Vari*Lite Control Desk (1981 - 1985)
From CUE (1985):
Vari-Lite's microprocessor control desk, for up to 96 channels, has manual controls for plotting the positioning of the lamps and their colours, intensities and beam sizes. There is storage capacity for 255 cues and the memory can be transferred to micro-disc for library storage. There are four playback modes:
- Direct Cue giving immediate access to any cue state and allowing rapid stepping between sequential scenes.
- Cross Fade providing intensity cross fades between instruments, and movement cross fades of instruments from one position to another.
- Chase allowing timed or manual stepping through programmable sequences of cue states.
- Matrix permitting instruments to be grouped for intensity control into sixteen matrix scenes with eight faders per scene.