Tag Archive: electronics

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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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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Sep 13

Raspberry Pi, have you heard of it?

Raspberry Pi is the name of a mini-computer that has the same size as a debit/credit card. What would one expect of such a small “computer”? Not much? Well keep reading and you will find out it is not as bad as you might me thinking.

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Mar 17

SM130 RFID Reader and Arduino

Recently I’ve been working on a RFID identification solution for a new project at University of Aveiro. Our first approach will be through Arduino and the Son Micro SM130 RFID module. At first, the Arduino seemed quite simple and effective for the final goal, but soon the problems came up. We will have to communicate …

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