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Hi, I have a Jester but no monitor and am using our desk at another venue but their dimmers and lights - this Friday!! I don't want to re-program our whole show as we have a limited get-in. I have never done patching before but I guess its a way of telling my desk that the light I have programmed for channel one, dmx 1 can be the light on say dmx 8 on someone else's rig?

The manual talks about a monitor and using the cursor keys - as below 

'Use the cursor keys to select the menu option <DMX Patch>. The LCD and monitor display the DMX patch, in sequence from DMX 001.'

Are there any videos or other sources to show me what to do or do I need to attach a monitor?

Thanks for reading

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Hello,

Welcome to the Zero 88 Forum.

9 minutes ago, cctheatre said:

I have never done patching before but I guess its a way of telling my desk that the light I have programmed for channel one, dmx 1 can be the light on say dmx 8 on someone else's rig?

Yes, that's pretty much it. Patching is purely the process of telling the console which channel fader controls which DMX address, and therefore, which light.

16 minutes ago, cctheatre said:

'Use the cursor keys to select the menu option <DMX Patch>. The LCD and monitor display the DMX patch, in sequence from DMX 001.'

The external monitor purely shows you a repeat of the internal LCD, so you can therefore patch the console without an external monitor connected if necessary.

When in the <DMX Patch> in Super User, the up/down arrows allow you to choose each of the 512 DMX addresses. You can then assign the selected DMX address (DMX address at the top of the LCD), by tapping the button under the channel fader you wish that DMX address to be controlled by. The channel fader controlling the currently chosen DMX address will have it's button lit. If you tap the button, or press CLEAR, it will switch off, meaning that channel fader no longer controls that DMX address. If you press and hold CLEAR, the console will go back to the default patch. The default patch is called 1:1, meaning channel fader 1 controls DMX 1, and so on.

Hope this helps, if you have any questions let me know.

Edward

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2 hours ago, Edward- Z88 said:

Hello,

Welcome to the Zero 88 Forum.

Yes, that's pretty much it. Patching is purely the process of telling the console which channel fader controls which DMX address, and therefore, which light.

The external monitor purely shows you a repeat of the internal LCD, so you can therefore patch the console without an external monitor connected if necessary.

When in the <DMX Patch> in Super User, the up/down arrows allow you to choose each of the 512 DMX addresses. You can then assign the selected DMX address (DMX address at the top of the LCD), by tapping the button under the channel fader you wish that DMX address to be controlled by. The channel fader controlling the currently chosen DMX address will have it's button lit. If you tap the button, or press CLEAR, it will switch off, meaning that channel fader no longer controls that DMX address. If you press and hold CLEAR, the console will go back to the default patch. The default patch is called 1:1, meaning channel fader 1 controls DMX 1, and so on.

Hope this helps, if you have any questions let me know.

Edward

Thanks Ed - It's currently on default patch which I will want to return to - Just so I am clear because it sounds easier than I was expecting!

In Super User mode I can select <DMX Patch> and find the dmx address by pressing the up and down arrows that I want to be controlled by Channel 1 and press the button under that Channel 1 fader? Then repeat for each light? I will know it's worked because the button is lit?

Do you mean a different button to the one under the Channel fader when you say - 

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 If you tap the button, or press CLEAR, it will switch off, meaning that channel fader no longer controls that DMX address.

Best wishes

Claire

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Hi Claire,

30 minutes ago, cctheatre said:

In Super User mode I can select <DMX Patch> and find the dmx address by pressing the up and down arrows that I want to be controlled by Channel 1 and press the button under that Channel 1 fader? Then repeat for each light? I will know it's worked because the button is lit?

Yep, it’s as simple as that. Arrow down to the DMX address you want to configure, and tap the channel button that you want to control the address with. Then repeat for all DMX addresses you need to patch.

30 minutes ago, cctheatre said:

Do you mean a different button to the one under the Channel fader when you say - 

No, I mean the button under the channel fader. 

Edward

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6 hours ago, cctheatre said:

Thanks Ed - So tap the channel fader once to save new dmx but tap again and it clears the dmx back to default? 

Not back to default, it will clear the patch for that address. You can see this when you’re doing it on the console, as the channel number disappears for that DMX address. 

Edward

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