Detailed instructions

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C onnection Diagram
O utput Channels
S how Card
A udio and Sound
P ower Up
T rouble Shooting
Animated Lighting ©2014
support@animatedlighting.com
W hats included?
MBX32
Port 1
(1) LC-16 Light Controller
Port 2
Term
IP
SD
Audio
HB
PWR
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(1) MBx32
(1) CAT5 Cable
(1) DC Transformer
C onnection Diagram
1. Plug the DC transformer into the MBx32
(DO NOT plug the transformer into power)
Port 1
Port 2
Term
IP
SD
Audio
HB
PWR
Pl
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M
P3
DM
X
MBX32
2. Plug one end of the CAT5 cable into Port 1
on the MBx32. Run the other end of the CAT5
cable thru the small opening on the under
side of the enclosure and into either port inside
the LC-16 Light Controller.
3. Address Dials - Confirm that the
dials on both switches are set to “0”.
-See Channel Layouts and Controller
Settings Manual for more info
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O utput Channels
4. Place your controller into position, then connect
your light strings to the 16 channel outputs.
Note: Be sure to not overload the controller. It can
handle up to 8 Amps per channel, but only up to
15 Amps over all 16 channels total. (A 30Amp
version is also available)
Many customers have many different kinds,
amounts and styles of lights. There is no right
or wrong way of connecting lights to our LC-16
Light Controllers. Typically, we program the
lights in Colors and Zones. Take a look at the
chart below for a helpful reference that will
guide you in laying out your channels.
Our 16 channel Christmas light shows are programmed in this manner:
Ch
0
Description
Color 1 - Zone 1
Ch
8
Description
Color 3 - Zone 1
1
Color 1 - Zone 2
9
Color 3 - Zone 2
2
Color 1 - Zone 3
10
Color 3 - Zone 3
3
Color 1 - Zone 4
11
Color 3 - Zone 4
4
Color 2 - Zone 1
12
Misc A - Tree Topper
5
Color 2 - Zone 2
13
Misc B - Section 1
6
Color 2 - Zone 3
14
Misc B - Section 2
7
Color 2 - Zone 4
15
Misc B - Section 3
For information on channel layouts for our other shows, please reference
our Channel Layouts and Controller Settings Manual
S how Card
5. Insert your show card (SD card), if not already
installed. The end of the card should be flush with
the enclosure when fully inserted properly. You
should no longer be able to see the face of the card.
USB
SD/SDHC
Show
Note: There is only one output level on the
MBx32 unit. It can’t be turned up or down.
All volume control must be done by the
connected speakers or FM Transmitter.
MBX32
Port 1
Port 2
Term
IP
Audio
SD
PWR
HB
WARNING: Do not connect the MBx32
directly to a powered amplifier like the ones
used in large applications. This audio output
was designed for use with small speakers or
FM Transmitters. A DI box must be used
if power amplification is required (contact us
for more information).
Pl
ay
M
P3
DM
X
A udio and Sound
6. Plug your speakers or FM Transmitter
into the AUDIO connector on the front
of the MBx32.
FM Transmitter and speakers can be used
together in most situations.
P ower Up
7. Once all connections have been made and it is safe to do so,
plug your LC-16 Light Controller into power.
8. Plug the DC Transformer for the MBx32 into Power. This
must ALWAYS be the very last step.
Your show will begin in moments. If you have a show that has
been set to operate only within certain time frames, your show
will not begin until the designated time.
If you have any issues, please continue on to the Troubleshooting section.
T rouble Shooting
MBx32 - No Power and No Indicator Lights - check to make sure that the DC Transformer is plugged into the
MBx32 and that the DC Transformer is plugged into a power outlet. If plugged into a surge protector
or power strip, make sure the strip is on.
- No Show is playing - Check to make sure that the HB indicator light on the MBx32 is blinking. If
HB is not blinking, please contact Animated Lighting. Check to make sure that the PLAY indicator
light is on. If it is on and you don’t see a show, please troubleshoot your LC-16 controller on the
following page. If don’t see the PLAY indicator light on, then your SD is not currectly playing a
show. Your show may be a ‘timed’ show with scheduled start and stop times. If so, wait until the time
of the show, then start the show again. If the PLAY light is off and you have not purchased a timed
show, please contact Animated Lighting.
- All 6 indicator lights are flashing together steady - Eject then reinsert the SD card
- All 6 indicator lights are snaking around in a circle then lighting one single light - this is a show
card error. Please contact Animated Lighting for a card replacement.
- Slow blinking HB light, all other indicators off - Check to make sure that the SD card isn’t locked.
Remove the card from the unit by pressing the card further into the slot. Once it clicks, the card will
pop out. Remove the card from the slot and check the small slider switch on the side of the card.
Confirm that it is in the “unlocked” position.
- No Audio - Make sure that your speakers are connected to the Audio jack on the front of the
MBx32. Check to make sure that the MP3 indicator light on the unit is on. If the indicator is on and
you do not have audio output, make sure that your speakers are turned on and that all cable connec
tions have been made. If you do not see the MP3 indicator light on, then the SD card believes that no
music should be playing at this time. If this is incorrect, please contact Animated Lighting for SD
card update.
- Why don’t we use Port 2? - Port 2 is the network connection for the Pixel Driver device. The Pixel
Driver controls RGB Pixel-based LEDs. If you are interested in learning more, contact Animated
Lighting or email sales@AnimatedLighting.com
Power reset is required for all settings changes to take affect. To reset the power, remove the power
cable, wait 2 seconds, then reinsert the power cable and allow the unit a few seconds to power up.
T rouble Shooting
(cont.)
LC16 Light Controller - (Remove POWER before opening enclosure)
- No Power and No Indicator Lights - check to make sure that the unit is plugged into a power
outlet. If plugged into a surge protector or power strip, make sure the strip is on. Check the 1A
fuse for continuity.
- Power is on, but no lights - Check to make sure that the HB indicator light on the light controller
is blinking. If HB is not blinking, please contact Animated Lighting. Check to make sure that the
16 channel indicator lights on the circuit board are flashing to the music. If they are, check the
15A fuse(s) for continuity. If they are not, check the C indicator light (next to the HB indicator on
the circuit board). It should be flashing with the music. If it is, please contact Animated Lighting.
If it is not, check your CAT5 cable. Also, make sure that your MBx32‘s PLAY indicator light is
on. If it is not, troubleshoot your MBx32 using the previous page. If you still don’t see the C
indicator flashing, you may need to replace the 485 communications chip. Please contact
Animated Lighting for details.
Power reset is required for all settings changes to take affect. To reset the power, remove the power
cable, wait 2 seconds, then reinsert the power cable and allow the unit a few seconds to power up.
Tips A few things to think about when installing your system. This is a sensitive computer network that
is being installed in less than perfect conditions. Follow these helpful guidlines to ensure years of
trouble free use.
- All outlets used with this equipment must deliver ‘clean’ power. They must have a ground and the
hot/neutral must be wired correctly. That goes for all extension cables, too.
- Motors, like the ones inside fans on inflatable displays and moving head light fixtures, can cause
noise in the power circuit. Circuit sharing with these types of items should be avoided.
- The CAT5 cable carries a low voltage data signal and should always be ran 12” or more away from
extension cords and light strings. The interference from the higher voltage will cause noise in the
CAT5 cable and cause your show to look “sporadic”.