hey. actually there are no stupid questions here. we try to teach all we can to the customers so no worries about questions ok? also on the op pro the reason the faders are on the right side is just for convience of having two controller sides to the board it doesn't mean they are the last 8 channels. you can assign the pars cans dimmer packs to start at any channel on the board through your dimmer packs. if you wanna go for convience and low equipment carry around try compuware if you want to go for a PC based lighting controller. now i haven't seen street pricing for the other PC based controllers your talking about but if i were you i would either go with the op pro or compuware. p.s. what type of programming were gonna try to do with these?? peace! jingles.