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CHAUVET DJ Obey 10 Universeal Compact DMX Controller

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Take command and make your lights obey.

The Chauvet Obey 10 is a universal DMX-512 lighting controller designed for up to 8 intelligent lights with up to 16 channels each, for 128 channels total. The Obey 10 controller comes with 6 sets of chases containing 999 chases each and you can program fade and speed time into each step. You also get reversible sliders, re-assignable channels, and the ability to grab any light fixture on the fly. The Chauvet Obey 10 DMX Lighting Controller works on beat activation or auto run.

FEATURES
  • Universal DMX-512 controller
  • Controls up to 8 intelligent lights of up to 16 channels each
  • 128 DMX channels of control
  • 6 sets of chases containing 999 scenes each
  • Program fade and speed time into each step
  • Reversible sliders
  • Re-assignable channels
  • Sequential linking of chases
  • Grab any fixture on the fly
  • Beat activation and auto run
  • DMX polarity selector
  • 2-space (2U) rack mount

Make your lights do what you want them to do. Order this controller today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Power: DC 12V 500mA 115V/60Hz or 230V/50Hz
  • Weight: 3.9lb.
  • Dimension: 19"W x 3.5"H x 3.5"D
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Chauvet DJObey 10 Universeal Compact DMX Controller
 
3.2

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

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    (3)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Performances (4)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good device with a learning curve

I have a number of lights, but the driving force to obtain a DMX controller was the recent acquisition of a number of Chauvet 4Bars. The 4Bars have 15 channels of control, and...Read complete review

I have a number of lights, but the driving force to obtain a DMX controller was the recent acquisition of a number of Chauvet 4Bars. The 4Bars have 15 channels of control, and the supplied foot controls are, for lack of a better word, inadequate. I obtained the Obey 10 as a restock, which I was willing to do on the bet that customers found it too hard to use. And, there is certainly a learning curve. In addition, the documentation is weak at best. It does, however, once you get it sussed, work pretty well.

The 4Bars have 15 channels of control, which means you need to set lighting faders on two pages. DMX is a "change of state" protocol, so you have to move the faders on the new page -even if they are seemingly in the right place. I'm familiar with this kind of programming, but it can still create havoc if you forget to check which page you are on and start making changes. At this price point, however, there aren't a lot of controllers with 16 discrete faders, so that was a known issue on acquisition.

Programming is a bit odd and it is easy to erase or over-write or place programs on the wrong program location. Clicking through programs is a bit hit and miss and the control sometimes jumps over steps (the step control button is poorly made IMHO). The most important thing to remember, however, is that to run a program the fixtures must all be OFF! That took a long while to discover as it is not mentioned anywhere. (yes, I may have to resort to doing a video and that would be frightening).

Chases work, but by default run through ALL chase sequences. Not sure why that is, the manual indicates that is not the works, but it is reliably so. I was able to *de-select* a sequence once chases were started, but that seems woefully backwards.

However, quirks aside, it does turn lights on and off, allow for some programming, and generally works. At this price point, it wins. If I were a pro or a church looking to have volunteers run my lights, I think I'd move up the ladder a bit and get something that is a bit more intuitive. If your lighting needs are basic (e.g. audio engineer who needs to provide some basic lighting at shows as I do), then it's a bargain. Know what you're getting, what the channels do on the fixtures, and practice before deploying.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Appalling design for a great little unit

Bought one of these as we wanted to change our existing unit for a rack mounted one and boy did I make a mistake!

Chauvet's designers should be awarded the prize for...Read complete review

Bought one of these as we wanted to change our existing unit for a rack mounted one and boy did I make a mistake!

Chauvet's designers should be awarded the prize for the worst design conceivable. The unit works perfectly, does what it says on the box as they say but it is NOT suitable for rack mounting.

To start with the holes for rack mounting are not in the standard places, requiring a 1/2 U space above and below the unit meaning it actually sits in the middle of a three U space. Why? Well this is to do with the configuration of the connectors.

It is difficult to imagine who came up with the idea of putting the DMX connector and the power connector, not to mention the power switch ON THE TOP of the unit! Mount it in a rack and the connections stick out above the unit preventing you getting to them or putting it at the top of a rack or having anything in the space above it. This has to be the worst imaginable design, rendering it useless for the purpose for which it is allegedly designed, rack mounting.

What's worse is that when I looked at the manual before purchasing it it showed what it called the rear panel, with the connections. Whoever wrote the manual must have had it sitting on the desk in front of them with the controls at the top to be able to call the top panel (when mounted in a rack) the rear.

Buy it if you really want it, it's certainly easy to use, but don't even consider it if you are thinking of putting it into a rack.
Does what it claims to and is easy to program, rack mounting not an option though despite what they claim, see my overall opinion.
Seems well enough built if you exclude the idiotic design of the case and connections, see later.
Qould be good value for money if it could actually be fitted into a standard rack.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Appalling design for a great little unit

By Steve Kramer

from Humberside UK

Comments about Chauvet DJ Obey 10 Universeal Compact DMX Controller:

Bought one of these as we wanted to change our existing unit for a rack mounted one and boy did I make a mistake!

Chauvet's designers should be awarded the prize for the worst design conceivable. The unit works perfectly, does what it says on the box as they say but it is NOT suitable for rack mounting.

To start with the holes for rack mounting are not in the standard places, requiring a 1/2 U space above and below the unit meaning it actually sits in the middle of a three U space. Why? Well this is to do with the configuration of the connectors.

It is difficult to imagine who came up with the idea of putting the DMX connector and the power connector, not to mention the power switch ON THE TOP of the unit! Mount it in a rack and the connections stick out above the unit preventing you getting to them or putting it at the top of a rack or having anything in the space above it. This has to be the worst imaginable design, rendering it useless for the purpose for which it is allegedly designed, rack mounting.

What's worse is that when I looked at the manual before purchasing it it showed what it called the rear panel, with the connections. Whoever wrote the manual must have had it sitting on the desk in front of them with the controls at the top to be able to call the top panel (when mounted in a rack) the rear.

Buy it if you really want it, it's certainly easy to use, but don't even consider it if you are thinking of putting it into a rack.
Does what it claims to and is easy to program, rack mounting not an option though despite what they claim, see my overall opinion.
Seems well enough built if you exclude the idiotic design of the case and connections, see later.
Qould be good value for money if it could actually be fitted into a standard rack.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good and bad

By triguy

from London, UK

About Me Experienced

Comments about Chauvet DJ Obey 10 Universeal Compact DMX Controller:

If you are a small band or a home musician that wants some control over a small lighting set up to make you feel like a rockstar in your playroom, then the Obey 10 probably has the flexability you need.

You can program a number of scenes to avoid messing with dimmers everytime the tempo changes.

I would not want to take this on the road with me as the build quality is dodgy. The channel and effect sliders feel cheap and fragile and the buttons dont have a reassuring clunk when pressed making you feel this thing can fall off a table or truck and still perform.

The lack of a master dimmer is also a glaring oversight. The blackout feature will bring down the lights when needed but if you want to dim the entire scene you better have fingers that can work in harmony.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good device with a learning curve

By Larch Audio

from Harmony, PA

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Pros

  • Competent

Cons

  • Learning Curve

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances

Comments about Chauvet DJ Obey 10 Universeal Compact DMX Controller:

I have a number of lights, but the driving force to obtain a DMX controller was the recent acquisition of a number of Chauvet 4Bars. The 4Bars have 15 channels of control, and the supplied foot controls are, for lack of a better word, inadequate. I obtained the Obey 10 as a restock, which I was willing to do on the bet that customers found it too hard to use. And, there is certainly a learning curve. In addition, the documentation is weak at best. It does, however, once you get it sussed, work pretty well.

The 4Bars have 15 channels of control, which means you need to set lighting faders on two pages. DMX is a "change of state" protocol, so you have to move the faders on the new page -even if they are seemingly in the right place. I'm familiar with this kind of programming, but it can still create havoc if you forget to check which page you are on and start making changes. At this price point, however, there aren't a lot of controllers with 16 discrete faders, so that was a known issue on acquisition.

Programming is a bit odd and it is easy to erase or over-write or place programs on the wrong program location. Clicking through programs is a bit hit and miss and the control sometimes jumps over steps (the step control button is poorly made IMHO). The most important thing to remember, however, is that to run a program the fixtures must all be OFF! That took a long while to discover as it is not mentioned anywhere. (yes, I may have to resort to doing a video and that would be frightening).

Chases work, but by default run through ALL chase sequences. Not sure why that is, the manual indicates that is not the works, but it is reliably so. I was able to *de-select* a sequence once chases were started, but that seems woefully backwards.

However, quirks aside, it does turn lights on and off, allow for some programming, and generally works. At this price point, it wins. If I were a pro or a church looking to have volunteers run my lights, I think I'd move up the ladder a bit and get something that is a bit more intuitive. If your lighting needs are basic (e.g. audio engineer who needs to provide some basic lighting at shows as I do), then it's a bargain. Know what you're getting, what the channels do on the fixtures, and practice before deploying.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

$1 a day!

By DKC

from Illinois

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Comments about Chauvet DJ Obey 10 Universeal Compact DMX Controller:

That's what it'll cost you in the end.Worked great for 3 months, had it an a rack the whole time, then one day just started flickering and refused to work correctly anymore.Gonna try DMX software for my laptop instead now.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works well ...once you figure it out !

By Don

from Greenville Ohio

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Pros

  • Efficient
  • Infinite Possibilities

Cons

  • Challenging Instructions

Best Uses

  • Mobile DJ

Comments about Chauvet DJ Obey 10 Universeal Compact DMX Controller:

Just got 4 Venue Thin Par 64 lights and this Obey 10 DMX controller. First experience with these....so it took a little bit to get them going but now that I have figured it out WOW the possibilities are infinite. Has 6 chases that you set up and then can control them in Auto Mode by adjusting the Speed controller - or in Sound Mode with changes by the beat of the music. 6 Chases * but each chase can have from 1 to 999 steps !!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not especially happy

By Patrick Stinson

from Anchorage, AK

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Comments about Chauvet DJ Obey 10 Universeal Compact DMX Controller:

The buttons are not very responsive and sometimes double click when you only meant to hit it once. The sliders are also impossible to hit certain values directly. The manuals are difficult to understand and don't cover all of the features. The microphone is so insensitive it almost doesn't work, and the rack mounting holes don't really line up properly.I'd advise against this, and if they are using most of the same parts with their other controllers then I wouldn't be surprised if they functioned the same as well.It IS cheap, though.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Consumer or Professional Best Buy

By M6rA51HLM

from Kelowna, B.C.

Comments about Chauvet DJ Obey 10 Universeal Compact DMX Controller:

1. Manual makes hooking it up very easy, but I have a mild understanding of dipswitches;2. The manual does not include a couple valuable pieces of information, such as the programmable chases are "toggle" switches, which turn on and off. You are then able to sequence multiple chases, but it does not thoroughly explain that;3. The machine works exactly as one would predict. You program it like drawing cell animation. Everything for one "Frame" (scene) then hit enter, and do the next scene. 4. Probably took about 2-4 hours of just playing to get it perfect.5. Truly, for the price it is a great investment, especially since you can rack mount it or table top.We find it perfect for Bar/Concert hall gigs and run it with our Chauvet LEDRain 38's.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great controller

By LightMan23

from New Hampshire

Comments about Chauvet DJ Obey 10 Universeal Compact DMX Controller:

this is an all around great product, the second I got it I plugged it in, hooked it up to a dimmer pack and it worked amazingly. it is very easy to use, it has all the features I wanted, (dimming, programing, ect.). I use it as my main board/controller. I will always stick with the obey 10 and/or obey Series, overall great controller.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Chauvet issues

By olcootie

from Portland, OR

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Comments about Chauvet DJ Obey 10 Universeal Compact DMX Controller:

Until Chauvet increases it's quality control and provides more detailed instructions I would not recommend any of the products I've recently exerienced--DMX controllers Obey 3 and Obey 10 and the mini 4 bar and 4 bar lights.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Way to many features

By mx4lif

from North Dakota

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      Comments about Chauvet DJ Obey 10 Universeal Compact DMX Controller:

      This unit has way to many features for what I wanted. The manual is little or no help unless you are a lighting tech! Probably a good controller for a regular, working lighting tech.

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