StageLight User Manual V.2.15

Why StageLight?

StageLight is a professional lighting control app for the iPad.The software combines the classic hardware lighting console feeling with a modern and intuitive design. With StageLight have lighting designers and operators, musicians and artists, film and video makers an advanced control of lightings based on Art-Net (DMX over IP), and on CRMX (Wireless DMX).

StageLight Layout

The StageLight mixing interface shows between 10 and up to 14 Control Channels depends on the iPad´s display size. Each of them controls one fixture with all its characteristics (e.g. intensity, color, pan, tilt, ...), a group of fixtures or a cue. With the Page Switch you can select one of 200 pages. So you can control a maximum of 2000/2080 single fixtures depending on your device. Each control channel has a Intensity Fader, a Select Button, a Fixture Control Button, a Effect Button, a Flash Button and a Auto Fade-in/Fade-out Button. When you first entering the app the Intensity 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).


Glossary of Terms

Select Button

Opens a dialog to assign a fixture, a group or a cue to a control channel.


Fixture Control Button

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.


Effect Button

Select a fixture or group to the 1-8 effect output channel. See the chapter Working with Effects for more details.

Flash Button

Press this button to bring a single fixture or a group to full intensity.

Auto Fade-in/Fade-out Button

Press this button to fade in or to fade-out a single fixture, a group, or a cue.

Intensity Fader

The Intensity Fader controls the intensity output of the corresponding fixture, a group of fixtures or a cue.

Channel Label

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.


Grand Master Fader

The Grand Master Fader controls all channel master faders. This determines maximum output.

Page Switch

With the Page Switch you can select one of 200 pages. In the Editing Mode you can customize the page title.

Black-out Button

Press this button to momentarily blackout overall output.

Cue Recording Button

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.

Editing Mode

Enable the Editing Mode to customize the channel's max and min value, the auto-fade speed, and the page titel label.


Managing fixtures


To manage fixtures, tap the Fixture Icon Button on the left bar.


Adding a new fixture

AddBtn 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:

Individual fixture

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.

Adding a DMX channel to a fixture

AddBtn To add a DMX channel to a fixture, tap the Add Button on the upper right side and select one of the types.


Removing a DMX channel from a fixture

To remove a DMX channel, swipe left and press Delete.


Reorder the DMX channels

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.


Changing the DMX channel of a fixture

To change the DMX channel, tap on the channel and select another one.

Adding a fixture to your favorite

To add a fixture to your favorite, tap the Favorite (Heart) Button. Favorites will be shown as template in the fixture template view.


Cloning a fixture

CloneBtn To clone a fixture, tap on the Clone Button on the upper right side in the fixture details page.

Removing a fixture

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. DeleteBtn

Managing universes

AddFixtureBtn 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.

Adding a new universe

AddBtn To add an universe, tap the Add Button on the upper right side. After that you can configure the universe.

Removing an universe

To remove an universe, swipe left and press Delete. You also can remove all universes with the Delete Button. DeleteBtn

Configure an universe


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.

Fixture Groups

groupBtn To manage fixture groups, tap Fixture Group Button in the fixture list page.


Creating Groups

AddBtn To add a group, tap the Add Button on the upper right side and then enter a name.


Assigning Fixtures to Group

AssignBtn To assign fixtures to a group, tap the Edit Button and select and deselect the fixtures you want in the group. AssignFixturesToGroup

Importing and Exporting

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.

Exporting / Sharing your fixture library

ExportBtn To export your configured fixtures, tap on the Share Button on the upper right-hand side and select your prefered application.

Importing a fixture library

ImportFile To import a fixture library, tap on the Share in your prefered application and select the StageLight application. ImportFixture Then tap the Start Import Button. You can use your own files or the example of the tutorial session.

Working with cues

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.

In the settings menu you can choose between a multi-cue mode (default) or an single-cue mode. In the last one only one cue can be active. You can also cross-fade between tha last cue and the current. The fadeing time is adjustable.

Record a cue

cueBtn 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.


Adjusting the cue information and the look and feel

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. modifyScenes

Modifing a cue recording

To modify a cue recording follow this steps:

Playing back cues

Importing/Exporting Cues

The cues are exported and imported together with the fixtures. Please see MANAGE FIXTURES->Import/Export for more details.

Working with Effects

The StageLight app provides 2 types of effects.

  1. Time-triggered (Sequences)
  2. Frequency-based (Moods 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. moodsAssignBtn


52Sequences 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 Effects

Moods is the new frequency based sound to light effect and replaces the old effect function.

  1. 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. moodsBtn

  2. Press „Start“ to start the audio effect processing, which requires access to your microphone.


Working with MIDI

The StageLight app supports MIDI input messages to control the following actions:

The StageLight app supports MIDI output messages to control motorized faders (e.g the BEHRINGER X-TOUCH COMPACT) or to visualize states on LED-based buttons (e.g. MIDICRAFT.MIX).

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.

Configure MIDI

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 Folder Icon, you can choose one of the predefined profiles or you can configure MIDI messages for the provided actions in the Custom Profile manually.


Controller Interface Transport Protocol (CITP)

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.

Show Mode

The Show Mode is a read-only mode, that should prevent accidental or intentional modification or deletion.


Enable the Show Mode in the settings menu.



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.

MIDI Clock

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.


Art-Net Hardware and network setup

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.

system context



To use CRMX/W-DMX in StageLight follow this steps:

  1. Activate Bluetooth in the Settings Menu
  2. Choose Wireless DMX (D-DMX) in the Universe Details View
  3. Select your device