The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » F/X » » Chauvet Showexpress 100 (0 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

Kent Wong
View Profile
Inner circle
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2458 Posts

Profile of Kent Wong
Is anyone here using the Showexpress to controll their DMX lighting fixtures? I'm thinking of moving to a computer based controller and I'm curious as to how easy they are to use and how reliable they are. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Kent
"Believing is Seeing"
<BR>______________________
<BR>
<BR>www.kentwongmagic.com
Grandillusionsmagic
View Profile
Loyal user
270 Posts

Profile of Grandillusionsmagic
I would use compu-pro see Living Illusions here on the Café
Magically,
GI
www.boisemagic.com
Kline
View Profile
Veteran user
361 Posts

Profile of Kline
Kent,
Depending on how extensive you want to get with your computer control. I have used both and either is fine. In the lighting world, once you understand the functionality of the program, you are able to create some pretty cool stuff.
I was "raised" on light Jockey and still have a LJ doggle in my laptop bag when on the road with a show - just in case.
We are currently using a Hog IPC and it seems to be a bit beefier than the other PC based options -
How many fixtures are you currently using? This play a big part in the choice of controller - although most will control a good number, some do slow a bit with a higher work load.
Take into consideration the fixtures you are using as well – a simply mx-4 or mx-1 unit uses 7 and 6 channels where as a Mac 2K uses 32 channels. This may not make sense but when you have that many “buttons” or faders to operate to get the desired movement and look, you may want to invest in a higher end board.
Hope this helps a bit
Steven
Steven Kline
<BR><BR>www.stevenkline.com
<BR><BR>www.stevenklineproductions.com
Follow me on Twitter
@steveklinemagic
Kent Wong
View Profile
Inner circle
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2458 Posts

Profile of Kent Wong
Thanks Steven. I'm currently using 10 LED fixtures.

Kent
"Believing is Seeing"
<BR>______________________
<BR>
<BR>www.kentwongmagic.com
Kline
View Profile
Veteran user
361 Posts

Profile of Kline
Each LED fixture uses 3 channels - 4 if you have the capability of Amber - it seems to me that the Chauvet or Elation programs would be right where you want to be as far as control.
The nice thing about hte LED fixtures you have, is that they draw less than 20 amps total ! No worries with overloading breakers.
Unfortunately, the LED technoogy is not as advanced as we all hope for, although it is coming along. It sure will be great when we wont have to order 400amp service for lighting and 200 amp service for audio in venues.
Feel free to email me if you have any other questions
Steven
Steven Kline
<BR><BR>www.stevenkline.com
<BR><BR>www.stevenklineproductions.com
Follow me on Twitter
@steveklinemagic
Kent Wong
View Profile
Inner circle
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2458 Posts

Profile of Kent Wong
Thanks again Steven. I'm quite happy with the Chauvet LED's but I wish they could produce a really nice white, and it would be nice if they had a little more throw. But you're absolutely right. For the schools in which I'm performing (many of which are older), I don't have to worry about blowing breakers, and I don't have to worry about cool down time.

Kent
"Believing is Seeing"
<BR>______________________
<BR>
<BR>www.kentwongmagic.com
Kevin Ridgeway
View Profile
V.I.P.
Indianapolis, IN & Phoenix, AZ
1832 Posts

Profile of Kevin Ridgeway
Kent...
Steve laid out some great info. I'll add some to it from our personal experience.

LED lighting with RGB's can only create a 'muddy' white. To get a true white you need an LED fixture with white's only. Some fixtures take that a step further and have color correction in their white fixtures. So far the two best uses of LED's that we have seen is used as truss warmers and behind frosted plexiglass. Below is an example of those. Look at the two horizontal panels that run the width of the stage. They were lit from upstage with hundreds of LED 'bricks' and can create any color. You can see examples of green and blue here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinandkristen/2981697237/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinandkristen/2981696511/

This entire TV set was done with LED's placed behind frosted plexiglass:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinandkristen/2462943548/

Here is an example of LED's as truss warmers:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinandkristen/2268381727/

As far as show control...Sunlite or Elation's CompuWare is a far stronger program that Chauvet Express. Granted Hog PC is even better, but for most here it may not be needed. Plus if you are running your show yourself. Sunlite & Compuware are a great way to go. I replied is this thread with plenty of info regarding them.
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......tart=0#1

Hope that helps!
Kevin
Living Illusions
Ridgeway & Johnson Entertainment Inc

Kevin Ridgeway &
Kristen Johnson aka Lady Houdini
The World's Premier Female Escape Artist

www.LadyHoudini.com

www.livingillusions.com
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » F/X » » Chauvet Showexpress 100 (0 Likes)
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2021 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.12 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL