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Touring Lighting Question!

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by drolsinatas, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. drolsinatas

    drolsinatas Member

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    Hello, happy to find this board.

    I am a musician in a band, and on our upcoming tour I want to bring a light show that syncs up to our Tascam DA-88's. My goal is to have the Tape machines (which plays background audio) to be the master clock for a video device and a lighting controller via (MIDI TIME CODE or SMPTE).

    I have some prior experience with DMX controllers, and also with SMPTE and MTC using digital audio consoles, pc's, and tape machines. I have never connected all 3 together tho, and I don't even know where to begin with gear.

    I know this must be possible and was hoping someone here could point me into the right direction.

    I have a really nice Laptop with Windows XP.
    I have TASCAM DA-88's and 38's with the addition MTC ad on for synching up digital automated consoles and non linear pc audio software.
    I have a bunch of DMX light pack dimmers.
    I have Robolights as well as basic 'cans' lights

    My question is:

    1. what would be the most cost effective light controller that chases time code?
    2. Would I be better off with some type of lighting software? that uses an external DMX box that connects to my light dimmers?
    3. Should I use my old digital console for it's clock chasing capability to output midi commands to a lighting controller that accepts midi?

    I really appreciate any help on this!
  2. Pie4Weebl

    Pie4Weebl Well-Known Member Fight Leukemia

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    New York City
    I think using a PC based console(that could play the background tracks) to fire a series of linked cues and possibly your video would be your best option.
  3. RonaldBeal

    RonaldBeal Active Member

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    We need a few more details.
    What all do you want to control.
    How many universes/ channels of DMX?
    Just dimmers or any movers?

    Some ideas on some low cost PC based solutions:
    The Chamsys MagicQ console:
    ChamSys Ltd

    Or Jands Vista:
    Jands Vista
    Hope this helps
  4. CavezziMagnum

    CavezziMagnum Member

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    Atlanta, GA USA
    The PC based dongle software of a "lightjockey" sounds like the best way to go. Lots of versions out there. You will still need to design the looks that it chooses. Unless you are just going for a chasser effect with par cans. Good Luck, rock it out!
  5. TimMiller

    TimMiller Well-Known Member

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    Houston, Tx
    i'd personally go with the vista, it will run time code, MIDI has not been built into the software yet, even though the console does have MIDI ports.

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