PLASA 2019: Artistic Licence debuts DMXtoDALI quad
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
artisticDMXtoDALI quad is specified for the new generation of DALI products
UK - Artistic Licence will show its latest DMX512-to-DALI conversion product, DMXtoDALI quad.
With support for DALI DT8 (colour), DMXtoDALI quad is specified for the new generation of DALI products coming to market.
Artistic Licence has extensive experience in DMX512 and DALI interconversion. Its popular DIN rail solution, Rail-DMX-DALI, was launched several years ago to serve customers needing to add DALI fixtures to DMX based lighting control systems.
With the continued growth of the crossover market, Rail-DMX-DALI is still very much in demand. However, the recent introduction of DALI DT8 (colour control) means that this product is not compatible with the very latest DALI technology.
Artistic Licence redesigned Rail-DMX-DALI to incorporate the new standard, and to implement major product upgrades that greatly improve the performance and user experience. The result is DMXtoDALI quad.
DMXtoDALI quad retains the core functionality of its predecessor: it converts DMX512 to four circuits of DALI, allowing up to 256 devices to be connected. However, the feature set and user interface have been significantly enhanced. The operation of DMXtoDALI is also much faster, implementing interleaved DALI transmission.
Most significantly, DMXtoDALI features DT8 colour support for colour temperature and RGBWAF. This is in addition to conventional DT0 (intensity) control. DMXtoDALI provides simultaneous control via all four addressing modes (Broadcast, Group, Device and Scene).
Converting DMX to DALI involves some complex mapping between DMX channels and DALI addresses. The product does all the hard work, presenting the user with a choice of nine pre-defined personalities to cover commonly encountered scenarios. The personalities are selected using RDM. The Artistic Licence free software package, DMX-Workshop, is designed for this purpose
DMXtoDALI quad is highly configurable, enabling it to be tailored for specific installation requirements. The DMX start address of each DALI circuit can be changed so a patch can be used. If DALI luminaires are to be used alongside DMX lamps, a dimming curve correction can be implemented to improve the visual effect.
Product designer and Artistic CEO, Wayne Howell, comments: "The demand for DMX-DALI interconversion technology shows no signs of slowing up, but the introduction of DT8 places new demands on products designed for this arena. DMXtoDALI is a timely arrival and appears well placed to capture this market, particularly as it benefits from the years of insight gained from its popular predecessor, Rail-DMX-DALI.”
(Jim Evans)

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