MXC-56: MIDI to DMX-512 Converter


MXC-56 Converter controls DMX-512 devices via MIDI bus. 56 DMX channels are available. MIDI Notes, Key Aftertouch and CCs are used for the control.

SKU: MXC-56 Category:


Main Features | Usage | Documents & SW Support | FAQ

Main Features |

MXC-56 converter enables to control DMX-512 stage lights via MIDI bus. This allows to control lights from e.g. built-in sequencers of electronic keyboard instruments (the controlled lights are fully synchronized with played song then) or manually directly from the keyboard instruments without the need of special DMX-512 compatible control panel. The converter is designed to control any DMX devices.

  • The converter allows to control of up to 56 outputs – DMX channels.
  • Each of output has independently adjustable parameters.
  • Possible MIDI commands for the lighting apparatus control are Note On/Off, Key Aftertouch or CC (Control Changes).
  • MIDI channel for MIDI communication is user selectable.
  • An external switches (e.g. Foot Switches) can be connected for control of functions of the converter.
  • All converter’s activities are indicated on backlighted LCD during normal operation as well as during programming.
  • All functions are controlled by a user-programmable parameters that are stored in internal device memory.
  • All parameters are programmable manually from the device’s panel so no special programming MIDI SysEx message are necessary.
  • The device is powered from external power supply adapter – it is not included in the delivery.

For each of controlled DMX channels, it is possible to set independently:

  • Default Value – default values of DMX channel after the converter reset
  • Conversion Curve – conversion between MIDI input and DMX output data (26 predefined curves)
  • Preheat – minimal value transmitted into DMX channel
  • Limit – limitation of maximal value transmitted into DMX channel
  • Accept Master – “Master” controller enabled / disabled for DMX channel control
  • Accept Blackout – “Blackout” function enabled / disabled for DMX channel control

The converter recognizes MIDI commands:

  • Note Off / On incl. Velocity (in Note and Note+Aftertouch modes only)
  • Key Aftertouch (in Note+Aftertouch mode only)
  • Standard Control Changes (ASO, ANO, RAC)
  • Own Control Changes (CCs) defineable by user (in CC mode only)
  • Common System Reset
  • System Exclusive Messages

Usage |

Connection example:


Documents & SW Support |

See list of documents and support software available for download.

Note that Owner’s Manual in printed form is included in the product delivery.

If you are a beginner in DMX-512, see basic info about DMX-512 standard usage.


Problem: Solution:

What power supply adapter can I use?

PSU with these properties can be used:
» Output DC voltage in range from 8 to 15 Volts. It doesn’t matter if output voltage of the PSU is stabilized or not. Both PSU types can be used.
» Output current 250 mA at least. Of course, the PSU ability to supply higher current is no problem – such adapter can be used too.
» Barrel type output connector, diameter 5,5 / 2,1 mm, positive pole on inner pin. Note that reverse polarity doesn’t damage the device – protection circuit is inside the device.
It means that most of universal PSU can be used. No special adapter is necessary.

Additional information

Weight 0,4 kg
Dimensions 105 × 140 × 35 mm




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