Time Code [Art-Net / MIDI / SMPTE / System Time]

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Time Code is a useful way to integrate time synchronization across devices in order to synchronize the equipment with each other.
Small messages will be sent in regular intervals and every device thereby knows the overall time of the system.

MADRIX 5 can receive

MIDI Time Code [MTC]
Art-Net Time Code
SMPTE Time Code
System Time


If such a time code is sent in the network, through MADRIX USB SMPTE or through other interfaces, they will be received by MADRIX 5 if the feature is activated as explained below.




Time Code can be received as:

24 FPS
25 FPS
30 Drop [30/1.001 FPS]
30 FPS



Time Code

MIDI Time Code [MTC]

You need to activate your MIDI device in MADRIX 5 and activate MTC reception.


Go to the menu Preferences > Remote Control > MIDI...
or Preferences > Device Manager... > MIDI
[Keyboard shortcut: F4 > MIDI ]
A new window will open.

MIDI Configuration


MADRIX 5 will automatically search for connected devices.
Your MIDI device will be shown in the list.

MIDI Device Configuration

Select your device in the list.
Activate Enable
[Please note that the State in the list will change from Off to On.]
Activate MTC
[Please note that the MTC in the list will change from Off to On.]

MIDI Device State On



Software Sending MTC

You might want to work with another software that sends MIDI Time Code.
Often, that also means that you want to run MADRIX 5 and the other software on one computer.
Various 3rd-party programs are available to create virtual MIDI devices and use them to connect MADRIX 5 and the other software.
Configure MADRIX 5 as explained above


Art-Net Time Code

To send Art-Net Time Code, it is recommended to use the MADRIX 5 Time Code Sender, separate tool that is automatically installed together with MADRIX 5.
Learn more »MADRIX 5 Time Code Sender
To receive Art-Net Time Code, you need to activate Art-Net first.
Learn more »Art-Net [DMX Over Ethernet]



The MADRIX USB SMPTE hardware interface allows you to receive SMPTE time code with MADRIX 5.
Learn more »MADRIX I/O


System Time

You can use the clock of your computer to generate Time Code.
Learn more below



Cue List

You can use Time Code in the Cue List.


Configure your Time Code sender first and set up MADRIX 5 to receive Time Code as explained above


Go to the menu Tools > Cue List...
Press F7
Or click Layer Control > Cue List... on the user interface


Select the Time Code Source


Select the Time Code Format


MADRIX 5 will automatically start receiving external Time Code.
The Time Code format is HH:MM:SS:FF [hours:minutes:seconds:frames]

- 10 o'clock and 20 minutes, 30 seconds, and 10 frames will be shown as


Configure the column Time Code for your Cue List entries.
Add or edit more entries according to your requirements.



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