17.2 Virtual Master Playback

You can run cuelists without assigning them to a physical master by using virtual masters. Virtual masters are always at full intensity, so the intensity of fixtures is that programmed in the cues. An almost unlimited number of virtual masters running different cuelists can be in operation at any one time.

You can operate virtual masters from the Cuelist Directory window, from the Cuelist window, or from the command line.


You can press List + Release to release all running cuelists playing back as virtual masters.

17.2.1 Running Virtual Masters from the Cuelist Directory

You can run cuelist virtual masters from the Cuelist Directory window:

  • Open + List


  • List, List

To run a cuelist, make sure that the Guard button in the Cuelist Directory window is deselected. Then press a cuelist button in the directory, and it will playback onstage, as if Go had been pressed on a physical master. Holding your finger down on the cuelist's button is the equivalent of holding the master's Choose key, and you can then use the central playback controls.

The cuelist buttons in the directory are coloured to show the cuelist status:

  • Green: cuelist is crossfading into a cue.

  • Red:  cuelist is paused in the middle of a crossfade.

  • Purple: cuelist is releasing.

  • Grey: cuelist is overridden.

  • Blue: cuelist is active on stage and halted

  • Teal: cuelist is active on stage, halted, and running effects.

Screenshot fragment of the Cuelist Directory with live cuelists and
							one cuelist fading.

17.2.2 Using Cuelist Play Controls to Play a Master

To run a cuelist virtual master from the cuelist window:

  1. Open + List : open the Cuelist Directory window.

  2. Check that the Guard button is depressed.

  3. Open + [List 1] : open the required cuelist.

  4. Press the Play Controls button in the Cuelist window. The on-screen playback controls will appear:

    Screenshot fragment of Play Controls in Cuelist

The controls are, from left to right, the Go, Halt/Back, Skip Back, Skip Forward, and Release buttons. These function in the same way as their front panel equivalents; see The Main Controls.

17.2.3 Running Virtual Masters from the Command Line

To run a cuelist on a virtual master from the command line:

  • List 1, Enter : sends a Go command to cuelist 1.