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SkyNode

Sky Node – the micro radio DMX receiver

As technology improves, the market continues to call for smaller and smaller products. In response to this, EMP Designs have developed the SkyNode, a micro radio DMX receiver that we believe to be the smallest available. It docks to the back of any light unit with great ease and can be left in, becoming an integral part.
The SkyNode was originally designed for a client to use with the excellent soft lighting Arri Sky Panel, but it fits into any DMX light to instantly enable radio control. It features the CRMX technology of LumenRadio, giving the best interference free connections.

Radio dongle

All you need is Radio Dongle!

First developed a couple of years ago, our radio dongle remains popular. With LumenRadio technology inside, this small neat device can be plugged into any light to enable it to be remotely controlled by DMX radio.

The radio dongle works well with our other products and lighting systems.

TrueLED is our sister company, who offer a range of flexible, state-of-the-art lighting controllers for the film, TV, event and entertainment industries. All standard TrueLED products can be manipulated or developed to any requirement by EMP Designs.

Artnet to DMX lighting Gateway

New Compact Artnet to Radio DMX Gateway

EMP Designs has created an Artnet to Radio DMX Gateway – a device that allows users to control radio DMX lighting via any controller that has an Ethernet port and broadcasts Artnet, typically an iPad, a laptop or a lighting desk, etc.

Benefits

Although systems have been created that control lighting directly from Artnet sources like the iPad, these use wifi. A film set is usually a heavy radio environment with busy airwaves. Particularly for real-time applications, wifi can be unreliable and suffer from interference. A radio DMX protocol is more dynamic, and using the excellent Lumen Radio technology can jump around and find gaps to give reliable real-time responsiveness. As such, EMP Designs have created this smart gateway device to connect the controller to ethernet and provide radio DMX.

As always, working in the film and TV industry since inception, the product was designed in response to customer demand and frustrations with existing options. It provides a compact, highly reliable solution and is already in use in productions.

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RDM DMX Buffer

RDM Fully Isolated DMX Buffer (3:4 and 3:10)

Remote management and distribution of film, TV and theatre lighting just got easier!

Responding to the needs and requests of lighting companies and directors in film and TV, EMP has created a DMX buffer with built-in ‘Lumen Radio’ and Remote Device Management (RDM) capability to improve network control and flexibility of lighting.

Even when we are simply delivering existing solutions, we are always looking to ensure we make the most of the latest technology and deliver the best capability availability. The units are very economical for the given functionality.

Technical Detail
Removing the need for a separate radio unit, there is now a 3rd choice of remote connection in addition to the standard 2 inputs. To aid diagnostic and initial set up, the system allows 2-way RDM communication – the unit communicates with the lighting fixture, and the fixture communicates back to the system controller.
For ease of use, each output has a switch allowing users to choose from each of the 3 inputs, universe A and B, and Lumen Radio. There is also a small LED light by each output that lights up to indicate when data is coming through, with the colour of the light identifying which source. This allows easy reading of the connections in a dark setting and also aids quick recognition of a selection fault.

To make the system more robust, each input/output is both galvanically isolated and opto-isolated, with no electrical pathway between it and the control electronics.

This system is also available with 4 outputs – version 3:4. At EMP, we are now developing RDM software and hardware for all controllers.