How can I configure Default & Max Levels?

Custom Default values and Max Level values can be configured for every fixture patched in the console.

This is done by controlling your fixtures, and changng intensity, colour, beam and positon using faders, syntax, encoders and palettes, to how you would like the fixture's to be for their Default or Max Level values. This is then stored onto the Home button.

When storing Defaults and Max Leel values for fixtures, you will need to ensure a programming tool called "SmartTag", is disabled on the console. By default, it will be enabled.

This can be configured in the Record Options pop-up. When using FLX consoles without an external monitor, press and hold RECORD to access the pop-up...

Ensure that SmartTag is disabled, inidcated by a blue stripe on the button (enabled isinidcated by a red stripe). If the SmartTag buttomn is missing from this window, this means your console is in global Cue Only mode. This means you only have access to basic programming functions. To enable the advanced options, tap SETUP -> Settings, and under the Record & Update Options, ensure Tracking Options is set to Enabled.

Once SmartTag is disabled you can then tap RECORD agan to close and save the option. You can now start customing your Default or Max Levels.



The Default values for fixture parameters are the values that are output when the fixture is “released”. This means, not currently being used / controlled by playbacks, or the programmer. The initial values for all of these settings are taken from the fixture library. They are set to values that will produce an open white beam (no gobos or effects) at a central position (Pan and Tilt at 50%) but with an intensity of 0%. These values can be changed to create a more useful default state, depending on your rig and fixtures.

Fixture defaults are stored by firstly setting your fixtures to the state you wish them to be in by default. This can then be stored onto the Home button. To do this, tap RECORD, followed by HOME. You will then be presented with a pop-up where you can choose “Defaults”.

If you Record fixtures with defaults of greater than 0% intensity, this percentage will be displayed as a yellow value in the Output Window. If you create your default values using palettes, these palettes will be referenced. This means if you update your palette you used to record your defaults, the default values will also automatically be updated. Click here for more information on palette referencing.


Max Level

The max level value, or also known as top set, is the maximum value any parameter can be output at. This is set to 100% for every parameter by default, therefore giving you full control of each parameter.

This is usually done for intensities only, however may be configured for all parameters. This means if you only want to customise intensities, you must ensure you don't adjust and tag any other parameters.

To customise Max Levels, edit parameters of your fixtures to the value you wish to be the maximum level, then in the same way as customising fixture defaults as described above, tap RECORD, then HOME, and this time choose Max Level. If a fixture has a Max Level active, this is indicated by a line above the fixture's intensity percentage in the Output Window.

Now syntax is scaled by the top set, and so are channel faders and wheels...


Deleting Defaults & Max Level

To remove custom default and max level values, and revert back to the console defaults, tap DELETE -> HOME, and then choose which values you'd like to delete. This action can't be undone.


Once the Defaults and Max Level values have been custoimised, SmartTag can then be enabled again, by using the Record Options window as described above.