Which ShowXpress Interface should you use?

ShowXpress is Chauvet DJ's free lighting control software for Mac OSX and Windows computers. Though, we would advise running it on a windows computer, where it will perform better. 

ShowXpress' volunteer friendly nature has made it our go to lighting control software. Anyone who can read and press a touchscreen will be able to run a show once programmed. It is a great choice for schools and churches where volunteers need to pull off “amazing” with little experience. Any experienced LD will be able to create amazing shows and scenes for volunteers to use.

To use ShowXpress, you will need to purchase a Chauvet DJ interface that connects your computer to DMX. There are currently three interface options. The cool thing is that the software is free, and so you can test out its workflow to see if you like it before purchasing an interface. 

ShowXpress Interface Options

Xpress 100  Xpress 512
Xpress 512 Plus
Cost $219.99 $429.99 $749.99
Channels 100 (max of 10 fixtures) 512 512
Compatibility PC PC & Mac PC & Mac
Shows Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
DMX Connection 3-pin 3-pin 3-pin

Additional Features of the Xpress 512 and 512 Plus!

  • Multiple units can be connected for multiple universes of control. 
  • Users can store and playback one show without a computer or unlimited shows with a computer.

Difference between the Xpress 512 and 512 Plus

  • The 512 Plus Offers External triggering via a mini-DIN connection.
  • An optional IR Remote ($44.99) 

Our Recommendation

We recommend going the middle route with the Xpress 512. The Xpress 100 is too limited. Even if you only need 10 fixtures at the moment, for about double the price, you get 5 times the amount of channels. Up to 4 Xpress 512s can be linked together to give you a total of 4 universes of control. 

For additional control, you can place a SM-8 Switch between your Xpress 512 and the rest of your fixtures. It requires no installation, and will give you 8 programmable scenes, and a built-in switch for transferring control from this unit back to your lighting console, and vice versa. An SM-8 Switch is expandable to up to 3 SS-8s via Cat5 cable, so you can have additional wall mounted control stations that operate like light switches with your 8 scenes of choice. 

Written by Brandon Vaque- Who grew up around AV, being dragged to help at rental events for his parents AV company. Before the age of 18, he had been in over a hundred church installs as his dad attempted to instill in him a good work ethic. Then after college, he did what he swore he would never do and joined the family business. His passion has been to simplify the lighting process to take the stress out of navigating between thousands of similar products and control options.