Fast, affordable Tri-color displays, without the hassles...

TextTally by Howman Controls!

Does your tri-color display wish list look like this?

  • Instant tally updates - no discernable delay between button push and color change
  • Zero rack space - small enough to mount in front of monitor controls
  • Flicker-free display - no "jiggles", "ripples", or "starfields", even viewed up close
  • Rack-mounted power supply - no "wall-warts" in the back of the rack
  • Rugged Packaging - equipment you can mount up and forget
  • Centralized data distribution - no "repeaters" between displays
  • Self-contained display - no extra "interface hardware" to hide behind the rack
  • Simplified cabling - one cable per display, carrying power and data
  • Instant on - powers up to working condition, no resetting or adjustment needed
  • Easy connection - loop data and power through one display into another
  • Retrofit ready - mount and wire from the front of the rack in existing monitor walls

  • We used your wish list...

    when we developed TextTally - the latest addition
    to the Howman Controls Tally4 family of broadcast tally products.



    Height:1.6"

    Depth: 1.4"

    Width: 9.0"



    9 Tri-color 5x7 LED displays

    Six tally states - red, green, or yellow, plus bright/dim

    Lens:1/8" bronze acrylic

    Enclosure:22 gauge stainless steel


    16 Pin ribbon provides 9 VDC power and RS-485 data.

    Up to 6 units may be daisy-chained on each ribbon.

    Can be installed on front of rack when the back is inaccessible.



    Recessed pushbuttons for address selection.
    Up to 240 displays can be driven by a single data source.
    Unit address and current display information are saved in EEPROM for instant power-up.


    Designed from the ground up specifically for the broadcast industry

  • The speed, reliability, and industrial ruggedness you expect from Tally4 systems
  • The convenience of source ID and the versatility of multi-color tally
  • Serial connection to the Tally4 system cuts wiring costs without sacrificing speed
  • Rack mounted power/data distribution means solid, single point connections
  • EEPROM data storage - powers up right where it was, each and every time


  • Two R.U. power/data distribution frame provides power for up to 20 displays on nine individual ribbons. Power to each ribbon is isolated with solid state fuses, data with individual RS-485 line drivers. Optional CPU card provides advanced features like clock and time code inputs, router name queries, and multiple device interfacing.


    Contact us today to design your perfect display installation!