Recent content by Eleanor Saitta

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    Beam moving heads with good optics — what am I missing?

    Oh, yeah, plenty of other lights — these are just the first moving heads I'm picking up. Temperature is definitely an issue — it's a space built to a residential spec, not a commercial one, and when you shove 80 people in it, it gets warm even before they start moving. And yeah, fixture life...
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    DMX vs Cat6

    Eh, I'm just saying that if you're in-house at a single venue and worried about whether it's worth pulling CAT5, you might not want drop $1500 on a cable bandwidth tester for a use case you don't currently have for those cables. :-)
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    DMX vs Cat6

    From my perspective, every high-bandwidth connector you don't have to terminate yourself is one you can't screw up. But yes, if you're pulling long enough runs, or enough of them, connectors are going to be a pain. It may be worth borrowing one of the Fluke network bandwidth testers for a day...
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    DMX vs Cat6

    If you actually need CAT6 performance, it really doesn't make a ton of sense to crimp yourself any more. I used to make all my own cables back in the day, but they've gotten so much cheaper and the quality standards have gone up so much that I wouldn't dream of it any more now. In particular...
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    Beam moving heads with good optics — what am I missing?

    I'm looking to pick up the first few moving heads for my space. They'll primarily be used for dance parties, but they may get used for more performance-oriented stuff. Necessary: Good, clean, hard-edged beams; somewhere in the three degree range LED source — the space will get too hot with...
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    First pro console choice

    Hrm. So, there are both some interesting and concerning things in there, but I think the real evaluation is going to wait until I can read the manuals and play with them for real. Hardware-wise, I think the XE 20 is looking like a pretty solid contender right now. Do we have any hints about...
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    First pro console choice

    The NX2 looks interesting, and if they'd built a wing for it, I'd be considering it more strongly, but that big multi-strip touchpad isn't something I'd want to work with (I've used that style of control in a music context, and they're awful), and I'm kind of buying on the basis of what's at...
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    First pro console choice

    A related question, as I'm digging through options and features — how much do y'all end up using command lines? I've been a software developer for many, many years, and I could see this being a nice powertool to have in some contexts, but it's not clear how many of these systems actually have...
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    First pro console choice

    Yeah, the 300 fixture limit threw me a bit too — it feels so random. In practice, unlikely to be a problem any time soon, as the only things that I'm going to be driving in those kind of numbers right now are going to be artnet software composites that I can slice any which way, but still worth...
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    First pro console choice

    Thanks for all the advice! Likely I'll be the one using it 90% of the time, and when it's not, it's going to be very much "push this button when the lights need to go off" kind of setups. When it's on the road, it's likely to be in immersive art installation type things, so a lot less...
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    First pro console choice

    Hi all, I've been learning on a Lightshark, and while it was fun, I've been hitting its limits and feel like it's time to upgrade to a "real" console, in particular as we're finally getting a pile of moving heads at our venue. I was looking at picking up a Ma dot2 XLF until the availability...