In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at the Chimp’s hardware. We’ll talk about the different sections of the front panel and the various connections available on the top and rear of the console. Thank you for your interest in the Infinity Chimp light controller and welcome to this tutorial. This tutorial is based on software version 1.3. If your Chimp uses a different software version, the functions or user interface may be different. Please note that we refer to the Chimp hardware keys as ‘keys’ and the GUI software keys as ‘buttons’ in this tutorial. Front panel If we look at the front panel, we can see that it is divided into the following sections: playback section, programming section, executors and masters. The playback section can be found on the left side of the front panel. It consists of ten playback faders, each with two keys above the fader one key below the fader. These keys have the following indications, ‘play’, ‘pause’, and ‘back’. From top to bottom, the standard configuration of these keys and fader is as follows: ‘Go’, ‘Pause/Back’, ‘Dimmer’, ‘Flash’. But they are also freely programmable. To the right of the playback section is the programming section. Here, you’ll find all the keys you need to program a show and operate the connected fixtures. The programming section has been constructed in such a way that the operations and syntax commands can be performed quickly and easily. The four available rotary encoders are linked to the programmer in the software. The function of the rotary encoders depends on the chosen attribute. Underneath the programmer section, you’ll find the ten executors to use for a single cue or for a cue list. The function of this key is set to ‘toggle’ by default but can be configured to something else. To the top right of the programmer section is an USB port which can be used for connecting a flash drive, a keyboard, a mouse, or a banana wing. Next to the USB port is the power button. And lastly, at the bottom right you’ll find four master faders. These are used for functions that are not page dependent, such as group, speed, fade, and size masters. You can also configure the grand master here. Back panel The back panel contains all the connections for external peripheral equipment and the connections for the DMX universes. From left to right, we first see an IEC power connection. Next to this is the Ethernet connector. This connector has two functions. It can be used to connect Artnet equipment or used for an internet connection. Software updates can be performed online via the internet. In addition, there are up to two USB ports and up to two HDMI connectors. USB can be used to connect a touchscreen interface or connecting a flash drive, a keyboard, a mouse, or a banana wing. HDMI for connecting additional screens. The number of USB and HDMI connections depends on the type of Chimp you have. A three-pin XLR connector for audio input is also located on the back. This can also be used as an SMTPE input on the Chimp 300. Next to the audio input are three MIDI connectors: ‘MIDI In’, ‘MIDI Thru’, and ‘MIDI Out’. On the right side are the five pole DMX outputs. The Chimp one hundred has two of these outputs and the Chimp three hundred has four. The first DMX connector can also be used as a DMX input. This must be configured in the software. Finally, we see the two desk light connectors on the far sides of the console. These are three-pin XLR connectors which can be dimmed via the software. The main differences between the Chimp 100 and Chimp 300 are: Patchable fixtures DMX universes Memories Playback pages Screen HDMI outputs USB connections Sempty Thank you for watching this tutorial. Infinity strives to keep its Chimp-related tutorials and software information up to date. Keep an eye on our social media channels for the latest information on the Chimp.