From the perspective of the working lighting technician, stage electrician, or lighting director/designer, the world of control protocols has been stuck in a time warp for nearly 14 years. In 1986, the US Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) published DMX512, the digital lighting control protocol that revolutionized lighting control by allowing virtually any console to work with virtually any dimmer. A relatively small amendment, designed to address a timing compatibility issue, gave us ...

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