Lightkey
Lightkey
3.2

5.0

Lightkey free download for Mac

Lightkey

3.2
07 February 2020

DMX lighting control.

Overview

Lightkey is a professional lighting control app for discos, nightclubs, live events, and more. Control moving heads, scanners, LED matrixes, lasers, or any fixture which supports the DMX protocol through an elegant, easy-to-use interface. Build a library of presets, sequences, and cues to create stunning light shows. Output up to four DMX universes though USB and Ethernet interfaces from various manufacturers, including DMXking, ENTTEC, Eurolite, Jese, Robe, Stage-Profi, or Velleman.

Highlights:
  • Live preview shows current state of all fixtures
  • Virtual beams simulate pan/tilt angles, intensity, color, gobo and gobo movement, focus, zoom, iris, shutter/strobe, prism
  • Integrated graphics editor for arranging fixtures and adding images and shapes
  • Build stunning light shows with an unlimited number of presets, sequences, and cues
  • Synchronize sequence timing to music by tapping
  • Create smooth movement paths for moving light thru arbitrary points
  • Build a control panel with virtual keys for live operation
  • Control virtually every feature thru a clever system of keyboard shortcuts
  • Adjust dimmer, focus, zoom, and iris thru Multi-Touch gestures
  • Output DMX thru a wide range of USB interfaces and any Art-Net, sACN, or ESP-Net-compatible device
  • Up to 4 DMX512 universes, depending on edition
  • User interface specially designed for low-light environments
  • On-screen controls optimized for touch screens
  • Full-screen view
  • Optimized for Retina displays
  • Advanced fixture profiles which "understand" the properties of most modern fixtures
  • Support for multi-beam fixtures (e.g., LEDs)
  • Support for fixtures with multiple color and gobo wheels
  • Built-in fixture editor and library with over 200 fixture profiles
  • Import thousands of existing SSL2 or FreeStyler profiles

Note: While this application is labeled as a demo, a one year subscription is required. Info about the different levels can be found here.

What's new in Lightkey

Version 3.2:

From time to time we extend the capabilities of Lightkey’s fixture profiles to improve control of the various fixture kinds. This update brings better handling of color wheels, gobo wheels, and prisms, a new fixture type—panels—, and many other enhancements. We have updated almost 300 fixture profiles in the library to take advantage of the new features.

Smarter Fixture Profiles
  • Multiple gobo wheels appear as separate properties so gobos can be overlaid.
  • Lightkey now supports fixtures with both CMY color mixing and color wheels.
  • Multiple color wheels appear as separate properties.
  • Color Temperature, Green Saturation, and Xfade to Color can be used even when a fixture doesn’t support RGB or CMY color mixing.
  • Added lime as an additional color.
  • The Prism property now supports two independent prism channels.
  • Added “bounce” option for prisms (alternating rotation direction).
  • Added a new fixture type for panels, represented by a rectangular icon with support for custom beam layouts and virtual light beams.
  • Strobes and blinders now use rectangular icons as well.
  • LED matrixes can now show their beams as rectangular areas.
  • As always, we have updated almost 300 fixture profiles in the library to take advantage of the new features. If your fixtures have any of the listed capabilities, you can upgrade to the new fixture profiles by dragging a profile from the library onto the fixtures. In many cases Lightkey can convert the presets and cues in your project to the new profiles, but manual editing is necessary if a fixture property’s type changed (e.g. from Custom to Color Wheel or Prism). Make a backup copy of your project before replacing fixture profiles to be on the safe side!
Other Goodies
  • Color Temperature, Green Saturation, and Xfade to Color can now be used in pattern effects and fanning.
  • Pattern effects can be applied to fixtures with only additional colors (cool/warm white, amber, lime, ultraviolet). (Note that the built-in templates for pattern effects won’t work for these fixtures, though.)
  • Added an option to exclude fixtures from the Master Dimmer.
  • Improved MIDI feedback for the Akai LPD8 controller.
  • For MIDI controllers with feedback LEDs, the LEDs now flash when the pointer is over a corresponding MIDI trigger in a menu or when a binding in the External Control window is selected.
  • Double-clicking a preset in the cue inspector edits it.

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2 Lightkey Reviews

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waryuser
23 March 2017

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Developer has absolutely no intention of offering licenses that don't lock you out a year after you buy them. Worthless. Go look at QLC+
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Version 2.0
Jtrichmond
06 October 2017
I've been using Lightkey 3-4 times a week for a bit over a year. It has grown to be very stable in my environment, and is very intuitive if you think ahead when setting up your presets (as with any DMX software, it's as easy or as difficult as your preparation makes it). The MacUpdate page and previous comments are misleading on the price—there is a free mode, with all the features, the only limitation is it only works for 24 channels. No payment required. Then there are the different tiers of pricing which unlock additional DMX channels. Most people would probably go for the 512 which is $99 a year currently. I would recommend this software to anyone where you need it to be simple and obvious for your operators. If you're a real LD, sure, go get a PC and run M-PC for free... but LightKey is filling a wide gap of user-friendly, intuitive, Mac-native, DMX software. The fact that it works with so many interfaces and is regularly updated is a huge bonus. I currently use a DMX King USB interface and have the 512 license. Would recommend. If I could make any suggestion to the devs, it would be that an ability to OFFSET the HOME Pan/Tilt of fixtures by ±180 degrees would be amazing. And an ability to MIRROR the PAN and/or TILT of a fixture would be amazing. Both in the actual DMX values, and in the live preview. Reason being, one venue I run shows has mounted their fixtures in directions that don't quite make sense and aren't consistent. So If I give 4 lights on a back truss a position of 0°/90° (p/t), 3 of them shoot straight out, and one of them shoots to the side. I want to offset that light be 90° pan, so it will be more properly in sync. I understand this is a band-aid to correcting the actualy physical position, but it's not my venue to go up and move fixtures.
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Version 2.2.3
waryuser
23 March 2017
Developer has absolutely no intention of offering licenses that don't lock you out a year after you buy them. Worthless. Go look at QLC+
Like (1)
Version 2.0