17.5 Cuelist and Scene Options

You can configure various options that determine the priority, timing, and other properties of cuelists and scenes that affect how they are played back using the Master Options window:

  1. Open + Choose : open the Cuelist window of the chosen master.

  2. OptionsCuelist : open the Cuelist pane of the Cuelist Options window.

Alternatively, you can quickly access many cuelist options from the Cuelist Options Toolbar by holding down the Choose key of the master the cuelist is on:

The cuelist options toolbar

You can quickly open the Playback Options window of a cuelist attached to a master by holding the Pig key and pressing the master's Choose key.

Figure 17.6. The Cuelist Pane of the Playback Options Window

The cuelist pane of the playback options window

You can configure the default settings for new cuelists in the Playback Defaults pane of the User Preferences window:

You can also customise the function of each of the master controls and main controls; see Physical Master Playback.


You can revert all of the settings in the Cuelist pane of the Playback Defaults window by pressing the Reset to Defaults button in the bottom left corner of the window.

17.5.1 Cuelist Timing and Rate Settings

You can assign several settings that control cuelist timing:

Timing Function



Release Time 2s

The time over which parameter values go to their default values when the cuelist is released; see Releasing Masters.

Assert Time 2s The time in which parameters go to their values determined by the cuelist when the cuelist is asserted; see Asserting One Cuelist Over the Others.
Back Time 2s The time in which the cuelist steps back to the previous cue when the Halt key is pressed twice (to first halt the cuelist and then send it back).

Playback Rate


Default proportion rate of the cuelist. A rate of 50% will double all cue timings, a rate of 200% will halve all cue timings.

Cue Only


Releases previous cue's tracking values as you advance the list to the next cue. Tracking values are released using the total fade time of the cue being played.


If you have assigned a release, assert or back time to a cuelist, and you want to revert to the default time, press the Default button adjacent to the appropriate cell.

17.5.2 Cuelist Wrapping

Wrapping decides what happens to a cuelist when it reaches the final cue. Configure the wrapping in the Action at End of List menu:

  • Wrap to beginning of list: Pressing Go after the final cue is reached sends the cuelist to its first cue.

  • Add release end cue: Pressing Go after the final cue is reached releases the list and sends it to its first cue.

  • Auto-release at end: The cuelist is released as soon as the last cue in the cuelist has completed all its fade and delay times.

  • Don't allow wrapping: The cuelist stays on the final cue until released or sent backwards.

17.5.3 Cue Only

Cue Only enables a cuelist to playback cue data one cue at a time (otherwise known as a non-tracking cuelist). For example: any cue data in cue 1 is released as you play cue 2 so that only data from cue 2 is onstage. The release time of the previous cue is determined by the longest fade time in the cue being played.

17.5.4 Action of go when Looping

When the cuelist is performing a continuous loop with the use of a link cue, you can configure the effect of pressing the Go key using the Action of Go When Looping menu:

Exit loop immediately Jumps the cuelist to the link cue at the end of the loop. Use a wait time on the cue after the link if you want to go to that cue automatically when exiting the loop.
Exit loop at end

Allows the loop to proceed to the last cue before jumping to the link cue at the end of the loop. Use a wait time on the cue after the link if you want to go to that cue automatically when exiting the loop.


Jumps immediately to the first cue in the loop.

Stop at next

Stops at the next cue in the loop.

Go Next

Advances the cuelist forward by a single cue when go is pressed.

For more information on loops, see Loops and Links.

17.5.5 Action of Halt when Halted

By default, pressing the Halt key when a cue is halted steps the cuelist back a cue in the assigned back time, see Cuelist Timing and Rate Settings. You can change this action using the Action of Halt When Halted menu:

Action Notes
None The current cue remains halted.
BackThe cuelist crossfades into the previous cue using the back time assigned to the cuelist.


The current cue continues to fade.


The cuelist is released, see Releasing Masters.

Toggle FX

Toggles effects between running at 0 BPM and the programmed rate