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duane massey

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Anybody using the Elation/martin M-Touch?
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:44:01 am »

Will be installing one of these in the near future, anything I need to know?
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Re: Anybody using the Elation/martin M-Touch?
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 08:08:11 am »

Will be installing one of these in the near future, anything I need to know?
I've been a user for a couple years.  The software, like any full-featured lighting software, has a learning curve, but the value of M-PC/M-Touch is better than anything else out there if you want any kind of physical control surface. 

You haven't said much about your application.  Is this a "program once then forget" thing? Is this something that people will be doing new looks for regularly? 

There are a bunch of great YouTube videos on M-PC that are worth your time to understand not just what the buttons do, but how to think about workflow.  The latter makes all the difference.
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Re: Anybody using the Elation/martin M-Touch?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2019, 12:20:42 am »

"Set and forget" application in an older dance club. They have 3-4 cheap DMX controllers, each one for different lights, and no one there knows how to operate the sorry things, much less program. I'm going to set up a variety of programs for them, and I doubt very seriously if anything will ever change.
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Re: Anybody using the Elation/martin M-Touch?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2019, 09:11:34 am »

"Set and forget" application in an older dance club. They have 3-4 cheap DMX controllers, each one for different lights, and no one there knows how to operate the sorry things, much less program. I'm going to set up a variety of programs for them, and I doubt very seriously if anything will ever change.
once you get it programmed it should be pretty solid. I strongly recommend you disconnect your machine from the internet so you donít have to worry about windows updates.

I set this up at my church about a year and a half ago and it runs 24/7. Once in a blue moon (a couple times a year) things get weird that a reboot fixes. Other than that, the M-touch is pretty bullet-proof with no moving parts and being pretty much hermetically sealed.
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Re: Anybody using the Elation/martin M-Touch?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2019, 12:55:32 pm »

Thanks, Tom.
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Re: Anybody using the Elation/martin M-Touch?
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2019, 04:04:13 pm »

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Duane, we started using Onyx formerly Martin PC with the M-Play.  Works great.

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Re: Anybody using the Elation/martin M-Touch?
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2019, 06:36:41 pm »

I recently acquired an M-Touch from an install that decided it was inappropriate for their needs.  They wanted something very simple that their bar staff could operate.  M-touch is NOT that.  As others have said, it requires a PC running ONYX software (somehow they missed this detail when they purchased it), and there's a definite learning curve to the programming side in ONYX software.  I'm not an experienced LD, so it took me quite some time to get over the hump on that.  The tutorials from 'Learn Stage Lighting.com' were a great help.  Now that I've gotten the basics down I can say that I'm a fan, and I'd recommend it as a great tool for a sound guy trying to improve my light show.
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Re: Anybody using the Elation/martin M-Touch?
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2019, 12:46:07 am »

Thanks, Peter. I will do the programming as part of the upgrade. I doubt that anyone at the club will ever change anything. As it is now they just turn all the controllers (5 different ones), put them on "auto", and then hit the strobe lights from time to time.
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Re: Anybody using the Elation/martin M-Touch?
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2019, 12:40:25 pm »

Thanks, Peter. I will do the programming as part of the upgrade. I doubt that anyone at the club will ever change anything. As it is now they just turn all the controllers (5 different ones), put them on "auto", and then hit the strobe lights from time to time.

Duane, if you go to the Onyx M-Touch/M-Play route and need any help with the programming let me know and I will see what I can do remotely and send you a file.

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Re: Anybody using the Elation/martin M-Touch?
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2019, 02:31:40 am »

Damn! Spent 2-3 hours trying to load the software on 2 different laptops. Finally read the specs. Apparently when they say "i3 or i5", they mean "i3 or i5". Picking up a desktop and touchscreen tomorrow.
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