Creating Fixtures With The Fixture Editor

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This tutorial shows you how to create new Fixtures with the MADRIX Fixture Editor and how to import this new fixtures in MADRIX 5.

 

Date: 06/2021
MADRIX Version: 5.4b (Created with)

 

Note:

How to create fixtures in MADRIX 5 you can learn in the tutorial: »Working With An Alternative Fixture Library.

 

Task:
In this tutorial we want to create two new fixtures and prepare MADRIX 5 to work with it. The manufacturer for both fixtures will be MADRIX. The first one is a 3 channel RGB and the second one is a 13 DMX channels, 4 pixels RGB fixture with an additional dimmer channel.

You can use the result of this tutorial to to create the patch »2D Patch With The Patch Editor For DMX Output. Simply patch the created fixtures instead of the "!generic" fixtures.

Below are the DMX charts:

MADRIX - 3 Channel RGB light

DMX Channel

Function

1

Red

2

Green

3

Blue

 

MADRIX - 13 Channel / 4 Pixel light

DMX Channel

Function

1

Dimmer

2

Red

3

Green

4

Blue

5

Red

6

Green

7

Blue

8

Red

9

Green

10

Blue

11

Red

12

Green

13

Blue

 

 

1.

To create a new fixture respectively fixture library for MADRIX 5 we have to use the MADRIX 5 Fixture Editor. The Fixture Editor is a sperate software tool. We can open it via Windows Start > MADRIX 5 > MADRIX 5 Fixture Editor.

By default a blank MADRIX 5 Fixture Editor opens.

 

 

2.

To create a new fixture please go to Fixture > Add New Fixture.

 

 

 

3.

The Fixture and Channel section of the Fixture Editor is active now and we can add the desired settings.

 

 

4.

The first fixture we want to add is the "3 Channel RGB light". We set:

 

Manufacturer: MADRIX
Fixture Name: 1 Pixel RGB light
Display Name: 1 Pixel RGB
Operation Mode: 3 Channel

 

We don't need to change the other settings of the Fixture section, because settings for a 3 channel RGB one pixel fixture are already set by default.

 

 

5.

Now we can start to add and assign the DMX channels according to the DMX Chart of the fixture.

 
The first channel is already assigned to the Red color and we only have to change the Name to Red.
To add a new channel please click the filled + button on the bottom of the Channel List. According to our DMX chart on top of this tutorial the second channel is responsible for the color green. That means after we clicked the + button we only change the Name to Green and also the the Color assignment to color 2 Green.

 

6.

The last channel of the fixture we have to add is the channel number 3 which we have to assign to the Blue Color.

 

 

7.

After adding the 3 channels and assigning the correct colors we click OK and the fixture will be added to the Fixture List.
If you need to modify the settings, simply perform a double click in the Fixture List at the desired Operation Mode of this fixture and the fixture will become editable again.

 

 

8.

According to our task we have to add a second fixture. The second fixture is a "13 channel fixture" with 4 separate controlled RGB pixels.

As we have learned in Step 4 we want to fill the settings for the fixture first:

Manufacturer: MADRIX
Fixture Name: 4 Pixel light
Display Name: 4 Pixel light
Operation Mode: 13 Channel

 

For this fixture we also have to change the Voxel Count X to 4.

 

According to the DMX Chart of this fixture the first DMX channel is the Dimmer channel.

Please note: MADRIX is controlling all dimmer values with the help of the color. That means the dimmer must always be full on.

We will handle this behavior with the Default Value at 255 and the option Fixed needs to be Enabled.

 

+

 

9.

The next DMX channel is responsible for the color Red. Simply click the left + button at the bottom of the Channel List. Now please change the Name to Red and double check if the assigned Color is also set to Red.

 

 

10.

We add the next two DMX Channels respectively colors as we have already learned in Step 5 and Step 6.
Now all information for the first pixel are added.

 

 

11.

When we now click the + button again, the Fixture Editor will automatically add the next channel and assign the colors to the second pixel. So you can add all channels for all pixels very fast.
Pay Attention: Please always double check the automatically assigned Voxel Position for all added color channels. If the assignment is wrong, the light output of the fixture will be also wrong.

 

 

12.

After we click OK a second fixture will be added to the Fixture List.

 

 

13.

After we have added the desired fixtures with different operation modes it is recommended to check the fixture library for errors.

To check it please go to File > Check Library.

 

14.

If everything was created correctly, the following hint will appear.
Otherwise a window with all issues per fixture will appear.

 

 

15.

In the last step we have to save the previous created fixture library at a desired location and name on your PC.

To save the new created fixture library we select File > Save Library As.

 

 

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to create a fixture library with two fixtures in the MADRIX 5 Fixture Editor.

 

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