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Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller  

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The Chauvet Obey 40 is a universal DMX-512 lighting controller that can manage up to 12 intelligent lights with up to 16 channels each, for a total of 192 DMX channels. The Chauvet Obey 40 gives you c... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Chauvet Obey 40 is a universal DMX-512 lighting controller that can manage up to 12 intelligent lights with up to 16 channels each, for a total of 192 DMX channels. The Chauvet Obey 40 gives you control over 30 banks of 8 scenes for 240 scenes total, 6 sets of chases, program fade and speed time into each step, reversible sliders, re-assignable channels, fog & strobe control, and the sequential linking of chases. MIDI compatible, The Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller works on beat activation, tap-sync, and auto run, and fits into a 3-space rack mount.

Features
  • Universal DMX-512 controller
  • Controls up to 12 intelligent lights of up to 16 channels each
  • 192 DMX channels of control
  • 30 banks of 8 scenes, 240 scenes max.
  • 6 sets of chases containing 240 scenes each
  • Program fade and speed time into each step
  • Reversible sliders
  • Re-assignable channels
  • Sequential linking of chases
  • Fox and strobe control buttons
  • Grab any fixture on the fly
  • Beat activation, tap sync, and auto run
  • Polarity selector
  • 3-space (2U) rack mount
Specifications
  • Power: DC 12V 500mA 115V/60Hz or 230V/50Hz
    Weight: 6lb.
    Dimension: 20.25"W x 3.5"H x 6.75"D
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
All DMX products - 2 year limited warranty.
Special Effects controllers and fixtures - 1 year limited warranty.
"NV" products - 3 months limited warranty.
(All warranties are in effective from date of purchase.) No warranty on lamps, laser diodes, fuses, brushes, and belts.


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ChauvetObey 40 DMX Lighting Controller
 
3.8

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (4)
  • Efficient (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Chauvet Obay 40 DMX Lighting Controller

The Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller worked very well for the Dance / Technology program the students put on! With in three days the students were able to Use the Chauvet Obey 40...Read complete review

The Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller worked very well for the Dance / Technology program the students put on! With in three days the students were able to Use the Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller to control a laser system that was not only in sync with the live show but used the full abilities of the laser System! I would highly recommend this system to anyone needing DMX512 control!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Junk

This is Chauvet's version of the ubiquitous cheap DMX controller. I believe this, the Elation DMX Operator and many other essentially identical controllers are all made by the same Chinese company and simply come...Read complete review

This is Chauvet's version of the ubiquitous cheap DMX controller. I believe this, the Elation DMX Operator and many other essentially identical controllers are all made by the same Chinese company and simply come with different branding. The build quality is quite bad. Solder joints are prone to breaking, especially on the power connector. Buttons and faders are very prone to failure, and almost always malfunction just after the warranty is up. The feature set is extremely limited too. Only one scene can be active at a time, making independent control of multiple types of fixtures very difficult. There's also no patching; fixtures must be set to the addresses 1, 17, 33, 49, and so on. Avoid this controller unless you're doing very simple things with a small number of identical fixtures. You'll make up the extra money you spend on something better in programming time, and you'll be able to do more with your lights for better looking shows.

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5.0

Perfect for dj, or band.

By Bert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

Worked as advertised, easy to program.

 
4.0

Great product, should have bought new. Was referb.

By Thomas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

Works great with all lighting setup but can't get sound or music activation to work. Just programming. It has music button but won't work light to music.

 
1.0

BROKE IN 2 MINUTES, SO DID THE REPLACEMENT

By Hiwestman

from Bham, WA

About Me Novice

Pros

    Cons

    • Burns Out Quickly

    Best Uses

    • throwing at stray cats

    Comments about Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

    I bought two thousand dollars worth of DMX lights and cables and this controller. plugged in the first 2 lights and it worked fine. by the time I set up the address on the 3rd light to plug it in to the daisy chain, the first 2 lights went black and the controller was stone dead. I called Chauvet support and they said the unit was defective so they sent the stuff to return it and they replaced it - took like 20 days, plugged in the replacement unit and it worked for 2 minutes and quit working. Now they are saying it must be a bad batch. Lights have been set up now for almost 2 months and I still have no controller.

     
    4.0

    Versatile controller.

    By BillS

    from Dunkirk, MD

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

        The instructions provided are not enough to learn how to use this controller. I used videos for help.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good, not great

        By Chrazyman

        from Longview, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Basic Control Of Lights
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

            If you are new, once you call someone at technical support to get you started it is easy enough to operate. I searched many forums but most answers were given by guys whose technical DMX knowledge is way over my head , so their technical jargon was difficult for me to follow. I don't think you need a deep background of DMX language once you get going.
            The trick is finding which controls for each fixture do which effect for that fixture. With Chauvet's technical support I figured this out in 5 minutes and had no trouble from there forward. The limits of this unit are light customization. Each of the lights come with their own chase sequences built in and the controller has the ability to make 6 of your own. I use the controller and lights for a cover band. The issue with the controller is that 6 chases run out pretty quickly, so short of accepting the chases built into the lights, which are 50% decent and 50% lame, your options are limited with this controller.
            It is easy to use on the fly with programs of banks and scenes pre-programmed before the performance. I taught a guy to use all the banks, scenes, and chases I pre-programmed for our 42 song gig in about 1 hour.
            Worst con for me is no dimming ability across the board, so lights are either on or off.
            All in all, it does a good job. Probably would work best for a DJ. I'd guve it an 80 for a band.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good for the price

            By Backstage Productions

            from Upstate NY

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good For Washes And Pars

            Cons

            • No Onboard Memory
            • Sensitive To Outdoor Use

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Indoor Or Under A Tent
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

            I have used Chauvette controllers for all my dmx lighting except for movers. Once you have learned how everything works (I recommend going to you tube) it works well. The only thing is that is does not have no onboard memory. once the power is cut from the unit, your complete programming is lost. I recommend leaving the power on even all night. I have bought a road case for it and just close case and modify so you just plug in the power from the outside of the case. (twistlock would be the best) This will make the unit more weather freindly.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Decent low cost DMX desk

            By Steve27

            from Ontario Canada

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Flexible Controller
            • Low Cost

            Cons

            • Cheap Feeling Controls

            Best Uses

            • Entry Level Dmx

            Comments about Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

            This is my first DMX experience so I have little to compare it to.
            THe only reason I did not give this 5 stars is that like others mention, the slides feel cheap or flimsy and it feels like they will break fairly easily.
            Same for buttons, although not as bad, they are a bit 'wobbly' but all controls DO work so only time will tell.

            I was able to get up and running in an hour with a basic chase using 4bar tri light bars in 15ch mode (controlling each light individually).
            It was fairly easy with the help of a couple youtube videos, manual is pretty useless but then that's the norm it seems.

            Overall satisfied with this item.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            DJ or Band This Thing Is Awesome

            By Zatharis

            from Derry, NH

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy Setup
            • Efficient
            • Fun

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

            I picked up 2 Light Bar 64s also from Chauvet and all I can say is "WOW". Being able to turn on or off each of the 8 lights and set what amounts to an infinity of colors is incredible. For a creative person this thing is super, it is so nice to be able to create 240 static scenes to set the mood for the music. A must have plain and simple. If you're a band or DJ and want to really make a statement and put on spectacular shows save your pennies and bump these to the top of the wishlist.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            More then I expected for the price

            By quattro 4X4

            from Fayetteville, GA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Efficient

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

              Was very surprised at how much control I had in this price range. More scenes then I'll ever need but good to have anyway. After I spent some quality time programming and saving scenes and chases it was well worth the effort. The owners manual not so good! The age of Google searches and U-tube video's saved me tons of anguish. The best help is on-line! This unit is a little tricky to set up and by itself it is not laid out very well. Out of the box I had a very tough time getting anything to work properly. Extremely important is setting up the channels first in your lights to match the controller. I spent several days (no kidding!) setting up scenes to memory (30 banks of 8)On a very positive note once you have the scenes and chases the way you want them and store them to memory the rest is easy. I actually found myself spending more time then needed to create the perfect scenes for all the different songs we play. It was time consuming but at the same time worth the effort after we used this at a job. Made the band look so professional. I have fun with this unit at band jobs and I play bass in the band. The switches seem to be very touchy sometimes not working on the first try. Even though they have a positive click to them sometimes you have to hit a switch twice for the command to take. Only used on two band jobs so far so will see how well it holds up. I did buy the extended warranty (2 years) I highly recommend that!

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great controller for the money

              By DJ TJ

              from Overland Park, KS

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Bang for the Buck
              • Compact
              • Controls Plenty Of Lights
              • Sound Mode Is Good

              Cons

              • Faders Are Flaky
              • Must Know Dmx

              Best Uses

              • Mobile DJ
              • Small Bands

              Comments about Chauvet Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

              For the money, IMO this is the best light controller. I'm controlling about 20 fixtures and still have capacity. Granted, some of the fixtures are in master/slave mode, but with multiples of the same fixtures, that's probably the best way to go anyway with today's fixtures. I used the first unit for about 2.5 years before it died, and I replaced it with another without a second thought.
              With no DMX programming knowledge, it will take a while to get up to speed. But with a basic knowledge, it's a cinch.

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