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Chauvet Obey 10 128-Channel DMX Light Controller

Chauvet's Obey10 is a compact controller ready to handle the complexities of most lighting fixtures. Capable of controlling up to a eight, 16-channel fixtures, the Obey10 can store 6 sets of chases containing up to 999 scenes each. Flexibility was key in the design of the unit so CHAUVET included the ability to reverse sliders and re-assign channels as needed. You can also grab any fixture on the fly, and set up your fixture's movements to be beat activated or run automatically without input from the operator.

Features
  • Easily control up to 8 intelligent lights with up to 16 channels each
  • Increase design flexibility with 128 channels of DMX control
  • Enhance light shows with 6 sets of chase effects containing 999 steps each
  • Includes the ability to reverse sliders and reassign channels as needed
  • Sequential linking of chases
  • Grab any fixture on the fly and set it to automatic or sound-activated mode
  • Conveniently mounts using the double space (2U) mounting rack
  • DMX Connectors: 3-pin
  • Rackmount: 2U
  • Input voltage: 12VDC 500mA (external power supply: 100 - 240VAC 50/60Hz)
  • Weight: 3.9lbs (1.8kg)
  • Size: 19 x 3.5 x 3.5in (483 x 89 x 89mm)
  • Approvals: CE

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Chauvet DJChauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Light Controller
 
3.8

(based on 11 reviews)

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    (5)

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (6)
  • Efficient (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (9)
    • Performances (7)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Deal! Only a Few Minor Issues

    This is a nice, basic controller for people needing a small controller for mobile light rigs, or for smaller, permanent installations. The Obey10 is also a great controller for people who want to...Read complete review

    This is a nice, basic controller for people needing a small controller for mobile light rigs, or for smaller, permanent installations. The Obey10 is also a great controller for people who want to get to know how to use DMX.

    The OBEY10 can handle 8 fixtures, each with up to 16 channels. I've found that, because it only has eight faders with a page button to access the last eight channels of a fixture, if you are controlling a fixture, "on the fly," you may want to re-assign the most important, or most used channels to the first eight channels so you can control them faster, even though changing pages is easy. This ability to reassign, and even reverse the function of the faders is a nice feature, and one I didn't expect to find at this price point. The downside of these features is that, once you reassign a fader, it is re-assigned for every fixture.

    Programming the OBEY 10 is fairly easy once you get the hang of it. One thing that is really annoying to me is not being able to add an element to any scene in a chase without first finding the scene, matching the faders to the original setting, editing it, and then deleting the original scene.

    One other element missing from the OBEY 10 is a tap-tempo synch button. It is possible to scroll through the scenes in tempo with the music using the up and down buttons, but that ties up a hand, and you wouldn't want to do it all night. It is possible to get close to the tempo by using the speed slider, but that is not exact, and the speed of the chase doesn't change in real time as you are adjusting the fader, but rather waits until you finish moving the fader for the change to take effect. The music button/function will detect the beat of the music, but there is no way to set the sensitivity of the mic, wherever the mic actually is on the unit.

    With those issues, synching the controller's chases to the tempo of the music is the OBEY10's biggest downfall. I use a monitor when I DJ or do sound for bands, and the best way I've found to synch the chases to the beat of the music is by placing the OBEY10 close to the monitor and use the volume or bass control for the monitor to work around the OBEY's poor beat synching. I would definitely trade a couple of the OBEY's advanced features, such as the fader re-assignments I mentioned before for a tap-tempo button, a line in or at least an opening for the mic that I can cover with tape for SOME control. About the only way I've had success in gaining control of the beat sensitivity is to place the controller on a hard surface to make it more sensitive, and to place it at least partially on cloth to make it less sensitive.

    This is a good controller, but, with a few tweaks, it could be a great controller.

    The placement of the AC and DMX outputs on the top of the unit needs mentioned. Although the OBEY10 is listed as a two-space controller, this will take up at least three rack spaces to allow connection of the AC and DMX cables, and that is only possible with a right angle DMX cable. The connectors are in a recessed area, but it still doesn't give you enough room. The other option would have been for Chauvet to put the connectors on the back, which would prevent you from using it on a table top. Ideally, the connectors would be on a rotating panel, but that would undoubtedly make the controller more expensive. Just plan on using extra rack spaces or just place it wherever it's handy.

    The controller's six chases, with 999 scenes available in each, are more than enough for a controller of this size and are more than I expect in this price range. I do, however, actually consider the OBEY10 to be a four-chase controller. This is because I use one chase as a dedicated "stand-by" chase, containing only one scene, with my lights set to provide general lighting with no movement for breaks for announcements, initial up-lighting, and those types of situations. I also leave one chase empty so I have the option of setting a scene with complete control of any settings of the lights. I just select the empty chase, enter program mode, and adjust each fixture however I want it. I simply don't save the changes I've made when I'm done so that chase remains empty. That's just the easiest way I've found to make adjustments "on the fly."

    This is a great controller for ColorStrips, which are hugely popular lights for DJs or other RGB fixtures that take up four or more channels. The smaller OBEY or American DJ RGB controllers only have three channels, making this the least expensive option for those lights. ColorStrips can be controlled with a footswitch but it is clunky and doesn't allow you to access individual programs without stepping through all of them, and also doesn't allow you to color-mix.

    Theoretically, you could control 32 ColorStrips or similar four-channel lights with this controller and have control over every single function of each light. In fact, you can fill up all 16 channels of each scanner any way you wish, as long as you address the fixtures properly and either have a good memory, or keep good notes. For example, you could have one 8-channel fixture, and two 4-channel fixtures assigned to one scanner button.

    The bottom line is that this is a very good controller, especially at this price. Just take the little issues I've mentioned into consideration when you purchase it so you aren't disappointed.

    Im my opinion, for those people looking to control their ColorStrips or any other RGB lights with more than three channels, this is, by far, the best option, and, after you get the hang of DMX, you can add other DMX fixtures to your rig and have an easy-to-use controller that is very flexible and seems to be durable.

    It's a good deal!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    obey 10 hard or easy

    This controller may be the best but due to lack of instructional material it is becoming difficult to figure out exactly what it will do. Maybe send some information like can it run two...Read complete review

    This controller may be the best but due to lack of instructional material it is becoming difficult to figure out exactly what it will do. Maybe send some information like can it run two different lights with two different colors at the same time with the ability to fade both? I am using chauvet slim tri par 7 lights and this is an issue for our plays we do at church. What I have figured out it works well

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    4.0

    great little box!

    By Hurricane Bob

    from US Virgin Islands

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about Chauvet DJ Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Light Controller:

        I had bought a Chauvet 4-Bar Tri light bar, which comes with a foot pedal that gives you very limited access to this lights potential uses, so I ordered the Obey 10. The manual is a bit sparse, but serviceable. With the help of a few youtube videos I was able to learn the controller and was up and running pretty quick. This controller does not have separate scene buttons, but you can save a scene in the step of a chase, so if you just scroll through the chase steps manually than you have a scene. The Obey 10 opened up a whole new world of control for my light, and I am thrilled with it. I quickly set up six chases, and you can adjust transition speed and fade time. (you must remember to reset all faders to zero when switching between banks in program mode)The strobe effect works perfectly, and can strobe very fast. I love that I can now have separate colors on each of the lights of the 4-Bar Tri, and feel like a kid with a new toy. Highly recommended.

         
        4.0

        Great Deal! Only a Few Minor Issues

        By Monte D.

        from Montana

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about Chauvet DJ Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Light Controller:

            This is a nice, basic controller for people needing a small controller for mobile light rigs, or for smaller, permanent installations. The Obey10 is also a great controller for people who want to get to know how to use DMX.

            The OBEY10 can handle 8 fixtures, each with up to 16 channels. I've found that, because it only has eight faders with a page button to access the last eight channels of a fixture, if you are controlling a fixture, "on the fly," you may want to re-assign the most important, or most used channels to the first eight channels so you can control them faster, even though changing pages is easy. This ability to reassign, and even reverse the function of the faders is a nice feature, and one I didn't expect to find at this price point. The downside of these features is that, once you reassign a fader, it is re-assigned for every fixture.

            Programming the OBEY 10 is fairly easy once you get the hang of it. One thing that is really annoying to me is not being able to add an element to any scene in a chase without first finding the scene, matching the faders to the original setting, editing it, and then deleting the original scene.

            One other element missing from the OBEY 10 is a tap-tempo synch button. It is possible to scroll through the scenes in tempo with the music using the up and down buttons, but that ties up a hand, and you wouldn't want to do it all night. It is possible to get close to the tempo by using the speed slider, but that is not exact, and the speed of the chase doesn't change in real time as you are adjusting the fader, but rather waits until you finish moving the fader for the change to take effect. The music button/function will detect the beat of the music, but there is no way to set the sensitivity of the mic, wherever the mic actually is on the unit.

            With those issues, synching the controller's chases to the tempo of the music is the OBEY10's biggest downfall. I use a monitor when I DJ or do sound for bands, and the best way I've found to synch the chases to the beat of the music is by placing the OBEY10 close to the monitor and use the volume or bass control for the monitor to work around the OBEY's poor beat synching. I would definitely trade a couple of the OBEY's advanced features, such as the fader re-assignments I mentioned before for a tap-tempo button, a line in or at least an opening for the mic that I can cover with tape for SOME control. About the only way I've had success in gaining control of the beat sensitivity is to place the controller on a hard surface to make it more sensitive, and to place it at least partially on cloth to make it less sensitive.

            This is a good controller, but, with a few tweaks, it could be a great controller.

            The placement of the AC and DMX outputs on the top of the unit needs mentioned. Although the OBEY10 is listed as a two-space controller, this will take up at least three rack spaces to allow connection of the AC and DMX cables, and that is only possible with a right angle DMX cable. The connectors are in a recessed area, but it still doesn't give you enough room. The other option would have been for Chauvet to put the connectors on the back, which would prevent you from using it on a table top. Ideally, the connectors would be on a rotating panel, but that would undoubtedly make the controller more expensive. Just plan on using extra rack spaces or just place it wherever it's handy.

            The controller's six chases, with 999 scenes available in each, are more than enough for a controller of this size and are more than I expect in this price range. I do, however, actually consider the OBEY10 to be a four-chase controller. This is because I use one chase as a dedicated "stand-by" chase, containing only one scene, with my lights set to provide general lighting with no movement for breaks for announcements, initial up-lighting, and those types of situations. I also leave one chase empty so I have the option of setting a scene with complete control of any settings of the lights. I just select the empty chase, enter program mode, and adjust each fixture however I want it. I simply don't save the changes I've made when I'm done so that chase remains empty. That's just the easiest way I've found to make adjustments "on the fly."

            This is a great controller for ColorStrips, which are hugely popular lights for DJs or other RGB fixtures that take up four or more channels. The smaller OBEY or American DJ RGB controllers only have three channels, making this the least expensive option for those lights. ColorStrips can be controlled with a footswitch but it is clunky and doesn't allow you to access individual programs without stepping through all of them, and also doesn't allow you to color-mix.

            Theoretically, you could control 32 ColorStrips or similar four-channel lights with this controller and have control over every single function of each light. In fact, you can fill up all 16 channels of each scanner any way you wish, as long as you address the fixtures properly and either have a good memory, or keep good notes. For example, you could have one 8-channel fixture, and two 4-channel fixtures assigned to one scanner button.

            The bottom line is that this is a very good controller, especially at this price. Just take the little issues I've mentioned into consideration when you purchase it so you aren't disappointed.

            Im my opinion, for those people looking to control their ColorStrips or any other RGB lights with more than three channels, this is, by far, the best option, and, after you get the hang of DMX, you can add other DMX fixtures to your rig and have an easy-to-use controller that is very flexible and seems to be durable.

            It's a good deal!

             
            5.0

            Great Product

            By Henry

            from Honduras

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy Setup
            • Efficient

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Chauvet DJ Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Light Controller:

              Great controler

               
              3.0

              Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Controller

              By Dj Dre

              from Tucson, Az

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy Setup
              • Efficient

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Chauvet DJ Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Light Controller:

                Easy to set up. The manual does not provide enough info, especially for beginers.

                 
                4.0

                Easy

                By Eddie

                from Milford, MA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy Setup

                Cons

                • Inefficient

                Best Uses

                • Mobile DJ

                Comments about Chauvet DJ Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Light Controller:

                Simple beginner DMX controller. Limited uses on it and it can get difficult to use at times.

                 
                3.0

                obey 10 hard or easy

                By Ron K

                from Fayetteville, WV

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy Connection To Lights

                Cons

                • Lack Of Instructions

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Chauvet DJ Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Light Controller:

                  This controller may be the best but due to lack of instructional material it is becoming difficult to figure out exactly what it will do. Maybe send some information like can it run two different lights with two different colors at the same time with the ability to fade both? I am using chauvet slim tri par 7 lights and this is an issue for our plays we do at church. What I have figured out it works well

                   
                  4.0

                  Great controller

                  By Jay-C.

                  from Tulsa, Ok.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer
                  Superstar Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy Setup
                  • Efficient

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Chauvet DJ Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Light Controller:

                    Great little DMX unit. Having control over some of the basic programs is good, but better to dive into some of the funtions that doesn't stick out when running fixtures in Sound Active mode.

                    (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    this product sucks

                    By marcus

                    from b-ham wa

                    Verified Buyer
                    Superstar Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Sucks
                      • Very limited use

                      Best Uses

                      • None

                      Comments about Chauvet DJ Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Light Controller:

                      bought one new and pretty much just threw it a way. not even a good paper weight.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Easy to use

                      By Saltine

                      from Clermont, IA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy Setup

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Chauvet DJ Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Light Controller:

                        Seems to work fine for my first attempt at using DMX controlled lights. Haven't had a chance to use all the features yet, but I'm satisfied so far.

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Good basic DMX controller

                        By Mark from Indy

                        from Indianapolis

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Mobile DJ

                            Comments about Chauvet DJ Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Light Controller:

                            Bought this to control L.E.D. par cans. The unit is very compact and buttons are laid out well. The finish is dark grey not blue as the picture shows. There is a bit of a learning curve to program but that is normal for DMX.
                            Awesome price and value.

                            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Gotta Love It!

                            By JZILLA

                            from Houston, Tx

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy Setup

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Performances

                              Comments about Chauvet DJ Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Light Controller:

                              Learned how to use this unit easily. Works great.

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                              • Q:

                                I had sound mode working an hour ago but now it's going through the chases without sound mode.
                                Asked on 3/26/2015 by Devinthepancake from Henderson, Las Vegas

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  We'll need a bit more detail to be able to help you out. You can either contact us at 1-800-945-9300 or give Chauvet's tech support a call if you'd prefer.

                                  Answered on 4/1/2015 by KG
                              • Q:

                                Is this product better than the Obey 4 to control a Scorpion Storm FX laser, Chauvet Vue 1.1 & 3.1? Would the Obey 4 suffice? Is there a better option? Thanks!
                                Asked on 5/30/2012 by Anonymous from Pittsburgh, PA

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Yes, the OBEY 40, OBEY 70, DMX OPERATOR 192.

                                  Answered on 6/1/2012 by DJ Menergy from Cypress, CA
                              • Q:

                                Whats the difference between this and the Obey 40?
                                Asked on 4/10/2012 by DJ Smylez from Louisiana

                                2 answers

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  The obey 40 has 192 channels of DMX as opposed to 96. The obey 40 can also hold several more scenes.

                                  Answered on 4/13/2012 by KEVINL from Cypress
                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Obey 40 can Control up to 12 intelligent lights of up to 16 channels each.
                                  30 banks of 8 scenes - 240 scenes max
                                  192 DMX channels of control
                                  6 sets of chases containing 240 scenes
                                  Beat activation- Tap-Sync & Auto Run
                                  Midi compatible

                                  Answered on 4/13/2012 by Nate from Cypress, CA
                              • Q:

                                can you use this with martin mx-4 ?
                                Asked on 11/2/2011 by el tony from hillsboro, OR

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Yes, the chauvet obey 10 is compatible with the martin mx-4 scanners. For more information please call 1800-268-5520

                                  Answered on 11/4/2011 by Rishi from Cypress, CA
                              • Q:

                                Can you use this controller with a dimmer pack for spot lights?
                                Asked on 9/20/2011 by Anonymous

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Yes, you can use this controller with a DMX Dimmer pack

                                  Answered on 9/21/2011 by DJ Menergy from Santa Ana, CA
                              • Q:

                                Why won't my obey 10 work on sound mode? What am I not doing right?
                                Asked on 8/14/2011 by Anonymous

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Each indivual light have to have Sound Activation, But also please call us to see if there is any further info to get to further assist you

                                  Answered on 8/19/2011 by Jack from Cypress CA
                              • Q:

                                i have 2 Chauvet L.E.D. Pallettes and 2 L.E.D. Megabars , will this unit dim my lites ,
                                Asked on 6/28/2011 by elvis from anchorage , alaska

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Absolutely. Dimming is one of the function options for the DMX Controller. You can also go back and assign functions to the keys to best suit your show.

                                  Answered on 6/29/2011 by Anonymous
                              • Q:

                                Which strobe and fog machine works best?
                                Asked on 12/9/2010 by DJ Teddy from Unon City, NJ

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  DEPENDING UPON AREA, CONDITIONS, AND ENVIROMENT YOUR PRODUCT NEEDS WILL VARY. PLEASE CALL ONE OF OUR SALES REPS TO ASSIST YOU IN SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE PRODUCT THAT FITS YOUR NEEDS.

                                  Answered on 12/10/2010 by LR from PSSL
                              • Q:

                                I'd like to know if I can use this controller to run my Intimidator 1.0 to pan and tilt it up/down and side to side?
                                Asked on 3/30/2010 by Anonymous

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Controller by Chauvet Lighting
                                  can be used with any other DMX lighting fixture.

                                  Answered on 4/2/2010 by Stephen from PSSL from Cypress, CA
                              • Q:

                                can you use this for par led cans and is it easy to program.
                                Asked on 2/28/2010 by cdspin from arizona

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  Chauvet Obey 10 Universal DMX Controller can be used with any
                                  dmx light fixture.

                                  Answered on 3/2/2010 by Stephen from PSSL from Cypress, CA
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