DMX lighting controller with Mac


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 10, 2006
Anyone out there with experience in dmx lighting control using a Mac? I'm interested in software, and of course some sort of interface (USB?) that will produce DMX signals. A search on the web reveals several 'older' Mac programs - any advice welcome!



macrumors newbie
Sep 23, 2008
glad im not the only one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i have been looking for a program for over three years and i have not yet found one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! some one please help i have doing tech work for years but will not step near a pc!! thanks.


macrumors newbie
Oct 7, 2008
Free Simple DMX lighting control software for Mac

A simple 24 channel memory light board with unlimited cue memory and manual or auto timed cross fades. It includes a command-line keyboard interface that uses commands similar to popular lighting consoles (ETC Express). This software is designed for conventional theatrical lighting. It works in a way that is easy to understand for a person who does theatrical lighting. It does not have features for moving lights, fancy chasing and nightclub-style control.

This software supports MIDI input so that you can use a MIDI control surface such as the BCF2000 to move faders and press buttons, or use show control programs such as QLab to command miniStageConsole.

Requires an DMX USB Pro interface that costs about $150.

Free download at

Patrick Neame

macrumors newbie
Oct 24, 2008
I've started using LC edit at The Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. It's a steep learning curve but I think it's going to be worth it. The first effort was a disaster but the second go has been fine. It beats our strand desk or the dreadful ETC thing we have. In fact the ETC thing is the reason why I decided to take the plunge and spend my own money.
It's also worth considering the cost. £450 for the Lanbox plus £800 for the iMac against £3000 (that's what I was told we had spent) on the ETC. I could have got a cheaper second hand Mac and a less sophisticated version of the Lanbox. On top of that, for a bit more money you can just keep a spare Lanbox in the theatre. If your primary one fails you could be up and running in minutes. If the computer fails you can nick the admin office PC for the night, download the software, and again, you'd be up and running in minutes. This assumes you've backed up to a remote server or a portable hard drive.


macrumors newbie
Nov 4, 2009
Try Chamsys

To all of the ones looking for a great dmx software/hardware for your mac there is Chamsys you can buy their own USB/DMX interface but you can also make it work with an Enttec interface. Chamsys software is so powerful it can also be linked to video servers as Arkaos, Hippotizer, etc. I have been using it in some nightclubs and works great !!! It runs in X11 and there is an installer for Intel Macs and other one for PPC. I hope this work for you guys !!!


macrumors newbie
May 5, 2010

We have a piece of DMX lighting control software called Chameleon which launched commercially at the beginning of this year. It has been built for Mac from the ground up, using native OSX libraries, so it should appeal to hardcore Mac users.

The software can be downloaded and trialled for free. We also build and sell our own USB-DMX interfaces.

We'd be interested to get your feedback.


macrumors 6502
Dec 20, 2006
Hi there , i have a 152.738 QTX LS01 MULTIPOINT LASER , is it possible to great your own effects for a laser like this with this software, so you can make it spell a name or something , or can you only use the software to switch between the 11 pre-programmed effects?

It is my first laser and have it for 2 days now , so i realy dont know to much about it yet, i'm a noob so to say, just so you know ;-).


macrumors 68020
Feb 17, 2011
Spokane, WA
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I highly suggest you take a look at We've talked about Software alternatives many times, and even have a few developers as well. Be sure to use the search function if you do look for software. Thanks



macrumors newbie
May 21, 2013

i have been using chameleon (as mentioned above)
for a while now and i must say its a great piece of software! affordable and most of all, very stable!
hope we can all support this great piece of software so that it has the funds to make some more incredible upgrades.


macrumors 65816
Dec 7, 2010
Are any of these softwares able to basically take an audio input and use that to control the DMX output?

We put on shows with lighting, and projections, and I've worked out controlling resolume from a midi or audio sync, but I'd love to do the same with our par cans, maybe strobes and even lasers if any of these can manage those too.