hey delerious! elcome o the forums. i am pretty much the exact same way you are except im trying to make a job out of it. i suggest u download compuware. you do not need dmx for it. but you do however have to understand how dmx works. here is a link to the software. COMPU LIVE 06' and download the april 16 2007 edition ok. and for this software you can do exactly what you just describe with it and more! i'll let you take this in and then you acn get back to me. i can help tach ya too. p.s. where you from? peace! jingles! and another thing there is no such thing as a stupid question.