Compound fixtures are single fixture entities comprised of one or more selectable fixture parts. Compound fixtures are added to a show using the fixture schedule window the same way as ordinary fixtures. Once a compound fixture is scheduled all of its parts can be viewed in the fixture window by enabling thebutton at the top of the fixture window. The part numbers assigned to the individual parts of a compound fixture can be modified in the fixture window when is enabled by clicking on the part number cell and pressing the key. Please note that every part number within a single compound fixture must be unique and that dot (period) is a legitimate part number on its own.
Example of a compound SHAPESHIFTER fixture shown in the fixture window when thebutton is enabled:
All parts of a compound fixture can be selected by entering the whole number assigned to the compound fixture on the command line and pressing enter. Individual parts of a compound fixture can be selected by entering the whole number and part number of the fixture part on the command line and pressing enter. See Selecting Fixtures for more details on selecting compound fixtures and aggregated fixtures with dotted user numbers.
The parts of a compound fixture can be broken up into individual stand-alone fixtures by opening the fixture window, selecting the compound fixture, and pressing theat the top of the fixture window. The new individual fixtures that result from the compound explode retain their programming but now function as regular stand-alone fixtures that can be patched, programmed, and change typed on an individual basis.