Glen Akins has a nice build log on his four channel DMX-controlled relay, that is available on GitHub: Halloween was right around the corner and I needed a timer with a bunch of relays to trigger some store-bought props and a fog machine periodically. (Mental note: read fog machine specs carefully—not all come with timer remotes.) My […]
Paul over at Dorkbotpdx has written an article about his DMX lighting sequence player: Portland CORE effigy at Burning Man will be using DMX controlled lighting this year. At least that’s the plan, but a low-cost and low-power way to automatically play the lighting sequence (without a PC) is needed. Here’s a little board I […]
Akiba of Freaklabs and the Tokyo Hackerspace has written an excellent tutorial on using the Arduino to decode the DMX protocol, a standard protocol for stage lighting displays. It includes a three-part video presentation (Part I, above) and a link to the source code. As Akiba notes, these techniques could be used in developing some […]
Velleman K8062 DIY kit is one of the most successful DMX transmitters sold world-wide, but it is also one of the poorest performers. Velleman uses an antiquated slow speed USB protocol on a device that supports Full Speed USB. A community developed firmware upgrade that offers up to 80x times better performance is currently undergoing […]
DMX512 is a 3 wire interface protocol used in professional lighting. This app note by Microchip explains all the protocol details and how to implement it on any PIC microcontroller with a hardware UART peripheral. Only external part is a RS485 transceiver. DMX512 transmitter sends 512 8bit data packets one after the other to 512 individual […]
rsdio shared a PIC16-based 9-channel DMX512 dimmer in the project log forum. This isn’t open source, but enough details are provided for a remake.