Ask Alfred: Duo Station Controller

October 1, 2011 by Mobile Beat

Two For The Road –The Duo Station Controller Makes Life Easier For Mobile DJs

Alfred Gonzales has been seeing double lately. No, the American DJ National Sales Manager doesn’t need to have his eyes checked. He’s just been going ga-ga over our amazing new Duo Station Controller, a double-duty machine that is perfect for mobile DJs on the go. We talked to Alfred about his enthusiasm for this two-for-one marvel.

You’re really excited about the new Duo Station controller. How do you think it’s going to be received by DJs?

“I think they’re going to share my enthusiasm completely! This controller will be instantly embraced by working DJs for the simple fact that it makes their life a lot easier.”

Why is that?
“Because it’s a lot easier to carry around and manage one controller instead of two. DJs don’t want to worry about having different controllers for all their different lights, so we came up with the idea of the Duo Station. As a 2-in-1 controller, it’s the ideal solution for Djs who want both simple LED control and On/Off control of conventional lights, in one compact, portable, easy-to-use unit. Of course, the same benefits also apply to small clubs.”

So, ADJ developed this controller because the growth of LEDs really created the need for something more than the traditional on/off relay switching system- correct?

“Yes, absolutely true — As the price of LED effects have come down and the number of models available for small venues has increased, a lot of DJs and neighborhood clubs have added LEDs to their lighting mix. At the same time these DJs and clubs are still using traditional chase and disco effects. So, they have two controller needs. As a supplier, any time we can meet two needs in one product, we know we have a winner.”

Can you give us an overview of the Duo Station?

“You can look at this controller as having two sides – one side is a basic 3-channel RGB LED controller that you can use to select colors and chase speeds and control other basic functions on any standard RGB fixture. Then, on the other side is an 8-channel Relay On/Off Switching system for activating and de-activating conventional effects. This second side is similar to our popular SC8 controller.

“Both the RGB LED controller and Relay On/Off controller have their own separate outputs on the rear panel, allowing each side to run independently of the other. In addition to the controller itself, the Duo Station system includes a Relay Pack and a 20’/7M DMX cable to connect it to the control unit.”

So, as a user, I can create my own light shows on the “LED” side of the Duo Station?

“Absolutely – the Duo Station will work with any standard RGB fixture, where Channel 1 is Red, Channel 2 is Green, and Channel 3 is Blue. You can create your own LED light shows and displays with easy-to-use controls such as a Color Select Button, Hold Color Button and Program Select Button. You also have three Manual RGB Potentiometers so you can dial up a desired color on the fly.”

We’re assuming it also has built-in programs and sound activated capabilities as well, right?
“It sure does. The Duo Station includes 16 built-in chase programs as well as 9 static color scenes. You can also run it in Sound Active Mode, as well as in Auto Mode, in which the 16 chase programs will randomly sequence at a selectable speed.”

Is the Duo Station DMX compatible?

“Yes it includes a Relay Pack that can accommodate both DMX and Stand-Alone operation modes. The Relay Pack includes 3-pin XLR DMX input/output connectors, as well as dipswitches for DMX addressing and work mode setting.”

Since this is a product designed for working DJs on the road, compactness is important – so what are the dimensions of the Duo Station?

“Glad you asked, because that’s another strong selling point. The Duo Station is compact, lightweight and affordable. The controller itself measures 19” x 3.5” x 3.5”/ 483 x 89 x 89mm (2 rack spaces), and weighs just 3.5 lbs./1.5 kg. The Relay Pack measures 18.75” x 3.5” x 2.5”/ 473 x 89 x 63mm, and weighs 5 lbs./2.25 kg. We built this for real world DJs, and I think they’re going to love it!”

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