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John M. Roll:
Hi all,
I purchased Entec DPro awhile ago and am soon going to incorporate it into the "light show". I was wondering what the consensus was about assigning playlists and cues to a midi controller, such as the AKAI APC Mini, or just use the laptop for control. The Mini has faders which I am hoping will allow me to do dimming as well. Thoughts?

John

Jeff Lelko:
It honestly depends on how you plan to run your show.  For very basic playback a laptop may be acceptable, but otherwise if busking the show is something you expect to do you’ll want some sort of tactile control.  I have a standard fader wing for PC playback when not using my full console and would struggle to work without it.  Hope this helps!

John M. Roll:

--- Quote from: Jeff Lelko on March 26, 2022, 07:28:41 PM ---It honestly depends on how you plan to run your show.  For very basic playback a laptop may be acceptable, but otherwise if busking the show is something you expect to do you’ll want some sort of tactile control.  I have a standard fader wing for PC playback when not using my full console and would struggle to work without it.  Hope this helps!

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Jeff,
Thanks for the input. After talking to my light tech. He really likes the feel of the faders. Right now, we're using a Scenesetter 24. To expand, I was thinking a Scenesetter 48, unless there's something better out there. Suggestion? I'm not going wild with the lighting or anything, using Slimpar fixtures and a few other off brands. I'm going to add a Chauvet 4Play to the mix, and an Antari hazer, maybe a couple of moving heads, but that's it.

John

Jerome Malsack:
I was working with a computer and freestyler for the movers and smart programed shows.  this is not adaptable easily to incorporate into the show.  I then had a second DMX cable with white lights to follow the leads, keeping the artists from being silhouettes.  Third dmx line and controller to control the atmospheres,  setting and adjusting the fog and haze.  I tend to also sacrifice my fan's to dimmer packs as well.  So the fan can be near the fog or haze and be controlled for speeds and effect.  Fourth DMX is for the strobes.  Old 8 inch 70 watt strobes on Chuavet 751 strobe control that allowed manual control for single shots to speed and music input.   Yes I am not using the 5000 to 10,000 lighting board.  but my bands are only doing low dollar shows and larger bands pay for the large companys that have a lighting director,  Sound company with FOH and monitor engineers.  So for the small bands and small venues I make do with two stagesetter 8, one computer, one dmx operator pro, and the strobe control.   

was looking into a better computer program DMX Control,  but this still needs to develope with creating lighting fixtures.  few are supported and the program to create fixtures needs to be completed.  Freestyler has a working create fixture that is good to work with.
 

Jeff Lelko:

--- Quote from: John M. Roll on March 27, 2022, 11:13:22 AM ---Jeff,
Thanks for the input. After talking to my light tech. He really likes the feel of the faders. Right now, we're using a Scenesetter 24. To expand, I was thinking a Scenesetter 48, unless there's something better out there. Suggestion? I'm not going wild with the lighting or anything, using Slimpar fixtures and a few other off brands. I'm going to add a Chauvet 4Play to the mix, and an Antari hazer, maybe a couple of moving heads, but that's it.

John

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So just for clarification, you have a SceneSetter 24 and bought D-Pro (the software)?  If so, D-Pro, or any real software for that matter will run circles around any sort of SceneSetter.  Those boards have been on the market for over 20 years and were really meant for back in the day when Pars and dimmers were the norm - not LEDs and moving lights.  Aside from random bench testing there really isn't a place for the old 24ch fader boards in modern lighting. 

D-Pro is decent software, and Enttec sells wings that work well with the program.  I know that third party wings are supported as well, so just read the documentation to be sure that any wing you buy will work with D-Pro.  Good luck!

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