Ion Classic Control Console

$9,155.00 each
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  • Discontinued in September 2017, parts and support still available.

The ease, power and operational style of larger Eos-family products in a small, affordable package.  Ion's compact footprint - only 19" wide- is the perfect solution for space-challenged environments and small venues.  Providing fully integrated control of media servers and conventional, LED, and moving lights, Ion packs a punch.

Highly intuitive and simple to use, Ion will satisfy the needs of beginners and pros alike.  But you don't need a PhD in Ion to use it!  Start with the everyday (channel 5 at full) and let the full potential of Ion - like the powerful effects package, marking and timing functions - unfold with your experience.  And it's an easy step from Ion to Gio @5, Gio or Eos Ti, so the knowledge gained will work for you professionally for years to come.  Use Ion in a stand-alone system or as a remote programming station for a larger system.

Ion Console Features

  • 2 or 12 DMX universes with no co-processing
  • Dedicated master playback fader pair
  • Four pageable haptic encoders
  • Supports two external high resolution monitors or touchscreens
  • 2 DMX/RDM outputs
  • 2 RJ45 outputs (sACN, ETCNet2, Net3, ArtNet, and Avab UDP)
  • 7 USB Ports, plus Contact Closure and MIDI connections
  • Up to six fader wings may be used

Eos Family Features

  • Show file compatibility with the entire Eos Family, from the Eos Ti down to the Element² and ETCnomad.
  • Three user-definable workspaces per monitor, each with discrete split-screen controls, frame management, and snapshots.
  • Custom-design your control interface using Magic Sheets, with topographical or abstract layouts.  Full interaction with the command line allows command instructions - from the simplest and most immediate to the most complex - accessed from a mouse or single- or multi-touch displays.
  • Configure and program a pixel-map layout, using integral or custom-designed content.
  • Award-winning color controls, including six Color Pickers and a Gel Picker for color mixing.
  • Client/server networking and synchronized backup using multiple consoles and/or RPUs
  • Client and Offline programming on PC³ and Mac³ via ETCnomad
  • 99 discrete online users with partitioned control
  • 32,768 Control Channels (Fixtures)⁴
  • 10,000 Cues and 999 Cue Lists
  • 200 Active Playbacks and 999 Submasters
  • 100 Fader Pages for Playbacks and Submasters
  • 1,000 each of Presets, Palettes, Groups, Effects, Snapshots, Curves, and Color Paths
  • 99,999 Macros
  • ² The Element does not support Multiple Cue Lists or more than one active playback.  Additionally the physical submasters are locked to numbers 1-60, and fader wings are not supported.
  • ³ PC requires Windows 7 or higher. Mac requires macOS Mojave or later.  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.
IncludesMouse, Mouse Pad, Keyboard, Dust Cover, Power Cord
Suggested ItemsExternal Monitors, Littlite
Lighting Console
ApplicationStage or Architectural
IncludesMouse, Mouse Pad, Keyboard, Dust Cover, Power Cord
Suggested ItemsExternal Monitors, Littlite
Model #ION
Box L x W x H10.6" x 21.7" x 23.6"
  • 551.81
  • M, 07-2017
  • Apr. 8th, 2018
Eos [Home] — Comprehensive source of all Eos Family resources, for first-time through expert-level users.
Eos Family Software — ETC-hosted download portal.
In early 2019, XP-based consoles will stop receiving software updates and bug fixes.  Impacts the following consoles:
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  • A, 01-2018
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2-page sheet listing all the things you can accomplish with [Shift], [About], and other key combinations!
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Specific to original Ion Classic consoles only, not for Ion Xe.
  • 10.04
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If you haven't upgraded to Eos v3.x yet we recommend using this manual.  See this page for additional resources on the v2.x branch of Eos.
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  • C, 02-2017
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Comprehensive guide on using MIDI Show Control, RTC Timecode, OSC, and other special protocols in Eos Family systems.
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  • 1.34
  • A, 06-2009
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Detailed white paper on the difference between Tracking and Preset control modes.
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