XTBA - DMX & DALI communication protocols done right

XTBA News...

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.

See our Merges pages for more infomation

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'

XTBA LightFlo 8x4 DMX/RDM Upgrade

XTBA was asked by a client to to improve the Anytronics Lightflo 8 x 4 by adding full DMX RDM capability to the unit.

This was not easy but we have done it!  Now with a simple chip change, the Lightflo can be easily upgraded to have RDM. This means that it is no more climbing a ladder or hang off a cherry picker to access the fitting, a major saving in studio time and money.

For more information see here, or for a sample chip give XTBA a call.

New DMX Splitters 5iD and 10iD

Following the success of the Smart Splitter 4D and 5D/RDM we are pleased to announce that we now have in production the Smart Splitter 5iD and 10iD.

Check out the 5iD here and the 10iD here

F451 DMX Fire FX unit

Following a request from a lighting hire company, we were asked to built a DMX fire effects unit - the snappily named F451. This is now in daily use on numerous film and TV shoots and the result is rather pleasing. So if you need to set the world on fire without the use of Keith from the Prodigy give it a try.

Click here for more information

Smart Splitter 5D DMX/RDM

Introducing the XTBA Smart Splitter 5D/RDM. Mains powered and housed in a D rail case provides an inexpensive and compact DMX/RDM data splitter with some exceptional features including ‘RDM Overload Protection’. See product page for details

We proudly introduce our DMX Relay 4-D

Introducing the XTBA DMX Relay 4-D: DMX to four change over relays in a D rail case offers a simple method to interface external systems to DMX control. See product page for details

XTBA DALI Quick Start Guide

XTBA is launching a DALI test and programming tool, called the XTBA DALI Watch.  

We have also now published our exclusive XTBA DALI Quick Start Guide, which will allow you to get your fixtures up and running quickly without the normal mystery and doubt!

XTBA introduces the DALI Watch

XBTA is launching a new DALI product which will remove most of the mystery of the protocol, and make even the most complicated installations work!

The XTBA DALI Watch will test and program DALI for you.  

Watch out for more details as they are announced, but in the meantime please see the product page

Backfade Success Story...

XTBA has recently supplied a major US TV station in New York with six of our four universe Backfades, and one eight universe Backfade, with numerous remotes to back up in their studios.

We tell you this not to brag (well a little) but to thank the team at ABC for their input with software additions, which at the time were met with ‘oh must we!’ but turned into ‘oh that was a good idea’, so we have now incorporated into all Backfades and remotes. 

See Backfade for more details...

25 years of XTBA importing DMXter™!

In 1991 we spotted an advert in Lighting Dimensions for a Goddard Design DMXtertm. XTBA had been selling DMX units but it was difficult to test DMX, so we rang up and ordered a unit. It arrived, we played with it - liked what we saw and promptly ordered five more. On their arrival we drove round to the first five lighting hire companies we could think of, and all were sold that day! So we bought five more and promptly sold them etc....


XTBA is now 25 years old!

XTBA is now 25 and going strong!

For over twenty five years we have been specialising in DMX and associated products. We thank all our loyal clients who have kept us in Hob Nob biscuits, XLRs, solder and many interesting projects during this time - we look forward to working with everyone in the future.