Instruction manual | American DJ DJ Roller DJ Equipment User Manual

American DJ
DJ Roller™
Thank you for purchasing the DJ Roller™ by American DJ®. Every DJ
Roller™ has been thoroughly tested and has been shipped in perfect
operating condition. Carefully check the shipping carton for damage
that may have occurred during shipping. If the carton appears to be
damaged, carefully inspect your unit for any damage and be sure all
equipment necessary to operate the system has arrived intact. In the
event damage has been found or parts are missing, please contact our
toll free customer support number for further instructions. Please do not
return the unit to your dealer without first contacting customer support.
DJ Roller™
Customer Support:
American DJ® provides a toll free customer support line, to provide set
up help and to answer any question should you encounter problems
during your set up or initial operation. You may also visit us on the web
at for any comments or suggestions. For service
related issue please contact American DJ®. Service Hours are Monday
through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
(800) 322-6337
(323) 582-2610
Warning! To prevent or reduce the risk of electrical shock or fire, do
not expose this unit to rain or moisture.
Caution! There are no user serviceable parts inside this unit. Do not
attempt any repairs yourself, doing so will void your manufactures warranty. In the unlikely event your unit may require service please contact
your nearest American DJ dealer.
User Instructions
American DJ
4295 Charter Street
Los Angeles, CA 90058
PLEASE do not discard the shipping carton in the trash. Please
recycle when ever possible.
Safety Issues: This unit may blow a fuse if the maximum allotted
load of 15 amps is reached. If the fuse needs replacement, always
replace the fuse with same exact type that was remove, unless
otherwise instructed by an authorized American DJ® service technician. Use of a different type fuse from that which is recommended may
cause fire or electric shock and will void the manufactures warranty.
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DJ Roller™
Safety Precautions
• Do not spill water or other liquids into or on to your unit.
• Be sure that the local power outlet match that of the required voltage
for your unit.
• Do not attempt to operate this unit if the power cord has been frayed
or broken. Please route your power cord away from foot traffic.
• Do not attempt to remove or break off the ground prong from
the electrical cord. This prong is used to reduce the risk of electrical
shock and fire in case of an internal short.
• Disconnect from main power before making any type of connection.
• Do not remove the top cover under any conditions. There are no
user serviceable parts inside.
• Never plug this unit in to a dimmer pack
• Always be sure to mount this unit in an area that will allow proper
ventilation. Allow about 6” (15cm) between this device and a wall.
• Do not attempt to operate this unit if it becomes damaged in any way.
• Never operate this unit when it’s cover is removed.
• To reduce the risk of electrical shock or fire, do not expose this unit
rain or moisture
• This unit is intended for indoor use only, use of this product outdoors
voids all warranties.
• During long periods of non-use, disconnect the unit’s main power.
• Always mount this unit in safe and stable matter.
• Power-Cord Protection -Power-supply cords should be routed
so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items
placed upon or against them, paying particular attention to cords at
plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from
the fixture.
• Cleaning -The fixture should be cleaned only as recommended by
the manufacturer.
• Heat -The fixture should be situated away from heat sources
such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other appliances (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
• The fixture should be serviced by qualified service personnel when:
A. The power-supply cord or the plug has been damaged.
B. Objects have fallen, or liquid has been spilled into the appliance.
C. The appliance has been exposed to rain or water.
D. The fixture does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a
marked change in performance.
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DJ Roller™
Quick Start
Master/Slave Quick Start Stand Alone Mode
Connect up to four units together via XLR cables. The master unit
will run the slaves to the masters built in programs and internal
microphone. Plug in all units. When the DJ Roller™ is first turned on,
it will run through an internal self test where it resets all motors to their
zero position. After the self test the units will react to sound, and chase
to the several built in programs.
DJ Roller™
The DJ Roller™ features a bright 150 watt/500 hour lamp life halogen
bulb with a separate gobo and color wheel. The color wheel features
seven brilliant colors plus white and the gobo wheel features 9 gobos
plus a large and small spot. This units is ready to be installed or hung
and powered right out of the box. There is no assembly required. This
fixture incorporates the use of high quality stepper motors for a more
accurate mirror movement. Mirror movement allows for a full 90
degree tilt (vertical) and a full 90 degree pan (horizontal). An internal
built in microphone allows the fixtures to run in Stand Alone mode so
there is no need for an external controller. The DJ Roller™ may also
be set-up to run in a Master-Slave mode when used in multiples, up to
16 units. When used in the Master-Slave mode, the unit will chase to
several internal programs. The DJ Roller™ can also be controlled via
a standard DMX controller such as the American DJ Show Designer,™
or the American DJ® DMX Operator,™ giving the user independent
control over the gobo and color wheel as well as the mirrors pan and
tilt movements.
ZB-JCR/H5 15V/150W, 500Hr Lamp.
DMX-512 Compatible.
Stepper motors for smooth movements.
7 colors plus white.
10 Gobos plus spot.
Master/Slave Operation
Built-in microphone.
Sound sensitivity knob.
One year warranty.
Sound Active.
Optional MINI/C controller, for blackout control.
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DJ Roller™
Set Up
Power Supply: Before plugging your unit in be sure the source voltage in your area matches the required voltage for your American DJ®
DJ Roller.™ The American DJ® DJ Roller™ is available in a 120v and
220v version. Because line voltage may vary from venue to venue,
you should be sure your unit voltages matches the wall outlet voltage
before attempting to operate you fixture.
Data Cable (DMX Cable) Requirements
(For DMX Operation Only and MasterSlave): The DJ Roller™ may be controlled via
XLR Male Socket
1 Ground
2 Cold
Figure 2
XLR Female Socket
2 Cold
1 Ground
XLR Pin Configuration
Pin 1 = Ground
Pin 2 = Data Compliment (negative)
3 Hot
3 Hot
Pin 3 = Data True (positive)
Figure 3
used, you may need to use a terminator on the last unit to avoid erratic
behavior. A terminator is a 90-120 ohm 1/4 watt resistor which is connected between pins 2 and 3 of a male XLR connector (DATA + and
DATA -). This unit is inserted in the female XLR connector of the last
unit in your daisy chain to terminate the line. Using a cable terminator
(ADJ part number ZDMX/T) will decrease the possibilities of erratic
Termination reduces signal errors and
Do not use the ground lug on the XLR connector. Do not connect the
cable’s shield conductor to the ground lug or allow the shield conductor
to come in contact with the XLR’s outer casing. Grounding the shield
could cause a short circuit and erratic behavior.
Special Note: Line Termination. When longer runs of cable are
Notice: Be sure to follow figure three when making your own cables.
Set Up
DMX-512 protocol. Your unit and your DMX controller require a standard 3-pin XLR connector
for data input and data output (Figure 1). If you
are constructing your own cables, be sure to
use standard two conductor shielded cable as
Figure 1
detailed in figure two (This cable may be purchased at almost all pro sound and lighting stores). Your cables should
be made with a male and female XLR connector on either end of the
cable. Also remember that DMX cable must be daisy chained and may
not be split.
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avoids signal transmission problems
and interference. It is always advisable
to connect a DMX terminal, (Resistance
120 Ohm 1/4 W) between PIN 2 (DMX-)
and PIN 3 (DMX +) of the last fixture.
DJ Roller™
Figure 4
DMX Addressing
DMX is short for Digital Multiplex. This is a universal binary language
used as a form of communication between intelligent fixtures. Each
dip switch represents a binary value.
Dip Switch 1 address equals 1
Dip Switch 2 address equals 2
Dip Switch 3 address equals 4
Dip Switch 4 address equals 8
Dip Switch 5 address equals 16
Dip Switch 6 address equals 32
Dip Switch 7 address equals 64
Dip Switch 8 address equals 128
Dip Switch 9 address equals 256
2 8 32 128
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
16 64 256
Each dip switch has a preset value, a desired DMX address is set by
combining the dip switches that will create your desired value. For
example: To achieve a DMX address of 21, combine dip switches 1, 3,
and 5. Sense dip switch 1 has a value of 1, dip switch 3 has a value
of 4, and dip switch 5 has a value of 16, the combination of the create
a DMX value of 21.
Set DMX address 21:
Dipswitches # 1 = 1
5 = 16
= 21
Set DMX address 201:
Dipswitches # 1 = 1
7 = 64
8 = 128
= 201
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DJ Roller™
Operating Instructions
Operating Modes:
You may use the DJ Roller™ in three different modes:
• Stand alone mode - The unit will react to sound, chasing through
the several built in programs. You can also use the optional MINI/C
Remote Control to blackout the units.
• Master/Slave mode - You can daisy chain up to 4 units together to
get a synchronized light show that will react to sound chasing
through several built in programs.
• DMX control mode - This function will allow you to control each
individual fixtures traits with a standard DMX 512 controller such as
the American DJ Show Designer.™
For best results use fog or special effects smoke to enhance the
beams projections. The DJ Roller™ comes with a protective transportation cover. Be sure to remove it before attempting any operation!
Stand Alone Mode:
1. To operate as a stand alone unit, via its internal chases and
microphone, turn all dip switches off (see Page 13; Master/Slave).
2. Adjust the sensitivity knob on the bottom of the unit so the unit
will react to sound.
3. The DJ Roller™ will now react to the bass sound of music via the
internal microphone.
Master-Slave Operation:
1. This function will allow you to link up to 16 units together to run on
the master unit’s internal programs.
2. In Master-Slave operation one unit will act as the controlling unit
and the others will react to the controlling units programs. Any unit
can act as a Master or as a Slave.
3. Daisy chain your units via the XLR connector on the bottom
of the units.
4. Use standard XLR microphone cables to link your units together.
Remember that the Male XLR connector is the input and the
Female XLR connector is the output.
5. The first unit in the chain (master) will use the female XLR connector only - The last unit in the chain will use the male XLR connector
6. Turn all the master units dip switches to the off position (see
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DJ Roller™
Operating Instructions
Page 13 “Master Slave Dip Switch Settings”).
7. Please follow the chart on page 13 for all slave dipswitch settings.
Note only one fixture may use the master units dip switch settings
(see Page 13).
8. After all the units settings have been set and are plugged in, adjust
the sensitivity knob on the bottom of the master unit to make them
react to sound.
9. You can also use the optional MINI/C Remote Control. If you want
to use the optional remote control, connect the MINI/C controller
to the first fixture in the line (master). Note: The remote control
only operates in Stand-Alone and Master/Slave modes. If the
remote is connected in DMX mode it will not function.
DMX Mode: This fixture will react with DMX operation. For best
results use only one motor function for each scene (or step), when
programming scenes into a DMX controller. This will give you faster
mirror and faster gobo/color changes. For Example:
A. With DMX controller move the mirror up then program the step.
B. Move the mirror down then program that step.
C. Change the gobo/color wheel then program that step.
D. Continue this pattern to achieve best results.
1. Operating through a DMX controller allows users to create custom
programs tailored to their individual needs. This function also
allows you to use your fixtures as spots.
2. This operation will allow you to control each individual fixtures
traits with a standard DMX 512 controller such as the American DJ
Show Designer™ or the American DJ® DMX Operator.™
3. The DJ Roller™ uses four DMX channels to operate; Channel 1
is Rotation, channel 2 is Tilt, channel 3 is Color change, and
channel 4 Gobo change.
4. To run your fixture in DMX mode, plug in the fixture via the XLR
connections to any standard DMX controller. - Follow the set-up
specifications that come with the controller.
5. Set the proper fixture DMX address. The DMX address is adjusted
with the dipswitches on the bottom panel of the unit. Page 13
Details a DMX chart. Please note that the chart on page 13 is setup as a guide only. For proper DMX addressing please refer to the
DMX binary rules on page 6.
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DJ Roller™
Optional Remote
The MINI/C controller may be purchased separately allowing you to
control the main unit, and any others connected to it, while it is in
stand alone mode. You can set the unit to blackout. If you have more
than one unit, make sure the remote control is plugged into the first
unit in the daisy chain. The remote control will not have any effect if
the unit is in DMX mode. When the unit is in blackout mode, the light
will come on next to the blackout button.
The DJ Roller™ may be controlled by a wide range of controllers such
as the American DJ® Show Designer,™ or DMX Operator.™ A basic
blackout controller (MINI/C) may also be used with the DJ Roller.™
MINI/C features:
30 ft. cable
DJ Roller™
Due to fog residue, smoke, and dust, cleaning the internal and external
optical lenses must be carried out periodically to optimize light output.
1. Use normal glass cleaner and a soft cloth to wipe down the outside
2. Use a brush to wipe down the fan grill.
3. Clean the external optics with glass cleaner and a soft cloth every
20 days. Situation may very. If used heavily in clubs with lots of
fog, cleaning may be required more often.
4. Clean the internal optics with glass cleaner and a soft cloth every
30-60 days.
5. Always be sure to dry all parts completely before plugging the
unit in.
Cleaning frequency depends on the environment in which the fixture
operates (i.e. smoke, fog residue, dust, dew).
DJ Roller™
Lamp & Fuse Replacement
Always replace with the exact same type lamp and fuse, unless
otherwise specified by an authorized American DJ® service technician.
Caution: Always disconnect the units main power before performing
any type of service or fuse replacement! Always disconnect the main
power before attempting to replace the lamp.
Stand-By (Blackout)
Lamp Replacement:
1. Be sure to follow proper procedures when handling halogen lamps.
2. Lamp replacement has been made simple by incorporating the use
of a removable lamp tray and thumb screws.
3. Loosen the thumb screw on rear cover.
4. Remove the tray.
5. Remove and replace the bulb.
6. Reassemble.
Fuse Replacement: To replace the protective fuse, use a flat head
screwdriver to unscrew and remove the fuse holder. Gently remove
the old fuse and replace it with a new one. Insert the fuse holder back
into the fuse housing and tighten.
For any other service related issues, please contact American DJ®
customer support.
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DJ Roller™
Trouble Shooting
Listed below are a few common problems the user may encounter,
with solutions.
No light from the unit;
1. Check if the ‘Power On’ (red) LED is lit and the fan is running. If
not, there is no main power supply.
2. Check the fuse in the back panel.
3. Check if lamp is lit. The user should be able to see some light
escape through the fan. If power is present but the lamp is not lit,
lamp may need to be replaced.
Note: The unit has been designed to shut the lamp down after
60 seconds of inactivity. This is a way of extending lamp life, be
assured this is not a problem with the fixture.
Unit not responding to DMX;
1. If the Green LED on the top of the unit is flashing, the unit is
definitely receiving DMX
2. Check the dip switch settings.
3. If the DMX LED is not lit, check that the DMX cables are connected
properly and are wired correctly (pin 3 is ‘hot’; on some other
DMX devices pin 2 may be ‘hot’). Also, check that all cables are
connected to the right connectors; it does matter which way the
inputs and outputs are connected.
4. If it is a bad connection, the Green LED may flash when cables are
wiggled (but remember it may also be the unit sensing audio!)
5. If DMX connectors are fairly short, ordinary microphone cables
may be used. For longer runs, this may cause data transmission
problems (which will show up as random or incorrect movements)
for best result, use proper balanced data transmission cable.
Unit does not respond to sound;
1. Check to see if the unit is receiving DMX (the green LED should
be off).
2. Tapping the microphone should cause the LED to flash (quiet or
high pitched sounds will not activate the unit). If the red LED
does not flash to sound there may be an internal problem.
3. Be sure the audio sensitivity knob is turn in the full clockwise
position (maximum sensitivity).
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DJ Roller™
Trouble Shooting Cont.
Unit blacks out in stand alone mode;
1. Some of the units’ built-in patterns include special effects such
as blackout sweeps.
2. Be sure the audio sensitivity knob is turn in the full clockwise
position (maximum sensitivity).
If problems are not resolved; Contact American DJ ® customer
support for possible service options.
DJ Roller™
1. To focus a DJ Roller,™ it is best to first turn down the music
sensitivity knob to its minimum position.
2. Loosen the thumb screw on the front of the unit that hold the lens
in place.
3. Adjust the focus by manually moving the lens up and down.
4. Tighten the thumb screw after you achieve your desired focus.
DJ Roller™
Product Registration
The DJ Roller™ carries a one year (365 days) limited warranty. We
recommend you fill out the enclosed warranty card to validate your
purchase. All returned service items whether under warranty or not,
must be freight pre-paid and accompany a return authorization (R.A.)
number. If the unit is under warranty, you must provide a copy of your
proof of purchase invoice. Please contact American DJ® customer
support for a R.A. number.
DJ Roller™
Halogen Lamp Warning
This fixture is fitted with halogen lamps which are highly susceptible to
damage if improperly handled. Never touch lamp with your bare fingers
as the oil from your hands will shorten lamp life. Also, never move the
fixture until the lamps have had ample time to cool. Remember, lamps
are not covered under warranty conditions.
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DJ Roller™
Master/Slave Settings
The chart below details the Master/Slave dip switch setting for all 16
units. For best operation never use more than 16 units in a Master/
Slave configuration.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Master - Head 1
Slave 5
Slave 9
Slave 13
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Slave 2
Slave 6
Slave 10
Slave 14
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Slave 3
Slave 7
Slave 11
Slave 15
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Slave 4
Slave 8
Slave 12
Slave 16
DJ Roller™
DMX Settings
This chart details the DMX dip switch setting for the first 16 units. This
chart is designed as a guide only. For dip switch settings beyond the
sixteenth unit or for units not starting at DMX channel one, please
follow standard binary DMX protocol for the correct dip switch settings.
For DMX Operator™ settings, please refer to the DMX Operator™
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
DMX Traits
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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Gobo Layout
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Head 1
Head 5
Head 9
Head 13
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Head 2
Head 6
Head 10
Head 14
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Head 3
Head 7
Head 11
Head 15
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Head 4
Head 8
Head 12
Head 16
This diagrams details the 11
different gobo patterns.
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DJ Roller™
DJ Roller™
Model: DJ Roller™
A. American DJ® hereby warrants, to the original purchaser, American DJ® products to be
free of manufacturing defects in material and workmanship for a period of 1 Year (365 days)
from the date of purchase. This warranty shall be valid only if the product is purchased
within the United States of America, including possessions and territories. It is the owner’s
responsibility to establish the date and place of purchase by acceptable evidence, at the
time service is sought.
B. For warranty service, send the product only to the American DJ® factory. All shipping
charges must be pre-paid. If the requested repairs or service (including parts replacement)
are within the terms of this warranty, American DJ® will pay return shipping charges only
to a designated point within the United States. If the entire instrument is sent, it must be
shipped in its original package. No accessories should be shipped with the product. If any
accessories are shipped with the product, American DJ® shall have no liability whatsoever
for loss of or damage to any such accessories, nor for the safe return thereof.
C. This warranty is void if the serial number has been altered or removed; if the product
is modified in any manner which American DJ® concludes, after inspection, affects the reliability of the product; if the product has been repaired or serviced by anyone other than the
American DJ® factory unless prior written authorization was issued to purchaser by American DJ®; if the product is damaged because not properly maintained as set forth in the
instruction manual.
D. This is not a service contract, and this warranty does not include maintenance, cleaning
or periodic check-up. During the period specified above, American DJ® will replace defective parts at its expense, and will absorb all expenses for warranty service and repair labor
by reason of defects in material or workmanship. The sole responsibility of American DJ®
under this warranty shall be limited to the repair of the product, or replacement thereof,
including parts, at the sole discretion of American DJ®. All products covered by this warranty
were manufactured after January 1, 1990, and bear identifying marks to that effect.
Working Position:
Sound Active:
21 Lbs.
18” x 8.6” x 4.3”
ZB-JCR/H5 15v/150w
500 hour lamp life
5A/250v GMA
120v~60Hz or
10 plus spot
7 Plus White
Fan Cooled
Any Safe Position
* Operating voltage is preset at the factory.
Please Note: Specifications and improvements in the design of
this unit and this manual are subject to change without any prior
written notice.
E. American DJ® reserves the right to make changes in design and/or improvements upon
its products without any obligation to include these changes in any products theretofore
F. No warranty, whether expressed or implied, is given or made with respect to any accessory supplied with products described above. Except to the extent prohibited by applicable
law, all implied warranties made by American DJ® in connection with this product, including
warranties of merchantability or fitness, are limited in duration to the warranty period set
forth above. And no warranties, whether expressed or implied, including warranties of merchantability or fitness, shall apply to this product after said period has expired. The consumer’s and or Dealer’s sole remedy shall be such repair or replacement as is expressly
provided above; and under no circumstances shall American DJ® be liable for any loss or
damage, direct or consequential, arising out of the use of, or inability to use, this product.
G. This warranty is the only written warranty applicable to American DJ® Products and
supersedes all prior warranties and written descriptions of warranty terms and conditions
heretofore published.
H. Lamps are not covered under this or any other warranty, either written or implied.
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