American DJ Revo 4 User manual

American DJ Revo 4 User manual
Revo I™ Introduction
Unpacking: Thank you for purchasing the Revo I™ by American DJ®.
Every Revo I™ has been thoroughly tested and has been shipped in
perfect operating condition. Carefully check the shipping carton for
damage that may have occurred during shipping. If the carton appears
to be damaged, carefully inspect your fixture for any damage and be
sure all accessories necessary to operate the unit has arrived intact. In
the case damage has been found or parts are missing, please contact
our toll free customer support number for further instructions. Do not
return this unit to your dealer without first contacting customer support.
Introduction: The Revo I™ is part of American DJ’s continuing pursuit for creating high quality affordable intelligent fixtures. The Revo I™
is a DMX intelligent LED effect. This fixture light weight and compact
which makes it a great piece for mobile DJ’s and clubs. This unit can
be used in a master/slave configuration or stand alone sound-active
mode, or can be controlled via DMX controller.
Customer Support: American DJ® provides a toll free customer support line, to provide set up help and to answer any question should you
encounter problems during your set up or initial operation. You may
also visit us on the web at for any comments or
suggestions. Service Hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
(800) 322-6337
Fax: (323) 582-2941
E-mail: [email protected]
To purchase parts online visit
Warning! To prevent or reduce the risk of electrical shock or fire, do
not expose this unit to rain or moisture.
Caution! There are no user serviceable parts inside this unit. Do not
attempt any repairs yourself, doing so will void your manufactures warranty. In the unlikely event your unit may require service please contact
American DJ®.
User Instructions
PLEASE recycle the shipping carton when ever possible.
American DJ®
Rev. 9/07
4295 Charter Street
Los Angeles Ca. 90058
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Revo I™ General Instructions
To optimize the performance of this product, please read these
operating instructions carefully to familiarize yourself with the basic
operations of this unit. These instructions contain important safety
information regarding the use and maintenance of this unit. Please
keep this manual with the unit, for future reference.
Revo I™ Features
• RGB + White
• Pattern Strobe
• Electronic Dimming 0-100%
• Built in Microphone
• DMX-512 protocol
• 25 Color Patterns & 25 Chases in DMX Mode
• Uses Four DMX Channels
• UC3 Controller (Not Included)
Revo I™
Warranty Registration
The Revo I™ carries a 3 year (1095 days) limited warranty. Please fill
out the enclosed warranty card to validate your purchase and warranty. You may also register your product online at www. americandj.
com. All returned service items whether under warranty or not, must
be freight pre-paid and accompany a return authorization (R.A.) number. If the unit is under warranty you must provide a copy of your
proof of purchase invoice. Please contact American DJ® customer
support for a R.A. number.
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Revo I™
Safety Precautions
•To reduce the risk of electrical shock or fire, do not expose this unit rain or moisture
•Do not spill water or other liquids into or on to your unit.
•Be sure that the local power outlet match that of the required volt-
age for your unit.
•Do not attempt to operate this unit if the power cord hasbeen
frayed or broken. Do not attempt to remove or break off the ground
prong from the electrical cord. This prong is used to reduce the risk of electrical shock and fire in case of an internal short.
•Disconnect from main power before making any type of connection.
• Do not remove the cover under any conditions. There are no user serviceable parts inside.
•Never operate this unit when it’s cover is removed.
•Never plug this unit in to a dimmer pack
•Always be sure to mount this unit in an area that will allow proper ventilation. Allow about 6” (15cm) between this device and a wall.
•Do not attempt to operate this unit, if it becomes damaged.
•This unit is intended for indoor use only, use of this product out`
doors voids all warranties.
•During long periods of non-use, disconnect the unit’s main power.
•Always mount this unit in safe and stable matter.
•Power-supply cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or against them, paying particular attention to the point they exit from the unit.
• Cleaning -The fixture should be cleaned only as recommended by the manufacturer. See page 9 for cleaning details.
•Heat -The appliance should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other appliances (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
•The fixture should be serviced by qualified service personnel when:
A. The power-supply cord or the plug has been damaged.
B. Objects have fallen, or liquid has been spilled into the appliance.
C. The appliance has been exposed to rain or water.
D. The appliance does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a marked change in performance.
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Revo I™
Set Up
Revo I™
Notice: Be sure to follow figures two and three when making your own
cables. Do not use the ground lug on the XLR connector. Do not connect the cable’s shield conductor to the ground lug or allow the shield
conductor to come in contact with the XLR’s outer casing. Grounding
the shield could cause a short circuit and erratic behavior.
DMX-512: DMX is short for Digital Multiplex. This is a universal proSOUND
Data Cable (DMX Cable) Requirements (For DMX Operation):
The Revo I™ can be controlled via DMX-512 protocol. The Revo I™ is
a four channel DMX unit. The DMX address is set on the bottom of the
Revo I™. Your unit and your DMX controller require a standard 3-pin XLR
connector for data input and data output (Figure
1). If you are making your own cables, be sure to
use standard two conductor shielded cable (This
cable may be purchased at almost all pro sound
and lighting stores). Your cables should be made
with a male and female XLR connector on either
end of the cable. Also remember that DMX cable
must be daisy chained and can not be split.
1 Ground
XLR Female Socket
Male Socket
2 Cold
2 Cold
1 Ground
Figure 2
Termination redu
avoids signal tra
and interference.
to connect a DMX
120 Ohm 1/4 W)
and PIN 3 (DMX
XLR Pin Configuration
Pin 1 = Ground
Pin 2 = Data Compliment (negative)
3 Hot
3 Hot
Pin 3 = Data True (positive)
Figure 3
Special Note: Line Termination. When longer runs of cable are
used, you may need to use a terminator on the last unit to avoid erratic
behavior. A terminator is a 90-120 ohm 1/4 watt resistor which is connected between pins 2 and 3 of a male XLR connector (DATA + and
DATA -). This unit is inserted in the female XLR connector of the last
unit in your daisy chain to terminate the line. Using a cable terminator
(ADJ part number Z-DMX/T) will decrease the possibilities of erratic
Termination reduces signal errors and
avoids signal transmission problems
and interference. It is always advisable
to connect a DMX terminal, (Resistance
120 Ohm 1/4 W) between PIN 2 (DMX-)
and PIN 3 (DMX +) of the last fixture.
Figure 4
5-Pin XLR DMX Connectors. Some manufactures use 5-pin XLR
connectors for DATA transmission in place of 3-pin. 5-pin XLR fixtures
may be implemented in a 3-pin XLR DMX line. When inserting standard 5-pin XLR connectors in to a 3-pin line a cable adaptor must be
used, these adaptors are readily available at most electric stores. The
chart below details a proper cable conversion.
3-Pin XLR to 5-Pin XLR Conversion
3-Pin XLR Female (Out)
5-Pin XLR Male (In)
Pin 1
Pin 1
Data Compliment (- signal)
Pin 2
Pin 2
Data True (+ signal)
Pin 3
Figure 1
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Set Up
Power Supply: Before plugging your unit in, be sure the source voltage in your area matches the required voltage for your American DJ®
Revo I™. The American DJ® Revo I™ is only available in a 120v version.
Because line voltage may vary from venue to venue, you should be
sure your unit voltages matches the wall outlet voltage before attempting to operate you fixture.
tocol used as a form of communication between intelligent fixtures
and controllers. A DMX controller sends DMX data instructions from
the controller to the fixture. DMX data is sent as serial data that travels from fixture to fixture via the DATA “IN” and DATA “OUT” XLR terminals located on all DMX fixtures (most controllers only have a DATA
“OUT” terminal).
DMX Linking: DMX is a language allowing all makes and models of
different manufactures to be linked together and operate from a single
controller, as long as all fixtures and the controller are DMX compliDMX512
ant. To ensure proper DMX data transmission,
using several
DMX fixtures try to use the shortest cable path possible. The order
in which fixtures are connected in a DMX line does not influence the
DMX addressing. For example; a fixture assigned a DMX address of 1
may be placed anywhere in a DMX line, at the beginning, at the end,
or anywhere in the middle. When a fixture is assigned a DMX COMMON
of 1, the DMX controller knows to send DATA
to address
DMX to that unit, no matter where it is located in the DMX chain.
Pin 3
Not Used
Do Not Use
Not Used
Do Not Use
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Revo I™
Operating Instructions
Operating Modes:
• Sound-Active mode - The unit will react to sound.
• DMX control mode - This function will allow you to control each
individual fixtures traits with a standard DMX 512 controller such as
as the Elation® Show Designer™.
Revo I™
Operating Instructions
connections to any standard DMX controller. Set your desired DMX address following the set-up specifications that come with your DMX controller.
Revo I™
DMX Traits
Revo I™
UC3 Control
Sound Active Mode:
1. Plug the fixture in and put dipswitch #1 in the “ON” postion.
2. The fixture will now change via sound.
3. The optional UC3 Controller (not included) may be used to control
different functions including blackout.
Master-Slave Operation (Sound Active): This mode will allow
you to link up to 16 units together and operate without a controller.
In Master-Slave mode, the units will react to sound. In Master-Slave
operation one unit will act as the controlling unit and the others will
react to the controlling units programs. Any unit can act as a Master
or as a Slave.
1. Using standard XLR microphone cables, daisy chain your units together via the XLR connector on the rear of the units. Remem-
ber the Male XLR connector is the input and the Female XLR connector is the output. For longer cable runs we suggest a terminator at the last fixture.
2. Choose a unit to function as the Master and set dipswitch #1 to the “On” position.. This unit must be the first unit in line. Then sim-
plydaisy chain the units together using XLR cables.
3. Now set the Slave units dipswitches all to the “Off” position. Now they should react the same as the MASTER.
4. The optional UC3 Controller (not included) may be used to control
different functions including blackout.
DMX Mode:
Operating through a DMX controller give the user the freedom to create their own programs tailored to their own individual needs.
1.This function will allow you to control each individual fixture’s
traits with a standard Elation® DMX 512 controller.
2. The Revo I™ uses four DMX channels to operate see page 8 for
the DMX traits.
3. To run your fixture in DMX mode, plug in the fixture via the XLR
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Blackout Blackout the unit
Function 1. Synchronous Strobe
2. Sound Strobe
3. Two Light Strobe
(10 Chase)
(LED On)
(LED Off)
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Revo I™
Fuse Replacement
First unplug the power. The fuse holder is located next to the power
cord. Using a flat-head screw driver unscrew the fuse holder. Remove
the bad fuse and replace with a new one.
Revo I™
Due to fog residue, smoke, and dust cleaning the internal and external optical lenses must be carried out periodically to optimize light
1. Use normal glass cleaner and a soft cloth to wipe down the
outside casing.
2. Clean the external optics with glass cleaner and a soft cloth
every 20 days.
3. Always be sure to dry all parts completely before plugging
the unit back in.
Cleaning frequency depends on the environment in which the fixture
operates (i.e. smoke, fog residue, dust, dew).
Revo I™
Trouble Shooting
Listed below are a few common problems the user may encounter,
with solutions.
Unit not responding to DMX:
Check that the DMX cables are connected properly and are wired correctly (pin 3 is “hot”; on some other DMX devices pin 2 may be ‘hot’). Also, check that all cables are connected to the right connectors; it does matter which way the inputs and outputs are connected.
Unit does not respond to sound:
1. Quiet or high pitched sounds will not activate the unit.
If problems are not resolved; Contact American DJ® for service.
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Revo I™
A. American DJ, Inc. hereby warrants, to the original purchaser, American DJ and American
Audio products to be free of manufacturing defects in material and workmanship for a prescribed
period from the date of purchase (see specific warranty period on reverse). This warranty shall be
valid only if the product is purchased within the United States of America, including possessions
and territories. It is the owner’s responsibility to establish the date and place of purchase by acceptable evidence, at the time service is sought.
For warranty service you must obtain a Return Authorization number (RA#) before
sending back the product. Contact American DJ, Inc. Service Department at 800-322-6337. Send
the product only to the American DJ, Inc. factory. All shipping charges must be pre-paid. If the
requested repairs or service (including parts replacement) are within the terms of this warranty,
American DJ, Inc. will pay return shipping charges only to a designated point within the United
States. If the entire instrument is sent, it must be shipped in it’s original package. No accessories
should be shipped with the product. If any accessories are shipped with the product, American DJ,
Inc. shall have no liability whatsoever for loss of or damage to any such accessories, nor for the
safe return thereof.
C. This warranty is void if the serial number has been altered or removed; if the product is
modified in any manner which American DJ, Inc. concludes, after inspection, affects the reliability
of the product; if the product has been repaired or serviced by anyone other than the American DJ,
Inc. factory unless prior written authorization was issued to purchaser by American DJ, Inc.; if the
product is damaged because not properly maintained as set forth in the instruction manual.
This is not a service contract, and this warranty does not include maintenance, cleaning
or periodic check-up. During the period specified above, American DJ, Inc. will replace defective
parts at its expense with new or refurbished parts, and will absorb all expenses for warranty service
and repair labor by reason of defects in material or workmanship. The sole responsibility of American DJ, Inc. under this warranty shall be limited to the repair of the product, or replacement thereof,
including parts, at the sole discretion of American DJ. All products covered by this warranty were
manufactured after January 1, 1990, and bear identifying marks to that effect.
American DJ, Inc. reserves the right to make changes in design and/or improvements
upon its products without any obligation to include these changes in any products theretofore manufactured. No warranty, whether expressed or implied, is given or made with respect to any accessory supplied with products described above. Except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, all
implied warranties made by American DJ, Inc. in connection with this product, including warranties
of merchantability or fitness, are limited in duration to the warranty period set forth above. And no
warranties, whether expressed or implied, including warranties of merchantability or fitness, shall
apply to this product after said period has expired. The consumer’s and/or Dealer’s sole remedy
shall be such repair or replacement as is expressly provided above; and under no circumstances
shall American DJ, Inc. be liable for any loss or damage, direct or consequential, arising out of the
use of, or inability to use, this product. This warranty is the only written warranty applicable to American DJ and American Audio Products and supersedes all prior warranties and written descriptions of warranty terms and
conditions heretofore published.
• All American Audio Products = 1-year (365 day) Limited Warranty (except V-Plus Series Amplifiers)
• All American Audio V-Plus Series Amplifiers = 3-year (1095 day) Limited Warranty
• American DJ Lighting and American DJ Branded Products = 1-year (365 day) Limited Warranty
(Such as: Special Effect Lighting, Intelligent Lighting, UV lighting, Strobes, Fog Machines, Bubble
Machines, Mirror Balls, Par Cans, Trussing, Lighting Stands etc. excluding Laser Products, lamps,
and Star Tec Series)
• American DJ Laser Products and Star Tec Products = 90-Day Limited Warranty
• American DJ L.E.D. Products = 3-year (1095 day) Limited Warranty (excluding motors which have
a 1-year (365 day Limited Warranty)
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Revo I™
Model: Revo I™
Working Position: Lamp:
Voltage: Power Consumption:
Weight: Dimensions: Colors:
Any safe working position
49 LEDs: 16 Red, 12 Green,
12 Blue, & 9 White
2 Amp GMA
4.4lbs./ 2Kgs.
9” (L) x 11.5” (W) x 8” (H)
3 Year (1095 days)
Please Note: Specifications and improvements in the design of
this unit and this manual are subject to change without any prior
written notice.
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©American DJ Supply
American DJ World Headquarters:
4295 Charter Street Los Angeles, CA 90058 USA
Tel: 323-582-2650 / Fax: 323-582-2610
Web: / E-mail: [email protected]
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