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Intermediate Last updated: November 19, 2021

28 Hansol Volcano

The Hansol Volcano unit (Standard Fixture ID 053) is a vertical, fixed height flame machine that can be controlled by any of the DMX-capable firing systems, such as Piroshow, Pyromac, PyroSure, fireTEK, Cobra, and Mongoose.   It generates a flame column 2-4 meters high, depending on nozzle used.


Figure 1 – Hansol Volcano


The Volcano fixture has a one-channel DMX personality, plus a separate Pilot Light / Safety Channel address defined to be channel 100 always.   Since the Pilot Light / Safety Channel address is separate from the DMX personality for Hansol Volcano fixtures, you need to create a separate Pilot Light / Safety Channel fixture position with the DMX channel base address equal to the Pilot Light / Safety Channel address (100).


Table 1 – DMX channels

DMX Channel Meaning Effect in Finale 3D that controls channel
Channel 1 (DMX Channel Base + 0) ON/OFF (0 = OFF, 255 = ON) See Assorted DMX supplier catalog.



Table 2 – DMX channels for safety position (DMX Fixture Type of “Hansol [054] Pilot Light / Safety Channel”)

DMX Channel Meaning Effect in Finale 3D that controls channel
Channel 1 (DMX Channel Base + 0) Pilot Light / Safety channel (0 = OFF, 255 = ON) Part number HS10006, “HANSOL [054/0000] Safety Channel / Pilot Light”



To design a show for Hansol Volcano units, please follow these steps:

  1.  Set up.  (A) Follow the flame set up instructions in the Flame systems basic instructions. Depending on your DMX controller, you may choose to give each Volcano its own DMX universe, or give each Volcano a channel in a shared DMX universe.  (B) In the real world configure each physical unit’s “Start Address” to be the channel you allocate for it (a single channel). (C) In Finale 3D configure the “DMX Channel Base” of the fixture position to match the Start Address exactly.  (D) In Finale 3D create one or more Pilot Light / Safety Channel fixture positions, and configure their “DMX Channel Base” to be 100, matching the required Pilot Light / Safety Channel Address exactly.
  2. Add the Assorted DMX supplier catalog to your Finale 3D account.  Login to the website.  At the top of the page, go to “My Account > Supplier Catalog Settings” (  Find the Assorted DMX supplier catalog in the table, and turn the switch to ON.  Then launch the Finale 3D application and synch to network.  The Assorted DMX catalog will appear as one of the available collections in the effects window, which you can choose from the selector at the top of the window.
  3. Add flame effects to the show.  (A) Right-click on the Hansol Volcano positions to add compatible effects from the context menu or to filter the effects window to compatible effects.   (B)  Add a “Pilot light / Safety Channel” effect to the Pilot Light / Safety Channel fixture position and adjust its duration to cover the time range of activity.


Choosing the DMX channel ranges for fixtures

Each Hansol Volcano fixture requires one channel plus the Pilot Light / Safety Channel.  The Pilot Light / Safety Channel can be shared by multiple fixtures.  The Hansol Volcano fixture requires the Pilot Light / Safety Channel address to be 100.  You have no choice.

If you are putting multiple fixtures in the same DMX Universe, you need to set the Start Address on the fixture in the real world and the corresponding DMX Channel Base on the fixture in Finale 3D to a range of channels that doesn’t overlap with others.  A DMX universe has channels 1-512.  If you want to pack as many fixtures into the 512 channels of a DMX universe as you can, back-to-back ranges are the most efficient.  Some DMX firing systems only support 50 or 100 channels, so you may not have all 512 channels to work with.


Table 3 – Example channel ranges for 511 1CH fixtures with a shared Pilot Light / Safety Channel at channel = 100.

Fixture DMX Channel Base Channels Used
1 1 1
2 2 2
3 3 3
4 4 4
5 5 5
6 6 6
7 7 7
8 8 8
9 9 9
99 99 99
safety 100 100
100 101 101
511 512 512



Table 4 – Example files and downloads

Download link Explanation
Volcano0811-Black-1-1.pdf Hansol Volcano user manual
test-hansol-volcano.fin Example script
test-hansol-volcano.csv Example export for Cobra firing system