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 April 23

by LearnStageLighting.com

Learn Stage Lighting Podcast

This week on the Podcast we have our Q + A Tuesday! Today, we’ll be covering topics such as working with new software and how you can make lights works.

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.

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 customized Guide based on your answers to help get you pointed in the right direction.

How to Begin with Lighting Quiz

Lighting News (1:30)

As I mentioned on last weeks show, the Pro Light and Sound Show were happening over in Germany. There were some new product announcements and we actually have more information.

One of the items announced was the ONYX Dylos system, a pixel mapping engine. There wasn’t a lot of information provided so I reached out on Facebook to see if anyone was at the show and able to see this new product in action. There are some great videos on Facebook from Eric Loader with the new ONYX Dylos system here.

Another cool item that was announced at the USITT Show was the ETC
Augment3d (Augmented). What this is, is a 3D Visualizer that meets real life. What makes it different from other visualizers is that has full integrations with their console.

This unit was designed with theater in mind. It allows you to draw out your space physically then you can move around lights with your mouse or using the touch screen on the visualizer. As long as you are accurate with placing your lights everything should hit where its suppose to. For more information on this product, you can watch the video here: ETC Augment3d at USITT 2019.

Main Segment (8:50)

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.

Harold (8:57): Hello, We are having an issue with our overhead stage lights. Every time we change the bulbs they will be burnt out again within 1 month to 2 months. Around half of them will do it… I don’t know if we are using the wrong bulbs or doing something wrong. Any idea is appreciated.

I’m not sure what type of lights you have or what bulbs are being used but you probably have your sockets going bad. This is fairly common, especially with lights being used over time. You’ll want to order new sockets or have someone come out and replace the sockets for you.

Something to try before replacing your sockets is bringing all of your lights up to full and meter the power. You should be getting between 110 volts to 125 volts.

Joseph (10:35): Good day, Mr. David! I’d like to ask for your help with regards to the lights I have. Please see the attached photo, my problem is that there is no available cable I can find here in Guam or online that is male in both ends to connect in my DMX controller. Can you please help me or do you have any suggestions. 

The important thing to know about DMX is that the input and output are a general purpose two plugs that provide input and output. This is known as a bust configuration.

If all of your lights are the same and your controller is opposite you can make an adapter or use a male to male adapter. Or you can just wire everything backward from the controller to your lights.

Nedislav (12:35): I have a question about the Enttec DMXIS. We are a band without a light guy and we want to control the lights from our DAW. Can I make a preset for our light show that I can play every night on different kinds of lighting equipment (depending on the club that we are playing at) without having to program the light show from the beginning to adapt for the different equipment?

DMXIS overall is a very simple program to work with but there is no way to generically program or clone things for your lights. There are a few ways to work around this type of situation.

One of the ways to do this is when working with a venue and if you want to use their gear as well as yours get the list of their gear and the IP Addresses. Then, set your gear to different IP Addresses. Next, you’ll program the show with your gear, save the show, and then copy it. Create a new show and then program their gear into that show. This way is great if you’re working with 4 – 5 different venues.

If this is not your situation you may want to consider upgrading from DMXIS because it was designed for simplicity. What I would recommend is checking out ONYX. How Do I Begin with ONYX?

ONYX is a professional grade console and one of the great features is cloning. What it does is if your working with a venue’s equipment you can clone what you already have programmed and copy it to the venue’s equipment.

ONYX will work with your DAW and it would just trigger through MIDI. This actually brings us to an announcement I wanted to share about Learn Stage Lighting Labs.

Learn Stage Lighting Labs (16:00)

We’ve just added a brand new expanded action plan, Automatic and Live to our membership, Learn Stage Lighting Labs. What this use to feature is how to use Ableton as well as other DAW’s to control their lights in DMXIS.

Now, it’s been expanded to a full action plan that goes into MIDI triggering as well as timecode. This will be a full complete guide on how to generate and send through various programs such as Ableton or Reaper and receive it through consoles such as ONYX or D-Pro.

Closing (17:57)

Learn Stage Lighting Labs is a community and access to in-depth training and tutorials. We also have a very interactive community of members as well as myself, that can help answer your questions. You can learn more about this here: Learn Stage Lighting Labs

Next week on the podcast we’re going to talk about Gobos, which are patterns that you can use in your show. If you’re new to working with gobos it’s easy to take them at face value. Be sure to tune in as I share different ways to work with Gobo and elevate your production.

We’ll see you next week!

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