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Ethernet network technology provides the ideal platform for integrated controller solutions

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Network Signal Processor (NSP)

External channel expansion for grandMA systems

DMX output in combination with grandMA onPC

Can be controlled via MA-Net and Art-Net

Supports four independent DMX universes, two of which can be used as inputs

Connectors for external VGA monitor, mouse and keyboard

LED indicators for network and DMX activities

Ethernet network technology provides the ideal platform for integrated controller solutions. On the one hand, the use of standardised industrial components meets the ever increasing demands for reliability and on the other hand it is possible to connect diverse controller applications with different components and protocols using the same platform. The network signal processor (NSP) is the link between the world of Ethernet and DMX controlled devices. The NSP can also be used for additional control applications; its full capabilities are realised when it is operated in a MA Net. The NSP can be used for a total of six different applications.

High speed for your data

For decentralised DMX networks, the Network Signal Processor (NSP) converts the incoming Ethernet data into DMX 512 data. For converting DMX data, two Ethernet protocols are supported: MA-Net and Art-Net.

Data output is by means of four independent DMX connectors, two of which can also be configured as DMX inputs. The NSP features an intuitive menu structure, four function keys and an encoder wheel for easy configuration on site. A backlit LCD display with two lines of text shows all of the important information and the operating status.

For professional application and maximum flexibility, the NSP is built in a 19-inch housing which is only 1U in height.

Uplink to the World – the six operational modes of the Network Signal Processor

You may choose between six modes of operation when using the Network Signal Processor. Depending on your application, a NSP can convert DMX inputs and outputs in an Ethernet, serve as a DMX merger or booster, or even expand your grandMA system by additional parameters.

More channels for everyone –
Circuit expansion and multi processing

In an MA-Net, the NSP can be used as a decentralised channel expansion for all grandMA consoles (except grandMA micro). For this purpose, not only the DMX signals are distributed among the NSPs, but so are all
calculations necessary. With NSPs, the grandMA console becomes a powerful multi-processor system.

The fast, bidirectional data exchange between the grandMA console and the NSPs ensures that DMX output on all NSP units is perfectly synchronized.

Each NSP can calculate 2048 channels. A maximum of 16 NSPs can be used for the output of 64 DMX lines (32,768 channels).

Multi-user und backup systems –
The NSP as the centrepiece for shared use and backup systems

In a network, several consoles share the NSPs available. This easily allows the shared use of DMX enabled devices as well as provides for a redundant mode of operation without additional components such as DMX mergers.

Offline becomes “Online“! NSP – More than just a dongle

Any NSP connected to grandMA onPC allows the offline software to send “real” DMX data. A total of two NSPs can be connected to a
grandMA onPC (grandMA offline).

This possibility turns grandMA onPC into a full-featured lighting control system for up to 8 DMX lines.

When used in a shared network with a grandMA lighting console and one or more NSPs, grandMA onPC becomes a full-tracking backup system for up to 16,348 parameters (32,768 channels).

Technical Details Network Signal Processor (NSP)

Parameter count: 2,048
DMX circuit capacity: 4 outputs / 2,048 circuits
External VGA monitor: 1
DMX512/1990 ports: 4 outputs, or 3 outputs and 1 input*, or 2 outputs and 2 inputs*
[*only in Art-Net mode] Ethernet network: 10/100 base-T/X
PC keyboard: external keyboard optional
Mouse connection: external PC mouse optional
Operating system: Wind River Systems®, VXWorks
Permanent memory: 64 MB CF-Card Flashcard
Processor: AMD LX 500 MHz
Main memory: 256 MB
Power supply: 110/240 V, 50-60 Hz

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