CCTV Studio Lighting Board One Pager
CCTV Studio Lighting Board One Pager
Quick Startup Guide for the Smartfade ETC 1296 Control Console
How the Console should normally look
1. Before you begin to use the lighting board, make sure it is set to its standard “normal” setting. All faders should be set to their lowest positions.
How to turn on the Console
1. Make sure the console is plugged into a power outlet.
2. Make sure the DMX cable is plugged in. The male end of the cable should be plugged into
the DMX out port on the console. The female end of the cable should be plugged into a
DMX input outlet on the wall. There are DMX outlets in both the studio and master control,
so one can use the console in either room.
3. Press the MODE button. Various lights will flash on the console as it powers on. Make sure that the display shows “Full Control” as the selected mode. If it does not, use the wheel on the console to select that mode.
Overview of the Console
There are 24 numbered faders on the Smartfade ETC 1296 Control Console. Each fader allows you to control up to 4 different channels, for a total of 96 channels at a time. With patching, the DMX interface is actually capable of controlling up to 512 channels, but just not at the same time. For our system, #1-48 are dimmers and #49-512 can be other devices. Devices can have multiple functions (each a different channel). On each device, you can tell it what DMX controller channel you want it to listen to.
How to work with Channels
In our studio, we have patched the console in a 1:1 setting such that the 24 faders allow us to fade power up and down for the fixtures plugged into our studio lighting grid. Sliding Fader 1 up and down will allow us to fade up and fade down the light fixture plugged into socket 1 on the grid. Fader 2 will allow us to do so for the light fixture plugged into socket 2. Fader 3 controls socket 3 and so on and so forth.
If you want to control sockets 1 through 24 on our lighting grid:
1. Make sure the fader labeled “MASTER” is turned up to the desired intensity. If you want to
be able to bring light fixtures up to their full intensity, you must slide this fader up to its
2. Also make sure that both the “BLACK OUT” button above the master fader and the “NEXT”
button in the FADERS section are not engaged (lit).
3. Turn individual faders from 1 through 24 up to their desired intensities.
You may have noticed that we actually have 42 sockets on our lighting grid/studio wall. How then are we able to control sockets 25 through 42 if we only have 24 faders?
If you now want to control sockets 25 through 42 in our studio:
1. Press the button in the FADERS section labeled “1-48.” On the left side of the display
panel, you will see the numbers 25 and 37.
2. You are now able to use Faders 1-18 to control sockets 25-42. Turn individual faders from 1 through 18 up to their desired intensities.
If you want to go back to being able to control sockets 1-24, just press the button labeled “1-48” again. On the left side of the display panel, you will see the numbers 1 and 13. You are now able to use Faders 1-24 to control sockets 1-24.
How to use the Next Mode
The Next Mode allows you to setup a new lighting look without interrupting the current look.
To use the Next Mode:
1. First setup your first lighting look.
2. Press the NEXT button located in the FADERS section.
3. You should now be able to adjust the faders to prepare for a new lighting look.
4. When you are ready to switch to this new lighting look, press the button on the left that is
located under the CROSSFADER faders. This button has arrows and acts as a GO button.
The console will then transition from your first look to the next look.
TIP: While in NEXT mode you can use the DATA/RATE dial to increase or decrease the transition time between looks.
How to work with Memories
Memories or MEMS are combinations of looks, i.e. various channels at various levels, recorded to a single location for playback. They are useful for controlling multiple dimmers/devices at once based on fixture type, gel color, lighting area, or even for controlling overall looks.
Our console allows us to access up to 12 pages of MEMS. Since our console has 24 faders, we are able to setup 288 MEMS!
To select a MEM page:
1. Press and hold the MEMS button.
2. Press the bump button (1-12) corresponding to the page you want to load. The current page is
indicated by a bump button lit solid red. The current page number is also indicated in the LCD
window while the MEMS button is pressed. If a bump button’s LED is off, the corresponding
page contains no recorded memories. If a bump button’s LED is blinking red, there are some
memories recorded on that page.
To record a MEM:
1. First setup a lighting look. Note: When recording memories, ensure that the NEXT button is
not illuminated. If you record memories while in next mode, your levels may not be recorded
accurately to the memory.
2. Press REC MEM. The REC MEM button will light and the console will switch to
memory mode. The LCD shows the current page number, and bump buttons
beneath the faders light as follows:
• Off . . . . . . . . . . . . .Unavailable to record. This will only appear on memory
01/01 if it has been set to master DMX Input.
• Blink full red . . . . . .Empty memory.
• Blink dim red . . . . .Occupied memory. If you record to this location, the old
levels will be overwritten.
3. Press a bump button. The memory is recorded, the REC MEM button will go out
and the console will revert back to whatever fader mode it was in before the REC
MEM button was pressed.
To recall a MEM:
1. Press MEMS to playback memories manually. Memory bumps will light as follows:
• Dim Red. . . . . . . . .Recorded memory at level zero
• Full Red . . . . . . . . .Recorded memory at any level above zero.
• Unlit . . . . . . . . . . . .Empty memory slot
2. Move the corresponding fader to activate the desired memory or press the memory’s bump button to view the memory at full.
How to work with Sequences
Sequences are chains of memories and/or channels. Sequences may be programmed on
any of faders 21-24 on all memory pages (1-12). Sequences in faders 21-24 can contain up to 24 steps each. Sequences on the faders can all run simultaneously.
To record a sequence to a fader:
1. If needed, press and hold the [MEMS] button, then press the bump button (1-12)
corresponding to the page you want to load.
2. Press REC SEQ. The REC SEQ button blinks full yellow and bumps 21-24
light as follows:
• Blink full yellow. . . .Empty sequence/memory.
• Blink dim yellow . . .Fader is occupied by a sequence that will be overwritten.
3. To record a sequence live, move the target fader to full. To record the sequence
blind, set the target fader to zero.
4. Press bump 21-24 to select a sequence fader. If MEMS is pressed, all
bumps containing memories blink bright red. Empty bumps blink dim red, but
they can still be selected. Memories recorded to faders 21-24 can also
be recorded into a sequence.
5. If required, adjust the step’s timing using the dial. Time range is in minutes and
seconds and ranges from 0.1 seconds to 59 minutes 59 seconds (shown as 5959).
• the bump button of the memory you want to insert as the first step. Then
press the bump button for the memory you want to insert as the next step.
Repeat for as many steps as needed, up to 24 for a sequence fader. You can
change the memory page as needed as you record the steps.
• the channel range button corresponding to the channel you want to insert
into a step. Individual channels can be inserted as sequence steps.
• and hold the bump button of the first memory or channel in a range, then
press the bump button for the last memory or channel in a range. Memories
or channels will be entered one per step for the number of memories or
channels selected. The running order is based on whether the starting
memory/channel number is higher or lower than the end memory or channel.
Ranges may only be selected on the same page.
7. When the sequence is complete, press REC SEQ. The faders remain in
whatever mode they were last in.
To recall the sequence, press MEMS to enter Memory mode and move the fader up from the bottom of travel to start the sequence.
For some great video tutorials of the console:
For technical suppport, contact Andrew Aldous at Barbizon: (781) 935-3920