Pearl 2008 tour control desk

The Preset Faders are used to control individual dimmer channels and fixture intensities. The 2 buttons below the faders are used to select and flash fixtures. Each fader and buttons is called a “Handle”. • The Mode select keyswitch sets the operating mode of the console; Program for programming a show, Run for running the show and System for configuring the console. • The Page select roller lets you select different pages of playbacks, and you can write the playback names on the roller so you know what’s in them. • The Master faders control the overall output of the various parts of the console. You will normally have these set at Full. • The Playback faders and flash buttons are used to play back memories you have programmed, when you are running a show. • The Main display is the nerve centre of the console and shows you what is going on. The display can show various screens of information.


The Control wheels are used to set control values on the fixtures, and to set chase speeds and fades. • The Menu softkeys (labelled A – G) are used to select control options. The display next to the buttons shows what each one will do. The options for each key change depending on what the console is doing. Softkey commands are shown in the manual with square brackets like this: A [Chase Parameters] • The Numeric keypad and other control buttons are used to enter values and change controls on the console. • The Fixture Page buttons are below the keypad, which select 4 pages for the Preset Faders. • The blue Command buttons are used to carry out functions such as storing memories, copying, saving to disk, etc. These buttons have lights on to indicate when they are active. • The Attribute select buttons are used to select which attributes of a fixture (e.g. colour, gobo, pan, focus) are going to be controlled using the Control wheels. The buttons have lights on to show you which attributes are active. The bottom (red) button is the Locate button used to position a fixture at its “home” position during programming. The VDU screen shows more information than the on-board display. It is useful when setting up the console and programming shows. When entering text or numbers, what you are typing is shown only on the VDU screen. If you are short of space you can often manage without it when you are running a show.

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