Typically, large format entertainment lighting consoles are either focused on theatrical lighting or live event lighting - not both. They tend to be designed for experienced programmers and come with premium price tags.
In truth, many multifunctional venues have more complex needs than that. They certainly require the capabilities of a premium console, but since they hold different types of events with a range of user experience levels, additional capabilities are required.
Performing arts centers, houses of worship, and schools need a console that provides advanced programming and effects through an interface that can be simplified for novice users. It needs to be flexible, offering enough faders for live events, yet retaining the detailed cueing and palette capabilities of theatrical lighting – all within a size suitable for the space. Regardless of the type of event, lighting designers are looking for different ways to use all the advanced features of their luminaires quickly and easily - without a lot of time spent programming each fixture individually. Most importantly, the console should offer all of this at a price that doesn’t consume the entire upgrade budget.