September 4


In this week’s Episode, we’re doing something a little different. As the Podcast gets bigger I am getting more and more questions about lighting. So, two weeks out of the month I want to focus on answering questions and helping my listeners.

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Mailbag! (2:06)

Adrian (2:10) I’ve been a user of elation compushow for about two years, it’s great but it’s not really friendly for RGBAW/UV fixtures. Do you have a software you would recommend that is smooth to patch and program these kinds of fixtures?

I’m not completely familiar with Comushow but I do think I know what is going on. They have you select colors from the Color Picker but when you get to the Amber, White, and UV it doesn’t even use the colors that you’ve selected.

From my understanding, there is a Patent that ETC has that makes it where other consoles cannot use more than RGB or CM and Y in a color picker. It’s only the ETC Consoles that can factor in the Amber, White, and UV.

Part of that is when you get to the Amber, White, and UV can look different with certain fixtures and consoles. To avoid this I use the Encoder Wheels to set my colors and make all of the fixtures match.

To answer your question, if it’s not killing you then I would suggest sticking to what you have. If you want to make an upgrade I would recommend Elation’s Onyx software. It’s a professional grade console but as you do more complex things you’ll want to get a console that can do that for you. It is a learning curve but we do have videos and support to get you started.

Kristi (6:27) I am interested in stage lighting for the high school setting. Do you have a resource for us?

At this time I do not offer a resource for stage lighting for the High School Setting because there are some great resources already out there.

This is stage lighting for students that is based on Theater Stage Lighting and focuses on helping students with a theatrical setting.

Taz (7:25) I have a question about what your thought process is for setting up Cues and Cuelists in M-PC. My dilemma is I want to use a midi controller (APC40) with my laptop live and busk my lighting show. Should I or can I program multiple cues per playback button on my console or should I keep it simple and limit myself to one cue per Cuelist and map that cue to one button?

MP-C is now Onyx  and you can upgrade to the Latest version here:

You can do multiple cues per Playback Button or you could one cue. It can go either way. What I like to do is if I’m working with colors I will use multiple cues per button. But if I am working with positions, gobos, etc I only assign one cue per button.

For mapping, there are 2 ways you can do this with M-PC. The first way is using a companion program such as ShowCockpit. This allows you to be able to map the midi controller. Using ShowCockpit is easier to use and when you want to make changes it won’t be an issue. But this is a service you would pay for.


The second way you can do this is by going into the Software and set up the Midi Macros. This will assign a specific cue list to a specific button to the APC40. This is easy to set up and I have a link to the instructions below. The only hurdle would be is if down the road if you want to make changes.

Midi Macros

John (11:10) What wattage motorized spots do I need, and what height do they need to be mounted, for a 25-50 foot wide stage? I see motorized spots at varying wattage such as 65, 75, and 100+ Watts. 

This is a tough question to answer but I am going to walk you through I would approach the situation.

I’m guessing you do multiple productions and locations because the size of the stage you mentioned. Wattage wise it comes down to weird physics. In lighting, everything builds upon wherever you’re based.

If you have a performance in a pitch black room. You can get away with Lights that aren’t that bright. It’s really based on the human eye. The farther away someone is the brighter you’re light needs to be for that clear image.

Something to consider when looking at a stage is what is already set up? You want it to be as bright as it already is or make it brighter. Stage Lighting should be brighter than the house lighting. Then you throw in the wattage that you need.

Depending on the light an how it’s built, lights can be very different. If the light is closer to the stage then it doesn’t have to be as bright.

If you’re doing a 25 – 50 foot wide stage you probably want the lights to be 15 feet or so in the air. I would go 200 – 300 watt lights. Like the Chauvet Intimidator Spot 375 is a 150 watt. So you may want to stick with 150 – 200 watt range. It really depends what you have to work with.

If you’re budgeting for 6 lights but if you can go with 4 Brighter lights I would do that. You can get brighter lights that have some great functions.

Show Sponsorship (17:55)

This show is sponsored by Learn Stage Lighting Labs. I was thinking about some questions I get and the support available in Stage Lighting. Some people have mentioned that you can find tutorials and manufacturer forums to get the information you need. This is correct and I’ve personally created tutorial videos for some of these manufacturers.

But what makes Learn Stage Lighting Labs different is that you get personalized support. What this does for you is that I help build on to what you have learned from the manufacturer. Or if you’re just starting out I will help you teach you how to get started.

The manufacturer’s job is to provide a reference manual and that’s what the videos are. But if you’re new to lighting you need more than that. That’s where I come in and help you create a great show. The second part is when I provide personalized assistance and help you get to the next level in Stage Lighting.

The forum is not a bunch of people just chiming in and giving their insight. It’s myself as well as other members looking at where you started, what equipment you have and giving you customized advice for your needs and lighting knowledge.

If this is something you would be interested in I am offering for the next few days 10% Off of your Learn Stage Lighting Labs membership.

The sale will expire by Friday, September 7th at Midnight. So if you’ve been thinking about joining, now would be a great opportunity for you to sign up and get the memebership at 10% off.

Charles (21:55) Can you run led and incandescent lighting on the same universe? such as M-PC?

The quick answer is Yes. Think of everything as a DMX Device. Your incandescent lights are being controlled directly by your console. There is most likely a Dimmer Rack or Dimmer Pack in between.

Do not plug in your LED’s into a Dimmer Pack, they need wall power.

Ron (23:20) Where can we find a “lighting specialist” to evaluate our lighting and make suggestions. We want to add some LED Can lights as well as a color package. We’re located in middle Georgia.

What you want to look for is an Integrator or Consultant. Consultants are great because they are fairly unbiased.

Working with a dealer would most likely recommend what they sell. Sometimes, working with a dealer would get you a good price on the equipment.

I am going to refer you to this Facebook Group where you can join and ask for a recommendation for a Consultant that can help you. Be sure to talk a few people and don’t be hesitant to ask questions and find someone that is within a reasonable distance.

Church Sound Media Techs Group

Christopher (27:25) I’m new to DMX and stage lighting where do I start?

I see that you signed up and you’re on my email list from the Lighting Quiz. So, to get started want you to go back to the first email I sent you and look through the Guide for Church Lighting.

In that guide, it will help you with what to do and how to get started. If you don’t have that guide just go back to the Lighting Quiz and be sure to go through that Guide.

Another resource that I offer is Learn Stage Lighting Labs which is a personalized and in-depth support to get you started.

Closing (29:45)

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