CHAMSYS’ QUICKQ VS. MAGICQ LIGHTING CONSOLES

ChamSys’ MagicQ operating system is known for its simplicity. It was designed to have an intuitive workflow. Consoles running MagicQ can complete tasks in a fraction of the time of most other lighting consoles, and it was the first time we would recommend a console over software for most of our clients. So the crazy fact is that the QuickQ is so simple, that it makes the MagicQ look complicated!

While MagicQ consoles would still be the console of choice for lighting designers, most organizations will fall in love with the QuickQ series! Designed for the complete novice, each QuickQ console has prompts to help guide you through setup and programming. Volunteer heavy organizations like churches, schools, and theaters will be able to run powerful light shows without a painful learning curve. We would suggest going with either the QuickQ 20 or 30 over the 10, for their increased Universe count, and the ability to control moving head fixtures!


List Price
QuickQ 10$1,950
QuickQ 20$2,750
QuickQ 30$3,700
MQ50$4,750
MQ70$7,500
MQ80$8,700

QuickQ Consoles

QuickQ 10 QuickQ 20QuickQ 30
Touch Screen9.7”9.7”9.7”
Universes 124
5-pin DMX Outputs123
Fixture Faders202040
Dedicated Hue?Saturation EncodersYesYesYes
Attribute Encoders044
Master Faders2 Chase, 1 Cue Stack10 Multiple Function Playbacks10 Multiple Function Playbacks
Cue Stacks1MultipleMultiple 
USB222
NetworkYesYesYes
External Monitor 1920×1080 HDMI1920×1080 HDMI1920×1080 HDMI
sACNYesYesYes
ArtNetYesYesYes
PathportYesYesYes
OSCNoYesYes
MidiNoYesYes
Midi TimecodeNoYesYes
Supported Fixture TypeLEDs and DimmersLEDs, Dimmers, and Moving Heads LEDs, Dimmers, and Moving Heads 
Weight10.4  lbs11.4 lbs13.4 lbs
Size (WDH) mm520x350x106560x350x106760x350x106

MagicQ Consoles


MQ50MQ70MQ80
Universes62448
Direct DMX Ports444
Channels2,04812,28824,567
Network Ports134
Faders121212
External MonitorsHDMI (supports touchscreens)HDMI – supports touch screens1 (hd) Can be a touchscreen
Cues5,0005,0005,000
Cue Stacking2,0002,0002,000
Attribute Encoders888
Touchscreen10″ Multi touch display10″ Multi touch display10″ Multi touch display
RDM SupportYesYesYes
USB ports556
Sizehand luggagehand luggagechecked
Audio InputYesYesYes
Remote InputYesYesYes
Compatible W/ Extra Wing CompactYesYesYes
Pixel MappingYesYesYes
ArtNet, ACN, Pathport output via network YesYesYes

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