Product Manual snokontrol-user-manual-rev-b-

COPYRIGHT 2011-12
BLIZZARD LIGHTING, LLC
WISCONSIN, USA
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. GETTING STARTED3
1.1 What’s In The Box?3
1.2 Getting It Out Of The Box3
1.3 Powering Up!3
1.4 Getting A Hold Of Us3
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS4
1.5 Instructions on Our Instructions4
2. INTRODUCTION5
2.1
Features 5
2.2
General Overview 5
2.3 Nifty, Spiffy Diagram (front)5
2.4 Nifty, Spiffy Diagram (back)6
2.5 Common Terms7
3.OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS8
3.1
Setup 8
3.1.1 Setting Up The System 8
3.1.2 Fixture Addressing8
3.1.3 Pan & Tilt Channels8
3.1.4 Resetting The System9
3.1.5 Fixture Copy9
3.1.6 Fade Time Assign9
3.2 Manual Mode9
3.3 Programming Mode10
3.3.1 Entering Program Mode10
3.3.2 Create A Scene10
3.3.2.1 Review A Scene Or Chase10
3.3.3 Running A Program10
3.3.4 Check Program11
3.3.5 Editing A Program11
3.3.6 Copy A Program11
3.4 Chase Programming11
3.4.1 Create A Chase11
3.4.2 Running A Chase12
3.4.3 Checking A Chase12
3.4.4 Edit A Chase (Copy A Bank Into A Chase)
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3.4.5 Edit A Chase (Copy A Scene Into A Chase)
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3.4.6 Edit A Chase (Insert A Scene Into A Chase)
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3.4.7 Delete A Scene In A Chase12
3.4.8 Delete A Scene In A Chase13
3.4.9 Delete All Chase Programs13
3.5 Scene Programming (Step Programming)13
3.5.1 Insert A Scene13
3.5.2 Copy A Scene13
3.5.3 Delete A Scene13
3.5.3 Delete All Scenes14
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3.6 Playback14
3.6.1 Sound Active Mode14
3.6.2 Auto Mode14
3.6.3 Blackout14
3.7 MIDI Operation14
4. APPENDIX16
4.1 A Quick Lesson On DMX16
4.2 Keeping Your SNOKONTROL As Good As New
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4.3 Returns (Gasp!)17
4.4 Shipping Issues17
4.5 Tech SPECS!18
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1. GETTING STARTED
1.1 What’s In The Box?
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1x SNOKONTROL™ DMX Controller
1x 12 VDC, 500ma AC/DC Adaptor
A Warranty Card & Warranty Info
This Lovely User Manual
1.2 Getting It Out Of The Box
We could tell just by lookin’ atcha. You’re a bit of a control freak, aren’t ya? Just kidding! CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve purchased a GREAT little DMX controller! Bravo! Now that you’ve got
your SNOKONTROL™, you should carefully unpack the box and check the contents to ensure that
all parts are present and in good condition. If anything looks as if it has been damaged in transit,
notify the shipper immediately and keep the packing material for inspection. Again, please save
the carton and all packing materials. If a fixture must be returned to the factory, it is important
that the fixture be returned in the original factory box and packing.
1.3 Powering Up!
All fixtures must be powered directly off a switched circuit and cannot be run off a
rheostat (variable resistor) or dimmer circuit, even if the rheostat or dimmer channel
is used solely for a 0% to 100% switch.
AC Voltage Switch - Not all fixtures have a voltage select switch, so please verify that the fixture
you receive is suitable for your local power supply. See the label on the fixture or refer to the
fixture’s specifications chart for more information. A fixture’s listed current rating is its average
current draw under normal conditions. Check the fixture or device carefully to make sure that if
a voltage selection switch exists that it is set to the correct line voltage you will use.
Warning! Verify that the voltage select switch on your unit matches the line voltage
applied. Damage to your fixture may result if the line voltage applied does not match
the voltage indicated on the voltage selector switch. All fixtures must be connected to
circuits with a suitable Ground (Earthing).
1.4 Getting A Hold Of Us
If something is wrong, just give us a call or send an email. We’ll be happy to help, honest.
Blizzard Lighting
W220 N1531 Jericho Ct. Suite E, Waukesha, WI 53186 USA
support@blizzardlighting.com | Phone: 866-493-6025
www.blizzardlighting.com
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
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Please keep this User Guide for future use. If you sell the unit to someone else, be
sure that they also receive this User Guide.
ALWAYS make sure that you are connecting to the proper voltage, and that the line
voltage you are connecting to is not higher than that stated on the decal or rear
panel of the fixture.
This product is intended for indoor use only.
To prevent risk of fire or shock, do not expose fixture to rain or moisture.
Make sure there are no flammable materials close to the unit while operating.
The unit must be installed in a location with adequate ventilation, at least 20in
(50cm) from adjacent surfaces. Be sure that no ventilation slots are blocked.
ALWAYS disconnect from the power source before servicing or replacing fuse and
be sure to replace with same fuse size and type.
ALWAYS secure fixture using a safety chain. NEVER carry the fixture by its head.
Use its carrying handles.
DO NOT operate at ambient temperatures higher than 104°F (40°C).
In the event of a serious operating problem, stop using the unit immediately. NEVER try to repair the unit by yourself. Repairs carried out by unskilled people can
lead to damage or malfunction. Please contact the nearest authorized technical assistance center. Always use the same type spare parts.
NEVER connect the device to a dimmer pack.
Make sure the power cord is never crimped or damaged.
Never disconnect the power cord by pulling or tugging on the cord.
Avoid direct eye exposure to the light source while it is on.
Caution! There are no user serviceable parts inside the unit. Do not open the housing or attempt any repairs yourself. In the unlikely event your unit may require service, please contact
Blizzard Lighting at support@blizzardlighting.com.
1.5 Instructions on Our Instructions
We try to make these manuals easy to read and as fun as reading an instruction manual can be.
Because there are buttons, switches, sliders and knobs galore on most of our products, it makes
sense to refer to things in a consistent fashion. So, when you see text formatted in certain
ways, it should say to you “Hey! Look at me! I MEAN something, dammit!”
Special Text
What It Means
LED
Text displayed on the fixture’s LED control panel
<MENU>
Button <X> to be pressed
MENU --> SHMD
A sequence to be followed
000 <-> 255
A range of values
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2. INTRODUCTION
2.1Features
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DMX512/1990 Standard
Controls 24 intelligent lights of up to 16 channels, totally 384 channels
30 banks, each with 8 scenes; 6 chase, each with up to 240 scenes
Record up to 6 chases with fade time and speeds
16 sliders for direct control of channels
MIDI control over banks, chases and blackout
Built-in microphone for music mode
Auto mode program controlled by fade time sliders
DMX in/out: 3 pin XLR
LED gooseneck lamp
Plastic end housing
2.2 General Overview
The Controller is a universal intelligent lighting controller. It allows the control of 24
fixtures composed of 16 channels each and up to 240 programmable scenes. Six chase
banks can contain up to 240 steps composed of the saved scenes and in any order.
Programs can be triggered by music, midi,automatically or manually. All chases can be
executed at the same time.
On the surface you will find various programming tools such as 16 universal channel
sliders, quick access scanner and scene buttons, and an LED display indicator for easier
navigation of controls and menu functions.
2.3 Nifty, Spiffy Diagram (front)
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Number
Button/Fader/Connection
Does...
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Scanner Select Buttons
Fixture selection
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Scanner Indicator LEDs
Indicates the fixture(s) currently selected
3
Scene Select Buttons
Universal bump buttons representing scene location for storage and selection
4
Channel Faders
Adjusts DMX values - Channel 1-16 may be adjusted after pressing the
respective scanner select button
5
Program Button
Enters programming mode
6
Music/Bank Copy Button
Activates Music mode -or- functions as the command copy button during
programming
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LED Display
Displays pertinent operating data
8
Mode Indicator LEDs
Provides operating mode status - (manual, music or auto)
9
Bank Up Button
Increments scene/step in bank/chase
10
Bank Down Button
Decrements scene/step in bank/chase
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Tap Display Button
Sets the chase speed by tapping the button -or- toggles between DMX
value and percentage
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Blackout Button
Sets the shutter/dimmer value of all fixtures to ZERO
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Midi/ADD Button
Activates MIDI external control -or- confirms the record/save process
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Auto/Del Button
Activates Auto mode -or- functions as the delete button during programming
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Chaser Buttons
Activates/accesses chase 1-6
16
Speed Fader
Adjusts scene hold time or step speed within a chase
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Fade Time Fader
Sets the fade time between two scenes in a chase (crossfade)
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Page Select Button
Toggles between fader page A and B while in manual mode
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MIDI Input Jack
For external triggering of banks & chases using a MIDI device
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DMX Output Jack
DMX signal output
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DC Input Jack
Power input, DC9V @2.0A
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USB Lamp Jack ONLY
ONLY for use with the included USB LED lamp
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Power Switch
Turns the unit On/Off
2.4 Nifty, Spiffy Diagram (back)
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2.5 Common Terms
The following are common terms used in intelligent light programming, so pay attention!
We’ll be using them throughout the manual.
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Blackout is a state by where all lighting fixtures light output are set to 0 or off,
usually on a temporary basis.
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DMX-512 stands for Digital MultipleX is an industry standard digital communication protocol used in entertainment lighting equipment. For more information read
the DMX Primer and DMX Control Mode Sections later in the manual.
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Fixture refers to your lighting instrument or other device such as a fogger or dimmer of which you can control.
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Programs are a bunch of scenes stacked one after another. It can be programmed
as either a single scene or multiple scenes in sequence.
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Scenes are static lighting states.
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Sliders are a delicious small burger or sandwich, but here they are used in the
same context as faders.
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Chases can also be called programs. A chase consists of a number of scenes
stacked one after another.
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Scanner refers to a lighting instrument with a pan and tilt mirror; however, in the
SNOKONTROL controller it can be used to control any DMX-512 compatible device
as a generic fixture.
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MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, and is a standard for representing musical information in a digital format. A MIDI input would provide external
triggering of scenes using midi device such as a midi keyboard.
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Stand Alone refers to a fixture’s ability to function independently of an external
controller and usually in sync to music, due to a built in microphone.
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Fade Slider is used to adjust the time between scenes within a chase.
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Speed Slider affects the amount of time a scene will hold its state. It is also considered a wait time.
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Shutter is a mechanical device in the lighting fixture that allows you to block the
lights path. It is often used to lessen the intensity of the light output and to strobe.
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Patching refers to the process of assigning fixtures a DMX channel.
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Playbacks can be either scenes or chases that are directly called to execution by
the user. A playback can also be considered program memory that can be recalled
during a show.
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3.OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
3.1Setup
3.1.1 Setting Up The System
Plug the AC to DC power supply to the system back panel and to the mains outlet.
Plug in your DMX cable(s) to your intelligent lighting as described in the fixtures respective
manual. For a quick lesson on DMX see the DMX Primer section in the Appendix of this manual.
3.1.2 Fixture Addressing
The controller is programmed to control 32 channels of DMX per fixture, therefore the fixtures
you wish to control with the corresponding SCANNER/PAGE buttons on the unit, must be
spaced 16 channels apart.
Fixture
Scanner
Number
(Page A/B)
1
1A
DMX
Start
Address
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Binary DIP Switch
Settings
(SET TO ON POSITION)
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Fixture
Scanner
Number
(Page A/B)
13
7A
DMX
Start
Address
193
Binary DIP Switch
Settings
(SET TO ON POSITION)
1, 7, 8
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1B
17
1, 5
14
7B
209
1, 5, 7, 8
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2A
33
1, 6
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8A
225
1, 6, 7, 8
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2B
49
1, 5, 6
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8B
241
1, 5, 6, 7, 8
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3A
65
1, 7
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9A
257
1, 9
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81
1, 5, 7
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9B
273
1, 5, 9
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4A
97
1, 6, 7
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10A
289
1, 6, 9
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4B
113
1, 5, 6, 7
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10B
305
1, 5, 6, 9
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5A
129
1, 8
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11A
321
1, 7, 9
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5B
145
1, 5, 8
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11B
337
1, 5, 7, 9
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6A
161
1, 6, 8
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12A
353
1, 6, 7, 9
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6B
177
1, 5, 6, 8
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12B
369
1, 5, 6, 7, 9
Please refer to your individual fixture’s manual for detailed DMX addressing instructions. The
table above refers to a standard 9-DIP Switch binary configurable device.
3.1.3 Pan & Tilt Channels
Because not all intelligent lighting fixtures are alike or share the same control attributes, the
Controller allows the user to assign the correct pan and tilt channel for every individual fixture.
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Press and hold <PROGRAM> & <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> until the display flashes.
Press then <SCANNER> or <PAGE SELECT> button that represents the fixture
whose faders you would like to reassign.
Move the fader corresponding with the pan channel for the selected fixture. Press the <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> button to confirm.
Move the fader corresponding with the tilt channel for the selected fixture.
Press and hold <PROGRAM> & <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> until the display flashes.
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3.1.4 Resetting The System
WARNING: This will reset the controller to its factory defaults. ALL PROGRAMS AND SETTINGS
WILL BE ERASED!
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Turn the unit off.
Press and hold <BANK UP> & <AUTO/DEL>
Turn the unit on while you continue to hold <BANK UP> & <AUTO/DEL>
The settings will be reset to factory defaults.
3.1.5 Fixture Copy
This allows the user to copy the attributes of one fixture to another (IE Scanner 1 to Scanner 2)
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Press and hold the <SCANNER> button to be copied.
While holding the first button, press and hold the <SCANNER> button to receive
the copied data.
Release the first <SCANNER> button, then the second.
The Scanner LED indicators will flash to confirm a successful copy.
3.1.6 Fade Time Assign
This allows the user to assign fade times either globally or to PAN/TILT channels only. This is
useful because typically the user will not want to fade gobos/colors/etc.
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Turn the controller off.
Hold the <BLACKOUT> and <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> buttons simultaneously.
Turn the controller on.
Press the <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> button to toggle between the two modes. Either
all channels (A) or PAN/TILT channels only (P).
Press <BLACKOUT> and <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> to save the setting. All LEDs
will blink to confirm the selection.
3.2 Manual Mode
Manual mode allows direct control of all scanners. You are able to move them and change attributes by using the channel faders.
Note: All changes made while in Manual Mode are temporary and will not be recorded.
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Press the <AUTO DEL> button until the Auto Trigger LED is unlit.
Select a <SCANNER> button.
Move the faders to change fixture attributes corresponding with each fader channel.
Pressing the <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> button toggles between displaying the DMX
value (0-255) and percentage (0-100)
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3.3 Programming
A program (bank) is a sequence of different scenes or steps which are called one after another.
SNOKONTROL can store up to 30 programs of 8 scenes each.
3.3.1 Entering Program Mode
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Make sure that MANUAL mode is selected.
Press and hold the <PROGRAM> button until the Program LED blinks rapidly.
3.3.2 Create A Scene
A scene is a static lighting look. Scenes are stored in banks. SNOKONTROL features 30 bank
memories, and each bank holds up to 8 scenes. In total, SNOKONTROL is capable of storing up
to 240 scenes.
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Ensure that the BLACKOUT LED is not lit. If it is, press the <BLACKOUT> button
to deselect.
Press and hold the <PROGRAM> button until the Program LED blinks rapidly.
Set the SPEED and FADE TIME sliders at their lowest level.
Select the fixture(s) you wish to include in the scene by pressing the appropriate
<SCANNER> buttons.
Create your look by using the sliders.
Tap the <MIDI/ADD> button.
Using the <BANK UP> and <BANK DOWN> buttons, select a bank from 01-30.
Using the <SCENES> button, select the scene (1-8) that you wish to program. All
LEDs will flash to confirm. The LED display will indicate the scene number (1-8)
which was programmed.
Repeat steps 5-7 as necessary. Up to 8 scenes may be recorded to each program
bank.
To exit program mode, press and hold the <PROGRAM> button.
3.3.2.1 Review A Scene Or Chase
This section assumes that you have already recorded scenes and chases in the controller.
To Review a Scene:
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Select any one of the 30 banks by pressing the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN>
buttons.
Select a <SCENE> button (1-8) to review.
Move the faders to change fixture attributes.
To Review a Chase:
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Press any one of the 6 <CHASE> buttons.
Press the <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> button to view the step number on the display.
Press the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons to review all scenes in the chase.
3.3.3 Running A Program
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Use the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons to change program banks as
needed.
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Press the <AUTO/DEL> button repeatedly until the Auto Trigger LED turns on.
Adjust the program speed using the SPEED fader and the fade time using the
FADE TIME fader.
Alternately, tapping the <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> button to change scenes. This is
useful for allowing fixtures to follow the beat of music, etc.
3.3.4 Check Program
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Press and hold <PROGRAM> button until the PROGRAM LED blinks.
Use the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons to select the program bank to
review.
Press the <SCENES> buttons to review each scene individually.
3.3.5 Editing A Program
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Press and hold <PROGRAM> button until the PROGRAM LED blinks.
Use the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons to select the program bank to
edit.
Select the desired fixture using the appropriate <SCANNER> button or <PAGE
SELECT> button.
Adjust and change fixture attributes using teh channel faders.
Press the <MIDI/ADD> button to prepare the save.
Select the desired <SCENES> button to save.
3.3.6 Copy A Program
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Press and hold <PROGRAM> button until the PROGRAM LED blinks.
Use the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons to select the program bank to
review.
Press the <MIDI/ADD> button to prepare the copy.
Use the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons to select the program bank to
copy.
Press the <MUSIC BANK COPY> button to execute the copy. All LEDs on the controller will blink to confirm. All 8 scenes in the program bank will be copied.
3.4 Chase Programming
A chase is created by using previously created scenes. Scenes become steps in a chase and can
be arranged in any order you choose. It is highly recommended that prior to programming chases for the first time; you delete all chases from memory. See Delete All Chases for instructions.
3.4.1 Create A Chase
A Chase can contain 240 scenes as steps. The term steps and scenes are used interchangeably.
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Press the <PROGRAM> button until the Program LED blinks
Press the <CHASE> (1-6) button to select which chase to program.
Use the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons to select a scene if needed.
Select the <SCENE> button corresponding to the scene you would like to insert.
Tap the <MIDI/ADD> button to store.
Repeat steps 3-5 to add additional steps to the chase. Up to 240 steps may be programmed.
Press and hold the <PROGRAM> button to save the chase.
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3.4.2 Running A Chase
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Press a <CHASE> button then press the <AUTO/DEL> button.
Adjust the chase speed by tapping the <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> button (up to 10
minutes between taps... seriously... that would be a long chase.)
3.4.3 Checking A Chase
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Press and hold the <PROGRAM> button until the PROGRAM LED blinks.
Select the desired <CHASE> button
Press the <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> button to switch the LED display to steps.
Review each scene/step individually by using the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN>
buttons.
3.4.4 Edit A Chase (Copy A Bank Into A Chase)
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Press and hold the <PROGRAM> button to enter programming mode.
Press the desired <CHASE> button.
Select the BANK to be copied using the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons.
Press<MUSIC/BANK COPY> button to prepare to copy.
Press <MIDI/ADD> button to copy the bank. All LEDs will blink.
3.4.5 Edit A Chase (Copy A Scene Into A Chase)
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Press and hold the <PROGRAM> button to enter programming mode.
Press the desired <CHASE> button.
Select the BANK that contains the scene to be copied using the <BANK
UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons.
Press the <SCENE> button that corresponds to the scene to be copied.
Press <MIDI/ADD> button to copy the scene. All LEDs will blink.
3.4.6 Edit A Chase (Insert A Scene Into A Chase)
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Press and hold the <PROGRAM> button to enter programming mode.
Press the desired <CHASE> button.
Press the <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> button to switch the LED display to steps.
Use the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons to navitage between steps and
locate the insert point for the new scene. The display will read the step number (0240)
Press <MIDI/ADD> button to prepare the insert.
Use the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons to locate the scene to insert.
Press the <SCENE> button that corresponds to the scene to be inserted.
Press <MIDI/ADD> button to insert the scene. All LEDs will blink.
3.4.7 Delete A Scene In A Chase
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Press and hold the <PROGRAM> button to enter programming mode.
Press the desired <CHASE> button.
Press the <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> button to switch the LED display to steps.
Use the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons to navitage between steps and
locate the scene to be deleted. The display will read the step number (0-240)
Press the <AUTO/DEL> button to delete the scene/step. All LEDs will blink.
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3.4.8 Delete A Scene In A Chase
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Press and hold the <PROGRAM> button to enter programming mode.
Press the desired <CHASE> button.
Press and hold the <AUTO/DEL> button and the respective <CHASE> button to
delete the chase. All LEDs will blink.
3.4.9 Delete All Chase Programs
CAUTION! This procedure will result in irrevocable loss of chase step memory. The individual
scenes and program banks will be preserved.
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Turn the controller OFF.
Press and hold the <BANK DOWN> button and the <AUTO/DEL> button while
turning the controller ON.
All LEDs will blink for confirmation.
3.5 Scene Programming (Step Programming)
3.5.1 Insert A Scene
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Press and hold the <PROGRAM> button to enter programming mode.
Press the desired <CHASE> button.
Press the <TAPSYNC DISPLAY> button to switch the LED display to step view.
Use the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons to navitage between steps and
locate the insert point for the new scene. The display will read the step number (0240)
Press <MIDI/ADD> button to prepare the insert.
Use the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons to locate the scene to insert.
Press the <SCENE> button that corresponds to the scene to be inserted.
Press <MIDI/ADD> button to insert the scene. All LEDs will blink.
3.5.2 Copy A Scene
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Press and hold the <PROGRAM> button to enter programming mode.
Select the BANK that contains the scene to be copied using the <BANK
UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons.
Press the <SCENE> button that corresponds to the scene to be copied.
Press <MIDI/ADD> button to copy the scene.
Select the destination BANK to receive the copied data using the <BANK
UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons.
Press the <SCENE> button to complete the copy. All LEDs will blink.
3.5.3 Delete A Scene
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Press and hold the <PROGRAM> button to enter programming mode.
Select the BANK that contains the scene to be deleted using the <BANK
UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons.
Press the <AUTO/DEL> button to delete the scene/step.
Press the <SCENE> button that corresponds to the scene you want to delete. All
LEDs will blink.
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3.5.3 Delete All Scenes
CAUTION! This procedure will result in irrevocable loss of scene data.
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Press and hold the <PROGRAM> and <BANK DOWN> buttons while switching
the controller OFF.
Turn the controller back ON.
3.6 Playback
3.6.1 Sound Active Mode
In Sound Active mode, programs will be triggered by the built-in microphone.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Press the <MUSIC BANK COPY> button until the MUSIC LED is lit.
Select the BANK to run in sound active mode using the <BANK UP>/<BANK
DOWN> buttons.
Alternately, you can press a single <CHASE> button (1-6) or several <CHASE>
buttons in sequence, and all selected chases will loop in the order in which they
were selected.
Fade time may be adjusted using the FADE TIME fader.
3.6.2 Auto Mode
In Sound Active mode, programs will be triggered by the built-in microphone.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Press <AUTO/DEL> button until the AUTO LED is lit.
If a <CHASE> button is not pressed, SNOKONTROL will automatically run a BANK
program.
Change BANK programs by using the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN> buttons.
Alternately, you can press a single <CHASE> button (1-6) or several <CHASE>
buttons in sequence, and all selected chases will loop in the order in which they
were selected.
Program speed may be adjusted using the SPEED fader. Fade time may be adjusted using the FADE TIME fader.
3.6.3 Blackout
The <BLACKOUT> button brings all lighting output to ZERO (OFF).
3.7 MIDI Operation
The controller will only respond to MIDI commands on the MIDI channel which it is set to full
stop. All MIDI control is performed using Note on commands. All other MIDI instructions are ignored. To stop a chase, send the blackout on note.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Press and hold the <MIDI/ADD> button for at least 3 seconds.
Select the MIDI control channel (1~16) via the <BANK UP>/<BANK DOWN>
buttons to set.
Press and hold the <MIDI/ADD> button for 3 seconds to save settings.
To release MIDI control, press any other button except the <BANK> buttons during
step 2.
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MIDI NOTE
Function (ON/OFF)
MIDI NOTE
Function (ON/OFF)
00-07
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 1
88-95
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 12
08-15
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 2
96-103
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 13
16-23
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 3
104-111
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 14
24-31
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 4
112-119
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 15
32-39
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 5
120
Chase 1
40-47
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 6
121
Chase 2
48-55
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 7
122
Chase 3
56-63
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 8
123
Chase 4
64-71
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 9
124
Chase 5
72-79
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 10
125
Chase 6
80-87
Scenes 1-8 in BANK 11
126
BLACKOUT
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4. APPENDIX
4.1 A Quick Lesson On DMX
DMX (aka DMX-512) was created in 1986 by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology
(USITT) as a standardized method for connecting lighting consoles to lighting dimmer modules.
It was revised in 1990 and again in 2000 to allow more flexibility. The Entertainment Services
and Technology Association (ESTA) has since assumed control over the DMX512 standard. It has
also been approved and recognized for ANSI standard classification. DMX covers (and is an abbreviation for) Digital MultipleXed signals. It is the most common communications standard used by lighting and related stage equipment.
DMX provides up to 512 control “channels” per data link. Each of these channels was originally
intended to control lamp dimmer levels. You can think of it as 512 faders on a lighting console,
connected to 512 light bulbs. Each slider’s position is sent over the data link as an 8-bit number
having a value between 0 and 255. The value 0 corresponds to the light bulb being completely
off while 255 corresponds to the light bulb being fully on.
DMX data is transmitted at 250,000 bits per second using the RS-485 transmission standard
over two wires. As with microphone cables, a grounded cable shield is used to prevent interference with other signals.
There are five pins on a DMX connector: a wire for ground (cable shield), two wires for “Primary”
communication which goes from a DMX source to a DMX receiver, and two wires for a “Secondary” communication which goes from a DMX receiver back to a DMX source. Generally, the “Secondary” channel is not used so data flows only from sources to receivers. Hence, most of us
are most familiar with DMX-512 as being employer over typical 3-pin “mic cables,” although this
does not conform to the defined standard.
DMX is connected using a daisy-chain configuration where the source connects to the input of
the first device, the output of the first device connects to the input of the next device, and so on.
The standard allows for up to 32 devices on a single DMX link.
Each receiving device typically has a means for setting the “starting channel number” that it will
respond to. For example, if two 6-channel fixtures are used, the first fixture might be set to start
at channel 1 so it would respond to DMX channels 1 through 6, and the next fixture would be set
to start at channel 7 so it would respond to channels 7 through 12.
The greatest strength of the DMX communications protocol is that it is very simple and robust.
It involves transmitting a reset condition (indicating the start of a new “packet”), a start code,
and up to 512 bytes of data. Data packets are transmitted continuously. As soon as one packet
is finished, another can begin with no delay if desired (usually another follows within 1 ms). If
nothing is changing (i.e. no lamp levels change) the same data will be sent out over and over
again. This is a great feature of DMX -- if for some reason the data is not interpreted the first
time around, it will be re-sent shortly.
Not all 512 channels need to be output per packet, and in fact, it is very uncommon to find all
512 used. The fewer channels are used, the higher the “refresh” rate. It is possible to get DMX
refreshes at around 1000 times per second if only 24 channels are being transmitted. If all 512
channels are being transmitted, the refresh rate is around 44 times per second.
DMX has become the standard for lighting control. It is flexible, robust, and scalable, and its
ability to control everything from dimmer packs to moving lights to foggers to lasers makes it an
indispensible tool for any lighting designer or lighting performer.
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4.2 Keeping Your SNOKONTROL As Good As New
The SNOKONTROL you’ve received is a rugged, tough piece of pro lighting equipment, and as
long as you take care of it, it will take care of you. That said, like anything, you’ll need to take
care of it if you want it to operate as designed. You should absolutely keep the fixture clean,
especially if you are using it in an environment with a lot of dust, fog, haze, wild animals, wild
teenagers or spilled drinks.
Cleaning the surface routinely with a suitable cleaner is useful for keeping the faders clean and
in good operating condition.
In transit, keep the fixtures in cases. You wouldn’t throw a prized guitar, drumset, or other piece
of expensive gear into a gear trailer without a case, and similarly, you shouldn’t even think about
doing it with your shiny new light fixtures. Common sense and taking care of your fixtures will be the single biggest thing you can do to
keep them running at peak performance and let you worry about designing a great light show,
putting on a great concert, or maximizing your client’s satistfaction and “wow factor.” That’s
what it’s all about, after all!
4.3 Returns (Gasp!)
We’ve taken a lot of precautions to make sure you never even have to worry about sending a
defective unit back, or sending a unit in for service. But, like any complex piece of equipment
designed and built by humans, once in a while, something doesn’t go as planned. If you find
yourself with a fixture that isn’t behaving like a good little fixture should, you’ll need to obtain a
Return Authorization (RA).
Don’t worry, this is easy. Just send an email to support@blizzardlighting.com, and we’ll issue
you an RA. Then, you’ll need to send the unit to us using a trackable, pre-paid freight method.
We suggest using USPS Priority or UPS. Make sure you carefully pack the fixture for transit, and
whenever possible, use the original box & packing for shipping.
When returning your fixture for service, be sure to include the following:
1.) Your contact information (Name, Address, Phone Number, Email address).
2.) The RA# issued to you
3.) A brief description of the problem/symptoms.
We will, at our discretion, repair or replace the fixture. Please remember that any shipping damage which occurs in transit to us is the customer’s responsibility, so pack it well!
4.4 Shipping Issues
Damage incurred in shipping is the responsibility of the shipper, and must be reported
to the carrier immediately upon receipt of the items. Claims must be made within
seven (7) days of receipt.
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4.5 Tech SPECS!
Weight & Dimensions
Length
20.5 inches (520 mm)
Width
7.25 inches (183 mm)
Height
2.9 inches (73 mm)
Weight
1.4 lbs (3 kg)
Power
Operating Voltage
DC9V, 2A (From included power supply)
Thermal
Max. Operating Temp.
104 degrees F (40 degrees C) ambient
Control
Protocol
USITT DMX-512
DMX Channels
384
Output
3-pin XLR Female
Roy Lichtenstein Paintings
Are very cool.
Warranty
2-year limited warranty.
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