Dmx 101. Need Help With Controller + Sofware

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dsr215

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Hi Folks,

I need help with setting up DMX lighting. We have a chauvet 4play clear, 4 ADJ Inno Pocket Spots and a ADJ Micro Galaxian Laser. I'd like to start playing around with DMX but I'm not sure how to go about this. I use VDJ so I've been looking at FreeStyler and ADJ My Buddy. I have 2 laptops so having one running the DMX show shouldn't be an issue. Has anyone used either of these products? Or is there something else you recommend? I'd like to keep my total investment under $200 including cabling.

Also: I have seen most of the videos online for these products. How are the connections being made? The dongle only has 1 out. Are you using a splitter of some sort?

Thanks
 

smedenver

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I was overwhelmed with a lot of the dmx software so I bought at dmx dongle for $40 (http://www.dmxsoft.com/) and downloaded a program called easy stand alone beta (one of the free ones that come with the dongle). I have showed two other dj's and they love the simplicity. I highly recommend it for the money and ease of use.
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
How DMX works ..... each fixture has its own specific number of DMX channels (lets assume a 6 ch fixture). You set the fixture #1 to a specific address (say ch 1) and that fixture will use ch 1 thru ch 6 with each channel controlling a function within that fixture. The key to controlling the fixture is defined in the DMX protocol table found in the User's Manual for that particular fixture. Then fixture #2 should be addressed to at least ch 7 or above and it too will use a specific number of channels depending on it's DMX protocol table and function per channel.

I personally use the Chauvet Obey-40 which can control up to 12 separate fixtures and each fixture can use up to 16 DMX channels each which is overkill for most DJ fixtures. There are 12 fixture switches. Each fixture switch starts at a pre-assigned DMX channel number and are 16 apart. Therfore fixture #1 gets set to CH 1, fixture #2 gets set to CH 17, fixture #3 to 33 ... etc. This will give you the ability to control fixtures individually or like fixtures in sync with each other. If your happy to have multiple identical fixtures running in sync, then put them all on the same DMX address.

Anymore questions, feel free to contact me directly via email or call 352-229-8795
 

Mark Evans

Mobile Beat Moderator
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I've been using Chauvet's ShowXpress since 2008. It's $299.99 but it is so versatile I love it. Once I have my lights setup I just push a button on the live screen to have it do what I want it to do. I used to use a hardware controller but after weeks of setting it up and it blew out and I had to restart all over I went with a software based system. Easy to back up and transfer to another computer if needed.
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
Mark -
How powerful does a touch screen laptop have to be to run that software. I already have FreeStyler V3 running on an older Toshiba Satellite but I'd prefer to just puch a button like I did on my NSI MLC128R.
 

Mark Evans

Mobile Beat Moderator
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Don't have a touch screen so I don't know. It's pretty fast with the keyboard though :)
 

JSMain

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Personally, I'm looking into a Raspberry Pi 2 with a touchscreen to run DMX using QLC+. Hoping to have something running by first of new year.
 

dsr215

New Member
Thanks for all the input. I went with the ADJ my buddy. I haven't had a chance to program it too much but so far so good.
 
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