DMX Engines are now stocked and available in Europe from
As a bit of an accounting exercise, we totaled up the money we’d been spending to outsource laser-cut materials (LCD chassis windows, plus small acrylic chassis sets for quick-turn work mostly) as well as chassis labeling and printing. Though our outside vendors did great work, it was common for our three hour job to sit in their queue for 2-3 weeks before it was completed.
Not terribly efficient.
So in Mid-January, we purchased an 80-watt laser cutter with a 400 x 600 mm working space and an adjustable z-axis which travels up to 250 mm. It’s been a wonderful addition to the shop. It’s been used so far to mark a production run of DecaBox chassis pieces:
… with lovely results. We also marked and branded a batch of complicated chassis sets which we OEM for another customer.
Last week, we were asked to ship a very quick-turn LED driver system, complete with protective chassis. In the space of three hours, we hopped from napkin sketch to CAD drawing to paper printout to laser-cut cardboard mockup (several iterations) to final chassis cutting. The flexibility and precision of the process is very rewarding. Many many revisions can be completed in-house, in less time than it would take to visit a cross-town vendor.
A good friend who works as a lighting designer most nights – but who also plays in a band – received a copy of the group’s logo etched in 1/2″ water clear acrylic. A black background and edge lighting make a beautiful result.
The money we would have spent to outsource this work, just over the past two weeks, totals about 10% of the machine’s cost. That’s not such a bad return.
We look forward to helping our customers with high-quality, well-designed and quick-turnaround designs this year.
Happy New Year!
We’re pleased to announce a release of v4.7 firmware for the RS232 DMX Engine. It’s a free update for all existing customers, and will ship installed on any purchase made after January 3, 2014.
Full details are available on this page, but here’s a quick breakdown of the added features:
If you’d like to update your existing equipment, just contact us for the details. The process takes about 10 seconds to complete in the field.
Finally, if you’re interested in receiving email updates when new firmware for any of our equipment is released, or when new products become available, just enter your name and email address in the top right corner of this screen.
Check out the bargain bucket – we’ve got five Flapper MKII projector shutter systems, recently returned from long term rentals. Though there might be a few cosmetic scuffs, the gear works perfectly. Now’s your chance to grab a projector shutter at much-less-than-regular price.
We’ve got a trio of Flapper MKII projector shutter systems, recently returned from long term rentals. Everything comes with a full 1 year warranty, just like our new gear. Only difference is that there may be some scratches or scuffing on the chassis pieces.
Interested? Take a look in the Bargain Bucket.
Usually refurbished gear only lasts a few days (and sometimes, just a few hours) once posted here. If you’re looking for a deal, don’t miss this one.
As a result of customer suggestions, we’re happy to release version 4.0 of the dimming engine’s firmware. Lots of new and useful features, including scene storage and recall. It’s a free upgrade for existing customers, and ships standard with new purchases as of today. If you’ve got one of these systems already and the new functions seem useful, send an email and we’ll get you the new build.
Today the Bargain Bucket (yellow square, top right corner of this page) has a Flapper Mini, a pair of Flapper MKIIs and a DecaBox protocol converter. Since we always try to rotate our rental stock, it’s your chance to pick up some equipment at discounted prices. Everything carries the usual one-year warranty, but there may be some scuffing or cosmetic damage to chassis pieces.
This refurb gear never lasts long, so if you’re interested, let us know!
Hot off the presses, this one.
This is a neat little controller, packed with features and potential uses.
At its core, it records DMX at 30 frames / second to an SD card. A 512 MB card provides about 180 minutes of continuous capture. Cards up to 2 GB may be used, but a 512 MB card is included.
The lesser of 128 dynamic scenes or 180 minutes of data capture may be accessed through the system menus.
Once data has been recorded, it can be used in several ways.
Using the pushbuttons and menu system, any captured scene may be played back and (optionally) looped.
Automatic playback (and looping, if desired) of a specific file may specified for when the system first powers on.
The first 8 files may be triggered via dry-contact closure. If necessary, files will loop until the contacts are re-opened.
Since a MIDI channel contains 128 discrete notes, playback of all 128 DMX files may be started or stopped using incoming MIDI note on / note off messages. The MIDI channel may be selected [1 16] using the LCD and pushbuttons. Scenes will loop if necessary.
Stored DMX scene playback may be triggered by incoming DMX data. In this mode, the incoming DMX channel value (ranging from [0 255]) is divided by two, and playback of the resulting file commences. Setting the DMX channel to zero stops playback of the file and clears the DMX output stream.
Further, the on-board relay may be triggered by either a MIDI note on/off message or an incoming DMX channel value.
These systems will ship starting May 15 for $260. If you’d like to reserve one, send an email to ‘playback AT response-box.com’ with the subject line ‘I Need a DMX Recorder.’
As always, if you need something similar but the existing firmware doesn’t seem to cover it, just let us know. The neat thing about software is that it can always be changed.
When I stop to consider that six years have passed since we designed and shipped our first video projector shutter, I shake my head in amazement. What a tremendous journey it’s been. If you’re a former customer who has returned to the site to take a look, please accept our gratitude for the chance we’ve had to serve you.
It’s time to update the website.
We’re also super excited to announce the release of our DecaBox Protocol converter. While we’ve actually been shipping them for a few months, it’s taken far, far too long to get proper pictures other information posted here on the site. Take a look – if you need some crazy combination of DMX, RS-232, MIDI or IR communication implemented, there’s a really, really good chance we can help you out.
Thanks for visiting, and feel free to poke around. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, we’d be happy to chat by phone or email. My direct line is (801) 949-8294, and I’m available from 9:00 – 5:00 Mountain Standard Time on weekdays.
Note also that if you enter your name and email address in the top right corner of this page, you’ll receive automatic email updates when content here changes. Plus, from time to time we add gently used / refurbished gear to the bargain bucket. If you’re on that email list, you’ll have 4-6 hours advance notice of these deals, before they go live to the world.
Quick story: a couple weeks ago, we had a passel of refurbished projector shutters (ex rental stock) available, and at prices which made our accountants weep, wail & gnash their teeth. They were snatched up by folks on the email list within just a couple minutes. It pays to join the Insiders’ Club!
John Chapman & the Engineering Solutions team