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by Dave Brown [admin]
Thu Apr 11, 2024 12:16 pm
Forum: Show Buddy Active Tips & Tricks
Topic: Using ArtNetMon to diagnose DMX problems
Replies: 0
Views: 38

Using ArtNetMon to diagnose DMX problems

The free ArtNetMon utility displays DMX data transmitted by Show Buddy Active in realtime. This is really handy for checking that the values sent to your fixtures are correct - especially of you have a preset which is behaving strangely. This also displays the data being sent to a USB interface box....
by Dave Brown [admin]
Mon Apr 01, 2024 8:38 pm
Forum: Show Buddy Setlist
Topic: Help Troubleshooting - Presets missing post Mac to Win Transfer
Replies: 6
Views: 73

Re: Help Troubleshooting - Presets missing post Mac to Win Transfer

Just a tip, I have Manual 1.8 which is the latest I believe, and in it it lists a different directory location:

Windows: C:\ProgramData\Show Buddy Setlist\Media Files
That’s the location of your Show Buddy Setlist audio files, not the DMXIS banks & presets.
by Dave Brown [admin]
Mon Apr 01, 2024 5:04 pm
Forum: Show Buddy Setlist
Topic: Help Troubleshooting - Presets missing post Mac to Win Transfer
Replies: 6
Views: 73

Re: Help Troubleshooting - Presets missing post Mac to Win Transfer


On Windows, you need to copy the DMXIS show data to C:/Users/Public/Public Documents/ENTTEC/DMXIS/Shows
by Dave Brown [admin]
Mon Apr 01, 2024 12:38 pm
Forum: Show Buddy Active
Topic: Tutorial needed. ASAP
Replies: 8
Views: 643

Re: Tutorial needed. ASAP

Upon investigation, it looks like an old issue with the Apple USB driver has surfaced, possibly due to recent macOS updates. There is a known solution... If Show Buddy Active appears to connect to your Open DMX box but does not transmit data, install the D2xxHelper utility from the official FTDI web...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Mon Apr 01, 2024 10:33 am
Forum: Show Buddy Active
Topic: Tutorial needed. ASAP
Replies: 8
Views: 643

Re: Tutorial needed. ASAP

What version of Show Buddy Active are you running? I think I'm having the same problem here... All of a sudden I'm not getting any DMX signal to my lights from my open dmx box when connected to both my macs. On the one running Sonoma, I get a connected notification and a blinking light but no lighti...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Mon Apr 01, 2024 9:07 am
Forum: Show Buddy Setlist
Topic: Quick Housekeeping Question - moving tracks
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Re: Quick Housekeeping Question - moving tracks

You can do this with the latest Show Buddy Setlist 1.9.4 release. Select one or more tracks in the library, then choose [Tracks > Move selected tracks...] from the main menu.
by Dave Brown [admin]
Mon Apr 01, 2024 9:04 am
Forum: Show Buddy Setlist
Topic: Help Troubleshooting - Presets missing post Mac to Win Transfer
Replies: 6
Views: 73

Re: Help Troubleshooting - Presets missing post Mac to Win Transfer

Are the DMXIS banks and presets present, and do they load OK in the DMXIS standalone app?

Edit one of your songs in Show Buddy Setlist, and look at the "Use lighting show" drop-down menu at the top. Is it loading the correct DMXIS show?
by Dave Brown [admin]
Sat Mar 30, 2024 9:40 pm
Forum: D-PRO
Topic: Import D-Pro shows into Show Buddy Active
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Import D-Pro shows into Show Buddy Active

You can import DMXIS data into Show Buddy Active. But you can't import D-Pro data. Although Enttec no longer sell D-Pro, the license server is still working normally. You simply need to install & run the D-Pro software on the new computer, then follow the instructions displayed to get a fresh un...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Wed Mar 20, 2024 10:38 am
Forum: Show Buddy Active Tips & Tricks
Topic: How to transmit to an Enttec Open DMX device
Replies: 0
Views: 66

How to transmit to an Enttec Open DMX device

Show Buddy Active supports the Enttec Open DMX device (or any compatible 3rd party device). Connect the Open DMX device to a free USB port Click Universes... Select Enttec Open DMX compatible box from the drop-down menu. Then close the Configure Universes window, and Show Buddy Active will begin tr...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Thu Mar 07, 2024 1:39 pm
Forum: Show Buddy Setlist
Topic: Override show with manual control board
Replies: 2
Views: 230

Re: Override show with manual control board

Assuming you are using the Show Buddy Active plugin within Cubase, you can use any external MIDI controller (e.g. an Akai MPC Mini) to manually control the SBA plugin during songs which are not fully programmed. Just make sure Cubase passes the incoming MIDI data onto the SBA plugin. (The display in...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Thu Mar 07, 2024 11:26 am
Forum: DMXIS
Topic: Ableton Live & Midi Bank / Preset Selection
Replies: 4
Views: 1077

Re: Ableton Live & Midi Bank / Preset Selection

I have the same need to have banks/presets on a single MIDI channel. However, I'm not seeing the options referenced in your screenshot in Show Buddy Active v2.1.6 "Preferences" menu...only MIDI settings available pertain to the "Performance button panel" section. To get these MI...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Fri Feb 09, 2024 12:34 am
Forum: Show Buddy Active
Topic: Latency / Glitchyness with quick jumps/oscillation
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Re: Latency / Glitchyness with quick jumps/oscillation

The underlying DMX protocol is not accurate enough to do reliable strobing. See this article for more information : https://www.dmxis.com/dmx-jitter
by Dave Brown [admin]
Sun Jan 07, 2024 8:56 pm
Forum: Show Buddy Setlist
Topic: More Than Stereo Out Possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 689

Re: More Than Stereo Out Possible?

codycomposer wrote: Sun Jan 07, 2024 7:22 pmAs a follow up, how would you get both stereo outputs out of the computer? Something like a USB audio interface with 4 inputs/outputs?
Yes, exactly. Something like a Behringer UMC204HD or Focusrite Scarlett 4i4...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Sun Jan 07, 2024 8:42 pm
Forum: Show Buddy Setlist
Topic: Development Releases Nov 2023 - feedback thread
Replies: 12
Views: 9550

Re: Development Releases Nov 2023 - feedback thread

If you're encountering issues with your extended waveform videos resetting upon reaching the initial lighting preset, rest assured that Dave is actively addressing this concern and developing a solution. While awaiting the official fix, I've identified a practical workaround. This is fixed in the n...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Sun Jan 07, 2024 12:05 am
Forum: Show Buddy Setlist
Topic: More Than Stereo Out Possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 689

Re: More Than Stereo Out Possible?

The official Show Buddy Setlist 1.8.1 release (and the latest 1.9.2 beta release) have a second stereo output for click tracks, in addition to the primary stereo output. You can grab the installers from www.dmxis.com/download You will need to first activate a second stereo output in the Preferences ...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Wed Jan 03, 2024 1:47 am
Forum: Show Buddy Setlist
Topic: Development Releases Nov 2023 - feedback thread
Replies: 12
Views: 9550

Re: Development Releases Nov 2023 - feedback thread

Thanks again for all the feedback. New SBA 2.2.5 and SBS 1.9.2 beta releases are now available for download. Show Buddy Active 2.2.5 changes (from 2.2.4) Don't allow dragging of faders while ctrl or shift is held down. This can lead to accidental edits of multiple channels. Prevent videos from resta...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Thu Dec 28, 2023 10:49 am
Forum: Show Buddy Setlist
Topic: code to unlock show buddy
Replies: 1
Views: 412

Re: code to unlock show buddy

Send an email to support@db-audioware.com and we'll sort it out for you.

(I deleted the image you attached, as it was displaying your license and personal details)
by Dave Brown [admin]
Fri Dec 22, 2023 12:31 am
Forum: DMXIS
Topic: Help with DMXIS firmware
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: Help with DMXIS firmware

I hope you find a solution. But as far as I know, the firmware was embedded into the ENTTEC Pro Manager, they never made it available as a separate file. If you can’t fix your DMXIS box and want to save your programmed DMXIS shows, you can easily import all your DMXIS data into Show Buddy Active (my...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Mon Dec 18, 2023 3:05 am
Forum: Show Buddy Active
Topic: Basic question about MIDI control
Replies: 1
Views: 380

Re: Basic question about MIDI control

You can load any bank or preset by sending MIDI Notes on MIDI channels 15/16. You can also trigger the button panel at the bottom of the Perform tab with notes on channel 1.

You can customise this MIDI behaviour from the Preferences window.
by Dave Brown [admin]
Fri Dec 15, 2023 1:07 pm
Forum: Show Buddy Active
Topic: Video
Replies: 6
Views: 773

Re: Video

Did you make any progress?

I forgot to mention, when converting videos for Show Buddy Active, always use the VP8 encoder for webm, NOT the VP9 encoder.

VP8 is far more efficient to decode and less demanding on your computer than VP9.
by Dave Brown [admin]
Fri Dec 15, 2023 1:03 pm
Forum: Show Buddy Setlist
Topic: Development Releases Nov 2023 - feedback thread
Replies: 12
Views: 9550

Re: Development Releases Nov 2023 - feedback thread

Thanks for the feedback all. Here is an important note on video support! With SBA now supporting higher resolutions of video output (up to 1920x1080) it's more important than ever to make sure your videos are encoded efficiently. SBA can play back VP8 and VP9 video. However, I highly recommend you e...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Mon Dec 11, 2023 3:33 pm
Forum: Show Buddy Setlist
Topic: Bank Tempo overwriting song tempo
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: Bank Tempo overwriting song tempo

That's odd. Thanks for the info, I'll investigate further!
by Dave Brown [admin]
Mon Dec 11, 2023 3:22 pm
Forum: Show Buddy Active
Topic: Multiple instances in Ableton Live
Replies: 1
Views: 371

Re: Multiple instances in Ableton Live

The Show Buddy Active plugin is designed to be instantiated once in a project (usually the Master FX rack).

Incidentally, DMXIS was also designed to be used as a single instance. I'm quite surprised you didn't run into problems using multiples.
by Dave Brown [admin]
Sun Dec 10, 2023 10:52 am
Forum: Show Buddy Active
Topic: Trying to get the 2D Visualiser to work in Show Buddy A.
Replies: 1
Views: 339

Re: Trying to get the 2D Visualiser to work in Show Buddy A.

Hi Bruce,

This article (click here) explains how a fixture profile needs to be tweaked to work in the visualiser. However, if you continue to have problems, just email the fixture files over to me (dave@db-audioware.com) and I'll take a look for you.
by Dave Brown [admin]
Sat Dec 09, 2023 7:51 pm
Forum: Show Buddy Active
Topic: Video
Replies: 6
Views: 773

Re: Video

...adding any photo/video to the active fx tab totally brings my computer to a standstill... What version of Show Buddy Active are you running? Do you use Windows or macOS? What is your computer specification? The latest 2.2.4 beta ( available upon request ) is vastly more efficient at rendering vi...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Tue Dec 05, 2023 11:18 am
Forum: Show Buddy Active
Topic: Video
Replies: 6
Views: 773

Re: Video

There are some tips on how to design presets containing video in this FAQ
by Dave Brown [admin]
Tue Dec 05, 2023 11:11 am
Forum: Show Buddy Active
Topic: Video
Replies: 6
Views: 773

Re: Video

You can change the video quality (resolution and refresh rate) transmitted by SBA from the Preferences window. The current official release supports resolutions up to 1024x768 (XGA). The upcoming SBA 2.2 release can transmit up to Full HD (1920x1080). It is currently in testing and available upon re...
by Dave Brown [admin]
Tue Dec 05, 2023 11:06 am
Forum: Show Buddy Active
Topic: DMXis to showbuddy active “scenes”
Replies: 1
Views: 380

Re: DMXis to showbuddy active “scenes”

Start the Show Buddy Active app, and choose File > Import DMXIS Data... from the main menu.

You'll need to spend a bit of time then laying out the fixtures on the visualiser. Also, some of your fixture definitions might need tweaked to work properly with the visualiser.
by Dave Brown [admin]
Tue Dec 05, 2023 11:04 am
Forum: Show Buddy Active
Topic: Showbuddy switchover
Replies: 1
Views: 384

Re: Showbuddy switchover

Also, we have plans to add video screens (televisions) to the stage show. Any ideas on the easiest way to get the signal to 2 or more televisions from a laptop? Take video out of your laptop (via a USB-C, HDMI or DisplayPort connector) into a 1-2 HDMI splitter, then connect the splitter outputs to ...