DMXDIPster | Auto Addresser | Universe Converter | Doubler Ref

DMXRef for iPhone and iPOD Touch has tab for each of it's major functions. All of the tabs have a list that saves all the information generated by DMXRef for later reference. Each tab is describe below in the order they appear within the tab bar.


DMXDIPster

The first tab (pictured right) is the DMXDIPster tab. This tab is designed to assist you in converting between the DIP switch settings of DMX devices that use DIP switches for addresses and DMX addresses. These instructions also apply to DMXDIPster as it functions the same way but without the other tabs.

Convert DMX address to DIP switch settings:

  1. Determine if the DMX device uses all switches off as address 0 or 1.
  2. If the device uses all switches off to represent address 1 turn on the switch labeled "1 = All off *". If it doesn't ensure the switch is off. (note: all addresses that have been ascertained for devices where all switches off is for address 0 will have an asterisk(*) when they appear in the list to indicate the difference)
  3. Enter the DMX address you would like the DIP switch settings for in the box labeled "DMX Address" and press "Done".

DMXRef will now display which DIP switches should be turned on in the switches to the left. In addition the address will appear in the list followed by a list of switches that should be turned on. When listed switch 1 is always the '1' switch and switch 9 is always the '256' switch, please check your device to ensure they are entered in the correct order.
For example the address 42 will be listed as "42 : *1,4,6" when all switches being off represents address 1 and "42 : 2,4,6" when all switches being off represents address 0.

Convert DIP switch settings to DMX address:

  1. Determine if the DMX device uses all switches off as address 0 or 1.
  2. If the device uses all switches off to represent address 1 turn on the switch labeled "1 = All off *". If it doesn't ensure the switch is off.
  3. Set the switches to the left to match the DIP switch settings you wish to convert.
  4. If you want the address and switch settings to appear in the list press the "Add to List" button.

DMXRef will update the "DMX Address" box as you change the switch settings.


Auto Addresser

You can use the auto addresser to quickly determine the starting address of multiple devices at once. This is very useful when you either don't have the console in front of you or if your console is to old to determine addresses for you. This is also much easier than some apps that require you to press some sort of next button for each device you want an address for (think about having 100 Color Blasts).

Determine the addresses of multiple devices of the same type:

  1. Determine if the DMX device uses all switches off as address 0 or 1.
  2. If the device uses all switches off to represent address 1 turn on the switch labeled "1 = All off *". If it doesn't ensure the switch is off.
  3. Enter the address you want to start at in the box labeled "Start Address:".
  4. Enter the number of fixtures you have in the box labeled "# of Fixtures:".
  5. Enter the number of DMX channels the device uses in the box labeled "DMX Footprint:".
  6. Press "Done".

DMXRef will print the addresses to the list on the right followed by the text "**End of Group**. In addition, to save you the effort of having to enter each address in the DMX DIPster tab one at a time the switches for each address will be displayed in the same manner as they are for DMXDIPster.


Universe Converter

The universe converter is useful when you have an older console that requires global addresses instead of local addresses (an example local address would be 2/36 which would have a global address of 548).

Convert from local to global address

  1. Enter the universe number in the box labeled "Universe:".
  2. Enter the address in the box labeled "Local Address:".
  3. Press "Done".

DMXRef will enter the global address in the box labeled "Global Address:" and add it to the list on the right in the form of universe/address = global address, for example local address 2/36 would be shown as "2/ 36 = 548"

Convert from global to local address:

  1. Enter the global address in the box labeled "Global Address:".
  2. Press "Done".

DMXRef will enter the universe and address in the appropriate boxes and add the information to the list in the same form as above.



Doubler Ref

ETC's Dimmer Doublers are great for adding to the number of dimmers you have without actually adding dimmers. However, when using them with a console made by anyone other than ETC can get tiresome at times, this is where the Doubler Ref section comes in.

Determine the address of the 'B' side of a Dimmer Doubler

  1. Enter the dimmer number in the box labeled "Dimmer".
  2. Press "Convert" or "Done".

DMXRef will fill in the second box in the section with the DMX address of the 'B' side of the dimmer and add it to the list on the right in the form of dimmer# : address (i.e. dimer 14B would be listed as "14 : 270".