CognitoPC171x100 CogPCWin  CognitoPC171x100 CogPCMac

A new software build dated March 2017 has been released for CognitoPC run on both Windows and Mac OSX platforms.  Upgrading is recommended.

Cognito PC provides the less experienced user with simple yet sophisticated programming controls while still including the tools required by the most demanding professional. Cognito features a streamlined user interface that guides you through the process of selecting lights, adjusting their attributes, and recording reference libraries, memories and cues. Once programmed, the show is played back manually or with sequenced playlists. The complex task of programming shows that include incandescent dimmers, moving lights and color changing LED fixtures finally has a simple solution.

Cognito PC supports direct Ethernet output of Pathport Protocol or E1.31 sACN for up to one universe of control using a Pathport Gateway (no dongle required). For outputting Art-Net or KiNet or to other manufactures gateways using sACN, purchase a CogPC dongle 0700-721X as seen in the table below.

Find the download to the Cognito Off-Line Editor (OLE) using the "Software and Fixture Library" link under Resources to the right. Shows may be programmed off-line and saved to be used on Cognito2 consoles, Choreo Controllers or CogPC computers hooked to Pathport gateways. Using other's gateways requires a dongle.

  • 512, 1024, 1536 or 2048 channel outputs direct to network or to DMX512 using a Pathport DMX-over-Ethernet gateway
  • No hard limits on number of memories, cues, chases or playbacks
  • Pathport Protocol, ANSI E1.31 sACN, Art-Net, KiNET protocols supported
  • Natural language control uses “real-world” terms and labels instead of channel numbers and data-level values
  • Edit all show attributes including color, intensity, position and timing from the touchscreen without a computer or console
  • Continually updated fixture library, currently with over 2000 commonly available, multiple-attribute lights
  • Context-sensitive Help Overlays provide assistance without interrupting work flow
  • Virtual console elements including display, faders, color backlit buttons and encoder wheels
  • Seamless file transfer with Cognito2 lighting consoles
  • Windows 7 or higher, 32-bit or 64-bit
  • Mac OSX, Mountain Lion or higher
  • ANSI E1.11 DMX512-A
  • ANSI E1.31 streaming ACN
  • Cognito PC Offline Editor will run on macOS High Sierra or above to edit and save shows but you will not be able to control lights using a Cognito PC dongle. If you have a Vignette or Pathport on your network, you can go to SETUP and select ENABLE OUTPUTS for 512 channels of control.

1 - Introducing Cognito

The full playlist of Cognito training videos may be found here.

Model Number



Cognito2 PC Key512 Software License USB Dongle


Cognito2 PC Key1024 Software License USB Dongle


Cognito2 PC Key1536 Software License USB Dongle


Cognito2 PC Key2048 Software License USB Dongle


Upgrade, "Key" CognitoPC, 512 channels