Chauvet Mega Trix User manual

User Manual
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Before You Begin................................................................................3
What Is Included ........................................................................................... 3
Unpacking Instructions .................................................................................. 3
Claims ................................................................................................................... 3
Text Conventions .......................................................................................... 3
Icons ............................................................................................................. 3
Document Information ................................................................................... 3
Product at a Glance....................................................................................... 4
Safety Notes ................................................................................................. 4
2. Introduction.........................................................................................5
Product Overview .......................................................................................... 5
Product Dimensions ...................................................................................... 6
3. Setup ...................................................................................................7
AC Power ...................................................................................................... 7
Fuse Replacement ................................................................................................. 7
Power Linking ........................................................................................................ 8
Mounting ....................................................................................................... 9
Orientation ............................................................................................................. 9
Rigging .................................................................................................................. 9
4. Operation ..........................................................................................10
Control Panel Operation .............................................................................. 10
Menu Map ................................................................................................... 10
Configuration (DMX).................................................................................... 11
Starting Address .................................................................................................. 11
DMX Channel Assignments and Values....................................................... 11
3-CH.................................................................................................................... 11
Configuration (Standalone) .......................................................................... 12
Sound Active Mode .............................................................................................. 12
Automatic Mode ................................................................................................... 12
Master/Slave Mode .............................................................................................. 13
5. Technical Information ......................................................................14
Product Maintenance .................................................................................. 14
General Troubleshooting ............................................................................. 15
Contact Procedure ...................................................................................... 16
CHAUVET® Contact Information ................................................................. 16
Returning Products to CHAUVET®.............................................................. 16
DMX Primer ................................................................................................ 17
Introduction.......................................................................................................... 17
DMX Configuration............................................................................................... 18
DMX Connectivity ................................................................................................ 18
6. Technical Specifications ..................................................................21
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1. BEFORE YOU BEGIN
What Is
Included
Mega Trix™
Power cord
·
·
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Warranty card
Quick Reference Guide
Unpacking
Instructions
Immediately upon receipt, carefully unpack the product and check the container to make
sure you have received all the parts indicated above in good condition.
Claims
If the container or the material inside the container (the product and included
accessories) appear damaged from shipping, or show signs of mishandling, upon receipt
notify the carrier immediately, not CHAUVET®. Failure to do so in a timely manner may
invalidate your claim with the carrier. In addition, keep the container and all the packing
material for inspection.
For other issues such as missing components or parts, damage not related to shipping,
or concealed damage, file a claim with CHAUVET® within seven (7) days of receiving
the merchandise.
Text
Conventions
Convention
1 to 512
50/60
Settings
Menu > Settings
<ENTER>
ON
Icon
Icons
Meaning
A range of values
A set of values of which only one can be chosen
A menu option not to be modified
A sequence of menu options to be followed
A key to be pressed on the product’s control panel
A value to be entered or selected
Meaning
This paragraph contains critical installation, configuration, or
operation information. Failure to comply with this information may
render the product partially or completely inoperative, cause
damage to the product, or cause harm to the user.
This paragraph contains important installation or configuration
information. Failure to comply with this information may prevent
the product from functioning correctly.
This paragraph reminds you of useful, although not critical,
information.
Document
Information
The information and specifications contained in this document are subject to change
without notice. CHAUVET® assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or
omissions that may appear in this manual. CHAUVET® reserves the right to update the
existing document or to create a new document to correct any errors or omissions.
You can download the latest version of this document from www.chauvetlighting.com.
© Copyright 2013 CHAUVET®. All rights reserved
Electronically published by CHAUVET® in the United States of America
Mega Trix™ User Manual Rev. 4
Author
Date
Editor
Date
A. Leon
07/24/13
T. Yeago
07/24/13
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Product at a
Glance
Use on Dimmer
Outdoor Use
Sound-Activated
DMX
Master/Slave
Safety Notes
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x
x
P
P
P
Auto Programs
Auto-ranging Power Supply
Replaceable Fuse
User-Serviceable
Duty Cycle
P
P
P
x
x
Please read the following Safety Notes carefully before working with the product. The
Notes include important safety information about installation, usage, and maintenance.
·
Always connect the product to a grounded circuit to avoid the risk of electrocution.
·
Always disconnect the product from the power source before cleaning or replacing
the fuse.
·
Avoid direct eye exposure to the light source while the product is on.
·
Make sure the power cord is not crimped or damaged.
·
Never disconnect the product from power cord by pulling or tugging on the cord.
·
If mounting the product overhead, always secure to a fastening device using a
safety cable.
·
Make sure there are no flammable materials close to the product when operating.
·
Do not touch the product’s housing when operating because it may be very hot.
·
Always make sure that the voltage of the outlet to which you are connecting the
product is within the range stated on the decal or rear panel of the product.
·
The product is for indoor use only! (IP20) To prevent risk of fire or shock, do not
expose the product to rain or moisture.
·
Always install the product in a location with adequate ventilation, at least 20 in (50
cm) from adjacent surfaces.
·
Be sure that no ventilation slots on the product’s housing are blocked.
·
Never connect the product to a dimmer.
·
Make sure to replace the fuse with another of the same type and rating.
·
Never carry the product from the power cord or any moving part. Always use the
hanging/mounting bracket or the handles.
·
The maximum ambient temperature (Ta) is 104 °F (40°C). Do not operate the
product at higher temperatures.
·
In the event of a serious operating problem, stop using the product immediately.
·
Never try to repair the product. Repairs carried out by unskilled people can lead to
damage or malfunction. Please contact the nearest authorized technical assistance
center.
·
Keep this User Manual for future consultation. If you sell the product to another
user, be sure that they also receive this document.
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2. INTRODUCTION
Product Overview
LED Display
Safety Loop
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Product Dimensions
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3. SETUP
AC Power
The Mega Trix™ has an auto-ranging power supply and it can work with an input voltage
range of 100~240 VAC, 50/60 Hz.
To determine the product’s power requirements (circuit breaker, power outlet, and
wiring), use the current value listed on the label affixed to the product’s back panel, or
refer to the product’s specifications chart. The listed current rating indicates the
product’s average current draw under normal conditions.
Always connect the product to a protected circuit (circuit breaker or fuse). Make
sure the product has an appropriate electrical ground to avoid the risk of
electrocution or fire.
Never connect the product to a rheostat (variable resistor) or dimmer circuit, even
if the rheostat or dimmer channel serves only as a 0 to 100% switch.
Fuse
Replacement
Follow the instructions below to change the fuse, if necessary.
Disconnect the product from the power outlet before replacing the fuse.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Wedge the tip of a flat head screwdriver into the slot of the fuse holder.
Pry the fuse holder out of the housing.
Remove the blown fuse from the holder and replace with a fuse of the exact same
type and rating.
Insert the fuse holder back in place and reconnect power.
Installed fuse
(held by plastic clip)
Safety cap
Spare fuse holder
(inside safety cap)
The product does not ship with a spare fuse; however, the safety cap has room
for a spare.
Always replace a blown fuse with the same type and rating.
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Power Linking
The product provides power linking via the IEC outlet located in the back of the unit.
Please see the diagram below for further explanation.
st
1 Product
Power Linking
Diagram
2nd Product
3rd Product
Other products
You can power link up to 17 Mega Trix™ units on 120 VAC or up to 32 Mega Trix™
units on 230 VAC.
The power linking diagram shown above corresponds to the North American
version of the product ONLY! If using the product in other markets, you must
consult with the local CHAUVET® distributor as power linking connectors and
requirements may differ in your country or region.
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Mounting
Before mounting the product, read and follow the safety recommendations indicated in
the Safety Notes section.
Orientation
The Mega Trix™ may be mounted in any position; however, make sure adequate
ventilation is provided around the product.
Rigging
·
Before deciding on a location for the product, always make sure there is easy
access to the product for maintenance and programming purposes.
·
Make sure that the structure onto which you are mounting the product can support
the product’s weight. Refer to the Technical Specifications section for weight
information.
·
When mounting the product overhead, always use a safety cable. Mount the
product securely to a rigging point, whether an elevated platform or a truss.
·
When rigging the product onto a truss, you should use a mounting clamp of
appropriate weight capacity. The bracket has a 13 mm hole, which is appropriate for
this purpose.
·
When power linking multiple products, you must always consider the length of the
power linking cable and mount the products close enough for the cable to reach.
·
The bracket adjustment knobs allow for directional adjustment when aiming the
product to the desired angle. Only loosen or tighten the bracket knobs manually.
Using tools could damage the knobs.
Tripod Mounting
Hole
Mounting Bracket
Bracket
Adjustment Knob
Mounting Diagram
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4. OPERATION
Control Panel
Operation
To access the control panel functions, use the four buttons located underneath the
display. Please refer to the Product Overview section for button locations on the control
panel.
Button
<MODE>
Press to find an operation mode or to back out of the current menu
option
<ENTER>
Press to activate a menu option or a selected value
<UP>
<DOWN>
Menu Map
Function
Mode
DMX Address
Press to scroll up the list of options or to find a higher value
Press to scroll down the list of options or to find a lower value
Programming Steps
d 1
Auto Program
Program Speed
Sound Active
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001-512
AUTO
S--
S 1-S100
SND
Description
Sets the DMX starting address
Turns on auto program
Sets auto program speed
Turns on sound active mode
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Configuration
(DMX)
Starting Address
Set
1.
2.
3.
the product in DMX mode to control with a DMX controller.
Connect the product to a suitable power outlet.
Turn the product on.
Connect a DMX cable from the DMX output of the DMX controller to the DMX input
socket on the product.
When selecting a starting DMX address, always consider the number of DMX channels
the selected DMX mode uses. If you choose a starting address that is too high, you could
restrict the access to some of the product’s channels.
The Mega Trix™ uses up to 3 DMX channels in its 3-channel DMX mode, which defines
the highest configurable address to 510.
If you are not familiar with the DMX protocol, you may refer to the DMX Primer section in
the Technical Information section.
To select the starting address, do the following:
1. Press <MODE> repeatedly until d 1 shows on the display.
2. Press <ENTER>.
3. Use <UP> or <DOWN> to select the starting address.
4. Press <ENTER>.
DMX Channel Assignments and Values
3-CH
Channel
Function
Value
Setting
1
Auto Programs
2
Program Speed
000 ó 249 Select auto program (1-50)
250 ó 255 Sound Active Mode
000 ó 255 0-100% (slow to fast)
3
Strobe
000 ó 255 0-100% (slow to fast)
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Configuration
(Standalone)
Set the product in one of the standalone modes to control without a DMX controller.
1. Connect the product to a suitable power outlet.
2. Turn the product on.
Never connect a product that is operating in any standalone mode (Static,
Automatic, or Sound) to a DMX string connected to a DMX controller. Products in
standalone mode may transmit DMX signals that could interfere with the DMX
signals from the controller.
Sound Active
Mode
Enabling the Sound Active mode:
1. Press <MODE> repeatedly until SND shows on the display.
2. Press <ENTER>.
3. Turn the music on and adjust the microphone sensitivity knob until the product
starts responding to the beat of the music.
The product will only respond to low frequencies of music (bass and drums).
Automatic Mode
Enabling the Automatic Mode:
1. Press <MODE> repeatedly until AUTO shows on the display.
2. Press <ENTER>.
Adjusting the speed of the auto program:
1. Press <MODE> repeatedly until S-- shows on the display.
2. Press <ENTER>.
3.
4.
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Use <UP> or <DOWN> to adjust the duration of each step of the automatic program
from S__1 (fast) to S100 (slow).
Press <ENTER>.
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Master/Slave
Mode
The Master/Slave mode allows a single Mega Trix™ product (the “master”) to control the
actions of one or more Mega Trix™ products (the “slaves”) without the need of a DMX
controller. The master unit will be set to operate in either Automatic or Sound Active
mode, while the slave units will be set to operate in Slave Mode. Once set and
connected, the slave units will operate in unison with the master unit.
Configure the units as indicated below.
Slave units:
1. Press <MODE> repeatedly until d__1 shows on the display.
2. Press <ENTER> to accept.
3. Set the DMX address to 001.
4. Connect the DMX input of the first slave unit to the DMX output of the master unit.
5. Connect the DMX input of the subsequent slave units to the DMX output of the
previous slave unit.
6. Finish setting and connecting all the slave units.
Master unit:
1. Set the master unit to operate in either Automatic or Sound mode.
2. Make the master unit the first unit in the DMX daisy chain.
·
Configure all the slave units before connecting the master unit to the DMX
daisy chain.
·
Never connect a DMX controller to a DMX string configured for Master/Slave
operation because the controller may interfere with the signals from the
master unit.
·
Do not connect more than 31 slave units to the master unit.
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5. TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Product
Maintenance
Dust build up reduces light output performance and can cause overheating. This can
lead to reduction of the light source’s life. To maintain optimum performance and
minimize wear, you should clean your lighting products at least twice a month. However,
be aware that usage and environmental conditions could be contributing factors to
increase the cleaning frequency.
To clean the product, follow the instructions below:
·
Unplug the product from power.
·
Wait until the product is cold.
·
Use a vacuum (or dry compressed air) and a soft brush to remove dust collected on
the external surface/vents.
·
Clean all transparent surfaces with a mild soap solution, ammonia-free glass
cleaner, or isopropyl alcohol.
·
Apply the solution directly to a soft, lint free cotton cloth or a lens cleaning tissue.
·
Softly drag any dirt or grime to the outside of the transparent surface.
·
Gently polish the transparent surfaces until they are free of haze and lint.
Always dry the transparent surfaces carefully after cleaning them.
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General Troubleshooting
Symptom
Possible Cause
Possible Action
·
Excessive load on the circuit
·
Make sure that the total load does not
exceed 80% of the breaker or fuse
nominal current
·
Short circuit along the power lines
·
Check the power lines and power cords
·
No energy on power outlet
·
·
Check power outlet
Change to another outlet
·
Loose or damaged power cord
·
Check the power cord
·
Blown fuse
·
Replace blown fuse with a good one of
the same type and rating
·
Internal problem
·
Send product for repair
·
Wrong starting address on the
product
·
Set the correct starting address on the
product
Use the right fader(s) on the controller
Wrong DMX personality on the
product
·
·
Wrong polarity setting on the DMX
controller
·
Change the signal polarity on the
controller
·
Loose or damaged DMX cable
·
Check the DMX cable before the faulty
unit
·
Internal problem
·
Send product for repair
·
Signal cables are not DMX
compatible
·
Replace non DMX cables with true
DMX cables
·
Interference with AC or radio
signals
·
Keep DMX cables away from AC wires
or radio equipment
·
DMX cable too long
·
Install an optically coupled DMX
amplifier right before the product with
intermittent problems
·
Too many products connected
·
Install an optically coupled DMX
amplifier after unit #32
·
Terminator not connected
·
Install a terminator, as indicated in the
DMX Primer section.
Circuit breaker or fuse
keeps blowing
Product does not power
up
·
Product does not
respond to DMX
Intermittent DMX
Problems
·
·
Set the correct DMX product’s
personality
Assign the faders accordingly
If you still experience problems after trying the above solutions, contact
CHAUVET® Technical Support.
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Contact
Procedure
CHAUVET®
Contact
Information
In case you need to return a product or request support, follow the procedure below:
·
·
·
If you live in the US, contact CHAUVET® World Headquarters.
If you live in the UK or Ireland, contact CHAUVET® Europe Ltd.
If you live in any other country, do not contact CHAUVET®. Instead, contact your
distributor of record. Refer to our Web site for contact details of distributors outside
the US, United Kingdom, or Ireland.
World Headquarters
CHAUVET®
General Information
Address:
5200 NW 108th Avenue
Sunrise, FL 33351
Voice:
(954) 577-4455
Fax:
(954) 741-5571
Toll free:
(800) 762-1084
Technical Support
Voice:
(954) 577-4455 (Press 4)
Fax:
(954) 756-8015
Email:
tech@chauvetlighting.com
World Wide Web
www.chauvetlighting.com
United Kingdom & Ireland
CHAUVET® Europe Ltd.
General Information
Address:
Unit 1C
Brookhill Road Industrial Estate
Pinxton, Nottingham, UK
NG16 6NT
Voice:
+44 (0)1773 511115
Fax:
+44 (0)1773 511110
Technical Support
Email:
uktech@chauvetlighting.com
World Wide Web
www.chauvetlighting.co.uk
If you live outside the US, United Kingdom, or Ireland, contact your distributor of
record and follow their instructions on how to return CHAUVET® products to
them. Visit our Web site for contact details.
Returning
Products to
CHAUVET®
Call the corresponding CHAUVET® Tech Support office and request a Return
Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number before shipping the product. Be prepared to
provide the model number, serial number, and a brief description of the cause for the
return.
You must send the merchandise prepaid, in its original box, and with its original packing
and accessories. CHAUVET® will not issue call tags.
Clearly label the package with the RMA number. CHAUVET® will refuse any product
returned without an RMA number.
Write the RMA number on a properly affixed label. DO NOT write the RMA number
directly on the box.
Before sending the product, clearly write the following information on a piece of paper
and place it inside the box:
·
Your name
·
Your address
·
Your phone number
·
The RMA number
·
A brief description of the problem
Be sure to pack the product properly. Any shipping damage resulting from inadequate
packaging will be your responsibility. As a suggestion, proper UPS packing or doubleboxing is always a safe method to use.
CHAUVET® reserves the right to use its own discretion to repair or replace
returned product(s).
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DMX Primer
Introduction
The DMX protocol (USITT DMX512-A) is a networking protocol that enables a
universal DMX controller device to control the features of multiple DMX
compatible fixtures, whether PAR cans, wash lights, moving heads,
followspots, foggers, or proprietary fixture controllers, etc.
As any other networking protocol, the USITT DMX512-A describes the
physical medium, the signals, and the functions they control.
The Physical Medium
DMX compatible fixtures are connected to the DMX controller using a DMX
connection. This connection consists of a series of wired connections between
the DMX controller and the various DMX compatible fixtures, also known as a
daisy chain connection. In this type of connection, the DATA OUT of one
fixture or the DMX controller connects to the DATA IN of the next fixture, and
so on.
Each DMX fixture links to the previous and next DMX fixture or controller using
a DMX cable. This type of cable consists of a section of shielded, twoconductor twisted pair cable with one 3-pin or 5-pin XLR male connector on
one end, and a 3-pin or 5-pin XLR female connector on the other end. The
XLR connectors pin-out is as follows: pin 1 is the Common (shield), pin 2 is
Signal Negative (S-), and pin 3 is Signal Positive (S+).
Note: For DMX, pins 4 and 5 are not used.
The Signals
The DMX signal stream is unidirectional from the DMX controller to the DMX
compatible fixtures. These signals conform to the EIA-485 standard.
The stream of DMX signals consists of 512 individual, sequential channels that
form a frame. The DMX controller constantly sends frames of DMX signals to
the DMX connection, even if not all of the 512 channels are in use.
Because of this constant transmission method, there can be only one DMX
controller in a DMX connection. If not, the DMX signals sent by one controller
would interfere with the signals sent by the other controller(s).
DMX Universes
A DMX universe is the set of DMX compatible fixtures connected to the same
DMX daisy chain using the same set of 512 DMX channels. Each set of 512
channels is referred to as a DMX Universe.
In most cases, an installation will consist of only one DMX universe.
However, you might find it necessary to define two or more universes
because of constrains imposed by distance or the number of features.
Most DMX controllers support only one universe, although some DMX
controllers may support two or more universes. Each universe will have its
own separated DMX daisy chain. A DMX compatible fixture can only be part
of a single DMX universe.
The Functions
Each DMX channel can have any unitary value in the 000~255 range. Each
DMX compatible fixture uses as many consecutive DMX channels as features
you can control. The sequential numbers assigned to each DMX channel
(1~512) are also known as DMX addresses.
The function each DMX channel has, and the results of assigning a value to
each depend on the personality (or DMX channel layout) of each controlled
fixture. Some fixtures only use a single DMX channel, while others may
require 15 or more DMX channels to control all their functions. Personalities
are discussed in the DMX Configuration section.
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DMX Configuration
The DMX fixture configuration consists in determining how many channels
each fixture will need as well as assigning the corresponding DMX channels to
each fixture in order to size correctly the DMX controller.
Personalities
A DMX personality describes what channel or channels control which fixture
parameters. A DMX fixture may have many personalities to choose from. Each
personality requires a different number of channels, based on the number of
features the fixture enables. The number of DMX channels used by a fixture
may vary from only one (usually the general dimmer control) to 15 or more.
When a job does not require using all the fixture’s capabilities, you can select
a basic personality (less channels), allowing the DMX controller to
accommodate more DMX fixtures.
Starting Address
For the DMX controller to control each DMX fixture, you must first configure
each fixture’s personality to determine the number of channels required to
control the fixture. Each channel will have a DMX address assigned to it.
However, since assigning a particular DMX address to each channel is
impractical, you will only need to configure the DMX address on each fixture
that corresponds to the fixture’s first channel of control. This is the fixture’s
starting address. The fixture will automatically assign the other channels to the
subsequent DMX addresses.
Once this assignment is complete, and based on the number of channels
used, the fixture will respond to the DMX signals sent to the range of DMX
channels that begins with the starting address.
For example, a fixture that uses six DMX channels with a starting address of
100, will accept DMX data sent by the DMX controller to channels 100, 101,
102, 103, 104, and 105.
Assigning Addresses
DMX Connectivity
Fixture Location
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You must carefully assign the starting addresses for each individual fixture to
avoid DMX channel overlapping. If the DMX channels do overlap, the
impacted fixtures could operate erratically.
However, you may decide to configure two or more similar fixtures with the
same personality and starting address. In this case, all the fixtures with the
same starting address will operate in unison.
Connecting the DMX fixtures to a DMX controller in small to medium
installations is usually a rather simple operation that requires a minimum of
tools and some planning (not including the actual fixture rigging and
configuration).
However, in large installations it may be necessary to plan carefully the
position and cabling of each fixture to avoid unexpected problems.
The order in which the fixtures connect to the DMX controller is not important
and has no effect on how a controller communicates to each fixture. However,
you should always define a physical location for the fixtures that provides for
the easiest and most direct cabling to the controller and other fixtures.
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(DMX Connectivity cont.)
Number of Fixtures
When using a DMX controller, the combined number of channels required by
all the fixtures on the DMX daisy chain determines the number of fixtures the
DMX controller has to support. Conversely, the number of onboard sliders,
page buttons, and fixture buttons limits the number of discrete DMX channels
a DMX controller can support.
To comply with the EIA-485 standard, which is the base for the USITT
DMX512-A protocol, do not connect more than 32 fixtures without using
an optically-isolated DMX splitter. Doing otherwise may result in
deterioration of the digital DMX signal.
DMX Data Cabling
You must use DMX compliant data cables to link two or more DMX compatible
fixtures. You may purchase CHAUVET® certified DMX cables directly from a
dealer/distributor or construct your own cable.
USITT recommends limiting the total length of the DMX cable (from the
first fixture/controller to the last fixture) to 300~455 m (985~1,500 ft).
Making Your Own
DMX Cable
If you choose to create your own DMX cable, make sure to use data-grade
cables that can carry a high frequency signal and are less prone to
electromagnetic interference. Use a Belden® 9841 or equivalent cable, which
meets the specifications for EIA RS-485 applications. For certain applications,
Cat5, Cat5e, or Cat6 may be appropriate.
Do not use standard microphone cables for DMX applications because
they cannot transmit DMX data reliably over long distances.
DMX Cable Characteristics
The DMX data cable must have the following characteristics:
Type:
shielded, 2-conductor twisted pair
Maximum capacitance between conductors:
30 pF/ft
Maximum capacitance between conductor and shield:
55 pF/ft
Maximum resistance:
20 ohms/1000 ft
Nominal impedance:
100~140 ohms
DMX Cable Connectors
Each DMX cable must have a male (3-pin or 5-pin XLR connector) on one end
and a female (3-pin or 5-pin XLR connector) on the other end.
DMX Connector Configuration
To DMX Input
(Female)
To DMX Output
(Male)
Common
1
3
2
DMX -
To avoid signal transmission
problems and interference,
connect a DMX signal terminator
to the last fixture in the
DMX daisy chain, as shown.
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1
3
2
DMX +
1
3
2
120 ohm, ¼ W
resistor between
pin 2 (DMX -) and
pin 3 (DMX +) on
the output of the
last fixture.
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(DMX Connectivity cont.)
Test all DMX cables with an ohmmeter to verify their correct polarity and
to make sure that there are no short-circuits between any of the pins, or
between any pin and ground.
If the common wire (shield) touches the chassis ground, a ground loop
could form, which may cause the fixture to perform erratically.
3-Pin to 5-Pin
Conversion Chart
If you use a DMX controller or fixture with a 5-pin XLR connector, you will
need to use a 5-pin to 3-pin adapter. The chart below details a proper cable
conversion.
3-Pin to 5-Pin Conversion Chart
Conductor
Ground/Shield
Negative (-) signal
Positive (+) signal
Not Used
Not Used
DMX Connection
5-Pin Male (Input)
Pin 1
Pin 2
Pin 3
Pin 4
Pin 5
Make sure that the fixtures with which you are working can operate in DMX
mode, not in a proprietary connection mode. Refer to the DMX Primer section
to learn how to enable their respective DMX modes.
The procedure below illustrates a possible DMX connection method.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
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3-Pin Female (Output)
Pin 1
Pin 2
Pin 3
Connect the 3-pin XLR, male connector of the first DMX cable to the DMX
Output connector (3-pin, female) of the DMX controller.
Connect the 3-pin XLR, female connector of the first DMX cable coming
from the controller to the DMX Input connector (3-pin, male) of the first
DMX fixture.
Connect the 3-pin XLR, male connector of the second DMX cable to the
DMX Output connector (3-pin, female) of the first DMX fixture.
Connect the 3-pin XLR, female connector of the second DMX cable
coming from the first DMX fixture to the DMX Input connector of the
second DMX compatible fixture.
Continue linking the other DMX fixtures in the same way.
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6. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions and
Weight
Length
Width
Height
Weight
10.1 in (257 mm)
14.7 in (373 mm)
7.9 in (201 mm)
7.8 lb (3.6 kg)
Note: Dimensions in inches rounded to the nearest decimal digit.
Power
Light Source
Photo Optic
Thermal
DMX
Ordering
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Power Supply Type
Range
Voltage Selection
Switching (internal)
100~240 V, 50/60 Hz
Auto-ranging
Parameter
120 V, 60 Hz
230 V, 50 Hz
57 W
Consumption
55 W
Operating current
0.5 A
0.3 A
Power linking current (units)
8 A (17 units)
8 A (32 units)
Fuse
T 1 A, 250 V
T 1 A, 250 V
Power I/O
US/Worldwide
UK/Europe
Power input connector
IEC
IEC
Power output connector
Edison
IEC
Power Cord plug
Edison (US)
Local plug
Type
Power
Lifespan
LED
1W
50,000 hours
Color
Quantity
Red
48
Green
48
Blue
48
White
48
Parameter
Coverage angle
85º
Maximum External Temp.
Cooling System
104 °F (40 °C)
Convection
I/O Connectors
Connector Type
Channel Range
3-pin XLR
Sockets
3
Product Name
Item Code
Item Number
Mega Trix™
03050471
MEGATRIX
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