Since the rise in popularity of lasers in recent years, technology has had the chance to become more advanced and software has developed that allows a DJ to customise their shows.
ILDA is an analogue cable that connects a compatible laser to the chosen ILDA software via an interface. It connects between a USB port and an ILDA input connector on your chosen laser projector and enables users to operate unique lasers designs.
An ILDA interface is used in the laser industry the same way a 3/5PIN DMX interface is used but this allows the importation of custom graphics, text, and effects which is then developed into animation lasers.
Users can have control of their shows; design their own logos and images to suit a certain event, or just to add visual excitement to a show.
A laser can project onto any surface which opens up creative possibilities including weddings and parties. Using ILDA will give your audience visual excitement and the technology allows you to draw animated figures on a projection surface whether that be a wall or a screen.
This impressive technology is paired with ready-to-go software such as Phoenix, Quickshow and Showeditor. They all feature advanced capabilities that allow users to create multimedia shows and the creation of own profiles.
The chosen software is suitable for beginner level DJs right up to professional DJs, and this software acts as a media server for your laser and assists artists in creating and controlling laser displays to how they desire.
For many years, the laser industry faced challenges that have included the common ILDA cable, as the standard connection for setting up and controlling laser shows. In reality, an ILDA cable is nothing more than a DB-25 male to female cable, featuring a 25-pin connection.
When using ILDA cable, you are generally limited to a maximum run of around 50m, although we recommend only running ILDA up to 20m as when extending the cables further, you may notice a loss in the signal or quality of output. For large scale productions and festival shows, this has proven to be a limiting factor as they are also very sensitive; the pins can easily bend and break resulting in a loss of signal running to the laser that can then lead to distortion in the effects being displayed. It can also compromise the safety of the laser projector, and when using ILDA cables you can only drive so many lasers and projectors from a single control position.
Users can connect more than 5 lasers to ILDA and they will produce the same patterns, styles, and designs, however if you want each laser to produce something different then you will need to add an interface for each laser you are connecting. The lasers you add will need to be compatible with ILDA otherwise the software will not work.
The chosen software supports audio and video playback which means DJs don’t have to directly control their lasers with a computer during their set. Alongside this the software can listen to time code signals which makes is suitable for professional applications as well.
The software is ready-to-go and has advanced multimedia shows that be created, with many already having uploaded effects for the DJ to use. It is also possible to export a complete timeline show track as an ILDA file so even whole show sequences can be created. Alongside this the tracing of logos is possible and the easy creation of morphing texts.
ILDA capable of graphics, beams and atmospheric effects and these developments in laser technology give DJs more creative options and suitability. It is ideal for mobile and professional DJs and has everything you need for a modern laser light show with both immediate and pre-programmed elements.