James Baber

Electronics Enthusiast, Photographer, and Theatre Technician.

Technical Theatre

I've worked on numerous theatrical events - musicals, concerts, discos, presentations, and dance shows. Although I've always focussed on VFX, I greatly enjoy stepping in to mix sound, improvise lighting, build set and rig equipment. Between cues, I always find time to document the event, for publicity and nostalgia alike. Visit my LinkedIn profile to see the full list of projects.


Cue Lights

Presenting the fifth version of my budget cue light systems; using an ESP32, this portable device acts as a cue controller by creating its own wireless network. Crew can use any devices such as phones, tablets or laptops to view cues in outstation or overview mode.



I've built toy cars with ultrasonic proximity sensors, handheld DMX controllers and cue light systems.
Currently I'm studying for an Electronic Engineering degree to finally get some consistency into my hobby.


DMX Controller

Latest hobby project - a portable DMX lighting controller with OLED display and minimalistic control interface. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the device can operate for up to @ hours driving an entire DMX universe.
At its core is an Atmega328P-AU microcontroller, which manages the user interface and outputs DMX data. The data is then coupled through to a galvanically isolated RS-485 transceiver module with additional ESD protection.

While V1 certainly wasn't pocket-sized, the eventual goal remains, to create a pocketable DMX signal generator for fixture testing at height or in tight spaces