DMX Control: In Planning System, Look to IP, Wireless As Options

With the DMX protocol, there are so many possibilities, ranging from controlling video servers to your effect devices, and much more.

DMX Control: In Planning System, Look to IP, Wireless As Options
The DMXcat by City Theatrical, left, allows you to plug into your network anywhere in the chain and serve as a remote control for devices via Bluetooth using your cellphone. For smaller, simpler applications the “go to” product is the City Theatrical Show Baby 6 Wireless DMX, right.
DMX Control: In Planning System, Look to IP, Wireless As Options
The DMXcat by City Theatrical, left, allows you to plug into your network anywhere in the chain and serve as a remote control for devices via Bluetooth using your cellphone. For smaller, simpler applications the “go to” product is the City Theatrical Show Baby 6 Wireless DMX, right.

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As noted by E2i Designs, there are many options as it relates to wireless DMX. Which option is best depends on the application. For smaller, simpler applications the “go to” product is the City Theatrical Show Baby 6 Wireless DMX. The Show Baby 6 is probably the easiest product to use on the market. The transmitter and the receiver are one and the same. It knows which it is, by simply detecting whether a DMX cable is connected to the input or output side.

This product has a color-coded data ID system that allows you to choose which units are operating together, by simply selecting a color. You can have DMX universe 1 on Cyan and universe 2 on Red. Setting up the system takes less than 10 minutes, and is very reliable. Summit Integrated also mentioned the Show Baby 6 as a very solid option, but if you need to select your bandwidth or want to put together a larger system, the ShowDMX Neo is also available and builds on the same reliability and quality as the Show Baby 6.

Another product for advanced lighting systems is LumenRadio. LumenRadio offers advanced settings and customizable features for each application. Additionally, LumenRadio is already built-in to many fixtures and accessories on the market. This allows users to quickly and easily incorporate those items into a new LumenRadio wireless DMX system. A nice feature of LumenRadio is the ability to send RDM wirelessly letting users easily broadcast their DMX addresses to fixtures.

Planning out your system and creating a strong DMX foundation is how you stay ahead of the need and flow with the artistic requirements of your weekend services or events.

It’s important, though, that we don’t get lost in the technical. Many lighting techs worry so much about the back-end that they forget about the worship experience. There is a balance to being a lighting tech and a lighting artist.

Our ultimate goal is to use our God-given talents to create atmospheres to worship God. Knowing the setup, systems and needs is important, but don’t let it demand so much of your resources, time and energy that you don’t invest in the real purpose of lighting, creating a place where in all we do, we Glorify Him.




More About David Leuschner
David Leuschner currently serves as the Executive Director of Digital Great Commission Ministries, a nonprofit that has a mission to utilize technology to reach the entire world for Jesus Christ. David has been in the tech industry for more than 20 years and has always had a passion for the church. From 2006 to 2017 he served on the Senior Team as the Senior Director of Technology and Technical Arts at Gateway Church. He provided oversight for all of the Technology and Live Production areas. Gateway Church is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and is one of the largest churches in America. While at Gateway, David guided and directed more than 700 volunteers, part-time and full-time staff in a mission to facilitate several hundred events a month among all venues. Before coming to work at Gateway Church, David started volunteering in a local Church at the age of 11. He progressed to working high level events that included working with President George H W Bush, U.S. Diplomat Alan Lee Keyes, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, ABC News, Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys and many other major artists. David has been married to his beautiful wife Nicole for 12 years and they love their 10-year-old son Justin. Visit www.audiovideolighting.com to find out how David Leuschner can help your church. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @davidleuschner
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