DMX-50 - Chauvet Lighting
DMX-50
User Guide
Please read these instructions carefully before use
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DMX-50
Features
Thank you for your purchase of Chauvet’s DMX-50. The DMX-50 features include:
* 192 DMX Channels
* 12 Scanners of 16 channels each
* 30 Banks of 8 programmable scenes
* 6 Programmable chases of 240 scenes each
* 8 Sliders for manual control of channels
* Assignable joystick for ease of movement
* File Dump allows data to be sent or received between two units
* Auto mode program controlled by speed and fade time sliders
* Fade time/Assign fade time
* Reversible DMX channels allows fixture to react in opposition to others in a chase
* 8 CHANNEL or 16 CHANNEL mode
* Fine adjustment for joystick pan and tilt
* Blackout master button
* Manual Override button allows you to grab any fixture on the fly
* Built in microphone for music triggering
* MIDI control over banks, chases and blackout
* DMX Polarity selector
* Power failure memory
Operation Guide
General
The DMX-50 allows you to program 12 scanners with 16 DMX channels each, 30 banks of 8
programmable scenes, 6 chases of 240 scenes using 8 channel sliders, a joystick, and other
buttons. With the ease of the joystick, you can easily and more accurately control the movement of
a fixture. To further your ability to dazzle the audience, this unit allows you to assign and reverse
DMX channels. In addition, two units can set up communication so that they can send or receive a
complete file dump.
Display Information
The LCD Display contains a maximum of 2 lines, each of 8 characters. Below are the definitions.
LCD Display
SN1
BK1
CHASE1
STEP 009
DATA 184
SP :1M54s
TP: 4.25s
ASS 04 05
RES 10 13
Message
Scene 1
Bank 1
Chase 1 is activated
The ninth step of a chase
DMX Value (000-255)
The current speed is 1 minute 54 seconds
The time of the last two taps is 4.25 seconds
Assign DMX channels 4 and 5
Reverse DMX channels 10 and 13
SETUP
Unit Setup
1) The DMX-50 is preset to allocate 16 channels per fixture. In order to assign your fixtures to the
scanner buttons located on the left side of the unit you will need to space your fixtures 16 DMX
channels apart.
Use the Following chart for DMX Addressing
Fixture # Digital # DipSwitch Setting
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
1
17
33
49
65
81
97
113
129
145
161
177
1 "On"
1 and 5 "On"
1 and 6 "On"
1,5 and 6 "On"
1 and 7 "On"
1,5and 7 "On"
1,6 and 7 "On"
1,5,6 and 7 "On"
1 and 8 "On"
1,5 and 8 "On"
1,6 and 8 "On"
1,5,6 and 8 "On"
Enabling the program mode
1) To enable program mode, hold the program button for three seconds until LED is lit.
Set-up Joystick
1) Press and hold the “Program” button until LED is lit
2) Press and hold the “Mode” and “Fine” buttons at the same time, the assign LED should
light. If the reverse LED lights, press “Fine” and “Mode” again to enter assign mode.
3) Use the bank UP and Down keys to select the axis you wish to assign (Pan or Tilt)
4) Use the “Tap/Display” button to select 16 or 8 channel mode
5) Press the button corresponding to the scanner you wish to assign
6) While holding the mode button press the scene number corresponding to the slider which
controls the movement. (Example: If pan is controlled by slider number 4, press and
hold the “Mode” button while tapping scene button #4).
7) When finished press the “Mode” and “Fine” buttons at the same time again to exit Assign
mode.
SCENES
Programming A Scene
1) Enter program mode (See Enabling Program Mode)
2) Check the blackout key and verify that the LED is not lit, if it is, press it once to exit blackout
mode.
3) Verify that the speed and fade time sliders are positioned at zero.
4) Press the scanner button corresponding to the unit wish to control. You may control more than
one scanner at a time by pressing the button corresponding to the scanner/s you wish to
program.
5) Move the faders and joystick to the desired position. If necessary, you may select page 2 to control channels 9-16
6) Tap the bank Up/Down button to choose the bank you want to store this scene into. There are a
total of 30 banks you can select, you may store up to 8 scenes in each bank.
7) Once all scanners are programmed into the desired position for the scene, tap the MIDI/Rec button to program this scene into memory
8) Tap the scene button you wish to store your scene into. All LEDs will flash three times
signifying this operation. The LCD readout will show the bank and scene.
9) To unselect the scanner/s you have been programming and switch to another simply press the
button of the scanner you have been programming again, deselecting it, and select another scanner.
10) Repeat steps 2-7 until all scenes have been programmed.
11) If you don’t intend to continue programming at this time, press and hold the program button for
three seconds to exit program mode. The LED will go out indicating this selection.
Example Scene Program
1) Program Enable
2) Tap the Scanner 1 button to turn on its fader control
3) Verify that the page select is set on page A, if not press the page select button to select page A
4) Move the first and second faders all the way up to their maximum value position.
5) Select bank 1 using the bank Up/Down buttons
6) Press the MIDI/Rec button
7) Tap scene 1 to store the first scene
8) Repeat steps 4-7 until all scenes have been programmed into bank 1
9) Tap the scanner 1 button to turn off the fader control
10) When finished, disable program mode. You can now manually tap through the scenes you have
just programmed.
Editing A Scene
1) Program Enable
2) Press the Bank Up/Down button to select the bank containing the scene you wish to edit
3) Select the scene you wish to edit by tapping it’s scene button
4) Use the faders and/or joystick to make the desired adjustments to the scene
5) Once you have completed the changes, tap the MIDI/Rec button
6) Tap the scene button that corresponds to the scene you’re editing. This will override the
existing scene.
Be sure to select the same scene in steps 3 and 6, otherwise you may accidentally record over an
existing scene.
Copy Scanner Settings- This setting allows you to copy the settings of one scanner to another
1) Press and hold down the scanner button you wish to copy
2) While holding down the button, tap the button of the scanner you wish to copy the settings to.
Copy A Scene
1) Enable Program Mode
2) Tap the Bank Up/Down button to select the bank that contains the scene you wish to copy.
3) Select the scene you wish to copy by pressing it’s scene button
4) Using the Bank Up/Down button select the bank you wish to copy the scene to.
5) Tap the MIDI/Rec button
6) Tap the scene button you wish to copy the scene to.
Deleting a Scene
1) Enter Programming mode
2)Press the desired Scene button to select the scene you wish to delete
3) Press and hold down the Auto/Del button. While holding the button, tap the scene button that
corresponds with the scene you wish to delete.
4) When the programmed scene is deleted, all DMX channel values will be set to 0.
Deleting All Scenes
1) With the power off to the unit, press and hold down the Program and Bank Down buttons at the
same time.
2) Turn the unit back on, and all scenes should be cleared.
Copy A Bank of Scenes
1) Enable Programming mode
2) Tap the bank Up/Down button until you reach the bank you wish to copy.
3) Tap the MIDI/Rec button
4) Tap the Bank Up/Down button to select the bank you wish to copy to.
5) Tap the Music/Bank Copy button, all LEDs will briefly flash three times indicating the function has
been completed.
6) Press the program button for three seconds to exit programming mode.
CHASES
Programming a Chase
Note: You must have already programmed scenes in order to program a chase, this function allows
you to cycle through up to 240 scenes in a preselected order. It is recommended before
programming chases for the first time, you delete all chases in the controller. See Delete All Chases
for instructions on how to do so.
1) Enable Programming mode
2) Tap the Chase button to select the chase you wish to program
3) Select a desired scene from the bank that has scenes stored inside it
4) Tap the MIDI/Rec button
5) Repeat steps 3-4 until all desired scenes have been entered.
Inserting a bank of scenes into a Chase
1) Enable programming mode
2) Select the chase you wish to program
3) Use the Bank Up/Down key to select the bank of scenes you wish to copy
4) Tap the Music/ Bank Copy button
5) Tap the MIDI/Rec copy button, all LEDs will flash three times indicating that the requested
operation has been performed.
Add A Step
1) Enter Programming mode
2) Press the corresponding button to the chase you wish to add a step to
3) Press the Tap/ Display button, the LCD will show the current step.
4) Press the Bank Up/ Down button and scroll to the step you wish to insert the step after.
5) Press the MIDI/Rec button, the segment display will read the step one step higher than before.
6) Tap the Tap/ Display button again. The LCD shows the current chase, scene, and bank. Create a
desired scene and record it as a new step or select a previously programmed scene to add to the
chase.
7) Once you have selected the scene you wish to add, press the MIDI/Rec button again. All LEDs will
flash three times indicating the new step has been inserted into the chase.
Deleting a Step
1) Enter Programming Mode
2) Select the chase that contains the step you wish to delete
3) Press the Tap/Display button, the LCD shows the current step
4) Press the Bank Up/Down Button to scroll to the step you wish to delete.
5) Press the Auto/Del button to delete the step. All LEDs will flash three times indicating the
requested operation has been performed.
Delete A Chase
1) Press the button corresponding to the chase you wish to delete.
2) Press and hold down the Auto/Del button while holding down the chase button. All LEDs will flash
three times indicating that the requested operation has been performed.
Delete All Chases
1) With the power off, press and hold down the Auto/Del and Bank Down buttons at the same time.
2) Reapply the power, and all chases should be cleared.
JOYSTICK/ CHANNEL SELECTION
Set-up Joystick
1) Press and hold the “Program” button until LED is lit
2) Press and hold the “Mode” and “Fine” buttons at the same time, the assign LED should
light. If the reverse LED lights, press “Fine” and “Mode” again to enter assign mode.
3) Use the bank UP and Down keys to select the axis you wish to assign (Pan or Tilt)
4) Use the “Tap/Display” button to select 16 or 8 channel mode
5) Press the button corresponding to the scanner you wish to assign
6) While holding the mode button press the scene number corresponding to the slider which
controls the movement. (Example: If pan is controlled by slider number 4, press and
hold the “Mode” button while tapping scene button #4.
7) When finished press the “Mode” and “Fine” buttons at the same time again to exit Assign
mode.
Reverse Joystick Movement/ DMX Channel
1) Enter Programming mode
2) Press the Fine and Mode buttons to enter assign mode, then press Fine and Mode buttons again
to enter reverse mode. The reverse LED lights up indicating reverse mode is active.
3) Use Bank Up/Down button to change between the Pan and Tilt, the corresponding LED lights
indicating this selection.
4) Press the Tap/Display button to change between 8 CHANNEL and 16 CHANNEL mode
5) Press the scanner button to select the scanner
6) While holding the mode button, press the corresponding scene button to the channel you wish to
reverse. (For Example If you are reversing the tilt on one scanner, once you verify that you are in
reverse mode, and the Tilt LED is lit, check to see which slider the Tilt control is on. Hold the mode
button and press the scene button that is the same as the slider number for tilt. (Slider 5/ Scene 5)
7) Continue steps 3-7 as needed. You may reverse a maximum of 48 channels for 12 scanners.
Delete a scanner of DMX Channels
1) Activate Assign or reverse mode
2) Tap the scanner button to select the scanner you wish to delete
3) Press the mode and Auto/Del buttons at the same time. All LEDs will flash three times indicating
the requested operation has been performed.
Clear All DMX Channels
1) Turn the power to the unit off
2) Press the Mode and Auto/Del buttons at the same time
3) While holding the two buttons, turn the power back on to the unit. All LEDs will flash briefly
indicating the requested operation has been preformed.
Display DMX Channel
1) Press the Fine and Mode buttons at the same time, putting the controller into assign mode.
2) Press the fine and mode buttons again, lighting the reverse LED
3) Press the scanner button that is set at the desired Pan and Tilt and the LCD will display the DMX
values for Pan and Tilt.
FADE TIME
Fade Time/ Assign Fade Time
1) With the power off, press the mode and TAP/Display buttons at the same time.
2) Apply the power again, tap the TAP/Display button to change between Fade Time and Assign Fade
Time, the LCD reads
ALL
CH
ONLY
X/Y
OR
FD
TIME
FD
TIME
3) Press the Mode and TAP/Display buttons at the same time to store your setting into memory. If you
do not wish to save your setting, press the blackout key to exit this operation.
PLAYBACK
Running Scenes
There are three modes in which you can run scenes and chases. They are Manual mode, Auto
mode, and music mode.
Manual Mode
1) When the power is turned on, the DMX-50 enters manual mode automatically.
2) Check and verify that both the Auto and Music LEDs are off.
3) Use the Bank Up/Down button to select the bank with the scenes you wish to run
4) Press the scene button corresponding to the scene you wish to display
Auto Mode
This function allows you to run a bank of programmed scenes in sequence.
1) Press the Auto/Del button to enter into Auto mode. The Auto LED will light indicating the Auto mode
is active
2) Use the bank Up/Down button to select a bank of scenes to run
3) After selecting the bank of scenes to run, you can use the speed slider and Fade Time slider to
adjust the speed of the scene progression.
4) You can use the TapSync/Display button to set the speed instead. The amount of time between the
last two taps will instruct the controller in the length of time between steps. This setting will stay in
effect until the speed slider is moved.
5) Press the Auto/Display button to exit Auto mode.
Music Mode
1) Press the Music/ Bank Copy button to activate Music mode.
2) Use the bank Up/Down button to select the bank of scenes you wish to run. The scenes selected
will run through sequentially to the beat of the music identified by the built-in microphone.
3) Tap the Music/ Bank Copy button again to exit music mode.
Running Chases
Manual Mode
1) When the power is turned on the unit enters manual mode automatically
2) Select the chase you wish to run by pressing the corresponding chase button. Pressing this button
a second time will unselect the chase.
Auto Mode
1) Press the Auto/Del button to activate Auto mode
2) Select the desired chase by pressing one of six Chase buttons. Pressing this button a second time
will negate this selection.
3) Use the speed slider and Fade time slider to adjust the chase to your specifications.
Music Mode
1) Press the Music/Bank copy button to activate music mode.
2) Select the desired chase by pressing one of six Chase buttons, this will activate the chase and
cause it to respond to the rhythms of the music.
FILE TRANSFER
File Transfer allows the user to transfer all information stored in one DMX-50 to a second DMX-50
unit. You must connect the units using 3-pin XLr cables. The unit sending the information will have
the cable plugged into the DMX “out” plug, and the unit receiving the information will have the cable
running into the DMX “in” location.
To Send A File Dump
1) With the power off to the unit, press and hold down the scanner 2 and 3 buttons and scene 1
button at the same time.
2) Turn the unit back on while pressing these three buttons, the LCD will read “TRANSMIT” indicating
that the unit is ready to send the files.
3) Press scene button 7 and 8 at the same time to send the file dump.
4) If an error occurs during the file dump, the LCD will readout “ERROR”
Receive File Dump
1) With the power off, press and hold down the scanner buttons 8,9 and scene button 2 at a time.
2) Apply the power again while pressing these three buttons, the LCD shows “RECEIVE” indicating
this unit is receiving the file dump.
3) When receiving is over, the unit will automatically return to the normal mode.
MIDI Channel Setting
1) Press and hold the MIDI/Rec button for three seconds. The LCD shows the MIDI channel of last
time.
2) Use the bank Up/Down button to select the DMX channel 01-16 to assign to the MIDI channel.
3) Press and hold the MIDI/Rec button to save your settings. The LEDs will flash three times
indicating that the required operation has been performed.
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