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Intermediate Last updated: January 15, 2023

20 MARQ Gesture Spot 100 15W LED Moving Head Gobo Spotlight 11CH [052]

The MARQ Gesture Spot 100 15W LED Moving Head Spotlight fixtures, Standard Fixture ID 052, are available from Amazon (ASIN B01LXUP323).  The capabilities include gobos in addition to the moving head with a color wheel.


Figure 1 – MARQ Gesture Spot 100 15W LED Moving Head Spotlight


The fixtures have 9 channel and 11 channel options, which you can select from the fixture’s DMX panel.  Effects in Finale 3D are compatible only with the 11 channel variation, since the 9 channel variation does not include pin/tilt speed.


Table 1 – DMX personality choices

DMX personality (“DMX Channel Mode”) Supported in Finale 3D



To design a show for MARQ Gesture Spot 100 15W LED Moving Head Spotlight fixtures, please follow the steps in DMX basic instructions and Light fixtures basic instructions.  If you don’t already have a compatible firing system or controller capable exporting a DMX script, please refer to Supported firing systems and controllers (DMX) for the list of available hardware options.


Choosing the DMX channel ranges for fixtures

Each fixture requires multiple channels, so if you are putting multiple fixtures in the same DMX Universe, you need to set the Start Address on the fixture in the real world and the corresponding DMX Channel Base on the fixture in Finale 3D to a range of channels that doesn’t overlap with others.  A DMX universe has channels 1-512.  If you want to pack as many fixtures into the 512 channels of a DMX universe as you can, back-to-back ranges are the most efficient.  Table 2 shows an example for 11-channel fixtures.  Some DMX firing systems and controllers only support 50 or 100 channels, so you may not have all 512 channels to work with.


Table 2 – Example channel ranges for 11-channel fixtures in a DMX universe

Fixture DMX Channel Base Channels Used
1 1 1-11
2 12 12-22
3 23 23-33
4 34 34-44
5 45 45-55
6 56 56-66
7 67 67-77
8 78 78-88
9 89 89-99
10 100 100-110
46 496 496-506


Technical details

The following tables show the technical specifications of the fixtures, as tested by the Finale support team.


Table 3 – DMX channels for 11CH personality

DMX Channel Meaning
Channel 1 (DMX Channel Base + 0) Pan
Channel 2 (DMX Channel Base + 1) Pan fine
Channel 3 (DMX Channel Base + 2) Tilt
Channel 4 (DMX Channel Base + 3) Tilt fine
Channel 5 (DMX Channel Base + 4) Motor speed (0 = max; 255 = min)
Channel 6 (DMX Channel Base + 5) Dimmer (0 = OFF; 255 = max)
Channel 7 (DMX Channel Base + 6) Shutter/Strobe (see table below)
Channel 8 (DMX Channel Base + 7) Color (see table below)
Channel 9 (DMX Channel Base + 8) Gobo (see table below)
Channel 10 (DMX Channel Base + 9) Set to zero
Channel 11 (DMX Channel Base + 10) Set to zero


Moving head effects are implemented by setting the motor speed based on the “from” and “to” trajectory angles and the span of time between the “from” and “to” effects.  The speed channel value is calculated from the inverse of the degrees-per-second-for-speed-channel-value function.  Figure 2 shows the measured degrees per second for various speed channel values between 0 and 255, and the curve chosen to fit those values.


Figure 2 – Motor speeds


Table 4 – Shutter values for strobe

DMX Value Shutter/Strobe
0-3 Closed, beam not visible (Finale 3D never uses values in this range; see programmer note below)
4-7 Open, beam visible
8-76 Strobe slow to fast
77-145 Pulse slot to fast
146-215 Random strobe, slow to fast
216-255 Open, beam visible


Table 5 – Color wheel values

DMX Value Color
0-6 White
7-13 Red
14-20 Orange
21-27 Green
28-34 Light blue
35-41 Purple
42-48 Yellow
49-55 Blue
56-62 White
63-111 Combinations
112-118 Blue
119-127 White
128-189 Cycle clockwise
190-193 Stop cycle
194-255 Cycle counter-clockwise


Table 6 – Gobo patterns

DMX Value Finale 3D Identifier Image
0-7 NoGobo
8-15 Ring
16-23 Dandelion
24-31 BubbleStar
32-39 Shale
40-47 Bubbles
48-55 WaterWheel
56-63 Mica
64-127 Shaking, no gobo
128-255 Other options


Programmer notes

The color and gobo mechanisms of these fixtures require careful programming of the DMX Patches.    Programmers who are implementing effect libraries for MARQ Gesture Spot 100 fixtures may benefit from these notes:

  • The fixture’s shutter channel requires an initialize/reset fixture effect at the beginning of the show to set the shutter channel to 255, opening the shutter fully.  The “Flash” effects in Finale 3D do not write to the shutter channel; the “With Strobing” effects do.
  • DMX Patches for one-shot “Flash” effects set the color in setup phase because the color wheel needs to move to the correct rotation in advance of the effect to be prepared.  Otherwise the audience sees the color wheel spinning to the correct color at the beginning of the effect.  The setup phase in the MARQ Gesture Spot 100 DMX Patches is a luxurious one second by default, but since it compresses against any previous effect rather than overwriting the previous effect, the luxury has no consequence.
  • Since the fixture requires an initialize fixture effect, its fixtureDef needs to identify it for the error checking and user facing warning messages.


Table 7 – Example files and downloads

Download link Explanation
Gesture Spot 100 – User Guide – v1.3.pdf MARQ Gesture Spot 100 User Manual