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Real Lights in touchdesigner 


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Course target

This full VJ workshop aims to guide you to enter the live video field and give you the theoretical and technical tools to develop your own VJ Application with TouchDesigner.

You will be able to work in TouchDesigner and control the Resolume Arena using TouchDesigner Logic over OSC

Time proven approach ...

We believe that our course's approach to teaching TouchDesigner is unique and effective in that we provide our students with a hands-on learning experience that allows them to experiment and create freely..

Our course material is structured in a way that is easy to understand.

Who is the course for?

The seminar is aimed at beginners and intermediates who want to learn and expand their experience and creativity in creating light and laser shows, using the strengths of TouchDesigner and GrandMA


3 weeks

Your skill level

Beginner, Intermediate


TouchDesigner 2022, MA3D, Ableton Live10

Video Duration

10,5 Hours



Who needs this

Motion Designers Media Artists 3D Artists VR / XR Producers NFT Artists Interactive Developers Musicians VJs AI/ML Enthusiasts Designers

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1.1 A general introduction to working with light.
An overview of the different light fixtures, their features, and control systems.
Lighting control. protocols and standards.
Pros and cons of TouchDesigner and MA Lighting’s control systems. Several powerful reasons why you need to use them both right now.
A bit more about the general logic of MA Lightning.
The first run of MA onPC: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance
1.2 Intro to GrandMA
Patching fixtures in MA. The use of Lighting fixture Library.
How to run your 1000-fixture set, How to deal with touring etc
The way to control: Parameter counting in MA and DMX channels in TD.
Peculiarities of construction and operation of the system.

2.1 Working with light in TouchDesigner
Efficient way to build the DMX Chart using Script CHOP
Networking in MA. Network addresses in MA onPC and Lighting desks.
How (and when) to connect up to 15 consoles in one network?
Master and Backup systems. Sessions, permissions, worlds.
Setting up a Loopback adapter and Connecting MA onPC to MA3D.
Patching the test scene with 100+ fixtures. Import of 3D models to MA.
Exporting tables and coordinates of the fixtures from MA into TouchDesigner to create a pixel mapping engine.
Setting up incoming and outgoing data streams, using ArtNet Inputs.
2.2 GrandMA - Sequences
Previews, presets, sequences, cues, effects, control panels, cuelists, fixture properties and more.
Graph Editor

3.1 GrandMA
Fixture Groups
Setting up Transformation in MA3D
Bitmapping in GrandMA
Programming FX
3.2 TouchDesigner and Ableton
Additional opportunities to expand the functionality of MA, using TouchDesigner and Ableton:
Advanced MIDI control. Configuring MIDI and DMX Remote inputs to connect to external control devices.
OSC integration.
The use of Ableton as an external timeline with MIDI notes and envelopes

4.1 Laser Graphics
Understanding of Laser mechanics - or how avoid the scanner burning
Laser CHOP
Etherdream CHOP
Sollingeer LA Toolbox
Controlling Colors
Masking Laser output
4.2 Moving Heads
Two techniques for tracking moving heads with TouchDesigner and MA.
Pan Tilt Calculation based on 3D coordinates in TouchDesigner using Script CHOP
Baking up the Laser and DMX Data
Controlling GrandMa from TD

Stanislav Glazov

Instructor for TouchDesigner integration




For more than 20 years, he has worked in light and visual art, seeking innovative opportunities where art and technology intersect. His installations and AV performances explore themes such as inner and social freedom, consciousness, identity, and loneliness in the modern world, using high-tech techniques.

Driven by his desire to create unforgettable experiences that inspire, he takes an individualized approach to each work, creating unique algorithms and synchronizing sound with visuals and digital shapes. He is also known for producing music with modular synthesizers and analog devices, influenced by industrial music, which combines noise, disharmony, and shamanism to take listeners on an intense emotional journey.

In 2013, he created his own generative design studio Licht.Pfad.

Creation of AV Performances in partnership with Dasha Rush, Robert Lippok

Performances at all the iconic festivals of the planet: Berlin Atonal, Mutek Montreal, Ars Electronica Linz, Unsound Festival in Krakow, Raster-Noton night in Berghain, Barbican London, Resonance Festival in Tokyo, Mira Festival Barcelona, L.E.V. Festival, Light Festival Lyon

Since 2016 - working on theater projects with Maxim Didenko, including the creation of media servers for various performances

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Advanced Knowledge of TouchDesigner
Previous C++ development experience
Object-oriented programming notions

Windows OS Prefered (we will be using Visual Studio IDE).

Partial payment option available: 50% before the start of the course and 50% 1 month after the start

All practical topics have corresponding tasks to complete as homeworks. Most of them require to repeat the actions from the lectures on your own supply.We recommend to execute them even if everything is clear in theory - to ensure that you won’t face unexpected issues in your future work.
During final week you will have to develop and complete your own project (with our assistance) as a kind of exam of the obtained knowledge.

10-12 hours per week should be sufficient to master necessary concepts and skills. You may want to invest more time for more exhaustve explorations though. Remember, the course program is somewhat open-ended: nearly all topics are not limited in scope, and have lots of options for extra developments.

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