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- 0 - 9 keys
- Numeric keys used for providing channel and level values.
- "+" key
- Used for selecting multiple channels, not in sequence.
- "-" key
- Used for removing channels from a sequence of selected channels.
- Thru" key
- Used for selecting a sequence of channels in numerical order.
- "@" key
- Used to signify the end of channel selection, to be followed by a level value.
- "Rem. Dim" key
- Is short for "Remainder Dim". Zeros all the channels except the one(s) that you supplied a value for - used mainly while focussing.
- "On" key
- Puts the selected channel(s) at full.
- "Off" key
- Zeros the selected channel(s).
- "Enter" key
- Marks the end of a command and executes it.
- "Backspace" key
- Removes the last digit or command from the sentence.
- "Clear" key
- Clears the sentence.
A general command sentence is built with the following parts.
[Channels] @ [Level] Enter
There are however some exceptions to this rule.
The following keys do not require the "Enter" key to be pressed afterwards, as it immediately executes the command.
To select multiple channels, there are several ways.
- [Channel A] + [Channel B] + [Channel C]
- is the way of selecting channels that are not in numerical sequence with each other.
- [Channel A] Thru [Channel B]
- is the way of selecting a whole sequence of channels (in this case, all the channels numerically between Channel A and Channel B inclusive).
- [Channel A] Thru [Channel C] - [Channel B]
- is how you exclude a channel from a "Thru" sequence (in this case, all the channels numerically between Channel A and Channel C inclusive, but not Channel B).
Here are some examples of commands and the result that they would have...
- 2 @ 80 Enter
- Channel 2 at 80%
- 3 + 5 @ 60 Enter
- Channels 3 and 5 at 60%
- 4 + 16 + 23 @ 30 Enter
- Channels 4, 16 and 23 at 30%
- 1 Thru 5 @ 20 Enter
- Channels 1 to 5 (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) at 20%
- 1 Thru 5 - 3 @ 40 Enter
- Channels 1 to 5, but not 3, (1, 2, 4 and 5) at 40%
- 1 Thru 10 - 3 - 7 @ 50 Enter
- Channels 1 to 10, but not 3 and 7, at 50%
- 1 @ 50 Rem. Dim
- Channel 1 at 50%, every other channel at 0%
- 1 + 7 @ 80 Rem. Dim
- Channels 1 and 7 at 80%, every other channel at 0%
- 2 Thru 5 @ 10 Rem. Dim
- Channels 2 to 5 at 10%, every other channel at 0%
- 5 Rem. Dim
- Channel 5 at 100%, every other channel at 0% (Rem. Dim can be used as a "solo" button)
- 12 On
- Channel 12 at 100%
- 13 Off
- Channel 13 at 0%
- Rem. Dim
- All channels at 0%
- All channels at 0%, but remember previous values
- Restore previous values before Off was pressed
- Rem. Dim commands should not zero attribute channels, only intensity channels.
- Rem. Dim when used by itself should clear all intensity channels, used to build a new scene or state from scratch.
- Off when used by itself should act like a temporary blackout, with the values being restored by pressing the On button by itself.
- After a command is completed (by pressing Enter, Rem. Dim, On or Off), starting a new command should overwrite the old one. It should not be needed to clear the old sentence.
- Attribute channels should be scaled between 0 and 255, unlike the intensity channels which are between 0 and 100%.
Most of this is pretty-much standard. I've added a couple of bits myself to make it more useable.