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User Manual
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Contents .......................................................................................................................................... 2 WHAT IS INCLUDED......................................................................................................................................... 3 UNPACKING INSTRUCTIONS ............................................................................................................................. 3 MANUAL CONVENTIONS .................................................................................................................................. 3 ICONS ........................................................................................................................................................... 3 SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ................................................................................................................................... 4 FEATURES..................................................................................................................................................... 5 ADDITIONAL FEATURES................................................................................................................................... 5 PRODUCT OVERVIEW (FRONT) ........................................................................................................................ 6 PRODUCT OVERVIEW (REAR PANEL) ................................................................................................................ 8 COMMON TERMS ........................................................................................................................................... 9 3. Operating Instructions............................................................................................................................ 10 SETUP ........................................................................................................................................................ 10 4. Programming........................................................................................................................................... 11 ENTERING RECORD MODE (RECORD ENABLE) ................................................................................................ 11 CREATE A SCENE ........................................................................................................................................ 11 EDIT ENABLE ............................................................................................................................................... 11 ERASE A PROGRAM...................................................................................................................................... 12 ERASE ALL SCENES ..................................................................................................................................... 12 RECORD CLEAR........................................................................................................................................... 12 DELETE A STEP OR STEPS ............................................................................................................................ 13 INSERT A STEP OR STEPS ............................................................................................................................. 13 MODIFY A STEP OR STEPS ............................................................................................................................ 13 5. Playback .................................................................................................................................................. 14 PLAYING A SCENE ........................................................................................................................................ 14 PLAYING A SCENE WITH AUDIO TRIGGERING .................................................................................................... 14 PLAYING A SCENE WITH THE SPEED SLIDER.................................................................................................... 15 PLAYING A SCENE WITH THE STANDARD BEAT ................................................................................................ 15 CHANGE THE SPEED MODE BETWEEN 5 & 10 MINUTES ................................................................................... 15 AUXILIARY CONTROLS .................................................................................................................................. 16 MIDI OPERATION.......................................................................................................................................... 17 Setting MIDI IN ...................................................................................................................................... 17 Setting MIDI OUT .................................................................................................................................. 18 Receiving MIDI File Dump .................................................................................................................... 18 Sending MIDI File Dump ....................................................................................................................... 18 6. Appendix.................................................................................................................................................. 19 DMX PRIMER .............................................................................................................................................. 19 3-pin to 5-pin Conversion Chart ............................................................................................................ 19 Setting up a DMX Serial Data Link ........................................................................................................ 19 DATA CABLING ............................................................................................................................................ 20 Dmx Data Cable .................................................................................................................................... 20 Cable Connectors ................................................................................................................................. 20 FIXTURE LINKING ......................................................................................................................................... 21 RETURNS PROCEDURE ................................................................................................................................. 21 CLAIMS ....................................................................................................................................................... 21 SETTING THE STARTING ADDRESS ................................................................................................................. 22 GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING ....................................................................................................................... 23 CONTACT INFORMATION ............................................................................................................................... 23 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS ......................................................................................................................... 24 Stage Designer 50
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1. BEFORE YOU BEGIN
What is included
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1 x Stage Designer™ 50
1 x DC 12 V, 500 mA output, 100~240 V, 50/60 Hz input auto-ranging power supply
1 x Manual
1 x Warranty Card
Unpacking Instructions
Immediately upon receiving a fixture, carefully unpack the carton, check the contents to ensure that
all parts are present, and have been received in good condition. Notify the shipper immediately and
retain packing material for inspection if any parts appear damaged from shipping or the carton itself
shows signs of mishandling. Save the carton and all packing materials. In the event that a fixture
must be returned to the factory, it is important that the fixture be returned in the original factory box
and packing.
Manual Conventions
CHAUVET® manuals use the following conventions to differentiate certain types of information from
the regular text.
MEANING
CONVENTION
[10]
<Menu>
A DIP switch to be configured
A key to be pressed on the fixture’s control panel
1~512
A range of values
50/60
A set of values of which only one can be chosen
Settings
MENU > Settings
ON
A menu option not to be modified (for example, showing the operating
mode/current status)
A sequence of menu options to be followed
A value to be entered or selected
Icons
This manual uses the following icons to indicate information that requires special attention on the part
of the user.
MEANING
ICONS
This paragraph contains critical installation, configuration or operation
information. Failure to comply with this information may render the fixture
partially or completely inoperative, cause damage to the fixture or cause
harm to the user.
This paragraph contains important installation or configuration information.
Failure to comply with this information may prevent the fixture from
functioning correctly.
This paragraph reminds you of useful, although not critical, information.
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The Stage Designer 50™ is a universal intelligent lighting controller. It allows the control of 48 channels with 96
scene/chase playback faders. Each scene/chase can contain up to 1000 individual steps, or looks. On the
surface, when in the CHASE◄►SCENE mode, there are 12 physical faders for the playback of the saved
programs. There are 4 pages of Scenes playback on Page A, and an additional 4 pages of playback faders on
Page B. Programs can be triggered by music, midi, automatically or manually. Channel assignments can be
reprogrammed for ease of controlling different fixtures. On the surface you will find various programming tools
such as 24 channels fader, A/B master faders for cross mixing, and Fade and Speed time faders for on the fly
adjustments. It also has an LED display for easy navigation of controls and menu functions.
Features
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48-channel DMX-512 dimming console
4 pages with 12 scenes each yields 48 total playback faders (simultaneous playback)
48,000 programmable steps
2 programmable aux buttons
Adjustable chase and fade times
Re-assignable channels
Additional Features
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3-pin and 5-pin DMX connections
Built-in cross fader, dark and kill buttons
MIDI in, out and thru (with file dump)
Direct audio input
Sequential linking or simultaneous playback of chases
Override chases on the fly
Beat-activation, tap sync, auto run, midi in/out
6-space (6 U) rack mount
Polarity selector
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Item
Button or Fader
1
Channel Faders
Indicates channels 1-12(25-36)
2
Channel Flash button
Brings the relevant fader to 100% or DMX value of 255
3
Channel Faders
Indicates channels 13-24(37-48)
4
Scene Playback
indicators
Indicates that the scene is playing back
5
Channel Flash button
Brings the relevant fader to 100% or DMX value of 255
6
Down/Beat Rev
Down functions to modify a scene in Edit mode, Beat Rev is used to
reverse the chasing direction of a program with regular beat
7
Up/Chase Reverse
Up function to modify a scene in Edit mode, Chase Reverse is used to
reverse the chasing direction of a program under Speed Slider control.
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LCD Display
Shows the current activity or programming state
9
Delete/Rev One
Delete a step in a scene or reverse he chasing direction of any program
10
Aux 1
Patchable; used to control a channel in 1 of 2 modes of operation
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Insert/%or255
Insert is to add 1 step or steps into a scene; %or255 is used to change the
display value cycle between % and 0-255
12
Aux 2
Patchable; used to control a channel in 1 of 2 modes of operation
13
Edit/All Rev
Edit is used to activate Edit mode; All Rev is to reverse the chasing
direction of all programs
14
Record/Shift
Record is used to activate Record mode or program a step; Shift functions
the alternate function of other buttons only
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Audio/Page A_B
Audio activate audio sync of chase; Page A_B switches the channel
faders BETWEEN 1-24 MODE AND 25-48 MODE. Press and hold Record
& Page A_B to switch between the 2 channel pages.
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Blind
Takes the channel out of a program temporarily in Chase◄►Scene mode
17
Chase Rev
Reverses the direction of the chase playback
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Dark
Used to temporarily blackout overall output
19
Home
Used to deactivate the Blind on a given channel
20
Park
Used to select Single/Mix Chase, bring Channel 13-24(37-48) to full of
current setting, or momentarily program a scene into Master B slider
depending on the current mode.
21
Mode Select/Rec
Speed
Used to activate the operating mode; Rec Speed sets the speed of any
programs chasing in Mix mode
22
Tap Sync
Repeatedly tapping this button will establish the chase speed
23
Hold
Used to momentarily maintain current scene
24
Page
Tap to select pages of scenes from 1-4(Page A) and 1-4 (Page B)
25
Full On
Momentarily bring all channels (1-48) to full intensity
26
Step
Used to go to the next step when the Speed slider is set in Show Mode or
in Edit mode.
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Add Kill/Rec exit
In Add mode, multiple scenes or Flash buttons will be on at the same time;
In Kill mode, pressing any Flash button will kill any other scenes or
programs; Rec Exit is used to exit from Program or Edit mode.
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Blackout
Used to kill all output, with exception of Full On.
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Audio Level Fader
Adjusts the audio sensitivity when in Audio trigger mode of scenes
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Speed Fader
Used to adjust the sped of scenes/chases running
31
Fade Fader
Adjusts the fade-in, fade-out, and cross-fade times
32
Master A_B
Adjusts overall intensity
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Product Overview (rear panel)
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Item
Button or Fader
Function
1
3-pin DMX output
connector
DMX control signal
2
5-pin DMX output
connector
DMX control signal
3
Polarity switch
Used to select DMX polarity
4
MIDI Thru
MIDI port for connecting to a sequencer or MIDI device
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5
MIDI Out
MIDI port for connecting to a sequencer or MIDI device
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MIDI In
MIDI port for connecting to a sequencer or MIDI device
7
Audio Input
This jack accepts a line level audio input signal ranging from 100mV to
1Vpp
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Remote Input
Blackout and Full On may be controlled by a remote control using a
standard ¼´jack
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Common Terms
The following are common terms used in intelligent light programming.
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Blackout is a state where all lighting fixtures’ light output are set to 0 or off, usually on a temporary
basis.
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DMX-512 is an industry standard digital communication protocol used in entertainment lighting
equipment. For more information read Sections “DMX Primer” and “DMX Control Mode” in the
Appendix.
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Fixture refers to your lighting instrument or other device such as a fogger or dimmer which you can
control.
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Programs are a number of scenes arranged 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 also known as faders.
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Chases can also be called programs. A chase consists of a number of scenes arranged one after
another.
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Scanner refers to a lighting instrument with a pan and tilt mirror; however DMX controllers can use
this term to control any DMX-512 compatible device as a generic fixture.
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MIDI is a standard for representing musical information in a digital format. A MIDI input would provide
external triggering of scenes using midi devices 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 fade 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 faders to a DMX channel within a fixture.
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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
Setup
S et ti ng up t he S ys t em
1.
Place the Stage Designer 50™ on a level surface. Note! The Stage Designer 50™can also be
rack mounted, occupying six rack spaces (6U).
2.
Plug the AC to DC power supply into the system back panel and into the mains outlet.
3.
Plug in your DMX cable(s) to your intelligent lighting as described in the respective fixture’s
manual. For a quick overview of DMX see the “DMX Primer” on page 19.
4.
Reset the system using the instructions on page 11 under ERASE ALL SCENES.
Ph ys ic a l Fa de r Ass ign ment ( opt iona l set up )
Use this feature to combine or unify fixture control attributes for different fixtures. For example; if you
were controlling 4 moving mirrors and 4 moving yokes, the color, gobo and dimmer channels may not
line up ideally on the physical faders. Use this function to re-assign the dimmer, color and gobo
channels to faders 1, 2 and 3. From now on you will be able to control the same attributes on all
fixtures using the same fader location. This is also most useful when needing to combine all colors
together.
Action 
Notes 
1.
Press and hold RECORD button.
2.
While holding the Record button, press the
Flash button #6 (3) times.
All physical faders can be re-assigned to output
on a different DMX channel. Faders are given a
channel number and are labeled on the surface
of the controller as such.
3.
Press the Flash button that you wish to
assign the DMX channel output to.
4.
While holding Record, press the Flash
button corresponding to the DMX output
that you wish to assign the Fader to.
You can check to see what the assignment is by
pressing the Fader button of the corresponding
channel while in this mode.
5.
Repeat steps 2 ~ 3 as often as necessary.
Here is no limit to the amount of channels that
can be assigned to a single fades. One can
assign up to all 48 channels of DMX output to a
single Fader.
6.
Press and hold Record & Rec Exit to exit
the mode.
CHNO corresponds to the Physical Fader, while
SLDNO corresponds to the DMX output channel.
For example: you wish to assign Fader #1 to
output to DMX channel #5.
1.
Hold the Record button & press Fader#6 (3)
times.
2.
Press the Flash button #1.
3.
While holding the Record button, press the
Flash button #5.
Sw itch i ng B e tw een Pa ge A a nd P a ge B ( ch an ne ls 1-2 4 a nd 2 5- 4 8)
Action 
Notes 
1.
When the fixture turns on, it will revert to the
previously used page.
Press and hold Record & press Page A_B
button. If you are on Page A, then this will
bring you to Page B. If you are on Page B,
then this will bring you to Page A.
Page A is used to control channels 1-24, while
Page B is used to control channels 25-48.
The screen will display which current page.
There’s an additional set of 4 pages of playback
controls on Page B.
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4. PROGRAMMING
Entering Record Mode (Record Enable)
1.
2.
While holding the RECORD button, tap the Flash buttons 1-5-6-8 in sequence.
Release the RECORD button. The Record LED lights up;
Create a Scene
A scene is a static lighting state. Scenes are stored in the temporary memory, until they are
transferred to one of the playback faders. You may create a single scene or a succession of up to 999
steps per Scene.
Notes 
Action 
Deselect Blackout if LED is lit.
1.
Record enable.
2.
Select the 1-24 Single mode by tapping the
Mode Select button. This will give you
control of all 24 channels of the first page.
Be sure that you are on the right page by viewing
the screen where it displays Page A or Page B.
This will enable 1-24 or 25-48 channel control.
3.
Compose a look by moving the FADERS.
(Changes in fixture attribute such as colors
and gobos, or simply dimmer values).
If you just wish to create a static look, then you
must create a scene composed of only 1 step.
4.
Press Record to save the look into the
temporary memory.
5.
Repeat steps 2 ~ 4 until you have your
desired scene.
6.
Adjust the Speed and Fade sliders to
achieve the desired amount of time a scene
will be held in a chase (speed) and the
amount of time allowed for the fixtures to
move from one scene to the next (fade).
7.
Select a Scene master to store your scene.
Tap the Page button to select a page (1-4).
8.
Press and hold the Record button & tap the
Flash button for the scene that you wish to
store it to. All LEDs will flash indicating the
scene has been programmed into memory.
9.
You can continue programming or exit. To
exit program mode, press and hold the
Record button & tap the Rec Exit button.
There are 1000 steps available in every scene.
Edit Enable
Action 
Notes 
1.
Record enable.
When the EDIT mode is entered properly, the
display will read EDITING.
2.
Use the Page button to select the page the
program you wish to edit is on.
3.
Tap the Mode Select button to select
Chase◄►Scenes.
4.
Press and hold the Edit button & tap the
Flash button (13-24) of the Scene you
wish to edit.
5.
Release the Edit button. The relevant
Scene Led should light, indicating you are
in Edit mode.
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This mode is displayed here for only the initiation
of EDIT mode. Please see the following sections
on the uses of this mode in detail.
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Erase a Program
Notes 
Action 
1.
Record enable.
2.
Use the Page button to select the page the
Scene you wish to erase is on.
3.
Press and hold the Edit button & tap the
Flash button (13-24) twice of the Scene you
wish to erase.
4.
Release the 2 buttons. The LED for the
corresponding program should light,
indicating that it has been selected.
5.
Press the Delete button. All LEDs should
light, indicating the program is erased.
Erase all Scenes
Action 
Notes 
1.
Record enable
You must be in Record mode to Reset the
controller.
2.
Press and hold RECORD.
3.
While holding Record button, tap the flash
buttons in the following sequence: 1-3-2-3.
Release the Record button.
4.
All LEDs should light, indicating all
programs have been erased.
5.
Press and hold RECORD & REC EXIT to
exit the mode.
The LED over the Record button will light,
indicating the Record mode operation.
Warning: this will reset the controller to its factory defaults. This will erase all programs and settings.
Record Clear
Action 
Notes 
1.
Record enable.
All scenes stored in the temporary memory of the
controller will be erased by this process.
2.
Record a scene with 1 or more steps.
3.
If you are not satisfied with the scene, you
may press and hold the Record button &
tap the Page/REC CLR button. All LEDs will
flash, indicating the scenes have been
cleared.
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This process will not affect the scenes already
programmed into a Scene fader.
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Delete a Step or Steps
Notes 
Action 
1.
Enter the EDIT enable.
2.
Tap the Step button to scroll to the step you
wish to delete.
3.
Tap the Delete button when you reach the
step you wish to delete. All LEDs will light,
indicating the deletion of the step.
4.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all of the
unwanted steps have been deleted.
5.
Press and hold the Record & Rec Exit
button. The Scene button LED will turn off,
indicating that the Edit mode has been
exited.
Insert a Step or Steps
Notes 
Action 
1.
Record a scene or scenes you wish to
insert.
2.
Be sure you are in Chase◄►Scene and
enter the Edit enable.
3.
Tap the Step button to scroll to the step
which you wish to insert the step before.
You may read the step from the display.
4.
Tap the Insert button to insert the step
you’ve created before.
6.
Exit Edit enable.
Part of entering the Edit enable is selecting
which scene you wish to Edit. See section on
Edit enable for further instructions.
All LEDs will flash to indicate a successful Insert
of the step.
Modify a Step or Steps
Notes 
Action 
1.
Edit enable.
2.
Press and hold the Up button if you want to
raise the intensity. Press the Down button if
you want to lower the intensity.
3.
Tap the Step button to scroll to the step
which you wish to insert the step before.
You may read the step from the display.
4.
While holding the Up or Down button, tap
the Flash button corresponding to the DMX
channel of the Scene you wish to modify
until you reach the desired intensity value
read from the display. Then, you may tap
the Flash buttons until you are satisfied with
the new Scene.
5.
Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 until all the steps
have been modified.
6.
Exit EDIT enable.
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Part of entering the Edit enable is selecting
which scene you wish to Edit. See section on
Edit enable for further instructions.
All LEDs will flash to indicate a successful Insert
of the step.
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5. PLAYBACK
This controller uses the Channel Faders and Channel Flash buttons for multiple uses. In this
occurrence, Channel Faders 13-24 (37-48) are used for the playing back of Scenes already recorded.
This is only when the controller is in the Chase◄►Scene mode. In this instance, Master Fader A
will control the manual fader controls, while Master Fader B will control the Scenes being played
back.
Playing a Scene
A Scene can contain up to 1,000 steps. The term steps and scenes are used interchangeably in this
manual.
Notes 
Action 
1.
Tap the Mode Select button to select
Chase◄►Scene mode.
2.
Tap the Page button to select the
correct page the program you wish to
run is located.
3.
Push master Slider B to its maximum
position (fully down).
4.
Move the desired Channel slider (1324) to its maximum, and the Scene will
fade in depending upon current fade
time.
5.
Move the channel slider to adjust the
output of the current program.
The current mode is indicated by the 3 LEDs.
Red is the Chase◄►Scene. Yellow is 2-scene
preset A/B. And, Green is 1-24 single mode.
You may press and hold down the relevant
Flash button for the Scene to trigger the button
momentarily.
Playing a scene with audio triggering
Notes 
Action 
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Select your Scene as described in the
above section.
2.
Tap the Audio button until its LED
lights, indicating AUDIO mode is
active.
3.
Use the Audio Level slider to adjust
the sensitivity.
4.
To return to normal mode, tap the
Audio button a second time, causing
its LED to go out. AUDIO mode is
disengaged.
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This is the process of using the built-in
microphone, or using the audio jack located on
the rear of the controller to use an alternative
audio source for triggering of the Scenes.
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Playing a Scene with the Speed Slider
Notes 
Action 
1.
Select your Scene as described in the
above sections.
2.
Move the Speed slider to SHOW
MODE position (fully down).
3.
Press and hold the Rec Speed button
& tap the corresponding Flash button
(13-24). The Scene tapped will no
longer run with the standard beat.
4.
Now, you may move the Speed slider
to select your desired speed.
Be sure AUDIO mode is disengaged.
Step #3 is not necessary if the selected Scene is
not recorded with the Standard beat.
Playing a Scene with the Standard Beat
Notes 
Action 
1.
Tap the Mode select button to select
Chase◄►Scene mode.
2.
Tap the Park button to select Mix
Chase mode. The LED lights,
indicating the selection.
3.
Select your Scene as described in the
previous sections.
4.
Move the Speed slider until the display
reads your desired value.
5.
Press and hold Rec Speed button &
tap the Flash button (13-24) to store
the Scene. The Scene will now run
with the set time or beat when
engaged.
6.
Repeat steps 4 & 5 to set a new beat
time.
Be sure AUDIO mode is disengaged.
As an alternative to using the Speed slider to
input the speed, you may use the Tapsync
button (2) times to define your beat.
Change the Speed Mode Between 5 & 10 Minutes
Notes 
Action 
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Press and hold the Record button.
2.
Tap the Flash button 5 or 10 three
times while holding down the Record
button.
3.
The 5min or 10min LED should light,
indicating the Speed the slider is set to
run.
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Auxiliary Controls
This is the process of assigning the Auxiliary controls. These will act as shortcuts and are most
commonly used for DMX strobe lights or DMX fog machines. However, they are not limited to these
functions, such as Pan/tilt control-very useful for remote followspot controls.
Action 
Notes 
1.
Press & hold RECORD & tap the Flash
button 7 or 8 (3) times. The display should
indicate activation of the mode.
You may refer to the display for the functions
being edited.
2.
There are 3 functions. FUNC 1 states that
the Auxiliary control is not assigned to any
channel. FUNC 2 refers o the auxiliary
controls working much like the channel
fader along with the flash buttons. FUNC 3
is somewhat different. The rotary knob acts
to set the total output of the flash button
below it.
3.
While holding down the RECORD button,
select the function you wish for the auxiliary
control by pressing Flash button 1, 2, or 3.
Release the buttons.
4.
To assign the auxiliary to a channel, press
the Flash button for the channel you wish to
assign the auxiliary control to. This sets the
channel assignment. The corresponding
Led above the channel will light, indicating
that the channel has ben assigned.
5.
Record exit.
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Press 7 (3) times for AUX 1 patching, and 8 (3)
times for AUX 2 patching.
While assigning an auxiliary to mode 2, the
Fader for that channel will not function. It will act
as moving the channel.
While assigning an auxiliary to mode 3, the
channel fader and the auxiliary controls will both
work for that channel on an HTP (highest takes
precedent) operating principle.
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Midi Operation
The controller will only respond to MIDI commands on the MIDI channel that it is assigned to. All MIDI
control is performed using Note on commands. All other MIDI instructions are ignored. To stop a
chase, send the blackout on note.
Setting MIDI IN
Action 
Notes 
1.
While holding down the RECORD button,
simultaneously tap Flash button #1 three
times. The display reads MIDI CHANNEL
IN to indicate channel setup is available.
This is the Channel that the controller will receive
MIDI note commands.
2.
Select the MIDI control channel (1~16) by
tapping Flash buttons 1~16. The relevant
channel LED lights indicating MIDI IN
channel is set.
3.
While holding down RECORD, tap the
REC EXIT button to exit MIDI setting.
MIDI NOTE
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22-69
Trigger scenes 1-48 (100%)
70-117
Activate Channel 1-48
118
FULL-ON
119
DARK (momentary blackout)
120
HOLD
121
Turn on or off AUDIO
122
MODE: CHASE◄ ►SCENE
123
MODE: 1-12A_1-12B
124
MODE: 1-24A
125
Step
126
BLACKOUT
127
Channel page (1~24, 25~48)
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Setting MIDI OUT
Notes 
Action 
1.
While holding down the RECORD button,
simultaneously tap Flash button #2 three
times. The display reads MIDI CHANNEL
OUT to indicate channel setup is available.
2.
Select the MIDI control channel (1~16) by
tapping Flash buttons 1~16. The relevant
channel LED lights indicating MIDI OUT
channel is set.
3.
While holding down RECORD, tap the
REC EXIT button to exit MIDI setting.
This is the Channel that the controller will transmit
MIDI note commands.
Receiving MIDI File Dump
Action 
Notes 
1.
While holding down the RECORD button,
simultaneously tap Flash button #3 three
times. The display reads MIDI FILEDUMP
RECVING 000% when the device is in the
correct mode.
This is the process of copying your entire show to
another STAGE DESIGNER™ 50. This will not
work with any other device.
While holding down RECORD, tap the
REC EXIT button to exit MIDI setting.
The controller will automatically begin sending the
FILE DUMP once the mode has been selected.
Therefore, be sure that the other device has
previously been setup to receive the transfer.
2.
This process can take several minutes to
complete.
During FILE DUMP, all other operations will cease
to function.
If errors or power failure occurs, FILE DUMP will
be interrupted and stop.
Sending MIDI File Dump
Action 
Notes 
1.
While holding down the RECORD button,
simultaneously tap Flash button #4 three
times. The display reads MIDI FILEDUMP
SENDING 000% when the device is in the
correct mode.
This is the process of copying your entire show to
another STAGE DESIGNER™ 50. This will not
work with any other device.
While holding down RECORD, tap the
REC EXIT button to exit MIDI setting.
The controller will automatically begin sending the
FILE DUMP once the mode has been selected.
Therefore, be sure that the other device has
previously been setup to receive the transfer.
2.
This process can take several minutes to
complete.
During FILE DUMP, all other operations will cease
to function.
If errors or power failure occurs, FILE DUMP will
be interrupted and stop.
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6. APPENDIX
DMX Primer
There are 512 channels in a DMX connection. Channels may be assigned in any manner. A fixture
capable of receiving DMX will require one or a number of sequential channels. The user must assign
a starting address on the fixture that indicates the first channel reserved in the controller. There are
many different types of DMX controllable fixtures and they all may vary in the total number of
channels required. Choosing a start address should be planned in advance. Channels should never
overlap. If they do, this will result in erratic operation of the fixtures whose starting address is set
incorrectly. You can however, control multiple fixtures of the same type using the same starting
address as long as the intended result is that of unison movement or operation. In other words, the
fixtures will be slaved together and all respond exactly the same.
DMX fixtures are designed to receive data through a serial Daisy Chain. A Daisy Chain connection is
where the DATA OUT of one fixture connects to the DATA IN of the next fixture. The order in which
the fixtures are connected is not important and has no effect on how a controller communicates to
each fixture. Use an order that provides for the easiest and most direct cabling. Connect fixtures
using shielded two conductor twisted pair cable with three pin XLR male to female connectors. The
shield connection is pin 1, while pin 2 is Data Negative (S-) and pin 3 is Data positive (S+).
3-pin to 5-pin Conversion Chart
If you use a controller with a 5-pin DMX output connector, you will need to use a 5-pin to 3-pin
adapter. The chart below details a proper cable conversion:
3-PIN TO 5-PIN CONVERSION CHART
Conductor
3-Pin Female (Output)
5-Pin Male (Input)
Ground/Shield
Pin 1
Pin 1
Data ( - ) signal
Pin 2
Pin 2
Data ( + ) signal
Pin 3
Pin 3
Not used
Pin 4
Not used
Pin 5
Setting up a DMX Serial Data Link
1. Connect the (male) 3-pin connector side of
the DMX cable to the output (female) 3-pin
connector of the controller.
Universal DMX Controller
2. Connect the end of the cable coming from the
controller which will have a (female) 3-pin
connector to the input connector of the next
fixture consisting of a (male) 3-pin connector.
3. Then, proceed to connect from the output as
stated above to the input of the following
fixture and so on.
This drawing
provides a general
illustration of the
DMX input/output
panel of a lighting
fixture.
4. After the last fixture, connect a DMX
terminator.
Continue the link
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Data Cabling
To link fixtures together you must obtain data cables. You can purchase CHAUVET® certified DMX
cables directly from a dealer/distributor or construct your own cable. If you choose to create your own
cable please use data-grade cables that can carry a high quality signal and are less prone to
electromagnetic interference.
Dmx Data Cable
Use a Belden© 9841 or equivalent cable which meets the specifications for EIA RS-485 applications.
Standard microphone cables cannot transmit DMX data reliably over long distances. The cable must
have the following characteristics:
Type:
shielded, 2-conductor twisted pair
Maximum capacitance between conductors:
30 pF/ft
Maximum capacitance between conductor and shield:
55 pF/ft
Maximum resistance:
20 ohms/1000 ft
Nominal impedance:
100 ~ 140 ohms
Cable Connectors
DMX connector configuration
COMMON
INPUT
1
3
DMX +
2
DMX -
1
3
2
OUTPUT
Terminator
To avoid signal transmission problems
and interference, it is always advisable to
connect a DMX signal terminator.
1
3
2
120 ohm ¼ W resistor
between pin 2 (DMX -)
and pin 3 (DMX +) on the
output of the last fixture
Cabling must have a male XLR connector on one end and a female XLR connector on the other end.
Do not allow contact between the common and the fixture’s chassis ground. Grounding the
common can cause a ground loop, and your fixture may perform erratically. Test cables with
an ohm meter to verify correct polarity and to make sure the pins are not grounded or shorted
to the shield or each other.
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Fixture Linking
You will need a serial data link to run light shows of one or more fixtures using a DMX controller or to
run synchronized shows on two or more fixtures set to a master/slave operating mode. The combined
number of channels required by all the fixtures on a serial data link determines the number of fixtures
the data link can support.
Fixtures on a serial data link must be daisy chained in one single line. To comply with the EIA485 standard, no more than 32 fixtures should be connected on one data link. Connecting
more than 32 fixtures on one serial data link without the use of a DMX optically-isolated
splitter may result in deterioration of the digital DMX signal.
Maximum recommended serial data link distance: 500 m (1640 ft)
Maximum recommended number of fixtures on a serial data link: 32
Returns Procedure
Returned merchandise must be sent prepaid and in the original packing, call tags will not be issued.
Package must be clearly labeled with a Return Merchandise Authorization Number (RMA #).
Products returned without an RMA # will be refused. Call CHAUVET® and request RMA # prior to
shipping the fixture. Be prepared to provide the model number, serial number and a brief description
of the cause for the return. Be sure to properly pack fixture, any shipping damage resulting from
inadequate packaging is the customer’s responsibility. CHAUVET® reserves the right to use its own
discretion to repair or replace product(s). As a suggestion, proper UPS packing or double-boxing is
always a safe method to use.
Note:
If you are given an RMA #, please include the following information on a piece of
paper inside the box:
1) Your name
2) Your address
3) Your phone number
4) The RMA #
5) A brief description of the symptoms
Claims
Damage incurred in shipping is the responsibility of the shipper; therefore the damage must be
reported to the carrier upon receipt of merchandise. It is the customer's responsibility to notify and
submit claims with the shipper in the event that a fixture is damaged due to shipping. Any other claim
for items such as missing component/part, damage not related to shipping, and concealed damage,
must be made within seven (7) days of receiving merchandise.
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Setting the Starting Address
This DMX mode enables the use of a universal DMX controller device. Each fixture requires a "start
address" from 1 to 512. A fixture requiring one or more channels for control begins to read the data
on the channel indicated by the start address. For example, a fixture that uses 6 DMX channels and
was addressed to start on DMX channel 100, would read data from channels: 100, 101, 102, 103,
104, and 105. Choose start addresses so that the channels used do not overlap, and note the start
address selected for future reference.
If this is your first time addressing a fixture using the DMX-512 control protocol, we suggest jumping
to the Appendix Section and reading the heading “DMX Primer”. It contains very useful information
that will help you understand its use.
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General Troubleshooting
Applies to
Light
s
Foggers &
Snow
Controll
ers
Dimmers&
Chaser
Symptom
Solution(s)
Breaker/Fuse keeps
blowing
Check total load placed on device
Chase is too slow
Check user manual for speed
adjustment
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

Device has no power
Check for power on Mains.
Check device’s fuse. (internal
and/or external)
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

Loss of signal
Use only DMX cables
Install terminator
Note: Keep DMX cables separated
from power cables or black lights.



Bounce mirror motor may have
shifted during shipping; readjust

No laser output


If you still have a problem after trying the above solutions, please contact CHAUVET® Technical
Support.
Contact Information
World Headquarters
United Kingdom & Ireland
CHAUVET®
CHAUVET® Europe Ltd.
General Information
Address:
Voice:
Fax:
Toll free:
General Information
5200 NW 108th Avenue
Sunrise, FL 33351
(954) 929-1115
(954) 929-5560
(800) 762-1084
Technical Support
Voice:
Fax:
Email:
(954) 929-1115 (Press 4)
(954) 756-8015
[email protected]
World Wide Web
Voice:
Fax:
Unit 1C
Brookhill Road Industrial Estate
Pinxton, Nottingham, UK
NG16 6NT
+44 (0)1773 511115
+44 (0)1773 511110
Technical Support
Email:
[email protected]
World Wide Web
www.chauvetlighting.com
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Technical Specifications
WEIGHT & DIMENSIONS
Length.............................................................................................................................. 19 in (483 mm)
Width ............................................................................................................................ 10.5 in (267 mm)
Height ............................................................................................................................... 3.5 in (89 mm)
Weight ............................................................................................................................ 10.3 lbs (4.7 kg)
POWER
Supplied Voltage Adapter ............................................................................................. DC 12 V, 500 mA
Adapter (100~240 VAC, 50/60 Hz)....................................................................................... 2-pin Edison
Internal fuse ....................................................................................................................... F 0.5 A, 250 V
THERMAL
Maximum ambient temperature .........................................................................................104° F (40° C)
CONTROL & PROGRAMMING
3-pin DMX:
Data output ........................................................................................... locking 3-pin XLR female socket
Data pin configuration .............................................................................. pin 1 shield, pin 2 (-), pin 3 (+)
Protocols........................................................................................................................ DMX-512 USITT
5-pin DMX:
Data output ........................................................................................... locking 5-pin XLR female socket
Data pin configuration ............................................. pin 1 shield, pin 2 (-), pin 3 (+), pins 4+5 (not used)
Protocols........................................................................................................................ DMX-512 USITT
ORDERING INFORMATION
Stage Designer™ 50 ............................................................................................. STAGEDESIGNER50
WARRANTY INFORMATION
Warranty .............................................................................................................. 2-year limited warranty
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