The grandMA3 software is the soul of the MA system and offers almost endless possibilities for your art of programming. You can fully customize it to your way of working. The software supplies you with everything you need for your daily work – no matter how big your project is.

It's your ultimate toolbox, giving you all the tools you need to achieve your creative goals.

The grandMA3 software takes into account your current and future lighting control needs. Therefore, each of our grandMA3 software releases marks a fundamental step in the evolution of lighting control, keeping the basics but introducing new concepts to support you in your daily work life.

grandMA3 software: Your tool on all platforms

The grandMA3 software is available for your grandMA3 console and your grandMA3 onPC for Windows and Mac. The advantages are the same everywhere!

The grandMA3 software is customized but not limited and offers the same functionality on all platforms. Your show file is fully compatible and you can combine all consoles and computers with the same software version to work together seamlessly.

The grandMA3 onPC and grandMA3 onMAC versions allow you to output DMX within the onPC solutions by connecting the grandMA3 onPC solutions hardware to your computer.

This is the perfect entry-level option for pre-programming, smaller shows or smaller budgets.

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 masters all the basics:
patching, selecting fixtures, setting values, saving presets and playing cues. It should all seem familiar to you, but it's been improved.

The grandMA3 software now includes a variety of features that make previously complex tasks easier:
Selecting fixtures, sub-fixtures or any other object is an improved process with simple rules for quick and intuitive interaction with the software.

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.

 

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: Creating effects in a new way

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 your shows in the future.

Expand your creativity with MAgic

The new Recipe workflow in combination with MAgic and the massive new feature set of MAtricks enables programming creativity you never knew 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.

Selection made easy

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.

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

Default Datapool

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.

A second Datapool for the main act operator
Default Datapool
A second Datapool for the main act operator

More power in your daily work

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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Here again 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.  

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.