QolorFLEX LED Tape

QolorPIX® Tape Controller, Eight Output

City Theatrical's QolorPIX® Tape Controller, Eight Output (P/N 5850) is preconfigured with personality profiles that can be combined and adjusted to produce thousands of dynamic effects with QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape using only a few DMX channels. Any lighting effect you can imagine - chases, fades, scrolls, bursts, and more - can be created in minutes. 

The QolorPIX Tape Controller offers eight ports, which accommodate a total of 40 meters of QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape. A user friendly control interface allows you to change mode, pixel length, dimmer, personality start address, strip type, fixture ID, and direction. The controller features an integrated power supply, a test function and flicker finder for easy troubleshooting. It also offers wireless DMX control using state of the art Multiverse® technology.


GET INSPIRED: Explore 11 Plug & Play Pixel Effects

Our three-minute QolorPIX Effects video demonstrates different kinds of pixel effects that are available as plug and play options when using the QolorPIX Tape Controller. Click to view our top 11 plug and play pixel effects: PaparazziCometJockeyCheckersColor MergeWaveSweepWipeVU ManualStrobe, and Knight Rider.

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Description   Part Number
QolorPIX LED Tape Fixture Controller  5850

Additional Information

  • Supports ANSI E1.11 DMX512-A
  • Compatible with QolorPIX LED Tape 
  • Effects engine enables controlling enitre length of QolorPIX Tape with only 16 or 32 DMX Addresses
  • Eight output ports individual pixels on each port 
  • Firmware is user updateable through micro-SD card slot
  • Controllable via DMX512-A, recordable presets, and test routine
  • DMX512 control through effects engine, RGB, and pixel address modes
  • Can be mounted in a standard 19-inch rack with included mounting accessories. Requires 2U rack spaces


FAQs About QolorPIX Tape Controller

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Q1. What is the total wattage of the controller?

Q2. Can I control each output port on the controller?
A2. Yes, each output port of the Tape Controller can be set up separately to run different effects. 

Q3. How many reels can you attach to each port?
A3. You can run a maximum of 5 meters of tape from each port of the controller.

Q4. Can I use other brands of tape with the controller?
A4. Yes, you can as long as the specs are the same. (The tape uses chipset WS2812B, you can add a 4Pin XLR connector to the tape, the tape is RGB, and it’s a 5VDC tape.) The controller can control up to 240 pixels per port.

Q5. Is the controller IP rated for outdoor use?
A5. No, the QolorPIX Tape Controller is not rated for outdoor use.

Q6. Is an external power supply required for the controller?
A6. No, it includes an onboard 600W power supply with fan.

Q7. Is the controller class 2?

A7. No, it does not qualify as a class 2 device.

Q8. What is the part number for the controller?
A8. 5850



Q9. How can I mount the controller?

A9. The Tape Controller has feet with screw holes so it can be directly mounted to surfaces. It also comes with metal ears that can be used for rack mounting or hanging with c-clamps.

Q10. Can I play media through the controller, or program effects on a media server and play them through it?

A10. No, the controller is not a media server and will not play media. You cannot take a program generated from another media device and play it on the controller.

Q11. Does the controller have presets? How many?

A11. Yes, the controller offers 4 presets. Presets can be reset to Factory Default using the menu. (To unlock the controller’s screen, simultaneously press the up and down arrow on the control menu.)

Q12. Can I put an extension between the controller and the tape? At what distance?

A12. Yes, you can use cable to extend the distance between the Tape Controller and the tape. Standard 4 pin (scroller) cable will work well since there are 4Pin XLR connectors on the tape and Tape Controller and they are designed for handling power and data. The extension cables should not be longer than 30 feet.

Q13. Can I daisy chain controllers together?
A13. Yes, you can daisy chain power from one controller to the next using the True-con pass thru, to a maximum of 3 units. You can pass through DMX from one controller to another, but effects will not transfer between devices. 



Q14. Is the controller wireless DMX?

A14. Yes, it has a Multiverse chip inside.

Q15. Does the controller have RDM?
A15. Yes, the controller has full RDM implementation through both wired DMX and wireless Multiverse control.
Q16. Does the controller take sACN or Artnet?

A16. No, the controller can only be controlled by wired DMX or a Multiverse wireless system.

Q17. Do I need DMX present to set up an effect?

A17. No, you can program effects for each preset using the user interface on the controller.

Q18. How many control channels are used to make effects?

A18. All effects can be generated using 16 channels of control. By using 32 channels, you can layer effects.

Q19. How many effects can I make with the controller?

A19. There is a base of 24 effects. By altering the color(s) size, speed, density and direction of these base effects, you can create thousands of variations. 

Q20. Will the controller hold last look if DMX signal is lost?
A20. Yes, the QolorPIX Tape Controller will hold last look, and continue running the last effect programmed.

Name: QolorPIX Tape Controller

Part Number: 5850 

Physical Specifications:

Length 34.6cm (13.6 in)
Width (including connectors) 20.3cm (8.0 in)
Height 8.9cm (3.5 in)
Weight 2.61kg (5.75 lbs.)
Construction Nema 1 IP 20 steel enclosure
Number of Outputs 8
Output Connectors 4-Pin XLRF
Input Power Connection PowerCON
DMX Connectors
 5-Pin XLR; Built-in Multiverse wireless DMX receiver


Max Pixels per Output 320
Voltage 85-264 VAC
Max Cable Distance to LED Tape 10m (32.8 ft)
Total Output (Watts) 600W

Product Information:

Use Environment  Indoor 
Compliance ETL, CE, RoHS, FCC
Title Description
pdf Creating Dynamic Pixel Controlled Effects at American Dream Meadowlands in Rutherford, New Jersey Ever wonder how professional lighting and scenic designers achieve pixel controlled effects for architectural installations? According to the team at Quantum Creative Studios, QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape and QolorPIX Tape Controllers were tools that helped them achieve their vision in the theme park at American Dream Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ.
pdf QolorPIX Pixel Control at the Vince Lombardi Trophy Replica Lighting at Super Bowl Live in Atlanta, Georgia

Working under an exceptionally tight timeline, the RMRK creative production agency was looking for a turn-key pixel tape and controller solution to add dynamic lighting to the iconic Vince Lombardi Trophy replica, an outdoor 25-foot statue which was the backdrop for Super Bowl LIII events before and after the game in Atlanta, Georgia.

The trophy’s pixel controlled LED lighting solution would need to be programmable, such that it could coordinate with musical performances by Atlanta-based artists like Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris. The ideal pixel-based lighting solution would offer plug and play installation and operation using industry standard XLR extensions.

The RMRK team chose City Theatrical’s QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape and Tape Controller as the solution to provide plug and play pixel effects over the trophy’s sides, shield, and football seams. With overnight delivery and 4-pin XLRM connectors soldered to the end of each reel of QolorPIX tape, the team was able to quickly and easily install and program this pixel control solution.

“QolorPIX solved many of our challenges – weather, controller distance, brightness – with a single, off-the-shelf solution. ” - Rob Kodadek, Co-Founder & Executive Creative Director, RMRK

pdf QolorPIX Tree Lighting at the Christmas Spectacular at Baptist Falls Church Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Falls Baptist Church was looking for a way to enhance the lighting of their annual Christmas Spectacular event, with performances that attract and inspire thousands of people from the surrounding communities. With the help of a new professional lighting designer as part of their creative team, they developed ideas to illuminate the stage and over 100 performers with dynamic lighting effects.

The lighting designer looked for a foundational lighting element that could be used throughout the entire show. Since the scenic design was minimal, there were limited options when it came to building in lighting fixtures that could support each musical movement. Pixel tape seemed to be a practical solution, but the team needed tape that was easy to install and use, and could play throughout the show without repeating an effect.

Six reels of QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape, driven by an ETC ION console to the QolorPIX Tape Controller, worked as the unique lighting solution to dynamically light three Christmas Trees with color and dimension, with plug and play effects ranging from one and two color paparazzi, comets, and beyond.

“QolorPIX was so easy work with. Within an hour, I was able to control the pixel tape and record multiple presets.” - Derek Welker, Freelance Lighting Designer, Falls Baptist Church

Date Title Description
pdf 10/21/2021 1032 Firmware for QolorPIX Tape Controller, Eight Output The QolorPIX controller can experience a screen lockup after numerous keypresses while navigating menus. The lockup will periodically persist through a power cycle. The 5850 Firmware update fixes these lockups.
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