If you don't know, I'm a lighting nut. I'm actually a lighting nut more than I am a projection nut.f I'm usually controlling moving light rigs with a real physical console, but I wanted to finally get this setup going for me personally to use on smaller shows/events/worship nights.
This runs on your Windows computer. This plugs into your lights. And go!
You could go get a full-sized High End/Barco Road Hog/Full Board for $10-13K, or...you can do this for under $1,000.
Now if you know me, I need physical faders because I run most of my events and lighting shows semi-on-the-fly; I build palletes and moves and things like that and "build" each look and transition with each song/worship element. In those cases, I want a physical console, and/or fader playback wings that simply plug in via USB.
So is this setup right for your church? Maybe. The first thing to ask yourself is "are we using moving lights?" If you're just using conventionals and LED fixtures right now, you don't need this. Just get a real console.
However, once you jump into moving light world, the game changes with consoles. The Wholehog software is really good at moving lights (as are other higher-end consoles - Martin's, GrandMA...etc.), so this could be a cheap option for you IF...you are actually taking the time to program out your services and/or you're doing very very simple scene changes.
Oh, and if you want to know my favorite site to get cool lighting gear: LightBroker
Posted on Fri, October 14, 2011
by Camron Ware filed under