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Conventional Fixtures Sync lights and sound

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by chriskreidler, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. chriskreidler

    chriskreidler Member

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    Seattle, Washington
    I have a Strand 300 series, and a Mackie SR32-4. I'm wondering if there's any way to sync an effect on the light board with music. It would only be with conventional fixtures, no moving heads or anything.
  2. icewolf08

    icewolf08 CBMod CB Mods

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    Controls Technician - TAIT Towers
    Lititz, PA
    Well, there are multiple ways to do this. If you are running a computer based sound effects program like SFX or QLab you could use the Rosco Keystroke. This would allow you to trigger sound cues from the lighting console. We use the Keystroke for this all the time and it works great.

    If you have the MIDI card in your 300 you can also use the MIDI Show Control version of SFX (I am not sure if QLab supports MSC) to trigger light cues or use the MIDI out from the 300 to trigger sound cues.

    The other simple option is to time out the music/SFX and then link all your sound cues and light cues with the correct waits and then just hit play and GO at the same time.
  3. ishboo

    ishboo Active Member

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    Centerville, Ohio
    I've done this on a small scale with MSC and it has worked fine unfourtunately midi doesnt work on our main console so I've done everything with my little mackie.

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