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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 o...Read More

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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

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SPECIFICATIONS

Obey 40 DMX Lighting Controller

  • 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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ChauvetObey 40 DMX Lighting Controller
 
4.1

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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91%

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

 

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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4.0

Versatile controller.

By BillS

from Dunkirk, MD

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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.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good, not great

      By Chrazyman

      from Longview, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      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.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good for the price

          By Backstage Productions

          from Upstate 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 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.

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          (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 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.

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          (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 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.

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          (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

          Ask me a question

          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!

            Comment on this review

            (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.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great basic lighting controller

            By moniKre

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy Setup
            • Easy to use

            Cons

            • Cheaply built

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about Chauvet 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.

            Comment on this review

            (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 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.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Does what I needed

            By steve

            from Georgia

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Chauvet 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.

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