#16 Extend your system
One of the greatest advantages of Ray Console is that you can extend it, when you extend your system.
After a few years you may find that your 1 or 2 universes are getting rather cluttered. Perhaps you have added some moving lights or upgraded to LED. Perhaps only one page of devices is just not enough or you need to add another page of memories. Or maybe you are putting on a really big performance and want to rent some extra devices. With a few simple clicks you can extend your system with: System Control or System Expert.
Expand your system across multiple universes of DMX and open a whole new world to your stage. This module contains:
4 Universes with the Q-Ray Console 24 and Q-Ray Console 36
40 Pages of Memories
10 Pages of Devices
1024 Channels of DMX
Take full control of a large 8 universe system and unleash the full potential of your Ray Console. This module contains:
8 Universes with the Q-Ray Console 24 and Q-Ray Console 36
1000 Pages of Memories
100 Pages of Devices
2048 Channels of DMX
The DMX protocol defines 512 channels per universe of DMX. Which would make you think that when 8 universes are enabled, then there would be 4096 channels available. However, with Ray Console you only have 2048. In reality it is very rare to use all the channels in a universe. Often devices are grouped together at regular intervals across the DMX universes. This makes a lot of sense, that way it is possible to add a couple of devices, without repatching your entire theatre.
For Ray Console, it is the number of patched channels, not the number of universes which uses up the consoles processing power. It would be a waste to reduce the number of universes because of the, probably unused, channels they contain. This means that with a small and inexpensive console, you can control devices across a massive 8 universes, while following standard professional practice.