The above Ad will no longer appear after you Sign Up for Free!

Looking for a DMX recorder

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by JohnA, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. JohnA

    JohnA Active Member

    Messages:
    117
    Likes Received:
    19
    Occupation:
    Lighting Designer/Technical Consultant
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    Greetings to all,

    I am looking for a reliable DMX recorder. It should meet all of the following requirements: 256 channel recording, input from any DMX console, 2 show storage with 100 steps (minimum) per show, and (Very important) ability to advance each step manually (like a GO button press).

    I saw the Elation DMX partner, but it only stores info from 96 channels, which may not be enough. Any suggestions are welcome.
    --John A
     
  2. TimMiller

    TimMiller Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,293
    Likes Received:
    82
    Location:
    Houston, Tx
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2008
  3. digitaltec

    digitaltec Active Member

    Messages:
    449
    Likes Received:
    38
    Occupation:
    President of CRU design, LLC
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I just got 5 of the Elation DR 512 and they are working out real well for us. It will store up to 512 channels, can record up to four shows in the unit but can expand up to 32 shows with a Compact flash card. You can have as many steps as you want. I have one show that runs for 3 hours with different things happing every few seconds. It's super easy to use.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but i dont think your going to find a DMX recorder that will step through cues other then using the play/pause/stop buttons. One of the main points of using a DMX recorder is to record your shows into the unit and be able to just play them back without the need of a console. Good for clubs and installs where the same lighting runs for a period of time. If it's important that you are able to step through cues, you might want to look into something else or just stick with your console.
     
  4. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

    Messages:
    4,400
    Likes Received:
    2,784
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV, USA
  5. JohnA

    JohnA Active Member

    Messages:
    117
    Likes Received:
    19
    Occupation:
    Lighting Designer/Technical Consultant
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    Thanks for the replies Derek, digitaltec & Tim. Here is my rationale for the recorder/step playback unit:

    I work exclusively with community theaters & schools. On several occasions I have had double bookings. If I could set all the cues up on my console, then record them on the DMX recorder/PB unit, the SM could act as the "virtual console operator", as she could press a "GO" button to advance to the next cue. I could then use the console at the other event.

    It would be impossible to use a "real time" playback unit with these groups, as their timing is not nearly precise enough (the "talent"). It would work well for music, but I my chief concern is using an automated system for dialog. The PB unit would just continue to advance cues; if the students took a little too long on their lines, the next cue would be too soon. Conversely, if they skipped some lines, the automated cue would come too late. Just too many variables for "real time" PB in my situation.
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2008
  6. Grog12

    Grog12 CBMod CB Mods Premium Member

    Messages:
    2,615
    Likes Received:
    172
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    You could always buy a second board.....
     
  7. JohnA

    JohnA Active Member

    Messages:
    117
    Likes Received:
    19
    Occupation:
    Lighting Designer/Technical Consultant
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    Hi Tim,

    Thanks; but I don't see a link for this "new product".
     
  8. highschooltech

    highschooltech Active Member

    Messages:
    183
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Orange, CA
    what kind of console are you using to do the programing on?
     
  9. JohnA

    JohnA Active Member

    Messages:
    117
    Likes Received:
    19
    Occupation:
    Lighting Designer/Technical Consultant
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    I am using the Zero 88 Fat Frog. I checked the manuf's web site, but the box they offer is ~$3000--too much for a back up unit IMO.
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2008
  10. gafftaper

    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

    Messages:
    12,493
    Likes Received:
    2,475
    Occupation:
    Theater Manager & T.D.
    Location:
    Seattle, Washington
    What about buying a used Fat Frog? Solaris has two for around $2500. One they say is unused.
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2008
  11. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

    Messages:
    4,400
    Likes Received:
    2,784
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV, USA
    The Interactive Technologies' CueServerâ„¢ would also fit your needs. Unfortunately, all the options I've offered cost more than a Fat Frog, new or used.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice