Chauvet Obey 10
Manual

obey 10
ARCHITECTURE
The Chauvet Obey 10 (OB-10) rack mount controller is a fairly versatile unit capable of controlling 128 DMX channels allocated into 8 fixtures of 16 channels each which is ideal for basic control of many intelligent fixtures including lasers, moonflowers, sweepers, mushrooms, and scanners among others. Channels can be reassigned within fixture groups, fader direction can be reversed on any channel, and fade mode can be set on any channel. Six chases consisting of up to 999 steps can be programmed. Chases can be played manually using up and down buttons as a scene mode. Chase fade time and speed can be controlled during automatic chase playback. Chases can be played by sound triggering. Chases can be run individually or stacked. Individual fixtures can be operated over top of chases. In addition to preset chases, individual fixtures can be operated manually, either individually or in a group allowing some to be used for area lighting while others are performing sequenced chases.
Modes: The nine main modes include:
  1. System Reset
  2. Channel Patch
  3. Fader Reversal (normal, reverse)
  4. Fade Mode (normal, switched)
  5. Program (clear, add, delete, view)
  6. Manual
  7. Auto
  8. Music
  9. Blackout
CAVEATS:

•There is a limitation of 6 chases of 999 steps, however chases can be cascaded.

•Because the OB-10 is designed for intelligent lights, it does not have features like masters, submasters, or bump buttons needed for conventional lighting. Consider the Stage Designer 50 for that role.

•While it is possible to operate moving lights with this controller, it is less than ideal for that purpose. Consider the Obey 70 for that role.

•There is no capability to view outputs expressed as percentages.

•There are no strobe or fogger controls in this device. Consider Obey 40 or 70 for these.
DMX CHANNEL ASSIGNMENTS:

Fixture/Channels:
  1. 1-16
  2. 17-32
  3. 33-48
  4. 49-64
  5. 65-80
  6. 81-96
  7. 97-112
  8. 113-129
Setup Strategy:

The following steps outline the general procedure to follow in setting up and using the OB-10 for either designed shows or for busking.

Step One: Perform either a "SYSTEM RESET" as needed to clear out existing settings.

Step Two: Use "CHANNEL" reassignment to conform all fixtures to a standard convention if needed.

Step Three: Use fader "REVERSE" to conform pan/tilt controllers to a standard convention if needed.

Step Four: Use fader "FADER DISABLE" to switch the channel between fade and switch mode if needed.

Step Five: "PROGRAM" all chases as needed.

Step Six: Run the show using "MANAUL", "AUTO", and "MUSIC" modes.

The Obey 10 controller features a great deal of functionality condensed into a modest number of multifunction controls which do different things depending on the current mode. These control functions can be divided into groups by function: Mode Selection, Configuration, and Execution. Generally speaking, mode controls maintain their current status until explicitly changed. Execution controls work while in "MANUAL", "AUTO", or "MUSIC" mode, and Configuration controls operate within specific mode context.

MODE SELECTION


CHANNEL PATCH MODE
To Enter:
Press [PROGRAM] & [STEP] together once.
The 'step' indicator turns on.
To Exit:
Press [PROGRAM] & [STEP] together twice.
The 'step' indicator turns off.
The "CHANNEL PATCH" mode allows DMX channels to be reassigned with respect to faders. Faders can be assigned to channels or channels assigned to faders so that its possible to assign all sixteen DMX channels of a fixture to just one fader or all sixteen faders to one DMX channel. It's also possible that after reassignment, some faders may not have any channels assigned to them or vice versa.

Multiple fixtures can be patched simultaneosly.

FADER REVERSAL MODE
To Enter:
Press [PROGRAM] & [STEP] together twice.
The 'step' indicator turns on and the display shows a "r" in the first position.
To Exit:
Press [PROGRAM] & [STEP] together twice.
The 'step' indicator turns off and display no longer shows "r" in the first position.
This mode allows the direction faders move to be reversed so, for example, moving a fader up causes the fixture to move upward instead of downward.

FADER MODE
To Enter:
Press [BLACKOUT] & [STEP] together once.
The 'step' indicator turns on and the display shows a "F" in the first position.
To Exit:
Press [BLACKOUT] & [STEP] together once.
The 'step' indicator turns off and the display no longer shows an "F" in the first position.
Certain features of moving lights expect a switched (on - off) control signal rather than a variable 0-255 dmx value. Individual faders can be changed from variable to binary output.

PROGRAM MODE
To Enter:
Press and hold PROGRAM [Program] for three seconds.
LCD Display "Program"" indicator starts flashing.
To Exit:
Press and hold PROGRAM [Program] for three seconds.
LCD Display "Program" indicator turns off.
"PROGRAM" mode allows the creation and deletion of steps and chases. The left most digit in the display indicates the current chase, the right three digits indicate the current step within that chase. Chase "0" is independent mode where fixtures can be operated manually while remaining in auto or music mode. This allows some fixtures to be used for area lighting and the others for chases.

MANUAL MODE
To Enter:
If LCD Display indicates "Music Trg",
press MUSIC [Music/Add] button.
If LCD Display indicates "Auto Trg",
press AUTO [Auto/Del] button.
If LCD Display indicates "Program",
press and hold PROGRAM [Program] button for three seconds.
LCD Display will have no indicators lit.
To Exit:
Press and hold PROGRAM [Program] for three seconds, or press AUTO [Auto/Del], or MUSIC [Music/Add].
When in manual mode, fixtures can be selected by pressing one or more FIXTURE buttons and controlled by fader action.

AUTO MODE
To Enter:
Press AUTO [Auto/Del] button.
LCD Display "Auto Trg" indicator lights up.
To Exit:
Press AUTO [Auto/Del] button to return to manual mode.
or MUSIC [Music/Add] to enter music mode.
or press and hold PROGRAM [Program] to enter program mode.
"Auto" allows chases to run controlled by SPEED [Speed] and FADE TIME [Fade Time] sliders.

MUSIC MODE
To Enter:
Press MUSIC [Music/Add] button
LCD Display "Music Trg" indicator lights up
To Exit:
Press MUSIC [Music/Add] button to return to manual mode,
or AUTO [Auto/Del] button to return to automatic mode,
or press and hold PROGRAM [Program] button to enter program model.
Music mode synchronizes the chase speed to the music beat.

BLACKOUT MODE
To Enter:
Press BLACKOUT [Blackout] button.
The 'Blackout' indicator begins flashing.
To Exit:
Press BLACKOUT [Blackout] button.
The 'Blackout' indicator turns off.
This mode disables any output from the controller allowing blind programming or the ability to take the stage to black during the performance.

CONFIGURATION


SYSTEM RESET
To Execute:
Press down STEP UP [Step Up] and DELETE [Auto/Del] buttons
Indicators will flash showing The reset operation has occurred.
System Reset returns the device to factory defaults. The primary purpose is to reset channel assignments, fader reverses, fade disable, and chase programs. It works in any mode.

CHANNEL PATCHING
Reassigning Faders 1—16 for a fixture
Fader/Channel reassignment can be done three ways:
  1. Assign dmx channels to faders (preferred)
  2. Assign faders to dmx channels (non preferred)
  3. Assign some dmx channels to faders and some faders to dmx channels (avoid)
To assign channels to faders (preferred)
Check "Step" is active.
LCD Display Step indicator is lit.
Select one or more [FIXTURE 1—8].
Move FADE TIME [Fade Time] slider until the desired DMX channel to assign is indicated on the right two digits.
Move SPEED [Speed] slider until the desired fader to assign it to is indicated on the left two digits.
Press ADD [Music/Add] to save the assignment.
Lights will flash indicating the assignment has been saved.
Repeat the process until all reassignments are complete for all channels.
Note: Some faders may not have channels associated with them (orphaned faders).

When all reassignments are complete, exit the mode.
To assign faders to channels (non preferred)
Check "Step" is active.
LCD Display Step indicator is lit.
Select one or more [FIXTURE 1—8].
Move SPEED [Speed] slider until the desired fader to assign is indicated on the left two digits.
Move FADE TIME [Fade Time] slider until the desired channel to assign it to is indicated on the right two digits.
Press ADD [Music/Add] to save the assignment.
Lights will flash indicating the assignment has been saved.
Repeat the process until all reassignments are complete for all faders.
Note: Some channels may not have faders associated with them (orphaned channels). Channels with multiple faders assigned will function as "pile on" or highest takes precendence (HTP).

When all reassignments are complete, exit the mode.
To facilitate programming and manual operation, it is useful to conform fixture functions so that the various functions are mapped to the same faders by some convention. See table below for a possible convention chart. It is far more intuitive to assign channels to faders than faders to channels and mixing the methods is chaotic at best and should be avoided. Since channel patching is relative within a fixture, you don't need to be concerned with actual DMX offsets.

CHANNEL PATCHING
Copying fixture reassignments
It is unnecessary to manually enter reassignments for identical fixtures and deal with orphaned channels. To copy assignments from one fixture to another:

Check "Step" is active.
LCD Display Step indicator is lit.
Press and hold [FIXTURE 1—8] button being copied from.
Press and hold [FIXTURE 1—8] button being copied to.
Press and hold [ADD] button
note: three buttons are being held.
Release [FIXTURE 1—8] button being copied from.
Release [FIXTURE 1—8] button being copied to.
Release [ADD] button.
Lights flash indicating success.
Repeat until all copies are done.
When all copies are complete, exit the mode.
Fixture copying does not copy Fader Reverses because they have more to do with fixture placement and orientation, that is, identical fixture types may have different reversal patterns.

CHANNEL PATCHING
Viewing channel reassignments for a fixture
Check "Step" is active.
LCD Display Step indicator is lit.
Select [FIXTURE 1—8].
Move SPEED [Speed] slider until the desired Fader reads on the left two digits of the display.
The current assignment is shown to the right of the fader number on the right two digits of the display.
Repeat the process until all reassignments of interest have been viewed.

When finished viewing channel assignments, exit the mode.

FADER REVERSAL
Reverse fader/controller direction
Check "Step" is active.
LCD Display Step indicator is lit and 'r' is displayed in first position.
Select one or more fixtures [FIXTURE 1—8].
Move [SPEED] slider until the desired Fader reads on the middle two digits of the display.
For 'normal' move [FADE TIME] slider down, right most position shows 'Y'.
For 'reverse' move [FADE TIME] slider up, right most position shows 'n'.
Repeat the process until all faders of interest have been set.
When finished reversing faders, exit the mode.
Generally, fader/controller reversal is only needed for the axis controllers but any fader can be reversed. This is a powerful feature that allows fixtures to move by convention: up moves fixtures up, left, or upstage, down moves fixtures down, right or downstage. See chart below as an example.

FADER REVERSAL
Viewing fader reversals for a fixture
Check "Step" is active.
LCD Display Step indicator is lit and 'r' is displayed in first position.
Select [FIXTURE 1—8].
Move SPEED [Speed] slider until the desired Fader reads on the center two digits of the display.
The current reversal status is shown to the right of the fader number on the display.
Repeat the process until all reversal statuses of interest have been viewed.

When finished viewing fader reversals, exit the mode.

FADER TYPE
Set fader mode
Check "Step" is active.
LCD Display Step indicator is lit and 'F' is displayed in first position.
Select one or more fixtures [FIXTURE 1—8].
Move SPEED [Speed] slider until the desired Fader reads on the middle two digits of the display.
For 'normal' move FADE TIME [Fade Time] slider down, right most position shows 'n'.
For 'switched' move FADE TIME [Fade Time] slider up, right most position shows 'Y'.
Repeat the process until all faders of interest have been set.
When finished changing modes, exit the mode.
Generally, fader mode switching is only needed for the gobo controllers but any fader can be changed. In switched mode, dmx output is either zero or 255 and is appropriate for fixture channels that need binary on and off control.

FADER TYPE
Viewing fader types for a fixture
Check "Step" is active.
LCD Display Step indicator is lit and 'F' is displayed in first position.
Select [FIXTURE 1—8].
Move SPEED [Speed] slider until the desired Fader reads on the center two digits of the display.
The current fader mode status is shown to the right of the fader number on the display.
Repeat the process until all fader modes of interest have been viewed.

When finished viewing fader mode assignments, exit the mode.

PROGRAM MODE
Clear a chase
Check "PROGRAM" Mode is active.
LCD Display "Program" indicator is flashing.
Press DELETE [Auto/Del] and desired CHASE [Chase 1—6] simultaneously.
Lights flash indicating chase has been cleared.
When finished clearing chases, exit the mode.

PROGRAM MODE
Insert a new step onto a chase
Check "PROGRAM" Mode is active.
LCD Display "Program" indicator is flashing.
Set BLACKOUT [Blackout] off Blackout indicator is not lit.
Select desired CHASE [Chase 1—6] which will position you on step one of that chase.
Use STEP UP [Step Up] and STEP DOWN [Step Down] buttons to position the insertion point where you need it in the chase. Hint: press STEP DOWN once to position at the end if you are on step one.
Select one or more FIXTURES [Fixture 1—6].
Select Page A.
Adjust faders 1—8 to get desired look.
Select Page B.
Adjust 9—16 to get desired look.
Deselect FIXTURES [Fixture 1mdash;6].
Select next one or more FIXTURES [Fixture 1—6].
Repeat above steps until the look is complete.
Press ADD [Music/Add] to store the complete look in the next available step.
All lights flash indicating successful insertion.
Repeat for next step.
When finished inserting steps, exit the mode.
Note: When moving from Page A to B or Page B to A, you must move each fader slightly to get the controller to recognize the new setting.

PROGRAM MODE
Remove a step from a chase
Check "PROGRAM" Mode is active.
LCD Display "Program" indicator is flashing.
Set BLACKOUT [Blackout] off Blackout indicator is not lit.
Select desired CHASE [Chase 1—6].
Press STEP UP [Step Up] or STEP DOWN [Step Down] to navigate through the steps to locate the step to remove.
Press DELETE [Auto/Del] on the step to remove it.
All lights flash to indicate success.
When finished removing steps, exit the mode.

PROGRAM MODE
View steps in a chase
Check "PROGRAM" Mode is active.
LCD Display "Program" indicator is flashing.
Set BLACKOUT [Blackout] off Blackout indicator is not lit.
Select desired CHASE [Chase 1—6].
Press STEP UP [Step Up] or STEP DOWN [Step Down] to navigate through the steps.
When finished viewing steps, exit the mode.

PROGRAM MODE
Edit a step in a chase
Check "PROGRAM" Mode is active.
LCD Display "Program" indicator is flashing.
Set BLACKOUT [Blackout] off Blackout indicator is not lit.
Select desired CHASE [Chase 1—6].
Press STEP UP [Step Up] or STEP DOWN [Step Down] to navigate through the steps to locate the step to edit.
Press DELETE [Auto/Del] to remove the existing step.
Select one or more FIXTURES [Fixture 1—6].
Select Page A.
Adjust faders 1—8 to get desired look.
Select Page B.
Adjust 9—16 to get desired look.
Deselect FIXTURES [Fixture 1mdash;6].
Select next one or more FIXTURES [Fixture 1—6].
Repeat above steps until the look is complete.
Press ADD [Music/Add] to store the complete look at the present insertion point.
All lights flash indicating successful insertion.
When finished editing steps, exit the mode.

EXECUTION


MANUAL MODE
Control a fixture
Check "MANUAL" Mode is active.
LCD Display "Program", "Auto Trg", and "Music Trg" should not be lit.
Set BLACKOUT [Blackout] off Blackout indicator is not lit.
Select one or more FIXTURES [Fixtures 1—8]
Move FADERS [Faders 1—16] using PAGE SELECT [Page Select] as needed to get the desired look.
All selected fixtures will behave as controlled.

AUTO MODE
Play a chase
Check "AUTO" Mode is active.
LCD Display "Auto Trg" indicator should be lit.
Set BLACKOUT [Blackout] off Blackout indicator is not lit.
Move SPEED [Speed] slider to set desired chase speed.
Move FADE TIME [Fade Time] slider to set desired fade time.
Select one or more CHASES [Chase 1—6].
Note 1: selected chases play in sequential order and can be toggled on and off as needed.
Note 2: chases can be overridden by manual operation of fixtures and faders (HTP).
Note 3: chases can be blacked out but will continue to run.

MUSIC MODE
Play a chase to music beat
Check "MUSIC" Mode is active.
LCD Display "Auto Trg" indicator should be lit.
Set BLACKOUT [Blackout] off Blackout indicator is not lit.
Select one or more CHASES [Chase 1—6].
Note 1: selected chases play in sequential order and can be toggled on and off as needed.
Note 2: chases can be overridden by manual operation of fixtures and faders (HTP).
Note 3: audio is picked up by a microphone sensor in the controller and there is no level control.
Note 4: chases can be blacked out but will continue to run.

SAMPLE FADER CONVENTIONS
FOR INTELLEGENT FIXTURES


FADER CONVENTIONS
Page A Faders Description Page B Faders Description
1   9  
2   10  
3   11  
4   12  
5   13  
6   14  
7   15  
8   16  

SAMPLE FADER REVERSE CONVENTIONS
FOR INTELLIGENT FIXTURES


FADER REVERSAL CONVENTIONS
Fixture Height Facing Direction Pan Tilt
High (truss mounted) Upstage NORMAL REVERSE
Downstage REVERSE REVERSE
Stage Left NORMAL REVERSE
Stage Right REVERSE REVERSE
Low (Floor mounted) Upstage REVERSE NORMAL
Downstage NORMAL NORMAL
Stage Left REVERSE NORMAL
Stage Right NORMAL NORMAL

DISCLAIMER
This training manual was developed by Stagecraft Production Service independently from Chauvet for staff and client training purposes. No warranty express or implied exists with respect to the accuracy of information contained within and users are advised to use the information contained within at their own risk. Users should consult the official documentation for this product for information that may not be present herein. It should not be considered as a replacement or substitute for the official documentation.

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