ETC introduces new ETCnomad and ETCnomad Puck portable lighting controllers

Date Posted: 6/17/2014

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ETC has just added two exciting products to its lighting-control lineup: the  ETCnomad  software and  ETCnomad Puck  controller. Designed for situations when lighting professionals can't bring their consoles with them, Nomad and Nomad Puck allow users to program and run shows from anywhere.

"One of the best features of ETCnomad and ETCnomad Puck, is the ability to run either Cobalt or Eos/Element software," says ETC  Eos®  Product Manager Anne Valentino. "It's like having two consoles in one - users don't have to choose between the two control platforms." Both Nomad and Nomad Puck can serve as a primary controller, a backup or a client device, and can also be used offline.

ETCnomad is a tiny device that attaches to PCs running either Microsoft® Windows 7 or 8, or Macintosh OS X (Mavericks). It is available in four output counts: Nomad 256 that offers half a universe, ETCnomad 1024 with 1,024 outputs, and ETCnomad 1,536 outputs - all of which can be upgraded in the field without needing hardware changes - and Nomad 2048, which offers 2,048 outputs.

ETCnomad Puck is a controller that offers all of the advantages of PC-based control but with greater security, because it prevents the download of any programs except ETC applications. "With Puck, users know their content is safe," explains  Cobalt®  Product Manager Sarah Clausen. "Unlike with laptops, they know that someone can't use the device for video games or to surf the Internet. It can only be used for programming and running lighting."

Like ETCnomad, Puck comes in four output counts: ETCnomad Puck 1536 with 1,536 outputs, ETCnomad Puck 1024 with 1,024 outputs, and ETCnomad Puck 256 with half a universe of output - which are field-upgradeable - and ETCnomad Puck 2048 with 2,048 outputs.

Both ETCnomad and ETCnomad Puck can support external fader wings, and they can work with ETC control accessories, such as the  Radio Focus Remote (RFR)  and the  iRFR  and  aRFR  apps for Apple® and Android® devices.