Dear friends of the forum,
I’m using the Denon Prime 4 with a DMX cable running SoundSwitch to a venue in the Netherlands called Pakhuis. It’s a nice, small club, featuring 10 LED spots in all colours and 4 Moving heads. Nothing much but super enjoyable to have dedicated light programs with my songs.
Now, it seems that I ran into a lot of trouble. First and foremost; getting the beatgrids right in SoundSwitch is unnecessarily hard. The software does not seem to read the metadata from Engine DJ (where I did analyze all of my songs) in 80% of the cases for unknown reasons. Therefore, SoundSwitch can’t assign auto-scripts to the songs, which is a bummer. And even if it does, the lighting shows aren’t as intricate as I could program them myself, as if the detection system is not fully developed yet.
This is why I sent both SoundSwitch and Mixed In Key the invitation to maybe get into contact with eachother about this sometime. MIK has amazing recognition of beatgrids and assigns 8 cues to all your tracks. Sadly, at this point, the export function of MIK to Engine DJ does not entail these cues. I asked them to incorporate a dedicated export feature for Engine DJ to fully optimize my library with ease. When I did so, I also asked to reach out to SoundSwitch, so that the analysing features of MIK could maybe be implemented in the SoundSwitch software, offering users synced lightshows to even their audio-cues and switching up things nicely without having to program anything. I have not heard back from them, but I am assuming this is not going to happen anytime soon, though I would really like to see this implemented. What do you think?
Lastly, I vouched for a soft-take over MIDI mapping possibility, meaning that I can assign the controls of effects (for instance, the percentage of the reverb effect which has its own rotary knob on the Prime 4) also to the SoundSwitch rotary control over the Strobe Rate. This would enable me to use the reverb effect increasingly in a buildup into a drop while simultaneously building the strobe rate, the maximum being completely on white (no strobe as 100% is not blickering). Of course, the reverb effect ‘on/off’ should be mappable too to the strobe effect being on and off at the same time, to cut out the reverb on the drop and cut out the heavy flashing too. I would like this to work using soft midi-takeover, so that assigning a different controller with the same function will just pick up from the point I left it on, meaning the strobe rate on 80% is same as reverb 80%, but using a different controller for the strobe rate will need a soft takeover by dialing up to 80% strobe rate and back (without of course changing the reverb percentage).
Again, what do you guys think?
Let me know,
Cheers from the Netherlands,