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  • #16
    Originally posted by DexNeedsHelp View Post

    Hi Everybody,
    I'm sorry I know I dig up this topic from nowhere.

    I'm totally new here, [just Signed In yesterday], I've browsed Harmony Central Forums for few days now, you guys are great, contains lot of informations & seem to have a very active Community.

    So, long Story short, it happens that this man above me [Brywool], was asking a question that I'm currently asking to myself, that's why I dig up this topic to search & gather the most informations I can get before posting a new topic concerning my own questions.

    [I'm also leaning towards an FCB1010, but I'll post my own Lighting Project & its constraints in a future Topic. Soundlight & StratGuy22 have provided loooots of valuable answers (from what I've seen so far).]

    Anyways, here we go, I'm wondering about Brywool's question aswell, especially this part :


    Thank you all !

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    EDIT : LOL, ok so, literaly 30s after posting this, I've found this from Soundlight [again] :



    I guess that answer my question : A 12 Fixtures DMX Controller can control more than 12 individual Devices [PAR Led, Scanners, Etc], as long as they are assigned as "Groups", right ?

    Meaning I can control 78 Devices/Lights [Exagerating on purpose], with a 12 Fixtures Controller Do I understand this correctly ? I'm probably on the wrong path here... DMX is a confusing world when you just begin to dive in "How Lights Work".
    You are getting there. Most of my fixtures (lights) can be used in 5 channel or 8 channel modes. The 5 channel mode has control over the master dimming of the fixture, and the other 4 channels are for the fixture colors (RBGW). Now if I choose to use them in 8 channel mode, I can now adjust the previous 5 channels, along with some other features that are built into the lights, such as strobe, sound active, and auto-run programs.

    To assign a fixture, you start with the required number of channels needed, let's say 8. So fixture #1 is dmx channels 1-8 (set the dmx to ch 1). Now, your next fixture #2 is assigned to channels 9-17 (set the dmx to 9), and so on. With this scenario, your 8 backlights will use up 32 channels. Why not 64? See below.

    A typical light show backlighting is set up symmetrical, so that the lights on the left side are doing the same as the lights on the right side. Let's say you have 8 lights across the back, you only need to assign 4 of them to their individual channels. So using the above scenario, you assign fixtures #1 through #4 on the right side, and again fixtures #1 through #4 on the left side (mirrored).

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    • #17
      I have some programmable LED lights, a Chauvet Obey 40 controller, and a Behringer FCB1010 MIDI footpedal controller.

      For some stupid reason I cannot ascertain, light systems are programmed to use NOTE ON commands, instead of MiDI Program Change commands. Counter-intuitive, to me anyway.

      I can program the scenes I need on the Obey40. I can progam the FCB1010 to shoot out Note On commands to change scenes. What I CANNOT seem to do is to STOP the FCB1010 from putting out a Note Off command when I take my foot off the pedal! Either that, or get the Obey40 to ignore the Note Off command! The result is that when I step on a pedal, the Obey40 responds with the correct scene. When I take my foot off the pedal, all the lights go out! "Blackout" on the Obey40 is not being called, since the Blackout LED on the Obey40 display is not turned on, but it has the same effect.

      So I don't know if the FCB1010 is the right controller to use for light programmers or not.

      Anyone have an answer for this? HELP! I need the bloody thing to work this Friday...

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Mikhaelgp View Post
        I have some programmable LED lights, a Chauvet Obey 40 controller, and a Behringer FCB1010 MIDI footpedal controller.

        For some stupid reason I cannot ascertain, light systems are programmed to use NOTE ON commands, instead of MiDI Program Change commands. Counter-intuitive, to me anyway.

        I can program the scenes I need on the Obey40. I can progam the FCB1010 to shoot out Note On commands to change scenes. What I CANNOT seem to do is to STOP the FCB1010 from putting out a Note Off command when I take my foot off the pedal! Either that, or get the Obey40 to ignore the Note Off command! The result is that when I step on a pedal, the Obey40 responds with the correct scene. When I take my foot off the pedal, all the lights go out! "Blackout" on the Obey40 is not being called, since the Blackout LED on the Obey40 display is not turned on, but it has the same effect.

        So I don't know if the FCB1010 is the right controller to use for light programmers or not.

        Anyone have an answer for this? HELP! I need the bloody thing to work this Friday...
        Get an editor for the fcb and look at it that way and see if it can do what you need.
        I would recommend a software solution.
        the 40 is pretty basic andas you grow a software solution can grow with you.
        myself as well as others here use dmxis.
        Pretty easy and does a lot of stuff as well as allowing you tons of control.
        DON'T BE ALARMED!!! REMAIN CALM!!!!!!!!!
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        • #19
          I don't know if it's helpful to others, but I have taken a somewhat different approach. I have a couple of older laptops that I don't use for much anymore, so I picked up a Sushi dmx dongle, which has access to free downloadable software. Initially the programming was a little difficult until I grasped how the program worked. To give me foot control, I took an old usb keyboard and popped off most of the keys. I program the scenes I want, then assign an available key to go to that scene. As long as I'm somewhat gentle using a toe to hit the key on the usb keyboard, I have decent foot control off my scenes and fairly straightforward programming. Works for me; YMMV.
          Eschew Obfuscation.

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