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FAQs


Why can’t I run Titan on my Pearl 2010?

  • The hardware that is in the Classic Pearl consoles is different to that in the Pearl Expert and Tiger Touch. The Classic Pearl software also has completely different file structure and personality files to Titan, so you cannot import a show built in Pearl Classic into Titan.

Do I need a touch wing for my Expert?

  • A lot of the new features of Titan can only be accessed via a screen, for example pixel mapping, the new patch screen, cue list displays, palette windows and the attribute control window.
  • You MUST have a screen of some kind connected to the console in order to upgrade the software, run a recovery, install the latest personality library, use Winamp etc.
  • A Touch Wing gives you instant touch access to all of the windows, plus shortcut buttons to windows, 10 dedicated macro buttons, window option buttons, an extra 3 encoders, plus a playback display for the roller page.
  • If you have a Touch Wing connected, you can then connect an extra touch screen if you wish as well.

How do I connect my external monitor?

  • To connect the external screen once you’ve plugged in the VGA, go into System Mode and enter ‘Display Setup’. Here you can toggle the screen between ‘Connected/Disconnected’.
  • If you are having problems with windows not appearing when you try and open them, check whether the external screen is set to connected.

I don’t have a personality for my LED Parcan, help!

  • Don’t worry! First, try updating the library. Next, we have 2 solutions for you if you can’t get hold of our lovely personality department – you can either use our inbuilt personality constructor software, or use one of the Generic files.
  • Personality Builder – on the Tiger Touch and Expert, if you go into the Toolbar options, and look in the Additional Programs Tab. Check out the Quick Start Guide under Help!
  • We also have a number of files for unknown and new fixtures under the Generic option in Manufacturers. There are all kinds of configurations of LED, Strobe, Scrollers and Haze machine options to choose from.
  • If it is a new fixture which isn’t yet in the library, please submit a request to the personality website so we can add it to the library!

What does Locate do?

  • Locate will put the selected fixtures to full intensity, no colour, no gobo, home position etc. However, it puts NO information into the programmer. If there is already information in the programmer, it will not take it out, only reset the value.

Is there a colour picker on Titan?

  • There is a whole new way of controlling fixtures on Titan, not just a colour picker! Select and locate some fixtures, and then go into the workspace labelled ‘Fixture Attributes’, and have a look at the below…
  • If your fixtures are CMY or RGB, check out the colour mix. If you have CMY and RGB fixtures selected together, it works across both at once
  • If your fixture has shutters or keystone control, then you have visual blade control
  • If you have a fixture which uses CITP (Hippo/Arkaos/AI), then you will get the thumbnail images in here
  • If you click and hold on a percentage channel (i.e. strobe), you will get a pop-up slide bar to adjust the values
  • You can click channels in and out of the programmer in here – one click (blue) is in programmer, click again (grey) = out of programmer

If I’ve changed something I didn’t want to, how do I turn it off again?

  • Using the attribute editor (under workspace Fixture Attributes), you can touch values in and out of the programmer from here – very useful for making spin palettes!

How do I Undo?

  • You can undo 20 steps in the programmer by holding the [Avo] key and pressing the [Back] button
  • You can also Redo these by holding [Avo] and pressing the [@] button

How do I save my show?

  • Press [Disk], under the [Save Show] option you can save to either the internal hard drive or to USB. The showfile can then be loaded into any other Titan console running the same or later version of software.

What’s the difference between a Shared and Normal palette?

  • A Shared Palette is a template for a fixture type, meaning if you save a colour for one fixture, all other fixtures of the same type can also use that palette. As it only saves one value, Shared Palettes are useful for colours, gobos, strobe information, prism, and beam palettes.
  • A Normal Palette will only work for fixtures that are in the programmer when you save the palette. As it saves each fixtures individual value, it is most useful for position and split colour palettes.
  • When you Quick Record, the rule is:
  • If all the values for the same fixture type are the SAME, it will be shared (i.e. all spots in red)
  • If values for the same fixture type are DIFFERENT, it will be normal (i.e. half the spots in red, half in blue)

What’s the difference between Record by Channel, Fixture and Stage?

  • Record by Channel will only save values that you have actually changed into the cue. Remember, Locate does NOT put anything into the programmer.
  • So, locate and applying a red palette just saves the red colour information. You can double check what values are in the programmer by which channels are highlighted above the wheels.
  • Record by Fixture will record a snapshot of every fixture in the programmer, regardless of which values you have actually changed. So, if you locate some fixtures and apply a red colour palette, it saves full intensity, home position, no gobo, red colour, no strobe etc.
  • Record by Stage will record a snapshot of EVERYTHING above zero intensity, regardless of whether that information comes from playbacks or from the programmer. If you have a chase or shape running in a playback, it will not record this in.

Why does my Preset bank on my Expert flash when I’m in Record Mode?

  • In Titan, you can now use the Preset bank on the top of the console to record playbacks onto, giving you a live playback surface of 80 playbacks active at once!

How do I use Highlight?

  • Highlight lets you see fixtures one at a time without having to select each one manually and turn them on and off. With dimmers, highlight is full intensity and lowlight is 30%, with fixtures highlight is yellow and lowlight is blue.
  • To use highlight to make a position palette - select a group of fixtures, press ‘Locate’ and then ‘Highlight’. All fixtures will now be in yellow. Now press ‘+1’ or ‘-1’ and the current fixture will be in yellow, all the rest in blue. Move the fixture to where you want, then go to the next and repeat.
  • Pressing the ‘All’ button twice will then reselect all the fixtures. 
  • To change the default highlight values, set the state you want highlight to be (eg. white), then hold the ‘Avo’ key and press highlight, and set the mask to save as you would a palette.

What is Fixture Overlap?

  • Fixture overlap is also known as fanned delay times. It is a way of bringing in lights either one at a time, in pairs, or however you want, but just using one cue.
  • You must have a fade time and a fixture overlap value between 99% and 0% to see this effect – 100% is all fixtures move together.
  • By default, the order the fixtures move in will be the order you selected them in when you saved the cue, so to change this, select the option ‘Fixture Order’ in ‘Edit Times’. So if you have a truss of 6 fixtures, and want to move from the outsides in, set the outside fixtures both to step 1, the next fixtures in to step 2, then the middle ones to step 3.
  • Try doing this with a 2 step colour or position chase!

What is a Macro?

  • A Macro on an Avolites console is a way of recording a series of button presses into one button, to make your life easier!
  • They can be recorded either in real time or full speed, and be saved into any macro button or any touch window.
  • The hardware Macro buttons can also be used as executors, so can be used as flash buttons, cues, chases, cue lists, shapes etc.

How many universes does Titan support?

  • The hardware Macro buttons can also be used as executors, so can be used as flash buttons, cues, chases, cue lists, shapes etc.
  • With the release of Titan Net, you will be able to add more DMX Universes to any console via the addition of TNP boxes (Titan Net Processor).

How do I set up Art-Net?

  • If you are using more than the 4 physical universes on the console, or are using
  • Art-Net, you will need to go into System Mode. Once here, you need to setup Network Settings and DMX Settings.
Network Settings:
  • Once you have connected an ethernet cable to your console, go into Network Settings, and set your IP Address to be in the same range as the Art-Net device you are using. If you press either 2*** or 10***, then the console will automatically find a free IP address in that range for you.
DMX Settings:
  • Once you have setup the IP, then on the left of this screen you will see all available nodes (i.e DMX ports A-D, Broadcast Art-Net and any Art-Net devices that are on the network. On the right, you have the 12 lines of the console.
  • To attach a node to a line of the console, simply select the one you want on the left, and choose the line to attach it to on the right.

How do I control cells in a fixture?

  • If you have a multicell fixture, for example a Pixelline 1044 or a Robe 600 LED Wash, then when you select the fixture and colour mix it, it changes all the cells together. In the attribute editor, you will see tabs for each cell, so if you select Cell 1, you only change the colour on cell 1.
  • You can save palettes of these cells, but if each cell has a different colour, be aware that it will save as a Normal Palette, so if you want to be able to apply it to all of your multicell fixtures, then set them all up when you save the palette.

How do I run a shape over all the cells in my Sunstrip?

  • If you have a multicell fixture, for example a Pixelline 1044 or a Robe 600 LED Wash, when you select a shape from the Shape Generator menu, it will prompt you as to whether you want to run it across Super Fixture or Sub Fixtures.
  • Super fixture will treat the whole fixture as one, whereas the Sub Fixture option will run the shape across each cell of the fixture individually.

How do I Lock my desk?

  • Hold the [Avo] button and choose [Lock] on softkey A, and enter a 4 digit code

What can I use Pixelmapping on?

  • You can use Pixelmapping to run effects over anything that has either colour mixing (RGB or CMY) or dimmer capabilities – so you can use it on anything from a wall of parcans, to a moving light rig, to 12 LED parcans uplighting a cathedral!
  • All you need to do is make a group of the fixtures you want to map, then lay them out as they are arranged in real space. Once you’ve done this, you can create custom colour effects really easily using the inbuilt vectors, text, import jpegs or create your own using the scribble tool.

What kind of MIDI does Titan work with?

  • You can make use of both MIDI Notes and MIDI Timecode with Titan.
  • MIDI Timecode – you can timecode any or all of your cue lists to be triggered remotely by MIDI Timecode
  • MIDI Notes – You can set a MIDI Note to trigger anything on the console – a button, a palette, a cue, whatever you like!
  • The MIDI Note can also be velocity sensitive – so if you have a Note on a keyboard set to fire a fader on the console, then the amount and speed you depress the note relates to how the cue is fired.

Why don’t I have access to Theatre Stack on my Tiger?

  • Check what the jumpers internally are set to in the console. The default is to have Theatre Stack set to be on the Tiger Wing. A quick way to check is to enter Theatre Stack Mode, and see if playback 7 is flashing when the fader is down. This indicated the Master Fader is down. If the LED doesn’t flash, it means that the jumpers are set to be on the wing.

How do I reuse my showfile when touring?

  • Taking a show to different venues is very easy with the help of Fixture Exchange and copying fixtures. Let’s say your first venue has 12 Mac 2000 washes, and the next venue has 20 Robe LED 600 Washes. If you have programmed up your show using palettes, then you can simply exchange the Mac 2000s for the 600s, and then copy them to get the extra 4. All your palettes, cues, cue lists etc will be updated, and the copied fixtures will go into all the same cues as the one you copied it from.
  • To exchange, simply choose the new fixture, and press the same handles that the Mac 2000s are already patched to, and choose ‘Exchange Fixture’.
  • To copy, simply choose ‘Copy’, and choose the fixture you want to copy and choose a new handle. You will then need to give it a DMX Address.

Tips for Fixture Exchange and Copying Fixtures

  • Always program your show up using palettes, because then when you update your show, any changes you make to the palettes will then link through to your cues
  • Always save your show before exchanging it – then you can go back to it if you need to!
  • Always park your fixtures first before exchanging them – it means you don’t have any DMX address conflicts and if you are using less fixtures, you won’t get the fixtures you’re not using potentially conflicting with the in-house fixtures
  • When you need to both copy AND exchange, exchange first, and then copy the exchanged fixtures.

ADVANCED TIPS FOR PREPROGRAMMED SHOWS

  • Keep a Master copy (unexchanged) of your show
  • If you are going from fixtures with CMY to colour wheel, when you go back to CMY fixtures then reload the CMY show and exchange it, otherwise you will need to reprogram the CMY values