DigiDesign Command|8 Specifications

D-Command™
Version 7.0
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This equipment has been tested to comply with USA and Canadian safety
certification in accordance with the specifications of UL Standards: UL60065 7th
/IEC 60065 7th and Canadian CAN/CSA C22.2 60065:03. Digidesign Inc., has
been authorized to apply the appropriate UL & CUL mark on its compliant
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Warning
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subject to change without notice.
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Warning
This product contains chemicals, including lead, known to the State of California
to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after
handling.
Communications & Safety Regulation Information
Important Safety Instructions
Compliance Statement
The models D-Command and XMON comply with the following standards
regulating interference and EMC:
• FCC Part 15 Class A
• EN55103 – 1, environment E4
• EN55103 – 2, environment E4
• AS/NZS 3548 Class A
• CISPR 22 Class A
• ICES-003 Class A
1) Read these instructions.
2) Keep these instructions.
3) Heed all warnings.
4) Follow all instructions.
5) Do not use this apparatus near water.
Canadian Compliance Statement:
This Class A digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003
Cet appareil numérique de la classe A est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du
Canada.
6) Clean only with dry cloth.
7) Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions.
CE Compliance Statement:
8) Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves,
or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9) Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A
polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type
plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third
prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your
outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
Digidesign is authorized to apply the CE (Conformité Europénne) mark on this
compliant equipment thereby declaring conformity to EMC Directive
89/336/EEC and Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC.
10) Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs,
convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
11) Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
Australian Compliance:
12) Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long
periods of time.
Radio and Television Interference
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Communications Statement
This equipment has been tested to comply with the limits for a Class A digital
device. Changes or modifications to this product not authorized by Digidesign,
Inc., could void the Certification and negate your authority to operate the product.
This product was tested for CISPR compliance under conditions that included the
use of peripheral devices and shielded cables and connectors between system
components. Digidesign recommends the use of shielded cables and connectors
between system components to reduce the possibility of causing interference to
radios, television sets, and other electronic devices.
13) Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when
the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug
is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or
has been dropped.
Do not attempt to service the equipment. There are no
user-serviceable parts inside. Please refer all servicing to authorized
Digidesign personnel.
Any attempt to service the equipment will expose you to a risk of
shock and will void the manufacturer’s warranty.
SPECIAL WARNING REGARDING VENTILATION:
Do not install D-Command anywhere or in any way that blocks free
air flow at any time around the back panel of the unit.
SPECIAL WARNING REGARDING AMBIENT TEMPERATURE:
Before powering on the D-Command unit, be sure to allow it to reach
room temperature. The unit includes some components that are
senstive to cold temperatures, so it is recommended that you
unpack the unit and allow it to acclimate before turning it on for the
first time.
This symbol on the product or its packaging indicates that this product must not
be disposed of with other waste. Instead, it is your responsibility to dispose of
your waste equipment by handing it over to a designated collection point for the
recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The separate collection
and recycling of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help conserve
natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human
health and the environment. For more information about where you can drop off
your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local city recycling office
or the dealer from whom you purchased the product.
Contents
Part I
Introduction
Chapter 1. Introduction to D-Command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
D-Command Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
D-Command System Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
System Expansion Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Operational Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Connection Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Chapter 2. D-Command Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
D-Command Main Unit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
D-Command Fader Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
D-Command XMON Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Part II
Installation
Chapter 3. Setting Up the Fader Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Assembling an Expanded System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Chapter 4. Connecting D-Command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
D-Command Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Audio Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Chapter 5. Configuring D-Command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Starting Up and Shutting Down the System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Software Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Setting D-Command Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
System Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Part III
Reference
Chapter 6. Channel Strip Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Channel Strips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Global Controls Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Miscellaneous Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
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Chapter 7. Plug-in Controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Plug-ins and D-Command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Dynamics Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
EQ Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Chapter 8. Transport and Navigation Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Transport Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Zoom/Navigate Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Nudge/Bank Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Chapter 9. Management Sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Window Management Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Session Management Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Soft Keys Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Chapter 10. Monitor and Meter Sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Monitor Section Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Meter and Time Code Displays (Main Unit) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Setting D-Command Meters for Different Reference Levels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Chapter 11. Operating Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Normal Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Custom Fader Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Entering Utility Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Navigating Utility Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Exiting Utility Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
D-Command System Info Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
D-Command Name Page. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
D-Command Test Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Resetting D-Command to Factory Defaults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
D-Command Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
25-Pin Female Connector Pinouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
15-Pin Connector Pinouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
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Part I: Introduction
Chapter 1: Introduction to D-Command
Welcome to the D-Command™ worksurface for Digidesign®
ICON systems.
D-Command provides hands-on control of Pro Tools®, and
offers powerful options for customizing the Pro Tools mix environment.
D-Command System Components
The following components are included in a D-Command
8-channel or 24-channel system:
Main Unit
• D-Command Main Unit
D-Command Features
The D-Command system provides controls for most Pro Tools
recording, editing and mixing tasks, and a versatile remote-controlled audio monitoring system.
• AC power cord
• Ethernet cable
• Ethernet “crossover” cable (for direct connection to CPU
without a hub)
• Ethernet loopback plug (for Ethernet testing)
Control Features
• 9/64-inch hex driver (for removing side panels)
• Touch-sensitive, motorized 100mm faders
• 5/32-inch hex driver (for connecting Main Unit and
Fader Module)
• Touch-sensitive, multi-purpose rotary controls
• Dedicated controls for assignment and activation of inputs,
outputs, inserts and sends
• Flexible display of pan, insert, send, plug-in and mic pre
controls
• Dedicated EQ and dynamics plug-in control sections
• Dedicated controls for all channel strip functions including
recording and input monitoring modes, mute, solo, and
channel select
• Dedicated controls for automation mode, enable and safe
status
• Custom Fader Mode for flexible channel and parameter
mapping
• Full transport and navigation controls, including location
commands and scrub/shuttle capability
Monitoring Features
• 6-channel control room monitoring system supports mono
through 5.1 surround monitoring, with up to 5 possible input sources and 3 selectable output paths
Fader Module
(Required for 24-Channel System)
• D-Command Fader Module unit
• AC power cord
• Ethernet cable
XMON Monitoring System
• XMON Interface
• AC power cord
• XMON cable
System Expansion Options
An additional 16-channel Fader Module can be added to
D-Command, for a total of 24 faders. For details on D-Command expansion and customization options, visit the Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com).
• 2-channel cue system with 4 separate outputs and selectable
talkback feed
• Built-in talkback microphone and external talkback mic Input
• Standalone mode for monitoring without Pro Tools
• External source metering
Chapter 1: Introduction to D-Command 3
Operational Requirements
Temperature and Ventilation
D-Command should be installed and operated in a climate-controlled environment, away from heat sources, and
with adequate ventilation. D-Command should be operated
at an ambient temperature that does not exceed 100 degrees F
(35 degrees C).
The back panel and the front half of the bottom panel of each
unit should be exposed to ambient air. Blocking or partially
blocking the back panel or bottom panel of a D-Command
unit may cause the unit to malfunction and may void your
warranty.
Water and Moisture
D-Command units should be operated away from sources of
moisture or humidity and should be protected from liquid
spills.
Cleaning and Maintenance
If you need to clean the D-Command top surface, apply a
non-chlorine bleach based cleaning solution to a cloth or paper towel, then carefully wipe the surface. Do not use abrasives, cleaning solutions with chlorine bleach, or spray cleaners.
Connection Requirements
Power Connections
Each unit (D-Command Main Unit, Fader Module, and
XMON Monitor Interface) requires its own power connection.
Make sure your power source is correctly rated for the number
of units you are connecting. A surge protected power source
(not included) is highly recommended.
Ethernet Connections
Each D-Command unit communicates with Pro Tools using
Ethernet. A single Main Unit can be connected to the host
computer without an Ethernet hub. To connect multiple
D-Command units to the host computer, a 10-BaseT Ethernet
hub (not included) is required.
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Audio Connections
All external analog audio inputs and outputs for control room
monitoring and studio communication are connected to the
XMON interface. D-Command connects to the XMON interface with a single 15-pin cable (included). All analog inputs
and outputs on the XMON use DB-25 connectors.
Audio Cables for D-Command Monitoring
Digidesign offers a range of DigiSnake cabling options for connecting Digidesign interfaces and external sources to the
XMON monitoring system. For details, visit the Digidesign
Web site (www.digidesign.com).
System Requirements
D-Command requires the following system components:
• Pro Tools|HD® system (which includes at least one
Pro Tools|HD audio interface)
An expanded Pro Tools|HD system is required for higher track
counts.
For complete system requirements, visit the Digidesign Web
site (www.digidesign.com).
Compatibility Information
Digidesign can only assure compatibility and provide support
for hardware and software it has tested and approved. For a list
of Digidesign-qualified computers, operating systems, and
third-party devices, refer to the Digidesign Web site
(www.digidesign.com).
Chapter 2: D-Command Overview
D-Command Main Unit
Main Unit Top Panel
Talkback Microphone
Main Time Scale display
Meter
section
Miscellaneous
controls
Rotary Encoder
section
Dynamics Section
Monitor Section
Channel Strip
Display controls
Channel Strip
Mode controls
Soft Keys
section
EQ Section
Session
Management
section
Channel
faders
Zoom/Navigation
section
Transport
Section
Modifier
keys
Global
controls
Automation Mode
controls
Custom Fader
controls
Window
Management
section
Nudge/Bank
section
Figure 1. D-Command Main Unit top panel
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Meter Display
Soft Keys Section
The Meter display on the D-Command Main Unit can be set
to show the output levels, or levels associated with a track or
plug-in. See “Meter and Time Code Displays (Main Unit)” on
page 87.
The Soft Keys section on the D-Command Main Unit provides
access to a wide range of Pro Tools commands directly from
the control surface. It also provides access to preferences and
settings specific to D-Command. See “Soft Keys Section” on
page 71.
Main Time Scale Display and Location Indicator
The Main Time Scale display and Location indicator mirrors
the Main Time Scale in Pro Tools. See “Meter and Time Code
Displays (Main Unit)” on page 87.
Dynamics and EQ Sections
The D-Command Main Unit provides dedicated Dynamics
and EQ sections for plug-ins that support Dynamics and EQ
plug-in mapping. See “Plug-ins and D-Command” on
page 45.
Monitor Section
The Monitor section on the D-Command Main Unit includes
a full set of controls for the control room, headphone/cue,
and talkback/listenback sections of D-Command. See “Monitor Section Controls” on page 79.
Zoom/Navigation Section
The Zoom/Navigate section on the D-Command Main Unit is
used to control navigation, display, and selections in the
Pro Tools Edit window. See “Zoom/Navigate Section” on
page 67.
Nudge/Bank Section
The Nudge/Bank section on the D-Command Main Unit is
used to control the display of Pro Tools tracks on the control
surface. See “Nudge/Bank Section” on page 67.
Window Management and Session Management
Sections
The Window Management and Session Management sections
on the D-Command Main Unit include controls for opening
and closing Pro Tools windows, and managing and saving
Pro Tools sessions. See “Window Management Section” on
page 69 and “Session Management Section” on page 70.
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Transport Section
The Transport section on the D-Command Main Unit includes a full set of transport controls, switches for setting the
transport mode, scrub/shuttle controls, as well as advanced
audition and locate controls. See “Transport Section” on
page 63.
Global Controls
The Global controls are a set of channel-related controls in the
center of the D-Command Main Unit, allowing easy access to
powerful assignment, display, and channel function controls.
See “Global Controls Section” on page 35.
Custom Fader Controls
The Custom Fader mode switches on the D-Command Main
Unit invoke a special set of D-Command modes, called Custom Fader modes, which let you set aside and customize channel strips for display and editing of a variety of functions. See
“Custom Fader Controls” on page 39.
Automation Mode Controls
The Automation Mode controls mirror the function of the
on-screen Automation Mode selector for each track, and let
you change automation modes during playback. See “Automation Mode Controls” on page 40.
Main Unit Back Panel
Power switch
AC Power
Footswitch jack
XMON Monitoring System
connector
Ethernet connector
Figure 2. D-Command Main Unit back panel connectors
AC Power
Ethernet Connector
The AC Power connector accepts a standard AC power cable.
The D-Command Main Unit is auto power-selecting (100V to
240V) and automatically works with a standard modular
power cord when connected to an AC receptacle in any
country.
The Ethernet connector on the back panel of the D-Command
Main Unit provides communication to Pro Tools. See “Ethernet Connections” on page 15.
Power Switch
The Power switch applies power to the D-Command Main
Unit.
XMON Monitoring System Connector
The 15-pin connector on the back panel of the D-Command
Main Unit provides remote control of all audio monitoring
functions from the D-Command Monitoring section. See
“XMON Monitoring System Connection” on page 17.
Footswitch Jack
The footswitch jack on the back panel of the D-Command
Main Unit is a 1/4-inch TRS jack that supports two footswitch
connections. See “Footswitch Connections” on page 16.
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D-Command Fader Module
Fader Module Top Panel
Meter
section
Rotary Encoder
section
Channel Strip
Mode controls
Channel Strip
Channel Strip
Function controls
Channel faders
Modifier keys
Figure 3. D-Command Fader Module top panel
Meter Section
The Meter section on the D-Command Fader Module can display track levels, plug-in meters, and other parameters depending on D-Command metering preferences.
Channel Strip
Each channel strip on the D-Command Fader Module has
identical channel controls, including two touch-sensitive rotary encoders, display and mode controls, and a touch-sensitive fader. See “Channel Strips” on page 29.
Fader Module Back Panel
AC Power
The AC Power connector accepts a standard AC power cable.
The D-Command Fader Module is auto power-selecting (100V
to 240V) and automatically works with a standard modular
power cord when connected to an AC receptacle in any
country.
Power Switch
The Power switch applies power to the Fader Module.
Modifier Keys
Each D-Command Fader Module has a set of four switches in
its lower left corner that duplicate the function of the
Pro Tools computer keyboard modifiers. See “Modifier Key
Switches” on page 34.
8 D-Command Guide
Ethernet Connector
The Ethernet connector on the back panel of the D-Command
Fader Module provides communication to Pro Tools. See
“Ethernet Connections” on page 15.
D-Command XMON Interface
D-Command monitoring is based on the XMON analog interface, which is remotely controlled from the D-Command
monitoring section.
XMON Front Panel
XMON
Power
switch
Mute
indicator
MIDI Receive
indicator
Mute button
Figure 4. XMON front panel
Power Switch
MIDI Receive Indicator
The Power switch applies power to the XMON Interface.
The MIDI Receive indicator shows MIDI activity between
XMON and D-Command.
Mute Indicator
The Mute indicator shows the mute status of XMON.
Mute Button
The Mute button mutes all XMON outputs. It is not possible
to unmute XMON with this button. The XMON mute state
can only be cleared from the D-Command Monitor section
(see “Monitor Section Controls” on page 79).
Chapter 2: D-Command Overview 9
XMON Back Panel
The back panel of the XMON interface includes connectors for all external analog audio inputs and outputs for D-Command. See
“Audio Connections” on page 17.
Cue Inputs
Main Inputs
Cue Outputs
Main Outputs
Figure 5. XMON back panel
10 D-Command Guide
Surround Inputs
Alt Outputs
Talkback/
Listenback/
Utility
Stereo Inputs
Meter Calibration
Screws
Control Surface
AC Power
Part II: Installation
Chapter 3: Setting Up the Fader Module
This chapter explains how to add the Fader Module to the
D-Command Main Unit.
Placement of D-Command Fader Module
When placing the D-Command Fader Module in studio furniture or on a table top, make sure to account for the dimensions of the assembled system, allowing for at least 1 inch
(2.5 cm) of open space behind the finished unit. This meets
the ventilation requirements for the D-Command units.
Assembly Hardware
The following hardware is provided with the D-Command
Fader Module (spare pieces may be included).
Brackets
• Front Bracket
• Center Bracket
• Rear Bracket
When bracketing together your system, you will need additional clearance on either side of the unit to push the Fader
Module and the Main Unit together, as well as sufficient clearance in front and behind the units to allow you to attach the
brackets. You will also need access to the rear of the unit to
make cable connections.
The Fader Module is designed to be attached to the left of the
D-Command Main Unit.
Front bracket
Center bracket
Rear bracket
Figure 2. D-Command expanded system connecting brackets
Assembling an Expanded System
The D-Command Main Unit can be attached to the D-Command Fader Module, using the front, middle, and rear brackets included with the D-Command Fader Module.
Screws
• (10) 10-32 x 3/4-inch socket cap screw
• (4) 6-32 x 3/8-inch Philips pan head screw
6-32 x 3/8-inch
Philips pan head screw
10-32 x 3/4-inch
socket cap screw
Figure 3. Screws for D-Command connecting brackets
Front bracket
Center bracket
Rear bracket
Figure 1. D-Command with Fade Module (bottom view)
Chapter 3: Setting Up the Fader Module 13
Attaching the Units
To attach the D-Command Fader Module to the Main Unit:
1 Remove the plastic end cap from the left end of the Main
Unit.
2 Place the Fader Module to the left of the Main Unit, and
press the D-Command units together.
3 Slide both units forward far enough to have complete access
to the front bracket screw holes.
4 Attach the front bracket, using four 10-32 3/4-inch socket
cap screws.
When bracketing together a D-Command system, leave all
screws on the Fader Module loose enough to allow you to adjust the position of the units relative to each other. After all
three brackets are installed, and the units are pressed fully
together, you will fully tighten the Fader Module screws.
5 Slide the connected units backwards far enough to have
complete access to the rear screws.
6 Remove the four Philips head screws indicated in Figure 4.
D-Command
Fader Module
Remove screws
Figure 4. Rear view of D-Command and Fader Module
7 Attach the rear bracket, using four 10-32 3/4-inch socket cap
screws and four 6-32 x 3/8-inch Philips pan head screws.
8 Carefully slide the connected units forwards far enough to
have complete access to the center bracket screw holes.
9 Attach the center bracket, using two 10-32 3/4-inch socket
cap screws.
10 Press the D-Command units together. If necessary, use a
ratcheting nylon strap to press the units together by running
the strap around the two units. Make sure the nylon strap does
not contact any switches or encoders on the surface.
11 Tighten the bracket screws on the Fader Module.
12 Attach the plastic end cap to the Fader Module.
14 D-Command Guide
Chapter 4: Connecting D-Command
D-Command Connections
D-Command units require power and Ethernet connections to operate with Pro Tools. An optional footswitch connection is also
available on the Main Unit. The connectors on the back panel of the D-Command Main Unit are shown in Figure 5.
Be sure to make all connections with your D-Command units and computer turned off.
Ethernet connector
XMON Monitoring System connector
Footswitch jack
Figure 5. D-Command Main Unit back panel connectors
Power Connections
Ethernet Connections
Each D-Command unit (Main Unit and Fader Module) and
the XMON Monitor Interface requires its own power connection. D-Command Main Units, Fader Modules, and XMON Interfaces are auto power-selecting (100V to 240V) and automatically work with a standard modular power cord when
connected to an AC receptacle in any country. A power cable
is provided with each D-Command unit and the XMON
interface.
Each D-Command unit communicates with Pro Tools using
Ethernet. An Ethernet cable is included with each D-Command unit.
To make D-Command power connections:
For each D-Command unit and the XMON Interface, connect the included AC power cord the unit and to a power
source.
■
A 10-BaseT Ethernet hub (not included) is required to connect
multiple D-Command units to the host computer.
To connect a single D-Command unit:
■ Connect one end of the supplied crossover Ethernet cable to
the port on the back of the D-Command unit, and the other
end to the Ethernet port on the computer.
To connect multiple D-Command units:
1 Install the Ethernet hub according to its instructions, apply
power to it, and verify that it is functioning properly.
2 Connect the Ethernet hub to the Ethernet port on your
computer.
3 For each D-Command unit, connect one end of the supplied
Ethernet cable to a port on the Ethernet hub, and the other
end to the Ethernet port on the back of the unit. Do not use
any port labelled for LAN connections.
Connection sequence to the Ethernet hub does not matter, because the order of the units can be configured
from within Pro Tools.
Chapter 4: Connecting D-Command 15
Using D-Command on an Ethernet Network
Footswitch Connections
You can purchase a combined 10/100-BaseT Ethernet hub
that can simultaneously support D-Command over 10-BaseT
and other network traffic over 100-BaseT. This will let you use
D-Command over a local area network.
You can connect two SPST (single-pole, single-throw) footswitch units to the D-Command Main Unit to control any of
the following functions:
Moderate network traffic (such as e-mail) should not affect
communication between D-Command and the computer. If
your network experiences heavy traffic, you may want to create a dedicated Ethernet network for D-Command.
Controlling Pro Tools Systems Over a Network
When D-Command is connected to an Ethernet network, it
will be available to be declared by any Pro Tools system on
that network. This lets you control different Pro Tools systems
on the network with a single D-Command console. (You can
only control one Pro Tools system at a time.)
16 D-Command Guide
• Starting and stopping Pro Tools playback
• Starting Pro Tools recording
• Toggling Talkback on and off
The footswitch connector is a single 1/4-inch TRS jack on the
back panel of the D-Command Main Unit.
To wire a TRS connector for the D-Command footswitch jack:
■ Use the following wiring convention: Tip = Footswitch 1,
Ring = Footswitch 2, Sleeve = Ground.
Audio Connections
D-Command monitoring is based on the XMON analog interface, which is remotely controlled from the D-Command monitoring section. All external analog audio inputs and outputs for control room monitoring and studio communication are connected
to the XMON interface.
XMON provides 18V phantom for its three external mic inputs (External Talkback Mic, Listen Mic 1, Listen Mic 2).
All audio connections are made with standard DB-25 connectors. The back panel of the XMON is shown in Figure 6.
Cue Inputs
Main Inputs
Cue Outputs
Main Outputs
Surround Inputs
Alt Outputs
Talkback/
Listenback/
Utility
Stereo Inputs
Meter Calibration
Screws
Control Surface
AC Power
Figure 6. XMON back panel
XMON Monitoring System Connection
D-Command connects to XMON with a single 15-pin XMON cable. A 50-foot (15.25 m) cable is included with the D-Command
Main Unit. The system supports up to an 80-foot (24.5 m) cable.
To connect the XMON to D-Command:
1 Connect the included AC power cord to the back panel of the XMON and to a power source. A surge protected power source
is highly recommended.
2 Connect one end of the included XMON cable to the Control Surface port on your XMON unit, and the other end to the 15-pin
XMON Monitoring System connector on the back panel of the D-Command Unit.
Chapter 4: Connecting D-Command 17
Control Room Monitoring Connections
Pro Tools
Solo
Command
AFL/PFL
Level
AFL/PFL
Input
(2 channels)
Main
Input
(6 channels)
Surround
Input
(6 channels)
Level, Dim,
Solo, Mute,
Trim + Cal
Stereo 1
Input
(2 channels)
Σ
Stereo 2
Input
(2 channels)
Listen
Mic 2
Mono
Summing
Input
Source
Select
Level
Level
Figure 7. Control room monitoring system block diagram
Inputs
• Main Inputs (6 channels), balanced, +4 dBu (from Pro Tools)
• Surround Inputs (6 channels), balanced, +4 dBu
• Stereo 1 Inputs (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu/–10dBV
• Stereo 2 Inputs (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu/–10dBV
• Stereo 3 Inputs (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu/–10dBV
• AFL/PFL Inputs (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu
• Listen Mic 1 (external), mic level (XMON provides 18V phantom power)
• Listen Mic 2 (external), mic level (XMON provides 18V phantom power)
Outputs
• Main Control Room Outputs (6 channels), balanced or unbalanced, +4 dBu
• Alt Control Room Outputs (6 channels), balanced or unbalanced, +4 dBu
• Mini Control Room Outputs (2 channels), balanced or unbalanced, +4 dBu
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Main Output
(6 channels)
Alt Output
(6 channels)
Mini Output
(2 channels)
Stereo 3
Input
(2 channels)
Listen
Mic 1
Control Room
Output Select
[To Cue System]
Headphone/Cue System Connections
Main Monitor
Input
(2 channels)
[from Control Room System]
Talkback/Slate Out
(1 channel)
Cue 1
Input
(2 channels)
Cue 2
Input
(2 channels)
Internal
Talkback
Input
External
Talkback
Input
Internal
Talkback
Level
Talkback
switch
External
Talkback
Level
Σ
Σ
Cue 1 Out
(2 channels)
Σ
Cue 2 Out
(2 channels)
Σ
HP Out
(2 channels)
Σ
Studio LS
(2 channels)
Talkback
Assign
Figure 8. Headphone/Cue system block diagram
Inputs
• Main Monitor Input (2 channels)
• Cue 1 Input (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu
• Cue 2 Input (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu
• Internal Talkback Mic (from internal mic)
• External Talkback Mic, mic level (XMON provides 18V phantom power)
Outputs
• Cue 1 (2 channels), +4 dBu
• Cue 2 (2 channels), +4 dBu
• Headphone (2 channels), to internal headphone jack
• Studio Loudspeaker (2 channels)
• Talkback/Slate Output (1 channel)
Chapter 4: Connecting D-Command 19
20 D-Command Guide
Chapter 5: Configuring D-Command
Starting Up and Shutting Down the
System
Your D-Command-based system must be started up and shut
down in a specific order.
Start your D-Command-based system in this order:
Software Configuration
All D-Command software is included when Pro Tools software
is installed. The Pro Tools software installer places the D-Command Personality folder on the system drive.
Refer to the Getting Started Guide that came with your system
for instructions on installing or updating Pro Tools software.
1 Turn on external hard drives first. Wait 10 to 15 seconds for
them to come up to speed.
2 Turn on the D-Command units.
3 If you plan to work with MIDI equipment, turn on MIDI in-
terfaces and other MIDI devices.
4 Turn on all Pro Tools audio interfaces.
Updating System Firmware
Each release of Pro Tools software includes the most current
D-Command firmware. When you declare a D-Command
unit in the Pro Tools Peripherals dialog, Pro Tools compares
the firmware of all connected units to the version available in
Pro Tools software, and prompts you if an update is available.
5 Turn on the computer.
7 Turn on monitor amplifiers or self-powered speakers.
If you are prompted to update firmware, follow the on-screen
instructions to load the latest firmware to each D-Command
unit.
Shut down your D-Command-based system in this order:
Declaring D-Command Units in Pro Tools
6 Turn on the XMON interface.
1 Turn off monitor amplifiers or self-powered speakers.
2 Turn off the XMON interface.
3 Turn off all Pro Tools audio interfaces.
4 Shut down the computer.
Communication between D-Command and Pro Tools is configured from Pro Tools.
To declare D-Command units in Pro Tools:
1 Choose Setups > Peripherals, and click Ethernet Controllers.
5 If using MIDI equipment, turn off MIDI interfaces or con-
trollers.
6 Turn off the D-Command units.
7 Turn off external hard drives.
Ethernet Controllers display in the Peripherals dialog
2 Select Enable. Pro Tools scans the Ethernet connection for
any Ethernet controllers connected to the system.
Chapter 5: Configuring D-Command 21
3 Select the units in the order you want them arranged left to
right.
It is not necessary to declare units in the same sequence
as they are physically arranged.
As each unit is selected, Pro Tools scans it and brings it online.
The current status of each unit is indicated in the Peripherals
dialog in the following ways:
Setting D-Command Preferences
This section describes the settings and preferences for D-Command that are set directly from the control surface. For details
on preferences that are set from Pro Tools, refer to the
Pro Tools Reference Guide.
Fader and Switch Preferences
• Bold indicates a connected unit.
• Italics indicate an offline or disconnected unit.
• Underlining indicates that the selected unit is in use by
another Pro Tools system.
The following settings and preferences affect operation of the
faders and switches on D-Command.
Bank Justification
4 After declaring one or both units, click OK to close the Pe-
ripherals window.
When communication is established, Pro Tools displays colored outlines identifying each bank of Pro Tools tracks.
The colors in each unit row are used to identify controller focus on-screen in Pro Tools. The bank, track, insert, send, or
other element currently the focus of D-Command is outlined
in the color associated with each unit.
The Bank Justification preference determines whether banks
of channels in Normal mode are left-, center-, or right-justified on the control surface.
To set bank justification:
1 Press the Operation switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys
section.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “BnkJus” to choose
between the “Left,” “CentrL,” “CentrR,” and “Right” settings.
Naming D-Command Units in Pro Tools
3 Press the Operation Console Prefs Soft Key switch twice to
You can set the names for D-Command units from Pro Tools.
exit.
To name D-Command units in Pro Tools:
Custom Fader Justification
1 Choose Setup > Peripherals, and click Ethernet Controllers.
The Custom Fader Justification preference determines
whether channels in Custom Fader mode are left-, center-, or
right-justified on the control surface.
2 Click Name Units.
To set Custom Fader justification:
1 Press the Operation switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys
section.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “CF Jus” to choose be-
tween the “Left,” “CentrL,” “CentrR,” and “Right” settings.
3 Press the Operation Console Prefs Soft Key switch twice to
exit.
Naming D-Command units
3 Enter the names for the units and click OK.
You can also set the names for D-Command Main Units and
Fader Modules directly from the units themselves, by using
Utility mode. For details on naming D-Command units in
Utility mode, see “D-Command Name Page” on page 102.
22 D-Command Guide
Maximum Custom Fader Bank Size
Encoder Preferences
The Maximum Custom Fader Bank Size preference determines
the number of channels to be used when displaying channels
in the Custom Fader modes. Options are 4 and 8 faders for a
Main Unit, and 4, 8, 16 and 24 faders for an expanded system.
The following preferences affect operation of the rotary encoders on D-Command.
To set the maximum Custom Fader bank size:
The Rotary Encoder mode affects responsiveness of rotary encoder knobs. Fixed mode is at normal resolution. The velocity
modes set different rates of encoder acceleration. In Fine
mode, response is fixed and at fine resolution.
1 Press the Operation switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys
section.
Rotary Encoder Mode
2 Do one of the following:
• To increment the maximum number of channel strips
used by the Custom Fader modes, press the Soft Key that
corresponds to “Max CF.”
• To decrement the maximum number of channel strips
used by the Custom Fader modes, hold Shift and press
the Soft Key that corresponds to “Max CF.”
3 Press the Operation Console Prefs Soft Key switch twice to
exit.
Select Switch Latch Mode
The Select Switch Latch mode determines whether channel
Select buttons follow latching or non-latching (exclusive-or)
behavior when in Select mode.
To set the Select switch mode:
1 Press the Operation switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys
section.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Select” to toggle the
setting between the “Latch” and “ExclOr” (non-latching) settings.
3 Press the Operation Console Prefs Soft Key switch twice to
exit.
Faders On/Off
To set the Rotary Encoder mode:
1 Press the Operation switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys
section.
2 Press the upper Soft Key that corresponds to “Rotary” to step
through the “Fixed,” “Vel-Sl” (velocity-sensitive, slow),
“Vel-Md” (velocity-sensitive, medium), “Vel-Fa” (velocity-sensitive, Fast), and “Fine” settings.
3 Press the Operation Console Prefs Soft Key switch twice to
exit.
Encoder Order
The Encoder Order preference determines whether inserts,
sends, and pan controls will be displayed in order from
top-to-bottom or bottom-to-top on D-Command rotary encoders.
To set the Encoder Order preference:
1 Press the Operation switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys
section twice.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Encod” to toggle the
setting between “Bot-Tp” (bottom-to-top ordering) and
“Tp-Bot” (top-to-bottom ordering).
3 Press the Operation Console Prefs Soft Key switch to exit.
The Faders On/Off preference lets you temporarily turn off
D-Command faders to prevent fader movement when monitoring a mix.
To toggle D-Command faders on and off:
1 Press the Operation switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys
section twice.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Faders” to toggle all
faders on and off.
3 Press the Operation Console Prefs Soft Key switch to exit.
Chapter 5: Configuring D-Command 23
Display Preferences
Meter Preferences
The following preferences affect the interaction of D-Command with on-screen display of elements in Pro Tools.
The following preferences affect operation of the meters on
D-Command.
Target Track from Application
Send Meters On/Off
The Target Track from Application preference determines
whether selecting an Insert or Send on-screen makes its track
the focused track on the D-Command Main Unit. For details
on focusing a track on D-Command, see “Focusing a Track”
on page 91.
The Send Meters On/Off preference toggles send metering on
and off. Send levels are displayed on the LED rings surrounding the D-Command rotary encoders. This metering follows
Send pre- or post-metering settings in Pro Tools.
To toggle send meters on and off:
To set the Target Track from Application preference:
1 Press the Operation switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys
section twice.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “ApTrgt” to toggle the
setting between “Yes” and “No.”
1 Press the Meters switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys sec-
tion.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “SndMtr” to toggle
the setting On and Off.
3 Press the Meters Console Prefs Soft Key switch to exit.
3 Press the Operation Console Prefs Soft Key switch to exit.
Insert Meter On/Off
Channel Window Display
The Channel Window display preference determines whether
displaying plug-in or send pan parameters (by pressing an encoder Select switch) on D-Command opens the corresponding
plug-in or send window on-screen in Pro Tools.
This preference also determines whether the Channel Select
switches in the Dynamics or EQ sections change the channel
display of multi-mono plug-ins.
When this preference is set to “Yes,” the on-screen display
of plug-in and send windows changes to reflect the state of the
control surface.
◆
When this preference is set to “No,” the on-screen display of
plug-in and send windows does not change to reflect the state
of the control surface.
◆
To set the Channel Window display preference:
1 Press the Operation switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys
section.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “ChanWn” to toggle
this setting between “Yes” and “No.”
3 Press the Operation Console Prefs Soft Key switch twice to
exit.
24 D-Command Guide
The Insert Meters On/Off preference toggles insert metering
on and off. This preference applies when inserts are displayed
on the LED rings surrounding the D-Command rotary encoders.
To toggle insert meters on and off:
1 Press the Meters switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys sec-
tion.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “InsMtr” to toggle the
setting On and Off.
3 Press the Meters Console Prefs Soft Key switch to exit.
Meters Pre/Post Fader
The Meters Pre/Post Fader preference toggles channel metering between pre- and post-fader modes.
To toggle channel meters between pre- and post-fader metering:
1 Press the Meters switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys section.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Meters” to toggle the
setting between “PreFad” (pre-fader metering) and “PostFd”
(post-fader metering).
3 Press the Meters Console Prefs Soft Key switch to exit.
System Calibration
Recalibrating D-Command Faders
If a fader on a D-Command Unit shows response problems,
you can recalibrate the faders with the Recal command in
Utility mode. See “Recal” on page 105 for details.
Calibrating the Output Meters
You can calibrate the output meters on the Main Unit meter
bridge from XMON, in order to match metering levels in
Pro Tools with metering levels of external sources. The example below uses a Digidesign 192 I/O as the reference source.
Center Meters Track/Output
The Center Meters Track/Output preference toggles the
8-channel meter display on the Main Unit meter bridge between main output levels and the focused track.
When set to meter the focused track, you can view levels for
multichannel tracks up to 6 channels (5.1 surround).
To calibrate the D-Command output meters:
1 Set the reference level of your 192 I/O according to the in-
structions in the 192 I/O Guide.
2 With the 192 I/O analog output connected to the XMON
To toggle the center meters between output and track metering:
Main Input, send a calibration tone to the D-Command Main
Outputs, and note the output level on the D-Command
meters.
1 Press the Meters switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys sec-
3 Disconnect the 192 I/O analog output from the XMON
tion.
Main Input and connect it to the XMON Alt Input.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “CtrMtr” to toggle the
4 Activate the Alt Output.
setting between “Output” and “Track.”
5 Adjust the trim pots on the back panel of the XMON until
3 Press the Meters Console Prefs Soft Key switch to exit.
the output level for each channel on the D-Command
matches the level displayed for the Main Output.
6 When you are finished, reconnect the 192 I/O analog out-
put to the XMON Main Input.
Calibrating SPL Indication on the Monitor Section
The D-Command Monitor section lets you display output
level in dB or dB SPL. You can calibrate the SPL display to reflect the sound pressure level at the mix position. See “Calibration Mode Switch” on page 85.
Chapter 5: Configuring D-Command 25
26 D-Command Guide
Part III: Reference
Chapter 6: Channel Strip Controls
Rotary Encoder Section
Channel Strips
The D-Command Main Unit has 8 channel strips, and the
D-Command Fader Module has 16 channel strips. Each channel strip (Figure 1) has identical controls, including two
touch-sensitive rotary encoders, display and mode controls,
and a touch-sensitive fader.
Each channel strip has two touch-sensitive rotary encoders
with LED ring, alphanumeric display, mode switches, and status indicators. Rotary encoders control channel input, send,
pan, and mic pre parameters.
Encoder
LED ring
Encoder knob
Encoder
Automation Mode
indicator
auto
auto
SEND E
SEND E
Clip Flip Mute Pre
Rotary Encoders
Clip/Flip indicators
Select
Clip Flip Mute Pre
Encoder display
Mute/Pre indicators
BMP
Select switch
Select
BMP
Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch
auto
Channel Strip Rotary Encoder
SEND F
Clip Flip Mute Pre
Encoder Knob
Select
BMP
Page Dn
Page Up
Inserts
Pan
Byp Mute
Sends
Auto/ Inpt
Record
Channel Strip
Mode controls
The encoder knobs on D-Command channel strips are
touch-sensitive. When you touch the encoder, the encoder
display switches from the parameter name to the parameter
value. Touch display of parameter values can be turned off.
When you are automating a parameter on an encoder, touching the encoder knob starts writing automation.
Sel
Channel Strip
Function controls
Solo
Mute
KICK
Auto
When assigning a channel input or output, or an insert or
send, the encoder knob is used to scroll through available inputs, outputs, inserts, or sends.
Trim
Encoder LED Ring
Each encoder has a ring of 15 LEDs. Discrete or stepped information is shown by single LEDs, and continuously variable information is shown by an expanding series of LEDs.
WR
TC
Automation Mode
and
Channel Status
indicators
+12
LT
TM
+6
RD
0
GRP
CF
-5
-10
-15
-20
Channel Fader
In Normal mode, encoder LED rings can show send level, pan
position, plug-in parameter values, and mic pre settings. In
Flip mode, they show track level.
-30
-40
-60
-90
Figure 1. D-Command Channel Strip
Chapter 6: Channel Strip Controls 29
Encoder Automation Mode Indicator
Bypass/Mute/Pre Switch
Below each encoder knob is an LED marked “auto,” which
lights when the corresponding parameter is enabled for automation. The indicator lights green for Read mode, yellow
when armed for automation in any of the Write modes, and
red when writing automation in any of the Write modes.
Each encoder has a Bypass/Mute/Pre (B/M/P) switch whose
function depends on what is currently displayed on the encoder. With Sends, the function of the B/M/P switch also depends on the current Switch Mode setting.
Encoder Display
Each encoder has a six-character display that shows parameter
names. When the corresponding encoder knob is touched or
moved, the display shows parameter values.
Encoder displays use color inversion to indicate the following:
• Green: Default color for input, insert, send, pan, and mic
pre parameter names and values
• Inverted green: Inactive input, inactive output, inactive
plug-in or inactive send names
Clip and Flip Indicators
When viewing inserts on an encoder, these LEDs light to indicate the send or insert has clipped (red LED) or has been
flipped to the fader (yellow LED).
Mute and Pre Indicators
When viewing sends on an encoder, these LEDs light to indicate that the send is muted (red LED) or set to pre-fader operation (green LED).
Encoder Select Switch
Each encoder has a Select switch that is used to assign an insert or send to that encoder, or to display send parameters for
editing.
See “Switch Mode Switch” on page 37 for more information
on changing the Switch mode and viewing the current function of the B/M/P switch.
Inserts
When a plug-in name is displayed on an encoder (in the top
level Inserts display), the B/M/P switch bypasses the corresponding plug-in. The B/M/P switch lights when the plug-in is
bypassed.
Sends
When a send name is displayed on an encoder, the B/M/P
switch does one of the following:
• If the Switch Mode is set to Mute, the B/M/P switch
mutes the corresponding send. The red Mute LED lights
to indicate that the send is muted.
• If the Switch Mode is set to Pre, the B/M/P switch toggles
the corresponding send between pre- and post-fader operation. The green Pre LED lights to indicate that the
send is set for pre-fader operation.
Mic Pre
In Mic Pre mode, mic pre parameters are displayed on a channel strip’s encoders. In addition, the B/M/P switches do the
following:
• Top encoder, page 1: toggles phantom power on and off
• Bottom encoder page 1: toggles mic pre Pad on and off
• Top encoder, page 2: toggles mic pre HPF on and off
Inserts
• Bottom encoder page 2: toggles mic pre Polarity
When assigning an insert, the encoder Select switch is used to
confirm the selection of the following elements on each level:
• Top encoder, page 3: toggles phantom power on and off
• Insert type (TDM plug-in, RTAS plug-in, Multi-Mono
TDM plug-in, Multi-Mono RTAS plug-in, or Hardware
Insert)
• Plug-in subfolder (such as EQ, Dynamics, Pitch Shift,
Reverb, or Delay)
• Individual insert or plug-in
Sends
When assigning a send, the encoder Select switch is used to
confirm the selection of the following:
• Send type (interface or bus)
• Send assignment
When viewing a send, the encoder adjusts level. In Send Pan
mode, the fader adjusts level and the encoder adjusts Pan.
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• Bottom encoder, page 3: toggles mic pre Insert on and off
Channel Strip Mode Controls
Pan Switch
Each channel strip has a set of Channel Strip Mode controls
for displaying and editing pan, plug-in, mic pre, insert, or
send parameters on the encoder section of the D-Command
channel strip.
When you press the Pan switch, you enter Pan mode, and the
pan controls for the channel strip are displayed on the encoder displays. If there are additional pages of pan controls for
a multichannel track, its Page Up switch lights.
Mic Pre Mode
Page Down switch
Page Up switch
Page Dn
Page Up
Inserts
Pan
Byp Mute
Sends
Pan switch
Inserts switch
Bypass/Mute
switch
Sends switch
When you press a channel strip’s Inserts switch and Pan
switch simultaneously, you enter Mic Pre mode. In Mic Pre
mode, the controls for an available remote-controlled microphone preamplifier (such as the Digidesign PRE) are displayed
on the channel strip’s rotary encoders for editing. The Page Up
switch lights to indicate more available parameter pages.
Channel Strip Mode controls
Page Up and Page Down Switches
Control parameters are arranged on channel strip rotary encoders in pages, or groups of up to two parameters at a time.
Microphone preamplifiers are declared in the Pro Tools peripherals dialog, and assigned to channels in the Pro Tools I/O
Setup dialog.
Bypass/Mute Switch
The Page Up and Page Down switches light to indicate the
presence of additional pages of pan, plug-in, or mic pre parameters in the corresponding direction on each channel
strip. If no additional pages are available, neither switch is lit.
The function of the Bypass/Mute switch depends on what is
currently displayed on the channel strip’s encoders.
Inserts
To move the page display of parameters on the encoders up or
down:
■
Press a lit Page Up or Page Down switch.
Inserts Switch
When you press the Inserts switch, you enter Inserts mode,
and the plug-in names for the first two plug-ins on that channel strip are displayed on the encoder displays. If there are additional plug-ins on the channel, the channel’s Page Up
switch lights.
To open a plug-in window from any channel on D-Command:
Hold Start (Windows) or Control (Mac) and press the Select
switch for the plug-in.
■
To close the plug-in window:
Hold Start (Windows) or Control (Mac) and press the Select
switch again.
■
The Inserts switch flashes when a plug-in on that channel has
clipped. To clear a clip, press the Clear Clip switch in the Session Management section. See “Clear Clip Switch and Plug-in
Clip Indicator” on page 70 for more information.
◆ In the top level Inserts view (when plug-in names are displayed on a channel strip’s encoders), the Bypass/Mute switch
bypasses all plug-ins on that channel.
Sends
◆ In the top level Sends view (when send names are displayed
on a channel strip’s encoders), the Bypass/Mute switch mutes
all sends on that channel.
Sends Switch
When you press the Sends switch, you enter Sends mode, and
the send names for the first two sends on that channel strip
are displayed on the encoder displays. If there are additional
sends on the channel, the channel’s Page Up switch lights.
The 10 available sends are displayed in five pairs (A–B, C–D,
E–F, G–H, I–J).
Send Pan Mode
Send Pan mode allows you to adjust send panning and level at
the same time. Send Level is controlled by the channel fader
and Send Pan is controlled by the encoder.
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To enter Send Pan mode:
1 Press the Sends switch to display sends on the channel’s en-
coders.
2 Press the encoder Select switch that corresponds to the send
you want to display.
To return to the top level display of sends on the channel strip:
■
Channel Strip Function Controls
Each channel strip has a set of Channel Strip Function controls for controlling channel selection and focus, mute, solo,
and record enable status, input monitor mode, and automation mode.
Press the Sends switch again.
MIDI Controls on Instrument Tracks
The Instruments View in Pro Tools contains MIDI controls
that can be displayed on the encoders of D-Command channel strips.
Record Enable
switch
Input Monitor Mode
switch
Auto/ Inpt
Record
Channel Select
switch
Sel
Solo switch
Solo
Mute switch
Mute
KICK
To display MIDI controls:
Hold the Inserts switch and press the Sends switch in the
Channel Strip Mode controls section of the channel strip.
Channel display
■
The MIDI controls appear on the channel encoders as follows:
• Encoder #2 knob: MIDI Volume
• Encoder #2 B/M/P switch: MIDI Mute
Automation Mode
switch
Automation Trim
switch
Auto
Trim
Channel Strip Function controls
Input Monitor Mode Switch
• Encoder #2 LED ring: MIDI Velocity Meter
• Encoder #1 knob: MIDI Pan
To exit display of MIDI controls:
■
The Input Monitor Mode switch toggles the input monitoring
mode for that channel between Auto Input and Input Only
mode. The switch lights when the channel is in Input Only
mode.
Press another switch in the Channel Strip Mode section.
Record Enable Switch
Instrument Tracks and Flip Mode
When MIDI controls for Instrument tracks are displayed on
the encoders, they can be transferred (or “flipped”) to the
channel faders, allowing control of MIDI Volume or MIDI Pan
from the channel faders.
The Record Enable switch toggles record enable status for the
channel. When the channel is record-enabled and the
Pro Tools transport is stopped, the switch flashes. During recording, the switch lights continuously.
To transfer controls from the rotary encoders to the channel
faders:
Record Safe Mode To record safe a track from D-Command,
hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
track’s Record Enable switch.
Press the Flip switch that corresponds to the row of encoders you want to transfer.
Channel Select Switch
■
In Flip mode, Instrument track controls are transferred as follows:
• The fader on each channel controls the parameter (MIDI
Volume or MIDI Pan) that was assigned to the encoder, and
the encoder controls track Volume.
• The channel Mute switch controls the MIDI Mute function,
and the B/M/P switch on the encoder controls channel
mute.
To exit Flip mode:
■
Press a lighted Flip switch.
32 D-Command Guide
The function of the Channel Select switch depends on the Select/Focus Mode setting. See “Select/Focus Mode Switch and
Indicators” on page 37 for more information on changing the
Select/Focus mode.
Select Mode If the Select/Focus Mode is set to Select, the
Channel Select switch selects the channel in Pro Tools. The
switch lights when the channel is selected. In this mode, the
Channel Select switch can be set to follow latching or exclusive-or (non-latching) behavior.
Focus Mode If the Select/Focus Mode is set to Focus, the Channel Select switch brings that channel’s Dynamics and EQ controls into the Dynamics and EQ sections of the Main Unit for
editing. In this mode, because only one track can be focused at
a time, the Select switch follows exclusive-or (non-latching)
behavior only.
In Focus mode, if the D-Command Focus Channel Strip Operations preference is set to Yes, the Channel Select switch also
places a duplicate of the focused channel in the channel strip
to the immediate left of the Global Controls section.
Solo Switch
The Solo switch toggles solo status for the channel. When a
channel is soloed, the Solo switch lights, and the Mute
switches on other channels in the session flash. The Solo
switch function follows the Pro Tools Operation preference
for latched operation.
Automation Mode Switch
The Automation Mode switch cycles the channel through the
Pro Tools automation modes (Write, Touch, Latch, Read and
Off). The active mode is shown by the Automation Mode LED
indicators to the left of each channel’s fader. When in Off
mode, none of the indicators is lit.
The Automation Mode switch lets you cycle the channel
through Touch, Latch, and Read modes during playback, but
it prevents you from entering Write of Off mode during playback. To directly enter Write or Off mode during playback, use
the Automation Mode controls in the lower left of the Main
Unit. (See “Automation Mode Controls” on page 40.)
Automation Trim Switch
The Automation Trim switch toggles the channel into the corresponding Trim mode for Write, Latch, Touch, and Read
modes. Active Trim mode is shown by the yellow Trim mode
LED indicator to the left of each channel’s fader. The Automation Trim switch has no effect while the channel is in Off
mode.
Fader Section
Solo Safe Mode To solo safe a track from D-Command, hold
Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the track’s
Solo switch.
WR
Mute Switch
The Mute switch toggles mute status for the channel. When a
channel is muted, the Mute switch lights continuously.
Channel Display
Automation Mode
indicators
TC
+12
LT
TM
+6
RD
Group Status
indicator
Custom Fader Mode
indicator
Channel
Fader
0
GRP
CF
-5
-10
Each channel display shows the channel information in the
following display modes. In each mode, when the channel
fader is touched, the display shows the channel volume in dB.
AutoMatch
indicators
-15
-20
-30
Track Name Mode Shows the track name only.
-40
-60
-90
Group/Name Mode Shows the group membership of the track
(by group letter) and an abbreviated track name.
Track Position Number/Name Mode Shows the track position
number and an abbreviated track name.
Channel Strip Fader section
Headroom Mode Shows the abbreviation “HR” followed by the
remaining headroom in dB.
Level Mode Shows the track volume level in dB only.
Channel displays use colors and backlighting to indicate the
following:
• Green: Channel names and values
• Inverted green: Inactive channel
Chapter 6: Channel Strip Controls 33
Fader
Modifier Key Switches
The touch-sensitive faders on D-Command channel strips
control channel volume in Normal mode, and a wide range of
parameters in Flip mode or the Custom Fader modes. When
you touch a fader, its channel strip display changes from track
name to track volume level (in Normal mode), or from parameter name to parameter value (in Flip modes or Custom Fader
modes). When you are automating a parameter on a fader,
touching the fader starts writing automation.
Each D-Command Main Unit and Fader Module has a set of
four switches in its lower left corner that duplicate the function of the Pro Tools computer keyboard modifiers.
-60
-60
-90
-90
Automation Mode Indicators
The Automation Mode indicators, located to the left of each
channel’s fader, indicate the active automation mode.
WR (Write), TC (Touch) and LT (Latch) are red LEDs; TM
(Trim) is a yellow LED; and RD (Read) is a green LED.
Shift
Control
Start/Win (Windows)
Option (Mac)
Alt (Windows)
(Command) (Mac)
Modifier Keys (Fader Module)
When in Write, Touch or Latch modes, the corresponding indicator flashes until automation writing begins. When automation writing begins, the indictor lights solid.
If automation is turned off for the channel (Off), none of the
indicators is lit.
Group Status Indicator
The Group Status indicator (a green LED marked GRP), located
to the left of each channel’s fader, lights to indicate that the
channel is a member of an active Mix or Edit group in
Pro Tools.
If the channel is a member of an inactive group, or if groups
are suspended, this indicator is off.
Shift Switch (Windows and Mac)
The Shift switch duplicates the function of the Shift key on
your computer keyboard.
Control Switch (Windows and Mac)
The Control switch duplicates the function of the Control key
on your computer keyboard.
Win Switch (Windows) or Option Switch (Mac)
The Win/Option switch duplicates the function of the Windows key (also called the Start key) or the Option key (Mac) on
your computer keyboard.
Alt Switch (Windows) or Command Switch (Mac)
Custom Fader Mode Indicator
The Custom Fader Mode indicator (a blue LED marked CF), located to the left of each channel’s fader, lights to indicate that
the channel is currently in Custom Fader Mode.
AutoMatch Indicators
The AutoMatch indicators (green arrow-shaped LEDs), located
to the left of each channel’s fader, light to indicate the direction you need to move the fader in order to match the automation level previously written for that track. This is especially useful when editing fader automation.
34 D-Command Guide
The Alt/Command switch duplicates the function of the Alt
key (Windows) or the Command key (Mac) on your computer
keyboard.
The order of the modifier keys on the D-Command
reflects the order of the corresponding keys on a
Windows or Mac keyboard, from left to right.
Flip Switches
Global Controls Section
The Global Controls section (Figure 2) is a set of channel-related controls in the center of the D-Command Main Unit.
The two yellow Flip switches in the Global Controls section
correspond to the two rotary encoders on the D-Command
channel strips.
Flip Mode
Flip
Auto Write
Automation Write
controls
Flip
switches
Start
All
Current
End
All Enab
In Flip mode, the rotary encoder control swaps with the channel fader; the encoder Select switch swaps with the channel
Select switch; the encoder Bypass/Mute/Pre switch swaps with
the channel Mute switch; and the encoder display swaps with
the channel display.
Flip
Auto Enable
Plug-in
Automation Enable
controls
Vol
Send Lvl
Pan
Send Pan
Mute
Send Mute
Mute
In Flip mode, the Flip switch lights for the affected row of encoders, and the yellow Flip LED below each affected encoder is
lit.
Pre
Switch Information
controls
Sw Mode
Sw Info
The Flip switches invoke Flip mode, which transfers controls
from the corresponding rotary encoder to the fader on each
channel strip, allowing convenient editing and automation of
send, pan, plug-in, and mic pre parameters directly from the
channel faders.
To transfer controls from a row of rotary encoders to the channel
faders:
Show Val
■
Press the Flip switch that corresponds to the encoder row.
To exit Flip mode:
Escape
Sel
Foc
■
Mode
Solo Clear
Global Modifier
controls
Do to Sel Do to All
Disp Mode
Default
Susp Grp Auto Susp
Focus Channel
Press a lighted Flip switch.
When D-Command is in Flip mode and you enter Make
Inactive mode or Assign mode, it is temporarily taken out
of Flip mode, but the Flip switch remains lit. When you
exit Make Inactive mode or Assign mode, controls return
to their flipped positions.
Automation Write Controls
&
Custom Faders
Custom Fader
controls
Groups
The Automation Write controls invoke the manual “Write to
Start/End/All” commands, the automatic “Write to
Start/End/All on Stop” automation commands, and the
“Write to Current Parameter” and “Write to All Enabled Parameters” snapshot automation commands in Pro Tools.
Map
Type
Lock
Plug-In
Window
Bank / Cycle
Auto Write
Auto Mode
Automation Mode
controls
Write
Trim
Touch
Read
Latch
Off
Automation
Write to Start
switch
Start
Automation
Write to All
switch
Talkback switch
Talkback
Automation
Write to End
switch
Dbl Press to Latch
Figure 2. Global Controls section
All
End
Current
All Enab
Write to Current
Parameter
switch
Write to All Enabled
Parameters
switch
Automation Write controls
Chapter 6: Channel Strip Controls 35
Start Switch
All Enabled Switch
The Start switch writes the current automation value of all
write-enabled parameters to the start of a selection or track
when performing an automation pass.
The All Enabled switch writes a snapshot of all current parameter values to all enabled automation parameters.
To manually Write to Start:
■
Press the Start switch during playback.
To enable automatic Write to Start on Stop:
Hold the Start key (Windows) or the Control key (Mac) and
press the Start switch.
Automation Enable Controls
The Automation Enable controls are used to enable or suspend writing of each type of automation on all channels.
When writing is enabled for a type of automation, its corresponding switch is lit.
■
To disable automatic Write to Start on Stop:
■
These Automation Enable controls mirror the function of the
corresponding buttons in the Pro Tools Automation Enable
window.
Press the flashing Start switch.
Auto Enable
Enable Plug-in
Automation
switch
All Switch
The All switch writes the current automation value of all
write-enabled parameters to an entire selection or track when
performing an automation pass.
To manually Write to All:
■
Press the All switch during playback.
To enable automatic Write to All on Stop:
Hold the Start key (Windows) or the Control key (Mac) and
press the All switch.
■
To disable automatic Write to All on Stop:
■
Plug-in
Enable Volume
Automation
switch
Enable Send Level
Automation
switch
Vol
Enable Pan
Automation
switch
Enable Mute
Automation
switch
Pan
Mute
Send Lvl
Send Pan
Send Mute
Enable Send Pan
Automation
switch
Enable Send Mute
Automation
switch
Automation Enable controls
Plug-in Switch
The Plug-in switch enables and suspends writing of automation for any automation-enabled plug-in parameters on all
tracks in the session.
Press the flashing All switch.
Volume Switch
End Switch
The End switch writes the current automation value of all
write-enabled parameters to the end of a selection or track
when performing an automation pass.
To manually Write to End:
■
The Volume switch enables and suspends writing of channel
volume automation on all tracks in the session.
Pan Switch
The Pan switch enables and suspends writing of channel pan
automation on all tracks in the session.
Press the End switch during playback.
Mute Switch
To enable automatic Write to End on Stop:
Hold the Start key (Windows) or the Control key (Mac) and
press the End switch.
■
To disable automatic Write to End on Stop:
■
Press the flashing End switch.
The Mute switch enables and suspends writing of channel
mute automation on all tracks in the session.
Send Level Switch
The Send Level switch enables and suspends writing of send
level automation on all tracks in the session.
Current Switch
Send Pan Switch
The Current switch writes a snapshot of the current parameter
value to the currently displayed automation parameter.
36 D-Command Guide
The Send Pan switch enables and suspends writing of send
pan automation on all tracks in the session.
Send Mute Switch
Global Modifier Controls
The Send Mute switch enables and suspends writing of send
mute automation on all channels.
The Global Modifier controls are used to change modes for the
channel Select switches, channel displays, clear Solo and Mute
states, and globally suspend automation.
Switch Information Controls
The Switch Information controls are used to change the mode
and display of encoder Bypass/Mute/Pre switches, and globally show encoder parameter values.
Escape switch
Escape
Select/Focus Mode
Switch and indicators
Switch Mode switch
Sel
Foc
Mode
Solo Clear switch
Mute Mode
indicator
Mute
Pre
Pre-Fader Mode
indicator
Sw Mode
Switch Info
switch
Show Values
switch
Sw Info
Show Val
Solo Clear
Do to Selected
switch
Do to All switch
Do to Sel Do to All
Display Mode
switch
Set to Default
switch
Disp Mode
Default
Switch Information controls
Switch Mode Switch
The Switch Mode switch toggles the function of encoder Bypass/Mute/Pre switches between Mute and Pre-Fader functions when displaying sends on the encoders.
• When the Switch Mode is set to Bypass, the encoder B/M/P
switch mutes the corresponding send.
• When the Switch Mode is set to Pre, the encoder B/M/P
switch toggles the corresponding send between pre- or
post-fader operation.
The Transport must be stopped to toggle sends between
pre- and post-fader operation.
To set the Switch Mode:
Press the Switch mode switch until the appropriate indicator lights (Mute or Pre).
■
Switch Info Switch
The Switch Info switch can follow toggling or momentary behavior. If pressed briefly, it toggles the encoder display to
show the function assigned to the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on
each rotary encoder. If held, the function is shown until the
switch is released.
Show Values Switch
The Show Values switch can follow toggling or momentary
behavior. If pressed briefly, it toggles the encoder display between parameter name and parameter value. If held, parameter value is shown until the switch is released.
The operation of the Show Values switch is not affected by
the Touch Display of Parameter Values setting in the Operations Soft Key Section.
Suspend Automation
switch
Suspend Groups
switch
Susp Grp Auto Susp
Global Modifier controls
Escape Switch
The Escape switch is used to exit modes and to cancel operations or on-screen dialogs. When an action has occurred that
can be exited or canceled with the Escape switch, the switch
flashes.
Select/Focus Mode Switch and Indicators
The Select/Focus Mode switch toggles the function of channel
Select switches between Select and Focus mode. In Select
mode, channel Select switches are used to select channels in
Pro Tools. In Focus mode, channel Select switches are used to
focus a channel in the Focus Channel section on the Main
Unit.
The LEDs on either side of this switch indicate the current
mode.
Do To All and Do To Selected Switches
The Do To All and the Do To Selected switches on D-Command can be used in two different ways: to apply actions to
multiple tracks in a Pro Tools session, and to change the display mode of multiple channel strips on D-Command.
The Do To All and Do To Selected switches can follow latching
or momentary behavior. If pressed briefly, they latch on and
flash until pressed a second time. If held, they apply to all controls moved until released.
The Do to All and Do to Selected switches can latch on, and
are not cleared by the Escape switch. Use them carefully.
Chapter 6: Channel Strip Controls 37
Applying Actions to Multiple Tracks in Pro Tools
Changing Parameter Display on D-Command Channel Strips
The Do To All and Do To Selected switches are convenient for
performing tasks such as muting, soloing, assigning sends, or
assigning the same plug-in across multiple tracks in a session.
The Do To All and Do To Selected switches can be used to display and edit pan, mic pre, insert, or send parameters across
all channels on the D-Command surface.
To apply actions to multiple tracks in a Pro Tools Session:
1 Press the Do To All or the Do To Selected switch.
2 Press any of the following switches to apply the correspond-
ing action to all tracks or all selected tracks in the current session:
• Channel Mute switch
• Channel Solo switch
• Channel Solo Safe: Control (Windows) or Command
(Mac) + Solo switch
• Automation Mode switch
• Automation Trim switch
The Do To All and Do To Selected switches are applied independently to channel strips in Normal mode and Custom
Fader mode. This independent operation lets you put banks of
channels in several display modes at once (for example, pan
on channels in Normal mode, and plug-ins on channels in
Custom Fader mode).
To change the display mode of D-Command channel strips:
1 Press the Do To All or the Do To Selected switch.
2 Press any of the following Channel Strip Mode switches on
any individual channel to apply the corresponding action to
all channels or to all selected channels on D-Command:
• Channel Select switch (in Select mode)
• Inserts switch
• Record Enable switch
• Pan switch
• Record Safe: Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) +
Record Enable switch
• Bypass/Mute switch
• Input Monitor Mode switch
• Inserts + Pan switches (Mic Pre mode)
3 Depending on the current channel strip display mode, you
can apply the following across all tracks or all selected tracks
in the session:
• Sends switch
• Inserts + Sends (Instrument mode)
Page Down switch
Page Up switch
• Mic Pre Controls: Polarity, Pad, Impedance, Source, Gain
Page Dn
Page Up
Inserts
Pan
Byp Mute
Sends
• Send Pre/Post: B/M/P switch in Send Pre/Post mode
• Send Mute: B/M/P switch in Send Mute mode
• Plug-in Bypass: B/M/P switch in Inserts mode
4 You can also carry out any of the following tasks across all
tracks or all selected tracks in the session:
• Assigning Inputs, Outputs, Inserts and Sends
• Activating/deactivating Inputs, Outputs, Inserts, Sends
and Tracks
• Resetting controls with the Set to Default switch
• Changing panner linkage
• Changing panner editor choice
5 When you are finished, press the flashing Do To All or Do To
Selected switch to exit the corresponding mode.
Pan switch
Inserts switch
Bypass/Mute
switch
Sends switch
Channel Strip Mode controls
3 When you are finished, press the flashing Do To All or Do To
Selected switch to exit the corresponding mode.
Display Mode Switch
The Display Mode switch toggles the channel display between
the five display modes: Track Name, Group/ Name, Channel
Number/Name, Headroom Value, and Level modes. See
“Channel Display” on page 33 for more information.
Set To Default Switch
The Set to Default switch lets you reset parameters that are
currently visible on the D-Command surface to their default
values. This switch works in both Normal and Custom Fader
modes.
The Set to Default switch can follow latching or momentary
behavior. If pressed briefly, it latches on and flashes until
pressed a second time. If held, its effect applies until released.
38 D-Command Guide
You can also use the Set to Default switch to remove
plug-in assignments from channels. See “Assign Inserts
Switch” on page 42.
While the Set to Default switch is pressed or latched on, the
following parameters can be reset:
To reset a channel’s track volume to 0 dB:
■
Custom Fader Controls
The Custom Fader controls invoke a special set of D-Command modes, called Custom Fader modes, which let you set
aside and customize channel strips for display and editing of a
variety of functions. The Custom Fader modes are Groups
mode, Tracks mode, and Plug-in mode. See “Custom Fader
Modes” on page 94 for complete information on Custom
Fader modes.
Press Set to Default + the channel Select switch.
To reset a channel’s pan control to 0 (center)
■
Press Set to Default + the pan encoder Select switch.
Focus Channel
To reset a send’s level to 0 dB:
Press Set to Default + the send encoder Select switch. This
sets the send level to 0 dB, regardless of the Send default setting in Pro Tools Operation preferences.
■
&
Focus Channel
display
Custom Faders
Groups switch
Map switch
Groups
Map
Tracks
Lock
Plug-In
Window
Lock switch
Tracks switch
To reset a channel’s mic pre gain to 0 dB:
■
Press Set to Default + the mic pre gain encoder Select switch
Window switch
Plug-in switch
To set a plug-in’s parameters to their default values:
Bank/Cycle switch
Press Set to Default + the Compare switch for the plug-in.
(The Compare switch appears in the D-Command Dynamics
and EQ sections, and in Custom Fader Expanded Plug-in
mode.)
■
Suspend Groups Switch
The Suspend Groups switch suspends all groups in the session.
The Suspend Groups switch follows latching behavior, and
flashes to indicate groups are suspended. To exit Suspend
Groups mode, press the Suspend Groups switch again.
Bank / Cycle
Custom Fader controls
Focus Channel Display
◆ When a Custom Fader mode is active, the Focus Channel
display shows the name of the Custom Group, Mix/Edit
Group, or the plug-in displayed on the Custom Fader channels.
◆ When no Custom Fader mode is active, the Focus Channel
display shows the name of the focused channel.
Automation Suspend Switch
Groups Switch
The Automation Suspend switch suspends reading and writing of all automation on all tracks in the session. All channels
are left in their current automation mode, but automation operations are temporarily suspended.
The Automation Suspend switch flashes while automation is
suspended.
Solo Clear Switch
The Solo Clear switch clears all latched Solo switches in the
session. This switch flashes when any channel is soloed.
The Groups switch invokes Groups mode, which lets you select either Mix/Edit Groups or Custom Groups. Invoking
Mix/Edit Groups let you create, edit, and recall Pro Tools Mix
and Edit groups to the Custom Fader channels.
Invoking Custom Groups lets you create a custom collection
of channels and arrange them in any order in the Custom
Fader channels. Custom Groups are a D-Command feature,
and are not reflected on-screen in Pro Tools.
For more information about Custom Groups, see“Custom
Groups Mode” on page 95.
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To toggle between Custom Groups and Mix/Edit Groups:
Bank/Cycle Switch
Press the Bank/Cycle switch repeatedly until the appropriate mode is displayed in the Focus Channel display (Custom
or Groups).
◆ While in Custom Groups or Mix/Edit Groups mode, the
Bank/Cycle switch is used to bank faders within the Custom
Fader channels, if there are more channels than can be displayed at one time.
■
Tracks Switch
The Tracks switch invokes Track Type mode, which lets you
bring all Pro Tools tracks of a certain type (Audio tracks, Auxiliary Inputs, MIDI tracks, Instrument tracks, or Master Faders)
to the Custom Fader channels.
◆ While in Custom Fader Plug-in mode, the Bank/Cycle
switch cycles through the plug-ins on the focused channel,
displaying their controls on the Custom Fader channels.
◆ When no Custom Fader mode is active, the Bank/Cycle
switch cycles through the plug-ins on the focused channel,
displaying their names in the Custom Faders display.
Plug-in Switch
The Plug-in switch invokes Plug-in mode, which lets you
bring the plug-in controls from the first insert of the currently
focused channel to the Custom Fader channels.
To cycle through the available inserts:
In Plug-in mode, press the Bank/Cycle switch repeatedly
until the desired insert is brought into the Custom Fader
channels.
■
Map Switch
Automation Mode Controls
The Automation Mode controls are used to display and set automation modes. These switches light to indicate that at least
one channel is in that automation mode. If multiple channels
are selected and set to different automation modes, all applicable mode switches are lit.
These Automation Mode controls let you change automation
modes during playback, and mirror the function of the
on-screen Automation Mode selector for each track.
The Map switch works with Custom Groups mode, Mix/Edit
Groups mode, and Plug-in mode. While in these modes, the
Map switch lets you further customize the control layout by
mapping individual rotary encoder controls to faders within
the Custom Fader channels.
Automation Touch
Mode switch
The Map switch has no effect on other D-Command channels
in Normal mode.
Automation Latch
Mode switch
Auto Mode
Automation Trim
Mode switch
Automation Write
Mode switch
Write
Trim
Automation Read
Mode switch
Touch
Read
Automation Off
switch
Latch
Off
Lock Switch
Automation Mode controls
The Lock switch applies to Custom Fader Plug-in mode only.
This switch locks the plug-in that is currently displayed in the
Focus Channel display, so that it does not change when you
focus a different channel in the duplicate Focus Channel strip.
The Lock switch lights when the plug-in is locked.
To set the automation mode of one or more channels:
When Custom Fader Plug-in mode is active, the locked
plug-in appears in the Custom Fader channels, so you can focus a different channel in the Focus Channel section and keep
the locked plug-in in the Custom Fader channels.
◆
When Custom Fader Plug-in mode is not active, the locked
plug-in appears in the Focus Channel display, so you can focus
a different channel on the duplicate Focus Channel Strip and
keep the locked plug-in in the Focus Channel section. (When
you enter Custom Fader Plug-in mode, the locked plug-in will
be displayed on the Custom Fader channels.)
◆
1 Hold an Automation Mode switch (Write, Touch, Latch,
Trim, Read, or Off).
2 Press the Select switches on the channels whose automation
mode you want to set.
To set the automation mode of one or more selected channels:
1 Press the Do To Selected switch.
2 Press the Select switches on the channels whose automation
mode you want to set.
3 Press an Automation Mode switch.
4 Press the flashing Do To Selected switch.
To set the automation mode on all channels:
Window Switch
The Window switch opens and closes the plug-in window
on-screen for any plug-in whose name is displayed in the Custom Faders display.
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1 Press the Do To All switch.
2 Press an Automation Mode switch.
3 Press the flashing Do To All switch.
Write Switch
The Write switch indicates or sets the automation mode for
the selected tracks to Write mode.
Touch Switch
Talkback level is set with the Talkback controls in the Monitor
section. See “Talkback/Listen System” on page 84 for more information.
Miscellaneous Controls
The Touch switch indicates or sets the automation mode for
the selected tracks to Touch mode.
Latch Switch
The Miscellaneous Controls section includes Timeline, Assign, Make Inactive, and Plug-in Automation controls.
Timeline
controls
Assign
controls
Make Inactive Plug-in Automation
controls
controls
The Latch switch indicates or sets the automation mode for
the selected tracks to Latch mode.
Trim Switch
The Trim switch indicates or sets the automation mode for the
selected tracks to Trim mode.
Miscellaneous controls
Read Switch
The Read switch indicates or sets the automation mode for the
selected tracks to Read mode.
Main Counter
switch
Off Switch
The Off switch indicates or sets the automation mode for the
selected tracks to Off.
Talkback Switch
The Talkback switch, located at the bottom of the Global Controls section on the Main Unit, provides control of the
D-Command Talkback function.
Trim
Touch
Read
Latch
Off
Edit/Timeline
Selection
switch and
indicators
Link Edit and
Timeline switch
Timeline controls
Main Counter Switch
The Main Counter switch cycles through the time code display modes (Bars:Beats, Min.Secs, Time Code, Feet+Frames
and Samples) on the Main Time Scale display.
Link Edit and Timeline Switch
Auto Mode
Write
Timeline Controls
The Link Edit and Timeline switch toggles the Link Edit and
Timeline Selection command on and off. The switch is lit
when the selections are linked.
Edit/Timeline Switch and Indicators
Talkback switch
Talkback
Dbl Press to Latch
Talkback switch
The Talkback switch can follow momentary or latched behavior. If held, the switch is active only when pressed down.
The Edit/Timeline switch toggles the D-Command transport
function between the edit selection and the timeline selection. The indicators above the switch light to show which is
displayed. If Edit and Timeline Selections are linked, these values will be the same.
If rapidly double-pressed, the switch latches on and flashes to
indicate that talkback is active. Press the switch again to turn
off talkback.
Talkback can be activated automatically. See “Auto Talkback
Switch” on page 84 for more information.
Chapter 6: Channel Strip Controls 41
Assign Controls
Assign Sends Switch
The Assign controls are used to assign inputs, outputs, inserts,
and sends to channels. Each switch puts D-Command into a
temporary Assign mode in which elements are assigned or removed from channels. The switch flashes while Assign mode
is in effect.
The Sends switch invokes Assign Sends mode, in which the
channel encoders shows the sends on a channel.
You can enter Assign mode while Pro Tools is playing back. To
confirm the assignment of inputs, outputs, and sends, the
transport must be stopped. You can, however, confirm the assignment of inserts during playback.
Assign Inputs
switch
Assign Outputs
switch
Assign Sends
switch
Assign Inserts
switch
Assign controls
Assign Inputs Switch
The Inputs switch invokes Assign Inputs mode, in which the
bottom row of encoders shows channel inputs.
When assigning an input, the Select switch on the bottom encoder is used to navigate down through Input menu levels,
and the encoder knob is used to scroll through available
choices at each level:
• Input type (Interface or Bus)
• Individual inputs
The Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on the bottom encoder is used to
navigate back up the Input menu levels.
Assign Outputs Switch
The Outputs switch invokes Assign Outputs mode, in which
the bottom row of encoders shows channel outputs.
When assigning an output, the Select switch on the bottom
encoder is used to navigate down through Output menu levels, and the encoder knob is used to scroll through available
choices at each level:
• Output type (Interface or Bus)
• Individual outputs
The Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on the bottom encoder is used to
navigate back up the Output menu levels.
42 D-Command Guide
When assigning a send, the encoder Select switch is used to
navigate down through Send menu levels, and the encoder
knob is used to scroll through available choices at each level:
• Send type (Interface or Bus)
• Individual sends
The Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on each encoder is used to navigate back up the Send menu levels.
Assign Inserts Switch
The Inserts switch invokes Assign Inserts mode, in which the
channel encoders show the inserts on a channel. When assigning an insert, the encoder Select switch is used to navigate
down through Insert menu levels, and the encoder knob is
used to scroll through available choices. The Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch on the bottom encoder is used to navigate back up the
Insert menu levels.
The order in which plug-ins appear in the Insert menu is determined by the Pro Tools Display preference for plug-in organization.
If the Organize Plug-in Menus by Category option is selected,
menu levels and choices include:
• Insert type (TDM plug-in, RTAS plug-in, Multi-Mono
TDM plug-in, Multi-Mono RTAS plug-in, or Hardware Insert)
• Plug-in category sub-folders (such as EQ, Dynamics,
Pitch Shift, Reverb, and Delay)
• Individual insert or plug-in
If the Organize Plug-in Menus by Category option is not selected, the Plug-in subfolder level is not present.
To assign an input, output, send or insert:
To assign a MIDI Input or Output on an Instrument track:
1 Press an Assign switch to enter the corresponding Assign
mode.
1 Press the Assign Inputs or Assign Outputs switch to enter
2 On the channel where you want to make the assignment,
turn an encoder knob to select from the first level of menu
choices.
3 Press the encoder Select switch to move down and the By-
the corresponding Assign mode. Encoder row #1 shows MIDI
inputs/outputs.
Assign Inputs
switch
Assign Outputs
switch
pass/Mute/Pre switch to move up through menu levels.
4 Do one of the following:
• Press the flashing encoder Select switch or press the flashing Assign switch to confirm the assignment.
Assignment controls
– or –
turn the encoder knob in encoder row #1 to select from the
first level of MIDI menu choices.
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the assignment.
To assign multiple inputs, outputs, sends, or inserts:
1 Press an Assign switch to enter the corresponding Assign
2 On each channel where you want to make an assignment,
3 Press the encoder’s Select switch to move down and the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch to move up through MIDI menu levels.
4 Do one of the following:
mode.
• Press the flashing encoder Select switch or press the flashing Assign switch to confirm the assignments.
2 Turn the encoder knobs and use the encoder Select and Bypass/Mute/Pre switches to select each assignment.
– or –
3 Do one of the following:
• Press the flashing Assign switch to confirm all the assignments at once.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel all the assignments.
To remove an input, output, send or insert:
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the assignments.
Make Inactive Controls
The Make Inactive controls are used to make tracks, inputs,
outputs, sends, or plug-ins inactive. Each switch puts D-Command into a temporary Make Inactive mode in which elements are made inactive or reactivated. The switch flashes
while Make Inactive mode is in effect.
1 Press an Assign switch to enter the corresponding Assign
mode.
2 For the assignment you want to remove, press the encoder
Inputs Inactive
switch
Outputs Inactive
switch
Bypass/Mute/Pre switch repeatedly until you reach top level
menu for the assignment.
Sends Inactive
switch
Inserts Inactive
switch
3 Turn the encoder knob counter-clockwise until no assignment is visible.
4 Do one of the following:
Make Inactive Controls
Making a Track Inactive
• Press the flashing encoder Select switch or press the flashing Assign switch to confirm the removal.
Tracks can be made inactive in any Make Inactive mode.
– or –
To toggle a track inactive/active:
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the removal
and restore the assignment.
1 Press any of the Make Inactive switches.
MIDI Inputs and Outputs on Instrument Tracks
2 Press channel strip Select buttons to deactivate or reactivate
the corresponding tracks.
3 Press the flashing Make Inactive switch to exit Inactive
The Assign Inputs and Assign Outputs switches can be used to
assign the MIDI Inputs and Outputs on Instrument tracks.
mode
Chapter 6: Channel Strip Controls 43
Inputs Inactive Switch
Enable Parameters Switch
The Inputs switch invokes Inputs Inactive mode and displays
channel inputs in the bottom row of encoders. The Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on the bottom encoder toggles the input inactive and active.
The Enable Parameters switch lets you enable parameters for
automation by touching or pressing their controls.
Outputs Inactive Switch
The Outputs switch invokes Outputs inactive mode and displays the main channel outputs in the bottom row of encoders. The Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on the bottom encoder toggles the output inactive and active.
In Enable Parameters mode, the Enable Parameters switch is
lit. While in this mode, the Auto LED for any rotary encoder
enabled for automation is lit red, and the switch for any parameter enabled for automation is lit.
To toggle automation on and off for plug-in parameters:
1 Press the Enable Parameter switch.
2 Touch the rotary encoders or press the switches for the con-
trols for which you want to toggle automation on or off.
Sends Inactive Switch
The Sends switch invokes Sends Inactive mode and displays
the channel’s sends on its encoders. The Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch on each encoder toggles the corresponding send inactive and active.
Inserts Inactive Switch
The Inserts switch invokes Plug-ins Inactive mode and displays a channel’s inserts on its encoders. The Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch on each encoder toggles the corresponding insert inactive and active.
3 Press the Enable Parameter switch again to exit Enable Pa-
rameters mode.
You can also toggle automation for a plug-in parameter by
holding Control+Start+Alt (Windows) or Command+Control+Option (Mac) and touching the rotary encoder for the
parameter.
Automation Safe Switch
The Automation Safe switch invokes a mode in which the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch for each plug-in or send and the channel Select switch for each track become Safe switches.
To toggle an input, output, send, or insert active/inactive:
1 Make sure the channel is showing the top-level view for the
element you want to make active/inactive.
2 Press a Make Inactive switch to enter the appropriate Make
Inactive mode.
3 Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switches on encoders to deacti-
vate or reactivate their corresponding track elements.
4 Press the flashing Make Inactive switch to exit Inactive
mode.
Plug-in Automation Controls
The Plug-in Automation controls are used to enable parameters for automation and to place them in automation safe
mode.
Plug-ins and Sends
While in Automation Safe mode, pressing a Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch on a plug-in or send protects any automation on that
plug-in or send from being overwritten. The Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch for any protected plug-in or send is lit, reflecting the
state of the Safe button in the on-screen plug-in or send output window.
Tracks
While in Automation Safe mode, pressing a channel Select
switch protects volume, pan and mute parameters on that
track from being overwritten. The channel Select switch for
any protected track is lit, reflecting the state of the Safe button
in the on-screen track output window.
To toggle automation safe on and off:
Enable Parameter
switch
1 Press the Automation Safe switch.
Automation Safe
switch
2 Press the channel Select switch on the tracks for which you
want to toggle automation safe status. The automation safe
status of the track is reflected by the Safe button in the track’s
on-screen output window.
Plug-in Automation controls
3 Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch for the plug-ins or sends
for which you want to toggle automation safe status.
4 Press the Automation Safe switch again to exit Automation
Safe mode.
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Chapter 7: Plug-in Controls
Plug-ins and D-Command
5 Press the encoder Select switch to move down and the By-
pass/Mute/Pre switch to move up through menu levels.
D-Command provides dedicated Dynamics and EQ sections
for plug-ins that support dynamics and EQ plug-in mapping.
These sections include encoders and switches that map to
standard controls for each plug-in type.
6 When the plug-in you want to assign is displayed, press the
Plug-ins of all types can be focused across multiple D-Command channels using Custom Fader Plug-ins mode. See
“Plug-In Mode” on page 97.
1 Press the Assign Inserts switch to enter Inserts Assign mode.
encoder Select switch to confirm your selection.
To assign plug-ins to multiple tracks:
The first two send or insert positions will show on the encoder
displays by default.
2 To display and edit other insert positions, press the Page Up
Plug-in Channel Formats
D-Command supports mono, stereo, multichannel and
multi-mono plug-in channel formats up to six channels wide.
With D-Command, you can display, edit, and link specific
channels of multi-mono dynamics and EQ plug-ins directly
from the Channel Select switches in the corresponding section.
or Page Down switches on the channel where you want to
make the assignment.
3 At the insert position where you want to make the assign-
ment, turn the encoder knob to select from the first level of
menu choices.
4 Press the encoder Select switch to move down and the By-
pass/Mute/Pre switch to move up through menu levels.
5 When the plug-in you want to assign is displayed, press the
Assigning and Removing Plug-ins
You can make plug-in assignments directly from D-Command
in several ways. In Inserts mode, plug-ins can be added on an
insert-by-insert basis. In Assign Inserts mode you can assign
plug-ins to insert positions on multiple tracks.
encoder Select switch to confirm your selection.
6 Repeat steps 2–5 to make additional insert assignments.
7 Press the flashing Assign switch to confirm the assignments
and exit Inserts Assign mode.
To remove a plug-in:
To assign a plug-in in Inserts mode:
1 Press the Inserts switch to display inserts on the channel
where you want to assign the plug-in.
2 If the insert location where you want to assign a plug-in is
not showing, press the Page Up or Page Down switches on the
channel where you want to make the assignment until the appropriate location is displayed.
1 Press the Set to Default switch.
2 Press the encoder Select switch for each plug-in you want to
remove.
3 Press the flashing Set to Default switch to exit Set to Default
mode.
3 Do one of the following:
• If the insert location you want to use is empty, press the
corresponding encoder Select switch.
• If a plug-in is already present in the insert location you
want to use, press and hold the corresponding encoder
Select switch.
4 Turn the encoder knob that corresponds to the insert position that you want to edit to select from the first level of menu
choices.
Chapter 7: Plug-in Controls 45
Focusing Plug-ins on D-Command
Opening Plug-in Windows On-Screen
A plug-in is focused when its controls are mapped to the knobs,
switches or faders on D-Command. Its parameters can then be
edited and automated from the control surface. D-Command
lets you focus a plug-in with or without displaying its window
on-screen.
There are several ways to open plug-in windows on-screen
from D-Command.
You can focus plug-ins in multiple locations on D-Command:
in the Dynamics section, in the EQ section, and in the Custom
Faders section.
When a plug-in is focused on D-Command and displayed
on-screen in Pro Tools, a colored outline appears in the
plug-in window header.
To focus a plug-in in the Dynamics or EQ section:
1 Focus the plug-in’s track in the Focus Channel section by
pressing the track’s Select switch. The first dynamics and EQ
plug-ins on that track are automatically focused in the corresponding D-Command section.
2 Press the Cycle switch in the Dynamics or EQ section to fo-
cus successive dynamics or EQ plug-ins on that channel. (The
No Insert option is always available.)
To open a plug-in window from any channel on D-Command:
■ Hold Start (Windows) or Control (Mac) and press the encoder Select switch for the plug-in.
To open a plug-in window on a focused track:
1 Focus a track in the Focus Channel section by pressing its Select switch.
2 In the Custom Faders section, press the Bank/Cycle switch
to cycle through the plug-ins on the focused track. Plug-in
names are shown in the Custom Faders display.
3 In the Custom Faders section, press the Win switch to open
the plug-in whose name is displayed.
To open a focused dynamics or EQ plug-in window:
■ Press the Window switch in the Dynamics or EQ section of
D-Command.
To open or close all focused plug-in windows:
To focus a plug-in in the Custom Faders section:
1 Focus the plug-in’s track in the Focus Channel section by
pressing the track’s Select switch. The name of the first plug-in
that is not a dynamics or EQ plug-in appears in the Focus
Channel display.
2 Press the Plug-in switch in the Custom Faders section. The
switch lights to indicate the mode is active. The plug-in name
and channel format appear in the Custom Fader channel displays, and the plug-in’s parameters appear in the Custom
Fader channel encoders.
■ Press the Plug-in switch in the Window Management section.
To close all open plug-in windows:
■ Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) and press the Plug-in
switch in the Window Management section. This closes all
real-time and AudioSuite plug-in windows.
To set D-Command to automatically open plug-in windows:
1 Press the Operations switch in the D-Command Soft Keys
3 In the Custom Faders section, press the Bank/Cycle switch
section twice.
to cycle through the plug-ins on the focused channel. (The No
Insert option is always available.)
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “ChanWn” until its
The plug-in whose name appears in the Custom Faders display
is focused in Custom Fader mode. See “Plug-In Mode” on
page 97.
When plug-in names are shown on the encoder displays, a
plug-in can be quickly brought into Custom Fader mode by
pressing its associated encoder Select switch.
46 D-Command Guide
value is “Yes.”
With this preference set to “Yes,” when you insert a new
plug-in, press an encoder Select switch to edit a plug-in, or cycle through plug-ins on the focused track, the plug-in window
will automatically open on-screen.
Managing Multiple Plug-in Windows
Making Plug-ins Inactive or Active
D-Command lets you open and swap multiple plug-in windows on-screen. This makes it possible keep multiple plug-in
windows open while focusing on different tracks (for example, in a session where several tracks have dynamics and EQ
plug-ins).
You can toggle the active/inactive status of a plug-in directly
from a channel strip without putting D-Command into Make
Inactive mode.
Targeting Plug-ins
A plug-in is said to be targeted on-screen when its target icon in
the plug-in window header is lit red. The first plug-in window
to be opened is automatically targeted.
When a plug-in window is targeted, it is replaced when you
open any new plug-in window.
◆
When a plug-in window is not targeted (when its target icon
is grey) the plug-in window will remain on-screen.
◆
To open multiple plug-in windows:
Hold Shift while opening each new window. The new
plug-in windows are not targeted.
■
To toggle a plug-in active/inactive directly from a channel strip:
1 Press the Inserts switch on a channel strip to display the
names of the plug-ins on the channel’s encoders.
2 If the insert location for the plug-in that you want to make
active/inactive is not showing, press the Page Up or Page
Down switches on the channel until the appropriate location
is displayed.
3 Hold Control+Start (Windows) or Control+ Command
(Mac) and press the encoder Select switch for the plug-in.
Copying and Pasting Plug-in Settings
You can copy plug-in settings from a plug-in and paste them
into another copy of the same plug-in directly from a channel
strip on D-Command.
To swap multiple plug-in windows while changing track focus:
1 Focus a track with multiple plug-ins (for example, dynam-
To copy and paste plug-in settings:
ics, EQ and pitch shift plug-ins) by pressing the track’s Select
switch.
1 Press the Inserts switch on a channel strip to display the
2 Open multiple plug-in windows on the focused track while
holding the Shift modifier.
2 If the insert location for the plug-in whose settings you
3 Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) while changing focus
to another track with multiple plug-ins by pressing that track’s
Select switch.
Focused plug-ins with open windows swap into new plug-in
windows on-screen, wherever plug-ins are present in the new
track.
names of the plug-ins on that channel’s encoders.
want to copy is not showing, press the Page Up or Page Down
switches on the channel until the appropriate location is displayed.
3 Copy the settings of a plug-in by holding Shift+Control
(Windows) or Shift+Command (Mac) and pressing the Select
switch under the name of the plug-in.
4 Paste the settings into another instance of the same plug-in
by pressing the B/M/P switch under the name of that plug-in.
Chapter 7: Plug-in Controls 47
Enabling Plug-in Automation
When plug-in names are displayed in top-level view on a
D-Command channel strip, you can quickly enable all parameters of a plug-in for automation.
You can also use the Do To All or Do To Selected switches on
D-Command to automate multiple plug-ins in the same insert
position in a session.
To toggle automation on and off for a parameter of a plug-in:
To toggle automation on and off for plug-ins in a given Insert
position on all selected tracks:
1 Select the tracks containing the plug-ins you want to enable
for automation.
1 Press the Inserts switch in the Channel Strip Mode controls
of a track to show the top level Inserts display. Plug-in names
appear in the encoder displays of that track.
2 Press the Page Up or Page Down switch to display the insert
position for the plug-ins you want to automate.
1 Press the Inserts switch in the Channel Strip Mode controls
of a track to show the top level Inserts display. Plug-in names
appear in the encoder displays of that track.
3 Press the Do To Selected switch in the Global controls sec-
2 Press the Page Up or Page Down switch to display the name
tion+Control (Mac) and touch the rotary encoder for any
plug-in at the insert position (Insert 1–5) where you want to
enable plug-in automation.
of the plug-in you want to automate.
3 Press an encoder Select switch to display that plug-in’s pa-
rameters on the Custom Fader encoders.
4 Hold Control+Alt+Start (Windows) or Command+Op-
tion+Control (Mac) and touch the rotary encoder for the
plug-in parameters you want to enable for automation.
To toggle automation on and off for all parameters of a plug-in:
1 Press the Inserts switch in the Channel Strip Mode controls
of a track to show the top level Inserts display. Plug-in names
appear in the encoder displays of that track.
2 Press the Page Up or Page Down switch to display the name
of the plug-in you want to automate.
3 Hold Control+Alt+Start (Windows) or Command+Op-
tion+Control (Mac) and touch the rotary encoder for the
plug-in whose parameters you want to enable for automation.
To toggle automation on and off for all plug-ins in a given Inser t
position:
1 Press the Inserts switch in the Channel Strip Mode controls
of a track to show the top level Inserts display. Plug-in names
appear in the encoder displays of that track.
2 Press the Page Up or Page Down switch to display the insert
position for the plug-ins you want to automate.
3 Press the Do To All switch in the Global controls section.
4 Hold Control+Alt+Start (Windows) or Command+Op-
tion+Control (Mac) and touch the rotary encoder for any
plug-in at the insert position (Insert 1–5) where you want to
enable plug-in automation.
48 D-Command Guide
tion.
4 Hold Control+Alt+Start (Windows) or Command+Op-
Dynamics Section
The Dynamics section includes standard controls for compressor, gate, and limiter plug-ins, an array of controls for managing the
display and editing of plug-in parameters, and for selecting or linking channels in multi-mono plug-ins.
Knee/Hysteresis/Q
control
Gain/Hold/Input Level
control
Attack/Q
control
Channel Select
switches
Clip
indicator
Output
meter
Gain Reduction
meter
Release/Frequency
control
Ratio/Range/Frequency
control
Threshold/Output Level
control
Dynamics Edit/Display/Page controls
D-Command Dynamics section
Dynamics Plug-in Support
Displaying Dynamics Plug-ins
Dynamics processing plug-ins may have widely varying controls, depending on their applications. The D-Command Dynamics Section provides dedicated knobs and switches to accommodate a wide range of possible plug-ins. Not all plug-ins
will require all the Dynamics controls, while others may have
more parameters than can be displayed in the Dynamics section at one time. To display all controls in any plug-in, use
Custom Fader Plug-ins mode. (See “Plug-In Mode” on
page 97.)
The D-Command Dynamics section automatically focuses the
first dynamics plug-in on the channel displayed in the Focus
Channel section on the Main Unit.
To display successive dynamics plug-ins that are on the focused channel, press the Cycle switch in the Dynamics section.
Chapter 7: Plug-in Controls 49
Knee/Hysteresis/Q and
Ratio/Range/Frequency Controls
Attack/Q and Release/Frequency Controls
Attack/Q
control
Knee/Hysteresis/Q
control
Hysteresis
indicator
Knee
indicator
Attack
indicator
Q
indicator
Q
indicator
Release/Frequency
control
Ratio/Range/Frequency
control
Range
indicator
Ratio
indicator
Release
indicator
Frequency
indicator
Frequency
indicator
Attack/Q and Release/Frequency controls in the Dynamics section
Knee/Hysteresis/Q and Ratio/Range/Frequency controls in the
Dynamics section
Knee/Hysteresis/Q Control
The top encoder in this section controls the knee shape, the
hysteresis value, or the Q value for the current plug-in page,
depending on which indicator is lit. The Auto indicator under
the encoder knob lights when the displayed parameter is enabled for automation.
Ratio/Range/Frequency Control
The bottom encoder in this section controls the compression
ratio, the range value, or the filter frequency for the current
plug-in page, depending on which indicator is lit. The Auto
indicator under the encoder knob lights when the displayed
parameter is enabled for automation.
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Attack/Q Control
The top encoder in this section controls the attack value, or
the Q value for the current plug-in, depending on which indicator is lit. The Auto indicator under the encoder knob lights
when the displayed parameter is enabled for automation.
Release/Frequency Control
The bottom encoder in this section controls the release value
for the current plug-in, or the filter frequency for the current
plug-in page, depending on which indicator is lit. The Auto
indicator under the encoder knob lights when the displayed
parameter is enabled for automation.
Gain/Hold and Threshold Controls
Gain/Hold
control
Gain/Hold/Input Control
The top encoder in this section controls the gain (make-up
gain), the hold value for the current plug-in page, or the input
gain for the current plug-in, depending on which indicator is
lit. The Auto indicator under the encoder knob lights when
the displayed parameter is enabled for automation.
Hold
indicator
Gain
indicator
Input
indicator
Threshold/Output Control
The bottom encoder in this section controls the threshold
value for the current plug-in page, or the output gain for the
current plug-in, depending on which indicator is lit. The Auto
indicator under the encoder knob lights when the displayed
parameter is enabled for automation.
Threshold
control
Threshold
indicator
Output
indicator
Gain/Hold and Threshold controls in the Dynamics section
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Dynamics Channel Select Controls
Dynamics display
Lock switch
Channel Select switches
Save and Save As switches
Master Link switch
Select/Link/Bypass Mode switch
Bypass indicator
Channel Select controls in the Dynamics section
Dynamics Display
Save and Save As Switches
The LED display in the Dynamics section show the name of
the focused plug-in by default. When any rotary encoder is
touched, the display shows the corresponding parameter
value.
The Save and Save As switches perform the Save and Save As
commands in the Plug-in settings menu. The Save command
saves current parameter settings to the current plug-in settings
file, and the Save As command saves the parameter settings to
a new plug-in settings file.
Lock Switch
To save a Dynamics plug-in setting from D-Command:
The Lock switch is used to lock the focus of the Dynamics section on the current plug-in. When the plug-in focus is locked,
the current plug-in remains in the Dynamics section, even
when a different track is focused on D-Command. This switch
lights when the plug-in focus is locked.
1 Press the Save or Save As switch in the Channel Select con-
trols of the Dynamics section. The Save or Save As switch
flashes while the Save Settings dialog is open.
2 Type a name for the plug-in setting.
3 Do one of the following:
• Click OK to save the settings and close the dialog.
• Press the flashing Save or Save As switch to save the settings and close the dialog.
• Press the Escape switch to exit the dialog without saving
the settings.
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Channel Select Switches
Master Link Switch
Multichannel Plug-ins
Multichannel Plug-ins
When you are working with a multichannel plug-in, all channels are controlled in tandem and the Channel Select switches
have no effect.
When you are working with a multichannel plug-in, all channels are controlled in tandem, and the Master Link switch has
no effect.
Multi-Mono Plug-ins
Multi-Mono Plug-ins
When you are working with a multi-mono plug-in, the controls for the channels are usually linked and edited together.
When you are working with a multi-mono plug-in, the Master
Link switch toggles the Master Link button in the plug-in window, which links or unlinks all channels of the plug-in. When
the Master Link button is enabled, the Link switch is lit.
However, you can edit plug-in settings for individual channels
of a multi-mono plug-in by using the Channel Select switches
to unlink all of the channels, or to link specific channels.
There are Channel Select switches for the following channels:
• L (Left)
Select/Link/Bypass Mode Switch
The Select/Link/Bypass Mode switch determines the function
of the Channel Select switches with multi-mono plug-ins.
• C (Center)
• R (Right)
• Ls (Left Surround)
• Rs (Right Surround)
• LFE
A maximum of six channels (5.1 surround) may be in use at
any time.
Select Mode In this mode, the Channel Select switches determine which channel of a multi-mono plug-in is the focus of
the plug-in controls. When a channel is selected, its switch is
lit. If any channels are linked, their switches follow linked behavior.
In Select mode, if the D-Command Channel Window Display
preference is set to Yes, the Channel Select switches also
change the channel display in the plug-in window.
Bypass Mode In this mode, the Channel Select switches determine which channels of a multi-mono plug-in are bypassed.
When a channel is bypassed, its switch is lit. If any channels
are linked, their switches follow linked behavior.
Link Mode In this mode, the Channel Select switches determine which individual channels of a multi-mono plug-in are
linked together. Linked channels are indicated by switches
that are lit.
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Dynamics Edit and Display Controls
Key Listen
switch
Automation switch
External Key switch
Automation Safe switch
Window switch
Compare switch
Page switch
Cycle switch
Master Bypass switch
Edit and Display controls in the Dynamics section
External Key Switch
The External Key switch turns the Key Input on or off for
plug-ins that support side-chain processing with external input. This switch lights when Key Input is on.
To toggle automation on and off for all parameters of a Dynamics
plug-in:
1 Press the Automation switch.
2 Do one of the following:
• Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac).
Key Listen Switch
The Listen switch turns the Key Listen function on or off for
plug-ins that support auditioning the Key Input. This switch
lights when Key Listen is on.
Automation Switch
– or –
• Hold Do to All.
3 Touch any rotary encoder or press any switches in the Dy-
namics section.
4 Press the Automation switch again to exit Automation
mode.
The Automation switch lets you enable Dynamics parameters
for automation by touching or pressing their controls in the
Dynamics section only.
In Automation mode, the Auto switch is lit. While in this
mode, the Auto indicator for any rotary encoder enabled for
automation is lit red, and the switch for any parameter enabled for automation is lit.
To toggle automation on and off for individual Dynamics
parameters:
Automation Safe Switch
The Automation Safe switch toggles the Safe button in the
plug-in window, which protects existing automation for that
plug-in from being overwritten.
Window Switch
The Window switch is used to open and close the on-screen
window for the currently focused plug-in.
1 Press the Automation switch.
2 Touch the rotary encoders or press the switches in the Dy-
namics section for which you want to toggle automation.
3 Press the Automation switch again to exit Automation
mode.
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Compare Switch
The Compare switch toggles the Compare button in the
plug-in window, which alternates between the currently
saved plug-in setting and any changes you have made.
Cycle Switch
Dynamics Gain Controls and Meters
The Cycle switch steps through all available Dynamics
plug-ins on the focused channel.
Clip Indicator
Master Bypass Switch
The Master Bypass switch bypasses the plug-in.
Page Switch
Output meter
With plug-ins that have more than one page of controls, the
Page switch lights. Pressing this switch steps through the
pages for the currently displayed plug-in.
The current function of the rotary encoders in the Dynamics
section is shown by the corresponding indicator LEDs. Active
controls are shown in the on-screen plug-in window by colored outlines.
Gain Reduction meter
Level meters in the Dynamics section
Output Meter and Clip Indicator
The Output meter shows the output level for the current
plug-in. The Clip indicator lights when a clip is reported by
the plug-in, and can be cleared by pressing the Clear Clip
switch in the Session Management section.
Gain Reduction Meter
The Gain Reduction meter shows the amount of gain reduction for Compressor/Limiter functions (using the range
shown on the left) and Expander/Gate functions (using the
range shown on the right).
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EQ Section
The EQ section includes standard controls for a variety of multi-band equalization plug-ins, an array of controls for managing the
display and editing of plug-in parameters, and controls for selecting or linking channels in multi-mono plug-ins.
Low Filter/
High-Mid Filter/
High-Pass Filter
Level
controls
controls
Low-Mid Filter/
High Filter/
Mid Filter
Low-Pass Filter
controls
controls
Channel Select
switches
Output
meter
EQ Edit and Display controls
D-Command EQ section
EQ Plug-in Support
Displaying EQ Plug-ins
EQ processing plug-ins may have widely varying controls, depending on their applications. The D-Command EQ section
uses paging to accommodate the widest range of plug-ins possible.
The D-Command EQ section automatically displays the first
EQ plug-in on the channel that is focused in the Focus Channel section on the Main Unit.
Each encoder column controls several frequency bands,
which are chosen by pressing the Page switch. LEDs light to
indicate the frequency band that is currently active for editing. Notch/Shape switches are located on the Low and High
band to change filter types.
To simultaneously display all controls in any plug-in, use Custom Fader Plug-ins mode. (See “Plug-In Mode” on page 97.)
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To display successive EQ plug-ins that are on the focused
channel:
■
Press the Cycle switch in the EQ section.
Low Filter and High-Pass Filter Controls
Low-Mid Filter and Mid Filter Controls
Q encoder
Q encoder
Notch/Shape switch
Notch indicator
Shelf indicator
Frequency encoder
Low Filter
indicator
High-Pass Filter
indicator
Frequency encoder
Low-Mid Filter
indicator
Gain
encoder
Filter In switch
Mid Filter
indicator
Gain
encoder
Filter In switch
Low Filter and High-Pass Filter controls in the EQ section
Low-Mid Filter and Mid Filter controls in the EQ section
Q Encoder
Q Encoder
The top encoder controls the Q of the selected filter. The Auto
indicator under the encoder knob lights when the parameter
is enabled for automation.
The top encoder controls the Q of the selected filter. The Auto
indicator under the encoder knob lights when the parameter
is enabled for automation.
Notch/Shape Switches and Indicator
Frequency Encoder
The Notch/Shape switch let you switch between the two filter
types when they are available. The indicators on either side of
the switch light to show which type of filter is active.
The middle encoder controls the center frequency for the currently selected band. The Auto indicator under the encoder
knob lights when the parameter is enabled for automation.
Frequency Encoder
Gain Encoders
The middle encoder controls the filter frequency for the currently selected band. When the filter is a notch filter, the encoder controls the center frequency. When the selected filter
is a low-pass filter, the encoder controls the cutoff frequency.
The Auto indicator under the encoder knob lights when the
parameter is enabled for automation.
The bottom encoder controls the gain for each band. The
Auto indicator under the encoder knob lights when the parameter is enabled for automation.
Gain Encoder
Filter In Switch
The Filter In switch lets you engage or bypass the corresponding EQ band in the plug-in.
The bottom encoder controls the gain for each band. The
Auto indicator under the encoder knob lights when the parameter is enabled for automation.
Filter In Switch
The Filter In switch lets you engage or bypass the corresponding EQ band in the plug-in.
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High-Mid Filter and EQ Level Controls
High Filter and Low-Pass Filter Controls
Q encoder
Q/Input level encoder
Notch/Shape switch
Notch indicator
Frequency encoder
Frequency/Output level
encoder
High-Mid Filter
indicator
Level
indicator
High Filter
indicator
Low-Pass Filter
indicator
Gain
encoder
Gain
encoder
Filter In switch
Shelf indicator
Filter In switch
High-Mid Filter and EQ level controls in the EQ section
Low Filter and High Filter controls in the EQ section
Q/Input level Encoder
Q Encoders
The top encoder controls the Q of the High-Mid filter, or the
Input level. The Auto indicator under the encoder knob lights
when the parameter is enabled for automation.
The top encoder controls the Q of the selected band. The Auto
indicator under each encoder knob lights when the parameter
is enabled for automation.
Frequency/Output Level Encoder
Notch/Shape Switches and Indicator
The middle encoder controls the center frequency for the currently selected band, or the Output level. The Auto indicator
under the encoder knob lights when the parameter is enabled
for automation.
The Notch/Shape switch let you switch between the two filter
types when they are available. The indicators on either side of
the switch light to show which type of filter is active.
Gain Encoder
The bottom encoder controls the gain for the High-Mid band.
The Auto indicator under the encoder knob lights when the
parameter is enabled for automation.
Filter In Switch
The Filter In switch lets you engage or bypass the corresponding EQ band in the plug-in.
Frequency Encoder
The middle encoder controls the filter frequency for the currently selected band. When the filter is a notch filter, the encoder controls the center frequency. When the selected filter
is a low-pass filter, the encoder controls the cutoff frequency.
The Auto indicator under the encoder knob lights when the
parameter is enabled for automation.
Gain Encoder
The bottom encoder controls the gain for each band. The
Auto indicator under the encoder knob lights when the parameter is enabled for automation.
Filter In Switch
The Filter In switch lets you engage or bypass the corresponding EQ band in the plug-in.
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EQ Channel Select Controls
EQ display
Lock switch
Channel Select switches
Save and Save As switches
Master Link switch
Select/Link/Bypass Mode switch
Bypass indicator
Channel Select controls in the EQ section
EQ Displays
Channel Select Switches
The LED display in the EQ section shows the name of the focused plug-in by default. When any rotary encoder is touched,
the display shows the corresponding parameter value.
Multichannel Plug-ins
Lock Switch
The Lock switch is used to lock the focus of the EQ section on
the current plug-in. When the plug-in focus is locked, the current plug-in remains in the EQ section, even when a different
track is focused on D-Command. This switch lights when the
plug-in focus is locked.
Save and Save As Switches
The Save and Save As switches perform the Save and Save As
commands in the Plug-in settings menu. The Save command
saves current parameter settings to the current plug-in settings
file, and the Save As command saves the parameter settings to
a new plug-in settings file.
To save an EQ plug-in setting from D-Command:
1 Press the Save or Save As switch in the Channel Select con-
trols of the EQ section. The Save or Save As switch flashes
while the Save Settings dialog is open.
2 Type a name for the plug-in setting.
3 Do one of the following:
When you are working with a multichannel plug-in, all channels are controlled in tandem and the Channel Select switches
have no effect, except with multichannel plug-ins (such as
Focusrite d2) that directly support channel selection.
Multi-Mono Plug-ins
When you are working with a multi-mono plug-in, the controls for the channels are usually linked and edited together.
However, you can edit plug-in settings for individual channels
of a multi-mono plug-in by unlinking all of the channels, or
by using the Channel Select switches to link specific channels.
There are Channel Select switches for the following channels:
• L (Left)
• C (Center)
• R (Right)
• Ls (Left Surround)
• Rs (Right Surround)
• LFE
These choices can be used to support all possible channel configurations in Pro Tools. A maximum of six channels (5.1 surround) may be in use at any time.
• Click OK to save the settings and close the dialog.
• Press the flashing Save or Save As switch to save the settings and close the dialog.
• Press the Escape switch to exit the dialog without saving
the settings.
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Master Link Switch
Select/Link/Bypass Mode Switch
Multichannel Plug-ins
The Select/Link/Bypass Mode switch determines the function
of the Channel Select switches with multi-mono plug-ins.
When you are working with a multichannel plug-in, all channels are controlled in tandem, so the Master Link switch has
no effect, except with multichannel plug-ins (such as
Focusrite d2) that directly support channel linking.
Multi-Mono Plug-ins
When you are working with a multi-mono plug-in, the Master
Link switch toggles the Master Link button in the plug-in window, which links or unlinks all channels of the plug-in. When
the Master Link button is enabled, the Link switch is lit.
Select Mode In this mode, the Channel Select switches determine which channel of a multi-mono plug-in is the focus of
the plug-in controls. When a channel is selected, its switch is
lit. If any channels are linked, their switches follow linked behavior.
In Select mode, if the D-Command Channel Window Display
preference is set to Yes, the Channel Select switches also
change the channel display in the plug-in window.
Bypass Mode In this mode, the Channel Select switches determine which channels of a multi-mono plug-in are bypassed.
When a channel is bypassed, its switch is lit. If any channels
are linked, their switches follow linked behavior.
Link Mode In this mode, the Channel Select switches determine which individual channels of a multi-mono plug-in are
linked together. Linked channels are indicated by switches
that are lit.
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EQ Edit and Display Controls
Automation switch Automation Safe switch
Clip indicator
Window switch
Output meter
Compare switch
Cycle switch
Page switch
Master Bypass switch
Edit and Display controls in the EQ section
Automation Switch
Automation Safe Switch
The Automation switch lets you enable EQ parameters for automation by touching or pressing their controls in the EQ section only.
The Automation Safe switch toggles the Safe button in the
plug-in window, which protects existing automation for that
plug-in from being overwritten.
In Automation mode, the Auto switch is lit. While in this
mode, the Auto indicator for any rotary encoder enabled for
automation is lit red, and the switch for any parameter enabled for automation is lit.
Compare Switch
The Compare switch toggles the Compare button in the
plug-in window, which alternates between the currently
saved plug-in setting and any changes you have made.
To toggle automation on and off for individual EQ parameters:
1 Press the Automation switch.
Window Switch
2 Touch the rotary encoders or press the switches in the EQ
section for which you want to toggle automation.
The Window switch is used to open and close the on-screen
window for the currently focused plug-in.
3 Press the Automation switch again to exit Automation
mode.
Output Meter and Clip Indicator
To toggle automation on and off for all parameters of an EQ
plug-in:
The Output meter shows the output levels for the current
plug-in. The Clip indicator lights when a clip is reported by
the plug-in, and can be cleared by pressing the Clear Clip
switch in the Session Management section.
1 Press the Automation switch.
2 Do one of the following:
• Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac).
– or –
• Hold Do to All.
3 Touch any rotary encoder or press any switches in the EQ
section.
Cycle Switch
The Cycle switch steps through all available EQ plug-ins on
the focused channel.
Master Bypass Switch
The Master Bypass switch bypasses the plug-in.
4 Press the Automation switch again to exit Automation
mode.
Page Switch
The Page switch steps through the pages for the currently displayed plug-in. The Page switch lights when plug-ins have
more than one page of controls. Active controls are shown in
the on-screen plug-in window by colored outlines.
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Chapter 8: Transport and Navigation Controls
Transport Section
The D-Command Transport section includes transport switches, switches for setting the transport mode, scrub/shuttle switches
and controls, and advanced audition and locate switches.
Audition switches
Transport Modes switches
Master Record Mode
switch
Locate switches
Scrub/Shuttle
controls
Pro Tools Transport
switches
D-Command Transport Section
Play Switch Begins playback of the Pro Tools session from the
current cursor position.
Transport Switches
MIDI Merge
indicator
Record Switch Arms Pro Tools for recording. The exact function of the Record switch depends on the current Pro Tools
record mode (QuickPunch, TrackPunch, Wait for Note,
Pause).
MIDI Merge Indicator Shows when MIDI Merge is activated.
Rewind
Fast
Forward
Stop
Play
Record
Pro Tools Transport switches
Pro Tools Transport
The D-Command Pro Tools Transport switches correspond to
the controls in the Pro Tools Transport window.
Latching Behavior for Fast Forward and Rewind
Switches
You can set Fast Forward or Rewind to follow latched behavior
from the D-Command Transport section.
To set Fast Forward to latch:
Rewind Switch Moves backward through the Pro Tools session
beginning from the current cursor position.
Fast Forward Switch Moves forward through the Pro Tools session beginning from the current cursor position.
Stop Switch Stops playback of the Pro Tools session.
■ Hold the Fast Forward switch and momentarily press the Rewind switch.
To set Rewind to latch:
■ Hold the Rewind switch and momentarily press the Fast
Forward switch.
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Playback of Timeline Selection and Edit Selection
from the Transport
When the Timeline and Edit selections in the Edit window are
unlinked, you can set the D-Command Transport to control
playback of either the Timeline selection or the Edit selection.
5 To trim to the cursor location, press the Trim switch again.
To cancel without trimming, press Escape.
Scrub Switch
The Scrub switch places the transport in Scrub mode, which
lets you scrub from the cursor position or across a selection.
To focus the D-Command Transport on the Timeline selection:
Press the Edit/Timeline Selection switch in the Miscellaneous Controls section so that the Timeline LED is lit.
■
To focus the D-Command Transport on the Edit selection:
Press the Edit/Timeline Selection switch in the Miscellaneous Controls section so that the Edit LED is lit.
To use Scrub mode:
1 While Pro Tools is stopped, press the Scrub switch.
2 Rotate the Scrub/Shuttle wheel clockwise to scrub audio for-
ward, or counter-clockwise to scrub audio backward.
■
Shuttle Switch
Scrub/Shuttle Controls
The Scrub/Shuttle controls are used for scrubbing, scrubbing
while trimming, shuttling, and making selections.
Trim
Scrub
switch switch
3 To exit, press the Scrub switch again.
The Shuttle switch places the transport in Shuttle mode,
which lets you locate the cursor in the Edit window.
To use Shuttle mode:
Shuttle
switch
1 While Pro Tools is stopped, press the Shuttle switch.
2 Rotate the Scrub/Shuttle wheel clockwise to shuttle forward,
or counter-clockwise to shuttle backward.
3 To exit, press the Shuttle switch again.
Scrub/Shuttle
Wheel
Scrub, Trim/Scrub and Shuttle modes can be used to create selections and define regions in the Pro Tools Edit window.
Master Record Enable Switch
Scrub/Shuttle controls
Scrub/Shuttle Wheel
The Scrub/Shuttle wheel is used to control cursor position in
Pro Tools and for locating external machines.
Trim Switch
The Trim switch places the transport in Trim/Scrub mode,
which lets you scrub to locate an edit point, then trim to that
point.
Master Record Enable switch
Master Record Mode switch
The Master Record Enable switch toggles record enable status
for all applicable audio tracks in a session. This switch flashes
when channels are record-enabled and the Pro Tools transport is stopped, and lights continuously during recording.
To use Trim/Scrub:
1 Navigate to a region or selection you want to trim.
2 Press the Trim switch.
To trim to the end of a selection, hold Alt (Windows) or
Option (Mac) while pressing the Trim switch.
3 Press the Scrub switch.
4 Rotate the Scrub/Shuttle wheel to move the cursor to the
trim location.
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If any tracks in the session are record-enabled, pressing the
Master Record Enable switch takes them out of their enabled
state. If no channels are record-enabled, pressing the Master
Record Enable switch places all applicable audio tracks into
record-enabled state.
Transport Mode Switches
Audition Switches
The Transport Mode switches are used to put the Pro Tools
transport in the various playback and record modes.
The Audition switches are used to activate pre-roll and
post-roll in playback, define selection in and out points, and
trigger automatic playback of ranges
9-Pin Remote
switch
Pro Tools Online
switch
Loop Playback
switch
Machine Online
switch
QuickPunch
switch
TrackPunch
switch
Audition
switch
Pre-Roll
switch
Mark In
switch
Mark Out
switch
Post-Roll
switch
Transport Mode switches
Audition switches
Pro Tools Online Switch
Audition Switch
The Pro Tools Online switch toggles the Pro Tools online
state. The online state is mirrored in the Online button in the
Pro Tools Transport window.
The Audition switch toggles Audition mode on and off. When
Audition mode is on, this switch lights.
While Pro Tools is online and waiting for time code, this
switch flashes. When time code is received, this switch lights
continuously.
9-Pin Remote Switch
When Audition mode is on, you can quickly listen to either
the start or end of a selection, with or without pre-roll or
post-roll, by pressing the following switches:
Pre-Roll Switch Plays audio starting at the pre-roll point up to
the beginning of the selection.
The 9-Pin Remote switch enables 9-pin Remote Deck Emulation mode with Digidesign MachineControl.
Mark In Switch Plays audio starting at the selection start
through the length of the post-roll amount.
Machine Online Switch
Mark Out Switch Plays audio back-timed from the selection
end by the pre-roll amount.
This feature has not been implemented for D-Command.
Post-Roll Switch Plays audio starting at the end of a selection
through the post-roll amount.
Loop Playback Switch
The Loop Playback switch toggles Loop Playback mode in
Pro Tools. When Loop Playback mode is active, this switch
lights. The Loop Playback state is mirrored in the Play button
in the Pro Tools Transport window.
Pre-Roll and Post-Roll Switches
When Audition mode is off, the Pre-Roll and Post-Roll
switches toggle pre-roll and post-roll playback on and off in
Pro Tools. When pre-roll or post-roll is active, the corresponding switch lights.
QuickPunch Switch
The QuickPunch switch toggles QuickPunch record mode in
Pro Tools. When QuickPunch mode is active, this switch
lights. The QuickPunch state is mirrored in the Record button
in the Pro Tools Transport window.
When Audition mode is on, the Pre-Roll and Post-Roll
switches play a range of audio around the current Edit selection.
TrackPunch Switch
The TrackPunch switch toggles TrackPunch record mode in
Pro Tools. When TrackPunch mode is active, this switch
lights. The TrackPunch state is mirrored in the Record button
in the Pro Tools Transport window.
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Mark In and Mark Out Switches
Back Switch
When Audition mode is off, the Mark In and Mark Out
switches are used to define selection start and end during
playback, or when using the Scrub/Shuttle wheel.
The Back switch stops the Transport (if it is moving) and
moves the playback cursor back (earlier in time) by the
amount of time selected in Back settings pop-up in Pro Tools.
You can also click repeatedly to move back multiple times.
When Audition mode is on, the Mark In and Mark Out
switches play a range of audio around the current Edit selection.
Forward Mode
Forward mode can be invoked by pressing Alt (Windows) or
Option (Mac), and pressing the Back switch.
To move the selection start:
With the transport stopped, hold the Mark In switch and turn
the Scrub/Shuttle wheel.
To move the selection end:
With the transport stopped, hold the Mark In switch and turn
the Scrub/Shuttle wheel.
Back & Play Switch
The Back and Play switch combines the function of the Back
switch and the Transport Play switch. The playback cursor
moves back by the amount of time selected in the Back settings preference in Pro Tools.
If pre-roll is enabled, the pre-roll time will be observed in addition to the Back time if pre-roll is enabled.
To move the entire selection:
With the transport stopped, hold both the Mark In and Mark
Out switches and turn the Scrub/Shuttle wheel.
Forward & Play Mode
Forward & Play mode can be invoked by doing the following:
Locate Switches
To move the playback location forward and begin playback:
The Locate switches move the Pro Tools transport to the designated location.
Go To Start
switch
Go To End
switch
Back
switch
Back & Play
switch
Instant
Playback
switch
■ Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) and press the Back and
Play switch in the Transport section.
Instant Playback
The Instant Playback switch primes Pro Tools for playback, so
that pressing Play will begin playback instantaneously. This
switch can also be used during recording to put Pro Tools in
Record Pause mode.
Locate switches
Go To Start Switch
The Go To Start switch returns the playback cursor to the beginning of the session.
Go to End Switch
The Go To End switch moves the playback cursor to the end of
the session.
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Zoom Preset Switches
Zoom/Navigate Section
The Zoom/Navigate section is used to control navigation, display, and selections in the Pro Tools Edit window.
The Zoom Preset switches recall the five horizontal Zoom presets in Pro Tools.
To store a Zoom Preset:
1 Using either the Horizontal Zoom buttons or the Zoomer
Zoom Mode
switch
Navigate Mode
switch
tool, set the zoom level that you want to store.
2 While pressing Control (Windows) or Command (Mac),
press a Zoom Preset switch.
Arrow
switches
To recall a Zoom Preset:
■
Press the corresponding Zoom preset switch.
Nudge/Bank Section
Zoom Preset switches
D-Command Zoom/Navigate Section
Zoom Mode Switch
The Nudge/Bank section controls the display of any channels
in Normal mode on the D-Command surface. If any channels
are in any of the Custom Fader modes, they are not affected by
Bank or Nudge commands, and the other channels move
around them.
The Zoom Mode switch puts the arrow switches in Zoom
mode.
Nudge Left and Right switches
Navigate Mode Switch
Bank Left and Right switches
The Navigate Mode switch puts the arrow switches in Navigate mode.
Arrow Switches (Up, Down, Previous, Next)
D-Command Nudge/Bank Section
The function of the Arrow switches depends on the current
mode.
Nudge Switches
Zoom Mode When set to Zoom Mode, the Up and Down Arrow switches change the vertical zoom and the Previous (Left)
and Next (Right) Arrow switches change the horizontal zoom.
Navigate Mode In Navigate mode, the Up and Down Arrow
switches move the edit cursor up and down among tracks, and
the Previous (Left) and Next (Right) Arrow switches move the
edit cursor left and right among region boundaries or transients (according to the Tab to Transients setting).
Text Entry In both Zoom or Navigate modes, the Arrow
switches can be also used to navigate on-screen text fields and
enter numerical values in the on-screen Main and Sub
Counters, Start/End/Length fields, and Pre/Post Roll fields in
the Edit and Transport windows. The Previous (Left) and Next
(Right) Arrow switches move between fields, and the Up and
Down Arrow switches change the value.
The Nudge switches move the display of tracks on the control
surface to the left or right, one channel at a time.
To nudge the track focus forward or backward by one channel:
■ With a track focused in the Focus Channel Strip, hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the left or right
Nudge switch.
Bank Switches
The Bank switches move the display of tracks on the controls
surface to the left or right by the number of available channels
on the control surface.
To nudge the track focus forward or backward by eight channels:
■ With a track focused in the Focus Channel Strip, hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the left or right
Bank switch.
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Chapter 9: Management Sections
Window Management Section
The Window Management section includes controls for opening and closing Pro Tools windows on-screen. When a window is
open, its corresponding switch is lit.
MIDI Event List switch
Workspace Browser switch
Mic Pre switch
Transport switch
Pan switch
Memory Locations switch
Edit switch
Mix switch
Plug-in switch
D-Command Window Management section
Workspace Browser Switch
Transport Switch
The Workspace Browser switch opens and closes the DigiBase
Workspace Browser. Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) and
press this switch to close all DigiBase windows.
The Transport switch opens and closes the Transport window
MIDI Event List Switch
The MIDI Event List switch opens and closes the MIDI Event
List or brings it to the front.
Pan Switch
The Pan switch opens and closes the Pan window for the focused track. Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) to close all
Pan windows.
Mix Switch
Mic Pre Switch
The Mic Pre switch opens and closes the Mic Pre window for
the focused track.
The Mix switch opens the Mix Window or brings it to the
front.
Edit Switch
Memory Locations Switch
The Memory Locations Switch opens and closes the Memory
Locations window
The Edit switch opens the Edit Window or brings it to the
front.
Plug-in Switch
The Plug-in switch opens and closes windows for any currently targeted plug-ins in the session. Hold Alt (Windows) or
Option (Mac) to close all plug-in windows.
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All Notes Off Switch
Session Management Section
The Session Management section includes controls for session-wide management and save operations.
Go To
switch
Plug-in Clip
indicator
All Notes Off
switch
Publish
switch
Redo
switch
Save
switch
Undo
switch
The All Notes Off switch can be used to silence stuck notes
with MIDI devices. It sends an All Notes Off message to each
channel for all connected MIDI devices.
Publish Switch
The Publish switch executes the Send Session Via DigiDelivery
command in Pro Tools, opening the Send To DigiDelivery dialog on-screen.
Save Switch
Clear Clip
switch
D-Command Session Management section
Go To Switch
The Go To switch is used to focus a specific track onto the Focus Channel section on the Main Unit.
The Save switch executes the Save Session command in
Pro Tools. Whenever a change is made in a session and the
Save command is available, this switch lights.
To save the current session:
1 Press the Save switch. The switch flashes, prompting confir-
mation of the Save command.
To go to a specific track:
1 Press the Go To switch.
2 Do one of the following:
2 Enter the track position number for the track and press En-
• To confirm the Save command, press the Save switch
again.
ter.
– or –
• To cancel the Save command, press Escape.
Clear Clip Switch and Plug-in Clip Indicator
D-Command indicates occurrences of signal clipping on audio tracks, sends, and plug-ins. (Clip indication on D-Command follows the clip settings in the Pro Tools Display preferences.)
The Clear Clip switch lights if a clip occurs on an audio track
or on a send anywhere in the session. The Plug-in Clip indicator lights if a clip occurs on a plug-in anywhere in the session.
In addition, D-Command shows clipping with the following
indicators:
• If an audio track clips, the meter clip LED for the clipping
channel’s lights red.
• If a send clips, the Send switch flashes in the Channel Strip
Mode controls section. In addition, if one of the encoders
on the channel strip is controlling the clipping send, the
corresponding encoder clip LED lights red.
• If a plug-in clips, the Insert switch flashes in the Channel
Strip Mode controls section. In addition, if one of the encoders on the channel strip is displaying the clipping
plug-in, the corresponding encoder clip LED lights red.
Pressing the Clear Clip switch clears all clip indicators on
D-Command, and in the Pro Tools session.
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Redo Switch
The Redo switch executes the Redo command in Pro Tools.
Undo Switch
The Undo switch executes the Undo command in Pro Tools.
Soft Keys Section
The Soft Keys section provides access to a wide range of Pro Tools commands directly from the control surface. It also provides
access to preferences and settings specific to D-Command. The section consists of six variable-function soft keys and displays,
along with a matrix of mode switches that change the functions shown in the displays. When a function is shown in a Soft Key
display, pressing the corresponding Soft Key switch activates that function.
Some controls invoke multiple pages of Soft Key functions. To cycle through multiple pages of the same control, repeatedly press
the control switch.
Soft Key switches
and
displays
Management
controls
Audio Files
switch
Edit
controls
Show/Hide
switch
Memory/MIDI
controls
Track Size
switches
Automation
controls
Console Preference
controls
Utility
switch
D-Command Soft Keys section
Default Soft Key Display
Soft Keys Display with Pro Tools Dialogs
When a session is first opened, the Soft Key displays show basic information about the session:
When Pro Tools has a dialog on-screen, the two lower Soft
Keys temporarily display “Escape” and “Enter,” letting you
cancel or confirm the dialog from the control surface.
• Session Name
• Bit: Session Bit Depth
• Sampl: Session Sample Rate
• File: Session File Type
• Tcode: Session Time Code Rate
• Delay Compensation On/Off Status
Exiting from Soft Key Modes
You can exit a Soft Key mode and return to the default Soft
Key display by holding Control (Windows) or Command
(Mac) and pressing the currently lit Soft Key switch.
Delay Compensation can be toggled on and off from this display. The other settings shown above cannot be changed from
the Soft Keys section.
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• Video Window: Window > Video
Management Controls
• System Usage: Window > System Usage
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• I/O Setup: Setup > I/O
• HW Setup: Setup > Hardware
Snapshot
switch
Group
switch
Track
switch
Playlist
switch
Window
switch
• PB Engine: Setup > Playback Engine
• Disk Alloc: Setup > Disk Allocation
Management controls
• Preferences: Setup > Preferences
Snapshot Switch
• Peripherals: Setup > Peripherals
This function is currently not implemented for D-Command.
Edit Controls
Group Switch
The Group switch displays the following commands:
• Create Edit: Create Edit Groups
• Suspnd: Suspend Groups
• Create Mix: Create Mix Groups
• Create Both: Create Mix and Edit Groups
Function 1 Function 2
switch
switch
Function 3
switch
Modes
switch
Tools
switch
Edit controls
Track Switch
Edit Function 1 Switch (Basic Edit Commands)
The Track switch displays the following commands:
The Edit Function 1 switch displays the following commands:
• New Track: Track > New
• Dup Track: Track > Duplicate
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• Delete Selectd: Track > Delete
• Cut: Edit > Cut
• Make Act/In: Track > Make Active/Inactive
• Copy: Edit > Copy
• Bounce: File > Bounce To > Disk
• Paste: Edit > Paste
• Clear: Edit > Clear
Playlist Switch
The Playlist switch displays the following playlist commands:
• TCE To TLSel: Edit > TCE Edit to Timeline Selection
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• New: New Playlist
• CutSP AllAut: Edit > Cut Special > All Automation
• Duplicate: Duplicate Playlist
• CopySP AllAut: Edit > Copy Special > All Automation
• Delete Audio: Delete Unused Audio Playlists
• CutSP PanAut: Edit > Cut Special > Pan Automation
• Delete MIDI: Delete Unused MIDI Playlists
• CopySP PanAut: Edit > Copy Special > Pan Automation
Window Switch
• CutSP PI Aut: Edit > Cut Special > Plug-in Automation
• CopySP PI Aut: Edit > Copy Special > Plug-in Automation
The Window switch displays the following commands:
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• PsteSP Merge: Edit > Paste Special > Merge
• Auto Enabls: Window > Automation Enable
• ClrSP AllAut: Edit > Clear Special > All Automation
• Beat Det: Event > Beat Detective
• Strip Silence: Edit > Strip Silence
• PsteSP RepFil: Edit > Paste Special > Repeat to Fill Selection
• Session Setup: Setup > Session
• ClrSP PanAut: Edit > Clear Special > Pan Automation
• Tasks: Window > Task Manager
• PsteSP ToCurr: Edit > Paste Special > To Current Automation Type
• Projct Browser: Window > Project Browser
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• Color Pallet: Window > Color Palette
• Big Countr: Window > Big Counter
• Undo Histry: Window > Undo History
• Disk Space: Window > Disk Space
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• ClrSP PI Aut: Edit > Clear Special > Plug-in Automation
Edit Function 2 Switch
Edit Tools Switch
The Edit Function 2 switch displays the following commands:
The Edit Tool Tools switch displays the Pro Tools Edit Tools.
To cycle through multiple versions of the same tool, repeatedly press the corresponding Soft Key.
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• Trim to Sel: Edit > Trim > To Selection
• Zoom: Normal/Single Zoomer tools
• Cpture Region: Edit > Capture Region
• Trim: Standard/Scrub/TCE Trimmer tools
• Seprte Region: Edit > Separate Region
• Select: Selector tool
• Heal Seprtn: Edit > Heal Separation
• Grabbr: Time/Separation/Object Grabber tools
• Consolidate: Edit > Consolidate Selection
• Scrubber tool
• Time Stamp: Audio Regions List > Time Stamp Selected
• Pencil: Square, Random, Free, Line, Triangle, Arc, S-Curve
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• SendTo Back: Region > Send to Back
To select the Smart Tool, press any two buttons for the Trimmer, Selector or Grabber simultaneously.
• SendTo Front: Region > Bring to Front
• Group Region: Region > Group
Memory/MIDI Controls
• Ungrp Region: Region > Ungroup
• Ungrp All: Region > Ungroup All
• Regrp Region: Region > Regroup
Edit Function 3 Switch (Manipulation Commands)
The Edit Function 3 switch displays the following commands:
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Memory Location MIDI
switch
switch
Memory/MIDI controls
• Duplicate: Edit > Duplicate
Memory Location Switch
• Repeat: Edit > Repeat
The Memory Location switch (“Mem Loc”) displays the
names of Memory Locations in pages of six. The Soft Key display is paged by repeatedly pressing the Memory Location
switch in the Soft Keys section. To page backwards, hold Shift
while pressing the Memory Location switch.
• Shift: Edit > Shift
• Insert Silnce: Edit > Insert Silence
• Lock Region: Region > Lock/Unlock
• Mute Region: Region > Mute/Unmute
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• Loop Region: Region > Loop Region
MIDI Switch
The MIDI switch displays the following commands:
• Unloop Region: Region > Unloop Region
• ID/Rem SyncPT: Region > Identify/Remove Sync Point
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• Rename Rgns: Region > Rename Regions
• Wait Note: Transport Window > Wait for Note button
• Quantz ToGrid: Region > Quantize to Grid
• Count Off: Transport Window > Countoff button
• RgnDrop: Region List > Timeline Drop Order >
L to R/Top to Bottom
• Merge Record: Transport Window > MIDI Merge button
• Transpose: Event > MIDI > Transpose
• Veloc: Event > MIDI > Change Velocity
Edit Modes Switch
The Edit Modes switch displays the Pro Tools Edit modes:
• Shuffl: Shuffle Mode
• Spot: Spot Mode
• Slip: Slip Mode
• Grid Rel: Relative Grid Mode
• Grid Abs: Absolute Grid Mode
• Click On/Off: Options > Click
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• Change Tempo: Change Tempo window
• Change Meter: Change Meter window
• Split Notes: Event > MIDI > Split Notes
• Select Notes: Event > MIDI > Select Notes
• Quantz: Event > MIDI > Grid/Groove Quantize
• Input Quantz: Event > MIDI > Input Quantize
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• Write PTProp: Track > Write MIDI Real Time Properties
• Remove DpNote: Event > Remove Duplicate Notes
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Audio Files Switch
Console Preferences
The Audio Files switch displays the following commands for
importing and exporting data into Pro Tools:
• Import Audio: File > Import > Audio
• Import MIDI: File > Import > MIDI
• Audio To Trk: File > Import > Audio To Track
• MIDI To Trk: File > Import > MIDI To Track
User
switch
Operation
switch
Meter
switch
• Import SesDat: File > Import > Session Data
Console Preferences
• Export Selctd: Regions List > Export Selected As Files
The Console Preference switches control D-Command preferences only, and do not affect the Pro Tools on-screen display.
Show/Hide Switch
The Show/Hide switch displays commands from the
Show/Hide Tracks List menu.
The Show/Hide switch has two pages of Soft Key functions.
Show/Hide Switch (Page 1)
• Show All: Show All Tracks
• Hide All: Hide All Tracks
• Show Selctd: Show Only Selected Tracks
• Hide Selctd: Hide Only Selected Tracks
• Show Inactv: Show Only Inactive Tracks
• Hide Inactv: Hide Only Inactive Tracks
Show/Hide Switch (Page 2)
• Show Audio: Show Only Audio Tracks
• Hide Audio: Hide Only Audio Tracks
• Show Aux: Show Only Auxiliary Inputs
• Hide Aux: Hide Only Auxiliary Inputs
• Show MIDI: Show Only MIDI Tracks
• Hide MIDI: Hide Only MIDI Tracks
User Switch
The User switch displays a user-configurable, custom set of
Soft Keys, chosen from any of the other Soft Key displays. To
cycle through both pages of User Soft Key selections, repeatedly press the User switch.
To add a Soft Key command to a User Soft Key selection:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the User switch repeatedly to
display the page (Page 1 or Page 2) where you want to add the
operation.
2 Press the Soft Keys to display the page containing the operation you want to add.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Soft Key for the operation.
To remove a Soft Key command from the User Soft Key selection:
1 Press the User switch repeatedly to display the operation
you want to remove.
2 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Soft Key for the User operation.
Show/Hide Switch (Page 3)
• Show Instmt: Show Only Instrument Tracks
• Hide Instmt: Hide Only Instrument Tracks
You can select multiple Show/Hide categories by holding Shift
while pressing the corresponding Soft Key.
Meter Switch
The Meter switch displays the following D-Command meter
preferences:
SndMtr (Send Meters) Toggles send metering on channel rotary encoders on and off.
InsMtr (Insert Meters) Toggles plug-in metering on channel
rotary encoders on and off.
Meters Toggles channel metering between pre- and post-fader
modes.
CtrMtr (Center Meters) Toggles the 8-channel meter display
on the Main Unit meter bridge between main output levels
and the focused track.
RefLvl (Reference Level) Lets you change the D-Command
meter display to help monitor program material with respect
to different reference levels.
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Operation Switch
The Operation switch controls operations specific to D-Command, and does not affect the Pro Tools on-screen display. For
details on setting preferences, see “Setting D-Command Preferences” on page 22.
The Operation switch has three pages of Soft Key functions.
Operation Switch (Page 1)
BnkJus (Bank Justification) Determines whether banks of
channels in Normal mode are justified at the left, left center
(to the left of the Main Unit), right center, (to the right of the
Main Unit) or right side of the control surface.
◆ When this preference is set to “No,” the on-screen display of
plug-in and send windows does not change to reflect the state
of the control surface.
TchVal (Touch Display of Parameter Values On/Off) Turns off
the display of parameter values when faders or encoders are
touched.
Import PIMaps (Import Plug-in Maps) Opens “Choose a mapping file” dialog in Pro Tools.
Export PIMaps (Export Plug-in Maps) Opens “Save Plug-in
Mapping As” dialog in Pro Tools.
For more information about importing and exporting
plug-in maps, see “Exporting and Importing .pim Files” on
page 99.
CF Jus (Custom Fader Justification) Determines whether channels in Custom Fader mode are placed at the left, center-left,
center-right, or right side of the control surface.
Operation Switch (Page 3)
MaxCF (Maximum Custom Fader Bank Size) Determines the
number of channels to be used when displaying channels in
the Custom Fader modes. The bank size can be set to 4 and 8
faders for a Main Unit, and 4, 8, 16 and 24 faders for an expanded system.
CFTrks (Custom Faders Display Hidden Tracks) Determines
whether tracks that are hidden in Pro Tools are displayed or
hidden in Custom Fader modes. Tracks that are hidden in
Pro Tools but shown in Custom Faders cannot be Selected or
Record enabled.
Rotary (Rotary Encoder Mode) Determines responsiveness of
rotary encoder knobs. Fixed mode is at normal resolution. The
velocity modes set different rates of encoder acceleration. In
Fine mode, response is fixed and at fine resolution.
Brdcst (Broadcast) Determines whether the XMON monitoring system is in Broadcast mode, which prevents AFL and PFL
solo modes from changing the XMON Control Room Input
source.
Select (Select Switch Latch Mode) Determines whether channel Select buttons follow latching or exclusive-or (non-latching) behavior when in Select mode.
Match Time (AutoMatch Time) Lets you use the Scrub/Shuttle
wheel to set AutoMatch time for automated panning functions.
Encod (Encoder Order) Determines whether inserts, sends, and
pan controls will be displayed in order from top-to-bottom or
bottom-to-top on D-Command rotary encoders.
Glide Time (AutoGlide Time) Lets you use the Scrub/Shuttle
wheel to set AutoGlide time for automated panning functions.
Operation Switch (Page 2)
ApTrgt (Target Track from Application) Determines whether selecting an Insert or Send on-screen focuses its track on the
D-Command Main Unit.
Faders (Faders On/Off) Turns off D-Command faders to prevent fader movement when monitoring a mix.
ChanWn (Channel Window Display) Determines whether displaying plug-in or send pan parameters (by pressing an encoder Select switch) on D-Command opens the corresponding
plug-in or send window on-screen in Pro Tools. Also determines whether the Channel Select switches (in the Dynamics
or EQ sections) change the channel display of multi-mono
plug-ins.
When this preference is set to “Yes,” the on-screen display
of plug-in and send windows changes to reflect the state of the
control surface.
◆
FCStrp (Focus Channel Strip) Determines whether focusing a
channel in the Focus Channel section also places a duplicate
of the focused channel in the channel strip to the immediate
left of the Global Controls section.
When Focus Channel Strip is enabled, all controls and modes
are linked. You can, however, use four encoders simultaneously by using the Page Up or Page Down switches to bring
a different set of sends or inserts to the duplicate channel’s encoders.
Trk/Ed (Link Track and Edit Selection) Toggles the Options >
Link Track and Edit Selection option, which automatically selects a track or range of tracks when a selection is made in the
track’s timeline.
The duplicate Focus Channel strip is not available when
D-Command is in a Custom Fader mode.
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Automation Controls
Modes Switch
The Modes switch displays the following D-Command Modes:
AutoMatch
switch
Join
switch
Actions
switch
Modes
switch
Automation controls
AutoMatch Switch
The AutoMatch switch enables AutoMatch command in Latch
or Write automation modes.
Join Switch
The Join switch resumes writing automation in Latch mode,
on all channels that were previously writing automation, after
an interrupted automation pass.
Actions Switch
AWrtTo Start (Auto Write to Start on Stop) Automatically
writes current automation values from the insertion point
backward to the beginning of a selection or track when the
transport is stopped after an automation pass.
By default, Automatic Write to Start on Stop mode is enabled
for a single automation pass only. Hold Start+Alt (Windows)
or Control+Option (Mac) while pressing the Auto ToStrt
switch to configure the mode to remain enabled after an automation pass.
AWrtTo All (Auto Write to All on Stop) Writes current automation values to an entire selection or track when the transport
is stopped after an automation pass.
By default, Automatic Write to All on Stop mode is enabled for
a single automation pass only. Hold Start+Alt (Windows) or
Control+Option (Mac) while pressing the Auto ToAll switch
to configure the mode to remain enabled after an
automation pass.
The Actions switch displays the following commands:
Actions Switch (Page 1)
WrtTo Start (Write To Start) Writes current automation values
from the insertion point backward to the beginning of a selection or track while performing an automation pass.
WrtTo All (Write to All) Writes current automation values to
an entire selection or track while performing an automation
pass.
WrtTo End (Write to End) Writes current automation values
from the insertion point forward to the end of a selection or
track while performing an automation pass.
WrtTo Next (Write to Next Breakpoint) Writes current automation values from the insertion point forward to the next automation breakpoint while performing an automation pass.
Snap Back Causes all Latch or Write enabled tracks to exit
their current automation pass and return instantly to the previously written automation levels. During playback, stops
writing of automation without applying any AutoMatch
ramping.
Actions Switch (Page 2)
Copy To Send Opens the Copy To Send dialog to allow copying of track control values to each selected track’s send (Edit >
Automation > Copy To Send).
Thin Auto (Thin Automation) Performs the Thin Automation
command. (Edt > Automation > Thin).
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AWrtTo End (Auto Write to End on Stop) Writes current automation values from the insertion point forward to the end of
a selection or track when the transport is stopped after an automation pass.
By default, Automatic Write to End on Stop mode is enabled
for a single automation pass only. Hold Start+Alt (Windows)
or Control+Option (Mac) while pressing the Auto ToEnd
switch to configure the mode to remain enabled after an automation pass.
AWrtTo Next (Auto Write to Next Breakpoint on Stop) Writes
current automation values from the insertion point forward
to the next automation breakpoint when the transport is
stopped after an automation pass.
AutoJoin AutoJoin is used in Latch mode to automatically resume writing of automation after the transport is stopped and
started again during an automation pass.
Utility Switch
Utility switch
The Utility switch places the D-Command in Utility mode.
When D-Command is in Utility mode, this switch flashes.
Utility mode lets you view D-Command system information,
name D-Command units, run D-Command diagnostic tests,
and set certain D-Command hardware preferences. For complete information on Utility mode, see Appendix A, “Utility
Mode”
Track Size Switches
Track Size Up
switch
Track Size Down
switch
Track Size controls
The Track Size Up and Down switches increase and decrease
the track height of all tracks where a selection or edit cursor is
present.
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Chapter 10: Monitor and Meter Sections
Monitor Section Controls
The Monitor section includes a full set of controls for the control room monitoring, headphone/cue, and talkback/listenback
sections of D-Command. All input and output connections to the D-Command monitoring system are made on the XMON interface, which is connected to the D-Command console with the XMON cable, and remotely controlled from this section.
Input source switches
and Output controls
Cue
controls
Output Channel Select
and Mode switches
Talkback/Listenback
controls
Monitor
Mode
controls
D-Command Monitor section
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Input Source Switches and Output Controls
In normal operation, the Input Source switches follow exclusive-or (non-latching) behavior, allowing only one source to
be monitored at a time.
Sum switch
Input source
switches
Surround
switch
Sum Switch
Stereo Input
switches
Main switch
However, D-Command has a Sum mode that allows multiple
input sources to be monitored at the same time. When Sum
mode is on, multiple input source switches can be active.
Sum mode ignores any input trim values when it is active.
Output
Level control
To add or remove inputs in Sum mode:
1 Press the Sum switch. The switch lights to indicate Sum
Output
controls
Alt Output
On/Off switch
Mini Output
On/Off switch
Main Output
On/Off switch
mode is on.
2 Press any number of Input Source switches to toggle their
corresponding inputs on or off. It is possible to turn all inputs
off in this mode.
To exit Sum mode:
Input source switches and Output controls
■ Press the Sum switch again. Monitoring reverts to the input
that was selected when you entered Sum mode.
Input Source Switches
The monitor system has five input sources:
• Main Inputs (6 channels)
Output On/Off Switches
The monitor system has three outputs:
• Surround Inputs (6 channels)
• Main Control Room Outputs (6 channels)
• Stereo 1 Inputs (2 channels)
• Alt Control Room Outputs (6 channels)
• Stereo 2 Inputs (2 channels)
• Mini Control Room Outputs (2 channels)
• Stereo 3 Inputs (2 channels)
These sources are selected by pressing their corresponding Input switches, which light when the source is activated.
Only one output can be active at a time. The Output On/Off
switches follow exclusive-or (non-latching) behavior. When
you activate an output, its name and gain value (in dB) are
shown in the monitor section display.
Input Level Trim Mode
Each input source can be trimmed independently, to allow for
setting of different reference levels or to compensate for differences in gain structure. Available trim values range from
–20 dB to +10 dB in 0.5 dB steps.
To trim input levels:
Output Level Control
The monitor system output section has a touch-sensitive rotary encoder for control of output level. When the encoder
knob is touched, the monitor section display shows the current level in dB. Gain ranges from a minimum of –INF to a
maximum of +10 dB, in 1 dB steps.
1 Press and hold the Input Source Selector switch for the input
you want to trim, until the switch flashes.
Output Level Trim Mode
2 Turn the Main Output Level encoder knob to set the trim
Each output level control can be trimmed independently, to
allow for setting of different reference levels or to compensate
for differences in gain structure. Available trim values range
from –20 dB to +10 dB, in 0.5 dB steps.
value. The monitor section display shows “Trim” and the trim
value in dB.
3 Press the flashing Input Source Selector switch to exit Trim
mode.
To trim output levels:
1 Press and hold the On/Off switch for the output you want to
trim, until the switch flashes.
2 Turn the encoder knob to set the trim value. The monitor
display shows the trim value in dB.
3 Press the flashing On/Off switch to exit Trim mode.
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The following table shows possible outputs for each input
source. (Talkback can be added to each of the outputs.)
Headphone/Cue Controls
Headphones
switch
Cue Input Source
switches
Studio Loudspeaker
switch
AFL/PFL Level
switch
Input
Possible Outputs
Cue 1
Cue 1, Headphone, Studio LS
Cue 2
Cue 2, Headphone, Studio LS
Main Monitor
Cue 1, Cue 2, Headphone, Studio LS
To assign an input source to an output:
1 Press the switch for the output for which you want to assign
Cue Output
Level control
Set Source
switch
an input. The switch will light, and the Monitor LED display
will show the currently selected source.
Assign Talkback
switch
Cue Output
On/Off switch
Cue controls
Cue Input Source Switches
2 Press the Set Source switch repeatedly to cycle through the
available source choices.
Assign Talkback Switch
The Assign Talkback switch lets you add the talkback signal to
any of the Headphone/Cue system outputs. The Assign Talkback switch lights to indicate that talkback is active for a given
output.
The Headphone/Cue monitor system has three input sources:
• Cue 1 Input (2 channels)
• Cue 2 Input (2 channels)
• Main Monitor Input (2 channels)
Cue Output On/Off Switches
The Cue system has four available outputs:
• Cue 1 (2 channels)
• Cue 2 (2 channels)
• Headphone (2 channels)
• Studio Loudspeaker (2 channels)
The two Cue Outputs, Headphone Output, and Studio Loudspeaker Output can be active in any combination, including
all on or all off.
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Output Channel Select Controls
Individual Output Trim Mode
Channel Select switches
Set Up switch
AFL and PFL
switches
Each output channel can be trimmed individually for each of
the three control room outputs (Main, Alt, and Mini), allowing you adjust the channel balance for each set of control
room speakers. Trim values are stored for each of the three
outputs. Available trim values range from –30 dB to +10 dB, in
0.5 dB steps.
To trim the output level for an individual output channel:
Solo/Mute switch
and indicators
1 Activate the control room output (Main, Alt, or Mini) whose
channel levels you want to trim.
Output Channel Select controls
2 Press and hold the Channel Select switch for the output
Set Up Switch
channel you want to trim, until the switch flashes.
The Set Up switch resets output trim levels to their default values.
3 Turn the Output Level encoder to set the trim value for the
channel. The monitor display shows “Trim” and the trim
value in dB.
Channel Select Switches
The Channel Select switches let you solo or mute individual
channels of the Control Room outputs. The function of the
Channel Select switches depends on the mode of the
Solo/Mute switch.
• When the mode is set to Solo, each Channel Select switch
solos the corresponding output channel.
• When the mode is set to Mute, each Channel Select switch
mutes the corresponding output channel.
In both modes, the Channel Select switches follow latched behavior, allowing multiple outputs to be soloed or muted. The
Channel Select switches light to indicate that they are active.
There are Channel Select switches for the following channels:
• L (Left)
• C (Center)
• R (Right)
• Ls (Left Surround)
• Rs (Right Surround)
• LFE
These choices support all possible channel configurations in
Pro Tools. A maximum of six channels (5.1 surround) may be
in use at any time.
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4 Press the flashing Channel Select switch to exit Trim mode.
5 Repeat the above steps for each output channel and each set
of outputs (Main, Alt, or Mini) you want to trim.
Solo/Mute Switch and Indicators
The Solo/Mute switch toggles the function of the Channel Select switches between Solo and Mute modes. The indicators
light to indicate which mode is active.
AFL and PFL Switches
Broadcast Mode for AFL and PFL Monitoring
The AFL and PFL switches invokes After Fader Listen and Pre
Fader Listen Solo modes.
You can put the D-Command monitoring system in Broadcast
mode, which prevents AFL and PFL solo modes from changing
the XMON Control Room Input source. This lets you solo
channels while preserving the main monitor mix.
AFL and PFL modes send signal to a separate output path with
independently adjustable levels for each mode. The XMON
Control Room Input source is automatically changed to monitor the AFL/PFL input, unless you put D-Control in Broadcast
mode (see “Broadcast Mode for AFL and PFL Monitoring” on
page 83). This lets you monitor the soloed channels in the
Main control room monitors (with Broadcast mode off) or in
a dedicated solo monitoring system (with Broadcast mode
on).
You can then use the AFL/PFL path selector in the I/O Setup
dialog to route the AFL/PFL solo signal directly from the HD
Audio Interface to a separate set of speakers or headphones.
To put the XMON monitoring system in Broadcast mode:
1 Press the Operation switch in the Soft Key section.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Broadcast”
AFL and PFL Solo modes require the use of the Surround
Mixer plug-in.
To select the Solo mode:
1 Press the AFL or PFL switch in the D-Command Monitor sec-
tion to select the corresponding Solo mode.
While in Broadcast mode, any channels soloed while in AFL
or PFL are still sent to the AFL/PFL path, but XMON does not
switch the Control Room Input source to monitor that path.
While in Broadcast mode, any channels soloed while in SIP
mode will still cause all other tracks to be muted.
Setting AFL and PFL Levels
Levels can be set separately for AFL and PFL modes from the
D-Command Monitor section.
To set the AFL or PFL level:
1 Press the AFL or PFL switch in the D-Command Monitor sec-
tion.
2 Turn the Cue output level control. The AFL/PFL level is
shown in the Monitor displays.
To set the AFL or PFL level to its default setting:
1 Press the AFL or PFL switch in the D-Command Monitor sec-
tion.
2 Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) and touch the Cue
output level control.
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Talkback/Listen System
Auto Talkback Switch
Listen Mic
Select switches
Internal Talkback
switch
External Talkback
switch
The Auto Talkback switch activates a mode in which the talkback and listen microphones are automatically turned on
whenever the Pro Tools transport is not in Play or Record.
When Auto Talkback is active, the Auto Talkback switch
lights, and the Talkback switches flash.
While in Auto Talkback mode, you can temporarily disable
and re-enable talkback, while staying in Auto Talkback mode.
To temporarily disable Talkback while in Auto Talkback mode:
■
Talkback/Listen
Level control
To re-enable talkback while in Auto Talkback mode:
■
Auto Talkback
switch
Control Room Output controls
Press either of the flashing Talkback switches.
Double-press either Talkback switch so it flashes again.
Talkback Switch
The Talkback switch, located at the bottom of the Channel
Strip Master section on the Main Unit, controls the D-Command Talkback function.
Talkback Controls
The Talkback system has two talkback microphone inputs
(one external, one built-in) both using the touch-sensitive rotary encoder for control of output volume. When either
switch is lit, the monitor section display show the corresponding volume level in dB. Level control on each ranges from a
minimum level of –INF to a maximum level of +30 dB.
Auto Mode
Write
Trim
Touch
Read
Latch
Off
Talkback switch
Talkback Level Control
Talkback
When the External Talkback switch is lit, the Level control adjusts the volume for the external talkback microphone. When
the encoder knob is touched, the monitor section display
shows the level in dB.
The Talkback Level control also adjusts the volume of the
built-in (Internal) microphone, located on the meter bridge of
the D-Command Main Unit.
Talkback Dim Function
When Talkback is engaged, the Dim switch lights and the Dim
function is automatically applied to the Main outputs. Any
adjustment of the Dim level affects both the Talkback Dim
function and the Control Room Output Dim function.
To set the Dim level:
1 Press and hold the Assign Talkback switch until the switch
flashes.
2 Turn the Cue Output Level encoder to set the Dim value.
The monitor section shows the Dim value in dB.
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Dbl Press to Latch
Talkback switch
The Talkback switch can follow momentary or latched behavior. If held, the switch is active only when pressed down.
If rapidly double-pressed, the switch latches on and flashes to
indicate that talkback is active. Press the switch again to turn
off talkback.
Listen Control
To calibrate Control Room outputs to display SPL:
The Listen system has two selectable microphone inputs, both
using the touch-sensitive rotary encoder for level control.
Listen Mic Select Switches
1 Send the reference material to the Main Control Room Out-
puts, and set the output level in Pro Tools to your studio reference level (for example, –18 dBFS).
2 Pan the signal to center (so that equal level is sent to all
There are two Listen Mic Select switches for the external listen
microphone inputs:
• Mic 1
• Mic 2
Either or both of these inputs can be active at any time. When
one input is active, the encoder controls the level of that input
independently. When both inputs are active, the encoder
controls both levels simultaneously, maintaining any relative
offset between the two.
Main Control Room Output speakers).
3 Set the speaker-to-speaker balance for all speakers in the system using Output Trim mode for each channel, using the
sound pressure level meter to measure SPL at the mix position.
See “Individual Output Trim Mode” on page 82.
4 Solo the Center speaker, and adjust the Main Control Room
Output level encoder until the sound pressure level meter
measures the target reference level (for example, 85 dB) at the
mix position.
5 Press and hold the Calibration Mode switch until it flashes.
Level control ranges from a minimum level of –INF to a maximum level of +30 dB.
6 Adjust the Main Control Room Output level encoder until
the target reference level is displayed in the Monitor Section
display.
Dim Level Control
The Dim Level control lets you adjust the amount of level reduction applied by the Dim switch, located at the bottom of
the Monitor section. Level reduction ranges from –30 dB to
0 dB, in 1 dB steps.
When the Dim encoder knob is touched, the monitor section
display shows “Dim” and the gain reduction in dB.
7 Press the flashing Cal switch.
8 Repeat steps 4–7 for the Alt and Mini outputs.
To toggle the output display between dB and dB SPL:
1 Select the output whose display you want to toggle (Main,
Alt, or Mini).
2 Press the Calibration Mode switch.
Monitor Output Mode Controls
Calibration Mode
switch
Dim switch
◆ When the Calibration Mode switch is lit, output is displayed in dB SPL.
Mono switch
Mute switch
Monitor Output Mode controls
Calibration Mode Switch
The Calibration Mode switch invokes a mode that changes
the output value displayed by the Monitor section display
from gain (expressed in dB) to sound pressure level (expressed in
dB SPL) for each of the control room outputs. This switch
lights when an SPL value is shown for the active output.
To display output levels in dB SPL, you must first calibrate
each output. This SPL calibration requires the use of a pink
noise source (or other reference material) and a sound pressure level meter to measure the output of individual control
room speakers.
◆ When the Calibration Mode switch is unlit, output is displayed in dB.
Mono Switch
The Mono switch mixes the Left and Right signals of any of
the output modes (any surround channels are not affected) to
provide mono output, useful for checking phase and balance
relationships. The Mono switch lights to indicate that it is active.
Mono Trim Mode
Mono output can be trimmed to adjust its reference level in
comparison to other outputs. Available trim values range
from –12 dB to 0 dB, in 0.5 dB steps.
To trim mono output:
1 Press and hold the Mono switch until it flashes.
2 Turn Alt Output encoder knob to set the Mono trim value.
The monitor display shows “Trim” and the trim value in dB.
3 Press the flashing Mono switch to exit Trim mode.
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Dim Switch
The Dim function applies an adjustable gain reduction to the
Control Room outputs. This function affects all three output
destinations. The Dim switch toggles the dim function on and
off, and lights to indicate that it is active.
Mute Switch
The Mute switch toggles the mute state for all Control Room
outputs. Mute operates globally on all three output destinations. The Mute switch lights to indicate that it is active.
If the Mute switch on the XMON interface front panel is activated, the Mute switch on D-Command must be used to unmute the monitor system. (Outputs cannot be unmuted from
XMON front panel.)
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Meter and Time Code Displays (Main Unit)
Time Scale display format indicators
Time Scale display
Channel Strip Meter displays
Output Meter displays
Talkback Microphone
Meter and Time Scale displays (Main Unit)
Meters
The Channel Strip Meter display features dual 32-segment LED bar graphs for each channel, and can display pre- or post-fader
levels depending on the D-Command Meter Preferences setting. In Custom Fader mode, these meter displays can show plug-in
input and output meters, gain reduction meters for dynamics plug-ins, and other parameters. The top LED is red and indicates
clipping on the corresponding channel or parameter.
The Output Meter display includes eight 32-segment LED bar graphs with clip indication for displaying output levels or the level
of the track focused in the Focus Channel Strip, depending on the D-Command Meter Preferences setting.
For details on setting meter preferences, see “Meter Preferences” on page 24.
Time Scale Displays
The Time Scale displays on the Main Unit mirrors the Main Time Scales in Pro Tools.
Time Scale Display Format Indicators
The indicators to the left of the Time Scale displays show the currently displayed format for both the Main Time Scale and the
Sub Time Scale. Formats include:
• Hours:Minutes:Seconds:Milliseconds
• Hours:Minutes:Seconds:Frames
• Feet+Frames
• Bars|Beats
Talkback Microphone
The built-in D-Command talkback microphone is located between the Meters and the Time Scale display.
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Setting D-Command Meters for Different Reference Levels
The Pro Tools Reference Level meter preference lets you change the D-Command meter display to help monitor program material
with respect to different reference levels.
At each setting except 0 dB, a single LED lights continuously across the meter bridge at a fixed point to indicate that reference
level. You can then compare the peaks of the program material to the indicated level.
The following reference level settings are available:
0 dB This is the normal setting used for referencing material to a 0 dB (full code) reference level.
–14 dB This reference level setting lights a single LED at –14 dB across the meter bridge.
–18 dB This reference level setting lights a single LED at –18 dB across the meter bridge.
–20 dB This reference level setting lights a single LED at –20 dB across the meter bridge.
To set a D-Command meter reference level:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Meter switch.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “RefLvl” to cycle among the meter reference level settings.
3 Press the Meter switch to exit.
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Chapter 11: Operating Modes
The power and flexibility of D-Command lies in its different
operating modes, which let you customize the behavior of its
channel strip controls to fit your workflow.
The two types of D-Command operating modes are Normal
mode and the four Custom Fader modes. This section provides
an overview of each mode and its associated commands.
7 Press the flashing encoder Select switch or press the flashing
Assign switch to confirm the assignments.
To assign a send or insert to a track (global assign mode):
1 Press the Assign Sends switch or the Assign Inserts switch to
enter the corresponding Assign mode. The first two send or insert positions will show on the encoder displays by default.
2 To display and edit other insert positions, press the Page Up
Normal Mode
In Normal mode, Pro Tools tracks are displayed on D-Command in a standard console format. In this mode, channel
strips correspond to a track in the session, and most of the
channel strip controls correspond directly to on-screen controls or views in Pro Tools:
◆
Channel Fader controls channel volume
or Page Down switches on the channel where you want to
make the assignment.
3 Turn the encoder knob that corresponds to the insert posi-
tion that you want to edit to select from the first level of menu
choices.
4 Press the encoder Select switch to move down and the By-
pass/Mute/Pre switch to move up through menu levels.
Channel Display shows track name, and track volume when
fader is touched
5 Press the encoder Select switch to confirm each menu level
Pan switch shows Pan values on encoders (this is the default
view when a new track is created)
6 Repeat steps 2–5 to modify other send or insert assignments.
◆
◆
◆
Inserts switch shows Insert name on encoders
selection.
7 Press each flashing encoder Select switch or press the flash-
ing Assign switch to confirm the assignments.
Sends switch shows name of Send on the encoder display,
and Send level on the encoder LED ring
To assign a send or insert to a track (temporary assign mode):
Assigning Elements to Tracks
1 Press the Inserts or Sends switch on the channel where you
want to make the assignment.
◆
You can assign Inputs, Outputs, Inserts, and Sends to tracks
directly from D-Command by entering Assign mode.
2 To display and edit other insert positions on the channel,
press the channel’s Page Up or Page Down switches.
3 Do one of the following:
To assign an input or output to a track:
1 Press the Assign Inputs switch or Assign Outputs switch to
enter the corresponding Assign mode. Input and output assignments are displayed and edited on the lower encoder.
2 If necessary, press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch repeatedly to
move up through to the top menu level.
3 Turn the encoder knob to choose between audio interface
channels and busses.
4 Press the encoder Select switch to confirm your selection.
5 Turn the encoder knob to choose the audio interface chan-
• If the send or insert position is empty, press the encoder
select switch. The encoder display shows the “>” sign indicating that you are editing the send or insert position.
– or –
• If the send or insert position is already assigned, press
and hold the encoder select switch until the encoder display shows the “>” sign indicating that you are editing
the send or insert position.
4 Turn the encoder knob that corresponds to the insert posi-
tion that you want to edit to select from the first level of menu
choices.
nel or bus assignment that you want.
6 Repeat steps 2–5 for any other channels that you want to assign an input or output.
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5 Press the encoder Select switch to move down and the By-
pass/Mute/Pre switch to move up through menu levels.
6 Press the encoder Select switch to confirm each menu level
6 Do one of the following:
• Press the flashing encoder Select switch or press the flashing Assign Inputs switch to confirm the assignment.
selection.
– or –
7 Repeat steps 2–5 to modify other send or insert assignments.
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the assignment.
8 Press the flashing encoder Select switch to confirm the as-
signment.
To remove an input, output, send or insert:
Making Elements Active or Inactive
mode.
You can make Inputs, Outputs, Inserts, Sends, and entire
tracks active or inactive directly from D-Command by entering a temporary Make Inactive mode.
2 For the assignment you want to remove, press the encoder
To toggle input paths active/inactive:
1 Press an Assign switch to enter the corresponding Assign
Bypass/Mute/Pre switch repeatedly until you reach the top
level menu for the assignment.
1 Press the Make Inactive Inputs switch to enter the Make Inactive mode.
3 Turn the encoder knob counter-clockwise until no assign-
ment is visible.
2 Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on the appropriate en-
4 Do one of the following:
coder to deactivate or reactivate the input. Inactive inputs are
shown with an inverted text display.
• Press the flashing encoder Select switch or press the flashing Assign switch to confirm the removal.
3 Press the flashing Make Inactive switch to exit Inactive
mode.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the removal
and restore the assignment.
To toggle output paths active/inactive:
1 Press the Make Inactive Outputs switch to enter the Make
Inactive mode.
Assigning Inputs in Sessions with Multiple
Plug-In Outputs
2 Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on the appropriate en-
In sessions with plug-ins that have multiple outputs, the outputs of those plug-ins are available as inputs in other audio
and Auxiliary Input tracks. These appear as a third category of
inputs, labelled plug-ins, in the track input menu.
3 Press the flashing Make Inactive switch to exit Inactive
When assigning inputs from D-Control, this third category of
inputs appears as a top-level menu choice.
coder to deactivate or reactivate the combined outputs for
that channel.
mode.
To toggle individual outputs sub-paths active/inactive:
1 Press the Make Inactive Outputs switch to enter the Make
Inactive mode.
To assign an input from a plug-in output:
2 Press the Select switch on the appropriate encoder to view
1 Press the Assign Inputs switch.
the output sub-paths for the channel.
2 On the channel where you want to make the assignment,
3 Press the Page Up or Page Down switches to step through
turn an encoder knob to select Plug-In from the first level of
menu choices.
the possible output sub-paths.
4 Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on the appropriate en-
3 Press the encoder Select switch to move down to the indi-
vidual plug-in level.
coder to deactivate or reactivate your choice of output
sub-paths. Inactive output sub-paths are shown with an inverted text display.
4 Turn the encoder knob to select the plug-in whose auxiliary
output you want to select.
5 Press the flashing Make Inactive switch to exit Inactive
5 Press the encoder Select switch to move down to the list of
mode.
plug-in auxiliary outputs.
To toggle a send or plug-in active/inactive:
1 Press the Make Inactive Sends switch or the Make Inactive
Inserts switch to enter the corresponding Make Inactive
mode. The first two insert or send positions will show on the
encoder displays.
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2 To display and edit other insert positions, press the Page Up
or Page Down switches on the channel where you want to
make the assignment.
3 Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on the appropriate encoder to deactivate or reactivate the insert or send assignment.
Inactive assignments are shown with an inverted text display.
4 Repeat steps 2–3 to modify other send or insert assignments.
5 Press the flashing Make Inactive switch to exit Inactive
mode.
Focusing a Track
You can focus any track in a session in the Focus Channel section, and the Dynamics and EQ sections of D-Command. Focusing a track also makes it available for use with the Custom
Fader Plug-in mode. (See “Plug-In Mode” on page 97.)
To focus a track in the Focus Channel section from D-Command:
1 Make sure the Select/Focus switch mode is set to Focus.
2 Press the channel Select switch for the track you want to focus.
To toggle a track inactive/active:
1 Press any of the Make Inactive switches.
2 Press channel strip Select buttons to deactivate or reactivate
To focus a track on the Focus Channel section from Pro Tools:
1 Make sure the Target Track from Application preference is
the corresponding tracks.
set to Yes. For details on this preference, see “Target Track from
Application” on page 24.
3 Press the flashing Make Inactive switch to exit Inactive
mode.
2 On-screen in Pro Tools, click the plug-in state plate, send
window, panner window, or mic pre pane for the track you
want to focus.
Selecting a Track
You can select tracks in Pro Tools directly from D-Command.
In Select mode, Select switches can follow latching or
non-latching behavior. For details on setting the latch mode
for the Select switch, see “Select Switch Latch Mode” on
page 23.
To select a track from D-Command:
1 Make sure the Select/Focus switch mode is set to Select.
To focus a specific track number:
1 Do one of the following;
• Press the Go To switch on D-Command.
– or –
• Choose Operations > Scroll to Track Number in
Pro Tools.
2 Enter the track position number for the track and press En-
ter.
2 Press the channel Select switch for the track you want to se-
lect.
To select a range of tracks:
1 Press the Select switch on the channel at the start of the
range you want to select.
To nudge the track focus left or right by one channel:
■ Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Nudge Left or Nudge Right switch.
To bank the track focus left or right by eight channels:
2 Hold Shift and press the Select switch on channel at the end
range you want to select.
■ Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Bank Left or Bank Right switch.
All tracks between the first channel and last channel (inclusive) are selected.
Focus Channel Strip
To select or deselect multiple, non-contiguous tracks, do one of
the following:
If the Select Switch Latch Mode is set to latch, press additional Select switches.
■
– or –
Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Select switches on multiple channels.
■
If the D-Command Focus Channel Strip Operations preference is set to Yes, focusing a track also places a duplicate of the
focused track in the channel strip to the immediate left of the
Global Controls section. See “FCStrp (Focus Channel Strip)”
on page 75.
The duplicate Focus Channel strip is not available when
D-Command is in a Custom Fader mode.
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Focusing a Plug-In
If the D-Command Focus Channel Strip Operations preference is set to Yes, focusing a track on D-Command brings the
name of the first active plug-in into the Focus Channel display.
To focus a plug-in in the Focus Channel display:
1 Make sure the Select/Focus switch mode is set to Focus.
To toggle Automation Safe mode on and off:
1 Press the Automation Safe switch.
2 Press the channel Select switch on the tracks for which you
want to toggle automation safe status.
3 Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch for the plug-ins or sends
for which you want to toggle automation safe status.
4 Press the Automation Safe switch again to exit Automation
Safe mode.
2 Press the channel strips’s Select switch. The first plug-in that
is not a dynamics or EQ plug-in is automatically focused, and
its name appears in the Custom Faders display.
3 In the Custom Faders section, press the Bank/Cycle switch
to cycle through the plug-ins on the Custom Faders display.
The plug-in whose name appears in the Focus Channel display is then available for Custom Fader Plug-In mode. (See
“Plug-In Mode” on page 97.)
To focus a plug-in in the Dynamics or EQ section:
1 Focus the plug-in’s track in the Focus Channel section by
pressing the track’s Select switch. The first dynamics and EQ
plug-ins on that track are automatically focused in the corresponding D-Command section.
2 Press the Cycle switch in the Dynamics or EQ section to fo-
cus successive dynamics or EQ plug-ins on that channel. (The
No Insert option is always available.)
Bypassing Plug-ins
When a plug-in name is displayed on an encoder (in the top
level Inserts display), the encoder’s Bypass/Mute/Pre (B/M/P)
switch bypasses the corresponding plug-in. The B/M/P switch
lights when the insert or plug-in is bypassed.
To bypass a plug-in:
1 Press the Inserts switch on the plug-in’s channel to display
the first two Insert names on the channel’s encoders.
2 To display and edit other insert positions, press the Page Up
or Page Down switches.
3 Press the B/M/P switch that corresponds to the plug-in you
want to bypass. The B/M/P switch lights when the plug-in is
bypassed.
Making Plug-ins Active/Inactive
To focus a plug-in in the Custom Faders section (temporary
plug-in assign mode):
1 Press the Inserts switch on the plug-in’s channel strip to enter Inserts mode.
When a plug-in name is displayed on an encoder (in the top
level Inserts display), it can be made inactive without entering
Make Inactive mode.
2 Press the encoder Select switch for the plug-in that you want
To toggle a plug-in active/inactive:
to control.
1 Press the Inserts switch on a channel strip to display the
The plug-in is focused in the Custom Fader section. (See
“Plug-In Mode” on page 97.)
Automation Safe Mode
The Automation Safe switch invokes a mode in which the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch for each encoder and the channel Select
switch become Automation Safe switches. While in this mode,
pressing a Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on a plug-in or send protects any automation on that plug-in or send from being overwritten. Pressing a channel Select switch protects any automated parameters on that track from being overwritten.
In Automation Safe mode, the Automation Safe switch is lit.
While in this mode, the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch for any protected insert or send is lit, and the channel Select switch for
any protected channel is lit.
names of the plug-ins on the channel’s encoders.
2 If the insert location for the plug-in that you want to make
active/inactive is not showing, press the Page Up or Page
Down switches on the channel where you want to make the
assignment until the appropriate location is displayed.
3 Hold Control+Start (Windows) or Control+ Command
(Mac) and press the encoder Select switch for the plug-in.
Muting Sends
You can mute sends directly from D-Command by setting the
appropriate mode for the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch.
To mute sends:
1 Press the Sends switch on the track to display Send names in
the channel encoders.
2 To display and edit other send positions, press the Page Up
or Page Down switches.
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3 Press the Switch Mode switch to set the mode to Mute.
4 Press the B/M/P switch for the send you want to mute. The
red Mute LED lights to indicate that the send is muted.
Setting Send Pre-/Post-Fader Operation
You can set sends to pre-fader or post-fader operation directly
from D-Command, by setting the appropriate mode for the
Bypass/Mute/Pre switch.
2 Press and hold the channel Select switch on the channel
where you want to assign the insert or send. The channel
scribble strip shows a right arrow (“>– –”) to indicate the channel is in assign mode.
3 Move the channel fader to select from the first level of menu
choices.
4 Press the channel Select switch to move down and the channel Mute switch to move up through menu levels.
5 Do one of the following:
To toggle sends between pre-fader and post-fader operation:
1 Press the Sends switch on the track to display Send names in
the channel encoders.
2 Press the Switch Mode switch to set the mode to Pre.
3 Press the B/M/P switch for the send you want to toggle. The
green Pre LED lights to indicate that the send is set for
pre-fader operation.
• Press the flashing channel Select switch to confirm the
assignment.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the assignment.
To change a previously assigned insert or send on a flipped
encoder:
1 On the channel where you want to change the assignment,
Flip Mode
Channels in Normal mode can use Flip Mode, which transfers
controls from a row of encoders to the channel faders.
In Flip mode, the Flip switch lights, the rotary encoder control
swaps with the channel fader; the encoder Select switch swaps
with the channel Select switch; the encoder Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch swaps with the channel Mute switch; and the encoder
display swaps with the channel display.
To transfer controls from a row of rotary encoders to the channel
faders:
Press the Flip switch that corresponds to the encoder row
that you want to transfer.
■
To exit Flip mode:
■
Press a lighted Flip switch.
Assigning Inserts and Sends While in Flip
Mode
You can assign Inserts or Sends directly to an encoder even
when its controls are flipped to the channel fader.
When an encoder’s controls are flipped to the channel fader,
the channel Select switch replaces the encoder Select switch,
the channel Mute switch replaces the Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch, and the channel Fader replaces the encoder knob.
To assign an individual insert or send to a flipped encoder:
1 On the channel where you want to make the assignment,
press the Inserts or Sends switch to display the corresponding
elements on the channel. The controls for the flipped encoder
appear on the channel fader.
press the Inserts or Sends switch to display the corresponding
elements on the channel.
2 Press and hold the channel Select switch for the flipped in-
sert or send you want to change, until the channel scribble
strip shows a right arrow (“>”) next to the assignment to indicate the channel is in assign mode.
3 Do one of the following to select a new insert or send:
• Move the channel fader to select from the current level of
menu choices.
– or –
• Press the channel Select switch to move down and the
channel Mute switch to move up through menu levels.
4 When the new insert or send is displayed in the channel
scribble strip, do one of the following:
• Press the flashing channel Select switch to confirm the
assignment.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the assignment.
To remove an individual insert or send on a flipped encoder:
1 On the channel where you want to remove the assignment,
press the Inserts or Sends switch to display the corresponding
elements on the channel.
2 Press and hold the channel Select switch for the flipped in-
sert or send you want to remove, until the channel scribble
strip shows a right arrow (“>”) next to the assignment to indicate the channel is in assign mode.
3 Press the encoder Bypass/Mute/Pre switch repeatedly until
you reach the top level menu for the assignment.
4 Move the channel fader until no assignment is visible.
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5 Do one of the following:
• Press the flashing channel Select switch to confirm the
removal.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the removal
and restore the assignment.
Setting the Number of Custom Fader Channels
You can set the Custom Fader bank size, the maximum number of D-Command channels used by the Custom Fader
modes. The bank size can be set to 4 and 8 faders for a Main
Unit, and 4, 8, 16 and 24 faders for an expanded system.
To set the Custom Fader bank size:
1 Press the Operation switch in the Console Prefs Soft Keys
Custom Fader Modes
section.
With the Custom Faders feature, you can temporarily set aside
channel strips on D-Command and focus them on your own
customized groups of tracks, on Pro Tools Mix and Edit
groups, on specific track types, or on plug-in controls. Custom
Fader modes are only accessible on D-Command, and are not
displayed on-screen in Pro Tools.
2 Do one of the following:
On D-Command, Custom Fader channels are completely separate from the surrounding channels on the control surface.
All tracks in the session bank around the Custom Fader channels, and continue to behave normally in Pro Tools and on
D-Command.
When channels are in use by any of the Custom Fader modes,
the blue indicator marked “CF,” located to the left of the
channel fader, is lit.
The status of Custom Fader modes is saved with the Pro Tools
session. If you save and close a session with a Custom Fader
mode active, the session will reopen with the same mode active.
The three Custom Fader modes are covered in detail later in
this section:
• To increase the maximum number of faders used by the
Custom Fader modes, press the Soft Key that corresponds
to “Max CF.”
– or –
• To decrease the maximum number of faders used by the
Custom Fader modes, hold Shift and press the Soft Key
that corresponds to “Max CF.”
3 Press the Operation switch again to exit.
Custom Fader Controls
The Groups switch, Tracks switch, and Plug-In switch in the
Custom Faders section light when the corresponding Custom
Fader mode is active.
The Map switch works in combination with the Custom Fader
modes, and has no independent effect.
The Lock switch and Window switch function both in the
Custom Fader modes and independently. See “Lock Switch”
on page 40.
Groups Mode Lets you access Custom Groups or Mix/Edit
Groups functions.
Focus Channel
The Custom Group functions let you create and recall up to
eight custom arrangements of tracks on D-Command that are
independent of the Mix or Edit groups in Pro Tools.
Focus Channel
display
The Mix/Edit Group functions let you recall Pro Tools Mix or
Mix/Edit groups and display them on the Custom Fader channel strips. You can also activate and delete Mix or Mix/Edit
groups.
Groups switch
Tracks Mode Lets you bring all tracks of a particular type to
the Custom Fader channel strips. Track Types include Audio
tracks, Auxiliary Input tracks, MIDI tracks, Instrument tracks,
and Master Fader tracks.
Plug-In switch
&
Custom Faders
Map switch
Groups
Map
Tracks
Lock
Plug-In
Window
Tracks switch
Lock switch
Window switch
Bank/Cycle switch
Bank / Cycle
Plug-In Mode Lets you focus the controls of a plug-in on the
Custom Fader channel strips, and any plug-in meters on the
channel strip’s meters.
A special expanded Plug-In mode focuses the plug-in header
controls (such as Bypass, Compare and Safe) on the channel
strip Mute switches.
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Custom Fader controls
Custom Groups Mode
• To remove a track from the Custom Group do one of the following:
Custom Groups mode lets you create a custom collection of
tracks and arrange them in any order in the Custom Fader
channels. You can create up to eight independent Custom
Groups in a session.
Custom Groups are useful for temporarily associating tracks
that are not part of a Pro Tools Mix/Edit group. Also, because
you can add multiple instances of the same track to a Custom
Group, you can use this mode to map multiple parameters
from a single track onto adjacent channel faders.
Custom Groups are created and recalled entirely on D-Command, and are independent of Mix/Edit groups in Pro Tools.
D-Command Custom Groups are not reflected on-screen in
Pro Tools.
• Press the channel Select switch for the source channel
that you want to remove from the Custom Group.
• Hold Control+Start (Windows) or Command+Control
(Mac) and press the channel Select switch of the track
you want to remove in the Custom Group.
• Press the Set to Default switch and press the channel Select switch of the track you want to remove in the Custom Group.
6 Press the flashing Group switch when you are finished.
To recall a Custom Group:
1 Press the Groups switch in the Custom Faders section.
2 Press the Bank/Cycle switch until the Focus Channel display
Custom Groups are saved in the Pro Tools session file, and
move with the session to any other system that supports
D-Command operation.
indicates “Custom” for Custom Groups mode. The eight available Custom Groups appear on the encoders in the Custom
Fader channels.
To create a Custom Group:
3 Press the Select switch that corresponds to the Custom
Group you want to recall.
1 Press the Groups switch in the Custom Faders section.
2 Press the Bank/Cycle switch until the Focus Channel display
To name a Custom Group:
indicates “Custom” for Custom Groups mode. The eight available Custom Groups appear on the encoders in the Custom
Fader channels.
1 Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) and press the Groups
switch for the Custom Group you want to name.
3 Press the Select switch under the encoder that corresponds
2 Enter a name for the Custom Group in the Pro Tools dialog,
and click OK.
to the Custom Group you want to define. The Focus Channel
display indicates the selection.
To edit a Custom Group:
4 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
1 Recall the Custom Group you want to edit.
Groups switch. The Groups switch will flash.
5 Add or subtract channels from the Custom Group by doing
the following:
• To add a channel to the Custom Group:
• Press the channel Select switch for the source channel
you want to add to the Custom Group.
• If no Custom Group channel Select switch is lit, tracks
are added to the Custom Group in the order you select
them, and are right-justified in the Custom Fader channels.
• To add multiple copies of a channel to the Custom Group:
• Hold Shift and press the channel Select switch once for
each copy of the source channel that you want to add to
the Custom Group.
• To insert a channel between existing channels in a Custom
Group:
2 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Groups switch.
3 Add or remove channels from the Custom Group by press-
ing the appropriate Channel Select switches.
4 Press the flashing Group switch when you are finished.
To delete a Custom Group:
1 Recall the Custom Group you want to delete.
2 Hold Start+Alt+Control (Windows) or Control+Op-
tion+Command (Mac) and press the Groups switch.
3 Press Enter.
To exit Custom Groups Mode:
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Press the Escape switch.
• Press the channel Select switch of the Custom Fader
channel following the position where you want to insert
a new channel. The switch will light indicating that the
next channel will be placed before the fader.
• Press the channel Select switch for the source channel
you want to add to the Custom Group.
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Mix/Edit Groups Mode
Mix/Edit Groups mode lets you create, display, and edit
Pro Tools Mix and Mix/Edit groups on the Custom Fader
channels. This mode is useful for quickly calling the members
of a group to a set of faders for mixing and automation.
To show a Mix/Edit group in the Custom Fader channels:
1 Press the Groups switch in the Custom Faders section.
To edit a Mix/Edit group:
1 Make sure you are in Select mode.
2 In Mix/Edit Groups mode, recall the Mix/Edit group you
want to edit.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Groups switch.
4 Add or remove channels from the Mix/Edit group by pressing the appropriate Channel Select switches.
2 Press the Bank/Cycle switch until the Focus Channel display
indicates “Groups” for Mix/Edit Groups mode. The Mix/Edit
Group letters and names appear on the encoders in the Custom Fader channels.
3 If the Mix/Edit group you want to access is not visible on the
5 Press the flashing Escape switch when you are finished.
To delete a Mix/Edit group:
1 Recall the Mix/Edit Group you want to delete.
Custom Group encoders, press the Page Up or Page Down
switches to step through the possible Mix/Edit groups.
2 Hold Start+Alt+Control (Windows) or Control+Op-
4 Press the Select switch that corresponds to the Mix/Edit
3 Press Enter.
tion+Command (Mac) and press the Groups switch.
group you want to display.
To exit Mix/Edit Groups Mode:
To activate/deactivate a Mix/Edit group:
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Press the Escape switch.
While in Mix/Edit Groups mode, do one of the following:
• Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch that corresponds to the
Mix/Edit group you want to activate/deactivate.
• Hold Control+Alt (Windows) or Option+Command
(Mac) and press the Select switch that corresponds to the
Mix/Edit group you want to activate/deactivate.
When a Mix/Edit group is selected, hold Control+Alt (Windows) or Option+Command (Mac) and press the Groups
switch.
Tracks Mode
Tracks Mode lets you bring all tracks of a particular type to the
Custom Fader channel strips. Track Types include audio
tracks, Auxiliary Input tracks, MIDI tracks, Instrument tracks,
and Master Fader tracks.
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To bring a Track type to Custom Fader channels:
1 Press and hold the Tracks switch in the Custom Faders sec-
A deactivated group is indicated by inverted text in the Custom Faders display.
To create a Mix/Edit group:
tion until the switch flashes.
2 Press the Bank/Cycle switch to toggle between the various
track types. The Focus Channel display indicates the selection.
1 Make sure you are in Select mode.
3 Press the Tracks switch to confirm your selection.
2 Select the tracks you want to group by pressing their Select
switches.
To exit Tracks mode:
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3 Press the Group switch in the Management Soft Key section.
4 Choose the type of group to create: Edit Group, Mix Group,
or Edit/Mix Group.
5 Enter a name for the Group and click OK.
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Press the lit Tracks switch.
Plug-In Mode
Plug-In mode focuses the first plug-in on the focused channel
on the Custom Fader Channels. This places all of the plug-in’s
parameters on the Custom Fader channel encoders, and any
plug-in meters on the Custom Fader channel meters.
This mode is useful for controlling plug-ins with a large number of controls, such as virtual instruments.
To focus a plug-in on the Custom Fader channels:
1 Focus the plug-in’s track in the Focus Channel section by
pressing the track’s Select switch. The name of the first plug-in
that is not a dynamics or EQ plug-in appears in the Focus
Channel display.
2 Press the Plug-In switch in the Custom Fader section. The
switch lights to indicate the mode is active. The plug-in name
and channel format appear in the Custom Fader channel displays, and the plug-in’s parameters appear in the Custom
Fader channel encoders.
3 In the Custom Faders section, press the Bank/Cycle switch
to cycle through the plug-ins on the focused channel. (The No
Insert option is always available.)
To enter Expanded Plug-In mode:
■ Press and hold the Plug-In switch in the Custom Fader section until the switch flashes. The plug-in header controls are
mapped as follows:
Plug-In Bypass To bypass the currently displayed plug-in,
press the Mute switch that corresponds to “Bypass” in the
channel displays. This toggles the Effect Bypass button in the
Plug-In window.
Plug-In Compare To toggle between the original saved plug-in
setting and any changes you have made to it, press the Mute
switch that corresponds to “Comp” in the channel displays.
This toggles the Compare button in the Plug-In window.
Plug-In Automation Safe To prevent existing plug-in automation from being overwritten, press the Mute switch that corresponds to “Safe” in the channel displays. This toggles the Safe
button in the Plug-In window.
Plug-In Automation Enable To enable individual plug-in controls for automation, press the Mute switch that corresponds
to “AutoEn” in the channel displays. This lists the automatable plug-in controls on the Custom Fader encoders. Choose
the controls to automate by pressing their encoder Select
switches. This toggles the Auto button in the Plug-In window.
Custom Faders and Plug-ins
In general, continuous plug-in parameters map to the Custom
Fader encoder knobs, and switched parameters functions map
to the B/M/P (Bypass/Mute/Pre) encoder switches. The presence of a switched parameter is indicated by the Pre indicator
above the corresponding B/M/P switch.
To see what parameter is controlled by a B/M/P switch, press
the Switch Info switch.
In some cases, the same control may be mapped to an encoder
knob and its corresponding switch, allowing you to use either
control to adjust the parameter.
Plug-in meters map to the Custom Fader channel meters.
Plug-in input and output meters appear as standard level
meters. Any dynamics gain reduction meters (for example, in
a compressor or limiter plug-in) are shown as top-to-bottom
meters.
Expanded Plug-In Mode
Expanded Plug-In mode lets you access additional plug-in
controls and manage individual channels (also called streams)
of a multi-mono plug-in. This mode places the following standard header controls in the Custom Fader channel displays:
• Plug-In Bypass
• Plug-In Compare
• Plug-In Automation Safe
• Plug-In Automation Enable
Multi-Mono Plug-ins and Expanded Plug-In Mode
With multi-mono plug-ins, the following plug-in channel
controls are mapped to the Custom Fader channel displays:
Link To link channels of a multi-mono plug-in, press the Mute
switch that corresponds to “Link” in the channel displays.
This toggles the Master Link button in the Plug-In window.
Target Stream To target a particular multi-mono plug-in channel for editing, press the Mute switch that corresponds to
“TargtS” in the channel displays. This lists the plug-in channels on the Channel Fader encoders. You can then choose a
channel by pressing its encoder Select switch. The switch
lights to indicate the targeted channel.
Group Stream To group individual multi-mono plug-in channels for editing, press the Mute switch that corresponds to
“GroupS” in the channel displays. This lists the plug-in channels on the Channel Fader encoders. You can then group any
number of streams by pressing their encoder Select switches.
The Select switches light to indicate grouped channels.
Bypass Stream To bypass individual multi-mono plug-in
streams, press the Mute switch that corresponds to “BypS” in
the channel displays. This lists the plug-in channels on the
Channel Fader encoders. You can then bypass a stream by
pressing its encoder B/M/P switch. The B/M/P switch lights to
indicate the bypassed stream.
To exit Expanded Plug-In mode:
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Press the flashing Plug-In switch.
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Custom Fader Flip Mode
When in Custom Groups, Mix/Edit Groups, or Plug-In mode,
you can flip Custom Fader encoder rows to the faders with
Custom Fader Flip mode. Custom Fader Flip mode only affects
Custom Fader channels, and has no effect on channels in Normal mode.
To enter Custom Fader Flip mode:
When in Groups, Tracks, or Plug-In mode, hold Win (Windows) or Control (Mac) and press the Flip switch for the encoder row you want to flip to the faders.
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To exit Custom Fader Flip mode:
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Press the lit Flip switch.
Custom Fader Map Modes
When in Groups or Plug-In mode, you can map individual encoder controls to faders on a track-by-track basis with Custom
Fader Map modes.
This mapping feature works differently depending on which
of the Custom Fader modes you are in. (Mapping is not available in Tracks mode.)
Custom Fader Maps are saved with the session.
Map Mode for Custom Groups or Mix/Edit Groups
When in Custom Groups mode or Mix/Edit Groups mode,
you can map any encoder parameter to the fader on the same
Custom Fader channel. In these Map modes, the rotary encoder control swaps with the channel fader, and the encoder
Bypass/Mute/Pre switch swaps with the channel Mute switch.
To bypass mapping (Custom Groups mode or Mix/Edit Groups
mode):
■ Press the lit Map switch. Even when it is not displayed,
mapping is remembered for each Custom Group or Mix/Edit
Group.
To recall mapping (Custom Groups mode or Mix/Edit Groups
mode):
1 Press the Groups switch in the Custom Faders section. The
Focus Channel display indicates “Custom” for Custom
Groups mode, and the eight Custom Groups appear on the
encoders in the Custom Fader channels.
2 While holding the Groups switch, press the Bank/Cycle
switch to toggle between “Groups” (Mix/Edit Group Mode)
and “Custom” (Custom Group Mode) if necessary. The Focus
Channel display indicates the selection.
3 Press the Select switch that corresponds to the Custom Fader
group you want to recall.
4 Press the Map switch.
Plug-In Map Mode
When in Custom Faders Plug-In mode, you can map any
plug-in parameter to any of the faders in the Custom Fader
channels, including faders on different channels. In Plug-In
Map mode, a mapped rotary control is duplicated on the
fader, and a mapped switch is duplicated on the channel Mute
switch. (Because Plug-In mode does not use the faders, no
swapping takes place.)
Mapping while in this mode has no restriction on the vertical
relationship between encoders and faders.
How Plug-In Mapping is Stored
Mapping while in these modes is vertically restricted to encoders and faders in the same channel strip.
To map an encoder to a fader (Custom Groups mode or Mix/Edit
Groups mode):
1 While in Custom Groups mode or Mix/Edit Groups mode,
press and hold the Map switch in the Custom Faders section
until the switch flashes.
2 In the Custom Fader channels, touch any rotary encoders
that you want to map to their corresponding channel fader.
3 Do one of the following:
• Press the flashing Map switch to confirm the mapping.
– or –
• Press the Escape switch to cancel the mapping and leave
Map edit mode.
The Map switch lights solid to indicate that the mapping is active.
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◆ When you map a plug-in, all other instances of that plug-in
in the session will use the same mapping.
◆ Plug-in mapping is saved as a preference file with a .pim extension.
◆ Plug-In mapping for the last opened session is remembered
by the Pro Tools system (saved in the Pro Tools application
preferences file), so when you create a new session on the system, all instances of the same plug-in will use the stored mapping.
◆ Plug-in mapping files (.pim) files can be imported and exported for use with other D-Command and D-Control consoles.
To map an encoder to a fader (Plug-In mode):
1 While in Plug-In mode, press the Map switch in the Custom
Faders section.
2 In the Custom Fader channels, press the channel Select
switch on the channel where you want to map the encoder.
The Select switch flashes to indicate Map mode.
3 Do one of the following:
• In the Custom Fader channels, touch any rotary encoder
that you want to map to the selected channel’s fader.
– or –
• In the Custom Fader channels, press any switch that you
want to map to the selected channel’s Mute switch.
The mapped control appears on the selected channel’s fader.
Plug-In parameter mapping is remembered for that plug-in,
and is usable on any channel where it occurs.
To bypass mapping (Plug-In mode):
Press the lit Map switch. Even when it is not displayed,
mapping is remembered for each plug-in.
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Exporting and Importing .pim Files
To export plug-in mapping:
1 Press the Operation Console Prefs Soft Keys switch twice to
view the second page of Soft Key functions.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Export PIMaps.”
3 Enter a name for the Plug-In Map (.pim) file, choose a loca-
tion, and click Save.
4 Press the Operation Soft Key twice to exit.
To import plug-in mapping:
1 Press the Operation Console Prefs Soft Keys switch twice to
view the second page of Soft Key functions.
To recall mapping (Plug-In mode):
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Import PIMaps.”
1 Focus the plug-in in the Focus Channel section.
3 Locate the plug-in mapping (.pim) file you want to use and
2 Recall the plug-in by pressing the Plug-In switch in the Cus-
tom Faders section.
click Import.
4 Press the Operation Soft Key twice to exit.
3 Press the Map switch.
To clear mapping (Plug-In mode):
1 Focus the plug-in in the Focus Channel section.
2 Recall the plug-in by pressing the Plug-In switch in the Cus-
tom Faders section.
3 Press the Map switch.
4 Press and hold the Set to Default and Do to All switches.
5 Press the channel Select switch on any custom fader channel.
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Appendix A: Utility Mode
D-Command Utility mode lets you view system information,
run diagnostic tests, set hardware preferences, and reset system settings.
2 Press and hold the Modifier Keys in the lower left of the
Fader Module in the following sequence: Shift + Alt/Command + Win/Option. The encoder Select switches in the bottom row flash to indicate Utility mode is active.
Entering Utility Mode
You can enter Utility mode at any time to change D-Command settings. Utility mode can be accessed from the D-Command Main Unit and also on individual D-Command Fader
Modules.
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3
Entering Utility Mode from a Main Unit
Fader Module Modifier Key sequence for Utility mode
When putting a D-Command Main Unit into Utility mode,
the behavior of connected Fader Modules depends on
whether or not the units are online.
Navigating Utility Mode
A D-Command unit is online if Pro Tools is running and the
unit is declared in the Peripherals page of the Setups dialog. A
unit is offline when Pro Tools is not running, or if it is not declared on a system that is running Pro Tools.
When the unit is in Utility mode, the Utility Setup Page is displayed on the Soft Key displays (Main Unit) or on the bottom
row of encoders (Fader Module).
The Utility Setup page has five top level options:
• System: System Info Page
To enter Utility mode from the Main Unit:
• Name: Name Setup Page
Press the Utility switch in the Session Management section.
The Utility switch and the Soft Keys flash to indicate Utility
mode is active.
• Test: Test Setup Page
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• If the Main Unit is online, any Fader Modules declared
on the same Pro Tools system also enter Utility mode.
• If the Main Unit is offline, all offline Fader Modules on
the same Ethernet network enter Utility mode.
Entering Utility Mode on a Fader Module
You can put individual Fader Modules into Utility mode to
test them independently of other D-Command units.
• Reset: Reset D-Command to Defaults
• Pref: Preference Setup Page
To access an option on the Utility Setup Page:
■ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to the option.
To move back up to the Utility Setup Page:
■ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
To put an individual Fader Module into Utility mode:
1 If Pro Tools is running, do one of the following:
• Quit Pro Tools.
– or –
• Choose Setups > Peripherals, click Ethernet Controllers,
and make sure the Fader Module is not declared.
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Exiting Utility Mode
To exit Utility mode, do one of the following:
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Press the flashing Utility switch (Main Unit).
– or –
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
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D-Command Name Page
The Name page is used to view and change D-Command unit
names. These names appear in the Pro Tools Peripherals dialog, and must be unique so as to identify each D-Command
unit correctly. This is especially important if your system is on
an Ethernet network with multiple controllers connected to
it.
To display the Name page for a D-Command unit:
D-Command System Info Page
The System Info page provides access to the system firmware
version and Ethernet information.
To display the System Info page:
From the Utility Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “System.”
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To exit the System Info page:
1 Put the unit you want to name into Utility mode. Fader
Modules must be put into Utility mode independently. (See
“Entering Utility Mode on a Fader Module” on page 101.)
2 From the Utility Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Name.”
The Main Unit name appears in the Soft Keys section. The
Fader Module name appears in its encoder displays. The first
character of the name flashes to indicate text entry.
To change the unit name:
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
1 Turn the Scrub/Shuttle wheel (Main Unit) or any encoder
Firmware Version
2 To move forward and backward through the name field,
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In the System Info page, hold the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to “FW
ver.” This shows the Comm board and Motor Control board
firmware versions.
Ethernet Info
In the System Info page, hold the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Ethrnt” to display the following information:
◆
Unit Name (as named on the Name Page)
◆
ID: Ethernet address (Machine Address Code) for the unit
◆
Num: The Digidesign serial number for the unit
Type: The Ethernet packet type used by Digidesign for control surface communication
◆
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knob (Fader Module) to change the selected text.
press the flashing Soft Keys (Main Unit) or encoder Select
switches (Fader Module) that correspond to the “<” and “>”
symbols.
3 When you are finished entering text, do one of the follow-
ing:
• Confirm the new name by pressing the Soft Key (Main
Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that
corresponds to “OK.”
• Clear the name field by pressing the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to “Clear.”
• Cancel the new name by pressing the Soft Key (Main
Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that
corresponds to “Cancel.”
D-Command Test Pages
Internal
The Test pages let you test various mechanical and electronic
components of the unit.
The Internal test verifies the first stage of Ethernet communication by sending data packets through the unit’s Ethernet
link chip.
To display the Test Setup page:
To perform the Internal Ethernet test:
From the Utility Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Test.”
1 From the Ethernet Test page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
The Test Setup page has five top level test modes:
2 Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
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• Ethernet: Ethernet Test Page
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Clear” to clear any values in the unit’s test data page.
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Intrnl.”
• LED: Switch and LED Test Pages
• Display: Display Test Page
• Fader: Fader Test Page
• Rotary: Rotary Encoder Test Page
To exit the Internal Ethernet test:
■ Press the flashing Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select
switch (Fader Module).
To enter a test mode on the Test Setup page:
Mendec
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to the test mode name.
The Mendec (Manchester Encoder/Decoder) test verifies the
second stage of Ethernet communication by sending data
packets through the unit’s Ethernet encoder and decoder.
■
To exit the Test Setup page:
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
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Ethernet Test Page
There are three test levels for Ethernet communication on
D-Command: Internal, Mendec, and External. These tests can
assist Digidesign Technical Support should you ever experience difficulty with Ethernet communication between
D-Command and Pro Tools.
Each test sends data packets through that unit’s Ethernet system. The Transmit (Xmit) and Receive (Recv) values for each
test show the number of packets sent and received in the test,
and the “Error” and “Retry” fields show percentage error in
the transmission and receiving process. An error rate of 1 percent or less generally indicates acceptable performance. (In
normal operation, errors are retried and no data loss occurs.)
To perform the Mendec Ethernet test:
1 From the Ethernet Test page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Clear” to clear any values in the unit’s test data page.
2 Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Mendec.”
To exit the Mendec Ethernet test:
■ Press the flashing Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select
switch (Fader Module).
External
The External test verifies the third stage of Ethernet communication by sending data packets out of the unit’s external
Ethernet port and back into the unit using the Ethernet loopback connector (provided with the D-Command Main Unit).
To display the Ethernet Test page:
To perform the External Ethernet test:
1 Put the unit you want to test into Utility mode. Fader Mod-
1 If Pro Tools is running, quit Pro Tools.
ules must be put into Utility mode independently. (See “Entering Utility Mode on a Fader Module” on page 101.)
2 Disconnect the unit from the Ethernet network.
2 From the Test Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
3 Plug the Ethernet Loopback connector into the unit’s Ether-
net port.
encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Ethrnt.”
4 From the Ethernet Test page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
To exit the Ethernet Test page:
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Clear” to clear any values in the unit’s test data page.
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
■
5 Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Extrnl.”
Appendix A: Utility Mode 103
To exit the External Ethernet test:
To exit LED Test mode:
Press the flashing Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select
switch (Fader Module).
■ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
■
Switch and LED Test Page
Vegas Mode
The Switch and LED Test page has five modes:
Vegas mode randomly lights every switch, meter, and display
on the unit, and runs the faders in sine wave mode.
• Switch: Switch Test Mode
• Red: Red LED Test Mode
To enter Vegas mode:
• Yellow: Yellow LED Test Mode
• Green: Green LED Test Mode
• Vegas: Vegas Mode
To display the Switch and LED Test page:
From the Test Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“LED.”
■
To exit the Switch and LED Test page:
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
■
To enter any of the Switch and LED Test modes:
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to the mode name.
■
Switch Test Mode
■
Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Vegas.”
To exit Vegas mode:
■
Press any switch on the unit.
Display Test Page
The Display Test page has three modes:
• Text: Display Test
• Time Code: Time Code Display Test
• Meter: Meter Bridge LED Test
To display the Display Test page:
■ From the Test Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Disply.”
To exit the Display Test page:
Switch Test mode lets you test each switch on the unit individually.
■ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
To test any switch:
To enter any of the Display Test modes:
■
Press the switch you want to test.
The switch LED lights as long as it is held and the Soft Key display (Main Unit) or encoder displays (Fader Module) show the
location information for the switch.
■ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to the mode name.
Text (Display) Test
To exit Switch Test mode:
The Text test mode cycles through a series of display tests that
check all displays on the control surface.
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
To exit Text Test mode:
■
LED Test Modes (Red, Yellow, Green)
The LED Test modes lets you test all red, yellow, and green
LEDs on the unit individually.
■ Press any flashing Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select
switch (Fader Module).
Meter Bridge LED Test
To test LEDs:
The Meter Bridge LED test cycles through a series of automated tests that check all LEDs on each meter.
Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Red,” “Yellow,” or
“Green” to test all LEDs of the corresponding color.
To exit Meter Bridge LED Test mode:
■
■ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
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Time Code Display Test
Cycle Test Mode
(Main Unit Only)
In Cycle Test mode, faders move together, from the bottom to
top, in a continuous cycle, at a speed that is adjustable with
the Scrub/Shuttle wheel (Main Unit) or any encoder knob
(Fader Module).
The Time Code Display test cycles through a series of automated tests that check all LED segments on the Main Unit
Time Code display.
To exit Time Code Display Test mode:
■
Fader position values are shown in the channel displays and
are updated in real time as the faders move.
Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Escape.”
To exit Cycle Test mode:
Fader Test Page
The Fader Test page provides four test modes and a calibration
mode:
■ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
Group Test Mode
• Step: Fader Step Test Mode
• Cycle: Fader Cycle Test Mode
• Group: Fader Group Test Mode
• Touch: Fader Touch Test Mode
• Recal: Recalibrates Faders
In Group Test mode, faders can be moved to test group response.
This mode displays which faders are currently being touched
by showing the letter “T” in their channel displays.
To display the Fader Test page:
To exit Group Test mode:
From the Test Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Fader.”
■ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
■
Touch Test Mode
To exit the Fader Test page:
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
■
The Touch Test page lets you test the touch sensitivity of each
fader. The channel displays show when a fader is touched and
what frequency the fader is currently recognizing. The fader
frequency value is updated in real time.
To enter any of the Fader Test modes:
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to the test name.
■
This mode displays which faders are currently being touched
by showing the letter “T” in their channel displays.
To exit Touch Test mode:
Step Test Mode
In Step Test mode, faders jump together, in stepped fashion, to
positions that are adjustable with the Scrub/Shuttle wheel
(Main Unit) or any encoder knob (Fader Module).
To exit Step Test mode:
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
■ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
Recal
The Recal command recalibrates D-Command fader touch
sensitivity and position to factory specifications.
■
In addition, under conditions of heavy use, the D-Command
fader motor protection feature may disengage a fader if it is in
danger of overheating. The Recal command reengages any disengaged faders.
To recalibrate the faders:
■ From the Fader Test page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Recal.”
Appendix A: Utility Mode 105
Rotary Test Page
D-Command Preferences
The Rotary Test page lets you test the touch-sensitive encoder
knob and the LED ring in each rotary encoder, as well as the
Scrub/Shuttle wheel on the Main Unit.
D-Command Preferences let you set various display and operation preferences for the unit.
To enter Rotary Test mode:
To display the Preferences page:
From the Test Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Rotary.”
■
To exit Rotary Test mode:
Press the Soft Key next to “Escape” (Main Unit) or the flashing encoder Select switch.
■
To test the rotary encoders:
Touch any encoder knob. When the encoder knob is
touched, the encoder’s display turns red and the “Auto” indicator LED below the knob lights.
◆
■ From the Utility Setup Page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Prefs.”
The D-Command Preferences page has five preferences:
• Bright: Display Brightness
• Contrast: Display Contrast
• Foot 1: Footswitch 1 Settings
• Foot 2: Footswitch 2 Settings
• Sleep: Sleep Mode Settings
To access a preference on the Preferences page:
◆
■ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to the preference name.
To test the Scrub/Shuttle wheel:
Display Brightness Page
Turn the Scrub/Shuttle wheel. The numerical value in the
lower left display of the Soft Key section value changes depending on which way you turn the wheel.
The Display Brightness page lets you adjust the brightness of
the display LED displays.
Turn any encoder knob. When the encoder knob is turned,
each LED in the LED ring lights in order.
■
To set the display brightness:
Resetting D-Command to Factory
Defaults
The Reset (Factory Default) page lets you reset the D-Command Main Unit and Fader Modules to their factory default
settings.
To reset D-Command:
1 From the Utility Setup Page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Reset.”
2 Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “OK.”
3 Do one of the following:
• Confirm your choice by pressing OK again.
– or –
• Cancel the reset operation by pressing the Soft Key (Main
Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that
corresponds to “Cancel.”
106 D-Command Guide
1 From the Preferences page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Bright.”
2 Turn the Scrub/Shuttle wheel (Main Unit) or any encoder
knob (Fader Module) to change the brightness value. Brightness values range from 0–127.
3 Do one of the following:
• Confirm the new brightness value by pressing the Soft
Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to “OK.”
– or –
• Cancel the new brightness value by pressing the Soft Key
(Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module)
that corresponds to “Cancel.”
Display Contrast Page
Footswitch 1 and 2 Settings Pages
The Display Contrast page lets you adjust the level of backlighting in the display LED displays.
(Main Unit Only)
To set the display contrast:
1 From the Preferences page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Contrast.”
The Footswitch Settings pages for Footswitch 1 and Footswitch 2 let you set the function for each. For each setting,
pressing the footswitch is the functional equivalent of pressing the corresponding switch on the D-Command Main Unit.
Each Footswitch Settings page has four options:
• Flip + / Flip – : Changes the polarity of the footswitch
connection to positive (+) or negative (–).
2 To adjust the overall contrast for all displays, press the Soft
Keys (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switches (Fader Module) that correspond to “>>” or “<<” to increase or decrease
the contrast value. Overall contrast values range from 0–9.
• Play: Simulates pressing the Play switch on the transport
• Record: Simulates pressing the Record switch on the
transport
3 To adjust the relative contrast for individual rows of displays, turn the Flip encoder knobs (Main Unit) or any encoder
knobs in a given row (Fader Module). Individual contrast values are shown as “Step” numbers ranging from 0–62.
To set the function of the footswitches:
4 To cycle the displays through inverted text display, repeat-
1 From the Preferences page, press the Soft Key that corre-
edly press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select
switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to “Invert.”
sponds to “Foot 1” or “Foot 2.”
5 Do one of the following:
• Confirm the new contrast values by pressing the Soft Key
(Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module)
that corresponds to “OK.”
• Reset the contrast values to their defaults by pressing the
Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader
Module) that corresponds to “Reset.”
• Cancel the new contrast values by pressing the Soft Key
(Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module)
that corresponds to “Cancel.”
• Talkback: Simulates pressing the Talkback switch on the
D-Command Main Unit
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to the function you want
to assign to the footswitch. The Soft Key for the selected function lights continuously.
■
Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Escape.”
Sleep Mode Settings Page
Sleep mode saves power by dimming the LEDs on the D-Command unit. The Sleep Mode Settings page lets you set the
amount of idle time before the LEDs on the unit dim automatically.
To set the time before the D-Command unit sleeps:
1 From the Preferences page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Sleep.”
2 Turn the Scrub/Shuttle wheel (Main Unit) or any encoder
knob (Fader Module) to change the time before the unit goes
to sleep. Times range in 1-minute increments from 1 to 59
minutes, then in 1-hour increments from 1 to 12 hours, to Off
(the unit never goes to sleep).
Appendix A: Utility Mode 107
108 D-Command Guide
Appendix B: Audio Connections and Pinouts
All external D-Command audio connections are made to the back panel of the XMON interface, shown below. All audio connectors are standard female DB-25 connectors. The connector for communication with D-Command is a 15-pin female connector.
Cue Inputs
Main Inputs
Cue Outputs
Main Outputs
Surround Inputs
Alt Outputs
Stereo Inputs
Talkback/Listenback/Utility
D-Command connector
XMON back panel connectors
25-Pin Female Connector Pinouts
All XMON DB-25 connector pinouts conform to the pin numbering scheme shown below.
13
1
25
DB-25 Connector (user view)
14
Main Inputs
Main Inputs
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Main Input 1 (L)
24
12
25
[Main Input 2 (Lc)]*
10
23
11
Main Input 3 (C)
21
9
22
[Main Input 4 (Rc)]*
7
20
8
Main Input 5 (R)
18
6
19
Main Input 6 (Ls)
4
17
5
Main Input 7 (Rs)
15
3
16
Main Input 8 (LFE)
1
14
2
Cue Inputs
Cue Inputs
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Cue Input 1 (Left)
24
12
25
Cue Input 1 (Right)
10
23
11
Cue Input 2 (Left)
21
9
22
Cue Input 2 (Right)
7
20
8
[Not Connected]
18
6
19
[Not Connected]
4
17
5
[Not Connected]
15
3
16
[Not Connected]
1
14
2
GND
13
SHIELD GND
connector housing
GND
13
SHIELD GND
connector housing
* Main Inputs 2 and 4 are active on XMON, but the corresponding Lc and Rc outputs cannot be controlled independently from the D-Command monitor section.
Appendix B: Audio Connections and Pinouts 109
Surround Inputs
Cue Outputs
Surround Inputs
Cue Outputs
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Surround Input 1 (L)
24
12
25
SLS Output (Left)
24
12
25
[Surround Input 2 (Lc)]*
10
23
11
SLS Output (Right)
10
23
11
Surround Input 3 (C)
21
9
22
Cue Output 1 (Left)
21
9
22
[Surround Input 4 (Rc)]*
7
20
8
Cue Output 1 (Right)
7
20
8
Surround Input 5 (R)
18
6
19
Cue Output 2 (Left)
18
6
19
Surround Input 6 (Ls)
4
17
5
Cue Output 2 (Right)
4
17
5
Surround Input 7 (Rs)
15
3
16
[Not Connected]
15
3
16
Surround Input 8 (LFE)
1
14
2
[Not Connected]
1
14
2
GND
13
GND
13
SHIELD GND
connector housing
SHIELD GND
connector housing
* Surround Inputs 2 and 4 are active on XMON, but the corresponding Lc and Rc outputs cannot be controlled independently from the D-Command monitor section.
Stereo Inputs
Stereo Inputs
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Stereo Input 1 (Left)
24
12
25
Stereo Input 1 (Right)
10
23
11
Stereo Input 2 (Left)
21
9
22
Stereo Input 2 (Right)
7
20
8
Stereo Input 3 (Left)
18
6
19
Stereo Input 3 (Right)
4
17
5
[Not Connected]
15
3
16
[Not Connected]
1
14
2
GND
13
SHIELD GND
connector housing
110 D-Command Guide
Main Speaker Outputs
Main Speaker Outputs
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Main 1 (L)
24
12
25
[Main 2 (Lc)]*
10
23
11
Main 3 (C)
21
9
22
[Main 4 (Rc)]*
7
20
8
Main 5 (R)
18
6
19
Main 6 (Ls)
4
17
5
Main 7 (Rs)
15
3
16
Main 8 (LFE)
1
14
2
GND
13
SHIELD GND
connector housing
* Main Speaker Outputs 2 and 4 are active on XMON, but Lc
and Rc outputs cannot be controlled independently from the
D-Command monitor section. Global Volume, Solo, and
Mute controls affect all outputs.
Alt Speaker Outputs
15-Pin Connector Pinouts
Alt Speaker Outputs
The XMON 15-pin connector pinouts conform to the pin
numbering scheme shown below.
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Alt 1 (L)
24
12
25
[Alt 2 (Lc)]*
10
23
11
Alt 3 (C)
21
9
22
[Alt 4 (Rc)]*
7
20
8
Alt 5 (R)
18
6
19
Alt 6 (Ls)
4
17
5
XMON to D-Command Connector Pinouts
Alt 7 (Rs)
15
3
16
XMON to D-Command Pinouts
Alt 8 (LFE)
1
14
2
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
GND
13
RS422 Input
1
9
SHIELD GND
connector housing
RS422 Output
2
10
MIDI Input
12
4
MIDI Output
11
3
Headphones L
5
13
Headphones R
6
14
Talkback/Listenback Pinouts
Internal Talkback Mic
15
8
Talkback/Listenback
GND
7
SHIELD GND
connector housing
8
1
15
9
15-pin connector (user view)
* Alt Speaker Outputs 2 and 4 are active on XMON, but Lc and
Rc outputs cannot be controlled independently from the
D-Command monitor section. Global Volume, Solo, and
Mute controls affect all outputs.
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Ext Talkback Mic
Input
24
12
25
Listen Mic 1 Input
10
23
11
Listen Mic 2 Input
21
9
22
AFL Input 1
20
7
8
AFL Input 2
6
18
19
Mini Speaker Out (L)
4
17
5
Mini Speaker Out (R)
15
3
16
Talkback/Slate Out
1
14
2
GND
13
SHIELD GND
connector housing
Ground (shield)
Appendix B: Audio Connections and Pinouts 111
112 D-Command Guide
Index
Numerics
9-Pin Remote switch 65
A
Actions switch (automation) 76
After-Fader Listen (Monitor section) 83
All Enabled switch (automation) 36
All Notes Off switch 70
All switch (automation) 36
Alt outputs (Monitor section) 80
Arrow switches 67
Assign controls 42, 89
Inputs 42
Inserts 42
Outputs 42
Sends 42
Assign Talkback switch 81
Attack/Q control (Dynamics plug-ins) 50
Audio Files switch 74
Audition Mode switch 65
Audition switches 65
Audition Mode 65
Mark In 66
Mark Out 66
Post-Roll 65
Pre-Roll 65
Auto Talkback switch 84
AutoMatch indicators 34
AutoMatch switch 76
automation
enabling for plug-ins 48, 97
encoder mode indicator 30
plug-ins 44, 54, 61
Automation controls 76
Action 76
AutoMatch 76
Join 76
Modes 76
Automation Enable controls 36
Mute 36
Pan 36
Plug-in 36
Send Level 36
Send Mute 37
Send Pan 36
Volume 36
Automation Mode controls 6, 40
Latch 41
Off 41
Read 41
Touch 41
Trim 41
Write 41
Automation Mode indicators 34
Automation Mode switches 33
Automation Safe mode 44, 92, 97
Automation Safe switch (plug-ins) 54, 61
Automation Suspend switch 39
Automation switch (plug-ins) 54, 61
Automation Trim switch 33
Automation Write controls 35
Write to All 36
Write to All Enabled 36
Write to Current 36
Write to End 36
Write to Start 36
B
B/M/P (see Bypass/Mute/Pre)
Back and Play switch 66
Back switch 66
Bank Justification preference 22
bank size (Custom Faders) 94
Bank/Cycle switch
and Custom Fader mode 40
banking (tracks) 6
Broadcast mode (Monitor section) 83
Bypass/Mute switches (channel strips) 31
Bypass/Mute/Pre switch 92
Bypass/Mute/Pre switches (rotary encoders) 30
Show Values 37
Switch Info 37
Switch mode 37
C
calibration
faders 25
meters 25
Calibration Mode switch 85
channel display modes 33
Channel Select switches
for channel strips 32
for Monitor section 82
for plug-ins 53, 59
Channel Strip Function controls 32
Automation Mode 33
Automation Trim 33
Channel Select 32
display modes 33
Input Monitor Mode 32
Mute 33
Record Enable 32
Record Safe mode 32
Solo 33
Channel Strip Mode controls 31
Bypass/Mute 31
Inserts 31
Mic Pre mode 31
Pan 31
Sends 31
channel strips 29
Channel Select switch 32
fader section 34
channels
focusing 33, 91
selecting 33
Clear Clip switch 70
clipping indication 70
Compare switch (plug-ins) 54, 61
Index 113
connections
audio 17, 109
alt 111
control room 18
cue system 19, 109, 110
headphone 19
main 109, 110
solo outputs 111
stereo inputs 110
surround inputs 110
talkback/listenback 111
Ethernet 7, 8, 15, 16, 21
footswitch 7, 16
power 15
XMON 7, 10, 17, 111
Console Preferences 74
Meter 74
Operation 75
User 74
Current switch (automation) 36
Custom Fader Flip mode 98
Custom Fader Justification preference 22
Custom Fader Map modes 40, 98
and Custom Fader Plug-in mode 98
and Custom Groups mode 98
and Mix/Edit Groups mode 98
Custom Fader Mode indicators 34
Custom Fader modes 39, 94
Custom Groups 39, 95
Expanded Plug-In mode 97
Mix/Edit Groups 39, 96
Plug-In 97
Plug-in 40
Tracks 40, 96
Custom Faders 6
bank size 94
display 39
displaying plug-ins 40
Groups switch 39
locking plug-ins 40
Custom Groups mode (Custom Fader) 39, 95
Cycle switch (plug-ins) 55, 61
D
D-Command Units
declaring 21
naming 22
Dim function 84
Dim Level control 85
Display Brightness 106
Display Contrast 107
Display Mode switch 38
Display preferences 24
Do To All switches 37, 38
Do To Selected switches 37, 38
Dynamics (plug-ins) 6, 45, 49
gain reduction display 55
Dynamics plug-in controls
Attack 50
External Key 54
Filter Frequency 50
Gain 51
Hold 51
Hysteresis 50
Input 51
Key Listen 54
Knee 50
output 51
Q 50
Range 50
Ratio 50
Release 50
Threshold 51
Edit/Timeline switch 41
Enable Parameters switch 44
Encoder preferences 23
Encoder Select switches 30
End switch (automation) 36
EQ (plug-ins) 6, 45, 56
EQ plug-in controls
High 58
High-Mid 58
High-Pass 57
Level 58
Low Filter 57
Low-Mid 57
Low-Pass 58
Mid 57
Escape switch 37
Ethernet 7, 8, 15, 16, 21
expansion options 3
External Key switch (Dynamics plug-ins) 54
F
Fader Module
attaching to Main Unit 14
back panel overview 8
components 3
hardware 13
placement 13
faders 34
calibration 25
Faders On/Off preference 23
Flip mode 35, 93
and Instrument tracks 32
Flip switches 35
Focus Channel 39
display 39
Focus mode (Channel Select switch) 33
focusing
channels 33, 91
plug-ins 46, 92
footswitch 7, 16
Footswitch settings 107
Forward and Play 66
G
Gain/Hold/Input control 51
Global Controls 6, 35
Global Modifier controls 37
Automation Suspend 39
Display Mode 38
Do To All 37
Do To Selected 37
Escape 37
Select/Focus 37
Set To Default 38
Solo Clear 39
Suspend Groups 39
Go To End switch 66
Go To Start switch 66
Go To switch 70
Group Status indicators 34
Group switch 72
groups
creating 96
deleting 96
editing 96
Groups switch (Custom Faders) 39
H
Headphone/Cue controls 81
Output controls 81
High Filter controls (EQ plug-ins) 58
High-Mid Filter controls (EQ plug-ins) 58
High-Pass controls (EQ plug-ins) 57
E
Edit Controls
Edit Functions 72, 73
Edit Modes 73
Edit Tools 73
Edit controls 72
Edit Function switches 72, 73
Edit window
navigation 6
playback of selections 64
114 D-Command Guide
I
Input controls (Monitor section) 80
Input Level Trim controls (Monitor section) 80
Input Monitor Mode switches 32
Input Source Sum controls (Monitor section) 80
inputs
assigning 89, 90
making inactive 90
inputs (Monitor section)
main 80
selecting 80
stereo 80
summing 80
surround 80
trimming 80
inserts
assigning 89, 93
making inactive 90
Inserts switches 31
Instant Playback switch 66
Instrument tracks 32, 43
into Utility 101
J
Join switch 76
K
Key Listen switch (Dynamics plug-ins) 54
keyboard modifiers 34
Knee/Hysteresis/Q control (Dynamics plug-ins) 50
L
Latch switch (automation) 41
latching
solos 33
transport controls 63
Level controls (EQ plug-ins) 58
levels
inputs (Monitor section) 80
output channels (Monitor section) 82
outputs (Monitor section) 80
Solo modes (Monitor section) 83
Link Edit and Timeline switch 41
Listen controls 85
listenback
connections 111
Locate switches 66
Back 66
Back and Play 66
Forward and Play 66
Go To End 66
Go To Start 66
Instant Playback 66
location display 87
Lock switch (Custom Fader Plug-in mode) 40
Lock switch (plug-ins) 52, 59
Loop Playback switch 65
Low Filter controls (EQ plug-ins) 57
Low-Mid Filter controls (EQ plug-ins) 57
Low-Pass controls (EQ plug-ins) 58
M
Main
Main
Main
Main
Counter switch 41
inputs (Monitor section) 80
outputs (Monitor section) 80
Unit
components 3
top panel overview 5
Utility mode 101
Make Inactive controls 43, 90
Inputs 44
Inserts 44
Outputs 44
Sends 44
Management controls 72
Map switch (Custom Fader mode) 40
Mark In switch 66
Mark Out switch 66
Master Bypass switch (plug-ins) 55, 61
Master Link switch (plug-ins) 53
Master Record Enable switch 64
Maximum Custom Fader Bank Size preference 23
Memory Location switch 73
Memory/MIDI controls
Memory Location 73
MIDI 73
meter display 87
Meter preferences 24
Meter switch 74
meters 6
calibration 25
plug-ins 61
reference levels 88
Mic Pre mode 31
Mic Select switches 85
Mid Filter controls (EQ plug-ins) 57
MIDI controls 32
MIDI switch 73
Mini (stereo) outputs (Monitor section) 80
Mix/Edit Groups mode (Custom Fader) 39, 96
Modes switch (automation) 76
modifier switches 34
Monitor Output Mode controls
Calibration switch 85
Dim switch 86
Mono switch 85
Mute switch 86
Monitor section 79
Dim Level control 85
Headphone/Cue controls 81
Input controls 80
Input Level Trim controls 80
Input Source Sum controls 80
Output Channel Select switches 82
Output controls 80
Output Level Trim controls 80
Talkback/Listen controls 84
monitoring 6, 79
Mono switch 85
Mute switch (automation) 36
Mute switch (Monitor section) 86
Mute switches (channel strips) 33
N
Navigate Mode switch 67
navigation controls 6
Nudge/Bank switches 6, 67
nudging (tracks) 6
O
Off switch (automation) 41
Operation switch 75
Output Channel Select switches (Monitor section)
Mute 82
Solo 82
Output Channel Trim mode (Monitor section) 82
Output controls (Monitor section) 80
Output Level Trim controls (Monitor section) 80
Output meter (plug-ins) 55
outputs
assigning 89
making inactive 90
outputs (Monitor section)
Alt 80
calibrating 85
channels 82
main 80
Mini (stereo) 80
selecting 80
trimming 80, 82
P
Page switch (plug-ins) 55, 61
Page switches (channel strips) 31
Pan switch (automation) 36
Pan switches 31
pinout diagrams 109
Playlist switch 72
Plug-in Automation controls 44
plug-in controls
Dynamics 6, 45, 49
EQ 6, 45, 56
Plug-In mode (Custom Fader) 97
Plug-in mode (Custom Fader) 40
Plug-in switch (automation) 36
plug-ins 6, 45, 49, 56
assigning 45
Automation Safe 44, 97
Automation Safe switch 54, 61
Automation switch 54, 61
bypassing 55, 61, 92, 97
Channel Select switches 53, 59
Index 115
Compare switch 54, 61, 97
copying settings 47
Custom Fader mode 97
Cycle switch 55, 61
Dynamics 49
enabling automation 44, 48, 97
EQ 56
focusing 46, 92, 97
Lock switch 52, 59
making inactive 47, 92
Master Bypass switch 55, 61
Master Link switch 53
meters 61
multichannel 45, 53, 59, 60
multi-mono 45, 53, 59, 60, 97
multiple plug-in windows 47
opening plug-in windows 46, 54, 61
Output meters 55
Page switch 55, 61
Save As switch 52, 59
Save switch 52, 59
Select/Link/Bypass Mode switch 53, 60
targeting 47
Window switch 54, 61
Post-Roll switch 65
Pre-Fader Listen (Monitor section) 83
Preferences (D-Command) 22, 106
Bank Justification 22
Custom Fader Justification 22
Display 24
Display Brightness 106
Display Contrast 107
Encoders 23
Faders On/Off 23
Footswitch settings 107
Maximum Custom Fader Bank Size 23
Meters 24
Select Switch Latch mode 23
Sleep Mode settings 107
Pre-Roll switch 65
Pro Tools Online switch 65
Publish switch 70
Q
QuickPunch switch 65
R
Ratio/Range/Frequency control (Dynamics plug-ins) 50
Read switch (automation) 41
Record Enable switches 32
Record Safe mode 32
Redo switch 70
reference level preference (meters) 88
Release/Frequency control (Dynamics plug-ins) 50
requirements
connections 4, 17, 109
operational 4
resetting D-Command units (Utility mode) 106
rotary encoders 29
automation mode indicator 30
Bypass/Mute/Pre Switch mode 37
display color 30
S
Save As switch (plug-in settings) 52, 59
Save switch (plug-in settings) 52, 59
Save switch (sessions) 70
saving settings 52, 59
Scrub switch 64
Scrub/Shuttle controls 64
Scrub switch 64
Scrub/Shuttle wheel 64
Shuttle switch 64
Trim switch 64
Scrub/Shuttle wheel 64
Select mode (Channel Select switch) 33
Select Switch Latch mode 23
Select/Focus switch 37
Select/Link/Bypass Mode switch (plug-ins) 53, 60
selections
playback from transport controls 64
Send Level switch (automation) 36
Send Mute switch (automation) 37
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Send Pan mode 31
Send Pan switch (automation) 36
sends
assigning 89, 93
Automation Safe 44
making inactive 90
muting 92
setting pre- or post-fader 93
Sends switches 31
Session Management switches 6, 70
All Notes Off 70
Clear Clip 70
Publish 70
Redo 70
Save 70
Undo 70
Set To Default switch 38
Set Up switch (Monitor section) 82
Show Values switch 37
Show/Hide switch 74
Shuttle switch 64
Sleep Mode settings 107
Soft Keys 6, 71
Automation controls 76
Console Preferences 74
Edit controls 72
Management controls 72
solo
latching 33
output connections 111
Solo Clear switch 39
Solo Mode controls (Monitor section) 83
After-Fader Listen 83
Broadcast 83
Pre-Fader Listen 83
Solo Safe mode 33
Solo switches 33
Solo/Mute switch (Monitor section) 82
Start switch (automation) 36
Stereo inputs (Monitor section) 80
Sum mode (Monitor section) 80
Surround inputs (Monitor section) 80
Suspend Groups switch 39
Switch Info switch 37
System Info (Utility mode) 102
T
talkback 81
connections 111
Dim function 84
External level control 84
Level control (built-in) 84
microphone (built-in) 87
Talkback switch 41, 84
Talkback/Listen controls 84
Auto Talkback switch 84
Listen 85
Mic Select switches 85
Talkback switch 84
targeting plug-ins 47
Test pages (Utility mode) 103
Threshold/Output control 51
time scale display 6, 87
Touch switch (automation) 41
Track Size switches 77
Track switch 72
TrackPunch switch 65
tracks
Automation Safe 44
focusing 33, 91
making inactive 90
selecting 33, 91
Tracks mode (Custom Fader) 40, 96
transport controls 6, 63
latching behavior 63
Transport Mode switches 65
9-pin Remote 65
Loop Playback 65
Pro Tools Online 65
QuickPunch 65
TrackPunch 65
Trim mode (Monitor section) 82
Trim switch (automation) 41
Trim switch (Scrub/Shuttle controls) 64
U
Undo switch 70
Unit Name (Utility mode) 102
User switch 74
Utility mode 101
Reset Unit 106
System Info 102
Test pages 103
Unit Name 102
Utility switch 77
V
Volume switch (automation) 36
W
Window Management switches 6, 69
Window switch (Custom Fader Plug-in mode) 40
Window switch (plug-ins) 54, 61
windows
opening 69, 72
Write switch (automation) 41
Write to All (automation) 36
Write to All Enabled (automation) 36
Write to Current (automation) 36
Write to End (automation) 36
Write to Start (automation) 36
X
XMON 109
back panel overview 10
components 3
connections 7, 10, 17, 111
front panel overview 9
Z
Zoom Mode switch 67
Zoom Preset switches 67
Zoom/Navigate section
Arrow switches 67
Navigate Mode switch 67
Zoom Mode switch 67
Zoom Preset switches 67
Index 117
118 D-Command Guide
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