Beyond Static Presets
What sets SceneStation apart from other Architectural Preset Stations? The secret to SceneStation is that it does a whole lot more than just "Presets".
Instead of just providing a small handful of static scenes, SceneStation offers a generous 64 scene memory that are strung together in a "cue list" that's similar to a traditional lighting console.
This allows SceneStation to do more than just recall a few static scenes. SceneStation is designed to play loops, chases, animating sequences and more. You can still just have a button on SceneStation bring up a single scene, but it can also play back entire shows of slowly crossfading scenes or sophisticated sequences of animated lights.
SceneStation can control virtually any device that operates from a standard DMX signal. SceneStation’s DMX port is bi-directional, allowing SceneStation to control DMX fixtures or to record a DMX scene that was created by another controller. SceneStation can even be used as a console backup, as it will automatically begin outputting its current look if it detects that the other controller is no longer outputting its DMX signal.
Another powerful feature of SceneStation is that each preset has a set of advanced properties that affect its behavior. Using these preset properties, sophisticated playback scenarios can be programmed into SceneStation:
- Fade Time: Each preset has a Fade Time, which is the amount of time it takes the preset's scene to fully appear when it has been activated. This time can be zero (immediate) or all the way up to a whopping 24 hours. Fade Times can be specified in increments as small as 0.01 seconds. SceneStation also can use "split fade times", which allows different fade times to be used for channels that are fading up and fading down, producing sophisticated transitions or interesting effects.
- Follow Time: Each preset has an optional Follow Time, which causes SceneStation to automatically "follow" to the next preset in the list after a specified time from when this preset was activated. Presets with no Follow Time do not automatically advance. Presets with Follow Times are part of a chase, or sequence. Follow Times can be specified from 0.01 seconds through 24 hours.
- Loop To: Presets can optionally specify a Loop To property, which causes the preset to loop back to another preset after this preset has completed. For example, Preset 4 can loop back to Preset 1 to create a four-step chase.
- Repeat Count: Presets that have a Loop To property can optionally specify how many times the loop should occur before breaking out of the loop and advancing to the next preset.
- Preset Effects: Powerful effect engine allows static scenes to become dynamic. Whether you have RGB, RGBA, RGBW, RGBAW fixtures or single channel dimmers, choose from a variety of fully customizable effects.
- DMX Values: Each preset stores a full 512-channel DMX "scene". This is the property that actually controls the look of the light fixtures connected to the station. Each of these values can be manually edited or captured from a DMX Input source.
- Indicator Color: Every preset has an Indicator Color property, which specifies how the LED backlighting should appear when the preset is active on one of SceneStation's buttons. Choose from a wide variety of colors, brightnesses and optional flashing patterns.
SceneStation's advanced features can be programmed or controlled via an easy to use IR remotes (in addition to the SceneStation Studio software). For details, please visit the SceneStation Accessories page.
SceneStation outputs DMX directly, there's no need for an external processor or a lighting console to connect SceneStation to one or more DMX-based lighting fixtures, dimmers or effects.
SceneStation has a bi-directional DMX port that allows an external lighting console to be connected to the same DMX network that the lighting fixtures are connected to. If SceneStation detects another source of DMX, it immediately stops transmitting DMX, allowing the console to be in full control of the lights -- and allows SceneStation to be able to record the DMX levels (snapshot) into one of its scene memories.
The bi-directional DMX feature also allows SceneStation to function as a console backup unit. While the console is attached and functioning properly, it's controlling the lights. As soon as the console is powered-off, disconnected or fails to output DMX, the SceneStation will automatically take over and bring the lights up to whatever scene is currently active on the SceneStation.
With the built-in 2.4 GHz wireless module, a SceneStation becomes a tiny wireless lighting controller that can be operated, managed and triggered remotely via a secure wireless link between stations and/or to your computer.
Multiple wireless SceneStations can be linked together wirelessly to create sophisticated lighting control scenarios. Wireless stations can be ganged together in the same wall-box to create one "super-station" with 10, 15, 20 or more buttons. Or, multiple stations can be located at different locations within a room or throughout a building to provide control points where they're needed.
In the simple case, only one station in a wireless group needs to output DMX, while the other stations act as "wireless slaves" to the master station. Each station can trigger the same or different presets that the master station is providing access to via its buttons.
Or, more complex scenarios can be built where multiple stations in a wireless group are all outputting a DMX signal. The DMX presets in each station can be programmed to be the same, or they can hold different channel levels - effectively increasing the number of DMX universes available for connecting to fixtures.
The SceneStation USB Dongle with Mac or Windows computer provides wireless access to the SceneStation Network. Using the free SceneStation Studio software, users can discover nearby wireless stations, upload and download show files to and from their computer, remotely control a station and edit a station's show.
All wireless communications with SceneStation can be protected by a Security PIN, allowing only authorized users to control or edit a station.
Unlike simple architectural preset stations, SceneStation's programmable buttons do much more!
Each button on a SceneStation can be programmed to have many different functions, including:
- Activate a preset
- Toggle a preset on and off
- Single-step through a list of presets with each press
- Activate a chase sequence
- Toggle a chase sequence
- Momentarily flash a preset
- Add a pile-on preset
- Raise and lower grandmaster level
- Wirelessly trigger one of the above actions on another wireless SceneStation
- Toggle SceneStation power on and off
With these button functions (and a variety of flexible preset properties), very sophisticated playback routines can be built into a SceneStation. For example, one button can simply toggle on and off a preset, while a second button can be loaded with many scenes that either play back automatically or that step from scene to scene each time the button is pressed.
SceneStations are fitted with module which allows them to be programmed to trigger events on other wireless stations. This feature can allow several stations to be ganged together or be placed at different locations around a room or building and still control the same group of lighting fixtures.
The front panel buttons can be used to capture scenes from external DMX source. No software or remote control is necessary, although this method limits recording to only 5 scenes. Please refer to page 43 of the SceneStation User's manual.
Additionally, each button on SceneStation is illuminated by a fully programmable RGB backlight. Choose one of many different colors, brightnesses and flash patterns for each button and/or each scene playing on a particular button. While a button is running a sequence, the button can dynamically change it's illumination color at different steps in the sequence. The possibilities are nearly endless.
For a more custom look, optional Button Engraving is available for SceneStation's button caps. The lettering in engraved buttons are cut into the plastic through the colored surface, allowing the text to be illuminated by the button's backlight.
To fit nearly any decor, SceneStation and its button caps, are available in White, Black, Ivory and Light Almond.
Each preset can have an “effect” applied that will dynamically change the colors or intensity of each fixture. Each built-in effect has multiple parameters that can be adjusted to customize the way that the effect animates the scene. By adding a Twinkle, Color Cycle, Rotate or Sparkle to a basic scene, all kinds of dynamic effects can be easily created.
Effects can only be applied and edited using the SceneStation Studio software.
The following list describes the behavior of the available effects:
The hue of each color in the scene is rotated around the color wheel, producing a dynamic rainbow effect.
Each fixture in the scene randomly pops white, producing a sparkling effect. Attack and Decay parameters control how quickly each spark brightens and then fades.
Each fixture in the scene randomly dims, producing a twinkling effect. Attack and Decay parameters control how quickly the fixture dims and then returns to it’s normal brightness. The Depth parameter controls how deeply a fixture is dimmed.
The color of each fixture rotates throughout all the fixtures of the scene, producing a spinning motion effect. The Smoothness parameter adjusts the amount of crossfading that occurs between steps, from no crossfading (jumping) to fully crossfading (smooth transitions).
The color of each fixture is randomly swapped between other fixtures in the scene, pro- ducing a lively effect that uses the same colors of the scene. The Smoothness parameter adjusts the amount of crossfading that occurs between steps, from no crossfading (jumping) to fully crossfading (smooth transitions).
SceneStation is designed to be installation friendly, contractor friendly, consultant friendly and more.
Using advanced electronic assembly, plastics and design, SceneStation fits all of it's incredible capabilities into a completely self-contained unit that fits neatly in a single gang electrical box. SceneStation is only 1.7 inches (43mm) deep, which permits it to be mounted even in shallow boxes!
SceneStation requires power from an external source, but we've made this as flexible as possible too. SceneStation can run on any voltage from 14V to 28V AC or 11V to 28V DC power. When installing in an electrical box, you can even use a doorbell-style transformer.
The DMX port on SceneStation is terminated to a pluggable terminal block, which makes it easy to pre-wire for SceneStation and then just plug it in.
SceneStation's front plastics are Decora® compatible, which make it easy to gang with other wiring devices and/or with other SceneStations.