We use the Lanbox LCX since many years and its a really great tool,
well, but the performance of this device is only a little less worse than the worst at all.
i use one for controling a 507 channel 3dLEDmatrix in the “Swarovski Kristallwelten” in Wattens/Austria. i think it was the first DMXthing ever controlled by vvvv. meanwhile there are much faster&cheaper interfaces.
but for the moment i´m searching for an lightning Desk in cause of the controll possibilities.
WTF?!? i don´t get the clue. believe me, controling ANY DMXdevice with vvvv is more fun.
well, for the price of one of those lighting consoles you could afford to buy ME for about 6 months intense programming. think about that.
what would you think about a 3D-Simulation of your location including all MovingLights and whatever Devices?
Think about that simulation as a realtime preview for your lightsettings.
Think about the same simulation displayed somewhere in the location, showing the same light situation in reality and virtuality simultaneous.
The Rico’s thing @West mentioned is basically divided into the following 4 parts:
ContentGeneration for Flatscreens
DMXgeneration on 4 DMXuniverses
All PCs contain all patches, so mirroring is easy.
These 4 MainPatches Send/Receive their data via Artnet.
so it only depends on hardware issues (where is the touchscreen connected?) on what machine e.g. the UserInterface patch is started.
the Simulationpatch e.g. can be run on any machine in the network (also on djs laptop), because it is receiving the SAME DMX as the fixtures. so you can go and prepare your light settings in the backoffice or wherever you want. that saved our souls in the last two days before opening RICO’S. you know, programming light settings on 4 DMXuniverses needs a little bit concentration what is difficult when next to you 3 carpenters and 2 painters are working .
West told me this: “when you started working on the simulation the first days, i thought WTF is he doing there. But the 2 days before opening i was that glad we had this.”
basically all that should run on 2 pcs but a 3rd one only for spare reasons.
we decided to use all 3 pcs for performance reasons. when 1 pc breaks you can run the whole stuff on 2 pcs as well.
there is also some NetSend/Receive communication, but the patches identify each other by transmitting the IPadress of their containing pc via the first 4 DMXchannels via ArtNet…
any type of comments could be a great help for me, cause its a really major investment for us, and we can’t test this type of consoles …
well, the consoles you mentioned are devices you need specialists for using them.
when you know to use that MA scancommander (which was THAT standard for controling movinglights) it doesn’t mean that you can use the grandMA after 2 weeks of intense rehearsal.
for what reasons do you need a hardware console?
compatibilty to technical riders from artists? (no, then you would have considered a wholehog.).
are you frightened to have pc-based system (–“uuuh, it is running on WINDOWS? can’t work”–don’t believe that.)?
are you missing faders? no problem, connect any MIDIfaderbox to remote what you want. i own an MA Lightcommander which is degraded to a MIDIfaderbox since i know vvvv. The DMXout might be corroded, i don’t even know.