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Paul Johnson

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Re: Lighting Software for M1 Apple Silicon Macs?
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2021, 09:18:14 AM »

As confirmed Chamsys MagicQ user for many years - I just downloaded it as usual on my new M1 and didn't give a moments thought - it works fine like it always has.
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Re: Lighting Software for M1 Apple Silicon Macs?
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2021, 10:35:51 AM »

To quote the announcer from NBA Jams! "Boom Shaka-Laka!"

Just downloaded MagicQ - it has the one fixture I currently own already in the library!  I have an unhealthy affinity for Chauvet fixtures, so it's a very healthy environment for me to get started in.

It looks like I can get started for the price of their cheap usb-to-DMX dongle, and their Mini Wing (which is about as much control as I can use in the short term) opens up all 64 universes.

Thank you all for your help - MagicQ really is exactly what I was looking for.  I can see that the learning curve will be >90o for a bit, but that's fine - I've got nothing but time on my hands.  Off to order the dongle!

I'll report back as I start getting to grips with actually running the fixture live and adding some more!  Seeing that is has a lot more functionality (including video sync/playback) is really cool, too!  I think I'll need the wing to unlock that, but no big deal there...
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Re: Lighting Software for M1 Apple Silicon Macs?
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2021, 08:15:13 PM »

There are quite a few youtube videos on MagicQ and even on line interactive training sessions you can sigh up for.  Their support is very good!
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Re: Lighting Software for M1 Apple Silicon Macs?
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2021, 12:16:42 PM »

I have an unhealthy affinity for Chauvet fixtures, so it's a very healthy environment for me to get started in.

You'll be happy to know then that ChamSys was acquired by Chauvet a few years ago!  At least at face value they seem to maintain a separate entity though compared to when Elation acquired M-PC and rebranded the whole product line...

Definitely read the literature as I know there are a few "gotchas" with MagicQ PC as well such as specific hardware required for MIDI control and whatnot, but otherwise MagicQ PC is very friendly to those needing a low cost of entry for use without excessive restrictions.  I thought they now give you 64 universes for free without needing to buy ChamSys hardware but I could be mistaken.

Since you mention the wings, I'll definitely add that wings really help to open up software to feel more like an actual console.  As mentioned I have a basic fader wing for Nomad just to make playback easier when not using my full console.  Others have made quite elaborate setups with wings, touchscreens, and custom cabinets that rival the look and feel of actual consoles, so you can really play with that to customize the setup to fit your exact needs.  Glad to hear that we were able to help and good luck with your new solution!
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Re: Lighting Software for M1 Apple Silicon Macs?
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2021, 08:41:05 AM »

There are quite a few youtube videos on MagicQ and even on line interactive training sessions you can sigh up for.  Their support is very good!

I've started watching them.  I do note that a major "Tutorial" video on YouTube is about 4 hours long, but since these are high-end software packages, you have to expect an associated learning curve.

Regarding support, when I called the Eastern US sales number, I'm pretty sure it rang through to the UK headquarters and someone relatively high-placed answered the phone.  I was very pleasantly surprised to see that kind of responsiveness for "free" software!

(Not So) Patiently waiting for the USB-DMX interface to arrive so I can see how it gets along with my fixture!
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Re: Lighting Software for M1 Apple Silicon Macs?
« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2021, 08:47:48 AM »

You'll be happy to know then that ChamSys was acquired by Chauvet a few years ago!  At least at face value they seem to maintain a separate entity though compared to when Elation acquired M-PC and rebranded the whole product line...

Definitely read the literature as I know there are a few "gotchas" with MagicQ PC as well such as specific hardware required for MIDI control and whatnot, but otherwise MagicQ PC is very friendly to those needing a low cost of entry for use without excessive restrictions.  I thought they now give you 64 universes for free without needing to buy ChamSys hardware but I could be mistaken.

Since you mention the wings, I'll definitely add that wings really help to open up software to feel more like an actual console.  As mentioned I have a basic fader wing for Nomad just to make playback easier when not using my full console.  Others have made quite elaborate setups with wings, touchscreens, and custom cabinets that rival the look and feel of actual consoles, so you can really play with that to customize the setup to fit your exact needs.  Glad to hear that we were able to help and good luck with your new solution!

I had noted that! Combined with its Mac-friendliness, I think this is the right package for me at the moment.

Regarding the hardware, yes - it seems that the only MIDI control they support is via physical I/O on their hardware.  This is likely to prevent the use of USB-midi fader banks to replace their hardware.

From my understanding, the USB-DMX dongle that I've got on the way only enables 1 universe in "Demo" mode, so some features will not be available.  The Mini Wing enables all software features as well as 64 universes of output.  I believe the free iteration of the software will allow you to Visualize 64 universes worth of fixtures (for offline programming, etc.) but will not allow output of even 1 universe without some hardware.

I definitely see that some kind of wing will be necessary for any form of busking-style use of the software, but again, that is well enough in the future to not be an issue.  I can see, though, that a touchscreen monitor would be a decent analog for the physical programming buttons on the console.  It seems that using it fully In-The-Box relies on using the exact same buttons as the console, just on-screen instead of physical!
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Re: Lighting Software for M1 Apple Silicon Macs?
« Reply #16 on: Yesterday at 07:21:27 PM »

OKAY! Finally getting to grips with the software after receiving my dongle today!

Got some rudimentary chases set up for my lone(ly) fixture and it's all responding well.  The "Basic Tutorial" series really does walk you through everything you need to get basic control of your lights set up and running as you'd like.

Of course, the whole purpose of this exercise was to add some more fixtures and get a more complex show going, and I'll attend to that in the coming weeks.


What I'd like to ask help with now is ArtNet or sACN adapters.  The only one I can find for reasonable money that appears to be in stock is the Chauvet DMX AN2.  I'd like to experiment with DMX-over-ethernet a bit (since I'm not risking anything if I make mistakes at this point,) and I was wondering if anyone would recommend a different/cheaper alternative?  I really don't need two concurrent universes now or even in the future, I would just love to be able to have multiple DMX chains running local to the light themselves so I don't get into transmission line issues with longer DMX runs as I start deploying the lights.

If that DMX AN2 is the bottom of the budget, then I'll happily go that route, but I'd appreciate any advice about this aspect of lighting control.
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