Does anyone have a spec for the Vision console? I found the manual in the ETC downloads section, but alas it doesn't hint at channel capacity, cue capacity, etc. A theater company I work with is considering buying a used one, and I'm trying to figure out if it will meet their needs.
I couldn't find a spec sheet right away but I do have some info for you.
DD 3.5" disk drive
96 or 192 0-10vdc Analog outs
32, 64, or 96 Analog inputs
This console also uses a monochrome composite video signal or an optional RGB monitor. These are getting difficult to find.
If you get me the serial number I can look up how it was origianally built.
Have no idea if replying to this thread is like the proverbial tree falling in the wilderness & no one's there... Anyway...
I still have a Vision I run for small school projects & the like. She doesn't get a lot of use, but when called upon, she has been a very good asset. I have the old composite video monochrome monitor. It has been an old reliable for many years, but if could somehow upgrade a little & keep the mono as a backup, I'd be happier.
A colleague recently replaced the CRT color monitor from an Express 24/48 we use with a flat screen. I'm guessing it's all VGA. I'm going to guess further that I CAN'T use that monitor with my Vision. It has a DE-15M connector & the Vision has the DE-9F. I can't just get an adapter, can I? There are DE-9M to DE-15F adapters out there, but I doubt it's that easy.
Another way to ask this: what is the video signal out of the Vision? VGA? EGA? All the way back to CGA???
I'm slowly climbing a learning curve here, but think I'm asking the right question.
As an aside, my mother-in-law -- God rest her soul -- left us an old Tandy 1000 machine that had a color monitor with the composite video connection. It comes from the same era as the Vision & I'd bet that monitor could work, but for the life of me I can't find it!
When looking for a monitor for the Expression (1) or MicroVision family of consoles you will be looking for a CGA monitor, which is an older video format that is not compatible with the current video formats (VGA_ or (SVGA). These consoles cannot be upgraded to the new video format, so you will either need to find an old CGA monitor, or a CGA to VGA converter, or if you have certain NEC monitors (see below) you can order an HD15 to DB9 adapter cable PN: 4000B7026. Below are the specs for the video outputs:
54.5 Hz Vertical, 18.36 KHz Horizontal
64.5 Hz Vertical, 16.0 KHz Horizontal
Format Refresh Rate ConnectorCGA/Digital RGB 54.5 hz Vertical 18.36 Khz Horizontal 9Pin DB-9CGA/Digital RGB 54.5 hz Vertical 16.0 Khz Horizontal 9Pin DB-9 (MVSN, MVFX)TTL Monochrome 9Pin DB-9Composite Monochrome BNC
Common (AC Ground)
See this at: http://community.etcconnect.com/wikis/products/knowledgebase-cga-monitors.aspx