The TechMaster is a family of inexpensive super simple two scene preset DMX lighting control consoles. The modular system can be configured for 12 to 144 or more channels. All Techmasters can be conventional two-scene with two rows of sliders (X&Y) and split crossfades. An added feature is the "hold and fade" mode which offers a virtual second scene while in the single scene mode doubling the number of control channels. All TechMasters come with grandmaster, blackout switch, XY crossfaders, and chase special effects controls.
Modular Architecture TM 12/24, 24/48, 36/72, 48/96, 60/120
The TechMaster 12/24 is configured for 12-channel 2-scene operation or 24-channel single-scene operation with the flip of a switch. Its modular system architecture allows for consoles that can be configured multiples of 12 channels in two-scene mode and 24-channels in single scene mode.
Grand Master / Blackout
The grandmaster slider affects all channels proportionally and is used to fade to black or up from black. When the slider is down, the associated LED is on to remind the operator of this state. The blackout button is used for a sudden blackout: all lights on stage go out and the LED flashes red, reminding the operator to press the button again to leave blackout mode, preferably with the grandmaster slider down so the lights can fade up smoothly from black.
Cross Fade / Hold & Fade
The channel sliders are arranged in two scenes, X and Y. With the crossfaders both pushed to the top of the slots, the X scene is active and channel levels set on the X scene appear on stage. Levels for the next look may be set in the Y scene without affecting levels on stage. At the appropriate time, the operator slides the crossfaders to the bottom of the slots, and the Y scene becomes active and the look set in the Y scene appears on stage. Levels for a new look may then be set in the X scene.
The SS/2S switch toggles the controller from two scene to single scene mode. The switch is only read on power up. In single scene mode, the number of control channels is doubled. For example, on the TM12/24 the top row is channels 1-12 and the bottom row is channels 13-24. The hold button adds a virtual second scene so the operator can crossfade from one look to another even in single scene mode.
The console features a user programmable chase sequence. In a chase, lamps are lit in sequence according to the chase program. The level of the chase can be set with the chase level control. If manual faders are set to light some lamps at a particular level, the chase piles on that level (the higher of the chase level or the channel level takes precedence). Note also that the chase level is affected by the grand master and blackout controls. In addition to the level of the chase, the speed of the chase can be varied with the front panel chase rate control. If either the chase rate or level is set to zero, the chase is suspended and will start again when the level and rate are above zero.
The chase includes three chase modes. These are forward (green LED), reverse (red LED), and build (yellow LED). Pressing the chase mode button switches from chase off to each of these modes. Forward executes the chase sequence in the order it was programmed. Reverse executes the chase in the reverse order it was programmed. Build executes the chase in the order it was programmed, but leaves each lamp on after it is brought up in the chase until the chase sequence is completed. Once the chase sequence is completed, all lamps in the chase go out. The chase builds bringing up more and more lamps, then they all go out.
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24 Sliders: 12-Channels of Two-Scene or 24-Channels of Single-Scene
48 Sliders: 24-Channels of Two-Scene or 48-Channels of Single-Scene
72 Sliders: 36-Channels of Two-Scene or 72-Channels of Single-Scene
96 Sliders: 48-Channels of Two-Scene or 96-Channels of Single-Scene
120 Sliders: 60-Channels of Two-Scene or 120-Channels of Single-Scene
Sublime - Submaster Add-on
The Sublime is an add-on module of the Techmaster controllers. The Sublime module has 24 submasters which are fully overlapping and proportional. Just set the look on the manual board, hit the “record” key, then hit the submaster bump button for the submaster channel you want, and that’s it! You’ve just recorded a look on that submaster channel. The Sublime does not require modes, or pages, or keypads, or displays (it is super simple). Multiple submaster modules can add 24 subs at a time to the Techmaster. The Sublime remembers its looks and is just as easy to reprogram or clear. When you need more than just a manual two scene board, but don’t need computer memory control, the Sublime is the easy answer.