Sound Playback Software

Mac / Windows

  • Ableton Live
    Excellent for soundscapes and for interactive performances using a LivePad
  • Trigger
    Audio & video playback for Mac / Windows

Mac Only

  • Qlab (Free for stereo audio and basic video playback only, licence required for multiple output, audio & video effects or show control playback)
    Multiple cues running simultaneously, fully programmable, very easy to use, has become the industry standard for multimedia.
    Version 4 can be used for lighting control too (with additional hardware)
    TOP TIPS:
    – Use Groups
    – Rather than using fade cues, you can use the automation function with Qlab to fade out
    – Fade cues should really be called ‘Change Cues’ as many parameters can be changed (not just level / volume)
  • Go Button (Free on the App Store)
    From Figure 53, the maker of Qlab
  • iMiX16 Pro ($19.99 on the App Store)

Windows Only

Free:

  • CuePlayer – Baxel Data
    Limited functionality with free version
  • SpotOn (last updated in 2014, so cannot be recommended for security reasons)
    Can play WAV or MP3 audio files from a ‘cart player’ style screen – not good for cue-based playback during shows
  • Multiplay (not actively supported now, so may be subject to bugs / security issues)
    Not as good as other solutions, but free

Paid: