Will Blair

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Our theatre is recently updating a very outdated lighting system. We have upgraded to all new portable dimmer packs with DMX control capabilities. We bought the Chauvet Xpress 512 to utilize as a DMX interface with our computer. When I downloaded ShowXpress however, it doesn't seem to be made to use in a "theatre" type setting. Am I missing something? Or is there another software that works with this interface? Or...is there another interface I should get instead of the Xpress 512? Thanks!
 

dbaxter

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Not sure what drove you to get the Chauvet Xpress before you tried out the corresponding software, so there may be reasons you went that way. In hindsight, I think you would have been better off getting either an Enttec Pro or DMXKing ($79!) interface and using one of the several lighting software packages listed on their sites. You will need to look at the software to see if it is more DJ oriented than theater. There's a lot of DJ stuff out there. If you should happen to try out my Cue Player software, you will find it very much "theater" type.
 

Will Blair

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Not sure what drove you to get the Chauvet Xpress before you tried out the corresponding software, so there may be reasons you went that way. In hindsight, I think you would have been better off getting either an Enttec Pro or DMXKing ($79!) interface and using one of the several lighting software packages listed on their sites. You will need to look at the software to see if it is more DJ oriented than theater. There's a lot of DJ stuff out there. If you should happen to try out my Cue Player software, you will find it very much "theater" type.
Is there a link to your software and does it support the Enttec Pro?
 

Silicon_Knight

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Our theatre is recently updating a very outdated lighting system. We have upgraded to all new portable dimmer packs with DMX control capabilities. We bought the Chauvet Xpress 512 to utilize as a DMX interface with our computer. When I downloaded ShowXpress however, it doesn't seem to be made to use in a "theatre" type setting. Am I missing something? Or is there another software that works with this interface? Or...is there another interface I should get instead of the Xpress 512? Thanks!
We have been using QLC+ (www.qlcplus.org) for several years for our Church. It is free (open source), well maintained and pretty flexible. It's not as stable or high powered as some of the truly expensive show software out there, but if you're looking for theater lighting control on a budget - it's well worth a look. (There are plenty of You Tube videos that demonstrate these, as well).
 

Will Blair

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We have been using QLC+ (www.qlcplus.org) for several years for our Church. It is free (open source), well maintained and pretty flexible. It's not as stable or high powered as some of the truly expensive show software out there, but if you're looking for theater lighting control on a budget - it's well worth a look. (There are plenty of You Tube videos that demonstrate these, as well).
What DMX interface do you use?