Tyrone Blue


Tyrone Blue

I am finishing up my 8th year as a club DJ at the local Resort nightclub (www.BreezyPointResort.com). I have been DJing for 24 years, with a special love/interest in high tech lighting. I teach DMX programming, both hardware, and software. I exclusively use ShowXpress, which I believe is the best DMX software on the planet! I believe I have a couple of years left to do this. I have a crew of 3 DJ's, who do my "giging" at weddings and the nightclub.




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Starting your DMX experience – 12th in a series by Tyrone Blue

March 1, 2013 by Tyrone Blue
Chase buttons are different than the scene buttons, in that, you can enter up to 240 scenes into each of the 6 chases, rather than only 8 in “Auto Mode” running the scenes and banks. In “Chase Mode”, you can enter as many or as few scenes into it to make it function. It programs the same as the scene buttons (your manual will tell you what buttons to push in what sequence). Once you complete the scenes you want on your chase, you can log out of “Program” and play your chases. If you wish to go back into program any of the chase buttons later, the program brings you back to the LAST scene you had programmed within that chase, which makes it simple to continue up to 240 scenes without recording over any scene (unless you choose to). When programming a chase, keep the “time” and “fade” sli... [read more]
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Starting your DMX experience – 11th in a series by Tyrone Blue

February 27, 2013 by Tyrone Blue
You now have 8 scenes recorded, and it’s time to create a “show”. In this series, we will set up a show and teach you how to give it a custom look. With 8 scenes recorded (in bank #1), you can manually push each “Scene” button and get a scene to display (this will occur in or out of “Program”). The cool part of this all, is now you can run a show automatically, by pushing the “Auto” button. I don’t run shows in “Sound” mode either… I don’t care for it. But, the lights will change to the beat of the music. T... [read more]
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Starting your DMX experience – 10th in a series by Tyrone Blue

February 2, 2013 by Tyrone Blue
In this series, we’ll look at setting up a show with 8 scenes, using 4 moving head fixtures. Whatever fixtures you actually have, will set up the same way, but you may be using different channels (depending on your fixture) to create your show. Set up your fixtures next to each other, assigning each to a separate button on the left of the controller. Fixture one set at “1”, fixture two at “17” fixture three at “33” and fixture four at “49”. This way, each button will be set for each of the four fixtures. Keep in mind that you will only be using the first 6 sliders for this fixture. read more]
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Starting your DMX experience – 9th in a series by Tyrone Blue

January 22, 2013 by Tyrone Blue
You are connected with one, 6 channel fixture in our example. Since fixture/scanner button “1” allows for a fixture with 16 channels, and you’re using only 6, you have 10 channels wasted on button #1. Note the red arrows representing the wasted channels, and the black arrows representing the 6 channels in use. If you connect 3 more of the same fixtures, using button two, three and four, you would then be wasting 40 channels. If, however, you have 12 fixtures or less in your system, you’d be just perfect, assigning each... [read more]
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Starting your DMX experience – 8th in a series by Tyrone Blue

January 15, 2013 by Tyrone Blue
With this 12 fixture controller, you have a total of 192 (out of the possible 512) channels. The picture (Fig. 1) shows you the layout of the 12 fixture buttons, each with 16 channels. By drawing it this way, I hope to give you a better way to perceive how this all comes into play. So, to start, look at the top left box where all the red and black arrows point to. This represents “Scanner/Fixture” button one with 16 smaller boxes, representing each of the 16 channels. The black arrows are for sliders 1-8 when you have “page 1” selected, and red for slide... [read more]
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Starting your DMX experience – 7th in a series by Tyrone Blue

January 5, 2013 by Tyrone Blue
Scenes and Banks… On this controller, you can save up to 240 scenes. There are 8 groups in 30 banks that total 240 scenes. You’ll discover that this is a LOT of available scenes to have many successful “shows”. By moving your fixtures between any of the 240 scenes, in ANY order, you’ll have lots and lots of available shows, each with a different look. On this controller, you can run a show in one of two ways. First is to have an 8 step show by utilizing the scenes in “Auto” mode, by stepping through any of your 30 banks (w... [read more]
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Starting your DMX experience – 6th in a series by Tyrone Blue

December 28, 2012 by Tyrone Blue
tarting your DMX experience – 6th in a series by Tyrone Blue So, you’re looking at your controller, hooked to the Chauvet LED Spot 150 with a real DMX cable. Some programmers will tell you a normal XLR cable will work, and it will, to a point. All I want to say on the subject is… “they are different”. Real DMX or “DMX compatible” cables, have a little bit different resistance, shielding and properties. Here’s what your set up will look like with a fixture, cable and a controller: It can really be as simple as this, and you’ll have a light show. Now, remember, this fixture has 6 chann... [read more]
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Starting your DMX experience – 5th in a series by Tyrone Blue

December 26, 2012 by Tyrone Blue
Now that you have a controller hooked to a fixture, (in this case, the LED Spot 150), we need to assign an address. In the following series, I’ll teach you how to set an address with “dip switches”. If you’re using a digital push button address fixture, simply go to the address you want by pushing the “address” menu, pushing the “up or “down” buttons for your desired address, then pushing “enter”. Keep in mind, that you DON’T want to cross assign addresses to any fixture. Here’s what I mean: I’ve heard novice programmers mention that they assigned an address of “1” to the first fixture, and an address of “2” to the second fixture. This only works if you have a “one” channel fixture. Our Spot 150 has 6 channels, so the first fixture will have an address of “1”, an... [read more]
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Starting your DMX experience – 4th in a series by Tyrone Blue

December 17, 2012 by Tyrone Blue
We’re going to hook up your controller to a fixture… let’s say a “Chauvet Intimidator LED Spot 150”. This fixture has 6 channels of operation. What that means is, there are six parameters within this fixture, which will allow it to perform various functions. Your fixture will undoubtedly be different, with the channels controlling different functions of that fixture. Once you set an address that coincides with the button on the controller, and the address set into the fixture, you are ready to make magic happen. ... [read more]
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Starting your DMX experience – 3rd in a series by Tyrone Blue

December 10, 2012 by Tyrone Blue
There are a few different ways to begin your DMX experience. I’m going to suggest the most logical. As I mentioned in the last article; you need to learn how to “walk before you run”. When I first sat down, years ago, I was totally stumped, and didn’t understand most of what the manuals tried to explain. This series is designed to solve that for you. So, our journey starts at the beginning, rather than running a light show (or trying to) with free software and a dongle (the interface between your lights and the controller), and not knowing what you’re doing. This series will focus on HARDWARE controllers (software will come in another series). The most popular controller is the 12 fixture controller. By knowing how to control fixtures with this device, you’ll fully understand how DMX works, ... [read more]