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Merging just got interesting?

DMX mergers, along with splitters, are the staple diet of DMX distribution manufacturers. XTBA’s merges just got a lot smarter.  

XTBA is delighted to announce a two truly unique products. The RDM Smart Merge is the first merge that will allow full RDM control from either console through the merge to control RDM fixtures. The RDM data is interleaved with DMX level data allowing the merge to be used during focusing and set up.

RDM merges are The Holy Grail of RDM outboard equipment as the RDM timings make data throughput ‘challenging’ but as it turns out it can be done with much coffee and head scratching.  All our merges, both 19” rack and D case, now have the ability to merge in highest takes precedent, latest takes precedent or A/B switch. A/B switch allows the merge to be used as an on line backup if required.

The XTBA DALI/DALI/DMX Merge 3D2D is a hybrid merge of DMX and DALI allowing both DALI and DMX controls to be interfaced with both DALI and DMX fixtures. DALI control messages are passed through the merge so during set up it can be in line.

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DALI Watch new features:
The XTBA DALI Watch functions continue to expand. The existing 'core' code has been improved to speed and to simplify the operations. Single device programing has been added. In DALI parameters maximum and minimum bit time is now available and the unit will now halt on a bit time error and display the error either too long or too short. Device Emulation has also been added.

Device Emulation in the Development Tools menu allows the Watch to function as a single DALI receiver. The Watch can now be discovered have its short address, max level, min level, group, scene etc. set as if it was a single DALI fixture. All the settings can be viewed in real time on four screen pages. This allows DALI controllers or DALI installations to be fully checked as you can see what is going on in a ‘fixture’s brain’.

Merge 2:1 and 2:2 upgrade.
XTBA merges, both in D case and 19” rack, can now be set to HTP (Highest Takes Precedent) or LTP (Latest Takes Precedent) merging. In addition they can be switched to A/B Switch.

In A/B Switch any channel that changes on either input will output all channels of that input to the DMX output. In this case you can run a main control desk with a backup control on line but with all channels set to 0. The main desk will operate as normal passing levels through the merge. If the main desk fails then starting a fade on the backup desk will take control of all channels sent to the output.

We've been in the DMX business for well over 25 years, and during that time we have led the market in DMX innovation. XTBA has designed and built some of the finest DMX512 systems available, including DMX Merges and Splitter Systems. XTBA created, pioneered and popularised The Network Module System: Much imitated but never bettered, Network Modules became - and remain - a huge best seller. DALI products are now becoming a larger part of our business as this area grows.

Each of XTBA's wide range of products is designed to make life quicker, easier and more reliable for the lighting professional. Our data analysers and generators, distribution modules, Splitters and Mergers, are just a small part of our growing product line.

We have never compromised on quality, and each XTBA unit is built to the highest standard demanded by the lighting professional. No XTBA product has ever contained nasties like rivets or plastic PCB pillars. All our PCB's have plug in connectors for ease of maintenance, and we use only Neutrik XLRs. Most 19" rack units can be supplied with data connectors front or rear mounted for maximum flexibility in installation. All products are CE marked where appropriate, and come with a full 3 year guarantee.

XTBA is the sole importer into the UK of Goddard Design whose products include the DMXter, the 'industry standard' DMX test unit.

We provide a bespoke service to clients who require one off innovative products for specific applications, such as effects controllers, custom interfaces and so on. We will always be happy to discuss your requirements with you - call us.

If you would like more details about any of the products listed on this website, or if you have any queries concerning DMX512 or DALI, call, email or fax us at XTBA 'World Headquarters'