Our ESA (Easy Stand Alone) U9 DMX LED Controller is a perfect controller for both first time DMX users as well as advanced lighting designers. With the ability to control up to 256 DMX channels in Stand Alone mode, or away from the computer, this controller will allow you to create custom lighting scenes for 85 RGB Color changing fixtures or 256 single color fixtures. Operating in live mode from a Mac or PC the U9 can control an entire DMX universe or 170 RGB fixtures. Follow the tutorial below for operational instruction of the U9 DMX LED Controller.
Your U9 DMX Controller will include the following pieces:
In order to output the DMX signal from the U9 controller you will need an XLR3 male type connector to either female XLR3 or RJ45 Ethernet jack. A DMX signal uses 3 wires to operate DMX+, DMX-, and Ground. If you are a more advanced user you can create your own DMX cables or solder directly to the PC board of the U9 controller. If you would like to purchase a cable click the link below to see compatible DMX cables for the U9 DMX controller.Click Here to see compatible parts
An LED DMX Decoder is necessary to convert your DMX control signal to a PWM dimming signal for your low voltage LED Lights. Each channel of a DMX decoder will use one DMX address and can control one color of lights. A single color Light only requires one DMX channel to operate, RGB requires 3 channels, and RGBW requires 4 channels. Most of our DMX decoders have a set of 10 dip switches that can be used to set the starting address for your DMX driver.Click Here to see compatible parts
You will also need 5-24VDC constant voltage LED lights, a compatible DC power supply as well as 18-22AWG stranded connection wire to complete your DMX system. Use single color lights (1 Channel) for dimming and flashing effects or RGB LEDs (3 Channels) / RGBW LEDs (4 Channels) for color changing effects.Click Here to see compatible parts
A Windows PC or Macintosh Computer is required to run the ESA (Easy Stand Alone) software from the manufacturer, see system requirements below.
From the included disc run the auto install feature, choose your language and then choose the ESA2 software followed by the computer icon. Follow the installation instructions and download all included drivers when prompted.
When wiring your DMX decoder there are a few things that you need to remember. The DC input voltage must be within the rating of the driver and must also match the DC voltage of the lights you are controlling. Also each unit has a max output rating per channel in amps. Do not exceed this amount with the output of your lights and be sure that your DC supply is large enough to power the load of your lights.
Note: Do not apply power to the decoder at this time.
Use compatible DMX cables to connect your DMX signal input. In order for the DMX programming to work you have to set a starting DMX address for your DMX decoder. It will help in the computer software if you start to think of your DMX decoder as a fixture. You can daisy chain multiple DMX drivers and set unique DMX addresses, as seen in the example photo, to control each fixture or set all your decoders to the same address to control all your decoders as one fixture.Click Here to download our dip switch guide
In order for the DMX programming to work you have to set a starting DMX address for your DMX decoder. It will help in the computer software if you start to think of your DMX decoder as a fixture. You can daisy chain multiple DMX drivers and set unique DMX addresses, as seen in the example photo, to control each fixture or set all your decoders to the same address to control all your decoders as one fixture.