Creative Technologies Makerspace

DMX Controller + Lights

How to set up Controller:

Step 1: Connect the main wire from the Head Spots into the Controller.

Step 2: Plug the Headspots into the powersockets, and wait for them to finish their checks.

Step 3: On the Controller, hold the MENU button on the top right of the Controller, until you see “01. Patch fixture” appear on the LCD Screen.

Step 4: Press ENTER, the screen should now change to “Please select Fixture”, and Press the 1st button on the bottom left corner of the Controller.

Step 5: You should now see “DMX START ADDR” appear, with the PAN wheel, make sure the ADR is set to “1”.

Step 6: Press ENTER, and all LED’s on the panel will flash briefly for about three times, indicating that your change was successful.

Step 7: Press SWAP on the top-right corner of the Controller, you should now see “Fader CHANL:1/R” on the LCD screen.

Step 8: By moving the TILT wheel, the respective DMX channel the Controller should send commands on for the selected Fader CHANL should change. To see which DMX Channel should correspond to which Fader Channel, please refer to the Table below;

Note: These settings are specifically for the LED TMH-13 Moving-head Spot, more information about them can be found here, on page 25.

Fader Channel (Sliders on Controller)
Change by moving PAN Wheel
DMX Channel (Channels for Lights (in Manual))
Change by moving TILT Wheel.
1 (R)03 (Color Wheel)
2 (G)04 (Gobo Effects)
3 (B)05 (Strobe Effect)
4 (W)NULL (40)
5 (D)06 (Dimmer Intensity)
6NULL (40)
707 (PAN/TILT Speed)
8NULL (40)
9NULL (40)
10NULL (40)
11NULL (40)
12NULL (40)
13NULL (40)
14NULL (40)
15NULL (40)
16NULL (40)

Step 9: If you have set your Fader Channel to the right DMX Channel, press ENTER, and the LED’s will flash three times, indicating that your change has been saved.

Step 10: If you have changed all the Fader CHANL’s according to the table, you can press the ESC button in the top right of the Controller, to go back to the main menu. If you wish to patch another fixture (e.g change settings for a second lamp), please repeat Step 4 through 10, but selecting a different fixture from the bottom left row of buttons.

NOTE: If you want to patch a subsequent fixture and have it act separately from your first fixture, please make sure that the DMX START ADDR for your subsequent fixture is set to the following table specifics;


Step 11: Once you are done patching all your fixtures, hold down the MENU button until “Manual” reappears on the LCD Panel.

Step 12: Test your settings! Press the button of the fixture you just created, and try some of the sliders. If any settings don’t work as intended, please re-check your DMX Channels. If more than 1 fixture responds to the same button on the bottom left, you probably need to re-check your Starting Address settings.

Step 13: Go make cool light shows! (Check “How to program / record a show” to save that cool lightshow 😉)

Note: More information on programming the fixtures can be found at the end of this manual.

Note 2: Now that you’ve set up the Faders to the right DMX Values and Fixtures, feel free to play around! Make sure the Fixture button is selected, press the desired fixtures you would like to manually control, and test out some of the sliders.

How to get Pan/Tilt Wheels to work:

If you set-up your DMX Channels and Fixtures correctly, your Pan/Tilt wheels should now work as intended. If they do not, re-check your settings per fixture on Step 8.

How to program / record a show:

Step 0: Make sure to have set up your fixtures correctly in order to start recording!

Step 1: Hold the REC button in the top right corner of the Controller, until the LCD screen changes to “Program”.

Step 2: Press the “Chase” button to the left of the REC button, and press any of the bottom-left buttons to select a Chase sequence, to either edit or create a new chase. A chase is essentially a step-by-step recording.

Step 3: Press the “Fixture” button, located to the left of the Pan wheel. Now select the fixtures you would like to program into this Chase sequence, by pressing the corresponding buttons on the bottom left of the Controller.

Step 4: Bring the fixtures to the desired Pan/Tilt and Slider settings, and press the REC button to save your current settings as a Step. The Controller should flash all LED’s about three times as confirmation. To record new steps, repeat this process until a satisfactory sequence of steps has been created.

Note: To remove a step, navigate to the desired step by controlling the PAN / TILT wheels, and press the DEL button. The Controller will flash the LED’s three times to confirm your action.

Note 2: I haven’t figured out if you can re-program a step, so be sure not to mess it up when you’ve recorded steps after.

Step 5: Once you’re done, hold the REC button down until the LCD panel shows “Manual”.

Step 6: Congratulations! You’ve just created a Chase Sequence! In order to automatically play it back, press the CHASE button, and press the corresponding button on the bottom left to play your Chase Sequence.

Step 7: If the sequence does not play automatically, make sure that you are on “Auto” Mode. You can check this by reading the LCD panel. If this reads “Manual, Chase01 Step001”, you’re still on Manual mode. To swap Modes, press the top right button labeled SWAP, until you reach Auto. This is indicated by the LED’s to the side, and by the LCD panel reading “Auto, Chase01 Step001”. Your fixtures should now loop through the programmed Steps!

Step 8: If you wish to control the speed of the playback, you can use the PAN / TILT wheels to reach the desired settings.

Step 9: Happy Programming!

Note: To delete a chase, go to the Programming mode (Step 1), hold the DEL button, and press the corresponding chase number that you would like to delete. All LED’s will flash three times to indicate a correct deletion. Leave programming mode by holding the REC button.

Manuals and Extra Info:

LED TMH-13 Moving Head: