Yamaha M7CL-48ES User guide

M7CL StageMix User Guide
Thank you for downloading the “M7CL StageMix” iPad app for the Yamaha M7CL V3
digital mixing console. Via a wireless access point, StageMix can control any variant
of M7CL console so long as it is running V3 firmware.
The latest firmware version for M7CL can be downloaded from
StageMix provides remote control of M7CL functions via a simple, intuitive
graphical interface from anywhere within wireless range. The software has
been specifically designed to allow engineers to adjust monitor mixes from
the performers’ positions on stage, directly controlling mix parameters via the
iPad rather than having to rely on verbal directions to a second engineer.
The result is better mixes in less time: a huge advantage during high-pressure
pre-show setup. StageMix does not provide remote control of all M7CL
parameters, but is focused on the requirements for adjusting monitor mixes on
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M7CL StageMix User Guide
System Requirements
WiFi Settings
Getting Started
M7CL Network Setup
iPad Settings
StageMix Setup
Offline Demo Mode
Configure StageMix to Work with an M7CL
Select a Mixer and Begin Working
StageMix Operation
Mixer Window
Channel Names
Channel ON
Fader Delay
Filled EQ Graph
Long Faders
Mix Sends ON
EQ Editing
EQ Bands 1 & 4
No WiFi Available
Connection Failed to M7CL
Connection Lost
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1.0 System Requirements
Apple iPad (any model)
Yamaha M7CL digital mixing console with V3 firmware (any model, including
M7CL-48, M7CL-32, M7CL-48ES)
WiFi access point (preferably with 802.11n, 5GHz capability, though 2.4GHz
and 802.11g will also work)
CAT5 cable (to connect M7CL to WiFi access point)
2.0 WiFi Settings
Configure the WiFi access point, following the manufacturer’s instructions. No
special settings are needed, but using security such as WPA is highly recommended,
to prevent unwanted devices from joining the network. Here are some suggested
settings to assist less experienced WiFi users:
Give the wireless network a name (this is the “SSID”).
Choose a security mode (such as WPA) and password.
Select the wireless mode (802.11g or n).
In the case of “n”, select the wireless band (2.4 or 5GHz).
If available, enable “Auto Channel Selection” so the wireless channel with the
least interference will be selected.
802.11n networks at 5GHz are preferred because they allow faster communication
between the iPad and the WiFi access point. Practically, this could result in more
accurate level metering with the StageMix app. Also, with 802.11n being a new
standard, it is less prone to interference from other wireless networks. Using a WiFi
access point with 2 or more external aerials is recommended to increase potential
signal range. Booster aerials could be connected for a further increase in
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3.0 Getting Started
M7CL Network Setup
I. Connect the WiFi access point to the M7CL’s network port via a CAT5 cable.
Note that a cross-over cable will be needed with older access points that don’t
have the “auto MDIX” function. Most recent devices will support “auto MDIX”,
in which case a straight CAT5 cable can be used.
II. Note the IP address and MAC address of the M7CL - they will need to be
entered into the iPad later. They can be found in the console as follows:
a. Press SETUP on the M7CL touchscreen
b. Press [NETWORK] on the M7CL touchscreen
iPad WiFi Settings
The iPad needs to be given a static IP address in the same range as the
M7CL’s IP Address.
a. Open the iPad “Settings” menu
b. Select “WiFi”, and choose the correct network (with the SSID and
password given in step 2 above).
c. Press the blue circle with the white arrow to the right of the selected
network to edit the IP address.
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d. Select [Static].
e. Write an IP Address similar to the one for the M7CL, but with just the
last number different. (For example, if M7CL is, give an
address to the iPad such as
f. Enter “” for the Subnet Mask.
g. Press the iPad’s Home button to exit the Settings menu.
StageMix Setup
Launch the “M7CL StageMix” App
The “Select Mixer” screen will appear. From this screen, you can do any of
the following things:
Access the OFFLINE DEMO mode to explore the features and user
interface of M7CL StageMix.
Configure StageMix to work with an M7CL console.
Select an M7CL console that has already been configured to work with
your iPad and begin using StageMix.
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3.3.1 Offline Demo
If [Offline Demo] is pressed in the “Select Mixer” screen, all the functions of
“StageMix” will operate independently of any mixing console. It is a useful way
to demonstrate and learn how to use the app without the need for a mixer.
Level meters will not work in this mode.
3.3.2 Configure StageMix to Work with an M7CL
i. Press [ADD MIXER] to open the following screen:
ii. Tap on the blank Name field and enter a name for your M7CL using the
iPad’s onscreen keyboard.
iii. Enter the M7CL IP address noted in 3.1. The default IP Address may
not need to be changed but confirm this in the Network Setup screen of
the M7CL console (refer to 3.1). If you need to modify the IP Address
in StageMix, make sure you include the dots between the sets of
numbers (as shown above).
iv. Enter the M7CL MAC address noted in 3.1. When entering the MAC
Address, the colons between sets of characters will be automatically
added by StageMix.
v. Press the [ADD MIXER] button at the bottom of the screen
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3.3.3 Select a Mixer and Begin Working
If your iPad has been configured to work with an M7CL console, select the
mixer from the list and press [CONNECT].
The message “Syncing With M7CL…” will appear while StageMix is obtaining
parameters from the console. This process may take 10 to 20 seconds. After this
process is complete, the Mixer window will appear and StageMix is ready to be
If StageMix cannot connect with your M7CL, refer to the Troubleshooting section
(5.0) at the end of this document for possible solutions.
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4.0 StageMix Operation
Mixer Window
The main page of the StageMix is called the “Mixer” window. It shows the EQ
curve, CUE and ON buttons, fader and level meters, and channel names for
eight adjacent channels.
Across the top of the screen, all Input, Mix and Matrix level meters and faders
are displayed in blocks of eight. This is the “Navigation/Meter Bridge”. Press
any of these blocks to select which channels are viewed in the fader strips
4.1.1 Channel Names
The channel names are
obtained from the M7CL mixer.
They cannot be edited with
“StageMix”. The names are
dimmed if the channel is
switched off.
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4.1.2 Faders
Each fader has its channel number displayed on its cap. The fader cap
must be touched to allow the level to be adjusted. The fader will not
“jump” or “ramp” to a new position on the slider. When a fader cap is
touched, its background will lighten and its current dB value will be
displayed. Using the iPad’s multi-touch facility, up to eight faders can
be moved simultaneously.
4.1.3 Channel ON
Press [ON] to change the on/off status of the channel. The button is
green when the channel is on. When a channel is off, its name and
level meter will go dim, and its fader position shown in the
Navigation/Meter Bridge will also go dim.
4.1.4 CUE
The [CUE] buttons for each channel control the mixer’s cue functions.
Their operation mode corresponds to the status of [LAST CUE] button
on the left side of the Mixer Overview.
When the [LAST CUE] button is highlighted yellow, only one channel
can be cued at a time. When this button is grey, multiple channels can
be cued simultaneously. This is equivalent to Mix Cue mode in the
M7CL console.
The [CUE CLEAR] button will cancel any cues that have been activated.
This is useful when there are multiple cues to cancel, and when some
are hidden in other layers.
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Press the [SETUP] button below the YAMAHA logo to open a new window
which allows user preferences to be selected.
Press [Done] in the top-right corner to return to the Mixer window.
4.2.1 Fader Delay
This is a safety function to avoid accidental fader movements. The
value set here is the time needed to wait between touching a fader and
being able to move it.
4.2.2 Filled EQ Graph
When this option is on, the EQ graph will be filled in, as it is on the
M7CL touchscreen. When it is off, just the outline of the graph will be
Long Faders
Press the [LONG FADERS] button at the bottom-left corner of the Mixer
window to allow more accurate adjustment of the currently selected fader
block. In this view, EQ curves and the Navigation/Meter Bridge are not visible.
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Press the [LONG FADERS] button in the bottom-left corner again to return to
the Mixer Overview.
Press the [SENDS ON FADERS] button in the left column of the Mixer
Overview to access sends to Mix and Matrix busses.
A large button will appear to show the currently selected Mix or Matrix, and its
name. The colour of this button matches those used on the M7CL console.
[CUE] and [ON] buttons appear below, allowing the currently active Mix or
Matrix bus to be Cued and turned On/Off.
Press the coloured [MIX ON FADERS] button to select a new target Mix Bus:
Choose from Mix 1-16 and Matrix 1-8.
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4.4.1 Mix Sends ON
In SENDS ON FADERS mode, the [ON] button in each channel strip is
used to turn On/Off the Mix Send from each channel to the currently
selected target Mix/Matrix bus.
When a Mix or Matrix block is selected in the Navigation/Meter Bridge, the
SENDS ON FADERS button is not available.
To exit SENDS ON FADERS mode, press the [SENDS ON FADERS] button in
the left column.
EQ Editing
To edit the EQ parameters for a channel, press a channel’s EQ curve in the
Mixer Overview window.
This will open a new EQ Editing window.
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The current channel’s Name, Fader, Level Meters, [ON] and [CUE] buttons
are shown in the left column. At the bottom-left, there are “previous” and
“next” arrow buttons for navigating to different channels.
One band of EQ can be adjusted at a time. Press one of the green circles to
select the band, and it will be highlighted yellow. EQ bands in StageMix are
labelled as follows:
HP = HPF (input channels only)
1 = Low Band
2 = Low-Mid Band
3 = High-Mid Band
4 = High Band
The current values for Freq, Gain and Q will be displayed.
Gain and Frequency can be adjusted by dragging the circle around the graph.
Q is adjusted by using the iPad’s “pinch” gesture: hold one finger (or thumb)
on the screen while moving another finger closer to or further away from the
The most comfortable and accurate way of adjusting Q is to use a vertical
pinch movement with the thumb and forefinger.
While an EQ band is being moved, the
parameter value will turn yellow to
indicate that it has changed. The little
yellow arrows show which direction the
band should be moved to return to its
previous position.
In some cases, it may be necessary to adjust the gain without altering the
frequency. Or to adjust the frequency without changing the gain. In this case,
the “Gain Lock” or “Frequency Lock” functions can be used. These buttons
are located at the top of the EQ graph.
The “Lock” buttons affect all 4 bands (but not the HPF). When a band
adjusted, the locked parameter value becomes red.
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4.5.1 HPF
When the HPF is selected, an extra [HPF] button appears at the top of
the EQ graph. Press this button to switch the HPF on/off. When the
button is green, the HPF is On. HPF has no Gain or Q parameter: only
4.5.2 EQ Bands 1 & 4
EQ bands 1 & 4 have additional choices of band-type. Both these
bands can be a shelf or a bell, and band 4 can also be a Low Pass
Filter. Band 1 can also be a HPF for Mix/Matrix channels. When one
of these bands is selected, the relevant additional buttons are shown
above the EQ graph.
4.5.3 EQ ON
The channel EQ can be switched on/off with the [EQ ON] button
towards the top-right of the EQ graph. It is green when the EQ is on.
When the EQ is switched off, the EQ curve will be grey.
These two buttons, above the EQ curve perform the same function as
those on the M7CL console. [FLAT] will set the Gain of bands 1-4 to
0dB, but will not change the Q and Frequency values. [DEFAULT] will
reset all EQ parameters for the selected channel back to their default
values, including HPF.
After pressing one of these buttons, an “Are You Sure?” pop-up will be
displayed before the action is carried out (or cancelled).
To exit from the EQ window and return to the Mixer window, press the
[MIXER] button at the top-right of the display.
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5.0 Troubleshooting
No WiFi Available
If this message appears after launching StageMix, this indicates that the iPad
is not connected to a WiFi access point or that WiFi may be switched off in the
iPad. Refer to sections 2.0 and 3.2 for details about
configuration and iPad WiFi settings.
Connection Failed to M7CL
If this message appears after selecting a mixer and pressing [CONNECT],
this indicates that StageMix cannot connect to the M7CL console. This may be
due to incorrect IP Address or MAC Address settings in either the M7CL or
StageMix. Verify that the settings in the M7CL match the settings in StageMix.
Refer to 3.1 and 3.3.2 for details about these settings. This problem will also
occur if the M7CL console is not turned on.
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Connection Lost
If StageMix loses its connection to the M7CL, the following message will
appear. Operation of StageMix is not possible while this message box is
onscreen. StageMix will automatically attempt to reconnect to the M7CL. If
this is successful, StageMix will re-synchronize with the console data and
operation will become available again.
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