All right back ground leaving out pertinent details. I currently work for a rental atmospheric lighting company who has hit the slow time in the year. I just picked up a job doing a graduation party for a friend at a local community center. The design is 10 par 220w uplights, with purple gels, 5 on each wall, 3 dj lights for the dance floor, and 4 ellipsoidal lights to project graduation gobos one on each wall.
So i go into the center to the room to check out the equipment on site and see what i can use. There is an ETC Express 24/48 board, sweet! there are 40 dimmers unused, and there are something like 30 Altman 1kl6 (****ty lights i know) as well as 30 some odd old cans of some sort. So i sit down at the board, and start running channels up, only to notice i am not getting any lights on stage or off stage. Check that patch 1-1 patch......ok i can live with that.... black out button disabled......grand master is all the way up..... so whats the issue. There is no dmx cable connecting the dmx out to the data input on the wall, grab one of my personal ones, plug it in. Still no change, all right, ask the clients how they usually change the lights. They walk me to a bank of dimmer switches back stage with 12 sliders on them and show me which one does what. I turn it off, and try the board again.....no change, i turn it on try the board again no change...... So i tried patching a dimmer i knew was working with a light i knew was working...to a channel and running the intensity full up....still no change. Now i am completely lost....does anyone have any ideas as to what i am missing? Seriously i went through everything i could think of.