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Natural Mystic
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Download it and give it a test run.

Here’s the blurb,

ShowMagic SL 24 gives you complete control of your lighting and audio:

Create stunning lightshows easily.

Quickly program LED lighting and matrices - what took hours before can now be achieved in minutes!

Music, sound FX, speech - audio can be stored and played instantly on demand. Audio and lighting can be combined in sequences for perfectly synchronized light and sound shows - time after time.

http://www.showmagic.com/index.php?page=products&model=1
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videokideo
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Yes... this is a great program and life saver. We have cut out electronics table down to nothing running both sound and lights from a laptop. You program everything in once and its a matter of a few button clicks during the show.

Only downside is if your laptop shuts down due to power, etc., you are stuck waiting for a reboot of the system. But, we use a battery backup with 4 hours power for this reason.
ChrisPilsworth
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Hi Videokideo,

I was wondering if the cues with this software could be triggered with an RF remote. Right now I've been using Winamp as per another thread in this section to run my music, but now I would like to add in some LED fixtures into the mix. The software you've been using looks good, but I'm a one man show and want to be able to do it all without having to go to the laptop for every cue.

Any intel would be appreciated.

Cheers,
Chris

http://www.borntoamaze.com
videokideo
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I havent seen a remote option.... Best thing to do is program your music and lights for the full show in one sequence. Problem is, you have to keep to the programs timing because its not going to wait on you.

Probably going to need a basic assistant in the long run.
g0thike
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Video,

He means HOTKEYS, can the software be controlled with keys from your keyboard.

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Jeff Haas
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I tried to download this today and take a look at it. Somehow the file didn't download properly, I've emailed their support department to have a look.

When I take a look at it, I'll be able to see if there's a way to use one of the programmable remotes to trigger cues. It could be interesting!
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Their webmaster got back to me and sent me the file directly, so apparently it was my ISP and not their website. Give it a try and see how it downloads for you.
ChrisPilsworth
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Hi Jeff,

Thanks for jumping in! What you mentioned in your first post is exactly what I would like to achieve. If I could coordinate lighting sequences to certain music tracks that I've choreographed the magic, I could run both the music and the lights. Initially I may only run some LED lights placed in some of those spandex columns to give some atmosphere. Later more fixtures could be added into the mix.

I look forward to your discoveries.

Cheers,
Chris

http://www.borntoamaze.com
Jeff Haas
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I've had a brief look at it. What they have in the software is a scripting system that allows you to manually trigger the next cue. A cue can consist of a combination of lights, sounds, DMX events, etc. I think you can trigger the next cue just by pressing the spacebar...so a reprogrammable remote, such as the KeyRF that I mention on my website, would work fine. Once you've downloaded the software, work through the tutorials to learn it.

This is sophisticated software that will require a learning period, as you're doing a lot more than just playing the next sound cue. But it should more than handle the needs of a small show.
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