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AlexG

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Cheap beginner lights/controller help needed!
« on: December 06, 2004, 02:40:36 am »

Hello all, have a couple questions I hope someone can answer.

What are peoples opinions on cheap, beginner lighting controllers? I've been looking at this one from Chauvet. I plan on using it with these following lights:

Chauvet Omega 1
Chauvet DMX Mega Strobe
Chauvet DMX Stage Wash 900

I know Chauvet is far from the highest quality maker available but, they're inexpensive and this is going to be primarily for my own enjoyment and occasionally for some friends bands. If you have any suggestions please let me know but, keep in mind the total I want to spend is no more than $1,500-$2,000

Thanks to anyone that can help!
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Re: Cheap beginner lights/controller help needed!
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2004, 04:49:20 am »

The desk looks like the model up from the one I use.  Mine is the same except for the joystick.  It's a chauvet and I've had it 3 years now and it's never failed.  I play with a band and we connect a midi keyboard up to it to trigger patches.  It just works.

Scanners are a challenge to setup as mine has no joystick, but if this one's built as well as mine it should be fine.

Hope this helps
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Re: Cheap beginner lights/controller help needed!
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2004, 11:14:18 am »

That makes me feel better because I did end up purchasing it. Thanks.

Also, what do you mean by triggering patches with a midi keyboard? That sounds interesting.
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Re: Cheap beginner lights/controller help needed!
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2004, 11:41:34 am »

Sorry, in lighting terms I mean scenes.  Basically each scene can equate to a midi notes (top end notes on my desk equate to chases) so by pressing a key (much easier on a dark stage than selecting a bank and then a scene onthe desk) you can trigger a preloaded lighting scene/chase.

As my band do everything from the stage it means a guitarist (or any one with a free limb) can change the lighting on the fly. Very Handy.
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Re: Cheap beginner lights/controller help needed!
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2004, 12:53:50 am »

Sorry to keep asking but this sounds like something I would love to try. Does it have to be a special type of keyboard because I have several old MIDI keyboards lieing around. Also, what connection would I need and could I set it up with the controller I bought? Any other information you have would be greatly appreciated and if you have any links to more information as well. Thanks Smile
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Re: Cheap beginner lights/controller help needed!
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2004, 03:45:07 am »

AFAIK any general midi keyboard should work.  I just bought one of those cheap 2 octave jobs (designed to connect to PCs) for mine.

They should just connect via a midi port in the back of the desk.

You will need to have a look at the manual for the lighting desk to work out what midi channel relates to what.  I'm a drummer and I managed to get mine setup, so it can't be rocket science!!!

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