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  1. kgallen

    Flx s48 not working

    Means your fixtures take 6 DMX addresses each so you have to space them at least 6 addresses apart. You could set this higher if you like, say you like them addressed every 10 addresses set the offset to 10.
  2. kgallen

    Elara Zero88

    They certainly are! My first own-purchase lighting desk was an Alcora (Mk1) - and bought from Ian too, way back in 2000. I still have it, and it comes out every now and again when I want something straightforward and light. Also since mine has DMX and analogue outputs it can fit into pretty much any dimmer system.
  3. kgallen

    Elara Zero88

    Hi Mostyn, I don't know what your use case is (theatre, busking, etc), but just be aware that the Elara is a "submasters desk" where you programme lighting states to each submaster fader. This is different to a cue stack desk, which is more typical for a theatre use model. The Elara's sister desk, the Alcora, is a cue stack desk. Regards, Kevin
  4. kgallen

    Solution - Solution XL VS FLX - FLX S 48

    Hi Eric. Just to clarify one point suggested by your text - none of the Zero88 consoles have motorised faders. I’m not sure if this was what you meant by ‘flying faders’. Kevin
  5. kgallen

    Solution - Solution XL VS FLX - FLX S 48

    Hi Eric, I understand and I can agree with you if the controlled fixture has a single controllable parameter, like intensity, then I can understand, as we all operated for many tens of years, that you grab the fader and the light comes on. But fixtures are not so simple any more. They have intensity, colour, beamshape, position etc etc, several, to many tens of parameters. This can't be handled on a fader, another workflow is needed. Of cource, if one fixture needs to be selected, then of course FLX can do that - indeed the faders are by default channel intensity faders, and pages of such - and with wings then under the fingers. However this approach gives you control of the intensity parameter only. Most of your rig looks to be multi-parameter kit - you list more LED sources than possible conventional. The quantity you list looks uncomfortably large for any fader-per-channel based work surface, whether that be Zero88, ETC, Strand etc etc. It sounds to me like you should go and try a number of lighting desks, or even get a demo. For Solution and FLX for example, you could attend one of the training courses, that might be a good approach to look at the Zero88 offerings for real. In addition, get a knowledgeable supplier or user to demonstrate each desk with a range of fixtures that model elements of your typical setup. Zero88 appear to have a fairly sizable French and German following, many experienced and knowledgeable members post on the forums here, especially the FLX and Solution forums. Take a browse and make some contact and get the real user experience from them! Good luck, it's a big decision! Kevin
  6. kgallen

    Solution - Solution XL VS FLX - FLX S 48

    You don't need faders - in fact that's the last thing you need. You need to set up some Groups, Palettes and Playbacks with the sort of stuff you will need for the show. You can do this away from the venue. Then when you're at the rehearsal you can update your position palettes for the exact mover position then you go Group, Palette, Record - bang, bang, bang on the FLX touchscreen, you're done. None of this shoving faders about then hunting for colours and gobos around the Solution buttons. FLX has 10 pages of 24 playback faders, which you can overlay - do you really need 24 playbacks from a pick of 240 under your fingers at once? You need to donate your brain to science if you can manage that lot. If you want more faders to call up stuff quickly whilst you're busking then add a wing. Well that's how Ed and Jon would do it anyway - it's all beyond me at my age!
  7. kgallen

    Solution - Solution XL VS FLX - FLX S 48

    Have you checked the latest fixture library for your exact models? or: - write your own with the Fixture Editor tools (I always do) - ask Jon/Ed to write the fixture definition - send a link to the manual and say which modes you want.
  8. kgallen

    Solution - Solution XL VS FLX - FLX S 48

    FLX any day of the week. From user comments on this forum Solution appears to be running out of processing power with the more recent firmware. It's the oldest platform still in the current range. For FLX S you would need to confirm these can support your fixture count/DMX address range. I suspect you'd be looking at the S48 rather than S24 (you do already suggest this in your OP). I think you would only consider a Solution if you wanted the large panel user interface. But then you have to carry the thing. If you really need to-hand access to faders, then the FLX+Wing would seem to be the way to go, expanding as you needed. FLX has development life - it's on the "up" curve, Solution is on the tail of it's life (I suspect, I don't work for Zero88). Solution seems pretty much as expensive as FLX (don't look at the web prices, get a proper quote) - it's a physically bigger machine to manufacture (more faders, LCDs etc) rather than a "more powerful" machine. I came to FLX from Fat Frog, motivated by the size/weight reduction for humping the thing around and the persistent introduction of LED fixtures to the rig - but actually still retaining a large conventionals base too. Your requirements are diverse enough that I think FLX is the most appropriate platform from this range to give you scope and longevity. And to save your back. ...Just one user's brash comments: YMMV!
  9. kgallen

    Houselights / Independent Faders

    Edward - excellent explanation/example of Inhibit - I now understand how it works (and I might even use it now!!!)! Great job!
  10. kgallen

    Houselights / Independent Faders

    Sorry Martin, a very reasonable question very badly answered by me! The best I can find so far is Jon's response here, but it's just a hint rather than a definitive answer to your question. I thought I'd seen this discussed somewhere but I can't find the post yet...
  11. kgallen

    Houselights / Independent Faders

    Of source - you have 241 playbacks on FLX and in it's simplest form with a single cue, a playback is what we used to call a submaster. <set up lighting> RECORD <select playbacks page, press button under multi-function fader> CLEAR-CLEAR Push up fader! Easy peasy You might want to visit the options under SETUP+MFF button and the cue window for that playback, VIEW+MFF button, to set fade times.
  12. Please share on the Forum anything of general interest, we're all still learning . Don't keep it to yourselves!
  13. kgallen

    Random intensity effect

    Another entry for your "How To" applications note, Jon. I like it. But you can bet when I need to do it, I won't be able to find this thread. First time I've come across an application for Inhibit (I'm sure you pro's use it all the time though...!). Kevin
  14. kgallen

    Set DMX refresh rate

    Those settings don’t seem compliant to the table here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMX512 (MAB transmit min 12us and break transmit min 92us) and don’t stack up to 17 frames per second at 250kb/s. 44 frames per sec with MAB of 12us and break of 92us stacks up as a 22.676ms frame. So the Entec must be sending much longer break or MAB to reduce the max 44fps to 17fps. Even if the break were 1ms that still gives 23fps. How bad can those fixtures really be. It seems hard to envisage they could be that bad!
  15. kgallen

    Rosco/Lee Color filters

    Isn't the standard filter set just another 'button' you touch (is on the 'daddy' FLX)?
  16. kgallen

    Touch Screen Help

    Whatever you do, it's always 'the other one'!
  17. kgallen

    Touch Screen Help

    Press the Update key. Catches me out too!
  18. kgallen

    Alphapack faulty

    If you're competent to do so, can you open the unit and check the jumper that sets the max current draw for the unit is still in place? On a UK unit this limits the total current draw across the channels to ensure 13A is not exceeded. Just an idea I don't know this is the cause. Otherwise try directly emailing: keithrogers@eaton.com
  19. kgallen

    Set DMX refresh rate

    Have you got a DMX terminator on the end of the line? If you have multiple chains have you used an active DMX splitter? Even with a 'poor' fixture this problem seems strange. Can you try the fixtures one at a time with a short cable from the desk and note the results?
  20. kgallen

    Set DMX refresh rate

    Try setting your problem fixtures to a high DMX address, so they are forced to read the whole DMX packet. However what's interesting about this is that the FLX* will be sending out a full 512 channel DMX packet so the refresh rate is naturally as low as it can be (without adding padding to the break). Maybe the entec sent short packets (maybe up the the top address used?) and thus the "refresh rate" was changed to emulate full 512 channel packets. If the fixtures can't take a fully formed 512 channel DMX packet then they must be *really* rough! Even "off the web" Arduino DMX receiver code isn't that bad!
  21. kgallen

    Building own fixture

    If I understand you correctly, you have RGB LED tape and the driver (not really "controller") is 3 channel. This is fine, you can have a "virtual intensity" channel - so 4 channels on your lighting desk and 3 DMX channels to the driver. There will be an RGB+virtual intensity already in the fixture library, or just build one in the Fixture Editor. Or attached which is one I built myself for RGB LED tape: led_rgb_vi.ift
  22. kgallen

    Smart tag

    Thanks Edward, I'll give that a go. I'll have a think if there is any move on dark impact but I don't think so with a simple rotator. Cheers, Kevin
  23. kgallen

    Smart tag

    Hi Jon, Regards my ongoing query about how to handle gobo rotators that only have a beamshape attribute and thus not getting recorded with SmartTag, do you think that adding an intensity channel to the gobo rotator fixture definition and defaulting this to 100%/255 would be the best workaround? Can you see any downside of this "phantom" intensity channel? Could it be a virtual intensity channel that wasn't set to scale any other parameter or is that a "fudge" too far? The other way would be to create a composite fixture with a lantern/dimmer as we'd do with a colour scroller. Regards, Kevin
  24. kgallen

    Output window colours

    It's possibly how the fixture is defined - in the Fixture Editor Beamshape->Detail there is an "Is Dark" checkbox and maybe this overrides Intensity=0?
  25. kgallen

    Intensity value colours

    See ‘Output window colours’ post 2 down from yours.

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