Chauvet Gig Bar Irc - Dmx Vs Footswitch

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I recently purchased the Chauvet Gig Bar IRC for use with my small band. I hope someone out there can address my issues as follows:

1. the footswitch, in my opinion is absolutely worthless, there is at least 1/4 of free play in the switches before it actually makes contact. You have to literally STOMP it it to get it to work. The only switch that is usefull at all is the blackout. According to the manual, if you want to change modes you have to select which mode, then press the associated switch up to say 10 times. I have YET to get this to actually give me the results I need. For example: say I am using the internal "sound activated with pars, derbies, laser" (which is the "music" footswitch being hit 9 times). Now I go to my guitar solo and I want to add the strobe, I would need to hit the freaking switch 10 times. Then when solo is over, hit it 9 times to take the strobe out of the show. Virtually impossible to do while playing.

2. the IRC-6 remote control is no better. Manual says "while hold down the Sound button, press the mode desired.. in this case the 9). I have not been able to get this to work at all.

3. Therefore, I gave up and purchased a USB/DMX dongle (Acti Dongle from HolidaytCoro.com for $54.95), an Entec Pro clone. I downloaded Chauvet Xpress software and after fighting with it for a day, I called Chauvet support and they say they do not support that DMX controller and want me to buy their $299 controller. After spending over $500 thus far, I decided to try other software, I have installed and tested programs from DMXsoft, Freestyler, Xlights Nutcracker, etc and none of them work. So I put the GirBar aside and set up my two old (known working) Chauvet LED Spash86B pars. Still Nothing!!

Configuration: Windows 7. Lastest updates. The DMX Dongle shows up as a USB Serial Converter and as Com3 under Serial Ports.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Thanks
JD
 

Mark Evans

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Welcome JD. I had the same problem with the foot switch, not with getting it to work but how it works. Not a fan. I did get the remote to work very well but it lacked some programs I wanted so I decided to go DMX and then I found that again the light lacked a few features I would have liked but from what I read it is the way the industry is going. I do have the usb and show express and got them to play nicely. I wrote about 60 programs which basically mimic the built in programs. Here's a great primer video to show you how to setup DMX. The interface now is new and much improved. Don't give up hope. Once I learned this and set it up it is awesome. I'll zip all my stuff today and I'll see if I can send you the programs.

 

adjtogo

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From my own personal experience, Chauvet makes junk. I can't begin to tell you how much I've spent on Chauvet lighting products, and they pretty much all crapped out on me in a very short time. I currently have a Chauvet Four Bar Tri, which I purchased several years ago. I originally had a Four Bar before they went to the Tri. The Four bar wasn't bright enough, so I was dumb enough to buy two to light the dance floor. I sold them to a church choir shortly after I bought them. When the Tri came out, I decided to try it. A few months after I got it, the foot switch went out. Since it was under warranty, Chauvet replaced it. A few months after they sent me a new one, the replacement went out. Still within the warranty period, they questioned me about the use, and reluctantly sent me a new one. That one went out after the warranty expired. The carrying case it came in is junk. Mine is in pieces.

Next up, I tried the LED battery powered uplights. I bought 18. Four right out of the box didn't work at all. I paid shipping to send them back, and they sent me four new ones, which two didn't work. Finally, after sending the two back, I had an operational 18. First gig. Half the lights didn't hold their charge and went out one by one, and the lights weren't even on for four hours. I made sure I charged them up, but same thing. Then the fuses started to go out. It was a very frustrating few months that I had them. One return for warranty repair after another. Finally, enough was enough. I was able to send them back to the store I purchased them from and exchanged them for Blizzard Puck RGBAW.

I wouldn't waste my time and money on any other Chauvet products. You're just as good as buying something from the cheap, no-name lighting store.
 
Welcome JD. I had the same problem with the foot switch, not with getting it to work but how it works. Not a fan. I did get the remote to work very well but it lacked some programs I wanted so I decided to go DMX and then I found that again the light lacked a few features I would have liked but from what I read it is the way the industry is going. I do have the usb and show express and got them to play nicely. I wrote about 60 programs which basically mimic the built in programs. Here's a great primer video to show you how to setup DMX. The interface now is new and much improved. Don't give up hope. Once I learned this and set it up it is awesome. I'll zip all my stuff today and I'll see if I can send you the programs.

Thanks Mark!

I downloaded xlights and was able to successfully test the old Chauvet LED86B pars, so I know the DMX interface/dongle is working. Are you saying you got ShowXpress to work with an Enttec/Pro USB dongle?
 

Mark Evans

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Mine works with the Showxpress 100. Never tried another dongle......bot that don't sound right. I have a 5 day show coming up this weekend and packed up the lappys so let me find the backup on my flash drive and I'll zip those files and get them to you tonight.
 
Research shows that ShowXpress ONLY works with their DMX controller.

Tried again to use the remote and footswitch on a gig last night, ended up throwing the remote up against the wall and snatching the power out of the unit!
As second responder wrote, what a piece of crap!
 
I am happy to report that I have found a solution. QLights+ free download from Sourceforge.net. There are quite a few tutorials on YouTube which were helpful. Also included is an easy to use fixture editor that I used to define the GigBar. I plan on either using a wireless USB numeric keypad to bring up my scenes.
 

NickyB

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DMX is almost always the better choice .... I don't own the Chauvet but do have the Blizzard system and I too agree that the footswitch controller leaves a lot to be desired.
 
If anyone is interested, I have fixture library definitions for all three modes of the Chauvet GigBar, 3-channel mode, 9-channel mode, and 20-channel mode for the QLights+ DMX software.

Have been using a small ASUS netbook running Windows XP for the last 3 gigs. Works great using a small wireless usb numeric keypad to switch scenes.
 

DJ_Grooves504

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I have had the same issue with the footswitch for the gig bar irc. I have only used chauvet lights and never really had any issues with them. i do agree with the ir remote about it not being much better than the footswitch.
 

NickyB

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I've programmed my Blizzard Weather System into an old Elation Solo controller. It's not much larger than a typical TV remote so it fits in the case much easier than the footswitch. On the down side, you need another DMX controller to program it, but once done, it produced a very good light show.
 
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