Disaster Area Gen3 Firmware Update Procedure v1.1

DMC-Gen3 Firmware Update Procedure
12/21/2016
v1.1
Equipment Required:
DMC or DPC Gen3 Controller
Mac running OSX 10.6.8 or higher
(or) Windows PC running Windows XP or higher
USB A to Mini-B cable
Each DMC or DPC Gen3 controller uses one of its hardware buttons to enter into bootloader mode. Locate
the bootloader entry button on your device before beginning this procedure.
DMC-3XL Gen3 - top center button.
DMC-4 Gen3 - upper-right button
DMC-6 Gen3 - BANK UP button
DMC-8 Gen3 - BANK UP button
DPC-5 Gen3 - BANK UP / SAVE button
Once the update procedure is complete, you may be required to enter Setup mode to perform a factory reset.
Wait until the DMC or DPC boots, and hold the setup buttons when you see the text “GEN3” scroll across the
display. Keep the buttons held until the display scrolls “SETUP.”
DMC-3XL Gen3 - Lower left and lower right buttons.
DMC-4 Gen3 - Lower left and lower right buttons.
DMC-6 Gen3 - A and B buttons.
DMC-8 Gen3 - A and B buttons.
DPC-5 Gen3 - A and B buttons.
Firmware Update Procedure
[MAC OS X]
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Download and unzip the firmware archive file to your desktop or other convenient location.
Open the Terminal application, found in /Applications/Utilities
Power the controller off and remove any MIDI, expression, DC, and USB cables.
Plug the USB-A cable end into the computer.
Hold the bootloader entry button and insert the USB Mini-B plug into the controller. The rearpanel green LED should light and then flash slowly.
A new removable drive named DISASTER should appear on your desktop.
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Open the DISASTER drive by double-clicking on its icon. Drag the FLASH.BIN file to the Trash. If
Mac OS X asks if you are sure you want to delete the file, select “Delete.”
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Type cp followed by a space into the Terminal window, then drag the icon for the firmware .BIN file
into the Terminal.
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Drag the DISASTER drive icon into the Terminal.
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Press Enter to complete the copy operation.
Control-click or right-click the DISASTER drive icon and select “Eject ‘DISASTER.’”
Remove the USB cable from the controller.
Power the controller on using a 9V power supply and hold down the appropriate buttons to enter
Setup mode. Tap the left button once to reach the FACT menu, tap the mode or save button to enter. The display
will be blank.
Tap the left button until ALL is displayed on the DMC screen, then tap the mode or save button
once to begin the reset process.
When the countdown timer reaches zero, power the controller off and on again. Make sure that the firmware revision displayed matches the revision number on the firmware .BIN
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[WINDOWS]
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Download and unzip the firmware archive file to your desktop or other convenient
location. Power the controller off and remove any MIDI, expression, DC, and USB cables. Plug the USB-A cable end into the computer. Hold the bootloader entry button and insert the
USB Mini-B plug into the controller. The rear-panel green LED should light and then flash slowly. Windows may run the Found New Hardware wizard at this point. Windows should install a driver for
the bootloader and then show a new removable drive called DISASTER. 5.
Open the DISASTER drive and delete the FLASH.BIN file.
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Drag the firmware .BIN file to the DISASTER drive.
Eject the DISASTER drive. Remove the USB cable from the controller. Power the controller on using a 9V power supply and hold down the appropriate buttons to enter
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Tap the left button once to reach the FACT menu, tap the mode button to enter. Tap the left button until RSET is displayed on the DMC screen, then tap the mode / save button
once to begin the reset process. When the countdown timer reaches zero, power the controller off and on again. Make sure that the firmware revision displayed matches the revision number on the firmware .BIN
file. The controller is ready for use. 12.
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