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AlphaPix 4 V3 - E1.31 & ArtNet to SPI Pixel Controller w/LCD Display - 4 SPI + 1 RS485 Outputs
AlphaPix 4 V3 - E1.31 & ArtNet to SPI Pixel Controller w/LCD Display - 4 SPI + 1 RS485 Outputs


 
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Product Code: 722-V3

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Hands On (V1 Shown)
LOR Setup Instructions
Wiring Instructions
Network Setup Instructions
Product Features
All AlphaPix configuration, setup and troubleshooting information can be found on our AlphaPix Support Page.

  • General Information
    • The AlphaPix 4 is designed for low to medium density pixel based projects such as arches, house outlines and dedicated elements
    • The built-in, back-lit LCD panel allows for easy configuration of most settings (pixel type, channels, IP address settings, etc) and to monitor the units settings. Additionally, it is possible to trigger the built-in test sequences right from the LCD interface. Features five push buttons for control of the LCD functions
    • Easy to use plug-able connectors
    • Three additional LED status lights for monitoring controller state (power, IP address, E131 data signal)
    • Automated fan control using a standard CPU cooler fan (not typically required)
    • Input voltage monitor (viewable from LCD and webpage)
    • Temperature monitoring (viewable from LCD and webpage)
    • Per output RGB color mapping
    • Output resistor bank (for adjustments for select pixels and to reduce short circuit possibility)
    • Lowest cost commercial 4 output, full featured controller on the market today
  • Controller Basics
  • Data Input
    • E1.31 / sCAN (over TCP/IP over Ethernet)
      • Unicast: 16 DMX Universes
    • ArtNet (over TCP/IP over Ethernet)
      • Unicast: 16 DMX Universes
  • Hardware Data Outputs
    • 4 SPI (pixel) Outputs
      • Overall - Maximum of 2,720 Pixels or 16 Universes / 8,192 DMX Channels
      • Per Output - Up to 680 pixels / 4 DMX universes (exclusive of power, see chart below)
      • Each output features euro style plugs for easy assembly and removal
      • Each output is clearly marked with the output number so it is always easy to find the output.
      • Each output is marked with + / - / Data / Clock order to make assembly easier and error free
    • RS485 Output
      • Overall - Maximum of 512 DMX Channels
      • One individual RS485 port - one DMX universe
      • The RS485 port does not "use up" SPI outputs / not shared with SPI outputs
      • Output features euro style plugs for easy assembly and removal
      • See our Knowledge Base for information on wiring and connecting with LOR controllers
  • Power Input
    • 28 Amps Maximum
    • 30 Amps with 20% Duty Cycle + Automated output shut down enabled
      • Wattage per controller
        • 5 Volts: 140 Watts
        • 12 Volts: 336 Watts
    • Voltage Range: 5 to 24v DC (single voltage per controller)
    • Up to 10 AWG wire (we recommend a minimum of 14 AWG for power inputs - see our website)
    • No separate power connection is required
    • Polarity reversal input protection
  • Power Output
    • 7 Amps Maximum (7.5 amp fused blade) per output
      • Wattage per output
        • 5 Volts: 35 Watts
        • 12 Volts: 84 Watts
    • See the chart below for recommended maximum pixel counts per output and per controller
  • Software Data Output
    • Number of different protocols supported simultaneously - One
    • Supported pixel protocols:
      • 2811 Family - 3 Wire (All HolidayCoro pixels are 2811)
        • WS2811 / WS2812 / WS2813 / WS2812B
        • INK1003
        • TM1803 / TM1804 / TM1809 / TM1812
        • UCS1903 / UCS1909 / UCS1912 / UCS2903 / UCS2909 / UCS2912
      • 2801 Family - 4 Wire
        • WS2801 / WS2803
      • 6803 Family - 4 Wire
        • LPD6803 / LPD1101
        • D705
        • UCS6909 / UCS6912
      • 3001
        • TLS3001 / TLS3002
        • CY3005
      • 8806
        • LPD8803 / LPD8806
      • 9813
        • P9813
      • Does not support "GECE"
  • Software Features
    • Firmware setting adjustments - Most settings via LCD interface, all settings via standard web browser on most devices
    • Firmware updates - PC (web browser) - no charge
    • Null/Ghost pixels (start of string)
    • Reverse DMX addressing (start DMX addressing at end of string instead of at start)
    • Zig-Zag / Matrix Addressing
    • Color Order (RGB, BGR, GRB, etc) - adjustable per output
    • Test / Sample Pattern outputs (RGB) - 22 Variations / Selectable via LCD+Buttons
    • Password protection for web interface
    • Adjustable brightness for LCD via web interface
    • Fan (optional - not included) can be configured to turn on a selected temperatures (80f / 26c to 135f / 57c)
    • Built-in temperature monitor can display board temperature and can shut down controller output when user selectable temperature is reached to prevent possible over-heating situations
    • Displays input voltage on webpage and LCD to aid in diagnosing problems and to ensure adequate power is provided to lights.
  • Warranty
    • Varies by customer selection from none to 3 years - see options on checkout
    • Warranty excludes any end-user induced or environmental damage (moisture, shorts, incorrect setup and other)
  • Support
    • The majority of our setup and troubleshooting information and videos can be found on our AlphaPix setup page
    • All support, other than paid Priority support is provided via e-mail. Priority support allows for faster response times and phone based troubleshooting
    • HolidayCoro offers support in the following areas with the AlphaPix controller:
      • General wiring and troubleshooting
      • Testing of pixels (some non-HolidayCoro pixels may have limited support)
      • General setup of the networking needed to support the connection of the AlphaPix to a Windows PC
      • Basic configuration of sequencing applications
      • Basic configuration of output to the RS485 output ports
    • HolidayCoro does not support the following with respect to the AlphaPix controller:
      • Complex networking environments
      • Sending data over wireless networks
      • Configuration of some applications (due to the huge number of applications, we may refer you to your application vendor for instructions on setting up their application)
      • Configuration or troubleshooting of individual sequences
  • Physical
    • Operating Temperatures - Negative 4f (-20c) to 158f (+70) / LCD runs down to -4f
  • County of Origin / Assembly
    • China (from globally sourced components)

This controller is able to directly run, without and with power injection the following combinations of pixel lights:

Without Power Injection With Power Injection
Maximum
Per Output
Maximum
Per Controller
Maximum Per Output Maximum Per Controller
30LED/10IC Pixel Strip - 5 Meters
(with pre-attached waterproof connection)
2 8 13 54
30LED/30IC Pixel Strip - 5 Meters 2 8 4 18
48LED/16IC Pixel Strip - 5 Meters 1 4 8 34
60LED/20IC Pixel Strip - 5 Meters 1 4 6 27
60LED/60IC Pixel Strip - 5 Meters 1 4 2 9
8mm/12mm Pixel Node ( bullet or flat/square) - 5v 100 Nodes
(limited by pixels)
400 Nodes
(limited by pixels)
680 Nodes 2,720 Nodes
8mm/12mm Pixel Node ( bullet or flat/square) - 12v 150 Nodes
(limited by pixels)
600 Nodes
(limited by pixels)
680 Nodes 2,720 Nodes
Rectangle or Square Pixel Modules - 12v 150 Modules
(50 to 100 recommended)
600 Modules
(150 to 400 recommended)
680 Modules 2,720 Modules
Brilliant Bulb (Single Bulb) 175 Bulbs 700 Bulbs 680 Bulbs 2,720 Bulbs

NOTES: The above maximum recommendations can vary based on a variety of factors including - voltage, wire gauge, distance between pixels, temperature, color of light output, customer expectations of color rendering and other factors.

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Average Rating: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 26 Write a review »

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Can't fault it, plus website tutorials are great. March 7, 2018
Reviewer: Christian Murphy from Hertfordshire, United Kingdom  
After having the idea to build a lightweight, rollable LED backdrop for live shows, I planned on using a teensy but this didn't give me flexibility so I looked for alternative options and started getting my head round artnet to spi with units such as the AlphaPix-4.
Plenty of choice out there but holiday Coro nailed it. Website taught me loads and gave me the confidence to dive in. Well priced, shipping was insanely quick.
The product itself is perfect. After a fair amount of pixel mapping in resolume (the holiday Coro explanation on spanning multiple universes mid way through a line of tape helped big time), I plugged it in, powered it up, done the settings, hit a composition and that was it.

I can't explain how much I love the product. Huge impressive display and the data is over 1 cat6 cable!

Have a look at it here:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf_4gI0n4KS/

72 meters of ws2812b, seperate power wired with 2.5mm 18core flex for minimum voltage drop.

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Easy to setup and get going December 25, 2017
Reviewer: Tony K. from Aurora, MO  
This controller has exactly the right configuration options without being too complex and confusing. Had a 24x36 matrix up and running in a few minutes!

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Works perfectly. December 12, 2017
Reviewer: Chris from Holly Lake Ranch, TX United States  
I am new to working with Pixels and was a little scared to invest a ton of money into it. After looking around, the AlphaPix 4 was the best bargain for the number of pixels it can control by far. I am only using one of the channels so far to control a 600 pixel grid. It has worked flawlessly and was easy to get up and going. Having the IP address show up on the on board display was very convenient. I didn't really play with the on board test functions but they are nice to have. I am using Vixen Lights to run the AlphaPix and it just worked with no issues. I had to learn how to map it but I was quickly up and running. I am using WS2811 12v pixel nodes to make the grid and injecting power every 100 nodes. Totally satisfied with my purchase and will buy the AlphaPix 16 when I run out of channels.

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AlphaPix 4 December 9, 2017
Reviewer: Jeffery Miller from China Grove, NC United States  
The AlphaPix 4 is a great controller for the novice.  Easy to connect and set-up.  This controller allowed me to control my arches with the SPI ports and my HC candy canes with the RS485 port.  All that without trying to find a spare USB port on my show laptop.  Dave's videos provide all the info a newbi needs to put on a top notch show.  Buy with confidence.

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November 10, 2017
Reviewer: jason andrews from st albert, AB Canada  


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