The Learn Stage Lighting Podcast show

The Learn Stage Lighting Podcast

Summary: The Learn Stage Lighting podcast is an educational and informative look into the world of stage lighting. Starting with the basics, we choose a topic to cover each week, followed by a few listener questions. Our host is David Henry, a lighting designer and educator from .


 Episode 8 – How Do I Wire DMX? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:12

In this podcast, David is excited to talk about wiring DMX! How do you make it all talk together?  The simplest DMX system is wired with a daisy chain. You come out of your lighting console and bring it to your first light and then you do it a 2nd time and on and on up to 32 times. It’s important to always use real DMX cable for this, not microphone cable: Why Can’t I Use Microphone Cables for DMX? You can run DMX up to 3900 ft and if you need more than 32 fixtures or more cable length you can use a DMX splitter. David’s favorite budget DMX splitter is the Enttec D-Split Get the full details and learn more by listening and subscribing to the podcast! Mailbag! John has a hobby in DJ Lighting and is having a problem controlling the lights and finds it very confusing. He wants to know how familiar David is with ShowCad. Find Out what David has to say and what he recommends…. Chauvet ShowXpress Enttec D-Pro Dustin: Is new to lighting and wants to get a DMX controller that works on Mac Book. He wants to know what David recommends…. ShowXpress Enttec D-Pro  Chauvet DMX-AN Node for Output  Fixtures  Or Davide: Has been using DMX’s for awhile and is considering using D-Pro He is wondering if he can combine pallets with other pre-set controls. David has a GREAT answer for him. Want To Learn More About DMX? Check Out David’s Past Podcasts! What Is DMX? Let’s Talk About DMX Addresses! How Do I Solve DMX Problems? Grab your FREE guide to begin with lighting at! Thanks! -David

 Episode 7 – What DMX Channel Mode Should I Put My Lights In? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:07

Today, David is so excited to talk about DMX Channel Modes If you had been enjoying these Podcasts head over to iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher and leave a review to help us grow the show! In this episode, David talks about Channel Modes because it seems to be a topic that people are starting to talk about. Lighting fixtures can be put into a variety of channel modes and you can control all of the segments or just one segment. There are pros and cons to both. Things to consider: * The console- which one am I using, how many universes, how easy is it to control things. * Programming time * The final result In this episode, David is going to talk about each of these considerations and then give some examples. Links: Links: Podcast – What is a DMX Universe? Color Kinetics ColorBlaze: Chauvet Rogue R2 Wash: Mail Bag! Larry Larry says he has been watching the series and he has a problem with his volunteers using his complicated equipment and he wants a more user-friendly system for them. Suggestion Links: Jands Vista: Martin M-PC: Mike Mike wants to know if he can use LED Strip lights for side lights to wash the stage. He doesn’t have a lot of stage time. Beam angle vs field angle Tayo: Rate this podcast links: Rate on iTunes Rate on Google Play Rate on Stitcher Want to learn more, and get step-by-step instructions to take your lighting to 11? Check out my Learn Stage Lighting Labs Community!

 Edisode 6 – Let’s Talk About DMX Addresses! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:31

This is Episode 6 in the series about Stage Lighting. David is going to talk about Mail – Not mail that you get from the post office but DMX mail! DMX is a broadcast protocol and there is no handshake, it either gets there or it doesn’t.  How do you need to tell the lights where the console is and the console where the lights are? One of the ways If you use a basic console you can set the faders to a DMX channel. This method is really slow. The next way is to have a hardware based console that has predefined fixtures or a more advanced professional console that has a patch screen with fixed numbers. In this episode, you’ll learn everything you need to know about DMX addresses. Mailbag! John Marsh – Wants to upgrade to a better system than the Enlighten that he uses. He uses a middle-grade system now.  David discusses the pros and cons of the following systems : Enttec LED Mapper Enttec D-Pro LightKey Madrix Finding Your First Lighting Console! Be sure to join us at  See you on the site!

 Episode 5 – What is DMX? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:55

In today’s Podcast David talks about DMX or Digital Multi-Plex. It is a digital signal, a serial type signal and runs on the RS485 standard layer and can run up to 512 channels of 8-bit information. Wow, that is a lot of technical information but it is useful to know this information when your learning stage lighting. DMX is a broadcast style of communication.  You don’t have to have any sophisticated equipment to run this, it is just there and very simple. Back in time, you had various ways that consoles talked to one another but they were proprietary, they were manufacture specific and they couldn’t talk to one another. Then RDM came and allowed fixtures to talk to the console upon request. You could look at and change information which you could not do before. Here is a post that goes into deeper detail on RDM. DMX is 3 pin or 5 pin cable. Why is that we only use 3 of the pins? They did this because they didn’t want microphones to be plugged into your lighting systems. So if you see a 5 pin plug it is for DMX.  You can not use a microphone cable for DMX as you will be asking for problems! Mailbag! Vinylmanipul8r wants to know the differences between programs like Chauvet ShowXpress and the New Pioneer Lighting in Rekordbox and Soundswitch. Jeff wants to know what needs to happen when he changes his Digital Audio Workspace from Cubase to Pro-Tools Check out this link for a better explanation of this question: – Also, check out my Learn Stage Lighting Labs Community!

 Episode 4 – How Do I Make an Even Wash of Light Across My Stage? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:56

Welcome back to the 4th episode of The Learn Stage Lighting Podcast, we are so happy to have you here. Today, David talks about making your light an even wash across your stage – no matter what kind of show you light! The goal of this Podcast is to show you how to create even stage lighting so there are no bright spots. It’s all in the formula that David is going to teach you today. Consistency is the key to making your stage lighting great every time. David also covers fixtures and what kind to use but in a future Podcast, he will go into that in greater detail. This Podcast is so full of information that you will need to take notes so you don’t miss anything, especially the troubleshooting he talks about. Lighting and creating a wash is really an art that you will be glad you learned.  Listen below and subscribe on your favorite platform! Links From This Episode: * Main Post – How to Create an Even Wash of Stage Light * DMXcat App and Review * How to Bench Focus Your Conventional Fixtures Mailbag! Rick- Wants to know can I run Cat5 cable to DMX adapters and will it work with RDM as well? * Link: ETC’s guide to running DMX over Cat5 * () Maria- Is having a problem with her and is looking for help!

 Episode 3 – Where Should I Position My Stage Lights? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:07

In this 3rd Episode,  David Henry discusses where to position your stage lights. Most of the time, people have already bought their lights and have no idea where to put them.  David will tell you to start with the end goal – your #1 priority for your event.  You will learn that it depends on what type of venue you are planning to light. David discusses front lighting, backlighting, set lighting and side lighting and the different reasons you may need or not need each one of these angles of lighting. He feels these are the basic lighting set-ups that you would need for most types of venues. He will go into greater detail in the next podcast about front lighting. You will also learn that there are no set rules and sometimes you need to experiment what is best for you! If you haven’t already checked it out –  Learn Stage Lighting Labs: David’s membership community that gives one on one personal help with your stage lighting. Mailbag! Binil – Wants to start a small lighting company and know what is the best console for a beginner. Turner – Is looking to start his own small company for audiovisual right out of high school and doesn’t know the first thing about lighting.  He wants to know what lighting to use. Please rate this Podcast wherever you get your podcasts, and share this podcast with your friends and family!  Thanks!

 Episode 2 – How Do I Control My Stage Lights? (and Why Is a Console So Critically Important?) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:41

Welcome to Learn Stage Lighting Podcast. This is the 2nd Episode by David Henry as he gets you started on the path to looking at the very basics of stage lighting. In this Podcast, he talks about what controls your lighting, the console! If you are just starting out, David knows you may have lots of questions. In this episode of Learn State Lighting Podcast, he discusses why auto programming and sound activation may not be quite right for you. His goal is to get you to invest in a console where you have more control over whoever is on stage and the ability to take their energy and amplify it with the lighting. David understands that when you are new to stage lighting you may have a small budget. That’s why he feels its good to know what console you need for your lighting application needs In this podcast, David get’s into the Pros and Cons of Hardware-based consoles versus PC and software-based consoles. There are so many different consoles and he is great at offering different examples and models. His favorite for beginners is the ENTTEC DMXIS for under $300, and from there he goes into detail for more advanced features and consoles to bring you up to a full-on professional level console with total control. Excited to learn more? Subscribe to the Podcast at the bottom of this post from wherever you get your podcasts! I also invite you to consider Learning Stage Lighting Labs where David can go into greater detail with you and where you have access to a great library of topics about stage lighting. Mailbag! Victor – Is curious about how to use physical faders or buttons through software-based controllers. Links: How to Use MIDI with Lighting Consoles, How to Use TouchOSC with Lighting Consoles Daniel – Is a DJ and he wants to know if he can design in one console and then move his show over to another console.  Is it possible?

 Episode 1 – What Are The Parts of a Stage Lighting System? – Learn Stage Lighting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:34

Welcome to the Learn Stage Lighting Podcast! In this debut episode, host David Henry walks you through the very basics of stage lighting. Topics include parts of stage lighting systems, supplies needed, and tips on choosing your first lighting software and console. The very first thing you need are – lights!  These may be conventional lights, LED lights or moving lights, and are what we are using to move and shape the mood of a space that we are in. After the lights comes the cabling.  We’re going to need both power cables and data cables to get the information from our console to our lights. In the middle of all this, we’re going to need a variety of DMX devices – dimmers, DMX splitters and/or DMX nodes. Finally, we get back to the console. Our console is the brains of the lighting rig, and there are a variety of consoles to choose from basic, hardware-only consoles to full-on professional consoles and everything in between. The last piece of a great lighting rig is you.  While the console may be the brain of the lighting system, YOU are the brain of the console.  You are the most important part of your lighting rig, and investing in you and your education can reap greater rewards than many other investments in your lighting rig. Mailbag! Jeffery asks about whether he should use a software or hardware based lighting controller.  Here’s a post on how to choose your first lighting console! Andrew writes in and asks whether he should go with an all-in-one light kit like vs. buying 4 separate lights. Keith asks about whether he should change his Par 56 cans from Narrow (NSP) to Medium (MFL), in order to blind the presenters less.


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