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 playback only, licence required for multiple output, video 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)
    – 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


  • 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