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Theatre Sound Cue Control for iPad

Enhance your productions with FX Live Cost-effective and feature-rich sound cue playback for the iPad


FX Live is a powerful audio and FX scheduler and mixer for live productions. Ideal for use in all live situations, this highly responsive and intuitive application allows you to design and automate complex audio elements for any live production.

FX Live is the first application to fully unlock the potential of the iPad as a professional show FX controller. It features the ability to sequence multiple virtual FX players with programmable crossfades between the different elements.

The iPad's touch interface is ideal for this kind of application and FX Live has been designed to be fast and easy to use for everyone from the occasional user doing a school production to those creating complex, multi-layered shows in a professional or semi-professional environment.

The application features 5 main screens:

  • Home

  • Perform

  • Design

  • Music

  • Settings

Home Screen

This screen is used for creating and naming a new show or adding new versions.

You can also archive a show, complete with all its audio, and upload or download from iCloud.

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This is the screen for running shows.

It gives a clear indication of where you are in the show and what events are currently running.

If everything goes to plan, this can be used to simply step through the cues in order using the GO button, with Spot Effects being dropped in as needed.

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However, in any live performance you have to expect the unexpected, and FX Live has been designed specifically with flexibility in mind:

  • You can quickly jump to any point in the Cue List and pick up from that point

  • Individual running elements can be paused, stopped or have their level overridden

  • An ALL STOP button is also provided to silence everything


This is where all the work is done to design the show. This consists of creating a set of cues with one or more events. There are currently 3 types of event you can have in a cue:

  • Audio

  • Incidental Music

  • MIDI

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Audio can consist of any supported audio file imported either from your local iTunes library or from external sources such as Dropbox or email. Simply press on the file and ‘Open In’ FX Live.

Incidental Music automatically starts the playlist of music created in the Music Screen.

MIDI lets you play back a recorded MIDI sequence of one or more messages.

Music Screen

Lets you build a list of music to play before and after the performance. This can be started manually or triggered by a cue in the show.

Additional buttons are provided to assign global spot effects and announcement buttons are also provided for pre-recorded announcements.

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Settings Screen

Provides various options for using the system as well as the in app purchases.

If MIDI is installed, an additional screen is available to assign the MIDI inputs to various application functions.

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FX Live 2.0 Reviewed By You .....

Awesome!!!! ★★★★★ A fantastic program and this upgrade has made it even better!!!! We are a small Community Theatre and this program has done wonders for us…..Thank you to everyone at FX!

Merry MAC Players - Version - 1.0 - Jan 23, 2015

Great Program ★★★★★ This is a great improvement over the previous version. I've been using it to run sound for several shows and this program can't be beat!

Booch_21 - Version - 1.0 - Jan 20, 2015

Yes! ★★★★ Absolutely conceived for theatre shows, so for that kind of use is quite perfect and it let you do easily your audio work during the show. Maybe it can be used for other situations too, anyway, for theatre is very good and the new layout is very more clear and useful.

Zteiner - Version - 1.0 - Feb 1, 2015

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