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Since its founding by Fred Foster in 1975, ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.) has become a global leader in award-winning entertainment and architectural lighting equipment. ETC's fixtures, lighting control consoles, dimmers and distribution...
Since its founding by Fred Foster in 1975, ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.) has become a global leader in award-winning entertainment and architectural lighting equipment. ETC's fixtures, lighting control consoles, dimmers and distribution products are the backbone of lighting systems in venues worldwide - from schools and churches, to community theaters and TV studios, to opera houses and theme parks. Over the first decade of its history, ETC earned a reputation for sophisticated microprocessor-based lighting control consoles. By 1990, ETC had acquired Lighting Methods, Inc., a Rochester, New York-based manufacturer of entertainment dimming systems. ETC quickly became one of the largest fully-integrated entertainment lighting control manufacturers in North America, with offices in Middleton, WI; Orlando, FL; Rochester, NY; and Hollywood, CA. The next phase of growth began in 1995, when ETC acquired the lighting control division of London-based distributor ARRI GB. That same year, ETC opened an office in Hong Kong, extending its expansion into Asia. In 1997, ETC opened an office in Copenhagen, Denmark, to serve the Northern European market, and a year later opened an office in Rome, allowing greater access to Southern Europe. ETC acquired Transtechnik Lichtsysteme, Holzkirchen, Germany in 2002, widening ETC's market potential in Europe. Continuing its growth, ETC took an equity position in Avab France in 2003. In 2004, ETC acquired Dutch sine wave dimming manufacturer IES and its industrial weighing and measuring division Penko Engineering BV, both located in Veenendaal, the Netherlands. Beginning March 31, 2005, all formerly separate operations of ETC in Europe joined under the common corporate banner of ETC. ETC's new international headquarters, located in Middleton, WI (near the state capital Madison) serve as hub of global administration and manufacturing. Through the years, ETC has gained an industry-wide reputation for outstanding service and customer support. ETC not only maintains in-house, 24-hour Technical and Customer Service staffs, but an extensive network of factory-trained, authorized field service centers.
The portable dimmer is basically just a smaller version of the larger dimmer rack, which is a device used to control the ‚??fade in‚?Ě and ‚??fade out‚?Ě of stage lighting fixtures. The portable dimmer is handy for situations when a larger console is not required, as this type of dimmer pack can be quickly and easily set up without needing to integrate too many other devices through it. A portable dimmer pack will usually have 1, 2 or 4 channels, and is designed to provide the utmost convenience. The circuit breakers on a dimmer pack replace the need for fuses, and are usually resettable so they allow for a one button digital DMX setup, which can be configured through an LED or LCD panel on the portable dimmer, in place of dip-switch settings. The portable dimmer will usually feature a rugged metal chassis, making it the ideal dimmer for portable applications as well as stationary ones. Typical outputs will be a 3 pin microplex XLR input/output and a 3 pin DMX XLR input/output, while for further convenience a portable dimmer may even feature a channel selector that lets technicians choose how many channels they require for a specific task. Most portable dimmer devices will usually be housed in tough metal casing and come with a mounting bracket that allows them to be secured in place wherever it is set up.