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Happy DMX 5/12 Day with Doug Fleenor Design’s DMXGAFF DMX Controlled Gaff Tape

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTools of the Trade • May 12, 2021
DMXGAFF is still not available from Doug Fleenor Design

DMXGAFF is still not available from Doug Fleenor Design

It’s May 12, 2021 and we would like to wish everyone in North America a very Happy DMX 5/12 Day! (Yes, the rest of the world who marks their dates month/day will just have to wait until December 5, 2021 to celebrate International DMX Day.)

To celebrate, we thought that we would revisit one of Dr. DMX [Doug Fleenor’s brilliant inventions, DMXGAFF! This product, a Doug Fleenor Design exclusive, brings this useful tape product into the 21st century. Now, with digital multiplex control, Gaff tape can be used for so much more than removing lint from velvet costumes.

The product uses one (eight-bit mode) or two (sixteen-bit mode) DMX channels to specify the length desired. The user simply sets the DMX level from 0 to 255 (eight-bit mode) or from 0 to 65535 (sixteen-bit mode) to represent the required length. The user then utilizes an appropriate measuring device, calibrated in the units hoped for, to determine the cut point for the tape. It’s that easy!

The DMX start address is factory set to a random number between 001 and 512. Therefore, since the DMX address is unknown to the user, an entire DMX Universe is consumed. Alternately, the user could attempt a simple binary search to determine the start address, but since there are no operational indicators, this may be problematic (see app. note #4-1-11 for more information).

DMXGAFF is made in the United States of America entirely from components and materials made in the United States of America or elsewhere.

DMXGAFF is compatible with all standard cutting methods, including hand tear, Leatherman, scissors, wire cutters, and teeth. It is also Torkel compliant and can run on single or three phase EEL.

SPECIFICATIONS: All specifications meet or exceed DMX512 requirements.

Input connector: Gold plated 5 pin Male Neutrik D-1 Series (3 pin connector optional)
Feed through: Gold plated 5 pin Female Neutrik D-1 Series (3 pin connector opinionated)
All 5 pins un-wired
Power: Single or three phase EEL.
Size and Weight: 7″ x 7″ x 2″, 2lbs
Color: Tape available in any color, as long as it’s black. Faceplate: black with white lettering

Further information not available from Doug Fleenor Design, Inc.:

Note: This product was produced for Doug Fleenor Design’s April Fool’s Day joke on April 1, 2011. This is not a real product (yet). You will need a TARDIS to go back in time to access this product; or not, as time is timey-whimey.

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