Q24 _2sided.QXD

Q
24
LightProcessor.
20, Greenhill Crescent
Watford. WD18 8JA.
England
Tel: 01923 698090, Fax: 01923 698081
info@lightprocessor.co.uk
www.lightprocessor.co.uk
Q24/ENG/1/98
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
UNPACKING
The carton should contain the following:1 x Q24 desk
1 x Instruction manual
POWER CONNECTION AND SWITCHING ON
The Q24 requires a supply voltage of +18V DC at 800mA. This can be provided by a special
Q24 power supply unit available from LightProcessor or by phantom power from certain
types of dimmer pack, such as LightProcessor's Q Pack. See CONNECTIONS later in this
manual for details.
In case switches have been disturbed in transit, ensure that the switches in the top right
hand corner of the desk are set as follows:Desk On/DBO is set to Desk On
Blind is not selected
Program/Run/Modify is set to Run.
The Q24 has no mains switch. When power is supplied to the desk, the red 'Desk On' LED
lights.
MASTER SLIDERS
The GRAND MASTER slider controls the overall output of the Q24.
The CHASE MASTER slider controls the overall level of a chase.
The FLASH MASTER slider controls the overall level of channel flashes, scene flashes or
solos.
The sliders PRESET A and PRESET B are masters which control the overall levels from the two
sets of sliders. Varying fade times between the A and B masters may be selected (see the
paragraph Crossfade Timer).
It is usual to invert the operation of the PRESET B master slider, so that it may be moved
together with the A Master and not in the opposite direction. See Options section for
details.
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
MANUAL OPERATION
With the grand master set to full on and the B Master set to off, arrange the A sliders (top
bank) as you require. The collective positions of the faders is called a preset. As the sliders
move, the changes in level will be seen in the output LED's across the top of the desk and
also in any lamps which are connected to the outputs. Set up another preset using the B sliders (bottom bank). As you reduce the level of the A Master, the levels of the channels called
by the A Master reduce. As you increase the level of the B Master, the level of the channels
called by the B Master increase. Move the A and B Masters together to fade from one preset
to the other.
CROSSFADE TIMER
The A and B Masters are connected to an internal fade timer which allows a constant fade
in/out time, no matter how fast the sliders are moved. To set the crossfade timer, the page
switch must first be set to position 'P'. The fade time is then adjusted by means of the RATE
rotary switch and is stored by pressing the button marked FADE/CHASE. The minimum setting (clockwise) gives the longest fade time, approximately 35 seconds.
Desk Blackout
The DBO switch enables/disables all outputs from the Q24. The red LED flashes when DBO
is active.
Flash Buttons
Pressing a flash button will bring that channel to the level set by the FLASH MASTER. If 'Solo'
has been selected as a power-up option (see Options section), then pressing a flash button
will bring that channel to the level set by the FLASH MASTER, while all other channels are
extinguished.
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
SCENES
The Q24 can store 240 static scenes of any combination of the twenty-four channels and
their associated levels. Scenes are stored across ten pages of memory. Each page of twentyfour scenes is selected by means of the rotary PAGE selector switch. Each scene within the
page is accessed, either by its associated slider or by its flash button.
SCENE TIMERS
The sub-masters are each connected to internal scene fade timers, determining the fade-in
and fade-out times of a scene. These times are set during the programming of the scene.
They range from no fade at all (anti-clockwise) to approximately 50 seconds (clockwise).
TO PROGRAM A SCENE
1
Select PROGRAM. Note that both the SCENE and CHASE LED's flash.
2
Press SCENE and the CHASE LED goes off.
3
Position A faders.
4
Select the page on which the scene is to be stored.
5
Press the flash button where the scene is to be stored.
6
Select the desired fade-in time with the RATE selector and press FADE/CHASE.
If no fade-in time is selected, scene recall is instantaneous.
7
Select the desired fade-out time with the RATE selector and press FADE/CHASE.
If no fade-out time is selected, scene switch-off is instantaneous
8
Select RUN
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TO MODIFY A SCENE
1
Select MODIFY.
2
Press SCENE.
3
Select page and flash button.
4
Re-position A faders as desired. Add new channels or change existing levels by
moving the fader to the existing level and picking up control of that channel.
5
Re-set fade-in time. Fade-in will be cancelled if this is not done.
6
Re-set fade-out time. Fade-out will be cancelled if this is not done.
7
Select RUN
BLIND
The BLIND switch is normally used in conjunction with PROGRAM/RUN/MODIFY. Its function is to allow the Q24 to be operated without having any effect on the pattern being output. It is most often used to amend scenes or to turn off a selected channel in the event of a
lamp failure. All programming/modification is done using the A sliders but, as these could be
forming a part of the output effect, BLIND is used to hold the outputs from the A sliders
while they are adjusted during the programming/modification. Note that any new settings in
the A sliders will be displayed in the outputs, when you return from PROGRAM or MODIFY
to RUN. Remember to de-select BLIND after use.
SUB-MASTERS - RECALLING PROGRAMMED SCENES
Whereas, in manual operation the B faders control the level of individual channels, in scene
mode they act as sub-masters and recall pre-programmed scenes. Six scenes may be recalled
at any one time. Press the SCENE button so that the LED lights, then operate the B faders to
recall scenes at the desired level. Alternatively, scenes may be recalled at 100% of their programmed levels by means of the flash buttons. See OPTIONS section for details of how to
set up the flash buttons to recall scenes.
A fader must be returned to its zero position before it can recall a scene in the same position from another page.
Whenever scenes from two or more pages have been selected, the MIX LED flashes.
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
COPYING SCENES
Scenes may be copied to other locations within the ten pages of memory by using the
COPY TO button. The destination memory is over-written by COPY TO.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Press COPY TO. COPY TO LED flashes.
Select the page from which to copy.
Press the flash button of the 'from' scene.
Select the page to which to copy.
Press the flash button to which to copy.
Press COPY TO. COPY TO LED stops flashing.
PILE ADD
Pile add copies scenes cumulatively into one memory location. Where several values are
copied into any one channel, it is the highest value which is stored.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Press COPY TO. The COPY TO LED flashes.
Select the page to which to copy.
Hold down the flash button to which to copy.
Select the page from which to copy.
Press the flash button of the scene from which to copy.
Repeat steps 5 and 6 for subsequent scenes.
Release the flash button held down in 3 above.
Press COPY TO. The COPY TO LED stops flashing.
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
CHASES
The Q24 can store twenty-four moving sequences (chases) along with the level applied to
each channel during programming. The chases are stored under the flash buttons. Four chases may be run simultaneously. A total of 750 chase steps may be stored with a maximum of
99 steps in any one chase.
TO PROGRAM A CHASE
1
Select PROGRAM. Both CHASE and SCENE LED's flash.
2
Set the fade time on the RATE selector. Ignore this step for a switching
(non-crossfading) chase.
3
Hold down FADE/CHASE. Ignore this step for a switching (non-crossfading) chase.
4
Press CHASE The SCENE LED goes off.
5
Press a flash button to select a chase memory.
6
Release FADE/CHASE. Ignore this step for a switching (non-crossfading) chase.
7
Move the A faders to the desired position.
8
Press CHASE to register the step. Press several times for a proportionately longer step.
9
Repeat steps 7 and 8 for subsequent steps.
10
Select RUN.
RUNNING A CHASE
1
Select RUN. If not already selected.
2
Press CHASE.
3
Press the flash button in which the chase is stored and the chase starts to run.
4
Adjust the run speed if desired, using the rotary RATE selector.
5
Repeat steps to 2,3 and 4 to run another chase.
6
Press CHASE and the appropriate flash button to turn off a chase or press CHASE
twice to turn off all running chases.
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PROGRAMMING A SEQUENCE OF SCENES (SCENE CHASE)
1
Press SCENE The SCENE LED lights.
2
Select PROGRAM. Both SCENE and CHASE LED's flash.
3
Set crossfade time on the RATE selector. Ignore this step for a switching
(non-crossfading) chase.
4
Hold down FADE/CHASE. Ignore this step for a switching (non-crossfading) chase.
5
Press CHASE The SCENE LED goes off.
6
Press a flash button to select a chase memory.
7
Release FADE/CHASE. Ignore this step for a switching (non-crossfading) chase.
8
Select the page on which the desired scene appears.
9
Recall the desired scene using the appropriate B fader.
10
Press CHASE to register the step.
11
Repeat steps 8,9 and 10 for subsequent steps.
12
Select RUN.
13
Press SCENE The SCENE LED goes off.
TO MODIFY A CHASE
1
Select MODIFY.
2
Set new crossfade time on RATE selector The chase reverts to a switching chase if
this is not done.
3
Press FADE/CHASE.
4
Press CHASE
5
Press the flash button under which the chase is stored
6
Position the channel faders as desired
7
Press CHASE The next step is shown in the LED's
8
Repeat steps 6 and 7 as desired
9
Select RUN
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
Press MODIFY, adjust RATE, press FADE/CHASE, press the flash button where the chase is
stored, select RUN..... changes the crossfade rate only.
Single shot chase
The chase runs for one programmed cycle only and the Q24 then returns to its previous
state. Press CHASE, hold down FADE/CHASE and press the flash button where the chase is
stored. Release FADE/CHASE.
BUILT-IN CHASES
When this option is selected, pre-programmed chases are assigned to memories 1-4. These
chases may be modified or over-written in the same way as user-programmed chases. They
may also be cancelled by re-selecting the option when powering up.
CHASE RUN SPEED
The RATE speed adjustment knob on the right hand side of the Q24 has 21 positions.
Selection of one of these positions allows a chase to run according either to (a) an audio
input, (b) the bump switch or (c) the internal clock. Audio only operates if the knob is set to
one of the three lowest positions (fully anti clockwise). Bump works in the lowest eight positions and may be used to manually override audio. The internal clock begins to take over at
the fifth position in a clockwise direction; this is the slowest clock speed but can still be
overridden by the BUMP switch. As you turn the knob in a clockwise direction, the run
speed gets faster and BUMP ceases to be useful. See the following diagram:21
Positions
8
3
1
Au
Bu
m
di
o
C
p
lo
ck
How the RATE control works
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
DMX AND THE Q24
The reasons you might wish to control lighting using the DMX 512 serial protocol are for the
added control facilities that you obtain and for the reduced amount of wiring that DMX
allows.
The Q24 can only ever send out 24 channels of information but it can route those 24 channels to 96 different locations or addresses. When you receive your Q24, it is installed with a
default DMX map. This transmits the Q24's channels to the DMX channels in groups of
twenty-four, so that channel 1 from the Q24 is transmitted to DMX channels 1, 25, 49 and
73. Channel 2 from the Q24 is transmitted to DMX channels 2, 26, 50 and 74 - and so on
with Q24 channels 3 to 24.
PREPARING THE Q24 FOR DMX MAPPING
If you wish to software patch the Q24 to luminaires capable of working with DMX, it will
first of all be necessary to clear any previous programming or, if there is none, clear the
default DMX map. This maps all 96 DMX channels to 'off'. There are three power-up options
on the Q24 which are relevant here.
Flash button no. 8 completely resets the Q24, resets the DMX map to the default setting and
disables DMX programming. Every time that the Q24 is switched on, the DMX programming
facility reverts to DMX programming disabled.
Hold down flash button no. 2 during power up to wipe any previous DMX map.
Flash button no. 7 enables DMX mapping. Mapping remains enabled until the power is
switched off.
INTELLIGENT LIGHTING
It will be necessary to control some or all of the following features of intelligent lighting
fittings:1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Mirror X axis
Mirror Y axis
Colour change
Gobo change
Strobe speed
Dimming level
Iris
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
The diagram at the end of this section shows one way in which just 12 channels of the Q24
can control the 14 channels presented by two lighting fixtures like the above example. The
two fixtures would use the DMX start addresses 1 (for the first channel of fixture 1) and 8
(for the first channel of fixture 2). Note that channel 11 from the Q24 is controlling DMX
channels 6 and 13; the Q24's channel 12 is controlling DMX channels 7 and 14. Additional
fixtures could be added to the example and they would each have the start address 1 or 8,
in order to determine whether they would function as clones of fixture 1 or of fixture 2. If
the other 12 channels of the Q24 were used, fixtures 3 and 4 (and their clones) could be
added.
WORKING THROUGH POWER PACKS
Whereas mains power is likely to be supplied directly to intelligent lighting fixtures, pinspots
etc. will be fed from a power pack. Using a DMX power pack like the Q Pack, it is possible
to allocate DMX addresses to 96 channels of lighting. The DMX start address is selected on
the DIL switch on the front of the Q Pack. Since the Q Pack is a six channel device, it outputs in groups of six channels, starting with the channel selected on the DIL switch, e.g 1-6,
7- 12, 13-18, 19-24 etc.
DMX MAPPING
The 24 analogue output channels can be transmitted as DMX data to 96 separate DMX
channels. This process is known as DMX mapping. Normally channels 1-24 are repeated
sequentially throughout the 96 DMX channels (24 channels per page). This may be varied to
suit the particular DMX power packs being used.
MAPPING DMX CHANNELS
Hold down flash button 7. Disconnect the power. Reconnect the power. Release
button 7. This enables DMX mapping.
To map a DMX channel to another fader...
1
Select BLIND. To move channel 1 to fader 2, press flash button 1 and then flash
button 2. De-select BLIND.
2
Moving fader 1 now does nothing. Moving fader 2 brings on DMX channels 1 and 2.
To unmap/switch off a DMX channel...
1
Select BLIND. To switch off channel 25, for example, select DMX 25 (page 2, channel
1) by turning the page selector to page 2 and press flash button 1. De-select BLIND.
2
The result of this is that moving fader 1 gives no output when the page selector is set
to page 2, i.e. DMX 25.
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To map/switch on a channel which has been unmapped...
2
Select BLIND. To switch on channel 25, for example, select DMX 25 (page 2, channel
1) by turning the page selector to page 2 and pressing flash button 1 twice. De-select
BLIND.
3
Fader 1 on page 3 now operates normally.
CHANNEL BLANKING
Any DMX channel may be mapped off in the case of lamp failure etc. Re-mapping a
previously mapped channel maps the channel to 'off'.
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
MASTER AND SLAVE
Two Q24's may be joined together as 'master' and 'slave'. The master faders and controls on
the 'slave' desk are disabled so that only the individual channel sliders and flash buttons are
functional. All other controls reside with the 'master' desk.
To set up master and slave proceed as follows. Power up the 'slave' desk with flash button
no. 10 held down. Neither the desk on LED nor the slave LED will light. Using two Light
Processor 180 5-pin DIN leads, connect the two desks, ensuring that the lead from socket 1
on the 'master' connects to socket 2 on the 'slave' and the lead from socket 2 on the 'master'
connects to socket 1 on the 'slave'. Now switch on the 'master' desk. The desk on and slave
LEDs on the 'slave' desk will now light. You now have 'master' and 'slave' control. In manual
mode you now have a 48-channel system with the masters and crossfade time control on
the 'master' desk. In addition, you have the ability to program 240 scenes across 48 channels
and 24 chases across 48 channels.
When working with two desks linked as 'master' and 'slave', the DMX signal is output from
the 'slave' desk.
Note that DMX mapping is not possible when working with linked desks.
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OPTIONS
Various options are available, as follows: To select, remove the power. Hold down the
appropriate 'flash' buttons and restore the power.
1. Program Security.
Each time this option is selected, 'locked' becomes 'unlocked' and vice versa.
2. Format DMX Map.
Clears any DMX mapping from the memory and resets the default DMX map.
3. Invert B Slider.
Each time this option is selected, the direction of operation of the B Master slider is
inverted/returned to normal.
4. Software Version No.
Version no. is displayed in the LED's.
5. Scene Flash.
Allows scenes to be 'flashed' to 100% of their programmed values.
6. Crossfade Times.
The default setting is 0-35 seconds in manual mode., 1 second to 4 minutes in scene mode.
Selecting this option changes the cross fade timescale in scene mode to 1-10 seconds approximately.
Selecting the option a second time returns to the previous crossfade values. Changes to the crossfade timescale will not affect previous programming.
7. Allow DMX Mapping.
Unlocks the DMX map. The map remains unlocked until power is turned off.
8. Full Reset.
Completely resets the Q24.
9. Solo.
Replaces channel-flash with channel-solo.
10. Master/Slave. The default setting is Master. If this option is selected, the desk converts to slave
operation.
11. Built-in Chases.
Selects built-in chases.
12. Warm Start.
The last programmed chase will run on power up.
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CONNECTIONS
IMPORTANT: It is recommended that this equipment is connected to a satisfactory earth,
in order to minimise electromagnetic interference.
POWER SUPPLY
The Q24 requires a power supply of +18V DC at 800mA.
This may be supplied from a suitable external power supply unit or as phantom power from
dimming packs, such as the LightProcessor Q Pack. (Four Q Packs are required to provide
adequate power for the Q24. Power enters the Q24 via a 5-pin, 180° DIN socket.
Connections are as shown below.
Ground
+18V DC
PSU Input
Data +
Data -
Not used
Shield
Not used
DMX Output
20
22
23
19
21
V. In
24
Common
8
14
16
10
17
13
7
15
18
9
12
V. In
V. In
Common
Common
Analogue Outputs 0 to +10V
14
2
11
4
5
1
3
6
V. In
Common