City Theatrical's 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 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 SHoW Baby or 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.
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Multiverse Transceivers are covered by U.S. Patent # 7,432,803 and other patents pending.
"Multiverse Studio Receivers are reliable and always hold the connection. That's why I keep Multiverse and continue to use it. I love it." - Carlos M. Torres, Chief Lighting Technician, The Sex Lives of College Girls Season 1
Chief Lighting Technician Carlos M. Torres and his team for HBO Max's The Sex Lives of College Girls were looking for a robust and reliable wireless DMX solution for shooting Season I of the show at Warner Brothers Studio, Burbank, California. They found that the Multiverse Studio Kit provided the broadcast planning tools, dual band technology, long battery life, and contactless charging they were looking for.
“The beauty of this lighting system lies in the Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM connectivity. The only cable is from the console to a City Theatrical Multiverse Transmitter. After that, it’s all wireless DMX.
- Josh Fisher, Systems Integrator, Barbizon Lighting, Atlanta office
With red being the school color at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, ETC and Barbizon Lighting Company sought to upgrade the school's Marketing and Communications Studio with lighting that ranged to deep red hues using fos/4 Panel and Desire Fresnel lighting fixtures, which came equipped with City Theatrical’s onboard Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology. Once the UGA team found success with the new lighting system in the studio, they also performed a similar upgrade for Mahler Hall, a multi-function auditorium and meeting space on the same campus, in which the built-in Multiverse wireless DMX capability of the ETC fixtures offered savings in time and data cable costs for the university.
"Our Multiverse Transmitter broadcasts wireless DMX to the onboard Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM receivers that come standard in the ETC Source Four Series 3 LED fixtures in our ten dance towers. With wireless DMX, we only use one overhead cable to power the booms; there is nothing tethering them at the bottom. Using Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM in this manner has made our jobs much easier, and even safer."
- Rachel Blasengame, Lighting Designer, The Fisher Center at Belmont University
Find out how the lighting team at Belmont University uses one Multiverse Transmitter to broadcast wireless DMX to ten freestanding Tomcat Dance Towers, each containing three to five ETC Source Four Series 3 LED light fixtures with onboard Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology as standard, to provide light for major concerts, plays, operas, and more, in this case study Q&A with Resident LD Rachel Blasengame.
"The versatility of the Multiverse
system meant we were able to
reconfigure nodes on the fly,
and broadcast nine universes of
long-distance data transmission
in two separate systems.”
- Aidan Marshall, Associate Lighting Designer
This case study Q&A explores the Multiverse® wireless DMX/RDM system used at Tesla’s Giga Texas “Cyber Rodeo” Grand Opening Party in Austin, Texas in April 2022, which celebrated the electric vehicle maker’s new $1.1 billion factory, and was attended by 15,000 guests. The dual band Multiverse 900MHz/ 2.4GHz solution used included one Multiverse Transmitter to broadcast nine universes of wireless DMX data out of the console and 10 long range Panel Antennas to transmit and receive 700 feet from the console over both the 2.4GHz and 900MHz bands.
The team used 23 QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse
900MHz/2.4GHz Dimmers and one Multiverse Transmitter
900MHz/2.4GHz to provide wireless DMX dimming control
for 8 reels of QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape in RGB +
Amber + Warm White, which were installed over custom
harnesses, to realize their vision of wirelessly controlled
LED accent lighting throughout the theater.
The Great Jack
O’Lantern Blaze is an annual
event at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton, New York that spans 6,000 hand carved Jack O’Lanterns over 12 acres
of historic buildings and landscape. City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX technology was
selected based on its ability to broadcast multiple universes
from a single transmitter even in mission-critical situations, like
Broadway-style shows and installations. The windmill used four
Multiverse SHoW Baby units only, and the carousel used a
Multiverse Transmitter with four SHoW Baby units.
“I like how easy it is to start using Multiverse wireless DMX and I always remember how to use it every time I work with Joy. It’s definitely a trusted system. Show ID and Show KEY are the best things since sliced bread.”
- Anna McKindley, Fixtures Technician, Stranger Things, Season 4
Stranger Things is a TV Horror show with four seasons since it was first released on Netflix in 2016. The show is set in a small town that uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments and supernatural forces. Dual band Multiverse® Transmitter (P/N 5910) and Multiverse Node (P/N 5902) and 13 miniature QolorFLEX® 2x2.5A 900MHz Multiverse Dimmers (P/N 5917) were used during filming the most recent season four for their smooth wireless DMX dimming control and reliability on the 900MHz band. The dimmers were installed on bicycles and within flashlight props to drive 30W LEDs, which put out enough heat to melt plastic. City Theatrical talked to Fixtures Technician Anna McKindley about Multiverse at the show.
Ever wonder what it’s like to ensure mission critical fidelity of your wireless DMX system every night
for a Broadway show? We talked to Kevin Barry, Production Electrician for Company, which opened
at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York City on December 9, 2021. Here’s what we learned
about his experience using tools like RadioScan® Spectrum Analyzer to scan local frequencies in
real time to optimize the performance of his Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system during each
The Joyce Theater’s leadership was looking to update their theater’s lighting using LED tape to gain brightness, efficiencies,
and a clean, modern look for their upcoming Fall 2021 season, which included an exciting lineup of dance performances
following the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic (and it was an ideal time since they also chose to replace all of their
seats; a fresh look for the whole theater). They were looking for an LED tape solution to replace the fluorescent tubes that
existed in the lobby coves, incandescent rope light in the coves under the loge seating areas, and many incandescent tube
bulbs (40w) that were originally installed to light the fascia/facing within the theater. The ideal solution would even out the
amount of light and color temperature in the theater, while also reducing the power consumption.
City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology
was selected and used to divide Bayfront Park into six
separate wireless DMX zones. One Multiverse Transmitter
900MHz/2.4GHz unit was used for each zone, each used with
a Panel Antenna. The lighting installation team set up multiple
Multiverse Nodes, all with a Yagi antenna, within each zone for a
total of 20 Nodes throughout the park. All antennas were set up
on the truss towers around the park to maximize the distance of
the wireless broadcast and reception.
City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX technology was
selected based on its ability to broadcast multiple universes
from a single transmitter in mission-critical situations, like live
broadcast television. Using the 2.4GHz band, the Multiverse
Transmitter is being used to broadcast two universes of wireless
DMX data from above a small wall-mounted rack in the studio,
which includes several ETC nodes, switches, and a power strip.
The transmitter is wirelessly connected to 13 Multiverse Nodes,
which are each connected to a Chauvet, Desisti, Gantom, or
Lumos fixture. The team was able to set up the studio with a
single DMX cable and external cables for the camera rig only
City Theatrical’s Multiverse Transmitter operating in the 900MHz
band was selected to meet this challenge. The Multiverse
Transmitter provided DMX data to battery powered headlamps.
A Multiverse Node used as a transmitter and operating on a
SHoW DMX Neo SHoW ID also broadcast to QolorFlex Dimmers
used in the show.