ETC SFML Smartfade ML Control Desk

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ETC SFML Smartfade ML Control Desk

SmartFade ML provides professional features like palettes, parameter "fan" and built-in dynamic effects with an easy-to-learn direct-access style of operation. With a capacity for up to 24 moving lights and an additional 48 intensity channels (dimmers), and the ability to patch to two complete universes of DMX512A (1,024 outputs), SmartFade ML gives you all the control you need for smaller rigs. SmartFade ML's color-coded backlit keys make it easy to operate in the dark, without requiring additional worklights. The keys and built-in LCD displays also provide status feedback for the rig, without the need for an external monitor.


  • Memory style operation
  • Up to 24 Devices (Moving Lights or Dimmer/Scrollers)
  • Up to 48 Intensity Channels (multiple dimmers per channel)
  • Encoders or fader controls for moving light parameters
  • 24 Groups
  • 24 x 3 Palettes (Focus, Color Beam)
  • 288 Memories (24 x 12 pages)
  • 11 Shape Effects
  • 11 Linear Effects
  • Parameter “Fan”
  • Hue/Saturation control of color mixing
  • Backlit color-coded elastomer keys indicate current color mix
  • Fully programmable 199-step stack
  • 24-step Sequences (12 x 12 pages)
  • Tap tempo mode for sequence timing
  • 10 Snapshot memories for temporary storage
  • Undo function
  • Master fader and Blackout button
  • Bumps master fader
  • Solo or pile-on mode for bump buttons
  • 2 x LCD displays for configuration and programmin


  • Mechanical
    • 24 channel/parameter/memory faders
    • 24 direct select keys with RGB LED backlights
    • 3 rotary encoders for configuration, programming
    • Two 2x20 LCD displays for configuration, programming
    • 2 x DMX512A Outputs (5-pin XLR)
    • MIDI In
    • MIDI Out
    • USB for connection to PC
    • Crossfader pair with GO, PAUSE, GO BACK
    • Master fader and Blackout key
    • Bumps Master and SOLO key
    • Kensington lock point for security
  • Playback Controls
    • 24 x 12 pages Memories
    • 12 x 12 pages 24-step Sequences
    • 199-step Stack
    • Crossfader pair with GO, PAUSE, GO BACK
    • Master fader and Blackout key
    • Bumps Master and SOLO key
    • Independent channels (IND1 and IND2)
  • Programming Tools
    • 24 x 2 pages parameter faders
    • 3 rotary encoders
    • Two 2x20 LCD displays
    • 24 direct select keys for access to devices, groups, palettes and effects
    • 24 Groups
    • 24 x 3 Palettes (Focus, Color, Beam)
    • Parameter “Fan”
    • 22 Effects (11 shape effects/11 linear effects)
    • 10 Snapshot memories for temporary storage
    • Memories, Stack and Sequences can be edited
    • Sequence/Stack steps can be inserted, moved and deleted individually
  • Interfaces
    • DMX512A Output
    • USB
    • MIDI in
    • MIDI out
  • Physical
    • Height: 2.4 inches (61 mm)
    • Width: 26.9 inches (681 mm)
    • Depth: 10.3 inches (261 mm)
    • Weight: 10 lbs (4.5 kg)


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