DigiDesign D-Control Specifications

D-Control
Version 7.3
™
Legal Notices
Safety Statement
This guide is copyrighted ©2007 by Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc.
(hereafter “Digidesign”), with all rights reserved. Under copyright laws, this guide
may not be duplicated in whole or in part without the written consent of
Digidesign.
This equipment has been tested to comply with USA and Canadian safety
certification in accordance with the specifications of UL Standards; UL6500 and
Canadian CSA standard; CSA C22.2 No.1-M90. Digidesign Inc., has been
authorized to apply the appropriate UL & CUL mark on its compliant equipment.
003, 003 Rack, 96 I/O, 96i I/O, 192 Digital I/O, 192 I/O, 888|24 I/O, 882|20
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Reduction, Digidesign TDM Bus, DigiDrive, DigiRack, DigiTest, DigiTranslator,
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ProControl, Pro Tools M-Powered, Pro Tools, Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools LE,
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Synchronic, TL Space, Velvet, and X-Form are trademarks or registered
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the property of their respective owners.
Product features, specifications, system requirements, and availability are
subject to change without notice.
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Communications & Safety Regulation Information
Compliance Statement
Important Safety Instructions
1) Read these instructions.
2) Keep these instructions.
3) Heed all warnings.
4) Follow all instructions.
5) Do not use this apparatus near water.
6) Clean only with dry cloth.
7) Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions.
The models D-Control and XMON comply with the following standards regulating
interference and EMC:
• FCC Part 15 Class A
• EN55103 – 1, environment E4
• EN55103 – 2, environment E4
• AS/NZS 3548 Class A
• CISPR 22 Class A
• ICES-003 Class A
8) Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves,
or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
Canadian Compliance Statement:
10) Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs,
convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
This Class A digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003
Cet appareil numérique de la classe A est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du
Canada.
CE Compliance Statement:
9) Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A
polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type
plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third
prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your
outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
11) Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12) Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the
manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when
moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
13) Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long
periods of time.
Digidesign is authorized to apply the CE (Conformité Europénne) mark on this
compliant equipment thereby declaring conformity to EMC Directive
89/336/EEC and Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC.
Australian Compliance:
Radio and Television Interference
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Communications Statement
This equipment has been tested to comply with the limits for a Class A digital
device. Changes or modifications to this product not authorized by Digidesign,
Inc., could void the Certification and negate your authority to operate the product.
This product was tested for CISPR compliance under conditions that included the
use of peripheral devices and shielded cables and connectors between system
components. Digidesign recommends the use of shielded cables and connectors
between system components to reduce the possibility of causing interference to
radios, television sets, and other electronic devices.
14) Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when
the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug
is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or
has been dropped.
Do not attempt to service the equipment. There are no
user-serviceable parts inside. Please refer all servicing to authorized
Digidesign personnel.
Any attempt to service the equipment will expose you to a risk of
shock and will void the manufacturer’s warranty.
SPECIAL WARNING REGARDING VENTILATION:
Do not install D-Control anywhere or in any way that blocks free air
flow at any time around the back panel of the unit.
SPECIAL WARNING REGARDING AMBIENT TEMPERATURE:
Before powering on the D-Control unit, be sure to allow it to reach
room temperature. The unit includes some components that are
senstive to cold temperatures, so it is recommended that you
unpack the unit and allow it to acclimate before turning it on for the
first time.
Contents
Part I
Introduction
Chapter 1. Introduction to D-Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
D-Control Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
D-Control System Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
System Expansion Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Operational Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Connection Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Mechanical Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Chapter 2. D-Control Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
D-Control Main Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
D-Control Fader Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
D-Control XMON Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Part II
Installation
Chapter 3. Setting Up D-Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
D-Control Stand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Installing D-Control Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Installing a Video Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Mounting D-Control Cables (Optional) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Reconfiguring the D-Control Keyboard for a Windows System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Moving the Keyboard and Trackball (Optional) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Replacing the Trackball with an External Trackball or Mouse (Optional) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Chapter 4. Connecting D-Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
D-Control Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Audio Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Chapter 5. Configuring D-Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Starting Up and Shutting Down the System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Software Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Setting D-Control Preferences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
System Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
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Part III
Reference
Chapter 6. Channel Strip Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Channel Strips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Channel Strip Master Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Chapter 7. Plug-in Controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Plug-ins and D-Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Displaying Dynamics Plug-in Gain Reduction on Channel Meters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Dynamics Section. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
EQ Section. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Chapter 8. Transport and Navigation Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Transport Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Zoom/Navigate Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Bank/Nudge Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Bank Select Matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Chapter 9. Management and Soft Key Sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Window Management Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Session Management Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Soft Keys Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Miscellaneous Controls Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Chapter 10. Monitor and Meter Sections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Monitor Section Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Control Room Monitoring System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Headphone/Cue System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Talkback/Listen System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Meter and Time Code Displays (Main Unit) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Meter Displays (Fader Module) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Setting D-Control Meters for Different Reference Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Chapter 11. Operating Modes and Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Normal Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Inline Console Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Custom Fader Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Working with Automation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
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Appendix A. Utility Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Entering Utility Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Navigating Utility Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Exiting Utility Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
D-Control System Info Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
D-Control Name Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
D-Control Test Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Resetting D-Control to Factory Defaults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
D-Control Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Appendix B. Audio Connections and Pinouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
25-Pin Female Connector Pinouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
15-Pin Connector Pinouts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
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Part I: Introduction
Chapter 1: Introduction to D-Control
Welcome to the D-Control™ worksurface for Digidesign®
ICON systems.
D-Control provides hands-on control of every feature in
Pro Tools, and offers powerful options for customizing the
Pro Tools mix environment.
D-Control System Components
The following components are included in a D-Control
16-channel or 32-channel system:
Main Unit
• D-Control Main Unit
D-Control Features
D-Control provides a full set of controls for all Pro Tools recording, editing and mixing tasks, and a versatile remote-controlled audio monitoring system.
• AC power cord
• Ethernet cable
• USB cable
• Windows keyboard caps set
• Ethernet loopback plug (for Ethernet testing)
Control Features
• Touch-sensitive, motorized Penny and Giles faders
• Touch-sensitive, multi-purpose rotary controls
Fader Module
(1 for 16-Channel System, 2 for 32-Channel System)
• Dedicated controls for assignment and activation of inputs,
outputs, inserts and sends
• D-Control Fader Module unit
• Flexible display of pan, insert, send, plug-in and mic pre
controls
• Ethernet cable
• Dedicated EQ and dynamics plug-in control sections
• Dedicated controls for all channel strip functions including
recording and input monitoring modes, mute, solo, and
channel select
• Dedicated controls for automation mode, enable and safe
status
• AC power cord
XMON Monitoring System
• XMON Interface
• AC power cord
• XMON cable
D-Control Stand
• Flip Mode for transfer of parameters from rotary controls to
faders
• Left and right leg assemblies
• Custom Fader Mode for flexible channel and parameter
mapping
• Rear pan support rail
• Full transport and navigation controls, including location
commands and scrub/shuttle capability
• Left and right plastic side caps
• Rear crossbar assembly
• Front pan support rail
• Leg front caps
• Leg rear caps
Monitoring Features
• Stand hardware
• 8-channel control room monitoring system supports mono
through 7.1 surround monitoring, with up to 6 possible input sources and 3 selectable output paths
• Video display arm assembly and hardware
• 2-channel cue system with 5 separate outputs and selectable
talkback feed
• Built-in talkback microphone and external talkback mic Input
• Standalone mode for monitoring without Pro Tools
Chapter 1: Introduction to D-Control 3
System Expansion Options
Connection Requirements
Fader Modules
Power Connections
Additional 16-channel Fader Modules can be added to D-Control, up to a total of 80 faders (five 16-channel Fader Modules).
Each D-Control unit (Main Unit and Fader Modules) and the
XMON Monitor Interface requires its own power connection.
Make sure your power source is correctly rated for the number
of units you are connecting. A surge protected power source
(not included) is highly recommended.
Surround Panner Option
The Surround Panner option for D-Control work surfaces provides tactile control for many mixing and panning features to
enhance multichannel mixing for surround sound.
Ethernet Connections
For details on D-Control expansion and customization options, visit the Digidesign website (www.digidesign.com).
Each D-Control unit communicates with Pro Tools via Ethernet. A 10-BaseT Ethernet hub (not included) is required to
connect D-Control units to the host computer.
Operational Requirements
USB Connections
Temperature and Ventilation
D-Control should be installed and operated in a climate-controlled environment, away from heat sources, and with adequate ventilation. D-Control should be operated at an ambient temperature that does not exceed 100 degrees F
(35 degrees C).
The back panel and the front half of the bottom panel of each
unit should be exposed to ambient air. Blocking or partially
blocking the back panel or bottom panel of a D-Control unit
may cause the unit to malfunction and may void your warranty.
The D-Control stand is designed to provide adequate ventilation for the D-Control units. Installation of D-Control units in
other stands or studio furniture is not recommended, and may
void your warranty if adequate ventilation is not maintained.
The computer keyboard and trackball on the D-Control Main
Unit require an available USB connector on the host computer
or on a USB hub if your system has one.
Audio Connections
All external analog audio inputs and outputs for control room
monitoring and studio communication are connected to the
XMON interface. D-Control connects to the XMON interface
with a single 15-pin cable (included). All analog inputs and
outputs on XMON are DB-25 connectors.
Audio Cables for D-Control Monitoring
Digidesign offers a range of DigiSnake cabling options for connecting Digidesign interfaces and external sources to the
XMON monitoring system. For details, visit the Digidesign
website (www.digidesign.com).
Water and Moisture
D-Control units should be operated away from sources of
moisture or humidity and should be kept clear of liquids that
might spill into the units.
Cleaning and Maintenance
If you need to clean the D-Control top surface, apply a
non-bleach cleaning solution to a cloth or paper towel, then
carefully wipe the surface. Do not use abrasives, cleaning solutions with bleach, or spray cleaners.
System Requirements
D-Control requires the following system components:
• Pro Tools|HD® system (which includes at least one
Pro Tools|HD audio interface)
An expanded HD-series system is required for higher track
counts.
For complete system requirements, visit the Digidesign website (www.digidesign.com).
Compatibility Information
Digidesign can only assure compatibility and provide support
for hardware and software it has tested and approved. For a list
of Digidesign-qualified computers, operating systems, and
third-party devices, refer to the Digidesign website
(www.digidesign.com).
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Mechanical Specifications
D-Control Stand Dimensions (not including video display arm)
Maximum Height
39.7 inches (100.9 cm)
Maximum Width
Main Unit with 1 Fader Module (16-channel system)
65.3 inches (165.9 cm)
Main Unit with 2 Fader Modules (32-channel system)
88.5 inches (224.8 cm)
Maximum Depth
45.7 inches (116.1 cm)
65.3 in
41.6 in
4.1 in
39.7 in
28.5 in
3.6 in
42.0 in
Figure 1. Stand dimensions for a 16-fader D-Control system
41.6 in
88.5 in
4.1 in
39.7 in
28.5 in
3.6 in
42.0 in
Figure 2. Stand dimensions for a 32-fader D-Control system
Chapter 1: Introduction to D-Control 5
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Chapter 2: D-Control Overview
D-Control Main Unit
Main Unit Top Panel
Display Arm Housing
Talkback Microphone
Display Shelf
Time Scale displays and Location indicators
Meter display
Dynamics Section
Channel
Strip Master
Assign and
Display controls
Monitor Section
Ste reo 1
Focus
Channel Strip
Channel
Strip Master
section
(also on
left side of
Main Unit)
EQ Section
Channel
Strip Master
Function controls
Custom Fader
controls
Transport
Section
Automation Mode
controls
Talkback switch
Bank
Select
section
Bank/Nudge
section
Session
Management
section
Window
Management
section
Zoom/Navigation
section
Soft Keys
section
Miscellaneous
controls
Figure 3. D-Control Main Unit top panel
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Meter Display
The Meter display on the D-Control Main Unit can be set to
show the output levels, or levels associated with a track or
plug-in. See “Meter and Time Code Displays (Main Unit)” on
page 116.
Time Scale Displays and Location Indicators
The Time Scale displays and Location indicators mirror the
corresponding indicators in Pro Tools. See “Meter and Time
Code Displays (Main Unit)” on page 116.
Display Shelf and Display Arm Housing
D-Control gives you two options for using a video display:
You can place a free-standing display on the display shelf, or
you can install a VESA TFT display on the included display
arm. See “Installing a Video Display” on page 27.
Window Management and Session Management
Sections
The Window Management and Session Management sections
on the D-Control Main Unit include controls for opening and
closing Pro Tools windows, and managing and saving
Pro Tools sessions. See “Window Management Section” on
page 93 and “Session Management Section” on page 94.
Soft Keys Section
The Soft Keys section on the D-Control Main Unit provides access to a wide range of Pro Tools commands directly from the
control surface. It also provides access to preferences and settings specific to D-Control. See “Soft Keys Section” on
page 95.
Miscellaneous Controls
Focus Channel Strip
The Miscellaneous Controls section on the D-Control Main
Unit includes controls for basic Pro Tools editing and display
functions. See “Miscellaneous Controls Section” on page 104.
The Focus Channel Strip on the D-Control Main Unit is used
to bring the controls of any channel strip in a session to the
center of the control surface, bringing them to the center mix
position. See “Channel Strips” on page 47.
Transport Section
Dynamics and EQ Sections
The D-Control Main Unit provides dedicated Dynamics and
EQ sections for plug-ins that support D-Control Dynamics
and EQ plug-in mapping. See “Plug-ins and D-Control” on
page 67.
Monitor Section
The Monitor section on the D-Control Main Unit includes a
full set of controls for the control room monitoring, headphone/cue, and talkback/listenback sections of D-Control. See
“Monitor Section Controls” on page 107.
Zoom/Navigation Section
The Zoom/Navigate section on the D-Control Main Unit is
used to control navigation, display, and selections in the
Pro Tools Edit window. See “Zoom/Navigate Section” on
page 91.
The Transport section on the D-Control Main Unit includes
two complete sets of transport controls, switches for setting
the transport mode, scrub/shuttle controls, as well as advanced audition and locate controls. See “Transport Section”
on page 85.
Channel Strip Master Section
The Channel Strip Master section is a set of controls that
appears on both the left and right sides of the D-Control Main
Unit, allowing easy access to powerful assignment, display,
and channel function controls from any mixing position. See
“Channel Strip Master Section” on page 54.
Custom Fader Controls
The Custom Fader controls in the D-Control Main Unit invoke a special set of D-Control modes, called Custom Fader
modes, which let you set aside and customize channel strips
for display and editing of a variety of functions. See “Custom
Fader Controls” on page 64.
Talkback Switches
Bank/Nudge and Bank Select Sections
The Bank/Nudge and Bank Select sections on the D-Control
Main Unit are used to control the display of Pro Tools tracks
on the control surface, in both Normal and Custom Fader
modes. See “Bank/Nudge Section” on page 92 and “Bank Select Matrix” on page 92.
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Two Talkback switches on the Main Unit provide mirrored
control of the D-Control Talkback function. See “Talkback
Switch” on page 66.
Automation Mode Controls
The Automation Mode controls mirror the function of the
on-screen Automation Mode selector for each track. See
“Automation Mode Controls” on page 66.
Main Unit Back Panel
AC Power
Footswitch jack
Ethernet connector
XMON Monitoring System
connector
Power switch
Keyboard/Trackball
USB connector
Figure 4. D-Control Main Unit back panel connectors
AC Power
Keyboard/Trackball USB Connector
The AC Power connector accepts a standard AC power cable.
The D-Control Main Unit is auto power-selecting (100V to
240V) and automatically works with a standard modular
power cord when connected to an AC receptacle in any
country.
The USB connector on the back panel of the D-Control Main
Unit links the computer keyboard and trackball on the Main
Unit to the Pro Tools system. See “USB Connections” on
page 34.
Ethernet Connector
Power Switch
The Power switch applies power to the D-Control Main Unit.
The Ethernet connector on the back panel of the D-Control
Main Unit provides communication to Pro Tools. See “Ethernet Connections” on page 33.
Footswitch Jack
The footswitch jack on the back panel of the D-Control Main
Unit is a 1/4-inch TRS jack that supports two footswitch connections. See “Footswitch Connections” on page 34.
XMON Monitoring System Connector
The 15-pin connector on the back panel of the D-Control
Main Unit provides remote control of all audio monitoring
functions from the D-Control Monitoring section. See
“XMON Monitoring System Connection” on page 35.
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D-Control Fader Module
Fader Module Top Panel
Meter
section
Rotary Encoder
section
Channel Strip
Channel Strip
Mode controls
Channel Strip
Function controls
Channel faders
Modifier keys
Figure 5. D-Control Fader Module top panel
Meter Section
The Meter section on the D-Control Fader Module can display
track levels, plug-in meters, and other parameters depending
on D-Control metering preferences. See “Meter Displays
(Fader Module)” on page 117.
Channel Strip
Each channel strip on the D-Control Fader Module has identical channel controls, including six touch-sensitive rotary encoders, display and mode controls, and a touch-sensitive
fader. See “Channel Strips” on page 47.
Fader Module Back Panel
AC Power
The AC Power connector accepts a standard AC power cable.
The D-Control Fader Module is auto power-selecting (100V to
240V) and automatically works with a standard modular
power cord when connected to an AC receptacle in any
country.
Power Switch
The Power switch applies power to the Fader Module.
Modifier Keys
Ethernet Connector
Each D-Control Fader Module has a set of four switches in its
lower left corner that duplicate the function of the Pro Tools
computer keyboard modifiers. See “Modifier Key Switches” on
page 54.
The Ethernet connector on the back panel of the D-Control
Fader Module provides communication to Pro Tools. See
“Ethernet Connections” on page 33.
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D-Control XMON Interface
D-Control monitoring is based on the XMON analog interface, which is remotely controlled from the D-Control
monitoring section.
XMON Front Panel
XMON
Power
switch
Mute
indicator
MIDI Receive
indicator
Mute button
Figure 6. XMON front panel
Power Switch
MIDI Receive Indicator
The Power switch applies power to the XMON Interface.
The MIDI Receive indicator shows MIDI activity between
XMON and D-Control.
Mute Indicator
The Mute indicator shows the mute status of XMON.
Mute Button
The Mute button mutes all XMON outputs. It is not possible
to unmute XMON with this button. The XMON mute state
can only be cleared from the D-Control Monitor section (see
“Monitor Section Controls” on page 107).
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XMON Back Panel
The back panel of the XMON interface includes connectors for all external analog audio inputs and outputs for D-Control. See
“Audio Connections” on page 35.
Cue Inputs
Main Inputs
Cue Outputs
Main Outputs
Figure 7. XMON back panel
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Surround Inputs
Alt Outputs
Talkback/
Listenback/
Utility
Stereo Inputs
Meter Calibration
Screws
Control Surface
AC Power
Part II: Installation
Chapter 3: Setting Up D-Control
This chapter explains how to set up 16-fader (Main Unit plus one Fader Module) and 32-fader D-Control systems (Main Unit plus
two Fader Modules).
D-Control Stand
(16-Fader and 32-Fader Systems)
Figure 1. Assembled D-Control stand
The stand configurations for 16-fader and 32-fader systems have similar assembly procedures and the same number of parts (the
crossbar and support rails are longer for a 32-fader system).
Chapter 3: Setting Up D-Control 15
Stand Components
Unpack the stand and confirm that you have all of the necessary parts. Figure 2 shows the metal parts of the stand. Figure 3 shows
the plastics parts of the stand. Set the plastic parts aside to protect them from damage during initial assembly.
Rear pan support rail
Front pan support rail
Left leg assembly
Right leg assembly
Rear crossbar assembly
Figure 2. D-Control metal stand parts
(2) Leg front caps
Left and right side caps
(2) Leg rear caps
Figure 3. D-Control plastic stand parts
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Stand Hardware
The following hardware is provided with the D-Control stand (spare pieces may be included).
1/4-inch-20 x 1/2-inch button head cap screw
M6 x 8mm Phillips pan head screw
1/4-inch-20 x 1/2-inch socket head cap screw
#10-32 x 1-inch socket head cap screw
#10-32 x 1/2-inch socket head cap screw
#10-32 x 3/4-inch socket head cap screw
1/2-inch roll pin
#6-32 x 7/16-inch Phillips pan head machine screw
#10 x 3/4-inch Phillips pan head screw
Figure 4. D-Control assembly hardware for metal and plastic parts
Hardware for Metal Stand Parts
• (14) 1/4-inch-20 x 1/2-inch button head cap screws
Tools for Assembling the Stand
The following tools are included with D-Control:
• (10) 1/4-inch-20 x 1/2-inch socket head cap screws
• 5/32-inch hex driver (for button head cap screws)
• (22) M6 x 8mm Phillips pan head screws
• 3/16-inch hex driver (for socket head cap screws)
• (8) 1/2-inch-20 x 1-inch socket head cap screws
for leveling the stand (not pictured)
• 3/8-inch hex driver (for stand leveling screws)
• (3) 1/2-inch roll pins
Hardware for Plastic Stand Parts
The following additional tools are required to assemble the
D-Control stand:
• #2 Phillips screwdriver (for large Phillips head screws)
• (3) #10-32 x 1/2-inch socket head cap screws
• #1 Phillips screwdriver (for small Phillips head screws)
• (4) #10-32 x 3/4-inch socket head cap screws
• small hammer (for 1/2-inch roll pins)
• (26) #10-32 x 1-inch socket head cap screws
• (8) #10 x 3/4-inch Phillips pan head screws
• (3) #6-32 x 7/16-inch Phillips pan head machine screws
The following tools are optional, but will help with assembly:
• rubber mallet for adjusting the stand
• ratcheting nylon strap for closing up the stand
Cabling Accessories
• (14) cable tie mounts
• (8) screw mount cable ties
• (14) cable ties
• (4) Velcro rip ties
• (10) #8 x 1/2-inch self-tapping screws (for use with rip
ties and screw mount cable ties)
Chapter 3: Setting Up D-Control 17
Placement of D-Control
Preparing the Stand Legs
In planning the placement of your D-Control, make sure to
account for the dimensions of the assembled system, allowing
for at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) of open space behind the finished
unit. This meets the ventilation requirements for the D-Control units.
Before assembling the D-Control stand, make sure the floor in
the installation space is level and the areas directly under the
legs are flat.
Each stand leg has three holes for leveling screws in its base,
which can be used to fine-tune the leveling of the unit.
For detailed dimensional information, see “Mechanical Specifications” on page 5.
When assembling the unit, you will need additional clearance
on either side of the unit to push the sides of the stand together in the final steps of assembly. You will also need access
to the rear of the unit to make cable connections.
(3) 1/2-inch–20 x 1-inch socket head cap screws
Figure 5. Location of leveling screws
If you are placing the unit on a cement or hardwood floor, you
can apply adhesive-backed rubber pads (included) to the bottoms of the legs to protect the floor and help level the stand.
If you are using the leveling screws, you can place rubber pads
directly under the screws to further protect the floor.
Figure 6. Applying rubber pads to bottom of D-Control leg
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Assembling the Stand
After you have prepared the installation space for D-Control, begin by assembling the metal parts of the stand.
It is important that you first build the stand slightly wider than its final dimensions, and leave all screws loose enough to
allow the stand legs to move side-to-side relative to the rear crossbar and rails. After you install the D-Control units on the
stand, you will then slide the leg assemblies inward and tighten all screws.
To assemble the stand:
1 Place the right and left leg assemblies upright, and at the approximate width of the rear crossbar assembly. Position the legs so
that their crossbar mounting brackets are on the insides of the legs, facing each other as in Figure 7.
Right stand leg
Crossbar mounting brackets
Left stand leg
Figure 7. D-Control stand legs positioned with crossbar brackets facing each other
2 Lift the rear crossbar assembly into position and slide it onto the crossbar mounting bracket on each leg. (The two sides of the
crossbar are identical, so it does not matter which side faces front.) Position the legs so there is a small gap between the sides of
the crossbar and the inner surface of each leg. The screw holes in the brackets should be visible in the slots on the crossbar.
Crossbar mounting
bracket
Gap between crossbar and
stand leg
Figure 8. Placing the rear crossbar assembly on the mounting bracket (left); Detail of gap between crossbar and leg (right)
Chapter 3: Setting Up D-Control 19
3 Using a 5/32-inch hex wrench, attach the crossbar to the
5 Position the rear rail so that the edge with the V-shaped
brackets with 1/4-inch-20 x 1/2-inch button head cap screws
(see Figure 9), using 6 screws on each side (3 in front and 3 in
back). Make sure to leave the screws loose enough so that the
legs can be moved side-to-side relative to the rear crossbar.
notch points toward the left stand leg.
Notch indicating left side of rear pan support rail
Figure 11. V-shaped notch in rear pan support rail
6 Lift the rear rail into place so that the rail rests on the rear
rail tabs of the stand legs (see Figure 12). The holes on the ends
of the rail should line up with the slots in the rear rail tabs on
each leg.
Figure 9. Attaching the crossbar
4 Locate the rear pan support rail, which is the larger of the
two rails provided with the stand.
Rear pan
support rail
Figure 12. Rear support rail in place on left stand leg
Front pan
support rail
Figure 10. Side view of pan support rails
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7 Using a 3/16-inch hex wrench, attach the rear rail to the rail
tabs on each leg from below with 1/4-inch-20 x 1/2 inch
socket head cap screws (see Figure 13), using 2 screws in each
side. Make sure to leave the screws loose enough so that the
leg assemblies can be moved side-to-side relative to the rear
rail.
10 Lift the front rail into place so that the rail rests on the
front rail tabs of the stand legs. The holes on the ends of the
rail should line up with the slots in the front rail tabs on each
leg.
11 Using a 3/16-inch hex wrench, attach the front rail to the
rail tabs on each leg from below with 1/4-inch-20 x 1/2 inch
socket head cap screws, using 2 screws in each side. Make sure
to leave the screws loose enough so that the leg assemblies can
be moved side-to-side relative to the front rail.
Figure 15. Front and rear support rails in place on left stand leg
Figure 13. Attaching support rail from below
8 Locate the front pan support rail, which is the smaller of the
two rails provided with the stand.
With the rear crossbar, rear support rail and front support rail
in place (see Figure 15), you are now ready to install the
D-Control units on the stand.
9 Position the front rail so that the edge with the V-shaped
notch points toward the left stand leg.
Notch indicating left side of front pan support rail
Figure 14. V-shaped notch in front pan support rail
Chapter 3: Setting Up D-Control 21
Installing D-Control Units
After the stand has been assembled, the next step is preparing
the D-Control Main Unit and Fader Modules for installation.
32-Fader System
If you are building a 32-fader D-Control, you can place the
Main Unit to the left, to the right, or in between the two Fader
Modules.
Attaching the Spacer Plate
A metal spacer plate goes between each D-Control unit on the
D-Control stand.
Fader
Main
Fader
Fader
Fader
Main
32-fader system, Main in center
32-fader system, Main on right
Figure 16. D-Control spacer plate (removed from a Fader Module)
A spacer plate is pre-installed on the right side of each Fader
Module. Depending on the size and configuration of your
D-Control system, you may need to move the plate from one
of the Fader Modules to the Main Unit. Refer to the section below for your system configuration.
If you are building a 16-fader D-Control, you can place the
Main Unit either to the left or to the right of the Fader
Module.
Main
Main
Fader
16-fader system, Main on right
16-fader system, Main on left
Figure 17. 16-channel configurations
‹ If you are placing the Main Unit to the left of the Fader
Module, you need to move the spacer plate from the Fader
Module to the Main Unit. Refer to “Moving the Spacer Plate”
on page 23 before installing the units on the stand.
‹ If you are placing the Main Unit to the right of the Fader
Module, you can use the spacer plate on the Fader Module as
pre-installed. Proceed to “Installing the Units on the Stand”
on page 24.
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Fader
Fader
32-fader system, Main on left
Figure 18. 32-channel configurations
16-Fader System
Fader
Main
‹ If you are placing the Main Unit to the left or in between the
two Fader Modules, you need to move the spacer plate from
the far-right Fader Module to the Main Unit. Refer to “Moving
the Spacer Plate” on page 23 before installing the units on the
stand.
‹ If you are placing the Main Unit to the right of the two
Fader Modules, you can use the spacer plates as pre-installed
on the Fader Modules. Proceed to “Installing the Units on the
Stand” on page 24.
Moving the Spacer Plate
Leveling the Pins on the Rightmost Unit
When installing any Fader Modules on the right of the Main
Unit, you will need to remove the spacer plate and its screws
from the far right Fader Module and place them on the right
side of the Main Unit.
Fader Modules and Producer’s Desks ship with two pins in
their right side to help anchor the units together on the stand.
(These pins are not needed on the rightmost unit in your configuration, and can be removed.)
Do not use a power screwdriver or similar high-torque
device to remove and replace the screws for the spacer
plate, as it might strip the threads in the screw housing.
To move the spacer plate:
1 Remove the screws holding the spacer plate in place. Make
sure to note the location of the longer screws (2 in the front
and 5 in the back) as you remove them.
To level the roll pins on the rightmost unit:
1 Identify the unit that will occupy the rightmost position in
your configuration.
2 Use a small hammer to tap in the two pins the right side of
until they are flush with the side of the unit. (There is no stop
inside the pin rails, so you will be able to install new pins if
you expand your system later.)
long screws (5)
Top roll pin
location
long screws (2)
Figure 19. D-Control spacer plate (removed from a Fader Module)
2 Remove the spacer plate from the right side of the Fader
Figure 21. Installing the roll pin in the top of a D-Control unit
Module.
Front roll pin
location
Figure 22. Installing the roll pin in the front of a D-Control unit
Figure 20. Removing the spacer plate from a Fader Module
3 Remove the corresponding screws from the right side of the
Main Unit, and save them for the Fader Module.
4 Position the spacer plate on the right side of the Main Unit,
and attach it in place with the screws that originally held it on
the Fader Module. Make sure to note the location of the longer
screws.
5 Place the remaining screws in the side of the Fader Module.
Make sure to note the location of the longer screws.
The holes on the spacer plate are countersunk for installation on the right side of a unit. Do not attach the spacer
plate to the left side of any D-Control unit.
Chapter 3: Setting Up D-Control 23
Installing the Units on the Stand
3 Lift successive units into place on the stand, being careful
not to bend the pins in the units you installed previously.
After the D-Control Main Unit and Fader Modules are prepared for installation, the units are placed on the stand in the
appropriate order for your configuration. Install the units
from left to right on the stand.
To install the D-Control units on the stand:
1 Lift the first unit into place on the stand so the channels in
the bottom of the unit go over the rear and front rails of the
stand.
4 Slide the units together, guiding the pins in each unit into
the corresponding holes in the side of the next unit.
5 Attach the units to the front and rear rails from below with
M6 x 8mm Phillips pan head screws, using a total of 6 screws
for the Main Unit (3 each in the front and rear rails) and a total
of 4 screws for the Fader Module (2 each in the front and rear
rails). Make sure to leave these screws loose enough so that the
units can still move side-to-side relative to the rails.
Figure 25. Attaching a unit to the rails from below
Figure 23. Placing a Fader Module on the stand
2 Slide the unit to the left side of the stand, leaving a gap of
about an inch (2 cm) between the side of the unit and the
flange on the inside of the stand.
Figure 24. Leaving a gap between the unit and stand
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Closing Up the Stand
Next, you will close up the stand and finish attaching the
units.
To close up the stand:
1 Move the stand legs together to completely close the gap be-
tween the stand and the outer units. (You may want to tap the
base of the legs with a rubber mallet to help move them into
place.)
2 Use a ratcheting nylon strap to compress the stand legs to-
gether.
Figure 27. Using a nylon strap on the D-Control units
6 Tighten the 2 socket head cap screws on each side of the
front and rear rails from below.
7 Attach the outside (rightmost and leftmost) units to the
flanges on the legs from below with M6 x 8mm Phillips pan
head screws. Tighten these screws.
Figure 26. Using a nylon strap on the stand legs
3 If there is still any gap between the rear crossbar assembly
and either of the legs, position the crossbar so that the gap is
equal on both sides.
4 Tighten the 6 button cap screws on each side of the rear
crossbar.
5 If necessary, use the ratcheting nylon strap to compress the
D-Control units together by running the strap around the top
part of the legs and across the D-Control units as shown in
Figure 27. Make sure the nylon strap does not contact any
switches or encoders on the surface.
(2) M6 x 8mm Phillips pan head screws
Figure 28. Attaching a unit to the leg flanges (view from below)
8 Tighten the Phillips pan head screws that attach the D-Con-
trol units to the front and rear rails from below.
9 Remove the nylon strap.
Chapter 3: Setting Up D-Control 25
Installing the Plastic Side Caps
With the D-Control units in place and attached to the stand
rails, you are now ready to install the plastic side caps.
3 Place the plastic side caps over each side of the unit, starting
by hooking the front of each cap around the front part of the
stand leg, then sliding the cap backward into place. The holes
on the cap should line up with holes on the stand.
Do not use a power screwdriver or similar high-torque
device to attach the plastic side caps, as it may distort
or damage the caps.
To install the plastic side caps:
1 On each side of the system, locate the pair of #6-32 machine
screws, arranged one above the other, near the front of each
unit. Remove the lower of the two screws from each side of the
unit.
Figure 31. Placing a plastic side cap on the stand
4 Attach each plastic side cap with the screws indicated in Fig-
ure 32. Leave the screws loose until you have placed all of the
screws, then go back and tighten all of the screws carefully.
Remove this screw
(6) #10-32 x 1-inch socket head cap screws
Figure 29. Removing the machine screw from a unit
2 Locate the two small blue rubber meter break caps and in-
(1) #6-32 x 7/16-inch Phillips pan head
machine screw
stall them in the inside of the plastic side caps.
(3) #10 x 3/4-inch Phillips pan head screws
Figure 32. Attaching the plastic side caps
Figure 30. Installing a meter break cap in a plastic side cap
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Installing the Plastic Leg Caps
Installing a Video Display
You can install the D-Control plastic leg caps at any time.
D-Control gives you two options for using a video display:
To protect the plastic leg caps from damage, install them
last, after you have finished installing and configuring
any other D-Control components and moved the system
into place. If necessary, continue with other installations
and return to these steps when you are finished.
Free-Standing Display The display shelf on D-Control can support a free-standing flat screen display.
Arm-Mounted TFT Display Using the video display arm included with the Main Unit, you can mount a TFT-type display
on D-Control.
General instructions for installing each display are given in
the following sections. For details on setting up a particular
display, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Installing a Free-Standing Display
The display shelf on the D-Control Main Unit can support a
free-standing flat screen display (such as an Apple Cinema display) up to a 20-inch screen size. (Larger displays may obstruct
the view of the meter bridge on the Main Unit.)
To install a free-standing display:
1 Remove the display shelf panel from the Main Unit.
Figure 33. Plastic leg cap placement
To install the plastic leg caps:
1 Place the front leg caps over each leg. Attach each front cap
with the screws indicated in Figure 34.
(2) #10-32 x 3/4-inch socket head
cap screws
(2) #10-32 x 1-inch socket head
cap screws
(1) #10-32 x 1/2-inch socket head
cap screw
Figure 36. Removing the display shelf from the Main Unit
Figure 34. Attaching the plastic front leg caps
2 Place the rear leg caps over each leg. Attach each rear cap
with the screws indicated in Figure 35.
(3) #10-32 x 1-inch socket head cap screws
Figure 35. Attaching the plastic rear leg caps
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2 Replace the mounting post housing on the underside of the
Installing an Arm-Mounted TFT Display
display shelf panel with the provided cover plate.
The articulated video display arm included with the D-Control Main Unit can support a VESA-style display that weighs
up to 20 pounds (9 kg).
The video display arm is packaged separately and includes
hardware that is not needed for D-Control. The
arm-mounting hardware is pre-installed in the bottom of
the Main Unit.
To install an arm-mounted TFT display:
1 Mount the video display on the display arm assembly ac-
cording to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Figure 37. Mounting post housing (back of display shelf panel)
3 Run the display cabling through the cable port in the dis-
play shelf panel.
4 Route the display cabling down through the Main Unit and
2 Discard the mounting post included with the monitor arm
assembly. A correctly sized replacement post is included with
the D-Control Main Unit.
3 Install the new mounting post in the Main Unit. Note the
orientation of the post (the side with the longer slot faces the
back of the unit).
through the cable port in the bottom of the Main Unit. (You
may need to remove a panel covering this cable port.)
Figure 38. Cable port in bottom of Main Unit (view from below)
5 Replace the display shelf panel on the Main Unit.
6 Place the display on the display shelf.
Figure 39. Installing the mounting post in the Main Unit
4 Run the display cabling through the cable port behind the
mounting post housing (you many need to remove the display shelf to route any connectors through the port).
5 Route the display cabling down through the Main Unit and
through the cable port in the bottom of the Main Unit. (You
may need to remove a panel covering this cable port. See Figure 38.)
6 Place the display arm collar over the mounting post assem-
bly. Do not tighten the set screw for the collar.
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7 Place the display arm assembly on the mounting post as-
10 Insert the top cap/threaded rod in the mounting post as-
sembly.
sembly and tighten it with the provided wrench.
Figure 40. Placing the arm assembly on the mounting post
Figure 42. Attaching the arm assembly with the top cap/threaded rod
8 Adjust the display arm collar so that its stops prevent the
arm assembly and video display from hitting the D-Control
meter bridge. In most cases, the setscrew should not go into
the hole in the mounting post assembly, but should be
slightly to the right of the hole and the cable port as shown in
Figure 41.
Figure 41. Detail of display arm collar and setscrew
Figure 43. Installed arm mount assembly and video display
9 Tighten the setscrew to fix the collar in place.
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Mounting D-Control Cables (Optional)
5 Install the included Start (or “Windows”) keys to replace the
Alt/Option keys.
Three different kinds of cable ties are provided with D-Control.
Velcro Rip Ties These ties can be affixed to the D-Control
stand legs. Two pre-drilled holes inside each leg accept #8 x
1/2-inch self-tapping screws.
Screw-Mount Ties These ties can be affixed to the D-Control
stand legs with the #8 x 1/2-inch self-tapping screws.
Adhesive-Backed Ties These self-sticking tie mounts let you
place cable ties anywhere on the D-Control unit, and can be
used to dress cables or to mount an Ethernet hub under the
unit.
Figure 45. Windows keys in place on alpha keyboard
6 Remove the Equals (=) key, also called “Capture” key, from
Reconfiguring the D-Control Keyboard
for a Windows System
The computer keyboard on the D-Control Main Unit ships
with a Mac keyboard configuration.
If you will be using D-Control with a Windows-based
Pro Tools system, you will need to reconfigure the computer
keyboard.
the numeric keypad.
7 Move the Slash (/) key, also called the “Enter Start End
Length” key, to replace the Equals key.
8 Move the Asterisk (*) key, also called the Enter Main
Counter key, to replace the Slash key.
9 Move the Minus (–) key to replace the Asterisk key.
10 Remove the Plus (+) key and install the included dou-
ble-sized plus key to replace the old Plus and Minus keys.
To reconfigure the D-Control computer keyboard for Windows:
1 Using a 5/64-inch hex wrench, remove the screws in the
computer keyboard panel and detach it from the D-Control
Main Unit.
Figure 44. Removing the computer keyboard from the Main Unit
2 Locate the switch on the printed circuit board under the
keyboard and move it to the opposite position.
3 Remove the two Apple Command (a) keys from either side
of the Spacebar on the alpha keyboard.
4 Move the Alt/Option keys inward to replace the Apple Command keys.
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Figure 46. Windows keys in place on the numeric keypad
11 Replace the computer keyboard panel on the D-Control
Main Unit and reattach its screws.
Moving the Keyboard and Trackball
(Optional)
You can move the trackball on the D-Control Main Unit to the
left of the computer keyboard.
To move the keyboard and trackball:
1 Using a 5/64-inch hex wrench, remove the screws in the
6 Locate the USB connector on the printed circuit board, and
connect your trackball or mouse to it.
7 Connect the Molex plug you disconnected in Step 3 to the
P2 connector on the printed circuit board. Make sure you fit
the connector and plug together correctly (so that the plug
snaps into place) to maintain polarity of this connection.
8 Route the cable of your trackball or mouse through the slot
in the blank plate.
computer keyboard panel and the trackball panel on the
D-Control Main Unit.
9 Attach the blank plate to the Main Unit.
2 Exchange the position of the trackball and keyboard panels,
and carefully rearrange their cables underneath the panels.
Reinstalling the Trackball
3 Reattach the computer keyboard and trackball panels to the
If you need to reinstall the factory trackball on a D-Control
Main Unit, carry out the following procedure.
Main Unit.
To replace the trackball:
1 Using a 5/64-inch hex wrench, remove the blank plate from
the Main Unit.
2 Disconnect the Molex plug from the P2 connector on the
printed circuit board.
3 Disconnect the external trackball or mouse from the USB
connector on the printed circuit board.
4 Remove the screws holding the printed circuit board to the
bottom of the blank plate. Set the blank plate aside.
5 Locate the D-Control trackball plate and install the printed
circuit board on the underside of the trackball plate.
Figure 47. Trackball located on left side of keyboard on the Main Unit
6 Connect the Molex plug that runs from the D-Control track-
Replacing the Trackball with an
External Trackball or Mouse (Optional)
If you prefer to work with your own trackball or mouse, you
can remove the D-Control trackball from the D-Control Main
Unit and replace it with the provided blank plate, and place
your USB-compatible trackball or mouse on top of the blank
plate.
ball assembly to the P1 connector on the printed circuit board.
Make sure you fit the connector and plug together correctly
(so that the plug snaps into place) to maintain polarity of this
connection.
7 Connect the Molex cable that comes from under the D-Control keyboard to the connector on the D-Control trackball assembly.
8 Reattach the trackball plate to the Main Unit.
To remove the trackball:
1 Using a 5/64-inch hex wrench, remove the trackball plate
on the D-Control Main Unit.
2 Disconnect the Molex plug from the P1 connector on the
printed circuit board on the bottom of the trackball plate.
3 Disconnect the Molex plug that comes from under the
D-Control keyboard from the trackball assembly.
4 Remove the screws holding the printed circuit board to the
trackball plate. Set the D-Control trackball plate aside.
5 Locate the blank plate and install the printed circuit board
on the underside of the blank plate.
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Chapter 4: Connecting D-Control
D-Control Connections
D-Control units require power, Ethernet and USB connections to operate with Pro Tools. An optional footswitch connection is
also available on the Main Unit. The connectors on the back panel of the D-Control Main Unit are shown in Figure 48.
Be sure to make all connections with your D-Control units and computer turned off.
Ethernet connector
XMON Monitoring System connector
Footswitch jack
Keyboard/Trackball
USB connector
Figure 48. D-Control Main Unit back panel connectors
Power Connections
Ethernet Connections
Each D-Control unit (Main Unit and Fader Modules) and the
XMON Monitor Interface requires its own power connection.
D-Control Main Units, Fader Modules, and XMON Interfaces
are auto power-selecting (100V to 240V) and automatically
work with a standard modular power cord when connected to
an AC receptacle in any country. A power cable is provided
with each D-Control unit and the XMON interface.
Each D-Control unit communicates with Pro Tools using
Ethernet. An Ethernet cable is included with each D-Control
unit. A 10-BaseT Ethernet hub (not included) is required to
connect D-Control units to the host computer.
To make D-Control power connections:
For each D-Control unit and the XMON Interface, connect
the included AC power cord the unit and to a power source.
„
To make D-Control Ethernet connections:
1 Install the Ethernet hub according to its instructions, apply
power to it, and verify that it is functioning properly.
2 Connect the Ethernet hub to the Ethernet port on your
computer.
3 For each D-Control unit, connect one end of the supplied
Ethernet cable to a port on the Ethernet hub, and the other
end to the Ethernet port on the back of the unit. Do not use
any port labelled for LAN connections.
Connection sequence to the Ethernet hub does not matter, because the order of the units can be configured
from within Pro Tools.
Chapter 4: Connecting D-Control 33
Using D-Control on an Ethernet Network
Footswitch Connections
You can purchase a combined 10/100-BaseT Ethernet hub that
can simultaneously support D-Control over 10-BaseT and
other network traffic over 100-BaseT. This will allow you to
use D-Control over a local area network.
You can connect two SPST (single-pole, single-throw) footswitch units to the D-Control Main Unit to control any of the
following functions:
Moderate network traffic (such as e-mail) should not affect
communication between D-Control and the computer. If your
network experiences heavy traffic, you may want to create a
dedicated Ethernet network for D-Control.
Controlling Pro Tools Systems Over a Network
When D-Control is connected to an Ethernet network, it will
be available to be declared by any Pro Tools system on that
network. This lets you control different Pro Tools systems on
the network with a single D-Control console. (You can only
control one Pro Tools system at a time.)
USB Connections
The computer keyboard and trackball on the D-Control Main
Unit use a USB connection to communicate with the host
computer. A USB cable is required (not included).
The D-Control USB connection supports the use of a USB hub,
if your system has one. A powered USB hub is not required.
To make the D-Control USB connection:
„ Connect one end of a USB cable to the USB port on the back
panel of the D-Control Main Unit, and the other end to the
USB port on the computer or USB hub.
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• Starting and stopping Pro Tools playback
• Starting Pro Tools recording
• Toggling Talkback on and off
The footswitch connector is a single 1/4-inch TRS jack on the
back panel of the D-Control Main Unit.
To wire a TRS connector for the D-Control footswitch jack:
„ Use the following wiring convention: Tip = Footswitch 2,
Ring = Footswitch 1, Sleeve = Ground.
Audio Connections
D-Control monitoring is based on the XMON analog interface, which is remotely controlled from the D-Control monitoring section. All external analog audio inputs and outputs for control room monitoring and studio communication are connected to the
XMON interface.
XMON provides 18V phantom for its three external mic inputs (External Talkback Mic, Listen Mic 1, Listen Mic 2).
All audio connections are made with standard DB-25 connectors. The back panel of the XMON is shown in Figure 49.
Cue Inputs
Main Inputs
Cue Outputs
Main Outputs
Surround Inputs
Alt Outputs
Talkback/
Listenback/
Utility
Stereo Inputs
Meter Calibration
Screws
Control Surface
AC Power
Figure 49. XMON back panel
XMON Monitoring System Connection
D-Control connects to XMON with a single 15-pin cable. A 50-foot (15.25 m) cable is included with the D-Control Main Unit.
The system supports up to an 80-foot (24.5 m) cable.
To connect the XMON to D-Control:
1 Connect the included AC power cord to the back panel of the XMON and to a power source. A surge protected power source
is highly recommended.
2 Connect one end of the included XMON cable to the Control Surface port on your XMON unit, and the other end to the 15-pin
Control port on the back panel of the D-Control Main Unit.
Chapter 4: Connecting D-Control 35
Control Room Monitoring Connections
Pro Tools
Solo
Command
AFL/PFL
Level
AFL/PFL
Input
(2 channels)
Main
Input
(8 channels)
Surround
Input
(8 channels)
Control Room
Output Select
Main Output
(8 channels)
Stereo 1
Input
(2 channels)
Level, Dim,
Solo, Mute,
Trim + Cal
Mono
Summing
Alt Output
(8 channels)
Stereo 2
Input
(2 channels)
Mini Output
(2 channels)
Stereo 3
Input
(2 channels)
[To Cue System]
Stereo 4
Input
(2 channels)
Listen
Mic 1
Listen
Mic 2
Input
Source
Select
Level
Level
Figure 50. Control room monitoring system block diagram
Inputs
• Main Inputs (8 channels), balanced, +4 dBu (from Pro Tools)
• Surround Inputs (8 channels), balanced, +4 dBu
• Stereo 1 Inputs (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu/–10dBV
• Stereo 2 Inputs (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu/–10dBV
• Stereo 3 Inputs (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu/–10dBV
• Stereo 4 Inputs (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu/–10dBV
• AFL/PFL Inputs (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu
• Listen Mic 1 (external), mic level (XMON provides 18V phantom power)
• Listen Mic 2 (external), mic level (XMON provides 18V phantom power)
Outputs
• Main Control Room Outputs (8 channels), balanced or unbalanced, +4 dBu
• Alt Control Room Outputs (8 channels), balanced or unbalanced, +4 dBu
• Mini Control Room Outputs (2 channels), balanced or unbalanced, +4 dBu
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Headphone/Cue System Connections
Main Monitor
Input
(2 channels)
[from Control Room System]
Talkback/Slate Out
(1 channel)
Cue 1
Input
(2 channels)
Cue 1 Out
(2 channels)
Cue 2
Input
(2 channels)
Cue 2 Out
(2 channels)
Cue 3
Input
(2 channels)
Cue 3 Out
(2 channels)
HP Out
(2 channels)
Internal
Talkback
Input
External
Talkback
Input
Internal
Talkback
Level
External
Talkback
Level
Studio LS
(2 channels)
Talkback
switch
Talkback
Assign
Figure 51. Headphone/Cue system block diagram
Inputs
• Main Monitor Input (2 channels)
• Cue 1 Input (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu
• Cue 2 Input (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu
• Cue 3 Input (2 channels), balanced, +4 dBu
• Internal Talkback Mic (from internal mic)
• External Talkback Mic, mic level (XMON provides 18V phantom power)
Outputs
• Cue 1 (2 channels), +4 dBu
• Cue 2 (2 channels), +4 dBu
• Cue 3 (2 channels), +4 dBu
• Headphone (2 channels), to internal headphone jack
• Studio Loudspeaker (2 channels)
• Talkback/Slate Output (1 channel)
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Example XMON Wiring Diagram
The following diagram shows basic XMON connections for a Pro Tools|HD system with a Digidesign 192 I/O with 16 analog outputs (with a 192 AD card installed).
192 I/O
Analog Outputs 1-8
Analog Outputs 9-16
DB-25 to DB-25
connectors
Cue Inputs
Main Inputs
XMON
Cue Outputs
Main Outputs
Alt Outputs
To
Main
Speakers
To
Alternate
Speakers
To
Cue System
Amplifiers
Talkback/Listenback
To
Various
Inputs
and
Outputs
DB-25 to XLR
snakes
1-2:
3-4:
5-6:
7-8:
Studio
Cue 1
Cue 2
Cue 3
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
=
=
=
=
=
=
=
=
L
Lc
C
Rc
R
Ls
Rs
LFE
Figure 52. Wiring diagram for 192 I/O and XMON
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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
=L
= Lc
=C
= Rc
=R
= Ls
= Rs
= LFE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
=
=
=
=
=
=
=
=
Ext Talkback Mic Input
Listen Mic 1 Input
Listen Mic 2 Input
AFL Input 1
AFL Input 2
Mini Speaker Out 1 (L)
Mini Speaker Out 2 (R)
Talkback/Slate (Out)
Chapter 5: Configuring D-Control
Starting Up and Shutting Down the
System
Your D-Control-based system must be started up and shut
down in a specific order.
Updating System Firmware
Each release of Pro Tools software includes the most current
D-Control firmware. When you declare a D-Control unit in
the Pro Tools Peripherals dialog, Pro Tools compares the firmware of all connected units to the version available in
Pro Tools software, and prompts you if an update is available.
Start your D-Control-based system in this order:
1 Turn on external hard drives first. Wait 10 to 15 seconds for
them to come up to speed.
If you are prompted to update firmware, follow the on-screen
instructions to load the latest firmware to each D-Control
unit.
2 Turn on the D-Control units.
3 If you plan to work with MIDI equipment, turn on MIDI in-
terfaces and other MIDI devices.
4 Turn on all Pro Tools audio interfaces.
5 Turn on the computer.
6 Turn on the XMON interface.
Declaring D-Control Units in Pro Tools
Communication between D-Control and Pro Tools is configured from Pro Tools.
To declare D-Control units in Pro Tools:
1 Choose Setups > Peripherals, and click Ethernet Controllers.
7 Turn on monitor amplifiers or self-powered speakers.
Shut down your D-Control-based system in this order:
1 Turn off monitor amplifiers or self-powered speakers.
2 Turn off the XMON interface.
3 Turn off all Pro Tools audio interfaces.
4 Shut down the computer.
5 If using MIDI equipment, turn off MIDI interfaces or con-
trollers.
6 Turn off the D-Control units.
7 Turn off external hard drives.
Ethernet Controllers display in the Peripherals dialog
2 Select Enable. Pro Tools scans the Ethernet connection for
Software Configuration
any D-Control units connected to the system.
All D-Control software is included when Pro Tools software is
installed. The Pro Tools software installer places the D-Control Personality folder on the system drive.
3 Select the units in order as you want them arranged left to
Refer to the Getting Started Guide that came with your system
for instructions on installing or updating Pro Tools software.
right.
It is not necessary to declare units in the same sequence
as they are physically arranged in the D-Control stand.
You can set a Pro Tools system to use D-Control units in
any order, to fit your workflow.
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As each unit is selected, Pro Tools scans and brings it online.
The current status of each unit is indicated in the Peripherals
dialog in the following ways:
• Bold indicates a connected unit.
• Italics indicate an offline or disconnected unit.
• Underlining indicates that the selected unit is in use by
another Pro Tools system.
4 After enabling all units, click OK to close the Peripherals
window.
When communication is established, Pro Tools displays colored outlines identifying each bank of Pro Tools tracks.
The colors in each unit row are used to identify controller focus on-screen in Pro Tools. The bank, track, insert, send, or
other element currently the focus of D-Control is outlined in
the color associated with each unit.
Naming D-Control Units in Pro Tools
You can set the names for D-Control units from Pro Tools.
To name D-Control units in Pro Tools:
Fader, Encoder and Switch Preferences
The following settings and preferences affect operation of the
faders, encoders, and switches on D-Control.
Fader Bank Justification
The Bank Justification preference determines whether banks
of channels in Normal mode are justified at the left, left center
(to the left of the Main Unit), right center, (to the right of the
Main Unit) or right side of the control surface.
To set bank justification:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
edly to display the page that includes Bank Justification
(“BnkJus”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “BnkJus” to choose
between the “Left,” “CenterL,” “CenterR,” and “Right” settings.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Operation switch to exit.
Faders On/Off
1 Choose Setup > Peripherals, and click Ethernet Controllers.
2 Click Name Units.
The Faders On/Off preference lets you temporarily turn off
D-Control faders to prevent fader movement when monitoring a mix.
To toggle D-Control faders on and off:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
edly to display the page that includes the Faders On/Off preference (“Faders”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Faders” to toggle all
faders on and off.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Operation switch to exit.
Touch Value
Naming D-Control units
3 Enter the names for the units and click OK.
You can also set the names for D-Control Main Units and
Fader Modules directly from the units themselves, by using
Utility mode. For details on naming D-Control units in Utility
mode, see “D-Control Name Page” on page 138.
Setting D-Control Preferences
The Touch Value preference determines whether faders and
encoders, when touched, temporarily show the value of the
parameter they are controlling.
To toggle display of values on or off:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
edly to display the page that includes Touch Value (“TchVal”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “TchVal” to toggle
value display On and Off.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
This section describes the settings and preferences for D-Control that are set directly from the control surface. For details on
preferences that are set from Pro Tools, see the Pro Tools Reference Guide.
40 D-Control Guide
Operation switch to exit.
Rotary Encoder Velocity Mode
Select Switch Latch Mode
The Rotary Encoder Velocity mode affects responsiveness of
rotary encoder knobs. Fixed mode is at normal resolution. In
Velocity Sensitive mode, acceleration can be set to slow, medium or fast. In Fine mode, response is fixed at fine resolution.
The Select Switch Latch mode determines whether channel
Select switches follow latching or exclusive-or (non-latching)
behavior when in Select mode.
To set the Select switch mode:
To set the Rotary Encoder Velocity mode:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
edly to display the page that includes the Rotary Encoder Velocity Mode preference (“Rotary”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Rotary” to choose be-
tween the “Fixed,” “Vel-Sl” (velocity-sensitive slow) “Vel-Md”
(velocity-sensitive medium) “Vel-Fa” (velocity-sensitive fast)
and “Fine” settings.
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
edly to display the page that includes the Select Switch Latch
mode preference (“Select”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Select” to toggle the
setting between the “Latch” and “ExclOr” (unlatched) settings.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Operation switch to exit.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Operation switch to exit.
Pan on Lower Encoder
The Pan on Lower Encoder preference determines whether
Pan controls are displayed on the bottom encoder of each
channel, even when another type of control is displayed on
the upper encoders.
To set the Pan on Lower Encoder preference:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
edly to display the page that includes the Pan on Lower Encoder preference (“PanBot”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “PanBot” to toggle the
setting between “Yes” and “No.”
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Operation switch to exit.
Encoder Order
The Encoder Order preference determines whether inserts,
sends, and pan controls will be displayed in order from
top-to-bottom or bottom-to-top on D-Control rotary encoders.
To set the Encoder Order preference:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
edly to display the page that includes the Encoder Order preference (“Encod”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Encod” to toggle the
setting between “Bot-Tp” (bottom-to-top ordering) and
“Tp-Bot” (top-to-bottom ordering).
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Operation switch to exit.
Custom Fader Preferences
The following settings and preferences affect display of Custom Faders on D-Control. For more information on using Custom Faders, see “Custom Fader Modes” on page 125.
Maximum Custom Fader Bank Size
The Maximum Custom Fader Bank Size preference determines
the number of channels to be used when displaying tracks in
the Left or Right Custom Fader bank.
Custom Fader Bank Size is set independently for each category
of Custom Fader modes (Plug-Ins, Groups, and Track Types).
Options for bank size include 4, 8, 16, or 32 channels, up to
the total number of channels on the D-Control system. You
can choose settings for each of these sizes (indicated by the
prefix “Min”) that use the minimum number of channels necessary, so that the Custom Fader section dynamically resizes
to match the number of channels in the group.
To set the maximum Custom Fader bank size:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
edly to display the page that includes the following Custom
Fader Bank Size preferences:
LCFPI (Left CF Bank Size for Plug-ins) Determines the number
of channels allocated for Custom Fader Plug-in mode in the
Left Custom Fader section.
RCFPI (Right CF Bank Size for Plug-ins) Determines the number of channels allocated for Custom Fader Plug-in mode in
the Right Custom Fader section.
LCFGrp (Left CF Bank Size for Custom Groups and Mix/Edit
Groups) Determines the number of channels allocated for Custom Groups mode in the Left Custom Fader section.
RCFGrp (Right CF Bank Size for Custom Groups and Mix/Edit
Groups) Determines the number of channels allocated for Custom Groups in the Right Custom Fader section.
Chapter 5: Configuring D-Control 41
LCFTyp (Left CF Bank Size for Track Type) Determines the
number of channels allocated for Custom Fader Tracks mode
in the Left Custom Fader section.
RCFTyp (Right CF Bank Size for Track Type) Determines the
number of channels allocated for Custom Fader Tracks mode
in the Right Custom Fader section.
2 Do one of the following:
Display of Hidden Tracks in Custom Faders
You can set D-Control to show hidden tracks in the Custom
Fader views. You can then mix those hidden tracks, but you
cannot select or record-enable them. Hidden track names are
displayed in yellow in the Custom Faders.
To make hidden tracks visible in Custom Fader views:
• To increment the number of channel strips, press the Soft
Key that corresponds to the preference setting you want
to change.
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
– or –
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “CFTrks” to toggle the
setting between Show Hidden Tracks (“ShwHdn”) and Hide
Hidden Tracks (“HidHdn”).
• To decrement the number of channel strips, hold Shift
and press the Soft Key that corresponds to the preference
setting you want to change.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
edly to display the page that includes Custom Fader Tracks
(“CFTrks”).
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Operation switch to exit.
Operation switch to exit.
Custom Fader Plug-In Mode View Definitions
Custom Fader Bank Justification
The Custom Fader Bank Justification preference determines
the distribution of the two available Custom Fader banks on
the control surface.
LCFJst (Left Custom Fader Justification) Determines whether
the Custom Faders controlled by the left Custom Faders section are placed at the left, left center, right center, or right of
the Main Unit.
RCFJst (Right Custom Fader Justification) Determines
whether the Custom Faders controlled by the right Custom
Faders section are placed at the left, left center, right center, or
right of the Main Unit.
To set Custom Fader bank justification:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
edly to display the page that includes the Custom Fader Bank
Justification preferences (“LCFJst” or “RCFJst”):
2 Repeatedly press the Soft key that corresponds to “LCFJst”
or “RCFJst” to choose between the “Left,” “CenterL,” “CenterR,” and “Right” settings for the corresponding bank of Custom Faders.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Operation switch to exit.
There are three view options available for display of plug-in
parameters in the channel displays of the Custom Faders.
These options, or view definitions, are accessible from the
D-Control operation preferences.
To set the Custom Fader Plug-In Mode view:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
edly to display the page that includes Plug-In View Definitions
(“LPIDef” and “RPIDef”).
2 Repeatedly press the Soft key that corresponds to “LPIDef”
or “RPIDef” to choose between the following settings for the
Plug-In Mode view:
Name View Shows the track name, plug-in name and channel
format of the currently focused plug-in in the channel displays of the Custom Faders.
Expanded View Shows additional plug-in controls in the channel displays of the Custom Faders. This view can also be seen
at any time by pressing and holding the Plug-In switch in the
Custom Fader section until the switch flashes. See “Expanded
Plug-In View” on page 130.
Fader View Maintains track names on channel displays and
fader control of track volume while Custom Fader plug-in parameters are displayed in the channel encoders. Entering Expanded view or Plug-In Map mode automatically exits Fader
view.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Operation switch to exit.
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Display Preferences
Meter Preferences
The following preferences affect the interaction of D-Control
with on-screen display of elements in Pro Tools.
The following preferences affect operation of the meters on
D-Control.
Target Track from Application
Send Meters On/Off
The Target Track from Application preference determines
whether selecting an Insert or Send on-screen makes its track
the focused track on the D-Control Main Unit. For details on
focusing a track on D-Control, see “Focusing a Track” on
page 121.
The Send Meters On/Off preference toggles send metering on
and off. This preference applies when sends are displayed on
the D-Control rotary encoders. This metering follows Send
pre- or post-metering settings in Pro Tools.
To toggle send meters on and off:
To set the Target Track from Application preference:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
edly to display the page that includes the Application Target
preference (“APTrgt”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “ApTrgt” to toggle the
setting between “Yes” and “No.”
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Meter switch repeatedly to
display the page that includes the Send Meters On/Off preference (“SndMtr”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “SndMtr” to toggle
the setting On and Off.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Meter switch to exit.
Operation switch to exit.
Insert Meter On/Off
Channel Window Display
The Channel Window display preference determines whether
displaying plug-in or send pan parameters (by pressing an encoder Select switch) on D-Control opens the corresponding
plug-in or send window on-screen in Pro Tools. This preference also determines whether the Channel Select switches (in
the Dynamics or EQ sections) change the channel display of
multi-mono plug-ins.
‹ When this preference is set to “Yes,” the on-screen display
of plug-in and send windows changes to reflect the state of the
control surface.
When this preference is set to “No,” the on-screen display of
plug-in and send windows does not change to reflect the state
of the control surface.
‹
The Insert Meters On/Off preference toggles insert metering
on and off. This preference applies when inserts are displayed
on the D-Control rotary encoders.
To toggle insert meters on and off:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Meter switch repeatedly to
display the page that includes the Insert Meters On/Off preference (“InsMtr”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “InsMtr” to toggle the
setting On and Off.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Meter switch to exit.
Meters Pre/Post Fader
To set the Channel Window display preference:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
The Meters Pre/Post Fader preference toggles channel metering between pre- and post-fader modes.
edly to display the page that includes the Channel Window
display preference (“ChanWn”).
To toggle channel meters between pre- and post-fader metering:
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “ChanWn” to toggle
this setting between “Yes” and “No.”
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Operation switch to exit.
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Meter switch repeatedly to
display the page that includes the Meters Pre/Post Fader preference (“Meters”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Meters” to toggle the
setting between “PreFad” (pre-fader metering) and “PostFd”
(post-fader metering).
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Meter switch to exit.
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Center Meters Track/Output
The Center Meters Track/Output preference toggles the
8-channel meter display on the Main Unit meter bridge between main output levels and the focused track. When set to
meter the focused track, you can view levels for multichannel
tracks up to 8 channels (7.1 surround).
System Calibration
Recalibrating D-Control Faders
If a fader on a D-Control Unit shows response problems, you
can recalibrate the faders with the Recal command in Utility
mode. See “Recal” on page 141 for details.
To toggle the center meters between output and track metering:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Meter switch repeatedly to
display the page that includes the Center Meters Track/Output
preference (“CtrMtr”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “CtrMtr” to toggle the
setting between “Output” and “Track.”
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Meter switch to exit.
Gain Reduction Priority
When encoder LED rings and channel meters are set to display
dynamics plug-in gain reduction, you can set which function
has priority when multi-function Compressor/Gate plug-ins
are used.
Calibrating the Output Meters
You can calibrate the output meters on the Main Unit meter
bridge from XMON, in order to match metering levels in
Pro Tools with metering levels of external sources. The example below uses a Digidesign 192 I/O as the reference source.
To calibrate the D-Control output meters:
1 Set the reference level of your 192 I/O according to the in-
structions in the 192 I/O Guide.
2 With the 192 I/O analog output connected to the XMON
Main Input, send a calibration tone to the D-Control Main
Outputs, and note the output level on the D-Control meters.
3 Disconnect the 192 I/O analog output from the XMON
Main Input and connect it to the XMON Alt Input.
To set the gain reduction metering priority:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Meter switch repeatedly to
display the page that includes the Gain Reduction Priority
preference (“GRPrio”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “GRPrio” to toggle the
setting between Compressor/Limiter (“CompLm”) and Expander/Gate (“ExpGat”).
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Meter switch to exit.
VCA Slave Metering On/Off
The VCA Meters On/Off preference toggles metering of VCA
slave track levels on VCA channel rotary encoders on and off.
To toggle VCA slave track metering on and off:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Meter switch repeatedly to
display the page that includes the VCA Meters On/Off preference (“VCAMtr”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “VCAMtr” to toggle
the setting On and Off.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Meter switch to exit.
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4 Activate the Alt Output.
5 Adjust the trim pots on the back panel of the XMON until
the output level for each channel on the D-Control matches
the level displayed for the Main Output.
6 When you are finished, reconnect the 192 I/O analog out-
put to the XMON Main Input.
Calibrating SPL Indication on the Monitor Section
The D-Control Monitor section lets you display output level
in dB or dB SPL. You can calibrate the SPL display to reflect the
sound pressure level at the mix position. See “Calibration
Mode Switch” on page 109.
Part III: Reference
Chapter 6: Channel Strip Controls
Rotary Encoder Section
Channel Strips
The D-Control Main Unit has one central channel strip, called
the Focus Channel Strip, and each D-Control Fader Module has
16 channel strips. Each channel strip (Figure 1) has identical
controls, including six touch-sensitive rotary encoders, display and mode controls, and a touch-sensitive fader.
Each channel strip has six touch-sensitive rotary encoders
with LED ring, display, mode switches, and status indicators.
Rotary encoders control channel input, insert, send, pan, and
mic pre parameters.
Encoder
LED Ring
Encoder Knob
Rotary Encoder
Encoder
Automation Mode
indicator
Encoder Display
Dynamics/EQ
Plug-in indicators
Mute/Pre indicators
Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch
Select switch
Channel Strip Rotary Encoder
Rotary Encoder
section
Encoder Knob
The encoder knobs on D-Control channel strips are
touch-sensitive. When you touch the encoder, the encoder
display switches from the parameter name to the parameter
value. Touch display of parameter values can be turned off.
When you are automating a parameter controlled by an encoder, touching the encoder knob starts writing automation.
Inputs, Outputs, Inserts and Sends
D yn
Channel Strip
Mode controls
When assigning a channel input or output, or an insert or
send, the encoder knob is used to scroll through available inputs, outputs, inserts, or sends. When adjusting the phantom
power on a remote-controlled mic preamplifier (such as the
Digidesign PRE), the encoder knob can be used to toggle
phantom power on and off.
Channel Strip
Function controls
Instrument Tracks
On Instrument tracks, the bottom encoder knob is used to
control MIDI Volume.
Automation Mode
and
Channel Status
indicators
VCA Master Tracks
Channel Fader
On VCA Master tracks, the encoder knobs are used to control
the Volume of slave tracks.
Figure 1. D-Control Channel Strip
Chapter 6: Channel Strip Controls 47
Encoder LED Ring
Dynamics and EQ Plug-in Indicators
Each encoder has a ring of 15 three-color LEDs. Discrete or
stepped information is shown by single LEDs, and continuously variable information is shown by an expanding series of
LEDs.
When viewing inserts on an encoder, these LEDs light to indicate the presence of a Dynamics plug-in (yellow LED) or EQ
plug-in (green LED).
In Normal mode, encoder LED rings can show send level, pan
position, plug-in parameter values, and mic pre settings. In
Flip mode, they show track level.
Mute and Pre Indicators
When viewing sends on an encoder, these LEDs light to indicate that the send is muted (red LED) or set to pre-fader operation (green LED).
Instrument Tracks
On Instrument tracks, the bottom encoder LED ring shows
MIDI Velocity.
VCA Master Tracks
Encoder Select Switch
Each encoder has a Select switch that is used to assign an insert or send to that encoder, or to display insert or send
parameters for editing.
On VCA Master tracks, encoder LED rings show levels of slave
tracks.
Inserts
Encoder Automation Mode Indicator
When assigning an insert, the encoder Select switch is used to
confirm the selection of the following elements on each level:
Below each encoder knob is an LED marked “auto,” which
lights when the corresponding parameter is enabled for automation. The indicator lights green for Read mode, solid yellow
when armed for automation in any of the Write modes, and
flashes red when writing automation in any of the Write
modes.
Encoder Display
Each encoder has a six-character display that shows parameter
names. When the corresponding encoder knob is touched or
moved, the display shows parameter values.
Encoder displays use colors and backlighting to indicate the
following:
• Green: Default color for input, insert, send, pan, and mic
pre parameter names and values
• Inverted green: Inactive input, inactive output, inactive
plug-in or inactive send names
• Yellow: Assignment options in Assign mode, any parameters in Flip mode
• Red: Clipped plug-in, send or channel
• Insert type (TDM plug-in, RTAS plug-in, Multi-Mono
TDM plug-in, Multi-Mono RTAS plug-in, or Hardware
Insert)
• Plug-in subfolder (such as EQ, Dynamics, Pitch Shift,
Reverb, or Delay)
• Individual insert or plug-in
When viewing a plug-in, the encoder Select switch is used to
display and edit plug-in parameters on that channel’s rotary
encoders.
Sends
When assigning a send, the encoder Select switch is used to
confirm the selection of the following:
• Send type (interface or bus)
• Send assignment
When viewing a send, the encoder Select switch is used to display and edit send pan information on that channel’s rotary
encoders.
VCA Master Tracks
On VCA Master tracks, encoder Select switches focus the corresponding slave tracks in the Focus Channel Strip.
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Bypass/Mute/Pre Switch
MIDI Controls on Instrument Tracks
Each encoder has a Bypass/Mute/Pre (B/M/P) switch whose
function depends on what is currently displayed on the encoder. With Sends, the function of the B/M/P switch also depends on the current Switch Mode setting.
The Instruments View in Pro Tools contains MIDI controls
that can be displayed on the bottom encoder of D-Control
channel strips.
See “Switch Mode Switch” on page 59 for more information
on changing the Switch mode and viewing the current function of the B/M/P switch.
Inserts
When a plug-in name is displayed on an encoder (in the top
level Inserts display), the B/M/P switch bypasses the corresponding plug-in. The B/M/P switch lights when the plug-in is
bypassed.
‹
When a plug-in parameter is displayed on an encoder (by
pressing its Select switch) the B/M/P switch affects certain parameters (such as polarity or channel linking) that can be toggled on and off.
To display MIDI volume and mute controls on an Instrument
track:
„ Press the Input switch in the Channel Strip Mode controls
section of the Instrument channel strip.
The MIDI controls appear on the bottom encoder (Encoder 6)
as follows:
• Encoder knob: MIDI Volume
• B/M/P switch: MIDI Mute
• Encoder LED ring: MIDI Velocity meter
‹
Sends
When a send name is displayed on an encoder, the B/M/P
switch does one of the following:
• If the Switch Mode is set to Mute, the B/M/P switch
mutes the corresponding send. The red Mute LED lights
to indicate that the send is muted.
• If the Switch Mode is set to Pre, the B/M/P switch toggles
the corresponding send between pre- and post-fader operation. The green Pre LED lights to indicate that the
send is set for pre-fader operation.
To display MIDI pan controls:
„ Hold the Input switch and press the Pan switch in the
Channel Strip Mode controls section of the channel strip.
The bottom encoder (Encoder 6) knob controls MIDI Pan.
To exit display of MIDI controls:
„
Press another switch in the Channel Strip Mode section.
Slave Track Display on VCA Master Tracks
In normal Mode, VCA Master tracks show their slave tracks in
their rotary encoders, as follows:
• Encoder knob: Slave track Volume control
• Encoder LED ring: Slave track meter level
Mic Pre
• Encoder B/M/P switch: Slave track mute
When mic pre parameters are displayed on a channel strip’s
encoders (in the top level Mic Pre display), the B/M/P switches
do the following:
• Encoder Select switch: Focuses slave track in Focus Channel Strip
• Top encoder B/M/P: toggles phantom power on and off
• Gain encoder B/M/P: toggles mic pre HPF on and off
If there are more than six slave tracks for a VCA Master, you
can the press the channel Page Up/Page Down switches to display the additional slave tracks on the rotary encoders.
• Source encoder B/M/P: toggles mic pre Insert on and off
• Pad encoder B/M/P: toggles mic pre Pad on and off
• Polarity encoder B/M/P: toggles mic pre Polarity
Instrument Tracks
On Instrument Tracks, the bottom B/M/P switch is used to
control MIDI Mute state.
VCA Master Tracks
On VCA Master tracks, B/M/P switches are used to control the
Mute state of slave tracks.
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Channel Strip Mode Controls
Mic Pre Switch
Each channel strip has a set of Channel Strip Mode controls
for displaying and editing pan, plug-in, mic pre, insert, or
send parameters on the encoder section of the D-Control
channel strip.
When you press the Mic Pre switch, the controls for an available remote-controlled microphone preamplifier (such as the
Digidesign PRE) are displayed on the channel strip’s rotary encoders for editing. Microphone preamplifiers are declared in
the Pro Tools Peripherals dialog, and assigned to channels in
the Pro Tools I/O Setup dialog.
Page Down switch
Dynamics switch
Input switch
Inserts switch
Bypass/Spill
switch
Page Up switch
EQ switch
Microphone
Preamplifier switch
Inserts Switch
When you press the Inserts switch, the plug-in names on that
channel strip are displayed on the encoder displays.
Pan switch
Sends switch
To view the parameters for an individual plug-in:
„
Press the Select switch on the corresponding encoder.
Channel Strip Mode controls
Page Up and Page Down Switches
To return to the top level display of plug-ins on the channel strip:
„
Control parameters are arranged on channel strip rotary encoders in pages, or groups of up to six parameters at a time.
The Page Up and Page Down switches light to indicate the
presence of additional pages of sends, pan, plug-in, mic pre
parameters, or (for VCA Master tracks) slave tracks, in the corresponding direction on each channel strip. If no additional
pages are available, neither switch is lit.
To move the page display of parameters on the encoders up or
down:
„
Press a lit Page Up or Page Down switch.
Dynamics and EQ Switches
Press the Inserts switch again.
The Inserts switch flashes when a plug-in on that channel has
clipped. To clear a clip, press the Clear Clip switch in the Session Management section. See “Clear Clip Switch and Plug-in
Clip Indicator” on page 94 for more information.
Pan Switch
When you press the Pan switch, the pan controls for the channel strip are displayed on the encoder displays.
If the track is a multichannel track, its Page Up switch lights to
indicate that there are multiple pages of pan controls. Multichannel pan controls are arranged as follows:
Surround Pan Display, Page 1
The Dynamics and EQ switches light to indicate the presence
of the corresponding type of plug-in on a channel strip.
To display a channel strip’s first Dynamics or EQ plug-in on the
rotary encoders for editing:
„
Press a lit Dynamics or EQ switch.
Display
Pan Control
LFE
LFE channel
Cntr%
Center Speaker Percentage
F Div
Front Divergence
Rear
Rear Pan
F/R
Front/Rear Balance
Front
Front Pan
To cycle through all the Dynamics or EQ plug-ins on a channel:
„
Repeatedly press the corresponding switch.
Input Switch
Surround Pan Display, Page 2
With Audio and Auxiliary Input tracks, the Input switch is
used to put channels into Inline mode. See “Inline Console
Mode” on page 125.
With Instrument tracks, the Input switch is used to display
that track’s MIDI controls on the rotary encoders. See “MIDI
Controls on Instrument Tracks” on page 49.
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Display
Pan Control
R Div
Rear Divergence
Rear
Rear Pan
F/R Div
Front/Rear Divergence
F/R
Front/Rear Balance
F Div
Front Divergence
Front
Front Pan
To open/close the Output window on-screen for a track:
To toggle display of Sends A–E and F–J on a channel strip:
1 Press the Pan switch on the channel.
1 Press the Sends switch in the Channel Strip Mode controls
2 Hold Start (Windows) or Control (Mac) and press the chan-
section of the channel strip to show the top level Send display.
nel’s encoder switch.
2 Press the Page Up and Page Down switches to toggle the top
Two-Knob Surround Panning
level Send display between the two sets of five sends (A–E and
F–J).
When working in surround, you can link the front and rear
pan controls on D-Control to facilitate X-axis motion in the
sound field.
To link front and rear surround panners:
1 Press the Operation switch in Console Prefs section until
To open/close a Send window on-screen:
1 Press the Sends switch on the channel whose Send window
you want to open/close.
2 Hold Start (Windows) or Control (Mac) and press the en-
coder Select switch for the Send you want to open/close.
“2KbPan” appears in the Soft Keys.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “2KbPan” to toggle
the preference on or off.
Bypass/Spill Switch
The function of the Bypass/Spill switch depends on what is
currently displayed on the channel strip.
Inserts
‹ In the top level Inserts view (when plug-in names are displayed on a channel strip’s encoders), the Bypass/Spill switch
bypasses all plug-ins on that channel.
‹ When a single plug-in’s parameters are displayed on a channels strip’s encoders, the Bypass/Spill switch bypasses that
plug-in only.
Sends
In the top level Sends view (when send names are displayed
on a channel strip’s encoders), the Bypass/Spill switch mutes
all sends on that channel.
‹
‹ When a single send’s parameters are displayed on a channels strip’s encoders, the Bypass/Spill switch has no effect.
Send Pan Mode
Send Pan mode allows you to adjust panning and level for an
individual send on a channel at the same time. In Send Pan
mode, Send Level is controlled by the channel fader and Send
Pan is controlled by the encoders.
Send Pan mode lets you view different sends on individual
channels, or by using the Do To All or Do To Selected
switches, the same send across multiple channels.
In Send Pan mode, you can link Pan controls of individual
Sends to the Main Pan controls of their tracks (the “Follow
Main Pan” or “FMP”).
To enter Send Pan mode:
1 Press the Sends switch to display sends on the channel’s encoders.
2 Press the encoder Select switch that corresponds to the send
you want to display. The channel’s Send and Pan switches
light to indicate that it is in Send/Pan mode.
To return to the top level display of sends on the channel strip:
„
Press the Sends switch again.
VCA Master Tracks
On VCA Master tracks, the Bypass/Spill switch displays (or
“spills”) the slave tracks for the VCA in Custom Faders.
‹
To link a Send’s Pan controls to the Main Pan controls of a track:
1 Put the track in Send Pan mode for the Send you want to
link.
Sends Switch
When you press the Sends switch on a channel strip, sends are
show in two groups of five (Sends A–E or Sends F–J) on the encoder displays. The rotary encoders control Send level.
You can use Flip mode to transfer controls for any send position (A–J) to the Faders. See “Flip Mode” on page 123.
2 Press the B/M/P switch on any of the active encoders on the
track to toggle the FMP status of the send.
Send Clipping Indication
The Sends switch flashes when a send on that channel has
clipped. To clear a clip, press the Clear Clip button in the Session Management section. See “Clear Clip Switch and Plug-in
Clip Indicator” on page 94 for more information.
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Channel Strip Function Controls
Solo Switch
Each channel strip has a set of Channel Strip Function controls for controlling channel selection and focus, mute, solo,
and record enable status, input monitor mode, and automation mode.
The Solo switch toggles solo status for the channel. When a
channel is soloed, the Solo switch lights, and the Mute
switches on other channels in the session flash to indicate implicit mute. The Solo switch function follows the Pro Tools
Operation preference for latched operation.
Input Monitor Mode
switch
Record Enable
switch
Channel Select
switch
When a track is solo safed, its Solo switch flashes once.
Solo switch
Mute switch
Mute Switch
The Mute switch toggles mute status for the channel.
Channel display
Automation Mode
switch
Solo Safe Mode To solo safe a track, hold Control (Windows)
or Command (Mac) and press the track’s Solo switch.
Automation Trim
switch
‹
When a track is muted, its Mute switch lights solid.
‹ When a track is implicitly muted (when another track is soloed), its Mute switch flashes.
Channel Display
Channel Strip Function controls
Input Monitor Mode Switch
The Input Monitor Mode switch toggles the input monitoring
mode for that channel between Auto Input and Input Only
mode. The switch lights when the channel is in Input Only
mode.
Record Enable Switch
The Record Enable switch toggles record enable status for the
channel. When the channel is record-enabled and the
Pro Tools transport is stopped, the switch flashes. During recording, the switch lights continuously.
Record Safe Mode To record safe a track from D-Control, hold
Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the track’s
Record Enable switch.
Each channel display shows the channel information in the
following display modes. In each mode, when the channel
fader is touched, the display shows the channel volume in dB.
Track Name Mode Shows the track name only.
Group/Name Mode Shows the group membership of the track
(by group letter) and an abbreviated track name.
Track Position Number/Name Mode Shows the track position
number and an abbreviated track name.
Headroom Mode Shows the abbreviation “HR” followed by the
remaining headroom in dB.
Level Mode Shows the track volume level in dB only.
Channel displays use colors and backlighting to indicate the
following:
• Green: Channel names and values
Channel Select Switch
• Inverted green: Inactive channel
The function of the Channel Select switch depends on the Select/Focus Mode setting. See “Select/Focus Mode Switch and
Indicators” on page 64 for more information on changing the
Select/Focus mode.
• Red: Clipped channel
Select Mode If the Select/Focus Mode is set to Select, the
Channel Select switch selects the channel in Pro Tools. The
switch lights when the channel is selected. In this mode, the
Channel Select switch can be set to follow latching or exclusive-or (non-latching) behavior.
Focus Mode If the Select/Focus Mode is set to Focus, the Channel Select switch focuses that channel’s controls on the Focus
Channel Strip on the Main Unit. The switch lights when the
channel is focused. In this mode, because only one track can
be focused at a time, the Select switch follows exclusive-or
(non-latching) behavior only.
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Automation Mode Switch
Fader Section
The Automation Mode switch cycles the channel through the
Pro Tools automation modes (Write, Latch, Touch, Read and
Off). The active mode is shown by the Automation Mode LED
indicators to the left of each channel’s fader. When in Off
mode, none of the indicators is lit.
Automation Mode
indicators
Channel
Fader
The Automation Mode switch lets you cycle the channel
through Touch, Latch, and Read modes during playback, but
it prevents you from entering Write or Off mode during playback. To directly enter Write or Off mode during playback, use
the Automation Mode controls in the lower left and right of
the Main Unit. (See “Automation Mode Controls” on
page 66.)
Group Status
indicator
Custom Fader Mode
indicator
AutoMatch
indicators
You can use the Do To All and Do To Selected switches to select automation modes across multiple channels.
To select an automation mode for a channel, do one of the
following:
• To cycle forward through the automation modes, press
the Automation Mode switch on the channel.
– or –
• To cycle backward through the automation modes, hold
Shift and press the Automation Mode switch on the
channel.
Automation Trim Switch
The Automation Trim switch toggles the channel into the corresponding Trim mode for Write, Latch, Touch, and Read
modes. Active Trim mode is shown by the yellow Trim mode
LED indicator to the left of each channel’s fader. The Automation Trim switch has no effect while the channel is in Off
mode.
Channel Strip Fader section
Fader
The touch-sensitive faders on D-Control channel strips control channel volume in Normal mode, and a wide range of parameters in Flip mode or the Custom Fader modes. When you
touch a fader, its channel strip display changes from track
name to track volume level (in Normal mode), or from parameter name to parameter value (in Flip modes or Custom Fader
modes). When you are automating a parameter on a fader,
touching the fader starts writing automation.
Automation Mode Indicators
The Automation Mode indicators, located to the left of each
channel’s fader, indicate the active automation mode.
WR (Write), TC (Touch) and LT (Latch) are red LEDs; TM
(Trim) is a yellow LED; and RD (Read) is a green LED.
‹ When in Write mode, the Write indicator flashes at all
times.
‹ When in Touch or Latch modes, the corresponding indicator lights solid until automation writing begins.
‹ When a track in Latch mode is primed for writing automation, its Latch mode indicator flashes.
‹ When automation writing begins, the appropriate indicator
flashes.
If automation is turned off for the channel (Off), none of
the indicators is lit.
‹
Group Status Indicator
The Group Status indicator (a green LED marked GRP), located
to the left of each channel’s fader, lights to indicate that the
channel is a member of an active Mix or Edit group in
Pro Tools. If the channel is a member of an inactive group, or
if groups are suspended, this indicator is off.
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Custom Fader Mode Indicator
The Custom Fader Mode indicator (a blue LED marked CF), located to the left of each channel’s fader, lights to indicate that
the channel is currently in Custom Fader Mode.
AutoMatch Indicators
The AutoMatch indicators (green arrow-shaped LEDs), located
to the left of each channel’s fader, light to indicate the direction you need to move the fader in order to match the automation level previously written for that track. This is especially useful when editing fader automation.
Modifier Key Switches
Each D-Control Fader Module has a set of four switches in its
lower left corner that duplicate the function of the Pro Tools
computer keyboard modifiers.
Channel Strip Master Section
The Channel Strip Master section (Figure 2) is a set of channel-related controls that appears on both the left and right
sides of the D-Control Main Unit, allowing easy access to
these controls from any mixing position. The operation of
each control in this section is mirrored on both sets of controls at all times.
Flip Switches
The six yellow Flip switches in the Channel Strip Master section correspond to the six horizontal rows of rotary encoders
on the D-Control channel strips.
Flip Mode
The Flip switches invoke Flip mode, which transfers controls
from the corresponding rotary encoder to the fader on each
channel strip, allowing convenient editing and automation of
send, pan, plug-in, and mic pre parameters directly from the
channel faders.
In Flip mode, the rotary encoder control swaps with the channel fader; the encoder Select switch swaps with the channel
Select switch; the encoder Bypass/Mute/Pre switch swaps with
the channel Mute switch; and the encoder display swaps with
the channel display.
Shift
Control
Win (Start) (Windows) Alt (Windows)
Option (Mac)
a (Command) (Mac)
Modifier Keys (Fader Module)
Shift Switch (Windows and Mac)
The Shift switch duplicates the function of the Shift key on
the D-Control computer keyboard.
Control Switch (Windows and Mac)
The Control switch duplicates the function of the Control key
on the D-Control computer keyboard.
Win Switch (Windows) or Option Switch (Mac)
The Win/Option switch duplicates the function of the Windows (Start) key (Windows) or the Option key (Mac) on the
D-Control computer keyboard.
In Flip mode, the Flip switch for the affected row of encoders
is lit, and the affected encoder displays appear in yellow.
Instrument Tracks and Flip Mode
In Flip mode, Instrument track controls are transferred as follows:
• The fader on each channel controls the parameter (MIDI
Volume or MIDI Pan) that was assigned to the bottom encoder, and the bottom encoder controls track Volume.
• The channel Mute switch controls the MIDI Mute function,
and the B/M/P switch on the bottom encoder controls
channel mute.
To transfer controls from a row of rotary encoders to the channel
faders:
„
Alt Switch (Windows) or Command Switch (Mac)
The Alt/Command switch duplicates the function of the Alt
key (Windows) or the Command key (Mac) on the D-Control
computer keyboard.
The order of the modifier keys on the Fader Module
reflects the order of the corresponding keys on a
Windows or Mac keyboard, from left to right.
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Press the Flip switch that corresponds to the encoder row.
To exit Flip mode:
„
Press a lighted Flip switch.
When D-Control is in Flip mode and you enter Make
Inactive mode or Assign mode, it is temporarily taken
out of Flip mode, but the Flip switch remains lit.
When you exit Make Inactive mode or Assign mode,
controls return to their flipped positions.
Flop Mode
A variation of Flip mode, Flop mode transfers controls from
any of the top five rows of rotary encoders to the bottom row
of rotary encoders, allowing you to bring any encoder control
within easy reach from the mix position.
Make Inactive
controls
Plug-in Automation
controls
In Flop mode, the affected row of encoders moves to the bottom row of encoders, the Flip switches for both affected rows
are lit, and the encoder displays for both rows appear in yellow.
Assignment
controls
Switch Information
controls
To transfer controls from any of the top five rows of encoders to
the bottom row of encoders:
Flip
switches
„ Hold the Start key (Windows) or Control key (Mac) and
press the Flip switch that corresponds to the encoder row.
Channel
Strip Master
Assign and
Display
controls
Automation Enable
controls
To exit Flop mode:
„
Press either of the lighted Flip switches.
When D-Control is in Make Inactive mode or Assign mode,
it is temporarily taken out of Flop mode, but the Flip
switches remains lit. When you exit Make Inactive mode or
Assign mode, controls return to their flopped positions.
Automation Write
controls
Make Inactive Controls
Global
controls
The Make Inactive controls are used to make tracks, inputs,
outputs, sends, or inserts inactive. Each switch puts D-Control
into a temporary Make Inactive mode in which elements are
made inactive or reactivated. The switch flashes while Make
Inactive mode is in effect.
Global
Channel Strip
Mode controls
Channel
Strip Master
Function controls
Inputs Inactive
switch
Outputs Inactive
switch
Sends Inactive
switch
Inserts Inactive
switch
Make Inactive Controls
Making a Track Inactive
Custom Fader
controls
In Make Inactive mode, channel Select switches are lit on all
tracks.
To toggle a track inactive/active:
Automation Mode
controls
1 Press any of the Make Inactive switches.
Talkback switch
2 Press the channel strip Select switch for each track you want
to deactivate or activate.
3 Press the flashing Make Inactive switch to exit Inactive
Figure 2. Channel Strip Master section
mode.
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Inputs Inactive Switch
Plug-in Automation Controls
The Inputs switch invokes Inputs Inactive mode and displays
channel inputs in the bottom row of encoders. The Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on the bottom encoder toggles the input inactive and active.
The Plug-in Automation controls are used to enable parameters for automation and to place them in automation safe
mode.
Outputs Inactive Switch
Enable Parameter
switch
Automation Safe
switch
The Outputs switch invokes Outputs inactive mode and displays the main channel outputs in the bottom row of encoders. The Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on the bottom encoder toggles the output inactive and active.
Plug-in Automation controls
Sends Inactive Switch
The Enable Parameters switch lets you enable parameters for
automation by touching or pressing their controls.
The Sends switch invokes Sends Inactive mode and displays
the channel’s sends on its encoders. The Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch on each encoder toggles the corresponding send inactive and active.
Inserts Inactive Switch
The Inserts switch invokes Inserts Inactive mode and displays
a channel’s inserts on its encoders. The Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch on each encoder toggles the corresponding insert inactive and active.
To toggle an input, output, send, or insert active/inactive:
1 Make sure the channel is showing the top-level view for the
element you want to make active/inactive.
2 Press a Make Inactive switch to enter the appropriate Make
Inactive mode.
3 Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switches on encoders to deactivate or reactivate their corresponding track elements.
4 Press the flashing Make Inactive switch to exit Inactive
mode.
Enable Parameters Switch
In Enable Parameters mode, the Enable Parameters switch is
lit. While in this mode, the Auto LED for any rotary encoder
enabled for automation is lit red, and the switch for any parameter enabled for automation is lit.
To toggle automation on and off for plug-in parameters:
1 Press the Enable Parameters switch.
2 Touch the rotary encoders or press the switches for the con-
trols whose automation you want to toggle on or off.
3 Press the Enable Parameters switch again to exit Enable Parameters mode.
You can also toggle automation for a plug-in parameter by
holding Control+Alt+Start (Windows) or Command+Option+Control (Mac) and touching the rotary encoder for the
parameter.
Automation Safe Switch
The Automation Safe switch invokes a mode in which the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch for each plug-in or send and the channel Select switch for each track become Safe switches.
Plug-ins and Sends
While in Automation Safe mode, pressing a Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch on a plug-in or send protects any automation on that
plug-in or send from being overwritten. The Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch for any protected plug-in or send is lit, reflecting the
state of the Safe button in the on-screen plug-in or send output window.
Tracks
While in Automation Safe mode, pressing a channel Select
switch protects volume, pan and mute parameters on that
track from being overwritten. The channel Select switch for
any protected track is lit, reflecting the state of the Safe button
in the on-screen track output window.
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To toggle automation safe on and off:
Assign Outputs Switch
1 Press the Automation Safe switch.
The Outputs switch invokes Assign Outputs mode, in which
the bottom row of encoders shows channel outputs.
2 Press the channel Select switch on the tracks for which you
want to toggle automation safe status. The automation safe
status of the track is reflected by the Safe button in the track’s
on-screen output window.
3 Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch for the plug-ins or sends
When assigning an output, the Select switch on the bottom
encoder is used to navigate down through Output menu levels, and the encoder knob is used to scroll through available
choices at each level:
for which you want to toggle automation safe status.
• Output type (Interface or Bus), shown in yellow
4 Press the Automation Safe switch again to exit Automation
• Individual outputs, shown in green
Safe mode.
Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on the bottom encoder to
navigate back up the Output menu levels.
Assign Controls
The Assign controls are used to assign inputs, outputs, inserts,
and sends to channels. Each switch puts D-Control into a temporary Assign mode in which elements are assigned or removed from channels. The switch flashes while Assign mode
is in effect.
You can enter Assign mode while Pro Tools is playing back. To
confirm the assignment of inputs, outputs, and sends, the
transport must be stopped. You can, however, confirm the assignment of inserts during playback.
Assign Sends Switch
The Sends switch invokes Assign Sends mode, in which the
channel encoders shows the sends on a channel.
When assigning a send, the encoder Select switch is used to
navigate down through Send menu levels, and the encoder
knob is used to scroll through available choices at each level:
• Send type (Interface or Bus), shown in yellow
• Individual sends, shown in green
The Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on each encoder is used to navigate back up the Send menu levels.
Assign Inserts Switch
Assign Inputs
switch
Assign Outputs
switch
Assign Sends
switch
Assign Inserts
switch
Assignment controls
Assign Inputs Switch
The Inputs switch invokes Assign Inputs mode, in which the
bottom row of encoders shows channel inputs.
When assigning an input, the Select switch on the bottom encoder is used to navigate down through Input menu levels,
and the encoder knob is used to scroll through available
choices at each level:
• Input type (Interface or Bus), shown in yellow
• Individual inputs, shown in green
Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on the bottom encoder to
navigate back up the Input menu levels.
The Inserts switch invokes Assign Inserts mode, in which the
channel encoders show the inserts on a channel. When assigning an insert, the encoder Select switch is used to navigate
down through Insert menu levels, and the encoder knob is
used to scroll through available choices. The Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch on the bottom encoder is used to navigate back up the
Insert menu levels.
The order in which plug-ins appear in the Insert menu is determined by the Pro Tools Display preference for plug-in organization.
If the Organize Plug-in Menus by Category option is selected,
menu levels and choices include:
• Insert type (TDM plug-in, RTAS plug-in, Multi-Mono
TDM plug-in, Multi-Mono RTAS plug-in, or Hardware Insert), shown in yellow
• Plug-in subfolder (such as EQ, Dynamics, Pitch Shift, Reverb, and Delay), shown in yellow
• Individual insert or plug-in, shown in green
If the Organize Plug-in Menus by Category option is not selected, the Plug-in subfolder level is not present.
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To assign an input, output, send or insert:
Removing Plug-in Assignments
1 Press an Assign switch to enter the corresponding Assign
mode.
You can use the Set to Default switch to quickly remove
plug-in assignments from tracks, without having to go into
Assign mode.
2 On the channel where you want to make the assignment,
turn an encoder knob to select from the first level of menu
choices.
This method removes the assignments immediately,
and cannot be canceled.
3 Press the encoder Select switch to move down and the By-
pass/Mute/Pre switch to move up through menu levels.
4 Do one of the following:
To quickly remove plug-in assignments:
1 Press the Set to Default switch.
• Press the flashing encoder Select switch or press the flashing Assign switch to confirm the assignment.
2 Press the encoder Select switch for each plug-in assignment
– or –
3 Press the flashing Set to Default switch.
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the assignment.
you want to remove.
Assigning MIDI Inputs and Outputs on Instrument
Tracks
To assign multiple inputs, outputs, sends, or inserts:
1 Press an Assign switch to enter the corresponding Assign
mode.
The Assign Inputs and Assign Outputs switches can be used to
assign the MIDI Inputs and Outputs on Instrument tracks.
2 Turn the encoder knobs and use the encoder Select and By-
To assign a MIDI Input or Output on an Instrument track:
pass/Mute/Pre switches to select each assignment.
1 Press the Assign Inputs or Assign Outputs switch to enter the
3 Do one of the following:
corresponding Assign mode. Encoder row #5 shows MIDI inputs/outputs.
• Press the flashing Assign switch to confirm all the assignments at once.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel all the assignments.
To remove an input, output, send or insert:
1 Press an Assign switch to enter the corresponding Assign
2 On each channel where you want to make an assignment,
turn the encoder knob in encoder row #5 to select from the
first level of MIDI menu choices.
3 Press the encoder’s Select switch to move down and the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch to move up through MIDI menu levels.
4 Do one of the following:
mode.
• Press the flashing encoder Select switch or press the flashing Assign switch to confirm the assignments.
2 For the assignment you want to remove, press the encoder
– or –
Bypass/Mute/Pre switch repeatedly until you reach top level
menu for the assignment.
3 Turn the encoder knob counter-clockwise until no assign-
ment is visible.
4 Do one of the following:
• Press the flashing encoder Select switch or press the flashing Assign switch to confirm the removal.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the removal
and restore the assignment.
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• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the assignments.
Switch Information Controls
Automation Enable Controls
The Switch Information controls are used to change the mode
and display of encoder Bypass/Mute/Pre switches, and globally show encoder parameter values.
The Automation Enable controls are used to enable or suspend writing of each type of automation on all channels. The
Automation Enable controls mirror the function of the corresponding buttons in the Automation Enable window.
Switch Mode switch
‹ When writing is enabled for an automation type but it is
not currently writing on any track in the session, the corresponding switch lights solid.
Mute Mode
indicator
Pre-Fader Mode
indicator
Switch Info
switch
Show Values
switch
‹ When writing is enabled for an automation type and it is
currently writing on any track in the session, the corresponding switch flashes.
Enable Inserts
Automation
switch
Switch Information controls
Switch Mode Switch
The Switch Mode switch toggles the function of encoder Bypass/Mute/Pre switches between Mute and Pre-Fader functions when displaying sends on the encoders.
• When the Switch Mode is set to Bypass, the encoder B/M/P
switch mutes the corresponding send.
• When the Switch Mode is set to Pre, the encoder B/M/P
switch toggles the corresponding send between pre- or
post-fader operation.
To set the Switch Mode:
„ Press the Switch mode switch repeatedly until the appropriate indicator lights (Mute or Pre).
Switch Info Switch
The Switch Info switch can follow toggling or momentary behavior. If pressed briefly, it toggles the encoder display to
show the function assigned to the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on
each rotary encoder. If held, the function is shown until the
switch is released.
Enable Volume
Automation
switch
Enable Send Volume
Automation
switch
Enable Pan
Automation
switch
Enable Send Pan
Automation
switch
Enable Mute
Automation
switch
Enable Send Mute
Automation
switch
Automation Enable controls
Inserts Switch
The Inserts switch enables and suspends writing of automation for any automation-enabled plug-in parameters on all
tracks in the session.
Volume Switch
The Volume switch enables and suspends writing of channel
volume automation on all tracks in the session.
Pan Switch
The Pan switch enables and suspends writing of channel pan
automation on all tracks in the session.
Show Values Switch
Mute Switch
The Show Values switch can follow toggling or momentary
behavior. If pressed briefly, it toggles encoder display between
parameter name and parameter value. If held, parameter value
is shown until the switch is released.
The Mute switch enables and suspends writing of channel
mute automation on all tracks in the session.
Send Volume Switch
The Send Volume switch enables and suspends writing of send
volume automation on all tracks in the session.
Send Pan Switch
The Send Pan switch enables and suspends writing of send
pan automation on all tracks in the session.
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Send Mute Switch
All Switch
The Send Mute switch enables and suspends writing of send
mute automation on all channels.
The All switch writes the current automation value of all
write-enabled parameters to an entire selection or track when
performing an automation pass.
Automation Write Controls
To manually Write to All:
The Automation Write controls invoke the manual “Write to
Start/End/All” commands, the automatic “Write to
Start/End/All on Stop” automation commands, and the
“Write to Current Parameter” and “Write to All Enabled Parameters” snapshot automation commands in Pro Tools.
The “Write to Start/End/All” commands and the “Write to
Next” command can also be invoked from the Soft Keys section of D-Control.
„
Press the All switch during playback.
To enable automatic Write to All on Stop:
„ Hold the Start key (Windows) or the Control key (Mac) and
press the All switch.
To disable automatic Write to All on Stop:
„
Press the flashing All switch.
End Switch
Automation
Write to Start
switch
Automation
Write to All
switch
Automation
Write to End
switch
Write to Current
Parameter
switch
Write to All Enabled
Parameters
switch
Automation Write controls
Start Switch
The End switch writes the current automation value of all
write-enabled parameters to the end of a selection or track
when performing an automation pass.
To manually Write to End:
„
Press the End switch during playback.
To enable automatic Write to End on Stop:
„ Hold the Start key (Windows) or the Control key (Mac) and
press the End switch.
The Start switch writes the current automation value of all
write-enabled parameters to the start of a selection or track
when performing an automation pass.
To disable automatic Write to End on Stop:
To manually Write to Start:
Current Switch
„
Press the Start switch during playback.
To enable automatic Write to Start on Stop:
„ Hold the Start key (Windows) or the Control key (Mac) and
press the Start switch.
To disable automatic Write to Start on Stop:
„
Press the flashing Start switch.
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„
Press the flashing End switch.
The Current switch writes a snapshot of the current parameter
value to the currently displayed automation parameter.
All Enabled Switch
The All Enabled switch writes a snapshot of all current parameter values to all enabled automation parameters.
Global Controls
To apply actions to multiple tracks in a Pro Tools Session:
The Global controls are used to apply commands that affect
multiple channels in various ways.
1 Do one of the following:
• Press the Do To All or the Do To Selected switch to apply
the action to one parameter.
– or –
Do to Selected
switch
Do to All switch
Set to Default
switch
Suspend Groups
switch
• Double-press the Do To All or the Do To Selected switch
to latch the corresponding action and apply it to multiple parameters.
2 Press any of the following switches to apply the corresponding action to all tracks or all selected tracks in the current session:
Global controls
• Channel Mute switch
Do To All and Do To Selected Switches
• Channel Solo switch
The Do To All and the Do To Selected switches on D-Control
can be used in two different ways: to apply actions to multiple
tracks in a Pro Tools session, and to change the display mode
of multiple channel strips on D-Control.
• Channel Solo Safe: Control (Windows) or Command
(Mac) + Solo switch
• Automation Mode switch
• Automation Trim switch
• Channel Select switch (in Select mode)
The Do To All and Do To Selected switches can follow momentary or latching behavior.
When single-pressed, their effect applies only to the next
operation.
‹
‹ When held, they apply to all operations carried out while
being held.
‹ When double-pressed, they latch on and flash until pressed
a second time.
Applying Actions to Multiple Tracks in Pro Tools
The Do To All and Do To Selected switches are convenient for
performing tasks such as muting, soloing, assigning sends, or
assigning the same plug-in across multiple tracks in a session.
• Record Enable switch
• Record Safe: Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) +
Record Enable switch
• Input Monitor Mode switch
3 Depending on the current channel strip display mode, you
can apply the following across all tracks or all selected tracks
in the session:
• Mic Pre Controls: Polarity, Pad, Impedance, Source, Gain
• Send Pre/Post: B/M/P switch in Send Pre/Post mode
• Send Mute: B/M/P switch in Send Mute mode
• Plug-in Bypass: B/M/P switch in Inserts mode
4 You can also carry out any of the following tasks across all
tracks or all selected tracks in the session:
• Assigning Inputs, Outputs, Inserts and Sends
• Deactivating Inputs, Outputs, Inserts, Sends and Tracks
• Resetting controls with the Set to Default switch
• Changing panner linkage
• Changing panner editor choice
5 When you are finished, if Do To all or Do To Selected are
latched on, press the flashing Do To All or Do To Selected
switch to exit the corresponding mode.
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Changing Parameter Display on D-Control Channel Strips
The Do To All and Do To Selected switches can be used to display and edit pan, mic pre, insert, or send parameters across all
tracks or all selected tracks in a session.
The Do To All and Do To Selected switches are applied independently to channel strips in Normal mode and channel
strips in Custom Fader mode. The display mode of the Focus
Channel Strip is not affected by Do To All or Do To Selected
operations.
This independent operation lets you put banks of channels in
several display modes at once (for example, pan on channels
in Normal mode, plug-ins on channels in Custom Fader
mode, and sends on the Focus Channel Strip).
To change the display mode of D-Control channel strips:
1 Press the Do To All or the Do To Selected switch.
2 Press any of the following Channel Strip Mode switches on
any individual channel to apply the corresponding action to
all or all selected channels on D-Control:
• Dynamics switch
The Set to Default switch can follow momentary or latching
behavior. When single-pressed, its effect applies only to the
next operation. When double-pressed, it latches on and
flashes until pressed a second time.
You can also use the Set to Default switch to remove
plug-in assignments from channels. See “Removing
Plug-in Assignments” on page 58.
While the Set to Default switch is pressed or latched on, the
following parameters can be reset:
To reset a channel’s track volume to 0 dB:
„
Press the Set to Default switch + the channel Select switch.
– or –
„ Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) and touch the channel
fader.
To reset a channel’s pan control to 0 (center)
„
Press Set to Default + the pan encoder Select switch.
To reset a send’s level to 0 dB:
• EQ switch
„ Press Set to Default + the send encoder Select switch. This
sets the send level to 0 dB, regardless of the Send default setting in Pro Tools Operation preferences.
• Input switch
• Microphone Preamplifier switch
• Inserts switch
• Pan switch
To reset a channel’s mic pre gain to 0 dB:
• Bypass/Spill switch
„
Press Set to Default + the mic pre gain encoder Select switch
• Sends switch
To reset an LFE channel’s gain to 0 dB:
„ Press Set to Default + the encoder Select switch for the LFE
channel.
Dynamics switch
Input switch
Inserts switch
Bypass/Spill
switch
EQ switch
Microphone
Preamplifier switch
Pan switch
Sends switch
To set a plug-in’s parameters to their default values:
„ Press Set to Default + the Compare switch for the plug-in.
(The Compare switch appears in the D-Control Dynamics and
EQ sections, and in Custom Fader Expanded Plug-in mode.)
Channel Strip Mode controls
Suspend Groups Switch
3 When you are finished, if Do To all or Do To Selected are
The Suspend Groups switch suspends all groups in the session.
latched on, press the flashing Do To All or Do To Selected
switch to exit the corresponding mode.
Set To Default Switch
The Set to Default switch is used to reset parameters on the
D-Control surface to their default values. This switch works in
both Normal and Custom Fader modes.
Instead of using the Set To Default switch, you can
also hold the Alt key (Windows) or the Option key
(Mac) and press the corresponding switch to reset parameters to their default values.
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The Suspend Groups switch follows latching behavior, and
flashes to indicate groups are suspended. To exit Suspend
Groups mode, press the Suspend Groups switch again.
Global Channel Strip Mode Controls
Global Inserts Switch
The Global Channel Strip Mode controls are used to display
and edit pan, mic pre, insert, or send parameters across all
tracks in a session. These controls do not affect channel strips
in any of the Custom Fader modes.
The Global Inserts switch displays inserts on the rotary encoders across all channels.
Global Pan Switch
The Global Pan switch displays the channel pan controls on
the rotary encoders across all channels.
Global Page Up
and Page Down
switches
Global Sends Switch
The Global Sends switch displays the send controls on the rotary encoders across all channels.
Global Dynamics
switch
Global Input
switch
Global Inserts
switch
Global EQ
switch
Global Mic Pre
switch
Global Pan
switch
Channel Strip Master Function Controls
The Channel Strip Master Function controls are used to
change modes for the channel Select switches, channel displays, clear Solo and Mute states, and globally suspend automation.
Global Sends
switch
Escape switch
Global Channel Strip Mode controls
Global Page Up and Page Down Switches
Select/Focus Mode
switch and indicators
The Global Page Up and Page Down switches change the page
display on all channel strips.
Solo Clear switch
„ To move the page display of parameters on all rotary encoders up or down, press the Global Page Up or Page Down
switch.
Mute Clear switch
Global Dynamics and EQ Switches
Display Mode switch
The Global Dynamics and EQ switches display the first plug-in
of the corresponding type on the rotary encoders across all
channels. To cycle through all the Dynamics or EQ plug-ins
across all channels, repeatedly press the corresponding switch.
Suspend Automation
switch
Channel Strip Master Function controls
Global Input Switch
Escape Switch
The Global Input switch toggles all applicable channels into
Inline mode (Audio and Auxiliary Input tracks) or to display
MIDI controls on the rotary encoders (Instrument tracks).
See “Inline Console Mode” on page 125 and “MIDI Controls
on Instrument Tracks” on page 49.
The Escape switch is used to exit modes and to cancel operations or on-screen dialogs. When an action has occurred that
can be exited or canceled with the Escape switch, the switch
flashes.
Global Mic Pre Switch
The Global Mic Pre switch displays the controls for remote-controlled microphone preamplifiers on the rotary encoders across all channels.
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Select/Focus Mode Switch and Indicators
Custom Fader Controls
The Select/Focus Mode switch toggles the function of channel
Select switches between Select and Focus mode.
The Custom Fader controls invoke a special set of D-Control
modes, called Custom Fader modes, which let you set aside and
customize channel strips for display and editing of a variety of
functions. The Custom Fader modes are Custom Groups mode,
Mix/Edit Groups mode, Tracks mode, and Plug-in mode. See
“Custom Fader Modes” on page 125 for complete information
on Custom Fader modes.
‹ In Select mode, channel Select switches are used to select
channels in Pro Tools.
‹ In Focus mode, channel Select switches are used to focus a
channel’s controls on the Focus Channel Strip on the Main
Unit.
The LEDs on either side of this switch indicate the current
mode.
Custom Faders
display
Solo Clear Switch
The Solo Clear switch clears all latched Solo switches in the
session. This switch flashes when any channel is soloed.
Mute Clear Switch
Custom Groups switch
Map switch
Mix/Edit Groups switch
Flip switch
The Mute Clear switch clears all mutes for all tracks in the session. This switch lights when any channel is muted.
Tracks switch
Lock switch
The Mute Clear action can be undone by pressing the Undo
switch.
Plug-in switch
Window switch
Display Mode Switch
Bank/Cycle switch
The Display Mode switch toggles the channel display between
the five display modes: Track Name, Group/ Name, Channel
Number/Name, Headroom Value, and Level modes. See
“Channel Display” on page 52 for more information.
Automation Suspend Switch
The Automation Suspend switch suspends reading and writing of all automation on all tracks in the session. All channels
are left in their current automation mode, but automation operations are temporarily suspended.
The Automation Suspend switch flashes while automation is
suspended.
Custom Fader controls
Custom Faders Display
‹ When a Custom Fader mode is active, the Custom Faders
display shows the name of the Custom Group, Mix/Edit
Group, or the plug-in displayed on the Custom Fader channels.
‹ When no Custom Fader mode is active, the Custom Faders
display shows the name of one of the plug-ins on the focused
channel. (When you enter Custom Fader Plug-in mode, this
plug-in will be displayed on the Custom Fader channels.)
Custom Switch
The Custom switch invokes Custom Groups mode, which lets
you create a custom collection of channels and arrange them
in any order in the Custom Fader channels. Custom Groups
are unique to D-Control and are not reflected on-screen in
Pro Tools.
Groups Switch
The Groups switch invokes Mix/Edit Groups mode, which lets
you create, edit, and recall Pro Tools Mix and Edit groups to
the Custom Fader channels.
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Tracks Switch
Lock Switch
The Tracks switch invokes Track Type mode, which lets you
call any of the following track types to the Custom Fader
channels: Master Faders, Audio Tracks, Auxiliary Inputs, MIDI
Tracks, Instrument Tracks, or Hidden Tracks.
The Lock switch applies to Custom Fader Plug-in mode only.
This switch locks the plug-in that is currently displayed in the
Custom Faders display, so that it does not change when you
focus a different channel in the Focus Channel strip. The Lock
switch lights when the plug-in is locked.
In Track Type mode, the Bank Select switches in the Bank Select Matrix are used to select the track type to display.
Plug-in Switch
The Plug-in switch invokes Plug-in mode, which lets you call
the currently focused channel’s plug-in controls to the Custom Fader channels.
Map Switch
The Map switch works with Custom Groups mode, Mix/Edit
Groups mode, and Plug-in mode. While in these modes, the
Map switch lets you further customize the control layout by
mapping individual rotary encoder controls to faders within
the Custom Fader channels.
The Map switch has no effect on other D-Control channels in
Normal mode.
‹ When Custom Fader Plug-in mode is active, the locked
plug-in appears in the Custom Fader channels, so you can focus a different channel on the Focus Channel Strip and keep
the locked plug-in in the Custom Fader channels.
‹ When Custom Fader Plug-in mode is not active, the locked
plug-in appears in the Custom Faders display, so you can focus
a different channel on the Focus Channel Strip and keep the
locked plug-in in the Custom Faders display. (When you enter
Custom Fader Plug-in mode, this plug-in will be displayed on
the Custom Fader channels.)
Window Switch
The Window switch opens and closes the plug-in window
on-screen for any plug-in whose name is displayed in the Custom Faders display.
Bank/Cycle Switch
Flip Switch
The Custom Fader Flip switch works with Custom Groups
mode, Mix/Edit Groups mode, and Plug-in mode. While in
these modes, pressing the Flip switch transfers controls from
the top row of encoders to the faders in the Custom Fader
channels. Pressing the Flip switch additional times flips subsequent rows of encoders to the faders. The Custom Fader Flip
switch has no effect on other D-Control channels in Normal
mode.
‹ While in Custom Groups or Mix/Edit Groups mode, the
Bank/Cycle switch is used to bank faders within the Custom
Fader channels, if there are more channels than can be displayed at one time.
‹ While in Custom Fader Plug-in mode, the Bank/Cycle
switch cycles through the plug-ins on the focused channel,
displaying their controls on the Custom Fader channels.
‹ When no Custom Fader mode is active, the Bank/Cycle
switch cycles through the plug-ins on the focused channel,
displaying their names in the Custom Faders display.
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Automation Mode Controls
Trim Switch
The Automation Mode controls are used to display and set automation modes. These switches light to indicate that at least
one channel is in that automation mode. If multiple channels
are selected and set to different automation modes, all applicable mode switches are lit.
The Trim switch indicates or sets the automation mode for the
selected tracks to Trim mode.
These Automation Mode controls mirror the function of the
on-screen Automation Mode selector for each track, and let
you change automation modes during playback.
Read Switch
The Read switch indicates or sets the automation mode for the
selected tracks to Read mode.
Off Switch
Automation Write
Mode switch
Automation Trim
Mode switch
The Off switch indicates or sets the automation mode for the
selected tracks to Off.
Automation Touch
Mode switch
Automation Read
Mode switch
Talkback Switch
Automation Latch
Mode switch
Automation Off
switch
Automation Mode controls
Two Talkback switches, located at the bottom of each Channel Strip Master section on the Main Unit, provide mirrored
control of the D-Control Talkback function.
To set the automation mode of one or more channels:
1 Hold an Automation Mode switch (Write, Touch, Latch,
Trim, Read, or Off).
2 Press the Select switches on the channels whose automation
mode you want to set.
Talkback switch
To set the automation mode of one or more selected channels:
1 Press the Do To Selected switch.
2 Press the Select switches on the channels whose automation
mode you want to set.
3 Press an Automation Mode switch (Write, Touch, Latch,
Trim, Read, or Off).
To set the automation mode of all channels:
1 Press the Do To All switch.
2 Press an Automation Mode switch (Write, Touch, Latch,
Trim, Read, or Off).
Write Switch
The Write switch indicates or sets the automation mode for
the selected tracks to Write mode.
Touch Switch
The Touch switch indicates or sets the automation mode for
the selected tracks to Touch mode.
Latch Switch
The Latch switch indicates or sets the automation mode for
the selected tracks to Latch mode.
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Talkback switch
The Talkback switches can follow momentary or latched behavior. If held, the switch is active only when pressed down.
If rapidly double-pressed, the switch latches on and flashes to
indicate that talkback is active. Press the switch again to turn
off talkback.
Talkback can be activated automatically. See “Auto Talkback
Switch” on page 115 for more information.
Talkback level is set with the Talkback controls in the Monitor
section. See “Talkback/Listen System” on page 114 for more
information.
Chapter 7: Plug-in Controls
Plug-ins and D-Control
D-Control provides dedicated Dynamics and EQ sections for
plug-ins that support Dynamics and EQ plug-in mapping.
These sections include encoders and switches that map to
standard controls for each plug-in type.
Plug-ins of all types can be focused across multiple D-Control
channels using Custom Fader Plug-ins mode. See “Plug-In
Mode” on page 130.
3 At the insert position where you want to make the assign-
ment, turn the encoder knob to select from the first level of
menu choices.
4 Press the encoder Select switch to move down and the By-
pass/Mute/Pre switch to move up through menu levels.
5 When the plug-in you want to assign is displayed, press the
encoder Select switch to confirm your selection.
To assign plug-ins to multiple tracks:
1 Press the Assign Inserts switch to enter Inserts Assign mode.
Plug-in Channel Formats
D-Control supports mono, stereo, multichannel and
multi-mono plug-in channel formats. Multi-mono plug-ins
comprise up to eight individual mono channels that can be
linked in any combination.
With D-Control, you can display, edit, and link specific channels of multi-mono Dynamics and EQ plug-ins directly from
the Channel Select switches in the corresponding section.
The first two send or insert positions will show on the encoder
displays by default.
2 At the insert position where you want to make the assign-
ment, turn the encoder knob to select from the first level of
menu choices.
3 Press the encoder Select switch to move down and the By-
pass/Mute/Pre switch to move up through menu levels.
4 When the plug-in you want to assign is displayed, press the
encoder Select switch to confirm your selection.
Assigning and Removing Plug-ins
5 Repeat steps 2–4 to make additional insert assignments.
You can make plug-in assignments directly from D-Control in
several ways. In Inserts mode, plug-ins can be added on an insert-by-insert basis. In Assign Inserts mode you can assign
plug-ins to insert positions on multiple tracks.
6 Press the flashing Assign switch to confirm the assignments
To assign a plug-in in Inserts mode:
1 Press the Inserts switch to display inserts on the channel
where you want to assign the plug-in.
2 Do one of the following:
• If the insert location you want to use is empty, press the
corresponding encoder Select switch.
and exit Inserts Assign mode.
To remove a plug-in:
1 Press the Set to Default switch.
2 Press the encoder Select switch for each plug-in you want to
remove.
3 Press the flashing Set to Default switch to exit Set to Default
mode.
– or –
• If a plug-in is already present in the insert location you
want to use, press and hold the corresponding encoder
Select switch.
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Default Plug-in Preferences
2 Press the Inserts switch on the channel. The plug-in names
are displayed in the channel’s encoders.
You can set a default EQ plug-in and default Dynamics plug-in
in Pro Tools, which makes them available for quick assignment from D-Control.
3 Press the Select switch under the name of the plug-in you
To set a default EQ or Dynamics plug-in:
4 If there is more than one page of parameters for the plug-in,
1 In Pro Tools, choose Setup > Preferences and click Mixing.
the Page Up or Page Down switches light. To move through
parameter pages, press the corresponding switch.
2 Under Setup, choose a plug-in from the Default EQ or De-
fault Dynamics pop-up menu.
want to focus. The plug-in parameters are displayed in the Focus Channel Strip’s encoders.
To focus a plug-in in the Dynamics or EQ section:
3 Click OK to close the Preferences window.
1 Focus the plug-in’s track on the Focus Channel Strip by
To assign a default EQ or Dynamics plug-in on a D-Control
channel:
pressing the track’s Select switch. The first dynamics and EQ
plug-ins on that track are automatically focused in the corresponding D-Control section.
„ Hold the EQ or Dyn switch on the channel and press the Select switch where you want to make the assignment.
– or –
„
2 Press the Cycle switch in the Dynamics or EQ section to focus successive dynamics or EQ plug-ins on that channel. (The
No Insert option is always available.)
Do the following:
• Press the Inserts switch on the channel to enter Local Assign mode.
• Press the Select switch on the encoder where you want to
make the assignment.
• Press the EQ or Dyn switch on the channel.
To focus a plug-in in the Custom Faders section:
1 Focus the plug-in’s track on the Focus Channel Strip by
pressing the track’s Select switch. The first plug-in that is not a
dynamics or EQ plug-in is automatically focused, and its name
appears in the Custom Faders display.
2 In the Custom Faders section, press the Bank/Cycle switch
Focusing Plug-ins on D-Control
to cycle through the plug-ins on the focused channel. (The No
Insert option is always available.)
A plug-in is focused when its controls are mapped to the knobs,
switches or faders on D-Control. Its parameters can then be
edited and automated from the control surface. D-Control lets
you focus a plug-in with or without displaying its window
on-screen.
The plug-in whose name appears in the Custom Faders display
is then available for Custom Fader Plug-in mode. See “Plug-In
Mode” on page 130.
You can focus a plug-in in several ways: on the encoders of its
channel; on the encoders of the Focus Channel Strip, and in
the Custom Faders section.
With dynamics and EQ plug-ins, you can also focus plug-in
parameters on the dedicated Dynamics and EQ sections of
D-Control.
Opening Plug-in Windows On-Screen
There are several ways to open plug-in windows on-screen
from D-Control.
To open a plug-in window from any channel on D-Control:
„ Hold Start (Windows) or Control (Mac) and press the encoder Select switch for the plug-in.
To focus a plug-in on a channel strip:
1 Press the Inserts switch for the channel to display plug-in
names on the channel’s encoders.
2 Press the encoder Select switch for the plug-in you want to
focus.
The controls of the focused plug-in appear on the channel’s
encoders. You can page through the plug-in’s controls by
pressing the Page Up and Page Down switches on the channel.
To open a plug-in window on a focused track:
1 Focus a track in the Focus Channel Strip by pressing its Se-
lect switch.
2 In the Custom Faders section, press the Bank/Cycle switch
to cycle through the plug-ins on the focused track. Plug-in
names are shown in the Custom Faders display.
3 In the Custom Faders section, press the Win switch to open
the plug-in whose name is displayed.
To focus a plug-in on the Focus Channel Strip:
To open a focused Dynamics or EQ plug-in window:
1 Focus the plug-in’s track on the Focus Channel Strip.
Press the Window switch in the Dynamics or EQ section of
D-Control.
„
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To open or close all focused plug-in windows:
To swap multiple plug-in windows while changing track focus:
„ Press the Plug-in switch in the Window Management section.
1 Focus a track with multiple plug-ins (for example, dynam-
To close all open plug-in windows:
Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) and press the Plug-in
switch in the Window Management section. This closes all
real-time and AudioSuite plug-in windows.
„
To set D-Control to automatically open plug-in windows:
1 Press the Operation switch in the D-Control Soft Keys sec-
tion repeatedly to display the page that includes the Channel
Window Display preference (“ChanWn”).
ics, EQ and Pitch Shift plug-ins) by pressing the track’s Select
switch.
2 Open multiple plug-in windows on the focused track while
holding the Shift modifier.
3 Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) while changing focus
to another track with multiple plug-ins by pressing the track’s
Select switch.
Focused plug-ins with open windows swap into new plug-in
windows on-screen, wherever plug-ins are present in the new
track.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “ChanWn” until its
value is “Yes.”
Making Plug-ins Inactive or Active
With this preference set to “Yes,” when you assign a new
plug-in, press an encoder Select switch to edit a plug-in, or cycle through plug-ins on the focused track, the plug-in window
will automatically open on-screen.
You can toggle the active/inactive status of a plug-in directly
from a channel strip without putting D-Control into Make
Inactive mode.
To toggle a plug-in active/inactive directly from a channel strip:
Managing Multiple Plug-in Windows
D-Control lets you open and swap multiple plug-in windows
on-screen. This makes it possible keep plug-in windows open
while focusing on different tracks (for example, in a session
where several tracks have Dynamics and EQ plug-ins).
Targeting Plug-ins
A plug-in is said to be targeted on-screen when its target icon in
the plug-in window header is lit red. The first plug-in window
to be opened is automatically targeted.
‹ When a plug-in window is targeted, it is replaced when you
open any new plug-in window.
When a plug-in window is not targeted (when its target icon
is grey) the plug-in window will remain on-screen.
‹
To open multiple plug-in windows:
„ Hold Shift while opening each new window. The new
plug-in windows are not targeted.
1 Press the Inserts switch on a channel strip to display the
names of the plug-ins on the channel’s encoders.
2 Hold Control+Start (Windows) or Control+ Command
(Mac) and press the encoder Select switch for the plug-in.
Changing Plug-in Presets from Channel
Strips
You can activate next or previous settings in the Plug-in Librarian menu directly from any channel strip on D-Control.
These commands mirror the Next and Previous Setting buttons in the plug-in header.
To enable the next or previous plug-in setting from a channel
strip:
1 Focus the plug-in in a channel strip so its controls are visible
on the channel strip encoders.
2 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Page Up (Next) or Page Down (Previous) switch in that channel strip’s Channel Strip Mode controls.
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Copying and Pasting Plug-in Settings
You can copy plug-in settings from a plug-in and paste them
into another instance of the same plug-in directly from a
channel strip on D-Control, from either the top-level view or
the focused view of the plug-in.
To toggle automation on and off for a parameter of a plug-in:
1 Press the Inserts switch in the Channel Strip Mode controls
of a track to show the top level Inserts display. Plug-in names
appear in the encoder displays of that track.
2 Press an encoder Select switch to display a plug-in’s param-
eters on the rotary encoders.
To copy and paste plug-in settings from the top level plug-in view:
1 On channel strips where you want to copy and paste the
plug-in settings, press the Inserts switches to display the
names of the plug-ins on the channel encoders.
3 Hold Control+Alt+Start (Windows) or Command+Op-
tion+Control (Mac) and touch the rotary encoder for the
plug-in parameters you want to enable for automation.
2 Copy the settings of a plug-in by holding Shift+Control
To toggle automation on and off for all parameters of a plug-in:
(Windows) or Shift+Command (Mac) and pressing the encoder Select switch under the name of the plug-in.
1 Press the Inserts switch in the Channel Strip Mode controls
of a track to show the top level Inserts display. Plug-in names
appear in the encoder displays of that track.
3 Paste the settings into another instance of the same plug-in
by holding Shift+Control (Windows) or Shift+Command
(Mac) and pressing the B/M/P switch under the name of that
plug-in.
You can use the Do To All and Do To Selected switches
to copy and paste settings to all plug-ins at the same insert position on all or all selected tracks.
To copy and paste settings from the focused plug-in view:
1 On channel strips where you want to copy and paste the
plug-in settings, focus the plug-ins on the channels so their
controls are visible on the channel strip encoders.
2 Copy the settings of a plug-in by holding Shift+Control
(Windows) or Shift+Command (Mac) and pressing the encoder Select switch under the bottom row of encoders of the
plug-in’s channel.
3 Paste the settings into another instance of the same plug-in
by holding Shift+Control (Windows) or Shift+Command
(Mac) and pressing the B/M/P switches under the bottom row
of encoders for that plug-in.
Enabling Plug-in Automation
When plug-in names are displayed in top-level view on a
D-Control channel strip, you can quickly enable all parameters of a plug-in for automation.
You can also use the Do To All or Do To Selected switches on
D-Control to automate multiple plug-ins in the same insert
position in a session.
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2 Hold Control+Alt+Start (Windows) or Command+Op-
tion+Control (Mac) and touch the rotary encoder for the
plug-in whose parameters you want to enable for automation.
To toggle automation on and off for all plug-ins in a given Insert
position:
1 Press the Inserts switch in the Channel Strip Mode controls
of a track to show the top level Inserts display. Plug-in names
appear in the encoder displays of that track.
2 Press the Do To All switch in the Global controls section.
3 Hold Control+Alt+Start (Windows) or Command+Op-
tion+Control (Mac) and touch the rotary encoder for any
plug-in at the insert position (Insert 1–5) where you want to
enable plug-in automation.
To toggle automation on and off for plug-ins in a given Insert
position on all selected tracks:
1 Select the tracks containing the plug-ins you want to enable
for automation.
2 Press the Inserts switch in the Channel Strip Mode controls
of a track to show the top level Inserts display. Plug-in names
appear in the encoder displays of that track.
3 Press the Do To Selected switch in the Global controls sec-
tion.
4 Hold Control+Alt+Start (Windows) or Command+Op-
tion+Control (Mac) and touch the rotary encoder for any
plug-in at the insert position (Insert 1–5) where you want to
enable plug-in automation.
Displaying Dynamics Plug-in Gain
Reduction on Channel Meters
You can display gain reduction metering for dynamics
plug-ins directly on channel meters in Normal mode. When
this metering mode is active, the D-Control channel meters
show both track level and compressor gain reduction when
you display the plug-in’s parameters on the channel encoders.
To display dynamics plug-in gain reduction on the center meters:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Meter Prefs 1 switch.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “CtrMtr” to toggle the
display to “Track.”
3 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “GRChan” to turn on
display of gain reduction.
4 Press the Meter Prefs 1 switch to exit.
Mono Tracks When a mono track is displayed on a D-Control
channel strip, the channel’s left meter shows track level, and
the channel’s right meter shows plug-in gain reduction.
5 Focus a channel with a dynamics plug-in on the Focus
Multichannel Tracks When a multichannel track is displayed
on a D-Control channel strip, the channel’s left meter shows
the first channel’s level, and the channel’s right meter shows
gain reduction.
play controls to display the plug-in’s parameters on the Focus
Channel Strip encoders.
Center Meter Display When the 8-channel center meters on
the D-Control Main Unit is set to display levels for the focused
track, the center meters show levels for up to two output channels, plus input, output, gain reduction, and downward expansion for a dynamics plug-in on the focused track.
Channel Strip.
6 Press the Dynamics switch in the Focus Channel Strip Dis-
The dynamics plug-in input level, output level, gain reduction, and downward expansion are displayed in the rightmost
center meters, from the top down.
To display dynamics plug-in gain reduction on channel meters:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Meter switch.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “GRChan” to turn on
display of gain reduction.
3 Press the Meter switch to exit.
4 On a channel with a dynamics plug-in, press the Dynamics
switch in the Channel Strip Display controls to display the
plug-in’s parameters on the channel strip encoders.
The dynamics plug-in gain reduction is displayed in the channel’s right meter, from the top down.
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Dynamics Section
The Dynamics section includes standard controls for compressor, gate, and limiter plug-ins, an array of controls for managing the
display and editing of plug-in parameters, and selecting or linking channels in multi-mono plug-ins.
Knee/Hysteresis
controls
Attack
control
Gain/Hold
controls
Channel Select
switches
Low Filter
controls
Ratio/Range
controls
Release
control
Threshold
control
Dynamics Edit and Display controls
High Filter
controls
Level controls
Gain Reduction
meters
Input and Output
meters
D-Control Dynamics section
Dynamics Plug-in Support
Displaying Dynamics Plug-ins
Dynamics processing plug-ins may have widely varying controls, depending on their applications. The D-Control Dynamics Section provides dedicated knobs and switches to accommodate the widest range of plug-ins possible. Not all plug-ins
will require all the Dynamics controls, while others may have
more parameters than can be displayed in the Dynamics section at one time. To display all controls in any plug-in, you
can use Custom Fader Plug-ins mode.
The D-Control Dynamics section automatically focuses the
first dynamics plug-in on the channel displayed in the Focus
Channel Strip on the Main Unit.
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To display successive dynamics plug-ins that are on the focused channel, press the Cycle switch in the Dynamics section.
Knee/Hysteresis and Ratio/Range Controls
Attack and Release Controls
Attack
encoder
Knee/Hysteresis
encoder
Knee
indicator
Hysteresis
indicator
Ratio/Range
encoder
Ratio
indicator
Release
encoder
Range
indicator
Knee/Hysteresis and Ratio/Range controls in the Dynamics section
Attack and Release controls in the Dynamics section
Knee/Hysteresis Control
Attack Control
The top encoder in this section controls the knee shape or the
hysteresis value for the current plug-in page, depending on
which indicator is lit. The Auto indicator under the encoder
knob lights when the displayed parameter is enabled for automation.
The top encoder in this section controls the attack value for
the current plug-in. The Auto indicator under the encoder
knob lights when the parameter is enabled for automation.
Ratio/Range Control
The bottom encoder in this section controls the compression
ratio or the range value for the current plug-in page, depending on which indicator is lit. The Auto indicator under the encoder knob lights when the displayed parameter is enabled for
automation.
Release Control
The bottom encoder in this section controls the release value
for the current plug-in. The Auto indicator under the encoder
knob lights when the parameter is enabled for automation.
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Gain/Hold and Threshold Controls
Low Filter and High Filter Controls
Gain/Hold
encoder
Gain
indicator
Filter Frequency
encoders
Hold
indicator
Q/Slope
encoders
Threshold
encoder
Notch/Shelf
switches
and indicators
Filter In
switches
Gain/Hold and Threshold controls in the Dynamics section
Gain/Hold Control
The top encoder in this section controls the gain (make-up
gain) or the hold value for the current plug-in page, depending on which indicator is lit. The Auto indicator under the encoder knob lights when the displayed parameter is enabled for
automation.
Threshold Control
The bottom encoder in this section controls the threshold
value for the current plug-in page. The Auto indicator under
the encoder knob lights when the parameter is enabled for automation.
Low Filter and High Filter controls in the Dynamics section
The Dynamics section includes controls for high- and low-frequency EQ filters available on certain dynamics plug-ins.
Filter Frequency Encoders
The top encoders in these sections control the filter frequency
for each filter. When the filter is a notch filter, these encoders
control the center frequency. When the filter is a high-pass or
low-pass filter, these encoders control the cutoff frequency.
Q/Slope Encoders
The bottom encoders in these sections control the Q value (for
notch filters) or the slope of the cutoff (for high-pass or
low-pass filters).
Notch/Shelf Switch and Indicators
The Notch/Shelf switches in these sections let you switch between the two filter types when they are available. The indicators above the switch light to show which type of filter is active.
Filter In Switches
The Filter In switches in these sections let you engage or bypass each filter independently.
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Dynamics Channel Select Controls
Dynamics displays
Channel Select switches
Master Link switch
Select/Link/Bypass Mode switch
Bypass indicator
Channel Select controls in the Dynamics section
Dynamics Displays
Master Link Switch
The LED displays in the Dynamics section show the name of
the focused plug-in by default. When any rotary encoder is
touched, these displays show the corresponding parameter
name and value.
Multichannel Plug-ins
Channel Select Switches
Multichannel Plug-ins
When you are working with a multichannel plug-in, all channels are controlled in tandem, and the Master Link switch has
no effect.
Multi-Mono Plug-ins
When you are working with a multichannel plug-in, all channels are controlled in tandem and the Channel Select switches
have no effect.
When you are working with a multi-mono plug-in, the Master
Link switch toggles the Master Link button in the plug-in window, which links or unlinks all channels of the plug-in. When
the Master Link button is enabled, the Link switch is lit.
Multi-Mono Plug-ins
Select/Link/Bypass Mode Switch
When you are working with a multi-mono plug-in, the controls for the channels are usually linked and edited together.
The Select/Link/Bypass Mode switch determines the function
of the Channel Select switches with multi-mono plug-ins.
However, you can edit plug-in settings for individual channels
of a multi-mono plug-in by using the Channel Select switches
to unlink all of the channels, or to link specific channels.
Select Mode In this mode, the Channel Select switches determine which channel of a multi-mono plug-in is the focus of
the plug-in controls. When a channel is selected, its switch is
lit. If any channels are linked, their switches follow linked behavior.
There are Channel Select switches for the following channels:
• L (Left)
• Lc (Left Center)
• C (Center)
• Rc (Right Center)
• R (Right)
• Ls (Left Surround)
• Cs (Center Surround)
• Rs (Right Surround)
• LFE
These choices support all possible channel configurations in
Pro Tools. A maximum of eight channels (7.1 surround) may
be in use at any time.
In Select mode, if the D-Control Channel Window Display
preference is set to Yes, the Channel Select switches also
change the channel display in the plug-in window.
Bypass Mode In this mode, the Channel Select switches determine which channels of a multi-mono plug-in are bypassed.
When a channel is bypassed, its switch is lit. If any channels
are linked, their switches follow linked behavior.
Link Mode In this mode, the Channel Select switches determine which individual channels of a multi-mono plug-in are
linked together. Linked channels are indicated by switches
that are lit.
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Dynamics Edit and Display Controls
Key Listen Save As Lock
switch
switch switch
Page switch
External Key switch
Automation switch
Compare switch
Automation Safe switch
Cycle switch
Window switch
Bypass switch
Edit and Display controls in the Dynamics section
Page Switch
Save As Switch
With plug-ins that have more than one page of controls, the
Page switch lights. Pressing this switch steps through the
pages for the currently displayed plug-in.
The Save As switch performs the Save As command in the
Plug-in settings menu.
Active paged controls are shown in the plug-in window by colored outlines.
External Key Switch
The External Key switch turns the Key Input on or off for
plug-ins that support side-chain processing with external input. This switch lights when Key Input is on.
Key Listen Switch
The Key Listen switch turns the Key Listen function on or off
for plug-ins that support auditioning the Key Input. This
switch lights when Key Listen is on.
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To save a Dynamics plug-in setting from D-Control:
1 Press the Save As switch in the Edit and Display controls of
the Dynamics section. The Save As switch flashes while the
Save Settings dialog is open.
2 Type a name for the plug-in setting.
3 Do one of the following:
• Click OK to save the settings and close the dialog.
• Press the flashing Save As switch to save the settings and
close the dialog.
• Press the Escape switch to exit the dialog without saving
the settings.
Lock Switch
Safe Switch
The Lock switch is used to lock the focus of the Dynamics section on the current plug-in. When the plug-in focus is locked,
the current plug-in remains in the Dynamics section, even
when a different track is focused on D-Control. This switch
lights when the plug-in focus is locked.
The Safe switch toggles the Safe button in the plug-in window,
which protects existing automation for that plug-in from being overwritten.
Cycle Switch
Compare Switch
The Cycle switch steps through all available Dynamics
plug-ins on the focused channel.
The Compare switch toggles the Compare button in the
plug-in window, which alternates between the currently saved
plug-in setting and any changes you have made.
Bypass Switch
The Bypass switch bypasses the plug-in.
Automation Switch
Window Switch
The Automation switch lets you enable Dynamics parameters
for automation by touching or pressing their controls in the
Dynamics section only.
The Window switch is used to open and close the on-screen
window for the currently focused plug-in.
In Automation mode, the Auto switch is lit. While in this
mode, the Auto LED for any rotary encoder enabled for automation is lit red, and the switch for any parameter enabled for
automation is lit.
To toggle automation on and off for individual Dynamics
parameters:
1 Press the Automation switch.
2 Touch the rotary encoders or press the switches in the Dy-
namics section for which you want to toggle automation.
3 Press the Automation switch again to exit Automation
mode.
To toggle automation on and off for all parameters of a Dynamics
plug-in:
1 Press the Automation switch.
2 Do one of the following:
• Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac).
– or –
• Hold Do to All.
3 Touch any rotary encoder or press any switches in the Dynamics section.
4 Press the Automation switch again to exit Automation
mode.
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Dynamics Gain Controls and Meters
Input Gain encoder
Output Gain encoder
Clip indicator
Input meter
Output meter
Compressor/Limiter
Gain Reduction
meter
Expander/Gate
Gain Reduction
meter
Level controls (left) and meters (right) in the Dynamics section
Input and Output Gain Encoders
The Input and Output Gain encoders control the input gain and output gain for the current plug-in. The Auto indicator under
each encoder knob lights when the parameter is enabled for automation.
Input and Output Meters and Clip Indicator
The Input and Output meters show the input and output levels for the current plug-in. The Clip indicator lights when a clip is
reported by the plug-in, and can be cleared by pressing the Clear Clip switch in the Session Management section.
Gain Reduction Meters
The Gain Reduction meters show the amount of gain reduction for Compressor/Limiter functions (on the left) and Expander/Gate functions (on the right).
You can also display gain reduction metering for dynamics plug-ins directly on channel meters in Normal mode. See “Displaying
Dynamics Plug-in Gain Reduction on Channel Meters” on page 71.
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EQ Section
The EQ section includes standard controls for a variety of multi-band plug-ins, an array of controls for managing the display and
editing of plug-in parameters, and controls for selecting or linking channels in multi-mono plug-ins.
High-Pass
Filter
controls
Low
Filter
controls
Low-Mid
Filter
controls
Mid
Filter
controls
Channel Select
switches
High-Mid
Filter
controls
High
Filter
controls
EQ Edit and Display controls
Low-Pass
Filter
controls
Level
controls
Input and Output meters
D-Control EQ section
EQ Plug-in Support
Displaying EQ Plug-ins
EQ processing plug-ins may have widely varying controls, depending on their applications. The D-Control EQ Section provides dedicated knobs and switches to accommodate the widest range of plug-ins possible. Not all plug-ins will require all
the EQ controls, while others may have more parameters than
can be displayed in the EQ section at one time.
The D-Control EQ section automatically displays the first EQ
plug-in on the channel that is focused in the Focus Channel
Strip on the Main Unit.
To display successive EQ plug-ins that are on the focused
channel, press the Cycle switch in the EQ section.
To simultaneously display all controls in any plug-in, you can
use Custom Fader Plug-ins mode.
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High-Pass Filter and Low-Pass Filter
Controls
Low Shelf/Peak and High Shelf/Peak
EQ Controls
There are similar controls for high-pass and low-pass filters on
the extreme left and right sides of the EQ section.
There are similar controls for the low and high shelf/peak EQ
bands on the left and right sides of the EQ section, just inside
the high-pass and low-pass filter controls.
Q encoders
Q encoders
Notch/Shelf switches
and indicators
Notch/Shape switches
and indicators
Frequency encoders
Frequency encoders
Gain encoders
Filter In switches
High-Pass Filter and Low-Pass Filter controls in the EQ section
Band In switches
Q Encoders
Low Filter and High Filter controls in the EQ section
The top encoders for these EQ bands control the Q of each filter. The Auto indicator under each encoder knob lights when
the parameter is enabled for automation.
Notch/Shelf Switches and Indicators
The Notch/Shelf switches in these EQ bands let you switch between the two filter types when they are available. The indicators on either side of the switch light to show which type of filter is active.
Frequency Encoders
The bottom encoders in these EQ bands control the filter frequency for each filter. When the filter is a notch filter, these
encoders control the center frequency. When the filter is a
high-pass or low-pass filter, these encoders control the cutoff
frequency. The Auto indicator under each encoder knob lights
when the parameter is enabled for automation.
Band In Switches
The Band In switches in these EQ bands let you engage or bypass their corresponding EQ band in the plug-in.
Q Encoders
The top encoders for these EQ bands control the Q of each
band. The Auto indicator under each encoder knob lights
when the parameter is enabled for automation.
Notch/Shape Switch and Indicators
The Notch/Shape switches in these EQ bands let you switch
between the two EQ types when they are available. The indicators on either side of the switch light to show which type of
EQ is active.
Frequency Encoders
The middle encoders in these EQ bands control the frequency
for each band. When the EQ is a peaking type, these encoders
control the center frequency. When the EQ is a high- or
low-shelf type, these encoders control the cutoff frequency.
The Auto indicator under each encoder knob lights when the
parameter is enabled for automation.
Gain Encoders
The bottom encoders in these EQ bands control the gain for
each band. The Auto indicator under each encoder knob lights
when the parameter is enabled for automation.
Band In Switches
The Band In switches in these EQ bands let you engage or bypass their corresponding EQ band in the plug-in.
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Low-Mid, Mid, and High-Mid EQ Band Controls
There are similar controls for low-mid, mid, and high-mid EQ bands in the center of the EQ section.
Q encoders
Frequency encoders
Gain encoders
Band In switches
Low-Mid, Mid and High-Mid EQ band controls in the EQ section
Q Encoders
The top encoders for these EQ bands control Q values for each band. The Auto indicator under each encoder knob lights when
the parameter is enabled for automation.
Frequency Encoders
The middle encoders in these EQ bands control the center frequency for each band. The Auto indicator under each encoder knob
lights when the parameter is enabled for automation.
Gain Encoders
The bottom encoders in these EQ bands control the gain for each band. The Auto indicator under each encoder knob lights when
the parameter is enabled for automation.
Band In Switches
The Band In switches in these EQ bands let you engage or bypass the corresponding EQ band in the plug-in.
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EQ Channel Select Controls
EQ displays
Channel Select switches
Link switch
Select/Link/Bypass Mode switch
Bypass indicator
Channel Select controls in the EQ section
EQ Displays
Master Link Switch
The LED displays in the EQ section show the name of the focused plug-in by default. When any rotary encoder is touched,
these displays show the corresponding parameter name and
value.
Multichannel Plug-ins
Channel Select Switches
When you are working with a multichannel plug-in, all channels are controlled in tandem, so the Master Link switch has
no effect, except with multichannel plug-ins (such as
Focusrite d2) that directly support channel linking.
Multichannel Plug-ins
Multi-Mono Plug-ins
When you are working with a multichannel plug-in, all channels are controlled in tandem and the Channel Select switches
have no effect, except with multichannel plug-ins (such as
Focusrite d2) that directly support channel selection.
When you are working with a multi-mono plug-in, the Master
Link switch toggles the Master Link button in the plug-in window, which links or unlinks all channels of the plug-in. When
the Master Link button is enabled, the Link switch is lit.
Multi-Mono Plug-ins
Select/Link/Bypass Mode Switch
When you are working with a multi-mono plug-in, the controls for the channels are usually linked and edited together.
The Select/Link/Bypass Mode switch determines the function
of the Channel Select switches with multi-mono plug-ins.
However, you can edit plug-in settings for individual channels
of a multi-mono plug-in by unlinking all of the channels, or
by using the Channel Select switches to link specific channels.
Select Mode In this mode, the Channel Select switches determine which channel of a multi-mono plug-in is the focus of
the plug-in controls. When a channel is selected, its switch is
lit. If any channels are linked, their switches follow linked behavior.
There are Channel Select switches for the following channels:
• L (Left)
• Lc (Left Center)
• C (Center)
• Rc (Right Center)
• R (Right)
• Ls (Left Surround)
• Cs (Center Surround)
• Rs (Right Surround)
• LFE
These choices support all possible channel configurations in
Pro Tools. A maximum of eight channels (7.1 surround) may
be in use at any time.
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In Select mode, if the D-Control Channel Window Display
preference is set to Yes, the Channel Select switches also
change the channel display in the plug-in window.
Bypass Mode In this mode, the Channel Select switches determine which channels of a multi-mono plug-in are bypassed.
When a channel is bypassed, its switch is lit. If any channels
are linked, their switches follow linked behavior.
Link Mode In this mode, the Channel Select switches determine which individual channels of a multi-mono plug-in are
linked together. Linked channels are indicated by switches
that are lit.
EQ Edit and Display Controls
Save As
switch
Lock
switch
Automation switch
Compare switch
Automation Safe switch
Cycle switch
Window switch
Master Bypass switch
Edit and Display controls in the EQ section
Save As Switch
Automation Switch
The Save As switch performs the Save As command in the
Plug-in settings menu, which saves a new settings file for the
plug-in.
The Automation switch lets you enable EQ parameters for automation by touching or pressing their controls in the EQ section only.
To save an EQ plug-in setting from D-Control:
1 Press the Save As switch in the Edit and Display controls of
the Dynamics section. The Save As switch flashes while the
Save Settings dialog is open.
2 Type a name for the plug-in setting.
3 Do one of the following:
In Automation mode, the Auto switch is lit. While in this
mode, the Auto indicator for any rotary encoder enabled for
automation is lit red, and the switch for any parameter enabled for automation is lit.
To toggle automation on and off for individual EQ parameters:
1 Press the Automation switch.
• Click OK to save the settings and close the dialog.
2 Touch the rotary encoders or press the switches in the EQ
• Press the flashing Save As switch to save the settings and
close the dialog.
section for which you want to toggle automation.
• Press the Escape switch to exit the dialog without saving
the settings.
Lock Switch
The Lock switch is used to lock the focus of the EQ section on
the current plug-in. When the plug-in focus is locked, the current plug-in remains in the EQ section, even when a different
track is focused on D-Control. This switch lights when the
plug-in focus is locked.
3 Press the Automation switch again to exit Automation
mode.
To toggle automation on and off for all parameters of an EQ
plug-in:
1 Press the Automation switch.
2 Do one of the following:
• Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac).
– or –
• Hold Do to All.
Compare Switch
The Compare switch toggles the Compare button in the
plug-in window, which alternates between the currently saved
plug-in setting and any changes you have made.
3 Touch any rotary encoder or press any switches in the EQ
section.
4 Press the Automation switch again to exit Automation
mode.
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Safe Switch
EQ Level Controls and Meters
The Safe switch toggles the Safe button in the plug-in window,
which protects existing automation for that plug-in from being overwritten.
Input Gain encoder
Cycle Switch
The Cycle switch steps through all available EQ plug-ins on
the focused channel.
Output Gain encoder
Bypass Switch
The Bypass switch bypasses the plug-in.
Clip indicator
Window Switch
Input meter
The Window switch is used to open and close the on-screen
window for the currently focused plug-in.
Output meter
Level controls and meters in the EQ section
Input and Output Gain Encoders
The Input and Output Gain encoders control the input gain
and output gain for the current plug-in. The Auto indicator
under each encoder knob lights when the parameter is enabled for automation.
Input and Output Meters and Clip Indicator
The Input and Output meters show the input and output levels for the current plug-in. The Clip indicator lights when a
clip is reported by the plug-in, and can be cleared by pressing
the Clear Clip switch in the Session Management section.
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Chapter 8: Transport and Navigation Controls
Transport Section
The D-Control Transport section includes two complete sets of transport switches, switches for setting the transport mode,
scrub/shuttle switches and controls, and advanced audition and locate switches.
Audition switches
Transport Mode switches
External Machines
switches
Master Record Mode
switches
Online switches
Locate switches
Scrub/Shuttle
switches and controls
Machine Transport
switches
Pro Tools Transport
switches
D-Control Transport Section
Transport Switches
Pro Tools Transport
D-Control has two sets of transport switches, one for
Pro Tools, and the other reserved for external machines controlled with Digidesign MachineControl.
The D-Control Pro Tools Transport switches correspond to the
controls in the Pro Tools Transport window.
MIDI Merge
indicator
Rewind Switch Moves backward through the Pro Tools session
beginning from the current cursor position.
Fast Forward Switch Moves forward through the Pro Tools session beginning from the current cursor position.
Stop Switch Stops playback of the Pro Tools session.
Rewind
Stop
Fast
Forward
Play
Record
Pro Tools Transport switches
Machine Transport
This function is currently not implemented for D-Control.
Play Switch Begins playback of the Pro Tools session from the
current cursor position.
Record Switch Arms Pro Tools for recording. Exact function
depends on current Pro Tools record mode (QuickPunch,
TrackPunch, Wait for Note, Pause).
MIDI Merge Indicator Shows when MIDI Merge is activated.
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Latching Behavior for Fast Forward and Rewind
Switches
Scrub/Shuttle Wheel
You can set Fast Forward or Rewind to follow latched behavior
from the D-Control Transport section.
The Scrub/Shuttle wheel is used to control cursor position in
Pro Tools, and for zooming, window navigation, and banking
faders.
To set Fast Forward to latch:
Scrolling and Locating in Pro Tools Windows
„ Hold the Fast Forward switch and momentarily press the Rewind switch.
To horizontally scroll the contents of the Edit window or Mix
window:
1 Focus the window you want to scroll by clicking in it or by
To set Rewind to latch:
Hold the Rewind switch and momentarily press the Fast
Forward switch.
„
pressing the corresponding window key in the Window Management section.
2 Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) while turning the
Playback of Timeline Selection and Edit Selection
from the Transport
When the Timeline and Edit selections in the Edit window are
unlinked, you can set the D-Control Transport to control playback of either the Timeline selection or the Edit selection.
Scrub/Shuttle Wheel.
To vertically scroll the contents of the Edit window or Mix
window:
1 Focus the window you want to scroll by clicking in it or by
pressing the corresponding window key in the Window Management section.
To focus the D-Control Transport on the Timeline selection:
Press the Edit/Timeline Selection switch in the Miscellaneous Controls section so that the Timeline LED is lit.
2 Hold Shift while turning the Scrub/Shuttle Wheel.
„
To locate the cursor in the Edit window while in Continuous Scroll
Mode:
To focus the D-Control Transport on the Edit selection:
Press the Edit/Timeline Selection switch in the Miscellaneous Controls section so that the Edit LED is lit.
„
„ Hold Control+Alt+Start (Windows) or Command+Option+Control (Mac) and press the Mark In or Mark Out switch
in the Audition section.
Scrub/Shuttle Controls
Selecting with the Scrub/Shuttle Wheel
The Scrub/Shuttle controls are used for the following:
To create selections with the Scrub/Shuttle wheel:
• Edit cursor operations, including scrubbing, scrubbing
while trimming, shuttling, and making selections.
1 Locate the cursor in a track.
• Zooming, Pro Tools window navigation, and banking faders
on D-Control.
Scrub
switch
Trim
switch
2 Press the Scrub switch or the Shuttle switch.
3 Do one of the following:
• Hold the Mark In switch and turn the Scrub/Shuttle
wheel counter-clockwise to create or extend the selection
to the left.
Shuttle
switch
– or –
• Hold the Mark Out switch and turn the Scrub/Shuttle
wheel clockwise to create or extend the selection to the
right.
To scrub while adding to the front of a selection:
Scrub/Shuttle
Wheel
„ Hold Start+Shift (Windows) or Control + Shift (Mac) while
scrubbing the front of the selection.
To scrub while adding to the end of a selection:
Scrub/Shuttle controls
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„ Hold Start+Shift+Alt (Windows) or Control+Shift+Option
(Mac) while scrubbing the end of the selection.
To scrub with fine resolution while adding to the front of a
selection:
Hold Start+Shift+Control (Windows) or Control+Shift+Command (Mac) while scrubbing the front of the
selection.
„
Scrub Switch
The Scrub switch places the transport in Scrub mode, which
lets you scrub from the cursor position or across a selection.
To scrub audio in Scrub mode:
To scrub with fine resolution while adding to the end of a
selection:
1 While Pro Tools is stopped, press the Scrub switch.
Hold Start+Shift+Alt+Control (Windows) or Control+Shift+Option+Command (Mac) while scrubbing the end
of the selection.
ward, or counter-clockwise to scrub audio backward.
„
Continuous Zooming in the Edit Window
To horizontally zoom continuously in the Edit window:
„ Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) while turning
the Scrub/Shuttle Wheel.
2 Rotate the Scrub/Shuttle wheel clockwise to scrub audio for-
3 To exit, press the Scrub switch again.
Scrubbing Without Entering Scrub Mode
You can use the Scrub/Shuttle Wheel to scrub while the transport is stopped or during playback, without entering Scrub
mode.
To scrub during playback:
To vertically zoom continuously in the Edit window:
„ Hold Control+Alt (Windows) or Command+Option (Mac)
while turning the Scrub/Shuttle Wheel.
Moving Windows On-Screen with the Scrub/Shuttle Wheel
To move a Pro Tools window horizontally on-screen:
„ In the Window Management section, hold the switch for
the window and turn the Scrub/Shuttle wheel.
To move a Pro Tools window vertically on-screen:
„ In the Window Management section, hold the switch for
the window, hold Shift, and turn the Scrub/Shuttle wheel.
Nudging Track Position or Focus on D-Control with the
Scrub/Shuttle Wheel
To nudge the position of tracks on D-Control in Normal mode:
1 Click in a track you want to scrub.
2 Hold Start (Windows) or Control (Mac) while turning the
Scrub/Shuttle Wheel.
To latch the Scrub/Shuttle Wheel in scrub:
„ Press Start (Windows) or Control (Mac) momentarily (less
than 1/2 second) while turning the Scrub/Shuttle Wheel.
To scrub with fine resolution:
„ Hold Start+Control (Windows) or Control+Command
(Mac) while turning the Scrub/Shuttle Wheel.
Trim Switch
The Trim switch places the transport in Trim/Scrub mode,
which lets you scrub to locate an edit point, then trim to that
point.
„ Hold any of the Nudge/Bank switches and turn the
Scrub/Shuttle wheel.
To scrub while trimming:
To nudge the position of tracks on D-Control in Custom Faders:
2 Press the Trim switch.
„ Hold the Bank/Cycle switch in the Custom Faders section
and turn the Scrub/Shuttle wheel.
1 Navigate to a region or selection you want to trim.
To trim to the end of a selection, hold Alt (Windows) or
Option (Mac) while pressing the Trim switch.
To nudge the track focused in the Focus Channel Strip:
3 Press the Scrub switch.
1 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
left or right Nudge 1 switch.
4 Rotate the Scrub/Shuttle wheel to move the cursor to the
2 While holding the Nudge1 switch, turn the Scrub/Shuttle
5 To trim to the cursor location or to the beginning of the selection, press the Trim switch again.
wheel.
trim location.
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Shuttle Switch
Transport Mode Switches
The Shuttle switch places the transport in Shuttle mode,
which lets you locate the cursor in the Edit window
The Transport Mode switches are used to put the Pro Tools
transport in the various playback and record modes.
To use Shuttle mode:
1 While Pro Tools is stopped, press the Shuttle switch.
2 Rotate the Scrub/Shuttle wheel clockwise to shuttle forward,
or counter-clockwise to shuttle backward.
3 To exit, press the Shuttle switch again.
Scrub, Trim/Scrub and Shuttle modes can be used to create selections and define regions in the Pro Tools Edit window.
Master Record Mode Switches
The Master Record Mode switches are used to change the
record enable and the input monitoring mode of all channels
in a session.
Master Record Enable switch
9-Pin Remote
switch
Loop Playback
switch
Pro Tools Online Machine Online
switch
switch
QuickPunch
switch
TrackPunch
switch
Transport Mode switches
Pro Tools Online Switch
The Pro Tools Online switch toggles the Pro Tools online
state. The online state is mirrored in the Online button in the
Pro Tools Transport window.
While Pro Tools is online and waiting for time code, this
switch flashes. When time code is received, this switch lights
continuously.
9-Pin Remote Switch
Master Input Monitor Mode switch
Master Record Mode switches
Master Record Enable Switch
The Master Record Enable switch toggles record enable status
for all applicable audio tracks in a session. This switch flashes
when channels are record-enabled and the Pro Tools transport
is stopped, and lights continuously during recording.
If any tracks in the session are record-enabled, pressing the
Master Record Enable switch takes them out of their enabled
state. If no channels are record-enabled, pressing the Master
Record Enable switch places all applicable audio tracks into
record-enabled state.
Master Input Monitor Mode Switch
The Master Input Monitor Mode switch toggles the input
monitoring mode for all record-enabled audio tracks in a session. (This is the same as choosing the “Change Record Enabled Tracks to Auto Input” or “Input Only” in Pro Tools.)
This switch lights only when there are record-enabled tracks
in Input Only mode.
To toggle the input monitoring mode of all audio tracks in a
session, hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) while pressing
the Master Input Monitor Mode switch.
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The 9-Pin Remote switch enables 9-pin Remote Deck Emulation mode with Digidesign MachineControl.
Machine Online Switch
This feature has not been implemented for D-Control.
Loop Playback Switch
The Loop Playback switch toggles Loop Playback mode in
Pro Tools. When Loop Playback mode is active, this switch
lights. The Loop Playback state is mirrored in the Play button
in the Pro Tools Transport window.
QuickPunch Switch
The QuickPunch switch toggles QuickPunch record mode in
Pro Tools. When QuickPunch mode is active, this switch
lights. The QuickPunch state is mirrored in the Record button
in the Pro Tools Transport window.
TrackPunch Switch
The TrackPunch switch toggles TrackPunch record mode in
Pro Tools. When TrackPunch mode is active, this switch
lights. The TrackPunch state is mirrored in the Record button
in the Pro Tools Transport window.
Audition Switches
To move the selection start:
The Audition switches are used to activate pre-roll and
post-roll in playback, define selection in and out points, and
trigger automatic playback of ranges.
With the transport stopped, hold the Mark In switch and turn
the Scrub/Shuttle wheel.
To move the selection end:
With the transport stopped, hold the Mark In switch and turn
the Scrub/Shuttle wheel.
To move the entire selection:
Pre-Roll
switch
Audition
switch
With the transport stopped, hold both the Mark In and Mark
Out switches and turn the Scrub/Shuttle wheel.
Mark Out
switch
Mark In
switch
Post-Roll
switch
Audition switches
Audition Switch
The Audition switch toggles Audition mode on and off. When
Audition mode is on, this switch lights.
Locate Switches
The Locate switches move the Pro Tools transport to the designated location.
Go To Start
switch
Instant
Back Back and Play Playback
switch
switch
switch
Go To End
switch
When Audition mode is on, you can quickly listen to either
the start or end of a selection, with or without pre-roll or
post-roll, by pressing the following switches:
Pre-Roll Switch Plays audio starting at the pre-roll point up to
the beginning of the selection.
Locate switches
Mark In Switch Plays audio starting at the selection start
through the length of the post-roll amount.
Go To Start Switch
Mark Out Switch Plays audio back-timed from the selection
end by the pre-roll amount.
The Go To Start switch returns the playback cursor to the beginning of the session.
Post-Roll Switch Plays audio starting at the end of a selection
through the post-roll amount.
Go to End Switch
Pre-Roll and Post-Roll Switches
The Go To End switch moves the playback cursor to the end of
the session.
When Audition mode is off, the Pre-Roll and Post-Roll
switches toggle pre-roll and post-roll playback on and off in
Pro Tools. When pre-roll or post-roll is active, the corresponding switch lights.
Back Switch
When Audition mode is on, the Pre-Roll and Post-Roll
switches play a range of audio around the current Edit selection.
To move the playback location forward:
Mark In and Mark Out Switches
When Audition mode is off, the Mark In and Mark Out
switches are used to define selection start and end during playback, or when using the Scrub/Shuttle wheel.
When Audition mode is on, the Mark In and Mark Out
switches play a range of audio around the current Edit selection.
The Back switch moves the playback location backward by the
Back/Forward Amount.
„ Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) and press the Back
switch in the Transport section.
Back & Play Switch
The Back and Play switch moves the current playback location
backward by the Back/Forward Amount and automatically begins playback.
Forward & Play Mode
Forward & Play mode can be invoked by doing the following:
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To move the playback location forward and begin playback:
„ Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) and press the Back and
Play switch in the Transport section.
Insert/Assemble Switch
The Insert/Assemble switch toggles the MachineControl
record mode between Insert and Assemble modes, as displayed in the Pro Tools Track Arming window.
Instant Playback
The Instant Playback switch primes Pro Tools for playback, so
that pressing Play will begin playback instantaneously. This
switch can also be used during recording to put Pro Tools in
Record Pause mode.
External Machine Online Switches
External Machines Switches
The External Machines switches allow direct access to remote
machine track arming functions of Digidesign MachineControl™. These functions are available when MachineControl is
enabled and a track arming profile is declared. For details on
remote track arming functions and record modes, refer to the
MachineControl Guide.
Machine 1
Machine 3
Online
Online
switch
switch
Machine 2
Machine 4
Online
Online
switch
switch
External Machine Online switches
Machine 1 Online Switch
The Machine 1 Online switch toggles external machine online
status. The online state is mirrored in the Online button in the
Pro Tools Transport window.
Track Arm
Machine
Auto
from
Insert Insert/Punch
Channel Strips switch
switch
switch
Insert/
Assemble
switch
Machine 2 Online Switch
This function is currently not implemented for D-Control.
External Machines switches
Track Arm from Channel Strips Switch
Machine 3 Online Switch
The Track Arm from Channel Strips switch displays track arming controls for the currently enabled external machine on
Custom Fader channels. Track names appear in the Custom
Fader channel displays and the tracks can be record enabled
with the corresponding Record Enable switch.
This function is currently not implemented for D-Control.
If more machine tracks are available for arming than can be
displayed, the Bank/Cycle switch allows banking of the channels.
Machine Insert Switch
The Machine Insert switch toggles the “Machine Follows Edit
Insertion/Scrub” Machine Control preference in the Pro Tools
Operation Preferences.
Auto Insert/Punch Switch
The Auto Insert/Punch switch toggles the MachineControl
record protocol between Auto Edit and Punch In/Out modes,
as displayed in the Pro Tools Track Arming window.
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Machine 4 Online Switch
This function is currently not implemented for D-Control.
Zoom/Navigate Section
The Zoom/Navigate section is used to control navigation, display, and selections in the Pro Tools Edit window.
Navigate Mode
switch
Zoom Mode
switch
The Arrow switches can be used to enter numerical values in
the on-screen Main and Sub Counters, Start/End/Length
fields, and Pre/Post Roll fields in the Edit and Transport windows. The Previous (Left) and Next (Right) Arrow switches
move between fields, and the Up and Down Arrow switches
change the value.
Dialog Box Navigation In Pro Tools, the Arrow switches can be
used to navigate through folders in dialog boxes such the
Open Session dialog.
In the New Track dialog, the Arrow switches do the following:
Arrow
switches
• Up and Down Arrows: increase and decrease the number
of tracks
• Control (Windows) or Command (Mac)+Up and Down
Arrows: scroll through track types
• Control (Windows) or Command (Mac)+Previous (Left)
and Next (Right) Arrows: scroll through track formats
• Control+Alt (Windows) or Command+Option
(Mac)+Previous (Left) and Next (Right) Arrows: toggle the
timebase menu
Zoom Preset switches
D-Control Zoom/Navigate Section
Zoom Mode Switch
In the Name Tracks dialog, the Arrow switches do the following:
• Control (Windows) or Command (Mac)+Previous (Left)
and Next (Right) Arrows: move to previous or next track’s
name
The Zoom Mode switch puts the arrow switches in Zoom
mode.
Navigate Mode Switch
The Navigate Mode switch puts the arrow switches in Navigate mode.
Edit Window Navigation In the Edit window, the Arrow
switches do the following:
‹ Control (Windows) or Command (Mac)+Previous (Left) and
Next (Right) Arrows: scroll the Edit window
Arrow Switches (Up, Down, Previous, Next)
The function of the Arrow switches depends on the current
mode.
Zoom Mode When set to Zoom Mode, the Up and Down Arrow switches change the vertical zoom and the Previous (Left)
and Next (Right) Arrow switches change the horizontal zoom.
Zoom Preset Switches
The Zoom Preset switches recall the five horizontal Zoom presets in Pro Tools.
To store a Zoom Preset:
1 Using either the Horizontal Zoom buttons or the Zoomer
Navigate Mode In Navigate mode, the Up and Down Arrow
switches move the edit cursor up and down among tracks, and
the Previous (Left) and Next (Right) Arrow switches move the
edit cursor left and right among region boundaries or transients (according to the Tab to Transients setting).
tool, set the zoom level that you want to store.
2 While pressing Control (Windows) or Command (Mac),
press a Zoom Preset switch.
To recall a Zoom Preset:
Pro Tools Window Text Entry In both Zoom or Navigate
modes, the Arrow switches can be used to navigate on-screen
text fields. The Previous (Left) and Next (Right) Arrow
switches move the cursor one character at a time, and the Up
and Down Arrow switches move the cursor to the beginning
and end of the text field.
„
Press the corresponding Zoom preset switch.
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Bank/Nudge Section
Bank Select Matrix
The Bank/Nudge section controls the display of any channels
in Normal mode on the D-Control surface. They are also used
to nudge the display of the Focus Channel Strip forward or
backward in 1-channel or 8-channel increments.
The Bank Select matrix is used in Custom Fader modes to create and select Custom Groups and Mix/Edit Groups, to select
Track Types for display in the Custom Faders, and to select
Custom Fader Plug-in parameter pages.
If any channels are in any of the Custom Fader modes, they
are not affected by Bank or Nudge commands, and the other
channels move around them.
See “Custom Fader Modes” on page 125 for complete information on the use of Bank Select matrix Custom Fader modes
Bank Select Edit switch
Nudge by 1 Track Left and Right
switches
Nudge by 8 Tracks Left and Right
switches
Bank Select switches 1–12
Bank Left and Right switches
Home switch
D-Control Bank Select Section
D-Control Bank/Nudge Section
Bank Select Edit Switch
Nudge 1 Switches
The Nudge 1 switches move the display of tracks on the control surface to the left or right, one channel at a time.
The Bank Select Edit switch is used when creating Mix/Edit
Groups or Custom Groups from D-Control. After you press
this switch, you can then select the tracks you want to add to
the group.
To nudge the track focus forward or backward by one channel:
With a track focused in the Focus Channel Strip, hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the left or right
Nudge 1 switch in the Bank/Nudge section.
„
Nudge 8 Switches
The Nudge 8 switches move the display of tracks on the controls surface to the left or right in eight-channel increments.
To nudge the track focus forward or backward by eight channels:
„ With a track focused in the Focus Channel Strip, hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the left or right
Nudge 8 switch in the Bank/Nudge section.
Bank Switches
The Bank switches move the display of tracks on the control
surface to the left or right by the number of available channels
on the control surface.
Home Switch
The Home switch moves the display of tracks so that the first
track in the session is shown on the leftmost channel of the
control surface.
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You can also create new Mix/Edit Groups by selecting the
tracks you want in the group and double-pressing the Bank Select Edit switch.
Bank Select Switches
The Bank Select switches are used when assigning or recalling
Custom Groups or Mix/Edit Groups, and selecting Track
Types or plug-in parameter pages from D-Control.
Chapter 9: Management and Soft Key Sections
Window Management Section
The Window Management section includes controls for opening and closing Pro Tools windows on-screen. When a window is
open, its corresponding switch is lit. Where applicable, you can hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) when pressing a switch to
maximize a window, and hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) when pressing a switch to minimize a window.
MIDI Operations window
MIDI Event window
Beat Detective window
Big Counter window
Workspace Browser window
Mic Pre window
Transport window
Memory Locations window
Pan window
Edit window
Mix window
Plug-in window
D-Control Window Management section
MIDI Event Window Switch
Mic Pre Window Switch
The MIDI Event Window switch opens and closes the MIDI
Event window or brings it to the front.
The Mic Pre Window switch opens and closes the Mic Pre window for the focused track.
MIDI Operations Window Switch
Memory Locations Window Switch
The MIDI Operations Window switch opens and closes the
MIDI Operations window.
The Memory Locations Window switch opens and closes the
Memory Locations window.
Beat Detective Window Switch
Transport Window Switch
The Beat Detective Window switch opens and closes the Beat
Detective window.
The Transport Window switch opens and closes the Transport
window. Hold the following keys and press this switch to
show/hide Transport controls:
Workspace Browser Switch
The Workspace Browser switch opens and closes the DigiBase
Workspace Browser. Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) and
press this switch to close all DigiBase windows.
• Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac): MIDI controls and
counters
• Control (Windows) or Command (Mac): MIDI controls
only
• Start (Windows) or Control (Mac): counters only
Big Counter Switch
The Big Counter switch opens and closes the Big Counter window.
Pan Window Switch
The Pan Window switch opens and closes the Pan window for
the focused track. Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) to
close all Pan windows.
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Mix Window Switch
All Notes Off Switch
The Mix Window switch opens the Mix Window or brings it
to the front.
The All Notes Off switch can be used to silence stuck notes
with MIDI devices. It sends an All Notes Off message to each
channel for all connected MIDI devices.
Edit Window Switch
The Edit Window switch opens the Edit Window or brings it
to the front.
Plug-in Window Switch
The Plug-in Window switch opens and closes windows for any
currently targeted plug-ins in the session. Hold Alt (Windows)
or Option (Mac) to close all plug-in windows.
QWERTY Disable Switch
The QWERTY Disable switch temporarily disables the computer keyboard on D-Control, to prevent the possibility of accidental key presses. When the keyboard is disabled, this
switch lights.
The QWERTY Disable switch does not affect D-Control trackball operation.
Utility Switch
Session Management Section
The Session Management section includes controls for session-wide management and save operations.
Plug-in Clip
indicator
Clear Clip
switch
All Notes Off
switch
QWERTY
Keyboard
switch
Utility Mode
switch
Publish
switch
Redo
switch
Save
switch
Undo
switch
The Utility switch places D-Control in Utility mode. When
D-Control is in Utility mode, this switch flashes.
Utility mode lets you view D-Control system information,
name D-Control units, run D-Control diagnostic tests, and set
certain D-Control hardware preferences. For complete information on Utility mode, see Appendix A, “Utility Mode.”
Publish Switch
The Publish switch executes the Send Session Via DigiDelivery
command in Pro Tools, opening the Send To DigiDelivery dialog on-screen.
Save Switch
D-Control Session Management section
Clear Clip Switch and Plug-in Clip Indicator
D-Control indicates occurrences of signal clipping on audio
tracks, sends, and plug-ins. (Clip indication on D-Control follows the clip settings in the Pro Tools Display preferences.)
• If an audio track clips, its fader display lights red.
• If a send clips, the Send switch flashes in the channel’s Display Controls section. In addition, if the channel strip is displaying sends, the corresponding encoder display lights red.
The Save switch executes the Save Session command in
Pro Tools. Whenever a change is made in a session and the
Save command is available, this switch lights.
To save the current session:
1 Press the Save switch. The switch flashes, prompting confirmation of the Save command.
2 Do one of the following:
• To confirm the Save command, press the Save switch
again.
• To cancel the Save command, press Escape.
• If a plug-in clips, the Insert switch flashes in the channel’s
Display Controls section. In addition, if the channel strip is
in top-level Inserts view, the corresponding encoder display
lights red.
Redo Switch
The Clear Clip switch lights if a clip occurs on an audio track
or on a send anywhere in the session. The Plug-in Clip indicator lights if a clip occurs on a plug-in anywhere in the session.
Undo Switch
Pressing the Clear Clip switch clears all peaks and clips in the
session.
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The Redo switch executes the Redo command in Pro Tools.
The Undo switch executes the Undo command in Pro Tools.
Soft Keys Section
The Soft Keys section provides access to a wide range of Pro Tools commands directly from the control surface. It also provides
access to preferences and settings specific to D-Control. The section consists of six variable-function soft keys and displays, along
with a matrix of mode switches that change the functions shown in the displays. When a function is shown in a Soft Key display,
pressing the corresponding Soft Key switch activates that function.
Edit Modes
switch
Snap
switch
Group
switch
Track
switch
Playlist
switch
Edit Tools
switch
Window Audio Files
switch
switch
Show/Hide
switch
Edit Function
switches
AutoMatch
switch
Modes
switch
Auto Join
switch
Join
switch
Prefs
switch
Actions
switch
Bank Sel Mem Loc MIDI
switch
switch switch
User
switch
Soft Key switches
and
displays
Operation
switch
Meter
switch
D-Control Soft Keys section
Default Soft Key Display
Management Controls
When a session is first opened, the Soft Key displays show basic information about the session:
Snap Switch
• Session Name
The Snap switch displays the following commands:
• Bit: Session Bit Depth
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• Sampl: Session Sample Rate
• Captre: Capture
• File: Session File Type
• Punch Captre: Punch Capture
• Tcode: Session Time Code Rate
• Snap 1–4: Snapshots 1–4
• Delay Compensation On/Off Status
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Delay Compensation can be toggled on and off from this display. The other settings shown above cannot be changed from
the Soft Keys section.
Soft Keys Display with Pro Tools Dialogs
When Pro Tools has a dialog on-screen, the two lower Soft
Keys temporarily display “Escape” and “Enter,” letting you
cancel or confirm the dialog from the control surface.
• Snap 5–48: Snapshots 5–48 (in groups of 4)
Group Switch
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The Group switch displays the following commands:
• Create Edit: Create Edit Groups
• Suspnd: Suspend Groups
• Create Mix: Create Mix Groups
Exiting from Soft Key Modes
• Modify: Modify Groups
You can exit a Soft Key mode and return to the default Soft
Key display by holding Control (Windows) or Command
(Mac) and pressing the currently lit Soft Key switch.
• Create Both: Create Mix and Edit Groups
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• Preset 1–6: Group Dialog Presets 1–6
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Track Switch
The Track switch displays the following commands:
Edit Controls
Edit Function 1 Switch (Basic Edit Commands)
• New Track: Track > New
• Dup Track: Track > Duplicate
• Delete Selectd: Track > Delete
The Edit Function 1 switch displays the following commands:
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• Make Act/In: Track > Make Active/Inactive
• Cut: Edit > Cut
• Bounce: File > Bounce To > Disk
• Copy: Edit > Copy
Playlist Switch
The Playlist switch displays the following playlist commands:
• New: New Playlist
• Duplicate: Duplicate Playlist
• Delete Audio: Delete Unused Audio Playlists
• Delete MIDI: Delete Unused MIDI Playlists
• Paste: Edit > Paste
• Clear: Edit > Clear
• TCE To TLSel: Edit > TCE Edit to Timeline Selection
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• CutSP AllAut: Edit > Cut Special > All Automation
• CopySP AllAut: Edit > Copy Special > All Automation
• CutSP PanAut: Edit > Cut Special > Pan Automation
Window Switch
The Window switch displays the following commands:
• CopySP PanAut: Edit > Copy Special > Pan Automation
• CutSP PI Aut: Edit > Cut Special > Plug-in Automation
• CopySP PI Aut: Edit > Copy Special > Plug-in Automation
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• Auto Enabls: Window > Automation
• Track Arm: Window > Machine Track Arming
• Strip Silnce: Edit > Strip Silence
• Sessn Setup: Setup > Session
• Task Managr: Window > Task Manager
• Projct Browsr: Window > Project Browser
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• Color Pallet: Window > Color Palette
• Big Countr: Window > Big Counter
• Undo Histry: Window > Undo History
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• PsteSP Merge: Edit > Paste Special > Merge
• ClrSP AllAut: Edit > Clear Special > All Automation
• PsteSP RepFil: Edit > Paste Special > Repeat to Fill Selection
• ClrSP PanAut: Edit > Clear Special > Pan Automation
• PsteSP ToCurr: Edit > Paste Special > To Current Automation Type
• ClrSP PI Aut: Edit > Clear Special > Plug-in Automation
Edit Function 2 Switch
• Disk Space: Window > Disk Space
The Edit Function 2 switch displays the following commands:
• Video Window: Window > Video
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• System Usage: Window > System Usage
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• Trim To Sel: Edit > Trim > To Selection
• Cpture Region: Edit > Capture Region
• I/O Setup: Setup > I/O
• Seprte Region: Edit > Separate Region
• HW Setup: Setup > Hardware
• Heal Seprtn: Edit > Heal Separation
• PB Engine: Setup > Playback Engine
• Consolidate: Edit > Consolidate Selection
• Disk Alloc: Setup > Disk Allocation
• Time Stamp: Audio Regions List > Time Stamp Selected
• Preferences: Setup > Preferences
• Peripherals: Setup > Peripherals
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• SendTo Back: Region > Send to Back
• SendTo Front: Region > Bring to Front
• Group Region: Region > Group
• Ungrp Region: Region > Ungroup
• Ungrp All: Region > Ungroup All
• Regrp Region: Region > Regroup
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Edit Function 3 Switch
The Edit Function 3 switch displays the following commands:
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• Duplicate: Edit > Duplicate
• Repeat: Edit > Repeat
• Shift: Edit > Shift
• Insert Silnce: Edit > Insert Silence
• Lock Region: Region > Lock/Unlock
• Mute Region: Region > Mute/Unmute
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Select/MIDI Controls
Bank Select Switch
The Bank Select switch (“Bank Sel”) sets the Soft Keys to mirror the selection in the Bank Select Matrix. When Bank Select
is enabled, the Soft Keys show the names of the Mix/Edit
Groups, Custom Groups, track types, or plug-in page numbers
being controlled by the Bank Select Matrix.
Because the Bank Select Matrix has 12 switches, the Soft Keys
display each bank of twelve in two pages of six. The Soft Key
display is paged by repeatedly pressing the Bank Select switch
in the Soft Keys section.
• Loop Region: Region > Loop Region
• Unloop Region: Region > Unloop Region
• ID/Rem SyncPT: Region > Identify/Remove Sync Point
• Rename Rgns: Region > Rename Regions
To page through the currently displayed bank in the Soft Keys:
„ Press the Bank Select switch (“Bank Sel”) repeatedly to page
through the current bank.
• Quantz ToGrid: Region > Quantize to Grid
• RgnDrop: Region List > Timeline Drop Order >
L to R/Top to Bottom
Edit Modes Switch
The Edit Modes switch displays the Pro Tools Edit modes:
• Shuffl: Shuffle Mode
Memory Location Switch
The Memory Location switch (“Mem Loc”) displays the names
of Memory Locations in pages of six. The Soft Key display is
paged by repeatedly pressing the Memory Location switch in
the Soft Keys section. To page backwards, hold Shift while
pressing the Memory Location switch.
• Spot: Spot Mode
• Slip: Slip Mode
MIDI Switch
• Grid Rel: Relative Grid Mode
The MIDI switch displays the following commands:
• Grid Abs: Absolute Grid Mode
Edit Tools Switch
The Edit Tools switch displays the Pro Tools Edit Tools. To cycle through multiple versions of the same tool, repeatedly
press the corresponding Soft Key.
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• Wait Note: Transport Window > Wait for Note button
• Count Off: Transport Window > Countoff button
• Merge Record: Transport Window > MIDI Merge button
• Transpose: Event > MIDI > Transpose
• Zoom: Normal/Single Zoomer tools
• Veloc: Event > MIDI > Change Velocity
• Trim: Standard/Scrub/TCE Trimmer tools
• Click On/Off: Options > Click
• Select: Selector tool
• Grabbr: Time/Separation/Object Grabber tools
• Scrub: Scrubber tool
• Pencil: Square, Random, Free, Line, Triangle, Arc,
S-Curve
To select the Smart Tool, press any two buttons for the Trimmer, Selector or Grabber simultaneously.
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• Change Tempo: Change Tempo window
• Change Meter: Change Meter window
• Split Notes: Event > MIDI > Split Notes
• Quantz: Event > MIDI > Grid/Groove Quantize
• Input Quantz: Event > MIDI > Input Quantize
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• Write PTProp: Track > Write MIDI Real Time Properties
• Remove DpNote: Event > Remove Duplicate Notes
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User Switch
The User switch lets you assemble a custom set of up to 24 Soft
Key operations (six on each of four pages), providing quick access to frequently used commands or modes. You can add operations to any of the four available pages.
To add a Soft Key operation to the User Soft Key set:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the User switch repeatedly to
display the page (Page 1, 2, 3, or 4) where you want to add the
operation.
2 Press the Soft Keys to display the page containing the oper-
ation you want to add.
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Soft Key for the operation.
The operation is appended to the list of User Soft Key operations on the corresponding User page.
To remove a Soft Key operation from the User set:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the User switch repeatedly to
display the operation you want to remove.
2 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Soft Key for the User operation.
Console Preferences
Meter Switch
Meter Switch (Page 1)
The Meter switch displays the D-Control metering preferences, in pages of six. The Soft Key display is paged by repeatedly pressing the Meter Prefs switch in the Soft Keys section.
The Meter switch control D-Control meters only, and do not
affect the Pro Tools on-screen display.
SndMtr (Send Meters) Toggles send metering on channel rotary encoders on and off.
InsMtr (Insert Meters) Toggles plug-in metering on channel
rotary encoders on and off.
VCAMtr (VCA Meters) Toggles metering of VCA slaves on
channel rotary encoders on and off.
Meters Toggles channel metering between pre- and post-fader
modes.
CtrMtr (Center Meters) Toggles the 8-channel meter display
on the Main Unit meter bridge between main output levels
and the focused track.
GrChan (Gain Reduction Channel Display) Sets channel meters
to display dynamics plug-in gain reduction when the plug-in
is focused on a channel strip.
Meter Switch (Page 2)
RefLvl (Reference Level) Lets you change the D-Control meter
display to help monitor program material with respect to different reference levels.
GRPrio (Gain Reduction Priority) When a multi-function Compressor/Limiter or Expander/Gate plug-in is used, this preference determines which function (“CompLm” or “ExpGat”)
has metering priority when encoder LED rings and channel
meters are set to display dynamics plug-in gain reduction.
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Operation Switch
The Operation switch controls behaviors that are specific to
D-Control, and that do not affect the Pro Tools on-screen display. D-Control operation preferences are saved with
Pro Tools application preferences. For details on setting operation preferences, see “Setting D-Control Preferences” on
page 40.
LCFTyp (Left CF Bank Size for Track Type) Determines the
number of channels allocated for Custom Fader Tracks mode
in the Left Custom Fader section.
RCFTyp (Right CF Bank Size for Track Type) Determines the
number of channels allocated for Custom Fader Tracks mode
in the Right Custom Fader section.
Operation Switch (Page 3)
Operation Switch (Page 1)
BnkJus (Bank Justification) Determines whether banks of
channels in Normal mode are justified at the left side, left center (to the left of the Main Unit), right center, (to the right of
the Main Unit) or right side of the control surface.
Rotary (Rotary Encoder Velocity Mode) Determines responsiveness of rotary encoder knobs. Fixed mode is at normal resolution. The velocity modes set different rates of encoder acceleration. In Fine mode, response is fixed and at fine
resolution.
LCFJst (Left Custom Fader Justification) Determines whether
the Custom Faders controlled by the Left Custom Faders section are placed at the left, left center, right center, or right of
the Main Unit.
RCFJst (Right Custom Fader Justification) Determines
whether the Custom Faders controlled by the Right Custom
Faders section are placed at the left, left center, right center, or
right of the Main Unit.
LPIDef (Left Plug-in View Definition) Determines the view of
plug-in parameters on the Custom Faders in the Left Custom
Fader section (Name view, Expanded view, or Fader view).
RPIDef (Right Plug-in View Definition) Determines the view of
plug-in parameters on the Custom Faders in the Right Custom
Fader section (Name view, Expanded view, or Fader view).
Operation Switch (Page 2)
LCFPI (Left CF Bank Size for Plug-ins) Determines the number
of channels allocated for Custom Fader Plug-in mode in the
Left Custom Fader section.
RCFPI (Right CF Bank Size for Plug-ins) Determines the number of channels allocated for Custom Fader Plug-in mode in
the Right Custom Fader section.
PanBot (Pan on Lower Encoder) Determines whether Pan controls are displayed on the bottom encoder of each channel,
even when another type of controls is displayed on the upper
encoders.
For stereo tracks, the encoder shows by default L (left
channel). To change to the R channel, press Select.
Encod (Encoder Order) Determines whether inserts, sends, and
pan controls will be displayed in order from top-to-bottom or
bottom-to-top on D-Control rotary encoders.
ApTrgt (Target Track from Application) Determines whether selecting an Insert or Send on-screen focuses its track on the
D-Control Main Unit.
Faders (Faders On/Off) Temporarily turns off D-Control faders
to prevent fader movement when monitoring a mix.
ChanWn (Channel Window Display) Determines whether displaying plug-in or send parameters (by pressing an encoder Select switch) on D-Control opens the corresponding plug-in or
send window on-screen in Pro Tools. Also determines whether
the Channel Select switches (in the Dynamics or EQ sections)
change the channel display of multi-mono plug-ins.
‹ When this preference is set to “Yes,” the on-screen display
of plug-in and send windows changes to reflect the state of the
control surface.
‹ When this preference is set to “No,” the on-screen display of
plug-in and send windows does not change to reflect the state
of the control surface.
Select (Select Switch Latch Mode) Determines whether channel Select buttons follow latching or exclusive-or (non-latching) behavior when in Select mode.
LCFGrp (Left CF Bank Size for Custom Groups and Mix/Edit
Groups) Determines the number of channels allocated for
Custom Groups mode in the Left Custom Fader section.
RCFGrp (Right CF Bank Size for Custom Groups and Mix/Edit
Groups) Determines the number of channels allocated for
Custom Groups in the Right Custom Fader section.
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Operation Switch (Page 4)
SoloFc (Focused Track Follows Solo) Determines whether a soloed track is automatically focused in the Focus Channel Strip
(this function works in both Select and Focus modes)
2KbPan (Two-Knob Panning) Toggles linking of front and rear
pan controls in surround panner windows to facilitate
left-right motion in the surround field.
TchVal (Touch Display of Parameter Values) Determines the
display of parameter values when faders or encoders are
touched. This can be set to On, Off, or NoVol, which turns off
the display of volume values in the main fader only.
CFTrks (Custom Faders Display Hidden Tracks) Determines
whether tracks that are hidden in Pro Tools are displayed or
hidden in Custom Fader modes. Tracks that are hidden in
Pro Tools but shown in Custom Faders cannot be Selected or
Record enabled.
Brdcst (Broadcast) Determines whether the XMON monitoring system is in Broadcast mode, which prevents AFL and PFL
solo modes from changing the XMON Control Room Input
source.
Trk/Ed (Link Track and Edit Selection) Toggles the Options >
Link Track and Edit Selection option, which automatically selects a track or range of tracks when a selection is made in the
track’s timeline.
Automation Controls
AutoMatch Switch
The AutoMatch switch activates the AutoMatch command in
Latch or Write automation modes.
Join Switch
The Join switch is used in Latch mode to manually resume
writing of automation on all channels that were previously
writing automation after an interrupted automation pass.
When you stop the transport during an automation pass, the
Join buffer is loaded with the current values of all controls
that were actively writing automation.
When you press the Join switch during playback, writing of
automation begins at the values stored in the Join buffer.
To clear the Join buffer:
„ Hold Control+Start (Windows) or Command+Control
(Mac) and press the Join switch.
Auto Join Switch
The Auto Join switch is used in Latch mode to automatically
resume writing of automation after the transport is stopped
and started again during an automation pass.
Operation Switch (Page 5)
Actions Switch
Import PIMaps (Import Plug-in Maps) Opens “Choose a mapping file” dialog in Pro Tools.
The Actions switch displays the following commands:
Export PIMaps (Export Plug-in Maps) Opens “Save Plug-in
Mapping As” dialog in Pro Tools.
Actions Switch (Page 1)
Prview (Preview) Puts Pro Tools in Preview mode
SplFcs (Focus VCA Master When Spilled) Causes a VCA Master
track to be focused in the Focus Channel Strip when its slave
tracks are “spilled,” or displayed in Custom Faders by pressing
the Byp/Mute switch on the VCA Master.
Punch Prview (Punch Preview) Executes the Punch Preview
command
FilBnk (Always Fill Channel Strips When Banking) Toggles the
preference setting that maximizes the number of channels
displayed in Normal mode when banking. When selected,
banking follows end stop behavior.
Captre (Capture) Executes the Capture command
FillCF (Always Fill Custom Faders When Banking) Toggles the
preference setting that maximizes the number of channels
displayed in Custom Faders when banking. When selected,
banking follows end stop behavior.
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Prview Suspnd (Preview Suspend) Suspends Preview mode
Punch Captre (Punch Capture) Executes the Punch Capture
command
See “Previewing Automation” on page 133 and “Capturing
and Recalling Automation” on page 133 for more information
on these commands.
Actions Switch (Page 2)
Actions Switch (Page 3)
Wrt To Start (Write To Start) Writes current automation values from the insertion point backward to the beginning of a
selection or track while performing an automation pass.
Wrt To Currnt (Write To Current Parameter) Writes the current
control value to the currently displayed automation parameter (Edit > Automation > Write To Current).
Wrt To Punch (Write To Punch Point) Writes current automation values back to the point where writing of automation began
Wrt To All Ena (Write To All Enabled Parameters) Writes current control values to all enabled automation parameters (Edit
> Automation > Write To All Enabled).
Wrt To All (Write to All) Writes current automation values to
an entire selection or track while performing an automation
pass.
Trm To Currnt (Trim To Current Parameter) Applies the current
trim value to the currently displayed automation parameter
(Edit > Automation > Trim To Current).
Wrt To End (Write to End) Writes current automation values
from the insertion point forward to the end of a selection or
track while performing an automation pass.
Trm To AllEna (Trim To All Enabled Parameters) Applies current trim values to all enabled automation parameters (Edit >
Automation > Trim To All Enabled).
Wrt To Next (Write to Next Breakpoint) Writes current automation values from the insertion point forward to the next
automation breakpoint while performing an automation pass.
Gld To Currnt (Glide To Current Parameter) Applies a transition
between automation values to the currently displayed automation parameter (Edit > Automation > Glide To Current).
Snap Back Causes all Latch or Write enabled tracks to exit
their current automation pass and return instantly to the previously written automation levels. During playback, this command stops writing of automation without applying any AutoMatch ramping.
Gld To AllEna (Glide To All Enabled Parameters) Applies a transition between automation values to all enabled automation
parameters (Edit > Automation > Glide To All Enabled).
Actions Switch (Page 4)
Copy To Send Opens the Copy To Send dialog to allow copying of track control values to each selected track’s send (Edit >
Automation > Copy To Send).
Thin Auto (Thin Automation) Performs the Thin Automation
command. (Edit > Automation > Thin).
Colesc VCAAtm (Coalesce VCA Automation) Executes the
Track > Coalesce VCA Master Automation command
Colesc TrmAtm (Coalesce Trim Automation) Executes the
Track > Coalesce Trim Automation Command
Clear TrmAtm (Clear Trim Automation) Executes the Track >
Clear Trim Automation Command
Suspend TrmAtm (Suspend Trim Automation) Temporarily suspends Trim automation to allow auditioning of Trim moves
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Modes Switch
Prefs Switch
The Modes switch displays the following modes:
The Prefs switch displays the following preferences:
AWrtTo Start (Auto Write to Start on Stop) Automatically
writes current automation values from the insertion point
backward to the beginning of a selection or track when the
transport is stopped after an automation pass.
Prefs Switch (Page 1)
By default, Automatic Write to Start on Stop mode is enabled
for a single automation pass only. To configure the mode to
remain enabled after an automation pass, hold Start+Alt
(Windows) or Control+Option (Mac) while pressing the
AWrtTo Strt switch.
AWrtTo Punch (Auto Write to Punch Point on Stop) Writes current automation values back to where the current automation
pass began.
By default, Automatic Write to Punch Point on Stop mode is
enabled for a single automation pass only. To configure the
mode to remain enabled after an automation pass, hold Alt
(Windows) or Option (Mac) while pressing the AWrtTo Punch
switch.
Match Time Determines the AutoMatch Time, or the amount
of time it takes for automation values to return to the previously written values after an automation pass stops.
Glide Time Determines the AutoGlide Time, or the amount of
time it takes for surround pan values to move between two
points in an automation pass performed with the optional
D-Control surround panner.
LchStp (Allow Latch Prime in Stop) Toggles the Allow Latch
Prime in Stop preference, which allows tracks in Latch mode
to be primed for writing automation while the transport is
stopped. When a track in Latch mode is primed for writing automation, its Latch mode indicator flashes.
PlgAut (Plug-In Controls Default to Auto-Enabled) Toggles the
preference that enables plug-in controls automatically when
they are added to a track
AWrtTo All (Auto Write to All on Stop) Writes current automation values to an entire selection or track when the transport
is stopped after an automation pass.
AutCls (Coalesce when Removing Slaves from VCA Group) Toggles the preference that automatically coalesces automation to
slave track when they are removed from a VCA-controlled
group
By default, Automatic Write to All on Stop mode is enabled for
a single automation pass only. To configure the mode to remain enabled after an automation pass, hold Start+Alt
(Windows) or Control+Option (Mac) while pressing the
AWrtTo All switch.
TrmCols (Coalesce Trim Automation) Sets the preference that
determines when Trim automation is coalesced (After Every
Pass, On Exiting Trim Mode, or Manually)
Prefs Switch (Page 2)
AWrtTo End (Auto Write to End on Stop) Writes current automation values from the insertion point forward to the end of
a selection or track when the transport is stopped after an automation pass.
By default, Automatic Write to End on Stop mode is enabled
for a single automation pass only. To configure the mode to
remain enabled after an automation pass, hold Start+Alt
(Windows) or Control+Option (Mac) while pressing the
AWrtTo End switch.
AWrtTo Next (Auto Write to Next Breakpoint on Stop) Writes
current automation values from the insertion point forward to
the next automation breakpoint when the transport is
stopped after an automation pass.
Automatic Write to Next Breakpoint on Stop remains enabled
after each automation pass, until you disable it by pressing the
lit AWrtTo Next switch.
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MmtTch (Latching Behavior for Switched Controls in Touch)
Toggles the preference that determines the behavior of
switched controls in Touch mode.
StdVCA (Standard VCA Logic for Group Attributes) Toggles the
preference that disables normal group linking behavior when
a VCA is assigned to a group
WrtWrn (Suppress Automation “Write To” Warnings Toggles
the preference that suppresses dialogs after invoking the Write
To Start/End/All commands
PanLnk (Use Absolute Pan Linking) Toggles the preference that
determines the behavior of pan controls in grouped tracks
SndTrm (Include Sends in Trim Mode) Toggles the preferences
that determines whether Send Faders go into Trim mode
along with Main Volume
Audio Files Switch
Show/Hide Switch
Open Recent Session Commands
The Show/Hide switch displays commands from the
Show/Hide Tracks List menu.
When no session is open, the Audio Files switch displays the
names of the ten most recent Pro Tools sessions in its display
pages 1 and 2.
Show/Hide Switch (Page 1)
When a session is open, the Audio Files switch displays the
names of the ten most recent Pro Tools sessions in the first
two pages in its display pages 3 and 4.
To open a recent session:
• Show All: Show All Tracks
• Hide All: Hide All Tracks
• Show Selctd: Show Only Selected Tracks
• Hide Selctd: Hide Only Selected Tracks
• Show Inactv: Show Only Inactive Tracks
• Hide Inactv: Hide Only Inactive Tracks
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Audio Files switch repeat-
edly until the session name is displayed in the Soft Keys.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to the session name.
Show/Hide Switch (Page 2)
• Show Audio: Show Only Audio Tracks
• Hide Audio: Hide Only Audio Tracks
Import and Export Commands
• Show Aux: Show Only Auxiliary Inputs
When a session is open, the Audio Files switch displays the following commands for importing and exporting data into
Pro Tools:
• Hide Aux: Hide Only Auxiliary Inputs
Audio Files Switch (Page 1)
• Show MIDI: Show Only MIDI Tracks
• Hide MIDI: Hide Only MIDI Tracks
Show/Hide Switch (Page 3)
• Import Audio: File > Import > Audio
• Show Instmt: Show Only Instrument Tracks
• Import MIDI: File > Import > MIDI
• Hide Instmt: Hide Only Instrument Tracks
• Import SesDat: File > Import > Session Data
• Show VCA: Show Only VCA Master Tracks
• Import RgnGrp: File > Import > Region Group
• Hide VCA: Hide Only VCA Master Tracks
• Import Video: File > Import > Video
You can select multiple Show/Hide categories by holding Shift
while pressing the corresponding Soft Key.
Audio Files Switch (Page 2)
• Export Region: Region List Menu > Export Regions as Files
• Export MIDI: File > Export > MIDI
• Export OMFAAF: File > Export > Selected Track as OMF/AAF
• Export Text: File > Export Session Info As Text
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Miscellaneous Controls Section
The Miscellaneous Controls section includes controls for basic Pro Tools editing and display functions.
Selection
Start
switch
Main
Counter
switch
Sub
Counter
switch
Selection
Length
switch
Link
Edit/Timeline
switch
Shuffle
Mode
switch
Selection
End
switch
Cut
switch
Spot
Mode
switch
Slip
Mode
switch
Edit/Timeline
Selection
switch and
indicators
Track Size
Up
switch
Copy
switch
Paste
switch
Grid
Mode
switch
Track Size
Down
switch
Explode
View
switch
Repeat
switch
Go To
switch
D-Control Miscellaneous controls (expanded view)
Main and Sub Counter Switches
Edit Modes
The Main and Sub Counter switches cycle through the time
code display modes (Bars:Beats, Min.Secs, Time Code,
Feet+Frames and Samples) on the corresponding counter.
The Edit Mode switches place Pro Tools directly in the corresponding Edit mode. The switch lights to indicate the current
mode.
Link Edit and Timeline Switch
The Link Edit and Timeline switch toggles the Link Edit and
Timeline Selection command on and off. The switch is lit
when the selections are linked.
Location Start/End/Length Switches
The Start/End/Length switches select the corresponding values in the Selection indicators. New values can be typed and
confirmed by pressing Return.
Edit/Timeline Switch and Indicators
The Edit/Timeline switch toggles the Selection indicator values and the D-Control transport function between the edit selection and the timeline selection. The indicators above the
switch light to show which is displayed. If Edit and Timeline
Selections are linked, these values will be the same.
Shuffle Switch Places Pro Tools in Shuffle mode.
Spot Switch Places Pro Tools in Spot mode.
Slip Switch Places Pro Tools in Slip mode.
Grid Switch Toggles Pro Tools between Absolute and Relative
Grid mode.
Shuffle Lock Mode
Shuffle Lock Mode prevents you from inadvertently entering
Shuffle mode.
To lock out Shuffle mode:
„ While in any Edit mode other than Shuffle mode, hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the Shuffle
switch.
To unlock Shuffle mode:
„ Control-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac) the
Shuffle button on-screen.
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Edit Functions
The Edit Function switches directly execute the corresponding
command in Pro Tools. The switches light to indicate which
functions are available.
Cut Switch Cuts the current edit selection.
Copy Switch Copies the current edit selection to the Clipboard.
Paste Switch Pastes the current Clipboard contents.
Repeat Switch Pastes the current Clipboard contents
end-to-end the specified number of times.
Track Size Switches
The Track Size Up and Down switches increase and decrease
the height of all tracks where a selection or edit cursor is
present.
Explode Switch
The Explode switch invokes the Zoom Toggle command in
Pro Tools, which zooms in on the current edit selection and
sets the track height to the size specified in the Pro Tools Display preferences.
Go To Switch
The Go To switch is used to focus a specific track onto the Focus Channel Strip on the Main Unit.
To go to a specific track:
1 Press the Go To switch.
2 Enter the track position number for the track and press En-
ter.
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Chapter 10: Monitor and Meter Sections
Monitor Section Controls
The Monitor section includes a full set of controls for the control room monitoring, headphone/cue, and talkback/listenback
sections of D-Control. All input and output connections to the D-Control monitoring system are made on the XMON interface,
which is connected to the D-Control console with the XMON cable, and remotely controlled from this section.
Talkback/Listenback
controls
Talkback
controls
Control Room
controls
Control Room
Input
Listen Mic Source Mini Monitor Dim Level
controls selectors
controls
control
Main
Monitor
controls
Alt
Monitor
controls
Headphone/Cue
controls
Output Channel Select
and Mode switches
Monitor
Mode
controls
AFL/PFL
controls
Cue Input
Source
selectors
Studio
Headphone Loudspeaker
controls
controls
Cue 1
controls
Cue 2
controls
Cue 3
controls
D-Control Monitor section
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Control Room Monitoring System
The Control Room Monitoring system is an 8-channel system
with six input sources (two 8-channel surround, four stereo),
and three available outputs (two 8-channel surround, one stereo).
Input sources are selected with dedicated switches, and can be
combined in a special sum mode to allow monitoring of multiple inputs at the same time.
Control Room outputs are activated with dedicated switches
and level controls, including a Dim function for momentary
level reduction.
Input Level Trim Mode
Each input source can be trimmed independently, to allow for
setting of different reference levels or to compensate for differences in gain structure. Available trim values range from
–20 dB to +10 dB in 0.5 dB steps.
To trim input levels:
1 Press and hold the Input Source Selector switch for the input
you want to trim, until the switch flashes.
2 Turn the Main Output Level encoder knob to set the trim
value. The monitor section display shows “Trim” and the trim
value in dB.
3 Press the flashing Input Source Selector switch to exit Trim
Control Room Input Source Selectors
mode.
Sum Switch
Sum switch
Stereo Input
switches
In normal operation, the Control Room Input Source switches
follow exclusive-or (non-latching) behavior, allowing only
one source to be monitored at a time.
However, D-Control has a Sum mode that allows multiple input sources to be monitored at the same time. When Sum
mode is on, multiple input source switches can be active.
Sum mode ignores any input trim values when it is active.
To add or remove inputs in Sum mode:
Surround switch
Main switch
Control Room Input Source selectors
Input Source Switches
The Control Room monitor system has six input sources:
• Main Inputs (8 channels)
• Surround Inputs (8 channels)
• Stereo 1 Inputs (2 channels)
• Stereo 2 Inputs (2 channels)
• Stereo 3 Inputs (2 channels)
• Stereo 4 Inputs (2 channels)
These sources are selected by pressing their corresponding Input switches, which light when the source is activated.
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1 Press the Sum switch. The switch lights to indicate Sum
mode is on.
2 Press any number of Input Source switches to toggle their
corresponding inputs on or off. It is possible to turn all inputs
off in this mode.
To exit Sum mode:
Press the Sum switch again. Monitoring reverts to the input
that was selected when you entered Sum mode.
„
Control Room Output Controls
Mini Output
Level control
Dim
Level control
Dim Level Control
The Dim Level control lets you adjust the amount of level reduction applied by the Dim switch, located at the bottom of
the Monitor section. Level reduction ranges from –30 dB to
0 dB, in 1 dB steps.
When the Dim encoder knob is touched, the monitor section
display shows “Dim” and the gain reduction in dB.
Mini Output
On/Off switch
Monitor Output Mode Controls
Main Output
Level control
Alt Output
Level control
Main Output
On/Off switch
Alt Output
On/Off switch
Setup switch
Calibration Mode
switch
Mono switch
Dim switch
Mute switch
Control Room Output controls
Output On/Off Switches
Monitor Output Mode controls
The Control Room monitor system has three outputs:
Setup Switch
• Main Control Room Outputs (8 channels)
• Alt Control Room Outputs (8 channels)
• Mini Control Room Outputs (2 channels)
Only one output can be active at a time. The Output On/Off
switches follow exclusive-or (non-latching) behavior. When
you activate an output, its name and gain value (in dB) are
shown in the monitor section display.
Output Level Controls
Each of the three Control Room Outputs has a touch-sensitive
rotary encoder for control of output level. When any of these
encoder knobs is touched, the monitor section display shows
the output name and its current level in dB. Gain ranges from
a minimum level of –INF to a maximum level of +10 dB, in
1 dB steps.
Output Level Trim Mode
Each output level control can be trimmed independently, to
allow for setting of different reference levels or to compensate
for differences in gain structure. Available trim values range
from –20 dB to +10 dB, in 0.5 dB steps.
This function is currently not implemented for D-Control.
Calibration Mode Switch
The Calibration Mode switch invokes a mode that changes the
output value displayed by the Monitor section display from
gain (expressed in dB) to sound pressure level (expressed in
dB SPL) for each of the control room outputs. This switch
lights when an SPL value is shown for the active output.
To display output levels in dB SPL, you must first calibrate
each output. This SPL calibration requires the use of a pink
noise source (or other reference material) and a sound pressure
level meter to measure the output of individual control room
speakers.
To calibrate Control Room outputs to display SPL:
1 Send the reference material to the Main Control Room Out-
puts, and set the output level in Pro Tools to your studio reference level (for example, –18 dBFS).
2 Pan the signal to center (so that equal level is sent to all
Main Control Room Output speakers).
3 Set the speaker-to-speaker balance for all speakers in the sys-
To trim output levels:
1 Press and hold the On/Off switch for the output you want to
trim, until the switch flashes.
2 Turn the corresponding encoder knob to set the trim value.
The monitor display shows “Trim” and the trim value in dB.
3 Press the flashing On/Off switch to exit Trim mode.
tem using Output Trim mode for each channel, using the
sound pressure level meter to measure SPL at the mix position.
See “Individual Output Trim Mode” on page 111.
4 Solo the Center speaker, and adjust the Main Control Room
Output level encoder until the sound pressure level meter
measures the target reference level (for example, 85 dB) at the
mix position. You can Output Level Trim mode for fine adjustment of the output level. See “Output Level Trim Mode”
on page 109.
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5 Press and hold the Calibration Mode switch until it flashes.
Dim Switch
6 Adjust the Main Control Room Output level encoder until
The Dim function applies an adjustable gain reduction to the
Control Room outputs. This function affects all three output
destinations. The Dim switch toggles the dim function on and
off, and lights to indicate that it is active.
the target reference level is displayed in the Monitor Section
display.
7 Press the flashing Cal switch.
8 Repeat steps 4–7 for the Alt and Mini outputs.
To toggle the output display between dB and dB SPL:
1 Select the output whose display you want to toggle (Main,
Alt, or Mini).
2 Do one of the following:
• To display output in dB SPL, press the Calibration Mode
switch so that it is lit.
– or –
• To display output in dB, press the Calibration Mode
switch so that it is unlit.
The amount of gain reduction is set with the Dim Level control, located at the top right of the Control Room Output section.
Mute Switch
The Mute switch toggles the mute state for all Control Room
outputs. Mute operates globally on all three output destinations. The Mute switch lights to indicate that it is active.
If the Mute switch on the XMON interface front panel is activated, the Mute switch on D-Control must be used to unmute
the monitor system. (Outputs cannot be unmuted from
XMON front panel.)
Mono Switch
The Mono switch mixes the Left and Right signals of any of
the output modes (any surround channels are not affected) to
provide mono output, useful for checking phase and balance
relationships. The Mono switch lights to indicate that it is active.
Monitor Displays
Monitor displays
Mono Trim Mode
Mono output can be trimmed to adjust its reference level in
comparison to other outputs. Available trim values range from
–12 dB to 0 dB, in 0.5 dB steps.
To trim mono output:
1 Press and hold the Mono switch until it flashes.
2 Turn Alt Output encoder knob to set the Mono trim value.
The monitor display shows “Trim” and the trim value in dB.
3 Press the flashing Mono switch to exit Trim mode.
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Monitor Section displays
When any rotary encoder knob in the Monitor section is
touched, the LED displays show the name of the control and
its value.
Output Channel Select Controls
Channel Select switches
Solo/Mute switch
and indicators
Output Channel Select controls
Channel Select Switches
The Channel Select switches let you solo or mute individual
channels of the Control Room outputs. The function of the
Channel Select switches depends on the mode of the
Solo/Mute switch.
Individual Output Trim Mode
Each output channel can be trimmed individually for each of
the three control room outputs (Main, Alt, and Mini), allowing you adjust the channel balance for each set of control
room speakers. Trim values are stored for each of the three
outputs. Available trim values range from –30 dB to +10 dB, in
0.5 dB steps.
To trim the output level for an individual output channel:
1 Activate the control room output (Main, Alt, or Mini) whose
channel levels you want to trim.
2 Press and hold the Channel Select switch for the output
channel you want to trim, until the switch flashes.
3 Turn the Main Output encoder knob to set the trim value for
the channel. The monitor display shows “Trim” and the trim
value in dB.
• When the mode is set to Solo, each Channel Select switch
solos the corresponding output channel.
4 Press the flashing Channel Select switch to exit Trim mode.
• When the mode is set to Mute, each Channel Select switch
mutes the corresponding output channel.
5 Repeat the above steps for each output channel and each set
of outputs (Main, Alt, or Mini) you want to trim.
In both modes, the Channel Select switches follow latched behavior, allowing multiple outputs to be soloed or muted. The
Channel Select switches light to indicate that they are active.
Solo/Mute Switch and Indicators
There are Channel Select switches for the following channels:
The Solo/Mute switch toggles the function of the Channel Select switches between Solo and Mute modes. The indicators
light to indicate which mode is active.
• L (Left)
• Lc (Left Center)
• C (Center)
• Rc (Right Center)
• R (Right)
• Ls (Left Surround)
• Cs (Center Surround)
• Rs (Right Surround)
• LFE
These choices support all possible channel configurations in
Pro Tools. A maximum of eight channels (7.1 surround) may
be in use at any time.
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Solo Mode Controls
To set the AFL or PFL level to its default setting:
1 Press the AFL or PFL switch in the D-Control Monitor sec-
tion.
2 Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) and touch the AFL/PFL
rotary encoder.
AFL/PFL
Level control
Broadcast Mode for AFL and PFL Monitoring
You can put the D-Control monitoring system in Broadcast
mode, which prevents AFL and PFL solo modes from changing
the XMON Control Room Input source. This lets you solo
channels while preserving the main monitor mix.
AFL switch
Latch switch
PFL switch
Momentary switch
SIP switch
X-OR switch
You can then use the AFL/PFL path selector in the I/O Setup
dialog to route the AFL/PFL solo signal to a separate set of
speakers or headphones.
To put the XMON monitoring system in Broadcast mode:
Solo Mode controls in the D-Control Monitor section
1 Press the Operation switch in the Soft Key section.
The Solo function has three available modes: Solo in Place
(SIP), After-Fader Listen (AFL) and Pre-Fader Listen (PFL).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Broadcast” to set the
SIP mode mutes all unsoloed tracks, causing the soloed
tracks to be auditioned alone in the main mix. The XMON
Control Room Input source remains unchanged, so you can
monitor the soloed channels in the Main control room monitors.
While in Broadcast mode, any channels soloed while in AFL or
PFL are still sent to the AFL/PFL path, but XMON does not
switch the Control Room Input source to monitor that path.
option to “On.”
‹
AFL and PFL modes send signal to a separate output path
with independently adjustable levels for each mode. The
XMON Control Room Input source is automatically changed
to monitor the AFL/PFL input, unless you put D-Control in
Broadcast mode (see “Broadcast Mode for AFL and PFL Monitoring” on page 112). This lets you monitor the soloed channels in the Main control room monitors (with Broadcast mode
off) or in a dedicated solo monitoring system (with Broadcast
mode on).
‹
AFL and PFL Solo modes require the use of the Surround
Mixer plug-in.
To select the Solo mode:
Press the SIP, AFL, or PFL switch in the D-Control Monitor
section to select the corresponding Solo mode.
„
Setting AFL and PFL Levels
Levels can be set separately for AFL and PFL modes from the
D-Control Monitor section.
AFL or PFL levels can be adjusted even if no
channels are currently soloed.
To set the AFL or PFL level:
1 Press the AFL or PFL switch in the D-Control Monitor sec-
tion.
2 Turn the AFL/PFL rotary encoder. The AFL/PFL level is
shown in the Monitor displays.
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While in Broadcast mode, any channels soloed while in SIP
mode will still cause all other tracks to be muted.
Solo Latch Options
The three solo latch options can be selected directly from the
D-Control Monitor section. These options apply to all three
Solo modes (SIP, AFL and PFL).
Latch When this option is selected, pressing subsequent channel Solo switches adds the channels to the Solo output.
X–OR When this option is selected, pressing subsequent Solo
switches cancels previous solos.
To override X–OR mode and solo more than one track at a
time, press and hold the Solo button on the first track. Subsequently pressed Solo switches will latch.
Momentary When this option is selected, you can temporarily
solo any number of channels by holding a single channel Solo
switch and pressing any additional channel Solo switches.
When you release the held Solo switch, all solos are cleared.
Headphone/Cue System
The Headphone/Cue system is a two-channel system with four stereo input sources and five available stereo outputs.
Headphone/Cue Output Controls
Headphone
Level control
Studio Loudspeaker
Level control
Headphone
On/Off switch
Studio Loudspeaker
On/Off switch
Cue Output
Level controls
Cue Output
On/Off switches
Cue/Headphone Output controls
Headphone/Cue Output On/Off Switches
Headphone/Cue Talkback Dim Function
The Headphone/Cue system has five available outputs:
When talkback is engaged, an independent Dim function is
automatically applied to the Headphone/Cue outputs. The
amount of gain reduction is set from this section.
• Cue 1 (2 channels)
• Cue 2 (2 channels)
• Cue 3 (2 channels)
• Headphone (2 channels)
• Studio Loudspeaker (2 channels)
The three Cue Outputs, Headphone Output, and Studio Loudspeaker Output can be active in any combination, including
all on or all off. The On/Off switches light to indicate that an
output is active.
To set the gain reduction value for the Headphone/Cue Dim
Function:
1 Press and hold the Talkback Assign switch until it flashes.
2 Turn the Main Output encoder knob to set the Dim value
for the channel. The monitor display shows “TB Dim” and the
gain reduction value in dB.
3 Press the flashing Talkback Assign switch.
You have the option of adding talkback signal to any of these
cue outputs independently.
4 Repeat the above steps for each output channel and each set
of outputs (Main, Alt, or Mini) you want to trim.
Headphone/Cue Level Controls
Each of the five outputs in the Headphone/Cue system has a
touch-sensitive rotary encoder for control of output level.
When any of these encoder knobs is touched, the monitor section display shows the name of the output and its current
level in dB. Gain ranges from a minimum level of –INF to a
maximum level of +10 dB, in 1 dB steps.
In addition, when any of these encoder knobs is touched, the
Cue Input Source Selectors display the current input source
and talkback assignment for the corresponding output. You
can then edit the input source and talkback assignment for
the displayed output. The output does not need to be active to
display or change these assignments.
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Cue Input Source Selectors
Talkback/Listen System
Assign Talkback switch
External Talkback
Level control
Listen Mic
Level control
Cue Input Source
switches
Built-in Talkback
Level control
Auto Talkback
switch
Cue Input Source selectors
Cue Input Source Switches
The Headphone/Cue monitor system has four input sources:
• Cue 1 Input (2 channels)
Listen Mic
Select switches
Talkback and Listen controls
The Talkback/Listen system has two talkback microphone inputs with independent level controls, and two Listen microphone inputs with a shared level control.
• Cue 2 Input (2 channels)
• Cue 3 Input (2 channels)
Talkback Controls
• Main Monitor Input (2 channels)
These input sources are routed to applicable outputs with the
Cue Input Source switches, which light when the corresponding input source is active for a given output.
The table below shows possible outputs for each input source.
(Talkback can be added to each of the outputs.)
Input
Possible Outputs
Cue 1
Cue 1, HP, Studio LS
Cue 2
Cue 2, HP, Studio LS
Cue 3
Cue 3, HP, Studio LS
Main Monitor
Cue 1, Cue 2, Cue 3, HP, Studio LS
The Talkback system has two talkback microphone inputs
(one external, one built-in) each with a touch-sensitive rotary
encoder for control of output volume. When either of these
encoders is touched, the monitor section display shows the
name of the input and its current volume level in dB. Level
control on each ranges from a minimum level of –INF to a
maximum level of +30 dB.
External Talkback Level Control
Assign Talkback Switch
The Assign Talkback switch lets you add the talkback signal to
any of the Headphone/Cue system outputs. The Assign Talkback switch lights to indicate that talkback is active for a given
output.
Headphone Outputs
A Headphone output is located on the underside of the
D-Control Main Unit, near the front right side. The other four
pairs of headphone outputs are available on the XMON interface.
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The External Talkback Level control adjusts the volume for
the external talkback microphone. When this encoder knob is
touched, the monitor section display shows “Ext TB” and the
level in dB.
Talkback Level Control
The Talkback Level control adjusts the volume of the built-in
(Internal) microphone, located on the meter bridge of the
D-Control Main Unit. When this encoder knob is touched,
the monitor section display shows “Int TB” and the level in
dB.
Talkback Dim Function
Listen Controls
When Talkback is engaged, the Dim function (as set by the
Dim Level control in the Control Room Output section) is automatically applied to the Main outputs. Any adjustment of
the Dim Level control affects both the Talkback Dim function
and the Control Room Output Dim function. When Talkback
is engaged, the Dim switch in the Monitor Output Mode section lights.
The Listen system has two selectable microphone inputs, with
a shared touch-sensitive rotary encoder for level control.
Auto Talkback Switch
The Auto Talkback switch activates a mode in which the talkback and listen microphones are automatically turned on
whenever the Pro Tools transport is not in Play or Record.
When Auto Talkback is active, the Auto Talkback switch
lights, and the Talkback switches flash.
While in Auto Talkback mode, you can temporarily disable
and re-enable talkback, while staying in Auto Talkback mode.
Listen Mic Level Control
The Listen Mic Level control adjusts the volume for the selected listen microphone input, Mic 1 or Mic 2. When this encoder knob is touched, the monitor section display shows the
input name “Lstn 1” or “Lstn2” and the level in dB. When
both inputs are active, the monitor section display shows both
input names and levels.
When one input is active, the encoder controls the level of
that input independently. When both inputs are active, the
encoder controls both levels simultaneously, maintaining any
relative offset between the two.
Level control ranges from a minimum level of –INF to a maximum level of +30 dB.
To temporarily disable Talkback while in Auto Talkback mode:
„
Press either of the flashing Talkback switches.
To re-enable talkback while in Auto Talkback mode:
„
Double-press either Talkback switch so it flashes again.
Listen Mic Select Switches
There are two Listen Mic Select switches for the external listen
microphone inputs:
• Mic 1
• Mic 2
Talkback Switch
Two Talkback switches, located at the bottom of each Channel Strip Master section on the Main Unit, provide control of
the D-Control Talkback function.
Either or both of these inputs can be active at any time. If neither input is active, the Listen Mic Level control can still be adjusted, to prepare for the next time an input is activated.
Talkback switch
Talkback switch
The Talkback switches can follow momentary or latched behavior. If held, the switch is active only when pressed down.
If rapidly double-pressed, the switch latches on and flashes to
indicate that talkback is active. Press the switch again to turn
off talkback.
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Meter and Time Code Displays (Main Unit)
Time Code display format indicators
Meter displays
Main Time Scale
Sub Time Scale
Start indicator
End indicator
Length indicator
Talkback Microphone
Meter and Time Code displays (Main Unit)
Meters
The meter bridge on the Main Unit includes eight 32-segment LED bar graphs for displaying output levels or the level of the track
focused in the Focus Channel Strip, depending on the D-Control Meter Preferences setting. The top LED is red and indicates clipping on the corresponding channel.
For details on setting meter preferences, see “Meter Preferences” on page 43.
Time Scale and Location Displays
The five displays on the Main Unit mirror the Main and Sub Time Scales, and the Selection Start, End and Length indicators in
Pro Tools.
Time Code Display Format Indicators
The indicators to the left of the Time Code displays show the currently displayed Time Code format for both the Main Time Scale
and the Sub Time Scale. Formats include:
• Hours:Minutes:Seconds:Milliseconds
• Hours:Minutes:Seconds:Frames
• Feet+Frames
• Bars|Beats
Talkback Microphone
The built-in D-Control talkback microphone is located between the Meters and the Time Scale displays.
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Meter Displays (Fader Module)
Meter displays (Fader Module)
The meter displays on each Fader Module feature dual 32-segment LED bar graphs for each channel, and can display pre- or
post-fader levels depending on the D-Control Meter Preferences setting. In Custom Fader mode, these meter displays can show
plug-in input and output meters, gain reduction meters for Dynamics plug-ins, and other parameters. The top LED is red and indicates clipping on the corresponding channel or parameter.
Setting D-Control Meters for Different Reference Levels
The Pro Tools Reference Level meter preference lets you change the D-Control meter display to help monitor program material
with respect to different reference levels.
At each setting except 0 dB, a single LED lights continuously across the meter bridge at a fixed point to indicate that reference
level. You can then compare the peaks of the program material to the indicated level.
The following reference level settings are available:
0 dB This is the normal setting used for referencing material to a 0 dB (full code) reference level.
–14 dB This reference level setting lights a single amber LED at –14 dB across the meter bridge.
–18 dB This reference level setting lights a single amber LED at –18 dB across the meter bridge.
–20 dB This reference level setting lights a single amber LED at –20 dB across the meter bridge.
B–20 dB This reference level is designed specifically for broadcast applications, with a lower threshold for the change to amber.
The settings lights a single amber LED at –20 dB across the D-Control meter bridge. This mode also changes the meter LED colors:
LEDs above –20 dB through –13 dB are green, and the LEDs from –12 dB to 0 dB are amber, with 0 dB remaining red.
To set a D-Control meter reference level:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Meter switch.
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “RefLvl” to cycle among the meter reference level settings.
3 Press the Meter Prefs 1 switch to exit.
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Chapter 11: Operating Modes and Commands
The power and flexibility of D-Control lies in its different operating modes, which let you customize the behavior of its
channel strip controls to fit your workflow.
The two types of D-Control operating modes are Normal mode
and the four Custom Fader modes. This chapter provides an
overview of each mode and its associated commands.
Assigning Elements to Tracks
You can assign Inputs, Outputs, Inserts, and Sends to tracks
directly from D-Control by entering a temporary Assign
mode.
To assign an input, output, insert or send:
1 Press an Assign switch to enter the corresponding Assign
mode.
Normal Mode
In Normal mode, Pro Tools tracks are displayed on D-Control
in a standard console format. In this mode, each channel strip
corresponds to a track in the session, and most of the channel
strip controls correspond directly to on-screen controls or
views in Pro Tools:
‹
Channel Fader controls channel volume
‹ Channel Display shows track name, and track volume when
fader is touched
Pan switch shows Pan values on encoders (this is the default
view when a new track is created)
‹
‹
Inserts switch shows name of each Insert on encoders
Sends switch shows name of Send and Send level on encoders
‹
‹
Pre switch shows controls for the channel’s Pre on encoders
‹
Dyn switch cycles through dynamics plug-ins on the track
‹
EQ switch cycles through EQ plug-ins on the track
2 On the channel where you want to make the assignment,
turn an encoder knob to select from the first level of menu
choices.
3 Press the encoder Select switch to move down and the By-
pass/Mute/Pre switch to move up through menu levels.
4 Press the flashing encoder Select switch or press the flashing
Assign switch to confirm the assignment.
To assign multiple inputs, outputs, inserts, or sends:
1 Press an Assign switch (Input, Output, Insert, or Send) to en-
ter the corresponding Assign mode.
2 Turn the encoder knobs and use the encoder Select and By-
pass/Mute/Pre switches to select each assignment.
3 Press the flashing Assign switch to confirm all the assignments at once.
To remove an input, output, insert or send:
1 Press an Assign switch (Input, Output, Insert, or Send) to en-
ter the corresponding Assign mode.
2 For the assignment you want to remove, press the encoder
Bypass/Mute/Pre switch repeatedly until you reach the top
level menu for the assignment.
3 Turn the encoder knob counter-clockwise until no assign-
ment is visible.
4 Do one of the following:
• Press the flashing encoder Select switch or press the flashing Assign switch to confirm the removal.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the removal
and restore the assignment.
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Assigning Inputs in Sessions with Multiple
Plug-in Outputs
In sessions with plug-ins that have multiple outputs, the auxiliary outputs of those plug-ins are available as inputs in other
audio and Auxiliary Input tracks. These appear as a third category of inputs, labelled plug-ins, in the track input menu.
When assigning inputs from D-Control, this third category of
inputs appears as a top-level menu choice.
To assign an input from a plug-in output:
5 Do one of the following:
• Press the flashing encoder Select switch to confirm the assignment.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the assignment.
To change a previously assigned insert or send:
1 On the channel where you want to change the assignment,
press the Inserts or Sends switch to display the corresponding
elements on the channel’s encoders.
1 Press the Assign Inputs switch.
2 Press and hold the encoder Select switch for the insert or
2 On the channel where you want to make the assignment,
turn an encoder knob to select Plug-in from the first level of
menu choices.
send you want to change, until the encoder scribble strip
shows a right arrow (“>”) next to the assignment to indicate
the encoder is in Assign mode.
3 Press the encoder Select switch to move down to the indi-
3 Do one of the following to select a new insert or send:
vidual plug-in level.
4 Turn the encoder knob to select the plug-in whose auxiliary
• Turn the corresponding encoder knob to select from the
current level of menu choices.
output you want to select.
– or –
5 Press the encoder Select switch to move down to the list of
• Press the encoder Select switch to move down and the
Bypass/Mute/Pre switch to move up through menu levels.
plug-in auxiliary outputs.
6 Do one of the following:
• Press the flashing encoder Select switch or press the flashing Assign Inputs switch to confirm the assignment.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the assignment.
Assigning Inserts and Sends Directly from a
Channel
You can assign Inserts or Sends directly to individual channels
without entering global Assign mode.
4 When the new insert or send is displayed in the encoder
scribble strip, do one of the following:
• Press the flashing encoder Select switch to confirm the assignment.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the assignment.
To remove an individual insert or send:
1 On the channel where you want to remove the assignment,
press the Inserts or Sends switch to display the corresponding
elements on the channel’s encoders.
To assign an individual insert or send:
1 On the channel where you want to make the assignment,
2 Press and hold the encoder Select switch for the insert or
press the Inserts or Sends switch to display the corresponding
elements on the channel’s encoders.
send you want to remove, until the encoder scribble strip
shows a right arrow (“>”) next to the assignment to indicate
the encoder is in assign mode.
2 Press the Select switch on the encoder where you want to
make the assignment. The encoder scribble strip shows a right
arrow (“> – –”) to indicate the encoder is in Assign mode.
3 Press the encoder Bypass/Mute/Pre switch repeatedly until
you reach the top level menu for the assignment.
3 Turn the corresponding encoder knob to select from the first
level of menu choices.
4 Press the encoder Select switch to move down and the By-
pass/Mute/Pre switch to move up through menu levels.
4 Turn the encoder knob counter-clockwise until no assign-
ment is visible.
5 Do one of the following:
• Press the flashing encoder Select switch to confirm the removal.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the removal
and restore the assignment.
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Making Elements Active or Inactive
Focusing a Track
You can make Inputs, Outputs, Inserts, Sends, and entire
tracks active or inactive directly from D-Control by entering a
temporary Make Inactive mode.
You can focus any track in a session on the D-Control Focus
Channel Strip. This mirrors the track controls in the channel
strip on the D-Control main unit, bringing them to the center
mix position. Focusing a track also focuses the first EQ and
Dynamics plug-ins in the center EQ and Dynamics section,
and makes the Custom Fader plug-in mode available.
See “Focusing a Plug-In” on page 122.
To toggle an input, output, send, or plug-in active/inactive:
1 Make sure the channel is showing the top-level view for the
element you want to make active/inactive.
2 Press a Make Inactive switch to enter the appropriate Make
Inactive mode.
3 Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switches on encoders to deacti-
vate or reactivate their corresponding track elements.
To focus a track on the Focus Channel Strip from D-Control:
1 Make sure the Select/Focus switch mode is set to Focus.
2 Press the channel Select switch for the track you want to focus.
4 Press the flashing Make Inactive switch to exit Inactive
mode.
To toggle a track inactive/active:
1 Press any of the Make Inactive switches.
2 Press channel strip Select buttons to deactivate or reactivate
the corresponding tracks.
To focus a track on the Focus Channel Strip while staying in
Select mode:
Hold Start+Shift (Windows) or Control+Shift (Mac) and
press the channel Select switch for the track you want to focus.
„
To focus a track on the Focus Channel Strip from Pro Tools:
3 Press the flashing Make Inactive switch to exit Inactive
1 Make sure the Target Track from Application preference is
mode.
set to Yes. For details on this preference, see “Target Track
from Application” on page 43.
Selecting a Track
You can select tracks in Pro Tools directly from D-Control. In
Select mode, Select switches can follow latching or non-latching behavior. For details on setting the latch mode for the Select switch, see “Select Switch Latch Mode” on page 41.
2 On-screen in Pro Tools, click the plug-in state plate, send
window, panner window, or mic pre pane for the track you
want to focus.
To focus a specific track number:
1 Do one of the following:
To select a track from D-Control:
• Press the Go To switch on D-Control.
1 Make sure the Select/Focus switch mode is set to Select.
– or –
2 Press the channel Select switch for the track you want to select.
• Choose Operations > Scroll to Track Number in
Pro Tools.
To select a range of tracks:
2 Enter the track position number for the track and press En-
ter.
1 Press the Select switch on the channel at the start of the
range you want to select.
To nudge the track focus left or right by one channel:
2 Hold Shift and press the Select switch on channel at the end
range you want to select.
„ Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Macintosh) and
press the left or right Nudge 1 switch in the Bank/Nudge section.
All tracks between the first channel and last channel (inclusive) are selected.
To select or deselect multiple, non-contiguous tracks, do one of
the following:
„ If the Select Switch Latch Mode is set to latch, press additional Select switches.
To nudge the track focus left or right by eight channels:
„ Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Macintosh) and
press the left or right Nudge 8 switch in the Bank/Nudge section.
– or –
„ Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Macintosh) and
press the Select switches on multiple channels.
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To nudge the track focus with the Scrub/Shuttle wheel:
To focus a plug-in in the Dynamics or EQ section:
1 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
left or right Nudge 1 switch.
1 Focus the plug-in’s track on the Focus Channel Strip by
2 While holding the Nudge1 switch, turn the Scrub/Shuttle
wheel.
Focusing Tracks when Soloing
pressing the track’s Select switch. The first dynamics and EQ
plug-ins on that track are automatically focused in the corresponding D-Control section.
2 Press the Cycle switch in the Dynamics or EQ section to focus successive dynamics or EQ plug-ins on that channel. (The
No Insert option is always available.)
To set D-Control to automatically focus a track when it is soloed:
1 Press the Operation switch repeatedly to display the page
that includes the Focused Track Follows Solo preference (SoloFc).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “SoloFc” until its
value is “Yes.”
To focus a plug-in in the Custom Faders section:
1 Focus the plug-in’s track on the Focus Channel Strip by
pressing the track’s Select switch. The first plug-in that is not a
dynamics or EQ plug-in is automatically focused, and its name
appears in the Custom Faders display.
2 In the Custom Faders section, press the Bank/Cycle switch
Focusing a Plug-In
Focusing a plug-in on D-Control brings the plug-in’s controls
to channel strip encoders and faders for convenient editing.
You can focus a plug-in in several ways: on the encoders of its
channel; on the encoders of the Focus Channel Strip, and in
the Custom Faders section.
With dynamics and EQ plug-ins, you can also focus plug-in
parameters on the dedicated Dynamics and EQ sections of
D-Control.
To focus a plug-in on a channel strip:
1 Press the Inserts switch on the channel. The plug-in names
are displayed in the channel’s encoders.
2 Press the Select switch under the name of the plug-in you
to cycle through the plug-ins on the focused channel. (The No
Insert option is always available.)
The plug-in whose name appears in the Custom Faders display
is then available for Custom Fader Plug-In mode. (See “Plug-In
Mode” on page 130.)
Automation Safe Mode
The Automation Safe switch invokes a mode in which the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch for each encoder and the channel Select
switch become Automation Safe switches. While in this mode,
pressing a Bypass/Mute/Pre switch on a plug-in or send protects any automation on that plug-in or send from being overwritten. Pressing a channel Select switch protects any automated parameters on that track from being overwritten.
3 If there is more than one page of parameters for the plug-in,
In Automation Safe mode, the Automation Safe switch is lit.
While in this mode, the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch for any protected insert or send is lit, and the channel Select switch for
any protected channel is lit.
the Page Up or Page Down switches light. To move through
parameter pages, press the corresponding switch.
To toggle Automation Safe mode on and off:
want to focus. The plug-in parameters are displayed in the
channel’s encoders.
To focus a plug-in on the Focus Channel Strip:
1 Focus the plug-in’s track on the Focus Channel Strip.
2 Press the Inserts switch on the channel. The plug-in names
are displayed in the channel’s encoders.
3 Press the Select switch under the name of the plug-in you
want to focus. The plug-in parameters are displayed in the Focus Channel Strip’s encoders.
4 If there is more than one page of parameters for the plug-in,
the Page Up or Page Down switches light. To move through
parameter pages, press the corresponding switch.
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1 Press the Automation Safe switch.
2 Press the channel Select switch on the tracks for which you
want to toggle automation safe status.
3 Press the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch for the plug-ins or sends
for which you want to toggle automation safe status.
4 Press the Automation Safe switch again to exit Automation
Safe mode.
Bypassing Plug-Ins
2 Press the Switch Mode switch to set the mode to Pre.
When a plug-in name is displayed on an encoder (in the top
level Inserts display), the encoder’s Bypass/Mute/Pre (B/M/P)
switch bypasses the corresponding plug-in. The B/M/P switch
lights when the insert or plug-in is bypassed.
3 Press the B/M/P switch for the send you want to toggle. The
green Pre LED lights to indicate that the send is set for
pre-fader operation.
Flip Mode
To bypass a Plug-In:
1 Press the Inserts switch on the plug-in’s channel to display
the Insert names on the channel’s encoders.
2 Press the B/M/P switch that corresponds to the plug-in you
want to bypass. The B/M/P switch lights when the plug-in is
bypassed.
Channels in Normal mode can use Flip Mode, which transfers
controls from a row of encoders to the channel faders.
In Flip mode, the rotary encoder control swaps with the channel fader; the encoder Select switch swaps with the channel
Select switch; the encoder Bypass/Mute/Pre switch swaps with
the channel Mute switch; and the encoder display swaps with
the channel display.
Making Plug-Ins Active/Inactive
When a plug-in name is displayed on an encoder (in the top
level Inserts display), it can be made inactive without entering
Make Inactive mode.
To toggle a plug-in active/inactive:
1 Press the Inserts switch on a channel strip to display the
In Flip mode, the Flip switch for the affected row of encoders
lights, and the affected encoder displays appear in yellow.
To transfer controls from a row of rotary encoders to the channel
faders:
„ Press the Flip switch that corresponds to the encoder row
that you want to transfer.
names of the plug-ins on the channel’s encoders.
2 If the insert location for the plug-in that you want to make
active/inactive is not showing, press the Page Up or Page
Down switches on the channel where you want to make the
assignment until the appropriate location is displayed.
3 Hold Control+Start (Windows) or Control+ Command
(Macintosh) and press the encoder Select switch for the
plug-in.
To exit Flip mode:
„
Press a lighted Flip switch.
Flop Mode
Channels in Normal mode can use Flop mode, which transfers
controls between any two rows of rotary encoders, allowing
you to bring any encoder control within easy reach from the
mix position.
Muting Sends
You can mute sends directly from D-Control by setting the appropriate mode for the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch.
To mute sends:
1 Press the Sends switch on the track to display Send names in
the channel encoders.
2 Press the Switch Mode switch to set the mode to Mute.
3 Press the B/M/P switch for the send you want to mute. The
To transfer controls between any two rows of rotary encoders:
„ Hold Start (Windows) or Control (Macintosh) and repeatedly press the Flip switch on row of encoders where you want
to transfer the controls. The Flip switches on each row light to
indicate which controls are being transferred.
The transferred (or “flopped”) controls are indicated by yellow
text in their encoder displays.
To return flopped controls to their original positions:
red Mute LED lights to indicate that the send is muted.
„
Press either of the lit Flip switches.
Setting Send Pre-/Post-Fader Operation
You can set sends to pre-fader or post-fader operation directly
from D-Control, by setting the appropriate mode for the Bypass/Mute/Pre switch.
To toggle sends between pre-fader and post-fader operation:
1 Press the Sends switch on the track to display Send names in
the channel encoders.
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Assigning Inserts and Sends While in Flip
Mode
You can assign Inserts or Sends directly to an encoder even
when its controls are flipped to the channel fader.
When an encoder’s controls are flipped to the channel fader,
the channel Select switch replaces the encoder Select switch,
the channel Mute switch replaces the Bypass/Mute/Pre
switch, and the channel Fader replaces the encoder knob.
To assign an individual insert or send to a flipped encoder:
1 On the channel where you want to make the assignment,
press the Inserts or Sends switch to display the corresponding
elements on the channel. The controls for the flipped encoder
appear on the channel fader.
2 Press and hold the channel Select switch on the channel
where you want to assign the insert or send. The channel
scribble strip shows a right arrow (“>– –”) to indicate the channel is in assign mode.
3 Move the channel fader to select from the first level of menu
choices.
4 Press the channel Select switch to move down and the chan-
nel Mute switch to move up through menu levels.
5 Do one of the following:
• Press the flashing channel Select switch to confirm the
assignment.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the assignment.
To change a previously assigned insert or send on a flipped
encoder:
1 On the channel where you want to change the assignment,
press the Inserts or Sends switch to display the corresponding
elements on the channel.
2 Press and hold the channel Select switch for the flipped in-
sert or send you want to change, until the channel scribble
strip shows a right arrow (“>”) next to the assignment to indicate the channel is in assign mode.
3 Do one of the following to select a new insert or send:
• Move the channel fader to select from the current level of
menu choices.
– or –
• Press the channel Select switch to move down and the
channel Mute switch to move up through menu levels.
4 When the new insert or send is displayed in the channel
scribble strip, do one of the following:
• Press the flashing channel Select switch to confirm the
assignment.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the assignment.
To remove an individual insert or send on a flipped encoder:
1 On the channel where you want to remove the assignment,
press the Inserts or Sends switch to display the corresponding
elements on the channel.
2 Press and hold the channel Select switch for the flipped in-
sert or send you want to remove, until the channel scribble
strip shows a right arrow (“>”) next to the assignment to indicate the channel is in assign mode.
3 Press the encoder Bypass/Mute/Pre switch repeatedly until
you reach the top level menu for the assignment.
4 Move the channel fader until no assignment is visible.
5 Do one of the following:
• Press the flashing channel Select switch to confirm the
removal.
– or –
• Press the flashing Escape switch to cancel the removal
and restore the assignment.
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Inline Console Mode
Custom Fader Modes
With Inline mode, you can control an input channel and its
corresponding monitor channel from a single channel strip
on D-Control.
With the Custom Faders feature, you can temporarily set aside
channel strips on D-Control and focus them on your own customized groups of tracks, on Pro Tools Mix and Edit groups,
on specific track types, or on plug-in controls. Custom Fader
modes are only accessible on D-Control, and are not displayed
on-screen in Pro Tools.
An input signal (for example, from a Digidesign PRE) is
brought into an Auxiliary Input track, and routed to an Audio
track for recording and monitoring. Inline mode on D-Control is then used to control each of these elements from a single channel strip: the PRE and Auxiliary Input level controls
are controlled with the channel strip encoders, and the record
track levels are controlled with the channel strip fader.
To control an Auxiliary Input track and Audio track from a single
D-Control channel strip:
1 Assign the output of a Digidesign PRE (optional) or other audio source to an Auxiliary Input track.
2 Assign the output of the Auxiliary Input track to an Audio
track.
3 On D-Control, press the Input switch in the Channel Strip
Mode controls for the Audio channel.
4 On the Audio channel, press the encoder Select switch on
the lowest row of encoders and turn the encoder knob to select the Auxiliary Input track.
5 Press Select to confirm the choice.
The controls for the PRE and the Auxiliary Input appear on
the Audio channel’s rotary encoders as follows, from top to
bottom:
• Encoder 1 Knob/Switch: PRE Phantom Power
• Encoder 2 Knob/Switch: PRE Polarity
On D-Control, Custom Fader channels are completely separate from the surrounding channels on the control surface. All
tracks in the session bank around the Custom Fader channels,
and continue to behave normally in Pro Tools and on D-Control.
All Custom Fader modes essentially duplicate the controls on
tracks already represented in Normal mode, but let you rearrange them to fit your workflow. Any control moves performed on a Custom Fader channel are mirrored in the Normal mode channel if it is present on D-Control.
When channels are in use by any of the Custom Fader modes,
the blue indicator marked “CF,” located to the left of the
channel fader, is lit.
The status of Custom Fader modes is saved with the Pro Tools
session. If you save and close a session with a Custom Fader
mode active, the session will reopen with the same mode active.
Dual Custom Fader Banks
D-Control has available two independent banks of Custom
Faders (Left Custom Faders and Right Custom Faders), controlled by the Custom Fader Control sections on the left and
right sides of the Main Unit.
• Encoder 3 Knob/Switch: PRE Impedance/Pad
• Encoder 4 Knob/Switch: PRE Source/Insert
• Encoder 5 Knob/Switch: PRE Gain/HPF
• Encoder 6 Knob/Switch: Aux Gain/Aux Mute
6 (Optional) Hide the Auxiliary Input channels using the
Each of the Custom Fader banks can be controlled from the
Bank Select Matrix, with the corresponding group, track or
plug-in information appearing in the Soft Keys. The Custom
Fader bank currently targeted in the Bank Select Matrix is indicated by yellow text in the Custom Fader display.
Show/Hide Soft Keys.
7 Adjust the PRE gain using Encoder 5.
8 Fine tune the input gain by adjusting the Auxiliary Input
level using Encoder 6 (the bottom encoder).
9 Press the Sends switch in the Channel Strip Mode controls
and configure any cue mixes or effects sends for the channel.
10 Adjust the monitoring level with the Audio channel fader.
To view a hidden Auxiliary Input channel while in Inline mode:
„ Press Control (Windows) or Command (Macintosh) and
press the encoder Select switch on Encoder 6.
The Auxiliary Input channel is focused in the Focus Channel
strip.
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Overview of Custom Fader Modes
Custom Fader Controls
The four Custom Fader modes are covered in detail later in
this section:
The Custom switch, Groups switch, Master switch, and
Plug-In switch in the Custom Faders sections light when the
corresponding Custom Fader mode is active.
Custom Groups Mode Lets you create and recall up to 48 custom arrangements of tracks on D-Control that are independent of Mix/Edit groups in Pro Tools.
Mix/Edit Groups Mode Lets you recall Pro Tools Mix or
Mix/Edit groups and display them on the Custom Fader channel strips. You can also activate and delete Mix or Mix/Edit
groups from this mode.
Tracks Mode Lets you bring all tracks of a particular type to
the Custom Fader channel strips. Track Types include Audio
tracks, Auxiliary Input tracks, MIDI tracks, Instrument tracks,
Master Fader tracks, VCA Master tracks, and Hidden tracks.
Plug-In Mode Lets you focus the controls of two separate
plug-in on the two available Custom Fader channel banks. A
special expanded Plug-In mode focuses the plug-in header
controls (such as Bypass, Compare and Safe) on the channel
strip Mute switches.
Two additional modes work in conjunction with these Custom Fader modes:
Custom Fader Flip Mode Lets you flip rows of encoder controls
to the faders on the Custom Fader channel strips.
The Map switch and Flip switch work in combination with the
Custom Fader modes (except Master Faders mode), and have
no independent effect.
The Lock switch and Window switch function both in the
Custom Fader modes and independently. See “Lock Switch”
on page 65.
Custom Faders
display
Custom Groups switch
Map switch
Mix/Edit Groups switch
Flip switch
Tracks switch
Lock switch
Plug-in switch
Window switch
Custom Fader Map Mode Lets you map individual encoder
controls to faders on the Custom Fader channel strips on a
track-by-track basis.
Bank/Cycle switch
Custom Fader controls
Custom Fader Preferences
Custom Groups Mode
Setting the Maximum Custom Fader Bank Size
You can independently set the size of each of the two available
Custom Fader banks for each of the Custom Fader modes. See
“Maximum Custom Fader Bank Size” on page 41.
Setting the Custom Fader Justification
You can set the location of the two available Custom Fader
banks on the control surface. See “Custom Fader Bank Justification” on page 42.
Displaying Hidden Tracks in Custom Faders
You can set D-Control to show hidden tracks in the Custom
Fader views. See “Display of Hidden Tracks in Custom Faders”
on page 42.
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Custom Groups mode lets you create a custom collection of
tracks and arrange them in any order in either of the two
available banks of Custom Fader channels. You can create up
to 48 independent Custom Groups in a session.
Custom Groups are useful for temporarily associating tracks
that are not part of a Pro Tools Mix/Edit group. Also, because
you can add multiple instances of the same track to a Custom
Group, you can use this mode, in conjunction with Flip mode
or Map mode, to map multiple parameters from a single track
onto adjacent channel faders.
Custom Groups are created and recalled entirely on D-Control, and are independent of Mix/Edit groups in Pro Tools.
D-Control Custom Groups are not reflected on-screen in
Pro Tools. Custom Groups are saved in the Pro Tools session
file, and move with the session to any other system that supports D-Control operation.
Displaying Custom Groups
Custom Groups are accessible in the Bank Select Matrix in
four pages of 12 (1–12, 13–24, 25–36, and 37–48).
Custom Groups can also be displayed and recalled from the
Soft Keys section (in pages of six) by repeatedly pressing the
Bank Select switch in the Soft Keys section.
To create a new Custom Group:
1 Press the Custom switch in the left or right Custom Faders
section. The switch lights to indicate the mode is active for the
corresponding Custom Fader bank.
2 Hold Shift and press the Bank/Cycle switch in that Custom
Faders section to go to the page (1–12, 13–24, 25–36, or 37–48)
of the Bank Select Matrix where you want to assign the new
Custom Group.
3 In the Bank Select Matrix, press the Bank Select switch
(1–12) to which you want to assign the new Custom Group.
The switch lights to indicate the selection.
4 Press the Edit switch in the Bank Select section. The Edit
switch flashes to indicate Edit mode.
5 Do one of the following:
• Press the Select switch for each source channel you want
to add to the Custom Group.
• Hold Shift while pressing a lit Select switch to put the
same track on multiple faders.
• To remove a track from the Custom Group, press its Select switch in the Custom Fader channels.
Tracks are added to the Custom Group in the order you select
them, and are right-justified in the Custom Fader channels.
6 Press the flashing Edit switch in the Bank Select section
when you are finished.
To recall a Custom Group from the Custom Fader rotary
encoders:
1 Hold the Custom switch in either of the Custom Fader sec-
tions until the available Groups appear in the rotary encoder
displays of the Custom Faders.
2 Press the encoder Select switch to select the group you want
to display in the Custom Faders.
To name a Custom Group:
1 Recall the Custom Group you want to name.
2 Double-press the Edit switch in the Bank Select section.
3 Enter a name for the Custom Group and click OK.
To add channels to a Custom Group:
1 Recall the Custom Group you want to edit.
2 Press the Edit switch in the Bank Select section. The Edit
switch flashes to indicate Custom Groups Edit mode.
3 Press the channel Select switch on the Custom Fader chan-
nel strip to the right of the position where you want to insert
new channels.
4 Press the channel Select switch on each source channel you
want to add to the Custom Group.
5 Press the flashing Edit switch in the Bank Select section to
exit.
The new channels are added the Custom Group, located to
the left of the selected Custom Fader channel strip.
To remove channels from a Custom Group:
1 Recall the Custom Group you want to edit.
2 Do one of the following:
• Press the channel Select switch on the source channels
you want to remove from the Custom Group.
To recall a Custom Group from the Bank Select Matrix:
• Hold Control+Start (Windows) or Control+Command
(Macintosh) and press the channel Select switch on the
Custom Fader channels you want to remove.
1 Press the Custom switch in the left or right Custom Faders
section. The switch lights to indicate the mode is active for the
corresponding Custom Fader bank.
• Hold the Set To Default switch and press the channel Select switch on a Custom Fader channel you want to remove.
2 Hold Shift and press the Bank/Cycle switch in that Custom
Faders section to go to the page (1–12, 13–24, 25–36, or 37–48)
of the Bank Select Matrix containing the Custom Group you
want to recall.
3 Press the Bank Select switch (1–12) for the Custom Group
you want to recall.
To delete a Custom Group:
1 Recall the Custom Group you want to delete.
2 Hold Start+Alt+Control (Windows) or Control+Op-
The Bank Select switches remember their previous mode
of operation (either Custom Groups or Mix/Edit
Groups). If you last used the Bank Select switch in Custom Groups mode, you can recall a Custom Group directly from the Bank Select switches. It is not necessary
to press the Custom Group switch first.
tion+Command (Macintosh) and press the corresponding
switch in the Bank Select Matrix.
To exit Custom Groups Mode:
„
Press the lit Custom Groups switch.
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Mix/Edit Groups Mode
Mix/Edit Groups mode lets you create, display, and edit
Pro Tools Mix and Mix/Edit groups in either of the two available banks of Custom Fader channels. Mix/Edit Groups mode
is useful for quickly calling the members of a group to a set of
faders for mixing and automation.
To show and activate a Mix/Edit Group from the Custom Fader
rotary encoders:
1 Hold the Groups switch in either of the Custom Fader sections until the available Groups appear in the rotary encoder
displays of the Custom Faders.
2 Press the encoder Select switch to select the group you want
to display in the Custom Faders.
To show a Mix/Edit group in the Custom Fader channels:
Press the Groups switch in the left or right Custom Fader
section.
„
The switch lights, the group’s letter and name appear in the
corresponding Custom Fader display, and the group members
appear in the Custom Fader channels.
Mix/Edit Groups can also be displayed and recalled from the
Soft Keys section (in pages of six) by repeatedly pressing the
Bank Select switch in the Soft Keys section.
3 Press the encoder BMP switch to toggle the corresponding
group active or inactive.
To create a Mix/Edit group:
1 Make sure you are in Select mode.
2 Select the tracks you want to group by pressing their Select
switches.
3 Press the Groups switch to enter Mix/Edit Groups mode.
4 In the Bank Select Matrix, press the Bank Select switch to
To focus different groups, press the corresponding switch in
the Bank Select Matrix. Groups are recalled in sequence according to their group letter:
• Bank Select 1 corresponds to the All group.
• Bank Select 2–12 correspond to groups a–k.
which you want to assign the new Mix/Edit group.
5 Double-press the Edit switch in the Bank Select section.
6 Choose the type of group to create: Edit Group, Mix Group,
or Edit/Mix Group.
• Hold Shift and press Bank/Cycle to change Bank Select
switches 1–12 to correspond to groups l–w.
7 Enter a name for the Group and press Enter.
• Hold Shift and press Bank/Cycle a second time to change
Bank Select switches 1–3 to correspond to groups x–z.
To edit a Mix/Edit group:
The Bank Select switches remember their previous mode
of operation (either Custom Groups or Mix/Edit
Groups). If you last used the Bank Select switch in
Mix/Edit Groups mode, you can recall a Mix/Edit Group
directly from the Bank Select switches. It is not necessary
to press the Mix/Edit Group switch first.
1 Make sure you are in Select mode.
2 Press the Groups switch to enter Mix/Edit Groups mode.
3 In the Bank Select Matrix, press the Bank Select switch to re-
call the Mix/Edit group you want to edit.
4 Press the Edit switch in the Bank Select section.
5 Do any of the following:
• Press the channel Select switch on the source channels
you want to add or remove from the group.
To activate/deactivate a Mix/Edit group:
„
While in Mix/Edit Groups mode, do one of the following:
• Hold Start+Control (Windows) or Control+Command
(Macintosh) and press the group’s corresponding switch
in the Bank Select section.
• Hold the Custom Fader Groups switch until it flashes,
then press switches in the Bank Select section for the
groups you want to activate/deactivate. When you are
finished, press the flashing Groups switch.
A deactivated group is indicated by inverted text in the Custom Faders display.
• Press the lit channel Select switch on the Custom Fader
channels you want to remove from the group.
6 Press the flashing Edit switch to confirm the group.
To delete a Mix/Edit group:
„ In Mix/Edit Groups mode, hold Start+Alt+Control (Windows) or Control+Option+Command (Macintosh) and press
the switch in the Bank Select section that corresponds to the
group you want to delete.
To exit Mix/Edit Groups Mode:
„
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Press the lit Groups switch.
Displaying Mix/Edit Group Tracks On-Screen
Tracks Mode
In the top level of Mix/Edit Groups mode, you can display the
tracks in a Mix/Edit group and hide all other tracks from
D-Control.
Tracks Mode lets you bring all tracks of a particular type to either of the two available banks of Custom Fader channels.
To display tracks in a Mix/Edit group on-screen:
Track type for each bank of Custom Faders can be selected
from the Bank Select Matrix:
• Bank Select 1 = Master Faders
Hold Start (Windows) or Control (Mac) and press the Select
switch for the Mix/Edit group to perform the “Show Only
Tracks In Group” command.
„
• Bank Select 2 = Audio Tracks
• Bank Select 3 = Auxiliary Inputs
• Bank Select 4 = MIDI Tracks
Displaying or “Spilling” VCA Slave Tracks to
Custom Faders
• Bank Select 5 = Instrument Tracks
You can display all of the slave tracks for a VCA Master track
into the Custom Faders. This feature uses Mix/Edit Groups
mode to replicate a “VCA spill” command.
• Bank Select 7 = Hidden Tracks
Whenever a VCA Master track is assigned to group, its Bypass/Mute switch lights.
• Bank Select 6 = VCA Master Tracks
The name of the selected track type is shown in the Custom
Faders display.
If the number of tracks exceeds the number of Custom Fader
channel strips, the tracks can be banked with the Bank/Cycle
switch in the Custom Faders section.
To spill VCA slave tracks in Custom Faders:
Press the lit Bypass/Mute switch on a VCA Master track. The
Bypass/Mute switch flashes to indicate that the VCA Group is
spilled.
„
To exit display of VCA slave tracks in Custom Faders, do one of
the following:
Press the flashing Bypass/Mute switch in the VCA Master
track.
„
– or –
„
Press the Groups switch in the Custom Fader controls.
Focusing VCA Masters When Their Slave Tracks Are
Spilled
You can set D-Control to automatically focus a VCA Master
track in the Focus Channel Strip when its slave tracks are
spilled.
Track types can also be displayed and selected in the Soft Keys
section by pressing the Bank Select switch in the Soft Keys section.
To bring a Track type to Custom Fader channels:
1 Press the Tracks switch in the left or right Custom Fader
section.
2 Press the Bank Select switch to display track types in the Soft
Keys section.
3 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to the track type you
want to display in the Custom Fader channels.
The name of the Track type appears in the corresponding Custom Fader display. Tracks of the designated type appear in the
Custom Fader channels.
To exit Tracks mode:
„
Press the lit Tracks switch.
To automatically focus VCA tracks when they are spilled:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
edly to display the page that includes the Focus VCA Master
When Spilled preference (“SplFcs”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “SplFcs” to toggle the
setting to “On.”
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Operation switch to exit.
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Plug-In Mode
To display the parameter controlled by the B/M/P switches:
Plug-In mode focuses available plug-ins on the focused channel on the left and right Custom Fader channels. This places
all of the plug-in’s parameters on the Custom Fader channel
encoders, and any plug-in meters on the Custom Fader channel meters.
„
With plug-ins that have multiple pages of parameters, you can
select pages from the Bank Select Matrix. If a plug-in has more
than 12 pages, you can cycle though banks of pages by holding Shift and pressing the Bank/Cycle switch in the Custom
Faders section.
The plug-in pages can also be accessed from the Soft Keys section by pressing the Bank Select switch in the Soft Keys section.
This mode is useful for controlling plug-ins with a large number of controls, such as virtual instruments.
To focus a plug-in on Custom Fader channels:
1 Focus the plug-in’s track on the Focus Channel Strip by
pressing the track’s Select switch. The names of available
plug-ins appear in the left and right Custom Fader displays.
2 Press the Plug-In switch in either of the Custom Fader sec-
tions. The switch lights to indicate the mode is active. The
plug-in’s parameters appear in the Custom Fader channel encoders.
3 In either of the Custom Faders sections, press the Bank/Cy-
cle switch to cycle through the plug-ins on the focused channel. (The No Insert option is always available.)
Press the Switch Info switch.
In some cases, the same control may be mapped to
both an encoder knob and its corresponding
switch, allowing you to use either control to adjust
the parameter.
Plug-in meters map to the Custom Fader channel meters.
Plug-in input and output meters appear as standard level
meters with green, yellow, and red segments. Any dynamics
gain reduction meters (for example, in a compressor or limiter
plug-in) are shown as top-to-bottom meters with yellow segments.
Expanded Plug-In View
In Custom Fader Plug-In mode, Expanded Plug-In view lets
you access additional plug-in controls and manage individual
channels (also called streams) of a multi-mono plug-in. This
mode places the following standard header controls in the
channel displays:
• Plug-In Bypass
• Plug-In Compare
• Plug-In Automation Safe
• Plug-In Automation Enable
If the Custom Fader Plug-In Mode View Definition is
set to Expanded view, then you are automatically in
Expanded Plug-In View when you enter Plug-In
mode.
To enter Expanded Plug-In view:
To focus a plug-in in Custom Fader mode directly from top-level
Inserts view:
„ Hold Control+Alt (Windows) or Command+Option (Mac)
and press the encoder Select switch for the plug-in you want
to focus.
Custom Faders and Display of Plug-In Parameters
There are three view options available for display of plug-in
parameters in the channel displays of the Custom Faders.
These options, or view definitions, are accessible from the
D-Control operation preferences. See “Custom Fader Plug-In
Mode View Definitions” on page 42 for more information.
Display of Parameter Types in the Rotary Encoders
In general, continuous plug-in parameters map to the Custom
Fader encoder knobs, and switched parameters functions map
to the B/M/P (Bypass/Mute/Pre) encoder switches. The presence of a switched parameter is indicated by the Pre indicator
above the corresponding B/M/P switch.
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„ Press and hold the Plug-In switch in the Custom Fader section until the switch flashes.
The plug-in header controls are mapped as follows:
Plug-In Bypass To bypass the currently displayed plug-in,
press the Mute switch that corresponds to “Bypass” in the
channel displays. This toggles the Effect Bypass button in the
Plug-In window.
Plug-In Compare To toggle between the original saved plug-in
setting and any changes you have made to it, press the Mute
switch that corresponds to “Comp” in the channel displays.
This toggles the Compare button in the Plug-In window.
Plug-In Automation Safe To prevent existing plug-in automation from being overwritten, press the Mute switch that corresponds to “Safe” in the channel displays. This toggles the Safe
button in the Plug-In window.
Plug-In Automation Enable To enable individual plug-in controls for automation, press the Mute switch that corresponds
to “AutoEn” in the channel displays. This lists the automatable plug-in controls on the Custom Fader encoders. Choose
the controls to automate by pressing their encoder Select
switches. This toggles the Auto button in the Plug-In window.
Multi-Mono Plug-Ins and Expanded Plug-In Mode
With multi-mono plug-ins, the following plug-in channel
controls are also mapped to the Custom Fader channel displays:
Link To link channels of a multi-mono plug-in, press the Mute
switch that corresponds to “Link” in the channel displays.
This toggles the Master Link button in the Plug-In window
Target Stream To target a particular multi-mono plug-in channel for editing, press the Mute switch that corresponds to
“TargtS” in the channel displays. This lists the channels of the
plug-in on the Channel Fader encoders. You can then choose
a channel by pressing its encoder Select switch. The switch
lights to indicate the targeted channel.
Group Stream To group individual multi-mono plug-in channels for editing, press the Mute switch that corresponds to
“GroupS” in the channel displays. This lists the channels of
the plug-in on the Channel Fader encoders. You can then
group any number of streams by pressing their encoder Select
switches. The Select switches light to indicate grouped channels.
Bypass Stream To bypass individual multi-mono plug-in
streams, press the Mute switch that corresponds to “BypS” in
the channel displays. This lists the channels of the plug-in on
the Channel Fader encoders. You can then bypass a stream by
pressing its encoder B/M/P switch. The B/M/P switch lights to
indicate the bypassed stream.
To exit Expanded Plug-In mode:
„
Press the flashing Plug-In switch.
Custom Fader Flip Mode
When in any of the Custom Fader modes, you can flip Custom Fader encoder rows to the faders with Custom Fader Flip
mode. The single Custom Fader Flip switch is used to cycle the
encoder rows through the faders. The Custom Fader Flip
switch only affects Custom Fader channels, and has no effect
on channels in Normal mode.
In Custom Fader Flip mode, the Custom Fader Flip switch is
lit, and the affected encoder displays appear in yellow.
To enter Custom Fader Flip mode:
2 To flip successive rows, repeatedly press the Custom Fader
switch.
To exit Custom Fader Flip mode:
„ Press the Custom Fader Flip switch repeatedly until you exit
Flip mode.
– or –
„ Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Macintosh) and
press the Custom Fader Flip switch.
Custom Fader Map Modes
When in Custom Groups, Mix/Edit Groups, or Plug-In mode,
you can map individual encoder controls to faders on a
track-by-track basis with Custom Fader Map modes.
This mapping feature works differently depending on which
of the main Custom Fader modes you are in. (Mapping is not
available in Master Faders mode.)
Custom Groups and Mix/Edit Groups Map Modes
When in Custom Groups or Mix/Edit Groups mode, you can
map any encoder parameter to the fader on the same Custom
Fader channel. In these Map modes, the rotary encoder control swaps with the channel fader, and the encoder Bypass/Mute/Pre switch swaps with the channel Mute switch.
Mapping while in these modes is vertically restricted to encoders and faders in the same channel strip.
How Custom Group and Mix/Edit Group Mapping is Stored
Custom Group and Mix/Edit Group mapping is saved in the
Pro Tools session file, and moves with the session to any other
system that supports D-Control operation.
To map an encoder to a fader (Custom Groups mode or Mix/Edit
Groups mode):
1 While in Custom Groups mode or Mix/Edit Groups mode,
press and hold the Map switch in the Custom Faders section
until the switch flashes.
2 In the Custom Fader channels, touch any rotary encoders
that you want to map to their corresponding channel fader.
3 Do one of the following:
• Press the flashing Map switch to confirm the mapping.
– or –
• Press the Escape switch to cancel the mapping and leave
Map edit mode.
The Map switch lights solid to indicate that the mapping is active.
1 From any of the Custom Fader modes, press the Custom
Fader Flip switch. The top row of encoders transfers to the faders.
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To bypass mapping (Custom Groups mode or Mix/Edit Groups
mode):
„ Press the lit Map switch. Even when it is not displayed,
mapping is remembered for each Custom Group or Mix/Edit
Group.
To recall mapping (Custom Groups mode or Mix/Edit Groups
mode):
The mapped control appears on the selected channel’s fader.
Plug-In parameter mapping is remembered for that plug-in,
and is usable on any channel where it occurs.
To bypass mapping (Plug-In mode):
„ Press the lit Map switch. Even when it is not displayed,
mapping is remembered for each plug-in.
1 Recall the Custom Group or Mix Edit Group by pressing the
To recall mapping (Plug-In mode):
corresponding switch in the Custom Faders section.
1 Focus the plug-in in the Focus Channel Strip.
2 Press the Map switch.
2 Recall the plug-in by pressing the Plug-In switch in the Cus-
tom Faders section.
Plug-in Map Mode
When in Custom Faders Plug-in mode, you can map any
plug-in parameter to any of the faders in the Custom Fader
channels, including faders on different channels. In Plug-In
Map mode, a mapped rotary control is duplicated on the
fader, and a mapped switch is duplicated on the channel Mute
switch. (Because Plug-In mode does not use the faders, no
swapping takes place.)
Mapping while in this mode has no restriction on the vertical
relationship between encoders and faders.
How Plug-In Mapping is Stored
When you map a plug-in, all other instances of that plug-in
in the session will use the same mapping.
3 Press the Map switch.
To clear mapping (Plug-In mode):
1 In Custom Faders Plug-In Map mode, display the plug-in
whose map you want to clear.
2 Press the Set to Default switch.
3 Press the Do To All switch.
4 Press the Select switch on any of the Custom Fader channel
strips.
Exporting and Importing .pim Files
‹
Plug-in mapping is saved as a preference file with a .pim extension.
‹
Plug-In mapping for the last opened session is remembered
by the Pro Tools system (saved in the Pro Tools application
preferences file), so when you create a new session on the system, all instances of the same plug-in will use the stored mapping.
‹
Plug-in mapping files (.pim) files can be imported and exported for use with other D-Control and D-Command consoles.
‹
To map an encoder to a fader (Plug-In mode):
1 While in Plug-In mode, press the Map switch in the Custom
Faders section.
2 In the Custom Fader channels, press the channel Select
switch on the channel where you want to map the encoder.
The Select switch flashes to indicate Map mode.
3 Do one of the following:
• In the Custom Fader channels, touch any rotary encoder
that you want to map to the selected channel’s fader.
– or –
• In the Custom Fader channels, press any switch that you
want to map to the selected channel’s Mute switch.
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To export plug-in mapping:
1 Press the Operation switch repeatedly to display the page
that includes Export Plug-In Maps (“Export PIMaps”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Export PIMaps.”
3 Enter a name for the Plug-In Map (.pim) file, choose a loca-
tion, and click Save.
4 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Macintosh) and
press the Operation switch to exit.
To import plug-in mapping:
1 Press the Operation switch repeatedly to display the page
that includes Import Plug-In Maps (“Import PIMaps”).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Import PIMaps.”
3 Locate the Plug-In Map (.pim) file you want to use and click
Import.
4 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Macintosh) and
press the Operation switch to exit.
Working with Automation
Previewing Automation
To preview a new automation value for a control:
Setting the Automation Mode of Channels
1 Enable the track for automation by cycling its Automation
Mode switch to enable Touch, Latch, or Touch/Latch mode.
To cycle a channel forward through the automation modes:
„
Press the Automation Mode switch on the channel.
To cycle a channel backward through the automation modes:
2 Enable the automation type by pressing its switch in the
Automation Enable section.
3 Do one of the following:
• Press the Preview Soft Key in the Actions Soft Keys Page.
Hold the Shift (add) Modifier switch and press the Automation Mode switch on the channel.
„
– or –
• Hold Control (Win) or Command (Mac) and press the
Off switch in the Automation Mode controls. The Off
switch flashes to indicate Preview mode.
To toggle a channel in and out of Trim mode:
„
Press the Trim switch on the channel.
4 Isolate a control by moving it.
To set the automation mode of one or more channels:
1 Hold an Automation Mode switch (Write, Touch, Latch,
Trim, Read, or Off).
2 Press the Select switches or Auto switches on the channels
whose automation mode you want to set.
5 Start playback and adjust the isolated control to audition
the new automation value.
To suspend Preview mode;
„
• Press the Suspend Preview Soft Key in the Actions Soft
Keys Page.
To set the automation mode of all or all selected channels:
1 Press the Do To All or Do To Selected switch.
– or –
• Hold Control (Win) or Command (Mac) and press the
Read switch in the Automation Mode controls.
2 Press an Automation Mode switch (Write, Touch, Latch,
Trim, Read, or Off).
To toggle the write enable status of an automation type across
all channels:
Press the switch for the corresponding automation type
(Volume, Pan, Mute, Send Level, Send Pan, Send Mute, or
Plug-In) in the Automation Enable section.
„
To suspend automation for all tracks:
„ Press the Auto Suspend switch in the Channel Strip Master
Function controls.
Displaying the Automation Playlist for a
Control
Do one of the following:
To punch a preview value to the automation playlist:
„
Do one of the following:
• Press the Punch Preview Soft Key in the Actions Page.
– or –
• Hold Control (Win) or Command (Mac) and press the
flashing Off switch in the Automation Mode controls.
Capturing and Recalling Automation
You can capture the current automation values of actively
writing controls and store them as snapshots. On D-Control,
up to 48 snapshots can be stored and recalled. These stored
snapshots are saved with the Pro Tools session.
To display the automation playlist on-screen for a fader:
„ Hold Control+Start (Windows) or Command+Control
(Mac) and touch the fader.
Capturing Automation Values
Before you can store automation values as a snapshot preset,
they must be loaded into the Capture buffer.
To display the automation playlist on-screen for an encoder:
„ Hold Control+Start (Windows) or Command+Control
(Mac) and touch the encoder.
To capture automation values:
1 In the Channel Strip Function controls, press the Auto
switch on each channel whose automation values you want to
capture so that it is in a write-enabled state (Write, Touch,
Latch, Touch/Latch or Latch).
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2 In the Automation Enable controls, press the corresponding
switch to enable each automation type you want to capture
(Volume, Pan, Mute, Send level, Send pan, Send mute, or
Plug-in).
3 In the Management section, press the Snap key to display
the Capture commands in the Soft Keys section.
4 Start playback, and if necessary, touch a write-enabled con-
trol to start writing automation. The Capture switch in the
Soft Keys section lights to indicate that a capture is possible.
5 When the currently writing controls reach a value you want
to capture, press the Capture switch in the Soft Keys section.
The Punch Capture switch lights in the Soft Keys section
lights to indicate captured values are available to punch.
To recall a snapshot:
1 In the Management section, press the Snap key repeatedly
until the desired snapshot preset number appears. The bottom
four Soft Keys show four snapshot presets at a time (1–4, 5–8,
etc.).
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to the snapshot preset
you want to recall. The switch flashes to indicate that the preset is loaded into the Capture buffer, and available to punch.
To clear a stored snapshot:
„ Hold Control+Alt+Start (Windows) or Command+Option+Control (Mac) and press the Soft Key that corresponds to
the snapshot you want to clear.
Punching Recalled Automation Values
Storing and Recalling Captured Automation Values
After automation values are captured, the captured state can
be stored in any of 48 available snapshot presets. These can
then be recalled to the Capture buffer, where they are available to punch.
To punch a recalled snapshot:
1 Move to a location where you want to apply the captured
automation states. You can do this during playback or while
the transport is stopped.
2 Press the Punch Capture switch in the Soft Keys section to
To store a snapshot:
1 Capture the automation values you want to store. (See “Cap-
turing Automation Values” on page 133.)
apply the captured automation states. The captured states are
applied to all automation types that are currently enabled in
the Automation window.
2 In the Management section, press the Snap key repeatedly
until the desired snapshot preset number appears. The bottom
four Soft Keys show four snapshot presets at a time (1–4, 5–8,
etc.).
Joining Automation Values
3 Hold the Soft Key that corresponds to the preset you want
1 Make sure the controls you want to join are in a write-en-
save for more than one second.
abled state.
The automation values currently in the Capture buffer are
stored in the preset. Any previously saved preset is overwritten.
To name a snapshot:
To Join automation values:
2 Stop playback during an automation pass.
3 Start playback.
4 When you want to resume automation writing at the previous values, press the Join switch in the Automation area of the
Soft Keys section.
1 In the Management section, press the Snap key repeatedly
until the desired snapshot preset number appears.
AutoMatching Automation Values
2 Double-press the Soft Key that corresponds to the snapshot
you want to name.
To AutoMatch all currently writing controls:
3 Type the name of the snapshot and press the Soft Key that
1 Make sure the automation types you want to AutoMatch are
write-enabled.
corresponds to Enter.
2 Start playback.
3 When you reach a point in the session where you want to
return controls to their previously written values, press the
AutoMatch switch in the Automation area of the Soft Keys
section.
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AutoMatching Individual Controls
On D-Control, you can invoke AutoMatch on individual controls or control types on single channels.
To AutoMatch all controls of a type on a channel:
„ Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press any
of the following in the Channel Strip Mode controls for the
track whose controls you want to AutoMatch:
• Inserts
• Sends
• Pan
• Dyn
• EQ
To AutoMatch the volume fader on a channel:
„ Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Auto switch in the Channel Strip Function controls for the
channel.
To AutoMatch a pan control or the controls for an individual
insert or send on a channel:
1 Press the switch in the Channel Strip Mode controls to dis-
play the Pan controls or the top level of Inserts or Sends for
the channel.
2 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Rotary Encoder Select switch for the control you want to
AutoMatch:
• For Sends, the Send level, pan, and mute will AutoMatch.
• For Inserts, all automated controls will AutoMatch.
• For Pan, all pan sliders on the channel will AutoMatch.
To AutoMatch all controls for a plug-in displayed in the Dynamics
or EQ section:
„ Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Auto switch in the Dyn or EQ section of the console.
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Appendix A: Utility Mode
D-Control Utility mode lets you view system information, run
diagnostic tests, set hardware preferences, and reset system
settings.
2 Press and hold the Modifier Keys in the lower left of the
Fader Module in the following sequence: Shift + Alt/Command + Win/Option. The encoder Select switches in the bottom row flash to indicate Utility mode is active.
Entering Utility Mode
You can enter Utility mode at any time to change D-Control
settings. Utility mode can be accessed from the D-Control
Main Unit and also on individual D-Control Fader Modules.
2
1
Entering Utility Mode from a Main Unit
When putting a D-Control Main Unit into Utility mode, the
behavior of connected Fader Modules depends on whether or
not the units are online.
A D-Control unit is online if Pro Tools is running and the unit
is declared in the Peripherals page of the Setups dialog. A unit
is offline when Pro Tools is not running, or if it is not declared
on a system that is running Pro Tools.
To enter Utility mode from the Main Unit:
„ Press the Utility switch in the Session Management section.
The Utility switch and the Soft Keys flash to indicate Utility
mode is active.
• If the Main Unit is online, any Fader Modules declared
on the same Pro Tools system also enter Utility mode.
• If the Main Unit is offline, all offline Fader Modules on
the same Ethernet network enter Utility mode.
Entering Utility Mode on a Fader Module
You can put individual Fader Modules into Utility mode to
test them independently of other D-Control units.
To put an individual Fader Module into Utility mode:
1 If Pro Tools is running, do one of the following:
• Quit Pro Tools.
3
Fader Module Modifier Key sequence for Utility mode
Navigating Utility Mode
When the unit is in Utility mode, the Utility Setup Page is displayed on the Soft Key displays (Main Unit) or on the bottom
row of encoders (Fader Module).
The Utility Setup page has five top level options:
• System: System Info Page
• Name: Name Setup Page
• Test: Test Setup Page
• Reset: Reset D-Control to Defaults
• Pref: Preference Setup Page
To access an option on the Utility Setup Page:
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to the option.
To move back up to the Utility Setup Page:
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
– or –
• Choose Setups > Peripherals, click Ethernet Controllers,
and make sure the Fader Module is not declared.
Appendix A: Utility Mode 137
Exiting Utility Mode
To exit Utility mode, do one of the following:
„
Press the flashing Utility switch (Main Unit).
– or –
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
D-Control Name Page
The Name page is used to view and change D-Control unit
names. These names appear in the Pro Tools Peripherals dialog, and must be unique so as to identify each D-Control unit
correctly. This is especially important if your system is on an
Ethernet network with multiple controllers connected to it.
To display the Name page for a D-Control unit:
1 Put the unit you want to name into Utility mode. Fader
D-Control System Info Page
The System Info page provides access to the system firmware
version and Ethernet information.
Modules must be put into Utility mode independently. (See
“Entering Utility Mode on a Fader Module” on page 137.)
2 From the Utility Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Name.”
To display the System Info page:
From the Utility Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “System.”
„
To exit the System Info page:
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
„
The Main Unit name appears in the Soft Keys section. The
Fader Module name appears in its encoder displays. The first
character of the name flashes to indicate text entry.
To change the unit name:
1 Turn the Scrub/Shuttle wheel (Main Unit) or any encoder
knob (Fader Module) to change the selected text.
2 To move forward and backward through the name field,
Firmware Version
In the System Info page, hold the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to “FW
ver.” This shows the Comm board and Motor Control board
firmware versions.
press the flashing Soft Keys (Main Unit) or encoder Select
switches (Fader Module) that correspond to the “<” and “>”
symbols.
3 When you are finished entering text, do one of the follow-
ing:
Ethernet Info
• Confirm the new name by pressing the Soft Key (Main
Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that
corresponds to “OK.”
In the System Info page, hold the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Ethrnt” to display the following information:
• Clear the name field by pressing the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to “Clear.”
‹
Unit Name (as named on the Name Page)
‹
ID: Ethernet address (Machine Address Code) for the unit
‹
Num: The Digidesign serial number for the unit
‹ Type: The Ethernet packet type used by Digidesign for control surface communication
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• Cancel the new name by pressing the Soft Key (Main
Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that
corresponds to “Cancel.”
D-Control Test Pages
Internal
The Test pages let you test various mechanical and electronic
components of the unit.
The Internal test verifies the first stage of Ethernet communication by sending data packets through the unit’s Ethernet
link chip.
To display the Test Setup page:
To perform the Internal Ethernet test:
„ From the Utility Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Test.”
The Test Setup page has five top level test modes:
• Ethernet: Ethernet Test Page
1 From the Ethernet Test page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Clear” to clear any values in the unit’s test data page.
2 Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Intrnl.”
• LED: Switch and LED Test Pages
• Display: Display Test Page
• Fader: Fader Test Page
• Rotary: Rotary Encoder Test Page
To enter a test mode on the Test Setup page:
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to the test mode name.
To exit the Internal Ethernet test:
„ Press the flashing Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select
switch (Fader Module).
Mendec
The Mendec (Manchester Encoder/Decoder) test verifies the
second stage of Ethernet communication by sending data
packets through the unit’s Ethernet encoder and decoder.
To exit the Test Setup page:
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
„
Ethernet Test Page
There are three test levels for Ethernet communication on
D-Control: Internal, Mendec, and External. These tests can assist Digidesign Technical Support should you ever experience
difficulty with Ethernet communication between D-Control
and Pro Tools.
Each test sends data packets through that unit’s Ethernet system. The Transmit (Xmit) and Receive (Recv) values for each
test show the number of packets sent and received in the test,
and the “Error” and “Retry” fields show percentage error in
the transmission and receiving process. An error rate of 1 percent or less generally indicates acceptable performance. (In
normal operation, errors are retried and no data loss occurs.)
To perform the Mendec Ethernet test:
1 From the Ethernet Test page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Clear” to clear any values in the unit’s test data page.
2 Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Mendec.”
To exit the Mendec Ethernet test:
„ Press the flashing Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select
switch (Fader Module).
External
The External test verifies the third stage of Ethernet communication by sending data packets out of the unit’s external
Ethernet port and back into the unit using the Ethernet loopback connector (provided with the D-Control Main Unit).
To display the Ethernet Test page:
To perform the External Ethernet test:
1 Put the unit you want to test into Utility mode. Fader Mod-
1 If Pro Tools is running, quit Pro Tools.
ules must be put into Utility mode independently. (See “Entering Utility Mode on a Fader Module” on page 137.)
2 Disconnect the unit from the Ethernet network.
2 From the Test Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
3 Plug the Ethernet Loopback connector into the unit’s Ether-
net port.
encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Ethrnt.”
4 From the Ethernet Test page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
To exit the Ethernet Test page:
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Clear” to clear any values in the unit’s test data page.
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
5 Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Extrnl.”
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To exit the External Ethernet test:
To exit LED Test mode:
„ Press the flashing Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select
switch (Fader Module).
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
Switch and LED Test Page
Vegas Mode
The Switch and LED Test page has five modes:
Vegas mode randomly lights every switch, meter, and display
on the unit, and runs the faders in sine wave mode.
• Switch: Switch Test Mode
• Red: Red LED Test Mode
To enter Vegas mode:
• Yellow: Yellow LED Test Mode
• Green: Green LED Test Mode
• Vegas: Vegas Mode
To display the Switch and LED Test page:
„ From the Test Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“LED.”
To exit the Switch and LED Test page:
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
„
To enter any of the Switch and LED Test modes:
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to the mode name.
„
Switch Test Mode
„
Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Vegas.”
To exit Vegas mode:
„
Press any switch on the unit.
Display Test Page
The Display Test page has three modes:
• Text: Display Test
• Time Code: Time Code Display Test
• Meter: Meter Bridge LED Test
To display the Display Test page:
„ From the Test Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Disply.”
To exit the Display Test page:
Switch Test mode lets you test each switch on the unit individually.
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
To test any switch:
To enter any of the Display Test modes:
„
Press the switch you want to test.
The switch LED lights as long as it is held and the Soft Key display (Main Unit) or encoder displays (Fader Module) show the
location information for the switch.
To exit Switch Test mode:
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
LED Test Modes (Red, Yellow, Green)
The LED Test modes lets you test all red, yellow, and green
LEDs on the unit individually.
To test LEDs:
„ Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Red,” “Yellow,” or
“Green” to test all LEDs of the corresponding color.
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to the mode name.
Text (Display) Test
The Text test mode cycles through a series of display tests that
check all displays on the control surface.
To exit Text Test mode:
„ Press any flashing Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select
switch (Fader Module).
Meter Bridge LED Test
The Meter Bridge LED test cycles through a series of automated tests that check all LEDs on each meter.
To exit Meter Bridge LED Test mode:
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
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Time Code Display Test
Cycle Test Mode
(Main Unit Only)
In Cycle Test mode, faders move together, from the bottom to
top, in a continuous cycle, at a speed that is adjustable with
the Scrub/Shuttle wheel (Main Unit) or any encoder knob
(Fader Module).
The Time Code Display test cycles through a series of automated tests that check all LED segments on the Main Unit
Time Code display.
To exit Time Code Display Test mode:
„
Fader position values are shown in the channel displays and
are updated in real time as the faders move.
Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Escape.”
To exit Cycle Test mode:
Fader Test Page
The Fader Test page provides four test modes and a calibration
mode:
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
Group Test Mode
• Step: Fader Step Test Mode
• Cycle: Fader Cycle Test Mode
• Group: Fader Group Test Mode
• Touch: Fader Touch Test Mode
• Recal: Recalibrates Faders
To display the Fader Test page:
From the Test Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Fader.”
„
In Group Test mode, faders can be moved to test group response.
This mode displays which faders are currently being touched
by showing the letter “T” in their channel displays.
To exit Group Test mode:
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
Touch Test Mode
To exit the Fader Test page:
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
„
The Touch Test page lets you test the touch sensitivity of each
fader. The channel displays show when a fader is touched and
what frequency the fader is currently recognizing. The fader
frequency value is updated in real time.
To enter any of the Fader Test modes:
Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to the test name.
„
This mode displays which faders are currently being touched
by showing the letter “T” in their channel displays.
To exit Touch Test mode:
Step Test Mode
In Step Test mode, faders jump together, in stepped fashion, to
positions that are adjustable with the Scrub/Shuttle wheel
(Main Unit) or any encoder knob (Fader Module).
To exit Step Test mode:
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “Escape.”
Recal
The Recal command recalibrates D-Control fader touch sensitivity and position to factory specifications.
In addition, under conditions of heavy use, the D-Control
fader motor protection feature may disengage a fader if it is in
danger of overheating. The Recal command reengages any disengaged faders.
To recalibrate the faders:
„ From the Fader Test page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Recal.”
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Rotary Test Page
D-Control Preferences
The Rotary Test page lets you test the touch-sensitive encoder
knob and the LED ring in each rotary encoder, as well as the
Scrub/Shuttle wheel on the Main Unit.
D-Control Preferences let you set various display and operation preferences for the unit.
To enter Rotary Test mode:
To display the Preferences page:
From the Test Setup page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Rotary.”
„
To exit Rotary Test mode:
Press the Soft Key next to “Escape” (Main Unit) or the flashing encoder Select switch.
„
To test the rotary encoders:
Touch any encoder knob. When the encoder knob is
touched, the encoder’s display turns red and the “Auto” indicator LED below the knob lights.
‹
„ From the Utility Setup Page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Prefs.”
The D-Control Preferences page has five preferences:
• Bright: Display Brightness
• Contrast: Display Contrast
• Foot 1: Footswitch 1 Settings
• Foot 2: Footswitch 2 Settings
• Sleep: Sleep Mode Settings
To access a preference on the Preferences page:
‹
„ Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to the preference name.
To test the Scrub/Shuttle wheel:
Display Brightness Page
Turn any encoder knob. When the encoder knob is turned,
each LED in the LED ring lights in order.
„ Turn the Scrub/Shuttle wheel. The numerical value in the
lower left display of the Soft Key section value changes depending on which way you turn the wheel.
The Display Brightness page lets you adjust the brightness of
the display LEDs.
To set the display brightness:
Resetting D-Control to Factory
Defaults
The Reset (Factory Default) page lets you reset the D-Control
Main Unit and Fader Modules to their factory default settings.
To reset D-Control:
1 From the Utility Setup Page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit)
1 From the Preferences page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Bright.”
2 Turn the Scrub/Shuttle wheel (Main Unit) or any encoder
knob (Fader Module) to change the brightness value. Brightness values range from 0–127.
3 Do one of the following:
or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds
to “Reset.”
• Confirm the new brightness value by pressing the Soft
Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to “OK.”
2 Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch
– or –
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “OK.”
• Cancel the new brightness value by pressing the Soft Key
(Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module)
that corresponds to “Cancel.”
3 Do one of the following:
• Confirm your choice by pressing OK again.
– or –
• Cancel the reset operation by pressing the Soft Key (Main
Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that
corresponds to “Cancel.”
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Display Contrast Page
Footswitch 1 and 2 Settings Pages
The Display Contrast page lets you adjust the level of backlighting in the display LEDs.
(Main Unit Only)
To set the display contrast:
1 From the Preferences page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Contrast.”
The Footswitch Settings pages for Footswitch 1 and Footswitch 2 let you set the function for each. For each setting,
pressing the footswitch is the functional equivalent of pressing the corresponding switch on the D-Control Main Unit.
Each Footswitch Settings page has four options:
• Flip + / Flip – : Changes the polarity of the footswitch
connection to positive (+) or negative (–).
2 To adjust the overall contrast for all displays, press the Soft
Keys (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switches (Fader Module) that correspond to “>>” or “<<” to increase or decrease
the contrast value. Overall contrast values range from 0–9.
• Play: Simulates pressing the Play switch on the transport
• Record: Simulates pressing the Record switch on the
transport
3 To adjust the relative contrast for individual rows of dis-
• Talkback: Simulates pressing the Talkback switch on the
D-Control Main Unit
plays, turn the Flip encoder knobs (Main Unit) or any encoder
knobs in a given row (Fader Module). Individual contrast values are shown as “Step” numbers ranging from 0–62.
To set the function of the footswitches:
4 To cycle the displays through inverted text display, repeat-
1 From the Preferences page, press the Soft Key that corre-
edly press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select
switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to “Invert.”
sponds to “Foot 1” or “Foot 2.”
5 Do one of the following:
• Confirm the new contrast values by pressing the Soft Key
(Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module)
that corresponds to “OK.”
• Reset the contrast values to their defaults by pressing the
Soft Key (Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader
Module) that corresponds to “Reset.”
• Cancel the new contrast values by pressing the Soft Key
(Main Unit) or the encoder Select switch (Fader Module)
that corresponds to “Cancel.”
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to the function you want
to assign to the footswitch. The Soft Key for the selected function lights continuously.
„
Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Escape.”
Sleep Mode Settings Page
Sleep mode saves power by dimming the LEDs on the D-Control unit. The Sleep Mode Settings page lets you set the
amount of idle time before the LEDs on the unit dim automatically.
To set the time before the D-Control unit sleeps:
1 From the Preferences page, press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or
the encoder Select switch (Fader Module) that corresponds to
“Sleep.”
2 Turn the Scrub/Shuttle wheel (Main Unit) or any encoder
knob (Fader Module) to change the time before the unit goes
to sleep. Times range in 1-minute increments from 1 to 59
minutes, then in 1-hour increments from 1 to 12 hours, to Off
(the unit never goes to sleep).
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Appendix B: Audio Connections and Pinouts
All external D-Control audio connections are made to the back panel of the XMON interface, shown below. All audio connectors
are standard female DB-25 connectors. The connector for communication with D-Control is a 15-pin female connector.
Cue Inputs
Main Inputs
Cue Outputs
Main Outputs
Surround Inputs
Alt Outputs
Stereo Inputs
Talkback/Listenback/Utility
D-Control connector
XMON back panel connectors
25-Pin Female Connector Pinouts
All XMON DB-25 connector pinouts conform to the pin numbering scheme shown below.
13
1
25
14
Main Inputs
Main Inputs
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Main Input 1 (L)
24
12
25
Main Input 2 (Lc)
10
23
11
Main Input 3 (C)
21
9
22
Main Input 4 (Rc)
7
20
8
Main Input 5 (R)
18
6
19
Main Input 6 (Ls)
4
17
5
Main Input 7 (Rs)
15
3
16
Main Input 8 (LFE)
1
14
2
DB-25 Connector (user view)
Cue Inputs
Cue Inputs
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Cue Input 1 (Left)
24
12
25
Cue Input 1 (Right)
10
23
11
Cue Input 2 (Left)
21
9
22
Cue Input 2 (Right)
7
20
8
Cue Input 3 (Left)
18
6
19
Cue Input 3 (Right)
4
17
5
[Not Connected]
15
3
16
[Not Connected]
1
14
2
GND
13
SHIELD GND
connector housing
GND
13
SHIELD GND
connector housing
Known Issue with XMON REV A, B, C, and D With XMON REV
A–D, if you have any need to mix signals from Cue Outputs 1,
2, or 3 with other signals from Pro Tools or the XMON, swap
the Hot (+) and Cold (–) connections for either the Cue Inputs
or the Cue Outputs.
Known Issue with XMON REV E With XMON REV E, if you
have any need to mix signals from Cue Outputs 1, 2, or 3 with
other signals from Pro Tools or the XMON, swap the Hot (+)
and Cold (–) connections for both the Cue Inputs and the Cue
Outputs.
Appendix B: Audio Connections and Pinouts 145
Surround Inputs
Cue Outputs
Surround Inputs
Cue Outputs
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Surround Input 1 (L)
24
12
25
SLS Output (Left)
24
12
25
Surround Input 2 (Lc)
10
23
11
SLS Output (Right)
10
23
11
Surround Input 3 (C)
21
9
22
Cue Output 1 (Left)
21
9
22
Surround Input 4 (Rc)
7
20
8
Cue Output 1 (Right)
7
20
8
Surround Input 5 (R)
18
6
19
Cue Output 2 (Left)
18
6
19
Surround Input 6 (Ls)
4
17
5
Cue Output 2 (Right)
4
17
5
Surround Input 7 (Rs)
15
3
16
Cue Output 3 (Left)
15
3
16
Surround Input 8 (LFE)
1
14
2
Cue Output 3 (Right)
1
14
2
GND
13
GND
13
SHIELD GND
connector housing
SHIELD GND
connector housing
Stereo Inputs
Main Speaker Outputs
Stereo Inputs
Main Speaker Outputs
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Stereo Input 1 (Left)
24
12
25
Main 1 (L)
24
12
25
Stereo Input 1 (Right)
10
23
11
Main 2 (Lc)
10
23
11
Stereo Input 2 (Left)
21
9
22
Main 3 (C)
21
9
22
Stereo Input 2 (Right)
7
20
8
Main 4 (Rc)
7
20
8
Stereo Input 3 (Left)
18
6
19
Main 5 (R)
18
6
19
Stereo Input 3 (Right)
4
17
5
Main 6 (Ls)
4
17
5
Stereo Input 4 (Left)
15
3
16
Main 7 (Rs)
15
3
16
Stereo Input 4 (Right)
1
14
2
Main 8 (LFE)
1
14
2
GND
13
GND
13
SHIELD GND
connector housing
SHIELD GND
connector housing
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Alt Speaker Outputs
15-Pin Connector Pinouts
Alt Speaker Outputs
The XMON 15-pin connector pinouts conform to the pin
numbering scheme shown below.
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Alt 1 (L)
24
12
25
Alt 2 (Lc)
10
23
11
Alt 3 (C)
21
9
22
Alt 4 (Rc)
7
20
8
Alt 5 (R)
18
6
19
Alt 6 (Ls)
4
17
5
XMON to D-Control Connector Pinouts
Alt 7 (Rs)
15
3
16
XMON to D-Control Pinouts
Alt 8 (LFE)
1
14
2
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
GND
13
RS422 Input
1
9
SHIELD GND
connector housing
RS422 Output
2
10
(NC)
12
4
(NC)
11
3
Headphones L
5
13
Headphones R
6
14
Internal Talkback Mic
15
8
8
1
15
9
15-pin connector (user view)
Ground (shield)
Talkback/Listenback Pinouts
Talkback/Listenback
Signal Name
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Ground (shield)
Ext Talkback Mic
Input
24
12
25
Listen Mic 1 Input
10
23
11
GND
7
Listen Mic 2 Input
21
9
22
SHIELD GND
connector housing
AFL Input 1
20
7
8
AFL Input 2
6
18
19
Mini Speaker Out (L)
4
17
5
Mini Speaker Out (R)
15
3
16
Talkback/Slate Out
1
14
2
GND
13
SHIELD GND
connector housing
Appendix B: Audio Connections and Pinouts 147
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Index
Numerics
9-Pin Remote switch 88
A
Actions switch (automation) 100
After-Fader Listen (Monitor section) 112
All Enabled switch (automation) 60
All Notes Off switch 94
All switch (automation) 60
Alt outputs (Monitor section) 109
Arrow switches 91
Assign controls 57, 119, 120
Inputs 57
Inserts 57
Outputs 57
plug-ins 58
Sends 57
Assign Talkback switch 114
Attack control (Dynamics plug-ins) 73
Audio Files switch 103
Audition Mode switch 89
Audition switches 89
Audition Mode 89
Mark In 89
Mark Out 89
Post-Roll 89
Pre-Roll 89
Auto Insert/Punch switch 90
Auto Join switch 100
Auto Talkback switch 115
AutoMatch indicators 54
AutoMatch switch 100
AutoMatching automation 135
automation
AutoMatching 135
capturing 133, 134
enabling for plug-ins 70, 131
encoder mode indicator 48
plug-ins 56, 77, 83
punching 134
snapshots 134
Automation controls 100
Action 100
Auto Join 100
AutoMatch 100
Join 100
Modes 102
Prefs 102
Automation Enable controls 59
Inserts 59
Mute 59
Pan 59
Send Mute 60
Send Pan 59
Send Volume 59
Volume 59
Automation Mode controls 8, 66
Latch 66
Off 66
Read 66
Touch 66
Trim 66
Write 66
Automation Mode indicators 53
Automation Mode switches 53
Automation Safe mode 56, 122, 130
Automation Safe switch (plug-ins) 77
Automation Suspend switch 64
Automation switch (plug-ins) 77, 83
Automation Trim switch 53
Automation Write controls 60
Write to All 60
Write to All Enabled 60
Write to Current 60
Write to End 60
Write to Start 60
Auxiliary Input tracks 125
B
B/M/P (see Bypass/Mute/Pre)
Back and Play switch 89
Back switch 89
Bank Justification preference 40
Bank Select matrix 92
Bank Select switch 97
Bank Select switches 8
bank size (Custom Faders) 126
Bank/Cycle switch
and Custom Fader mode 65
Bank/Nudge switches 8, 92
banking (tracks) 8
Broadcast mode (Monitor section) 112
Bypass switch (plug-ins) 77, 84
Bypass/Mute/Pre switch 122
Bypass/Mute/Pre switches (rotary encoders) 49
Show Values 59
Switch Info 59
switch mode 59
Bypass/Spill switches (channel strips) 51
Index 149
C
calibration
faders 44
meters 44
output level indication 44
Calibration Mode switch 109
capturing automation 133, 134
channel display modes 52
Channel Select switches
for channel strips 52
for Monitor section 111
for plug-ins 75, 82
Channel Strip Function controls 52
Automation Mode 53
Automation Trim 53
Channel Select 52
display modes 52
Input Monitor Mode 52
Mute 52
Record Enable 52
Record Safe mode 52
Solo 52
Channel Strip Master Function controls 63
Automation Suspend 64
Display Mode 64
Escape 63
Mute Clear 64
Select/Focus 64
Solo Clear 64
Channel Strip Master section 8
Channel Strip Mode controls 50, 51
Bypass/Spill 51
Dynamics 50
EQ 50
Global Input 63
Input 50
Inserts 50
Mic Pre 50
Pan 50
Sends 51
channel strips 47
Channel Select switch 52
fader section 53
Focus Channel Strip 8, 47
master section 54
channels
focusing 52, 87, 121, 122
Inline Console mode 125
PRE controls 125
selecting 52
Clear Clip switch 94
clipping indication 51, 94, 116, 117
Compare switch (plug-ins) 77, 83
connections
audio 35, 145
alt 147
control room 36
cue system 37, 145, 146
headphone 37
main 145, 146
solo outputs 147
stereo inputs 146
surround inputs 146
talkback/listenback 147
Ethernet 9, 10, 33, 34, 39
footswitch 9, 34
power 33
USB 9, 34
XMON 9, 12, 35, 147
Console Preferences
Meter 98
Operation 99
User 98
Control Room Monitor system 108
Dim Level control 109
Input controls 108
Input Level Trim controls 108
Input Source Sum controls 108
Monitor Output Mode controls 109
Output Channel Select switches 111
Output controls 109
Output Level Trim controls 109
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Current switch (automation) 60
Custom Fader Bank Justification preference 42
Custom Fader Flip mode 65, 131
Custom Fader Hidden Tracks preference 42
Custom Fader Map modes 65, 131
and Custom Fader Plug-in mode 132
and Custom Groups mode 131
and Mix/Edit Groups mode 131
Custom Fader Mode indicators 54
Custom Fader modes 64, 125, 126
Custom Groups 64, 126
Expanded Plug-in view 130
Mix/Edit Groups 64, 128
Plug-in 65, 130
Tracks 65, 129
Custom Faders 8
bank size 126
banks 125
display 64
displaying plug-ins 65
locking plug-ins 65
plug-in view definitions 42, 130
preferences 41
Custom Groups mode (Custom Fader) 64, 126
Cycle switch (plug-ins) 77, 84
D
D-Control Units
declaring 39
naming 40
Dim function 113, 115
Dim Level control 109
Display Brightness 142
Display Contrast 143
Display Mode switch 64
Display preferences 43
Do To All switches 61, 62
Do To Selected switches 61, 62
Dynamics (plug-ins) 8, 67, 72
gain reduction display 71, 78
Dynamics plug-in controls
Attack 73
External Key 76
Filter Frequency 74
Filter In 74
Filter Q/Slope 74
Gain 74
Hold 74
Hysteresis 73
Key Listen 76
Knee 73
Notch/Shelf 74
Range 73
Ratio 73
Release 73
Threshold 74
Dynamics switches (channel strips) 50
E
Edit Controls
Edit Functions 96, 97
Edit Modes 97
Edit Tools 97
Edit controls 96
Edit Function switches 96, 97, 105
Edit Mode switches 104
Edit window
navigation 8, 91
playback of selections 86
Edit/Timeline switch 104
Enable Parameters switch 56
Encoder Order preference 41
Encoder Select switches 48
End (Start/End/Length) switch 104
End switch (automation) 60
EQ (plug-ins) 8, 67, 79
EQ Band Pass controls (plug-ins) 81
EQ plug-in controls
Band Pass 81
High Shelf/Peak 80
High-Pass 80
Low Shelf/Peak 80
Low-Pass 80
EQ switches (channel strips) 50
Escape switch 63
Ethernet 9, 10, 33, 34, 39
expansion options 4
Explode switch 105
External Key switch (Dynamics plug-ins) 76
External Machine Online switches 90
External Machines switches 90
Auto Insert/Punch 90
Insert/Assemble 90
Machine Insert 90
Track Arm from Channel Strips 90
F
Fader Module
back panel overview 10
components 3
top panel overview 10
Utility mode 137
faders 53
calibration 44
Faders On/Off preference 40
Filter Frequency controls (Dynamics plug-ins) 74
Filter In switches (Dynamics plug-ins) 74
Filter Q /Slope controls (Dynamics plug-ins) 74
Flip mode 54, 123, 124
Flip switch (Custom Fader mode) 65
Flip switches 54
Flop mode 55, 123
Focus Channel Strip 8, 47
Focus mode (Channel Select switch) 52
focusing
channels 52, 87, 105, 121, 122
plug-ins 68, 122
footswitch 9, 34
Footswitch settings 143
Forward and Play 89
I
Inline Console mode 125
Input controls (Monitor section) 108
Input Level Trim controls (Monitor section) 108
Input Monitor Mode switches 52
Input Source Sum controls (Monitor section) 108
Input switches 50
inputs
assigning 119, 120
making inactive 121
inputs (Monitor section)
main 108
selecting 108
stereo 108
summing 108
surround 108
trimming 108
Insert/Assemble switch 90
inserts
assigning 119, 120, 124
making inactive 121
Inserts switch (automation) 59
Inserts switches 50
Instant Playback switch 90
Instrument tracks 47, 48, 49, 54, 58
J
Join switch 100
K
Key Listen switch (Dynamics plug-ins) 76
keyboard
reconfiguring for Windows 30
keyboard modifiers 54
Knee/Hysteresis control (Dynamics plug-ins) 73
G
L
Gain controls (plug-ins) 78, 84
Gain/Hold control (Dynamics plug-ins) 74
Global Channel Strip Mode controls 63
Dynamics 63
EQ 63
Inserts 63
Mic Pre 63
Page 63
Pan 63
Sends 63
Global controls 61
Do To All 61
Do To Selected 61
Set To Default 62
Suspend Groups 62
Global Input switch 63
Go To End switch 89
Go To Start switch 89
Go To switch 105
Group Status indicators 53
Group switch 95
groups
activating 128
creating 128
deleting 128
editing 128
Latch switch (automation) 66
latching
solos 52
transport controls 86
Length (Start/End/Length) switch 104
levels
inputs (Monitor section) 108
output channels (Monitor section) 111
outputs (Monitor section) 109
Solo modes (Monitor section) 112
Link Edit and Timeline switch 104
Listen system 115
Mic Level control 115
Mic Select switches 115
listenback
connections 147
Locate switches 89
Back 89
Back and Play 89
Forward and Play 89
Go To End 89
Go To Start 89
Instant Playback 90
location display 116
Lock switch (Custom Fader Plug-In mode) 65
Lock switch (plug-ins) 77, 83
Loop Playback switch 88
Low Shelf/Peak controls (EQ plug-ins) 80
Low-Pass controls (EQ plug-ins) 80
H
Headphone/Cue system 113
Input controls 114
Output controls 113
High Shelf/Peak controls (EQ plug-ins) 80
High-Pass controls (EQ plug-ins) 80
Index 151
M
Machine Insert switch 90
MachineControl
and transport controls 85
Main and Sub Counter switches 104
Main inputs (Monitor section) 108
Main outputs (Monitor section) 109
Main Unit
back panel overview 9
components 3
top panel overview 7
Utility mode 137
Make Inactive controls 55, 121
Inputs 56
Inserts 56
Outputs 56
Sends 56
Management controls 95
Map switch (Custom Fader mode) 65
Mark In switch 89
Mark Out switch 89
Master Input Monitor Mode switch 88
Master Link switch (plug-ins) 75, 82
Master Record Enable switch 88
Master Record Mode switches 88
Master Input Monitor Mode switch 88
Master Record Enable switch 88
Maximum Custom Fader Bank Size preference 41
Memory Location switch 97
meter displays (Fader Module) 117
meter displays (Main Unit) 116
Meter preferences
Preferences (D-Control)
Meters 43
Meter switch 98
meters 8
calibration 44
plug-ins 78
reference levels 117
Mic Pre switches 50
MIDI controls 49
MIDI switch 97
Mini (stereo) outputs (Monitor section) 109
Miscellaneous controls 8, 104
Mix/Edit Groups mode (Custom Fader) 64, 128, 129
Modes switch (automation) 102
modifier switches 54
Monitor Output Mode controls 109
Calibration switch 109
Dim switch 110
Mono switch 110
Mute switch 110
Monitor section 107
Control Room Monitoring controls 108
displays 110
Headphone/Cue controls 113
Talkback/Listen controls 114
monitoring 8, 107, 108
Mono switch 110
Mute Clear switch 64
Mute switch (automation) 59
Mute switch (Monitor section) 110
Mute switches (channel strips) 52
N
Navigate Mode switch 91
navigation controls 8, 91
Notch/Shelf switches (Dynamics plug-ins) 74
nudging (tracks) 8
O
Off switch (automation) 66
opening sessions 103
Operation switch 99
Output Channel Select switches (Monitor section)
Mute 111
Solo 111
Output Channel Trim mode (Monitor section) 111
Output controls (Monitor section) 109
Output Level Trim controls (Monitor section) 109
outputs
assigning 119
making inactive 121
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outputs (Monitor section)
Alt 109
calibrating 109
channels 111
main 109
Mini (stereo) 109
selecting 109
trimming 109, 111
P
Page switch (plug-ins) 76
Page switches (channel strips) 50
Pan on Lower Encoder preference 41
Pan switch (automation) 59
Pan switches 50
pinout diagrams 145
Playlist switch 96
Plug-in Automation controls 56
plug-in controls
Dynamics 8, 67, 72
EQ 8, 67, 79
Gain 78, 84
Plug-in mode (Custom Fader) 65, 130
plug-ins 8, 67, 72, 79
assigning 67
Automation Safe 56, 130
Automation Safe switch 77
Automation switch 77, 83
Bypass switch 77, 84
bypassing 77, 84, 123, 130
changing settings 69
Channel Select switches 75, 82
Compare switch 77, 83, 130
copying settings 70
Custom Fader mode 130
Cycle switch 77, 84
Dynamics 72, 122
Dynamics gain reduction 71
enabling automation 56, 70, 131
EQ 79, 122
focusing 68, 122, 130
Lock switch 77, 83
making inactive 69, 123
Master Link switch 75, 82
meters 78
multichannel 67, 75, 82
multi-mono 67, 75, 82, 131
multiple plug-in windows 69
opening plug-in windows 68, 77, 84
Page switch 76
Safe switch 84
Save As switch 76, 83
Select/Link/Bypass Mode switch 75, 82
targeting 69
Window switch 77, 84
Post-Roll switch 89
PRE controls
tracks
PRE controls 125
Pre-Fader Listen (Monitor section) 112
Preferences (D-Control) 40, 142
Bank Justification 40
Custom Fader Bank Justification 42
Custom Fader Hidden Tracks 42
Custom Faders 41
Display 43
Display Brightness 142
Display Contrast 143
Encoder Order 41
Faders On/Off 40
Footswitch settings 143
Maximum Custom Fader Bank Size 41
Pan on Lower Encoder 41
Rotary Encoder Velocity mode 41
Select Switch Latch mode 41
Sleep Mode settings 143
Touch Value 40
Prefs switch (automation) 102
Pre-Roll switch 89
Pro Tools Online switch 88
Publish switch 94
Punch Capture command 134
punching automation 134
Q
QuickPunch switch 88
QWERTY Disable switch 94
R
Ratio/Range control (Dynamics plug-ins) 73
Read switch (automation) 66
Record Enable switches 52
Record Safe mode 52
Redo switch 94
reference level preference (meters) 117
Release Control (Dynamics plug-ins) 73
requirements
connections 4, 33, 35, 145
operational 4
system 4
resetting D-Control units (Utility mode) 142
Rotary Encoder Velocity mode 41
rotary encoders 47, 48, 49
automation mode indicator 48
Bypass/Mute/Pre Switch mode 59
display color 48
S
Safe switch (plug-ins) 84
Save As switch (plug-in settings) 76, 83
Save switch (sessions) 94
saving settings 76, 83
scrolling
Scrub/Shuttle wheel 86
Scrub switch 87
Scrub/Shuttle controls 86
Scrub switch 87
Scrub/Shuttle wheel 86
Shuttle switch 88
Trim switch 87
Scrub/Shuttle wheel 86
moving windows 87
nudging tracks 87
scrolling 86
scrubbing 87
selecting 86
zooming 87
scrubbing
Scrub/Shuttle wheel 87
Select mode (Channel Select switch) 52
Select Switch Latch mode 41
Select/Focus switch 64
Select/Link/Bypass Mode switch (plug-ins) 75, 82
Select/MIDI controls 97
Bank Select 97
Memory Location 97
MIDI 97
selecting
Scrub/Shuttle wheel 86
selections
playback from transport controls 86
setting Start/End/Length 104
Send Mute switch (automation) 60
Send Pan mode 51
Send Pan switch (automation) 59
Send Volume switch (automation) 59
sends
assigning 119, 120, 124
Automation Safe 56
clipping indication 51
making inactive 121
muting 123
setting pre- or post-fader 123
Sends switches 51
Session Management switches 8, 94
All Notes Off 94
Clear Clip 94
Publish 94
QWERTY Disable 94
Redo 94
Save 94
Undo 94
Utility 94
sessions
opening 103
saving 94
Set to Default switch 62
Show Values switch 59
Show/Hide switch 103
Shuttle switch 88
slave tracks 49
Sleep Mode settings 143
Snap switch 95
snapshots 134
Soft Keys 8, 95
Automation controls 100
Edit controls 96
Management controls 95
Select/MIDI controls 97
solo
focusing tracks 122
latching 52
output connections 147
Solo Clear switch 64
Solo In Place (Monitor section) 112
Solo Latch options (Monitor section) 112
Solo Mode controls (Monitor section)
After-Fader Listen 112
Broadcast 112
Pre-Fader Listen 112
Solo in Place 112
Solo Safe mode 52
Solo switches 52
Solo/Mute switch (Monitor section) 111
specifications
mechanical 5
stand
assembly 19, 20, 21
components 3, 16
finishing 25, 26
hardware 17
installing D-Control units 22, 23, 24
leveling 18
Start (Start/End/Length) switch 104
Start switch (automation) 60
Stereo inputs (Monitor section) 108
Sum mode (Monitor section) 108
Surround inputs (Monitor section) 108
Suspend Groups switch 62
Switch Info switch 59
System Info (Utility mode) 138
Index 153
T
V
talkback
Assign switch 114
connections 147
Dim function 113, 115
External level control 114
Level control (built-in) 114
microphone (built-in) 116
Talkback switches 8, 66, 115
Auto Talkback switch 115
Talkback/Listen system 114
targeting plug-ins 69
Test pages (Utility mode) 139
Threshold control (Dynamics plug-ins) 74
time scale display 8, 116
time scale display format indicator 116
Touch switch (automation) 66
Touch Value preference 40
Track Arm from Channel Strips switch 90
Track Size switches 105
Track switch 96
trackball
moving or replacing 31
TrackPunch switch 88
tracks
Automation Safe 56
focusing 52, 87, 121, 122
Inline Console mode 125
making inactive 121
nudging 87
selecting 52, 121
Tracks mode (Custom Fader) 65, 129
transport controls 8, 85
latching behavior 86
Transport Mode switches 88
9-pin Remote 88
Loop Playback 88
Pro Tools Online 88
QuickPunch 88
TrackPunch 88
Trim mode (Monitor section) 111
Trim switch (automation) 66
Trim switch (Scrub/Shuttle controls) 87
VCA Master tracks 47, 48, 49, 51, 129
video display 8, 27
view definitions 42, 130
Volume switch (automation) 59
U
Undo switch 94
Unit Name (Utility mode) 138
User switch 98
Utility mode 94, 137
Reset Unit 142
System Info 138
Test pages 139
Unit Name 138
Utility switch (Utility mode) 94
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W
Window Management switches 8, 93
Window switch (Custom Fader Plug-In mode) 65
Window switch (plug-ins) 77, 84
windows
moving 87
opening 93, 96
Write switch (automation) 66
Write to All (automation) 60
Write to All Enabled (automation) 60
Write to Current (automation) 60
Write to End (automation) 60
Write to Start (automation) 60
X
XMON 145
back panel overview 12
components 3
connections 9, 12, 35, 147
front panel overview 11
Z
Zoom Mode switch 91
Zoom Preset switches 91
Zoom Toggle 105
Zoom/Navigate section 91
Arrow switches 91
Navigate Mode switch 91
Zoom Mode switch 91
Zoom Preset switches 91
zooming
Scrub/Shuttle wheel 87
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