We’re going to talk you through how to create a custom layout and save it inside Chamsys MagicQ on a computer and using a console.

Quick Answer: Select a window, set the window position and size, and repeat until you have your desired layout. Save it to your preferred layout button using the record button.

How To Create Custom Layouts & Window Sizes with Chamsys MagicQ

We’ll recreate the default layout in a new show file and save it to the layout 1 button.

Time needed: 2 minutes.

On PC/Mac

  1. Select the group window
    Hit the GRP button.
  2. Adjust the window size
    Open the view menu > Top Left.
  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 for additional windows
    Position (POS) > View > Top Right.
    Color (COL) > View > Bottom Left.
    Bean (BEAM) > View > Bottom Right.
  4. Save the layout to LAY1

Record (REC) > Layout 1 (LAY1) > Yes.

On a Console

If you’re working on a physical console, you won’t have a view menu; instead, press: Alt + EXEC to cycle through the window sizes.

When working with a console and an external monitor, first press Alt + MEDIA to send the window to your external monitor. Then, follow the Alt + EXEC process outlined above to cycle through the window sizes.

Layouts 4, 5, & 6

The console has 3 layout buttons, so some people don’t realize that there are also layouts 4, 5, and 6. You can access these using the shift button.

  • Layout 4: SHIFT > LAY1
  • Layout 5: SHIFT > LAY2
  • Layout 6: SHIFT > LAY3 

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