MADRIX NEBULA

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Overview
Using A 3rd-Party Controller
Supported LEDs
Putting The Device Into Operation
LED Status Codes
Automatic HTP Merging
Daisy-Chain Support
Reset To Factory Default Settings
Device Configuration
Using The MADRIX 5 Software
Firmware Updates
Important Information
Technical Advice

 

 

Overview

MADRIX NEBULA is a versatile interface to directly control a wide range of digital LEDs.
The MADRIX NEBULA directly connects to your LED pixels. This advanced SPI decoder receives control data over Ethernet network or USB and is built to provide excellent image quality.

 

 

Using A 3rd-Party Controller

MADRIX NEBULA is a standard network node. Because of this, you can use the device with applications, consoles, desks, or controllers that are compatible with Art-Net or Streaming ACN [sACN] to distribute data via Ethernet network.

 

 

Supported LEDs

MADRIX NEBULA supports the following LEDs [as of November 2020 with firmware version 2.3.7288]:

APA101
APA102
APA104
APA106
GS8207
GS8208
GW6201
GW6205
LPD1882S
LPD6803
LPD8806
MBI6120
MY9291
P9883
SJ1221
SK6812
SK6822
SM16703
SM16716
TLS3001
TLS3008
TM1804
TM1809
TM1812
TM1814
TM1829
UCS1903
UCS2903
UCS512B3
UCS8904
UCS9812S
WS2801
WS2803
WS2811
WS2811S
WS2812
WS2812B
WS2813
WS2815
WS2818
WS2822S                
WS2822S Addressing

 

The protocols above currently have the following frequencies implemented and available:

Protocol

Frequency

Special Remarks

APA101
24 MHz
12 MHz
8 MHz
4 MHz
2 MHz
1 MHz

 

APA102
24 MHz
12 MHz
8 MHz        
4 MHz        
2 MHz        
1 MHz

 

APA104
800 kHz
400 kHz

 

APA106
800 kHz
400 kHz

 

GS8207
800 kHz

 

GS8208
800 kHz

 

GW6201
800 kHz

 

GW6205
800 kHz        
400 kHz        

 

LPD1882S
1.25 MHz

 

LPD6803
12 MHz
8 MHz        
4 MHz        
2 MHz        
1 MHz        

 

LPD8806
12 MHz
8 MHz        
4 MHz        
2 MHz        
1 MHz        

 

MBI6120
1.2 MHz
800 kHz
400 kHz
1.2 MHz
800 kHz
400 kHz
1.2 MHz
800 kHz
400 kHz

       

       

       

Limit 66 %
Limit 66 %
Limit 66 %
Limit 33 %
Limit 33 %
Limit 33 %
MY9291
16 Bit
8 Bit

 

P9883
800 kHz

 

SJ1221
800 kHz
800 kHz
800 kHz
800 kHz
800 kHz
100 %
75 %
50 %
25 %
MIN
SK6822
800 kHz        

 

SK6812
800 kHz

 

SM16703
800 kHz

 

SM16716
24 MHz
12 MHz
8 MHz        
4 MHz        
2 MHz        
1 MHz        

 

TLS3001
2 MHz
1 MHz
800 kHz
400 kHz
2 MHz
1 MHz
800 kHz
400 kHz
Linear    
Linear    
Linear  
Linear  
Quadratic  
Quadratic  
Quadratic
Quadratic
TLS3008
1 MHz        
800 kHz
400 kHz

 

TM1804
800 kHz
400 kHz

 

TM1809
800 kHz

 

TM1812
800 kHz

 

TM1814
800 kHz
800 kHz
800 kHz
800 kHz
800 kHz
100 %
75 %
50 %
25 %
MIN
TM1829
1.6 MHz
1.6 MHz
1.6 MHz
1.6 MHz
1.6 MHz
800 kHz
800 kHz
800 kHz
800 kHz
800 kHz
100 %
75 %
50 %
25 %
MIN
100 %
75 %
50 %
25 %
MIN
UCS1903
800 kHz
400 kHz

 

UCS2903
800 kHz
400 kHz

 

UCS512B3
750 kHz
500 kHz
250 kHz

 

UCS8904
800 kHz
800 kHz

 

16 Bit
UCS9812S
1.1 MHz
100 %
75 %
50 %
25 %
MIN
WS2801
24 MHz
12 MHz
8 MHz        
4 MHz        
2 MHz        
1 MHz        

 

WS2803
24 MHz
12 MHz
8 MHz        
4 MHz        
2 MHz        
1 MHz        

 

WS2811
800 kHz
400 kHz

 

WS2811S
800 kHz        
400 kHz        

 

WS2812
800 kHz

 

WS2812B
800 kHz

 

WS2813
800 kHz

 

WS2815
800 kHz

 

WS2818
800 kHz

 

WS2822S
750 kHz
500 kHz
250 kHz
250 kHz

       

       

       

Addressing

 

 

Putting The Device Into Operation

1] Connecting Your LEDs

Please see the MADRIX NEBULA Technical Manual & Quick Start Guide on how to connect your LEDs to MADRIX NEBULA.
»help.madrix.com

 

2] Connecting To Power And Data

Please see the MADRIX NEBULA Technical Manual & Quick Start Guide on how to connect to power and data.
»help.madrix.com

 

3] Setting The Output Protocol

In order to put MADRIX NEBULA fully into operation, it is necessary to set the correct output protocol according to the LEDs you have connected.

Learn more:

Device Configuration

 

4] Setting The Network Data Source

Make sure to set the correct network data source and other settings according to the controller/sender you want to use.

Learn more:

Device Configuration

 

 

LED Status Codes

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

STATUS

STATUS LED POWER

Powered off

Power not connected. > The device has no power.

Permanently green

Connected to power. > The power is on.

Blinking green

Bootloader activated. > Reset the device to factory default settings.

STATUS

STATUS LED USB

Powered off

USB not connected.

Red +
blinking green

Communicating over USB.
> Sending or receiving data over USB. The USB port works.

Fading between
red +green

Connected to USB; Drivers installed correctly.
> No data is sent over USB.

Orange

Connected to USB; No drivers installed.
> Reinstall software and drivers or try a different USB port.

STATUS

STATUS LED PORT 1

STATUS LED PORT 2

Powered off

No data is sent.

No data is sent.

Blinking green

Sending data to Port 1.
> The output port works.

Sending data to Port 2.
> The output port works.

STATUS

STATUS LEDS ETHERNET PORTS

Green off

10 MBit/s connected.

Green on

100 MBit/s connected.

Orange on

Network connected.

Orange blinking

Sending or receiving data. > The Ethernet port works.

 

 

Automatic HTP Merging

Overview

MADRIX NEBULA features automatic HTP merging from 2 Ethernet sources.

[Usually, the first source will be MADRIX 5. The second source could be a console, for example.]

Data from both source will be merged together and sent out as 1 signal. This happens across all 8 output ports and by using the HTP principle.
HTP - Is the acronym for Highest Takes Precedence. Data from both sources will be compared for each individual channel. The higher value wins per channel.
Sources can be:
- 1x Art-Net + 1x Art-Net
- 1x Art-Net + 1x sACN
- 1x sACN + 1x sACN

 

Configuration And Recommendations When Merging Art-Net

1] Correctly set up and enable Art-Net for each source.

2] Make sure to activate ArtSync for Art-Net in MADRIX 5. Learn more Sync Mode

3] Make sure that MADRIX 5 has a lower IP address compared to the second source.
[E.g., 2.0.0.1 compared to 2.0.0.20]
4] Always use Unicast Mode in MADRIX 5 to directly send data to the correct IP addresses of your MADRIX NEBULA devices.
[It is not recommend to have any of the two sources or any other source in the network to send data via Broadcast Mode.]

 

 

Daisy-Chain Support

MADRIX NEBULA features 2 separate Ethernet network ports in its second generation [hardware revision/model: NEBULA V1.2]. Either one is fully functionally for IN and OUT and can be used for the data connection without using a separate network switch or router.
We recommend to connect a maximum of 40 units after one another in a row, when using Art-Net in Unicast Mode or Streaming ACN Multicast at a max. data rate of 50 FPS / 20 ms without any additional devices in the network.
In the MADRIX 5 Software, we highly recommend to activate ArtSync for excellent image quality.

 

 

Reset To Factory Default Settings

In rare cases you might need to do a reset to factory default settings, for example to reset to the device to its default IP address as shown on the side of the device:

Reset Via Reset Button

1] Disconnect all connections from the device [power, data, LEDs].

2] Use a suitable tool to press the reset button [between Port 1 and Port 2].

3] Continue to press the reset button and supply power again over 'Power' or USB.

4] Continue to press the reset button and wait until all status LEDs of the device flash repeatedly or wait 10 seconds.
[Simply repeat these steps should the process fail.]

 

 

Device Configuration

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

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

A] Using a standard web browser:

Connect MADRIX NEBULA 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 NEBULA.
[You can find the default IP address on the back side of the device.]
The web configuration page will be launched. Now, you have access to various information and settings.

 

B] Using the MADRIX 5 Software:

Connect MADRIX NEBULA 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 NEBULA device in the list.
Click
Your default web browser will open and the web configuration page will be launched. Now, you have access to various information and settings.

Device Name

You can change the description of the device by entering a name.
Confirm with Set

Device Settings

You can change the basic network device settings.
Confirm with Set

IP Address
Subnet Mask
[Please note: Your devices and the sender, such as the PC that runs MADRIX 5, need to have the same subnet mask!]

DMX Output Settings

This section shows specific settings for the output ports [Port 1 and Port 2].

Linked Network Universes - Defines the assignment of universes.

By default, universes 1 - 4 are assigned to Port 1 and universes 5 - 8 are assigned to Port 2.
If you are broadcasting data for a large number of Universes [using Broadcast Mode instead of Unicast Mode] with MADRIX 5 or a 3rd-party controller for example, you can assign different DMX universes to each device with these settings. Each MADRIX NEBULA will then only receive data from the specific universe and send it to its specified output port.
Example: You can set up that NEBULA #1 only listens to universe 1 - 8, while NEBULA #2 listens to universe 9 - 16, and NEBULA #3 listens to universe 17 - 24, and so on.

 

Channels Per Universe - Allows you to define how many DMX channels are sent per DMX universe for each port. This option enables you to adjust the device settings to the controller and LEDs you are using. Automatic - The number of channels that is received is also sent out. This is the default value. This is also the recommended setting when using NEBULA in combination with the MADRIX 5 Software.

1 - 512 - Limits the number of output channels to this value. If your controller sends more channels than set up here, any channels that are higher than this value will be discarded. If your controller sends fewer channels, NEBULA will fill up the rest of the channels with values of 0 [Black].
Using RGB LEDs: 170 RGB LEDs can be controlled with one single DMX universe. That means a maximum of 510 DMX channels is used. Depending on your controller [please see below], the recommended setting is Automatic or 510.
Using RGBW LEDs: 128 RGBW LEDs can be controlled with one single DMX universe. That means a maximum of 512 DMX channels is used. Depending on your controller [please see below], the recommended setting is Automatic or 512.
Using 1-channel LEDs: 512 single color LEDs can be controlled with one single DMX universe. That means a maximum of 512 DMX channels is used. Depending on your controller [please see below], the recommended setting is Automatic or the number of LEDs used.
Using MADRIX 5: By default, MADRIX 5 sends optimized frames as set up in the Device Manager. That means according to the number of channels used by the fixtures and Patch, MADRIX 5 and then NEBULA will send out the correct number of channels to the LEDs.
Using a 3rd-party controller: When your controller is only able to send full frames [which means that it always sends 512 DMX channels per single frame], it is recommended to set up a specific value here as described above in order to correctly work with MADRIX NEBULA and your LEDs. Recommendation: If using RGB LEDs, set up 510 channels per universe.

Port Output Settings

Output Protocol - In order to put MADRIX NEBULA fully into operation, it is necessary to set the correct output protocol according to the LEDs you have connected. You can set it up here.

Choose a signal frequency according to the specifications of your LEDs.
If you do not have this information, choose a signal frequency that works for your LEDs. If the refresh rate is set too high, you will usually notice that your LEDs flicker uncontrollably. If that is the case, choose a lower frequency.
Certain LEDs need to be addressed first. If your LEDs need to be addressed and have not been addressed yet, please address them first.
Learn More

 

Channel Offset - Allows you to shift the received universes [2048 DMX channels] per port if required.

This will modify the output.
+1 To +511 - Adding a positive channel offset will add another universe before the first universe
- This universe will include the number of channels as defined by the offset.
- These channels are sent with a value of 0.
-1 To -511 - Adding a negative channel offset will shift the received channels to lower channel numbers.
- That means that the first channels will be removed.
- A Channel Offset can have several advantages, such as splitting a single universe onto the two ports.
For example, your sender sends 3 1/2 universes and some of those LEDs are connected on the second port. On Port 1, you would like to send 3 universes and 45 channels and on Port 2, you would like to send another 150 channels from universe 3. Then, you can set the Start Channel of Port 2 to 46 and universe 3.
Or you could use it to align two pixel tapes that are mounted closely together, but are positioned slightly different, for example.

 

Channel Order - Allows you to change the order of [color] channels for the output.

Defines how received channels are newly ordered.
Example 1: If you receive channels 1-2-3 [i.e. RGB, for example], the setting 1-2-3-(4) will send it out as R-G-B. In contrast, the setting 3-2-1 would send B-G-R [which means that received channel 3 is put out on position 1, received channel 2 is put out on position 2, and received channel 1 is put out on position 3.]
Example 2: If you set 4-1-2-3, received channel 4 is put our first. Received channel 1 is put out second. Received channel 2 is put out third. Received channel 3 is put out fourth.

 

Device Accepts Network Data From - Defines the data source for the device. Choose from the following options:

Art-Net
Streaming ACN
Art-Net And sACN

 

In Case Of Network Data Timeout - Allows you to specify the output settings should the device not receive data anymore for a specified DMX universe. Choose from the following options:

Send The Last Received Frame Continually
Send Black Frames Continually
Stop Sending After Sending A Black Frame
Stop Sending

Device Information

This section displays various details about the device, including:
Model [The device type.]
IP Address [The current IP address.]
MAC Address [A permanent, unique address.]
Serial Number
Firmware [The current firmware version.]
Bootloader [The current bootloader version.]
Hardware [The hardware model.]
Voltage [The current voltages for Input, Port 1, and Port 2.]
Temperature [The current ambient temperature.]
Ethernet [The current status of the network connection.]

 

Please Note Regarding LEDs That Need Be Addressed First

Certain LEDs need to addressed first. Please check the below table to see if your LEDs might need to be addressed.

If they are already addressed with another tool, you do not need to address them again.
If your LEDs are not yet addressed, please address them:
1. Connect your LEDs as described above.
2. Connect to power and data as described above.
3. Choose the corresponding Addressing Protocol as Output Protocol of the MADRIX NEBULA. Confirm with 'Set'. You only have to do this once for your each LED tape.
4. Once your LEDs are addressed, continue by selecting the correct Output Protocol according to your LEDs.

 

LED

Addressing Protocol

WS2822S
Choose the Addressing Protocol 'WS2822S Addressing' in order to address your LEDs.

 

 

Using The MADRIX 5 Software

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

 

MADRIX 5 Software License

The MADRIX 5 Software license is not included and sold separately. A MADRIX 5 KEY is necessary if you want to use output.

 

Operating Modes

You can use 3 operating modes together with the MADRIX 5 Software:

Data Output Over Ethernet Network [Art-Net]
Data Output Over Ethernet Network [Streaming ACN / sACN]
Data Output Over USB

 

 

Data Output Over Ethernet Network [Art-Net]

Overview

You can connect the NEBULA over Ethernet network to the network card of your computer that runs the MADRIX 5 Software. Data is distributed to the device over network cabling [Ethernet] and sent to the output ports [Port 1 and Port 2].

 

1] Initial Configuration

Put MADRIX NEBULA into operation by connecting the LEDs, supplying power, setting the output protocol, and setting the network data sources as described above. Learn more Putting The Device Into Operation
Connect MADRIX NEBULA to your computer using Ethernet network cabling.
It is highly recommended to use Gigabit Ethernet network components [network card, switches, etc.].
Set up the corresponding settings in the Web Device Configuration Page

 

2] Windows Network Settings

Art-Net is a network-based protocol. MADRIX 5 will use the network card of your computer to send data.

It is required to set up the correct network settings in Windows, first.
You must use these IP address and Subnet mask settings. Otherwise, Art-Net might not work!
The IP addresses of your computer and your MADRIX NEBULA devices need to be different.
 
 
Set up an individual IP address in the following IP address range:
- 2.0.0.1 ... 2.255.255.254 or
- 10.0.0.1 ... 10.255.255.254
Set up the corresponding Subnet mask
- 255.0.0.0
 
[Via factory default settings, MADRIX NEBULA devices will have an IP address in the 10.x.x.x network range, such as 10.77.64.86, for example].
[Please note: Your devices and the sender, such as the PC that runs MADRIX 5, need to have the same subnet mask!]
 
Restart MADRIX 5, if you have changed the network settings in Windows while MADRIX 5 was running.
Learn more »Tips [Microsoft Windows / Networks / USB]
 
Example for PCs that are running MADRIX 5:

Windows TCP/IP Configuration

 

3] Fixture Configuration In MADRIX

Start MADRIX 5.
Configure the virtual LED matrix using the »Matrix Generator or »Patch Editor

 

4] Activating Art-Net

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

 

 

5] Adding Devices Automatically

MADRIX 5 can automatically add your MADRIX NEBULA devices.

Click
[MADRIX 5 will automatically search the network for connected devices. Devices that are found will appear in the list. Eight entries will be created in the list for each NEBULA device, one for each universe.]
 

 

6] Activating Devices

Each of your MADRIX NEBULA devices and its ports need to be activated. By default, they are still deactivated.
 

 

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
[Keyboard shortcut: F4]
Select your devices and their ports in the list. 8 output universes will be shown.
Right Mouse Click on the column State to set from Off to On [indicated by green light.]


 
 

[In the screenshot above, one NEBULA is connected. If more devices are connected, please use the different IP addresses of different devices and device details [i] to identify them in the Device Manager.]

 

7] Configuration Of DMX Output

Make sure that your output port is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
When using your device as an output device, set up Universe
- Right Mouse Click or Left Mouse Double-Click on the column Universe and enter the required number.
This setting assigns a specific DMX universe [of the Patch] to the device or the port of the device.
Make sure to assign the correct universe according to your requirements.
Learn more »Glossary

 

By default, DMX universe 1 - 8 are assigned when using one MADRIX NEBULA.
 

NEBULA Output Universe

Device Manager... > DMX Devices > Device Name

DMX 1

BindIdx1 Port:0

DMX 2

BindIdx2 Port:0

DMX 3

BindIdx3 Port:0

DMX 4

BindIdx4 Port:0

DMX 5

BindIdx5 Port:0

DMX 6

BindIdx6 Port:0

DMX 7

BindIdx7 Port:0

DMX 8

BindIdx8 Port:0

 

8] Frame Time

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Set up the frame time for your device.
- Right Mouse Click or Left Mouse Double-Click on the column ms / FPS and enter the required number.
- The frame time [in milliseconds; ms] affects the frame rate. The frame rate specifies how fast data is sent to the device or received from it [in Frames Per Second; FPS].
- Increase the frame time in order to decrease the frame rate [e.g., 40 ms = 25 FPS].
- Decrease the frame time in order to increase the frame rate [e.g., 20 ms = 50 FPS].
- The default value is 30 ms / 33.3 FPS.
- Some LED fixtures might have problems with a low frame time / high frame rate. Then, it is recommended to increase the frame time / decrease the frame rate.
[When using Art-Net, the Frame Time [ms] can be individually set for each port. But it cannot be set individually for each port, when Sync Mode is activated. Learn more below.]

 

9] Optimized Frames Or Full Frames

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Choose how to send data.
- Right Mouse Click or Left Mouse Double-Click on the column Frames to choose between Optimized and Full
- Per DMX512 standard, MADRIX 5 only sends the number of DMX channels that is configured [optimized frames]. For example, if you are using 312 DMX channels on a DMX universe, only 312 DMX channels will be sent with every single frame on this universe.
- Activate Full Frames if devices should always send full frames on a particular universe, instead of optimized frames. Sending full frames means that always the full 512 DMX channels of a DMX universe will be sent with every frame [even when you are using less than 512 channels on the universe].
- Activating Full Frames is recommended if problems with the data output of your devices occur.
 
In addition, you can activate Full Frames for the device and each MADRIX NEBULA output universe separately.

 

10] Sync Mode

MADRIX NEBULA can use the special sync mode of Art-Net.

Large LED projects require dependable data distribution. The MADRIX 5 Software and NEBULA hardware allow you to fully synchronize data output for all output DMX ports and even across multiple NEBULA devices to get an optimal image on the LEDs.
When Art-Net sync mode is activated, MADRIX 5 and MADRIX NEBULA will automatically handle the synchronization of data.

Art-Net Sync Mode is highly recommended for MADRIX NEBULA!

 

Sync Button

ArtSync - Allows you to activate or deactivate the usage of synchronization commands/packages for Art-Net.
- Your Art-Net devices need to support this feature in order for it to work correctly.
- All MADRIX hardware Art-Net nodes support ArtSync.
- Sync packages will be sent to all network cards for which corresponding Art-Net nodes are created in the MADRIX 5 Software.

In addition, you can choose between Post-Sync [default] and Pre-Sync. By default, the sync data is sent after the main DMX/Art-Net data. Pre-Sync would send it before the main DMX/Art-Net data.

Before activating sync, make sure that all activated Art-Net devices are available in your network! Else, the frame rate of Art-Net might drop. If you are not sure, do not enable any sync mode.

 

 

Additional Art-Net Device Settings

It is very important to set up the correct settings of your devices!

 

Broadcast Mode Or Unicast Mode

MADRIX 5 can send Art-Net data in 2 ways to your Art-Net devices:

Broadcast Mode - Means that every packet sent from a single transmitter will be received by all recipients in the network. MADRIX 5 will send data to all devices in the network.
- Advantage: The same data [e.g., DMX universe 1 and 2] can be made available at different points of your setup.
- Disadvantage: A potentially huge number of data packages will be sent over the network. This can reduce the overall network performance and cause data issues or instability.
Unicast Mode - Means that the specific data will only be sent to the specified recipient.
- Advantage: Data traffic is reduced immensely, which means that a larger number of Art-Net devices can be used in one network. Reduced network traffic increases the performance and stability.
- Disadvantage: The network settings of all devices need to be 100% correct.

Unicast Mode is recommended in general.

 

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > Art-Net
[Keyboard shortcut: F4 > Art-Net]
Select your device in the list.
Click
A new window will open.
A] Choose Send Unicast Mode to activate unicast mode:
- Make sure to enter the correct IP Address of your device that should receive the Art-Net data.
- MADRIX 5 will send the corresponding data only to this device.
B] Choose Send Broadcast Mode to activate Broadcast Mode:
- Make sure to select the correct Network card of your computer that should send the Art-Net data.
- MADRIX 5 will send data to the whole Art-Net network.
Click Apply

 

Status Indicators [ArtAddress]

In order to use these features, please Enable ArtAddress first.
[Please make sure that your nodes fully support this Art-Net feature, such as MADRIX LUNA, MADRIX NEBULA, MADRIX PLEXUS, MADRIX STELLA. You will also get notified by a message box. Confirm the message with OK or abort via Cancel.]

Highlight Device Button

Mute Status Indicators - Switches off and disables all built-in status indicators of a device over Art-Net [ArtAddress > AcLedMute].

Operate Status LEDs Normally - Allows the built-in status indicators of a device to operate normally again, after having them switched off [ArtAddress > AcLedNormal].

Highlight Device Button

Highlight Device - Activates the highlight mode [ArtAddress > AcLedLocate]. Select one or more interfaces and click the button. The corresponding status indicators of the selected interfaces will flash for a better identification or tests. This makes it easier to see them on site/stage. It considerably speeds up the procedure of programming or testing the selected interfaces.

 

More Information About Art-Net

Learn more »Art-Net [DMX Over Ethernet]

 

Data Output Over Ethernet Network [Streaming ACN / sACN]

Overview

You can connect the NEBULA over Ethernet network to the network card of your computer that runs the MADRIX 5 Software. Data is distributed to the device over network cabling [Ethernet] and sent to the output ports [Port 1 and Port 2].

 

1] Initial Configuration

Put MADRIX NEBULA into operation by connecting the LEDs, supplying power, setting the output protocol, and setting the network data sources as described above. Learn more Putting The Device Into Operation
Connect MADRIX NEBULA to your computer using Ethernet network cabling.
It is highly recommended to use Gigabit Ethernet network components [network card, switches, etc.].
Set up the corresponding settings in the Web Device Configuration Page

 

2] Windows Network Settings

MADRIX 5 automatically sets up Streaming ACN network settings for you.
[MADRIX 5 supports multicast Streaming ACN. Data is automatically sent to all corresponding sACN devices in the network. Unicast is also supported.]
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. MADRIX NEBULA automatically works this way.
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]

 

3] Fixture Configuration In MADRIX

Start MADRIX 5.
Configure the virtual LED matrix using the »Matrix Generator or »Patch Editor

 

4] Activating Streaming ACN

Go to the menu Preferences > Options... > Devices Network
[Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+O > Devices Network]
Activate 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. MADRIX NEBULA requires 8 sACN devices per unit.
[This is the total amount of devices. Please set the exact number of devices you are using. If the count is higher, this creates unnecessary network traffic.]
Click 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 5 Software is one of those devices.
- When you start MADRIX 5 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 5 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!
Click OK to close the window.

 

5] Activating Devices

Each of the ports need to be activated if that is not already the case.

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
[Keyboard shortcut: F4]
Select your devices and their ports in the list. 8 output universes will be shown.
Right Mouse Click on the column State to set from Off to On [indicated by green light]. By default, the devices are already activated.


 
 

[In the screenshot above, one NEBULA is connected. If more devices are connected, please use the different universes of different devices to identify them in the Device Manager.]
Universe - Defines which universe of your MADRIX 5 Patch is sent to this particular device.
- Right Mouse Click on the column Universe in order to enter a different number.

 

6A] Configuration Of Single Devices

Select a device in the list and click

ACN DMX Devices

 

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 of the device.
- Set up the same universe that is set up in your sACN device, which is MADRIX NEBULA.
- According to the Streaming ACN specifications, MADRIX 5 will automatically change the ACN IP Address according to the ACN Universe.
ACN Priority - Was implemented for backup solutions. Valid values range from 0 to 200, which is the highest priority.
- For example, you may have set up two MADRIX PCs. One gets a priority of 100. The second PC gets a priority of 50. If the first PC fails and only if it malfunctions, data will be automatically received from PC #2.
- Data will always be received from the device with the highest priority. Please note that the ACN device must support this feature.
ACN Protocol - Automatically selects the ANSI 2009 standard.
Use Multicast
ACN Multicast IP Address - Displays the IP address of the device as automatically assigned by MADRIX 5 according to the Streaming ACN specifications. The last 2 digits match the assigned DMX universe.
Use Unicast
ACN Unicast IP Address - Uses a specific IP address to send data to.
 
Click Apply to confirm your changes.
Click OK to close the window.

 

6B] Configuration Of Multiple Devices

You can configure several interfaces at the same time.
Follow the steps of 6A, but select multiple devices and click
A new window will open.
 

ACN Configure Multiple Devices

 

Set up the settings as described under 6A].
For ACN Universe, you have now additional options for Numbering:
 
Auto Numbering Off        Click the button and MADRIX 5 will automatically increase the ACN Universe number for all the selected devices [which can be seen in the DMX Devices tab of the Device Manager], starting with the value you have entered.
Click Apply and OK to confirm your changes.

 

7] Frame Time

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Set up the frame time for your device.
- Right Mouse Click or Left Mouse Double-Click on the column ms / FPS and enter the required number.
- The frame time [in milliseconds; ms] affects the frame rate. The frame rate specifies how fast data is sent to the device or received from it [in Frames Per Second; FPS].
- Increase the frame time in order to decrease the frame rate [e.g., 40 ms = 25 FPS].
- Decrease the frame time in order to increase the frame rate [e.g., 20 ms = 50 FPS].
- The default value is 30 ms / 33.3 FPS.
- Some LED fixtures might have problems with a low frame time / high frame rate. Then, it is recommended to increase the frame time / decrease the frame rate.

 

8] Optimized Frames Or Full Frames

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Choose how to send data.
- Right Mouse Click or Left Mouse Double-Click on the column Frames to choose between Optimized and Full
- Per DMX512 standard, MADRIX 5 only sends the number of DMX channels that is configured [optimized frames]. For example, if you are using 312 DMX channels on a DMX universe, only 312 DMX channels will be sent with every single frame on this universe.
- Activate Full Frames if devices should always send full frames on a particular universe, instead of optimized frames. Sending full frames means that always the full 512 DMX channels of a DMX universe will be sent with every frame [even when you are using less than 512 channels on the universe].
- Activating Full Frames is recommended if problems with the data output of your devices occur.
 
In addition, you can activate Full Frames for the device and each MADRIX NEBULA output universe separately.

 

Data Output Over USB

Overview

You can connect the NEBULA directly via USB to the computer that runs the MADRIX 5 Software. Data is distributed to the MADRIX NEBULA over USB and sent to the two output ports [Port 1 and Port 2].

 

1] Initial Configuration

Put MADRIX NEBULA into operation by connecting the LEDs, supplying power, and setting the output protocol as described above. Learn more Putting The Device Into Operation
Connect MADRIX NEBULA to your computer via USB.
[Use the provided USB cable.]
Make sure to check the power management options of Windows. Learn more »PC Power Management

 

2] Fixture Configuration In MADRIX

Start MADRIX 5.
Configure the virtual LED matrix using the »Matrix Generator or »Patch Editor

 

3] Enabling Drivers In MADRIX

Go to the menu Preferences > Options... > Devices USB
[Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+O > Devices USB]
Activate MADRIX NEBULA
[The option is activated by default.]
Click Apply
Close the window with OK

Devices (USB/PCI)

 

4] Activating Devices

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
[Keyboard shortcut: F4]
Your NEBULA devices and all of their output universes will appear in the list.
If your devices are not in the list, click
[In the screenshot below, one NEBULA is connected.]
By default, all output ports are activated [State On].

 

If your device and ports are not activated, do the following:
Select the device/port in the list.
Right Mouse Click on the column State to set from Off to On [indicated by green light].

 

5] Configuration Of DMX Output

Make sure that your output port is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
When using your device as an output device, set up Universe
- Right Mouse Click or Left Mouse Double-Click on the column Universe and enter the required number.
This setting assigns a specific DMX universe [of the Patch] to the device or the port of the device.
Make sure to assign the correct universe according to your requirements.
Learn more »Glossary

 

6] Frame Time

Make sure that your output port is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Set up the frame time for your device.
- Right Mouse Click or Left Mouse Double-Click on the column ms / FPS and enter the required number.
- The frame time [in milliseconds; ms] affects the frame rate. The frame rate specifies how fast data is sent to the device or received from it [in Frames Per Second; FPS].
- Increase the frame time in order to decrease the frame rate [e.g., 40 ms = 25 FPS].
- Decrease the frame time in order to increase the frame rate [e.g., 20 ms = 50 FPS].
- The default value is 30 ms / 33.3 FPS.
- Some LED fixtures might have problems with a low frame time / high frame rate. Then, it is recommended to increase the frame time / decrease the frame rate.
[When using USB, the frame time will be automatically set to the same value for all output ports.]

 

7] Optimized Frames Or Full Frames

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Choose how to send data.
- Right Mouse Click or Left Mouse Double-Click on the column Frames to choose between Optimized and Full
- Per DMX512 standard, MADRIX 5 only sends the number of DMX channels that is configured [optimized frames]. For example, if you are using 312 DMX channels on a DMX universe, only 312 DMX channels will be sent with every single frame on this universe.
- Activate Full Frames if devices should always send full frames on a particular universe, instead of optimized frames. Sending full frames means that always the full 512 DMX channels of a DMX universe will be sent with every frame [even when you are using less than 512 channels on the universe].
- Activating Full Frames is recommended if problems with the data output of your devices occur.
 
In addition, you can activate Full Frames for the device and each MADRIX NEBULA output universe separately.

 

 

Firmware Updates

It is highly recommended to update the firmware of the device should a new firmware version become available. You can do so in different ways.

Update Via USB

1] Connect MADRIX NEBULA to your computer over USB.
[Use the provided USB cable.]

2] Start the MADRIX 5 Software.

3] Open the MADRIX Device Configuration window. Go to the menu Tools > MADRIX Device Configuration...

4] Click to search for connected devices and your device will appear in the list.

5] Select your device in the list and click Firmware

6] Wait for the process to end [usually it takes only seconds].

7] Disconnect MADRIX NEBULA from USB and power. Afterwards, connect it again.

 

Update Via Ethernet

1] Connect MADRIX NEBULA to power.

2] Connect MADRIX NEBULA to your computer over Ethernet network.

3] In MADRIX 5, go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > Art-Net

4] Activate Art-Net

5] Click
    Learn more Data Output Over Ethernet Network [Art-Net]

6] Select the device in the list. Click . A new window opens.

7] Click Firmware. The update process will start.

8] Wait for the process to end [usually it takes only seconds]. A confirmation message will be shown.

9] Disconnect MADRIX NEBULA from USB and power. Afterwards, connect it again.

 

MADRIX 5 NEBULA Updater

Overview

MADRIX 5 NEBULA Updater is a separate tool only for MADRIX NEBULA. It is integrated into the MADRIX 5 Device Updater.

 

Usage

MADRIX LUNA Updater

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

Updates the firmware of all NEBULA devices that are connected to the computer via USB. First, select the correct firmware in the list above this button [Example: NEBULA 2.0.000 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 NEBULA devices that are connected to the computer via USB to the standard values. Use this function to restore the original settings of the device.

Performs both actions, a NEBULA firmware update as well as a reset to factory default settings.

 

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

If new drivers and a new firmware are available for the MADRIX NEBULA, please always update the firmware first and then the drivers!
MADRIX NEBULA Updater does not work when MADRIX 5 is running. Please close MADRIX 5 and restart MADRIX 5 Device Updater / MADRIX 5 NEBULA Updater.

 

Where To Find The MADRIX 5 Device Updater

The MADRIX 5 NEBULA 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 MADRIX NEBULA and confirm with OK.

 

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

C:\Program Files\MADRIX5

 

Available Firmware Updates

Version

Highlights

NEBULA Firmware
1.0.6127
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 3.6 RC
 
Release Date
May 2016

Initial firmware release.

NEBULA Firmware
1.1.6147
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 3.6
 
Release Date
May 2016

Added new supported LEDs: P9883.
Added new supported LEDs: SK6812.
Added new supported LEDs: SK6822.

NEBULA Firmware
1.1.6168
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 3.6a
 
Release Date
July 2016

Web configuration tool: Added Voltage to the Device Information section.
Web configuration tool: Added the Refresh button to always show the latest information that was last saved on the device in the web browser [instead of using a browser refresh which may change settings again].
Web configuration tool: Streamlined spelling of output protocols.

NEBULA Firmware
1.2.6346
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 3.6d
 
Release Date
December 2016

Added new supported LEDs: GW6201.
Added new supported LEDs: TM1814.
Added new supported LEDs: WS2813.
Added new supported LEDs: WS2818.
Changed name of supported LEDs: From TLS3001 To TLS3001 Linear.
Added supported LEDs: TLS3001 Quadratic [For 12-bit LEDs].
Output settings: Added the option to define the number of channels sent per universe for each port [Channels Per Universe].
Sensor data: Devices can now report back if voltage is connected/disconnected over USB [Voltage USB].
Sensor data: Devices can now report back which voltage is used for Power, Port 1, and Port 2 [Voltage Power, Voltage Port 1, Voltage Port 2].
Sensor data: For NEBULA models V1.1 and higher, devices can now report back the ambient temperature [Temperature].
Fixed an issue that could make the device become unresponsive under certain circumstances when connecting, disconnecting, and calling up the website several times in a row.
Fixed an issue that could produce display issues with the built-in web configuration tool when confirming changes via 'Set'.

NEBULA Firmware
1.2.7014
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 3.6e
 
Release Date
February 2017

Added new supported LEDs: MBI6120.
Added new supported LEDs: WS2822S.
Added new supported LEDs: WS2822S Addressing [To linearly address LEDs that haven't been initialized yet].
Added new supported LEDs: UCS512B3.

NEBULA Firmware
1.2.7035
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 3.6f
 
Release Date
May 2017

Added new supported LEDs: WS2811S.
Added supported LEDs: MBI6120, Limit 33 % [To limit the output to 33 % of the possible maximum].
Added supported LEDs: MBI6120, Limit 66 %. [To limit the output to 66 % of the possible maximum].
Fixed an issue with the following protocols that are now working correctly again:
UCS1903, SK6822, P9883.
Fixed an issue that could leave the status LEDs permanently on when using the ArtAddress functionality for Art-Net to switch from normal operation to off while the status LEDs were currently active.
Fixed an issue that did not allow to select every 40th number of  the Channels Per Universe setting.

NEBULA Firmware
1.2.7055
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 3.6g
 
Release Date
September 2017

Added new supported LEDs: GW6205.
Added new supported LEDs: SJ1221.
Added new supported LEDs: LPD1882S.
Added new supported LEDs: WS2815.
Fixed an important issue that allowed the device to only send with the lowest, received frame rate, when receiving different frame rates for different DMX universes on a single port. This behaviour was mainly triggered when used with a lighting console.
Fixed an issue that correctly set Channels Per Universe in the web configuration but still displayed the value as 'Automatic'.
Fixed an issue that did not set Channels Per Universe for Port 2 if USB as well as Ethernet were connected and the settings was changed for both ports in the MADRIX Device Configuration.

NEBULA Firmware
1.4.7082
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 3.6h
 
Release Date
February 2018

Added new supported LEDs: UCS9812S.
Fixed a connection issue that did not report the device settings and status correctly in the MADRIX Device Configuration dialog when only connecting over Ethernet network.

NEBULA Firmware
2.0.7140
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 5.0b
 
Release Date
July 2018

Added new supported LEDs: UCS8904.
Web configuration page: Updated the visual appearance for MADRIX 5.
Web configuration page: Network universes are now also shown in hexadecimal notation in addition to the decimal notation.
Added 4 distinct options for sending data output in case of data connection loss [only available in the web configuration tool]: Send The Last Received Frame Continually, Send Black Frames Continually, Stop Sending After Sending A Black Frame, Stop Sending.
Added support for Streaming ACN [sACN] for output.
You can now choose the network data source: Art-Net, Streaming ACN, or Art-Net And sACN.
You can set the Start Channel for each port.
You can change the Channel Order for the output.
Added support for ArtSync.

NEBULA Firmware
2.1.7147
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 5.0d
 
Release Date
August 2018

Fixed an issue for TM1814 that did not correctly control the current.
Fixed an issue that did not activate Streaming ACN without a power disconnect when switching from Art-Net while data was received.
Fixed an issue that did not refresh the web configuration page correctly when switching from sACN to Art-Net and confirming with Set.
Fixed a critical issue that could halt the device in rare cases.

NEBULA Firmware
2.2.7206
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 5.0e
 
Release Date
February 2019

Added new supported LEDs: GS8207.
Added new supported LEDs: TM1804 [400 kHz].
Added new supported LEDs: UCS2903.
Web configuration page: Universes up to number 32,768 can now be assigned.
During normal operation, pressing the Reset button now sends an Art-Net PollReply [e.g., Device Manager] and a MADRIX PollReply [MADRIX Device Configuration].
Changed the Art-Net PollReply to assign a separate BindIdx to each universe.
Fixed an issue for SJ1221 that could lead to flickering when using very long tape.
Fixed an issue that did only apply a new IP address after changing it over USB after disconnecting it from power first.

NEBULA Firmware
2.3.7236
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 5.1
 
Release Date
June 2019

Start Channel has been redesigned to Channel Offset.
Changed task ratio of SM16703 from 1:2/2:1 to 1:3/3:1.
Fixed an issue that only applied a new IP address that was set over USB after a power cycle.
Fixed an issue that did continue to send the last frame that was received over USB under certain circumstances although new network data was received.
Fixed an issue that could freeze the device, when quitting the MADRIX 5 Software while using LPD6803 and having Channels Per Universe set to a value that could not be divided by 3.
Fixed an issue that did not allow receiving data over USB when merging data from Art-Net and sACN.
Fixed an issue that allowed special characters and control characters [ASCII] in names and descriptions, which are not filtered out.

NEBULA Firmware
2.3.7252
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 5.1a
 
Release Date
August 2019

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NEBULA Firmware
2.3.7259
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 5.2
 
Release Date
November 2019

Channel Order 4-1-2-3 has been added.

NEBULA Firmware
2.3.7261
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 5.3
 
Release Date
May 2020

Fixed an issue that could freeze the device if RDM packages were still sent to the device, although it communicated that it does not support RDM.

NEBULA Firmware
2.3.7291
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 5.4
 
Release Date
December 2020

Added new supported LEDs: GS8208.
Added new supported LEDs: MY9291.
Fixed minor issues.

NEBULA Firmware
2.4.7304
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 5.4a
 
Release Date
February 2021

Fixed a critical issue that could halt the device when receiving an Art-Net OpIpProg request (#6852).
Fixed an issue that did not save the chosen value for the 'In Case Of Network Data Timeout' setting for the second port (#6899).

NEBULA Firmware
2.5.7308
 
MADRIX Version
MADRIX 5.4b
 
Release Date
May 2021

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Important Information

In general, it is recommended to always activate all output universes. SPI communication is based on strictly serial protocols, which means that data is always sent in succession.
For example, when having output universe 1 and 4 activated and having output universe 2 and 3 deactivated, the data for output universe 4 will be sent directly after the data for output universe 1.

 

 

Technical Advice

This section contains technical information that point out specific advice for certain LED types.

LED

Technical Advice

WS2815
LEDs of the type WS2815 normally require 12 V to work.
MADRIX NEBULA offers a variety of wiring possibilities as shown in the MADRIX NEBULA Technical Manual & Quick Start Guide.
Due to this variety of options, WS2815 might start to flicker when the data signal from the NEBULA unit to the LEDs does not provide enough voltage in certain ways of wiring.
The issue described above usually only becomes apparent when 12 V power is supplied to the WS2815 LEDs as well as 5 V separately to NEBULA via an external power supply, such as USB or USB power supply.
Then, the data signal from the NEBULA might fall below the required voltage to control the LEDs due to the power loss from power input to data output.
If power is supplied separately, to NEBULA at 5 V and to WS2815 at 12 V, then it is recommended to supply power of more than 5 V to the NEBULA (> 5 V) in order to counteract the power loss and avoid data signal issues, which can result in flickering on the LEDs.

 

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