I've built a tiny MIDI to DMX converter to run our lights from Proclaim!

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Russell Graves | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Feb 6 2018 2:23 PM

The MIDI lighting output from Proclaim is nice, if you have a lightboard that works with it.  We didn't.  But, I do know my way around Arduinos, so I tried to build a little gizmo that would listen to MIDI commands and output DMX to our light system (only a few different fixtures).

It works very well!  We've been running the Sunday services on this system for a few months now - partly on the prototype, but more recently on the production version, which is a tiny little device - an Arduino Pro Micro, a MAX485 differential driver chip, and an XLR connector hanging off the end to plug our lights into.

The build is fairly simple - anyone with a bit of soldering skill should be able to put one together, though modifying the software is a bit more complex if you've not done any programming before.  Right now, it probably would require someone who has done some Arduino development to make major changes, but simple fixture changes aren't too difficult.


Let me know if you have any questions on the capabilities!

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Justin (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 6 2018 2:54 PM

That's awesome, good work!  Thanks for sharing such an in-depth write-up too.

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Scott Alexander | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 6 2018 4:14 PM

Thanks for sharing Russell! Yes

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Matt Mattox (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 7 2018 6:43 AM

Wow awesome work Russell!!

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Nathan Jaques | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 5 2018 4:55 AM

great stuff!!

quick question:

  • what kind of lightboards works with Proclaim? I'm trying to figure this out, we have a lightboard just don't know how I can tell if it works with Proclaim.

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Justin (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 5 2018 3:16 PM

Hello Nathan,

What kind of lighting board do you have?  Proclaim sends MIDI signals.  So an easy way to frame it is any lighting board that accepts MIDI signals.  However, that's not necessarily true as there are some people who have a DMX only lighting board, and have it setup so that Proclaim sends the MIDI signal directly to their lighting board's software, which triggers the scene and sends the signal via DMX to the board itself.   So, there you can use a non-MIDI signal lighting board, so as long as there is a software component that can receive the MIDI signal.

And of course, then there's a direct MIDI to DMX signal which Russell has hand-crafted  =)

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