To simplify testing the E16 controllers, we made a simple 42 x 16 grid of holes on 2″ centers. Backing material is a 4′ x 8′ sheet of double-thick cardboard. The 16 strings of RGB nodes easily fit in the holes.
After configuring a Madrix patch to output four consecutive universes of Art-Net data, I grabbed this quick video clip.
The rainbow pattern runs at about 40% intensity, to avoid over-exposing the poor camera even more.
The E16 also features a Test Mode, which drives the strings with different patterns. No ethernet connection is required. This makes it easy to confirm basic system operation. String #1 displays 1 red, 1 green, 1 blue and 1 white LED. String 2 displays 2 red, 2 green, 2 blue and 2 white LEDs, etc.
After about 10 seconds, the test mode switches to a ‘walking stripe’ pattern, where each entire string is driven in alternating red, green, blue and white colors. On a 1 second tick, the pattern shifts from string to string. Thus, it’s easy to confirm operation of each color on each node.
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