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    Quote Originally Posted by chips View Post
    Hi,

    So a DMX light will react/move the way you programmed it,but is there a way to get them to react to the music like sound to light does but with the settings you have programmed.Or everytime the music rhythm changes you have to manually change the speed setting?

    So how ive read the first post the lights dont exactly move to the rhythm of the music but do move the way you have programmed them?

    Cheers..

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    Most lights designed for the DJ market will do both (if they do DMX). Most DJ-targeted (and others) DMX desks can react to the music if you choose, the desk will then send the signals to the lights to the beat of the music (the lights would do whatever you had programmed and were then "playing" back)

    See the PM I sent you for the more specific details to the Dyanmos.

    However these lights will do both DMX and sound to light:

    - Acme Dyanmos
    - Acme DynaTwins
    - Acme Winner/Rover
    - Complete "Mojo" range from "Geni"
    - Acme Scimitar/Leo
    - All of the Acme iSolution range
    - Acme Knight/Queen/Fantasy moving heads
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    Hi,

    Thanks for all the info

    Thats put my mind to rest now

    Cheers..

    Chips.

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    I think I'm really thick coz I still don't get it - oh well la de da

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    Quote Originally Posted by Light_Worker View Post
    I think I'm really thick coz I still don't get it - oh well la de da
    lol, DMX is something no one understands first time round, if you read it again, and other articles across the internet, it'll slowly make sense. The real test comes when you try it out for yourself the first time.

    Let me know if you need any help

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    Ah DMX

    Its does the same as sound to light in which the way the lights move to the rhythm/beat,but you program/control the patterns/movements/colours but they still move to the rhythm.

    As to the settings on the switches..say its 4 channel DMX lights then every extra light you connect you count 4 because of the channels 4 in this case and the next number after you count 4 is the new light.

    So if you were talking pints of beer on a tray

    Its your round theres you and 3 mates sat at the table,4 of you in total.

    You got up and get 4 pints in all (DMX 4 channel) on a tray,the tray is the light.You bought the round so your number 1.

    You all drink up

    Round two say its Jims round.Jim goes up to the bar with the tray and buys another round.So round two is Jims (light No2).Jim buys the drinks 4 pints on one tray (4 Channel dmx).

    So far 8 pints drank between you all.

    2 Mates have bought a round 2 have not,we all follow that bit dont we

    So I bought a round 4 drinks...i was the first round 1 tray of drinks.
    Jim bought round 2 of drinks..4 pints..

    Light No1 (round 1) =4

    Light No2 Jims round his 1st (round 2) =5

    Tom buys round 3 1 Tray with 4 pints=9

    Another round 4 pints ..so you got 13 in totol now.

    Normally im always one of the ones buying the round,then before everyones bought a round theres some excuse to go and im a pint down

    So the next light number would be 13 (another 4 pints)

    It took me a while to work it all out but if you think of it as rounds of drink,say its 5 channel DMX then its 5 pints to buy

    Hope thats explained it.

    Cheers..

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    Chips, after all those pints, I'm surprised you even worked out how to switch the lights on!!

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    PMSL!

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    Errr... okay - I'll have to nod and smile and look like I actually understand the mathematics behind that example...

    I would have thought it would total 16 if each light counts as four - 4,8,12,16.

    How many Acme Party Scanners can you link in one go? Can I split them into two groups? Say 2 on the right doing one show, and two on the left doing something slightly different?

    Can I also stick other Acme lights that take DMX with them, or is that something only the really expensive lights do?

    E.G. I would like to also buy a couple of Super Leos and maybe a couple of Rovers or Scimitars. Can all of these lights link up together? Or would I have to have 3 - 4 seperate light shows going on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeerFunk View Post
    Chips, after all those pints, I'm surprised you even worked out how to switch the lights on!!




    Light_Worker just add 1+ your 4 each time to your maths and it works out.

    Another Question from me

    I need to buy a longer DMX cable,the one in the link below looks like a DMX cable but is called a Balanced Microphone cable..is it/will it work as a DMX cable for my lights.

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?...leads&doy=21m2

    Maplins are just down the road from me and i buy the lead in the link if it will work.

    I dont want to order by post from the place i bought the DMX lights because the price a posting is around the same price as the DMX lead.

    Many Thanks if someone can give me a answer.

    Chips.

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    Yup, it should work - I use them sometimes.

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