The short commands and on-the-fly lighting controls of ETC‘s Cobalt family are now packaged to take on tour. The new Cobalt 10 lighting desk features the same capacity and functions of the larger Cobalt 20 desk, but is compact enough to take on the road or fit into control rooms with limited space.
“Cobalt 10 is the sporty member of the Cobalt family,” says ETC Cobalt Product Manager Sarah Clausen. “It has high resolution, 12 inch (30cm) multi touch displays that articulate, so programmers can easily pack it into a road case for a touring show or adjust the screens to better see the stage in a small theatre.” Cobalt 10 also has a smaller master playback area than Cobalt 20, with 10 motorised faders and 10 backlit, colour coded endless pots. It has 5,000 channels to control dimmers, LEDs, moving lights, media servers and more, on up to 32 universes of output, without the need for additional processing hardware.
The entire Cobalt line of lighting control was designed to rid the lighting process of unnecessary keystrokes and complicated syntax. Direct access tools like Device Encoders and a touch based Device Controls dock mean the most hands on controls in the fastest programming environment ever. With innovative tools like direct selects with built-in intensity control and Expanded Masters modes, the Cobalt system offers a new level of hands on control for live playback, without losing any of the finesse required for intricately-cued shows.
Cobalt 10 will officially make its debut at the Prolight + Sound tradeshow in Frankfurt, Germany, 12-15 March. Visitors to ETC’s stand (number B62 in Hall 9.0) are invited to ‘touch the light’ and demo the new desk to see how quickly the Cobalt family can take a design from thought into reality.