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Control/Dimming Minstrel Plus / Software

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by warriordba, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. warriordba

    warriordba Member

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    Hi all, I am new to this forum. I help at a community theatre that trains children and teens in music/dance etc and then puts on musicals to th epublic. The light board is a mintsrsl plus and seems to be very frustrating for the operators as it appears to lack such functions as to be able to go into a saved show and put in a new command between existing ones etc. I will confess while I have experience in sound I have zero with light boards.

    My question, is there any offline software that would allow us to design "offline", save to a floppy and then run the show with this controler board? I looked at what the board saves nw and it looks like machine code.

    Alternatively is there any PC software I might be able to put on a laptop that would interface to the unit to allow us to run from the PC?

    Any advice no matter how simple would be GREATLY appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Glenn
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    No, to both of your questions. A link to the User Manual appears in this thread, if that's any consolation.
     
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    Footer Senior Team Senior Team Premium Member

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    Your the second person that has wanted to do something like this this week. If you are DMX instead of the microplex for your dimmers, I would suggest losing the board completly and picking up a enntec DMX wiget (you can get them on ebay for under a hundred). You will of course need a computer, but it should get you out of that console fairly easily.
     
  4. warriordba

    warriordba Member

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    Thank you both for your quick and helpful replies.
    Excuse my lack of knowledge, but would the DMX vs microp[lex issue be something I would verify against the stage's lighting system?? I am pretty sure their stuff is old so I don't have much hope this will be easy.

    Thanks again!
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    I don't think the Electronics Diversified, Inc., Minstel Lite ever supported Microplex, as that was a protocol used by NSI and Lightronics. [user]warriordba[/user], there's (probably) a female XLR on the back of the Minstrel labeled "Output" or "Dimmer Out". How many pins does it have? If 4=AMX192. If 5=DMX512. Both have been around since 1986, before the Minstrel. If it's not a 5pin XLR, but some style of muti-pin connector, you have an analog system, see here: http://www.controlbooth.com/forums/...71-diy-dmx-demux-protocol-converters-etc.html.

    Tell us what Brand/Make/Model the dimmers are, and we can be of more help.
     
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    Hi folks, I have the info. THe board's output is 5 pin and is labeled DMX/AMX. The dimmers are also made by EDI. THey are labeled EDI D2. They are dual channel and we have 22 of the boxes. So I assume we get a DMX board for the PC and just connect the 5 pin plug into it and get appropriate software??

    Thanks,

    Glenn
     

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