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How do I use Syntax?

All ZerOS consoles have the ability to control fixture intensities using the command line. This is done using the syntax pad.

To control the intensity of a fixture(s) via the numeric keypad, commands must be typed like this:

Channel No(s). @ Intensity% Enter

Examples of valid commands are below:

1 @ 1 0 0 Enter
This sets the intensity of channel 1 to 100%.

2 And 3 @ 7 5 Enter
This sets the intensity of channels 2 and 3 to 75%.

5 Thru 1 0 @ 5 0 Enter
This sets the intensity of channels 5 through to 10 to 50%.

5 Thru 1 0 Except 7 @ 6 5 Enter
This sets the intensity of channels 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 to 65%

3 Thru 9 Except 5 Except 6 @ 0 Enter
This sets the intensity of channels 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 to 0%. Note how Except is used twice to exclude two different channels from the range.

1 Thru 3 And 7 Thru 9 @ 2 5 Enter
This sets the intensity of channels 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, and 9 to 25%.

1 And 7 Thru 1 2 Except 9 @ 5 Enter
This sets the intensity of channels 1, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 to 5%.

There are also some shortcuts available:

1 @ @ … @@ is a shortcut which quickly sets the intensity to 100%.

1 @ . … @. (at dot) is a shortcut which quickly sets the intensity to 0%.

Enter Enter @ . … Enter Enter is a shortcut which quickly selects all the channels that are currently on (above 0%). In this example, it then takes them to 0% using the @. shortcut (resulting in a blackout). 

  1. Syntax Overview.pdf