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Any DMX kids on OcUK?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Pawnless Endgame, 6 Mar 2010.

  1. Pawnless Endgame

    Capodecina

    Joined: 10 May 2004

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    Location: Sunny Stafford

    DMX is the protocol that controls disco lighting. I picked it up as a hobby in 2005, starting off with 4 led par cans and Behringer desk. In mid 2007, I changed from the Behringer to computer software + DMX-to-USB interface. At the moment, I have two stage blinders (12R 12G 12B 3W LEDs each), an Astro LED mirror ball, an Antari fogger, an EVO 5 projector and two LED bars, all DMX. I did also used to have a couple of moving heads but recent redundancy/unemployment forced the sale of those :-( I will expand when I'm working again. OcUK is a well-attended board, so I'm hoping that there are other DMX hobbiests who can compare notes.
     
  2. bmi92

    Hitman

    Joined: 1 Jan 2010

    Posts: 994

    X GON GIVE IT TO YA!
     
  3. Redman

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Mar 2006

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    Location: Lost in the Midlands

    Rofl, that was always going to happen :)
     
  4. Pawnless Endgame

    Capodecina

    Joined: 10 May 2004

    Posts: 11,447

    Location: Sunny Stafford

    Ha, the singer/rapper! I know now but I didn't think of it when I was writing this topic :) Keep firing away guys, and maybe I'll find another DMX kid on OcUK :-D
     
  5. DJMK4

    Capodecina

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    Location: S.Wales

    lasers tbh :)
     
  6. thepeteh

    Wise Guy

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    Location: North Yorkshire

    UP IN HERE?!
     
  7. JBod

    Soldato

    Joined: 1 Sep 2007

    Posts: 5,286

    Location: Santa Monica, California

    Is it the year of the dawg?
     
  8. Tican

    Soldato

    Joined: 14 Apr 2003

    Posts: 5,707

    Location: Leicester

    I have looked around at DMX lighting when I was doing mobile DJing, then I stopped doing that, and looked at getting some DMX lighting for my house, 'cause I can :p . But haven't got round to that either!

    Any pointers on what to get etc. would be good. Computer controlled of course :D
     
  9. Pawnless Endgame

    Capodecina

    Joined: 10 May 2004

    Posts: 11,447

    Location: Sunny Stafford

    Hi DJ Binks. What sort of music do you mix? If it's house or trance, then I would be more serious about lighting than with most other genres. I would start off with searching for LED bars. They generate an animated display using RGB LEDs. Have them set up by your decks, either 1 on each side of the decks or have them directly in front of / below the decks. I wouldn't spend big bucks on them - go to an auction site and look for ex-demo stock. When you have a bit more money, search for "moving head" on the auctions. Get 2 or 4 (or any even number) of those and they'll prove quite an impact on your DJ set. You wanna skip the DMX desk and go straight to computer controlled? I use DMX Wizard 1024. At £499, it doesn't come cheap, but it includes the hardware interface for your computer. Good luck Binks. Any questions, just ask!
     
  10. ash_scotland88

    Soldato

    Joined: 1 Jul 2007

    Posts: 5,377

    I work for a lighting, staging, sound & events supplier in edinburgh.

    I sort of know about this stuff, but since Iam mostly a warehouse monkey, dont really know much about it, can hook it all up, test it etc, but that's as far as my knowledge goes.
     
  11. Mr_White

    Soldato

    Joined: 14 Oct 2006

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    Location: Cambridge

    Ya'll gon' make me lose my mind, up in here, up in here.
     
  12. Messiah Khan

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Sep 2005

    Posts: 10,000

    Location: Scottish Highlands

    Part of my job involves doing projection & sound in a theatre, so I work closely with the lighting technician. I know about DMX, but I don't really use it. My projection & sound system uses MSC and Midi. Currently have a Mac Pro running QLab with an RME Raydat soundcard, feeding 16 channels of sound to a Yamaha LS9 sound desk. I can control the desk via Midi, so I can automate thinks like switching channels on and off. The Mac Pro also has 2 dual head GPUs providing 6 lines of video output. Currently have it set up as 2 editing screens, 1 output on to the stage floor, 1 to a fixed projector in the rigging, and the final 2 to projectors on robotic arms, controlled by the lighting desk (so DMX controlled).

    :)