MADRIX AURA

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Overview
Stand-Alone Playback & Central Hub
Using A 3rd-Party Controller
Important Notes
Daisy-Chain Support
On-Device Buttons
LED Status Codes
Reset To Factory Default Settings
Device Configuration
Using The MADRIX 5 Software
MADRIX Device Configuration
Firmware Updates

 

 

Overview

The advanced lighting control recorder and stand-alone playback unit.
The MADRIX AURA is the central stand-alone controller for simple recording and large-scale pixel mapping. It redefines what is possible in a compact control unit with exceptional performance.

 

 

Stand-Alone Playback & Central Hub

Independently run the most sophisticated light shows from this energy-efficient playback unit via Art-Net or Streaming ACN. Easily control up to 8 or 32 universes per device.
Simply connect compatible MADRIX hardware interfaces or third-party nodes to provide the correct output for your lighting fixtures.

 

 

Using A 3rd-Party Controller

MADRIX AURA is a standard network node for Art-Net or Streaming ACN. You can use the device with any compatible application, console, or controller.

 

 

Important Notes

Make sure to read the provided MADRIX AURA Quick Start Guide & Technical Manual first!
Find it in your product box or download it from »help.madrix.com

 

 

Daisy-Chain Support

MADRIX AURA features 2 separate Ethernet network ports. Either one is fully functionally for IN and OUT.
They can also be used for the data connection in daisy-chain manner without using a separate network switch or router.
We recommend to connect a maximum of 40x MADRIX AURA 8 or 10x MADRIX AURA 32 after one another in a row without any additional devices connected to this network line.

 

 

On-Device Buttons

Buttons

Press

Description

Short

Play Current Scene

When Paused

Play Current (Last Played) Scene

When Stopped

Short

Pause Playback

(The last frame will still be sent.)

+

Short

Start Recording

When Stopped

+

Short

Stop Playback Or Recording

 

Short

Skip To Next Scene

When Playing

Start Next Scene

When Paused

Start Next Scene

When Stopped

+

Short

Return To Previous Scene

When Playing

Start Previous Scene

When Paused

Start Previous Scene

When Stopped

+

Short

Send Art-Net PollReply

 

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During Startup

Reset To Manufacturer Default Settings
(Incl. Default IP Address)

All status LEDs blink 3x for confirmation.

Short

Increase Intensity By 10 %

Up To 100 %

 

(MADRIX logo blinks if maximum has been reached.)

Medium

Increase Intensity Slowly

Long

Increase Intensity Quickly

Short

Decrease Intensity By 10 %

Down To 0 %

 

(MADRIX logo blinks if minimum has been reached.)

Medium

Decrease Intensity Slowly

Long

Decrease Intensity Quickly

+

For 1 Second

Reset Intensity To 100 %

 

Short

Increase Speed By 10 %

Up To 1000 %

 

(MADRIX logo blinks if maximum has been reached.)

Medium

Increase Speed Slowly

Long

Increase Speed Quickly

Short

Decrease Speed By 10 %

Down To 1 %

 

(MADRIX logo blinks if minimum has been reached.)

Medium

Decrease Speed Slowly

Long

Decrease Speed Quickly

+

For 1 Second

Reset Speed To 100 %

 

 

 

LED Status Codes

The following tables describe the LED status codes of the device.

STATUS

STATUS LED POWER

Off

Power not connected. The device has no power.

Green on

Connected to power. The power is on.

Green blinking

Bootloader activated. Reset device / upload firmware.

STATUS

STATUS LED USB

Off

USB not connected.

Green on

USB connection established.

STATUS

STATUS LED SD CARD

Off

No SD card inserted.

Green on

SD card inserted.

STATUS

STATUS LED ETHERNET

Off

Ethernet not connected.

Green on

Ethernet connection established.

STATUS

STATUS LEDS ETHERNET PORTS

Off

No network connected.

Green on

1000 MBit/s connected.

Green blinking

Sending or receiving data. The Ethernet port works.

Orange on

100 MBit/s connected.

Orange blinking

Sending or receiving data. The Ethernet port works.

Green + Orange on

10 MBit/s connected.

Green + Orange blinking

Sending or receiving data. The Ethernet port works.

STATUS

STATUS LED OPERATION

Off

No playback or recording active / playback stopped.

Green on

Playback paused.

Green blinking

Playback from SD card.

Red blinking

Recording currently active.

Orange on

Recording initiated, but not receiving incoming network data.

STATUS

STATUS LED ETHERNET

On

Normal status.

Fading

Changing intensity or speed.

Blinking

The minimum/maximum intensity/speed has been reached.

 

 

Reset To Factory Default Settings

Reset Via On-Device Buttons

Press the following 3 buttons during startup:
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All status LEDs blink 3x for confirmation.

 

Reset Via USB [MADRIX 5 Device Updater / MADRIX 5 AURA Updater]

Connect MADRIX AURA to power.
[Please see more information in the MADRIX AURA Quick Start Guide & Technical Manual!]
Connect MADRIX AURA to your computer via USB.
[Use the provided USB cable.]
Close the MADRIX 5 Software.
Start the separate MADRIX 5 Device Updater tool.
[In Windows 10, go to Start > MADRIX 5 > MADRIX 5 Device Updater]
Select Load MADRIX AURA and confirm with OK.
In the MADRIX AURA Updater, click Reset To Factory Default Settings (F4)
Wait for the reset process to end [usually it takes only seconds].
Learn more MADRIX 5 AURA Updater

 

 

Device Configuration

Overview

When connected to Ethernet network, you can easily configure MADRIX AURA using the built-in web configuration.

You have 2 options to access the web interface. Both, AURA and your computer, need to be in the same network.

A] Using a standard web browser:

Connect MADRIX AURA and your computer to the same network.
Assign correct network settings for your PC in the Windows operating system.
[Recommended default settings: IP address 10.0.0.1 / Subnet mask 255.0.0.0]
[Please note: Your devices and the sender, such as the PC that runs MADRIX 5, need to have the same subnet mask!]
Open your web browser and enter the IP address of MADRIX AURA.
[You can find the default IP address on the right side of the device.]
The built-in web configuration will be launched. You will have access to various information and settings. Apply changes with Set

 

B] Using the MADRIX 5 Software:

Connect MADRIX AURA and your computer to the same network.
Assign correct network settings for your PC in the Windows operating system.
[Recommended default settings: IP address 10.0.0.1 / Subnet mask 255.0.0.0]
[Please note: Your devices and the sender, such as the PC that runs MADRIX 5, need to have the same subnet mask!]
Go to the menu Tools > MADRIX Device Configuration...
[Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+L]
Select your MADRIX AURA device in the list.
Click
Your default web browser will open and the web configuration will be launched. You will have access to various information and settings. Apply changes with Set

 

Using The MADRIX 5 Software

The MADRIX AURA works great in combination with the MADRIX 5 Software.

 

MADRIX 5 Software License

In order to record data (effects and visuals) from MADRIX 5, a MADRIX 5 software license is required (sold separately)!

 

MADRIX 5 Patch

Please configure your virtual LED matrix with the help of the »Matrix Generator or »Patch Editor to define the correct resolution for your record.

 

MADRIX 5 Options

Before recording to MADRIX AURA, make sure to set up the correct settings in the MADRIX 5 Options.

Go to the menu Preferences > Options... > Recording
[Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+O > Recording]

Start Options
 

Set up the options as explained below.

 

General

Target - Set to Network Record
FPS - Choose the required frequency with which records are recorded [in Frames Per Second].
D - Restores the default settings. The default value is 33.3 FPS.

 

Network Record

Group - Set up the correct Sync Group.
- Setting up a Sync Group assigns your device to a specific group in which it operates. In this way you, may set up several different Master-Slave clusters in the same network. As a result, these will run independently and do not affect each other.
- Make sure that Master and Slave devices that should communicate with each other are assigned to the same group!
- As such, you can start the recording process only for a specific group [ranging from 1 to 256] or to All groups.
D - Restores the default settings. The default value is All.

 

Recording Overview

Make sure to set up the correct settings as explained above.

 

By starting a Network Record, MADRIX AURA will automatically start the recording process, when you start recording in MADRIX 5.
Depending on your Group settings, the record will be started for all connected MADRIX AURA or only for the devices in a specific sync group.

 

There are two locations in the MADRIX 5 Software where you can create records.

Main Output Recording
Cue List Recording

 

Main Output Recording

Overview

You can find the Main Output Recording directly on the main user interface.
As the name implies, you will record everything from your Main Output. This will include any crossfades, effect changes, brightness changes, etc.

 

Important Note

Only the Main Output will be recorded. Make sure that your content is displayed on Preview Output before you start to record.

 

How To Record

Left Mouse Click - Click REC in order to start the recording process.
- The context menu allows for more options. Learn more below.
The button will now pulsate in red and a new window will open to see more details.

 

 
- State - Shows the current status of the recording process [Started, Stopped].
- FPS - Shows the currently set recording frequency in Frames Per Second. Learn more »Recording
- Duration - Shows how long the record currently is in HH:MM:SS:FF [hours:minutes:seconds:frames].
- Frame Count - Shows the total number of single frames that has been recorded and created.
- Key Frame Count - Shows the total number of frames that differ from each other. The MADRIX 5 Software will automatically optimize the file size of records if recorded frames are identical. Hence, the total number of frames can be different to the number of recorded key frames. For example, a color change [without a fade] might use only two colors. In this case, the record may have 400 frames in total, but just 2 key frames.
- Buffer Usage - Shows the status of the temporary memory.
- Close - Only closes the watcher window, but does not stop the recording process.
 
Left Mouse Click - Click REC a second time in order to stop the recording process.
Please wait a few seconds to let the software process the data. You will be asked for the location to store the record file on your hard driver as well as a name for the file. Click Save in order to confirm.

 

Context Menu

Right Mouse Click - Click REC in order to call up the context menu.

 
- Set Duration... - Allows you to set a specific time that the record should last [HH:MM:SS].
 
- Watch... - Calls up the Main Output Recording window again for more details.
- Options... - Calls up the Recording Options. Learn more »Recording
 
- Cancel - Aborts the recording process without asking you to save the file.

 

Cue List Recording

Overview

The Cue List Recording features are part of the Cue List .

You can open the Cue List in 3 ways:

Go to the menu Tools > Cue List...
Or press F7
Or click Layer Control > Cue List on the user interface.

 

Important Note

Make sure to create a Cue List first. Otherwise, Cue List Recording is not available to you.
All cues need to have a Duration.
Learn more »Cue List

 

How To Record

From - Defines the cue to start with. Enter the desired value. The default value is 1.
To - Needs to be activated first. Allows to set the last cue to record to and thus create a range from cue to cue. If deactivated, the recording will automatically stop at the last cue.
Left Mouse Click - Click REC in order to start the recording process.
The button will now pulsate in red and a new window will open to see more details.

 

 
- State - Shows the current status of the recording process [Started, Stopped].
- FPS - Shows the currently set recording frequency in Frames Per Second. Learn more »Recording
- Duration - Shows how long the record currently is in HH:MM:SS:FF [hours:minutes:seconds:frames].
- Frame Count - Shows the total number of single frames that has been recorded and created.
- Key Frame Count - Shows the total number of frames that differ from each other. The MADRIX 5 Software will automatically optimize the file size of records if recorded frames are identical. Hence, the total number of frames can be different to the number of recorded key frames. For example, a color change [without a fade] might use only two colors. In this case, the record may have 400 frames in total, but just 2 key frames.
- Buffer Usage - Shows the status of the temporary memory.
 
The software will automatically stop the recording process according to your settings.
Please wait a few seconds to let the software process the data. You will be asked for the location to store the record file on your hard driver as well as a name for the file. Click Save in order to confirm.

 

Context Menu

Right Mouse Click - Click REC in order to call up the context menu.

 

- Watch... - Calls up the Cue List Recording window again for more details.
- Options... - Calls up the Recording Options. Learn more »Recording
 
- Cancel - Aborts the recording process without asking you to save the file.

 

 

MADRIX Device Configuration

You can access information and settings of the web configuration page also in MADRIX 5 using the MADRIX Device Configuration window.
[For MADRIX AURA, only the Device Name, IP address, and Subnet Mask can be changed here.]

In MADRIX 5, go to the menu Tools > MADRIX Device Configuration...
[Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+L]

MADRIX LUNA Configuration

 

Scans the USB ports of your computer and the network for connected MADRIX AURA devices. If devices are found, they will be shown in the list.
- To see network devices, you need to enable AURA networking drivers [they are activated by default] and connect MADRIX AURA and your computer to the same network first. Learn more »Devices Network

Refreshes already connected devices and brings the information in the list up to date.

Allows you to change the settings of your device. Apply your changes by confirming with Set

Enables remote access to the web configuration as explained above. MADRIX AURA needs to be connected via Ethernet [network connection required]. First, connect your computer and the MADRIX AURA to one and the same network. Second, select your MADRIX AURA in the list. Third, click this button. A web browser opens automatically.

Imports the MADRIX AURA Device Settings from an external file [of the file type *.madx]. Use this option to easily restore all device settings from a file [as described below].

Exports the MADRIX AURA Device Settings to an external file [of the file type *.madx]. Use this option to easily store all device settings in a file. Simply enter a name in the window that opens and click 'Save'.

Updates the firmware of your MADRIX AURA if a newer firmware is available [USB connection required].

Learn more Device Configuration

 

 

Firmware Updates

Update Via Ethernet

Connect MADRIX AURA to power.
[Please see more information in the MADRIX AURA Quick Start Guide & Technical Manual!]
Connect MADRIX AURA to your computer via Ethernet network.
In MADRIX 5, go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > Art-Net
Activate Art-Net
Click
Learn more DMX-OUT Via Ethernet Network [Art-Net]
Select the device in the list. Click . A new window opens.
Click Firmware
The update process will starts.
The MADRIX logo on the front of the device will start to flash and the firmware will be updated.
Wait for the process to end [usually it takes only seconds].
Disconnect MADRIX AURA from power. Afterwards, connect it again.

 

MADRIX 5 AURA Updater

Overview

MADRIX 5 AURA Updater is a separate tool only for MADRIX AURA. It is integrated into the MADRIX 5 Device Updater.
It requires the connection over USB.

 

Usage

MADRIX LUNA Updater

MADRIX 5 AURA Updater can be used for several, specific tasks.

Updates the firmware of all AURA devices that are connected to the computer via USB. First, select the correct firmware in the list above this button [Example: AURA 1.0.000 Type V1.0 MADRIX 5.0]. Second, click the button. Third, disconnect the power after updating in order to restart the device.

Resets all settings of all AURA devices that are connected to the computer via USB to the standard values. Use this function to restore the original settings of the device.

Synchronizes the date and time of your AURA device with the local time of your computer.

Uploads a few test scenes onto the memory card of the MADRIX AURA.

Performs all actions, an AURA firmware update, a reset to factory default settings, and the test-presets upload.

 

Additional information on the status of the performed functions will be given on the right side of the window. Information is displayed from down to top [the latest information is shown at the top].

 

Important Notes

MADRIX AURA Updater does not work when MADRIX 5 is running. Please close MADRIX 5 and restart MADRIX 5 Device Updater / MADRIX 5 AURA Updater.

 

Where To Find The MADRIX 5 Device Updater

The MADRIX 5 AURA Updater is included in the MADRIX 5 installation as part of the MADRIX 5 Device Updater. After installing MADRIX 5, you can find a link in the Windows Start menu:

In Windows 10, go to Start > MADRIX 5 > MADRIX 5 Device Updater
Select Load AURA and confirm with OK.

 

The original, executable program can be found in the MADRIX 5 installation directory:

C:\Program Files\MADRIX5

 

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