Has anyone used U track 24 to trigger automated lighting?

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  • #44049
    David RockowerDavid Rockower
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    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.

    Thanks
    David

    #44687
    GrantGrant
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    Not exactly the same but i’m using it to send a midi start note to trigger live visuals in QLab. Works a treat!

    #46742
    hammaroljudhammaroljud
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    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.html

    #46764
    Jeroen SchlamanJeroen Schlaman
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    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!

    #49639
    FrankFrank
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    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.

    https://www.musiker-board.de/threads/lichtautomatisierung-per-midi-ohne-laptop.692930/

    If you are making progress with this I would be glad to read about it here!

    #50459
    Stevic MacKayStevic MacKay
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    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!

    #50536
    FrankFrank
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    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.

    #102049
    Lucy SmithLucy Smith
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    Hi!

    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!

    #117077
    Andy PowerAndy Power
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    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

    #119748
    Jeroen SchlamanJeroen Schlaman
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    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.

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