Martin Companion

Management and firmware upload tool for all Martin fixtures

Martin Companion

Martin Companion is the fixture management, firmware upload and stand-alone programming tool compatible with all Martin fixtures for maximal ease of use. The Martin Companion application synchronizes with Martin’s firmware library over the Internet, so gone are the days of browsing the support pages to find the latest fixture firmware. Advanced RDM integration allows all fixtures to be configured and patched remotely. And ergonomic stand-alone programming allows fixtures to run synchronized shows with up to 20 scenes, without any computer or controller connected.

  • Compatible with all Martin fixture ranges including MAC, ERA, ELP, VDO, RUSH & Exterior
  • Automatic online synchronization of firmware library
  • Robust Martin Companion Cable to connect fixtures with computer
  • Martin Companion Application downloaded free of charge from Martin website
  • Optional export for fixture update via USB memory device or P3 System Controller
  • Optional export for Atmospheric Effects machine update via Epsilon 5 AVR Programmer
  • RDM function allows every fixture setting to be consulted and changed remotely
  • Settings Templates enable quick deployment of settings to multiple fixtures at once
  • Stand-Alone Programming of select Martin fixtures.
  • Compatible with all Martin lighting fixtures

    Martin Companion can upload firmware to all Martin product ranges including MAC, ERA, ELP, VDO, RUSH and Exterior.

  • Robust USB to DMX interface cable

    Connection between Martin Companion and the fixtures is made via the Martin Companion Cable.

  • Automatic synchronization of firmware database

    Online synchronization makes sure that you always have the latest fixture firmware with you. There’s no need to browse support pages to find the latest firmware, Martin Companion does this for you.

  • Export for update via USB or P3

    Firmware can also be exported out of Martin Companion to update a fixture via a USB memory device or Martin P3 System Controller as alternative to updating fixtures via DMX cable using the Martin Companion Cable.

  • Configure and Patch features via RDM

    Integrated RDM function allows fixtures to be configured and patched remotely. Martin Companion supports standard RDM parameters, but also more advanced Martin-specific RDM parameters to configure fixtures to the best performance.

  • Settings Templates for Quick Deployment

    Update settings of multiple fixtures in a matter of seconds. Any combination of settings can be stored in a template and then pushed to all fixtures in the rig. Gone are the days of manually checking the settings on fixtures one-by-one.

  • Stand-Alone Programming

    Shows of up to 20 scenes, with individual hold- and fade-times, can be programmed into select Martin fixtures using Martin Companion. The fixtures will run the show fully synchronized and without computer or controller connected.

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Compatible with all Martin lighting fixtures

Martin Companion can upload firmware to all Martin product ranges including MAC, ERA, ELP, VDO, RUSH and Exterior.

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Robust USB to DMX interface cable

Connection between Martin Companion and the fixtures is made via the Martin Companion Cable.

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Automatic synchronization of firmware database

Online synchronization makes sure that you always have the latest fixture firmware with you. There’s no need to browse support pages to find the latest firmware, Martin Companion does this for you.

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Export for update via USB or P3

Firmware can also be exported out of Martin Companion to update a fixture via a USB memory device or Martin P3 System Controller as alternative to updating fixtures via DMX cable using the Martin Companion Cable.

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Configure and Patch features via RDM

Integrated RDM function allows fixtures to be configured and patched remotely. Martin Companion supports standard RDM parameters, but also more advanced Martin-specific RDM parameters to configure fixtures to the best performance.

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Settings Templates for Quick Deployment

Update settings of multiple fixtures in a matter of seconds. Any combination of settings can be stored in a template and then pushed to all fixtures in the rig. Gone are the days of manually checking the settings on fixtures one-by-one.

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Stand-Alone Programming

Shows of up to 20 scenes, with individual hold- and fade-times, can be programmed into select Martin fixtures using Martin Companion. The fixtures will run the show fully synchronized and without computer or controller connected.

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Features

  • Compatible with all Martin fixture ranges including MAC, ERA, ELP, VDO, RUSH & Exterior
  • Automatic online synchronization of firmware library
  • Robust Martin Companion Cable to connect fixtures with computer
  • Martin Companion Application downloaded free of charge from Martin website
  • Optional export for fixture update via USB memory device or P3 System Controller
  • Optional export for Atmospheric Effects machine update via Epsilon 5 AVR Programmer
  • RDM function allows every fixture setting to be consulted and changed remotely
  • Settings Templates enable quick deployment of settings to multiple fixtures at once
  • Stand-Alone Programming of select Martin fixtures.

Specifications

  • Physical Length: 68 mm (2.7 in.) Width: 29 mm (1.2 in.) Height: 17 mm (0.7 in.) Weight: 99 g (3.5 oz.)
    Control/User Interface Configuration and management: Martin Companion Software Device status: 3 x status LEDs (USB, DMX & Status)
    Construction Housing: Plastic Protection rating: IP20 Non-domestic use in dry location only
    Connections Computer Interface: USB 2.0 DMX/RDM data: 1 x 5-pin locking XLR
    Electrical Power Rating: 5 VDC over USB Maximum current draw: 150 mA
    Thermal Maximum ambient temperature (Ta max.): 50° C (122° F) Minimum ambient temperature (Ta min.): 0° C (32° F)
  • System Requirements

    PC running Windows 7 SP1, 8.1 or 10 (32 and 64-bit)
    Intel Core (or better) processor
    1024 MB (or more) RAM
    1 GB (or more) available hard disk space
    Display with 1280 x 1024 (or higher) resolution
    USB 1.1 (or higher) port for Martin® USB-DMX hardware interface
    Full administrator rights on PC

    Approvals EMC: CAN ICES-3 U(B) / NMB-3 (B)
    Supported RDM Parameters

    General: Manufacturer, Model, Label, Fixture ID
    Patch: Mode, Address, Compact Mode Aura, Pan Invert, Tilt Invert, Pan/Tilt Swap, Pixel Flip Mode, IP Settings
    Light & Color: Dimmer Curve, Color Mode, Output Mode, Keylight Calibration, Gobo CT Correction, Video Tracking, Strobe Behavior, Tungsten Emulation, Low Noise LED Mode
    Control: Pan/Tilt Speed, Effects Speed, Effects Shortcuts, Focus Tracking, Hyper Zoom, Fan Mode, Extra Blackout
    Display: Display Auto Off, Display Show Error, Display Rotation, Display Intensity, Display Contrast
    Power: Power Limit, Hibernation, DMX Lost Mode, Reset via DMX, Reset, Lamp Off via DMX, Lamp On Mode, Lamp State, Power State
    Outdoor: Auto Empty Water, Outdoor Action
    Pan/Tilt Limits: Reset Pan/Tilt Limits, Enable Pan/Tilt Limits, Pan Limit Min, Pan Limit Max, Tilt Limit Min, Tilt Limit Max
    Details: Serial Number, UID, MAC Address, Protocol Version, Device Model ID, Product Category, Software Version, Sub-Device Count
    Service: Status, Sensors Readout, Device Hours, Lamp Hours, Lamp Strikes, Power Cycles, Fan Clean, Self Test, Factory Defaults
    *Martin Companion uses a combination of standard RDM commands and Martin-specific RDM commands

    SUPPORTED FIXTURES - FIRMWARE UPLOAD*

    Firmware Upload via DMX Cable:
    - All products from Martin MAC, ERA, ELP, RUSH and Exterior ranges
    - Select products from Martin VDO range
    Firmware Export and Upload into Fixture via USB stick:
    - Select products from Martin MAC and ERA ranges
    Firmware Export and Upload into Fixture via P3 System Controller:
    - All products from Martin VDO and VC ranges
    - Select products from Martin MAC and Exterior ranges
    Firmware Export and Upload into Fixture via Epsilon 5 AVR Programmer:
    - Atmospheric Effects in Martin JEM, Magnum and RUSH ranges
    *Detailed Overview can be found here.

    SUPPORTED FIXTURES - STAND-ALONE PROGRAMMING Exterior Linear Pro series
    Ordering Information Martin® Companion Cable: P/N 91616091 Martin® Companion Software: free download from martin.com

Downloads

  Version Language Size Uploaded
Manuals
file type icon Martin Companion Cable - User Manual
en version B, updated: Apr 22
en  343 KB Apr 22
Compliances
file type icon FCC Declaration of Conformity
en updated: Oct 22
  en  287 KB Oct 22
file type icon Declaration of Conformity
en updated: Oct 22
  en  498 KB Oct 22
Software
platform icon Martin Companion
version 1.6.0, updated: Jan 18
1.6.0     165 MB Jan 18
Service Notes
file type icon Updating Legacy USB-DMX devices
en version A, updated: Dec 21
en  723 KB Dec 21

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Martin Companion

Management and firmware upload tool for all Martin fixtures