I am trying to choose between the Z88 FatFrog and the Jands Event 408 for a new install in a school. So far they weigh up like this:
- Got some good recommendations from others
- Had a demo, was very easy to use
- Simple moving light functions, again easy to use
- AC, the company we're getting it from are the UK service agent for Jands products
- No internal storage or USB capability - shows have to be stored on a floppy.
- No subs - playback faders only
- No cuelist feature as far as I know - only cue stacks on the playbacks (more like manually stepping through chases than anything else IIRC)
- I'm not sure I like controlling pan and tilt with two wheels
- No offline editor
- Proper "go" cues
- USB storage
- Cheaper, I think
- F.R.O.G. feature (Fixture random output generator)
- Nicer pan/tilt control - wheels arranged nicely (I can't really explain it, look here and here to see what I mean)
- Offline editor
- A nicer game, in my opinion
- Console lock could come in handy, considering it will be out FOH during rehersals with kids.
- Slightly more complicated than the 408
I may have missed out some major points here, not having experience with either desk, so any input would be great.
It will be used for everything, from theatre to classical music to rock music, to award ceremonies, etc. I definitely need to be able to busk though. Will be used with a rig of 9 heads and 24 channels of generics.
Any input appreciated,