View Full Version : Converting an old Winamp Discolitez SSR box for DIYC use

12-15-2017, 12:26 PM

I have an old discolitez (https://winampheritage.com/visualization/discolitez-v1-2/8680) 8ch SSR box that I built back in the 2000s to flash some lights to the music being played on WinAMP (anyone remember that gem?). It used your computer's parallel port to directly drive SSR (https://web.archive.org/web/20160624133308/http://discolitez.com/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Hardware.SSR). I threw it all in a project box with a pair of two-gang outlets (8 total) and some neon indicator lamps and used it for a little while before the novelty wore off.

I'd like to resurrect it and replace the parallel input with either an arduino board or ESP8266 that I could either store sequences in or control from Vixen. What microcontroller do people typically use here and what is the preferred protocol? I am new to DMX, Renard, E1.31, etc. I have a few WS2811/2 strips & strings that run standalone (driven by an ESP8266), but other than that, I am working with a clean slate. Down the road, I'd like to be able to do sequenced light shows and am already eyeing up the ESPixelSticks for my addressable LEDs.