6th January 2019 at 20:34 #44049David RockowerParticipant
I just purchased the u track 24 to be the core of a live playback rig. Ive created around 60 backing tracks in either Sonar Platinum or Pro Tools. I would like to evolve a light show as well, and simply use a midi channel in the utrack to connect.
If you have done this, can you elaborate on your equipment choices? I’ve considered the work pro lightshark ls-1 Core, however am open to any good suggestions.
David1st February 2019 at 21:44 #44687GrantParticipant
Not exactly the same but i’m using it to send a midi start note to trigger live visuals in QLab. Works a treat!6th April 2019 at 19:12 #46742hammaroljudParticipant
Yes. I do! I use utrack24 to trigger song effect presets, lightning scenes, harmonizer and guitarr effect unit. i use Widelight for dmx lightning.
http://hammaroljud.se/DMX.html8th April 2019 at 12:28 #46764Jeroen SchlamanParticipant
Yes, I do.
Producing tracks and Midi in Logic Pro X.
QuickDMX for DMX lighting control which is triggered by the Midi coming from the uTrack24.
Works like a charm!23rd May 2019 at 07:44 #49639FrankParticipant
I am planning to do so and already did some research on this topic. You basically have three ways of doing so:
1. using a laptop with a midi modem and a dmx modem. This will be your best choice if you don’t mind a laptop on stage. there are lots of options for the software.
Laptop-less it becomes somewhat harder
2. use a cheap dmx controller hardware for around 100 bucks with midi in. You can then trigger scenes, which is a fixed light setup like a color. Fades and Animations are possible but very limited because you have to build them youself by making a lot of scenes and switching these via midi. But these controllers can only store like 240 scenes or so, so thats the limitation.
3. use a DMX recorder hardware which can be triggered via midi. These can record a dmx stream like a video. You can then trigger the playback of these in the same way you would trigger a sample playback in an external sampler via midi. You will still need a software to produce a dmx stream to record, but this is done at home, pre-show.
You might find this thread useful, it’s in german unfortunately, but just looking up the gear JTRebel mentions might be helpful.
If you are making progress with this I would be glad to read about it here!30th May 2019 at 13:24 #50459Stevic MacKayParticipant
We absolutely do this in Twelve Foot Ninja. Timecode can be one of the tracks sent from the UTrack (it’s just a weird .wav file). Unfortunately I can’t elaborate because our FOH and Lighting Tech sorted it out but we’re automating 2 x Helix Racks, SPDX Drum Sampler and Lights all from the U-Track. It’s a beast of a thing! Good luck man!31st May 2019 at 14:08 #50536FrankParticipant
Thanks Stevic for the great tip. I looked up a live video and what you guys do with this is amazing..really inspiring and adding to the experience.12th June 2020 at 11:04 #102049Lucy SmithParticipant
Sorry to jump on the back of this thread but it seemed to be the most relevant as to what I want to achieve! 🙂
I want to be able to run my lights from the MIDI on the uTrack. I can program the MIDI commands in Logic Pro X alongside my audio to get this in sync.
I want to know the easiest software and hardware (if needed) to do so as I only have basic lighting knowledge and I don’t want to carry around a laptop.
My lighting show isn’t very big, 8 colour changing LEDS, 4 moving heads, 2 blinders.
I want to get the uTrack to send the MIDI commands to but I don’t know what lighting hardware I need to get this from MIDI to DMX? Any help or ideas would be much appreciated.
Thanks!26th September 2020 at 22:05 #117077Andy PowerParticipant
Did you ever find out what equipment you need for MIDI to DMX? I’m also wanting to control the lights via the UTrack 2412th October 2020 at 15:08 #119748Jeroen SchlamanParticipant
I use QuickDMX software with it’s USB->DMX interface.
You can create scenes and chases in the software and link that to a button. Each button can be MIDI triggered. When the button is triggered the respective scene or chase will start and will sent DMX through the USB->DMX interface to the fixtures.
I control 6 moving heads, 4 pars, smoke jets, 4 led bars and sparkular fireworks with it all automatically and in-sync.
QuickDMX also has a build-in 3D viewer so you can setup your lighting setup and program everything using this viewer so you don’t have to build up our complete rig each and every time.3rd August 2021 at 18:32 #160971James TangmanParticipant
How can I get my hands on a Widelight MIDI?23rd September 2021 at 23:26 #165010Ivan SeuckensParticipant
@ Grant saying ‘Not exactly the same but i’m using it to send a midi start note to trigger live visuals in QLab. Works a treat!’.
Hey Grant, how do you get the video in synch with the backing track in Qlab?
When I load the backing track in DaVinci and export the visuals based on that track, they just don’t synch up. Even though the midi file starts at point zero along with the audio.
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