Creating a Motorized Lighting Desk with Isadora
Hi there guys,
As some of you might know, I'm a student, and let's be honest I don't have the money to buy a new ETC Lighting desk (or second hand for the matter). So I was thinking about a possible solution.. Perhaps we can make something with Motorized faders and hack our own Lighting desk using Isadora as middleman.
For this built I use the Presonus - Faderport 8 (https://www.presonus.com/produ...), ETC Nomad and some standard MIDI mapping software (MIDIOX + Loopmidi to create virtual midi ports)
In this thread I'm going to post my progress, share the actors that I make and showcase the final results of this build :)
I'll take a Nomad over a desk any day. I use the keyboard commands anyway for just about everything. Much easier to transport and a fraction of the cost.
It heavily depends, I have to say I really love faders to control my subs, CP (Color Palettes), IP (Intensity), etc. Same goes for Audio programs, that is why I decided to build a interface that can support all that. So using some clever patching I can have 4 kind of categories that I can control (Light (EOS OSC), Audio (Abelton), Video (Resolume Arena) and Control (Isadora / etc))
Since I need some reliability regarding the hardware I came to the following conclusion :
- Since we wish to control all the programs named above, we need motorized faders to reset itself. A normal MIDI controller that has faders doesn't reset, so that is useless for this application
- It shouldn't be too expensive. (You can also buy a Mackie Pro xD)
- It should be really to follow for others as well, sometimes I use a operator for my installations / theatre work
- The hardware should be relative new and maintained by the manufacturer.
- It should have a display to get information regarding the program that we are controlling.
The following hardware solutions where presented :
- Icon Platform M+ with Display (http://iconproaudio.com/produc...)
- Behringer X-Touch (https://www.musictri.be/Catego...)
- Presonus Faderport 8 (https://www.presonus.com/produ...)
I choose for the Presonus Faderport 8 since it has native MIDI support and has more room on the display for information. Other then that, it just felt nicer in general then the Behringer (And I have to say, I don't like the quatilty of Behringer that much to be honest..)
Lovely control panel, do you also have a picture of the hardware ?
CraigAlfredson last edited by
I do this quite a bit. I have an Allen & Heath QU16, which can map MIDI commands to the motorized faders. It always blows people's minds when I grab a fader on the sound board and the lights change.
As you probably know, ETC has a really great deal for students where you can buy a nomad license and a 2 universe DMX interface for $250.