MADRIX STELLA

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Overview
Using A 3rd-Party Controller
Putting The Device Into Operation
LED Status Codes
Automatic HTP Merging
Reset To Factory Default Settings
Device Configuration
Using The MADRIX Software
DMX Watcher
Firmware Updates

 

 

Overview

MADRIX STELLA is a 2-port network node for solid-state projects.
The MADRIX STELLA is a dedicated control interface for DMX512 and Art-Net or Streaming ACN that is designed for high quality and practicability in permanent LED installations.

 

 

Using A 3rd-Party Controller

MADRIX STELLA 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 to distribute network data via Ethernet network.

 

 

Putting The Device Into Operation

1] Connecting Your LED Fixtures

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

 

2] Connecting To Power And Data

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

 

3] Device Settings

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 DMX 1

STATUS LED DMX 2

Powered off

No data is sent.

No data is sent.

Blinking green

Sending or receiving data.
The DMX port works.

Sending or receiving data.
The DMX port works.

STATUS

STATUS LED ETHERNET

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 STELLA features automatic HTP merging from 2 Art-Net sources.

[Usually, the first source will be MADRIX. 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 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.
 
Example: We are using an LED fixture with a total of 5 control channels [3 color channels and 2 movement channels]. MADRIX should provide the color data for channels 1 to 3 and the console should provide the movement data for channels 4 and 5. Using the MADRIX Fixture Editor, we could create a corresponding fixture where channel 4 and 5 are set up as Fixed channel using always a value of 0. On the other hand, the console will always send a value of 0 for the first 3 channels of each fixture. This will ensure that the data from the console will always provide the higher value on channels 4 and 5, while MADRIX provides the color data. Due to the automatic HTP merging of the device, the LED fixture will receive correct data from both sources as desired.

 

Configuration And Recommendations

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

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

3] Make sure that MADRIX 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 to directly send data to the correct IP addresses of your MADRIX STELLA 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.]

 

 

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, DMX].

2] Use a suitable tool to press the reset button [between DMX 1 and DMX 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 STELLA using the built-in web configuration page.

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

A] Using a standard web browser:

Connect MADRIX STELLA 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]
Open your web browser and enter the IP address of MADRIX STELLA.
[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 Software:

Connect MADRIX STELLA 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]
Go to the menu Tools > MADRIX Device Configuration...
[Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+L]
Select your MADRIX STELLA 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.

 

Please confirm any changes with Set

Device Name

You can change the description of the device. This label is only shown in this web interface.

Device Settings

You can change the IP address and Subnet Mask.

DMX Output Settings

This section shows specific settings for the DMX ports for output.

Network Universe - Defines the universe on which data is sent. By default, universe 1 and 2 assigned to DMX 1 and DMX 2.

If you are broadcasting data for a large number of Universes [using Broadcast Mode instead of using Unicast Mode] with MADRIX or a 3rd-party controller for example, you can assign different DMX universes to each STELLA device with these settings. Each MADRIX STELLA will then only receive data from the specific Art-Net universe and send it to its specified output port. Example: You can set up that STELLA #1 only listens to Art-Net universe 1 and 2, while STELLA #2 listens to Art-Net universe 3 and 4, and STELLA #3 listens to Art-Net universe 5 and 6, and so on.

Start Channel - Is especially useful for splitting a single universe onto the two ports. For example, your sender can only send on one universe and you wish to output it on both ports. On DMX 1, you would like to send the first 150 channels and on DMX 2, you would like to send channels 151 to 300. Then, you can set the Start Channel of DMX 2 to 151.

Channels Per Universe - Defines how many channels are being sent out. 512 means full frames. Automatic means optimized frames and that the number that is received is also sent out.

Channel Order - Allows you to change the order of [color] channels for the output. For example, 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. [Please only change this setting when needed and when using simple, standard fixtures with RGB or RGBW, for example.]

In Case Of Data Connection Loss

On Each Affected Port - Defines the output settings of the STELLA if the device does not receive data anymore for a specified port. Choose from the following options:

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

Network Data Sources

Device Accepts Data From - Defines the data source:

Art-Net
Streaming ACN
Art-Net And sACN

DMX Input Settings

This section allows you to specify settings for the DMX ports for input.
When data is received, MADRIX STELLA will automatically forward it to Ethernet network.

Network Universe - STELLA can receive 512 channels per port. This setting defines on which universe those 512 channels are sent. By default, 256 is set for DMX 1 and 255 is set for DMX 2. Valid values range from 1 to 256.

Send Always Full Frames (512 CH) To Network - Defines that the STELLA will always send out 512 channels, even if the data received by STELLA includes less than 512 channels for this port and universe. STELLA automatically sends values of 0 on channels that are not used.

Additionally, choose to how MADRIX STELLA sends the data into the network:

Art-Net Broadcast Mode - Sents Art-Net data to all IP addresses in the network.
Art-Net Unicast Mode - Sents Art-Net data only to one recipient, e.g. your MADRIX computer [Enter the IP address of your MADRIX computer].
sACN Multicast Mode - Sents sACN data to IP address 293.255.1.0.

Device Information

This section displays various details about the device, including:

Model [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 [Hardware model]
Voltage [The current voltage for Input.]
Temperature [The current ambient temperature.]
Ethernet [The current status of the network connection.]

 

 

Using The MADRIX Software

The MADRIX STELLA works great in combination with the MADRIX 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.
No separate license is required for DMX Input [DMX-IN].

 

Operating Modes

You can mainly use 6 operating modes together with MADRIX:

DMX-OUT Via Ethernet Network [Art-Net]
DMX-OUT Via Ethernet Network [Streaming ACN / sACN]
DMX-OUT Via USB
DMX-IN Via Ethernet Network [Art-Net Remote]
DMX-IN Via Ethernet Network [Streaming ACN / sACN]
DMX-IN Via USB

 

Notes:

DMX 1 can be configured as either DMX-IN or DMX-OUT.
DMX 2 can be configured as either DMX-IN or DMX-OUT.
You can use DMX 1 and DMX 2 at the same time.

 

 

DMX-OUT Via Ethernet Network [Art-Net]

Overview

You can connect the STELLA over Ethernet network to the network card of your computer that runs the MADRIX Software. Data is distributed to the STELLA over network cabling [Ethernet] and sent to the two ports [DMX 1 and DMX 2].

 

1] Initial Configuration

Put MADRIX STELLA into operation; as described above. Learn more Putting The Device Into Operation
Connect MADRIX STELLA to your computer using Ethernet network cabling.
It is highly recommended to use Gigabit Ethernet network components [network card, switches, etc.].

 

2] Windows Network Settings

Art-Net is a network-based protocol. MADRIX 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 STELLA 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 STELLA devices will have an IP address in the 10.x.x.x network range, such as 10.78.0.86, for example].
 
Restart MADRIX, if you have changed the network settings in Windows while MADRIX was running.
Learn more »Tips [Microsoft Windows / Networks / USB]
 
Example for PCs that are running MADRIX:

Windows TCP/IP Configuration

 

3] Fixture Configuration In MADRIX

Start the MADRIX Software.
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 can automatically add your MADRIX STELLA devices.

Click
[MADRIX will automatically search the network for connected MADRIX STELLA devices. Devices that are found will appear in the list. One entry will be created in the list for each STELLA device.]
 

 

6] Activating Devices

Each of your MADRIX STELLA 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.
Activate Enable
Output is activated by default.
Click Apply


 
 

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

 

7] Configuration Of DMX Output

Make sure that your devices are still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Set up Universe
- Enter the specific DMX universe number.
This setting assigns a specific DMX universe [of the Patch] to the device or the port of the device.
Make sure the correct universe is assigned according to your requirements.
Learn more »Glossary
Click Apply

 

By default, DMX universe 1 is assigned to DMX 1 and DMX universe 2 is assigned to DMX 2.

 

8] Frame Time

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Set up Frame Time (ms)
- The Frame Time affects the Frame Rate. The Frame Rate specifies how fast data is sent to the device or received from it [Frames Per Second; FPS].
- Increase the Frame Time in order to decrease the Frame Rate [e.g., 40ms = 25 FPS].
- Decrease the Frame Time in order to increase the Frame Rate [e.g., 20ms = 50 FPS].
- The default value is 30 ms / 33.3 FPS.
- Some LED fixtures might have problems with a high Frame Rate. Then, it is recommended to increase the Frame Time / to decrease the Frame Rate.
Click Apply
[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
Activate or deactivate Send Full Frames
- Per DMX512 standard, MADRIX only sends the number of DMX channels that is configured. This is also possible for Streaming ACN. 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 [Optimized Frames].
- Activate Send 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].
- Activating Send Full Frames is recommended if problems with the data output on your LEDs occur.
Click Apply
 
In addition, you can activate Full Frames for the device and each MADRIX STELLA port separately in the Device Configuration.

 

10] Sync Mode

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

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

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

 

Sync Button

ArtSync - Allows you to activate or deactivate the usage of sync 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.

In addition, you can choose between Post-Sync [default] and Pre-Sync. By default, the sync data is sent after the color data. Pre-Sync would send it before the color 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 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 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 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 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 STELLA over Ethernet network to the network card of your computer that runs the MADRIX Software. Data is distributed to the device over network cabling [Ethernet] and sent to the output ports [DMX 1 and DMX 2].

 

1] Initial Configuration

Put MADRIX STELLA into operation; as described above. Learn more Putting The Device Into Operation
Connect MADRIX STELLA to your computer using Ethernet network cabling.
It is highly recommended to use Gigabit Ethernet network components [network card, switches, etc.].

 

2] Windows Network Settings

MADRIX automatically sets up Streaming ACN network settings for you.
[MADRIX 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 STELLA 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 STELLA requires 2 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.]
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.

 

5] Activating Devices

Each of the 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.
Activate Enable
Click Apply


 
 

[In the screenshot above, one STELLA 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 Patch is sent to this particular device.

 

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 STELLA.
- According to the Streaming ACN specifications, MADRIX 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 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.
 
Press Apply to confirm your changes.
Press 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 press
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 Auto Numbering:
 
Auto Numbering Off        Leave this button deactivated and every device will get the same number of universes.
Auto Numbering On        Activate the button and MADRIX will automatically increase the number for all the selected devices, starting with the ACN Universe value you entered.
Press Apply to confirm your changes.
Press OK to close the window.

 

7] Frame Time

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Set up Frame Time (ms)
- The Frame Time affects the Frame Rate. The Frame Rate specifies how fast data is sent to the device or received from it [Frames Per Second; FPS].
- Increase the Frame Time in order to decrease the Frame Rate [e.g., 40ms = 25 FPS].
- Decrease the Frame Time in order to increase the Frame Rate [e.g., 20ms = 50 FPS].
- The default value is 30 ms / 33.3 FPS.
- Some LED fixtures might have problems with a high Frame Rate. Then, it is recommended to increase the Frame Time / to decrease the Frame Rate.
Click Apply

 

8] Optimized Frames Or Full Frames

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Activate or deactivate Send Full Frames
- Per DMX512 standard, MADRIX only sends the number of DMX channels that is configured. This is also possible for Streaming ACN. 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 [Optimized Frames].
- Activate Send 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].
- Activating Send Full Frames is recommended if problems with the data output on your LEDs occur.
Click Apply

 

DMX-OUT Via USB

Overview

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

 

1] Initial Configuration

Put MADRIX STELLA into operation by connecting the LED fixtures and supplying power; as described above. Learn more Putting The Device Into Operation
Connect MADRIX STELLA 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.
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 STELLA
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 STELLA devices and their two ports will appear in the list.
If your devices are not in the list, click
[In the screenshot below, one STELLA is connected.]
By default, all ports are activated [State On].

 

If your device and ports are not activated, do the following:
Select the device/port in the list.
Activate Enable
Activate Output
Click Apply

 

5] Configuration Of DMX Output

Make sure that your devices are still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Set up Universe
- Enter the specific DMX universe number.
This setting assigns a specific DMX universe [of the Patch] to the device or the port of the device.
Make sure the correct universe is assigned according to your requirements.
Learn more »Glossary
Click Apply
 
By default, DMX universe 1 is assigned to DMX 1 and DMX universe 2 is assigned to DMX 2.

 

6] Frame Time

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Set up Frame Time (ms)
- The Frame Time affects the Frame Rate. The Frame Rate specifies how fast data is sent to the device or received from it [Frames Per Second; FPS].
- Increase the Frame Time in order to decrease the Frame Rate [e.g., 40ms = 25 FPS].
- Decrease the Frame Time in order to increase the Frame Rate [e.g., 20ms = 50 FPS].
- The default value is 30 ms / 33.3 FPS.
- Some LED fixtures might have problems with a high Frame Rate. Then, it is recommended to increase the Frame Time / to decrease the Frame Rate.
Click Apply

 

7] Optimized Frames Or Full Frames

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Activate or deactivate Send Full Frames
- Per DMX512 standard, MADRIX only sends the number of DMX channels that is configured. This is also possible for Streaming ACN. 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 [Optimized Frames].
- Activate Send 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].
- Activating Send Full Frames is recommended if problems with the data output of your devices occur.
Click Apply
 
In addition, you can activate Send Full Frames for the device and each MADRIX STELLA port separately.

 

More Information About DMX Output

Learn more »DMX512 [DMX-OUT]

 

DMX-IN Via Ethernet Network [Art-Net Remote]

Overview

You can connect MADRIX STELLA over Ethernet network to the network card of your computer that runs the MADRIX software. Data is sent to the STELLA via a port and from the STELLA to MADRIX via Ethernet network.

 

1] Initial Configuration

Connect your external DMX controller to the DMX port of MADRIX STELLA.
Connect MADRIX STELLA to power.
[Please see safety instructions in the MADRIX STELLA Quick Start Guide & Technical Manual!]
Connect MADRIX STELLA to your computer via network cabling.
It is highly recommended to use Gigabit Ethernet network components [network card, switches, etc.].
Put MADRIX STELLA into operation by setting the correct device settings; as described above. Learn more Putting The Device Into Operation

 

2] Windows Network Settings

Art-Net is a network-based protocol. MADRIX 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 STELLA 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 STELLA devices will have an IP address in the 10.x.x.x network range, such as 10.78.0.86, for example].
 
Restart MADRIX, if you have changed the network settings in Windows while MADRIX was running.
Learn more »Tips [Microsoft Windows / Networks / USB]

 

3] 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].


 

MADRIX will automatically create the entry ArtNet Remote
This device is used only for Remote Control.

 

4] Adding Devices Automatically

MADRIX can automatically add your MADRIX STELLA devices.

Click
[MADRIX will automatically search the network for connected MADRIX STELLA devices. Devices that are found will appear in the list. One entry will be created in the list for each STELLA device.]
 

 

5] Configuration Of Art-Net Input

Select your STELLA device in the list.

 

Click
A new window opens [Art-Net Device Configuration].

 

Universe Port IN
- By default, MADRIX STELLA sends DMX-IN data to universe 256 for Port 1 and to universe 255 for Port 2. You can change these settings in the Web Configuration or MADRIX Device Configuration window if required.
- If you have changed the settings, enter the exact same network universes here!
Activate Receive Direct IP Mode and enter the IP Address of your MADRIX STELLA. Confirm with Apply
[E.g., 10.206.224.14]
[You can also activate Receive Broadcast Mode. In this mode, MADRIX will receive any DMX data that is sent in the network on this particular Art-Net universe.]
Click OK

 

6] Activating Your Art-Net Input Device

You need to activate the Art-Net input device. It is still deactivated.

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
[Keyboard shortcut: F4]


 

Select the STELLA device in the list per its port.
Activate Enable
Activate Input
Click Apply

 

 
 

If required, change the Frame Time (ms)
The higher the Frame Time, the lower the FPS will be. The lower the Frame Time, the higher the FPS will be.
The default Frame Time is 33.
Press Apply to confirm.

 

7] Activating DMX Input

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. Select the ArtNet input device.


 

Art-Net input is now activated. MADRIX can already receive DMX data.
Now, choose how to use incoming data. Learn more »Art-Net Remote

 

DMX-IN Via Ethernet Network [Streaming ACN / sACN]

Overview

You can connect MADRIX STELLA over Ethernet network to the network card of your computer that runs the MADRIX Software. Data is sent to the STELLA via a port and from the STELLA to the MADRIX via Ethernet network.

 

1] Initial Configuration

Connect your external DMX controller to the DMX port of MADRIX STELLA.
Connect MADRIX STELLA to power.
[Please see safety instructions in the MADRIX STELLA Quick Start Guide & Technical Manual!]
Connect MADRIX STELLA to your computer via network cabling.
It is highly recommended to use Gigabit Ethernet network components [network card, switches, etc.].
Put MADRIX STELLA into operation by setting the correct device settings; as described above. Learn more Putting The Device Into Operation

 

2] 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]

 

3] 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.

 

4] 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.

 

5] 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 MADRIX STELLA according to the Web Configuration. By default, MADRIX STELLA sends input data to network universe 256 for DMX 1 and universe 255 for DMX 2. You can change these settings in the Web Configuration if required.
- 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.

 

6] 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]
sACN input is now activated. MADRIX can already receive DMX data.
Now, choose how to use incoming data. Learn more »sACN Input

 

DMX-IN Via USB

Overview

You can connect the STELLA directly via USB to the computer that runs the MADRIX Software. Data is sent to the STELLA via a port and from the STELLA to MADRIX via USB.

 

1] Initial Configuration

Connect your external DMX controller to the required DMX port of MADRIX STELLA.
Connect MADRIX STELLA 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] Enabling Drivers In MADRIX

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

Devices (USB/PCI)

 

3] Activating Devices

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
[Keyboard shortcut: F4]
Your STELLA devices and their two ports will appear in the list.
If your devices are not in the list, click
[In the screenshot below, one STELLA is connected.]
 


 

Select the required port in the list.
Activate Enable
Activate Input
Click Apply


 

If required, change the Frame Time (ms)
- The higher the Frame Time, the lower the FPS will be. The lower the Frame Time, the higher the FPS will be.
- The recommended Frame Time is 30.
- Press Apply to confirm.

 

4] Activating DMX Input

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. Select MADRIX STELLA

 

DMX-IN is now activated. MADRIX can already receive DMX data.
Now, choose how to use incoming data. Learn more »DMX-IN

 

 

DMX Watcher

DMX Watcher

DMX Watcher - Opens the DMX Watcher to monitor your DMX output or input under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Learn more »Tools

 

 

 

 

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 STELLA to your computer over USB.
[Use the provided USB cable.]

2] Start the MADRIX software.

3] Open the MADRIX Device Configuration window. Go to 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 STELLA from USB and power. Afterwards, connect it again.

 

Update Via Ethernet

1] Connect MADRIX STELLA to power.

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

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

4] Activate Art-Net

5] Click
    Learn more DMX-OUT Via Ethernet Network [Art-Net]

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

7] Click Firmware
8] The update process will starts.

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

10] Disconnect MADRIX STELLA from USB and power. Afterwards, connect it again.

 

MADRIX 5 STELLA Updater

Overview

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

 

Usage

MADRIX LUNA Updater

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

Updates the firmware of all STELLA devices that are connected to the computer via USB. First, select the correct firmware in the list above this button [Example: STELLA 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 STELLA 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 STEALLA 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 STELLA, please always update the firmware first and then the drivers!
MADRIX STELLA Updater does not work when MADRIX is running. Please close MADRIX and restart MADRIX 5 Device Updater / MADRIX 5 STELLA Updater.

 

Where To Find The MADRIX 5 Device Updater

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

In Windows 7, go to Start > All Programs > MADRIX 5 > Tools > MADRIX 5 Device Updater
In Windows 10, go to Start > MADRIX 5 > MADRIX 5 Device Updater
Select Load STELLA and confirm with OK.

 

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

C:\Program Files\MADRIX5

 

Available Firmware Updates

STELLA Firmware

MADRIX Version

Release Date

Highlights

1.0.6127

MADRIX 3.6 RC

May 2016

Initial Release

1.1.6147

MADRIX 3.6

May 2016

 

1.1.6168

MADRIX 3.6a

July 2016

Web configuration page: Added Voltage to the Device Information section.
Web configuration page: 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].

1.2.6346

MADRIX 3.6d

December 2016

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 [Voltage Power].
Sensor data: For STELLA 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.

1.2.7035

MADRIX 3.6f

May 2017

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.

1.4.7082

MADRIX 3.6h

February 2018

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
Increased the minimum output frequency that is sent on each port from 10 FPS to 20 FPS [in order to ensure functionality with lighting fixtures that are not working correctly when receiving low frame rates].
Fixed an issue that could prevent reception of DMX input when Sync Mode had been enabled in the MADRIX Software.

2.0.7140

MADRIX 5.0b

July 2018

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 support for Streaming ACN [sACN] for input and 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.

2.0.7147

MADRIX 5.0d

August 2018

Fixed an issue that did only sent out Art-Net data when setting Port 2  to input.
Fixed a critical issue that could halt the device in rare cases.

 

MADRIX 5.0d
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