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medman2000

Help for wedding lighting/music!

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Hey all - so here's where I'm stuck. I volunteered to set up some mood lighting for a very informal wedding, since I have a lot of DMX LED lighting fixtures I thought it would be easy.

And now I'm feeling bad because washing the walls with red or pink is fine, but for the reception I want to get things rocking (even though the bride/groom would be fine with just mood lighting).

I have 12 colorsplash200b units - they have sound activated mode, but that just cycles between red, green and blue. They can access an auto mode that is cooler via DMX, but that won't autosync to music and I won't be manning my laptop (LOR DMX control panel) to change between fast/slow songs.

I have 4 COLORado3 units, which have several nice auto modes, but do not have a sound/mic/sync option.

Right now I was planning on just picking a medium paced auto mode that would cycle between colors washing the walls and reception area (basement of house) and let it run. Any lighting experts or DJ experts that have any tricks to share that might allow the lights automatically changing per song? Wedding is Saturday, so if I need to order anything I figure I still have a few days. I justwon't have time to program each of the45 songs using LOR :< Any thoughts are welcome!

Thanks!

medman2000

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I don't think you are stuck, totally. The bride is getting what she paid for. To do this properly, you need a dmx controller that is designed for this type of operation. I have programmed my controller with multiple chase sequences that can run either manually or in music/beat mode, while doing the ambient washes separately. Typically, I try to wash side walls in the wedding colors.

You might want to consider something along these lines; wash the walls in bridal colors, set up a few fixtures to wash the ceiling and floor in auto mode to move to the beat of the music. Be mindful that LED lighting can be very uncomfortable to the guests. You'll have to tune these puppies down and/or add diffusers. Try to set so they don't project directly into the eyes. You might have a problem with ceiling height so the floor washes should probably set low, near ground level.

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I don't think you are stuck, totally. The bride is getting what she paid for. To do this properly, you need a dmx controller that is designed for this type of operation. I have programmed my controller with multiple chase sequences that can run either manually or in music/beat mode, while doing the ambient washes separately. Typically, I try to wash side walls in the wedding colors.

You might want to consider something along these lines; wash the walls in bridal colors, set up a few fixtures to wash the ceiling and floor in auto mode to move to the beat of the music. Be mindful that LED lighting can be very uncomfortable to the guests. You'll have to tune these puppies down and/or add diffusers. Try to set so they don't project directly into the eyes. You might have a problem with ceiling height so the floor washes should probably set low, near ground level.

Good thoughts, thanks - didn't even think about how bright these might be if the guests look into the light. It does sound like the DMX controller you mention that would allow the automode to move to the beat would be hugely helpful, thanks!

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For music, I have two suggestions: 1. Little Wonders from the Meet the Robinsons Soundtrack. You can hear it at http://www.ChristmasAtTheGoods.com. (It is the first song that plays); 2. When You Say Nothing At All from the Nottinghill Soundtrack (It is the third song that plays on the same page); and 3. Come What May from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack.

These are all love songs. The first may not be appropriate for a wedding since it talks about moving forward. But it has a great section about the small moments that would be really good for a video.

The second one is my favorite because it is so positive and the love that exists when no words are spoken.

The third song is really powerful and says that they will always love each other come what may (but may seem a little ominous). It is very powerful and probably made the end of the movie.

I am strongly considering using the first two in next years Christmas Display. We have so many couples that come I am considering usingseveral love songs this year.

Ken

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Cool, thanks Ken. I have #2 in the mix, can't believe I didn't think of #3! Never heard #1 thanks for the link, going to add that too. I'm going with a fast:slow song ratio of 3:2, and if I can get the right DMX controller (or if I can pull an all-nighter and program using light-o-rama) I should be ok. Luckily they don't have any real expectations, they just wanted some lights shining on the wall, so anything beyond that will be cool for them.

Thanks!

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Are you doing the music too? If so, a 3:2 ration is way too slow. More like 5:1 or 6:2.

Receptions should be upbeat and fun. Too much slow dancing pulls away from the excitement.

With the excpetion of certain must play songs, I never script my music (even happy hour and dinner music). Make sure you discuss song selections with the bride and groom.

You should play a balance that will hit most of the age groups of your guests. Start with the older guests first as they typically leave earlier. Just a set or two would be perfect.

If you want some music lists, you can shoot me a pm and I will help you out. A great source for DJ stuff is start.prodj.com. Please note that most of the participants are DJ business owners and don't take too kindly to 'hobbyists'. Best to just lurk around. A post like the one above will surely spawn a whole conversation how diy'ers are killing the DJ industry.

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iresq wrote:

Are you doing the music too? If so, a 3:2 ration is way too slow. More like 5:1 or 6:2.

Receptions should be upbeat and fun. Too much slow dancing pulls away from the excitement.

With the excpetion of certain must play songs, I never script my music (even happy hour and dinner music). Make sure you discuss song selections with the bride and groom.

You should play a balance that will hit most of the age groups of your guests. Start with the older guests first as they typically leave earlier. Just a set or two would be perfect.

If you want some music lists, you can shoot me a pm and I will help you out. A great source for DJ stuff is start.prodj.com. Please note that most of the participants are DJ business owners and don't take too kindly to 'hobbyists'. Best to just lurk around. A post like the one above will surely spawn a whole conversation how diy'ers are killing the DJ industry.

Thanks for the reply, I appreciate the ratio suggestion. I'll change that, would hate to be the party killer! The wedding itself is very casual, they were planning on just playing some favorite CDs and leaving it at that. And they might still do that, just with my lights shining on the walls. But I think they'd be happy if I could put something more together... so I have my basics down. I plug in my lights and not aim them at people, and everyone is happy. Or, I try to take their favorite songs (they have the list) and I organize them and somehow (in very short notice and with no training!!) try to mimic a light show. They didn't want a DJ for cost issues, so I know any effort will be appreciated.

Other than time, the other major limitation is my wife - no way she lets me sit at a DMX console all night, I need to get this as close to plug-n-play, auto-pilot as I can so I can be out dancing with her and our 7 kids. But at the same time, when a slow song comes on and the lights are still in a fast-paced auto mode it seems weird, same as slow-paced auto mode with a fast song. I just can't keep running over to the console to change things.

At least I'll have the walls washed and we can play their CDs and have fun, but perhaps I'll see some other ideas at the link provided (I'll lurk, thanks for the tip!). The few extra songs not on their list will certainly be a nice addition.

Thanks for the link and suggestions!

medman2000

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