Disco Lighting

From Noisebridge
Jump to: navigation, search

Noisebridge has been equipped with DMX controlled light fixtures since NB10.
Lighting is set as a proscenium-style plot, facing the front of the Hackitorium.
Our setup is built using OpenLightingArchitecture and ArpNet.

- http://olaHackitorium.noise
- https://www.openlighting.org/ola/
- http://www.qlcplus.org/

What is still needed[edit]

- Draw an updated diagram for this wiki!
- Print out documentation for users in the space who wanting to disco!
- Add manufacturer documentation for each of our specific lights
- Modifying and extending our system via PD, Max/MSP, Python, LightKey MacOS app, etc.
- Additional documentation is needed for the wiki page + use of this awesome lighting!
- A physical DMX/Midi controller would be great for running scenes and lighting changes. Help set something up!
- 6 par can clamps for easier mounting.
- Daisy chain-able power cables for the RGB Par Cans. Will significantly reduce our current cabling and setup time.
- Integrate the lighting plot with our existing RGB Signage in the main Hackitorium.
- Integrate the lighting plot with our Flaschen-taschen protocol.

Documentation 2018 Update[edit]

All lighting has been relocated from the SparkleForge and Noisesquare table to the main Hackitorium.
File:RGB Super Bright LED par light.pdf

Light types[edit]

R - RGB ParCan
S - RGB Pin Spot
C - White Spot
D - disco ball

Map of types of lights[edit]

  R R

 S D S

Map of light numbers[edit]

(if you are using the Obey 40 controller, these correspond to fixtures)

  4 2
5 6 3 1

 8   7

Light numbers to DMX channels[edit]


The Obey 40 DMX controller assigns 16 channels per light fixture (You can control mulitple lights as the same fixture, but make sure they are the same light fixture). The lights are setup so that each light is at the beginning of the DMX address range for a each fixture. For example Fixture 1 starts at address "1" and the controller reserves channels 1-16 to talk to it, and any fixtures on "Fixture 1".

The stage left and stage right RGB par lights are set to use 8 DMX Channels.

Stage right[edit]

4 - 49 - 64
6 - 81 - 96
5 - 65 - 80

Stage left[edit]

2 - 17 - 32
3 - 33 - 48
1 - 01 - 16

Disco Ball lights[edit]

7 - 97 - 112
8 - 113 - 128

OLA Server[edit]

Hostname: olaHackitorium.noise
IPv4 Address:
HTTP Admin Port: 9090
Also supports: Art-Net

OLA Admin Settings[edit]

Universe Id: 1
Universe Name: Hackitorium
Merge mode: LTP
Output Device: Anyma USB Device

Obey 40 DMX controller tips and manual[edit]

Rando donated a Obey 40 DMX controller. If you plug this directly into the DMX cable going up to the lights, you can control them with it! However, I recommend familiarizing yourself with the controller using some youtube videos and using the manual for the RGB par lights to understand how they interpret the DMX information that the controller sends to them.

Here are some good videos to get you started controlling the lights and making scenes, but remember the DMX controller is sending generic commands to the lights, you need the manual for the light fixtures to understand how the lights will react to that information.

This video explains how the DMX controller and the light interact and uses the Obey 40 as the controller. Do not use the instructions here for how to playback lighting scenes using the chase function on the controller, the directions skip some steps.


The next video has accurate instructions for setting up scenes and chases. Watch this one to understand those functions instead.


For reference, here is the manual for the DMX controller. If nothing else, it explains how to reset the controller so you aren't working with someone elses confifurations messing up your attempts to work with the controller.

File:Obey 40 UM Rev8 ML5 WO.pdf

Original Diagram from NB10 Party. No longer current as of 09/2018[edit]

DMX Lighting.jpg