Animator 4 Plus - 1-4 Channel Multifunction Controller
- Made in the USA!
- Programmable via dip-switch to function as a 1, 2,3 or 4 channel multi-function controller ... See complete product details...
- Made in the USA!
- Programmable via dip-switch to function as a 1, 2,3 or 4 channel multi-function controller
- 16 built-in effects including chases, fades, crossfades, twinkle, sparkle and more!
- 285 watts max per channel
- 10 amps max per controller, 2.25 amps max per channel
- Adjustable speed control dial
- The ONLY multi function controller on the market with speed control
- No cross talk (no crossover between channels when animation moves from one channel to the next)
- End user replaceable fuse.
- FCC part 15 Certified (will not cause EMF interference to radios and TVs or other broadcast signals)
The Animator 4 Plus is 4 output, 16 function controller that can be set to function as a 1, 2, 3 or 4 channel multifunction controller. It is also the only multi function controller on the market that also has a speed control dial allowing you to control the speed of each effect across the desired number of channels. The multifunction patterns are programmed to achieve maximum effect by using all 4 channels. However, experiment with using 1, 2 or 3 channels and you can find an entirely new array of interesting effects to choose from. The performance, flexibility and quality of this controller will serve you for years to come. The Animator controller is constructed with moisture protection in place but should not be considered waterproof. It should not be placed in standing water and should be protected from rain and snow. The controller uses 2 power inputs so be sure to connect both the black wall transformer and the white male 120v plug in order for the controller to operate correctly.
How Do Chase Controllers Work?
Chase controllers create effects across the channels of the controller and allow you to do all sorts of creative things with lighting. For example, a 4 channel chase controller will turn channel 1 on and then off when channel 2 comes on, channel off when channel 3 comes on, channel 3 off when channel 4 comes on, and then the sequence repeats. The same is true of 2 and 3 channel chase controllers. The speed of the chase between channels is controlled by a dial on the front of the controller. Our standard controllers have a slight overlap between the time the second channel turns on and when the previous channel turns off, this is call crosstalk.
Build Up Controllers
A build up controller like our 2 channel build up controller will turn channel 1 on, then turn channel 2 on, then turn both channels off and repeat the sequence. The speed of the build up is controlled by a dial on the front of the controller.
Multifunction controllers like our 3 channel and 4 channel multifunction controllers contain 8 different effects that apply themselves across the channels. Effects include slow chase, fast chase, twinkle, shimmer, all on, slow glow, cross fade and all glow. There is no speed control dial on the multifunction controllers
Our higher end controllers from PBS lighting do have additional functionality such as the Animator controller which is programmable to be a 2, 3 or 4 channel chase controller and does not have any̴Ì_crosstalk. They can also be set to slower and faster chase speeds than the less expensive controllers, they can be connected to computer controlled light controllers such as those from Light-O-Rama and the Light-O-Rama effects will be passed through to the channels on the animator controller and they have a much lower average lifespan.
Can a Chase Controller Make My Standard Lights Chase Down the Strand?
NOTE: No. Chase controllers do not make bulbs on standard light strands chase down the strand. No controller can make standard lights chase down a strand. Rather, they apply the chase or other effects across channels.
Do These Controllers Work with LED Lights?
Yes, in most cases they will work fine. There are some older LED light sets that do have issues with light controllers of any kind and will not work with any light controller. But most newer, commercial and professional grade rectified, dimmable LED lights will work fine with light controllers.