In this article we will explain the meanings of different lighting terms and how the different modes work to ensure you know how to set-up and work your gear correctly.


DMX stands for Digital multiplex 512, it is a regular device used for digital communication networks that are used to control the lighting effects of a chosen unit. The 512 channels are controlled digitally through on cable allowing user’s freedom from using multiple cables.

DMX has allowed lighting manufacturers to build fixtures that are compatible with each other, instead of having individual control stations for each set of lighting.

DMX controlled lighting systems are used in a variety of professional settings, including concert lighting, stage lighting, studio lighting, theme park attractions, and much more.  Using DMX is an excellent way to make any DJ set or musical performance look as good as it sounds. 


Master/Slave on a unit is where one component (The Master) controls the operation of the unit (The Slave). Both components are synchronised, connected by DMX cabling and their lights and colours are going to start at the same time.


Chase - When you have your coloured lights going in a sequential order (1, 2, 3, 4, repeat).

Auto Mode

The mode that the unit is set in automatically. 

Sound Active

Sound Activated means that the fixture you are using will respond to the bass beat of the music and run internal effect programs. The lights usually have a small microphone sensor at the back that it will make pick up sound and produce random effects on the light. You cannot control or program the effects however some lights has a master slave system, as mentioned previously. Users can set one fixture to master mode and connect it to the rest of the slaves, resulting in all lights being able to move in synchronization with what the master light is doing.