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Igniter 2™ is the next generation sound board and LED driver for your custom illuminated saber, bringing you amazing features in a package size that is even smaller than the Igniter Mini™. With the new SaberSense™ motion detection engine every nuance of the saber’s movement is captured, and sounds are faithfully reproduced to put you inside the saber world. And with the main board coming in at only 1.75”x0.85”x0.26”, this board can fit in almost every small hilt without modifications! Now all the features of Igniter™ R5 can be obtained in even the smallest of hilts.

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Igniter 2™ comes with all the classic color features you’ve come to love from the Igniter™ product line, including Dual Phase™, where you can simply twist the saber to switch between two colors on the fly, and MultiPhase™, where you can switch to the next font’s colors and effects seamlessly, without having to turn the saber off. It also comes with the classic audio features such as SaberFX™, where your saber will come to life with sound effects or voice quotes being able to randomly be played after actions or when the saber is sitting still, and Saber Cinema™ the ultimate way to experience music while still utilizing the saber. You can play a song and turn on your saber while the music is still playing!

Igniter 2(TM)

In addition to these classic features, the Igniter 2™ firmware introduces Saber Apps™, the first saber operating system that allows independent applications to be loaded and run on the saber without having to be hooked to the computer. Simply point the saber down while holding the aux button to load the Saber Apps™ menu, and select through any of the existing apps. There are a variety of great apps such as Color Editor, allowing you to edit the saber’s colors on the fly without the need to be hooked to a computer and without removing the micro SD card; Motion Editor, the app that allows you to test the motion sensitivity and change the settings on the fly, and of course the first ever game for sabers, Saber Says™! Challenge your friends to get the highest score in a memory game where you mimic the sounds by performing the corresponding actions, a great spin on a classic four color memory game that makes using your saber an entirely new challenge.

And if that is not enough, because Spark Color™ is just another app all Igniter 2™ sabers come with the full Spark Color™ firmware as an app! This means when buying Igniter 2™ you are really getting both an Igniter 2™ and a Spark Color™. This allows you to experience the full-fledged Igniter 2™ experience when messing around with your saber, but at a con or when showing off multiple colors quickly you can simply load the Spark Color™ firmware to switch through all the colorsets in one font.

New in Igniter 2™ I2-R2

If all those features were not enough, a slew of new additions are present in the new I2-R2 firmware release. Saber activation just got better! Choose between the main button, main button or Slash, main button or twist, or even all three to turn on each font! Activate swinging through and breaking objects with the new Smash (smsh) sound bank, by simply holding the aux button when swinging. Have Saber FX sounds play during the idle menu. Set the new Alternating Clash to experience more vivid and lively clash and lockup effects. And let your saber show itself off by switching to the new demo app for hands-free saber operation.

Along with all these great features, Igniter 2 now also supports NeoPixel string blades! Simply switch the SD card to use all the apps with the string blade – no need to buy a separate or special board. With this setup you can experience the awesomeness of Extension and Retraction Flow, to have realistic growing and shrinking of the saber. Further, with Impact Blast™ you can feel the blasts impacting on certain spots of the blade. All this with a super bright and even blade that out-shines the standard in-hilt LEDs.

To learn more about all the I2-R2 features, see the video in the video section below. To learn more about the specific NeoPixel LEDs tested, see the following links for the two I used, and the third for the tutorial.

144 Led/meter strip

5mm Straw-Hat NeoPixel

Adafruit NeoPixel Uber Guide

All of these features are present on the updated hardware platform that has an integrated 2.4W MaxAmp™ driver board, 6 axis motion sensing, a spring loaded micro SD card holder, and a total footprint of only 2.07” x 0.85” with the driver board attached.

Check out the powerful Igniter 2™ in action below to experience the powerful punch this little board delivers.

Specs

The following are the software and hardware specs for the Igniter 2™ sound board.

  • Drive an RGB LED to experience TruColor™; now any blade color is ready via the config file.
  • Support for both a traditional LED or a NeoPixel string in the same board! Experience the brightness of the strings with the amazing Extension and Retraction Flow, and Impact Blast™, the ability to replicate bolts hitting the blade.
  • Experience Multi-Die Clash™ at its full potential. You can now have any color not only for your blade color, but for your bling-on-cling effects as well!
  • Experience 16 different sabers in one - with 16 different banks you can have 16 different blade colors and sounds to match. Create a dark, light, grey and anything in between, all configurable via the config.ini file and selectable by simply pressing the aux button to get to the next font. And with with MultiPhase™, it is possible to match any hum with any other sound set, giving a total of 16 x 16 = 265 total sound combinations!
  • With Blast Shade™, Clash Shade™, and Blade Shade™ experience multiple shades for your blade and effects colors in one font!
  • Experience Saber Dual Phase™, the ultimate feature in color! Now you can transition between two different colors with the flick of the wrist.
  • Behold the power of Saber Apps™, the first saber OS that allows an infinite possibility of experiences for your saber. Load configuration apps, games, and even the Spark Color™ firmware all on one saber!
  • Supports 22050Hz, 16bit mono wav files.
  • Supports TruMix™ with Auto-Compressing Technology™ which supports crystal clear mixing of sounds without the need to pre-mix them. This allows for any hum to be used with any other effect sound, allowing endless possibilities for sound font creation.
  • Supports up to 16 different sound fonts, which can be used to store different sounds and different settings for blade effects, swing settings and clash settings.
  • Supports up to 99 sounds of each effect per sound font. You will never again worry about hearing the same sound twice!
  • Live the movies as you use Saber Cinema™; play your favorite tunes, and still use your saber with light and effects sounds, all while the music is playing!
  • Comes with 8 Accent LEDs pads, 3 being easy solder that can be used to drive up to 8 Accent LEDs. Choose from one of the 8 patterns including "Random", where it cycles through all patterns randomly. Patterns speed/effects are completely configurable, so you will never run out of fresh ideas here!
  • Hardware specs: 2.4W @ 8ohm Audio amp, 4A MOSFET for driving 4 independent die, inputs for two momentary switches (main and aux), 8 outputs for driving small 2-3v accent LEDs, fully integrated 6-axis swing detection for motion and impact detection.
  • Board size: 2.07” x 0.85” x 0.26” with driver; 1.75” x 0.85” x 0.26” driver removed.

What about Igniter Mini™

Igniter Mini(TM)

While being an amazing board and providing many users with a great experience, Igniter Mini™ is being phased out for the new Igniter 2™ line. The default files and download links will still be available on the site for these boards though, and the board will still be supported for upgrades and repairs.

If you want to know more about this or think that board is the right fit for you, please contact me directly at naigon@SaberIgniter.com.

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Differences

The following table highlights the differences between the Igniter 2™, Spark Color 2™, and Spark 2™ line.

Feature Spark 2™ Spark Color 2™ Igniter 2™
Sound Fonts 3 6 Up to 16
Music SaberTracks to play up to 99 tracks SaberTracks to play up to 99 tracks SaberCinema to play up to 99 tracks while using the saber
Colors Classic flash clash supported Up to 9 color sets for RGBA mixing Up to 16 color profiles, with 32 independent blade colors
Color Variation One blade, blast, and clash/lockup per font for a total of 3 One blade, blast, and clash/lockup per color-set, up to 9 One blade, blast, clash/lockup, and dual phase (secondary blade) color per font, up to 16
Color Switch Font switch only Switch font to get to its default color-set; every font can cycle through every color-set Switch font to get to each font's profile; twist wrist to perform dual-phase color
Color Switch NA NA ClashShade™, BlastShade™, and BladeShade™
Cross Guard Built-in Single-color quillions with NO AUX FLASH Single-color quillions with effects on blade only Single-color quillions with effects on blade only
Cross Guard w/ XDrive NA RGB mixing on blade and quillions RGB mixing on blade and quillions
Saber Apps NA Configuration only Up to 16 apps
Extra Sounds NA Single 'dual.wav' on the root 99 dualA, dualB, and fx sounds per font

Commonalities

The following properties are shared across all my sound boards.

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