April 9

by LearnStageLighting.com

Learn Stage Lighting Podcast

This week on the Podcast, we have our Q+A Tuesday! This is when I get to answer your questions and walk through the thought process.

If you’re new here and you’re not sure how or where to get started with your lighting be sure to take this Quiz and I will send you a Guide based on your answers to help get you pointed in the right direction.

How to Begin with Lighting Quiz

Lighting News (1:20)

We have some exciting things happening in Germany this week where the Pro Light and Sound Trade Show is happening. This is at least one of the biggest trade shows in the industry and they are announcing a lot of new products.

One of the products announced is from ONYX, the Dylos system. This is their new pixel mapping and they are hoping to release it within the year.

ChamSys announced a cool new feature for there console, a Timeline. It’s basically where you can bring in audio and then bring in different lights as well as cues to play with it. You can read more about it here: ChamSys Timeline.

Lastly, a new light was announced, Clay Paky XTYLOS. This is a beam light that is powered by a laser source! There’s a video available showing the product’s features.

Main Segment (9:15)

If you have a question you would like to share be sure to submit it here: Contact Form and there will be an option to allow you to leave your voice message.

Bob (9:28): Love this site! I was a production pro from the late 70s through the mid 90s. I have recently been doing creative direction for 2 sets of friends who have bands. for the last year, I have been using an elation scene-setter 24 in 2×12 mode with small 4 channel dimmer packs with a mixture of small pars with retrofitted LED lamps in them so I could use “real color!” I am a creature of habit and I hate hate hate that RGB pink haze that seems to always be there with earlier generation and cheap RGB pars.

Anyway, I am ditching the conventional lights and getting 18 Chauvet slimpar 56, 4 ADJ 25 watt pocket pro and I guess I’ll keep 2 dimmer packs and 8 par 46 conventional for front specials. All of this happens in bars/clubs with ceilings 8′ to 11′. Also decided to go with ENTTEC DPRO 2U for control.

What do you think about that gear? Keep in mind I come from the school of thought that you want to use as little light as possible so you get the audience’s pupils to dilate as much as possible when watching a show…

Bob is one of our Learn Stage Lighting Labs members and he booked a call with me to go over his set up. We went over his rig today and it’s really good.

When your lighting to live music, keep in mind that context of the music. In this case with classical music, I wouldn’t use moving lights because it sets the atmosphere of what it looked when that music was being played in the ’70s. The same goes for more modern music as well.

Andrew (12:28): I am using Chamsys MagicQ for building my lighting show, and I’m using Ableton Live to run click & tracks for my band. Is there a way that I can utilize ArtNet inside of MagicQ to listen for timecode tracks from Ableton to activate cues? (please forgive me if I’m using incorrect terminology, I’m still figuring all of this out and have yet to be in front of a “real” lighting desk.)

There are a few ways you could trigger this. One of the ways to do this would be using ENTTEC’s DMXIS or ShowBuddy Active. These programs can output DMX or Art-Net and work as a plugin with Ableton Live. Out of Ableton, you’re not going to be able to get a DMX output unless it’s through another plugin.

Another possible way is you may be able to use OSC. You can do this with Showcockpit that allows you to link different programs together.

Lastly, if you go to Figure53.com there’s a program call Q-Lab that is similar to ShowCockpit that translate between the programs.

Musa (15:10): Hi David, Your notes are handy. I could use some help. I’m using these single channel dimmer packs. This doesn’t seem to have a hold function if the signal is lost (I have a wireless system which has lost connectivity) and causes dropouts. 

Wondering if you know if any neat small units I can get that will provide a failsafe hold last signal function until the new signal is received. In the meantime, I’m going to try a few more options to improve my connectivity.

There’s just not a lot of options on the single dimmer packs. But I would recommend checking ETC Connect. I wouldn’t get caught up on focusing on the dimmer packs. What I would suggest first is working on your wireless connection.

If you can get the wireless connection to function properly you may not have to purchase a new dimmer pack. So I would just focus on that first.

Closing (17:33)

Next week on the show I’m pretty excite to have my good friend, Pete Greenfield. We’re going to be talking about music and how to light to music. Be sure to tune in!

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