Tiny Tip: Skip the Center Channel

Being a theater lighting designer first and foremost, I love a center light.  But there are times (because of space limitations, for instance) that not every system can have a center light. If you have a such a system, consider leaving an empty channel number in the middle of the system.  Why?  Symmetry.

I love Offset in EOS and use it constantly. But on a system with no center channel, here is what the “quick and dirty” odds in one color and evens in another color looks like. 

My system is 12 across channels 301-312.  If I renumber them 301-306 and 308-313, then use Offset Odd/Even, here is what the same keystrokes look like.

Obviously, this is not the right thing to do for every show you light, but if there is a system of lights that are “air” light or effects light, to me it’s a no-brainer. What little numbering hacks do you use?  Hit me in the comments.  Thanks for reading.

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