ChamSys MagicQ MQ500M Stadium Console with 256-Universe Support and Flight Case

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The ChamSys MagicQ MQ500M Stadium Console with 256-Universe Support and Flight Case offers the highest level of show control, supporting 256 universes directly from the console without need for external processors. RGB illuminated, fully motorized faders and encoders provide 42 playbacks, along with backlit keys for upgraded programming. Connect MagicQ MQ500M Wing for even greater control.

256 Universes Direct from the console

On the MQ500M all 256 universes of DMX are available direct through the network ports on the rear of the console over the industry standard lighting protocols sACN, Art-Net and Path port, without the need for additional processing nodes this console is real value for money.

With its inbuilt UPS, the MQ500M is a complete 256 universe stand-alone all in one lighting control solution.


Thanks to its motorized function, the playback section can be used for multiple purposes with shortcut buttons to change the function. With 15 motorized faders and 15 playback encoders per bank, and up to six banks, a total of 180 playbacks can be accessed at the touch of a button.

In keeping with its versatile design, MagicQ MQ500M supports many different fader modes enabling the playback section to be used in a wide variety of applications.

The programmer modes give access to intensities for each patched fixture, to intensities of groups of fixtures or to individual channels of a fixture. The selected modes enable instant access to the intensities or channels of the currently selected fixtures.

The master modes provide instant master control of individual fixtures or groups of fixtures without having to pre-program masters - ideal for those live moments when lights are flaring in cameras or key lights need modifying.

The dual 100mm crossfade faders are fully motorized and together with the prominently placed large GO and BACK buttons provide the ultimate theatre control experience.

Playback Encoders

Playback encoders take live operation to new heights. A multi array of different functions can be assigned to the playback encoders with full leg ending directly above on the display presenting the current function to the user. The playback encoders can be set to controlling intensity, LTP channels, FX size, FX speed, rate and time. Playback encoders can control cue stacks of their own, or be tied to the fader playback below, or even control a whole bank of playbacks, or a whole page of playbacks.

Illumination & Customization

The MQ500M lights the way with backlit keys, illuminated fader tracks and encoders, and glowing pockets. Together with the new updated graphics this takes MagicQ to a whole new level of customization giving Lighting Designers freedom to visibly configure the console for their needs.

Each playback fader track & playback encoder top has full RGB illumination enabling its function to be clearly indicated. Users can select standard functions or customize each Cue Stack individually - for example to separate the main cues from bump cues.


The MagicQ MQ500M is built on the proven reliable MQ500 software which has excelled on 200 universe shows with thousands of fixtures. Show files are fully compatible between MQ500M, MQ500 and all other ChamSys consoles making it easy to move between consoles. Unique to ChamSys, show files are both forwards and backwards compatible so no need to worry about software versions.

Unrivalled control and information

Rugged and ergonomically designed the MQ500M has two inbuilt full HD multi-touch displays with adjustable viewing angles. The feature-rich MagicQ MQ500M Stadium Wing adds a third full HD multi touch display and doubles the number of fader and encoder playbacks.

Up to five additional touch monitors can be connected to the system via network using the simple Multi-Window PC application giving a total of 8 monitors for displaying information. Up to 48 different layouts of windows can be programmed enabling switching views over all 8 monitors at the touch of button. Specific windows can be assigned to particular monitors using the powerful Layouts masking. A typical layout would include the most interacted windows - Palettes, Plot, Execute, Color Picker on the internal monitors with Outputs, Programmer and Cue Stack on the external monitors.

MQ500 Upgrades

An affordable front panel upgrade enables existing MQ500 customers to boost their control with motorized faders, playback encoders and illumination. ChamSys and their distributors carry out a quick and simple procedure to fit an additional power supply and replace the front panel. A new operating system disc gives increased show and media capacity and enables use of up to 256 universes.

The existing chassis, displays and rear panel are retained so customers can continue to use their existing flight cases. In a similar way, the existing Stadium Wing can also be upgraded with a new front panel to give motorized faders, playback encoders and illumination.

Product Specifications:

Hardware Specifications:

Universes direct from the console (via Artnet/sACN/Path port): 256

Direct DMX Outputs: 4

Motorized Playbacks: 15

Encoder Playbacks: 15

Macro/Execute/Playback Section keys: 12

Total no of Playbacks: 42 (15+15+12)

Dual Motorized Cross Faders: Yes

Attribute Encoders: 8

Backlit Keys: Yes

Illuminated Playback/Encoders with RGB control: Yes

Intensity Wheel: 1

Network Ports: 4

Inbuilt 15" HD Multi-Touch Displays: 2

External Monitor up to 1920x1200 Resolution - DVI-D Port: 1

USB Ports, including 2 High Power USBs: 6

Audio Input (1 channel, 7 band): Yes

Audio Output: Yes

MIDI Ports 1 in and out: Yes

LTC Timecode Ports in and out: Yes

Remote Input: Yes

Inbuilt UPS: Yes, uses 12v Lead-Acid Battery

Front Storage Pockets: 2

Power Input, Neutrik powerCON TRUE1 110 to 240 VAC

Software Specifications:

Max Number of DMX Channels: 131,072

Max Number of Fixtures Supported: 131,072

Max Number of Cues: 5000

Max Number of Cue Stacks: 2000

Max Number of Groups: 5000

Max Number of Palettes: 4096

Number of Media Server Layers Supported: 50 (each different content)

Numbers of Shows: Virtually unlimited (500GB SSD)

Included Accessories:

Dual Color Desk lights: 2

Dust cover: 1

Neutrik powerCON TRUE1 Power Cable: 1

Monitor arm with VESA mount: 1

USB Keyboard: 1

USB Mouse: 1

Boxed Weights and Dimensions:

Width: 960mm (37.8 inches)

Depth: 690mm (27.2 inches)

Height: 330mm (13 inches)

Weight: 40kg (88 lb)

Flight Cased Weights and Dimensions:

Width: 940mm (37 inches)

Depth: 670mm (26.4 inches)

Height: 290mm (11.4 inches)

Weight (console in flight case): 55kg (121 lb)

Console Weights and Dimensions:

Width: 860mm (33.8 inches)

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