So I'm about to be LD / programmer for a small tour and realized that I'm not sure what the best way to program conventionals for a tour is.. We are traveling with only a console (Hog II) and no dimmer rack. This is where I have hit a snag. Normally the only thing I have to update venue to venue is my moving light focus pallets. However, with no ML and no rack I don't know how to program my dimmers.
Ideally- I was hoping the groups worked like the other palettes (i.e. when I programmed ch1-10 as group "sidelights" into a cue, then modified the group "sidelights" to be channels 11-20 such as at a new venue, I had hoped that it would update in the cue... no such luck. 1-10 still came on even though group "sidelights" was programmed to be 11-20.
My other thought is that this could be done in patch (go figure) but I would think this is not as ideal since Im sure my fixtures will vary greatly... for instance one theater might have 5 FOH amber channels, but the next one might have 8. So at that point would I double patch? Seems so much easier to simply update the programming groups each time.
Basically, I would like to know how LD's and programmers have dealt with this issue for years...