I've seen a few posts on this topic recently but I thought I would start a new thread because of my specific circumstances. I am researching a potential Max/MSP project that would need to be completed in two weeks, and it involves lighting control, even if somewhat simple. I need a solid solution with no hassles, and my experienced Max/MSP colleagues have warned me that I might be asking too much when it comes to lighting control.
So here's the situation. If I embark on this project, it will be a whirlwind affair and I won't have a lot of time for experimentation and equipment failure/software incompatibility. Add to this the fact that I have never worked with DMX and the president of a large country will be attending the exhibition, and you have a potentially crazy idea for a project, but that's how I roll. :)
So far it seems that the most cost effective and promising solution is the DMX USB Pro and Nullmedium externals. I will be wanting to use it for simple dimmer control only, in a gallery setting.
So my first question... can anyone report back on potential problems I might run into, and how to avoid them?
Second... Can anyone recommend light fixtures to use that are known to be compatible with this system? They only need to provide whitewash illumination on a gallery wall (a fairly wide spread would be nice) and they must obviously have dimmer control. That's it. Obviously I don't want to buy the most expensive thing that exists, but proven compatibility and quick availability are more important than cost. Also helps if they travel well.
Thank you for any learned (and rapid) response you might have. I might become a regular around here if this project materializes.
FYI, I will me working with Max 5 on a Win 7 PC with a Quadro FX 1800M video card, and I'm in Ohio (not NYC or LA). Installation will take place overseas so all gear must be transported/shipped a long distance. For what it's worth.
Thanks in advance,