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Professional DMX lighting control. Mac style.

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Lighting control as you always wanted it: Lightkey combines the power of a professional DMX lighting console with the ease and style of a Mac—perfect for musicians, night­clubs, live events, churches & more.

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Choose Your DMX Interface

Save the cost of expensive proprietary DMX hardware: Lightkey works with a wide range of USB interfaces plus any Art-Net, sACN, or ESP-Net-compatible device, thanks to the Open Lighting Architecture. Whatever DMX interface you have, there’s a good chance that Lightkey supports it—simply download Lightkey for free, plug in your interface, and give it a try.

  • dmxking

    DMXking ultraDMX Micro

    DMXking ultraDMX Pro

    DMXking ultraDMX RDM Pro

    DMXking eDMX2 PRO

  • dmx-usb-pro





  • eurolite

    Eurolite USB-DMX512

    Eurolite USB-DMX512-PRO (MK1)

  • 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

  • art-net

    Any Art-Net interface

  • sacn

    Any sACN (E1.31) interface

  • esp-net

    Any ESP Net interface

Hardware Control

Do you prefer the physical controls on a lighting console? Then you can have the best of both worlds. Lightkey integrates seamlessly with any standard MIDI controller and DMX console (through DMX-In). You can map each hardware control to whatever feature you like and build your own custom-tailored show control desk to trigger cues, presets and sequences, adjust fixture properties, tap the beat, and whatever else you need.


Focus on Creativity

Designed for the needs of creative lighting designers, Lightkey breaks free from the old thinking about DMX values and channels. Thru advanced fixture profiles it understands all your fixtures’ properties—like Color, Gobo, Shutter, Prism, Zoom—, and provides specially-designed, easy-to-use controls for each of them. The current state of your fixtures is always visible in the live preview. Simply concentrate on the perfect light show and let Lightkey translate it to the proper DMX values.

  • Virtual Light Beams

    Virtual light beams show your lights real-world positions and also reflect intensity, color, focus, zoom, iris, shutter/strobe, and prism states.

  • Built-In Stage Editor

    The built-in graphical editor lets you recreate the stage or dance floor on the screen. Apart from your fixtures you can add shapes, trusses, and custom images.

  • Copy & Paste

    Easily copy and paste properties between fixtures – even fixtures of different types. Of course, you can undo as well.

  • At a Glance

    Little “bubbles” in the Preview show you at a glance which fixture properties are overridden or defined by a preset, sequence, or cue.

  • On-the-Fly Changes

    Quickly change any fixture property on the fly—perfect for nightclubs and parties where you don’t have a song run sheet in advance.

  • Extensive Keyboard Shortcuts

    A clever, well-structured, and extensible system of keyboard shortcuts lets you control virtually every application feature.

  • Multi-Touch Gestures

    With a Multi-Touch trackpad you can use gestures like pinching, swiping, and scrolling to change fixture properties in a natural way.

  • Intelligent Design View

    The Design view automatically adapts itself according to your fixtures and their properties so you only see the controls you really need.

Real-World Pan/Tilt Locations
Lightkey knows your moving light’s pan/tilt range, home position, and rotation direction. With this information it calculates the exact beam position on the stage or dance floor, so the preview always shows the fixture’s real-world position, letting you point your lights whereever you like with just a single mouse click. Even if you select multiple devices from different manufacturers, Lightkey will calculate the individual DMX values for each of them so they all point in the same direction.

Command Central

With Lightkey you don’t need to shuffle windows and panels around. Everything you need is cleanly arranged in a single window, providing you with exactly the controls you need at any time. The elegant, white-on-dark UI has been specially designed for use in low-light environments—it even adapts itself to the light colors.

  • Full-Screen Mode

    The single-window user interface has been specially designed for full-screen mode.

  • Touch Screen Support

    All controls have large clickable areas and work great with touch screens.

Building Blocks for
Stunning Light Shows

  • Presets

    Change some fixture properties and click the “+” button—it is this simple to create a preset. Lightkey even auto-assigns a name and icon, depending on the contents.

  • Sequences

    Combine multiple presets to a sequence, simply by drag & drop. Configure hold and fade times and overall speed to create just about any effect you like.

  • Fixture Movements

    Use one of the predefined fixture movements or easily create your own movement paths using Lightkey’s powerful built-in editor.

  • Cues

    Build your custom show control panel with virtual keys, which can be arranged and grouped freely. Each key represents a cue, containing any combination of presets and sequences.

Beat Control
Synchronize light and music: Simply tap the beat with Lightkey’s tempo control or use a MIDI Clock signal sent by your DJ app or audio analysis software.

Advanced Fixtures

Lightkey can handle even the most sophisticated fixtures. Its advanced fixture profiles support multiple modes (“personalities”), fine and coarse channels, RGB/CMY color mixing, multiple color and gobo wheels, and custom beam layouts for LED matrixes. Lightkey comes with a large library of both generic and device-specific fixture profiles for all popular manufac­turers, and it can import thousands of freely available profiles in the formats SSL2, FXT, and PFF.

Built-In Fixture Editor
To make fixture profile creation as easy as possible, Lightkey’s fixture editor has the same layout as a typical DMX chart. (Click the image for a side-by-side comparison.) And it’s built right into the application so changes take effect instantly.
Lightkey’s fixture editor (right) has the same layout as a typical DMX chart (left).

Powered by Your Mac

Lightkey was engineered from the ground up as a native Mac app, so it’s finally goodbye to the Windows emulation. It perfectly matches your Mac’s look and feel and comes with all the familiar features like full screen view, autosaving, copy and paste, unlimited undo, or automatic software updates. Under the hood, Lightkey takes full advantage of your Mac’s capabilities including 64-bit processing, multicore computing thru Grand Central Dispatch, support for Retina displays, and pristine graphics using Apple’s Core Animation and Core Image technologies.

Editions & Pricing

Simply choose the number of output channels you need. All Lightkey editions include the full feature set, even the free edition.

Output Channels
in US Dollars
$ 69 per year
$ 99 per year
$ 179 per year
$ 349 per year
USB Output
Art-Net Output
sACN Output
ESP-Net Output
DMX Input
MIDI Input
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What you need:

  • Any Mac computer with OS X 10.9 or later
  • One of the supported DMX interfaces
  • Any DMX-enabled lighting fixture
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Lightkey uses the Open Lighting Architecture, an open-source framework by the Open Lighting Project.
Download the source code here or get the latest version on GitHub.