Welcome, 2019 and Happy New Year! I am so excited to get started with the new year. 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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Lighting News! (2:13)
In one of my favorite industry magazines, Projection Lights & Staging News or PLSN, released an article about the recent shows done by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. If you haven’t seen or heard of this orchestra it’s a group that puts on such an amazing show. PLSN discusses the lighting and the effects used in this production.
Main Segment (6:20)
David (7:10) Thanks for your help so far with questions regarding D PRO. Further to this subject, I have access to an old mark1 ENTTEC DMX PRO converter. Will this convert from my PC to 5 pin DMX? Or do I need to buy the MK2?
In the D-Pro manual, it does show that you can do what you want with Mk1. If you have any additional questions regarding the software you can always reach out to ENTTEC’s Support as well.
Robert (9:00) Been using Learn Stage Lighting to learn how to light the band I am in. We are currently figuring out or path forward. The question I have is how to combine an LED Screen (or multiple screens) and other lights controlled by DMXis. For example, to have said a LED type screen behind the drummer displaying fractal patterns synced with whatever lights we would have set up via our Light Bar.
There’s not a lot of options for video and lights being triggered by DMXis. So, the developer that created the DMXis created the ShowBuddy Active which is still new but a program that is designed to trigger light and video through DMXis.
You can read more about the program here: ShowBuddy Active
Tom (14:13) I have the latest iMac and OS, I am running Digital Performer 9 along with DMXIS. Can you help me with set up, running my lighting rig, using MIDI in DP9 and DMXIS? How do I set up DP9? I can’t find anything on the internet on the nuts/bolts of this.
You can use any digital audio workstation with DMXis. You can run DMXis as a VST plugin with a lot of DAWs. Digital Performer does have the capability to use VST plugin. If you installed DMXis on your computer but didn’t specify a place to install the plugin you’ll want to re-install DMXis on your computer and this time you will want to specify where you want the VST Plugin.
Once you get the VST Plugin set up you’ll be able to set up MIDI lanes. Another way to set up your MIDI’s is via MIDI Notes. On channels 15 and 16 you’ll be able to trigger the DMXis banks and presets that you pre-recorded.
Inside of Learn Stage Lighting Labs, I have available how to set this up through Ableton, which is a very similar setup to most DAWs.
Learn Stage Lighting Labs (19:10)
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Terry (21:59) When setting up DMXis do you need to set the address on the fixture first or does DMXis identify the fixtures in the chain and provide menus for different modes?
Some advanced consoles and lights can auto find lights, but DMXis is not able to this automatically. What you would do is set the address of the light in DMXis as well as the mode.
I do have a video on this as well: What DMX Mode Should I Put My Lights In?
Sean (23:28) I’m trying to set up the ENTTEC DMXis with, a Chauvet D-Fi Wireless hub & then address a bunch of Chauvet lights using the Chauvet D-FI USB sticks. I’m amazed (& desperate) that there is so very little helpful “How to set up” information on the MFG’s sites, Google & YouTube? Could you run down the sequence of setting up such a system?
The first step is setting up and patching the lights to DMXis. What I do recommend with the D-FI is set it to a manual channel at a higher channel such as 15 or 16. I recommend this often because when working with wifi, especially in busy areas, the 2.4 gigahertz spectrum can get plugged up very easily. So setting the wifi to a higher channel will help address some wireless issues.
Otmar (27:45) I follow your podcasts and Youtube video’s and they are great. It’s obvious you very much like the Onyx and Enttec software. We like to use the software Freestyler for more than ten years, and I think it’s great. And even more, it’s completely free! We use it primarily for band lighting. I would like to know what your opinion is of this freestyler software. Could you check it out and give it a review/comparison? Freestyler DMX software is quite big in Europe.
My thoughts on Freestyler is that you can do cool shows with this software. But I am hesitant on recommending it is that the interface is often hard for beginners to pick up on. It’s not bad software but sometimes with free software is that there can be bugs and issues.
Since it’s not a paid software most developers will not fix it right away. Another issue with free software is that in most cases once the software is developed and released there are no more updates or developments.
That’s why I do recommend working with a paid software because there is a company backing the product and a customer base that demands a fully functional product.
Wesley (32:50) I recently did a retreat at a camp in the middle of nowhere, and I’ll be going back in a few weeks to do another retreat there. They had just installed a super cheap lighting system (Monoprice board with some Chauvet SlimPARs), and I tried to connect it with the lighting system that I brought. I ran a line to it, unplugged their DMX from their board…and realized that I couldn’t plug a female DMX into a female dmx… Long story short, they had plugged their DMX line into the “DMX in” port on their board. Somehow their whole system was wired backwards, but it did work. All of the lights went out after about 15 minutes if you didn’t touch the board, but other than that, the lights seemed to work.
So my question is: is it a problem to use DMX running backwards like that, and can I tie it into my separate lighting system? If I got one of these, and just plugged their line into the end of my line, would that work? Would it break anything? Their stuff isn’t super accessible because it’s hung from the ceiling of a gym, but I could probably rewire it if I needed to… but obviously, I’d like to try to avoid it if I could. Any thoughts about what you would do in this situation?
The simple answer is that yes, you can run them properly or “backwards”. To fix that and run it properly you would just get a 3 – 5 prong adapter and correct it.
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