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> Lighting For Bands, From cans to controllers - help please
Jordan C
post Feb 24 2008, 11:24 AM
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Hey everyone... I've been offline for a couple of weeks so I'm glad to be back so don't thik I've ignored you if you've answered my other posts... I just haven't been here lol

Ok I chose the gear section (maybe inappropriately) as lighting to me does still fall into the GEAR category as otherwise how else do you get seen when you're on that stage!!??!!

Now to the point....

I have been asked by one fo the bands I work with if I would like to be their light guy (based on previous experience with disco lights which are a different kettle of fish).

I like the band, I like their music (harder edged commercialish rock) and I like their energy and passion. We could between us organise a good light show but my exoerience lies with clubs and even then I never had to set anything up even at field parties as someone else would hire and setup I would take control of the light desk once the event started. Also the sorts of lights I am used to haviong control of are lasers and scanner etc.

A different kettle of fish to band lighting but I feel confident enough to pull it off with a few mistakes and a fair helping of advice.

So what cans? How many? Should cans be DMX or would a simple kit like this one http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...A:IT&ih=017 be sufficient? with it's simplistic controller.

Additional lights... In addition to cans (a pre requisite I'd say are cans) the band want a strobe... no probs there... but what other types of light are best in this situation?

Should everything be DMX running to a DMX controller desk or are there other forms of controller that are better or more suited etc?

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Ivan Milenkovic
post Feb 24 2008, 11:58 AM
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Well if you have a DMX mobile desk, it would be best suited for these situations, except these are expensive. Maybe find some cheaper models with basic functions for starters.
AS for cans this kit looks pretty decent to me, I would definitely add a strobe and a smoke machine because they give a good effect and not too expensive.


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post Feb 24 2008, 12:06 PM
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Well we don't have a controller desk at mo... it's on the 'to buy' list... but my cursory research so far throws up DMX as being the most common...

We'd need at least a basic controller as we'd like a gantry of lights over the drummer as well as the FOS cans and a couple fo floor cans... at points we're gonna want to flash them all at once (or gantry and floor at least) so a decent even if basic controller desk is going to be needed. Any ideas?
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