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Author Topic: Basic theater lighting through a DMX Controller...is that possible?  (Read 806 times)

Catie HauffU

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Are you able to do fade to a blackout or fade the lights up and down with a DMX controller?

I am going to be lighting a dance performance and we are converting a space into a stage so I am starting from scratch with the lighting. I thought the best way to go would be DMX controller with LED lights but I am running into issues. I have the DMX ADJ controller and I am unable to fade to a black out or fade the lights up and down. Without these basics it won’t work. Am I missing something or do I need a new controller? Any recommendations? Thank you so much!
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2019, 01:25:12 PM »

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Re: Basic theater lighting through a DMX Controller...is that possible?
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2019, 08:31:42 PM »

Hi Catie, seeing as Mac unlocked the thread, I’ll assume your username passes and respond. 

The short answer to your question is yes - you can definitely fade lights in and out with a DMX controller.  This will be by utilizing the “Dimmer” or “Intensity” channel on your fixtures, if equipped.  Do you have the right DMX controller?  Maybe.  Assuming that you bought a DMX Operator, it’s far from my first choice, but it can work.  You’ll need to read the manual for both your lights and your controller to make things work though.  Sharing exactly what you bought for both fixtures and controllers will help.

To be bluntly honest though, based on how you asked your question and that you’re trying to start from scratch, you will likely save a tremendous amount of time and probably money by hiring a professional.  This can either be to design and run your show, program your show, or just help set things up for you.  What’s “worth it” to you will depend on your expectations and timeframe, having someone in person to teach you can work wonders.  Hope this helps!
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Re: Basic theater lighting through a DMX Controller...is that possible?
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2019, 01:15:20 PM »

Are you able to do fade to a blackout or fade the lights up and down with a DMX controller?

I am going to be lighting a dance performance and we are converting a space into a stage so I am starting from scratch with the lighting. I thought the best way to go would be DMX controller with LED lights but I am running into issues. I have the DMX ADJ controller and I am unable to fade to a black out or fade the lights up and down. Without these basics it won’t work. Am I missing something or do I need a new controller? Any recommendations? Thank you so much!

Which controller do you have?
I did some extensive research on controllers a few years ago. Can you give us a model number?
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Re: Basic theater lighting through a DMX Controller...is that possible?
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2019, 10:11:29 AM »

There is a similar thread over at Controlbooth.com about using a Chauvet Obey 40.
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Re: Basic theater lighting through a DMX Controller...is that possible?
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2019, 12:04:55 PM »

When you say "LED lights", are you refering to purpose-built stage/entertainment lights, or just a regular fixture that has an LED "bulb" in it?  If it is the former, then yes; it should work when the lights are correctly addressed for DMX control. If it is the latter, it will not work as presently configured.

If you will identify the specific LED lights you are using we can probably be more helpful.
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Re: Basic theater lighting through a DMX Controller...is that possible?
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2019, 02:17:58 PM »

Most "DJ" type controllers don't do dimming in a theatrical sense.  Use the right tool for the job and dispense with the DJ controller.
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