Linking Hog 2 for additional Playbacks

Blake HBlake H Registered User
The company I work for recently purchases two Hog IIs. Not wanting to test my bosses patience(or his wallet) I am trying to find the simplest method of adding additional playbacks to the console without having to resort to purchasing a playback wing right away. I have skimmed through the manual and the forum and realize that yes, this is possible using different midi devices and through the input option... However, how would I go about connecting the two Hog II's together so that both of their playback sections would be availiable independent of eachother. Any advice, hesitations, techniques, or laughs at my ignorance would be appreciated...

Blake

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  • z6p6tist6z6p6tist6 Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Blake,

    It's been a while since I tried anything like this. You can not use another Hog 2 to 'natively' add masters, but you can use it (or almost any other desk that outputs DMX - I used to use little Leprecon 24-channel boards) in combination with the 'DMX Masters' option on your primary desk.

    This is detailed (a little) in the Hog 2 manual on page 150 and 151. Find that here (if you don't have a copy):

    http://www.flyingpig.com/support/hog2/manuals/hog2_v4.pdf

    If you've never done this before, it can take a little bit of playing around to figure out how it works, but it is a very useful feature.

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    If you do try this with your backup Hog 2, you will probably want to set it up as follows:

    Patch 10 desk channels (chans 1-10) to Universe 1, dimmers 1-10.

    Plug the output of Universe 1 into the DMX IN port on your primary console.

    On your backup console (wing) bring channel 1 to full and record a cue into playback 1. Open the options on playback 1 and set it to HTP.

    On your backup console (wing) bring channel 2 to full and record a cue into playback 2. Open the options on playback 2 and set it to HTP.

    Rinse and Repeat for channel/playback 3-10.

    Turn on DMX Masters on your primary desk.

    Follow the instructions in the manual.

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    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Cheers,

    Phil
  • Blake HBlake H Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Thank you Phil,
    I was hoping to avoid that, actually if you want to know the truth, I was hoping for...."yeah plug in a midi cable and click x,y,z and not only do you get the playbacks but two additional touch screens and a back massage from the floppy drive". Nothing is ever that great... Well sounds like its time to put on a pot of coffee and open a fresh bottle of aspirin... Thanks again...
    blake
    p.s. anyone selling a Hog II playback wing? I can hardly find them available....
  • z6p6tist6z6p6tist6 Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Blake,

    Although this is not what you're going to want to hear, you actually can do this with Hog OS products (aka Hog 3 platform). If you have two Hog OS consoles on a network, you can log one of them on to the other as a client and you could, effectively, add a bunch of playbacks.

    I can't help you with the wing. They are a bit tough to find. Be sure to check gearsource.com. They often have leads on stuff like that. (Just be sure you aren't buying a USB playback wing for Hog OS)

    Good Luck!

    Phil
  • Blake HBlake H Registered User
    edited November 2009
    Thank You, Friday night was the first time I had the Hog 2 on a show since starting this thread.... I threw a simple wash up for the opener and started to link the consoles... Before set change I was up and going and had a nearly flawless show... Thanks again for the help....
    blake
  • z6p6tist6z6p6tist6 Registered User
    edited November 2009
    Glad to help. Enjoy the console. There are almost no limits to what you can accomplish with that desk.

    PG
  • Blake HBlake H Registered User
    edited November 2009
    except dim your console lights :)
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