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High End Systems Preset Menu Guide

Preset Menu

Note: Some older versions of fixture software use the computer language terminology "master" and "slave." We are replacing these terms with “host” and “client” respectively due to the insensitive nature of the former terminology used.

Navigate: Main Menu → Preset

Presets are built by combining scenes into programs and then assigning the programs to Program Partitions for playback. Fixtures ship with factory-programmed scenes and programs ready for you to use or edit.

Preset programming requires one fixture to act as the host. All other fixtures that are connected to the designated host fixture can then receive Auto Programs from the host.

Example: You edit groups of scenes into Programs 1–10 on the host fixture.

-  Program 2 is assigned to Part 1

-  Program 4 is assigned to Part 2

-  Program 6 is assigned to Part 3

*  Fixtures assigned as Client 1 will play back Part 1

*  Fixtures assigned as Client 2 will play back Part 2

*  Fixtures assigned as Client 3 will play back Part 3

Set the Playback Settings

Navigate: Main Menu → Preset → Play Back

Playback settings let you run an Auto Program as a host fixture or in stand-alone mode, or receive playback information from a different host fixture.

Select the appropriate playback setting:

•    DMX Control: Return the fixture to DMX control from another playback mode.

•    Set To Client: Fixture will play back the Auto Program that is defined on the host fixture.

•    Auto Program: Fixture runs an Auto Program either in stand-alone mode or as a host fixture. Use the Select Prog parameter to select the program

(see Select an Auto Program below).

•    Music Ctrl: (SolaFrame 1500 fixtures only.) Fixture runs an Auto Program based on audio triggers that are detected by the internal microphone, either in stand-alone mode or as a hostfixture.

Select an Auto Program 

Navigate: Main Menu → Preset → Select Prog.

Select the Auto Program that the fixture will run either in stand-alone mode or as a host fixture.



Default Value

Prog. Part 1

Program 1–Program 10

Program 1

Prog. Part 2

Program 1–Program 10

Program 2

Prog. Part 3

Program 1–Program 10

Program 3

Edit an Auto Program

Navigate: Main Menu → Preset → Edit Program 

Create the Auto Program that the fixture will run either in stand-alone mode or as a host fixture (see

Select an Auto Program on the previous page).

Navigate to the Auto Program that you want to edit (Program 1, Program 2, etc.), and then set the scene (SC001, SC002, etc.) for each step (Step 01, Step 02, etc.) in the Auto Program. You can set a maximum of 64 steps. The fixture provides pre-programmed scenes, or you can customize scenes using the Edit Scenes parameter (see Edit a Scene or Capture (Record) a Scene below).

Edit a Scene or Capture (Record) a Scene

Navigate: Main Menu → Preset → Edit Scenes

The fixture provides pre-programmed scenes that you can use or edit to build an Auto Program. Each scene is a snapshot of a set of fixture parameters (for example, color, beam quality and pattern, intensity, focus, etc.) that you can assign to a step in an Auto Program. Select the scene (Scene 001, Scene 002, etc.) that you want to edit, and then set the parameters for the scene or capture the parameters for the scene from the current DMX input.

In addition to standard features (pan, tilt, etc.), scene parameters include the following options.




Fade Time

0–255 seconds

Enter the crossfade time applied to parameters when the scene plays.

Scene Time

0.2–99.9 seconds

Enter how long the scene will play before the next scene plays. The default value is 0.3 seconds.

Input By Out


Capture the parameter values for the scene from the current DMX input.

Capture (Record) Multiple Scenes

Navigate: Main Menu → Preset → Scenes Input

You can capture DMX data and record those parameters as a series of scenes. Select the start and end scene numbers for the range of scenes that you want to record. The fixture records the incoming DMX data into the selected scenes, with each change in DMX data triggering the next scene in the range. When all scenes in the range have been recorded, the display returns to the main menu.

Note: While capturing the DMX data, the fixture does not play back the DMX input; it only captures the data. You must edit or play back the scene after recording is complete to verify the results. We suggest that you prepare the scenes on a DMX controller with a zero crossfade for all parameters between steps. Remember that any change of a DMX value will automatically advance to the next scene during capture.

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