This is a little bit of old news (not to me, apparently) , but on the ETC Blog today I read that they have abruptly stopped taking orders for their extremely popular lighting desk lines, the Express and Expression.
Wow. All things come to an end, huh.
Am I wrong to say that most lighting programmers cut their baby teeth on one of these? I offer programming seminars on both of these lines, and I have the strong believe that there is not a lighting design inspiration that didn’t take place on one of these two control surface lines, some time. Teaching students about how to write a moving light bally with focus points and finessing fade times. Learning how to write a chase. What the heck is a split fade? How do I write a part cue? All of these are questions were answered on an Express.
The Microvision FX was my first console. How about you?