for the live bands and cabaret shows at our night club, we started to use daslight and struggle with frequent system crashes during the programming procedure and even during live performances.
We're developing an intuitive set-up that also amateurs like our Djs or other staff can use to control the light. For that we connected an Akai APC Mini Controller to the show.
The different light sources in the event room like led-bars, pin spots and moving bars are organized in "channels". Each column of the Akai controls one light source, that illuminates a particular area, (f.e. "stage area", "background", "blinders","dj desk"...).
We used the buttons to switch between scenes that only affect the chosen light source.
This way you can control all the lights individually and create a setting out of different scenes.
The fader on the bottom of each column is connected to the opacity/dimmer in Live mode, so you can dim up or down the scenes smoothly.
This is were the system usually crashes; when you move one of the faders too quickly, or several at the same time.
The programm freezes and remains in the last step of the activated scenes and shows "no reaction".
Often you can't even shut it down or restart. The program doesn't react and can't be opened until the computer gets restarted.
Obviously this takes a few minutes to go back into the daslight show. Once the programme is ready again, all the lights are turned off, because all dimmer faders, including the master fader are turned down. Very annoying in a live situation. To get them going again you have to wiggle each fader of the Akai briefly.
Another major problem occurs in Edit mode. The program regulary crashes when we add effects to a scene. F.e. I want to create a programme for some moving heads, using a dimmer effect and a moving effect. Often times the second effect is already too much and the programme gets stuck. It won't come back, you can't close it or save made changes. You have to reboot and start all over again.
Matrix effects can't be used at all. Even when you manage to put it on a group, it crashes while editing individual colors.
Although we do have basic skills how to operate image- or sound-softwares, we're learning this one from the scratch. At first we thought that we might have organized our scenes in some capacity-consuming, unlogic way.
The consulting light technician checked through our set up and couldn't find anything that the programme shouldn't be able to handle.
Soooo, we will apreciate any tips from you, what to do, change, try...Despite the bugs we are quite happy with the software and like to continue working with it.
Intel Pentium N3540 @ 2.16GHz
AKAI APC mini
I can send you the session file as soon as i am at the club.