Time

Syntax

Command Description Return Value
Time <fade time> Sets the global fade time The global fade time set
Time ? Returns the current global fade time The current global fade time
  • <fade time>
    • A decimal number of seconds (optionally using decimal digits for fractions of seconds)
    • 0 means no fade time (or the channels/values are set immediately without fading)
    • Optionally may include a slash (/) which indicates a split (up/down) fade
    • Optionally may include a dash (-) which indicates a delayed fade

Abbreviation

T

Description

Setting The Global Fade Time

Use the Time command to set the global fade time. This time is used to crossfade channels or values whenever the At command is executed. The global fade time is used when setting channels, or a playback’s submaster value.

Using Split Fade Times

A split fade time is used when it is desired to have channels that are fading up occur at a different rate than channels fading down. To specify a split fade time, use a slash character in between two fade times. For instance, the command Time 3.5/7.5 will cause any channel that is fading up to occur in 3.5 seconds, and any channel that is fading down to occur in 7.5 seconds.

Using Fade Delays

Normally, whenever a channel level is set, the fade begins immediately. A delay can be inserted that would cause the fade to be delayed before starting to change value. To specify a fade delay, use a delay time and dash character before the fade time. For instance, the command Time 5.5-10 will cause the fade to delay 5.5 seconds before beginning a 10 second fade.

Using Both Fade Delays And Split Fade Timing

Both fade delays and split fades can be combined. For instance, the command Time 1-2/3-4 would cause any channels fading up to be delayed 1 second before fading over 2 seconds, while the downward fading channels would be delayed 3 seconds before fading over 4 seconds.

Determining The Current Global Fade Time

Use the Time command with the question mark (?) to return the current global fade time. A fade time such as 7.21 or 12/3 will be returned.

Examples

Time 1
Sets the global fade time to 1 second.

Time 1.35/7.2
Sets the global fade time to 1.35 seconds for upward fading channels and 7.2 seconds for downward fading channels.

Channel 1>10 Time 5 At 50
Selects channels 1 thru 10, then sets the fade time to 5 seconds, then sets the channels to 50%.

Playback 1 Time 3.5 At 25
Selects playback 1, then sets the fade time to 3.5 seconds, then sets the playback’s submaster to 25%.

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