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Chauvet Obey 40 Universal DMX Light Controller

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Chauvet Obey 40 Universal DMX Controller

The Obey 40 is the next step up from the Obey 10, allowing for control of up to 12 fixtures at 16 channels each. With a slightly larger size comes a larger capacity: the Obey 40 has 30 banks on 8 scenes, or up to 240 scenes. The Obey 40 offers the flexibility of its little brother but also adds fog and strobe control and MIDI compatibility.

  • Universal DMX-512 controller
  • Controls 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
  • 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, tap-sync and auto run
  • DMX polarity selector
  • 3-space (3U) rack mount
  • MIDI compatible
  • Fog & strobe control buttons
  • Fog Control works with Hurricane Series H901, H1101, H1301, & H1800FLEX and requires CHDIN50 Cable

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3.1 / 5.0
13 Reviews
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cool for the money
Pros: Rack mountable,Easy to program,Cheap to buy
Cons: Digital display,Sliders feel cheap,Instruction book flawed,Not enough programs

it works, it seems to be reliable. the instruction book for running chases states to enter program mode to run chases. its obviously a misprint. not all functions are covered in the book so you have to fumble around until you figure it out. I never was able to get the tap sync to work. but its not really needed with the speed and fade sliders anyway. for the money its a cool toy but im sure there has to be something better.
November 15, 2008
Multiplies the use of your lights
Pros: Efficient
Cons: Cheap construction

Does a great job as far as controlling lights. Digital readout makes it easy to choose the correct channels. Able to handle a lot of lights (more than capable for a typical mobile DJ event). Programming capability.

Understanding DMX has a slight learning curve, and I still don't have a complete understanding of all the programming on the Obey. The Obey does not have the best housing quality. Some of the sliders and buttons seem loose. The power cord is short.

Great introduction to DMX. Most of the lights I already have are DMX compatible, but have used the on/off lighting controls until now. With the Obey, I've discovered so many more features with my old lights. To future gigs, I will probably bring less lights and just adjust the controls through DMX.
December 21, 2009
over 5 years ago
Pros: Price
Cons: Learning Curve

Well, first let me say, it does what its says it does. Nothing less and definitely nothing more. Te board is not bad for the price but, its not very friendly with moving head or scanning fixtures. The faders a very long refresh time so its difficult to make small adjustments. Creating chases is also a little wonky. If this is your first board you may not even notice the short comings but if you are used to higher end equipment you'll feel like your moving in slow motion. For the price its not a bad beginner/ backup piece, but I don't see any awards in the future for this board.
October 1, 2010
Chauvet Obey 40
Pros: Easy Setup

It's great. It does what it says it does. I would recommend it to a friend.
July 6, 2009
over 6 years ago
Perfect board for uplighting.
Pros: Priced Well,Efficient,Does What It Needs To,Simple,Easy Setup

First off,

I understand people's frustration with DMX. It doesn't make sense at first, but once you get the hang of it, this board does everything it needs to do and more. I highly recommend this board for uplighting. Thanks to LED you can change your colors on the fly without the need for endless gel purchases to match your clients needs. I don't use everything to the extent that you can use it for but my main setup is 3 fixtures for 3 zones. I put 16 Freedom Par Quad 5's on fixture 1, 16 on fixture 2, and 8 on fixture 3. Fixture 1 and 2 are alternating colors to wash the event, fixture 3 is typically used for the entry way and whatever area I want to stand out. I set scenes to coordinate with different parts of the event.

For example, lets look at a how this applies for weddings. Fixtures one and two provide the main ambiance. Fixture 3 welcomes guests and draws their attention to the wedding party. Often times I get requests from Brides to match the dresses of their brides maids. I ask for a fabric sample in advance and use that color for some of the ambiance while guests are entering.

Scenes for a wedding
1. Entry hour while guests arrive
2. Groom's entry
3. Brides entry
4. Main ceremony
5. Hors d'oeuvres while the wedding party takes photos
6. Reception with Father Daughter Dance and Best Man Speeches
7. First Dance
8. Dinner
9. Dance time. (you can have a few difference scenes you switch between during this time to switch it up)
10. Cooling down and Bride and Groom exit

The beauty of this system is you can do all the work ahead of time and during the wedding you just hang out and press buttons from time to time. Easy. Faders allow for easy adjustment in the event you need to do any on the fly color mixing.

For the price this is seriously the best thing you can ever invest in to get the most out of your uplighting rig.

Thanks for the simple unit Chauvet, I sweat less thanks to you.
May 7, 2013
I am so glad I got this DMX Controller
Pros: Bright,Efficient,Runs Cooler,Long Beam Throw,Easy Setup

I use the controller to make my lights do a show that I would not be able to do with out the controller. Easy to use just need to play with it for a while and it really makes people Smile.
January 5, 2014
1 year ago
Great, Easy Board
Pros: Easy Setup,Efficient

Great Board for the money!
April 22, 2012
over 3 years ago
Great board
Pros: Easy Setup
Cons: No Fade Control

This is a great board for the money. It is easy to set up and does exactly what it claims to do. The only improvement I would suggest is a way to fade between scene selections. I tried everything and checked out several forums and this was a complaint multiple people had. Other than that, it is really a great board for the money.
October 29, 2014
1 year ago
music sync is horrible
dmx programming has a steep learning curve.music sync has no sensitivity adjustment. so in loud environments, chase to music just chases as fast as possible.
January 24, 2012
Not for Lighting Techies.
This console is definely a starter. If you are a Lighting tech trying to have a backup console the obey 40 is not for you. I have a Elation Scene Setter I brought in 2004 that works circle around the Chauvet. I am exchanging this console for ADJ MyDMX... I hope this works out!
January 1, 2014
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Can the Chauvet Obey 40 control lights using electronic drums via MIDI? If so, to what extent?
mg on Feb 16, 2010
BEST ANSWER: Chauvet Obey 40 Universal DMX Controller Is used to control DMX
lights only.You can rack this near your drums if you desire.
Does this unit help to fine tune color selections on led lighting? I use 10 Venue thin par 64 lights, and I can't find a satisfactory purple color to use at wedding receptions. The programmed magenta is too pink.
Pat on Oct 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, as with all DMX controllers, this unit will allow you to fine tune your color mixing. I would also recommend dropping in a bit more blue when color mixing to get a more true magenta.
Manual describes how to access Scene Banks 1-15 via MIDI, but no mention on how to access Banks 16-30. User manual offers no assistance on these banks. How do I access Banks 16-30 via MIDI?
Wayne the Ramster on Jul 21, 2012
BEST ANSWER: My best recommendation for you would be to contact Chauvet directly to have this question answered. They are very helpfull and they will be able to answer your concern.

Customer Tech Support: 800-762-1084
What cable would I need to attach a fog machine to this controller?
null on Apr 26, 2011
BEST ANSWER: It would need to be a DMX cable. Its a three pin cable like a mic cable. The other thing is you have to make sure your fog machine is DMX compatible.
Can the sliders be set as faders with LED lights?
BEST ANSWER: You would have to manually fade it. You can't set it to fade.
Does this unit come with wire hockups?
Tony on Oct 6, 2010
BEST ANSWER: The Chauvet Obey 40 Universal DMX Controller come with only the power cord. You will need to get involve with DMX cables.
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