Multiverse Revolutionary Wireless DMX/RDM Technology


Multiverse:

Expanding The World Of Wireless DMX


After 15 years of pioneering wireless DMX and RDM innovation for entertainment and architectural lighting, City Theatrical is launching and offering demos of its new Multiverse® wireless DMX system at the Live Design International (LDI) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 19 - 21, 2018.

This system can broadcast as many as 10 universes of DMX data from a single transmitter, while producing less radio energy than present-day single universe systems.


Multiverse Products    Multiverse products now available include: 

Multiverse® Module
- New! Multiverse® SHoW Baby™
Multiverse® Node
Multiverse® Transmitter
Multiverse® Gateway



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Wireless DMX Challenges

A sample real-life crowded radio spectrum.

 
Challenges Of Wireless DMX


All previous wireless DMX control systems have suffered from a basic limitation: they are only able to transmit and receive a few universes of DMX data before their radio energy overpowers the spectrum and prevents their signals, and the signals of other devices in the venue, from accomplishing their mission.

With this constraint, large scale multiple universe wireless systems simply have not been possible to achieve. In addition, the broadcast spectrum in which DMX systems operate has become overcrowded with other radio signals, causing additional interference issues.

Faced with these challenges, City Theatrical began planning a new system of wireless lighting control that could be scaled up to unprecedented levels without overpowering the spectrum.






Multiverse Module

 
The Solution: Multiverse Module


Multiverse marks the fifth generation of City Theatrical's engineering development for wireless DMX, with the mission of being able to deliver more data using less radio energy. To do this, we reimagined wireless DMX altogether, and discovered that we could reduce the amount of radio energy used for wireless DMX by more than 90% with an innovative new radio and by improving how we broadcast.


 Multiverse Module   We achieved our goal of more data using less radio energy with the creation of our Multiverse Module. Multiverse Modules are the embodiment of breakthrough Multiverse technology, and every product in the Multiverse wireless DMX system is built around these tiny circuit board mounted devices.

Using these new radios, Multiverse products can deliver much more DMX data while producing much less disruptive radio energy.


 

Designed For OEM Partners

Multiverse Modules are best suited for lighting equipment manufacturers who are interested in adding wireless DMX to their products. Due to low cost, increased data transport, and ease of design integration, the Multiverse Module marks the first time that the implementation of a wireless DMX chip in every DMX device is possible.

The Multiverse Module is available in two frequency ranges, 900MHz (for use in the Americas) and 2.4GHz (for use worldwide). Each frequency version can include a PCB trace antenna or not. All versions have a U.FL connector to connect to an external antenna.

OEM Implementation

Multiverse Modules (Part Numbers: 5990, 5991, 5994, and 5995) are available on reels for surface mounting. The OEM Implementation Kit includes a detailed guide, equipment, test gear, and more. Contact City Theatrical for more information.







Multiverse Breakthrough Innovations

 
Why Is Multiverse Revolutionary?


Multiverse's patent-pending breakthrough wireless DMX/RDM technology enables scalability like never before. It enables lighting professionals to do lighting without running wires, and without their system collapsing. It lets them have data everywhere, without interfering with other wireless systems in a venue. Multiverse changes the entire approach to lighting to be more flexible, and lighting professional-centric.


Top Ten Breakthrough Innovations of Multiverse:


 Dual Band Operation Dual Band Operation - Multiverse Transmitters and Gateways use two radios simultaneously broadcasting on different bands (2.4GHz and 900MHz in the Americas), to either spread their radio signals across these two bands or to avoid the more crowded 2.4GHz band.
 
   mRDM Integration RDM Integration - When Multiverse radios are manufactured within a light fixture, they become an integrated part of that device. Lighting users simply look for the fixture they want to communicate with, not the radio in addition to the feature, for a simpler selection process.

 More Efficient Radio More Efficient Radio - Multiverse radios can carry more data than any other wireless DMX system. The 2.4GHz radios can carry up to five universes of data, and the 900MHz radios can carry up to four.  Multiverse dual band systems have a capacity up to 10 times that of current wireless systems.

   SHoW Key Security SHoW Key Security - Multiverse’s SHoW Key system allows any system to be password protected to lock out any other Multiverse systems operating in the area or to prevent any accidental or malicious activity.

 Auto Dynamic Limited Burst Auto Dynamic Limited Burst - Most wireless DMX systems broadcast all 512 DMX slots per universe whether there is anything patched into them or not. Multiverse automatically designates only the DMX slots it needs to broadcast, thereby saving unneeded radio energy.

   Forward Error Correction Replace and Heal Lost Packets - Forward error correction detects and heals errors in data transmission in crowded communication channels. It allows the receiver to find errors that may occur in the data, and to repair these errors.

 mDMX - Dramatic Radio Energy Reduction MDMX: Dramatic Radio Energy Reduction - Multiverse utilizes a patent pending method called MDMX to radically reduce the data transmission requirements for a show, in many cases by over 90%, while still allowing perfect fidelity in a mission critical show environment.  

   Backwards Compatibility Backwards Compatibility - All Multiverse products contain SHoW DMX Neo® SHoW IDs, allowing Multiverse to speak with any existing SHoW DMX SHoW Baby®, or SHoW DMX Neo product in Neo mode.

 mRDM MRDM: Non-Interfering RDM - Multiverse utilizes a unique non-interfering RDM system that allows both DMX and RDM to operate at the same time, opening up new benefits for lighting users not available from a wired system.

   Low Cost Technology Low Cost Technology - The Multiverse Module is the lowest cost full featured DMX/RDM product ever introduced, making it perfect for manufacturers to incorporate into their lighting fixtures.






Multiverse Products






Multiverse SHoW Baby, close up


Multiverse SHoW Baby, front view

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Multiverse SHoW Baby with Mounting Bracket attached

Multiverse SHoW Baby - What's Included
  Introducing:
Multiverse® SHoW Baby™


Part Number: 5900 (2.4GHz) 

The Fourth Generation Of The Original Plug And Play Wireless DMX Transceiver System

With tens of thousands of units sold since their introduction in 2011, SHoW Baby plug and play transceivers set the standard for ease of use and reliability at an affordable price point. The addition of Multiverse radio technology enhances the performance even more.

City Theatrical’s new Multiverse SHoW Baby is a wireless DMX transceiver that delivers breakthrough plug and play wireless DMX and RDM transmission. In its default mode, it works like all other SHoW Baby Transceivers with six user selectable SHoW IDs. By connecting an RDM controller, like DMXcat® Multi Function Test Tool, all of the revolutionary new 2.4GHz Multiverse SHoW IDs are accessible.

Users can add to their existing SHoW DMX SHoW Baby® systems, build new single universe Multiverse systems, or use Multiverse SHoW Baby as a receiver on multiple universe systems with a Multiverse Transmitter.

Key Features:

- Built-in 2.4GHz Multiverse radio (for worldwide use)

 - All SHoW DMX Neo and 2.4 GHz Multiverse SHoW IDs are available through RDM. The default SHoW ID (201) matches all other SHoW Babys.

- Compatible with all Multiverse and SHoW DMX legacy products

- Plug and Play selection of Transmitter or Receiver function

- 5 Pin XLR DMX input and output

- 5 to 30VDC power input

- Molded plastic enclosure

Cut Sheet:


 
 Multiverse SHoW Baby Cut Sheet
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Multiverse Node


Multiverse Node 5903

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Multiverse Node, side view

Multiverse Node - What's In The Box


  Multiverse® Node

Part Numbers: 5902 (900MHz/2.4GHz), 5903 (2.4GHz) 

Single Universe Plug And Play Simplicity            

The Multiverse® Node is the first building block of the Multiverse system. Each Multiverse Node is a transceiver. As a single universe transmitter, it functions in a similar plug and play manner to our SHoW DMX SHoW Baby®, but contains two radios (5902 version for the Americas only) and a full user interface, with four buttons and a backlit LED display.

As a receiver, Multiverse Node is the primary single universe standalone receiver in the Multiverse system, and can be part of a larger multi-universe setup.

Key Features:

- Built-in 2.4GHz (for worldwide use) and 900MHz (for use in the Americas only) radios allow the user to select which single universe to transmit, and which radio band to use via the SHoW ID

- As a single universe receiver as part of a multi-universe system, users can select which universe to receive

- A very simple user interface to set SHoW ID and universe

- Rugged cast aluminum enclosure

- A single dual band antenna

- XLR input and output

- 5 to 30VDC power input via locking barrel connector

Cut Sheet:


 
 Multiverse Node Cut Sheet
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Multiverse Transmitter


Multiverse Transmitter

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Multiverse Transmitter - Pipe Mount


Multiverse Transmitter - What's in the Box

  Multiverse® Transmitter

Part Numbers: 5910 (900MHz/2.4GHz - up to 9 universes), 5911 (2.4GHz (x2) - up to 10 universes), 5912 (900MHz (x2) - up to 8 universes) 

Multiple Universe Control        

The Multiverse® Transmitter opens a new world in wireless DMX/RDM. Its Ethernet input allows it to take in Streaming ACN (sACN) or Art-Net and to transmit between eight and 10 user-selectable universes of DMX/RDM, depending on the type of Multiverse Transmitter product used, with the ability to use less radio energy than a present-day single universe wireless DMX transmitter.

The Multiverse Transmitter has a Bluetooth radio receiver built in that allows it to communicate with City Theatrical’s multi award winning DMXcat® app from the user’s smartphone. This gives the user smartphone control of any lighting fixture that is part of the Multiverse setup, whether it is a lighting fixture with a Multiverse Module inside, a lighting fixture receiving its data from a Multiverse Node, or any wired fixture downstream of those devices.

The Multiverse Transmitter is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing for communication and control from tablet-based Wi-Fi lighting controllers like Luminair.

Key Features:

- Four radios: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for inputs, 900MHz and 2.4GHz for Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM output

- Ethernet input for sACN and Art-Net

- All setup and user choices made with our free DMXcat app

- Rugged cast aluminum enclosure

- A hanging bracket is included for hanging from a pipe or truss

- Additional user control via DMXcat app or Luminair

Cut Sheet: 


 
 Multiverse Transmitter Cut Sheet
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Multiverse Gateway, close up


Multiverse Gateway, 5920

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Multiverse Gateway, 5920, side view

Multiverse Gateway - What's in the Box
 


Multiverse® Gateway

Part Numbers: 5920 (900MHz/2.4GHz - up to 9 universes), 5921 (2.4GHz (x2) - up to 10 universes), 5922 (900MHz (x2) - up to 8 universes) 

Works With Up To Eight Wired Plus Ten Wireless Universes        

The Multiverse® Gateway is a transceiver, and allows the fullest use of the Multiverse system. Like the Multiverse Transmitter, the Multiverse Gateway utilizes four radios (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for inputs, 900MHz and 2.4GHz for wireless DMX/RDM output), and accepts Streaming ACN or Art-Net input.

 The user can choose which of the between eight and 10 universes they would like to broadcast wirelessly, depending on the type of Multiverse Gateway product used, and can choose another eight universes to output locally as wired DMX/RDM.

Receivers on the Multiverse Gateway system can either be individual Multiverse Nodes for single wired DMX/RDM output, or additional Multiverse Gateways. When used as receivers, the Multiverse Gateway can output any of the wireless DMX universes received on any of the eight wired DMX outputs, as well as passing along up to 10 universes on the Streaming ACN or Art-Net output.

 The Multiverse Gateway is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing for communication and control from tablet based Wi-Fi lighting controllers like Luminair.

Key Features:

- Four radios: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for inputs, 900MHz and 2.4GHz for wireless DMX/RDM output

- Ethernet input for sACN and Art-Net

- All setup and user choices made with our free DMXcat app

- Rugged cast aluminum enclosure

- A hanging bracket is included for hanging from a pipe or truss

- Additional user control via DMXcat app or Luminair

Cut Sheet:


 
 Multiverse Gateway Cut Sheet
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NOTE:
All legacy SHoW DMX products are fully compatible with Multiverse technology.



Want to learn more about Multiverse? Contact City Theatrical today.
Multiverse - Expanding the World of Wireless DMX