DMX 4+E - PixelRange

QPar
Version 1.64 firmware
General set up
1 Mount the fixture in the required position. The integral yoke can
act as a floor stand or hanger.
Important
• When suspended off ground, always use a safety wire rated
to a minimum of 40kg (88lbs) through one of the corner holes
in the yoke.
When suspended
off ground, always
use a safety wire
rated to a minimum
of 40Kg (88lbs)
through one of the
corner holes in the
yoke.
2 Where external control is to be used, connect a DMX lead (XLR
5-pin female) to the input socket at the rear of the fixture.
Control panel
Fuse holder
DMX out
(XLR 5pin
female)
connector
DMX in (XLR 5pin
male) connector
Power in socket
Power out socket
Connector required:
Neutrik® PowerCon®
(NAC3FCA)
Connector required:
Neutrik® PowerCon®
(NAC3FCB)
3 Where other fixtures are to be used in a control daisy-chain, connect a DMX lead (XLR 5-pin male) to the output socket at the rear
of the fixture.
4 Connect power to the fixture using a Neutrik® PowerCon®
connector. Insert the connector and twist it clockwise until
it clicks into place.
Factory reset (perform this prior to new use)
To clear previous settings: At the rear panel, press the middle two
buttons (
and
) for two seconds while the current address and
mode are being displayed. The four digit display will show FACT
then SET to indicate that the fixture has been returned to its default
condition. This is useful to remove any settings that might cause
confusion in a new configuration (e.g. master intensity settings).
Important
• If power daisy-chaining fixtures, do not exceed a total load of
3kW in a single daisy chain (subject to supply and cabling
restrictions). Maximum power requirement per fixture: 112 Watts.
5 Use the control panel to access the internal menu and choose the
appropriate operation mode and related settings (see over). Operation modes
The QPar provides a range of operation modes. These are
selected using the MODE section of the control menu:
DMX
Allows RGBW control via DMX input. Internal chase
effects are not available within this mode.
MANU
Provides RGBW colour mixing independently of any
external control. Use the internal control menu
(MAN section) to select the required colour values. EF D
Allows you to select chase effects via DMX input (no
RGBW mixing is possible). Requires 7 DMX channels.
EF M
Allows the display of the dual internal chase effects,
independently of any external control. Use the internal
control menu (PROG section) to select the required
chase effects, speeds and cross fades.
4+E
Provides control of RGBW mixing and selection of the
dual internal chase effects via DMX input. Requires 11
DMX channels.
16bt
Allows RGBW control via DMX input, using two 8bit
channels per colour. Internal chase effects are not available within this mode.
QPar personalities are available for a variety of controllers.
Please see www.pixelrange.com for details. 1
General notes
Using the menu
• Ensure that only one DMX
• When not in the menu, the four digit display scrolls the
device in the chain is set
as master (e.g. the lighting
desk). This fixture is usually
set to slave mode.
•This fixture is shipped with
the DMX address set to
001.
•The four digit display can
be set to switch off when
not in use. To restore, press
. To alter this mode use:
PERS > DISP.
current DMX address and mode. The display’s right hand
decimal point (data dot) is used to indicate status (see below).
MENU
ENTER
DOWN
UP
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*Refer to product manual for proper operating instructions
•Press
to enter the menu. The four digit display will show ADDR.
•Use
and
to move between menu options (or to change a
value within an option).
•Press
to enter an option (or to fix a changed value within an
option and return to the previous option level). Note: If you do
not press
to fix a value, operation will revert to the
previously set mode at the next power on.
•Press
to exit from a menu option (and eventually
exit the menu completely).
Master/slave/data indication
Channel layouts within modes 4+E and EF d
The right hand decimal point (data dot) of the display is used to
indicate the master/slave settings and also the presence of a DMX
input signal, as shown below:
The table right shows how
colour mixing, chase effects
and master intensity controls
are mapped to DMX channels
for the 4+E and EF d modes.
In all modes, the first channel
of the fixture occurs at the DMX
address selected using addr
and successive channels for the
fixture follow from there.
Data dot ON Master mode
Data dot FLASHING Slave mode (DMX data input present)
Data dot OFF 4+E
EF d
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Red
Green
Blue
White
c1 Effect
c1 Speed
c1 Xfade
c2 Effect
c2 Speed
c2 Xfade
Master int.
c1 Effect
c1 Speed
c1 Xfade
c2 Effect
c2 Speed
c2 Xfade
Master int.
-
Slave mode (no DMX data present) Notes:
• Ensure that only one DMX device in the chain is set as master
(e.g. the desk).
•Use PERS > data to change between master and slave modes.
• When set to master mode, the fixture will scroll MASTER in
place of a DMX address (when not within the menu).
• If the display has been set to auto off (disp > aoff), the data
dot will remain active but at a lower brightness.
DMX links and termination
This section provides useful advice for gaining reliable operation
from your DMX installation:
• Use good quality flexible twisted pair cable that has a nominal
characteristic impedance of 120 ohms. Microphone cables have
a lower impedance and a higher capacitance, which can lead
to data errors.
• Use a daisychain arrangement to link fixtures together, so that
the output of one fixture is connected to the input of the next.
• Connect no more than 32 devices to a single DMX run. If further
fixtures are needed, then use a DMX booster to allow up to 32
more fixtures to be attached.
• Never split a DMX cable to form two branches (a Y-split). If
separate branches are required, use a powered DMX splitter. • Ensure that the devices at each end of the daisychain are both
terminated using a 120 ohm resistor (usually contained within
a separate XLR connector that has no cable - the resistor forms
a link between pins 2 and 3). Control desks are often internally
terminated.
It is possible to get away with breaking some of the above rules,
particularly on smaller installations that have short cable runs and
few fixtures. However, results can be unpredictable and problems
will inevitably hit you at the very worst time: During your show. 2
Channel
Channel layouts within modes DMX and 16BT
When using the DMX
and 16bt modes, the
manner in which LED
emitters are assigned
to DMX channels is
determined by the
PERS>RES option.
The dmx and 16bt
modes do not use
chase effects. The first
channel of the fixture
occurs at the DMX
address selected using
addr and successive
channels for the fixture
follow from there.
coarse (c) = High
channel for 16-bit,
fine (f) = Low channel
for 16-bit
Channel dmX dmx)
dmx
(RES=1)(RES=3)(RES=4)
1
2
3
4
5
All
Red
Red
Mast. int.* Green
Green
Blue
Blue
Mast. int.* White
Mast. int.*
han. 16bt
C
16bt
16bt
(RES=1)(RES=3)(RES=4)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
All (coarse) Red (c)
Red (c)
All (fine)
Red (f)
Red (f)
Mast. int.* Green (c) Green (c)
Green (f) Green (f)
Blue (c)
Blue (c)
Blue (f)
Blue (f)
Mast. int.* White (c)
White (f)
Mast. int.*
* Master intensity is only enabled for dmx and16bt modes when the
pers > mint option is set to on. Master intensity always uses a single
8-bit channel and appears the final control channel.
Control menu contents
Shows the main processor software revision. No changes are possible within
this option. Press
while viewing this option to see the software sub-revision.
Shows the display controller software revision. No changes are possible within
this option.
Selects the primary internal chase effect. See Chase effects for descriptions.
Select MODE > EF M to show the selected chase.
Selects the cross fade speed between the steps of the selected
C1 chase effect.
Selects the speed of the selected C1 chase effect.
Selects the master intensity level of chase effects C1 and C2.
Selects the secondary internal chase effect. See Chase effects for descriptions.
Select MODE > EF M to show the selected chase.
Selects the cross fade speed between the steps of the selected C2 chase effect.
Selects the speed of the selected C2 chase effect.
Sets the red intensity. Select MODE > MANU (manual) to show the result.
Sets the green intensity. Select MODE > MANU (manual) to show the result.
Sets the blue intensity. Select MODE > MANU (manual) to show the result.
Sets the cool white intensity. Select MODE > MANU (manual) to show the result.

Selects number of channels required to control all emitters. Options are 1, 3 and 4.
Emitters are grouped together accordingly.
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Determines whether this fixture will act as a master controlling others.
When controlled via DMX this fixture must be set to SLAV.
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DMX and 16bt modes only. When set ON this enables the master intensity channel.
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DMX mode only. When set oN, allows you to determine the dimmer type via DMX.
This channel is always the final DMX channel. See ‘Changing dimmer curve via DMX’.
When set oN, this option scrolls through the primary colours at power on to
demonstrate correct operation of the emitters.
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Sets the base DMX address from which the control channels will begin.
Determines the intensity of the four digit control panel display. Values range from
0 (dimmest) to 15 (brightest).
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When set to AOFF, the control panel display will blank out 60 seconds
after the menu is exited. The data dot indicator will remain active.
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Provides a selection of dimmer curves (FINE, TV or TUNG) to suit particular
circumstances. See next page for descriptions of each option.
RGBW control using an external DMX control input. PERS > MINT set to ON provides
a master intensity in DMX and 16bt modes. No chase effects are selectable.
Displays the resulting RGBW levels that are set via the MAN section of the internal
menu. External DMX control is not possible in this mode.
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Ch1 to 3: C1 Effect, Speed & Xfade, Ch4 to 6: C2 Effect, Speed & Xfade,
Ch7: Master intensity.
… Displays the chase effect(s) determined within the PROG section. External DMX
control is not possible in this mode.
†
DMX Ch1 to 4: RGBW colour mixing, Ch5 to 7: C1 Effect, Speed & Xfade,
Ch8 to 10: C2 Effect, Speed & Xfade, Ch11: Master intensity.
‡
16bit RGBW control using 2x the number of DMX channels determined by PERS>RES.
PERS>MINT set to On provides a master intensity. No chase effects are selectable.
3
Chase effects
This section describes each of the internal chase effects that are selectable either via the control menu (PROG > C1/C2 >
EFEC) or using DMX values sent from an external source. To use the internal effects, set the MODE option either to EF M
(for internal menu control), or EF D or 4+E (for external DMX control).
DMX
value
0-7
DMX
%
EFEC
Chase effect description
value
0-2
00
Off
On/off ratio per cell
Cell sequence
-
-
8-15
3-5
01
Rainbow chase forward
All on
AàBàCàDàEàF
16-23
6-9
02
Rainbow chase reverse
All on
FàEàDàCàBàA
24-31
10-11
03
White chase forward
1/5
AàBàCàDàEàF
32-39
12-15
04
White chase reverse
1/5
FàEàDàCàBàA
40-47
16-18
05
White group chase
1/2
AF à BE à CD
48-55
19-21
06
White strobe
1/1
All together
56-63
22-24
07
Red strobe
1/1
All together
64-71
25-27
08
Light purple strobe
1/1
All together
72-79
28-30
09
Yellow strobe
1/1
All together
80-87
31-34
10
Green strobe
1/1
All together
88-95
35-37
11
White strobe
1/10
All together
96-103
38-40
12
Light blue strobe
1/10
All together
104-111
41-43
13
Rainbow strobe
1/2
All together
112-119
44-46
14
Red/green/blue strobe
1/2
All together
120-127
47-50
15
Rainbow strobe
All on
All together
128-135
51-53
16
Red/green/blue strobe
All on
All together
136-143
54-56
17
Yellow/blue strobe
All on
All together
144-151
57-59
18
Rainbow chase
All on
ABC à DEF
152-159
60-62
19
Orange/blue chase
All on
ACE à BDF
160-167
63-65
20
Red/blue chase
All on
ACE à BDF
168-175
66-68
21
Red/yellow chase
All on
ABEF à CD
176-183
69-72
22
Red/green/blue chase reverse
All on
CF à BE à AD
184-191
73-75
23
Rainbow chase forward All on
AB à CD à EF
192-199
76-77
24
Red/green/blue chase reverse
All on
EF à CD à AB
200-207
78-81
25
Static orange
All on
All together
208-215
82-84
26
Static yellow
All on
All together
216-223
85-87
27
Static light blue
All on
All together
224-231
88-90
28
Static purple
All on
All together
232-239
91-93
29
Static red
All on
All together
240-247
94-97
30
Static green
All on
All together
248-255
98-100
31
Static white
All on
All together
The ‘On/Off ratio per cell’ column indicates the proportion of time that a fixture will be showing output or be dark for a
given effect. For example, 1/5 indicates that the fixture will be on for one part and off for 5 parts of the time.
Some effects are spread between six cells so that as well as colour changes, there are position changes (viewable if you
are using the QPar as a master to control chases on other PixelRange fixtures - see ‘Using master mode to drive other
units’). The ‘Cell sequence’ column above indicates whether effect changes move between fixtures that are set at different
cell addresses. The cell address boundaries are as follows:
4
Cell
DMX addresses
A
1 to 4
B
5 to 8
C
9 to 12
D
13 to 16
E
17 to 20
F
21 to 24
Note: When you use a single QPar and you choose a
chase effect that spreads across different cells, you will
see only the cell A parts of the effect, as listed in the table
above.
Using master mode to drive other units
Dimmer curve options (PERS > DIMR)
The three dimmer curve options are as follows:
This unit can control any number of other PixelRange fixtures via
DMX links, without the need for a control desk. 1 Set this unit as master (PERS > DATA > MAST) and ensure all
others are set to slave (PERS > DATA > SLAV). Connect all
fixtures via DMX daisy-chain.
Note: Don’t forget to terminate the devices at either end of the
chain - see the section ‘DMX links and termination’.
2 Set each slave to Mode > DMX.
3 Set the master to either create chases or static colours:
Chases: Select Mode > EF m and then use PROG > C1 and
C2 to create the required effects (see the ‘Chase effects’ table).
Static colours: Select Mode > MANU and then use MAN >
RED, GRN, BLUE and CWhT to mix the colour.
Note: The setting of PERS > RES determines how the DMX
channels are output when mixing static colours: PERS > RES=4
sends out separate red, green, blue and amber levels in repeated 4 channel blocks: i.e. 1 to 4, 5 to 8, etc. The RES=3 setting
retains the 4 channel blocks, but links the first and last channel
of each block to the MAN > Red setting so that other RGBW
units attached respond in the same way as the master when it
combines red and amber in 3 channel mode. The RES=1 setting
links all DMX output channels so that all emitters can be controlled by a single setting (MAN > Red).
4 Set each slave DMX address (using ADDR > DMX) as
appropriate:
•For static colour mixing you can either set all fixtures to DMX
channel 1 or position them at the beginning of any four channel cell: A001, A005, A009, A013, A017 or A021. No
channels are used above channel 24. The outputs within each
cell will be the same.
•For chases, six separate cells are output in groups of 4 DMX
channels to give RGBW values per cell (24 channels in total).
Set the address of each slave fixture according to which of the
6 cells you want them to appear within, or to begin with (for
multi-cell fixtures): (A001 for cell A, A005 for cell B, A009 for
cell C, A013 for cell D, A017 for cell E or A021 for cell F).
QPar provides three separate dimmer curve options which determine exactly how the digital values received via the DMX link are
converted into emitter intensities. To alter the dimmer curve, go to
the PERS menu option, choose the DIMR option, select the required
setting and then press the
button to save.
• FINE Closely resembles the original PixelPar 90 dimmer curve
with improved responses to low end values.
• TV Uses dimming frequencies that will eradicate any visible
flicker when viewed by video cameras and broadcast systems.
• TUNG Alters the dimming response to closely emulate the smooth
thermal lag action of standard tungsten bulbs. The TUNG setting
can be used with all operation modes.
Changing the dimmer curve via DMX
(PERS > DTYP)
QPar allows you to change the dimming response curve remotely
via DMX control. When enabled, the ‘dimmer type’ channel will be
added as the last channel for the fixture, after the Master Intensity
channels, if enabled. The dimmer curve via DMX setting affects the
following modes: DMX, 16BT and 4+E.
To enable remote ‘dimmer type’ control: Go to the PERS menu,
choose the DTYP option and change its setting to ON.
Once enabled, the value sent to the ‘dimmer type’ channel will
dynamically affect which dimmer curves are used:
• Values 0 to 85 select the FINE dimmer response,
• Values 86 to 170 select the TUNGSTEN dimmer response,
• Values 171 to 255 select the TV dimmer response.
Fuse access
The single fuse is located at the rear of the fixture near to the DMX
input connector. Use a small flat blade screw driver to twist the fuse
holder anti-clockwise until the carrier can be extracted to reveal the
fuse.
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• Display panel is blank: Press a control panel button, if the
display still does not show, check the input power and
fuse.
Specifications
Dimensions
220mm (8.66”)
Note: It is good practice to perform a factory reset
before these fixtures are used on any new installation.
This will ensure that settings like the MINT option are set
to off and do not create the potential for confusion. See
page 1 for details of how to perform a factory reset.
• No response during DMX control: If live DMX is connected, the right hand decimal point on the display
should flash - if not, check the DMX cable(s) and the
desk output.
310mm (12.20”)
228mm (8.98”)
• No response during DMX control: Check whether a
master intensity input is required. 4+E and EF d modes
always require a master intensity input (channels 10
and 7 respectively). DMX and 16bT have an optional
master intensity, depending on the setting of PERS >
MINT (channels 4 and 7 respectively). If the MINT setting is On then no output will occur until a level greater
than zero is applied to the master intensity channel. See
pages 2 and 3 for details.
340mm (13.38”)
Troubleshooting
Weight
• Erratic operation during DMX control: Check that the
final fixture within the DMX daisy chain is correctly terminated with a 120 ohm terminator plug.
• Erratic operation during DMX control: Check that the
selected MODE matches the personality being used on
the control desk.
• Erratic operation during DMX control: Ensure that only
one DMX device in the daisy chain is set as master. • Rapid colour/intensity changes not occurring: Check
whether the tungsten dimmer mode is selected (PERS >
dIMR > TUNG). This would slow the reaction times of the
emitters and could mean that rapid changes are blended
into each other. Choose a faster reacting dimmer mode.
• Standalone chase effects not working: Check that a
chase has been programmed using PROG > C1 and/or
PROG > C2 and also that MODE > EF M is selected.
Check also that PROG > LEVL is not set at zero.
Fixture and yoke: 7.5kg (16.5 lbs) Power
Input voltage: 100 to 240V AC, 47 to 63Hz autosensing
Connectors:
Supplied with cable only: live, neutral & earth
Power requirements:
@ 230V/50Hz
@ 115V/60Hz
Standby
8 Watts
8 Watts
Maximum (const.)
112 Watts
112 Watts
Approvals
Miscellaneous
Enclosure rating: IP20 (not protected against moisture ingress)
Control input:
USITT DMX512 (input connector pin out below)
• Standalone RGBW mixing not working: Check that one
or more colour values have been set within MAN section
and also that the MODE > MANU is selected.
Firmware upgrades
Firmware upgrades are released from time to time in order
to provide new operational features. The QPar has been
designed to allow straightforward firmware upgrading via
its DMX interface, a PixelU2D USB device and a computer.
Please contact PixelRange technical support for details. PIN 1
PIN 5
Ground
Not used
PIN 2
Data –
PIN 4
PIN 3
Not used
Data +
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