MIDI/DMX Controlled Live Lighting
I'll briefly describe my band's situation, and hopefully you guys can help me out/point me in the right direction.
Our rig right now is currently all contained in one rack - we are all direct and use an A+H 12M for personal monitor mixing (in ears). We don't need amps. We play to a click track right now, but want to run it through the computer and have one channel feed our in-ears with the click, and have some back tracks to feed the house via our own snakes. So that's the gist of our rig - very lightweight, very portable and we've tried to eliminate as many of the "live variables" as possible.
Now on to the next thing - we want to integrate our own lighting show by bringing along a small set of lights (again, something that we can personally carry). Since we will be running Cubase on a laptop with a pre-determined click and pre-determined back tracks, we want to run a channel that talks with the DMX lighting and gives our pre-determined light show. That is, for every song, there would be certain cues that would play at certain points. Yeah yeah yeah, I get it, it's not very organic and a light guy is better or whatever, but we want to eliminate the variables and don't want to have to bring along an extra person, or be at the mercy of some random guy dealing with lights (this is why we have our rig set up as it is - so we don't have to worry about some random guy doing our monitor mixing).
Can anyone help me out with a program that will allow us to run a light show through Cubase, or some other program that could be run simultaneously? Any recommendations for products?