Cobalt 20 Control Console

  • Discontinued in April 2018.  While Cobalt hardware is no longer available, ETC will continue to develop the software for at least the next 5 years.
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Cobalt 20 offers the largest work surface in the Cobalt family, with built-in, articulating, 17" high-resolution, multi-touch monitors.  It also provides support for three additional external monitors that can also be single- or multi-touch, and 40 master playbacks with 20 motorized faders and 20 backlit color-coded endless pots.  Cobalt 20 controls up to 5000 devices (dimmers, LEDs, moving lights or media servers) on up to 32 universes of output (16,384 parameters) without the need for additional processing hardware.

What if you could reach out and touch the light - craft it, color it, move it - directly and without feeling like there's a machine between you and your design?  You see the light in your head and with minimal keystrokes see that creation on stage.  Cobalt is designed from the ground up to get you from thought to reality as quickly as possible.  Short commands coupled with direct-access touchscreen tools make the console disappear under your fingertips - nothing stands between you and the light.

The tools you need to manage your looks with speed and precision are all in there - thousands of devices in the library, customizable by you so that they fit your way of working: groups, palettes, presets as building blocks of your show; effect playbacks for completely configurable effects on conventionals, movers, LEDs and more.  All with interactive controls available on the touchscreens.  These tools let you break free of syntax and work with light directly.

Cobalt 20 Console Features

  • 8 or 32 DMX universes with no co-processing
  • Main playback crossfader pair for theatrical-style sequence with split spring-loaded rate controls
  • 40 Master Playbacks consisting of 20 motorized master faders plus 20 back-lit endless potentiometers
  • Four encoders with wheel keys
  • 2 articulating 17" LCD multi-touch displays
  • Supports three external high resolution monitors or touchscreens
  • Integrated keyboard drawer
  • Backlit buttons
  • 2 DMX/RDM outputs
  • 2 EtherCon RJ45 outputs (sACN, ETCNet2, Net3, and ArtNet)
  • 11 USB Ports, plus Contact Closure and MIDI connections
  • Support for up to 40 additional master playbacks (not wings) using Cobalt Motorized Fader Wings, Universal Fader Wings or the Congo jr Master Playback Wing

Cobalt Family Features

  • Short-command style and direct access tools.  Designed for professionals and advanced users
  • Show file compatibility with the entire Cobalt Family, from the Cobalt 20 down to the Congo Kid² and ETCnomad.
  • Configure and program a pixel-map layout, using integral or custom-designed content.
  • Channel layouts for topographical views of channels and other show data
  • Live attributes display for spreadsheet view of devices
  • Client/server networking and synchronized backup using multiple consoles and/or RPUs
  • Client and Offline programming on PC³ and Mac³ via ETCnomad
  • Partitioned control
  • 5,000 Control Channels (Fixtures)⁴
  • 9,999,999 Presets
  • 999 Master Pages
  • 99 Effect Playbacks
  • 999 each of Palettes, Groups, Macros, and Sequences
  • ² The Congo Kid does not support fader wings and is limited to 2 DMX Universes of output.
  • ³ PC requires Windows 7 or higher.  Mac is Intel only and requires OS X or higher.  The ETCnomad software is free for offline programming or "mirror mode", but requires a dongle to act as a client.
  • ⁴ The console is still limited by the number of DMX universes/outputs, thus you may not be able to use all these channels.
Includes2x LED Littlites, Mouse, Mouse Pad, Keyboard, Dust Cover, 3x DisplayPort to DVI Adapters, Power Cord, 3x IEC Cables for monitors
Suggested ItemsExternal Monitors
Lighting Console
ApplicationStage or Architectural
Includes2x LED Littlites, Mouse, Mouse Pad, Keyboard, Dust Cover, 3x DisplayPort to DVI Adapters, Power Cord, 3x IEC Cables for monitors
Suggested ItemsExternal Monitors
Model #COBALT 20
Box L x W x H14" x 45" x 31"
  • 460.17
  • D, 10-2016
  • Apr. 7th, 2018
  • 4.25
  • A, 03-2014
  • Apr. 7th, 2018
  • 3.69
  • B, 06-2014
  • Apr. 7th, 2018
  • 16.70
  • A, 02-2018
  • Apr. 7th, 2018
  • 143.12
  • 07-2017
  • Apr. 7th, 2018
  • 2.49
  • 06-2016
  • Apr. 7th, 2018
Standard drawing of product, for use with project submittals.
  • 1.34
  • A, 06-2009
  • Apr. 7th, 2018
Detailed white paper on the difference between Tracking and Preset control modes.
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