Professional Dance Floor Lighting

Professional Dance Floor Lighting
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MadFX is a division of Abstract AVR Limited
Raving Mad Controller Instruction Manual - Issue 1.0: Feb 2003
Written by Sabre Technology (Hull) Ltd
Professional Dance Floor Lighting
Raving Mad Controller
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Light show does not move and Hold button is lit
The lightshow is in Hold mode. Press the Hold button to release Hold
Head types keep turning on and off on their own
The head types are in Auto mode. Hold down the button for each head
type until the button stops flashing. This puts the head type into
manual select mode.
Everything keeps turning off
If you’re using head type Auto mode, make sure that only head types
you actually have in the light show are set to Auto. The controller will
make sure that at least one type of head is turned on. However, say
you don’t have any Mad Spin units but you set Spin to Auto, the
controller will try to run the Spin units and everything may go dark.
The colour is always the same (and the Hold button is flashing)
You can lock the colour by holding down Hold and pressing one of the
head buttons. The hold button flashes. Press Hold to unlock the colour.
The colour does not change when I use the colour lock function
The units will change colour slowly if there is no audio beat present.
If you still cannot resolve the problem, it may be that the unit has a
fault. You should contact your dealer for assistance. If you have
Internet access you can go to:
for further information.
Maintenance of the controller
Congratulations on your purchase of the “Raving Mad” controller. Your
new unit offers many exciting features and can work in harmony with
all other products in the range to produce an amazing light show. You
can also integrate the controller with an existing DMX system to give
more sophisticated control.
This booklet includes important safety information. Please read through
the booklet before operating the product.
This controller is designed for the MadFX range of lights. It is not a
universal DMX controller and will not operate lights from other
manufacturers, except the Abstract range.
If you’re in a hurry…
If you don’t want all the details, and you just want to get it working in
a hurry...
If you are using this as the main controller for the lights, go to
page 9
If you are integrating the controller with an existing DMX512
system, go to page 6
Power supply: DC 12V 500mA Internal auto-resetting fuse
Light show output: MadFX light show output (Not DMX 512 compatible)
DMX input: 2 or 12 channels auto polarity detect, address 1-511
Audio line in: 0.75Vp-p 100Kohm input impedance auto level
Internal microphone: Electret microphone auto level
Clean the front panel using a soft cloth and detergent. Do not use
abrasive or solvent cleaners.
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In Advanced mode, the unit uses 12 DMX channels.
Guided tour of the unit
Channels 1 and 2 are the same as for Simple mode.
<back panel image>
1. Power socket (centre positive). The low voltage DC supply plugs into
this socket. The unit is protected against reverse polarity.
Chans 3-10:
head type control
Audio input plug (mono or stereo jack). If the built-in microphone
does not give good results then you can plug an audio line signal into
this socket. Do not connect a speaker level signal to this socket as the
unit may be damaged.
type AUTO
Light Show output socket. The MAD range lights are connected to
this socket.
type ON
DMX input socket. If you are integrating the controller with an existing
DMX system, the existing DMX wiring is connected here. The unit will
operate with either pin 3 hot or pin 2 hot.
type OFF
DMX Thru socket. Data from the DMX input socket is passed through to
this connector to allow the DMX circuit to be continued to the next
Dip switches. If you are using the DMX input, the switches set the DMX
address which the controller is to respond to. Switch 10 sets the mode
of the controller; if “off” then the unit is in “simple” mode and uses 2
DMX channels, if “on” the unit is in “advanced” mode and uses 12 DMX
Control panel. The unit is operated using the buttons and lights on the
front panel.
Channels 3-10 turn
each head type on and
off. At maximum value
the head type is set to
Auto Select.
Channel 11:
Colour override
0-3=Colour Auto
0-3=Gobo Auto
Channel 11 allows you
to override the colour
used in the light show.
At zero the controller
will use automatic
colours. See head
manual for colour
<front panel image labelling head type selects & ls mode selects>
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Channel 12:
Gobo override
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Channel 12 allows you
to override the gobo
used in the light show.
At zero the controller
will use automatic
colours. See head
manual for gobo
Note: You can’t override the lightshow on individual Mad heads. You
can either run the lightshow or have DMX control of all the heads.
Set Dip switches 1-9 on the Mad controller so that it responds to the DMX
controller on the correct DMX channel.
Dip switch 10 on the controller selects Simple mode (Off) or Advanced
mode (On).
Setting up
The controller is connected to all units by linking 3-pin XLR cables into
and out of each unit.
If you are using the Mad system with an external DMX system then go to
page 7.
In Simple mode, the unit uses 2 DMX channels:
Channel 1: Light show control
Channel 2: Light show mode
128-255=DMX override
192-255=Mad mode
128-191=Dance mode
64-127=Chill mode
0-127=Light show output
16-63=Mood mode
Setting the dip switches on the Mad lighting units
Channel 1 sets Light Show output if
below 50%, and DMX override if above
50%. In override the DMX input is
routed through to the output and you
can directly control the Mad lighting
using the external DMX controller.
Channel 2 sets the mode of the Mad
controller. At zero the controller is
blacked out. As the value increases
the mode steps through the 4
available “excitement” levels. (If
Channel 1 is set to override then
channel 2 has no effect on the
Dip switches 1-9 do not need to be set.
Dip switch 10 sets “odd” or “even” mode in the light show. The light
show will swap colours, strobing and blackouts between the “odd” and
“even” units.
You can invert the pan movement on Mad Scans, and turn off Gobos on
Mad Spins / Magicians using dip switch 1. Refer to the manual for the
lighting units.
When you have completed the setup, the green light should be lit on all
of the Mad lighting units. If the green light is flashing on any unit, then
the control circuit is not complete.
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DMX controlled mode
Operating the controller
The Raving Mad controller allows several advances over the automatic
lightshow built into the lighting units.
Blackout: By pressing the blackout button you can turn all units on or
Lightshow mood: The Mood, Chill, Dance and Mad buttons allow you to
set the excitement level of the lightshow. Mood is slowest and
moodiest, Mad is the fastest and most exciting. These buttons blink
when an audio beat is detected.
Strobe: You can strobe the units by holding down the Mad button.
You can control all aspects of the Raving Mad controller from an
existing DMX system. This allows you to use the Mad system as an
integrated part of a larger light show, but still take advantage of the
Mad system’s amazing automatic light show.
Setting up the controller
Link the Mad lighting units to the Light Show output socket using 3-pin
XLR cables.
Connect the external DMX cabling into the DMX input. To continue the
DMX to other units, connect them to the DMX thru socket. The DMX
input can be wired either pin 3 hot or pin 2 hot.
Head type control: The top row of buttons allow you to turn individual
head types on and off. If your rig consists of Scans, Spins and Magicians
you can select each type of unit by pressing the appropriate button.
Head type auto mode: If you hold down a head type button for about 2
seconds then that head type will be put into “auto” mode and the
button will start to flash. The controller will turn “auto” heads on and
off at random. Hold the button down again to turn auto mode off. You
can temporarily override the auto mode.
Lightshow hold: The Hold button allows you to stop the lightshow
movement, which can be useful for “breaks” in the music.
Colour lock: By holding down the Hold button and pressing one of the
head type buttons you can lock the colour of all units. The hold button
flashes when a colour is locked. Press the hold button to go back to
automatic colours.
Set Dip switch 10 on the Mad lighting units to on or off, selecting each
unit to be in “odd” or “even” light show group. The light show swaps
colours, strobing and blackout between the “odd” and “even” groups.
Set switches 1-9 on the Mad lighting units to match the settings of the
DMX controller, if you want to be able to override the lightshow and
manually control the lighting units. Dip switch 1 has special functions
on the Mad units when in light show mode so you may need to adjust
the DMX channels to allow for this.
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