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Welcome to DMX USB. Here you will Learn the main differences, variations, and options on DMX USB Open and Closed source hardware and software mainly used for LED and Lighting DMX control. At this point you may be wondering: What is DMX?

In the market today there are many different types of DMX USB control interfaces used for professional lighting jobs, and you may be wondering which one is the right choice for you. There is a vast selection on makes, features, prices and physical qualities. Many of these products can be found online and seem promising, but how can you know for sure that you are making a wise selection on the right interface?

Let’s start off by identifying the different types of DMX USB interfaces so that we can be better informed to make an educated decision.There are two main types of interfaces: Open Source DMX and Closed Source DMX interfaces.

  • The Open Source DMX USB interfaces have the capability to be compatible with open source DMX software, which allows you to use the interface with different types of DMX programs, and you are not limited to just one type of software. The drawbacks to this option is that you might have to do a little bit more of configuration when it comes to setting up the interface with the program to have a successful connection.
  • The Closed Source DMX USB interfaces are limited to closed source software, which means those interfaces are only compatible with one specific software which the interface was specifically designed for. The benefits of this option are that there generally isn’t any need to set anything up making it an easy plug and play option.

Open Source DMX Hardware: There is a vast variety of options in today’s market for Open Source DMX Hardware interfaces, but the best options are those interfaces that include micro-processors. “Open source” DMX Interfaces allow you to use a vast range of softwares. Below you may find a few available options.

Enttec PRO

Enttec DMX USB Pro interface 70304: The Enttec Pro interface was born from the Open DMX USB interface but the Pro features, in/outputs one full universe, it is the one of the fastest interfaces available with frame rates of up to 850 frames per second and is supported by a vast variety of software operating systems, and also features some RDM capabilities. If you wish to learn more about these products, click on our links that will lead you directly.

Enttec DMX USB Pro2 Interface

Enttec DMX USB Pro2 interface 70314: The Enttec Pro2 interface is a light-weight portable, and ready for professional applications. It features, two full universes of DMX512, can be used as an output to control lights meaning that is fully independent with full RDM capability, or as an input. Also offers a vast variety of software compatibility. If you wish to learn more about these products click on our links that will lead you directly.

Open Source DMX Software: In today’s ever changing market there are many different types of “Open Source” software available. All of them may allow you to do many different things but which are the most popular today? Open source software allow you to use different types of open source DMX USB interfaces so you can have whatever combination you may desire of DMX software and hardware. Below are a couple of available options.

Light Factory

LightFactory: LightFactory is a leading software based lighting control system. It works for both LED lighting and moving heads. It offers a no compromise approach of traditional dimmer control and fully featured flawless moving light support. LightFactory was designed with the idea in mind that every lighting engineer, operator or designer could own and customize their own control desk. One desk that is truly what they have been familiarized with, and that it will work for every situation and have the reliability that that engineer, operator or designer always seek. To learn more about LightFactory click on our link that will directly follow you to our LightFactory software page.

MADRIX Software

MADRIX: Madrix software brings powerful yet relatively user friendly LED lighting solutions based on their innovative software that they have provided to the lighting market. Madrix is a unique LED Lighting controller software that provides real-time effects. You can create outstanding visuals that can be created either with pixel mapping and the built-in graphics and render engine. Madrix supports many well known industry standards such as DMX512, DVI, Art-Net, Streaming, ACN. etc.. If you would like to learn more about Madrix software click our link that will directly follow you to our Madrix software page.

DMX Hardware/Software Bundle Packs: In today’s market, there are many different bundle packs that include both the hardware being the DMX interface, and the software being the DMX program for your computer. Below are a couple of available options.

LumiDesk Ultimate

LumiDesk Ultimate: The LumiDesk Ultimate is the top of the line LD series featuring a better performance while on “live mode” through the use of MIDI and DMX in control functions. Also features a Stand Alone feature that can be used to control your lighting fixtures without the use of a PC. Mini USB-DMX interface 3 configurable DMX IN/OUT universes,(1 x 3-pin XLR 1 x 5-Pin XLR) Micro SD multi–zone stand alone memory. Works with Lumidesk software in Ultimate mode. Delivered with a USB cable and installation CD-ROM including user manual. Compatible with windows XP/VISTA/7 32 & 64 bit. Click on our link to learn more about this product!

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