EMU – Sound to Light Controller

EMU (DMXIS’s next generation) is a state-of-the-art, intuitive sound-to-light controller designed for professional live musicians and DJs. Easy to use software, EMU allows you to run automated or responsive DMX light shows, leaving you to focus on your show!

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SKU: 70680

Turn your sound into light.

ENTTEC, one of the world’s leading pioneers in entertainment lighting control technology, has worked alongside top musicians, performers & DJ’s to bring you DMXIS’s next generation, state-of-the-art sound to light controller, designed to take your live performances to a new level.

By combining sound with light, you’ll be able to create a fully-immersive experience for your audience and stay ahead of the competition… Without having to employ a lighting operator! EMU is the best way to get started or a great upgrade from DMXIS.

Even with no previous stage lighting experience, EMU will quickly give you the power to create outstanding atmospheres and visual effects. Enhance your music, letting you focus on what you do best: hitting the right notes and putting on a good show!

What is EMU?

DMXIS’s next generation, designed for musicians, DJs and live artists, EMU is an easy-to-use audio to DMX software package that enables you to pre-program your entire light show in advance with it’s advanced attribute selector and visual interface, so you can concentrate on your live performance instead.

Simply step through the light show manually using EMU’s clean, intuitive interface. Use MIDI notes, or EMU’s VST3 plugin to trigger your lighting states as part of your DAW playback. You’ll be able to create some incredible effects as your bespoke light show automatically synchronizes to your performance, even if you change tempo live.

It’ll change the way your audience sees you forever!


Hardware-style interface

Designed with live performances in mind, EMU’s hardware-style user interface is quick to learn and easy to use. Upgrade from DMXIS or start from scratch with ease.

EMU’s intuitive, tempo-based approach allows for the synchronisation of lighting and music with oscillators in real time.

Attribute selector

With a fixture attribute manager for fast access to selecting intensity, strobe, position and colour and features including, lock, invert and duplicate along with a number of handy keyboard shortcuts, building your show is a breeze. Create static looks, dynamic chases & moving effects using virtual sliders to control each light’s parameters.

Thanks to its ‘Bank & Program’-based logic to store each look, EMU makes it familiar and easy for musicians to enter the world of lighting control without a steep learning curve.

Touch-friendly operation

All controls have large clickable areas, perfect for use with touchscreens.

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Replace NMU with EMU to find, update, configure and manage your ENTTEC devices.

Control any DMX-512 fixture

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Whether you want to control LED washes, moving heads, dimmer packs, smoke machines, scanners, moonflowers… You name it, you can control them using EMU’s audio to DMX or Art-Net output.

ENTTEC has partnered with Crescit to give all subscribed users EMU a leading fixture library that receives regular updates. Crescit is a company with a background in developing software to help professional lighting designers research, compile, manage and share production information. They endeavour to add all known fixtures to their database.

With Crescit’s vast fixture library integrated into EMU, this makes laboriously creating custom fixture profiles to control your equipment a thing of the past.

If you find your fixture is missing from EMU’s library – simply add a request using the EMU forum with information for a member of the team to get it added.

Note: All unsubscribed users have access to the generic & ENTTEC fixture library.

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EMU MIDI clock sync tempo.
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EMU MIDI tap tempo.
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MIDI integration

EMU’s MIDI learn functionality allows for its controls to be either mapped to physical MIDI control hardware or software applications using a virtual MIDI loopback adaptor. When EMU has been linked to a MIDI input, toggling between the previous or next program or bank with external software is easy.

EMU even features the ability to view incoming MIDI Events to help you troubleshoot your configuration!

For users that want more direct control over every attribute in their show, EMU supports 1:1 fader mapping to an external MIDI; control level in real time for precise detail.

Stay in Rhythm. Always in Sync.

For those taking advantage of EMU’s inbuilt oscillators, use MIDI clock or use tap tempo through MIDI CC or a to set the global speed and synchronise all show file oscillators effortlessly in real time.

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VST3 plugin

EMU offers Windows 32-bit and 64-bit VST3 or macOS 64-bit VST3 and AudioUnit v2 plugins capable of syncing the master playback state from your favourite DAW with the main EMU application, controlling program and bank changes directly from your DAW.

For users that want precise control over every attribute in their show, EMU allows for individual faders to be mapped 1:1 to the VST3 plugin to control every last detail.

Tempo is automatically synced from your DAW to EMU using the VST plugin, allowing those taking advantage of EMU’s inbuilt oscillators to ensure that all effects are in sync with the tempo even if it’s being changed live. EMU will care of everything, allowing you to concentrate on the show itself.

Reaction to live audio

EMU’s Sound Tracker functionality allows you to set your lights to react directly to live audio. Define audio reactivity in certain programs by taking an audio input from a soundcard, microphone or virtual loopback adapter to accentuate and give particular elements of your show an even greater impact.

Filter by frequency band, simply set a default level and an attack/release time for each individual fader – then you’re away!

Monitor Incoming data

EMU is more than just a great accompaniment for live performance.

Use it to monitor incoming Art-Net data from 3rd party sources, or determine what Art-Net devices are on your network. Monitor the Art-Net output from EMU.

Goose the Drummer uses EMU to control his lights!

Watch how he uses emu and Ableton to create this amazing show!

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An interface

You’ll need a DMX > USB interface in order to connect lights to your computer, and there are plenty of flexible output options available to do that.

ENTTEC’s proven DMX USB Pro or DMX USB Pro Mk2 hardware are the perfect devices to output data directly from your computer for your audio to DMX setup using USB.

EMU allows access to all configuration options within the DMX USB Pro or DMX USB Pro Mk2 including monitoring, firmware updates and in the case of the Pro Mk2, the ability to record standalone shows onto it from either a DMX or ArtNet source.

Or you can expand your setup over a network using ENTTEC’s ODE Mk3.

These devices offer full 1000V data and power isolation protection. For example, if someone were to foolishly plug a phantom-powered mic cable into your interface, this feature will work to protect your computer or network infrastructure from damage.

If you already have your own ArtNet interface, you can use that too. And if you’re a DMXIS user, your existing breakout box will also do the trick.



Of course, you’re going to need some light fixtures as well. Whether you want to use LED strips, PAR cans, moving head fixtures or anything else you can dream of, any DMX fixture by any manufacturer will work with EMU. ENTTEC offers an array of fantastic, high-quality LED lighting options, you might want to check some of these out too while you’re shopping …

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To redeem a complimentary license, Create or log-in to the My Account page on our website and follow the simple steps in “My Devices” tab.

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Here, we’ll focus on a simple DJ setup by way of an introduction.

Join ENTTEC electrical engineer and Melbourne-based DJ and producer Jordan (aka Daggers) as he takes us step-by-step through how to configure your audio hardware and lighting fixtures with EMU software to create a light show. You’ll be rocking some spectacular beats and lights in no time!


OSX 10.13 or later, Dual core 2 GHz Processor or better, 4GB memory, 1024×768 display (min.).


Supports 64Bit variants of: Windows 8/ Windows 8.1 / Windows 10 / Windows 11 Dual core 2 GHz Processor or better, 4GB memory, 1024×768 display (min.).

Always consider other software running on your computer at the same time as EMU and overhead for future updates.

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Release Notes

User manual

How do I get support or request a fixture file?


For EMU support or getting a fixture added to the Crescit library, visit our user forum. Please note, EMU is not supported through ENTTEC’s regular email or service portal at this time.


When raising a request or reporting a suspected bug, include as much relevant information as possible. In addition to adding your desired outcome. This will allow the community to understand and replicate exactly what you’re facing. The clearer this information is, the faster a resolution can be found. We encourage you include the following wherever possible:

– Screengrabs

– Screen recordings

– Photos

– Videos

– EMU log file (found at ‘/Documents/EMU/Logs’ on Windows or ‘/Users/{UserName}/EMU/logs’ on MacOS)

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Want to test the latest software features in development?

Simply grab a beta version and stay ahead of the curve!

We’ll say it again: the links below are BETA VERSIONS, which means the software may not always behave quite the way you want it to – Though it can be a lot of fun helping us to work on new features or iron out bugs.

For the current stable release, please download EMU from the ‘GET EMU’ buttons above!

Let us know your feedback on the EMU Forum.

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At ENTTEC, we’re dedicated to providing an amazing future for EMU.

Our software development team are working around the clock alongside our Beta testers, pushing boundaries to create new features and continually improve every aspect of EMU’s functionality.

Although you may not know it yet, our R&D team and hardware engineers have also been beavering away in the background, preparing for the release of a USB > DMX breakout box especially designed for musicians to use with EMU.

If it was up to us here at ENTTEC, we’d have this ready to ship out to you today. But thanks to the ongoing global electrical components shortage, things are a little trickier than usual.

We’re always committed to giving you the best piece of tech we can, using only the finest components we can source. Nothing has changed here. A dedicated EMU box is coming your way as soon as we’re able to make it for you. It’ll be a great price too – and you’re going to love it. Watch this space!

Meanwhile, check out internet lighting guru David Henry from Learn Stage Lighting’s take on this current situation in the video below. Whether you’re currently enjoying EMU, or are still using DMXIS, you’ll find a lot of handy information here.

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