The DMX acronym corresponds to a communication protocol, specifically created to facilitate the management of more and more complex lamps with more variables to be governed. This protocol has been successfully transferred to the field of architecturals fountains, thanks to its simplicity and versatility. Read More
Basically, the system consists of a unidirectional language transmitted through a 3-wire cable that carries a concrete order to a concrete element. In order to do so, all the fountain’s elements must have a ‘name’ and a ‘surname’ (channel). This way, when the order is transmitted to all the elements, it will only be executed by the one indicated in the corresponding channel.
- This system manages each one of the Waterboys’ electro-valves and pumps in a logical way, differently from the PLC or automaton which manages it through hardware.
- In the hydraulic field, each electro-valve or pump is managed by a DMX channel. The same happens with lighting: each light color is controlled individually by its own channel. This leads to a maximum control level over each element of the dry fountain, and logically, to huge synchronization possibilities.
- It makes it possible to manage the fountain’s operation via remote control. Some DMX systems offer the possibility of controlling the devices via Internet.
- The Waterboy installation can be part of a musical or non-musical dry fountain. Depending on the type, the DMX Interface installation varies:
- Musical fountain: There is a computer (PC, Mac, tablet…) before the DMX Interface through which the execution of the sequences and the synchronization between hydraulics and lighting is done.
- Non-musical fountain: In this case there is no need to use a computer. Instead, the cyclical sequences are directly recorded in the DMX Interface and the system implements them.