Luminair 3 - DMX/Art-Net/Smart

Luminair 3 - DMX/Art-Net/Smart

By Synthe FX, LLC

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2015-06-16
  • Current Version: 3.6.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 122.34 MB
  • Developer: Synthe FX, LLC
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.2 or later.
Score: 5
From 404 Ratings


Luminair 3 is a professional-grade lighting control app, exclusively for iOS, that gives lighting designers, filmmakers and TV professionals, musicians, artists and other enthusiasts advanced control over DMX-enabled lights, as well as the next generation of "Smart" lights like Philips Hue. Luminair’s unparalleled, multi-touch friendly controls were first developed back in 2008 in the first days of the App Store. The app has gone on to be used in every corner of the globe, on everything from Oscar-winning films, in museum exhibitions, by artists and musicians, event professionals, as well as in theaters, clubs and houses of worship. Luminair for iPad received a Lighting Control “Product of the Year” award in 2012 from Live Design magazine, one of the leading industry publications. Luminair 3 is the next generation of mobile lighting control, and this release truly represents the original vision of it’s designers. With the newly modernized user-interface, and features such as the new Dynamic FX engine, Scheduling, Remote for Apple Watch, Touch ID-powered Lockdown mode, and Tap to Bump, the creative possibilities are now limitless. Highlights: - *New* Optimized for iPad Pro - One DMX Output Universe - One Art-Net DMX Input Universe for creating Snapshot scene recordings from another lighting console - Works with any Art-Net or sACN E1.31 compliant DMX interface - Transmits Art-Net and sACN E1.31 over built-in Wi-Fi hardware - Transmits KiNET to Philips Color Kinetics power supplies over built-in Wi-Fi hardware - Supports Art-Net, sACN and KiNET over wired ethernet connections with optional Redpark L2-NET lightning-to-ethernet cable accessory (available separately) - Project based system allows you to create different documents and switch between them easily in Project selection view - LTP faders with fully-configurable scene parameters - DMX FX Engine* with a Movement generator, Oscillator, Color Looping, Random Color/Intensity, Fire, Water, and Television FX - Palette/preset based movement system allows you to control and edit movements of multiple moving lights together in unison - Sequences allow you to play back scenes with customized fade and hold times - Sound Active mode allows for music controlled light shows using the built-in microphone, external sound sources, or Inter-App Audio - Innovative tap-to-bump gesture allows you to quickly bump the levels of a scene while holding it's button, releasing those levels when let go - Scheduling features built-in for triggering any scene or sequence. Great for architectural lighting, installations and related work. - Supports simultaneous control of DMX and Hue lights in the same project - Touch ID powered Lockdown mode allows you to lock specific parts of the Luminair user interface. Great for passing off control to volunteers or other lighting novices. - Includes Luminair Remote for Apple Watch (on iPhone devices) - Supports various external control methods as MIDI, MIDI over Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi, Geofences, OSC Input, Philips Hue Tap light switches - User manual included in iBooks format - Streaming video overview tutorials are included (requires internet connection) - Additional support for iBeacons, MSC, MTC, and an Astronomical clock for Schedule mode are available as separate In-App Purchases - 64-bit app with a scalable UI that uses the latest Apple technologies like iCloud, Core Animation, Core MIDI, Core Image, Grand Central Dispatch and more to deliver an exceptional user experience This is just a taste of what Luminair 3 offers... Please visit for full details! Please follow us @SyntheFX on Twitter for the latest Luminair news! *FX engine and movement generator require iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad 3rd-generation, iPad mini 2, iPhone 5, or iPod touch 5th generation or greater IMPORTANT: Luminair 3 requires external DMX or Hue hardware to control lights, but can also be used in an "offline" mode for building projects and as a learning tool.



  • App is good but can”t compare to hardware

    By val.zs
    After setting up all, accessing the scene is great. But if you have a lot of channels and needed to make a change on a particular channel, it may be hard to find because you will have to scroll through many pages and all fader looks the same. If the text label on top of the fader is bigger or a large translucent text under fixtures faders would help finding channel with ease.
  • Crashes on Scenes Tab

    By Chittybanger
    Just paid $99 for this app only to find out that it crashes on the scenes tab. The rest of the app seems ok, but this is unacceptable. Even most free apps don’t crash. Also, the lighting fixture library is really old so you have to make your own fixtures. I would definitely not recommend this software, especially considering the price.
  • Old vs new

    By Killderek
    I've been using Luminair since near the beginning. Having to purchase the new version was worth it. More stable and several workflow and GUI improvements.
  • Makes my lighting life easier

    By Tinmass
    Makes my lighting life easier Continued development Love it
  • Expensive App for Bugs And Crashes

    By Sauvé Sound
    I have been using the app for a couple of years now. And it seems haven't cured that bug about assignment of fixture's DMX address if not in order. Also, tends to crash if you make a lot (70-80plus) scenes.
  • In a class all its own

    By Cheetah Heels
    For me, a lighting director at a small children's theater, Luminair was a breath of fresh air. I had used an old lighting console for a few years and quickly became frustrated with all the mode-shifting: What does this fader do? That's the green channel for the downstage side light. Oops! Wrong! I'm shifted into Bank 2, so that's the center-left front wash. Argh! Luminair provides a clear, intuitive interface, where I can label everything and even group fixtures in ways that make sense to me. Need to change the order of the faders to be more convenient? Easily done. Need to move an entire fixture to the top of the fader layout, without upsetting its channels? No problem. These things may seem small, but when you're dealing with a very full universe of conventional lights, smart lights, media players, remote props, etc., it is essential. Of late, I really appreciate the live effects Synthe-FX has been adding. Flickering lanterns, pulsing fireplaces, lightning strikes, and magical transformations are just a few of the things I've been able to achieve—and with very little configuration. Don't get me wrong: it takes time to set up, but Luminair makes the work as fluid as possible. I'm excited to use the new fire effect! I practically run the whole theater's equipment from a 12.9" iPad Pro, and it wouldn't be possible without Luminair.
  • Three Stars

    By UmenoHana
    $80 was a steep price compared to the (lack of) ease of use and awkward GUI. But now that I'm past the learning curve it is a very useful app. And it's competitors haven't got anything close. So 3/5.
  • Very good app

    By Hgdfhugs
    App is really good so far. Been using for stage lighting for local bands. Makes it really nice that I can move around and mingle while running lights. Really easy to use once you get over the initial roadblocks of setting it up. Every time I do a show I find something new and exciting. Only thing I have found is that the feature that goes with the mic doesn't really work that well as it really doesn't matter what the sensitivity is, it still does the same stuff. Not sure if that is an issue with my tablet or the software. Other than that it is a great program and well worth the money spent.
  • Better than what I used before, but many bugs.

    By Jjoseph1903
    I am using luminaire on an iPad Air with a DMXKing Artnet device. Getting it going was simple and easy. The good with the app Is it is great to look at. It allows me to create scenes much more quickly than my old school rack mount controller from Chauvet. I love how once scenes are created how they are controlled. You can put labels on them, pictures, icons, the works. Also with moving heads, I love how I can create complex movements. It's not just a to b. Create ovals, oscillating patterns, circles you name it. Really great. Created a color is super easy as well. There are issues however, some more serious that I have had to figure out how to work around. 1. The program often crashes. This typically happens while making new scenes. Once it crashes, whatever you are doing will make it crash again. The solution seems to be delete the last scene and start over. I had made 15 new scenes at one point and it crashed. When I reopened my scenes were gone. 2. It is a bit cumbersome to navigate specific setting that one often uses. When editing a fixture on a scene, the right hand side of the screen contains the settings. You have to navigate sub menus etc to reach what you want. Then you have to close it to move on. Would be great if there were more setting buttons on the main interface and if the settings screen on the right could just stay open. Click on another fixture and those settings update to the selected item. Some settings I cannot even find. Maybe they don't exist. 3. Lag? There seems to be some lag between when you press a scene and when it goes into effect. For example if you make something strobe using an fx on a dimmer fader while you can make a strobe setting in the program, it is only able to relay the information so far to the light. So basically you cannot produce a strobe this way. Or a slow flashing. 4. Timing. Making this thing go with your show is difficult. I like to use a drum or tap function to program the bpm of the current track. Two problems. When you tap, that sets the bpm, but your tapping beat does not translate to making the scenes change on that beat. It takes a second to record your tempo and as a result is off beat. Also, I like to do transitions every other beat. So I will tap o every other beat. The program does not allow for a bpm that slow. Overall I am glad I switched to this product. I look forward to using it on the road, but buyer beware. It's far from perfect.
  • Love this program

    By Blast pro
    One of our favorite lighting programs