City Theatrical DMXcat™ Multi Function Test Tool


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City Theatrical DMXcat™ Multi Function Test Tool

City Theatrical‘s DMXcat™ system is designed for use by the lighting professional who is involved with the planning, installation, operation, or maintenance of theatrical and studio lighting equipment. The system consists of a small hardware interface device and a suite of mobile applications. Together, they combine to bring DMX/RDM control plus several other functionalities to the user’s smartphone for use wherever and whenever they are needed. Developed with input from designers and technicians, the DMXcat will be an indispensible tool for lighting users. The DMXcat will operate with both Android and IPhones.

The DMXcat’s interface device is a compact battery powered unit which fits easily in a pocket or tool pouch or may be worn on a belt. It uses Bluetooth LE technology for communication with the smartphone/applications (up to 35’ range). Without the limitations of being physically connected, the user can move about the workspace as needed with his/her smartphone and run the various apps while still using the phone for on-the-job communication. The device’s 5 pin XLRF connector/cable asembly allows it to be connected to a point in a DMX data chain to allow testing and or control of the various DMX/RDM channel functions. It is charged using a standard USB to Micro-USB cable and charger.

Other features include a built-in LED flashlight, an audible alarm (for locating a misplaced unit), an LED Status indicator, and a removable belt clip.
Optional accessories include: XLR5M to RJ45 Adapter, XLR5M to XLR3F Adapter, XLR5M to XLR5M Turnaround, XLR5M to XLR3M Turnaround, Belt Pouch.

Software Applications
There are currently seven apps available or in development for use with the DMXcat system. Apps are available through Google Play (Android) or the Appstore (IPhone).

Apps Included with the Basic configuration include:

• DMX Controller
a single universe (512) DMX channel controller with two user interfaces.
• Fixture ControllerDMX
test app for multi-attribute fixtures with built in database of lighting fixtures.
• RDM Controller
App for bi-directional communication/control of RDM enabled devices.
• DMX Tester
Permits users to analyze and or adjust settings for transmitting or receiving DMX.
• RF Spectrum Analyzer
For surveying and visualizing Wi-Fi networks.
• DIP switch calculator
This app simplifies the configuring of DIP switches used for setting DMX addresses.
• Light Meter (Android only)
Useful for setting light levels for on-camera use.


Interface device is a compact battery powered device unit

Bluetooth LE technology for communication with smartphone/ applications

5 pin XLRF connector/ cable assembly allows it to be connected to a point in a DMX data chain
USB to Micro-USB cable and charger

Wireless communication: Bluetooth LE
Range: 50’ (15m)
Status LED indicator: Yes, multicolor
Flashlight: White LED
Charging port: Micro USB
DMX connection: 5PXLRF
Apps: 7- Android and 6- iOS
Included: DMX Controller, Fixture Controller, RF Spectrum Analyzer,
DIP Switch Calculator, Light Meter (Android only
RDM Controller, DMX Tester
Construction: NEMA 1 ABS enclosure
Compliance: CE, RoHS, FCC

Weight: .3 lbs (.14 kg)
Dimensions: 1.63”(41.4mm) W x 3.75” (95.3mm) L x .94”(23.9mm) H

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Sehr gutes Tool. Die App hat noch ein wenig Verbesserungspotenzial.

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Ich bin sehr von diesem Gerät überzeugt.

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Well, yes, that's a really cool gadget.
Used it a few times now and found it to be much more convenient than the "cheese brick" i've used up to now.
And it's wireless, so i can check installed fixtures wthout that one meter of cable missing to go to that single far away unit ... :-D
Haven't checked it yet with the DMX cat, but my previous tester had issues with driving lines of more than 15, 20 metres with multiple fixtures ... even if - according to DMX specs - there's not too many load units connected, it tends to produce irregular effects on some of the appliances.
There are projects coming up which will allow me to check that ... so i might update this review (if possible).
The fifth star is missing due to the "not completely intuitive" Apps ...
I had to consult the manual to find out how to delete a stored preset ... or a stored fixture personality.
Also i would like to have the switching between "sliders" and "keypad" on those pages of the app, so i don't have to leave, change, go back ... and start from zero.
I am using both systems and i'd like to switch between them.
Also i'd like the "fader page" tilt by 90 dgrees and be scrollable up and down, so i can seamlessly scroll ... even if it's a block that extends 8 channels. Channel number on the left, followed by horizontal fader from 0 .. 255 on the right end.
That would suit at least smart phones much better than scrolling by page.
Also if i tilt my phone to landscape, my faders are going "up" and "down", scrolling would be horizontal, but "seamless".
Just like on a "regular" (computerized) Desk.

Similar thought about the "wheels pages" in fixture controller: I'd like them horizontal and the page scroll vertical in steps of one.
there are a lot of fixtures that have more than 6 channels ... and sometimes you want to use slider 5 to 9 or so ... ;-)
It may be just me, but i have no problems with pushing a slider or wheel horizontally instead of vertically, even in one-hand-mode.

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City Theatrical invents, manufactures, and customizes unique lighting accessories for the entertainment and architectural industries and is the winner of 35 product and business awards, including the New Jersey Small Manufacturer of the Year in 2015.   Founded in 1986, City Theatrical has offices in Carlstadt, New Jersey and London, England.  Products include the multi award-winning SHoW DMX® wireless DMX, DMXcat® Multi Function Test Tool, QolorFLEX™ LED Tape and Dimmers, LED wireless event lighting from Core Lighting Ltd., accessories for ETC lighting fixtures, professional lighting software including Lightwright 6™, Moving Light Assistant and Vectorworks,  as well as the world’s most extensive catalog of entertainment and architectural lighting accessories.

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