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How to record Midi Tracks to control Dmx Lights

How to record Midi Tracks to control Dmx Lights

Many people had asked for more information on how to easily program their lights via Midi through the DMX protocol.

So I made a short tutorial where I show my method and my equipment.

This video is not intended for DMX experts because things that I show are certainly already known to them, while instead it could be very useful to all those who need to program their lights in a simple way and without having to buy expensive equipment and require a very long learning because they are often really complex.

My system obviously it has limitations but I think it can brilliantly solve the problem of programming the lights for the vast majority of small bands.

I just hope it will be useful to many of you 🙂


What Dmx interface i need ?

You don’y need any DMX interface, just a DMX controller that has a Midi IN port (mandatory)

i will need to program manually all single scenes on the Dmx Controller?

Yes, of course. Anyway you has to to this with ANY systems.

Can i launch automatic program of my Light set?

Sure, just assign a scene /and a midi note) to the right DMX code of your light.

How many light can i control?

NO limit. Anyway if you chain lots of different light i suggest to get a DMX splitter. all will be more stable and also if a lights go wrong/off, all other will continue to run.

What kind of light can i control?

Any light tha has a DMX interface 🙂

Can i control a fog machine?

Yes. Anyway basic Fog machine usually has very limited dmx controls (usually on/off)

Can i program the dimmer?

No, but you can set the Dimmer intensity with a scene. So if you need a RED at 50% and a RED at 100% you will need to program 2 different scenes. Maybe there are some way to crete a dimmering editing the midinotes, but still not tried it.

How to know what are the note reference for each scene?

just read the manual of Dmx controller, it’s all there 😉

How do I program three different types of light and make them work together?

you simply have to create a scene by setting its effect for each light

How do I know the note numbers corresponding to the scenes

you need to refer to the DMX controller manual.

As a simple reference you can use this table

or check this

or this