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Elation Magic 260 - 260-Channel DMX Controller  

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    Perfect for mid-level lighting control.

    The Magic 260 is a 19" rackmountable DMX controller from Elation Professional that's perfect for neighborhood clubs, discos, and professional DJs.

    With 260 DMX channels, the Magic 260 can control up to 48 DMX-compatible moving lights. It can store up to 24 x 48 scenes and 264 shows.

    The Magic 260 is ideal for lighting operators who don't need a big console like the Show Designer 1 or 2, but want something larger than a basic 8 or 12-fixture unit, and with more features.

    It comes equipped with a large library of pre-installed profiles for Elation Professional and American DJ moving light fixtures plus other brand name lighting fixtures so users don't have to spend time programming their own.

    Users will be able to control non-DMX fixtures with the Magic 260 too. The unit features 4 On/Off auxiliary switches specifically for this purpose. Non-DMX lights can be connected to a power pack, run through the line, and turned on and off with one of the 4 auxiliary switches.

    Another really unique feature on the Magic 260 is a Help Button that guides users step-by-step through the process of recording scenes and shows.

    Features
    • PAN/TILT Joystick
    • 4 data wheels for moving light control and data entry
    • 3-pin DMX Output
    • 260 total moving light channels
    • 4 On/Off buttons for switch pack control
    • Internal fixture library
    • Control up to 24 fixtures (up to 16 channels each)
    • 1152 programmable scenes
    • 264 programmable shows
    • MIDI Input and Thru
    • 24 multifunction buttons
    • USB input for optional work light or memory device
    • 80-character backlit LCD display for easy programming
    • Audio input
    • Internal microphone
    • Go button for manual show triggering
    • Master fader for moving light dimmer control
    • Separate speed and fade faders
    • Help button for recording scenes and shows in English & Spanish
    • Effects engine includes circle, figure 8, and pan & tilt movement with wave effect capability
    • Pan/Tilt and Radius adjustment for built in effects engine
    • Power: 9-12VDC, 500mA
    • Dimension (LxWxH): 19" x 7" x 4"
     
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    ElationMagic 260 - 260-Channel DMX Controller
     
    4.3

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    2.0

    Mine doesn't work so well.

    By Rich

    from Philly area

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    Pros

    • Many Features
    • Solid Case

    Cons

    • Crashes And Erases Memory

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Elation Magic 260 - 260-Channel DMX Controller:

    This was the only controller I could find that I could program specific X/Y points to aim light scanners to a specific performer on the stage. Set these memories up once before the show, and the preset scenes and the chases that use them will be able to spotlight a specific location on any stage.

    This is quite expensive compared to a few other similar sized units. This thing was built very well, solid, and appears to have rugged controls and switches on the panel. I did find it difficult to remember how to program and have to use a cheat sheet to program it. The X/Y stuff is particularly confusing to remember.

    The encoder knobs may be precise, but very time consuming to turn from 0 to 255 every time I need to adjust a fader, so when programming a lot of scenes, it takes a lot of time and is very tedious to constantly turn, turn, turn the fader dials. Knobs or sliders would be helpful, or a shift button to move the encoders X10.

    The library of fixtures unfortunately doesn't include what I considered to be several common fixtures, so I contacted elation to get them programmed. It was difficult, I had to provide the documentation and the resulting fixture definitions were technically correct but a bit akwardly implemented - they just didn't "get" how the fixtures operated. For example, some of my fixture's dimmer channels work in reverse, but using the master fader on them can't handle the reverse. I ended up using the default fixture definitions so I have no memory cues on the LCD panels.

    The worst thing about this "Magic" is that it constantly erases its own memory while I am programming it. It constantly overwrites the pre-programmed XY presets I intend to use. First, individual lights in scenes just disappear while I am programming it and then eventually it just erases all of my programming work for the last hour or so. Poof - gone!

    Most recently I tried re-initializing the unit according to the manual, and ALL the built-in fixture libraries just disappeared - rendering this box totally useless to control even a single channel! I've tried to get this thing working several times but its just busted. It now sits in the corner of my closet and collects dust, having never gone out to control a show yet. At least my AmDJ DMX-40 has been much more reliable and has taken a few beatings and is still working.

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    5.0

    3rd time is a charm.....

    By Magnum Man

    from Southern Illinois

    Comments about Elation Magic 260 - 260-Channel DMX Controller:

    I own an Elation DMX programmer, a Chauvet DMX-50 and the Elation 260. The 260 is without a doubt the better of the three products.Pros:finally a user manual that makes sense.easy to program after reading the manual.can be programmed to meet many different needs.Cons:Dials take a little getting used to.Internal Mic isn't that good.expensive.Here is my story. I'm the bass player in a band. I needed a light controller that would handle intelligent lighting as well as Par Cans. The internal mics of all the lighting controllers flat did not work - too sensative, picked up everything. My way around this was to purchase an XLR - RCA adapter and an XLR volume controll. Now I can program my light show and have had success in the shows appearance. Bottom Line:If you are a DJ and wanting a board that will give you unlimited programability - here it is.If you are a musician that is wanting a complex light show - here it is.If you are a DJ or musician that is budget minded, attempting to make a simple light show (par cans only) look else where. It's to expensive for that.It's a great board and has many good features, but its not for the person who just wants flashing lights.

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    5.0

    An Unbeatable Value!

    By Pianoman09

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Comments about Elation Magic 260 - 260-Channel DMX Controller:

    This little controller is great. You won't find another with the same features and capabilities at this price point. I will say that programming does take a little bit of learning (and the manual was written by a 3rd grader), but after it is learned, you will have soooo much fun with this thing. I use it for theatrical productions, and even with all of our lights, we don't fill up the 260 DMX channels. Another cool feature is the audio input where you can sync the lights to music. Very cool. If you have a limited budget and are looking for a GREAT controller, don't ask questions... just buy!!!

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    5.0

    Best Bang For The Buck

    By DMX TEDDY

    from Windsor Ontario

    Comments about Elation Magic 260 - 260-Channel DMX Controller:

    I own a Magic 260 and cannot say enough about it! I have operated numerous lighting boards including the Show Designer 3 and for the money size and capabilities this unit is well worth the money. I would highly recommend it to anybody who wants to buy one board and have lots of use out of it for years to come. About the only downfall I could see with the board is the choice of knobs for programing as opposed to slide controls. However the pots are far more robust than the slide controls which I have found have broken off with use over time.

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