Q: How is Congo
jr different from Congo?
A: The Congo
jr console is a smaller version of the Congo – small enough to fit in a
standard equipment rack on a shelf. While it uses the same software as Congo
and has the same features, channel and output counts, the user interface is
smaller and the Master Playback faders are contained in an optional wing. Most
of Congo's features can be accessed on the smaller console, though some
features may require navigating some layers of softkeys or pages of buttons to
access. Also, Congo jr
supports two video outputs while Congo supports three. There are
additional physical controls on Congo that are not available on Congo jr, such
as the split rate controllers on the Main Playback, the dedicated Master
Playback controls and dedicated Direct Select keys and LCD displays.
Q: Can I use Congo jr to back up a Congo console?
A: Yes. It is important to make sure
that the Congo jr has the
same number of outputs as the Congo
console it is backing up.
Q: How many outputs will Congo
A: The same as Congo – starting at 1,024 (two universes), you
can upgrade Congo jr to
6,144 (12 universes) just the same as Congo. Output upgrades are
available in 256-output blocks and consist of an upgrade code entered into
software. There is no hardware upgrade required for the console, however you may need to acquire DMX distribution hardware (ETCNet2 DMX Nodes, ETC Net3 DMX/RDM Gateways, tt E-Gate Nodes, or others) if you are not going to connect directly to network-controlled devices.
Q: What functionality do I get with
a Master Playback Wing?
A: The Master Playback Wing adds the
40 Master Playback faders and keys, as well as two graphical LCD displays for
labelling the masters. In addition, the wing provides access to the Direct
Selects on those same keys and LCD displays with the press of a button. The
wing may be connected directly to either side of the console and secured with
screws for permanent installation. Alternatively, the wing may be used with the
console independently via a USB cable (included). When used independently, a
separate power adaptor (also included) must be used for the wing.
Q: Can I connect more than one wing
to the Congo
A: Not at the moment. Congo
jr supports only one wing. Also, the wing is only compatible with Congo jr – it has no function with a Congo
console, client or offline PC.
Q: What kind of remote focus unit
can I use with Congo
A: Initially, the phone remote is
the remote focus unit available for Congo jr. Any standard cordless
phone can be used with Congo
jr for basic remote control. Look out for the new Radio Remote Focus Unit in