September 10


Learn Stage Lighting Podcast Episode # 78

This week on the podcast we’re going to answer more of your questions because my box really does overfloweth with some great questions!

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Lighting News (2:45):

This week in lighting news there was an unexpected announcement that MA dot2 is dead! I’ve discussed this console on many episodes and it’s a console that is used by many professionals. Here is the message from the manufacturer: We have experienced a sudden and unexpected delivery failure of critical components for the dot2 console range. These key components are no longer available and regretfully we have to announce that we can no longer manufacture the dot2 console range. We also will start to slowly fade out the production of all other products of the dot2 series.

Software updates and our full MA support services incl. spare parts are unaffected. Please contact your MA distributor to discuss remaining availability or alternative current and upcoming MA solutions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

MA dot2 Update

Main Segment (8:58):

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Jack (9:00): I just bought dmxis and have 7 blizzard brand lights and they are not on the list, how can I use the software to control them fully?

This is a question we do get a lot here and you can check out this post on how to add fixtures and get control: How to Create and Install My Own Fixture Library.

Willie (9:00): So, I know I was working with you on learning Onyx before but I’m actually switching to DMXis for the time being because it seems way more straightforward and easy to jump into. I’ve worked through the DMXis tutorials you have some youtube and have hit one little snag.

After I download the fixtures from the fixture library at, how do I transfer those fixture files into DMXis so they can be patched? I feel like its as simple as just moving those zip files but I’m having some trouble figuring it out.

I mentioned in Jack’s question you want to check out this article: How to Create and Install My Own Fixture Library. With your particular snag, you may have not gotten all the way to the fixture file. So, when you get the zipped file make sure you save the fixture file. Then you want to paste the actual fixture file and then reboot DMXis. For particular instructions be sure to check out the post above.

KV (12:23): How do you prepare for a show where you’re only allowed to provide a cue list and they don’t know the music but it’s a reveal performance? This is supposed to be phenomenal but I don’t know the LD, and the venue is only allowing us to supply a short cue list.

Unfortunately, at this point, you would have to adjust your expectations. The reason why is that if you aren’t able to bring in your own lighting designer or provide a full cue list then you’re very limited on what you are able to do.

What I do is create a setlist, then for each song an provide a basic cuelist, with things that you want to highlight. Give them 3 – 4 bullet points for each song so that this can help the lighting person focus on what you want highlighted.

Edmond (16:33): I have a question about a moving-head fixture, a Chauvet “Legend 412.” Suppose that for some reason there is no lighting-console available. I just want to make the lamp show a full white wash AND I do not want it to do any pan or tilt at all. As you know a few seconds after connecting the power cord, the Chauvet starts to spin and flash.

My question: Is it possible to set the lamp only from the control panel? I have searched the web but found no answer. Hope you can answer the question.

This is going to depend on the exact light and what it is able to do. My suggestion is to find the manual for this light and see if in the manual if it mentions a test mode or a manual mode. This means you can manually set those parameters.

On a side note since this would be in test mode I highly recommend using a PC, set up with an art node, and even use the free version of ONYX to control the light. Because test or manual modes are just not as reliable as you may need it to be and designed to work with a console.

Joao (19:00): First of all, let me tell you that I love watching your channel and you have helped me a lot and inspired me to do better lighting! I’m from Portugal and I’m not used to writing in English, so I apologize for some righting errors or for a confusing text.

Since last year I am making lights for a band and some random light services in my local area. For those services, and since I’m new in this area, I simply use a Chinese DMX controller connected to my laptop running Freestyler! I want to invest in some gear so that I can improve my shows and improve my skills. I saw your video talking about the Midi controllers and I come up with two ideas and I want to know your opinion or, if you can, I’ll like to know what I should buy

My budget is around 300€ and for start, I already have a Sunlite 2 DMX controller borrow from a friend. For Midi controller, I was thinking of buying an Akay apc40, or, a Behringer Eurolight lc2412 and a touch screen monitor. My second idea is to try to make something like an Avolites Tiger. I hope that you can help me cause I’m a little bit lost in what should I do.

It does sound like you have a lot of the pieces together. So now what you need to do is start looking at the consoles available to work with. You want to decide if you want to work with either Sunlight or Freestyler as long as they are able to work with MIDI Controllers. I would recommend going with the apc40 as it is easier to work with.

Once you’ve decided on the console you then can go ahead and hook up you MIDI Controllers. Then you want to really dive into the instructions and learn how to start working with your console well. Then, you want to apply what you learned and use that with your MIDI controllers. My recommendation is to design a show that has many looks and lets you work on the fly so that can start getting comfortable with your controls.

Kyle (22:54): Hi, my question involves tracking. I’d like to know how it’s beneficial and why it’s used? I’d also line you know if it would affect a touring show built off of presets that you’re updating in each venue. By that I mean if you assign an executor fader to turn off tracking and you’ve built a cue stack on that executer and you update positions, color, etc… Without the tracking feature will your output be different than the previous show? Hopefully, this makes sense thanks.

First, you used the term executor fader which makes me think you’re working with a Grand MA. Tracking is a feature that is built into most professional-grade consoles. What tracking does is that it’s a way of consoles storing memory.

Tracking can still be helpful it can save you time in programming. For example when you have a cuelist and program in the intensity and position. Then, for the next cue, you just store the light position. How this helps is that you don’t have to worry about going through a cuelist and when you add to it you don’t have to reload the cuelist to make the changes.

David Sanchez (30:57): First of all, thanks for all of your videos, there are very helpful! I’ve bought a LightShark console a few months ago. I have a question with the FX generators when storing it on a cue. After storing the FX in a cue, I can’t modify the speed with the fader… I’ve selected this option but the FX speed/size it’s not modified. Another thing is when I record a FX into a cue, the FX doesn’t start immediately after the cue dispatch. For example, in a tilt FX, after cue dispatch first starts 2 moving heads doing the effect, after 2 moving heads more, after 2 moving heads more… to the end. There is any way to fix it?

To answer mostly your second question this effects engine is being developed because from the beginning the effects basically started with each fader. So this issue is being addressed and re-developed.

The first question regarding the speed is interesting because this should work. My best guess is that there is another fader that is up and effecting the speed or perhaps your show file may be corrupted which is possible.

Altie (33:09): Thanks David I really appreciate it I have a question for you and I have tried to research it but could not find a video tutorial on how to set up a DMX console to a visualizer software.

When working with a visualizer it depends on what type of console you are working with. Most outputs will be Art-net or sCAN. But if you are working with networked DMX then you can go straight from the visualizer to the console. This is, in my opinion, is easiest because all you need is a network cable.

Or if you don’t have that option you want to get DMX running out from your console, then use a USB or network-based node that can connect to your visualizer. I do also have a video here: How to Connect DMXIS with the Capture 3D Visualizer

Closing (35:20):

Thank you so much for tuning in today! If you are new here and haven’t checked it out yet be sure to check out the Lighting Quiz. This quiz is designed to answer a few questions that will match you up with a free personalized guide on how to get started with lighting. If you haven’t had a chance yet be sure to check it out!

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