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Sync Audio and Lighting Cues

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:08 pm
by JohnGrimshaw
This was posted on my videos on You Tube...
joker8588 wrote:How would you sync´╗┐ music to go with a light cue? I have a Palette Preset II and we would like to have our board run for example a thunder sound effect then have a light cue go .
There are a couple of ways to answer this, depending on your console capabilities and support:
1) (Triggered via the console) play the audio from media player on the console - you need audio outputs for this to work. On Palette consoles WITHOUT these on the back, you can add them with a generic USB sound card, but TEST it before you buy it. You cannot install drivers on the console! The "local" media player can be triggered by macros.
2) (Triggered via the console) play the audio from another computer - via powerpoint. Follow the tutorials for running external powerpoint cues.
3) (Triggered via the console) play the audio from another computer - via synced playlist. I have not tested this, but there is no reason why this should not work... The Palette has a function where OTHER sessions of Palette can track a main one. The settings are in the CUELIST properties. Use the Offline editor as the 2nd computer, complete with audio capabilities.
4) (External Trigger) Use an external device to trigger the go, and have that same trigger launch the audio. This can be done Via RS232 and Vision.Net calls, and via HTML triggers you can write and have the console activate its webserver.

...and of course...
5) employ a lighting operator, a sound operator, and a stage manager, and get them to rehearse the sequence ;)

The "easiest" is probably 1 or 2.

Re: Sync Audio and Lighting Cues

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:18 am
by kluc
has any one try generic USB sound card

if so did it work and what kind

Re: Sync Audio and Lighting Cues

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:43 pm
by JohnGrimshaw
Sorry - this will be forever a trial and error thing, because the sound card manufacturers insist on changing models so regularly! At least they are cheap.

Re: Sync Audio and Lighting Cues

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:10 pm
by willarki
Be even better to be able to use a USB to MIDI converter like this:
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Would be an easy and cheap means of getting MIDI into or out of a Palette

Re: Sync Audio and Lighting Cues

Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:56 am
by MickCrozier
That's something I've been wondering

Can a generic USB MIDI interface be used provided it uses the standard windows usb midi driver?

Re: Sync Audio and Lighting Cues

Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:22 am
by willarki
Didn't work when I plugged it into my Classis Palette. However, I did try it on some highly managed PC's at the office and it worked without the installaion of any drivers.

Re: Sync Audio and Lighting Cues

Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:00 am
by Buffy
the griffin tech iMic works very well with the palette.