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Speaking of MagicQ

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Esoteric, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Esoteric

    Esoteric Well-Known Member

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    Reading another thread I thought of a question for you guys. Would an Enttec programming wing work with Chamsys MagicQ software?

    Mike
     
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    I have been told no, it will not. You might be able to pull of some midi map stuff, but beyond that no. Chamsys is releasing the software for free, though it is a bit locked down, so you will later buy their hardware. Now, I know it will work with X-Keys, I am considering buidling an X-Keys layout for the console to combine with a programing wing and two touchscreens. All that gear together will run about 4k plus a computer to run it. Not bad in my opinion, and for 6k you can get the Maxi Wing (I have no clue why the call it that), 4 universes, and touchscreens.

    Considering a hog PC programing wing is 4k, playback is 2.5k, and each universe is around a grand, your savings are pretty huge.
     
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    Does it work with anything other than LightFactory?

    Mike
     
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    According to Enttec's website, testing with MagicQ is underway. However, be aware that the free version of MagicQ is officially a "demo" version. The use of any of Chamsys' USB products will unlock this mode, allowing you access to all the features of the software. Therefore, and assuming that Enttec does their homework, you could use the programming wing with MagicQ if you were using the Chamsys USB to DMX, audio input, MIDI, etc. it should work.

    Tim.
     
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    Interesting.

    Might have to look into that.

    I just dont have $3k to throw down on a desk right now.

    Mike
     
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    Your are not correct about the demo version. Your allowed to use the MagicQ software in full opertaional mode with the Enttec dongle. The only limit is you are only allowed to use the Enttec for 1 universe of DMX. So the only thing the Chamsys dongle will unlock in the software is the ability of having several more universes other then just the one.
     
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    No, thats not true at all. I am running 2 universes via shownet right now on my chamsys in demo mode. You can only run one Enntec open USB interface, but you can do as much artnet or shownet as you want.

    The software is locked down to a degree in the demo mode. The mouse trackball function does not work in demo mode, as well as the HTML remote. This is why I doubt they will let the Enntec wing work with the system, they are pretty protective of the system when it comes to control interfaces. They are not really big into selling their USB to DMX products but they really want to sell their wings.
     
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    Then there might be a problem with your install, I am running the full featured non locked version using the Enttec Pro and have had no limitations. However I have not tried to use any wings and would not be surprised for Chamsys not supporting them. MagicQ PC software shows “Demo Version” in the title bar when not connected to a ChamSys MagicQ PC Wing. But all functions should pretty much work. I have ran a few shows and all the functionality is there.
     
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    I have ran many shows of the console as well, its running in my space right now. It is not locked down in the sense it is unusable, its just that there are a few features that do not work when you are not using either a wing or a Chamsys USB dongle. Its not a problem with my install, it is how they make the software. If both the trackball and Web remote work for you, please let me know.
     
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    Just to clarify what works and what we limit in the MagicQ software.

    In standard mode, without any of our products attached, all 18 universes are active, the first can be selected from a list of third party interfaces. The remainder are output over the network with a choice of protocol. The software displays Demo Mode on the title bar to discourage people commercially installing it as part of a control system.

    We limit anything that could allow third party manufacturers create control surfaces, so the MIDI, remote network control etc are not functional. Connecting any of our products enables full functionality....... we have to make some money for all our efforts in writing the code.

    It is important to stress that we are not aiming to produce a Windows type application, the free version is built from the same code base as the console version (runs under Linux) and is available for Win PC'c, MAC's and Linux boxes.

    We offer support to users of the software whether it is the free version or have purchased part of the system hardware. We have had over 30,000 downloads from different URL's making it very widely used.

    GJM
     
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    I can not find a US supplier with a price for the USB to DMX dongel.

    Mike
     
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    ENTTEC - Lighting Control,RDM,DMX USB PRO

    They sell the USB to DMX Dongles on their website.

    I just bought the Pro, it was $151 plus tax.

    It was shipped from somewhere in Kentucky.
     
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    The Chamsys 2 Universe USB DMX dongle lists at 702,78 Euro ex. VAT here...

    Just wondering is Chamsys planning to make a programming wing like the Enttec listed above? Such a thing would be great for those who have a PC Wing or a Playback wing and would like to add easy buttons...
     
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    UPDATE: This might be possible pretty soon.... ENTTEC - ENTTECMIDIWING

    I don't know how I feel about this one. I think I will still be looking at buying an actual wing. Its basically enntec taking advantage of a loophole.
     
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    Yeah, so far it doesn't work with the free software (which is what I use with the ENTTEC Pro) but if they got it working it would be interesting.

    Mike
     

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