Broadcast More Data, Produce Less Radio Energy
After more than 20 years of pioneering wireless DMX and RDM innovation for entertainment and architectural lighting, City Theatrical's revolutionary Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system can broadcast as many as 10 universes of DMX data from
a single Multiverse Transmitter, while producing less radio energy than present-day single universe systems.
Multiverse’s patented wireless DMX/RDM technology enables scalability of wireless lighting data like never before. Multiverse products allow larger and larger systems to be scaled up without producing harmful amounts of radio energy that could disrupt other wireless systems in the venue. Multiverse can change your entire approach to lighting by allowing larger and larger wireless DMX/RDM systems to be scaled up.
Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology is now available for the unique needs of film & video projects with Multiverse Studio Kit and other Multiverse Studio products, where fast setup and reliability are key objectives, for outdoor architectural installations, with Multiverse Vero Transceiver, and for wireless LED Tape dimming projects, with miniature QolorFLEX Multiverse Dimmers.
Multiverse Transceivers are covered by U.S. Patent # 7,432,803 and other patents pending. The 900MHz band is licensed for use in North America only.
Quick Links to Multiverse Wireless DMX/RDM Product Pages:
Multiverse Webinar Library
Book a Multiverse Demo
What is Wireless DMX?
Simply stated, wireless DMX is a way of getting DMX data from “point A to point B” without using cable. DMX cable and the labor to install it are expensive, and using wireless DMX can save time and money as well as allowing DMX data to be run to places that cable can’t reach, such as across a river, a highway, or to the top of a tall building.
If you are in the field of entertainment technology you are familiar with DMX. (The official terminology is DMX512-A but I’ll refer to it in its common usage in this paper, DMX.) DMX is the communications protocol that was created by the entertainment industry in order to have a common language for lighting controllers to speak to lighting devices such as dimmers or color scrollers. It enables any lighting controller from any manufacturer to communicate with any lighting device from any other manufacturer.
Read more in our White Paper: What You Need To Know About Wireless DMX.
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.
Read more in our White Paper: How Advances in Wireless DMX Will Change the Way We Do Lighting.
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.
More Data, Less Disruptive Energy
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.
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.
Learn more about OEM Manufacturing Opportunities.
Technical Focus by Richard Cadena in Lighting&Sound America and International:
"Another component of the Multiverse family that is really interesting is the Multiverse Module, an integrated circuit chip that manufacturers use to integrate wireless DMX into their fixtures. It’s inexpensive enough that it’s likely to become ubiquitous. The wireless revolution will not be televised, but it will be broadcast, and it’s now underway. Stay tuned."Read Technical Focus
Why Is Multiverse Revolutionary?
Multiverse’s patent-pending wireless DMX/RDM technology enables scalability of wireless lighting data like never before. It allows larger and larger systems to be scaled up without producing harmful amounts of radio energy that could disrupt other wireless systems in the venue. Multiverse can change your entire approach to lighting by allowing larger and larger wireless DMX/RDM systems to be scaled up.
Key Features and Benefits of Multiverse Wireless DMX systems include:
- Flexibility & Scalability
Multiverse components can be set up as single or multiple universe configurations. Using our plug and play Multiverse SHoW Baby® or Multiverse Nodes, single universe systems can be created quickly and easily. Using a single Multiverse Transmitter, you can create a system of up to 10 universes.
- Ease of Use
Components are easily set up and users can configure their system and then control its fixtures using Streaming ACN or Art-Net, or convenient smartphone based interfaces such as our DMXcat® app or other Wi-Fi controllers, like Luminair.
- 2.4GHz & 900MHz Operation
2.4GHz operation is usable worldwide, and for the first time, Multiverse users in North America can use a combination of 2.4GHz and 900MHz frequencies. (Note: 900MHz is not licensed for use outside of North America.)
- PoE (Power over Ethernet)
Power the Multiverse Transmitter and receive sACN at the same time, without a power cord or external DC adaptor.
- Backwards Compatibility
Multiverse SHoW Baby and Multiverse Node can be used seamlessly with highly popular legacy wireless DMX products, including SHoW DMX SHoW Baby®, SHoW DMX Neo®, and SHoW DMX Vero® and SHoW DMX Vero Net®.
- RadioScan Spectrum Analyzer
RadioScan can help improve all Multiverse broadcasts by helping the user select the optimum area in the spectrum to place their broadcast. RadioScan coordinates with Multiverse to help select SHoW IDs.
Top 10 Breakthrough Innovations of Multiverse
More DMX Data, Less Radio Energy
With Multiverse Module technology in every Multiverse product, the Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system can broadcast up to ten universes of DMX data, depending on the type of Multiverse Transmitter used, while using less radio energy than other single universe wireless DMX transmitters.
Dual Band Two-Radio Operation
Broadcast on the 2.4GHz band and the 900MHz band (900MHz band is licensed for use in North America only) at the same time, or broadcast simultaneously in the 2.4GHz band to broadcast as many of 10 universes of wireless DMX/RDM at the same time.
mDMX is a form of DMX optimized for wireless broadcast that dramatically reduces data being broadcast, thereby reducing unneeded radio energy.
Multiverse is able to broadcast RDM information without disrupting the DMX broadcast. This feature is not available even in wired RDM systems.
SHoW Key Security
SHoW Key is an additional three-digit code that is added to a Multiverse SHoW ID that will prevent another system set on the same SHoW ID from interfering with your system.
When using a smartphone with the DMXcat app, a four-digit PIN can be applied to the Multiverse Transmitter to assure only authorized users can access it.
When Multiverse radios are implemented by a manufacturer of a lighting 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.
Smartphone Control using the DMXcat app
Multiverse Transmitter allows smartphone control of Multiverse equipped lighting fixtures by use of our free DMXcat app.
Forward Error Correction
Allows the Receiver to detect and correct errors that may occur in the wireless transmission of data.
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 Wireless DMX/RDM Solutions
Multiverse Receiver Card
- 5906 (2.4GHz)
- 5907 (900MHz - licensed for use in North America only)
Wireless DMX/RDM receivers that any lighting user can use to implement wireless DMX/RDM into entertainment projects or lighting equipment in a simple way
Available in either the 2.4GHz or 900MHz (licensed for use in North America only) band, Multiverse Receiver Cards are full Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM receivers without the housing, XLR connectors, and user interface as used in wireless DMX receiving products like the Multiverse Node and Multiverse SHoW Baby. Multiverse Receiver Cards include an internal antenna and a connection to an optional external antenna. Configuration for Multiverse Receiver Cards is done via RDM with DMXcat® Multi Function Test Tool, or with City Theatrical’s USB Configuration Program for PC/Mac.
In addition to receiving wireless DMX and outputting wired DMX, the Multiverse Receiver Card can output 0-10V, and has four PWM control outputs.
Justin Freeman, Production Electrician, Hadestown:
"Getting set up with Multiverse was unbelievably good. Communication with City Theatrical never stopped. If things changed, Multiverse changed with us. It has been very successful for our show."Hadestown Case Study
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 legacy SHoW Baby Transceivers, including SHoW Baby 6, 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.
Jeremy Gates, Barbizon Southeast, on Balmoral Resort Florida:
"Multiverse has become our go to for wireless DMX for its reliability, price point, and ease of use. We like Multiverse SHoW Baby because it is plug and play, and doesn’t take long from out of box to a full operating system. We’ve found Multiverse has become just as reliable as a wired system."Balmoral Case Study
- 5902 (900MHz/2.4GHz - licensed for use in North America only)
- 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.
Lonnie Juli, Lighting Designer, on CBS Evening News project:
"Multiverse has been bulletproof for us. It helped us avoid all the cable discussions. It requires very little power. The user interface on the Multiverse Node and DMXcat made setup very simple."CBS Evening News Case Study
Multiverse Vero Transceiver
- 7400-5902 (900MHz/2.4GHz - Licensed for use in North America only.)
- 7400-5903 (2.4GHz)
The Next Generation Of The Original Vero Wireless DMX Transceiver System for Outdoor Installations
The Multiverse Vero Transceiver 900MHz/2.4GHz brings the advanced features of the Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system to outdoor installations for architecture and entertainment. The 7400-5902 Multiverse Vero Transceiver 900MHz/2.4GHz contains two radios, 2.4GHz (for worldwide use) and 900MHz (for use in the Americas only), which allows the user to select which radio band to use via the Multiverse SHoW ID. The Multiverse Vero Transceiver is housed in a NEMA 4 / IP66 package that provides protection from the outdoor elements. Its internal backlit LCD display simplifies setup and gives feedback on system performance. Each unit comes with a dual band 2.5dBi Outdoor Omni-directional Antenna.
The Multiverse Vero Transceiver includes a provided mounting Bracket Base that can be used to mount the device to a surface or vertical pipe.
John Fitzgerald, Dynamic Productions USA, on Super Bowl LIVE in Miami, Florida:
"Multiverse worked great for us. When starting to design this show, Multiverse was the best option for us to get data around Bayfront Park. It made our load in process much quicker as well."Super Bowl LIVE Miami Case Study
- 5910* (900MHz/2.4GHz - up to 9 universes)
- 5911 (2.4GHz (x2) - up to 10 universes)
- 5912* (900MHz (x2) - up to 8 universes)
*Licensed for use in North America only.
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.
Jay Woods, Lighting Designer, The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze:
"With the Multiverse Transmitter, we were able to focus on setting up and talking to a single device, as opposed to setting up multiple devices. Broadcasting multiple universes from one device means fewer power supplies, a more compact package, and potentially lower wireless DMX costs."Blaze Case Study
QolorFLEX Multiverse Dimmers
QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers
- 5942* (900MHz/2.4GHz)
- 5943 (2.4GHz)
QolorFLEX 2x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers
- 5916* (900MHz)
- 5917 (2.4GHz)
*Licensed for use in North America only.
Smooth Dimming, Small Size, Multiverse Wireless DMX
QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers
The QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse Dimmer is a constant voltage, five-output dimmer that can be controlled wirelessly using City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX* or SHoW DMX Neo wireless DMX/RDM technology, or with wired DMX. This dimmer provides 20-bit PWM resolution and six DMX personality options (including: 8-bit (5ch), 16-bit (10ch), 8-bit Tunable White Single (2ch), 16-bit Tunable White Single (4ch), 8-bit Tunable White (4ch), and 16-bit Tunable White (8ch)) for extremely smooth dimming at the low end of the dimming curve. It uses detachable input and output connectors to make wiring easy. Configuration is performed using RDM, such as with a City Theatrical DMXcat®, or with City Theatrical’s USB Configuration program for PC/Mac. A mounting bracket is included with the Dimmer to allow easy mounting to scenery. It pairs perfectly with QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape for ideal use in props and costumes, or for areas where space is a concern.
Hayden Wadsworth, Peery’s Egyptian Theater:
"The QolorFLEX 5x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers work well together and have an incredible response time to commands from our control consoles. The QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape has a powerful red and amber color. We are excited to bring this forward to our future shows and the capabilities we will have with this system of light."Odgen Case Study
QolorFLEX 2x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers
QolorFLEX 2x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers are small, constant voltage, two-output dimmer designed to be mounted in small spaces such as props, costumes, wands, and candles. They can be controlled wirelessly using City Theatrical’s Multiverse or SHoW DMX Neo wireless DMX/RDM technology, or with wired DMX. These dimmers provide 20-bit PWM resolution and four DMX personality options (two variations of 8-bit and 16-bit control) for extremely smooth dimming at the low end of the dimming curve. Configuration is performed using RDM, such as with a City Theatrical DMXcat®, or with City Theatrical’s USB Configuration program for PC/MAC. A plastic case is included with the QolorFLEX 2x2.5A Multiverse Dimmer to allow easy mounting to scenery while enabling removal of the dimmer from the case for wiring and configuration.
Anna McKindley, Fixtures Technician, Stranger Things:
"I loved [QolorFLEX 2x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers]! They’re easy to set up, we didn’t need to use external antennas, and they connect to the Multiverse Transmitter every time. Any time any main cast flashlights were used or they were on their bikes, the dimming control was provided by QolorFLEX 2x2.5A Multiverse Dimmers.Stranger Things Case Study
QolorPIX Tape Controller, Eight Output
Plug and Play Pixel Effects Controlled by Wireless DMX
QolorPIX Tape Controller 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. The QolorPIX Tape Controller offers wireless DMX control using Multiverse technology.
Quantum Creative Studios on the American Dream project:
"Integrated pixel tape controller effects are used to enhance the effects throughout the day and at night. The colors are dynamic and change throughout. We’re using an ETC Ion RPU console with a Medialon Manager user interface with the 12 QolorPIX Tape Controllers."American Dream Case Study
Multiverse Studio Receiver
- 5904 (900MHz/2.4GHz - Licensed for use in North America only)
- 5905 (2.4GHz)
20-Hour Battery Life Wireless DMX Receivers Designed for Film & Video
The Multiverse Studio Receiver brings the advanced features of the Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system to the film and video world, where fast setup and reliability are key objectives. The Multiverse Studio Receiver contains a long-life lithium-ion polymer battery giving 20 hours of use. The Multiverse Studio Receiver has a full four button user interface with a backlit LED display that makes setup easy and gives feedback on system performance.
The 5904 Multiverse Studio Receiver contains two built-in radios, 2.4GHz (for worldwide use) and 900MHz (for use in the Americas only), and the 5905 Multiverse Studio Receiver contains a 2.4GHz radio, which allow the user to select which single universe to receive, and which radio band to use via the Multiverse SHoW ID.
The DMX corded connector allows the Multiverse Studio Receiver and external antenna to hang below the lighting fixture, giving improved data fidelity.
Justin Stroh, Chief Lighting Technician, The Unicorn:
"If I could, everything would come in and be attached to a Multiverse Studio Receiver. Having that interactive screen on your device… I can see the radio signal, universe, and everything I need to know if I need to assess something quickly. All of that control at the electrician’s level has been a gamechanger. All the guys love it, and they reach for it."The Unicorn Case Study
Multiverse Studio Kit
- 5938 (900MHz/2.4GHz - Licensed for use in North America only)
- 5939 (2.4GHz)
All the Tools Lighting Technicians Need to Quickly Plan, Setup, and Operate Wireless DMX/RDM on Set
The Multiverse Studio Kit brings the advanced technology of Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system to the film and video world, featuring Receivers with 20 hour battery life and contactless charging in an easy to use kit.
The Multiverse Studio Kit provides all the tools lighting technicians need to quickly plan, setup, and operate wireless DMX/RDM on set. It includes:
- Six battery powered Multiverse Studio Receivers
- One Multiverse Transmitter with hanging bracket and clamp (for multi universe broadcasts)
- One Multiverse Node with hanging bracket and clamp (for single universe broadcasts)
- One DMXcat Multi-Function Test Tool (to turn on and troubleshoot any lighting fixture on set)
- One RadioScan Spectrum Analyzer (for broadcast planning)
- Various accessories to keep your equipment organized, mounted, and charged.
Just drop the Multiverse Studio Receiver onto its slot in the Multiverse Studio Kit case, and it will begin charging. Individual chargers and USB cables are also included to enable charging or powering individual units outside the case.
Mark LaPierre, Programmer, Netflix Film's End of the Road:
"The ability to sign into any Multiverse wireless DMX device with my smartphone’s DMXcat app and check responses was unbelievably cool and deeply reassuring. We used everything in the Multiverse Studio Kit and the contactless charging was phenomenal.”End of the Road Case Study
Multiverse Studio Add On Kit
- 5940 (900MHz/2.4GHz - Licensed for use in North America only)
- 5941 (2.4GHz)
Scalable Multiverse Wireless DMX In A Contactless Charging Case
The Multiverse Studio Add On Kit brings the advanced technology of Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system to the film and video world, featuring Multiverse Studio Receivers with 20 hour battery life and contactless charging in an easy to use kit.
Just drop the Multiverse Studio Receiver onto its slot in the Multiverse Studio Add On Kit case, and it will begin charging. Individual chargers and USB cables are also included to enable charging or powering individual units outside the case.
The Multiverse Studio Add On Kit provides six additional Multiverse Studio Receivers for users to expand upon their full P/N 5938/5939 Multiverse Studio Kits.
Carlos M. Torres, Chief Lighting Technician, Everything's Gonna Be Okay on Freeform:
"The Multiverse Studio Kit was just what we needed. The setup and connectivity was fast and easy. We had all 6 receivers working on many of our lighting setups with zero, yes, zero connection fails. Multiverse worked flawlessly for the entire season."Everything's Gonna Be Okay Case Study
DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool
Part Number: 6000
An Indispensable Tool for Lighting Users
The 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.
DMXcat hardware is built into every Multiverse Transmitter. This means you can now access, configure, and control your Multiverse Transmitter with the free DMXcat app. DMXcat technology means that you no longer have to touch or even be close to your Multiverse Transmitter to make changes to it. Update your current DMXcat app or download it today to connect your Multiverse Transmitter.
DMXcat works with: Android, iPhone, and Amazon Fire.
RadioScan Spectrum Analyzer
Part Number: 5988
Easily Visualize Radio Energy and Create Broadcast Plans
RadioScan Spectrum Analyzer is a 900MHz and 2.4GHz spectrum analyzer (includes a RadioScan hardware dongle and accompanying free RadioScan software) that enables you to easily visualize radio energy that is otherwise invisible to you. Using RadioScan helps you to create a broadcast plan that optimizes available spectrum in your area, and helps prevent interference with other mission critical radio devices near you.
RadioScan shows all radio activity near you in your chosen frequency, including frequency hopping gear like wireless DMX, as well as Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth, wireless headsets, video transmitters, cordless phones, baby monitors, and microwave ovens. RadioScan can view spectrum data either in Spectrogram View or Waterfall View, and snapshots can be taken of both in the program. Scans of any length can be recorded, saved, emailed and played back with the RadioScan software, without the need for the RadioScan hardware dongle.
For users of Multiverse® wireless DMX/RDM products, RadioScan will guide you in creating the optimum broadcast plan for your production.
Company on Broadway
"RadioScan is an affordable tool that has been missing from my toolbox for years. Other spectrum analyzers are either extremely expensive or cumbersome to use. With over 14 Multiverse receivers running nine universes of wireless DMX, much of the lighting system relies on RadioScan."Company Broadway Case Study
Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM solutions include QolorFLEX Multiverse Dimmers, DMXcat, RadioScan, QolorPIX Tape Controller, Multiverse Studio Products, and QolorPoint Wireless LED UplightersElectronic Products
See product manuals on each product page for complete specifications.