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Rekordbox Lighting Not quite there

First of all, I wanted to say that i'm heavily invested in the Pioneer ecosystem. I enjoy using CDJs when out as well as my controller for mobile gigs. I've been using RekordboxDJ since the day it was publically released, and have purchased the DDJ-SX, DDJ-RZ and a DDJ-1000.

I decided to give the Rekordbox lighting a try and while it is a good proof of concept, there is mch to be desired.  Pulse, I'm sure you share some of the same sentiment and hope you can pass this on to the team.  It's a little crazy that Pioneer is charging $300+ USD for the RB-DMX1 when it is really a limited "beta" in its current form.  Here are some of the issues, off the top of my head:

- Phrase analysis still remains poor. Misses a big "drop" by a few bars!

- Difficult to quickly modify/edit phrases. The interface is buggy, and hard to use.  There are many ways they can redesign the phrase editor to allow us to quickly set up phrases to our liking.  I can add 4-8 hot cues and audition a track in less than 60 seconds. Should be the same for phrase editing.

- Lack of gobo support. Even table based DMX utilities like "Lightkey" can do this well, changing gobos every 4-8 bars.  

- If gobo support isn't added, at least let us manually change the gobos so we dont have big beams of light the entire time

- Support for a master dimmer.  Often times, my lighting rig overpowers the room

- Ability to work with FX lighting fixtures such as Derbys, lasers, or multi effects units such as the GigBar, which is a MobileDJ stable!

- Ability flash/strobe/pulse on the beat, similar to SoundSwitch.

- Ability to flash/strobe/pulse the lights based on EQ, similar to SoundSwitch. For example tagged Pars flash to the snare drum during a buildup.

- Ability to quickly and easily set a color and "Slow scan" for things like slow dances, etc.  Or ability to set up a simple lighting scene without a song playing.

- Ability to control or assign fog/haze.

- In macro editor, the play button is so tiny, please map it to the keyboard.  It also doesn't respond half the time!

- Also in Macro editor, it is impossible to change the phrases. So when you are developing a show for a song and realize there is a change in lighting in the middle of a verse, it's a tidious process to change it.  Even in regular mode it is difficult to move the phrases. 

In the current form, the lighting mode is unusable and really just a proof of concept.  Seeing that it's been many months since it was released (5.2) I hope there is some usability and functionality tweaks coming.  The competition (SoundSwitch) is light years ahead and hopefully Pioneer can borrow some ideas from the competition and make this a better product!  Thanks for listening.

Harry

 

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@Harry > This is a lot like my initial list of comments. I know the team is working on adding features and addressing the requests and concerns of users, but I don't have a timeline for when those updates will arrive or what will be in them.

I thank you for the feedback and hopefully will have an update soon.

Tags: #rekordboxlighting #feedback

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Thanks DJ Chase for your very good review of RB-DMX1 and #rekordboxlightning.

I really like the idea to have light integrated with #Rekordbox this is really a powerful feature but the current stage of the product does not encourage me to buy it, I had a chance to test it and I faced the same issues as you. I was almost considering to invest in soundswitch but since I do not intend to move from #Rekordbox this does not make sense because there is no integration between Soundswitch and #Rekordbox.

Today I own an DMXIS the synchronization with the music is not perfect but at least I have better control of lights, but if in a new version of #rekordboxlightning we have fixed all issues and we have some additional improvements for sure I will invest on it.

Let's see when we are going to have a new version released.

Regards

Sérgio

 

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@Pulse Thanks for your reply.  I know you're a working DJ so I appreciate your input to the engineers in Japan who may not have the sort of 'working DJ' knowledge you can provide to them.  Hope they have something in the works for Rekordbox Lighting soon.  A few more additions if I may:

 

- Ability to assign a pad button to "blinder".  This should turn on all lights to WHITE at full brightness.  Alternatively, the ability to assign a button to a Scene. That way I can create multiple color blinders and map them to my DDJ-1000 or other MIDI controller.

- Ability to delete a phrase while in reordbox.  When creating phrases from scratch we can cut but can't delete a scene which means after a mistake, we have to hit "CLEAR" and then start from the beginning.

- Ability to record scenes and colors on the fly.  For example -- I map out 20 scenes to a controller, and a few color variations (and hopefully a few gobo variations).  Then I can play the track and using pads to fire scenes/colors/gobos in real time.  Rekordbox would 'record' my buttons and assign the scenes to a song.  Next time I play that song the scenes will play back for a truly powerful lightshow since it's sync'd perfectly to the nuances of the song.  

- For pairs of moving heads, the ability to invert their pant/tilt movements. For example if a head on the R side moves L, then the mover on the L of the stage should move right.  

Rekordbox Lighting came out in May (with 5.2) so hopefully the past 5 months have given the dev team lots of time to refine this killer feature.  Looking forward to waht's next!! Thanks

 

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Two very important things for al lot of the users I've discussed the RB Lighting with is, selectable gobos, and master dimming. The lack of the possibillity to change gobo, stops me from using this (and selling it to new customers). Please look into this as soon as possible. I would be fine to use the effects that every movinghead has to offer, for example zoom, prims, rotating gobos and so on. 

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@Marius > We appreciate your feedback and hope to include many additional features and functions in a future update.

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