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The Chauvet Stage Designer 50is a DMX lighting controller and 48-channel DMX-512 dimming console that gives you the ability take over a large lighting setup with ease. The Stage Designer 50 has 96,00... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 02-15-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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Overview

The Chauvet Stage Designer 50is a DMX lighting controller and 48-channel DMX-512 dimming console that gives you the ability take over a large lighting setup with ease. The Stage Designer 50 has 96,000 programmable steps, 8 pages with 12 scenes each for 96 total playback faders, re-assignable channels, adjustable chase and fade times, and 2 programmable aux buttons. This DMX controller also has built-in crossfader, dark, and kill buttons; MIDI in, out, and thru (with file dump); direct audio input, as well as 3-pin and 5-pin DMX connections. With the Chauvet Stage Designer 50 DMX Lighting Controller you can override chases on the fly, mix and match chases, or set for beat-activation, top sync, or auto run.

Features
  • Control features
  • 48-channel DMX-512 dimming console
  • 8 pages with 12 scenes each yields 96 total playback faders (simultaneous playback)
  • 96,000 programmable steps
  • 2 programmable aux buttons
  • Adjustable chase and fade times
  • Re-assignable channels
  • Additional features
  • 3-pin and 5-pin DMX connections
  • Bulit-in crossfader, dark, and kill buttons
  • MIDI in, out and thru (with file dump)
  • Direct audio input
  • Mix and match chases
  • Override chases on the fly
  • Beat-activation, tap sync, auto run, MIDI in/out
  • 6-space (6U) rack mount
Specifications
  • Power: DC 12-20V 500mA 115V or 230V
    Weight: 10.3 lbs.
    Size: 19.5"W x 10.5"H x 3.5"D
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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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ChauvetStage Designer 50 DMX Lighting Controller
 
3.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great value, needs better manual.

We bought this for a small community theater. We looked around, and this was really the *only* option in this price range. It's good bang for the buck and it works very...Read complete review

We bought this for a small community theater. We looked around, and this was really the *only* option in this price range. It's good bang for the buck and it works very well for our purposes. You can run it in direct 24 channel mode, 12 channel A/B mode, or programmed ("mix/chase") mode.

In either of the direct modes, it's very simple and obvious to operate. The individual sliders control the lights and there are 1 (24 chan.) or 2 (12 chan. A/B) master faders.

In programmed mode, you can program "scenes" that are either static sets of light levels or can have up to 1000 separate steps each. The steps in each scene can play out in a timed sequence, synchronized to music, or stepped through manually. Scenes are loaded 12 at a time and are controlled by the bottom 12 sliders. There are eight sets of scenes, somewhat awkwardly arranged in two groups of 4 pages, for a total of 96 scenes. With 1000 steps per scene, that's a maximum of 96000 individual states, which should be more than enough for most applications.

While scenes are playing, you can still directly control the first 12 lights through the top 12 sliders (the whole thing *really* works better with 12 lights than 24).

Programming isn't hard, but it's not always intuitive, and the manual is truly awful. Here's an actual quote: "A Scene can contain up to 1,000 steps. The term [sic] steps and scenes are used interchangeably in this manual." That gives you some idea what you're up against. Take your problems to the forums.

Still, overall, we're quite happy with it and would definitely recommend it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Chauvet needs to put out a more detailed manual

Would not recommend for the novice user....manual is very hard to follow and short on information to start with

Would not recommend for the novice user....manual is very hard to follow and short on information to start with

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1.0

Chauvet needs to put out a more detailed manual

By KDA Productions

from Rockford Illinois

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional layout

Cons

  • Very poor manual from chauvet

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances

Comments about Chauvet Stage Designer 50 DMX Lighting Controller:

Would not recommend for the novice user....manual is very hard to follow and short on information to start with

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Chauvet Stage Designer 50 DMX Lighting Controller

By Kelly Carter

from Jonesville, SC

Comments about Chauvet Stage Designer 50 DMX Lighting Controller:

Awesome little Lighting Controller, easy to use right out of the box and easy to program - used this one for church slim par pro RGBA led fixtures. couldn't be happier

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great value, needs better manual.

By eJon

from Chicago suburbs

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Good price
  • Simple yet powerful

Cons

  • Horrible manual

Best Uses

  • Small theaters or stages

Comments about Chauvet Stage Designer 50 DMX Lighting Controller:

We bought this for a small community theater. We looked around, and this was really the *only* option in this price range. It's good bang for the buck and it works very well for our purposes. You can run it in direct 24 channel mode, 12 channel A/B mode, or programmed ("mix/chase") mode.

In either of the direct modes, it's very simple and obvious to operate. The individual sliders control the lights and there are 1 (24 chan.) or 2 (12 chan. A/B) master faders.

In programmed mode, you can program "scenes" that are either static sets of light levels or can have up to 1000 separate steps each. The steps in each scene can play out in a timed sequence, synchronized to music, or stepped through manually. Scenes are loaded 12 at a time and are controlled by the bottom 12 sliders. There are eight sets of scenes, somewhat awkwardly arranged in two groups of 4 pages, for a total of 96 scenes. With 1000 steps per scene, that's a maximum of 96000 individual states, which should be more than enough for most applications.

While scenes are playing, you can still directly control the first 12 lights through the top 12 sliders (the whole thing *really* works better with 12 lights than 24).

Programming isn't hard, but it's not always intuitive, and the manual is truly awful. Here's an actual quote: "A Scene can contain up to 1,000 steps. The term [sic] steps and scenes are used interchangeably in this manual." That gives you some idea what you're up against. Take your problems to the forums.

Still, overall, we're quite happy with it and would definitely recommend it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

You get what you pay for.

By Kade Young

from Oklahoma

Comments about Chauvet Stage Designer 50 DMX Lighting Controller:

I bought this board for my church to control several par cans a few LED wash lights. The Stage Designer 50 is feature packed, especially for the price. The features are enough to seduce you where the sticky sliders don't bother you too much. I can see how they made this controller so affordable, and it is because of cheap construction. Overall, it works and has the features I need - so I am happy.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for the price. Decent quality. Bad manual (see my video for help)

By Barry Pollock

from Philly

Comments about Chauvet Stage Designer 50 DMX Lighting Controller:

The manual is written for someone who laready knows what they are doing. I spent 3 hours not getting anything to work until I realized that my polarity switch was in the wrong position. The manual identified that it was a polarity switch but then gave no directions on what it does or what position it should be in.

I put together a 10 minute video to help the next person who gets this product. I hope someone finds it useful. On youtube search Chauvet Stage Designer 50 and its (currently) the second video.
It does exactly what I need for a reasonable price. It was the cheapest controller I coul dfind with an audio input to synch with my drums for live rock shows.
Good quality. A couple of faders won't reach 255 or 0. I can live with this and it probably won't be a big deal for a lot of lights, but, for example, my stobe effect tunes in just right at around 230. The way I have it set up, I have have to physically push and hold the bar before pressing record. It's tought because 255 is too much, so I have to play with it a bit.

(2 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Does not work

By Leif

from Warren, Ohio

Comments about Chauvet Stage Designer 50 DMX Lighting Controller:

OK. I am done with Chauvet. I had a dmx operator 50 board that I used to run 5 different lasers and 6 different moving head intelligent lights and it worked fine. Only had 8 channels on 2 pages so I wanted an up grade. The obey 70 was not what it was said to be. So I tried the stage designer 50. Talking to the Chauvet tech help I explained that I need to set the board to work dmx channel 59 he said and I quote"There is no channel 59 in dmx". Say What?! It claims to be 512 controller and assignable channels but the tech said no. This is nuts and the board does not work as advertized. I am writing Chauvet and the better business bureau about this. I've been doing this for over 35 years and what these corporation are putting out today is just ridiculous.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Doing everything we need

By Todd Goepferd

from Rogers, MN

Comments about Chauvet Stage Designer 50 DMX Lighting Controller:

I purchased this for our church after demoing a ETC Smartfade 12/48 DMX controller ($1300). Our church has an ETC Unison 24 channel dimming rack installed which controls the house lights and 4 light bars with a combination of Ellipsoidal and ETC Source Four ParNel lights. We have not added an LED lights yet, but expect to do so in the next few years. I was concerned that the Chauvet board, being roughly 1/6th the cost of the ETC board would be short on features or quality. Since I've only had it a few weeks, I cannot speak to longevity, but I can say that it feels solid and definately has all the features I need which include: Ability to program multiple scenes for use during church services, dramas, and small plays ( children's musicals mostly ), ability to jump into manual mode with easy access to 48 DMX channels, room to grow, adjustable fade times. I was able to program a handful of scenes for our worship services in about half an hour once I understood how to program the scenes. I did find the manual weak, but enough to get me going. The tricks I learned are to keep the fade time fader up all the way initially so that the lights respond quickly. Also, once you are in record mode, it stays there until you exit record mode. That is nice for recording multiple scenes quickly. Entering record mode is not at all intuitive and requires numerous button presses, so follow the exact steps in the manual. If you have to jump into and out of record mode often, it would be annoying. My only complaint is that the push buttons make a clicking sound. Since, I only use the faders for services so that is not an issue. We had some people stand in various spots near the sound booth and none of them felt the click was noticable or distracting. In fact, they only noticed it when I pointed it out. It would not be a problem at all when music is playing, but pressing buttons during a sermon or other speaking time could be an issue.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic

By Stoddvox

from Jamestown, ND

Comments about Chauvet Stage Designer 50 DMX Lighting Controller:

First time caller, long time listener...The Chauvet Stage designer 50 is in my top ten purchases. After and two and a half hours of messing with it, I made the decision to call Chauvet themselves and have them walk me through it. After 15 minutes on the phone, I had this baby doing exactly what I want and needed it to do. Top notch! I love Chauvet products!

(0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great board

By tommy lee

from atlanta

Comments about Chauvet Stage Designer 50 DMX Lighting Controller:

this is a great board lots of features would recomend it to anyone.and i always use music 123 their staff is always so nice and pleasant to talk to. wouldn't use anybody. else tried all the other music stores. when you are purchasing an item they are nice, but try to return it and see how they act. music 123 is just as nice when returning an item as when you purchase it.they definitely won my business. they always beat everybody elses price. all the stores say they do but they don,t. i havent found anybody who beats music 123's price.God bless.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very nice

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Chauvet Stage Designer 50 DMX Lighting Controller:

It's very nice controller for the starter, other than the manual, it's pretty thin. After a few hours I figured it out. As far as the quality and features, it's a deal. BEWARE VCR programmers!

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