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Darrell Klompmaker

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Syncing up live show
« on: April 07, 2008, 10:07:02 pm »

I play with a classic rock band that plays live with an adat..we have approx. 50 cans 46's 56's 64's and pin spots...we hope to add some movers in the up coming year.  What would be the best way to automate our light show and sync it to the tape. We have a nsi board with midi in out thru and nsi dimmer packs
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Darrell
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Craig Leerman

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Re: Syncing up live show
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2008, 10:20:00 pm »

Darrell,

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Tom Herlihy

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Re: Syncing up live show
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2008, 10:19:44 pm »

Darrell, I use a PC based program called Bluelight X1 to do this.  They have an "API" in which you load a MP3, WAV, MP4, WMV etc.. (or a playlist) and the program synchs to the timecode in the file.  You then use the program to design all your lighting cues and put them at the exact time needed.  Then when you run the song/file, the lighting is fully automatic.

Best part is that you can practice and check timing by moving to any point or back and forth in the song over and over and over and over, without having to run it start to finish.  I can program an entire song (from existing cues) in minutes.

The program also works with an externally provided timecode.  So if you can get the adat to participate in the timecode scheme, it will work in tandem with Blue light.

Tom

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David Buckley

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Re: Syncing up live show
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2008, 12:21:37 am »

If you are using ADAT then I assume you are playing back multiple channels.

If your ADAT recorder supports MIDI time code (MTC) then you are in luck, you just need a MIDI cable out the back, and plug that in to any MTC compatible lighting system; many real lighting consoles and many PC based products can "chase" timecode, and your lights (once programmed) will stick to your audio like they're on rails.

If no MTC then you need to sacrifice one audio channel for audio timecode, properly called Linear (or longitudinal) timecode, LTC.  You'll probably need a box to convert that to MTC as LTC support in lighting control products is hard to find.

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