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Mark Knight:
Hi, I am a real newbie.  I just bought a couple of moving heads, that I really just want on prism, slowly moving around during my sets.

It looks like I need a DMX for this.

So - If I bought a DMX controller, and I create the scenes, will they just play?  Or do I need a programmable DMX?

I saw one on Amazon for 30 - Do you think something like this would work?

Alternatively, would I be better off going down the Vibrio method?

Paul G. OBrien:

--- Quote from: Mark Knight on March 18, 2024, 01:52:47 PM ---Hi, I am a real newbie.  I just bought a couple of moving heads, that I really just want on prism, slowly moving around during my sets.

It looks like I need a DMX for this.
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Some heads have built in movement programs you can access from the onboard menues but those may or may not be anything like what you want. With a DMX controller you can get the effect you want but usually not with the cheaper hardware versions, to get smooth movements requires a controller with built-in movement macros(a shape generator). I have 2 hardware controllers here that can do this easily.. the Blizzard ProKontrol MH and the ADJ WMX1, and just about any software based system should be capable of doing this you just need an interface of some type. I haven't used the Vibrio software so can't comment on that specifically but I have tried to use another architectural software package recently to control moving heads and it wasn't terribly successful.

Scott Holtzman:

--- Quote from: Paul G. OBrien on March 18, 2024, 05:56:22 PM ---Some heads have built in movement programs you can access from the onboard menues but those may or may not be anything like what you want. With a DMX controller you can get the effect you want but usually not with the cheaper hardware versions, to get smooth movements requires a controller with built-in movement macros(a shape generator). I have 2 hardware controllers here that can do this easily.. the Blizzard ProKontrol MH and the ADJ WMX1, and just about any software based system should be capable of doing this you just need an interface of some type. I haven't used the Vibrio software so can't comment on that specifically but I have tried to use another architectural software package recently to control moving heads and it wasn't terribly successful.

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There is an open box WMX-1 on eBay save a few bucks.  It is a super nice box and you can plug your hazer (if you don't have one get one, it's a must) and par/wash lights into it in addition to the automated fixtures.   


Here is a video of it in action https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/WMX1--adj-wmx1-standalone-dmx-lighting-controller



Mark Knight:
Thanks guys.  For my first foray into this kind of stuff, those machines are a bit out of my price range.  Whilst I'm singing, I don't really want the moving heads spinning and colour changing all over the place so the auto settings won't work.  I really want something a bit more graceful.  Slow ups and downs in the prism effect only.  I'm not even sure I can get the prism only without a controller.

Paul G. OBrien:
The ProKontrol is available from various places online for only $329, that is cheaper than some artnet interfaces.. something you will need to use an app based solution.

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