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NSI Lighting Controllers – The Complete Guide

If you’ve landed on this page, you probably have a NSI lighting controller.  And…as you look around for stage lighting equipment, you realize that most of the swimmers in the pond are using DMX, not Microplex.  NSI Microplex is a proprietary protocol for communication between lighting equipment.  If that doesn’t make your head spin, click here for more on what makes Microplex different

NSI Lighting Controllers

NSI Lighting Controller

NSI Leviton MC 7008

NSI lighting controllers are consoles that work with any NSI Microplex lighting system- no matter the age.  If you are looking to upgrade or replace your NSI lighting controller, you’ve found the right place.  Below, I want to show you the Microplex consoles that Leviton sells, and give you an idea of what each console offers so that you can find the console that is right for you!

Leviton 7000 Series – The Leviton/NSI 7000 series is a great, simple series of consoles.  They feature 2 scene preset, submaster and single scene modes for loads of flexibility with conventional lighting and LED fixtures(DMX Only).  They also can be upgraded for dual Microplex and DMX output, meaning you can start the transition to DMX while not throwing away your perfectly good Microplex dimmers.  The range of consoles starts small with the MC 7008, then moves up to MC 7016, and is topped off with the 24 channel MC 7024.

Leviton MC 1616 – If you are lighting a band with conventional lights, this is the console for you!  With native DMX and Microplex output, the MC 1616 features 16 channels and 16 chase patterns.  However, the lack of submasters causes me to not recommend this console.  After all, what good is a lighting console that can’t program faders with groups of lights?

Leviton MC 6300 – This advanced conventional console is Leviton/NSI’s most advanced console for controlling a Microplex system.  Featuring 16 presets in 16 pages and a theatrical-style cue list and automatic fade times, it’s the “bees-knees” for controlling 16 channels of conventional lighting.  The MC 6300 doesn’t have DMX output, so it’s only for a Microplex system.

The Best Option for Expanding Systems

So far, I’ve reviewed the basic NSI lighting controllers, geared towards those of you with an NSI Microplex lighting system.  But what if you want to expand?  DMX dimmer packs, and lighting consoles are less expensive the NSI/Leviton products, and are more abundant in the marketplace.  Thankfully, we have a magic box!

The Leviton N0501 is the ultimate microplex converter.  It can convert and pass through Microplex to DMX or vice-versa.  It also converts many other protocols of lighting control.  The downside to it’s versatility is that it does require a bit of configuration, all outlined in the manual.  With this box, you can utilize your old Microplex equipment with new DMX equipment seamlessly.  It’s definitely worth looking into if you have multiple Microplex devices but want to upgrade your lighting system to DMX!

Thank you so much for reading my guide to NSI lighting controllers.  Here, at the end of this page, I want to quickly outline a few more resources I have built for you to better understand NSI microplex!

If you are looking to buy a NSI dimmer, look no further than here.

Want to know more about Microplex?  Microplex explained here!

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  • Brandon Porter says:

    I was wondering do they still make the NSI MC 6300? Our church has one but it seems to be outdated and doesn’t work as well as it should. Thanks for any information.

    • David says:

      Hey Brandon,

      Most NSI products (including the MC6300) are still made, but are now under the Leviton brand name with the same model number. They’re pretty expensive for what you get, but it may make sense if you just want a direct replacement – no volunteer retraining required!


  • gregd dennis says:

    thanks for the info, really helpful.

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