote processors and will assume all their capabilities, enabling synchronized back-up. With on-board RDM capability the user is able to see the status and health of all RDM-enabled components connected by DMX. If your Sensor rack is experiencing a short an alert will be issued that appears on the board.

Display Functions on Your Monitor(s)

Central Information Area
  • Browser, File Management, Display Selection
  • System Defaults, Show Defaults, Desk Defaults
  • Network Configuration, Show Data Utilities
  • Printing, Record Target Lists, Patch functions
  • Help, Hue and Saturation Color Picker
  • Electronic alpha keyboard, Command Line
  • Selected Cue, Error messages
  • Parameter Categories and individual parameters
  • Filters
  • Channel Displays
  • Live channel or table view
  • Blind cue, palette, preset and submaster views, in list, channel, table and spreadsheet formats
  • User configurable to show required parameters and/or parameter categories (IFCB)
  • User configurable topographical channel views
  • Flexi-channel to determine which channels to display
  • Zoom allows user to define how many channels are viewed
  • Color coded intensity levels indicate direction of move
  • Color coded non-intensity levels indicate change from previous state
  • Graphic differentiation of moving lights, single parameter devices, unpatched channels and deleted channels
  • Magic Sheets
  • User-definable interactive views
  • Images and symbols may be imported
  • Patch Views
  • Patch by address, channel
  • Assign proportional patch value, curve, preheat value for intensity
  • Invert or swap pan and tilt
  • Custom Fixture Editor
  • Playback Status Display
  • Configurable high-density channel display, with format and flexi-channel modes
  • Graphic representation of cue list status, past and future cues
  • Expanded cue list for selected cue
  • Cue list index
  • Effect Editor
  • Group Editor
  • Park Display
  • Fader Display
  • Dimmer monitoring
  • Playback Controls

  • Master Playback crossfade pair with two 60mm faders
  • Go, Stop/Back and Load buttons
  • Grand Master
  • With Blackout
  • Playback Fader
  • Timing Disable, Off, Release
  • Manual override, rate
  • 200 playback faders and 300 submasters (additive or inhibitive) via optional fader wings
  • Six universal fader wings can be attached via a side panel with their own USB ports
  • Moving Light Controls

    Four Rotary Encoders
  • Toggle state, which posts selected parameter to command line
  • Labeling and current parameter value in integral LCD display
  • Focus, Color, Form, Image, Shutter and Custom paging controls, Flip
  • Parameters selectable by category (IFCB), sub-category (Form, Image, Shutter) or individually for command line actions, such as setting discrete timing
  • Manual Control
  • Channel selection from keypad and/or virtual direct selects
  • Lists constructed with +, -, through
  • Intensity set with level wheel, keypad, "full" and "out"
  • Select Last recalls last sequential channel selection set
  • Ordered groups
  • Offset, including even, odd, random, reverse
  • Fan
  • Sneak
  • Remainder Dim and restore
  • User definable home
  • Home by parameter, parameter category or all non-intensity parameters
  • Capture
  • Park at level
  • Scaled park for temporary percentage adjustment
  • Recall from and Copy to commands
  • About provides detailed view of selected channels or record targets
  • Discrete control for 4 different users
  • Undo manual control, record, update and delete operations
  • Highlight and Lowlight, with optional Rem Dim
  • Lamp controls to strike, douse, calibrate fixtures
  • Programming Features
    Channel Functions
  • Non Intensity parameters set via numeric entry or pageable encoders
  • Color matching to gel selector or Hue/Saturation color picker
  • Apply discrete time and delay per channel parameter
    Palette and Preset Functions
  • Record, Record Only and Update functions
  • Toggle display to absolute data
  • Up to 99 decimal values may be inserted between any two whole numbers
  • Filter states to refine contents of record targets
  • Selective store to refine contents of record targets
  • Create live or blind
  • Pattern based relative dynamic effects
  • Absolute effects
  • Step effects
  • Cycle time, trail and grouping determine channel distribution and behavior when moving through effect
  • Duration of infinite, a specific amount of time or number of passes through pattern
  • Effect attributes to modify basic behavior
  • Cue Level Overrides to modify size, rate and form
  • Multi-part effects easily synchronize parameter activity
  • Entry mode determines how parameters enter effects
  • Exit mode determines how parameters depart effects
    Cue Recording
  • Cue List HTP/LT P Intensity
  • Cue List Independent
  • Cue List Assert
  • Record manual values or channels in use
  • Autoplay back recorded cues
  • Referenced mark instructions or auto-mark
  • Block at cue or parameter level
  • Assert at cue or parameter level
  • Allfade flag
  • Follow or hang times
  • Out of sequence link
  • Loop functions
  • Preheat enable
  • Cue level parameter category timing
  • 20 part multi-part cues with default part assignment
  • Cue level rate override
  • Up to 99 decimal cues between each two whole numbered cues
    Execute List
  • Triggers macros with delay
  • Triggers go of other cues
  • Syncs go to multiple cue lists
  • Show control triggers
  • Analog triggers
  • Update and Update Trace functions
  • Undo record and delete
  • Additive, effect or inhibitive
  • Bump button timing to fade up, dwell and fade out
  • Assert/Channel select button
  • Exclusive or Shielded mode
  • Faders as progress controller or intensity master
  • Bump button to mark NPs
  • Independent status
  • Assignable in patch to modify dimmer output ramp
  • Assignable at cue or cue part level to modify intensity crossfade profle or non-intensity parameter ramping
  • In the Box
    ETC Ion 1500 Lighting Console
  • External Alpha Numeric Keyboard
  • Mouse and Mouse Pad
  • Dust Cover
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    System Architecture 1536 Outputs/Parameters
    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
    Supports two external DVI monitors or one VGA monitor
    at 1280x1024 minimum resolution, with optional touchscreen control
    Hard Disk USB ports for flash drives, pointing devices, keyboards
    Interfaces 2 x DMX-512 Ports (RDM ready)
    1 x Ethernet (ETCNet2, Net3,Artnet and Avab UDP protocols)
    Contact Closure triggers via D-Sub connector
    1 x DVI video connector with splitter supports two external DVI displays (1280x1024) with optional touch screen control
    1 x VGA connector
    5 x USB Multi-purpose ports
    1 x Phone Remote
    1 x Net 3 Radio Focus Remote
    1 x MIDI In (Timecode, Show Control)
    1 x MIDI Out
    Additional MIDI Timecode, Show Control through Gateway
    SMPTE Timecode through Gateway
    Additional contact closure (12 x analog inputs, 12 x SPDT contact outputs, RS-232) through Gateway
    Connectivity Show import from Obsession, Express, Expression, Emphasis, Congo and Strand 500/300 Series via ASCII
    Supported Languages English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
    Rating 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    2 amps @ 120V, 1 amp @ 240V max power consumption
    Dimensions 18.2 x 17.9 x 5.2" (46.2 x 45.5 x 13.2 cm)
    Weight 20.3 lb (9.23 kg)

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