Hi, Im a lighting tech by trade, and ive recently been asked to setup a full colour laser and a green laser at a friends club. they want the whole show automated with the full colour laser running for 15min then switching off and then the green laser coming on for 15min then switching off with no lasers running for half and hr, then repeating the whole show. I have approached another friend who uses Moncha for his full colour laser, and asked him if we can use his copy of moncha on his laptop just to see how well it works, before we order a copy ourselves. But the green laser we are going to be running dosnt have an ilda input, it only has dmx and an input that looks like a vga input. if we got a ilda lead that came out of the colour laser and converted it into a vga plug for the green laser, would this still work? if not is there anyway we could run both lasers with this program, in the way ive specfied? any help would be appreciated
Sorry to keep asking questions but we seem to have struck another snag trying to get the full colour laser up and running...
we have also searched the entire internet(yes the whole thing) for diagrams on how to correctly configure the wiring setup for a parallel plug to go into the ilda input on the laser, as the plug coming out of the moncha box is a parallel plug that converts to a network cable then back to a parallel plug.
(this is pretty much a copy of the email we sent to volkslaser, but haven't had a reply yet)
We are trying to operate a volkslaser megalase rgb with Moncha control software - we use this software on another rgb laser and it works perfectly (though the input on the laser that works is just a network cable input not a parellel plug input) but we have plugged it into the megalase and the ILDA light failed to recognise any signal going in. We have checked the wiring of the parallel plug and all the wires seem to be connected correctly (though we wired up the wires exactly the same way as the parallel plug coming out of the moncha port), is the wiring connections into the ILDA input of the laser different to the output port of the moncha box? or is there any reason why it may not be picking up the signal as we have tried it into both the input and the through output.
Any help will be much appreciated as we need this laser up and running asap.
The problem is, we don't know your laser, so it's hard for us to help you. Anyway, Moncha uses standard ILDA cable:
1 X+ /-5 to +5V/
2 Y+ /-5V to +5V/
3 Blanking TTL /0V or +5V/
4, 17 Interlock /inside of device connected together/
5 Red /0V to +5V/
6 Green /0V to +5V/
7 Blue /0V to +5V/
8 Dark blue /0V to +5V/
9, 10, 11, 12, 24 Not connected
13 Shutter /0V for blanked, +5V for visible/
14 X- /-5 to +5V/
15 Y- /-5 to +5V/
If you connect it like this, it should work. We've seen other companies to use even Ethernet cable instead of ILDA - well it's working, but we don't recommend it.
Usually the problem is with Interlock. Some lasers use pins 4 and 17 of DB-25 to detect, whether the external laser show controller is connected. If this is not connected inside ILDA cable (which is quite common, since you save some wires), there's no way for laser to know, there is external control required. Easiest way is to short manually pins 4 and 17 on your ILDA cable.
But some of the lasers also need to set the DIP switch to certain position (e.g. 0) to be able to use external control. This is something you need to consult with your laser manufacturer.
Yes, you can buy license for Fiesta software, it's 400 EUR. This will activate device to "master", which allows you to use Fiesta software. Then you can use also other Moncha devices as "slaves" - additional outputs for Fiesta software.
There is a little software in the Fiesta installation called MonchaForFiesta.exe (in C:\Program Files (x86)\Fiesta.NET). After you run it, you have to put activation code there and it'll activate the hardware to master.