DM-X4
Mini DMX PAR Controller
Item ref: 154.096UK
User Manual
Introduction
Thank you for choosing the DM-X4 mini DMX PAR controller as part of your lighting control system.
This unit is designed to control DMX PAR fixtures with RGB or RGBW colour mixing.
Please read these instructions to gain the best results from this item and avoid damage through misuse.
Unpacking
Your DM-X4 should reach you in good condition and should be supplied with an appropriate mains adaptor.
If there are any signs of damage or items missing from the packaging, contact your dealer immediately.
Warning
To prevent risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose any components to rain or moisture.
Avoid any impact or extreme pressure to the housing or control surface.
No user serviceable parts inside - do not open the case. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Placement
The DM-X4 may be free standing on a stable surface or wall mounted by either hanging on screws with the
rear punch-holes or flush-mounting with the 4 front mounting holes.
Safety
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Check for correct mains voltage before connecting the D.C. adaptor
Ensure DMX leads are good condition with no short connections or damaged plugs
Cleaning
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Use a soft dry or slightly damp cloth to clean the casing. Do not use strong solvents
Periodically clear any debris from fader slots with a soft brush
Panel Layouts
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
RGBW channel faders
Group buttons
Channel Mode button & indicators
Run Mode button
Blackout button
Strobe button
Mix fader
MAC slider
Speed control
Strobe Speed/Sound Sensitivity slider
DMX out XLR
D.C. input jack
Power switch
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Setting up
Connect all PAR lights to be controlled in a chain from DMX outputs to DMX using a good quality DMX leads
(XLRF-XLRM) and connect the DMX OUT connector (11) on the DM-X4 to the DMX input of the first PAR
light in the chain. Various DMX PAR lights may have different channel allocations and the DM-X4 can be set
to one of 6 modes to control these. The chart below shows the 6 modes with channel fader allocations.
Mode
RGB
RGBD
RGBW
RGBWD
DRGB
DRGBW
F1
Red
Red
Red
Red
Master
Master
F2
Green
Green
Green
Green
Red
Red
F3
Blue
Blue
Blue
Blue
Green
Green
F4
Master
White
Master
Blue
Blue
For cans with type of DMX allocation
RGB cans
RGB cans with CH4 as Master Dimmer
RGBW cans
RGBW cans with CH5 as Master Dimmer
RGB cans with CH1 as Master Dimmer
RGBW cans with CH1 as Master Dimmer
Note: for RGBW lights in 5-channel modes, Master dimmer and White are combined to a single fader.
Select the correct mode to match the type of PAR lights to be controlled. The above table gives examples of
channel allocation when they are set to start address A001. Remember that there may be a choice of
modes on each type of PAR light and it is best to set all cans to a similar DMX mode. Selecting a mode that
does not match the DMX allocation of the fixture(s) may give unexpected and confusing results.
In addition, the DM-X4 can control 4 groups of lighting fixtures separately via the four Group buttons (2).
Each group of PAR lights should be set with the relevant start address as shown below.
Group
1
2
3
4
DMX start address
1
11
21
31
Pressing the “1-10” Group button, engages Group 1
Pressing the “11-20” Group button, engages Group 2
Pressing the “21-30” Group button, engages Group 3
Pressing the “31-40” Group button, engages Group 4
Multiple groups can be selected together to control simultaneously
Groups that are selected are indicated by a blue flashing LED and any controls from the DM-X4 will affect
the group(s) selected. This feature makes a multi-zone light show possible with selected groups operating
from auto programs or sound-activated (see below) and others with manual control or static colour.
Operation
Connect the supplied mains adaptor to the DC input of the DM-X4 (12) and switch the power on (13)
For the selected group(s), moving the channel faders controls the amount of red, green, blue, and white
light output of DMX PAR fixtures. When mixing RGB and RGBW fixtures together within a group, it is
advised to set the DM-X4 to RGB mode so that each fixture produces the same shade.
In addition to the 4 channel faders, the DM-X4 has a MIX fader (7) which allows fast access to colour mixes
in a single movement.
For strobe effects, pressing the strobe button will perform a white (RGB mix) flashing sequence with speed
governed by the Strobe Speed/Sound Sensitivity slider (10). Releasing the button reverts lights back to the
previous state.
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Colour changing sequences are available by selecting “AUTO” on the Run Mode button (4) and moving the
MAC slider (8) to one of the 8 internal programs (MAC1 – MAC8 shown below). The speed of the selected
program is governed by the Speed Control slider (9) with step intervals from 0.1sec to 30sec.
MAC
MAC
MAC
MAC
MAC
MAC
MAC
MAC
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Red / Green / Yellow scroll
Red / Blue / Purple scroll
Blue / Green scroll
Red / Green / Blue / White scroll
Red / Green jump
Red / Blue jump
Blue / Green jump
Red / Green / Blue / White jump
Alternatively, selecting “SOUND” on the Run Mode button will engage sound-activated mode, which makes
colour jumps to a music beat detected by the internal microphone. The sensitivity of the internal
microphone is controlled via the Strobe Speed/Sound Sensitivity slider (10).
To switch of all lights, a latching Blackout button (5) sets all DMX channels to zero value, indicated by a
flashing LED.
When not in use for long periods, switch off power and disconnect the adaptor from the mains.
Specifications
Power supply
Controls
Mode(s)
Output
Dimensions
Weight
9-12Vdc, 300mA adaptor (supplied)
R, G, B, W/D, mix, MAC, speed, strobe/sensitivity
RGB, RGBD, RGBW, RGBWD, DRGB, DRGBW
DMX (XLRF)
200 x 109 x 55mm
780g
Troubleshooting
No power
No DMX control
DMX control not
working as expected
Check
Check
Check
Check
Check
Check
Check
Check
mains voltage is correct and outlet is switched on
mains adaptor is OK and connected properly
DMX leads are OK and connected correctly
correct group button is selected (flashing LED)
that light fixture is set to the correct DMX start address
that the correct mode is selected for the type of fixture
that light fixture is set to the correct DMX mode
that light fixture is set to the correct DMX start address
Disposal: The “Crossed Wheelie Bin” symbol on the product means that the product is classed as Electrical or
Electronic equipment and should not be disposed with other household or commercial waste at the end of its useful life.
The goods must be disposed of according to your local council guidelines.
Errors and omissions excepted.
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