StageLight is a DMX/Art-Net lighting app for the iPad. The software combines the classic hardware lighting console feeling with modern and intuitive user interaction design. The user interface is characterized by an intelligent use of available space and a huge level of flexibility.
The StageLight mixing interface shows 8 Control Channels (or 12 Control Channels on the iPad with 12,9" display). Each of them controls one fixture with all its characteristics (e.g. master, color, pan, tilt, ...), a group of fixtures or a cue. With the Control Channel Switch you can select 6 areas each with 8 Control Channels (or each with 12 Control Channels on the iPad with 12,9" display). So you can control a maximum of 48/72 single fixtures depending on your device. Each control channel has a Channel Master Fader, a Select Button, a Fixture Control Button, a Effect Button and a Flash Button. When you first entering the app the Channel Master Fader and all buttons (apart from the Select Button) are inactive. The various channel features become active when you assign a fixture to the channel. The buttons and faders that do become active depend on the characteristics of the fixture (i.e., which dmx channel types it has).
Opens a dialog to assign a fixture, a group or a cue to a control channel.
This button opens a dialog to adjust all control attributes of the corresponding fixture or a group of fixtures (e.g. a specific program). If the fixture has only a DMX master channel this button is inactive.
Select a fixture or group to the 1-8 effect output channel. See the chapter Working with Effects for more details.
Press this button to bring a single fixture or a group to full intensity.
The Channel Master Fader controls the master output of the corresponding fixture, a group of fixtures or a cue.
By default, the headlight label, the group name or the cue name is displayed. But you can modify this. A double tap makes this field editable.
The Grand Master Fader controls all channel master faders. This determines maximum output.
Selects one of the 4 areas of 8 channels (iPad) or 12 channels (iPad Pro).
Press this button to momentarily blackout overall output.
Press this button to start the cue recording. The button starts flashing. Press this button again to store the changes as new lighting cue or overwrite an existing. Please see the chapter Working with cues for more information.
To manage fixtures, tap the Fixture Icon Button on the left bar.
To add a fixture, tap the Add Button on the upper right side. After that, you can see а lot of fixtures grouped by the manufacturer. These fixtures based on the Open Fixture Library.
From Fixture Template
To create a fixture with the defined DMX channels, choose one of the predefined templates. You can modify this created fixture later:
If you don´t find any suitable template, choose "individual fixture". You can add/assign DMX channels as described below.
Name and Label
In both cases you can, if you want, modify the name and enter a label. The label will then be shown in the mixing interface.
To add a DMX channel to a fixture, tap the Add Button on the upper right side and select one of the types.
To remove a DMX channel, swipe left and press Delete.
To reorder the DMX channels, tap the Edit Button on the upper right side,then you can reorder the DMX channels bydragging and dropping them. In the edit mode you can also remove a DMX channel, tap the (-) Button and press Delete.
To change the DMX channel, tap on the channel and select another one.
To add a fixture to your favorite, tap the Favorite (Heart) Button. Favorites will be shown as template in the fixture template view.
To clone a fixture, tap on the Clone Button on the upper right side in the fixture details page.
To remove a fixture, swipe left and press Delete.
You also can remove a selected fixture in the details page or all fixtures with the Delete Button.
To manage universes, tap the Fixture Icon Button on the left bar. In case only one universe (default universe) exists, the universe details and the fixture list will be displayed. So tap the <Universe (Back) Button on the upper left side.
To add an universe, tap the Add Button on the upper right side. After that you can configure the universe.
To remove an universe, swipe left and press Delete. You also can remove all universes with the Delete Button.
In the universe details view you can configure the following attributes:
When you´ve changed the universe the software search automatically the suitable Art-Net node. This sets the fields device short name and device long name and overwrites the IP address. The enable Unicast Switch is only active if the text field IP contains a valid IP address.
To manage fixture groups, tap Fixture Group Button in the fixture list page.
To add a group, tap the Add Button on the upper right side and then enter a name.
To assign fixtures to a group, tap the Edit Button and select and deselect the fixtures you want in the group.
StageLight provides you the ability to export(share) and import your fixture libraries as a JSON File. Use Dropbox, Evernote or your prefered application to store different fixture libraries for different stages or share your fixture library with your friends, your colleagues or the StageLight community.
To export your configured fixtures, tap on the Share Button on the upper right-hand side and select your prefered application.
To import a fixture library, tap on the Share in your prefered application and select the StageLight application. Then tap the Start Import Button. You can use your own files or the example of the tutorial session.
The StageLight App provides the capability to record, to manage and to play back several cues. Cues could be coarse-grained, contains all attributes of a scene or fine-grained, contains e.g. only the color or a specific position. So be careful. If you modify your fixture setup after you have recorded the cue, maybe your cue recording is wrong or you can not modify this cue.
Tap the Cue Recording Button in the mixing interface. The Button starts flashing. Now modify your fixtures as you want. To store this as cue tap the Cue Recording Button again and then tap the '+' button in the popup dialog or choose a cue button of your choice and hold it pressed until it wiggles slightly.
To insert or update the cue name, the play script or the look and feel of the cue button, tap the settings icon on a cue button of your choice.
To modify a cue recording follow this steps:
The cues are exported and imported together with the fixtures. Please see MANAGE FIXTURES->Import/Export for more details.
The StageLight app provides 2 types of effects.
For both, you have to assign fixtures or groups in the mixing view to the 8 effect output channels. You don't need to assign fixtures to all channels.
In the sequencer view, you can combine multiple fixtures, groups and cues to a sequence. You can adjust fade-in and fade-out. For fixtures and groups you can also adjust the color and you can select a movement pattern.
With a trigger, you can animate it. The following triggers are available:
Press „Start“ to run the selected sequence.
Moods is the new frequency based sound to light effect and replaces the old effect function.
Select one of the predefined moods. An effect is characterized by the music-based control of 4 colors. The idea behind it is to have 1-2 base colors to fill a scene and 1-2 colors for effects.
The StageLight app supports MIDI input messages to control the following actions:
Connect from the StageLight app using the dock connector (Lightning or 30-pin) or a network (RTP-MIDI, also known as AppleMIDI) with the MIDI source. With Apple’s iPad USB Camera Connection Kit you can use a lot of the USB MIDI controllers and interfaces.
At first, you have to enable MIDI in StageLight. Therefore switch MIDI in the info/settings popover on and select your connected MIDI device. With the Edit Button, you can configure MIDI messages for the provided actions.
With a CITP supporting visualizer (e.g. Capture) you can control a fixture or a set of fixtures. StageLight can receive this protocol messages and record this values as a cue.
(Supported protocol messages: PINFPName, PINFPLoc, SDMXUName, SDMXCapa, SDMXSXSr, SDMXChLs, SDMXChBk)
At first, you have to connect. Therefore enable CITP in the info and settings popover.
In the Capture DMX view, you can see, the StageLight app is connected with two universes. The universe names are the same as in the app.
Now you can control the fixtures you want. E.g. focus the selected moving head to a specific point.
Be ensure that the StageLight app is in the fader section.
Now you can store this as cue in the StageLight app in the usual way. Please visit the section "Record a cue" for that.
Ableton Link is a new technology from Ableton that synchronizes the sequence's tempo, beat and start/stop with the music in a Link-enabled software over a wireless network. This could be music production software (DAW) like Ableton Live or DJ software like Traktor Pro. A full list of supported software you can find on Ableton's webpage.
To use AbletonLink in StageLight you have to enable this feature in the settings menu. If StageLight is connected to a Link-enabled software, you see the green light in the sequencer´s BPM tab. Now you are not able to adjust the tempo manually, because the tempo is synced and will be received by the music.
On my Youtube channel, you find an AbletonLink tutorial together with Traktor Pro.
You can synchronize the sequencer's timeline in StageLight to an external MIDI clock. To use MIDI Clock in StageLight you have to enable MIDI and configure it in the settings menu. You also have to care, that the MIDI tap is selected in the sequence.
Hint: use the MIDI filtering (e.g. exclude MIDI clock) to record MIDI start and stop easily.
The iPad is connected over WiFi to an Art-Net/DMX adapter (Art-Net node). To control the fixtures the StageLight app sends Art-Net UDP packages to the broadcast address (IPV4) of the subnetwork on port:6454. Please ensure that all devices (iPad and n Art-Net/DMX adapters) are in the same subnetwork and no security setting prohibits this communication.