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Contents
License agreement
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Setup
System Requirements
SDX100 Installation
Entering the Password
Accessing the SDX100 from Soundscape
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Introduction
About DRAWMER
About the SDX100 Plug-in
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Using the SDX100
Front panel overview
Input
Expander
Noose Gate
Compressor
Limiter
Output
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Patches
Loading a Patch
Saving a patch
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Troubleshooting
Contact Details
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Setup
Setup
System Requirements
In order to run the Drawmer SDX100 the minimum system requirements are:
• Any compatible Soundscape system such as
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R.Ed / SSHDR1-Plus DAWs or Mixtreme /
Mixpander PCI cards.
IBM PC-AT or compatible (Pentium or AMD
processor)
16MB RAM minimum
Windows 95/98/ME,NT4/2000
SVGA colour monitor 800x600 resolution
Optional extras include: MIDI card for
interfacing with sequencers or remote
controllers, RS422 card or Com port converter
for interfacing with VTR's, Tape Machines or
other RS422 devices, and/or Video Capture
card (contact your Soundscape supplier for
details).
uses low-cost ATA (IDE) hard
• Soundscape
drives and stores all audio files as linear (un-
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compressed) data - 10GB gives 31hrs 29min
total at 16 bit, 44.1kHz or 9hrs 38min at 24
bit, 96kHz. EIDE (enhanced) or Ultra-DMA
disks are not essential, but using a fast
modern drive is advisable.
The Drawmer SDX100 plug-in CD-Rom
Note:
The examples shown within this manual refer
to the Mixtreme application - for R.Ed or
SSHDR1 please consult the user manual - or
alternatively contact Soundscape.
SDX100 Installation
The Drawmer SDX100 plug-in requires that the Soundscape Mixtreme/Mixpander or R.Ed/SSHDR1Plus operating software has been successfully installed and is working properly.
Installing from the CDRom
1. Insert the CDRom into your CDRom drive.
From the Taskbar, click on Start and select
Run.. Select Browse and go to the Drawmer
folder on the CDRom.
2. Double click on setup.exe. It is strongly
recommended that you use the default folders
for program files and user files (C:\Program
Files\Soundscape and C:\Soundscape).
3. Note: Using the default paths and folders is
important, as in the event that you need
Soundscape technical support, it’s easier if
all files are installed where we expect.
4. Click on Start, and files will be copied onto
your hard disk.
Installing from the ‘DrawmerSDX100.exe’ File
1. If you are installing from the packed
‘DrawmerSDX100.exe’ file which you have
downloaded from the Soundscape web site
(www.soundscape-digital.com), first copy
DrawmerSDX100.exe into a temporary folder
(e.g. c:\temp) and run it using Run from the
Taskbar or by doubleclicking on the file in
Explorer. Answer Yes to any questions about
overwriting or extracting files and a number of
files will be extracted into the temporary folder.
2. From the Taskbar, click on Start and select
Run.. Select the temporary folder where you
extracted the file.
3. Double click on setup.exe. It is strongly
recommended that you use the default folders
for program files and user files (C:\Program
Files\Soundscape and C:\Soundscape).
Note: Using the default paths and folders is
important, as in the event that you need
Soundscape technical support, it’s easier if
all files are installed where we expect.
4. Click on Start, and files will be copied onto
your hard disk.
Setup
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Entering the Password
Before using the SDX100 plug-in a
password input is required. To enter
any password within the Soundscape
operating system go to the drop
down menu ‘Options/Passwords’ for
Mixtreme or the Options/Optional
Modules window menu for the
SSEditor. This will open up the
following screen :
Enter the password that corresponds with the
DrawmerSDX100 entry - The password can be
found within the purchased package.
Accessing the Drawmer SDX100 from within Soundscape
To use the Drawmer SDX100 plug-in, a mixer
must first be created from within the Soundscape
environment.
To do this select the Create tool, enter mixer
Edit mode and click in a free space in the mixer
channel.
click here to display
the plug-in list
A drop down menu will open listing all of the
available plug-ins on your system.
Looking at the SDX100 section you will find six
entries: Expander (mono), Expander (stereo),
Noise Gate (mono), Noise Gate (Stereo), Noise
Gate (mono + ext trig) and Noise Gate (stereo +
ext trig).
Upon returning to the mixer channel come out of edit
mode then...
...double-click on SDX100 caption bar to open the
main plug-in window.
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Introduction
Introduction
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About Drawmer
The name Drawmer is synonymous with professional signal processing in recording studio, broadcast
and live sound reinforcement environments. The company which is based in Yorkshire, England was
founded by Ivor Drawmer whose passion was designing audio circuits.
Products that have been developed by Drawmer include the revolutionary DS201, the world’s first ‘frequency
conscious’ noise gate, as well as the 1960 Mic Pre-Amp/Vacuum Tube Compressor, the DL241 Auto
Compressor and more recently the highly rated Masterflow DC2476 Digital Mastering Processor.
In 1999 the influential contribution of Ivor Drawmer to pro-audio design over the last 20 years was recognised
by the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Studios). The Association presented him with a
coveted Award for Lifetime Technical Achievement to the Audio Industry.
Drawmer SDX100 Plug-in for Soundscape
SDX100 - Frequency Conscious Gating, Expansion, Compression and Limiting.
Acknowledged as master of the analogue dynamics processor, Drawmer now brings its expertise in
noise gates, expanders and compressor/limiters to Soundscape platforms.
Main Features
• Left and Right input levels.
• Linear Input (-32dB to 0dB) and Output (-62dB
to 0dB) VU meters.
• Knobs for quick parameter control. All
thresholds and levels are in linear dBs, but
other controls are scaled to a user friendly
law which minimizes ‘fine tuning’ and allows
a wide range of operation.
• Triggering. Click on to toggle selection of
trigger sources. In Stereo mode, the gate can
trigger from either the Left or Right channels,
a mono signal generated Left + Right Envelope
Controls, as well as external trigger sources.
• Control the speed at which the Gate opens
and closes.
• Compressor/Limiter incorporating “Bootstrap”
control.
• Noise Gate. Operates like an audio switch,
and is particularly suited to percussive signals,
where it can shape the envelope to create a
crisp, well defined signal.
• Gate/Duck switch. When Duck is selected,
the operation is reversed, so that when the
signal is above threshold, the output is
attenuated. Below Threshold, the signal
passes un-attenuated.
• Expander.
The SDX100 provides either a Noise Gate or
Expander. Use the Noise Gate to shape the
envelopes of percussive signals, such as drums.
For vocals or other expressive signals, the
Expander may be better suited to the task, since
it can track the signal levels instead of simply
switching on and off.
Using the SDX100
Using the SDX100
Front Panel Overview
The easiest way to navigate the SDX100 is to imagine it in five sections
Input
Compressor/Limiter
Noise Gate
Input
Input Meters 0 to -31dB
The Input Meters, located on the left of the GUI,
represents the incoming signal from Soundscape
and is displayed by 32 led bar meters. A range
of 0 to -31dB is shown as well as input overload
leds.
Input Gain Sliders -7dB to +18dB
The input Gain Sliders directly correspond with
the Input Meters above. The sliders range from 7dB to +18dB with the level shown in text
between the sliders and the meters. Set the input
gain so that the meters only hit 0dB on rare
excessive signal peaks.
+ and - Nudge Buttons
Use the + button to increase the level of the
input gain by 0.25dB per press, and the - button
to decrease it.
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Output
Expander
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Expander
Using the SDX100
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Expanders are generally used to remove unwanted noise during what should be passages of silence, by
attenuating the signal below the threshold. In addition they are a means of ‘undoing’ gain at very low
levels due to compression, where the noise floor is pulled up to an unacceptably high level. The expander
on the SDX100 is excellent for use on vocal tracks as it has a separate attack and release to smoothly
gate the start and ending of words.
Threshold 0.0 to -50.0 dB
Sets the level below which the expander is active.
The meter to the right clearly shows the threshold
level in response to the actual signal.
Ratio 1:1 to 100:1
Ratio determines the amount of expansion to
be used.
Range -50.0 to 0.0dB
When the expander is closed Range is used to
remove signals entirely or to attenuate signals
that are too loud. This can be used to prevent
excessive expander activity and improve
transparency.
G.R. Meter 0.0 to -50dB
Bypass
Enables the expander. When pressed in the
signal is passed directly to the compressor
without alteration.
Attack 200uS to 100mS.
Controls the speed that the expander responds
to signals that exceed the level set by threshold.
Release 50.0mS to 5.0S.
Sets the time taken for the signal to return to
normal after expansion. Percussive instruments
should have a fast release, slower signals require
a longer release.
Quick Start
The fastest parameter setup can be obtained by
using the factory presets. (See “Patches”)
Alternatively, setting of controls can be done very
quickly using the following suggestions:
• Bypass the Compressor.
• Select the desired amount of reduction using
Range.
• From the programme material, decide at
what speed to set the Attack and Release
controls. For programme with long legato
release, then Release will also need to be
long. Eg. Piano with reverb. For material with
much low frequency content, then the Attack
will need to be quite slow.
• From the programme material, decide how
severe expansion is going to be. We suggest
no more than 2.5:1 for vocals, more for dynamic
full mix material.
• Using the vertical VU meter and the Expander
Gain Reduction (GR) meter, rotate the
Threshold until some GR activity can be seen.
As a rule, the Threshold will need to be about
6dB to 10dB below the average input level to
both see and hear much change.
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Noise Gate
A noise gate is effectively a switch used to mute signals below a set threshold level. It can be used to
suppress background noise and hiss from valve (tube) amps, microphones and effects pedals. It can
also be used to make the sound much more crisp and punchy.
Key:
Key Listen
When pressed the effect of the high and low key
filters is heard at the output - used to “tune in” to
the signal.
Key Source
Sets the noise gate source between left and/or
right channels, or, when selected, an external
channel - making it possible to trigger one sound
according to the dynamics of another
independent signal.
Noise Gate:
Threshold 0.0 to -50.0dB
Sets the level below which gating starts to take
place. The meter to the right clearly shows the
threshold level in response to the actual signal.
Attack 100uS to 1.0 Second
Controls the speed that the gate opens. The
fastest Attack time ensures that the gate does
not clip the leading edge of extremely fast signals.
Hold 5.0mS to 5.0 Seconds.
Determines the amount of time the gate is held
open after the signal falls below the Threshold
setting.
Decay 5.0mS to 5.0 Seconds.
Once the signal has fallen below the Threshold
and the Hold time has expired Decay determines
the rate at which the gate closes.
Quick Start
The fastest parameter setup can be obtained by
using the factory presets. (See “Patches”)
Alternatively, setting of controls can be done very
quickly using the following suggestions:
• Bypass the Compressor.
• Select the Key trigger source.
• Select Key Listen, and trim down to the desired
frequency for triggering the Gate using the HF
and LF Key filters.
• Select the desired amount of reduction using
Range. Normally fully counter clockwise.
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Key Filter
Signals below the L.F. (low frequency) filter
(44.2Hz to 4.0kHz) and above the H.F. (high
frequency) filter (125Hz to 22.6kHz) are severely
attenuated. The range between the Low and High
key filter settings is allowed to pass through to
output.
Range -100 to 0.0 dB
When the gate is closed Range is used to remove
signal entirely or to attenuate signals that are
too loud.
Traffic Light Meter
A three led meter is used to show the operation
of the gate. When the red led is lit the gate is
closed, when green the gate is open and when
yellow shows the that the gate is closing after
the signal has dropped below the threshold value
(as set by Hold).
Gate/Duck Button
Toggles between normal gating and ducking. The
most common use for Duck is for ‘voice over’
applications but can also be used in the removal
of ‘clicks’ and ‘pops’ to a signal.
Bypass
Enables the gate.
• Set the Attack, Hold. Decay and Range
controls. For a programme with long legato
release, then Release will also need to be long.
Eg. Piano with reverb. For material with much
low frequency content, the Attack will need to
be quite slow, unless a ‘click’ is desired.
• Using the vertical VU meter and the Traffic Light
LED display, rotate the Threshold until some
gating activity can be seen. As a rule, the
Threshold will need to be about 3dB below the
average input level to both see and hear the
dynamic processing.
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Compressor
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A compressor attenuates high levels, thus effectively reducing the dynamic range, making it possible to
fit a large signal into a smaller space and also much easier to control signals and set appropriate fader
levels. Reducing the dynamic range also means that recording levels can be set higher, therefore improving
the signal-to-noise performance.
Threshold 0.0 to -50.0dB.
Controls the level below which compression
starts to take place.
Ratio 1:1 to 20:1
Ratio determines the amount of compression to
be used.
Knee Button 3,6,12 and 24dB
A softer knee (3dB) provides the least obtrusive
control.
Attack 500uS to 2.0S.
Controls the speed that the compressor responds
to signals that exceed the level set by threshold.
Release 50.0mS to 2.0S.
Sets the time taken for the signal to return to
normal after the input level has fallen below
threshold.
Gain -5.0 to +20.0dB (Normal mode)
During compression the signal is attenuated,
gain may be required to produce the desired
output level. Only apply gain until the limiter
operates on signal peaks.
Bootstrap Button
Gain range alters: -12.5 to +12.5dB
The purpose of the Bootstrap Compressor is to
pull signals up towards digital full scale. This
combined with Program Adaptive algorithms
provides punch, enhances spectral detail and
delivers well controlled power.
G.R. Meter 0.0 to -30dB
Bypass
Enables the compressor. When pressed in the
signal is passed directly to the limiter without
alteration.
Auto
When selected, Auto disables the Attack and
Release controls and continually optimises the
attack and release times to suit the dynamics
of the material being processed. In general, this
setting will produce the least obtrusive level
control on signals with widely varying dynamics
or complete mixes.
Quick Start
The fastest parameter setup can be obtained
by using the factory presets. (See “Patches”)
Alternatively, setting of controls can be done
very quickly using the following suggestions:
• From the programme material, decide how
severe compression is going to be. We
suggest less than 2.5:1 for vocals, even less
for full mixes, and more for dynamic single
tracks.
• Bypass the Gate or Expander.
• Select Auto Attack & release
• Select Auto Gain Make-up
• Ensure the Limiter control is fully clockwise.
• Using the vertical VU meter and the
Compressor Gain Reduction (GR) meter,
rotate the Threshold until some GR activity
can be seen. As a rule, the Threshold will
need to be about 6dB to 10dB below the
average input level to both see, and hear,
much change.
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Limiter
Limiting is an extreme form of compression, where the output signal is sharply attenuated so that it
cannot exceed a particular level. A further feature of the SDX100 is a peak limiter which allows the user
to set an absolute output signal level that will not be exceeded. If the peak limiter threshold is exceeded
for more than a few milliseconds, additional gain reduction will be applied to reduce the overall signal
level to within accepted limits without distortion. Once the peak has passed, the system gain will return
to normal over the period of about one second. This facility is extremely valuable both in live sound
applications, for driver protection, and in digital recording where an absolute maximum recording level
exists. Furthermore, when overdriven, it can be used creatively to produce deliberate level pumping
effects.
Release Button Fast, Mid 1, Mid2, Mid 3, Slow
Sets the length of time for the signal to return to
normal after the limiter has been active.
Threshold -20.0 to 0.0dB
Sets an absolute limit to the level that the output
signal will not be permitted to exceed. This limiter
is very fast acting enabling it to control any
peaks without audible distortion.
The compressor Gain control should be used to
ensure that the peak limiter operates only rarely
if at all, if it is to be used purely for peak
protection. Alternatively, it may be deliberately
driven into limiting to produce creative effects.
TIP: The pointer to the left of the output meters
can be dragged vertically to set the maximum
output level.
Output
Output Meters 0 to -63dB
The Output Meters, located on the right of the
GUI, represents the outgoing signal from SDX100
and is displayed by 64 led bar meters. A range
of 0 to -63dB is shown.
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G.R. Meter 0.0 to -16dB
Note: Bypass
The limiter is only ever bypassed when the main
plug-in bypass is in operation.
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Patches
Patches
The parameters of the SDX100 plug-in can be
stored and retrieved by accessing the Load/Save
mixer element buttons.
Note: With all dynamic sources, the levels and
contents will vary when comparing track to track.
Save and Load will assist in getting parameter
settings close to something usable, but Threshold
settings will often need adjustment once loaded.
Attack and Release will often also need some slight
modification.
Loading a Patch
To retreive previosly saved paramter settings
click on the load button. A pop-up window
will appear showing the available patches in
the DrwmSdx100 folder. Select the required
patch and click the open button.
Note: Only files with the .drsdx extension
will work correctly with the SDX100 plug-in.
Saving a Patch
To save parameter settings that you wish to
retreive later, click on the save button. A popup window will appear showing the current
files in the DrwmSdx100 folder. Type in the
required parameter name (256 characters
available), and click the save button.
Note: Files will be given a .drsdx extension.
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Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
General
Because all pc’s are different, with differing hardware and software, sometimes you may have trouble getting
your SDX100 plug-in to work properly. If this is the case the following suggestions may alleviate the problem.
Check the plug-ins menu and password entry lists to see if the SDX100 has been detected by Soundscape.
If not, try uninstalling the plug-in - go to the Windows control panel and double-click on ‘Add Remove
Programs’, select the SDX100 programme and uninstall it. Next, re-boot the system, and re-install the
SDX100 software (see ‘Setup’ chapter).
The SDX100 library file DrwmSdx100.dll should be located in the plug-ins folder of the Soundscape
software, by default C:Program Files\Soundscape\MixElem\V102 (for Mixtreme), if not then the SDX100
software will not have been installed properly.
It may be that the password has not been entered correctly, an error message ‘Invalid Optional Password’ will appear - check that the password is correct (‘Entering the Password’).
Contact Details
If, for some reason, you cannot get the software to work try contacting Soundscape technical support:
USA Support
mbp-support@mackie.com
1-800-258-6883
Global Support
mbpglobal-support@mackie.com
(+44) 1268-570808
alternatively, Soundscape provide support on their website that can cover a wide range problems in easy
to use FAQ files. Find these at http://www.soundscape-digital.com\Support.
If you would like more information about this or other Soundscape products contact :
USA Sales
mbp-sales@mackie.com
(+1) 215-468-0896
Global Sales
mbpglobal-sales@mackie.com
(+44) 1268-570808
If you would like further information about any of the Drawmer range of Noise Gates, Compressors,
Distribution amplifiers, Micrphone Pre-Amplifiers etc. then visit the Drawmer website:
www.drawmer.com
or contact sales@drawmer.com
operator’s manual
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