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CHAUVET DJ Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller

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Control up to 12 fixtures at 16 channels each.

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
  • MIDI compatible

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Power: DC 12V 500mA 115V/60Hz or 230V/50Hz
  • Weight: 6 lb.
  • Dimension: 20-1/4"W x 3-1/2"H x 6-3/4"D
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CHAUVET DJObey 40 DMX Lighting Controller
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (5)
  • Efficient (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

More then I expected for the price

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...Read complete review

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!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

you get what you pay for

The first unit I got didn't work properly -- lights went on and off more or less randomly. The 2nd one seems to be better, but the power adapter didn't work. I'm slowly...Read complete review

The first unit I got didn't work properly -- lights went on and off more or less randomly. The 2nd one seems to be better, but the power adapter didn't work. I'm slowly making progress on learning how to use it. Having difficulties getting the unit to respond to note commands in a midi file. It's inexpensive, and a big improvement over what I had before (nothing), but it would work best if I had someone to operate it manually during a show. If anyone reading this has had success with midi control, drop me a line. I might recommend this unit, but with reservations.

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(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Starter !!

By Brett Necessary

from Denver, CO

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Comments about CHAUVET DJ Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

I got one of these to get started in DMX lighting. This unit is great to get plenty of fixtures up and running. It's well built, and I havent not had any troubles with it after owning it for 2 years.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good for the price

By Backstage

from Stottville, NY

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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 DJ 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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

More then I expected for the price

By quat 4x4

from Fayetteville, GA

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Pros

  • Efficient

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about CHAUVET DJ 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!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great basic lighting controller

    By moniKre

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy Setup
    • Easy to use

    Cons

    • Cheaply built

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about CHAUVET DJ Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

    Programmed my first DMX light show with this thing and it worked well. I had a lot of trouble getting started but a lot of that came from my unfamiliarity with DMX. But once everything was hooked up correctly it worked like a charm. I brought it on its first 2 week tour and sent MIDI to it via my laptop and out to 4 separate fixtures and had zero problems on tour.

    My only complaint is that the faders and buttons are really weak and could easily break off if used too hard. However, as long as you're not doing any real-time changes to the faders during a performance I don't see how that would be a problem. I've got it screwed into my rack along with my bass head to keep all the cables from coming unplugged and have had no issues with it. Great controller for a first-time user for sure.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good, not great

    By Chrazyman

    from Longview, TX

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Basic Control Of Lights
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about CHAUVET DJ 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.

        (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 DJ 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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        you get what you pay for

        By Andy

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy Setup
        • Mostly Simple Operation

        Cons

        • Manual Is Weak
        • Quality Control Is Weak

        Best Uses

        • Auto Sound Trigger
        • Manual Operation
        • Novice Training

        Comments about CHAUVET DJ Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

        The first unit I got didn't work properly -- lights went on and off more or less randomly. The 2nd one seems to be better, but the power adapter didn't work. I'm slowly making progress on learning how to use it. Having difficulties getting the unit to respond to note commands in a midi file. It's inexpensive, and a big improvement over what I had before (nothing), but it would work best if I had someone to operate it manually during a show. If anyone reading this has had success with midi control, drop me a line. I might recommend this unit, but with reservations.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Decent low cost DMX desk

        By Steve27

        from Ontario Canada

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Flexible Controller
        • Low Cost

        Cons

        • Cheap Feeling Controls

        Best Uses

        • Entry Level Dmx

        Comments about CHAUVET DJ 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

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        Pros

        • Easy Setup
        • Efficient
        • Fun

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about CHAUVET DJ 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.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Does what I needed

        By steve

        from Georgia

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        Comments about CHAUVET DJ Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

        I purchased some old used MBT lights which until I purchased this board; I had no way of controlling them. The controller does everything as stated and for the price seems good. We will see.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Obey 40 DMX Controller

        By Bob J

        from Woodland, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Appears Well Built
        • Packaging Is Very Good
        • Solid Case

        Cons

        • Manual Is Horrible
        • Power Cord Is Short

        Best Uses

          Comments about CHAUVET DJ Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

          First time programming DMX and although the Obey 40 is a good solid unit, I had to go to the internet to get started just to get a colorstip to light up properly. So far though, it's working great once you learn the tricks. Will be using this with a Midi foot controller, so that may also be a challenge.

           
          3.0

          Setup is a pain

          By Steven Lee

          from Texas

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Had problems programing it.

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about CHAUVET DJ Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

            I setup the scenes in Obey 40 as the manual said. It took the first scene but not the other 4 scenes were not there. I had already sent one Obey 40 back for memory problems. When I turned it off and back on the other 3 scenes were there. I tried a 2nd chase and the same thing happened. Once I got the scenes back I was able to program the 2nd chase with no problem. I need to call Chauvet and see what's going on.

             
            4.0

            Great DJ lighting console

            By Jim

            from HaltomCity, TX

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            Pros

            • Easy Setup
            • Easy to Program

            Cons

            • Inability to fade between manual selected scenes

            Best Uses

            • Events with custom lighting
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about CHAUVET DJ Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

            The console worked great for an annual theatre awards event with a dance segment added to the evening. Nice being able to switch between sound controlled lights and special lighting sequences that were in some cases programmed to the music beat and others quick to sync up to the different music sequences with tap key. Wish the console had the ability to control the fade speed between manually selected scenes like the ADJ console in the same price range, and also wish that there was a master fader for theatre applications. Would be interesting to have a software update for the unit that allows one of the faders to be programmed as a master fader, but there may be better ways to implement something like this in a product at this price range. The console can be rack mounted, but the DMX cable will take up more space above the unit in a rack so it cannot be used at the top of the rack or right under another unit. But it sits well on a table top by itself or in a custom built tabletop rack. Have used it for about 20 hours now and 5 "fixtures" of lights (10 light fixtures) and it has worked flawlessly with programmed scenes and chases using music, auto and tap control of the scenes and chases.

             
            5.0

            Perfect for dj, or band.

            By Bert

            from undisclosed

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            Comments about Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

            Worked as advertised, easy to program.

             
            4.0

            Great product, should have bought new. Was referb.

            By Tuttle

            from Greenwood DE.

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            Comments about CHAUVET DJ 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.

             
            4.0

            Versatile controller.

            By bcbrook

            from Dunkirk, MD

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about CHAUVET DJ Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

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

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice bang for the buck.

                By dB

                from Bloomington, IN

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Easy Setup
                • Efficient

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances

                  Comments about CHAUVET DJ Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller:

                  Nice board for the price. Easy to figure out.

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