SoundSwitch, creators of the SoundSwitch automated DMX lighting hardware and software system, just announced a new USB to DMX interface called the Micro DMX. It’s smaller and cheaper than the company’s previous SoundSwitch interface, this time coming in at just US$29.
It’s got a USB jack on one end, and an XLR jack on the other: the way it works is you plug the USB jack to your computer’s USB socket, and then you plug the XLR jack over to your lighting set-up’s DMX cable. You then fire up the SoundSwitch app along with a compatible DJ software like Serato DJ Pro or Virtual DJ, or a connected Denon DJ SC5000 Prime set-up.
The SoundSwitch app has also received a hefty update – now at version 2.0, it includes automation user interface upgrades as well as a DMX map for viewing how your lights are set up to avoid any conflict. It also has support for a third-party lighting interface in the form of the Enttec USB DMX Mk2 unit.
Automated lighting continues to develop
Automated lighting has been around for a few years now, with SoundSwitch leading the charge back in 2016 (Pioneer DJ released a similar box called the RB-DMX1 shortly after). If you aren’t familiar yet, it basically lets you connect your DMX lighting rig to your laptop via a hardware interface, and the SoundSwitch software automatically creates lighting programmes for your lighting fixtures. You then run the SoundSwitch app in the background alongside your DJ app, and it runs the lighting patterns for you as you spin.
It has yet to pick up steam though, and perhaps one of the reasons why is because of the price: the original SoundSwitch interface costs US$499. This new Micro DMX interface is a whole lot cheaper, though you do have to pick from among three different subscription options for the SoundSwitch software ranging from US$7.99/month to US$199 for lifetime use (the Micro DMX comes with a three-month trial subscription). We’ll have to wait and see whether this new hardware offering and pricing will convince more DJs to adopt the system.
Check out the promo video below.
• SoundSwitch Micro DMX is now available from US$29, and SoundSwitch 2.0 is also available now. Check the SoundSwitch site for more details.
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