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Chauvet Obey 70 DMX Lighting Controller   

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The Chauvet Obey 70 is a universal DMX-512 lighting controller that can manage up to 12 intelligent lights with up to 32 channels each, for a total o...Read More

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OVERVIEW

The big daddy of the Obey series of controllers.

The Chauvet Obey 70 is a universal DMX-512 lighting controller that can manage up to 12 intelligent lights with up to 32 channels each, for a total of 384 DMX channels. The Obey 70 gives you control over 30 banks of 8 scenes for 240 scenes total, 6 sets of chases containing 240 scenes, program fade and speed time into each step, reversible sliders, assignable, pressure-sensitive joystick, re-assignable channels, fog & strobe control, and the sequential linking of chases. MIDI compatible, the Chauvet Obey 70 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 32 channels each
  • 384 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
  • Assignable pressure-sensitive joystick
  • Fox and strobe control buttons
  • Grab any fixture on the fly
  • Beat activation, tap sync, and auto run
  • Polarity selector
  • 4-space (2U) rack mount

384 DMX channels of intelligent lighting control means a lot of choices. The easy one? Ordering this affordable controller.

SPECIFICATIONS

Obey 70 DMX Lighting Controller

  • Power: DC 12V 500mA 115V/60Hz or 230V/50Hz
  • Weight: 5.5lb.
  • Dimension: 19"W x 7"H x 2.8"D
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ChauvetObey 70 DMX Lighting Controller
 
2.9

(based on 12 reviews)

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    (3)

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    (1)

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43%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Performances (3)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Obey 70 can control an entire show

Obey 70 by Chauvet is a good mix of economy, power, and ease of use. I have used the Obey 70 for three years to control an entire mobile DMX show containing 8...Read complete review

Obey 70 by Chauvet is a good mix of economy, power, and ease of use. I have used the Obey 70 for three years to control an entire mobile DMX show containing 8 PAR64s by different manufacturers, ELAN, Nucleus, fog machine, four scanners and two moving heads. The channel assignment and reverse feature saved countless hours of programming required by Elation competitors. Programming is made easy because you can assign channels and reverse them to get the entire show in sync. Midi is great feature, as this adds power for frequency control. Overall, a great product. Master dim is the only missing feature, but switching back to manual allows an effective work-around for this problem. Biggest setup hassle was the 32-bit channel offset in spite of light capabilities, so use your manual. I would recommend it for mobile and club use.

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Good and Bad

For the money, this is a very efficient/effective controller. Some of the comments here indicate a lack of channels for the 384 DMX, but channels 16/32 are in the joystick and...Read complete review

For the money, this is a very efficient/effective controller. Some of the comments here indicate a lack of channels for the 384 DMX, but channels 16/32 are in the joystick and yes, they are re-assignable to other needed channels for specific moving head lights.

Programming is very easy and the manual does a decent job of walking the user through basic operations. The manual could have spent more time covering details and going over troubleshooting issues. For example, I do not know if my controller is supposed to automatically cycle out of a selected chase or if there is a means to make that selected chase repeat.

I have come across other problems in that the unit will not go back to "Manual Scene" mode without a re-boot. This is very problematic and is likely a flaw in my unit or in the general programming of it.

Beside these issues, for the working musician, none of these units seem to have a remote foot-switch control. I would say that the first manufacturer who comes up with this will bust open the gates of DMX use for the weekend warrior musician on a budget who is not into sequencing with MIDI controllers. There is a huge market out here for that application and to think this has not been accomplished yet is amazing and I would be happy to help in that design.

Another design suggestion would be to make an applicable rack box for this unit. I took a 19" tool box and adapted it to screw atop a mic stand for ease of access on stage. Now the item can safely be stored in the equipment trailer and quickly set up for use on the stage.

With these criticisms, I would still reccomend this item for the control of DMX devices. Most negative comments heard about free form/uncontrolled lights by DJ's and bands could easily be harnessed by this unit. With 12 separate items controlled, the user will substantially enhance the appearance of their act.

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5.0

Excellent

By 

from California

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Easy Setup

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Chauvet Obey 70 DMX Lighting Controller:

    The manual sucks. With a little on-line tutorial it works great. Each scene has 30 banks, so thirty scenes per scene channel. Eight channels in all. Not to mention you can program your own chase scenes from all the different banks. Just do not forget which scene and bank you are on when programming. Before you start, just program each light with DMX address from manual. Twenty four lights with the A/B channel. Good luck and have funnnnn!

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Chauvet lighting controllers are sub-par

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    from Springfield, IL

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Inefficient

      Best Uses

      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Chauvet Obey 70 DMX Lighting Controller:

      If multiple lights are being used, a data stream must be purchased. The signal from the obey 70 is weak.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      They get the job done... When they work.

      By 

      from Springfield, IL

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      Pros

      • Cheaper Than Others

      Cons

      • Didn't Work

      Best Uses

      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Chauvet Obey 70 DMX Lighting Controller:

      I've ordered 5 chauvet lighting controllers in my life, 3 of the 5 have either not worked or I had problems with them within 4 months.

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      One mostly unknown caveat

      By 

      from St. Louis

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Operation Detail

      Cons

      • Unpublished By Chauvet

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Chauvet Obey 70 DMX Lighting Controller:

      Chauvet should consider placing on/off LED's on the Chase buttons of this unit. The function of the Chase buttons are on/off. You have to push the button to invoke the chase then you have to push it again to turn it off. If you do not turn all chases off, the controller will not release back to Manual Scene mode without a reboot. It will also toggle (during chase operation) to all of the chases that are on (and likely unknown to be on) by the user. Chauvet does not put this operation detail in the manual and the issues presented gave the impression that the unit was defective.

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good and Bad

      By 

      from St. Louis

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy to use

      Cons

      • Does Not Stay With Single

      Best Uses

      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Chauvet Obey 70 DMX Lighting Controller:

      For the money, this is a very efficient/effective controller. Some of the comments here indicate a lack of channels for the 384 DMX, but channels 16/32 are in the joystick and yes, they are re-assignable to other needed channels for specific moving head lights.

      Programming is very easy and the manual does a decent job of walking the user through basic operations. The manual could have spent more time covering details and going over troubleshooting issues. For example, I do not know if my controller is supposed to automatically cycle out of a selected chase or if there is a means to make that selected chase repeat.

      I have come across other problems in that the unit will not go back to "Manual Scene" mode without a re-boot. This is very problematic and is likely a flaw in my unit or in the general programming of it.

      Beside these issues, for the working musician, none of these units seem to have a remote foot-switch control. I would say that the first manufacturer who comes up with this will bust open the gates of DMX use for the weekend warrior musician on a budget who is not into sequencing with MIDI controllers. There is a huge market out here for that application and to think this has not been accomplished yet is amazing and I would be happy to help in that design.

      Another design suggestion would be to make an applicable rack box for this unit. I took a 19" tool box and adapted it to screw atop a mic stand for ease of access on stage. Now the item can safely be stored in the equipment trailer and quickly set up for use on the stage.

      With these criticisms, I would still reccomend this item for the control of DMX devices. Most negative comments heard about free form/uncontrolled lights by DJ's and bands could easily be harnessed by this unit. With 12 separate items controlled, the user will substantially enhance the appearance of their act.

      Comment on this review

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Support difficult

      By 

      from Midwest

      About Me Experienced

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        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Chauvet Obey 70 DMX Lighting Controller:

          The Obey 70 worked for a few months then one Sunday the faders did not work as assigned. Did a hard reset and still could not get lights to respond to the faders. Been with Chauvet Tech Support playing phone tag for a month trying to get it returned for repair as it is still under warranty, but they continue to have me try different things. I understand where they are coming from, but each time I try something, I get the same results on the board, and it has became insanity. This was a time when I needed it the most and still on my bench. With this in mind, I would not recommend this controller unless purchased where I could return to a store and not have to deal with Chauvet directly as you will need to take vacation days off to deal with them.....

          Comment on this review

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not Good

          By 

          from Honolulu, Hi

          Pros

            Cons

            • Cheap

            Best Uses

              Comments about Chauvet Obey 70 DMX Lighting Controller:

              After using the board for about five months, only once a week. It stopped working, the backlight display stopped working and the strobe button stopped working. Overall, cheap.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Obey 70 controller

              By 

              from Midwest

              Comments about Chauvet Obey 70 DMX Lighting Controller:

              Really a bargain for the basic needs and some custom light scenes that will be required. Very happy.
              This unit has most of the features we will need for our church. We bought this starting out for dramas but we have added more lights and will begin including for our service.
              At first sight it seems to be fine. Only time will tell, but for the price, it can't be beat. We will use it each week on Wednesday & Sundays
              For our needs and truly what $150.00 gets you these days (couple of bags of groceries) this is a bargain. Very happy to have it.

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              (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Re: False Claims -- "Missing" / "skipped" channels are on the joystick; can be reassigned

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              from Philadelphia

              Comments about Chauvet Obey 70 DMX Lighting Controller:

              After reading the review "False Claims", I went over the manual carefully. Looking at p. 11-13, It turns out channels 15 and 16, and 31 and 32 (relative to each fixture's starting channel) are by default not on sliders but on the pan/tilt joystick.

              The sliders and joystick axes can be reassigned to different channels for each fixture -- see "Physical Fader Assignment". (The moving head / moving mirror fixtures I've encountered tend to have pan and tilt within the first few channels, so reassignment is almost a necessity.)

              I didn't see anything about high-resolution, 16-bit pan and tilt values. Evidently you'd need to use sliders for the fine adjustment (LSB) (or if you prefer, for the coarse adjustment, the MSB).

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It's great! Get the most out of your DMX lighting.

              By 

              from York, PA

              Comments about Chauvet Obey 70 DMX Lighting Controller:

              Get the most out of your DMX lighting. This is an easy to program dmx controller. I use it for various lights as well. from the up lighting to moving heads to regular dmx effect lights, like my Chauvet swarm. i COULDN'T HAVE PICKED A BETTER CONTROLLER.

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