Voice Control for Lighting Consoles
Ever find yourself without an assistant sitting at the console during focus? Don't want to take your phone or iPad out when up a ladder or on a catwalk? Now you can control your ETC EOS or HES Hog 4 console with just your voice from your Apple Watch.
You can dictate full sentences, like you would to an assistant, and Focus Mate will do its best to execute what you ask. A keypad remote is also provided for use when longer commands, that are faster to type than speak, are required.
Supported EOS voice commands include:
- Selectors: plus, minus, with, without, through, group, address
- Record Targets: cue, all palettes, presets
- Others: at, sneak, home, by themselves (remdim), alone (remdim), macro, sub, full
Supported Hog commands include (with more coming in the near future):
- Selectors: plus, minus, with, without, through, group, fixture
- Record Targets: intensity, position, colour, beam
- Others: at, clear, full
Setup is done like any other OSC remote. The console must be on the same WiFi network as your iPhone, and running EOS 2.3 or greater or Hog 4 or greater.
Navigate in the CIA to Setup > Show Settings > Show Control. Ensure that String RX is enabled, and that you've chosen an OSC RX Port (usually between 8000 and 9999, it's up to you.) Note that port down, along with the IP address of the console (which can be found by hitting the About key. Then open the Settings menu of Focus Mate, and enter the same settings.
Hit the Setup key, and then the Network softkey at the bottom of your main monitor. Click on Console 1, and then the Settings button immediately above it. In the new Console Settings dialogue, select Open Sound Control from the left menu, and enable OSC In. Pick an Input port (usually between 8000 and 9999), and note this down, along with the IP address of the console (displayed next to the port). Then open the Settings menu of Focus Mate, and enter the same settings.