Lightkey Lightkey 2
Professional DMX Lighting Control.
Mac Style.
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  • Highly Compatible.

    Bring your own DMX interface: USB, Art-Net, sACN, or ESP-Net.

  • Vastly Powerful.

    Lightkey’s built-in FX engine takes your light show to a new level.

  • Surprisingly Simple.

    Easy to learn, quick to set up. Engineered exclusively for Mac.

Highly Compatible.
Bring Your Own DMX Interface.

Save the cost of expensive proprietary DMX hardware: Lightkey works with a wide range of USB interfaces plus any Art-Net, sACN, or ESP-Net-compatible device, thanks to the Open Lighting Architecture. Whatever DMX interface you have, there’s a good chance that Lightkey supports it—simply download Lightkey for free, plug in your interface, and give it a try.

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Hardware Control.
Enhance Your Experience.

Do you prefer the physical controls on a lighting console? Then you can have the best of both worlds. Lightkey integrates seamlessly with any standard MIDI controller and DMX console (through DMX-In). You can map each hardware control to whatever feature you like and build your own custom-tailored show control desk to trigger cues, presets and sequences, adjust fixture properties, tap the beat, and whatever else you need.

Designed for Creativity.
Take Your Light Show to a New Level.

Designed for the needs of creative lighting designers, Lightkey breaks free from the old thinking about DMX values and channels. Thru advanced fixture profiles it understands all your fixtures’ properties—like Color, Gobo, Shutter, Prism, Zoom—, and provides specially-designed, easy-to-use controls for each of them. The current state of your fixtures is always visible in the live preview. Simply concentrate on the perfect light show and let Lightkey translate it to the proper DMX values.

  • Virtual Light Beams

    Virtual light beams show your lights’ real-world positions and also reflect intensity, color, focus, zoom, iris, shutter/strobe, and prism states.

  • Built-In Stage Editor

    The built-in graphical editor lets you recreate the stage or dance floor on the screen. Apart from your fixtures you can add shapes, trusses, and custom images.

  • Copy & Paste

    Easily copy and paste properties and effects between fixtures – even fixtures of different types. Of course, you can undo as well.

  • At a Glance

    Little “bubbles” in the Preview show you at a glance which fixture properties are overridden or defined by a preset, sequence, or cue.

  • On-the-Fly Changes

    Quickly change any fixture property on the fly—perfect for nightclubs and parties where you don’t have a song run sheet in advance.

  • Intelligent Design View

    The Design view automatically adapts itself according to your fixtures and their properties so you only see the controls you really need.

Real-World Pan/Tilt Locations  improved

Lightkey knows your moving light’s pan/tilt range, home position, and rotation direction. With this information it calculates the exact beam position on the stage or dance floor, so the preview always shows the fixture’s real-world position, letting you point your lights wherever you like with just a single mouse click. Even if you select multiple devices from different manufacturers, Lightkey will calculate the individual DMX values for each of them so they all point in the same direction.

Effects.
Infinite Possibilities.

Lightkey’s powerful effects engine makes it easy and fun to create amazing dynamic looks. Choose from over 50 effect templates or create your own pattern, curve, or movement effects. Effects can be applied to almost any fixture property and stored in presets and cues while staying editable all the time. Apply effects to multi-beam LED strips and matrixes. Synchronize effects to music. Overlay multiple effects for countless possibilities.

Beat Control

Synchronize light and music: Simply tap the beat with Lightkey’s tempo control or use a MIDI Clock signal sent by your DJ app or audio analysis software.

Setup.
Surprisingly Simple.

An interactive assistant guides you through the entire setup process: Configure DMX output, patch your fixtures, create a visual representation of the stage. And if you ever need a fixture profile that is not in the built-in library, simply send us the DMX specs and we’ll create it for you within a few days.

Command Central.

Don’t waste your time shuffling windows and panels around. Everything you need is cleanly arranged in a single window, providing you with exactly the controls you need at any time. The elegant, white-on-dark UI has been specially designed for use in low-light environments—it even adapts itself to the light colors.

  • Full-Screen Mode

    The single-window user interface has been specially designed for full-screen mode.

  • Touch Screen Support

    All controls have large clickable areas and work great with touch screens.

  • Multi-Touch Gestures

    Pinch, swipe, scroll, force click: With a Multi-Touch trackpad you can change fixture properties in a natural way. (And it’s fun too.)

  • Extensive Keyboard Shortcuts

    A clever, well-structured, and extensible system of keyboard shortcuts lets you control virtually every application feature.

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Fixtures.
State of the Art.

Lightkey handles even the most sophisticated fixtures with ease. Its smart fixture profiles support multiple modes (“personalities”), 16-bit output, conditional properties, RGB/CMY color mixing, multiple color and gobo wheels, and custom beam layouts for LED matrixes. Lightkey comes with a huge library of over 1000 high-quality fixture profiles for all popular manufac­turers, and it can import thousands of freely available profiles in the formats SSL2, FXT, and PFF.

Built-In Fixture Editor

To make fixture profile creation as easy as possible, Lightkey’s fixture editor has the same layout as a typical DMX chart. (Click the image for a side-by-side comparison.) And it’s built right into the application so changes take effect instantly.

Lightkey’s fixture editor (right) has the same layout as a typical DMX chart (left).

High Technology.
Made for Your Mac.

Lightkey was engineered from the ground up as a native Mac app, so it’s finally goodbye to the Windows emulation. It perfectly matches your Mac’s look and feel and comes with all the familiar features like full screen view, autosaving, copy and paste, unlimited undo, or automatic software updates. Under the hood, Lightkey takes full advantage of your Mac’s capabilities including 64-bit processing, multicore computing thru Grand Central Dispatch, support for Retina displays, and pristine graphics using Apple’s Core Animation and Core Image technologies.

Editions & Pricing.
An Easy Choice.

Simply choose the number of output channels you need. All Lightkey editions include the full feature set, even the free edition.

     
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Download Lightkey today and see for yourself. It’s free, easy, and a great deal of fun.
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What You Need

  • Any Mac computer with macOS 10.11 or later
  • One of the compatible DMX interfaces
  • Any DMX-enabled lighting fixture
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Lightkey uses the Open Lighting Architecture, an open-source framework by the Open Lighting Project.
Download the source code here or get the latest version on GitHub.