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DMX OPERATOR III
USER MANUAL
This product manual contains important information about the safe installation and
use of this projector. Please read and follow these instructions carefully and keep this
manual in a safe place for future reference.
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Content
1. Before you begin
1.1 What is included.................................. .......................................................
1.2 Unpacking instructions ...............................................................................
1.3 Safety instructions ....................................................................................
2. Installation
2.1 Features ...................................................................................................
2.2 General overview.......................................................................................
2 .3 Product overview (front) ..............................................................................
2.4 Product overview (rear panel) .....................................................................
2.5 Common terms ...........................................................................................
3. Operating instructions
3.1 SETUP
3.1.1 Setting up the System .....................................................................
3.1.2 Fixture Addressing..........................................................................
3.1.3 Wheel Assignment .........................................................................
3.1.4 Review wheel assignment or reverse ...............................................
3.1.5 Copy Scanner Assignments .............................................................
3.1.6 Reverse Channel Output...........................................................................................
3.1.7 Fade Time Assign.............................................................................
3.2 OPERATION
3.2.1 Manual Mode... ...................................................................................................
3.2.2 Review Scene or Chase..................................................................
3.3 PROGRAMMING
3.3.1 Entering program mode.... ..............................................................................
3.3.2 Create a scene................................................................................
3.3.3 Running a Program..........................................................................
3.3.4 Check Program...............................................................................
3.3.5 Editing a Program........... ................................................................................
3.3.6 Copy a Program...................... .....................................................................
3.4 CHASE PROGRAMMING
3.4.1 Create a chase...............................................................................
3.4.2 Running a Chase.............................................................................
3.4.3 Checking a Chase............................................................................
3.4.4 Edit Chase (Copy Bank Into Chase)...................................................
3.4.5 Edit Chase (Copy Scene Into Chase).................................................
3.4.6 Edit Chase (Insert Scene Into a Chase)..............................................
3.4.7 Delete a scene in a Chase.................................................................
3.4.8 Delete a Chase.................................................................................
3.4.9 Delete all Chase Programs...............................................................
3.5 SCENE PROGRAMMING (STEPS)
3.5.1 Insert a scene...................................................................................
3.5.2 Copy a scene...................................................................................
3.5.3 Delete a scene................................................................................
3.5.4 Delete all scenes.............................................................................
3.6 PLAYBACK
3.6.1 Running in Sound-Mode....................................................................
3.6.2 Running in Auto-Mode......................................................................
3.6.3 Run multiple chases simultaneously..................................................
3.6.4 Blackout ...............................................................................................................
3.7 MIDI OPERATION.....................................................................................
3.8 DATA TRANSFER.....................................................................................
4 APPENDIX
4.1 DMX Primer...............................................................................................
4.2 Fixture Linking..........................................................................................
4.3 DMX dipswitch quick reference chart...........................................................
4.4 Technical specifications ............................................................................
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1.1 What is included
1) DMX-240A controller
2) DC 9-12V 500mA, 90V~240V Power Adapter
3) Manual with warranty card
1.2 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.
1.3 Safety Instructions
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Please read these instructions carefully, which includes important
information about the installation, usage and maintenance?
* Please keep this User Guide for future consultation. If you sell the unit to another user, be sure that
they also receive this instruction booklet.
* 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 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 50cm from adjacent
surfaces. Be sure that no ventilation slots are blocked.
* Always disconnect from power source before servicing or replacing lamp or fuse and be sure to
replace with same lamp source.
* In the event of 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.
* Don t connect the device to a dimmer pack.
* Make sure power cord is never crimped or damaged.
* Never disconnect power cord by pulling or tugging on the cord.
* Do not operate this device under 113 F ambient temperature conditions.
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2. I NTRODUCTION
2.1 Features
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Universal DMX-512 Controller
Controls 12 intelligent lights of up to 16 channels
30 banks of 8 scenes, 240 scenes total
6 sets of chases containing 240 scenes
Execute multiple chases simultaneously
Re-assignable channels
wheel assignable Pan/Tilt and 16bit control
Beat-activation, tap sync, auto run
Grab any fixture on the fly
Polarity selector
Midi compatible
2.2 General Overview
* The DMX-240A is a universal intelligent lighting controller. It allows the control of
12 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 8 universal channel
sliders, a wheel and LED display indicators for easier navigation of controls and
menu functions. You can control the pan and tilt of different intelligent lighting fixtures
using the same wheel at the same time by means of a programmable wheel.
This wheel allows the user to assign individual pan and tilt channels for every fixture.
2.3 Product Overview (front)
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Item
Button or Fader
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Scanner select buttons
Fixture selection
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Scanner indicator LEDS
Indicates the fixtures currently selected
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Scene select buttons
Universal bump buttons representing scene
location for storage and selection
Function
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Channel faders
For adjusting DMX values, Ch 1~8 can be adjusted
immediately after pressing the respective scanner
select button, Ch 9~16 after pressing the Page
select button
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Page A Indicator LED
Represents Ch 1~8 range selected,
Tip! Tap A, B then B again to control both pages
simultaneously.
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Page B Indicator LED
Represents Ch 9~16 range selected
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Page select button
In manual mode, press to toggle between pages
of control or to select both pages simultaneously.
Both LEDS on will allow control of both lower and
upper range channel.
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Program button
Used to enter programming mode
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Music/Bank Copy button
Used to activate Music mode and as the copy
command during programming
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LCD display window
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Mode Indicator LEDS
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Bank Up button
Function button to traverse Scene/Steps in banks or chases
Incremental DMX values while FINE button is active.
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Bank Down button
Function button to traverse Scene/Steps in banks or chases
Decremental DMX values while FINE button is active.
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Tap Display button
This is a Tap-Sync during playback and during programming
changes the DMX value displayed in the LCD panel to percentages
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Blackout button
Sets the shutter or dimmer value of all fixtures to
all light output to cease
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Midi/Rec button
Activates MIDI external control and also used to confirm the
record/save process
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Assign LED
Indicated the controller is in Channel assign mode during the
initial setup of the controller
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Auto/Del button
IUsed to activate Auto mode and as the delete function key during
programming
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Chaser buttons
Chase memory 1 ~ 6
Status window displays pertinent operational data
Provides operating mode status,
(manual, music or auto)
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Button or Fader
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Speed fader
This will adjust the hold time of a scene or a step
within a chase
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Fade-Time fader
Also considered a cross-fade, sets the interval
time between two scenes in a chase
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Fine button
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Reverse LED
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PAN/TILT Wheel (Joystich)
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Mode button
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Override button
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Fog machine button
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Fog machine ready indicator
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Fog machine heating indicator
Function
Activates 16 bit control of the wheel, movement
will be in extremely small increments.
Note: While FINE is active Bank UP/DOWN buttons
will increase and decrease DMX values by one for
either the wheel or the slider in focus or currently moved.
Generally used to control the pan and tilt movement
of a fixture
To activate the fog machine
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2.4 Product Overview (rear panel)
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Button or Fader
Function
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Audio input jack
Direct audio feed for use in sound-active mode
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MIDI input port
For external triggering of Banks and Chases using a
MIDI device
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DMX polarity switch
May be used to correct signal polarity
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DMX output connector
DMX control signal
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DMX input connector
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Fog machine socket
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DC Input jack
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USB Lamp socket
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ON/OFF power switch
Used to transfer programmed data between 2 controllers
Main power feed
Turns the controller on and off
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2.5 Common Terms
The following are common terms used in intelligent light programming.
Blackout is a state by where all lighting fixtures light output are set to 0 or off, usually on a temporary
basis.
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.
Fixture refers to your lighting instrument or other device such as a fogger or dimmer of which you can
control.
Programs are a bunch of scenes stacked one after another. It can be programmed as either a single
scene or multiple scenes in sequence.
Scenes are static lighting states.
Sliders also known as faders.
Chases can also be called programs. A chase consists of a bunch of scenes stacked one after
another.
Scanner refers to a lighting instrument with a pan and tilt mirror; however, in the ILS-CON controller it
can be used to control any DMX-512 compatible device as a generic fixture.
MIDI 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.
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.
Fade slider is used to adjust the time between scenes within a chase.
Speed slider affects the amount of time a scene will hold its state. It is also considered a wait time.
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.
Patching refers to the process of assigning fixtures a DMX channel or..
3.OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
3.1 Setup
3.1.1 SETTING UP THE SYSTEM
1) Plug the AC to DC power supply to the system back panel and to the mains outlet.
2) Plug in your DMX cable(s) to your intelligent lighting as described in the fixtures respective
manual. For a quick Primer on DMX see the “ DMX Primer ” section in the Appendix of this
manual.
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3.1.2 FIXTURE ADDRESSING
The DMX-240A is programmed to control 16 channels of DMX per fixture, therefore the fixtures you
wish to control with the corresponding SCANNER buttons on the unit, must be spaced 16 channels
apart.
FIXTURE OR
SCANNER #
DEFAULT DMX STARTING
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BINARY DIPSWITCH SETTINGS
SWITCH TO THE ON POSITION
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Please refer to your individual fixture s manual for DMX addressing instructions. The table above
refers to a standard 9 dipswitch binary configurable device.
3.1.3 WHEEL ASSIGNMENT
Because not all intelligent lighting fixtures are alike or share the same control attributes, the DMX-240A
allows the user to assign the wheel the correct pan and tilt channel for every individual fixture
including 16 bit channel assignments. It also allows the user to re-assign physical faders to fixture
DMX channels so that the user can combine or unify control of similar or the same attributes across
different types of fixtures.
Action :
1) press and hold the PROGRAM button until
the led blinks
2) Press and hold FINE & MODE buttons together
(2) times to access the channel assignment mode.
the assign led will light. the wheel can be
reassigned to output on a different dmx channel.
3) press a SCANNER button that represents the fixture
you would like to set the pan&tilt
Notes :
All wheels can be reassigned to output on a
different DMX channel.
Press AUTO/DEL&MODE buttons together to
delete the channel assignment mode.
4) Use the BANKUP/DOWN buttons to select pan/tilt
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Action :
5) Press the TAP/DISPLAY button to switch
pages
6) press and hold MODE button,then press the SCENES
Notes :
You can re-assign the DMX channel to all controller
fader channels.
buttons to select the DMXchannel.All LEDs will blink.
7) Press and hold FINE & MODE buttons to exit
3.1.4 Review wheel assignment or reverse
Action : (Reverse Review)
Notes :
1) Press and hold FINE & MODE buttons together to
access the wheel assignment mode
2) press a SCANNER button to select a scanner
3) Press and hold FINE & MODE buttons together (2)
times to exit
Action : (wheel assignment Review)
1) Press and hold FINE & mode buttons together (2)
times to access the channel reverse mode
2) press a SCANNER button to select a scanner
3) Press and hold FINE & MODE buttons to exit
3.1.5 COPY SCANNER
Example: Copying Scanner 1 into Scanner 2
Action :
Notes :
1 ) Press and hold SCANNER button # 1.
2) While holding button # 1 press SCANNER button # 2.
To save time, you can copy the settings of one
Scanner button to another.
3) Release SCANNER button # 1 first before releasing
SCANNER button # 2.
4) All SCANNER LED indicators will flash to confirm
successful copy.
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3.1.6 REVERSE CHANNEL OUTPUT
Action :
1) press and hold the PROGRAM button until the led
blinks
2) Press and hold FINE & MODE buttons together
to access the channel assignment mode ,then
press the SCANNER button
3) Use the Bankup/Down buttons to select pan/tilt
Notes :
You can permanently reverse the output of any given
channel on the controller.
Press AUTO/DEL&MODE buttons together to delete the
reverse channel.
4) Press the TAP/DISPLAY button to switch between
pages
5) press and hold MODE button,then press the SCENES
buttons to select the DMXchannel.All LEDs will blink.
6) Press and hold FINE & MODE buttons(2)times to exit
3.1.7 FADE TIME ASSIGN
You can choose whether the board s fade time during scene execution is implemented broadly to all
output channels or only to the Pan & Tilt movement channels. This is relevant because often you will
want gobos and colors to change quickly while not affecting the movement of the light.
Action :
Notes :
1) Turn OFF the controller.
2) Hold the MODE and TAP DISPLAY buttons
simultaneously.
3) Turn ON the controller.
4) Press the TAP DISPLAY button to toggle between
the two modes. Either ALL CH (all channels) or
ONLY X/Y (Pan & Tilt only)
ALL CH: All channels ONLY X/Y: Only Pan & Tilt
5) Press MODE and TAP DISPLAY to save settings.
All LEDS will blink to confirm.
3.2 Operation
3.2.1 MANUAL MODE
The manual mode allows direct control of all scanners. You are able to move them and change
attributes by using the channel faders and wheel.
Action :
1 ) Press the AUTO DEL button repeatedly until the
MANUAL LED is lit.
2) Select a SCANNER button.
Notes :
All changes made while in Manual Mode are
temporary and will not be recorded.
3) Move wheel and faders to change fixture attributes.
PAGE/SELECT A/B button:
Use to switch between fader control of (A: Ch1~8),
(B: Ch 9~16)
TAP DISPLAY button:
Press to toggle the output indicator on the LCD display
between DMX values (0-255) and percentage (0-100)
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3.2.2 REVIEW SCENE OR CHASE
This instruction assumes that you have already recorded scenes and chases on the controller. Other
wise skip section and go to programming.
Action : ( SCENE Review)
1) Select any one of the 30 banks by pressing the
BANK UP/DOWN buttons.
2) Select a SCENE button (1~8) to review.
Notes :
Make sure you are still in MANUAL Mode.
3) Move wheel and faders to change fixture attributes.
Action : ( CHASE Review )
1) Press any one of the 6 CHASE buttons.
2) Press the TAP DISPLAY button to view the step
number on the display.
3) Press the BANK UP/DOWN buttons review all scenes
in the chase.
3.3 Programming
A program (bank) is a sequence of different scenes (or steps) that will be called up one after another.
In the DMX-240A 30 programs can be created of 8 scenes in each.
3.3.1ENTERING PROGRAM MODE
1 ) Press the Program button until the LED blinks.
3.3.2CREATE A SCENE :
A scene is a static lighting state. Scenes are stored in banks. There are 30 bank memories on the
controller and each bank can hold 8 scene memories. The DMX-240A can save 240 scenes total.
Action :
1 ) Press the PROGRAM button until the LED blinks.
2) Position SPEED and FADE TIME sliders all the
Notes :
Deselect Blackout if LED is lit.
way down.
3) Select the SCANNERS you wish to include in your
scene.
4) Compose a look by moving the sliders and wheel.
5) Tap MIDI/REC button.
6) Choose a BANK (01~30) to change if necessary.
7) Select a SCENES button to store.
8) Repeat steps 3 through 7 as necessary. 8 scenes
You can select more than one fixture.
You can access channels 9~16 by pressing the Page
Select button. This is necessary for fixtures that use
more than 8 channels of control.
There are 8 scenes available in every bank.
All LEDs will flash to confirm. The LED display will now
indicate the Scene number and Bank number used.
can be recorded in a Program.
9) To exit program mode, hold the PROGRAM button.
Tip! Press the FINE button, activate joystick or slider by moving it then use the Bank Up/Down buttons
to change values in increments of
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Shortcut : Press [ PROGRAM ]
[ SCANNERS ] Adjust [ Faders & Whee l]
[ SCENE ]
Press [ PROGRAM ] to store.
[ BANK ]
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3.3.3 RUNNING A PROGRAM
Action :
1) Use BANK UP/DOWN buttons to change Program
banks if necessary.
2) Press the AUTO DEL button repeatedly until the
AUTO LED turns on.
Notes :
Deselect Blackout if LED is lit.
3) Adjust the PROGRAM speed via the SPEED fader
and the loop rate via the FADE TIME fader.
4) Alternatively you can tap the TAP DISPLAY button
twice. The time between two taps sets the time
between SCENES (up to 10 minutes).
Also called a Tap-Sync.
3.3.4 CHECK PROGRAM
Action :
1) Press and hold the PROGRAM button until the
Notes :
LED blinks.
2) Use the BANK UP/DOWN buttons to select
the PROGRAM bank to review.
3) Press the SCENES buttons to review each
scene individually.
3.3.5 EDITING A PROGRAM
S cenes
will need to be modified manually.
Action :
1 ) Press and hold the PROGRAM button until the
LED blinks.
2) Use BANK UP/DOWN buttons to change Program
banks if necessary.
3) Select the desired fixture via the SCANNERS button.
Notes :
Deselect Blackout if LED is lit.
4) Adjust and change fixture attributes using the channel
faders and wheel.
5) Press the MIDI/REC button to prepare the save.
6) Select the desired SCENES button to save.
3.3.6 COPY A PROGRAM
Action :
1 ) Press and hold the PROGRAM button until the
LED blinks.
2) Use BANK UP/DOWN buttons to select the
PROGRAM bank you will copy.
3) Press the MIDI/REC button to prepare the copy.
Notes :
All 8 scenes in a Program bank will be copied.
4) Use BANK UP/DOWN buttons to select the
destination PROGRAM bank.
5) Press the MUSIC BANK COPY button to execute
the copy. All LEDs on the controller will blink.
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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.
Action :
1) Press the PROGRAM button until the LED blinks.
2) Press the CHASE (1~6) button you wish to program.
3) Change BANK if necessary to locate a scene.
4) Select the SCENE to insert.
5) Tap the MIDI/REC button to store.
6) Repeat steps 3 ~ 5 to add additional steps in the
Notes :
chase. Up to 240 steps can be recorded.
7) Press and hold the PROGRAM button to save the
chase.
3.4.2 RUNNING A CHASE
Action :
1 ) Press a CHASE button then press the AUTO DEL
button.
2) Adjust the Chase speed by tapping the TAP DISPLAY
button twice at a rate of your choosing.
Notes :
The time between 2 taps will set the chase speed (up
to 10 minutes)
3.4.3 CHECKING A CHASE
Action :
Notes :
1 ) Press and hold the PROGRAM button until the LED
is lit.
2) Select the desired CHASE button.
3) Press the TAP DISPLAY button to switch the LCD
display to steps.
4) Review each scene/step individually by using the
BANK UP/DOWN buttons.
3.4.4 EDIT CHASE (COPY BANK INTO CHASE)
Action :
Notes :
1 ) Press and hold the PROGRAM button to enter
programming mode.
2) Press the desired CHASE button.
3) Select the BANK to be copied using the
BANK UP/DOWN buttons.
4) Press MUSIC/BANK COPY button to prepare copy.
5) Press MIDI/REC button to copy the bank. All LEDs
will blink.
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3.4.5 EDIT CHASE (COPY SCENE INTO CHASE)
Action :
1) Press and hold the PROGRAM button to enter
Notes :
programming mode.
2) Press the desired CHASE button.
3) Select the BANK that contains the scene to be copied
using the BANK UP/DOWN buttons.
4) Press the SCENE button that corresponds to the
scene to be copied.
5) Press MIDI/REC button to copy the scene.
All LEDs will blink.
3.4.6 EDIT CHASE (INSERT SCENE INTO A CHASE)
Action :
Notes :
1 ) Press and hold the PROGRAM button to enter
programming mode.
2) Press the desired CHASE button.
3) Press the TAP DISPLAY to switch the LCD display
to steps view.
4) Use the BANK UP/DOWN buttons to navigate steps
and locate the insert point of the new scene.
The display will read the step number.
5) Press MIDI/REC button to prepare the insert.
I .e. To insert a scene between Steps 05 and 06
navigate using BANK buttons until the display reads
STEP05.
6) Use the BANK UP/DOWN button to locate the SCENE .
7) Press the SCENE button that corresponds to the scene
to be inserted.
8) Press MIDI/REC button to insert the scene. All LEDs
will blink.
3.4.7 DELETE A SCENE IN A CHASE
Action :
Notes :
1 ) Press and hold the PROGRAM button to enter
programming mode.
2) Press the desired CHASE button that contains
the scene to be deleted.
3) Press the TAP DISPLAY button to switch the LCD
display to steps.
4) Select the scene/step to be deleted using the
BANK UP/DOWN buttons.
5) Press AUTO DEL button to delete the step/scene.
All LEDs will blink.
3.4.8 DELETE A CHASE
Action :
Notes :
1 ) Press and hold the PROGRAM button to enter
programming mode.
2) Press the CHASE button (1~6) to be deleted.
3) Press and hold AUTO DEL button and the respective
CHASE button to delete the chase. All LEDs will blink.
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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.
Action :
1) Turn OFF controller.
2) Press and hold the BANK DOWN button and the
Notes :
AUTO DEL button while turning ON the controller.
3) All LEDs will blink.
3.5 Scene Programming (Steps)
3.5.1 INSERT A SCENE
Action :
Notes :
1 ) Press and hold the PROGRAM button to enter
programming mode.
2) Press the desired CHASE button.
3) Press the TAP DISPLAY to switch the LCD display
to steps view.
4) Use the BANK UP/DOWN buttons to navigate steps
and locate the insert point of the new scene.
The display will read the step number.
5) Press MIDI/REC button to prepare the insert.
I .e. To insert a scene between Steps 05 and 06
navigate using BANK buttons until the display reads
STEP05.
6) Use the BANK UP/DOWN button to locate the SCENE .
7) Press the SCENE button that corresponds to the scene
to be inserted.
8) Press MIDI/REC button to insert the scene. All LEDs
will blink.
3.5.2 COPY A SCENE
Action :
Notes :
1 ) Press and hold the PROGRAM button to enter
programming mode.
2) Select the BANK that contains the scene to be
copied using the BANK UP/DOWN buttons.
3) Press the SCENE button that corresponds
to the scene to be copied.
4) Press MIDI/REC button to copy the scene.
5) Select the destination BANK that contains the scene
memory to record onto using the BANK UP/DOWN
buttons.
6) Press the desired SCENE button to complete copy.
All LEDs will blink.
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3.5.3 DELETE A SCENE
Action :
1) Press and hold the PROGRAM button to enter
programming mode.
2) Select the BANK that contains the scene to be
deleted by using the BANK UP/DOWN buttons.
3) Press and hold the AUTO DEL button.
4) Press the SCENE button that corresponds to the
scene you want to delete. All LEDs will blink.
Notes :
When deleting a scene the physical location is not
removed, however, all 192 DMX channels available
to the scene will be set to value 0.
3.5.4 DELETE ALL SCENES
Action :
1 ) Press and hold the PROGRAM button and the
BANK DOWN button while turning off power to
the controller.
2) Turn the controller back on.
Notes :
CAUTION!
This process is irreversible. All scenes with data will
be set to 0.
3.6 Playback
3.6.1 RUNNING IN SOUND-MODE
Action :
1 ) Press the MUSIC BANK COPY button until the
MUSIC LED turns on.
2) Select the program BANK to run in soundactive
mode using the BANK UP/DOWN buttons.
3) Alternatively you can press a single CHASE button
(1~6) or several CHASE buttons in sequence and all
selected chases will loop in the order selected.
4) You can adjust the duration time using the
FADE TIME fader.
Notes :
In the Sound mode, programs will be triggered by the
sound using its built-in microphone.
Multiple chases selected will loop and run in the
order originally selected.
3.6.2 RUNNING IN AUTO-MODE
Action :
1 ) Press the AUTO DEL button until the AUTO LED
turns on.
2) If a CHASE button is not pressed the controller
will automatically run a BANK program.
3) Change BANK programs by using BANK UP/DOWN
buttons.
4) Alternatively you can press a single CHASE button
(1~6) or several CHASE buttons in sequence and all
selected chases will loop in the order selected.
5) You can adjust the time between steps by moving the
SPEED fader and the duration of the step by moving
the FADE TIME fader.
Notes :
In the Auto mode, programs will be triggered by
controllers fade and speed time as set on the faders.
Multiple chases selected will loop and run in the
order originally selected.
3.6.3 RUN MULTIPLE CHASES SIMULTANEOUSLY
Action :
1 ) Press and hold AUTO DEL button.
2) While holding down AUTO DEL , in succession
press and release each CHASE you would like
to run simultaneously.
Notes :
IMPORTANT! To avoid conflict between scenes
running simultaneously that control the same fixture
attributes consider creating individual color and gobo
chases.
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3.6.4 BLACKOUT
The Blackout button brings all lighting output to 0 or off.
3.7 Midi Operation
The controller will only respond to MID I 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.
Action :
Notes :
1 )Press and hold the MIDI/REC button for about 3 seconds.
2) Select the MIDI control channel (1~16) via the
BANK UP/DOWN buttons to set.
3) Press and hold the MIDI/REC button for 3 seconds
to save settings.
4) To release MIDI control, press any other button
except the BANK buttons during step 2.
MIDI NOTE
FUNCTION (TURN ON/OFF)
This is the Channel that the controller will receive
MIDI note commands.
MIDI NOTE
FUNCTION (TURN ON/OFF)
00 to 07
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 1
88 to 95
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 12
08 to 15
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 2
96 to 103
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 13
16 to 23
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 3
104 to 111
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 14
24 to 31
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 4
112 to 119
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 15
32 to 39
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 5
120
Chase 1
40 to 47
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 6
121
Chase 2
48 to 55
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 7
122
Chase 3
56 to 63
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 8
123
Chase 4
64 to 71
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 9
124
Chase 5
72 to 79
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 10
125
Chase 6
80 to 87
Scenes 1~8 in BANK 11
126
BLACKOUT
3.8 Data Transfer
It is possible to transfer the programs stored in one DMX-240A controller to another. Connect from the
DMX output of the programmed controller to the DMX input of the other.
Action :
1 ) Source unit: Turn unit Off, press and hold SCANNER
buttons 2, 3 and SCENE button 1 then turn unit back On.
2) Destination unit: Turn unit Off, press and hold
SCANNER buttons 8, 9 and SCENE button 2 then
turn unit back On.
3) Both units are now ready to transmit and receive.
Press SCENE buttons 7 & 8 simultaneously on
Source unit to begin transmission.
Notes :
The display should show TRANSMIT, this indicates it
is ready to transmit data.
The display should show RECEIVE, this indicates it is
ready to receive data transmission.
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4 APPENDIX
4.1 DMX Primer
There are 512 channels in a DMX-512 connection. Channels may be assigned in any manner. A
fixture capable of receiving DMX 512 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+).
4.2 FIXTURE LINKING
Occupation of the XLR-connection:
DMX-OUTPUT
XLR mounting-plug:
DMX-OUTPUT
XLR mounting-socket:
1 - Ground
2 - Signal (-)
3 - Signal (+)
1 - Ground
2 - Signal (-)
3 - Signal (+)
Caution: At the last fixture, the DMX-cable has to be terminated with a terminator. Solder
a 120 resistor between Signal (-) and Signal (+) into a 3-pin XLR-plug and plug it in the
DMX-output of the last fixture.
I n the Controller mode, at the last fixture in the chain, the DMX output has to be connected with a DMX
terminator. This prevents electrical noise from disturbing and corrupting the DMX control signals.
The DMX terminator is simply an XLR connector with a 120W (ohm) resistor connected across pins 2
and 3, which is then plugged into the output socket on the last projector in the chain. The connections
are illustrated below.
120 ohm
PIN2
PIN3
If you wish to connect DMX-controllers with other XLR-outputs, you need to use adapter-cables.
The transform of the controller line of 3 pins and 5 pins (plug and socket)
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4.3 DMX Dipswitch Quick Reference Chart
DMX Address Quick Reference Chart
Dip Switch Position
#9
DMX DIP SWITCH SET
#8
0=OFF
#7
1=ON
X=OFF or ON
#6
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5
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DMX Address
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4.4 Technical Specifications
Weight........................................................................................................................... 3.5 Kg
Operating Range.....................................................................................DC 9V-12V 500mA min
Maximum ambient temperature.......................................................................................45
C
Data input .................................................................................. locking 3-pin XLR male socket
Data output ............................................................................. locking 3-pin XLR female socket
Data pin configuration ..................................................................pin 1 shield, pin 2 (-), pin 3 (+)
Protocols........................................................................................................DMX-512 USITT
Protocols........................................................................................................DMX-512 USITT
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