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    • 00 Welcome
    • 01 New Show and Setup
    • 02 First Patch
    • 03 First View Setup
    • 04 Control Simple Fixtures
    • 05 3D Fixture Setup
    • 06 Groups, Appearances, and Scribbles
    • 07 Macros
    • 08 Store Cues and Use Executors
    • 09 Add Moving Lights
    • 10 Presets
    • 11 Phasers
    • 12 Sequence with multiple cues
    • 13 Network and How to Output DMX
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Version 1.7

Store Cues and Use Executors

Table of contents of this topic

There are different terms that you need to learn.


A cue stores different values from fixture attributes. They can contain more than just the attribute values, but it is all about the output to the fixtures. Cues also have information on how to transition between different cues.

Each cue has a unique cue number.

Cues actually consist of Cue Parts. This means that if we store values in cue 5. Then the values are actually stored in cue 5 part 0. We often just talk about this as cue 5 and only mentions the parts when they are relevant.


The Cues are stored in a Sequence. The sequences have a list of cues in a numbered order. This means that cue number 4 cannot be before cue number 3.

The grandMA3 can handle an almost unlimited number of sequences and many cues for each sequence.

The sequences are stored in a sequence pool. When we playback (or "run") a cue, then it is played back from the sequence pool.

There is always a selected sequence. The default color for indicating a selected pool object is a thick yellow frame.

If we do not specify a sequence then the grandMA3 assumes that a sequence command is for the selected sequence.


Executors are used to controlling different objects. One of the objects is the sequences.

Executors can also be called Playbacks. There are different executor hardware: Executor Buttons, Executor Faders, and Executor Knobs.

All faders and knobs have a button attached.

On the grandMA3 onPC, you can open an on-screen version of the executor hardware by pressing F5.

It is important to know that the sequences are not playing back from the executors. The executor sends control commands to the sequences running from the sequence pool.

This also means that if several executors control the same sequence, then they share the sequence status.

Create Some Cues

We are going to create some cues, but first of all, we need a window where we can see the sequence. Click the default view called "Sequence Sheet". It is a starting point and you can modify it if you feel like it.

The window you need is called Sequence and if you want to create one from scratch, then it is found in the "Common" tab in the Add Window pop-up.

The sequence sheet shows the selected sequence. We have not created a sequence yet, but the first sequence pool object is already selected.


Select group 1 and give the fixtures a value of 100%.

Press Store and then Please.

Now we have stored the programmer values into cue 1 in sequence 1. When we did not specify a location then the selected sequence was used, and it stores the values in the first available cue. 

You can see the cue in the sequence sheet.


A sequence always contains two default cues: CueZero and OffCue. The OffCue is used to control different timings when the sequence is turned Off.

Cues are rows in the sheet. The different columns represent different settings for the cue.

There are many columns in the sequence sheet - let us have a look at some of the most important.

"No" is the cue number.

"Part" is the cue part number.

"Name" is the cue name.

"Trig Type" describes what triggers the cue. If you look at Cue 1, the type is "Go". This means that to execute the cue, you need to press a 'Go' key.

"Cue Fade" and "Cue Delay" show you the respective times for the values to change.


To trigger the cue we can write Go in the command line and tap the sequence in the pool.

Now the sequence is outputting the stored values in cue 1.

An easier way to control the sequence is the executors and Master Area. On the grandMA3 hardware, the master area is the two faders and the three dedicated buttons for 'Go+', 'Go-' and 'Pause'. Some hardware also has some extra buttons and knobs above the faders. On the grandMA3 onPC, we can open an on-screen version of the master area by pressing F7 on a keyboard.

The master area always controls the selected sequence. The default function for the left fader is an output master. Moving it up and down adjust the output level of the fixtures.

We can also assign controls to the other executors. The on-screen version of the executors can be opened by pressing F5 on a keyboard. On the grandMA3 hardware, these executor buttons are not numbered as they are in the software. They have small horizontal lines on the buttons indicating the hundreds number and then the leftmost column of executors are the first. This means that the bottom executor in the lower-left corner is executor 101. It got one horizontal line. The button above this is 201 and it is connected to the fader. The button above the fader is 301 and it got a rotating knob. The top button is 401 and it also got a rotating knob. The next column is the second's executors for each hundred: 102, 202, 302, and 402.

Each executor is their own and can be sending control commands to different objects. But they can also be grouped together.

We want the left fader executor to control our sequence.

Press Assign Sequ 1 and press the executor button 201.

Now we can move the left executor fader and it also controls the master intensity for the sequence. Notice that the master in the Master Area also moves. Both faders do the same thing for sequence 1.


Now we are going to create more sequences.

Clear your programmer and select group 2.

Give them 100% intensity.

Press the Store macro and then executor button 202.

Now we have two faders each controlling their own fixtures.

When we pressed the executor button, the grandMA3 software automatically created a new cue 1 in a new sequence and assigned the sequence to executor 202.


Clear the programmer and repeat the steps above for group 4 (Even Blinders) and store them to executor 203. And finally, store group 5 at 100% on executor 204.

We should name the four sequences in the sequence pool to match the group names.

Now you have four faders that each control some of the fixtures.


Let us try to modify the controls to give us some more buttons. We would like to use the 101, 102, 103, and 104 as flash buttons for the sequences above.

We could make these buttons also control the sequences and just have a flash button on them, but we could also expand the executor and group the executors for each sequence.

Press Move and press executor 201 and then 101. Now we have moved the executor from 201 to 101 and we now only have a single executor button to control the sequence.

We need to configure the assignment of the executor buttons. Press Assign and then executor button 101.

Now the Assign Menu opens on one of the screens. In this menu, we need to expand the executor to include the 200th row.

Tap the 200 button:

This expands the executor in height so it now includes the two executor buttons and the fader.

Now we need to change the assignment on the lower button. Tap the button in the assign menu.

This gives us a small select pop-up that gives us the valid options for the button. Tap Flash in the small pop-up.

This has now changed the function (or command) assigned to the button. It got a cyan line at the top to indicate that this is different than the default assignment for this executor configuration. We can save this as a new default. Tap Save in the title bar of the Assign Menu. Close the Assign Menu by tapping the X in the upper right corner.

Let us try the new function. Turn down all the faders and press executor button 101. You should see the fixture flash in the 3D window and in the fixture sheet.

Ok, let us do the same for the other executors.

Press Assign and then executor 202. In the Assign Menu we can see that the 100 button is grayed out. This means that we cannot expand the executor down. Executors can only be expanded up and to the right and only if the space is not occupied. A final expansion rule is that we cannot expand outside the grouping of 5 columns. This means that executor 105 cannot expand to the right to executor 106 even if it is empty.

To continue with our task, we need to move the executors down first before we can expand them up. Press Move and then executor button 202 and then executor button 102. If you still have the Assign Menu open then you will see that it updated the view and now the executor 102 can be expanded to 202. Doing so automatically changed the button function to the new default we just stored for 101.

Now also expand executor 203 and 204, by first moving them and then expanding them.

Try out the new flash buttons.

Flash can be combined with having the faders up. If the fader is at 100%, then the flash does not have a function, but having the faders at 25% and flashing is a visible combination.

Now the executors looks like this in a Playback window:

Notice that the sequence called Front has a yellow color in the executor label. This indicates that this is the selected sequence.


In this chapter, we stored some cues in different sequences and we made some executors control the sequences. We also adjusted the executors to match our needs.

If you want to learn details about the Sequence Sheet window then read the Look at Cues and Sequences topic.

The Assign menu is described in detail in the Assign Object to an Executor topic.

The next chapter is about adding moving lights.

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