Controlling Lights from ProPresenter using LightKey

What you’ll need

  1. Lightkey (free up to 24 channels) – http://lightkeyapp.com/en/
  2. ProPresenter – https://renewedvision.com/propresenter/download/
    1. Midi Communication Module (can be demoed for free)
  3. IPMidi – http://www.nerds.de/en/download.html

Getting started

This tutorial focuses on the communication between ProPresenter and LightKey. For help setting up LightKey, refer to their help and support pages (http://lightkeyapp.com/en/help).

Here is our basic setup for LightKey. We have a few color scenes for our LED uplights, and 3 basic stage washes. For now, that’s all we need to do with LightKey.

ipMIDI

Essentially, ipMIDI creates a virtual midi device that allows us to send midi commands from ProPresenter to LightKey. It can also be used to send midi commands over your network, but that’s beyond the scope of this tutorial.

Download ipMIDI and install it.

Once the installation is complete, open the Audio Midi Setup app (it’s a built-in application). The easiest way to find it is through spotlight.

You should see ipMIDI. Double click the icon, and make sure you have at least 1 port setup and the loopback option is unchecked.

LightKey

In LightKey, open the External Control Panel (cmd + E).

Click the MIDI Controllers button at the top left. You should see ipMIDI in the list. Check the boxes for input and output. IMPORTANT – CHECK THE “Create MIDI input port” BOX

Next you need to build your MIDI triggers. To do this, click the + button. LightKey will immediately listen for a MIDI command. Click the X button and it will default to the first MIDI note C -2. If you want to change the note, just use the edit button and change it (be sure to write down what cues go to what triggers).

ProPresenter

Now the fun part! In ProPresenter, open up the preferences pane and go to Modules. Click the “Demo Modules” button. This will activate all the advanced modules and place a watermark on your output. This is fine for now.

Navigate to the Communications module pane. Click the add device button and choose MIDI.

In the options window, check the box for LightKey input under “destinations” and click Save.

Close the preferences window and let’s add our first MIDI cue!

Right click on any slide and go to Add Cue -> Communication Cue -> MIDI Note On.

Choose the MIDI note in the popup box that you set in LightKey and change the intensity to anything other than 0 (I use 1).

Now, with LightKey running, click the slide you just added the cue to and switch over to LightKey. If you have everything setup correctly, you should see the cue triggered in LightKey!

If at first you don’t succeed…

Check the MIDI note is correct and intensity isn’t set at 0.

Make sure MIDI device is connected in ProPresenter