AEQ FORUM
DIGITAL AUDIO MIXER FOR BROADCAST APPLICATIONS
USER'S MANUAL
ED. 12/10v2
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. INTRODUCTION....................................................................................................................... 3
1.1. OVERVIEW ........................................................................................................................... 3
1.2. FUNCTIONAL SPECIFICATIONS................................................................................................ 4
2. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE UNIT............................................................................... 6
2.1. DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTROL SURFACE .............................................................................. 6
2.1.1. Channels..................................................................................................................... 6
2.1.2. Monitoring and Control Section ................................................................................ 11
2.1.3. VENTILATION GRILLE ............................................................................................ 17
2.1.4. Wrist-rest and side trims........................................................................................... 17
2.2. REAR PANEL OVERVIEW AND CONNECTIONS ....................................................................... 18
2.2.1. Power Supply............................................................................................................ 19
2.2.2. Common System I/O´s ............................................................................................. 19
2.2.3. Audio Input/Output modules ..................................................................................... 27
2.2.4. Wiring........................................................................................................................ 33
3. DESCRIPTION OF THE INTERNAL MENU........................................................................... 34
3.1. CLOCK MENU ................................................................................................................... 34
3.2. LOGIN / LOGOUT MENU .................................................................................................. 36
3.3. MEMORY MENU ............................................................................................................... 37
3.4. MAIN MENU ........................................................................................................................ 38
3.4.1. INFO Menu ............................................................................................................... 39
3.4.2. SETUP Menu............................................................................................................ 40
3.4.3. SELECT Menu.......................................................................................................... 40
4. CONFIGURATION SOFTWARE ............................................................................................ 49
4.1. ADMINISTRATION MENU ................................................................................................. 51
4.1.1. CONFIGURATIONS sub-menu ................................................................................ 51
4.1.2. USER CONFIGURATION sub-menu ....................................................................... 52
4.1.3. Sub-menu - ABOUT FORUM SETUP ...................................................................... 54
4.2. HARDWARE CONFIGURATION MENU ........................................................................... 54
4.2.1. BOARD CONFIGURATION sub-menu..................................................................... 55
4.2.2. MIXER BUS CONFIGURATION sub-menu ............................................................. 59
4.2.3. I/O CONFIGURATION Sub-menu ............................................................................ 61
4.2.4. MONITORING CONFIGURATION sub-menu.......................................................... 64
4.2.5. NTP Client Configuration Sub-menu ........................................................................ 66
4.3. PROGRAMMABLE CONFIGURATION MENU ................................................................. 67
4.3.1. ROUTING CONFIGURATION sub-menu................................................................. 68
4.3.2. PROGRAMMABLE KEYS Sub-menu....................................................................... 70
4.3.3. MIC GROUP CONFIGURATION sub-menu ............................................................ 77
4.3.4. PRESET CONFIGURATION .................................................................................... 79
4.3.5. Sub-menu SNAPSHOT CONFIGURATION............................................................. 85
4.4. FIRMWARE UPGRADE MENU .......................................................................................... 90
4.4.1. TREE VIEW sub-menu ............................................................................................. 91
4.4.2. UPGRADE VIEW sub-menu..................................................................................... 93
4.4.3. LOG VIEW Sub-menu .............................................................................................. 94
5. REMOTE CONTROL SOFTWARE......................................................................................... 95
6. STANDARD AEQ PRODUCT GUARANTEE......................................................................... 96
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1. INTRODUCTION
1.1. Overview
AEQ FORUM is a digital audio mixer for Broadcast applications, specifically designed for ON
AIR applications (24x7x365 operation) and highly adaptable to different operational situations. It
incorporates all the basic features needed in such environments: automatic monitor muting,
cough muting, Fader-start, control signalling, control signals for external equipment automation,
management of external communications, intercoms, etc.
The modular design and reduced size makes this mixer perfectly adaptable to many different
scenarios: self-control, control-studio, audio control in television, sound production, mixed
configurations, integration in large systems, etc.
One of the main qualities of AEQ FORUM is the extensive internal routing capacity which
provides: up to 64 inputs / outputs for analogue audio, digital or microphone, and another 64
input / output multi-channel audio over a MADI link.
Aspect of the compact digital console AEQ FORUM. NOTE: The exterior of the equipment and
some screens or displays may vary depending on version.
The power of control and simplicity are combined in AEQ FORUM to cover both basic and
advanced operating needs, starting with 4 faders control surface that can easily be expanded to
8 or 12 faders.
All basic functions of activation, level adjustment and routing have their specific controls on
each channel of the ergonomically designed FORUM surface, while less common adjustments
are included in a set of contextual controls common to all channels and accessible with just one
or two keystrokes: simplicity and clarity of use for dynamic control without handling error.
The flexibility offered through the configuration of the AEQ FORUM enables the free assignment
of any audio input of the system to any control channel, and changing the distribution of signals
from the surface itself or the associated configuration software.
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The AEQ FORUM digital mixer includes memory banks that store the settings for each signal:
control surface signal distribution, routing to the output buses, management of parameters and
activation of the different available audio processes. This allows the console to adapt easily to
different programs with different technical requirements.
Its two Ethernet ports enable the local or remote interconnectivity, facilitating set-up and
maintenance, monitoring and control.
Forum has also been designed to ensure interoperability with communications equipment and
future developments by AEQ or other manufacturers.
1.2. Functional specifications
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AEQ FORUM is a digital compact audio console fully DSP based.
Self-contained Design over anodized metal.
Configurable sizes 12, 8 and 4 faders. Conductive plastic faders 100mm.
Internal sampling rate 48 kHz to 24 bits like internal reference signal (SRC available
for other word-length according FW version). Digital I/O reference variable through
external clock reference like for example 44.1KHz, 48KHz or 96KHz.
Modular design allows adjust the number of inputs and outputs of the equipment to
the requirements of each facility. Front removable modules for easy maintenance.
• Up to 14 modules or multiple inputs and outputs, out of which 4 can be
micro-double line and 2 digital hybrid.
• Electronically balanced microphone inputs with phantom power.
• Electronically balanced line Inputs and outputs. Adjustable gain ± 12dB.
Balance and panoramic control selectable for all channels. Selective phase
inversion. Adjustable gain for up to 128 signals, including hidden signals.
• Transformer balanced Digital inputs and outputs with adjustable gain ± 12
dB. Balance and panoramic control selectable for all channels. Selective
phase inversion. Adjustable gain for up to 128 signals, including hidden
signals.
• Sample rate converter (SRC) for all digital inputs. Supports digital signal
formats, AES / EBU (ref AEE3-1992) and S-PDIF.
• Additional input, integrated talk-back and auto-control micro-line.
• Integrated monitor and headphone outputs for control and studio. Cough
mute, ON-AIR signalling for studio and control, Fader-start, remote PFL,
talk-back, automatic monitors muting. Monitoring can be configured for any
of the system signals.
• CUE output and integrated CUE speaker.
• Headphone outputs integrated into the chassis.
• PFL Monitor integrated in chassis.
• Optional 64 channels digital MADI optical fiber connection.
• Test tone generator.
• 8 Opto-coupled GPI´s and GPO´s and 4 relay contact GPO´s.
4 direct routing buttons on each channel.
Entire switching is over solid-state digital switches.
Internal Routing 64x64 mono, with additional capability for routing signals from the
optional MADI interface. Optional independent pre-fader / post-fader for all routings.
Complete digital control circuits.
All signals assignable to any control channel.
Configuration of up to 8 auxiliary outputs N-1.
2 precision stereo VU meters.
Externally synchronized clock, timer and stopwatch.
Control of external equipment (AEQ hybrids and audio codecs) integrated in the
programmable key section.
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Communication control via Ethernet 10/100 connection through TCP / IP protocol.
For more information see Chapter 4.-Configuration and Chapter 5.-REMOTE
CONTROL SOFTWARE of this manual.
Selectable Boot sequence – last mixer settings or default settings.
Memory banks for mixer snapshots or settings of all the available signals: a basic
configuration and 6 users definable.
Processing of audio signals including system defaults to the basic configuration.
Audio processing capacity for up to 20 stereo signals (up to 12 in Fader and 8
hidden).
All audio processes are predefined but always allow manual adjustment in real time
and associated non-volatile memory storage system.
Audio effects are available: 3-bands parametric equalizer, high and low pass filters,
compressor, limiter and noise gate.
Noiseless natural convection. AEQ FORUM is particularly suitable for self-operation
formats.
Optional redundant power supply.
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2. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE UNIT
AEQ FORUM is a self-contained, compact digital mixing console, which means that its two
functional blocks are housed in the same physical chassis. On one hand the control surface,
where the controls and status indicators are located and on the other, the "audio engine" which
contains all electronics for audio in and outputs as well as routing blocks, summing and
processing.
2.1. Description of the control surface
Control surface is the operators work area of the AEQ FORUM. All the operational organisation,
management and implementation of the audio program are accomplished from this area. The
control surface incorporates all the keys, screens, faders, encoders and VU meters required to
easily operate the equipment.
There are two different areas on the AEQ FORUM control surface: the area that corresponds to
the audio channels controlled through faders (each module includes 4 faders) and the
"CONTROL AND MONITORING MODULE" which is normally located to the right.
4 FADER MODULE
4 FADER MODULE
4 FADER MODULE
CONTROL AND
MONITORING
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AEQ FORUM control surface
2.1.1. Channels
The control surface of AEQ FORUM is built on independent modules of 4 faders called "FRCH".
The control surface capacity can be expanded from a basic configuration of 4 channel faders to
8 and up to 12channel faders.
The assignment of signals to channel faders on the AEQ FORUM is completely user definable.
It is possible to assign any signal to any channel fader at any time. This allows for the redistribution channels to adapt to different programs or operators.
In addition, different channel assignment of signals can be stored in memory to be used by
different people or applications like quick-access.
In addition to the signals on channel faders present on the control surface that can be mixed,
processed and sent to any output channel, the AEQ FORUM is capable of routing and adjusting
the levels for other hidden signals up to 128x128 audio signals.
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AEQ FORUM Control Surface - Channel module
Located in the upper part of the channel are 4 routing keys - PROGRAM, AUDITION, AUX1 and
AUX 2, and a SELECT button to assign the channel to advanced settings common control
(gain, dynamics, EQ and balance).
Beneath this section, an OLED display shows channel name and status for balance or pan.
Immediately under the display is located the Pre-listen button CUE, and 4 LED status indicators
that alerts with regards to the activation of equalization (EQ), dynamics (DYN), balance (BAL)
and gain (GAIN). Also in this section, a luminous label indicating that the channel is activated
and is sending signal to any of the output buses - “ON AIR”.
By pressing the SELECT button the advanced configuration functions are enabled. These
configurations are accomplished within the integrated multifunction display in the control and
monitoring section at the far right of the control surface. Its operation is based on rotary encoder
and graphical menus and short-cut function keys, depending on the information shown on
screen.
Multifunction display with 4 keys and 3 contextual rotary encoders associated
Among the general functions are the instant activation and adjustment of audio effects: EQ,
filters, limiters, etc., Configuration and memory management, disconnection of effects applied,
clock, timer and stopwatch for timing control , phase change, inserting of test signals.. etc . For
more information see chapter 3.-Description of the internal menu of this manual.
The Channel module is completed with plastic conductive sliding faders and the Channel ON
and OFF buttons.
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2.1.1.1. Routing keys
There are four keys on the top of the channel that routes the channel signal to the
corresponding output. Activation is indicated through the integrated LEDs in each of these keys,
and indicates the creation of a cross point between the input signal on the channel and the
output channel corresponding to the key.
Routing keys
From left to right and top to bottom, the four keys are direct routings to PROGRAM or Master 1,
AUDITION or master 2, AUX1 and AUX2. The allocation of physical outputs associated with
these signals and the physical circuits of the input/output modules on the back of AEQ FORUM
is accomplished from the configuration software. For more information, please refer to chapter 4
of this manual - SOFTWARE SETUP.
2.1.1.2. SELECT
The control surface of AEQ FORUM offers the usual controls for a mixing console on each
channel, but AEQ FORUM also offers a wide range of possibilities for routing and processing,
beyond the physical options included in each channel. These possibilities have been distributed
in a logical manner within internal menus accessible from the main screen of the Control and
Monitoring section.
The operation is intuitive, always beginning with pressing the SELECT button on the channel
that you want to process and moving to the main screen of the Control and Monitoring section
of the console to accomplish the activations or adjustments.. For further details please refer to
chapter 3.-DESCRIPTION OF THE INTERNAL MENU of this manual.
2.1.1.3. Display Channel
Each of the 12, 8 or 4 channels (depending on the AEQ FORUM configuration ordered)
integrates a two-colour OLED display (yellow / black) showing:
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Name of the associated audio signal (maximum 6 characters, editable via the
configuration software. For more information see Chapter 4.-SOFTWARE
CONFIGURATION of this manual)
Status of balance between left signal (L) and right (R) stereo signals (or panoramic for
monophonic signals).
Display in channel fader
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2.1.1.4. CUE
Pre-fader listen to the audio channel for monitoring and control. When activated the integrated
LED is lit. It is possible to send various audio signals to the CUE bus.
There is the option of setting one of the keys on the Control and Monitoring section (C & M) as a
general CUE RESET that disconnects all active signals from the CUE bus.
CUE SPEAKER
CUE SELECTION
CUE RESET
CUE SEND TO SRM, SHP,
CRM and CRHP
CUE signal associated controls
A CUE speaker is built-in in the upper right of the control surface and beneath the ventilation
grille and the volume control is through an encoder in the control and monitoring section of the
control surface.
2.1.1.5. Indicators of active processes
Under the CUE button are four blue LEDs with corresponding labels, from left to right and top to
bottom; EQ – Equalizer, BAL - balance, DYN - dynamic processor, and GAIN. The status
indicates the activation of any of the four processes mentioned.
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Active processes lights
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These four processes: EQ, dynamics, balance and gain are controlled from the internal menu
associated with the SELECT button on the main screen of the Control and Monitoring section.
2.1.1.6. ON-AIR LED
Under the lights of active processes is located the ON AIR warning light. This light is ON when
the audio signal present at the input of the channel is sent to any of the outputs previously
described. For further details refer to section 3.4.3.1.3.2 ROUTING MENU of this manual.
For this, two conditions must be met simultaneously:
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Channel fader is located in any position except at minimum of travel of the
fader.
Channel ON key has to be activated.
ON AIR Indicator
2.1.1.7. Fader
100mm conductive plastic fader. The fader travel is printed with 11 bands, the maximum output
level +24 dB corresponding to the last, and the third band from above to +4 dB or nominal
operating level. Both of these marks are differentiated in size from the rest.
+24dB
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100mm fader calibration
The response mode of the fader is logarithmic, producing great attenuation of the level at the
bottom of the fader travel and less adjustment the top.
The bottom position of the fader travel, triggers gain - ∞ dB or absence of signal, which is also
reflected in the channel ON AIR indicator – off. There is around 20db of reserve gain from
nominal +4dB operation level and +24 maximum operation level.
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2.1.1.8. Channel activation keys
The channel activation keys CHANNEL ON / OFF enable or disable the sending of the audio
signal present at the input to the outputs. If the sliding fader is located in any position of the
fader travel other than the minimum, the Channel on or off activation will be reflected through
the ON AIR indicator previously described.
ONAIR Indicator
Channel ON
Channel OFF
Channel activation indicators
The upper key – CHANNEL ON has a red light built in and the lower – CHANNLE OFF yellow.
The operation is exclusive - both keys can not be turned on simultaneously.
These keys can be activated remotely by GPI. To configure remote activation, see chapter
4.2.3.1 of this manual.
2.1.2. Monitoring and Control Section
The control and monitor section (C & M) of the control surface is located to the right. This
section enables the overall management of the signals on the system, including routing and
control processes. Monitoring of the signals used in developing the final program can be done
using the VU-Meters and CUE controls.
This section to control and monitor is divided into four main areas:
• Control VU meters, can visually monitor the levels for the audio signals from the
master output and the CUE bus.
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Programmable keys: dedicated buttons with special functions defined through the
configuration software.
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Main screen, which displays the internal menus. This section also incorporates
contextual keys and encoders.
• Studio, Control and Talk-back monitoring, where you manage the audio signals sent
to the headphones and speakers, both for the control room and the studio. Further,
the talk-back functions for the intercom for both areas (Control and Studio) is also
managed from this section.
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VU Meters
Programmable
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Main Display
Studio, Control
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Monitoring
Control and Monitoring section
2.1.2.1. Control VU meters
There are four 40 segment LED level meters configured by default like two stereo meters. The
upper represents the MASTER output and the lower the CUE bus.
From left to right, the first 25 LEDs are green, followed by an area of 5 yellow LEDs to finish
with an area of 10 red. 0dB point or nominal value corresponds to the yellow LED adjacent to
the first red LED.
VU Control
Both VU meters are set to function as IEC268-10: 5ms/-2dB (vu-meter only) and the peak-meter
IEC268-17: 300 ms (vu-meter & Flying PPM) superimposed. Other ballistics available according
FW version configured.
2.1.2.2. Programmable Keys
The Control and Monitoring area of the AEQ FORUM includes 15 programmable keys in three
rows of 5 columns.
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These programmable keys can be configured through software to perform specific functions
such as SALVOS, GPI, GPO, external codec control. For more information see section 4.2.1.2.
INTERNAL MODULE CONFIGURATION of this manual.
Section programmable keys
The operation of the programmable keys allows two possibilities:
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Pressing it again will produce the end of the previously launched action, or in the case
of SALVOS, the opposite action or disconnection of the SALVO..
PTT, PUSH-TO-TALK, the pressing of the key will trigger the execution of the preprogrammed action but only remains active for as long as you keep the button pressed.
All keys can easily be labelled, removing the translucent plastic cover and inserting a text label.
AEQ supplies with the equipment a template that allows for the creation of these labels on clear
acetate or plain paper.
2.1.2.3. Main Screen
The Main screen is a two coloured OLED (yellow / black) 128x64 pixel resolution display,
showing the entire internal advanced menu of the AEQ FORUM. For more information see
section 3.-DESCRIPTION internal menu of this manual.
To simplify operations in the internal menu shown on this screen there are four short-cut keys
and three associated rotary encoders.
Depending on the information on the last line of the menu screen visible on the main display,
these short-cut keys have a function or another.
At most, the last line will have four menu options visible from left to right, and are directly
associated with short-cut keys from left to right.
OLED display and associated controls
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The three rotary encoders are related to the remaining lines of the menu. Each screen is
described in chapter 3 of this manual but the thumb-rule for the association of the rotary
encoder to the visible functions is: option visible to the left or in the upper part of the menu is
controlled from the encoder located to the left. In many cases the encoders are represented and
labelled on the screen for easy operation.
2.1.2.4. Control Monitoring section
Located in the lower right corner of the AEQ FORUM control surface are three rotary encoders,
a tow-coloured display and four keys.
In the tow-coloured OLED display are shown the output levels for the control monitor signals
and the selected sources in each case, control headset, control speakers and CUE.
Control Monitoring section
The three rotary encoders, from left to right:
1. MONITOR: controls the audio level for the physical output for the Control Room
Monitors. To decrease the level turn the encoder to the left. To increase the level
turn the encoder to the right.
2. HP / SOURCE: controls the audio level for the physical output for the headphones.
To decrease the level turn the encoder to the left. To increase the level turn the
encoder to the right. This encoder can also be used to select the signal to monitor
and is associated with the key called SEL: Press to access a list of signals, and
turning the encoder moves up or down in the list of signals. Pushing the encoder a
second time confirms the selection of the highlighted signal.
Control Monitoring display
3. CUE: controls the audio level of the CUE speaker of the AEQ FORUM. To
decrease the level turn the encoder to the left. To increase the level turn the
encoder to the right.
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The keys under the display allow select the signal to monitor on monitor speakers and headset,
from left to right:
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PROG, monitor the audio signal “Master 1”.
AUD, monitor the audio signal “AUDITION” or Master 2.
SEL, allows monitor any signal of the console selected from the encoder
SOURCE.
CUE, selects the audio signal(s) present on the CUE bus.
CHP /
These four keys can have two working modes that are defined from the Configuration Software:
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NORMAL: each key pressed adds the signal to be monitored to the summing bus.
EXCLUSIVE, each key pressed connects the signal to the summing bus and
disconnects any signal previously selected.
2.1.2.5. Studio Monitoring section
Located in the lower left corner of the AEQ FORUM control surface are three rotary encoders, a
two-coloured display and four keys.
In the two-coloured OLED display are shown the output levels for the studio monitor signals and
the selected sources in each case, studio headset, studio monitors (speakers) and talk-back
level.
Studio Monitoring section
The three rotary encoder, from left to right control:
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LEVEL (TALKBACK LEVEL), controls the gain of the TALKBACK microphone. To
decrease the level turn the encoder to the left. To increase the level turn the encoder to
the right.
MONITOR: controls the audio level for the physical output for the Control Room
Monitors. To decrease the level, turn the encoder to the left. To increase the level turn
the encoder to the right.
HP / SOURCE: controls the audio level for the physical output for the headphones. To
decrease the level, turn the encoder to the left. To increase the level, turn the encoder
to the right. This encoder can also be used to select the signal to monitor and is
associated with the key labelled SEL: Press to access a list of signals, and turning the
encoder moves up or down in the list of signals. Pushing the encoder a second time
confirms the selection of the highlighted signal.
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Studio Monitoring display
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The keys under the display allows to select the signal to monitor on monitor speakers
and headset, from left to right:
PROG, monitor the audio signal “Master 1”.
AUD, monitor the audio signal “AUDITION” or Master 2.
SEL, allows monitor any signal of the console selected from the encoder HP/SOURCE.
CUE, selects the audio signal(s) present on the CUE bus.
These four keys can have two working modes that are defined from the Configuration Software:
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NORMAL: each key pressed adds the signal to be monitored to the summing bus.
EXCLUSIVE, each key pressed connects the signal to the summing bus and
disconnects any signal previously selected.
2.1.2.6. Talk-back
Talk-back section allows the console operator to communicate privately with the studio and
remote guests (lines).
The default intercom channels for the AEQ FORUM are between the control room and the
studio, independent between monitors and headphones. You can set additional channels of
intercom to facilitate communications For example, talk-back can be established between studio
or control to the different audio returns to hybrids or audio-codecs. The talk-back microphone
can also be used as an auto-control microphone if so defined.
Talkback
mic
gain control
Talkback send
Talk-back related controls
The talk-back section of the control surface consists in 4 key buttons immediately beneath the
Studio and Control sections and the encoder LEVEL (TBACK level) of the Studio monitor
control
section.
From left to right are:
• MON, talk-back to studio monitors.
• HP, talk-back to studio headphones. The default configuration of the AEQ FORUM does
not differentiate between primary and secondary headphones. It is possible to establish
a secondary group of headphone creating a salvo to be triggered from the
programmable keys.
• TEL 1, talk-back to a telephone hybrid line 1. AEQ FORUM allows a maximum of 2
single line digital telephone hybrid modules, but has 8 auxiliary buses hidden that can
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be used with dedicated lines, external audio codecs or telephone hybrids. The talk-back
to dedicated lines, external audio-codecs or telephone hybrids can be established
through the use of the programmable keys.
TEL 2, talk-back to a telephone hybrid line 2.
2.1.3. VENTILATION GRILLE
The base of the equipment and the top of the control surface have micro-perforations to allow
the passing of a stream of air naturally created by convection due to the heat dissipated by the
equipment electronics.
The AEQ FORUM design does not include a fan or mechanical heat sink thus ensuring silent
operation, perfect for self-control facilities or applications that require absolute silence.
The right side of the vent area integrates a CUE speaker.
The distance form the equipment base to the table top has to be respected by at least the
height of the equipment rubber feet and it is paramount not to obstruct the ventilation grille on
the top of the control surface.
2.1.4. Wrist-rest and side trims
The AEQ FORUM has a frame around the sides and bottom of the control surface, forming part
of the chassis that houses all the electronics. This framework is transformed into a wrist-rest at
the bottom.
AEQ FORUM.
NOTE: the colours associated with wrist and side trims are subject to change depending on the
console version requested.
The standard AEQ FORUM is delivered with wooden side trims and a wrist-rest for desktop
installation of the mixer. As an option, the AEQ FORUM can be provided without the side trims
and with L-shaped metal profiles to allow the countersunk installation of the mixing console.
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2.2. Rear Panel Overview and Connections
The ease of installation and set-up has been a priority in the design of AEQ FORUM. The
equipment is self-contained and can be installed either desktop or countersunk.
To connect cough cut, remote control of external devices, ON AIR lights, etc. ... AEQ FORUM
has 8 general purpose inputs (GPI), 8 general purpose outputs (GPO) and another 4 relay
outputs. The AEQ FORUM has a set of predefined control and studio monitors and headphones
including auto-control and order microphone. Remote configuration and control is via two
Ethernet connections.
AEQ FORUM has an optional bi-directional MADI interface that can carry up to 64 digital inputs
and outputs as well as 14 slots for analogue or digital I/O and digital telephone hybrid modules.
For ease of wiring and avoid errors in the installation process, audio and data cables and DB
connectors required to connect the console can be optionally supplied. In any event, it is
necessary to use shielded and balanced audio cables and that the connection to the DB
connectors are made by technically qualified personnel and properly verified before connecting
the equipment. Further, optional power supplies and wiring for control and studio signalling and
GPIO can be supplied.
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AEQ FORUM rear panel sections
The AEQ FORUM´s 14 available slots for input and output modules are labelled from 1 to 14
starting from the right of the console, rear view, reserving the number 15 for the system
common I/O area, and the name AES10 MADI for the MADI interface option. These references
are the same as those used in the configuration software. For more information see chapter 3.
DESCRIPTION OF INTERNAL MENU of this manual.
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MADI
Numbering of audio I/O modules
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2.2.1. Power Supply
A
On the left side of rear FORUM (seen from behind) is the power supply module which
incorporates the DC / DC converters that provides the internal circuitry power of the console.
Externally you can see the 48 V DC Speak-On connector to which the external 48 V DC power
supply is connected. The power supply provided is switching and supports between 100 and
230 VAC +/-10% @ 48-52Hz, delivering 160W-3, 34A @ 48 VDC
AEQ FORUM external power supply
On request, a redundant, 2RU rack-mounted power supply can be delivered. In the case of
installing this redundant power supply, it has to be adequately located with enough free space in
the rack frame.
Redundant power supply for AEQ FORUM
2.2.2. Common System I/O´s
B
This section of the AEQ FORUM rear panel includes inputs and outputs required to integrate
the equipment in a broadcast facility such as audio outputs to several external speakers and
headphones, general purpose inputs and outputs allowing remote options, e.g. Fader-start or
SOLO functions, talk-back microphone ...
Common inputs and outputs AEQ FORUM section
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2.2.2.1. GPIO
AEQ FORUM incorporates several electronic general purpose interfaces, GPIO, either of the
opto-coupled or physical contact type and always available on the rear panel of the unit.
Opto-coupled
General
Purpose Outputs – GPO's
Opto-coupled
General
Purpose Inputs
– GPI's
Relay contacts
General
Purpose
Outputs
–
GPO's
Location of GPIO´s resources
2.2.2.1.1. Opto-coupled GPI
The AEQ FORUM includes 8 electronic interfaces GPI of opto-coupled type through the two
female DB9 connectors in the “GP INPUTS” section. The connectors are numbered from 1 to 4
and 5 to 8.
Specifications:
•
•
•
Opto-coupler protected inputs (TLP127).
Maximum Input Current: 50mA.
Applicable voltage: from 5V to 24V.
Associated electronics general purpose input GPI
In order to simplify the installation, AEQ offers a prefabricated wiring kit specifically for GPI
inputs: CAB FR GPI, male DB9 connector soldered to 4 metres of cable open-end termination
for GPI. More information in section 2.2.4 of this manual.
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DB9 female connector
GPI inputs (2 x SUB-D female 9 pin).
1
6
2
7
3
8
4
9
5
GPIN1
GND_GPIN1
GPIN2
GND_GPIN2
GPIN3
GND_GPIN3
GPIN4
GND_GPIN4
Not connected 5
1
GPIN5
6
GND_GPIN5
2
GPIN6
7
GND_GPIN6
3
GPIN7
8
GND_GPIN7
4
GPIN8
9
GND_GPIN8
Not connected
On request, this wiring kit can be supplied with connectors explicitly specified by the customer.
For more information please refer to AEQ sales department or authorised distributors.
2.2.2.1.2. Opto-coupled GPO
The AEQ FORUM includes 8 electronic interfaces GPO of opto-coupled type through the two
male DB9 connectors in the “GP OUTPUTS” section. The connectors are numbered from 1 to 4
and 5 to 8.
Specifications:
• Opto-coupler protected outputs (TLP127).
• Maximum current: 80mA.
• Recommended Maximum voltage: 200V.
• Maximum power: 100mW at 40 ° C.
• Requires external power.
Electronic output associated with general-purpose opto-coupler GPO
In order to simplify the installation phase, AEQ offers a prefabricated wiring kit specifically for
GPO outputs: CAB FR GPO, female DB9 connector soldered to 4 metres of cable open-end
termination for GPO. More information in section 2.2.4 of this manual.
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Details DB9 male connector
GPO outputs (2 x SUB-D male 9-pin).
1
GPOUT1
1
GPOUT5
6
GND_GPOUT1
6
GND_GPOUT5
2
GPOUT2
2
GPOUT6
7
GND_GPOUT2
7
GND_GPOUT6
3
GPOUT3
3
GPOUT7
8
GND_GPOUT3
8
GND_GPOUT7
4
GPOUT4
4
GPOUT8
9
GND_GPOUT4
9
GND_GPOUT8
5
Not connected 5
Not connected
On request, this wiring kit can be supplied with connectors explicitly specified by the customer.
For more information please refer to AEQ sales department or authorised distributors.
2.2.2.1.3. GPO physical contact
The AEQ FORUM includes 4 physical contacts GPO through the two male DB9 connectors in
the “GP OUTPUTS” section. The connectors are numbered from 1 to 2 and 3 to 4.
Specifications:
•
•
•
•
Contact closure relay.
Maximum current: 1 A @ 30 v. DC, 0.3 A @ 125 V AC.
Maximum voltage: 60 V DC or 125 v. AC.
Maximum power: 30 VA
Electronic output associated with general purpose GPO physical contact
In order to simplify the installation phase, AEQ offers a prefabricated wiring kit specifically for
GPO outputs: CAB FR GPR, female DB9 connector soldered to 4 metres of cable open-end
termination for GPO. More information in section 2.2.4 of this manual.
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Details DB9 male connector
GPO Relay outputs (2 x SUB-D male 9-pin).
1
GPOUT_RL1
1
GPOUT_RL3
6
Not connected
6
Not connected
2
GPOUT_RL1_NO
2
GPOUT_RL3_NO
7
GPOUT_RL1_NC
7
GPOUT_RL3_NC
3
Not connected
3
Not connected
8
GPOUT_RL2
8
GPOUT_RL4
4
Not connected
4
Not connected
9
GPOUT_RL2_NO
9
GPOUT_RL4_NO
5
GPOUT_RL2_NC
5
GPOUT_RL4_NC
On request, this wiring kit can be supplied with connectors explicitly specified by the customer.
For more information please refer to AEQ sales department or authorised distributors.
2.2.2.2. Ethernet ports
In the area of common inputs and outputs of the AEQ FORUM are two 10/100BaseT RJ45
Ethernet connectors to interconnect the mixing console with external devices using IP
communication protocols.
LAN connectors (lower) and Ethernet (top)
The bottom connector called LAN is used to interconnect the AEQ FORUM with an external
computer that is running the configuration and/or remote control software. For further
information see chapters 4. SOFTWARE SETUP and 5. REMOTE CONTROL SOFTWARE of
this manual.
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RJ45 Pin-out
2.2.2.3. Synch port
AEQ FORUM has an external sync input for AES 11 and TTL formats. The input connector is an
RJ45 on the rear panel of the unit and identified as EXT. SYNC.
EXT.SYNC connector
External sync input (RJ-45).
1
TTL_SYNC_IN
2
TTL_SYNC_IN_GND
3
TTL_SYNC_OUT
4
GND
5
AES_SYNC_OUT+
6
AES_SYNC_OUT7
AES_SYNC_IN+
8
AES_SYNC_INCHASSIS
EARTH
It is also possible to synchronize the unit using Ethernet port and NTP protocol.
2.2.2.4. Control and Studio Monitors
AEQ FORUM includes monitor outputs for Studio and Control monitors. These outputs are
provided on a male DB9 connector. If more inputs are necessary always is possible to create a
second CRM or SRM output using routing section in the remote Configuration Software.
Control and Studio monitors outputs are +4dB nominal level and max +24dB.
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The speaker output for the control is called MONITOR and within the CONTROL ROOM section
on the rear panel of the equipment.
The speaker output for the studio is called MONITOR and within the STUDIO ROOM section on
rear panel of the equipment.
In order to simplify the installation phase, AEQ offers a prefabricated wiring kit specifically for
monitoring outputs: CAB FR MON, female DB9 connector soldered to 4 metres of cable openend termination for two monitor outputs. More information in section 2.2.4 of this manual.DB9
male connector
Monitoring outputs control/studio (SUB-D male 9-pin).
1
GND
6
OUT L+
2
OUT L7
Not connected
3
Not connected
8
Not connected
4
GND
9
OUT R+
5
OUT ROn request, this wiring kit can be supplied with connectors explicitly specified by the customer.
For more information please refer to AEQ sales department or authorised distributors.
2.2.2.5. Control and Studio Headphones
AEQ FORUM includes studio and control headphone outputs on asymmetric connection,¼ "(6,3
mm) Phone Jack Connectors.
The Control headphone output is identified as PHONES in the CONTROL ROOM section on
the rear panel of the equipment.
The Studio headphone output is identified as PHONES in the STUDIO ROOM section on the
rear panel of the equipment.
Name
Position
L (Left Signal) Tip 1
Number
R (Right Signal)
Ring 2 GND (Ground) Sleeve
3 ¼ "(6,3 mm) Phone Jack Connector - TRS Pin-out
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2.2.2.6. Order Microphone
Talk-back or order microphone input is identified as TBACK MIC in the CONTROL ROOM
section on the rear panel of the AEQ FORUM. The input includes selector MIC / LINE and
Phantom ON / OFF.
XLR - Female 3p. Balanced connection.
Female
Connector
- Input
Male Connector
- Output
3P XLR pin-out – solder side view
Pin 1 GND
Pin 2 input +
Pin 3 input Talkback microphone could be dynamic or electrec external standard mic or goose-neck
included like option.
2.2.2.7. Optional MADI communications module
On the rear panel of AEQ FORUM you can find the physical connector for the AES10 - MADI
interface built into the console. The connector is an SFP chassis (Small Form-Factor pluggable
– SFP) where you allocate the optional fiber-optic transceiver.
MADI protocol, which stands for multi-channel audio digital interface is a professional standard
of data transmission for digital audio signals over 56 channels on a single cable. MADI protocol
is documented in the standard AES10-1991 and ANSI s4.43-1991.
AES10 MADI multi-channel interface is an extension of AES3 protocol for interconnection of
multi-channel. MADI protocol, as defined in the AES10 standard allows connection of up to 64
audio channels (linearly quantified data) with a resolution of 24 bits per sample and a sampling
rate frequency of 48 kHz/s. Transmission is accomplished in a serial mode and if transmission
is done on a single 75 ohm coaxial cable with BNC connectors the distance reached is greater
than 50 m. If transmission is accomplished on a multi-mode fiber-optic interface the distance is
up to 2 km.
MADI fiber optic connectors in AEQ FORUM
The audio samples may have a maximum of 32 bit quantization. Additionally, by using this
protocol, the bits of validity user status and parity of AES3 are maintained. The MADI protocol
allows connect 64 audio channels with a single pair of wires. The data bit rate is 100 MBits/s
corresponds to a synchronous connection.
MADI Interface Specifications (optional):
• Optical fiber connector, FDDI PMD type
• Nominal range: 2.000 meters
• Fiber Type: 62.5 / 125 µm MULTIMODE
• Transmission: LED, 1300 nm
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2.2.3. Audio Input/Output modules
C
FORUM AEQ includes enough space in its rear panel to accommodate a maximum of 14
independent modules of audio inputs or outputs in various formats. Depending on the type of
audio processed, each of these modules receives a specific identifier within the family of
products AEQ FORUM. AEQ is continuously developing new features for AEQ FORUM in order
to meet the market demands for different solutions.
Below is the list of modules currently available:
•
•
•
•
•
FR02, 4 inputs and 4 outputs, digital stereo AES / EBU or SPDIF.
FR03, 2 mic / line inputs (selectable).
FR04, 8 inputs mono line level.
FR05, 8 mono outputs line level.
FR33, digital telephone hybrid module.
Using the modules described above, in the numbers and available free position of the 14
available slots on the rear panel of AEQ FORUM, each customer can customize their AEQ
FORUM mixing console to exactly fit its specific requirements and applications.
In order to simplify the installation phase, AEQ offers a prefabricated wiring kits for the different
audio Input and Output modules available. More information in section 2.2.4 of this manual.
2.2.3.1. FR02 AES/EBU – SPDIF Input/Output Module
The AEQ FORUM FR02 module includes 4 AES/EBU or SPDIF stereo digital inputs and outputs
on two DB15 connectors.
Module FR02
The 4 digital inputs available on the FR02 are available through a female DB15 connector
identified as AES/EBU 4 STEREO INPUTS.
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DB15 female connector pin-out detail
1
9
2
10
3
11
4
12
5
13
6
14
7
15
8
IN1+
IN1GND
GND
IN2+
IN2GND
GND
IN3+
IN3GND
GND
IN4+
IN4GND
The 4 digital outputs available on the FR02 are available through a male DB15 connector
identified as AES/EBU 4 STEREO OUTPUTS.
DB15 male connector pin-out detail
1
9
2
10
3
11
4
12
5
13
6
14
7
15
8
OUT1+
OUT1GND
GND
OUT2+
OUT2GND
GND
OUT3+
OUT3GND
GND
OUT4+
OUT4GND
The module FR02 includes SRC FR02 (Sample-Rate-Converters) for all inputs and outputs. The
digital audio format for each input or output is irrelevant in the process of installation and
configuration since it is being managed automatically and transparently to the user.
By changing a jumper on the FR02 module you can work with digital signals in SPDIF format.
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2.2.3.2. FR03 MIC/LINE Input Module
The AEQ FORUM FR03 module includes 2 switchable monophonic microphone/line level on
two female XLR connectors.
Module FR03
Each of the two mic / line inputs available on the FR03 module includes separate controls on
dedicated hardware button to select your operation as microphone or line input, as well as the
activation or deactivation of the +48 V phantom power available. The modification or activation
of any of these options can be monitored from the internal menu available in the main screen of
the control section and monitors in the control surface FORUM AEQ. For more information see
section 3.4.3.1.3 Expanded Information Menu in this manual.
XLR - Female 3p. Balanced connection.
Female
Connector
- Input
Male Connector
- Output
3P XLR pin-out solder side view
Pin 1 GND
Pin 2 Input +
Pin 3 Input NOTE: The physical location of the FR03 modules present in a normal configuration of AEQ
FORUM is limited to the first 4 of the 14 available slots on the rear panel of console. Therefore,
the maximum number of microphones present in any AEQ FORUM console is 9, 8 through the
FR03 modules connected and the 9th microphone being the T´BACK MIC input.
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2.2.3.3. FR04 analogue line input Module
The AEQ FORUM FR04 module incorporates 8 electronically balanced monophonic line level
inputs and are available physically through two DB15 female connectors identified as ANALOG
INPUTS 1 TO 4 (upper), and ANALOG INPUTS 5 TO 8 (lower).
Module FR04
DB15 female connector pin-out
8 analogue input lines (2 x SUB-D 15 pin female).
1
9
2
10
3
11
4
12
5
13
6
14
7
15
8
IN1+
IN1GND
GND
IN2+
IN2GND
GND
IN3+
IN3GND
GND
IN4+
IN4GND
1
9
2
10
3
11
4
12
5
13
6
14
7
15
8
IN5+
IN5GND
GND
IN6+
IN6GND
GND
IN7+
IN7GND
GND
IN8+
IN8GND
Depending on the specific application or installation required, the 8 monophonic inputs can be
configured as 4 stereo inputs using the remote configuration software. For more information see
section 4.2.3. Sub-menu I/O Configuration of this manual.
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2.2.3.4. FR05 analogue line output module
The AEQ FORUM FR05 module incorporates 8 electronically balanced monophonic line level
outputs and are available physically through two DB15 male connectors identified as ANALOG
OUTPUTS 1 TO 4 (upper), and ANALOG OUTPUTS 5 TO 8 (lower).
Detail module FR05
DB15 male connector pin-out
8 analogue line output (2 x SUB-D 15-pin male).
1
9
2
10
3
11
4
12
5
13
6
14
7
15
8
OUT1+
OUT1GND
GND
OUT2+
OUT2GND
GND
OUT3+
OUT3GND
GND
OUT4+
OUT4GND
1
9
2
10
3
11
4
12
5
13
6
14
7
15
8
OUT5+
OUT5GND
GND
OUT6+
OUT6GND
GND
OUT7+
OUT7GND
GND
OUT8+
OUT8GND
Depending on the specific application or installation, the 8 mono outputs can be configured as 4
stereo outputs from the remote configuration software. For more information see paragraph
4.2.3. Sub-menu I / O Configuration of this manual.
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2.2.3.5. FR33 telephone hybrid module
The AEQ FORUM can incorporate up to two modules FR33 as internal digital telephone
hybrids, each of which have the capacity to manage a single telephone line.
Detail module FR33
Each FR33 module includes two RJ11 connectors, one is labelled LINE and to which the
telephone line connection is accomplished. The other is labelled as SET and used to connect
an external telephone terminal from where you can dial the required number or answering a call
prior to placing the call ON-AIR.
RJ11 connector – Front view
The configuration of the signals present in the FR33 module and associated controls is
accomplished from the remote configuration software. For more information, please refer to
chapter 4.2. HARDWARE CONFIGURATION menu of this manual.
Depending on the version of firmware installed the configuration options related to the FR33
Digital Telephone Hybrid module may not be available. It may be necessary to use external
communication devices and for which the programmable keys of the AEQ FORUM can be used.
For more information please refer to section 4.3.2.4. Programmable Keys - CODEC setting in
this manual.
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2.2.4. Wiring
All wiring kit described below are optional and have been designed by AEQ to simplify the
installation of the unit. To facilitate the quick connection of the console in almost any installation,
AEQ can supply audio and data cables with the corresponding DB-type connectors that are
used to connect the unit. These cables can be cut to desired lengths and soldered on patch
panels, punched into connector strips or fitted with the corresponding connectors to be used
directly connected to the peripheral equipment.
•
•
•
•
•
•
CAB FR GPI: DB9 male connector connected to a 4-meter cable with open-end
termination, for GPI.
GPO CAB FR: DB9 female connector connected to a 4-meter cable with open-end
termination, for opto-coupled GPO´s.
GPR CAB FR: DB9 female connector connected to a 4-meter cable with open-end
termination, for physical contact (relay) GPO´s.
FR CAB MON:DB9 female connector connected to a balanced and shielded four
pair, 4-meter cable with open-end termination, for 2 monitor outputs.
FR CAB INP: DB15 male connector connected to a balanced and shielded four pair,
4-meter cable with open-end termination, for 4 audio inputs.
FR CAB OUT: DB15 female connector connected to a balanced and shielded four
pair, 4-meter cable with open-end termination, for 4 audio outputs.
AEQ can upon request provide fully finished cables and in special lengths. For more information
please refer to AEQ sales department or authorised distributors.
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3. DESCRIPTION OF THE INTERNAL MENU
AEQ FORUM internal menu is displayed on the main screen of the Control and Monitoring
section of the control surface.
•
• Most of them allow you to modify values shown, changing routing or gains or applying
processes to the audio signals. For this purpose, the three rotary encoders and its four
contextual keys associated to this screen are used.
• Some screens of the internal menu are merely informative.
Depending on the information shown on the screen, the four contextual keys immediately
beneath the display will have different functions and as displayed on the last line of the display.
The three rotary encoders are associated with the options shown in the menu (each specific
screen will be explained in detail later in this manual). The specific associations of the encoders
are following the following thumb rule: the menu option that is shown farthest to the left or in the
highest position is controlled from the encoder located farthest to the left.
The default screen in AEQ FORUM shown in the main Control and Monitoring section display
includes the AEQ logo, the product name and current date and time.
Idle screen
The four options visible on the last line of the display are associated with the four contextual
keys below, from left to right:
• CLOCK: configuration of the system time and date, as well as control of the
chronometer and countdown functions.
• LOGIN/LOGOUT: registration of users in the system.
• MEMORY: access to the system snapshot memory bank. There is a default
configuration labelled DEFAULT and up to six memory positions for userdefined configurations.
• MENU: advanced menu for configuring audio inputs / outputs, routing and
processing.
3.1. CLOCK Menu
This menu enables you to set the time and date displayed by the system and to activate and
control the Chronometer and Countdown functions. Take into account that this is the local date
and time and not the system master clock, which is only configurable from the Configuration
Software (see section 4. CONFIGURATION SOFTWARE in this manual to sync this local clock
with an external master clock generator).
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The initial screen shows the current system date (DD/MM/YY) and time (HH/MM/SS).
Chrono screen
The four options visible on the last line of the display are associated with the four contextual
keys below, from left to right:
• BACK: returns to the previous menu screen. At this point no change you may have
made is saved. (When you exit any of the sub-menus present in this CLOCK menu,
the chronometer and countdown functions stop and are reset to their initial values.)
• SET: enables you to set the DATE through the associated rotary encoders, or the
local system TIME. In each case, a flashing cursor is displayed beneath digit of the
date or time to be changed; you can then select the right figure by turning any of the
three encoders. The new value is confirmed when you press the encoder, and the
system automatically shifts to the next digit until the setting of date and time is
completed.
• CDOWN (COUNTDOWN) lets you configure the AEQ FORUM Countdown option
through the associated rotary encoders: a flashing cursor shows the digit to be
changed: by turning the encoder, and pressing the encoder confirms the change
and shifts the cursor to the next digit in a left-to-right sequence. The on-screen
format is HOURS:MINUTES:SECONDS.
The START contextual key launches the countdown, STOP brings it to a stop, and RESET reestablishes the initially configured value.
•
CHRONO enables you to configure the chronometer option.
Countdown screen
•
The contextual START key initiates the chronometer, the STOP key stops it, and
RESET re-establishes the initial zero value. The on-screen format is
HOURS:MINUTES:SECONDS.
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Chrono screen
3.2. LOGIN / LOGOUT Menu
This menu allows AEQ FORUM users / operators to register in the system, so that the
equipment recognizes their user level by the associated password, and assigns them an access
level for subsequent operation in the various console sub-menus.
AEQ FORUM enables up to four different user levels, each with its associated profiles and
passwords:
• LEVEL 0: users with no associated password. The operation is limited to raising and
lowering faders and opening and closing channels.
• LEVEL 1: These users may perform the same actions as the Level 0 users, and can
also activate equalizers and filters and modify audio channel input and output gains.
• LEVEL 2: Operators having this profile can carry out the same actions as Level 1
operators, plus operate, configure and control the rest of the parameters associated
with dynamics effects, phase, change the internal routing... in short, all of the
possibilities offered by the AEQ FORUM control surface and its associated internal
menu, except for changing the IP addresses of the two LAN and ETHERNET network
ports present in the rear panel of the equipment (action specifically reserved for Level 3
users).
• LEVEL 3: This is the highest level in the system, reserved for administrators. It enables
full access to all the equipment menus and configuration options, and, in addition, is the
only level enabling access to the Configuration Software. The same password is used in
this menu integrated into the control surface and in remote Configuration Software. For
more information, see section 4. CONFIGURATION SOFTWARE in this manual.
The LOGIN / LOGOUT contextual key has two possible uses: LOGIN to register yourself and
LOGOUT to de-register. When you register through the option in the LOGIN screen, six spaces
are displayed on screen associated with the six digits of the password. The password must be
configured in advance from the Configuration Software (see section 4. CONFIGURATION
SOFTWARE of this manual). If you lose your password, contact AEQ’s Central Technical
Assistance Service at sat@aeq.es or call +34 91 686 13 00.
LOGIN screen
The procedure for entering the password requires the use of the four contextual keys beneath
the display and the three associated encoders.
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By turning any of the encoders you can select the desired digit; pressing the encoder confirms
your selection. Any of the three encoders enables you to enter the password; there is no
association between characters on the screen and the associated physical encoders.
The four contextual keys are associated with the four options displayed in the bottom line of the
display:
• BACK: pressing this key allows you to return to the previous menu screen. At this
point no change you may have made is saved.
• PREV enables you to move to the left through the six positions that make up the
password.
• NEXT enables you to move to the right through the six positions that make up the
password.
• OK allows you to confirm a selected digit from the rotary encoders as part of the
password to be entered. You can accomplish the same result by pressing any of
the encoders associated with the main display.
When you correctly enter the last digit of the correct combination of digits that make up the
password, and you press the OK contextual key or press on a rotary encoder, the system
verifies the password. If it is correct, the main display shows the initial AEQ FORUM screen with
the AEQ name and logo with the date and time, and the second contextual key is now identified
as LOGOUT instead of LOGIN.
When you enter an incorrect combination of digits, a WRONG PASSWORD message is
displayed to notify you of the error.
LOGIN error screen
3.3. MEMORY Menu
This menu enables you to manage the configuration memories as snapshots. In two
consecutive screens, the default configuration (labelled DEFAULT) and the memory positions
that are free for user-defined configurations are presented (up to six).
Each one of these memory positions stores all of the parameters in use at that time in the
console: gain, phase, configuration of equalizers, filters, routing…except for fader positions,
because these are set manually.
The first of these screens displays the default configuration and three memory positions for
user-defined configurations, and the second shows the other three memory positions for userdefined configurations. You can shift between these two screens by turning the associated
encoders as you move through the complete list of snapshots stored at that time. The memory
that is selected at any time is highlighted.
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Memory screen
Each stored memory is identified by its name and the date on which it was created. Except for
DEFAULT, the names of the memories are editable from the Configuration Software (see
section 4. CONFIGURATION SOFTWARE in this manual).
The options available through the contextual keys below the screen, from left to right, are:
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•
•
BACK: pressing this key allows you to return to the previous menu screen. No change
you may have made is saved.
SAVE stores in the selected memory position, the configuration of the console at that
moment. The system will ask for your confirmation.
LOAD allows you to load the configuration you stored previously in that memory
position. The system will ask for your confirmation.
You can also save or load a configuration from the remote Configuration Software. See section
5 of this manual.
3.4. Main Menu
Pressing on MENU will take you to the MAIN MENU screen. From this advanced configuration
menu you can control, among other parameters, audio inputs and outputs, internal routing and
processes. The default screen in AEQ FORUM shown in the main Control and Monitoring
section display includes the AEQ logo, the product name and current date and time. The four
options visible on the last line of the display are associated with the four contextual keys below,
from left to right:
Main menu screen
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•
•
BACK: pressing this key allows you to return to the previous menu screen. At this point
no change you may have made is saved.
INFO: essentially a maintenance menu displaying information on alarms and firmware
versions installed in the various console operating modules.
SETUP, which displays the IP configuration associated with the two Ethernet ports
available on the back panel of the equipment (see section XX of this manual) in the
form of an IP address (IP1 or IP2), subnet mask (MK1 or MK2) and gateway (GW1 or
GW2). Only Level 3 users can modify these values.
SELECT: advanced configuration of audio inputs / outputs, processes and internal
routing.
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It is also possible to load the configuration using the associated remote configuration software.
3.4.1. INFO Menu
This is a menu specifically for technical maintenance. The INFO menu lets you display the
firmware versions installed in the various console operating modules, and monitor the different
alarms that the console generates automatically.
INFO menu screen
The three options visible on the last line of the display are associated with three of the four
contextual keys below, from left to right:
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•
BACK: pressing this key allows you to return to the previous menu screen. No change
you may have made is saved.
FW: in successive screens, which are accessed by turning one of the associated
encoders, you can display the firmware versions installed in the different modules that
make up the table: CPU, FPGA, DSP, CONTROL SURFACES, I/O…
Firmware info screen
Each line is identified by the specific module and its reference, as well as the date of the
currently installed specific firmware.
•
STATUS: pressing this option displays the different alarms that AEQ FORUM is
reporting concerning the operation of the different modules incorporated. If the list of
alarms exceeds five or six items (number of useful lines of information per screen), you
can turn the pages by turning the associated encoders.
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3.4.2. SETUP Menu
Through the IPSET option in a contextual key, this menu enables you to display
configuration associated with the two Ethernet ports available on the back panel
equipment (see section XX of this manual) in the form of an IP address (IP1 or IP2),
mask (MK1 or MK2) and gateway (GW1 or GW2). Only Level 3 users are permitted to
these values.
the IP
of the
subnet
modify
As in many other AEQ FORUM console sub-menus, the icon in the upper left-hand corner
indicates that browsing and configuration (in the cases and fields where this is possible) are
performed by using the associated rotary encoders.
SETUP menu screen
From left to right, the three rotary encoders are associated with IP, MK and GW respectively.
At all times, a flashing cursor indicates the digit that is subject to change at that moment by
turning the associated encoder. Pressing the encoder will validate any change you may have
made. This process is repeated from left to right until the IP address is complete.
The ETH/LAN contextual key allows you to alternate the on-screen presentation and, therefore,
to edit (if your active user level is 3) the IP configuration parameters associated with the two
network ports available on the rear panel of the unit: LAN and ETHERNET.
LAN
ETHERNET
3.4.3. SELECT Menu
This menu enables you to perform advanced configuration operations on audio inputs / outputs,
processes and the internal routing of all of the signals present in the console.
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The options available through the contextual keys below the screen, from left to right, are:
•
•
•
BACK: pressing this key allows you to return to the previous menu screen. No change
you may have made is saved.
IN: configuration of input audio signals and processes and routing associated with those
signals.
OUT: configuration of output audio signals.
3.4.3.1. INPUT Menu
The IN menu shows a list of all the audio input logic signals defined in the system from the
Configuration Software. For more information, see section 4. CONFIGURATION SOFTWARE in
this manual.
INPUT menu screen
You can access a more complete description of each of the input audio channels by pressing
the OK contextual key. Information showed on this screen:
INPUT configuration screen
From top to bottom: The name of the channel, in alphanumeric format containing up to 6
characters. This is the same identifier as the one shown in the display of the channel on fader.
See section 2.1.1.3. Information Display in this manual.
Hardware corresponding to the audio input of this channel, in HW format: xx.yy, where xx is the
number of the slot where this input / output module is installed, and yy is the audio channel of
this input / output module. In stereo channels, yy represents the audio channel corresponding to
the left channel of the stereo pair. The right channel corresponds to the number just above.
Graphic representation of three encoders associated with the GAIN, PHASE and BAL (balance)
fields. By operating on the rotary encoders associated with the main screen in the Control and
Monitoring section, you can change the values.
• GAIN between -12dB and +12dB for line level inputs. The equipment is supplied with
the default value of 0dB. Any modification of this default value will illuminate the
dedicated GAIN LED on the control surface (see section 2.1.1.5. Active Process
Indicators, of this manual).
• PHASE allows you to modify the input signal phase among +/+, +/-, -/+ and -/- for stereo
signals, and + or – for mono signals.
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BAL enables you to modify the balance between the L and R channels in stereo signals.
The operation of this indicator will activate the BAL display available in the channel on
fader display. See section 2.1.1.5. Active Process Indicators.
The four contextual keys under the display are associated with the four options shown in the
bottom line of the screen:
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BACK: pressing this key allows you to return to the previous menu screen.
DYN: as an access to the menus for configuring dynamics effects included in the AEQ
FORUM: Compressor / Limiter and Noise Gate.
EQ, as an access to the menu for configuring equalizers and filters included in the AEQ
FORUM.
NEXT: additional information on the audio signal present in this input channel.
NOTE: the menu shown in this screen is identical to the one that is accessible from the
SELECT key on the AEQ FORUM control surface (see section 2.1.1.2. SELECT in this manual),
since this key is nothing more than a quick access to this sub-menu.
3.4.3.1.1. Dynamics Menu: Compressor / Limiter and Noise Gate
Compressor-limiter
Pressing the DYN contextual key from the SELECT menu of an audio input channel will give
you access to the menu to configure the compressor / limiter.
Dynamics processors are used to modify the dynamic ranges of an audio signal to adapt it to
specific needs or to produce certain sound effects. A compressor enables you to reduce the
dynamic range of the signal. Your purpose may be to adapt a signal with a very broad dynamic
range to a circuit that will not support such wide variations in level, or to generate a certain
sonority in a signal.
The “Compressor / Limiter” function acts as a “constant gain” compressor; that is, below the
threshold, all input signals are amplified (or not amplified) equally, while above the threshold,
the input levels are reduced to a greater or lesser degree according to the compression ratio.
If the compression range selected is the maximum, the function will act as a limiter in such a
way that the signals that exceed the selected threshold at input will not exceed a certain level at
output. For example, with a threshold = 0 dB, a gain of 10 dB and a compression ratio of 1:50,
you will ensure that all the signals that exceed 10 dB at input will also be output at 10 dB, while
the signals that are below the threshold will have an overall gain of 10 dB.
COMP / LIM screen
From top to bottom and left to right, the information displayed on the Compressor / Limiter
configuration and control screen comprehends:
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•
THR (Threshold): This is the threshold above which the compressor will act. Signal
levels that exceed this threshold will be affected by the compressor settings. The
threshold range varies from -42 dB to +22 dB.
RAT (Compression Ratio): is the compression ratio. A ratio of 1:1 does not involve any
variation in the signal, as the level of the input signal is maintained at the output. A ratio
of 2:1 indicates that the level of an input signal which exceeds the threshold will be
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reduced to half at the output. The highest ratio available is 50:1, which will be used to
implement signal limiters. The limiter must reduce all signals exceeding a certain level
to that level.
ATT (Attack Time): This is the time it takes the compressor to react to an increase in the
input signal. The shorter this time, the more sensitive the compressor will be to pulse
signals, and the it will act on this type of signals. With a long attack time, the
compressor will not respond so well to pulse changes in the input signal.
G (Gain): This enables you to apply a general g to the signal. This entails a general
increase of the signal level, which will be especially noted at low input levels that are
under the threshold set. A general increase in the level of the signal may generate
saturation at the output, even when the signal is being limited.
REL (Release Time): This is the maintenance time during which the compressor keeps
acting, even when the level of the input signal has fallen below the threshold. A long
release time will maintain uniform compression, even when there are quick level
fluctuations in the signal. A short time will enable the compressor to adapt more quickly
to pulse fluctuations in the signal.
NOTE: To correctly set a limiter, a threshold between 0 and +22 dB should be selected, with a
compression ratio of 50:1 and a gain of 0 dB.
The COMP contextual key enables you to activate the compressor whose parameters are
shown at that time on the screen. The activation of the compressor is confirmed by the
activation of the LED of the contextual key and the LED associated with DYN in the active
process indicator section of the selected mixer channel. See section 2.1.1.5. Active Process
Indicators, of this manual.
Important Note: The dynamics process, and especially the compressor / limiter, requires either
extensive experience or caution and time to check, while off the air, the result obtained on the
signal. Without these precautions, you may generate sound effects that can be perceived as
dirty sound, lack of definition, distortion and other defects in general.
By pressing the NGATE contextual key you will access the screen dedicated to the control and
configuration of the noise gate for the input channel in question.
Noise gate
A noise gate is a dynamics processor that lets signals through whose level exceeds a certain
threshold, strongly attenuating the signal levels below that threshold and thus muting noise. It
enables its user to eliminate extraneous noise from a signal source, whether it is background
noise in the studio—in the case of a microphone—or the background noise generated by a
playback device—for example, a tape.
From top to bottom and left to right, the information shown in the noise gate configuration and
control screen (the description of the fields is identical to the compressor / limiter field
description) is as follows:
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•
•
•
•
ATT (Attack time).
THR (Threshold).
REL (Release time).
R (Range).
HOL (Hold time).
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Noise Gate configuration screen
When establishing the settings, the threshold for the noise gate will be much lower than in the
case of the compressor, as its operation is the opposite. The noise gate prevents the passing of
lower levels of the signal that could be considered noise. Therefore, the range of settings is
different. In addition, there is an additional parameter for noise gates, which is “Hold Time.” This
is a safety period used to prevent the gate from accidentally closing if a signal is suddenly
absent, for example, in speech.
In addition, the threshold must be adjusted to a level slightly higher than the level of the noise to
be avoided. Thus, the threshold will be set at a very low level. Above the threshold, the noise
gate does not act (unity gain), letting the rest of the signal through without processing it. The
gate remains closed; i.e. when the signal surpasses the threshold level, the gate opens. The
attack time is the time the gate takes to open (unity gain) when it receives a signal whose
amplitude exceeds the threshold level; this time must be short to avoid cutting off the beginning
of a sentence or song. The release time is the time the gate takes to close when the signal level
falls below the threshold. The hold time is the minimum time during which the gate remains
open; it is used to prevent the gate from closing when the signal level drops briefly—for
example, when an announcer pauses while speaking. The hold time prevents the gate from
opening and closing constantly in the presence of a signal whose level fluctuates in a range
close to the threshold level.
The NGATE contextual key enables you to activate the noise gate whose parameters are
shown at that time on the screen. The activation of the compressor is confirmed through the
LED included in the contextual key in question and through the LED associated with DYN in the
active process indicator section of the control surface. See section 2.1.1.5. Active Process
Indicators, of this manual.
3.4.3.1.2. Equalizer and Filter Menu
Pressing the EQ contextual key from the SELECT menu of an audio input channel will give you
access to the menu dedicated to configuring the equalizer and filters. The upper part of the
screen contains the information present in the previous screen, relative to the channel identifier
name and the associated hardware.
The middle area of the screen shows the graphic representation of the response curve of the
equalizer and filters that are active at that time.
3-band EQ screen
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The four options visible on the last line of the display are associated with the four contextual
keys below, from left to right:
•
BACK: pressing this key allows you to return to the previous menu screen. At this point
no change you may have made is saved.
•
LPF, as a low pass filter activation key (LED lighted). Pressing this contextual key for
three seconds opens the cut-off frequency configuration menu. This configuration is
accomplished by turning the associated encoders, and is validated by pressing them or
by pressing the OK contextual key.
•
HPF, as a high pass filter activation key (LED lighted). Pressing this contextual key for
three seconds opens the cut-off frequency configuration menu. This configuration is
accomplished by turning the associated encoders, and is validated by pressing them or
by pressing the OK contextual key.
•
EQ, as an activation key (LED lighted) for the equalizer whose frequency response is
shown at that time on the screen. This frequency response is controlled from the
associated encoders by working from left to right on the base, mid-range and treble
bands, respectively. The frequency deviation permitted ranges from -18dB to +18dB;
the default value is +0dB.
If you keep press this EQ button, the advance configuration screen appears where is
possible to setup the Q (+/-18dB), frequency and Gain associated with this parametric
equalizer.
3.4.3.1.3. Expanded information menu
Pressing the NEXT contextual key in the previous menu screen will place you in the advanced
information section of that audio input channel. It maintains a structure similar to the base
menu. Information shown on this screen:
Expanded information screen
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From top to bottom:
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•
•
•
•
•
The name of the channel, in alphanumeric format containing up to 6 characters. This is
the same identifier as the one shown in the display of the fader channel. 2.1.1.5. Active
Process Indicators.
Dedicated hardware for this input audio channel, in HW format: xx.yy, where xx is the
number of the slot where this input / output module is installed, and yy is the audio
channel in this input / output module. In stereo channels, yy represents the audio
channel corresponding to the left channel of the stereo pair. The right channel
corresponds to the number just above.
Type of channel: Mic / Line, analogue, digital....
In Mic / Line channels, indication of the position of the switch that selects the nominal
level of the signal as Mic or line (located in the relevant input module on the back panel
of the unit).
In Mic / Line channels configured as mic, indication of the position of the phantom
power switch (located in the relevant input module on the back panel of the unit).
Indication of MONO or STEREO signals.
The four contextual keys under the display are associated with the four options shown in the
bottom line of the screen:
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•
•
BACK: pressing this key allows you to return to the previous menu screen.
FADER allows you to assign another input channel to the physical fader where this
signal is currently found.
ROUTER, as a menu for the control and configuration of the internal routing of the
equipment.
3.4.3.1.3.1. FADER Menu
This sub-menu is displayed as a list of all the inputs available in the system to be assigned to
the fader. Logically, hidden signals such as the Time top signals and those that are present in
other fader channels at that time are not displayed in order to avoid repetitions.
You can make your selection by turning the associated encoders and then pressing them to
confirm the selection that is highlighted at that moment, or by pressing the OK contextual key.
The BACK option allows you to return to the previous menu screen.
Using this section or the associated one in the remote Configuration Software is possible to
assign any audio input to any input fader without any change of cabling. Modifying the priorities
in the user configuration is possible to make permanent the association of signals and faders,
without any option for the operation to modify it.
3.4.3.1.3.2. ROUTE Menu
From this internal menu you can manage the internal routing of signals in the console. You can
access it from the SELECT menu associated with an IN audio input channel, which means that
this screen shows an alphabetical list of all of the outputs present in the console.
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•
•
Left: turning this encoder allows you to scroll through the various audio outputs on the
list.
Centre: pressing this encoder enables you to create or delete the cross-point. Its
operation is analogous to the ADD and DEL contextual keys.
Right: enables you to modify the gain in the cross-point of the highlighted output
between -12dB and +12dB. By default, all of the cross-points will be configured with a
neutral gain: +0dB.
ROUTE menu screen
Operation of the contextual keys, from left to right:
• BACK: pressing this key allows you to return to the previous menu screen.
• ADD: Enables you to create the cross-point toward the output signal that is highlighted
at that moment.
• DEL: Enables you to eliminate the cross-point toward the output signal that is
highlighted at that moment.
• OK saves the routing configured. It must be activated before you press BACK to avoid
losing the changes.
This ROUTE submenu in SELECT option of the fader channel allows to the associated input
signal to whatever output program bus or output physical audio output.
3.4.3.2. OUTPUT Menu
The OUT menu shows a list of all the audio output logic signals defined in the system from the
Configuration Software. For more information, see section 4. CONFIGURATION SOFTWARE in
this manual.
OUTPUT menu
You can access a more complete description of each of the output audio channels by pressing
the OK contextual key. Information shown on this screen – from top to bottom:
•
•
The name of the channel, in alphanumeric format containing up to 6 characters.
Dedicated hardware for this output audio channel, in HW format: xx.yy, where xx is the
number of the slot where this input / output module is installed, and yy is the audio
channel in this input / output module. In stereo channels, yy represents the audio
channel corresponding to the left channel of the stereo pair. The right channel is the
HW + slot immediately above where this input / output module is installed + audio
channel in this input / output module.
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•
Graphic representation of an encoder associated with the GAIN field, enabling
modifications ranging from -12dB to +12dB. The equipment is supplied with the default
value of 0dB.
Identifier of the type of audio signal present in that output: AES/EBU, analogue, etc.
Indication of MONO or STEREO signals.
OUTPUT configuration screen
The three options visible on the last line of the display are associated with three of the four
contextual keys below, from left to right:
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•
•
BACK: pressing this key allows you to return to the previous menu screen. The gain
configuration that you have made in this screen is saved.
TONE: controls the 1KHz @ 0dBu calibrated tone generator associated with that
physical output. Its activation is identified through the LED of the contextual key. To
modify its level, you need only change the output gain associated with that channel from
the rotary encoder associated with the GAIN control.
More options available in future firmware versions.
ROUTE is essentially a menu for technical maintenance since it allows you to access
the list of input channels currently connected to this output; in this list you can in a
limited way eliminate and create cross-points using the DEL and ADD contextual keys.
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4. CONFIGURATION SOFTWARE
The AEQ FORUM is ready for use once the mixer inputs and outputs have been properly
connected.
The console is shipped with the Audio input and output modules as requested by each
customer. However, the name tags used for the channel audio inputs and outputs are generic
(MIC1, ANA 03, DIG 05 ...) and routing and effects programmed are AEQ standard that are
used for functional testing of the console, whereas these settings may not be entirely to the
preferences of the client.
This equipment is delivered with a Configuration Software for Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7.
This configuration software allows the user to modify the original configuration to its exact
requirements at any time .
The equipment factory settings for this unit are stored under the label of "Default" and can be
accessed through the "Snapshot Configuration" Programmable Configuration menu. Please
refer to section 4.3.5 of this manual.
Installation and first use.
The software installs automatically. The installation wizard will guide you through the installation
process. Once completed and the computer has been restarted, the icon for the application will
appear on the desktop, a capital F framed in blue with the name of ForumSetup.exe.
Icon AEQ FORUM Configuration Software
Double-clicking the icon ForumSetup.exe, you will be invited to introduce your user-name and
password to access the application. Only level 3 users and technical administrators have
access to this application.
User settings and password supplied by default are:
Login: admin.
Password: 1234
You may modify these parameters later in the section Administration / User Configuration.
Please refer to section 4.1.2 of this manual.
Password verification screen
After entering the correct user-name and password, the program shows the main-screen where
you can access the different options.
There are two main areas in this workspace:
• Left side of the screen area pull-down menus and sub-menus.
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Right side of the screen, larger area containing parameter settings for each of the
menus and sub-menus.
Forum-Setup
This screen shows information regarding the software version and the current user logged into
the application. On the left side of the screen all the relevant menus and sub-menus are
available. These are drop-down menus and are activated clicking on the desired option.
The list of available menus is:
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•
•
•
Administration, manage from here the equipment operational levels, authorised users
of the mixing console and the communication between the remote configuration
software and the mixer.
Hardware Configuration, from here you can configure the physical audio input and
output modules that are installed in the mixer and the logical audio channels that are
created based on these. Further, the configuration of the monitoring sections and time
synchronization are accomplished form here.
Programmable Configuration, from here you configure the functions associated with the
soft keys and the AEQ FORUM internal routing of audio signals.
Firmware Upgrade, is a maintenance menu to accomplish future firmware upgrades of
the mixer.
To exit the application, simply press the exit icon located in the upper right corner of the screen.
The application will ask for confirmation to close.
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Confirmation dialogue box, application shut-down ForumSetup
4.1. ADMINISTRATION menu
This menu allows you to manage levels of users that can operate the mixer and control the
communication between the remote configuration software and the mixer. Clicking on the
ADMINISTRATION section of the main screen the complete list of sub-menus is shown:
•
•
•
Configurations: Manages the configuration exchange between the software application
and the AEQ FORUM.
User Configuration: From here you define and manage access levels to operate the
AEQ FORUM.
About Forum Set-up: This screen shows information regarding the software version and
the current user logged into the application.
4.1.1. CONFIGURATIONS sub-menu
Configurations sub-menu is accessed by clicking on the icon.
Configurations sub-menu icon
Configurations sub-menu handles the exchange of configurations created in the software
application and the AEQ FORUM Mixer. There are two distinct areas in this sub-menu:
OFFLINE OPERATIONS: Actions where it is not necessary that the Forum set-up application is
in direct communication with the AEQ FORUM Mixer. There are two options:
•
IMPORT, allows load complete application settings previously stored in a source file.
By clicking the IMPORT button, the standard windows “browse for file” window will open
to locate the file to import. The files must be of the proprietary type “FSC”, (file
extension*. FSC). These files are encrypted for reasons of security.
• EXPORT, lets you export the complete settings as shown in the configuration software
application of the mixing console at any given moment to a target file. Clicking on the
EXPORT button the standard windows “save as” window will open allowing you to
choose the folder and output file name to be stored. These files will have the extension
FSC.
ONLINE OPERATIONS: Actions where it is necessary that the Forum set-up application is in
direct communication with the AEQ FORUM Mixer through the LAN port located on the rear
panel of the mixer. The IP address is displayed on the screen.
•
•
CONNECT button initiates the communication between the ForumSetup software
application and the AEQ FORUM Mixer. If the connection is established correctly the
labels of the three options listed below become active:
READ, downloads the configuration currently active in the AEQ FORUM Mixer.
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•
SEND CONFIGURATION, uploads and activates the currently selected configuration to
the AEQ FORUM Mixing console. thus becoming the system configuration in operation.
The audio will be interrupted a few seconds while the new configuration is being loaded.
RESET, replaces the currently active configuration on the AEQ FORUM Mixing console
with the DEFAULT factory configuration stored in the mixer. Please refer to section
4.3.5 of this manual. The audio will be interrupted a few seconds while the new
configuration is being loaded.
Options sub-menu CONFIGURATIONS
4.1.2. USER CONFIGURATION sub-menu
Access the User Configuration sub-menu from the drop-down menu Internal Administration,
clicking on the icon.
Icon User Configuration sub-menu
User Configuration sub-menu allows you to set access levels and create users to operate the
AEQ FORUM Mixing Console.
The display in this sub-menu shows the list of registered users and their associated parameters:
•
•
USER, alphanumeric name of the user. The maximum number of digits is limited to 6.
PASSWORD, password associated with the user: number combination up to six digits
zero through nine. This password is used to access the “Advanced” menu within the
main screen of the control and monitoring section of the AEQ FORUM. For more
information see section xxx of this manual.
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•
ACCESS LEVEL, user level associated with the user (name) and password previously
configured. FORUM AEQ allows up to 4 different levels of users:
• LEVEL 0: user does not have an associated password. The operations that are
allowed are limited to opening and closing channels of the Mixing consoles,
adjust the gain through the use of the sliding faders. These users are not
allowed to carry out any modifications through the use of the ForumSetup
software application.
• LEVEL 1 (BASIC): These users have a password and the same permits as the
Level 0 users but can also activate equalizers, filters and change channel input
gain and the levels for the Audio output channels.
• Level 2 (ADVANCED): In addition to the permissions granted to users
pertaining to level 1, the Level 2 Users can operate, configure and control the
rest of parameters associated with the dynamics, phase, change internal
routing, etc. .The only restriction of this user is the permission to modify the IP
addresses to the two different network ports present on the back of the AEQ
FORUM Mixing Console. This permission is specifically reserved for level 3.
• Level 3 (Supervisor): This is the highest level within the system, reserved for
system administrators and allows for the full access to all your equipment's
menus and settings. In addition, this is the only user with access to the AEQ
FORUM Configuration Software.
ID, automatically and sequentially assigned “serial number” of the different users.
USER CONFIGURATION sub-menu
Beneath the USER CONFIGURATION window is located a set of standardized buttons to
manage the list of registered users:
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•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
I ◄, scroll to the top of the list.
◄, move to the position immediately above the list
►, move to the position immediately below the list
► I, scroll to the last position in the list.
+, insert a new entry in the list.
-, delete selected entry from the list. Delete confirmation is requested.
▲, edit the selected entry.
√, accept changes to the selected entry.
X, reject changes to the selected entry.
refreshes the information provided in the list.
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4.1.3. Sub-menu - ABOUT FORUM SETUP
To access the ABOUT FORUM SETUP sub-menu, click on the icon;
ABOUT FORUM SETUP sub-menu icon.
This screen shows information regarding the software version and the current user logged into
the application.
ABOUT FORUM SETUP sub-menu
4.2. HARDWARE CONFIGURATION Menu
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION menu and associated sub-menus
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This menu allows you to configure the system Input and Output modules as well as the logical
audio channels created from the physical inputs and outputs. Clicking on the Hardware
Configuration section on the left side of the screen displays the full list of sub-menus, which
includes:
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BOARD CONFIGURATION allows defining the fader settings, audio input and output
modules and GPIO of the Mixing Console.
MIXER BUS CONFIGURATION, defines the configuration of the internal summing
buses of the Mixing console.
I / O CONFIGURATION, enables the configuration of logical audio channels based on
the physical audio inputs and outputs and as defined in the HARDWARE
CONFIGURATION sub-menu.
MONITORING CONFIGURATION, used to define the operation of the Control and
Monitoring Sections that are associated to the Control and Studio rooms.
NTP CLIENT, which sets the IP address of the remote NTP server for the accurate
time-synchronisation. Once configured this will serve as the Master Clock for the local
time of the AEQ FORUM.
4.2.1. BOARD CONFIGURATION sub-menu
The BOARD CONFIGURATION sub-menu is accessed from the drop-down Hardware
Configuration main menu.
BOARD CONFIGURATION sub-menu icon
The BOARD CONFIGURATION sub-menu enables the definition of fader settings, audio Input
and Output modules and the GPIO of the Mixing Console. From left to right and from top to
bottom the available options are:
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CONSOLE CONFIGURATION, here you can set the number of fader modules FRCH(4
faders) that are installed in the chassis FR01 of the AEQ FORUM:
• 1 module FRCH corresponds to 4 faders in the control surface. The remaining
space should be filled with 2 blank modules FR20.
• 2 modules FRCH correspond to 8 faders in the control surface. The remaining
space should be filled with a blank module FR20.
• 3 FRCH modules correspond to 12 faders in the control surface.
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GET HARDWARE INFO, optionally an automatic configuration of hardware modules
integrated into the console can be executed. Clicking this option, the ForumSetup
software communicates with the AEQ FORUM Mixing Console and retrieves the
hardware configuration as installed in your system. Please refer to section 4.1.1.
CONFIGURATIONS sub-menu of this manual.
MODULE CONFIGURATION allows you to manually configure (as opposed to the
automatic option GET HARDWARE INFO) the audio input and output modules of the 14
different slots available on the rear panel of the AEQ FORUM Mixing Console.
INTERNAL MODULE CONFIGURATION allows you to configure the General Purpose
Inputs and Outputs - GPIO (both the physical contact relays and the opto-coupled that
are available on the rear panel in the section of common inputs and outputs of the AEQ
FORUM). It also allows you to configure the operation of the optional multi-channel
communications module - AES10 MADI.
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Hardware Configuration Sub-menu
4.2.1.1. MODULE CONFIGURATION Section
Module Configuration section HARDWARE CONFIGURATION sub-menu lets you manually
configure the audio input and output modules of the 14 different slots available on the rear panel
of
AEQ
FORUM.
These 14 slots are displayed as 14 consecutive rows of a table beginning at position 1 in the top
of the list and ending with 14 in the bottom. The fields in this table are:
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Slot number: identifies the physical position of this module on the rear panel the AEQ
FORUM.
I / O Card Model: the type of audio input/output module configured. Each of these 14
positions corresponds to 14 physical slots at the rear panel of the console and can be
configured as follows:
• <NONE> no module inserted.
• FR02 - Digital Audio I / O module.
• FR03 - MIC / LIN Audio module. NOTE: only slots 1, 2, 3 and 4 can be used for this
type of module.
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FR04 - Analogue Audio Input Card.
FR05 - Analogue Audio Output module.
FR33 – Digital Telephone Hybrid Audio module. NOTE: AEQ FORUM supports up
to two modules FR33 per chassis FR01
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NOTE: For more information about each of these modules, audio inputs and outputs please
refer to section 2.2.3 of this manual.
4.2.1.2. Section INTERNAL CONFIGURATION MODULE
The section INTERNAL MODULE CONFIGURATION of the HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
sub-menu allows you to configure the General Purpose Inputs and Outputs - GPIO (both the
physical contact relays and the opto-coupled that are available on the rear panel in the section
of common inputs and outputs of the AEQ FORUM (Please refer to section 2.2 .2.1 of this
manual). It also allows to configure the operation of the optional multi-channel communications
module - AES10 MADI (please refer to section 2.2.2.7 of this manual.) .
There are four distinct areas in this section:
1) MADI is an optional communication module within the system common I/O section. This
is a bi-directional fiber-optic multi-channel audio link. The physical interface is a
transceiver and the implemented standard is AES10-2003. This optional module is
accessed through the Advanced Configuration menu by clicking “CLICK TO CONFIG”
and then click again on the “CONFIG” button that will appear. The options for
configuration are:
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DISABLED / ENABLED, enable or disable the MADI interface.
CHANNELS, select the number of channels to be used – 56 mono channels in
normal MADI mode or 64 channels in extended MADI mode.
SYNC, indicates if the MADI interface will be master or slave for purposes of
synchronization.
USED, indicating how many of the 56 or 64 mono channels available are
actually in use.
Advanced Configuration menu - optional MADI interface
2) General Purpose Inputs - GPI. AEQ FORUM incorporates 8 opto-coupled GPI on opencollector transistors.
GPI Electric Detail
To configure the GPI's you must access the advanced configuration menu by clicking “CLICK
TO CONFIG” and then click again on the new CONFIG button that will appear.
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Menu for advanced configurations – GPI
The options available in the menu for advanced configurations – GPI are:
Edit the "Label" to identify the role assigned
Configure at what level the GPI should trigger an action:
• HIGH, GPI activated on high level.
• LOW, GPI activated on low level.
• ON CHANGE GPI is activated by transitions from high to low or the inverse.
• TH02, GPI to accept the particular signalling that is generated by the AEQ TH-02EX
MkII – digital hybrid, so as to enable the remote control of this particular equipment.
3) GPO or General Purpose Output. The AEQ FORUM incorporates 8 opto-coupled
GPO's on open collector transistors.
GPO electric Detail
To configure the GPO's you must access the advanced configuration menu by clicking “CLICK
TO CONFIG” and then click again on the new CONFIG button that will appear.
Menu for advanced configurations - GPO Configuration of the duration of the pulse to be
generated in milliseconds.
The options available in the menu for advanced configurations - GPO are:
Edit the "Label" to identify the role assigned
Configure at what level the GPO should trigger an action:
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HIGH, GPO activated on high level.
LOW, GPO activated on low level.
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ON CHANGE GPO is activated by transitions from high to low or the inverse.
PULSE HIGH, as an output in the form of a high level pulse with a duration that is
defined in milliseconds in the field *DURATION”.
LOW PULSE as an output in the form of a low level pulse with a duration that is
defined in milliseconds in the field *DURATION”.
4) RELAY, allows you to configure the GPO outputs on physical contact relays as opposed
to the opto-coupled GPO's on open collector transistors. There are four contact relays
or contacts, and to configure the GPO's you must access the advanced configuration
menu by clicking “CLICK TO CONFIG” and then click again on the new CONFIG
button that will appear The menu for advanced configurations - RELAY is identical to
the previously described menu for opto-coupled GPO's.
Menu for advanced configurations - RELAY
4.2.2. MIXER BUS CONFIGURATION sub-menu
Access the MIXER BUS CONFIGURATION sub-menu from the drop-down menu Internal
Hardware Configuration clicking the icon.
MIXER BUS CONFIGURATION sub-menu icon;
MIXER BUS CONFIGURATION This sub-menu allows you to define the configuration of the
internal summing buses of the mixer. AEQ FORUM is supplied configured with the following
factory default buses:
• MASTER1, defined as “Program”, stereo signal by default
• MASTER2, defined as “Audition”, stereo signal by default
• AUXILIAR1, defined as “Aux 1”, stereo signal by default
• AUXILIAR2, defined as “Aux 2”, stereo signal by default
• CUE or PFL bus, defined as “Cue”, stereo signal by default
• SRM (studio monitors) output or SHP (studio headphones) output defined as part of
the signals in the “Studio”, stereo signal by default. CRM (control monitors) output
or CHP (control headphones) output defined as part of the “Control room”, stereo
signal by default.
• Bus Clean-feed 1 or bus return to hybrid or audio-codec module 1 defined as
“MPX1”, mono signal by default.
• Bus Clean-feed 2 or bus return to hybrid or audio-codec module 2 defined as
“MPX2”, mono signal by default.
You can edit the "label" for each mixer bus. If a mixer bus in factory configured as stereo is
reconfigured to mono, the liberated channel will pop up on the configuration screen as available.
The opposite would happen if you change the settings for the buses MPX1 or MPX2. These
buses are mono buses by default and should you reconfigure for example MPX1 for stereo
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operation, the MPX2 will disappear from the available channels on the configuration screen
since this channel will be added to MPX1. You can create up to 32 mono or 16 stereo mix
buses, including the 7 predefined stereo buses and the 2 MPX mono buses as described
above. The MPX buses can be expanded to up to 8. The remainder of mixing buses can be
defined as internal.
BUS MIXER CONFIGURATION sub-menu
The mixer bus configuration table has the following fields:
• SLOT indicates the internal position of this signal in the digital audio bus of the mixer.
The 32 available slots are numbered between 193 and 224 both inclusive.
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LABEL, name of the bus. Maximum number of characters recommended is 6.
WORKING MODE is the description provided by the system regarding the functionality
of each bus: Program, Audition, Aux 1, Aux 2, Cue, Studio, Control, MPX 1 to 8 or
Internal
STEREO / MONO, you can set the bus to operate as a mono or stereo signal.
Beneath the USER CONFIGURATION window is located a set of standardized buttons
to manage the list of registered users:
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I ◄, scroll to the top of the list.
◄, move to the position immediately above the list
►, move to the position immediately below the list
► I, scroll to the last position in the list.
+, insert a new entry in the list.
-, delete selected entry from the list. Delete confirmation is requested.
▲, edit the selected entry.
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√, accept changes to the selected entry.
X, reject changes to the selected entry.
refreshes the information provided in the list.
Clicking the column headers will sort the information by the column header.
4.2.3. I/O CONFIGURATION Sub-menu
To access the I / O CONFIGURATION sub-menu, click on the corresponding icon.
I / O CONFIGURATION sub-menu Icon
This sub-menu allows you to configure the logical audio channels from the physical audio input
and output modules and as previously defined in the BOARD CONFIGURATION sub-menu.
There are two distinct parts in this sub-menu; upper part of the screen is dedicated to the input
channels configuration and the lower part of the screen is for the output channels configuration.
In both the upper and the lower part of the screen the tables have the following fields:
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ID indicates the equipment internal position of the signal.
LABEL, alphanumeric name of the channel. Maximum number of characters
recommended: 6. This is the name that appears in all displays and menus of the control
surface AEQ FORUM.
MODEL, the type of the physical input or output module present in the rear panel of the
unit. This field will be populated automatically once the HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
has been accomplished (see section 4.2.1.1. Of this manual).
CONFIG, access to advanced settings menu for the selected logical channel. To
access, click on the field “CLICK TO CONFIG” and then click on the “new CONFIG”
button that will appear.
Sub-menu I / O CONFIGURATION
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4.2.3.1. Advanced Configuration menu of input channels
Even if all configuration options and possibilities are explained hereunder, it should be taken
into account that the on-screen options may vary depending on the Input/Output module that
the logical audio channel has been configured for;
• Headers
o "FRzz Input configuration" means that we are setting the inputs of a FR"zz" type card
o "INPUT HW: xx.0y" means that we are setting the input "y" of the card located
in slot xx
• LABEL, alphanumeric name of the channel. Maximum number of characters
recommended: 6. This is the name that appears on all displays and menus of the
control surface AEQ FORUM.
• FADER START, this is where we select a GPO (from the list defined in chapter
4.2.1.2) to perform the function Fader-start for this channel. NONE indicates no
Fader-start function for that channel.
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REMOTE ON / OFF, this is where we select a GPI (from a drop-down list) associated
with remote start function of this channel (CHANNEL ON / OFF control surface, see
paragraph 2.1.1.8 of this manual) . NONE indicates that no Remote ON/OFF function
for this channel has been configured.
Advanced Configuration menu Examples of input channels
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SOLO, select a GPI input (from a drop-down list) associated with the SOLO function for
this channel (typically microphone channels). NONE indicates no SOLO function has
been configured for that channel. This feature allows you to remotely cut the audio of all
the microphone inputs that have been defined except the one that has been associated
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with the “GPI SOLO” function”. This is useful when for example multiple microphones
are used for the invited guests and the moderator needs to cut all the mics except his
own. This option is only available for inputs and is typically used for microphone signals
as explained and usually for the main microphone. If you associate the "GPI SOLO" to
any other signal it will cut all the microphones when activated.
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COUGH CUT, select a GPI (from a drop-down list) to associate a cough cutting function
for this channel (typically a microphone channel). NONE indicates that no cough cutting
function has been configured.
REMOTE PFL, select a GPI (from a drop-down list) associated with the sending of the
input channel to the CUE bus. NONE indicates that no Remote PFL function has been
configured.
MUTE, select a GPI (from a drop-down list) associated with the function to mute the
channel selected upon receiving a remote command. NONE indicates that no mute
function has been configured for the channel..
MONO/STEREO, allows you to define whether the input channel to configure is Mono
or Stereo. By default, all the input channels (except the mic/line inputs corresponding to
the modules FR03) of the AEQ FORUM are defined as Stereo. If any channel is reconfigured for Mono it will result in an incremented number of the listed available input
channels: one Stereo Channel is converted into two Mono channels.
HIDDEN allows you to choose between HIDDEN and VISIBLE.
o The option of VISIBLE indicates that this channel can be configured directly
from the AEQ FORUM Mixer Control surface (Hardware).
o The option HIDDEN indicates that this channel will not appear as available and
configurable from the AEQ FORUM Mixer Control surface (Hardware). An
example of a typically “HIDDEN” signal would be for example the “time TOPS”.
STUDIO ON AIR associates the CHANNEL ON/OFF of this channel with the triggering
of a GPO for the “ON-AIR” Lights of the Studio. Typically you would associate this GPO
to microphone channels.
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according created configuration.
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CONTROL ON AIR associates the CHANNEL ON/OFF of this channel with the
triggering of a GPO for the “ON-AIR” Lights of the Control room. Typically you would
associate this GPO to microphone channels.
Additionally channels defined in this section will force the muting or DIM of CRM
according created configuration.
4.2.3.2. Advanced settings menu output channels
Even if all configuration options and possibilities are explained hereunder, it should be taken
into account that the on-screen options may vary depending on the Input/Output module that
the logical audio channel has been configured for.
• Headers
• "FRzz Output configuration" means that we are setting the outputs of a FR"zz"type card
• "OUTPUT HW: xx.0y" means that we are setting the “y” output of the card
located in slot xx.
• LABEL, alphanumeric channel name. Maximum size recommended: 6 characters.
This is the name that appears in all displays and menus of the control surface AEQ
FORUM.
• DEFAULT ROUTING, associates logical output channels created with:
• Type Inputs: the different logical inputs to the console
• Type Mixer: the system internal summing buses and as described in this
manual in section - “4.2.2. BUS MIXER CONFIGURATION sub-menu”.
• STEREO/MONO, configures the logical output channel as mono or stereo.
Examples of Advanced Configuration sub-menu - output channels
4.2.4. MONITORING CONFIGURATION sub-menu
MONITORING sub-menu is accessed from the Internal Hardware CONFIGURATION dropdown menu, clicking on the icon;
MONITORING CONFIGURATION sub-menu icon
MONITORING CONFIGURATION This sub-menu allows you to define the operation of the
control and monitor sections associated with the control room and the studio. Please refer to
sections 2.1.2.4 and 2.1.2.5 of this manual.
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There are two distinct parts in this sub-menu; the upper part is dedicated to the configurations
associated to the Studio section and the lower to the Control Room and the Control monitoring.
MONITORING CONFIGURATION sub-menu: Choosing GPO to studio green light
4.2.4.1. STUDIO ROOM SECTION
This section of MONITORING CONFIGURATION sub-menu lets you choose how the four keys
under the display of the STUDIO ROOM SECTION shall work – either in MIXER or EXCLUSIVE
mode. If the option MIXER is selected, the physical outputs associated with SRM (STUDIO
ROOM MONITOR) and SHP (STUDIO HEADPHONES) will act as summing buses and may
therefore have more than one of the four keys simultaneously activated, thus mixing the signals
corresponding to each of the four keys on the studio monitoring system or the studio
headphones. Contrary to the configuration described, in the EXCLUSIVE mode, these buses
(SRM and SHP) are not summing buses and can therefore not have more than one key
activated at any given time. This effectively means that by pressing any of the four keys, the
previously activated will be disconnected from the summing bus and replaced by the new
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selection.
In this section you can also allocate the of physical outputs - “GPO´s” associated with “OFF
AIR” green lights (i.e. no sources especially microphones, are activated in the studio,) and “ON
AIR”, red light (i.e. no sources, especially microphones are activated in the studio) of the Studio.
You can choose between the opto-coupled GPO´s (1 to 8) or the contact relay GPO´s (9 to 12).
See section 2.2.2.1 of this manual
4.2.4.2. CONTROL ROOM SECTION
This section of MONITORING CONFIGURATION sub-menu lets you choose how the four keys
under the display of the CONTROL ROOM SECTION shall work – either in MIXER or
EXCLUSIVE mode. If the option MIXER is selected, the physical outputs associated with CRM
(CONTROL ROOM MONITOR) and CHP (CONTROL HEADPHONES) will act as summing
buses and may therefore have more than one of the four keys simultaneously activated, thus
mixing the signals corresponding to each of the four keys on the control monitoring system or
the control headphones. Contrary to the configuration described, in the EXCLUSIVE mode,
these buses (CRM and CHP) are not summing buses and can therefore not have more than
one key activated at any given time. This effectively means that by pressing any of the four
keys, the previously activated will be disconnected from the summing bus and replaced by the
new selection.
In this section you can also allocate physical outputs - “GPO´s” associated with “OFF AIR”
green lights (i.e. no sources especially microphones, are activated in the control room) and “ON
AIR”, red light (i.e. sources, especially microphones are activated in the control) of the Studio.
You can choose between the opto-coupled GPO´s (1 to 8) or the contact relay GPO´s (9 to 12).
See section 2.2.2.1 of this manual.
4.2.5. NTP Client Configuration Sub-menu
Access to the NTP CLIENT CONFIGURATION sub-menu from the internal drop-down menu
under “Hardware Configuration”, clicking the icon;
“NTP CLIENT CONFIGURATION” sub-menu Icon
From this sub-menu you can enable synchronization of the date and time of the system using
standard Ethernet NTP protocol, with the local AEQ FORUM clock slave to the remote (NTP)
signal.
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NTP Client Configuration Sub-menu
The on-screen options are:
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ACTIVE, ON or OFF
NTP / SNTP Server (IP), IP address for the remote master clock.
UPDATE EVERY (MIN), refresh period, the frequency with which AEQ FORUM will
contact the remote NTP time server to confirm that there are no deviations. The default
value is set to 10 minutes.
TIME ZONE OFFSET is used to compensate for the difference in time zone(s) between
the location of the console and the time zone where the remote NTP clock is located.
4.3. PROGRAMMABLE CONFIGURATION Menu
This menu lets you configure the functions associated with the programmable keys and the
internal routing of audio signals of the AEQ FORUM. Clicking on the section
“PROGRAMMABLE CONFIGURATION” on the main screen of the configuration software, a list
of sub-menus is deployed on the left side of the workspace which includes:
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ROUTING CONFIGURATION, sub-menu where you define the cross points between
input channels or internal summing buses and output channels.
PROGRAMMABLE KEYS, which set the actions associated to the each of the 15
programmable keys that are located in the section Control and Monitoring of the AEQ
FORUM..
MIC GROUP CONFIGURATION allows defining microphone groups.
PRESET CONFIGURATION allows create default settings associated with the various
processing capabilities of the AEQ FORUM: equalizers, filters, compressors, limiters
and noise gates.
SNAPSHOT CONFIGURATION memory management of the mixer. (To make fully
visible, you may have to click the scroll arrow at the bottom of the left part of the
screen).
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Detail PROGRAMMABLE CONFIGURATION menu and associated sub-menus
4.3.1. ROUTING CONFIGURATION sub-menu
Sub-menu is accessed from the drop-down ROUTING
Programmable Configuration menu, clicking on the icon;
CONFIGURATION
Internal
Icon ROUTING CONFIGURATION sub-menu
The ROUTING CONFIGURATION sub-menu allows you to define the cross-points between
input channels or internal summing buses and output channels. The entire set of cross-points
available on the mixing console can be arranged in a table with the following fields:
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ROUTING ID, numeric identifier for the channel or the summing bus. This information is
merely for purposes of maintenance and is of no particular use for normal users or the
administrators of the system. .
ROUTING, "LABEL" of the input channel or summing bus. Please refer to sections
4.2.2. and 4.2.3 of this manual.
TYPE, type of channel used in the cross-point: INPUT for input channels and MIXER for
internal summing buses.
ID OUTPUT, numeric identifier for the Output channel. This information is merely for
purposes of maintenance and is of no particular use for normal users or the
administrators of the system.
OUTPUT, "LABEL" for the output channel. Refer to Section 4.2.2 of this manual.
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ROUTING CONFIGURATION sub-menu
The bottom of the workspace in this sub-menu contains two options:
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DELETE ROUTING, eliminates the selected cross-point. Confirmation to delete is
requested.
Request confirmation to delete cross-point dialogue box.
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INSERT ROUTING, you can create a cross-point through a simple process that
requests the name of the input channel or the internal summing bus as the source, and
the output channel name as the destination. These names or labels have been
previously created in the sub-menu “I/O CONFIGURATION under section “LABEL”.
Create a cross-point sequence.
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4.3.2. PROGRAMMABLE KEYS Sub-menu
Access the PROGRAMMABLE KEYS sub-menu clicking on the icon;
Icon PROGRAMMABLE KEYS
PROGRAMMABLE KEYS sub-menu lets you configure the actions associated with each of the
15 programmable keys found in the section Control and Monitoring of the AEQ FORUM control
surface. Please refer to Section 2.1.2.2. of this manual.
Within this sub-menu there are two distinct areas:
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The upper part of the screen that allows for the basic configuration of the 15
programmable keys.
The lower part of the screen where the specific configuration of each of the 15
programmable keys is accomplished.
PROGRAMMABLE KEYS Sub-menu
4.3.2.1. Basic configuration of programmable keys
This basic configuration section shows the programmable keys corresponding to the control and
monitoring section of the AEQ FORUM. The programmable keys are numbered from 1 to 15
following the order from left to right and top to bottom.
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To set a programmable key, simply click on it with the mouse and select from the list on the right
to associate action;
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NONE, no action associated.
GENERAL, associated with activation of GPI and GPO.
SALVO, configure a Salvo.
CODEC functions associated with remote control of peripheral communications
equipment through GPIs and GPOs.
MULTIPLEX, associates the key to sending the clean feed, or summing bus to the
corresponding codecs or telephone hybrids.
CUE RESET, programs the key to cancel all signals present on the CUE bus.
4.3.2.2. Configuring the programmable keys as "GENERAL"
Programmable keys that are set to “GENERAL” are used to activate GPIs and GPOs. A key set
to this function is assigned with a dedicated icon.
Icon soft key function - “GENERAL”
When you have selected a programmable key that has been assigned with the function
“GENERAL” or you assign a “blank” programmable key with the function “GENERAL”, the lower
part of the screen will show the available options for Key Configuration.
GENERAL settings on the soft key 6: Selecting GPO
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GROUP, indicating the group of keys to assign this programmable key. Assign a key to
a group when you need to define exclusive operation between various programmable
keys.
LATCH MODE, you can define the programmable keys as LATCHING or NON
LATCHING,.
GPI, lets you select the physical GPI input in the section for common system I/O's
associated to the programmable key.
GPO, lets you select the physical GPO output in the section for common system I/O's
associated to the programmable key.
KEY SEQUENCE, to select the operating sequence of the programmable key.
• OFF-ON-OFF: idle is off, turned on when the programmable key is pressed,
and off when the programmable key is pressed a second time.. From this point
the cycle is re-initiated.
• OFF--ON-BLINKING-OFF indicates initially (idle) turned off, turned on when the
programmable is pressed, blinking after the programmable key has been
pressed a second time, and off after a third activation. From this point the cycle
is re-initiated.
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OFF-BLINKING-OFF, idle is OFF , blinking after activation of the programmable
key, and off after a second activation. From this point the cycle re-initiates.
OFF-BLINKING- ON-OFF, indicates initially off, blinking after a first activation of
the programmable key, ON after a second activation, and off after a third
activation. From this point the cycle re-initiates.
EDIT CONFIGURATION allows you to modify the programmable key selected.
OK, accepts the configuration created or modified.
CANCEL, ignores the configuration created or modified.
4.3.2.3. Configuring the programmable keys as SALVO
If we assign the function “SALVO” to a programmable key we can execute a group of actions
related to the internal routing or cross-points of the mixing console with one single keystroke. :
Icon assigned to a programmable key with the associated action “SALVO”
In the area of “Key Configuration” the content of the SALVO is configured.
SALVO configuration for a programmable key
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The GENERAL tab of the SALVO configuration is identical to the way a GENERAL function is
assigned to a programmable key and as described in section 4.3.2.2 and allows you to
configure the operational sequence of the programmable key and its relationship with the
system GPI´s and GPO´s. This way it is possible to execute a SALVO either by pressing the
programmable key or by the remote activation of the programmable key through GPI.
The SALVO tab includes specific functions, including a list of actions for each of the crosspoints controlled by the SALVO and the order of execution (first-up, last-down). There are three
buttons below the list enabling you to configure the list of actions:
INSERT, this simple menu allows you to insert the activation or deactivation of a cross-point in
the list of actions:
• STATUS, OFF or ON
• Off: When the programmable key is idle or OFF the SALVO is executed when
the programmable key is activated.
• On: When the programmable key is active or ON the SALVO is executed when
the programmable key is deactivated.
• ORDER, to set the position of this action in the general list of actions.
• INPUT, allows you to select the input channel or internal summing bus.
• OUTPUT, to select an output channel or internal summing bus.
• ACTION, choose between CONNECT and DISCONNECT
INSERT or MODIFY, sub-menu to add or modify actions by a SALVO
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MODIFY modifies a preconfigured action. The options on this screen are identical to
those described for INSERT.
DELETE, to delete an action in the general list of actions. Confirmation to delete is
requested.
4.3.2.4. Configuring the programmable keys as “CODEC”
Configuring the programmable keys as “CODEC” enables you to assign functions associated
with remote control of peripheral communications equipment (such as audio-codecs) through
GPIs and GPOs.
Icon Programmable key with CODEC function assigned
The “Key Configuration” sub-menu for the PROGRAMMABLE KEYS will appear in the lower
part of the screen when you select “CODEC” as the associated function;
Device - there is a list of pre-programmed devices in the “CODEC” function:
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FR33, optional module digital telephone hybrid of the AEQ FORUM. For more
information see section 2.2.3.5 of this manual.
TH02, digital telephone hybrid AEQ TH02EX. For more information see
http://www.aeq.es/eng/pr_th02ex.htm
EAGLE, ISDN audio-codec AEQ EAGLE. For more information see
http://www.aeq.es/eng/pr_eagle.htm
PHOENIX, IP/ISDN audio-codec AEQ PHOENIX STUDIO. For more information see
http://www.aeq.es/eng/pr_phoenixstudio.htm
CODEC function configuration of programmable key
Depending on the particular equipment selected, the following options may vary.
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RING, to select the GPI where the incoming call signal provided by the “codec” is wired.
EXTENDED, enables the option of frequency extender for the AEQ telephone hybrids
FR33 and TH02EX. Select the GPO that is used to send the remote control signal
“EXTENDED” to the hybrid.
SLOT, in the case of internal digital hybrid modules FR33, indicate the position on the
rear panel of the AEQ FORUM where it has been installed (between 1 and 14).
WAIT GPI, selects and configures the physical GPI input associated to the entry
associated physical GPI WAIT function.
WAIT GPO, selects and configures the physical GPO output associated to the WAIT
function.
GPI ONAIR, selects and configures the physical GPI input associated to the ON-AIR
function.
GPO ONAIR, selects and configures the physical GPO output associated to the ON-AIR
function.
LINE, for dual line hybrids or audio-codecs, this identifies line 1 and line 2, to assign the
different GPIs and GPOs for remote control
EDIT CONFIGURATION allows you to modify the selected configuration.
OK, accepts configuration.
CANCEL, cancels configuration.
NOTE: For Codecs it is necessary to program at least two programmable keys per channel.
One to share the GPI WAIT and RING and a GPO for WAIT. The second key should have a
GPI and a GPO for the ON-AIR function.
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Procedure to setup correctly the remote control of AEQ EAGLE codec
4.3.2.5. Configuring the programmable keys as “MULTIPLEX”
Icon Programmable key with MULTIPLEX function assigned
The “MULTIPLEX” function associates the programmable key to send preconfigured audio to
the corresponding summing bus. Its function is to enable the send of additional auxiliary to
codecs, hybrid or other auxiliary destinations.
The “Key Configuration” sub-menu for the PROGRAMMABLE KEYS will appear in the lower
part of the screen when you select “MULTIPLEX” as the associated function. Simply select
which Multiplex you want to assign to the key.
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4.3.2.6. Configuring the programmable keys as “CUE RESET”
CUE RESET option to configure the programmable key to disconnect all signals that are being
sent to the CUE.
Icon Programmable key with CUE RESET function assigned
The area of the screen related to the “Key Configuration” will not show any options for the CUE
RESET.
The assigning of the CUE RESET function to a programmable key will have the following result;
acting on the CUE-RESET associated programmable key, all the circuits or channels being sent
to the pre-listening circuits of the mixer will be disconnected and the LED's of all the “CUE” keys
that may be active will be turned off.
4.3.3. MIC GROUP CONFIGURATION sub-menu
The MIC GROUP CONFIGURATION sub-menu is accessed from the drop-down list under
“Programmable Configuration” and clicking on the icon;
MIC GROUP CONFIGURATION sub-menu icon
MIC GROUP CONFIGURATION allows you to define groups of microphones. Within this submenu there are two distinct areas on the screen:
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The left side shows the list of groups of microphones set up.
The right side lists the microphone inputs that are part of the group
selected.
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The three buttons at the bottom of the screen allow you to manage the list of groups of
microphones and their individual configuration.
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DELETE GROUP deletes the selected group of microphones. Confirmation to delete is
requested.
Confirmation to delete dialogue box
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INSERT GROUP, creates a new group of microphones and allows you to insert and set
up the signals through the following menu options:
1. LABEL , name or ID for the group of microphones. A maximum of 6 characters is
recommended.
2. I← adds ALL microphones or audio inputs in the column INPUTS AVAILABLE to
the column INPUTS IN THE GROUP.
3. ←, adds only the microphone or audio input selected in the column INPUTS
AVAILABLE to the column INPUTS IN THE GROUP.
4. →, removes only the microphone or audio input selected in the column INPUTS IN
THE GROUP and makes it available in the column INPUTS AVAILABLE.
5. →I, removes ALL the microphone or audio inputs in the column INPUTS IN THE
GROUP and makes them available in the column INPUTS AVAILABLE.
6. OK, accept configuration.
7. CANCEL, cancel configuration.
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MODIFY GROUP, modifies a previously created group of microphones selected. The
menu is identical to previously described “INSERT GROUP”.
4.3.4. PRESET CONFIGURATION
Access to the PRESET CONFIGURATION from the Programmable Configuration drop-down
menu, clicking the icon;
PRESET CONFIGURATION Icon
PRESET CONFIGURATION allows you to create default settings associated with the different
audio processes available in AEQ FORUM: equalizers, filters, compressors, limiters and noise
gates.
The main screen of this sub-menu is presented as a list of all the pre-sets created ordered by
their ID or LABEL.
PRESET CONFIGURATION
Each of the stored pre-sets includes an associated “click to CONFIG” option. This is a short-cut
to the Advanced Settings and is accessed by first clicking on the text “Click to [CONFIG] and
then on the new CONFIG button that will appear.
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Advanced settings menu pre-sets, which leads to the specific options of configuration for each
of the pre-set effects.
The bottom of the main screen PRESET CONFIGURATION includes a set of standardized
buttons/tools that simplify the management of this list:
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I ◄, scroll to the top of the list.
◄, move to the position immediately above the list
►, move to the position immediately below the list
► I, scroll to the last position in the list.
+, insert a new entry in the list.
-, delete selected entry from the list. Delete confirmation is requested.
▲, edit the selected entry.
√, accept changes to the selected entry.
X, reject changes to the selected entry.
refresh the information provided in the list.
The PRESET CONFIGURATION screen also has two buttons at the bottom:
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IMPORT PRESET, the application allows you to import all pre-sets stored on an AEQ
FORUM mixing console that is connected to the ForumSetup application through IP.
EXPORT PRESETS, the application allows you to export all pre-sets stored in the
ForumSetup application to an AEQ FORUM mixing console that is connected to the
ForumSetup application through IP.
4.3.4.1. Advanced configuration of Compressor/Limiter
From the Advanced menu screen Pre-set Settings you can activate or deactivate the
compressor / limiter through the option COMPRESSOR / LIMITER ACTIVE (tic-box).
Press the “Configure” button to access the graphic display where the operational parameters for
the compressor / limiter are modified.
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Configuration screen Compressor / Limiter
Dynamics processors are used to modify the dynamic ranges of an audio signal to adapt it to
specific needs or to produce certain sound effects. A compressor enables you to reduce the
dynamic range of the signal. Your purpose may be to adapt a signal with a very broad dynamic
range to a circuit that will not support such wide variations in level, or to generate a certain
sound in a signal.
The graph represents the variation produced in the different levels of the signal applied to this
function. On the horizontal axis are the input levels, while the vertical axis shows output levels.
The “Compressor / Limiter” function acts as a “constant gain” compressor; that is, below the
threshold, all input signals are amplified (or not amplified) equally, while above the threshold,
the input levels are reduced to a greater or lesser degree according to the compression ratio.
If the compression range selected is the maximum, the function will act as a limiter in such a
way that the signals that exceed the selected threshold at input will not exceed a certain level at
output. For example, with a threshold = 0 dB, a gain of 10 dB and a compression ratio of 1:50,
you will ensure that all the signals that exceed 10 dB at input will also be output at 10 dB, while
the signals that are below the threshold will have an overall gain of 10 dB.
The controls available are:
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Threshold: This is the threshold above which the compressor will act. Signal levels that
exceed this threshold will be affected by the compressor settings. The threshold range
varies from -42 dB to +22 dB.
Attack Time: This is the time it takes the compressor to react to an increase in the input
signal. The shorter this time, the more sensitive the compressor will be to pulse signals,
and the more it will act on this type of signals. With a long attack time, the compressor
will not respond so well to pulse changes in the input signal.
Release Time: This is the maintenance time during which the compressor keeps acting,
even when the level of the input signal has fallen below the threshold. A long release
time will maintain uniform compression, even when there are quick level fluctuations in
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fluctuations in the signal.
(Compression) Ratio: is the compression ratio. A ratio of 1:1 does not involve any
variation in the signal, as the level of the input signal is maintained at the output. A ratio
of 2:1 indicates that the level of an input signal which exceeds the threshold will be
reduced to half at the output. The highest ratio available is 50:1, which will be used to
implement signal limiters. The limiter must reduce all signals exceeding a certain level
to that level.
Gain: This enables you to apply a general gain to the signal. This entails a general
increase of the signal level, which will be especially noted at low input levels that are
under the threshold set. A general increase in the level of the signal may generate
saturation at the output, even when the signal is being limited.
OK, accept configuration. You will need to re-confirm the acceptance of the confirmation
by clicking OK in the main screen of the advanced pre-sets.
CANCEL, cancels your configuration.
4.3.4.2. Advanced configuration of Noise Gate
From the Advanced menu screen Pre-set Settings you can activate or deactivate the noise gate
through the option NOISE GATE ACTIVE (tic-box).
Press the “Configure” button to access the graphic display where the operational parameters for
the noise gate are modified.
Configuration screen Noise Gate
A noise gate is a dynamics processor that lets signals through whose level exceeds a certain
threshold, strongly attenuating the signal levels below that threshold and thus muting noise. It
enables its user to eliminate extraneous noise from a signal source, whether it is background
noise in the studio—in the case of a microphone—or the background noise generated by a
playback device—for example, a tape.
The controls available are:
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Attack time: The time defined as the time for the gate to react to a signal that is
exceeding the threshold.
Release time: The time defined as the time that the gate should remain open once the
signal exceeding threshold has disappeared. Hold time: The time defined as the time
that the gate should remain open when the signal falls below the threshold.
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When establishing the settings, the threshold for the noise gate will be much lower than in the
case of the compressor, as its operation is the opposite. The noise gate prevents the passing of
lower levels of the signal that could be considered noise. Therefore, the range of settings is
different. In addition, there is an additional parameter for noise gates, which is “Hold Time.” This
is a safety period used to prevent the gate from accidentally closing if a signal is suddenly
absent, for example, in speech.
In addition, the threshold must be adjusted to a level slightly higher than the level of the noise to
be avoided. Thus, the threshold will be set at a very low level. Above the threshold, the noise
gate does not act (unity gain), letting the rest of the signal through without processing it. The
gate remains closed; i.e. when the signal surpasses the threshold level, the gate opens. The
attack time is the time the gate takes to open (unity gain) when it receives a signal whose
amplitude exceeds the threshold level; this time must be short to avoid cutting off the beginning
of a sentence or song. The release time is the time the gate takes to close when the signal level
falls below the threshold. The hold time is the minimum time during which the gate remains
open; it is used to prevent the gate from closing when the signal level drops briefly—for
example, when an announcer pauses while speaking. The hold time prevents the gate from
opening and closing constantly in the presence of a signal whose level fluctuates in a range
close to the threshold level.
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4.3.4.3. Advanced Configuration Equalizer
From the Advanced menu screen Pre-set Settings you can activate or deactivate the equalizer
through the option EQUALIZER ACTIVE (tic-box).
Press the “Configure” button to access the graphic display where the operational parameters for
the equalizer are modified: freq, Q and Gain.
EQ control screen
4.3.4.4. Advanced Settings – Filters
From the Advanced menu screen Pre-set Settings you can activate or deactivate the high-pass
or low-pass filter through the option High-Pass/Low-Pass Filter ACTIVE (tic-box).
• OFF, filter off.
• LOW PASS FILTER, activation of low pass filter.
• HIGH PASS FILTER, high-pass filter activation.
Press the “Configure” button to access the graphic display where the operational parameters for
the equalizer are modified.
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Low pass filter configuration screen
High-pass filter configuration screen.
4.3.5. Sub-menu SNAPSHOT CONFIGURATION
Access to the SNAPSHOT CONFIGURATION from the Programmable Configuration drop-down
menu , clicking the icon;
Sub-menu SNAPSHOT CONFIGURATION icon
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SNAPSHOT CONFIGURATION allows you to manage different configurations stored in the
AEQ FORUM and available to operators through the internal menu of the main screen of the
Control and Monitoring section of the unit. Please refer to section 3.3 of this manual.
SNAPSHOT CONFIGURATION Sub-menu
The main screen of this menu is presented as a list of all the snapshots stored. There is a
default configuration (labelled DEFAULT) and up to six memory positions that are free for userdefined configurations. Each one of these memory positions stores all of the parameters in use
in the console at a given time: gain, phase, configuration of equalizers, filters, routing…etc. The
list is sorted by the memory ID and/or LABEL. Each of the stored pre-sets includes an
associated “click to CONFIG” option. This is a short-cut to the Advanced Settings and is
accessed by first clicking on the text “Click to [CONFIG] and then on the new CONFIG button
that will appear.
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Advanced settings menu snapshot memories
The options under the advanced settings menu memory snapshots, described from left to right
and top to bottom:
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Faders, twelve drop-down menus allow you to assign an audio channel that
corresponds to one of the physical faders of the AEQ FORUM mixing console. The
faders are numbered from left to right, 1 through 12.
STUDIO, you can set studio monitors to be active or inactive by default and following
the status of the physical keys available for this purpose (Master 1, Master 2, Cue and
Sel).
• SEL Input and Output, selects a combination or a single input or output to be
present for monitoring at the key “Sel”.
CONTROL, you can set control monitors to be active or inactive by default and following
the status of the physical keys available for this purpose (Master 1, Master 2, Cue and
Sel).
• SEL Input and Output, selects a combination or a single input or output to be
present for monitoring at the key “Sel”.
TALKBACK MIC configures the operation of the microphone input present in the
common I/O section at the rear panel of the AEQ FORUM.
• ORDERS, set the microphone to act as a orders microphone input for the Studio
and return for any open communication line. This is a typical configuration for the
AEQ FORUM when installed in a Studio – Control configuration.
• SELF-CONTROL, set the microphone to act as a microphone input in a selfcontrol configuration. This is typically the configuration adopted when the Studio
and Control areas of the radio station are in the same room or physical space, i.e.
the host of the radio program is also the operator of the mixing console.
CONFIGURE INPUTS, OUTPUTS AND MIXERS, such as quick access button for the
section advanced settings for the audio inputs, outputs and internal mixer buses ,
presented in three consecutive columns.
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Advanced settings section CONFIGURE INPUTS, OUTPUTS AND MIXERS
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OK, accepts configuration.
CANCEL, cancels the configuration.
4.3.5.1. Advanced Settings INPUTS
Within the advanced settings screen CONFIGURE INPUTS, OUTPUTS AND MIXERS, the
column on the left shows the complete list of all the units available audio input channels.
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INPUT, as an internal control, numeric identifier for the input.
LABEL, name associated to the channel.
CONFIG, allows you to configure the specific options for the channel through a
dedicated screen. To access, first click on the text “Click to [CONFIG] and then on the
new CONFIG button that will appear.
Snapshot Input screen.
From left to right and from top to bottom the options available are:
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NAME OF THE CHANNEL
ROUTING, activate or configure the access keys to routing that are available above
each fader channel of the AEQ FORUM control surface.
BALANCE / PANORAMA, manages the balance or panoramic control for this input
channel.
BUTTONS, to select the initial status of the PFL (CUE) or CHANNEL ON / OFF buttons
of the AEQ FORUM control surface.
DIGITAL GAIN, using a graphical representation of a sliding fader, controls the input
gain of the selected channel from-12dB to +12 dB.
FADER
COMPRESSOR/LIMITER activates configures or deactivates the Compressor / Limiter
for the selected channel. To configure the Compressor/Limiter, please refer to section
4.3.4.1 of this manual.
NOISE GATE activates, configures or deactivates the Noise Gate for the selected
channel. To configure the Noise Gate, please refer to section 4.3.4.2 of this manual.
EQUALIZER activates, configures or deactivates the Equalizer for the selected channel.
To configure the Equalizer, please refer to section 4.3.4.3 of this manual.
FILTER activates, configures or deactivates the High-pass or Low-pass Filters for the
selected channel. To configure the High-pass or Low-pass Filters, please refer to
section 4.3.4.4 of this manual.
OK, accept configuration.
CANCEL, cancels the configuration.
4.3.5.2. Advanced Settings OUTPUTS
Within the advanced settings screen CONFIGURE INPUTS, OUTPUTS AND MIXERS, the
column on the left shows the complete list of all the units available audio input channels.
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OUTPUT, as an internal control, numeric identifier for the input.
LABEL, name associated to the channel.
CONFIG, allows you to configure the specific options for the channel through a
dedicated screen. To access, first click on the text “Click to [CONFIG] and then on the
new CONFIG button that will appear.
Snapshot Output settings.
From left to right and from top to bottom the options available on screen are:
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NAME OF THE CHANNEL
DIGITAL GAIN, using a graphical representation of a sliding fader, controls the input
gain of the selected channel from-12dB to +12 dB.
OK, accepts the configuration.
CANCEL, cancels the configuration.
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4.3.5.3. Advanced Settings MIXER
Within the advanced settings screen CONFIGURE INPUTS, OUTPUTS AND MIXERS, the
column on the right shows the complete list of all the mixers available internal summing buses.
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INPUT, as an internal control, numeric identifier for the internal summing bus.
LABEL, name associated to the summing bus.
CONFIG, allows you to configure the specific options for the internal summing bus
through a dedicated screen. To access, first click on the text “Click to [CONFIG] and
then on the new CONFIG button that will appear.
Short bus configuration screen.
The configuration options available on this screen are identical to those described above in
section 4.3.4. PRESET CONFIGURATION of this manual.
4.4. FIRMWARE UPGRADE menu
This menu lets you configure the functions related to the update of firmware versions for the
AEQ FORUM, allowing for the implementation of new features and developments. Clicking on
the FIRMWARE UPGRADE section on the main screen, the left side of the screen will show you
the list of sub-menus, which includes:
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TREE VIEW, provides a global view of the system, providing information with regards to
the currently installed firmware versions for each of the integrated and optional modules
that the AEQ FORUM mixing console contains.
UPGRADE VIEW shows information regarding the system functional module to be
updated and the overall progress of the Firmware Upgrade operation.
LOG VIEW, log containing all the actions associated with an upgrade process.
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FIRMWARE UPGRADE menu and sub-menus
Any FIRMWARE UPGRADE or other operation in this section of the ForumSetup application
should only be accomplished by qualified personnel in possession of all necessary technical
information relative to this system and with the possibility to establish a direct communication
with AEQ's technical support (sat@aeq.es).
4.4.1. TREE VIEW sub-menu
Access to the sub-menu TREE VIEW from the drop-down menu under the Firmware Upgrade
clicking on the icon.
TREE VIEW sub-menu icon
TREE VIEW, provides a global view of the system, providing information with regards to the
currently installed firmware versions for each of the integrated and optional modules that the
AEQ FORUM mixing console contains.
TREE VIEW screen provides a tree structured view, with the information regarding firmware
versions installed on all currently installed modules in the AEQ FORUM and within each one of
them, the most important components as MICROPROCESSOR, FPGA or DSP.
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TREE VIEW
Selecting any of the modules through right-clicking the mouse and choosing the option
UPGRADE, the screen for firmware upgrade will appear. The firmware update files are “AFU”
type files (AEQ Firmware Upgrade) and are encrypted for reasons of security.
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4.4.2. UPGRADE VIEW sub-menu
UPGRADE VIEW Sub-menu is accessed from the Firmware Upgrade drop-down clicking on the
icon;
Sub-menu UPGRADE VIEW icon
UPGRADE VIEW displays information regarding the selected functional module to be upgraded
and the progress of the upgrade operation. The following fields are visible on screen:
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WRITE, progress bar concerning the AFU file copy process from the computer that is
running ForumSetup.exe to the AEQ FORUM internal memory.
VERIFY, progress bar for the AFU file check previously copied to the AEQ FORUM
internal memory.
INFO, displays information about the functional module of the AEQ FORUM subject to
the firmware upgrade.
SLOT, identifies the physical location of the Audio I/O modules at the rear panel of the
AEQ FORUM. In the case of the mainframe the identifier will be FR01 and FRCH for the
4 faders modules.
CARD, shows the type of the functional module type and its description that is subject
to the firmware upgrade.
DEVICE, electronic component part of the functional module that has been upgraded.
OLD VERSION, information regarding the old firmware version installed on the
component.
NEW VERSION, information about new firmware version installed on the component.
NEXT SLOT indicates the following functional module to be upgraded.
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4.4.3. LOG VIEW Sub-menu
LOG VIEW Sub-menu is accessed from the Firmware Upgrade drop-down menu, clicking on the
icon;
LOG VIEW icon
LOG VIEW represents the record containing all the actions associated with a particular upgrade
process and as a sequence of independent events chronologically ordered and its specific
status (OK or ERROR) . This information is complementary information to the UPGRADE
TREE VIEW.
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5. REMOTE CONTROL SOFTWARE
The AEQ FORUM mixing console optionally includes a remote control software called VIRTUAL
FORUM. This application enables the remote virtual operation of the unit.
VIRTUAL FORUM application icon
This remote control software should not be confused with the remote configuration software as
described in the previous chapter 4. CONFIGURATION SOFTWARE that is used to set-up and
configure the operational parameters of the mixer.
The remote control software application is graphically showing all the control surface details of
the unit, including all the keys, rotary encoders, sliding faders and displays of the AEQ FORUM
and as described in chapters 2. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE UNIT, and 3.
DESCRIPTION OF THE INTERNAL MENU of this manual.
AEQ FORUM remote control software application on Windows desktop
The remote control software application VIRTUAL FORUM is developed for Windows 2000, XP,
Vista or 7.
The remote control software application VIRTUAL FORUM is an optional software application.
For more information please refer to AEQ sales department or authorised distributors.
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6. STANDARD AEQ PRODUCT GUARANTEE
AEQ warrants that this product has been designed and manufactured under a certified Quality
Assurance System and according to the ISO 9001/2002 Standard. AEQ therefore warrants that the
necessary test protocols to assure the proper operation and the specified technical characteristics of
the product have been followed and accomplished. This includes that the general protocols for
design and production and the particular ones for this product are conveniently documented.
1. - The present guarantee does not exclude or limit in any way any legally recognized right of the
client.
2. - The period of guarantee is defined to be twelve natural months starting from the date of
purchase of the product by the first client. To be able to apply to the established in this guarantee, it
is compulsory condition to inform the authorized distributor or –to its effect- an AEQ Sales office or
the Technical Service of AEQ within thirty days of the appearance of the defect and within the period
of guarantee, as well as to facilitate a copy of the purchase invoice and serial number of the product.
It will be equally necessary the previous and expressed conformity from the AEQ Technical Service
for the shipment to AEQ of products for their repair or substitution in application of the present
guarantee. In consequence, return of equipment that does not comply with these conditions will not
be accepted.
3. -AEQ will at its own cost repair the faulty product once returned, including the necessary labour to
carry out such repair, whenever the failure is caused by defects of the materials, design or
workmanship. The repair will be carried out in any of the AEQ authorized Technical Service Centre.
This guarantee does not include the freight charges of the product to or from such Authorized
Technical Service Centre.
4. – No Extension of the Guarantee Period for repaired product shall be applied. Nor shall a
Substituted Products in application of this Guarantee be subject to Guarantee Period Extension.
5. - The present guarantee will not be applicable in the following situations:
Improper use or Contrary use of the product as per the User or Instruction Manual; violent
manipulation; exhibition to humidity or extreme thermal or environmental conditions or sudden
changes of such conditions; electrical discharges or lightning; oxidation; modifications or not
authorized connections; repairs or non-authorized disassembly of the product; spill of liquids or
chemical products.
6. - Under no circumstances, whether based upon this Limited Guarantee or otherwise, shall AEQ,
S.A. be liable for incidental, special, or consequential damages derived from the use or from the
impossibility of using the product.
AEQ shall not be liable for loss of information in the disks or data support that have been altered or
found to be inexact, neither for any accidental damage caused by the user or other persons
manipulating the product.
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