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  1. Hi Lex,

    When it comes to editing Playbacks/Cues, you first need to Playback/ Go into your cue you wish to edit, so that it is live on stage. Now using the channel faders, and fixture controls make edits to the lighting state. To lower channel levels, you'll need to level match the channel fader to the intensity level the fixture is at from the cue. The value will change from the cue colour to red in the output window, and you'll then have control of the fixture on the channel fader. When you're happy tap UPDATE, and tap the Flashing Playback button that your cue is coming from.

    To remove fixtures from a Playback, again Playback your cue, and ensure that the intensity of fixtures you wish to remove is in the programmer. Programmer values are indicated by a red percentage value under the fixture channel number. When only fixtures you want to remove are in the programmer, press and hold UPDATE, and choose "Remove" from the Update Options pop-up, so that it has a Red Stripe next to it. If the SmartTag option also has a Red Stripe next to it, tap this so it goes blue. Then tap the flashing Playback button that your cue is coming from, and these tagged fixtures will be removed.

    As you stated, editing cues on any of the MFFs or on the Master Playback will behave in exactly the same way.

    Hope that helps, any queries let me know.


  2. Hi Eric,

    If you are receiving that message that means you are running the ZerOS 7.9.4 OS USB Creator software. This software is used to format and create a bootable USB stick, which was the old way to perform software updates. 

    For Phantom ZerOS, you’ll need the dedicated Phantom ZerOS 7.9.4 software also available from the download here...


    This software allows you to choose which ZerOS console to emulate.

    Hope that helps, any queries let me know.


  3. Hi Marco,

    Glad that you found the cause of the problem. SmartTag will ignore parameters if the fixture’s intensity is 0%, which is why you can also get around SmartTag nudging the Fixture up to 1% intensity.

    If you ever need more support with your FLX S just let us know. Our Europe Sales Manager Franck is German, and would be happy to help you out in German. 


  4. Hi Eric, 

    As Solution and FLX run ZerOS, although they have different hardware, their functionality is very similar. As Kevin referred to, Solution has been around for a while, whereas FLX is only 3 years old this year. FLX has a much more powerful processor, future proofing the console for software advancements. FLX does have the ability to be upgraded to output 8 Universes of DMX, whereas Solution is limited to 4. FLX also doesn’t have a fixture limit, whereas Solution/ Solution XL are limited to 248 & 296 fixtures respectively. 

    6 ZerOS WINGs can be connected to FLX. There are 5 USB ports, so for 6 simultaneously you would need a powered USB hub. 

    Hope that helps,


  5. Hi Eric,

    All of the consoles you listed run ZerOS, so all operate in a similar way. Don't forget you can download Phantom ZerOS, to try out these consoles on your PC...


    From your description however, it sounds like FLX would be the ideal console choice...


    If you then require more hands on faders, you can add up to 6 ZerOS WINGs...


    FLX S48 consoles can control a maximum of 96 fixtures. WINGs will not expand this fixture limit, purely give you more hands on faders.

    If your required fixtures aren't included in our latest Fixture Library (version 35), send us an email to FixtureSupport@zero88.com, and one of the team will be able to make it for you. A list of available fixtures can be found here...


    Hope that helps, any queries let me know.


  6. Hi Piero,

    Thank you for letting me know. What Fixture Library has ZerOS 7.8 got with it? As it is such a long time ago that software was released, maybe Fixture Library 33 is too large for ZerOS 7.8. Fixture Library 33 is definitely compatible with ZerOS, so it’s probably worth updating. 

    I will check when I’m next in the office for you.


  7. Hi Marco,

    Are you Recording the fixture’s intensity in with the Playback too? If you’re just trying to store the Flower without intensity, you’ll need to disabled SmartTag. You can do this by pressing and holding RECORD, and tapping SmartTag from the Record Options, so that it has a Blue stripe next to it. You should now find you can record the flower to a Playback. It would be a good idea to store the Flower effect you’re happy with to a Palette first, to allow you to palette reference. 

    Hope that helps


  8. Hi Pol,

    Did Peachy's answer help at all?

    Are you saying when you set the fixture's Colour and Focus into a Playback, you then don't want it to be changed by any other Playbacks? If so this will happen by default, if you don't have any Colour or Focus data recorded in any of the other Playbacks.

    Feel free to attach your Show File from the FLX S, with a description of where you're seeing the issue, and I'll take a look.


  9. On 3/23/2018 at 4:40 PM, Guest Paul R said:

     I've tried The "Fader Controls..." colour option on Playbacks again but with my own EasyMove RGBW fixture profile where my intensity and colour default values are 0 it almost works. With   red green blue playbacks set to "fader controls colour" they will mix until a fader is set to full then it appears that LTP takes over and only the single colour that is at full is output.......?

    The desk was manufactured in Nov and when it crashed I forwarded the log file to yourselves. Loaded 7.9.3  I did subsequently have a couple of crashes with no log file just the dreaded Z screen with an incomplete status bar mainly whilst experimenting with the android remote app. I was experimenting with different patches with a clear all between them as I'm looking to use a different patch depending on the user of the venue that day (I've had problems visiting university tech lecturers using all @ 1%, doesn't do the main incomer fuse stress levels any good having a dead short across it for half a second as we are mostly a halogen load rather than LED)


    Hi Paul,

    It sounds like Tagging is the reason Fader Controls colour isn't quite achieving what you're after. When you move a Colour encoder wheel, all colour controls for the selected fixtures are Tagged, as in most instances when recording a colour, you are recording the mix of colour on stage. However if you want to be able to mix these colours on top of each other, you need to ensure only the used Colours are tagged. For example to Record Red, Green and Blue to a seperate Playback and give you RGB mixing on the faders, you need to ensure each has only its specific colour tagged (for example only Red is tagged for the Red Playback). The easiest way to do this is hold SETUP, and tap the "Colour" tab along the top of the FLX S touchscreen (this appears when you select a fixture with Colour parameters). In the Colour Settings, there is the Option for "Keep Parameters Seperate". Click "Yes", and now only the parameters you adjust with the encoders will be tagged, Allowing you to easily record only certain colour parameters to Playbacks, that can then mix when Fader controls Colour is enabled.

    You can read a little more about tagging here...


    Thanks for providing a little more information on the console crashes. Let me know if you experience anything similar on ZerOS 7.9.4.

    Hope that helps, any queries let me know


  10. Hi Steve,

    Thats sounds like that’s the issue. FLX S consoles should not be connected to the internet. If there is a DHCP server, having DHCP enabled on the FLX S Remote settings with the correct subnet should be what you’re after. 


  11. 11 hours ago, Guest Paul said:

    Hi Giglight,

    I toured with one of the first Sirus 24s and now look after live gigs in a couple of venues on FatFrogs, great desks for busking conventionals and a few LEDs. I've also been using M-PC for my movers triggering with midi and a FatFrog (96 way fader board is pretty great for busking) For one of the venues I've purchased an FLX S48 and am evaluating it and setting up various configurations before fitting in the venue.  Up until loading Mondays firmware, I was suffering lockups. One thing that I am missing for busking live at the moment is the ability to mix looks on the fly. With M-PC you can use overrides so say you have your performer spots on one playback fader and have two or three colour looks that your crossfading on the fly with the music. I like to be able to go from dipless intensity colour cross fades (and mixes) to almost full dips between changes as a song reaches its climax. With LTP on the colour I'm not found a way to do this yet (tried the payback controlling colour but then I lose the intensity control)



    Hi Paul,

    Were you suffering Lockups on ZerOS 7.9.3? FLX S first launched on ZerOS software, where we found a couple of issues with patching, that were quickly solved by ZerOS 7.9.3. ZerOS 7.9.4 was then released on Monday, which is a minor enhancement software release.

    The "Fader Controls..." option on Playbacks sounds exactly what you're after. Fader Controls will not effect intensity control, which will remain as HTP mixing across all Playbacks. You can read more about Fader Controls... here...


    Hope that helps,


  12. 14 hours ago, martin-144 said:

    Ok, I think I now understood what Inhibit does. It acts as a Master fader for a channel which is already "on" in any other cue or playback.

    This is not exactly what I need. I would like to have a Submaster which is not taken into account when storing cues, playbacks or so.

    If using Inhibit this would mean I have to have my houselights "always on" and turn them down using Inhibit. Not very convenient. Is there another way?



    Hi Martin,

    Yes, the other way is to program with SmartTag disabled, so that Playbacks are not recorded into cues.

    13 hours ago, AshA101 said:

    You could try parking your house lights channel instead of having it on a fader. I'm not entirely sure but it shouldn't record parked levels (other desks work like this). You can set up one of the UDKs as a park button then set its shift function to unpark. Then just use the syn tax to set your level and hit park. 


    Are you programming in tracking or non tracking? 

    Ash is correct, FLX won't record Parked levels. Therefore during plotting, you could set your hazer so it is slowly pumping haze, and park your hazer channels. The hazer will then stay at this level, not getting recorded into any cues, until you select those fixtures and unpark them.

    You can read more about Parking here...


    Hope that helps,



  13. Hi Martin,

    The easiest way to do this is to Program with SmartTag disabled. SmartTag is an option you may have seen in the Record Options pop-up, that opens when you tap RECORD. If SmartTag is disabled, when you tap record only tagged parameters will be recorded. Tagged intensity parameters are displayed as red values in the output window, and tagged parameters are displayed with blue backgrounds behind their encoder displays. This therefore means channels from Playbacks will not get Recorded, as they are blue values rather than red. You can turn SmartTag off in the Record options pop up, by tapping Smart Tag so that it has a blue stripe next to it.  

    The link Kevin sent a link to, is Jon explaining another useful programming tool for this, which is an Inhibit Playback. What you can do, is record your cues normally with SmartTag enabled, recording your whole lighting state for each cue including the haze. However, in the Playback settings of your Hazer Playbacks, change the fader function to Inhibit. This Playback now acts as a Grand Master for the Hazer. Therefore when the fader is at full, the haze level from the Recorded cues will be output, but if you need the level taking down you can use your Haze Playback to inhibit the level of haze. 

    Hope that helps and makes sense, any queries let me know. 


  14. Hi Carpo, 

    The quickest way to record your Fixture groups to a Playback fader, is to double tap the group you want so the fixtures come to full, tap RECORD, and tap the flashing Playback button you want their intensity stored to. 

    If you need more programming tips, feel free to email me directly and we can talk through what you’re after. 



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