Once you have the remote, it doesn’t take long to customize.
As it comes out of the box, if you press a button on it, it sends PAGE DOWN or PAGE UP to the computer. This is for running Microsoft Powerpoint; Page Up and Page Down flip through Powerpoint slides.
For my purposes, I wanted the remote to have three functions:
- Play next track
- Go back one track.
- Fade out current track and stop playing.
Originally, I thought I would need to stop a track during the show, and then go back a track, so I could re-start it. After using this system in many shows, it turns out not to be necessary. Here’s how I now have the buttons set up:
Right Button: Play next track
Left Button: Fade out current track and stop playing.
Both buttons: Go back one track.
It’s harder to press both buttons at the same time, so I’ve put the least-used command there.
My main use of the fadeout and stop command is for tracks that are played when people come up on stage from the audience. These tracks cover the time as someone is walking up, and you never know exactly how
long they’ll take, so you just fade out the track when they’re up on stage.