StageLight User Manual V.2.8

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Why StageLight?

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.

StageLight Layout

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, ...) or a group of fixtures. 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 Fixture 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 Fixture 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 Fixture Button

Opens a dialog to assign a fixture or a group 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.

Channel Master Fader

The Channel Master Fader controls the master output of the corresponding fixture or dimmer number of the selected preset scene (A or B).

Grand Master Fader

The Grand Master Fader controls all channel master faders. This determines maximum output over the selected scene (A or B).

Control Channel Switch

Selects one of the 4 areas of 8 channels (iPad) or 12 channels (iPad Pro).

  1. Control channels 1-8/Control channels 1-12
  2. Control channels 9-16 /Control channels 13-24
  3. Control channels 17-24/Control channels 25-36
  4. Control channels 25-32/Control channels 37-48.

A/B Preset Switch

Selects one of the presets (A or B) to modify the fixture settings of a scene.

A/B Preset Crossfader

Crossfades to one of the presets (A or B) to show the fixture settings of a scene on stage

Black-out Button

Press this button to momentarily blackout overall output.

Store Scene Button

Press this button to Store a stage lighting snapshot as new scene or overwrite an existing. Please see the chapter Working with scenes for more information.

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 the fixture template view.


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 presets

The StageLight app has two identical control banks with 32 (iPad) or 48 (iPad Pro) channels, called scene A or B. The controls on these scenes can be manually adjusted. Each scene has the same number of channels which control the same fixture or dimmers. So you can build a scene offline or in "blind".The A/B Preset Crossfader is used to selectively mix or fade between the different scenes.

Working with scenes

The StageLight App provides the capability to store, manage and play several scenes. Scenes are a snapshot of a lighting setup containing color, master and control values. Scenes depend on the current fixture setup (fixture capabilities, dmx addresses and so on). So be careful. If you modify your fixture setup after you have created the scene maybe you can not modify the scenes.

Creating a scene

There are two ways to create a scene:

  1. Tap the Store Scene Button in the mixing interface and then the '+' button in the popup dialog. sceneBtn
  2. Or tap the '+' button in the scene interface.


Storing a lighting snapshot as a scene

sceneBtn To store a lighting snapshot as a scene tap the Store Scene Button in the mixing interface, then press a scene button of your choice and hold it pressed until it wiggles slightly.


Adjusting the scene information and the look and feel

To insert or update the scene name, the play script or the look and feel of the scene button, tap the settings icon on a scene button of your choice. modifyScenes

Modifing a scene snapshot


To modify a scene snapshot tap the Mixing Button in the scene interface then open the mixing interface on the current active scene. This allows you to modify a scene live or overwrite the source scene or store a new scene.

Playing scenes

The current scene can be identified by a thicker border and dashed line around the scene button. The next scene has only a thicker border. scenes

Importing/Exporting Scenes

The scenes 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 (Cues and 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

Cues and Sequences

52Sequences In the sequencer view you can combine multiple cues to a sequence. You can adjust fade-in, fade-out, the color and 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:

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.

Activate and 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 Edit Button, you can configure MIDI messages for the provided actions.


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 store this values as a scene.

(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 scene in the StageLight app in the usual way. Please visit the section "Storing a lighting snapshot as a scene" for that.

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.

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