Overview

CueServer 2 is unique lighting control solution featuring the most comprehensive combination of stand-alone show playback, architectural lighting control, show control, and system integration functions in one easy-to-use package.

CueServer 2 has the capability to manage entertainment style lighting playback and sophisticated architectural control simultaneously. Networked button stations, LCD touch screens, and apps for mobile devices round out the CueServer 2 family.

CueServer 2 is a robust, elegantly packaged Ethernet-based lighting controller that is small in size, but big in capabilities! CueServer 2 can seamlessly blend stand-alone architectural and show control functions to produce elaborate playback systems custom tailored to your specific needs.

CueServer 2 can function as a simple stand-alone playback controller, an architectural lighting processor, a show controller, or even as a wireless remote lighting console.

CueServer 2 is ideal for LED displays, architectural lighting, retail projects, museum attractions, theme parks, trade show exhibits, animated signs, churches, water fountains and so much more. CueServer easily scales from the smallest single-fixture project to large-scale networked solutions.

We proudly design, engineer and manufacture CueServer 2 in USA.

Key Features

  • Up to 32 DMX Universes (16,384 channels)
  • Up to 32 Playback Faders
  • Native desktop application for programming, operation and offline editing (Mac/Windows)
  • Built-in Apache 2 Web Server with ability to host custom web sites
  • Handles many Ethernet protocols, including HTTP, TELNET, POP3, SMTP, SSH, NTP, DHCP and more
  • Streaming ACN, Art-Net and KiNET on all universes, plus 4 physical DMX Input/Output Ports
  • Handles multiple lighting playback strategies at once, including cues, streams, and presets
  • Compatibility with our CuePad and Figment iOS Apps plus 3rd party applications using CueServer SDK
  • Real Time Clock
  • Built-in RGB User-Programmable Function Buttons
  • High Quality Stereo Audio In/Out
  • USB Host and USB Device ports
  • 8 Contact-Closure Inputs
  • 8 Digital Outputs
  • RS-232, RS-485
  • External I/O Expansion
  • CueStation external button station network can connect virtually limitless button stations
  • CueTouch LCD panels can be added for touchscreen control
  • Interfaces with Crestron, AMX, Control 4, Savant, and more
  • Powerful CueScript 2 scripting language
CueServer 2 Pro (CS-900)
  • Housed in a sturdy 1U rack-mount enclosure.
  • Dual LAN ports for splitting Ethernet-based lighting and management data onto separate networks.
  • Innovative modular DMX port system.

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CueServer 2 DIN (CS-940)
  • Housed in an enclosure suitable for DIN rail or surface mounting.
  • Features connections for power, DMX, contact closures and digital outputs using removable terminal blocks.

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Comprehensive System

Completely self-contained entertainment lighting playback, architectural processor, and DMX fade engine that seamlessly handles Cue Lists, Presets, and Streams.

Virtual Lighting Console

CueServer 2 contains a "Virtual" lighting console that is similar in function to many professional stage lighting controllers. It understands faders, cues, playbacks, dip-less crossfades, auto-follows, links, chases, and streaming DMX playback.

Real Time Clock

CueServer 2 contains a "real-time" clock, which keeps track of the time, date and day of the week - even when CueServer's main power has been disconnected. This feature allows shows or events to be triggered at any time of the day, on any day of the week, on any day of the year.
Up to 1000 separate timer events can trigger each day, allowing a very complex schedule to be followed.

Native Programming

CueServer 2 is programmed using CueServer Studio 2, powerful and easy to use native application for Mac and Windows OS.

Web Goodies

The Apache web server in CueServer 2 is reserved for customized web content provided by the system provider or integrator. CueServer 2 can serve simple web pages that provide information about the project, or it can host sophisticated web sites that interact directly with the CueServer 2 hardware, providing buttons, links and controls that perform all kinds of lighting and automation actions.

Powerful Hardware

Powerful hardware capable of outputting up to 32 DMX universes on up to 32 playbacks, while simultaneously handling various kinds of inputs and outputs.
Depending on the model, CueServer 2 hardware features dual Ethernet ports, innovative bi-directional module based DMX ports, front panel RGB buttons, and more.

CueScript

CueScript is the scripting language that ties together all of CueServer's diverse set of lighting playback, show control, events, and external I/O components.
Based on terminology that should be familiar to stage lighting professionals, CueScript builds upon industry-standard commands, adding show control, events and automation functions.

Systems Integration

CueServer 2 easily interfaces with many automation systems, such as Crestron, AMX, Vantage, Control4, Medialon, Savant, and other.

Show Control

CueServer 2 is all about flexibility. By combining a powerful virtual lighting console and a host of I/O devices (such as RS-232, contact closures, digital outputs, MIDI and more) with a flexible scripting language (called CueScript), the show programmer can coordinate all of these features to work together to manage automated shows.

User Interfaces

CueServer offers many ways to connect to the outside world. Depending on a project's requirements, CueServer 2 can use Button Stations, LCD Touchscreens, Smart Phone Apps, Web-based Custom UI, Automation System and more to provide external input and output.

I/O Features

Although many lighting shows function without interfacing with the outside world, CueServer 2 provides a host of input/output options that make it easy to connect CueServer 2 to external devices: Ethernet, DMX, Serial Port, Contact Closure Inputs, Digital Outputs, Audio.
Feature CueServer 2 Pro (CS-900)  Spec Sheet CueServer 2 DIN (CS-940)  Spec Sheet
DMX Features
DMX Universes Up to 32 [*1]
Playback Faders Up to 32 [*1]
DMX Ports 4 Bi-directional slots for preferred jack type (optional) Terminal Blocks (2 Universes In, 2 Out)
Streaming Cues Yes
Ethernet Protocols sACN, Art-Net, KiNET v1/v2
[*1] CueServer 2 uses a sliding scale relationship between DMX universes and playback faders. Using one DMX universe will allow one to use all 32 playback faders, 2 universes - 15 faders, 3 universes - 10 faders, 4 universes - 8 faders, etc. CueServer 2 ships with 2 DMX universes in base configuration. Additional universes are available as an addon purchase, in multiples of one.
Capacity per show (limited by available SD card storage space)
Cues 1,000,000 per Cue Stack
Cue Stacks Unlimited
Groups, Macros 100,000
Global Rules, Timer Events 1,000
Buttons 1,000
Audio Clips, Web Content Unlimited
I/O Features and Protocols
Ethernet UDP, TCP, HTTP, Telnet, SNTP, sACN, Art-Net, KiNET v1/v2, CueScript, CueStation
System Integration Yes (interfaces with Creston, Control4, AMX, Vantage, Savant, Lutron, and other systems)
RS-232, RS-485 ASCII, CueScript (available on Terminal Blocks)
Contact Closures 8 (available on Terminal Blocks)
Digital Outputs 8 (available on Terminal Blocks)
Audio 3.5mm (1/8") Jacks for stereo input/output
Ethernet Ports 2 1
USB 1x Type-A USB Host Port, 1x Micro-B USB Device Port
Power 30V DC (12V DC Nominal), 12 Watts, 2.1mm Input Jack
Automation Features
Real-Time Clock Battery-backed, 1 second resolution
LCD Display 40 Character x 2 Line
Function Buttons 8 RGB LED Function Buttons, 5-Way Joystick Nav. Switch
Programming
Programming Interface Desktop application (Mac OS X, Windows)
Offline Programming Yes
Remote Programming Yes
Other Features
Memory MicroSD Card (up to 2TB), formatted as FAT32
Form Factor 1U Rack Mount DIN-Rail
Power Supply Included Yes No
Mounting Brackets Included Rack Ears Included Rail Clips and Flat Panel Mount Brackets

CueServer Studio 2 is the desktop application used to program, configure, locate and operate CueServer 2 devices.
You can download the current version for Mac OS X and Windows on the Downloads tab.
Navigator Window
The Navigator Window appears when CueServer Studio opens. Use the Navigator Window to view available CueServers, manage network and clock settings, change active shows, identify individual devices, update firmware and more.

The top pane of the Navigator Window displays both local and remote CueServers along with their online status, name, address, model and firmware version. The bottom pane is used for working with offline project files.

The Navigator Window constantly scans the local network and displays any CueServers that are available.
Remote CueServers can also be added to the upper list manually.
Editor Window
The Editor Window is the primary window used to interact with, program and configure CueServer.

Use the Editor Window to view the “live” operation, edit resources and triggers, and set various configuration properties of a CueServer show.

The panel on the left of the window contains numerous views into the CueServer, such as Stage, Cues, and Location.
The panel at the bottom of the window is a live command line that allows the user to directly enter CueScript commands to cause the CueServer to perform operations. Note that this command line is only visible if you are editing the active show file in an “online” CueServer.
Overview

The Apache web server in CueServer 2 is reserved for customized web content provided by the system provider or integrator.

CueServer 2 can serve simple web pages that provide information about the project, or it can host sophisticated web sites that interact directly with the CueServer hardware, providing links and controls that perform all kinds of lighting and automation actions.

CueServer 2 Web API currently supports bi-directional communication for CueScript execution, buttons, channel values and sliders.

API Requirements

Custom web pages require the following libraries for in order to communicate with CueServer 2 via its Web API:

  • cueserver2.js
  • CueServer 2 Web API library containing the functions responsible for communication between your web application and the CueServer 2 processor.

  • jquery.js or jquery.min.js
  • jQuery library (2.1 and newer) is required for proper operation of CueServer 2 API library.

Please refer to the "Web App Demo" show file (located on the Downloads tab or loaded on one of our demo CueServer 2 units) for detailed help with the Web API.

Examples
Since CueServer is an "internet ready" device, we've configured our routers to provide public access to our customers so you can see what the web pages on a real CueServer look like (normally, a CueServer isn't visible outside of your private network).

Keep in mind that the connection to these CueServers may be noticeably slower than if the CueServer you are using was in the same building as you. Also, because they have public access, more than one user could be using it at a time (which means that if something strange happens, it could be because someone else is doing something).

If you have any questions or concerns about these Demo CueServers, please contact out technical staff by creating a new support ticket.
CueServer 2 can host multiple shows. The public demo CueServer 2 processors host two shows showcasing different aspects of the product:

  • Demo Show - cues, macros, audio, button stations
  • Web App Demo - built-in web server and its API capabilities

You may use the two example shows to learn how to program your own show. Do not alter or delete them, but instead create a new show where you can freely experiment.

Use the Web Address link below to open CueServer's web content (opens in a new window). Use the CueServer Studio 2 Address and port number to add a remote CueServer to the CueServer Studio 2 application to edit show files.

CueServer 2 Web Address CueServer Studio 2 Address Current Status
CueServer 2 (Atlanta, GA)   demo1.cueserver.com:200 checking status...
CueServer 2 (Montreal, Canada)   demo2.cueserver.com:200 checking status...