ADJ introduces The Link lighting control
Friday, 22 January 2021
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USA - ADJ has introduced the latest edition to its range of lighting control solutions, The Link. This hardware/ software system combines the processing power, wireless connectivity and multitouch screen of an iPad with lighting-specific tactile controls and a four universe DMX interface to deliver a control solution.
The Link fills the void between small single universe DMX controllers and large format lighting consoles, says the company. It is designed to simplify control for aspiring lighting designers, small production companies, churches, community theatres and performances spaces, providing a new connection between lights and creativity.
The ADJ Link control system is powered by the dedicated Airstream LINK iOS App for iPad, which is available as a free download from the Apple App Store. This lighting control platform includes an extensive fixture library, making it easy to setup for different shows and equipment configurations. It incorporates powerful tools to allow the easy creation of complex movements and colour chase effects, and allows the iPad’s memory to be utilized for storing custom scenes and shows that can be quickly re-loaded when required.
The software also makes use of the iPad’s precise touchscreen interface to facilitate actions such as colour mixing and drawing custom movement shapes.
To augment the iPad’s screen interface, the Link hardware offers a selection of ergonomic controls designed to give lighting designers the hands-on experience of a traditional lighting console. Four large rotary encoder wheels, with push-in selection, provide precise control over functions such as movement, zoom and focus.
Connection between the iPad (which needs to be purchased separately) and the Link hardware can either be made wirelessly or via a USB socket (adapter not included).
The Link system can be used to control up to 2,048 DMX channels, four full DMX universes. Each universe is output via a dedicated five-pin DMX socket on the rear of the hardware unit.
“Effective control is essential to allow lighting professionals to get the most from their fixtures and realize their creative vision,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “Broadly speaking, up until now, there have been three options available to lighting designers and event companies: simple hardware devices with limited channel capacity, computer-based software solutions, or very large format consoles.
“ADJ’s new Link system is the result of extensive R&D work to provide a new category of control, one that fills a gap in the existing market. The Link offers the feel of a traditional console paired with the compact computing power and touchscreen interface of an iPad to provide a comprehensive four universe DMX control solution that is ideal for houses of worship, community theatres, clubs, lounges and bars, as well as small-to-medium-sized event production companies. It is much simpler to learn than the advanced lighting consoles currently on the market, but still offers the features necessary to realize ambitious creative visions.”

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