A “macro” command is a series of two or more remote codes issued automatically from a single keypress. You might use a macro to automate a simple command sequence, such as, “Turn on the DVD player and then press PLAY”. Or you might compose an elaborate macro to power up an entire system, select a source, choose a Listening Mode, and begin playback – again, all from a single keypress. Each DEVICE SELECTOR and function key of the HTR 8 can store one macro.
NOTE: Macros are independent of the currently selected device.
To record a macro, simultaneously press-and-hold for 3 seconds both the [MACRO] key and the HTR 8 function key to which you wish to assign the macro, until the status LED turns green. The macro button will also light up.
Press the sequence of function keys to be recorded into the macro, being sure to first press the requisite Device Selector key for each function (you may switch devices while recording the macro as many times as necessary), allowing you to create macro containing commands from more than one Device Selector “page.”
When you have finished entering the desired command sequence, press [MACRO] again to store the macro; the Learn LED and [MACRO] key illumination will turn off.
- Each macro can store a maximum of 64 command steps. If you exceed this number, the macro will be stored automatically after the 64th command is added.
Example: Record a Macro to the  key to Turn on the T 187, Select “Input 1” (Source 1), and Commence Playback of connected Source 1 device (as in DVD player):
- On the HTR 8, simultaneously press-and-hold [MACRO] and  (numeric zero); the Learn LED turns steady green.
- Press [AMP]; press [ON]; press  (“Input or Source 1”); press [DVD]; press  (Play) - the Learn LED blinks as each step is added.
- Press [MACRO] again to exit the macro-record mode.
To clear a macro, perform the above steps without entering any functions.
When a macro executes, a 1 second delay is automatically inserted between its commands. If you need more than a 1 second delay between particular commands—for example, to permit a component to power up completely—you can record “empty” steps into the macro by changing Device Selector “pages” without entering actual command functions.