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Comparing LD2000
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Here's a quick overview of the new Lasershow Designer 2000 system, compared with our older Lasershow Designer system.
     As you read about these new features, remember that these are just the beginning. The QM2000 board has 10 times the power of our older QM32, so we will be able to add more sophisticated features in the future. And as always, updates to the software are free for as long as you own an LD or LD2000 system.
        For more detailed information on some of the features below, see the LD2000 main page.


Feature Lasershow Designer 2000 Lasershow Designer
Name QM2000 QM32
Computer bus interface (slot) PCI ISA
Size Half-size (7" long);
fits into all PCI slots
Full-size (13" long);
fits into full-length ISA slots
Relative processing speed 10X 1X
CPU processor Motorola ColdFire  Motorola 68030
Point scanning speed 130,000 pts/sec 80,000 pts/sec (2D)
50,000 pts/sec (3D)
Connector to laser projector ILDA standard DB-25
(connects to older Pangolin DB-25 using optional adapter cable)
Pangolin DB-25
Signals to laser projector Differential signals for X, Y and Z
(+/- 5 v, less susceptible to noise)
Single-ended signals
(+5 v only)
External device control DMX-512 (lighting industry and ILDA standard)
Up to 512 channels of analog (0-255) control
TTL output
16 channels of on-off control
On-board memory
(for storing shows and frames)
256 MB standard, 1GB maximum 16 MB standard and maximum
Time to load 2500 frames from Lightspeed "Creation" demo 6 seconds 34 seconds
Feature Lasershow Designer 2000 Lasershow Designer
Operating system supported Windows 95/98, Windows 2000, Windows XP Windows 3.1, Windows 95/98
Maximum points per frame 6,000 3,000
Maximum frame storage
(based on average 30K frame size)
60,000 4,000
Number of colors Unlimited -- allows unprecedented photorealistic TV-like raster images 256 colors (chosen out of 281 trillion) at any one time
Geometric correction  Built into software. Includes size, offset, rotation, keystoning, shear, linearity, pincushion, bow Not available
(requires external geometric correction device, approx. $800)
Soft line endings Any drawn line or object (circle, rectangle) can have soft (faded) line beginnings and endings. Soft and hard lines can be mixed in the same frame. The amount of softness is user-adjustable. Not available; (hard line endings only)
Video sync input Laser frames are slaved to video frames, to reduce camera flicker when videotaping laser shows and for multimedia synchronization Available by special request
Previewing shows without laser Preview graphic shows (see graphics in Preview window) or beam shows (see projected beams in Preview window) Preview graphic shows only. (Beam shows can be viewed as projected graphics.)
Feature Lasershow Designer 2000 Lasershow Designer
Number of standard free shows Over 100 song-length shows, totaling several hours 29 song-length shows, totaling over one hour (13 shows in LD Intro)
Number of standard free frames Over 300,000 frames (about 1.5 GB) Over 22,000 frames (about 220 MB)
Additional free shows "Linea", groundbreaking all-raster show by Doug McCullough "Linea" cannot run on LD/QM32
Lasershow Video realtime video system Included free VST-1 available for $600
Clip-art CD-ROM from International Laser Productions Included free (contains dozens of shows and tens of thousands of frames) Available for $500
Feature Lasershow Designer 2000 Lasershow Designer
List prices in U.S. dollars. Dealer prices may vary.
Prices for Pro and Basic include shipping and handling. Prices for Intro do not include shipping and handling.
Pro level LD2000 Pro: $4995! LD Pro: $6995
Basic level LD2000 Basic: $2495! LD Basic: $3495
Intro level LD2000 Intro: $1495! LD Intro: $1995
For end-users with older QM32 boards.
Click here for LD-to-LD2000 upgrade prices and information

 For up-to-date delivery time estimates, see the page Current shipping schedule

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  This page last updated: Wednesday, Januari 29, 2020

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