Know how to program a 8' x 30' RGB LED light wall? Answered
I have a unique LED lighting application that I need some help with. Attached are photos to aid my explanation.
I have a custom-built light wall that is 30 feet long and 8 feet tall. It consists of 8 individual wooden panels that are approximately 4' x 8' in size. Each panel contains 16 strips of RGB LEDs that are arranged in a pattern that resembles a 16-segment digital clock matrix. Within this matrix it is possible to spell all letters and numbers. Each of these 16 individual strips of light within each panel are referred to as vectors or channels.
The exact LED product currently in the boards: http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/rgb-bars-and-strips/wfls-rgb150-150-high-power-rgb-led-weatherproof-flexible-light-strip/647/
In order to spell out what I want to say, up until this point it has required manual blacking out of each vector with individual black plastic strips. As for color changing, each of the 8 panels is controlled by a remote that allows for 7 different individual colors or a handful of preset color changing sequences. Each of the 8 panels is controlled completely independent of the others. This was never the original vision behind the light board, however.
The goal has always been to program the board to allow it to function as one dynamic unit. I need live control, perhaps through a MIDI controller, as well as the ability to run pre-set scenes and sequences. Sound reactive would be nice too. With each panel containing 16 channels, in total there are 128 channels across the entire wall. If I am not mistaken, this number seems likely to fit in well with DMX programming.
As it stands now, all the channels are wired together in each board to create only one color at a time, and I am aware that the boards need to be rewired so that each vector/channel can be controlled separately. I know there are some RGB strips that allow for control of each individual diode within the strip, but I am fine with having each whole strip being capable of just one color at a time. I imagine this simplifies the programming quite a bit.
In terms of the computer program, I have a couple of features that would be ideal. First is the ability to type words and have them appear live on the board, possibly even scrolling across. Being RBGs, the ability to control live color changing/blending is also a must.
I am searching for both the hardware and software needed to fulfill this vision. I am capable of rewiring the boards myself, but am uncertain what specific style of plugs/connectors would be needed to connect each of the 8 panels to the master board/controller. I am also uncertain what type of board/controller is required. If you have any leads on products that are capable of fulfilling this application, please let me know. If you are capable of programming a custom program (if only a custom program would be suitable for this project) or know someone who is, again, please let me know. I'm also interested in what you think the budget would be.
If there are any details I have left out that are essential to your determination process, contact me and I'll fill in whatever blanks may exist. Hope to hear from you soon, and thank you for your help.