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Controlling venue and festival lights as a band
« on: July 26, 2022, 03:57:20 AM »

Hi. I am new to this forum.

Im looking for a lighting solution for my party band and hope that some of you experienced guys could help me pick out a way to proceed.

For many years our band have been playing smaller gigs, bringing most of the equipment ourselves. Through the years we have build quite a nice light rig, with LED Pars, strobes, a few blinders and a laser. We have programmed the lights to follow our show, using midi, click tracks and some entry level DMX software.

For the last years we have been playing bigger gigs at venues or festivals that already have a large lighting rig, often with a dedicated light jockey. The setups are often quite nice, but we miss the impact of the light hitting specific cues, dimming front lights after songs, strobes hitting at the right time and so on.

Our solution so far has been to bring our own lights and ask the local light jockey to dim his lights in certain parts of the set. The result is often quite messy, so we are looking for a better solution.
Somehow we would like to influence what the venue rig is doing.

I have sketched three different solutions that I could come up with. I would like to get your thoughts on these or ideas for other ways to do it. We are willing to invest in better dmx hardware/software within the 2000 dollar range. I have some experience using MA2, but not alot.
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Re: Controlling venue and festival lights as a band
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2022, 07:25:58 AM »

well the logical solution is to hire an LD for your shows that can then clone/morph to whatever fixtures you have that day, then update presets/palettes and then busk the show, run the cuestacks.

you could do all the updating and morhping yourself but that takes valuable time you likely dont have on showdays and then control the show over timecode.

have a look at ChamSys , GrandMA2/3 , Hog4 , Avolites etc for control solutions.
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Re: Controlling venue and festival lights as a band
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2022, 08:43:38 AM »

well the logical solution is to hire an LD for your shows that can then clone/morph to whatever fixtures you have that day, then update presets/palettes and then busk the show, run the cuestacks.

you could do all the updating and morhping yourself but that takes valuable time you likely dont have on showdays and then control the show over timecode.

have a look at ChamSys , GrandMA2/3 , Hog4 , Avolites etc for control solutions.

There is your answer.  The comes a point where you need an engineer and LD.
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Re: Controlling venue and festival lights as a band
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2022, 03:07:30 AM »

well the logical solution is to hire an LD for your shows that can then clone/morph to whatever fixtures you have that day, then update presets/palettes and then busk the show, run the cuestacks.

you could do all the updating and morhping yourself but that takes valuable time you likely dont have on showdays and then control the show over timecode.

have a look at ChamSys , GrandMA2/3 , Hog4 , Avolites etc for control solutions.

I was hoping to avoid that, as it will be quite expensive :-). Thank you for your answer
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Re: Controlling venue and festival lights as a band
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2022, 05:19:05 AM »

if you want something done good and proper you are willing to spend money on it. theres a reason lighting designers exist and that reason is having an on point show that looks like its supposed to night in and night out.
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Re: Controlling venue and festival lights as a band
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2022, 07:29:39 AM »

Back in the day, we only had pars for lights.  My band would pretty much se5 and forget.  At least until we threw a breaker.

Now our band sets up pars, four movers, a couple of other effect lights and two haze machines.  At festivals, the production company handles everything.  For other smaller gigs, we do our own sound and lights.  The light issue is very complicated and time consuming when you are trying to play.  For us, we have tried to keep it simple.  ADJ make the MyDMXGo app.  Straight out, donít rely on the wireless feature it sucks and is extremely unreliable.  We hardwire everything.  However, the app itself is super easy to program and has a midi function.  We donít use the midi, my bass player runs the lights from a iPad on his music stand.  We have come to the conclusion that we want a decent light stage presence, but donít want it to override or get in the way of playing well.  If you read the reviews on this app, you will find it is completely a piece of shit.  The wireless is shit, the app is great.  MHO

There is no way of replacing a dedicated light guy.  They as well as sound guys come at a cost.  If you can afford one, great.  If not, you have to find something that will get the job done. 
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