Has anyone used U track 24 to trigger automated lighting?

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    David RockowerDavid Rockower

    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.



    Not exactly the same but i’m using it to send a midi start note to trigger live visuals in QLab. Works a treat!


    Yes. I do! I use utrack24 to trigger song effect presets, lightning scenes, harmonizer and guitarr effect unit. i use Widelight for dmx lightning.

    Jeroen SchlamanJeroen Schlaman

    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!


    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!

    Stevic MacKayStevic MacKay

    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!


    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.

    Lucy SmithLucy Smith


    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.


    Andy PowerAndy Power

    Did you ever find out what equipment you need for MIDI to DMX? I’m also wanting to control the lights via the UTrack 24

    Jeroen SchlamanJeroen Schlaman

    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.

    James TangmanJames Tangman

    How can I get my hands on a Widelight MIDI?

    Ivan SeuckensIvan Seuckens

    @ 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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