New products for show and lighting control are designed to simplify operation, add functionality and permit fast overrides of equipment.
Alcorn McBride (Booth 5656) will introduce three new products for themed entertainment venues at IAAPA.
ShowTouch is a rugged touchpanel incorporating Alcorn McBride’s exclusive Touch user interface designer for the company’s V16 Pro show controller. Offering a user-friendly drag and drop utility, Touch allows users to design full-featured touchscreen user interfaces for show or media control applications of any size. Its platform includes a large library of virtual switches, buttons, indicators and displays. Touch allows the user interface to obtain real-time information from the show controller; it also allows the interface programming to be archived and retrieved from the controller which makes it simple to add a new touchscreen interface to the network. The ShowTouch panel is designed to make the Touch software even easier to use; the panel’s armored resistive screen and rugged metal housing permit sustained operation even in guest areas.
The new LightCue™ Pro expands on Alcorn McBride’s LightCue product for even the biggest shows, adding a four-universe capacity and customer-requested features such as Ethernet control/update, MIDI control and a real-time clock. Designed to easily operate even the most complex lighting requirements, the LightCue Pro provides simple capture and consistent playback of DMX data. Over 100 hours of playback may be stored on the LightCue Pro. The unit can be operated via front panel push buttons, SMPTE, RS-232, Ethernet or parallel contacts. It can also pile-on up to 40 cues simultaneously. Users can create a schedule to trigger playback using the built-in real-time clock and use the unit’s cue management software to examine and edit the recorded DMX data on a PC.
In emergency or maintenance situations, Alcorn McBride’s new DMX Override™ allows fast, easy manual control of DMX fixtures. In normal operation it passes through a DMX stream from any console or playback unit. When a remote input or pushbutton is activated, the DMX OverRide immediately overrides the stream with any of three pre-programmed looks. A press of the Resume button or activation of a remote input returns the unit to normal feedthrough operation. The DMX OverRide also protects against DMX dropouts and control system failures, including power outages. In the event of a control system power failure, the unit can keep DMX data active for over one hour using its built-in rechargeable battery.
“Many of our product concepts stem from conversations with customers we see at trade shows, and we are delighted to receive input, ” said Jeremy Scheinberg, Alcorn McBride Chief Operating Officer. “We encourage visitors at IAAPA to bring us their audio, video, lighting and show control ideas.”
About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.
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