Update: ProPresentor Control for ETC Consoles

Just wanted to put out a quick update on using ProPresentor with ETC Eos series consoles. Some recent changes to OSCulator have created problems sending OSC commands to the console after receiving MIDI notes out of ProPresentor. Luckily with Eos 2.5 there is now a way to take commands from MIDI notes directly into the console. Here is the information from the ETC forums: 

1. Create a new event list in Tab 11 (Show Control) (Event 1/ Enter)
2. Set the type to be {Network}
3. Set External to {On}
4. <Event> [1] {MIDI String} {Note On} 
5. Pick the note, octave, and channel. You could use Any if the octave or channel may vary.
6. Set the velocity to the target velocity, or set the velocity threshold to the minimum velocity value for it to respond. You could set it to 1, so it would respond to a note with any velocity.
7. Press OK
8. Add the action as Macro 1 (or whatever macro number you want it to fire).

Full instructions can be found in the newest Eos Show Control Supplement starting around page 39.

I've also set up a series of Macros doing pretty much the same thing that OSCulator was doing. The only additional hardware needed is a USB MIDI dongle to plug into your computer and the console.

Also, here is a show file with only the show control events and macros needed to get this working along with updated simple use instructions.

Mounting an SD Card as a Standard Hard Drive

In my previous post I mentioned that one of the limitations of the windows tablets I had come across is the small amount of available storage. The simplest way around this is to add an SD card. Unfortunately, windows will not allow you to install programs to an SD card and some programs will not use it as storage. A way around this is to mount the SD card as a virtual hard drive. Here are a list of steps to get this done. This method works with Windows 7 on (upgrading my tablet to Windows 10 broke the logic so I can confirm it for Windows 10):

  • Ensure the card is formated as NTFS (Computer> Right Click on SD Card> Format)
    • You may want to wipe the data even if the card is properly formated
  • Open Disk Management Utility by searching for "diskmgmt" from the search bar
  • In the Disk Management window right click on the left side and select "Change Drive Letters and Path..."
    • Click "Remove"
      • This will cause it to no longer appear in the computer menu
    • Click "Add"
      • Under "Mount in Following Empty NTFS folder" type "C:\Media Container" (Or whatever you'd like just be sure to remember it for later)
    • Click "OK"
  • Return to the main Disk Management Windo
    • Click Actions> Create VHD menu
      • Click browse and specify the location of the SD card (C:\Media Container)
      • Save a the file as "Media Store" (Again can be your choice)
      • Set the size to match the SD card
      • Select the VHDX option
      • Select the Dynamically Expanding option
      • Click "OK"
    • Right click on the left side of the new disk and select "Initialize Disk"
      • Use the GPT option
    • After it completes right click on the right side and select "New Simple Volume"
      • Click through with all defaults
    • Save and exit out

In order to make this a permanent fix there are a few more steps that need to be taken.

  • Create a . txt file in "C:\Media Container"
    • Add the following to the file
select vdisk file = "C:\Media Container\ MediaStore.vhdx"

attach vdisk

assign letter = D
  • Launch the Task Scheduler by searching for it in the start men
    • Click Create Task
    • Name Task "Mount SD" or something along those lines
    • Change the account to "SYSTEM"
    • Goto Triggers Tab
      • Click "New.."
      • Set begin task to "At Startup"
      • Click "OK"
    • Goto Action Tab
      • Click "New"
      • Set Action to "Start Program"
      • Under Program/script add "diskpart"
      • Add arguments "/s "C:\Media Container\Mount Script.txt""
      • Click "OK"
    • Click "OK" and exit out

After rebooting your computer you should see a "D" drive that was formerly an SD card. Now you should be able to use it as a normal hard drive.

The information from this post originally came from the Superuser Forums but has been expanded and simplified to make it easier to follow.

Reaper for Programing

Programming often involves playback of various media, be it audio or even video, for you to complete your work to. Often times media can come in interesting formats which don't always work the best for native players. A prime example for this receiving audio tracks with SMPTE stripes built into one of the channels which can create all kinds of havoc if you have the wrong player. In order to deal with this enter Reaper.

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By Reaper I mean Cockos Incorporated's fully functional DAW (digital audio workstation) Reaper. Not only does it have all the audio editing capability you'd expect from any other DAW it has the ability to play back video as well which can be helpful if need some kind of video syncronization. Along with this Reaper offers the ability to both read and generate MIDI and SMPTE LTC tracks. This enables external control and synchronization with lighting consoles and other pieces of gear for playback making it even more useful. A variety of plug-ins are also available for Reaper, expanding functionality even further. The plug-in set that is use primarily is Standing Water Studios SWS/S&M package. My main reason behind this is that it further expands Reapers native marker ability which comes in handing for placing cue locations and other notes. To top it all off, the whole package can be had for $60 depending on your license and usage need.

 

Finding Reaper enabled a huge change in the way that I am able to program stuff for prepared concerts, events, and worship services. Previously I was using the ancient but still great Cool Edit Pro which has since become Adobe Audition for programming playback. I would go through and mark out my cues and then have to create a largish CEP specific file to save the data for later. Reaper does this with a small separate file which is not big deal especially since I tend to sync things through Drop Box across computers and devices. With Reaper I am able to create and save my cue list then export it out to a . csv for use in Excel. Reaper also has the ability to have multiple songs open in so I can quickly switch between songs while programming.

 

All in all, Reapers is a great program especially if you're a Windows user such as myself.