In this week’s episode, we dive into the Mailbag for the Free Q & A Tuesday! This is where I take questions from listeners and walk them through my thought process.
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Mike (3:21) Can I set up the new Onyx software to be controlled from my iPad? Some bars have no place for a console so I have to be portable. I can set the laptop backstage but need to be able to run it from a tablet because of limited space. If it can, How would I set this up?
There are a couple of options on how to do this. The Onyx Remote which is a Free iOS App. You can check out the video here: How to Use the Onyx Remote.
You also have the Touch OSC which you can use with an App on Android or iOS App. Learn more here: Using Touch OSC with Onyx
David (5:00) Can I use M-Touch with a Mac to control through LightKey? I have 6 Chauvet QSpot 260 with a color wheel. Is there any way I can warm the white on the color wheel?
Using the M-Touch and a Mac through LightKey will not work, unfortunately. But, LightKey can use Midi Controllers.
For this Chauvet unit and since they are older you won’t be able to warm the white on these. Now, you can try to use Gaffer Tape and Gel (color filters) and tape it over the light to make it a little more orange.
Rhea (9:15) I am an Architecture Lighting Designer from India and spend my time at work simultaneously learning about DMX through your forum and other videos on YouTube. I am an aspiring Light Street Artist, and DMX will really help me create temporary installations/ shows. I am not a DJ but would like to work with DJs and bands to provide lighting for their live shows as a hobby. Learning DMX has given me a whole new purpose to project myself as an artist, and I thank you for helping me.
I would also like to know what would serve my purpose better – a console or a software?
As a beginner what should be the complete set of equipment to purchase?
When starting out it definitely makes sense to get a Console. The software has a come a long way as well. Onyx is one of the best consoles I’ve seen. It’s a big investment for someone starting out but it can really meal all of your needs.
Nic (11:54) I’m looking at purchasing a new 15″ MacBook Pro to use in university for lighting design. Whilst I’ve listened to the podcast about which computer to use, I’ve tried using Windows and I much prefer the mac interface and would be happy to boot camp the mac to use such software if I needed to. I was wondering if you had any specific advice for software etc based on your experiences as a mac user that might help me? I am looking at using Vectorworks instead of AutoCAD due to the interface of AutoCAD being different on Mac to that of windows.
On the Console side, there are a lot of fewer options for Macs. If you are open to bootcamping will work. Vectorworks reigns supreme for Concert and Corporate Events. AutoCAD is a good program for design and architectural perspective.
For more information on what you can work with using a Mac be sure to check out this article, How Can I Control Lighting From My Mac?
Arun (13:52) I am using DMX controller 1024. The display function key of this does not work Can not wipe it Cannot patch All the work is done but cannot function Plz any solutions?
First, you want to review the manual and check if there is any troubleshooting. If you are not able to find anything in the manual then I recommend checking with Technical Support: https://www.robe.cz
Andrew (15:00) We recently are looking into changing how the lighting fixtures are positioned and might be upgrading some of them. However, we first are trying to get our lights to not be “grouped”. Meaning that when we turn up one of the channel faders on the board, instead of just one of the lighting fixtures coming on, two or more or coming on. On the board, when we turn up that one channel fader, we notice that the light indicator on the board for another channel is also coming on. So we would like to remove the “grouping” so we can have each lighting fixture be on its own channel. If that makes sense? We want to do this for a few reasons. So we can know what fixtures may need to replaced or bulbs replaced, what channels may not be working on the console or the electrical set up, So we can have more control to do more various lighting setups on the stage, and to adjust or change what lighting fixture is connected to what channel on the console board. The light console board is an old Leprecon LP 1536. I fear doing a full reset on the board may end up causing more issues than what we are prepared to work through as we have a few gatherings throughout the week. So we would like to try and get this situated within 2-3 days of work rather than it leading into one of the weekly gatherings and having issues for that event. But if a reset is the best way to go about it and there would be minimal issues to work through, then am totally game to tackle it. Any insight, tips, specifics on that console board, or guidance would be extremely appreciated.
It depends how intense of a change that you want to do. If you’re looking to change just a few settings on the console then you will be able to do that. But if you are looking to change a lot then you may be better off on wiping the console and starting over.
If you want to wipe the console you can find how to do this in the Manual: https://leprecon.com/productfiles/212104blp1500manual.pdf
If you do decide to wipe the console I would suggest making notes on the Dimmer Numbers so you know where everything is.
Joey (18:56) I’m in a band and just switched from Showxpress to DMXIS program. Is there any kinda presets for lights? So I don’t have to build every scene or make a preset? Is there anything that makes that easy? I see there’s a new version of the program the platinum. Does that have any kinda feature?
In DMXIS there are a couple of presets you can use. If you select some Red, Green, Blue Channels click CTLR + Double Click to get similar channels. Then, you can click Macros at the top of the Screen, Preset Manager, and there you can get different chases, colors, fanning, shapes, etc.
The Platinum doesn’t have additional features that can help you with this aspect. It is faster when it comes to running shows, videos, and so on.
Bartek (23:02) I have a question about onyx from OSC. Can I edit the pages myself? I mean mainly about the fixture center.
Yes, you can absolutely edit the pages yourself. You can download the application from Hexler: TouchOSC Editor App.
There is a guide available from Onyx that will explain the different functions you can do. You can download the manuals here: Obsidian Control Manuals
Ben (24:55) I was wondering if you could speak more about Kling-Net, how to set it up, and which program I should use with it on a PC… I was looking into using ÉPIX Strip Tour and controlling them with an ÉPIX Drive 900 but I’m just not sure about the specifics when it comes to doing that with Kling-Net. Also, how can I hook up that program to my lightboard so that I can trigger things in the program from my console? I have a Martin M1, but I am assuming there is a way to patch the channels into every board.
With Kling-Net is a closed protocol that is made by ArKaos. You can only use ArKaos products to control Kling-Net. The good thing about Kling-Net is that it is really easy to work with.
If you are using just LEDs you want to use the LEDMaster by Arkaos. You can hook up all of your stuff and run video. Then, you should be able to control that over dmxis through your Martin M1.
Another option is that the EPIX Drive can be supported by ArtNet or sCAN. You can control these straight through Onyx Directly. Depending on how many lights and outputs you may want to consider the ENTTEC LED Mapper is a great software. From my personal experience is that it is very easy to use and set up.
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Be sure to tune In next week for Part 2 of Planning Your Big Event where we go tthroughthe final steps of setting up and creating a successful event.