I’ve never really dug into what Behringer offers, and wasn’t aware of their X-Touch at $450 (and whatever other similar offerings they have at that low a price point). So thank you for cluing me in to that.
I have seen and touched an X32 and the build quality seems acceptable for, as you say, installs and light touring. I’d be curious if the X-Touch - at $450 - is that same build quality, or if it’s made with cheaper (lower quality) components to get the cost down to that point.
I definitely agree that if the major lighting console manufacturers don’t move towards having low price point consoles, not just their top-end console, with those things (motorized faders, scribble strips, etc.) they do risk someone disrupting the market - either one of them, a second tier or lower lighting control company, or someone completely new (like Behringer). (Or maybe a lighting control company partnering with the likes of Behringer… e.g. Onyx software fully integrated with a purpose built surface by Behringer, for example.)
Personally, I still don’t “need” LED scribble strips. They’re a “nice to have” for me and my needs. If I can get the same low priced console without LED scribble scripts for almost half the price of the version with LED scribble strips, then I’m saving the money and getting without. But that’s just me and my preferences.
Now motorized faders on the other hand… I personally consider them to be a HUGE benefit for which I would definitely pay extra (as long as I liked the system/software). But that’s just my preference.
Definitely thanks for giving me some new perspective with the X-Touch information. You’re right that it definitely impacts what lighting console manufacturers should be doing – and I suspect one or more will make some moves that way.
I’ve said pretty much all I have to say. So I’ll say, thanks for the conversation and hope to see you around.