ETC Launches Gio @5 Console

by Jacob Coakley
The Gio @5 lighting console from ETC.
The Gio @5 lighting console from ETC.

After a successful preview at LDI, ETC has officially launched the Gio @5 console, which brings the acclaimed, professional-grade control of the Eos Ti and Gio consoles within reach of users with tighter spaces – and tighter budgets. The Gio @5 is designed to give programmers a little bit of everything. The portable console packs all the control necessities into its narrow, 25.5-inch (641 mm) footprint, making external monitors and accessories optional. The desk includes an articulating, 17-inch, multi-touch LCD display, four encoders with haptic feedback, five definable and page-able motorized faders, a master fader pair and a retractable tray with backlit alpha-numeric keyboard. 

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The Gio @5 derives its name from the Eos command that sets a level at fifty percent, but even with its compact size the desk offers a full programming experience. The console is designed to be a step up for Ion users who want expanded hands-on access to playbacks, award-winning color control, touchscreen Magic Sheets and more. The programming surface matches the full, backlit keyboard layout of its larger sister desks, providing an easy transition for experienced Eos users looking to scale down for touring and smaller productions or venues. The Gio @5 is also a perfect educational desk; skills learned on the console will transfer to the highest end of the programming job market.

The board has everything a programmer needs to rock small, live gigs – right out of the road case. The short-throw motorized faders are designed for efficient busking, but if more hands-on control is needed, the console can serve as a base for a customized, expanded work surface of plug-and-play Motorized Fader Wings, external touchscreen monitors and other accessories. The upcoming v2.5 software – which will release in time to ship with the console – builds on the playbacks and effects work of the v2.4 release, with even more tools suited to busking. 

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