DMX-IN / Art-Net Remote / sACN Input Configuration

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Overview

MADRIX can receive incoming data or can be controlled remotely [DMX Input].
That means you can use another controller or device:

to send data to the software and use this data [e.g., for Scripts, Macros, or tests].
to send commands to the software [Remote Control].
to route incoming data onto your output [also known as Mapping/Merging/DMX-Thru].
to trigger MADRIX TRI Effects.

 

In general, 3 options are available to you:

DMX-IN
[Receiving DMX input data]
Art-Net Remote
[Receiving Art-Net data]
sACN Input
[Receiving Streaming ACN data]

 

 

DMX-IN

Step-By-Step Configuration

1] Enable drivers for your MADRIX DMX device.

2] Activate your DMX device.

3] Enable DMX-IN.

4] Choose how to use incoming signals.

 

1] Enable Drivers For Your DMX Device

Go to the menu Preferences > Options... > Devices USB
[Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+O > Devices USB]
A new window will open.
By default, the drivers for all MADRIX devices should be activated by default.
If not, activate the appropriate driver. Learn more »Devices USB

 

2] Activate Your DMX Device

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
[Keyboard shortcut: F4]
A new window will open.

DMX Devices

MADRIX may have already found your connected DMX devices. They will be shown in the list.
Click if your DMX devices are not shown in the list.

 

Select your DMX device in the list.
Activate Enable, and activate Input in the section Settings
Click Apply to confirm.

MADRIX NEO Configured for Input

 

3] Enable DMX-IN

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Input

DMX Input Tab

Select your preferred DMX Universe in the list.
[By default, DMX universe 1 to 8 are listed. If you wish to increase the number of DMX-IN universes, you can change the setting. Learn more »Performance]
Choose your DMX-IN Device in the section Device

 


 

[If needed, you can disable DMX-IN by choosing None for your DMX-IN Device in the section Device]

 

4] Choose How To Use Incoming Signals

Data

At this point, MADRIX is now already receiving any incoming data.
You can now use this data, for example for Scripts and Macros. Learn more »Macros And Scripts
If you want to monitor incoming signals, select your DMX universe/DMX device in the list and click
Learn more »Tools

 

Mapping

Use Mapping, if you want to route incoming DMX signals through MADRIX to your output [DMX-Thru].
First, select your device in the list.
Activate Mapping
This feature maps incoming data to the specified DMX universe and channels.

Mapping

 

Configure the following settings in the section Mapping
- Map Channels From - Defines which incoming channels are used. This is the start channel to specify the range of channels.
- To - Defines which incoming channels are used. This is the end channel to specify the range of channels.
- To Universe - Defines onto which output DMX universe MADRIX should map the specified range of incoming channels.
- Start At Channel - Defines the first DMX channel of the output DMX universe MADRIX should use.
- Use HTP - Activates the Highest Takes Precedence feature. You can map incoming data to a DMX address range that MADRIX already controls. Use HTP and MADRIX will compare incoming values with the DMX data it sends to the DMX output. As a result, MADRIX will only use the highest of both values on a particular channel and send it to the output.
Click Apply to confirm.

 

Remote Control

Use Remote Control, if you want to control the MADRIX Software remotely
First, select your device in the list.
Activate Remote
Select one of the built-in protocols in the section Remote Control as explained below
or create your own remote configuration.

DMX Input

 

Open MADRIX MIDI Remote Configuration

Open - Loads a previously saved MADRIX DMX Remote Configuration file [of the file type *.mdrx].

DMX-IN Protocols

Protocols - Choose from a pre-configured protocol [configuration].
Learn more Protocols [Overview]

MIDI Remote Control Edit

DMX-IN Remote Editor - Allows you to modify a configuration or create a new configuration.
Learn more »DMX-IN Remote Editor

Start Address

Start Address - Defines on which particular DMX channel the protocol should start. The whole protocol will be mapped to this new address area.

DMX Watcher - Opens the DMX Watcher to monitor your DMX output or input.
Learn more »Tools

 

Trigger

Use Trigger, if you want to use incoming signals for the MADRIX TRI Effects.
First, select your device in the list.
Activate Trigger

Mapping

 

Port - Defines the port [Port 1 - 8] that is assigned to this DMX-IN Device. MADRIX allows you to send trigger signals from up to 8 different devices [8 ports] and assign a MADRIX TRI Effect the corresponding port.

Value Range - Defines the range of incoming DMX values that can be used as trigger signal.
- The minimum and default value is 1.
- The maximum and default value is 512.

MIDI Remote Control Edit

Assign Minimum Value - Automatically assigns the minimum value when using the controller.
- Click Assign and use the control on your controller for the minimum value and the value will be set automatically in the MADRIX Software.

MIDI Remote Control Edit

Assign Maximum Value - Automatically assigns the maximum value when using the controller.
- Click Assign and use the control on your controller for the maximum value and the value will be set automatically in the MADRIX Software.

Learn more »[TRI] Trigger Effects

 

 

Art-Net Remote

Overview

An Art-Net device can be used for DMX input as well. This feature is called Art-Net Remote.

 

Step-By-Step Configuration

1] Set up network settings in Windows.

2] Activate Art-Net and create an input device.

3] Create an Art-Net input device.

4] Enable DMX-IN.

5] Choose how to use incoming signals.

 

1] Set Up Network Settings In Windows

Art-Net is used to send DMX512 data over Ethernet network. Because of this, you need to configure the settings of your network card in Windows first.

Configure your network card in Windows.
Use an IP address from the following address range:
2.0.0.1 ... 2.255.255.254
or
10.0.0.1 ... 10.255.255.254
Use the following Subnet mask
255.0.0.0
Learn more »Tips [Microsoft Windows / Networks / USB]

You must use this address area! Art-Net may not work otherwise.

 

2] Activate Art-Net And Create An Input Device

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > Art-Net
[Keyboard shortcut: F4 > Art-Net]
A new window will open.
 
Activate the checkbox Enable [in the upper, right corner].

Device Manager - Art-Net

Click
A new window will open.

Create New Art-Net Device
 

Port Type - Choose Input.
Number Of New Devices - Enter the number of devices you wish to add. [1 is often enough and thus recommended.]
Port Count Per Device - Enter the number of ports each newly created device should have. Per device a maximum number of 4 ports is available. [1 is often enough and thus recommended.]
Receive Via Unicast Mode - Activates Unicast Mode for all newly created input devices.

Select the input device in the list.
Click
A new window will open.

Art-Net Device Configuration

 

Configure the following settings:
Port Count - Defines how many DMX universes can be received by MADRIX. You can choose 1, 2, 3, or 4.
[MADRIX can receive a maximum of 4 universes regarding Art-Net Remote.]
Universe Port IN - Defines from which DMX universe MADRIX receives the data.
- Choose the universe on which your Art-Net device is sending the data!
Receive Broadcast Mode - If activated, MADRIX can receive data from all network addresses in the network.
- Any Art-Net device, such as an lighting desk, can send data to MADRIX.
- Select the correct network card.
Receive Unicast Mode - If activated, MADRIX will only receive data from the specified IP address. [This is the recommended setting.]
IP Address - Needs to be set up if Unicast Mode is activated.
- Enter the IP address of the device that is sending data to MADRIX. Do not enter the IP address of your MADRIX PC!

 

Click Apply to confirm.
Click OK to close the window.

 

3] Activate The Art-Net Input Device

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Your ArtNet input device will be shown in the list.
[If the Port Count above is set to 2, 3, or 4, you will see up to 4 devices in the list.]

DMX Devices

Select your devices in the list.
Activate Enable in the section Settings.
[Input is automatically selected.]
If needed, adjust Frame Time (ms) to increase or decrease the FPS [Frames Per Second].
Click Apply to confirm.

Activating the Art-Net Device

 

4] Enable DMX-IN

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Input

DMX Input Tab

Select your preferred DMX Universe in the list.
[By default, DMX universe 1 to 8 are listed. If you wish to increase the number of DMX-IN universes, you can change the setting. Learn more »Performance]
Select your DMX-IN Device in the section Device by choosing the ArtNet input device.


 

[If needed, you can disable DMX-IN by choosing None for your DMX-IN Device in the section Device]

 

5] Choose How To Use Incoming Signals

Data

At this point, MADRIX is now already receiving any incoming data.
You can now use this data, for example for Scripts and Macros. Learn more »Macros And Scripts
If you want to monitor incoming signals, select your DMX universe/DMX device in the list and click
Learn more »Tools

 

Mapping

Use Mapping, if you want to route incoming DMX signals through MADRIX to your output [DMX-Thru].
First, select your device in the list.
Activate Mapping
This feature maps incoming data to the specified DMX universe and channels.

Mapping

 

Configure the following settings in the section Mapping
- Map Channels From - Defines which incoming channels are used. This is the start channel to specify the range of channels.
- To - Defines which incoming channels are used. This is the end channel to specify the range of channels.
- To Universe - Defines onto which output DMX universe MADRIX should map the specified range of incoming channels.
- Start At Channel - Defines the first DMX channel of the output DMX universe MADRIX should use.
- Use HTP - Activates the Highest Takes Precedence feature. You can map incoming data to a DMX address range that MADRIX already controls. Use HTP and MADRIX will compare incoming values with the DMX data it sends to the DMX output. As a result, MADRIX will only use the highest of both values on a particular channel and send it to the output.
Click Apply to confirm.

 

Remote Control

Use Remote Control, if you want to control the MADRIX Software remotely
First, select your device in the list.
Activate Remote
Select one of the built-in protocols in the section Remote Control as explained below
or create your own remote configuration.

Mapping

 

Open MADRIX MIDI Remote Configuration

Open - Loads a previously saved MADRIX DMX Remote Configuration file [of the file type *.mdrx].

DMX-IN Protocols

Protocols - Choose from a pre-configured protocol [configuration].
Learn more Protocols [Overview]

MIDI Remote Control Edit

DMX-IN Remote Editor - Allows you to modify a configuration or create a new configuration.
Learn more »DMX-IN Remote Editor

Start Address

Start Address - Defines on which particular DMX channel the protocol should start. The whole protocol will be mapped to this new address area.

DMX Watcher - Opens the DMX Watcher to monitor your DMX output or input.
Learn more »Tools

 

Trigger

Use Trigger, if you want to use incoming signals for the MADRIX TRI Effects.
First, select your device in the list.
Activate Trigger

Mapping

 

Port - Defines the port [Port 1 - 8] that is assigned to this DMX-IN Device. MADRIX allows you to send trigger signals from up to 8 different devices [8 ports] and assign a MADRIX TRI Effect the corresponding port.

Value Range - Defines the range of incoming DMX values that can be used as trigger signal.
- The minimum and default value is 1.
- The maximum and default value is 512.

MIDI Remote Control Edit

Assign Minimum Value - Automatically assigns the minimum value when using the controller.
- Click Assign and use the control on your controller for the minimum value and the value will be set automatically in the MADRIX Software.

MIDI Remote Control Edit

Assign Maximum Value - Automatically assigns the maximum value when using the controller.
- Click Assign and use the control on your controller for the maximum value and the value will be set automatically in the MADRIX Software.

Learn more »[TRI] Trigger Effects

 

 

Art-Net Remote Troubleshooting

If you are encountering problems, please work through the following checklist:

Double-check the settings of your network card.
Make sure to set up the Windows Firewall correctly. Learn more »Tips [Microsoft Windows / Networks / USB]
Double-check the settings of the ArtNet Remote device in MADRIX.
Use the DMX Watcher to monitor incoming data.

 

 

sACN Input

Overview

Streaming ACN devices can be used for DMX input as well.

 

1] Windows Network Settings

MADRIX automatically sets up Streaming ACN network settings for you.
You only need a computer with a network card and a valid IP address.

 

You do not have to change the IP address settings in Windows for Streaming ACN!
The IP address range for sACN devices is 239.255.X.X according to the Streaming ACN specifications.
[Even if your sACN devices are set to a different IP address range, you may try the connection from MADRIX to your devices.]
Make sure that your Firewall does not block data of the 239.255.X.X IP address range!
Check the settings of the Windows Firewall.
Learn more »Tips [Microsoft Windows / Networks / USB]

 

2] Activating Streaming ACN

Go to the menu Preferences > Options... > Devices Network
[Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+O > Devices Network]
Activate Enable ESTA - Streaming ACN
Choose your network card from the drop-down list. Make sure to select the correct network adapter that will be used for Streaming ACN!
[The IP address and Subnet mask label should help you select the correct adapter. It is not necessary to change any of these networks settings.]
ACN Device Count - Set up how many you are going to use.
[This is the total amount of OUT and IN devices. Please set the exact number of devices you are using. If the count is higher, this creates unnecessary network traffic.]
Press Apply

Devices (Network)

 

ACN CID - Being a network protocol, Streaming ACN sends a so-called CIDs [Component Identifier].
- Every single ACN device has such a unique ID.
- When using Streaming ACN, your MADRIX Software is one of those devices.
- When you start MADRIX for the first time, this ID will be generated automatically for you. From this point onwards it will be used on your PC.
- With this ID your MADRIX Software can be easily identified in the network. Interfaces can detect this unique ID and can be configured to receive data from this particular device. Please note that the ACN interface must support this feature.
- Do not change the ACN CID, unless you are an experienced user!
Press OK to close the window.

 

3] Enabling Input

Go to Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
[Keyboard shortcut: F4]
MADRIX automatically creates and adds the number of interfaces to the list.
[according to ACN Device Count]
Select your device.
Enable Input if you wish to receive incoming data through this device.
Click Apply
In DMX-IN mode, you will not be able to select the ACN protocol. MADRIX will automatically select the correct protocol version.

 

Note: If you are loading a MADRIX Setup, please check if the number of ACN devices in your setup corresponds with the number that is activated. The Setup stores the number of devices. But if you changed the amount and then loaded the Setup, the newly defined number will be activated.

 

4] Configure Your Device

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Click
A new window will open.

ACN Configure Device

Set up the following settings for your devices:

Source Name - Allows you to set up a specific name for the device. This name is send via network as well. Therefore, interfaces may be able to retrieve this name and can be configured to receive data from this source.
- If you are using the default name MADRIX U:X, the universe will automatically be displayed in the name [represented by X: 1, 2, 3, etc.].
ACN Universe - Defines the DMX universe from which data is received.
- Set up the same universe that is set up in your sACN device.
- According to the Streaming ACN specifications, MADRIX will automatically change the ACN IP Address according to the ACN Universe.
 
Press Apply to confirm your changes.
Press OK to close the window.

 

5] Enable DMX-IN

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Input

DMX Input Tab

Select your preferred DMX Universe in the list.
[By default, DMX universe 1 to 8 are listed. If you wish to increase the number of DMX-IN universes, you can change the setting. Learn more »Performance]
Choose your DMX-IN Device in the section Device

 


 

[If needed, you can disable DMX-IN by choosing None for your DMX-IN Device in the section Device]

 

6] Choose How To Use Incoming Signals

Data

At this point, MADRIX is now already receiving any incoming data.
You can now use this data, for example for Scripts and Macros. Learn more »Macros And Scripts
If you want to monitor incoming signals, select your DMX universe/DMX device in the list and click
Learn more »Tools

 

Mapping

Use Mapping, if you want to route incoming DMX signals through MADRIX to your output [DMX-Thru].
First, select your device in the list.
Activate Mapping
This feature maps incoming data to the specified DMX universe and channels.

Mapping

 

Configure the following settings in the section Mapping
- Map Channels From - Defines which incoming channels are used. This is the start channel to specify the range of channels.
- To - Defines which incoming channels are used. This is the end channel to specify the range of channels.
- To Universe - Defines onto which output DMX universe MADRIX should map the specified range of incoming channels.
- Start At Channel - Defines the first DMX channel of the output DMX universe MADRIX should use.
- Use HTP - Activates the Highest Takes Precedence feature. You can map incoming data to a DMX address range that MADRIX already controls. Use HTP and MADRIX will compare incoming values with the DMX data it sends to the DMX output. As a result, MADRIX will only use the highest of both values on a particular channel and send it to the output.
Click Apply to confirm.

 

Remote Control

Use Remote Control, if you want to control the MADRIX Software remotely
First, select your device in the list.
Activate Remote
Select one of the built-in protocols in the section Remote Control as explained below
or create your own remote configuration.

DMX Input

 

Open MADRIX MIDI Remote Configuration

Open - Loads a previously saved MADRIX DMX Remote Configuration file [of the file type *.mdrx].

DMX-IN Protocols

Protocols - Choose from a pre-configured protocol [configuration].
Learn more Protocols [Overview]

MIDI Remote Control Edit

DMX-IN Remote Editor - Allows you to modify a configuration or create a new configuration.
Learn more »DMX-IN Remote Editor

Start Address

Start Address - Defines on which particular DMX channel the protocol should start. The whole protocol will be mapped to this new address area.

DMX Watcher - Opens the DMX Watcher to monitor your DMX output or input.
Learn more »Tools

 

Trigger

Use Trigger, if you want to use incoming signals for the MADRIX TRI Effects.
First, select your device in the list.
Activate Trigger

Mapping

 

Port - Defines the port [Port 1 - 8] that is assigned to this DMX-IN Device. MADRIX allows you to send trigger signals from up to 8 different devices [8 ports] and assign a MADRIX TRI Effect the corresponding port.

Value Range - Defines the range of incoming DMX values that can be used as trigger signal.
- The minimum and default value is 1.
- The maximum and default value is 512.

MIDI Remote Control Edit

Assign Minimum Value - Automatically assigns the minimum value when using the controller.
- Click Assign and use the control on your controller for the minimum value and the value will be set automatically in the MADRIX Software.

MIDI Remote Control Edit

Assign Maximum Value - Automatically assigns the maximum value when using the controller.
- Click Assign and use the control on your controller for the maximum value and the value will be set automatically in the MADRIX Software.

Learn more »[TRI] Trigger Effects

 

 

Protocols [Overview]

There are preprogrammed DMX protocols you can choose from:

»DMX-IN [Essential Protocol]
»DMX-IN [Standard Protocol]
»DMX-IN [User]

 

 

Important Notes

Please make sure to save your MADRIX Setup file after the configuration process.

 

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