Technical
Specifications.

The Nitty-Gritty.

Dive into the details and discover the full range of Lightkey’s features.

System Requirements

  • Mac computer with macOS 10.11 or later
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 315MB of disk space
  • Screen size of at least 1200 × 700 pixels
  • One of the supported USB or Ethernet interfaces for DMX output

Key Features

  • Live preview with virtual beams (simulates pan/tilt angles, intensity, color, gobo and gobo movement, focus, zoom, iris, shutter/strobe, prism)
  • Direct manipulation of fixtures within the visualization
  • Support for multi-beam fixtures (e.g. LEDs)
  • Supports fixtures with multiple color and gobo wheels
  • Effect generator with over 50 fully editable effect templates
  • Built-in fixture editor allows on-the-fly changes
  • Extensive keyboard control and support for multi-touch gestures
  • External control through DMX-In, any standard MIDI controller, and customizable keyboard shortcuts

User Interface

  • Supports full-screen mode and Split View
  • Extensive support for Touch Bar  NEW
  • Toolbar provides quick access to many features
  • On-screen controls optimized for touch-screens
  • Haptic feedback on Force Touch trackpads
  • Supports high-resolution Retina displays
  • White-on-black user interface optimized for usage in dark environments
  • Adaptive background color

Application

  • Engineered from the ground up as a native macOS application
  • Modern 64-bit architecture
  • Virtual light beams rendered through Apple’s Core Animation and Core Image technologies
  • Highly efficient DMX output engine, decoupled from user interface
  • Abstract control model based on logical values—defers DMX generation to the final stage
  • Device communication through the Open Lighting Architecture (OLA)
  • Project files and fixture profiles support macOS’s auto-save technology
  • Localized in English and German
  • Full undo support
  • Automatic download of app updates

DMX Output

  • Up to 4 DMX512 output universes (2048 channels), depending on license
  • 2 DMX512 input universes (512 channels)
  • Variable output rates from 30 through 44Hz
  • Supports numerous USB interfaces and output protocols through the Open Lighting Architecture (OLA)
  • Can integrate with an existing OLA server (optional)
  • Automatic detection of connected Art-Net nodes through Art-Poll
  • DMX output window shows live channel values for universes or individual fixtures  IMPROVED
  • Conditional fixture properties through Operation Mode property
  • Supports 16-bit output values

Interfaces and Protocols

DMX output through the following USB interfaces:1

DMXking
  • DMXking ultraDMX Micro
  • DMXking ultraDMX Pro
  • DMXking ultraDMX RDM Pro
  • DMXking ultraDMX2 PRO
  • DMXking eDMX2 PRO2
Enttec
Eurolite
  • Eurolite USB-DMX512
  • Eurolite USB-DMX512-PRO
  • Eurolite USB-DMX512-PRO MK2  NEW
Jese
  • Jese DMX-TRI
  • Jese RDM-TXI MK2
  • Jese RDM-TRI MK2
Robe
  • Robe Universal Interface
  • Robe RUNIT WTX
Stage-Profi
  • USB-DMX Stage-Profi MK2
  • USB-DMX Stage-Profi MK3

DMX output through any device using one of the following network protocols:

  • Art-Net (versions 1, 2, and 3)
  • sACN (E1.31; streaming Architecture for Control Networks)
  • ESP Net (Enttec Show Protocol)

Additional interfaces and protocols may be supported—please contact us.

1 All required device drivers are included. Output through multiple devices is generally supported, but certain combinations of devices cannot be used at the same time. Contact us for details. 2 Lightkey can only use a single port on the DMXking eDMX2 PRO when connected via USB. Both ports are available through Art-Net or sACN.

Supported Fixtures

Controls any type of DMX512-compliant fixture, including:

  • fix-par
    PARs
  • fix-movinghead Moving Heads
  • fix-scanner Scanners
  • fix-blinder Blinders
  • fix-laser Lasers
  • fix-ledstrip LED Fixtures
  • fix-strobe Strobes
  • fix-fog Fog Machines

Fixture Properties

Natively Supported Fixture Properties
  • Cap-Movement Pan/Tilt (8 or 16 bit)
  • Cap-Speed Movement Speed  NEW
  • Cap-Intensity Dimmer (8 or 16 bit, including control of individiual beams)
  • Cap-ColorComponent Color Mixing (RGB or CMY with 8 or 16 bit, Warm/Cool White, Amber, Ultraviolet; including control of individiual beams)
  • Cap-ColorWheel Color Wheel (including multiple color wheels, split colors, rainbow effects with variable speed)
  • Cap-ColorFilter Color Temperature (8 or 16 bit)
  • Cap-GreenSaturation Green Saturation (8 or 16 bit)  NEW
  • Cap-Gobo Gobo Wheel (predefined or custom gobo images, including multiple color wheels)
  • Cap-Gobo Gobo Indexing (8 or 16 bit)
  • Cap-Gobo Gobo Rotation (clockwise/counterclockwise, bounce, variable speed)
  • Cap-Gobo Gobo Shake (variable speed)
  • Cap-Focus Focus (8 or 16 bit)
  • Cap-Zoom Zoom (8 or 16 bit)
  • Cap-Iris Iris (8 or 16 bit)
  • Cap-Frost Frost (8 or 16 bit, static or pulse effects)
  • Cap-Prism Prism (various prism types)
  • Cap-Prism Prism Indexation (8 or 16 bit)
  • Cap-Prism Prism Rotation (clockwise/counterclockwise with variable speed)
  • Cap-Strobe Shutter (including control of individiual beams)
  • Cap-Strobe Strobe (constant speed, random speed, sound-active; including control of individiual beams)
  • Cap-Strobe Shutter Pulse Effects (including control of individiual beams)
  • Cap-Lamp Lamp
  • Cap-Fog Fog
  • Cap-Command Command (channel value is applied for a specified time)
  • Cap-Mode Operation Mode (conditional properties)  NEW
Custom Fixture Properties
  • Discrete options (e.g. built-in macros)
  • Variable values (e.g. speed)
  • Default option and/or value
  • Display as percent or DMX value
  • Support for 16-bit output

Hardware Control

DMX-In
  • Input from up to two DMX universes
  • User-definable triggers and actions
  • Automatically adds trigger when a channel in an input universe changes
  • Automatic detection of control type (button vs. fader)
  • Save, import, and export DMX-In configurations
MIDI
  • Compatible with any standard MIDI controller through Core MIDI
  • Supported MIDI commands: Note On/Off, Control Change (CC), Program Change, Pitch Wheel
  • Support for 14-bit CC messages and feedback  NEW
  • User-definable triggers and actions
  • “MIDI Learn”: Automatically adds trigger when a button, fader, or rotary knob on the MIDI controller is operated
  • Automatic detection of control type (button vs. fader/rotary knob)
  • Support for Shift key on some MIDI controllers
  • MIDI feedback (for controllers with LEDs, motorized faders etc.)
  • Color feedback for Novation Launchpad MK2/Pro  IMPROVED
  • Save, import, and export MIDI configurations
Keyboard
  • Extensive keyboard control throughout the application
  • Context-sensitive shortcut display
  • User-definable keyboard shortcuts
  • Save, import, and export keyboard configurations
Multi-Touch Gestures1
  • Control Intensity, Master Intensity, color hue and saturation through scroll wheel or swipe gestures
  • Control Position, Focus, Zoom, Iris through pinch gesture or force click
  • Multi-touch gestures are user-configurable
Touch Screen
  • Main user interface optimized for touch screens
  • Controls have large click regions for comfortable touch control
  • All essential functions accessible without a right mouse button or scroll wheel

1 Scroll gestures require Apple Magic Mouse, trackpad, or mouse with scroll wheel. Swipe and pinch gestures require multi-touch trackpad or Apple Magic Trackpad. Force click requires trackpad with Force Touch.

2D-Visualization

  • Integrated graphical editor to arrange fixtures according to their physical locations
  • Add shapes, various types of trusses, or any custom image
  • Resize multiple objects at once
  • Smart alignment guides allow precise placement of fixtures and shapes on the same horizontal or vertical axis
  • Smart spacing guides allow equidistant spacing of objects
  • Commands for aligning, distributing, and layering objects
  • Resize and rotate LED strips and matrices to match the physical device
  • Virtual beams simulate pan/tilt angles, intensity, color, gobo and gobo movement, focus, zoom, iris, shutter/strobe, prism
  • Customizable perspective for stationery and moving lights
  • Display multiple instances of a fixture (for identical fixtures with the same DMX address)
  • Scaling of visual preview adapts itself to screen size

Design View

  • Intelligent selection commands
    • “Type selection” quickly selects fixtures with a common prefix or individual fixtures
    • Groups allow selecting multiple fixtures with a single click
    • Keyboard shortcuts to select fixtures by position (Arrow keys) or name (Control-Tab)
  • Copy and paste values and effects between fixtures, including fixtures of different types
  • Unlimited undo support for all fixture property changes
  • Individual beam control for multi-beam fixtures (intensity, color, shutter/strobe)
  • Use fanning to spread fixture property values across a range of fixtures or beams (supported properties: Dimmer, Color, Position, Focus, Zoom, Iris, Frost, Fog, custom properties)
  • Design view adapts itself to the patched fixture’s properties for optimal use of screen space
  • Fixture properties can be rearranged, unneeded properties can be hidden
  • Color mixing for RGB and CMY (plus Cool/Warm White, Amber, Ultraviolet)
  • Synthetic Dimmer control for RGB fixtures with no Dimmer channel

Preset Palette

Presets and Groups
  • Store arbitrary combinations of fixture properties as presets
  • Auto-assigned preset names and icons, depending on content
  • The selected preset’s contents are displayed in the visual preview
  • Add the contents of a preset to the overridden properties by drag and drop
  • Quickly add the overridden fixture properties to a preset
  • Organize presets in nestable groups
  • Find presets by name
Sequences
  • Sequence order options: repeat, forwards/backwards, autoreverse, freeze on completion
  • Hold and crossfade times can be defined for entire sequence or individual steps
  • Edit hold and fade times for multiple steps at once
  • Control overall sequence speed factor
  • Create pan/tilt movements through defined points (either at defined times or with uniform speed)
  • Beat-controlled sequences with definable beat multiplier
  • Smart icons reflect the sequence order options
  • Reverse of shuffle sequence steps
  • Adjust sequence speed from Live view

Live View

Cues
  • Store an unlimited number of cues comprised of an arbitrary selection of presets and sequences
  • Set fade-in/out times and priority for each cue
  • Auto-activating cues at application start
  • Auto-activating cues before application quits (e.g. to turn fixtures off)
  • Cue speed can be changed in Live view (affects sequences and effects)
  • Copy and paste cues between control panels and cuelists
  • Quickly add the overridden fixture properties to a cue
Control Panels
  • Fully customizable with buttons and faders to control cues during a live show
  • Switch between multiple control panels
  • Toggle or flash buttons
  • Arrange and resize buttons freely
  • Resize multiple buttons at once
  • Smart alignment guides and “magnetic” grid allow precise placement of buttons
  • Attach buttons to create a group where only one button can be active at a time
  • Button color is automatically set according to the cue’s contents or can be chosen manually
  • Create named frames to group related buttons
  • Successively step through the buttons in a frame with Previous/Next buttons
Cuelists
  • Recall cues in a specific order
  • Switch between multiple cuelists
  • Organize cues in nestable groups
  • Automatic cue numbering
  • Crossfade between successive cues
  • Advance to next cue manually or after predefined hold time
  • Edit hold and fade times for multiple cues at once
Beat Control
  • Synchronize sequences and effects with music
  • Set speed through tapping, by entering an exact BPM (beats per minute) value, or synchronize with MIDI Clock

Effects Engine

  • Over 50 fully editable effect templates
  • Effects can be stored in presets and cues while remaining editable at any time
  • Apply effects to multi-beam LED strips and matrixes
  • Synchronize effects to music
  • Copy and paste effects
  • Overlay multiple effects for the same fixture property
  • Save custom effect templates
  • Adjust effect speed from Live view
Fixture Order Options
  • Order by position in Preview, by short name, by address, or randomly
  • Order from/to center
  • Select fixtures or individual beams (LEDs)
  • Group consecutive pixels
  • Repeat pixel indexes
Pattern Effects
  • Basic patterns: Chase, Fill, Rain, Sparkle, Fire, Jellyfish
  • Apply pattern effects to Dimmer or Color (RGB) properties
  • Configure pattern values and parameters
Curve Effects
  • Uses repeating mathematical functions to calculate fixture property value
  • 28 basic curve types with adjustable parameters
  • Apply curve effects to the following fixture properties: Dimmer, Color, Position, Focus, Zoom, Iris, Frost, Fog, custom properties
  • Colors can be split into components using three different color models: HSB (hue, saturation, brightness), RGB (red, green, blue), CMY (cyan, magenta, yellow)
  • Pan/tilt mirroring allows inversion of the pan or tilt angles on one side of the center
Movement Effects
  • Uses closed movement paths to define pan/tilt movements
  • 14 built-in, fully editable movement paths
  • Integrated movement path editor uses polar coordinate system to show actual beam positions
  • Translate and scale paths
  • Reverse and flip movement paths
  • Interpolation modes: smooth, linear, points
  • Save custom movement paths for reuse
  • Pan/tilt mirroring allows inversion of the pan or tilt angles on one side of the center

Fixture Editor

  • Editor for fixture profiles integrated into application
  • Profile changes take effect instantly
  • Built-in, searchable library with over a thousand native fixture profiles
  • The latest fixture profiles can be downloaded from online fixture library
  • Manage fixture profiles in the application—no need to track individual files
  • Edit an unlimited number of fixture profiles at once
  • Supports multiple fixture modes (also called “personalities”)
  • Import fixture profiles in the following formats:
    • .lightkeyfxt (native format)
    • .ssl2 (Sunlite 2)
    • .fxt, .pff (DMX Freestyler)
  • Export fixture profiles in .lightkeyfxt format
  • Share fixture profiles via Mail, Messages, AirDrop
  • Assistant for creating new fixture profiles
  • Graphical editor for beam layout
  • Built-in color library includes Lee Filters, GamColor, Roscolux
  • Built-in, searchable library with over 320 gobo images
  • Live warnings as profile is edited  IMPROVED
  • Full undo support for all changes to a fixture profile
  • Copy and paste settings between fixture modes or profiles

Patching

  • Unified user interface for patching universes and fixtures
  • Patch fixtures by drag and drop from the fixture library
  • Auto-assigned short names
  • Patch multiple identical fixtures to the same DMX address
  • DIP switch display
  • Reassign a different profile to existing fixtures  IMPROVED

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