Really keen on getting a stage lighting show for my band when we play live.
We usually play at small venues so we dont need massive amounts of lighting, since most of the venues we play at have their own but we wanted something that can sync to our music and enhance our performance.
So far Ive decided on 2x 4bar LEDs on each side of the band and 3x 30w RGB strobe at the front of the band on the floor with another 1 at our drumkit
I know LED strobes arent as good but we arent on massive stages or anything so am hoping these will suffice
The LED bars im getting are these ones
I want to MIDI them to our songs so we can play to a click so which programs that are simple enough are worth looking into?
And as well how many DMX cables would be necessary for this setup and will I need terminators?
I have a lot to learn but am still doing research and would really like some feedback and how my set up should be before I commit to buying anything as of yet.
Hi Jim and welcome to the PSW forums. You'll find the members here are very helpful with tremendous knowledge and experience. But that feedback can be brutal at times so don't take any of it personally.
Now, a few questions and comments. If the venues you're playing already have lights, why to do you want to ADD to it? Is the purpose of the band focused on playing music or putting on a light show? You've heard the saying "less is more" and unless there are no lights at a venue - different situation - leveraging what the venue has reduces the amount of setup, storage, cost, configuration and maintenance you/band need to handle.
As for the lights you've listed, that strobe light is a cheap DJ targeted unit - NOT for bands - from China and I would be surprised if it worked when delivered. The other 4Bar likewise is from overseas (Australia) so delivery and more importantly, repairs (!?!?!) would cost you in terms of time and $. There's a very common saying around here to "Buy Once, Cry Once". That said, I would suggest holding off buying those lights - or ANY lights - for now, and focus on exactly what type of "light show" you want to ultimately provide. Invest in that time upfront because Lighting, like everything else, can get VERY costly VERY FAST. In addition, you'll need to take into account the additional power requirements to run them all.
But if you REALLY need to get "lights in a hurry", you can start looking at Chauvet, ADJ and Blizzard all of whom make popular 4Bar kits and strobes at decent quality and at least decent to very good service.
Good luck and let us know how things go.