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    Posted: 22 January 2018 at 7:02pm
Hello!

It seems to be my first post here in 5 years. Real life catched up...


I have been recently prototyping a wifi remote controller for the Behringer Ultradrive DCX2496. The original PC software is only available for Windows and requires a RS232 serial port. Serial ports are not found in most new laptops. The parts for this project cost around the same as you would pay for a cheap usb to serial port adapter. Any device with a wifi and a browser can be used as the controller.




The project is built on top of a cheap microcontroller (ESP32). The device communicates with DCX2496 using the RS232 port and acts as wifi access point and a web server. It can be also made available in an existing wifi network but currently there is no access control other than the wifi access point password. The only external requirement is the 5V power source.




The user interface is a browser based html application. You can try out a demo of the control panel here: http://duinodcx.herokuapp.com/. The page is not connected to a real device so feel free to play around. The settings will no be persisted or synced. To edit the settings you need to unlock the controls first.


When connected to a real device the changes are synced both ways. That means changes made directly to the Ultradrive are also synced back to the browser app. You can also keep multiple browser sessions open and updates will appear in all of them.



The whole project is released under the MIT licence so you can do pretty much whatever you want with it. All ideas, feature requests and code contributions are welcome.


Please understand that it’s an early prototype and a hobby project and there is no official support. I have not actually used it in a live situation and in total it has been so far tested with 3 devices that all have the v1.17 firmware. It has not been tested with the latest revision of the DCX2496. It’s also really easy change the settings a lot by accident. One misclick and your system is done.


The source code for the project and some additional info can be found here: https://github.com/lasselukkari/DuinoDCX. The repository also includes the latest build that you can upload using the Arduino IDE.

Thanks to fellow forum member Ilkka Huhtakallio for contributing the code for the transfer functions. Without him there would not be any data for the graphs.


Edited by Lasse Lukkari - 22 January 2018 at 9:56pm
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote fatfreddiescat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 January 2018 at 7:22pm
WOW, nice work, very nice interface too.Clap
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Really nice
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Very nice
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote studio45 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 January 2018 at 3:45pm
Excellent work! 
But absolutely astonishing, really, that Behringer themselves haven't yet made this update to the DCX. LMS units with ethernet/Wifi control have been on the market for years now even in the budget arena.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote JonB67 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 January 2018 at 7:23pm
Im just about to get my first dsp and to be honest it's one of the things that's putting me off the dcx and onto the other more up to date options.

They must be developing either a new unit or at least a usb and software upgrade now????
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This really breathes new life into an aging beast
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote djeddie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 January 2018 at 9:12pm
But why would Berry invest time and money into the, already donkeys years old, DCX when it stills sells shed loads each year? My guess is they'll come out with a new version when sales drop off because of the lack of Ethernet/USB etc etc.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote aziz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 January 2018 at 10:16pm
I've been threatening to buy a dcx for the last year but I've been holding of because I know the second I get one,berry will release the new super duper version for half the cost and the old one will instantly be obsolete.
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really impressive, it would be nice to use this beautiful interface with other processors ..
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote dylan-penguinmedia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2018 at 9:09am
Great work.
We have about 40 Arduinos in the unit doing nothing, so we’ll have a bash at this one I think... Was just contemplating selling on our DCX, too!


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