Best Dmx Lighting Software For Mac

Posted By admin On 16.02.22
while Pangolin does DMX it is missing some key features that any DMX software should have. Makes sense because it is for controlling lasers. i wouldn't recommend it for programming a light show with various fixtures.
J.J. i'm not sure what version of FreeStyler you are using or the system that it is running on, but ever since i have started using it a few years ago it has been nothing but flawless for me.
have you tried running it virtually on your mac?
the reason that i love it is because it is free, works with any interface and has some extremely powerful features. recently i started getting into the midi mapping and submasters.
i've tried myDMX, lightjockey and showexpress.
myDMX is win/mac so that a plus. runs stable as far as i can tell. you can't create/edit fixtures on the mac. the interface is horrible (pretty tho). especially when you have a lot of lights. alot of space is wasted with the dmx faders.
the scene builder is ok, but the scene system is extremely limited. basically you can only create a scene with x number of steps. and you can only run one scene at a time!
no notion of cue buttons (recall multiple scenes), no notion of override (override currently playing scene) and no notion of submasters/subcues (mix and match different parts of different scenes on the fly).
and the fact that no 3D until (let's just say 2014) is wack.
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Multiple Universes: If you own a 2nd or 3rd or more MyDMX 3 interfaces, or purchase a MyDMX Buddy with at least the Express mode license for 3.0 software, you can 'stack' interfaces to get multiple universes of DMX output on the 3.0 software. MyDMX Buddy is an entry level DMX hardware dongle designed to work with myDMX 2.0 software. MyDMX Buddy plugs directly into a 3-pin DMX input on your lighting fixture or can be connected to a standard, 3-pin DMX cable to extend your data run.


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Subject:Re:DMX software - whats best for what application?
Jerryd
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rockstardave wrote:for what it's worth --i bought the Chauvet Xpress 512.
two things influenced this decision:
1. works on mac
2. i get chauvet stuff way cheap
i'll let you guys know what i think of it

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Subject:Re:DMX software - whats best for what application?
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This doesn't apply to rockstardave's Mac but I use a PC notebook and DMXControl a free PC app that is dead simple with a 12 fader mixer. I just control some dimmer packs and led bar lights with it. Supports many of the cheap dmx interfaces.
http://www.dmxcontrol.org/
I noticed this DMX interface on eBay http://cgi.ebay.ca/USB-DMX-Interface-Convertor-Dongle-uDMX-Freestyler-/230590422739?pt=AU_DJ_Gear_Lighting_Equipment&hash=item35b0429ed3 that will work with Freestyler and DMXControl.
Subject:Re:DMX software - whats best for what application?
Jerryd
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It doesn't take much to chew up a hundred channels with the DMX. Each light is a channel so a simple 4 light rack with 6 LEDs is 24 channels right of the bat. Multiply that by 4,6,8..... plus a few other kind of lights and you will be well over a hundred or two fast.
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Jerryd wrote:It doesn't take much to chew up a hundred channels with the DMX. Each light is a channel so a simple 4 light rack with 6 LEDs is 24 channels right of the bat. Multiply that by 4,6,8..... plus a few other kind of lights and you will be well over a hundred or two fast.

Yes, of course, but you can do a few things to save channels / simplify programming.
Multiple fixtures can share the same address. This works well for scanners or moving heads when you want them in synch.
Some fixtures allow you to have them on the same address then invert a channel to give you more options.
For example, here's what I can run off 24 channels;
Fixtures............................Address
3 Abstract ClubScans.......1-4
2 ACME Falcons...............5-8
8 Par 56s Lamps...............9-16
2 iColor4s.........................17-20
1 strobe............................21-22
Smoke..............................23
Spare................................24
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Am very impressed with 'Clarity' by LSC Lighting. They have a number of options for Mac or PC control via USB, ethernet and Art Net versions as well as a choice of 'Wing Panels'. Have a look at
http://www.lsclighting.com/products/clarity-control-system/clarity-for-pcmac.
You can start off with a single licence (512 channels) and add another licence later. You can also split the 512 channels over two or more DMX streams thus having movers on a separate stream to dimmer racks for example.
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well ok, i might as well follow up with this, since i've gotten everything set up.
I'm using Chauvet's showXpress software, with a DMX512 interface by Chauvet as well. setup was NOT easy, nor necessarily intuitive, but once i understood the 'concept' of programming it - it seemed to move along at a usable pace.
my light show uses these lights:
(4) Chauvet minWash RGBW
(2) Chauvet QSpot 160 LED
(12) Chauvet slimPar56
(6) par38 halogens
(6) par36 pinspot halogens
(1) Chauvet Hurricane 2d haze machine
with some of the complex fades, chases, and movements that i do, each light is on it's own channel. needless to say - this show uses up hundreds of channels.
the showXpress software essentially creates Buttons which you trigger for playback. instead of mousing around, i bought a Novation Launchpad controller - designed to be used with Ableton Live software - but it's essentially a 90-button midi controller. so i've mapped different light scenes to each button on the Launchpad. VERY VERY EASY PLAYBACK !! i can mix and match nearly anything i need , so every gig has a different lightshow, even though lights are setup the same.
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From your pictures looks like you've got it all happening. It's interesting that a lot of Audio guys shy away from 'lights' and say sorry I only do sound but I 've found it is actually a good thing to be able to do both. Many gigs I have done over the last few years seem to have come my way because I embraced the 'light' side as it were. In an ideal world we could all specialise but sadly that doesn't seem to be the case where I am.
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rockstardave wrote:i will be using half a dozen moving head lights, a dozen LEDs, and a dozen halogen par cans.
i think i want software. thanks for the suggestions so far - anyone else? what about ADJ MyDMX software?

I have just gone through this. Ive been doing sound for 30 years but never lights. Im familiar with lights but have never run them. My latest gig has me coordinating all tech related issues as well as running sound for a busy local cover band. The first thing I had to do was design and then set up their light show. I decided to go all DMX - 10 LED PAR64s for wash, 18 LED PAR56s for splashes, 2 lasers, 2 scanner type things, a starburst thing, fogger, some pin spots, etc... One of the 1st things I realized was that if I wanted a lot of individual control over colors for instance, Id need a very expensive controller. The sub $400 controllers out there either offer a very limited number of DMX channels or they are designed specifically for running just a handful of complicated intelligent lights. I started looking at software solutions and downloaded and tried about a half dozen. The one I settled on is Freestyler - http://www.freestylerdmx.be/. It is free and took a little playing with to figure out how best to set it up but we have used it for maybe 10 or 12 shows now and the guy we have running it really likes it.
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Hi,
I'm looking around for a solution in this field as well. Albeit that I will mainly be using it in the theatre with companies for which I already do sound (fx / backing tracks) and backdrops (stills / videos) by using QLab. Prefer to prepare the show on MacBook and load the show to a stand alone interface with midi functionality, so that I can trigger the cues by sending MSC messages from QLab. This would mean that during a show I only have QLab running on my MBP.
I have set the following requirements:
a) Mac compatible (don't like working with bootcamp/windows)
b) Stand alone interface that can hold all the cues/sequences/etc.
c) Interface should be MIDI controllable via MSC send from QLab
d) Usually 512 DMX channels is more than sufficient.
e) Pre-view functionality (when preparing the show)
There's a lot out there but either it's not MAC ready or it's not MIDI controllable etc etc.
Anyone came across something that I can look into?
thx
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I run Freestyler in VMWare on my Mac Mini for controlling a couple of lighting fixtures and it works absolutely fine. I just connect an Enttec Open DMX USB dongle to the Mac, tell VMware to connect it to Windows and it works really well. I can also remote control using TouchOSC on the iPad or my iPhone which sends MIDI to Freestyler through TouchOSC's MIDI Bridge app.
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I have been a Windows PC user forever, never got into Mac because of the cost and existing software I use with my company.
That being said, I run the fire wire from the 24.4.2 to my Win7 laptop. Recently I tested a Mac book that is owned by the drummer of the band. The Mac didn't want to connect to my Win7 laptop. Some research finding that Microsoft offers a free download for Mac so you can use remote desk topping... (http://microsoft-remote-desktop-connection.en.softonic.com/mac). Created a private network with a Netgear wireless router. The distance on the router is amazing... 300' from the stage is no problem.
I can cloud mix the bands FOH, run 2 video projectors, program music, and probably lighting (haven't tried that yet but I'm gonna) without pulling a snake and haven't had any problems so far (knock wood).
How did we ever survive without the technology we have today...
Question... what would be the best DMX interface to use that is not CPU hungry? I have been looking at Freestyler as the software unless there is something easier.

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rockstardave wrote:What about for Mac though. Seems mydmx is windows only

MyDMX 2.0 is about to be released for OSX.
ADJ claimed in January 2012 that it would be released in February 2012....but it's still not available yet.
See this video at 2:10 for details.
http://youtu.be/M8y_Oi9P1J4?t=2m10s

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Subject:Re:DMX software - whats best for what application?
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Is anyone controlling lights with an ipad? I started experimenting with Freestyler, but haven't gotten to the ipad control yet. Was also considering Luminair, but for the cost I am not sure it is worth it. I like having a virtual stage for programming, and I'm not sure Luminair has anything like it.
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I am. With DMXIS and touchOSC
http://youtu.be/iaAg7hNYQGc

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Subject:Re:DMX software - whats best for what application?
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I'm using FreeStyler on VMWare as someone else posted, using the DMXKing UltraDMXPro USB dongle. I chose that dongle because is has a small memory, so if your program quits it will still put out light. That being said , the moment you program fires up again it will send out sharer default values you have set.....at least it's better than darkness until you get the program running again!
FreeStyler will let you control it with CoreMidi so TouchOSC will work over wifi. Also, you can hook up a (dare I use the word) Behringer BCF2000 as a midi controller, either hooked up to your computer via USB or through your phone using iMidiRig. (So the controller becomes wireless). Personally I like having the computer and BCF2000 together, avoids all those mouse clicks for manual stuff. Phone is a great controller (using TouchOSC) in a pinch.
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