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Mal Brown

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Onyx Obsidian licensing ? Hardware ?
« on: February 23, 2019, 11:32:26 pm »

Think Iím throwing in the towel on QLC+.  Trying to figure out the bits and pieces of Onyx.  Do I need to buy a controller or will this run off my win 10 laptop and eDMX 1 Ethernet to  dmx/artnet box.

The controllers M-Touch and M-DMX look pretty cool.  Any thoughts there ?
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Re: Onyx Obsidian licensing ? Hardware ?
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2019, 01:32:41 am »

I spent several hours trying to make the M-Touch suitable for a client who has NO skills or experience. Way over his (and my head), so we went with a Show Designer 1. I don't believe the software will work with anything other than a Martin/Elation interface.
I will be selling the M-Touch along with a PC in the very near future, as I have no need for it. The M-Touch is very impressive, just not suitable for the purpose.
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Re: Onyx Obsidian licensing ? Hardware ?
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2019, 08:41:19 am »

Think Iím throwing in the towel on QLC+.  Trying to figure out the bits and pieces of Onyx.  Do I need to buy a controller or will this run off my win 10 laptop and eDMX 1 Ethernet to  dmx/artnet box.

The controllers M-Touch and M-DMX look pretty cool.  Any thoughts there ?

This is Martin's M-PC software rebranded after it was sold to elation correct?

If memory serves correctly this is the case and I have been using the Obsidian website to figure out M-PC (which is yes out dated, as is the computer its running on). If this is the case I think they are roughly the same program,

My understanding is that downloads are free and that it will work with non-proprietary hardware, although they of course hope you will buy into their hardware.

As someone who is fairly new to DMX and who is not an LD by any means I found it very easy to program and used for a small install a few months back. I like that the software can be configured however you want for the end user. I have it setup so it loads to a snapshot (playback or cue scenes is the technical term I think), so it does not give edit access to the user.

Basically when the software is loaded the user has about 10 presets that can be chosen from.

I would use the software again, granted I am not an LD and I have not head to mess with movers at all; so take all of this with a grain of salt.
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Re: Onyx Obsidian licensing ? Hardware ?
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2019, 03:20:14 pm »

Think Iím throwing in the towel on QLC+.  Trying to figure out the bits and pieces of Onyx.  Do I need to buy a controller or will this run off my win 10 laptop and eDMX 1 Ethernet to  dmx/artnet box.

The controllers M-Touch and M-DMX look pretty cool.  Any thoughts there ?

What was wrong with QLC+? I just starting looking at it earlier today.

EDIT: Never mind, Just saw the other thread.
« Last Edit: February 24, 2019, 03:22:43 pm by Steve Garris »
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Re: Onyx Obsidian licensing ? Hardware ?
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2019, 06:49:51 pm »

Mal, We use ONYX with the M-Play and a touchscreen laptop.  We only need one universe which we get from the M-Play.  It took me about 8 hours of watching videos and playing with the software to get it up and running.  If you do go with ONYX please make sure you use the 2D visualizer.

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Re: Onyx Obsidian licensing ? Hardware ?
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2019, 08:18:01 pm »

Got it installed today on touchscreen laptop.  Going through some of the video now.  I sound the Fixture editor so hopefully Iíll get to test soon.  M-Touch looks pretty cool.

I was visiting a friend and lighting guy earlier today.  He uses multiple hardware controllers.  Likes the workflow.  One of them was a Blizzard ProKontrol.  Looked kinda cool for moving head control.
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Re: Onyx Obsidian licensing ? Hardware ?
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2019, 12:31:34 am »

I use the DMXKing e-dmx01 as well as an old Artistic License Downlink A and they both work fine.  I don't think the software cares too much about a specific brand of artnet converter.  Perhaps if you need RDM the specific brand and model might make a difference.


I have not actually upgraded to ONYX and still use the last release of M-PC.


I don't any hardware surface, just a touchscreen laptop and external touchscreen monitor.  For  simple shows I just use the laptop.  For more immersive shows I use the laptop and the 24" external touchscreen monitor to get more separate workspace panels visible at  the same time.  I also use up to 2x iPads with OSC as dedicated fader banks. (This is the only way I have found to get more than 1x "independent" fader banks to display at the same time with the free version.


That ends up being a lot of screen real estate and is basically a crutch for me to see everything at once.  If I had more LD experience, really knew the software or my own setup better, or perhaps had my programming set up more intelligently, I am sure I could get by with a lot less.


On a single laptop screen, with the number of different playbacks I seem to need, they get a little small to see. Much better with the extra screen.


Fader operation and button presses on a touchscreen is not really ideal and I am sure some sort of surface would be better.  But this is sort of a sideline to sound so I have not wanted to invest the money and time into adding another piece of hardware.



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