Category Archive: Electronics

Aug 15

New product: RD/USB2DMX

Controlling your DMX-512 lighting fixtures using your PC requires an interface! I’ve already shown you howto build your own OpenDMX interface. RD/USB2DMX is the result of a full research done on DMX interfaces and is the most portable, affordable and reliable DMX interface you can get for the price! With this interface, one can easily turn a laptop …

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Jul 19

Repairing a Behringer BCF2000

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BCF2000 is a good, cheap MIDI controller manufactured by Behringer. It can be used (and in fact is widely used) in live music industry, either by light technicians, DJs or musicians. So one day I got a request to do lighting in a live show and needed my BCF2000 that was idle for a couple …

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Mar 29

DMX512 Protocol at Low Level

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DMX512 (acronym for Digital Multiplex 512) is a serial protocol widely used to control lighting equipment. It was created to define a common communication standard between all the lighting devices, regardless of the manufacturer. Before robotic lighting appeared, lighting in shows was based on simple projectors, with color filters placed in front of them to create different …

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Mar 04

RS bluePi give-away

Fresh news. If you are thinking of getting a RaspberryPi, try your luck before “wasting” your money. In order to celebrate Raspberry’s first anniversary, RS Components (one of the two main distributors) is giving away a limited edition of a thousand blue Raspberry Pis. Here is everything you need to know: http://www.designspark.com/eng/blog/limited-edition-raspberry-pi The competition ends on Thursday …

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Sep 18

My latest repair – QUBE Q15

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I just wanted to share with you my latest repair work… I was given a burnt QUBE Q15 board. If you don’t know QUBE, it’s an audio company and Q15 is a speaker model. In the next pictures you can see the original board, with all components taken out. These are high quality products, but …

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