DMX Controllers, MIDI Pedals, and Fade Times
I am (as are many) new to lighting but realize the enhancement some well-designed basic lighting can provide for a band. I picked up two Chauvet 4Bar-Tri units and am planning my controller scheme.
Functionally, I’d simply like to set up lighting scenes in a DMX controller that I could drive using a MIDI footswitch like the Tech 21 MIDI Moose. I want to be able to manually trigger the scene changes so I can synch scene changes with things happening in the music we’re playing. I’m not thinking about lots of rapid scene changes. And I do not want to rely on the music recognition features of controllers (because I don’t want lots of rapid scene changes).
As an example, after maybe a half dozen scene changes (with fades) within a song, I’d like to end the song with a quick blackout followed immediately by a fade to color within a second or two.
I’ve done a fair amount of research. The Chauvet Obey 40 DMX seems to be exactly want I need … EXCEPT for managing fades between scenes. From what I understand, the Chauvet Obey controllers operating in manual modes have no fade capability. Fades are possible with programmed chases, but then you have little control over the timing of scene changes.
Am I understanding the Chauvet Obey capabilities correctly?
Does anyone know of a controller that includes this capability? Would I have to go to a software controller, and if so, is the MIDI control still available?
Does anyone know of a forum site where one could get good, reliable information on DJ-level (rather than pro-level) lighting?
Any help would be much appreciated.