In playback situations, it is a good idea to set up a tracking backup system. This means that if your main console should crash, you can switch your DMX output to the backup console’s control. While Wholehog OS does offer tracking via network, this tutorial is all about creating a tracking backup using MSC. In the above example, we are using a Wholehog 4 console with a DP8000 as our Master console and a Hog4PC with a Superwidget as our Slave (backup) console.The Master console sends MSC (Midi Show Control) commands to the Slave console via the midi cable. Both consoles MUST have the same show loaded to each of their hard drives.Both consoles MUST have their own independent DMX output. The DMX output of both consoles should be delivered to a DMX Switching device (the diagram above shows a DMX A/B switcher by Doug Fleenor). Finally, the DMX output runs from the Switcher to the fixtures you wish to control. This could be one universe or it could be many.
In your playback situation, you may be using a Wholehog console, or a HogPC or another manufacturer’s console. A HogPC could be used as a master and a Wholehog4 another HogPC could be used as a slave, etc. The diagram above uses a Wholehog4 and a Hog4PC as an example only.