Well-known basics with improved workflows
You know the MA philosophy from previous generations, especially from the grandMA2 range?
Great – it will be easy for you to find your way through standard tasks like patching, selecting fixtures, setting values, saving presets and playing back cues. It should all seem familiar to you, but it has been improved.
You are new to the world of MA Lighting and start learning grandMA3?
Also, great – The grandMA3 software provides an entry level with a variety of features that make previously complex tasks easier: You will find condensed windows, predefined views, pre-built phasers and much more to start programming your show as fast as possible!
GDTF support for your real-world fixture control
The General Device Type Format (GDTF) protocol support ensures fixtures perform precisely as their manufacturers intended, resulting in less time wasted during set-up.
The emitter information provided is used to auto correct color mixing of any additive and subtractive color mixing fixture for the best color matching results.
And to make it as simple as possible you can have a direct connection to the GDTF Share from the grandMA3 software via the Internet, to download your fixture types.
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.
Additionally you can use the MAtricks for fast and easy live programming – they are a real wizard for everything you do in your programmer.
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 – it allows you to place multi-step effect sequences directly inside a preset or cue.
“Phasers” are treated just like static parameter values – there is no difference for you compared to the programming of static values. The normal programming syntax is respected which makes the creation of phasers very easy. You will find a user-friendly visual interface which brings simplicity to a traditionally complex process.
Additionally MAgic (MA grid interpolation concept) is a fantastic new way of easily programming complex alignments you will love!
Recipes – The game changer in programming workflow!
The Recipes will definitely improve your way of working. While usually only working with references, you can now note down the ingredients used for a preset, a phaser or a complete look on stage. At any time, changing the ingredients leads to a re-cooking as such, and therefore updates all references.
Imagine your fixture setup changes and you can use one command to adapt all of your looks immediately. This is a completely new way of prepping and programming your shows in the future.
In combination with MAgic and the massive new feature set of MAtricks, Recipes enable programming creativity you never knew before. Everything you program will be mapped directly to your Selection Grid (fixture selection in up to three dimensions) – there are so many ways to get creative!
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.
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.
More power in your daily work
grandMA3 software version 1.6 improves the daily workflow in the areas of absolute and relative values in presets and sequences, patching fixtures and changing default, highlight or lowlight values.
Additionally there are a lot of functionalities implemented we missed so far, like Pan/Tilt Offsets, DMX curves or user definable encoder readouts – have a look at this massive release to take the next step of grandMA3 workflow.