The free-of-cost grandMA3 software is the soul of the grandMA3 platform and is designed to accommodate the current and future needs of lighting control. Therefore each of our grandMA3 software versions marks a fundamental step in the evolution of lighting control software whilst introducing new concepts to help you in your daily work life.

grandMA3 software has a refined user interface designed for fast programming and ease of use. You can customize your workflow to incorporate favorite options and features, without cluttering your workspace. The standard default-configurations for screen views and playback layout are comprehensive but can be customized as you wish, providing a level of flexibility that you will appreciate.

The latest software release 1.4 rolls out plenty of enhancements and new features.

Curious? Here are the top features of 1.4

  • Enhanced Selection

  • Brand new MAtricks

  • Reworked Phaser Editor

  • New Feature: Recipes

  • Optimized 3D Window

  • New Color Picker Experience

  • Enhanced Copy Functionality

  • Improved Sequence and Sequence Sheet Handling

  • Improved Timecode and Timecode Editor

  • More Implemented Protocols


You will find all improvements in the release notes in the download section of this website.  

Complex tasks become smarter

grandMA3 software now incorporates a host of functionality designed to simplify previously complex tasks for you. Improvements include a new Recast Preset function that allows you to selectively update of Cues including any Attributes that have been added or removed.

grandMA3 still masters all the basics:
Selecting fixtures, adjusting values, storing presets and playing back cues ‘should’ all feel familiar to you, but are much more improved.

GDTF support results in best colors

The General Device Type Format (GDTF) protocol support ensures fixtures perform precisely as their manufacturers intended and resulting in less time wasted during set-up.

The emitter information provided is used to auto correct the color mixing of any additive color mixing fixture for the best color matching results. Additional information like REC 709 or REC 2020 or fixture type color gamut all support intuitive programming workflows. Also, a constant brightness mode is available for adjusting color without spoiling intensity levels.


Locate key information instantly with the programmer

The grandMA3 software incorporates a programmer with active values, which is seamlessly integrated into the overall playback. The programmer can be specifically masked or filtered to instantly locate key information.

Easily assign functions to actions of a button, fader or encoder

The playback options on grandMA3 allow for maximum usability of all sequences. You can now assign any function to any action of a button, fader or encoder. From a simple GO+ functionality on a single button press, to fast-forwarding when an encoder is turned clockwise and fast-backwards when turned anti-clockwise. All different assignments can be stored as default assignment for a one-click use at a later stage.

Phaser: The new powerful effect concept

The grandMA3 software has a totally new effects concept, allowing multi-step effect sequences to be nested inside a cue or preset. “Phasers” are treated just like static parameter values and respect normal programming syntax. The user-friendly visual interface brings simplicity to a traditionally complex process.

Additionally, MAgic (MA grid interpolation concept) has been implemented as a fantastic new way of easily programming complex alignments.

Recipes and MAgic

Recipe workflow is a game-changer

The Recipe workflow improves your way of working. While usually only working with references, you can now note down the ingredients used for a preset or phaser (or cue). At any time, changing the ingredients leads to a re-cooking of such and therefore updates all references!

This is a completely new way of prepping and programming shows in the future.

Expand your creativity with MAgic

The new Recipe workflow combined with MAgic and the massive new feature set of MAtricks allow for programming creativity not seen before. MAtricks still allows you to manipulate the selection in any known combination but offers so much more: it inverts in different styles for values and encoder handling and also sets and stores Phase, Speed, Fade and Delay.

All of this is available to manipulate the Grid Selection in all three dimensions and can be easily combined with Presets, Phaser, MAgic and Recipes.

Timecode becomes easier to use

The timecode editor functionality got a bunch of extra improvements – new markers, easier event handling and multiple symbols for a better overview. The overhaul of the timecode editor encoder bar leads to even faster and more precise editing of any scale of timecoded show.

Recursive selection syntax offers more programming options

Due to easy access throughout the grandMA3 software with the new recursive selection syntax everything can be addressed either absolutely or relatively.

Grouping Fixtures now becomes a powerful tool – you can remember the absolute fixture IDs or just work relative with the children of the Grouping Fixture.

Datapools: Work smarter in multiuser environments

With the introduction of Datapools, the grandMA3 takes the concept of multiuser environments to a whole new level. A single show file can now be used for several stages and/or several operators for one stage. Ideal for use at festivals and for support/main act separation when touring. Datapools allow you to enjoy full access to your own unique pools and playback handles.

Everyone can work freely without sharing pool-items or playback handles; however, you can also share data if desired.

Day or night programming make no difference anymore

Daytime programming at a summer festival can be very challenging and requires higher screen contrast compared to indoor use. With grandMA3, you can choose between default day and night color themes and can also edit and save custom color themes to suit their individual needs.

grandMA3 software version 1.4 adds a lot more to the daily workflow with additional enhancements, specifically in the area of networking, webremote and performance adjustments within the 3D window.

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You are in need of further information?

All improvements in the Release Notes

For all detailed information, the Release Notes of each software release list all current implementations and enhancements.


How to use your MA product in the best way

The grandMA3 Online Help or In-Software Help System supports you with information about all programming topics.


Expand your knowledge in a quick and simple way

Additionally there is a free-to-use MA E-learning available to get you up to speed with the latest grandMA3 software.