Chauvet Stage Designer 50 User`s Manual

Chauvet Stage Designer 50 User`s Manual
Stage Designer™ 50
Snapshot
Use on Dimmer
Outdoor Use
Sound Activated
DMX
Master/Slave
115 V / 230 V Switch
Replaceable Fuse
User Serviceable
Duty Cycle
User Manual
Chauvet, 3000 N 29th Ct, Hollywood, FL 33020 U.S.A.
(800) 762-1084 – (954) 929-1115
FAX (954) 929-5560
www.chauvetlighting.com
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Before You Begin ......................................................................................................................................................... 3
What is included ................................................................................................................................................................ 3
Unpacking Instructions....................................................................................................................................................... 3
Safety Instructions ............................................................................................................................................................. 3
2. Introduction .................................................................................................................................................................. 4
Features ............................................................................................................................................................................ 4
Product Overview (front) .................................................................................................................................................... 5
Product Overview (rear panel) ........................................................................................................................................... 6
Common Terms ................................................................................................................................................................. 8
3. Operating Instructions................................................................................................................................................. 9
Setup ................................................................................................................................................................................. 9
Setting up the System ........................................................................................................................................................ 9
Physical fader Assignment (optional setup)........................................................................................................................ 9
Switching between Page and Page B (Channels 1-24 and 25-48) ..................................................................................... 9
4. Programming ............................................................................................................................................................. 10
Entering program mode (record enable) .......................................................................................................................... 10
Create a scene ................................................................................................................................................................ 10
Edit Enable ...................................................................................................................................................................... 10
Erase a Program.............................................................................................................................................................. 11
Erase all Scenes .............................................................................................................................................................. 11
Record Clear ................................................................................................................................................................... 11
Delete a step or steps ...................................................................................................................................................... 12
Insert a Step or Steps ...................................................................................................................................................... 12
Modify a Step or Steps..................................................................................................................................................... 12
5. Playback ..................................................................................................................................................................... 13
Playing a Scene............................................................................................................................................................... 13
Playing a Scene to audioTriggering ................................................................................................................................. 13
Playing a Scene with the Speed slider ............................................................................................................................. 14
Plating a Scene with the Standard beat ........................................................................................................................... 14
Change the Speed mode between 5 & 10 minutes .......................................................................................................... 14
Auxiliary controls.............................................................................................................................................................. 15
Midi Operation ................................................................................................................................................................. 16
Setting MIDI IN ................................................................................................................................................................ 16
Setting MIDI OUT ............................................................................................................................................................ 17
Receiving MIDI File Dump ............................................................................................................................................... 17
Sending MIDI File Dump .................................................................................................................................................. 17
6. Appendix .................................................................................................................................................................... 18
DMX Primer ..................................................................................................................................................................... 18
Fixture Linking ................................................................................................................................................................. 18
Returns Procedure........................................................................................................................................................... 19
Claims ............................................................................................................................................................................. 19
Troubleshooting ............................................................................................................................................................... 19
DMX Dipswitch Quick Reference Chart ............................................................................................................................ 20
General Troubleshooting ................................................................................................................................................. 20
Technical Specifications .................................................................................................................................................. 22
CHAUVET®, 2009, All Rights Reserved
Information and specifications in this User Manual are subject to change without notice. CHAUVET® assumes no
responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear in this manual.
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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.
Safety Instructions
Please read these instructions carefully, which includes important information
about the installation, usage and maintenance of your fixture.
Please keep this User Manual 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.
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.
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 in more than 104° F (40° C) ambient temperature conditions.
Caution!
There are no user serviceable parts inside the unit. Do not open the housing or attempt any repairs
yourself. In the unlikely event your unit may require service, please contact CHAUVET® at: 954929-1115.
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2. INTRODUCTION
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. And it also has an LED display for easy navigation of controls and menu functions.
Features
48-channel DMX-512 dimming console
8 pages with 12 scenes each yields 96 total playback faders (simultaneous playback)
96,000 programmable steps
2 programmable aux buttons
Adjustable chase and fade times
Re-assignable channels
Additional Features
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
Function
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.
8
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
11
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
15
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.
16
Blind
Takes the channel out of a program temporarily in
Chase◄►Scene mode
17
Chase Rev
Reverses the direction of the chase playback
18
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.
27
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.
28
Blackout
Used to kill all output, with exception of Full On.
29
Audio Level Fader
Adjusts the audio sensitivity when in Audio trigger mode of scenes
30
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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Button or Fader
Function
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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
5
MIDI Out
MIDI port for connecting to a sequencer or MIDI device
6
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
8
Remote Input
Blackout and Full On may be controlled by a remote control using a standard ¼´jack
9
DC Input
DC 12-20V, 500mAMin.
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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.
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 which you can
control.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Patching refers to the process of assigning faders to a DMX channel within a fixture.
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 T ING U P T H E SY ST E M
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..
PHY S IC AL F AD E R AS SI G NM ENT (O PT IO N AL S ET U P)
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.
Notes 
Action 
1.
Press and hold RECORD button.
2.
While holding the Record button, press the
Flash button #6 (3) times.
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.
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.
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 IT C HI NG B ET W E E N P AG E AN D P AG E B (C H AN N EL S 1 - 2 4 AN D 25 48)
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. PRO G R AM M ING
ENT ER ING PRO G R AM M O D E ( R EC O R D E N AB L E)
1.
While holding the RECORD button, tap the Flash buttons 1-5-6-8 in sequence.
2.
Release the RECORD button. The Record LED lights up;
CR E AT E A S C E N E
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.
3)
Compose a look by moving the FADERS.
(Changes in fixture attribute such as colors
and gobos, or simply dimmer values).
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.
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.
If you just wish to create a static look, then you
must create a scene composed of only 1 step.
There are 1000 steps available in every scene.
ED IT EN AB L E
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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ER AS E A P R O G R AM
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.
ER AS E AL L SC E N E S
Action 
Notes 
1)
Record enable
You must be in Record mode to Reset the
controller.
6)
Press and hold RECORD.
2)
While holding Record button, tap the flash
buttons in the following sequence: 1-3-2-3.
Release the Record button.
7)
All LEDs should light, indicating all
programs have been erased.
8)
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.
RE CO RD CL E AR
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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DE L ET E A ST E P O R ST E P S
Notes 
Action 
1)
Enter the EDIT mode.
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.
IN S ERT A ST E P O R S T E P S
Notes 
Action 
1)
Record a scene or scenes you wish to
insert.
2)
Be sure you are in Chase◄►Scene and
enter the EDIT mode.
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.
5)
Exit EDIT mode.
Part of entering the Edit mode 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.
M O DIFY A ST E P O R ST E P S
Notes 
Action 
1)
Enter EDIT mode.
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 mode.
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Part of entering the Edit mode 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.
PL AY I NG A S C E N E
A Scene can contain 1,000 steps. The term steps and scenes are used interchangeably.
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.
PL AY I NG A S C E N E T O AU D IO T RIG G E RI N G
Notes 
Action 
1)
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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PL AY I NG A S C E N E W IT H T HE S P E ED SLI D ER
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.
PL AY I NG A S C E N E W IT H T HE ST AN D AR D BE AT
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.
CH AN G E T HE S P EE D M O D E B ET W E E N 5 & 10 M IN UT E S
Notes 
Action 
1)
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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AU X I LI AR Y CO NT RO LS
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
FUNCTION (TURN ON/OFF)
27-69
Turn on or off program 1-48
70-93
Activate Channel 1-24
94
FULL-ON
95
DARK (momentary blackout)
96
HOLD
97
Turn on or off AUDIO
98
MODE: CHASE◄ ►SCENE
99
MODE: 1-12A_1-12B
100
MODE: 1-24A
101
Step
102
BLACKOUT
Note: When working with MIDI notes 22-93, you may simulate a fader’s increase and
decrease by adjusting the velocity of the note.
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Setting MIDI OUT
Notes 
Action 
4)
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.
5)
Select the MIDI control channel (1~16) by
tapping Flash buttons 1~16. The relevant
channel LED lights indicating MIDI OUT
channel is set.
6)
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
Notes 
Action 
7)
8)
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.
While holding down RECORD, tap the
REC EXIT button to exit MIDI setting.
This is the process of copying your entire show to
another STAGE DESIGNER™ 50. This will not
work with any other device.
This process can take several minutes to
complete.
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.
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
Notes 
Action 
9)
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.
10) While holding down RECORD, tap the
REC EXIT button to exit MIDI setting.
This is the process of copying your entire show to
another STAGE DESIGNER™ 50. This will not
work with any other device.
This process can take several minutes to
complete.
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.
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-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+).
FI XT UR E LI NK ING
Figure 1 - DMX connector configuration
1
3
2
COMMON
1
3
2
INPUT
Note!
1
3
2
DMX +
DMX -
Resistance 120
ohm 1/4w between
pin 2 (DMX -) and
pin 3 (DMX +) of
the last fixture.
OUTPUT
Termination reduces signal errors and to
avoid signal transmission problems and
interference, it is always advisable to connect
a DMX signal terminator.
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
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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 Authorization Number (RMA #). Products returned
without an RMA # will be refused. Call CHAUVET® and request an 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)
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.
Troubleshooting
Please refer to the troubleshooting chart on the following page. If you still have a problem after trying
those solutions, please contact CHAUVET® Technical Support at (954) 929-1115.
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General Troubleshooting
Applies to
Foggers
& Snow
Dimmers
& Chaser
Symptom
Solution(s)
Auto shut off
Check fan thermal switch reset
Breaker/Fuse
keeps blowing
Chase is too slow
Check total load placed on device
Check users manual for speed adjustment



Device has no
power
Fixture is not
responding
Check for power on Mains.
Check device’s fuse. (internal and/or external)
Check DMX DIP switch settings for correct
addressing
Check DMX cables
Check polarity switch settings
Make sure you have the correct audio mode on
the control switches. If audio provided via ¼”
jack, make sure a live audio signal exists
Adjust sound sensitivity knob
Possible bad lamp or fixture is overheating.
Lamp may be at end of its life.
Some discharge lamps require a cooling off
period before the electronics in the fixture can
kick start it again, wait 5 to 10 minutes before
powering up
Use only DMX cables
Install terminator
Note: Keep DMX cables separated from power
cables or black lights.
Re-install bulb, may have shifted in shipping
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

Bounce mirror motor may have shifted during
shipping, readjust
Check slip ring & brushes for contact
Install bulb
Call service technician
Check reset switch
Check cable connections
Make sure connector is firmly connected to
device
All Chauvet® lighting fixtures featuring standalone functions do not require additional
settings, simply power the fixture and it will
automatically enter into this mode

Fixture is on but
there is no
movement to the
audio
Lamps cuts off
sporadically
Light will not come
on after power
failure
Loss of signal
No flash
No laser output
No light output
Relay will not work
Remote does not
work
Stand alone mode
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DMX Dipswitch Quick Reference Chart
DMX Address Quick Reference Chart
DIP Switch Position
DMX DIP SWITCH
SET
0=OFF
#9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
#8
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
1=ON
#7
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
1
X=OFF or ON
#6
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5
0
0
0
0
0
32 64
96
128
160
192
224
256
288
320
352
384
416
448
480
1
0
0
0
0
1
33 65
97
129
161
193
225
257
289
321
353
385
417
449
481
0
1
0
0
0
2
34 66
98
130
162
194
226
258
290
322
354
386
418
450
482
1
1
0
0
0
3
35 67
99
131
163
195
227
259
291
323
355
387
419
451
483
0
0
1
0
0
4
36 68 100
132
164
196
228
260
292
324
356
388
420
452
484
1
0
1
0
0
5
37 69 101
133
165
197
229
261
293
325
357
389
421
453
485
0
1
1
0
0
6
38 70 102
134
166
198
230
262
294
326
358
390
422
454
486
1
1
1
0
0
7
39 71 103
135
167
199
231
263
295
327
359
391
423
455
487
0
0
0
1
0
8
40 72 104
136
168
200
232
264
296
328
360
392
424
456
488
1
0
0
1
0
9
41 73 105
137
169
201
233
265
297
329
361
393
425
457
489
0
1
0
1
0
10 42 74 106
138
170
202
234
266
298
330
362
394
426
458
490
1
1
0
1
0
11 43 75 107
139
171
203
235
267
299
331
363
395
427
459
491
0
0
1
1
0
12 44 76 108
140
172
204
236
268
300
332
364
396
428
460
492
1
0
1
1
0
13 45 77 109
141
173
205
237
269
301
333
365
397
429
461
493
0
1
1
1
0
14 46 78 110
142
174
206
238
270
302
334
366
398
430
462
494
1
1
1
1
0
15 47 79 111
143
175
207
239
271
303
335
367
399
431
463
495
0
0
0
0
1
16 48 80 112
144
176
208
240
272
304
336
368
400
432
464
496
1
0
0
0
1
17 49 81 113
145
177
209
241
273
305
337
369
401
433
465
497
0
1
0
0
1
18 50 82 114
146
178
210
242
274
306
338
370
402
434
466
498
1
1
0
0
1
19 51 83 115
147
179
211
243
275
307
339
371
403
435
467
499
0
0
1
0
1
20 52 84 116
148
180
212
244
276
308
340
372
404
436
468
500
1
0
1
0
1
21 53 85 117
149
181
213
245
277
309
341
373
405
437
469
501
0
1
1
0
1
22 54 86 118
150
182
214
246
278
310
342
374
406
438
470
502
1
1
1
0
1
23 55 87 119
151
183
215
247
279
311
343
375
407
439
471
503
0
0
0
1
1
24 56 88 120
152
184
216
248
280
312
344
376
408
440
472
504
1
0
0
1
1
25 57 89 121
153
185
217
249
281
313
345
377
409
441
473
505
0
1
0
1
1
26 58 90 122
154
186
218
250
282
314
346
378
410
442
474
506
1
1
0
1
1
27 59 91 123
155
187
219
251
283
315
347
379
411
443
475
507
0
0
1
1
1
28 60 92 124
156
188
220
252
284
316
348
380
412
444
476
508
1
0
1
1
1
29 61 93 125
157
189
221
253
285
317
349
381
413
445
477
509
0
1
1
1
1
30 62 94 126
158
190
222
254
286
318
350
382
414
446
478
510
1
1
1
1
1
31 63 95 127
159
191
223
255
287
319
351
383
415
447
479
511
DIP Switch Position
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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 Power Supply ............................................................................................. 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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