ChamSys' QuickQ vs. MagicQ Lighting Consoles

ChamSys' MagicQ operating system, that runs its pro line, is known for its simplicity. It was designed to have an intuitive workflow. It can complete tasks in a fraction of the time of most other lighting consoles (for more details watch product video below). 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 $1,800
QuickQ 20 $2,600
QuickQ 30 $3,500
MQ40N $4,400
MQ60 $6,400
MQ80 $8,700

QuickQ Consoles 

QuickQ 10
QuickQ 20
QuickQ 30
Touch Screen 9.7” 9.7” 9.7”
Universes 1 2 4
5-pin DMX Outputs 1 2 3
Fixture Faders 20 20 40
Dedicated Hue?Saturation Encoders Yes Yes Yes
Attribute Encoders 0 4 4
Master Faders 2 Chase, 1 Cue Stack 10 Multiple Function Playbacks 10 Multiple Function Playbacks
Cue Stacks 1 Multiple Multiple
USB 2 2 2
Network Yes Yes Yes
External Monitor 1920x1080 HDMI 1920x1080 HDMI 1920x1080 HDMI
sACN Yes Yes Yes
ArtNet Yes Yes Yes
Pathport Yes Yes Yes
OSC No Yes Yes
Midi No Yes Yes
Midi Timecode No Yes Yes
Supported Fixture Type LEDs and Dimmers LEDs, Dimmers, and Moving Heads LEDs, Dimmers, and Moving Heads
Weight 10.4 lbs 11.4 lbs 13.4 lbs
Size (WDH) mm 520x350x106 560x350x106 760x350x106

MagicQ Compact Consoles

Universes 4 12 24
Direct DMX Ports 4 4 4
Channels 2,048 6,144 12,288
Fan No No Yes
Network Ports 1 4 4
Faders 12 12 13
Execute Buttons 20 20 20
ChamSys Extra Interfaces Extra Wing only All All
External Monitors 1

Not Touch Screen Compatible


Can be a touchscreen

1 (hd)

Can be a touchscreen

Pixel Mappers 1 20 20
Cues 5,000 5,000 5,000
Cue Stacking 2,000 2,000 2,000
USB Ports 5 5 6
Size hand luggage hand luggage checked


Written by, Brandon Vaque-  who grew up around AV, being dragged to help at rental events for his parents AV company. Before the age of 18, he had been in over a hundred church installs as his dad attempted to instill in him a good work ethic. Then after college, he did what he swore he would never do and joined the family business. His passion has been to simplify the lighting process, to take the stress out of navigating between thousands of similar products and control options.