I have recently been working with the same band for several shows. I'm getting the lighting pretty much where I want it. So, for each song that the band plays I have a list of song cues (in a MS Word file) that tell me which scene and/or switches and cycles to activate based on where they are in the song (i.e. verse, chorus, solo, etc.). I've gotten pretty good at following my cue sheet and hitting the scenes at exactly the right time.
As an aside, I will mention that I am of the firm belief that programming a song's lighting changes to a prescribed timeline does NOT work for live band performances. There are simply too many variables (i.e. drummer's tempo, spur of the moment improvisations, musician mis-cues, etc.). This is why I like to cue the changes myself manually, even though I know exactly how the scenes will flow for each song. And if the band calls an audible, I'm not dead in the water. Anyway, I digress.
So, now that I pretty much know how each song should progress with the lighting, I would like to be able to create Cycles for each song with the Scenes in the order they will be activated. I have actually started doing this. I set each step in the cycle to "GO", so that I simply press the "PAGE DWN" key to advance to the next scene for that song. This saves me from having to hunt through 200 scenes to find the one I want in less than a second.
The problem I am having is this: Some songs, I'll want to go from say a "Red" scene, to a Chase cycle , then back to a "Blue" scene. I have tried inserting this Chase cycle into the main cycle (for that song), but when it gets to the Chase cycle, my "PAGE DWN" command just steps through the scenes in the Chase cycle. I cannot make the main cycle (for the song) advance out of the Chase cycle into to the next scene: the "Blue" scene.
Is there any way to insert a cycle w/in another cycle, effectively? If not, is there any way at all to run two cycles simultaneously?
Also, it's worth mentioning that the Chase cycles I'm using MUST be Cycles (not Switches) b/c I am using a MIDI input (via snare drum) to trigger the steps through the Chase cycle. If I resort to a Switch for the Chase, it will require me to manually input the tempo of the Chase each time...not good.