Home Page Forums Cymatic Audio Forum uTrack 24 Has anyone used U track 24 to trigger automated lighting?

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    David 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 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 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.

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