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Steve Hayes:
First up thanks for reading and any help!! My history is digital media, audio, video and being a musician. Not lighting - yet so forgive any ignorance!

I've got 4 ADJ Mega Hex LED lights and 4 similar lights from Beamz - the LED FlatPar 18. We've been using them to do some basic stage lighting for a church as nothing too complex needed. I was recently asked to dim the lights at times so this became the opportunity to set up a basic lighting control via DMX. We are on a very limited budget. (I've looked at the Behringer LC2412 and a 'Cobra Colour Control 8' to do what I'm asking below. Both these are possibly beyond budget but I could top up!)

What I'd ideally like is to get a controller that has a master dimmer function (so I can dim all the lights together) as well as having individual and easy control over all of the eight lights. As such I bought what I thought may work (should have got some advice first!) which was a Cameo Control 54 ('open box' item on offer). I wired everything up, added a terminator and assigned DMX addresses to all the lights (I actually used 4 ADJ and 2 of the Beamz ones). Having looked at the 'manual' and researched a fair bit before, I thought the Cameo Control would be able to do a 'master dimming' of the lights, which it seems it can't sadly!

I was only able to manually assign and then manage the lights on an individual basis - but not as a whole. Is there anything that would give me all this flexibility. Lots of controllers have things like chase sequences, strobe etc but these will be rarely used. Sadly the controller I got doesn't do scenes as I guess I could set up 'bright' and 'dimmed' scenes otherwise? I guess another option would be to give the ADJ lights the same DMX address so they work together - and the Beamz lights another DMX address to control them together. But then I presume I wouldn't be able to set the colours to each one individually?

I also had the issue of the 6 faders on the Cameo Control working fine with the ADJ lights controlling RGBW, brightness etc. But the Beamz lights (with DMX assigned properly I believe) started doing odd things when moving the controller faders. Instead of controlling colours etc, it started controlling fade speeds, strobe speeds etc. Very bizarre but they are fairly cheap lights I guess. I very well could have set up the DMX channels incorrectly however! Any advice on these also appreciated!!

Thanks so much for listening - I don't have a lighting shop locally except a 'disco' type lighting place, so your help is really valued.

Jeff Lelko:

--- Quote from: Steve HB on September 18, 2021, 07:04:19 AM ---First up thanks for reading and any help!! My history is digital media, audio, video and being a musician. Not lighting - yet so forgive any ignorance!

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Steve Hayes:

--- Quote from: Jeff Lelko on September 18, 2021, 09:07:49 AM ---Hi Steve, before anyone can help you you’ll need to change your displayed name to your actual full name per the forum policy you agreed to when signing up.

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Thanks. Done.

Jerome Malsack:
when assigning the lights to a dmx address, ADJ lights are set for 6 channels so the DMX address would need to start with 1 and the next light could be 7 or 8. 
then the 3rd light would be address 15 or 16.   So research the number of channels need to run the light and put the extra space in the controller. 

Steve Hayes:

--- Quote from: Jerome Malsack on September 18, 2021, 10:07:27 AM ---when assigning the lights to a dmx address, ADJ lights are set for 6 channels so the DMX address would need to start with 1 and the next light could be 7 or 8. 
then the 3rd light would be address 15 or 16.   So research the number of channels need to run the light and put the extra space in the controller.

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Thanks so much Jerome. Yes, so the lights are set 1, 7, 13, 19, 25, 31 so that works. I am able to control the colours on the ADJ ones and fade up and down individually. The Beamz ones (in 25 and 31 will turn on via the controller but only go to red and then changing the faders on the controller starts controlling fades, strobe etc and not colours at all. So that's a bit strange. Then I'd ideally like to be able to control the master for all of the lights and wondering if either of those desks mentioned (or others) would do that - and allow RGBW control etc. Thanks again for the pointers, it all really helps!

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