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Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to Studio Monitor Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
System Requirements and Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
About This Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
About www.avid.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Chapter 2. Installing Studio Monitor Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Installing SME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Removing SME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Chapter 3. Using SME on Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
QuickStart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Sources Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Patching Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Config Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Main Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Speakers Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Chapter 4. Using SME in Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
QuickStart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Sources Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Patching Tabs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Config Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Main Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Speakers Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
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Chapter 1: Introduction to Studio Monitor Express
Studio Monitor Express (SME) is a powerful and flexible audio monitoring software application that runs on your workstation or a dedicated computer. SME controls the routing between applications, external inputs, and ASIO hardware just like the master and communications section on a typical mixer. It provides a professional surround sound monitor mixer with two 5.1-channel outputs and one stereo output, each with level, cut, and talkback controls. SME outputs are routed to the audio I/O hardware and controlled from the
monitor section on Artist Series media controllers. SME can also listen to external inputs without another application open.
SME is included as a separate installer on the EuControl CD that shipped with your unit. You can also download SME from http://euphonix.avid.com/artist/ux/euphonix/mc_support.html. The Euphonix Monitor Core Audio driver (Mac) and ASIO driver (Windows)
are included to integrate your applications with SME.
SME Mac and Windows versions are somewhat different, so they are discussed in their own chapters.
SME requires additional CPU resources beyond those used by EuControl. If you do not use its features, or your audio interface software already provides this functionality, then you do not need to install SME.
System Requirements and Compatibility
Avid can only assure compatibility and provide support for hardware and software it has tested and approved. For downloads and other
Artist Series resources, visit: www.avid.com/artistsupport
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Conventions Used in This Guide
All of our guides use the following conventions to indicate menu choices and key commands:
:
Convention
Action
File > Save
Choose Save from the File menu
Control+N
Hold down the Control key and press the N key
Control-click
Hold down the Control key and click the mouse button
Right-click
Click with the right mouse button
The names of Commands, Options, and Settings that appear on-screen are in a different font.
The names of keys on Artist Series hardware are in bold (such as SHIFT and SEL). Do not confuse the SHIFT key on Artist Series hardware with the Shift key on your computer keyboard.
The following symbols are used to highlight important information:
User Tips are helpful hints for getting the most from your system.
Important Notices include information that could affect your data or the performance of your system.
Shortcuts show you useful keyboard or mouse shortcuts.
Cross References point to related sections in this guide and other Avid guides.
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Chapter 2: Installing Studio Monitor Express
The EuControl installer includes the SME installer as well as Mac and Windows audio drivers that integrate with the applications
you use with SME. You can always download the latest version of EuControl from www.avid.com/artistsupport.
Installing SME
To install SME:
1
Do one of the following:
• Download the most recent EuControl installer for your computer platform from www.avid.com/artistsupport. After downloading, make sure to decompress the installer (.dmg on Mac or .zip on Windows).
• Insert the Installer CD into your computer.
2
Open the Extras folder, and double-click the Studio Monitor Express installer application.
3
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
4
When installation is complete, click Quit (Mac) or Finish (Windows).
Removing SME
To remove SME from your system, follow the instructions below for your computer platform.
To remove SME on Mac:
1
Make sure you are logged in as an Administrator for the account where SME is installed.
2
Go to Applications/Euphonix and double-click Uninstall Studio Monitor Express.
3
Click Yes to proceed with the uninstall.
4
Enter your Administrator password and click OK.
5
After the uninstall finishes, click Close.
To remove SME on Windows 7:
1
Choose Start > Control Panel.
2
Under Programs, click Uninstall a program.
3
Select Studio Monitor Express from the list of installed applications.
4
Click the Change button.
5
Select the Modify button.
6
Click Next.
7
Deselect Studio Monitor Express.
8
Click Next.
9
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the removal.
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Chapter 3: Using SME on Mac
Once installed and configured, SME lets you do the following.
• Switch between multiple speaker setups
• Mute and dim monitor outputs
• Utilize Talkback
• Adjust levels for external sources, such as a CD player
Five tabs help patch and configure audio between SME and your workstation.
• Sources tab: Create SME Sources (see “Sources Tab” on page 7)
• Patching tab: Assign routing between SME, applications, and hardware (see “Patching Tab” on page 8)
• Config tab: Configure Dim, Fixed, and Talkback levels, and select an Audio Device (see “Config Tab” on page 9)
• Main tab: Assign Sources to monitor destinations, set monitor levels, and enable Talkback (see “Main Tab” on page 10)
• Speakers tab: Route signals to speakers and set individual channel output levels (see “Speakers Tab” on page 12)
This chapter begins with a Quickstart tutorial for several common tasks and continues with a discussion of each tab.
QuickStart
This section quickly guides you through several useful tasks. See each tab’s section for more information.
Creating a Source
To create a new Source:
1
In the Sources tab, enter a name in the Name field.
2
Choose a Start channel from the Start channel selector.
Channels 1–8 are used by the Euphonix Monitor Core Audio driver for internal busses from the application.
Channels 9–16 are used for external, physical inputs to audio hardware I/O, such as an external CD player.
3
Choose a format from the Format selector (Mono, Stereo, 5.1).
The selected Start channel and format determines which SME channels are used for the new Source. Note that the Start channel
must be low enough to allow the number of contiguous channels in the format. For example, if the format is 5.1, the highest Start
channel for a Source using SME’s internal busses is 3 (channels 3–8), so they do not intrude on the external inputs.
4
Click Create.
SME creates the new Source and adds it to the list of Sources available in the Main tab.
Deleting a Source
To delete a Source:
1
Select a Source in the Section Information area.
2
Click Delete.
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Routing a Stereo Source
To route stereo audio from a Mac application into SME:
1
In your DAW application, select Euphonix Monitor Core Audio as the output driver.
2
In SME, go to the Sources tab and select Stereo from the Format menu.
3
Click in the Name field and enter a name for your DAW.
4
Select 1 from the Start Channel menu.
This creates a stereo monitoring source for SME mixer input channels 1 and 2.
5
In the Main tab, enable the source.
This can also be done from the Setup: Monitor or Setup: Control Room Touchscreens on the Artist Series device.
Using Talkback
To enable and use a talkback mic:
1
In the Config tab, select your audio device from the Audio Device menu.
2
Connect a microphone to a mic preamp, and connect the preamp output to your audio device.
Let’s use audio device channel 8 for this example.
3
Set an appropriate input gain.
4
In the Patching tab, choose the SME input channel (SME In 9–16) to receive Talkback on.
Let’s use SME In 16 for this example.
5
Choose audio device 8 from the Audio Device In menu that corresponds to SME In 16.
This is just a generic name. You will see your audio device’s name in this menu.
6
In the Sources tab, create a mono source named Talkback (see “Creating a Source” on page 5).
7
In the Sources tab, select 16 from the Start Channel menu.
8
In the Main tab, select the mono source Talkback for each Section requiring talkback routing.
9
Talkback can be engaged using any of the following methods:
• Select the Talk button in the Setup: Control Room Touchscreen on Artist Control.
• Press the Talkback key on an Artist Series device.
• Select the Talkback checkbox in the Main tab.
Talkback can now be sent to the Control Room, Monitor A, and Monitor B.
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Sources Tab
The Sources tab lets you create Sections for SME mixer inputs. A Section must be created in the Sources tab before it is available
in the Main and Patching tabs.
Sources tab
New Section
The controls in New Section let you name, configure, and create Sources.
Name
Click in the Name field to enter a Section name.
Start Channel
Selecting a start channel from the Start channel menu determines which SME channels will be used for the new Source based on
its format (see below).
• Channels 1–8 are used by the Euphonix Monitor Core Audio driver for internal busses from the application.
• Channels 9–16 are reserved for external, physical inputs to audio hardware I/O, such as an external CD player.
Format
The Format menu lets you assign a format for the selected Section (Mono, Stereo, 5.1).
Create
After naming and configuring a Section, you must click the Create button to create the Section and make it available to other tabs.
Section Information
Existing Sections appear in rows in the Section Information area. Each row includes the Section’s Name, Start channel, and Format.
Delete
Clicking the Delete button with a Section selected deletes that Source. The Delete button is inactive when nothing is selected.
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Patching Tab
The Patching tab provides controls to route audio between your applications that use the Euphonix Monitor Core Audio driver and
your audio hardware.
All SME applications must use the Euphonix Monitor Core Audio driver.
The Patching tab lets you route the following.
• SME inputs from external hardware inputs
• SME inputs from applications that use the Euphonix Monitor Core Audio driver
• SME outputs to hardware outputs
Patching tab
Inputs
The Inputs section provides the following sections and controls.
• Application Out: SME In 1–8 (Eight SME inputs patched from the application’s outputs)
• Audio Device In: SME In 9–16 (Eight SME inputs patched from the workstation’s hardware inputs)
Outputs
The Outputs section routes audio device outputs to SME’s Main, Alt 1, Alt 2, Monitor A, and Monitor B outputs.
Using the Patching Tab
The selectors let you assign monitor channels for main and alternate speakers and headphone cue mix feeds. They can also function
as a virtual patchbay.
To change the layout (format) of a 5.1 output:
1
Select the Patching tab.
2
Use the menus to change the output routing of your monitors instead of physically repatching their outputs.
For example, you can change from L-C-R-Ls-Rs-LFE to L-R-Ls-Rs-C-LFE.
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Config Tab
In the Config tab, you can do the following.
• Select the Audio Device
• Adjust the Dim and Fixed level controls
Config tab
Audio Hardware
Audio Device
The Audio Device menu lets you select the audio hardware’s device driver to use with SME.
Input and Output Channels
These fields display the number of I/O channels allowed by the selected Audio Device.
Dim Level
This slider sets the Dim Level when the Dim button is active on the Main tab or the Setup: Control Room Touchscreen on the Artist
Series device. You can also double-click in the field above the level slider and enter a value.
Fixed Level
This slider sets a Fixed Level for the Control Room output. You can also double-click in the field above the level slider and enter
a value.
This is useful for sending the DAW output at a fixed level to a separate mixer or router that has its own level controls.
When the output driver is changed, patching is reset to default settings with no external or output patches enabled. Patches must then
be reassigned in the Patching tab.
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Main Tab
In the Main tab, you can do the following.
• Adjust level sliders, settings, and assign Sources for Control Room, Monitor A, and Monitor B
• Globally enable Talkback for Control Room, Monitor A, and Monitor B
Changes made in SME’s Main tab are reflected on the surface of any connected Artist Series devices, and vice versa.
Main tab
Control Room
Level
This slider adjusts the Control Room level. You can also adjust the Control Room level by the following methods.
• Turn the CONTROL ROOM/MONITOR knob on any connected Artist Series device.
• Double-click in the field above the level slider and enter a value.
Dim
When the Dim button is enabled, the signal is attenuated to the Dim Level set in the Config tab (see “Config Tab” on page 9) during
Talkback.
Cut
When the Cut button is enabled, the signal is completely muted during Talkback.
Fix
When the Fix button is enabled, the signal is set to the Fixed Level specified on the Config tab (see “Config Tab” on page 9).
This is useful for sending the DAW output at a fixed level to a separate mixer or router that has its own level controls.
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Speaker Select
The Control Room output can be routed to one of three speaker setups: Main, Alt1, Alt2.
Format
The Control Room’s selected speaker setup can have one of three formats: Mono, Stereo, 5.1.
Left Speaker Phase
When Reverse is selected, the phase of the left Control Room output channel is reversed.
Source
This routes Sections created in the Sources tab to the Control Room. Select a Section in the Sources box, or from the Setup: Control
Room Touchscreen on the Artist Series device. A Section must first be created in the Sources tab (see “Sources Tab” on page 7).
Monitor A and B
Monitor A and B have identical controls, so they are discussed together in this section.
Talkback and Monitor A and B settings in the Main tab
Level
These sliders control the Monitor A and B levels. You can also double-click in the field above the level slider and enter a value.
The Monitor A level can also be adjusted by holding down a Function key and turning the CONTROL ROOM/MONITOR knob.
The Monitor B level can only be adjusted from this tab.
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Dim
When enabled, this attenuates the signal to the Dim Level set in the Config tab (see “Config Tab” on page 9) during Talkback.
Cut
When enabled, this mutes the signal completely during Talkback.
Source
This routes Sections created in the Sources tab to Monitor A and/or Monitor B. Select a Section in the Sources box, or from the
Setup: Monitor Touchscreen on the Artist Series device. A Section must first be created in the Sources tab (see “Sources Tab” on
page 7).
Talkback
Select the Talkback button to globally enable Talkback to Control Room, Monitor A, and Monitor B.
Speakers Tab
The Speakers tab lets you attenuate and mute speaker output levels. Control Room (Main, Alt1, and Alt2), Monitor A, and Monitor B
each have their own controls.
Control Room Main and Alt1 can be 5.1-channel, but Control Room Alt2, Monitor A, and Monitor B can only be stereo.
Speakers tab
Dragging the sliders to the left lowers the level, and to the right raises it. The level is displayed in the Trim field to the right of the
slider, where you can also enter a value.
Enabling a Cut button mutes that channel’s output.
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Chapter 4: Using SME in Windows
Once connected, SME lets you do the following.
• Switch between multiple speaker setups
• Mute and dim monitor outputs
• Utilize Talkback
• Adjust levels for external sources, such as a CD player
Seven tabs help patch and configure audio between SME and your workstation.
• Sources tab: Create SME Sources (see “Sources Tab” on page 15)
• Patching tabs: Assign routing between SME, applications, and hardware (see “Patching Tabs” on page 16)
• Config tab: Configure Dim, Fixed, and Talkback levels and select an Audio Device (see “Config Tab” on page 19)
• Main tab: Assign Sources to monitor destinations, set monitor levels, and enable Talkback (see “Main Tab” on page 21)
• Speakers tab: Route signals to speakers and set individual channel output levels (see “Speakers Tab” on page 23)
This chapter begins with a Quickstart tutorial for several common tasks and continues with a discussion of each tab.
QuickStart
This section guides you through several useful tasks. See each tab’s section for more information on each control.
Creating a Source
To create a new Source:
1
In the Sources tab, enter a name in the Name field.
2
Choose a start channel from the Start channel selector.
3
Choose a format from the Format selector (Mono, Stereo, 5.1).
The start channel and format determine which SME channels are used for the new Source.
4
Click Create.
SME creates the new Source and adds it to the list of Sources available in the Main tab.
Deleting a Source
To delete a Source:
1
Select a Source in the Source Information area.
2
Click Delete.
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Routing a Stereo Source
To route stereo audio from a Windows application into SME:
1
In your DAW application, select your ASIO output driver.
2
In SME’s Sources tab, select Stereo from the Format menu.
3
Click in the Name field and enter a name for your DAW.
4
Set the Start channel to 1.
5
Click Create.
A stereo monitoring source is created from SME input channels 1 and 2.
6
In the Main tab, select this source in the Sources area of each destination you wish to route to (Control Room, Monitor A, Monitor B).
This can also be done from the Setup: Monitor and/or Setup: Control Room Touchscreens on the Artist Series device.
Using Talkback
To enable and use a talkback mic:
1
Connect a microphone to a mic preamp, and connect the preamp output to your audio interface.
Let’s use channel 1 for this example.
2
Set an appropriate input gain.
3
In the Config tab, enable the hardware input port associated with channel 1 on your audio interface.
4
In the Hardware I/P Patch tab, select TB from the SME I/P menu that corresponds to Hardware I/P 1.
5
In the Config tab, choose Talkback Destination(s), and an Action to occur during Talkback.
• Dim lowers the Destination’s level to the Dim Level set in the Config tab.
• Cut mutes the Destination’s level.
• ... does not alter the Destination’s level.
The Action selected for Control Room, Monitor A, and Monitor B occurs whether its corresponding Destination is selected or not.
For example, if the Control Room Action is Cut, but Control Room Destination is not selected, the Control Room will be muted
during Talkback but will not have the Talkback signal.
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Talkback can be engaged using the following methods.
• Select the Talk button in the Setup: Control Room Touchscreen on the Artist Series device.
• Press the Talkback key on the Artist Series device.
• Select the Talkback checkbox in the Main tab.
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Sources Tab
The Sources tab lets you create Sources for SME mixer inputs. A Source must first be created in the Sources tab before it is
available in the Main and Patching tabs.
Sources tab
New Source
The controls in New Source let you name, configure, and create Sources.
Name
Click in the Name field to enter a name.
Start Channel
Selecting a start channel from the Start channel menu determines the first SME channel used for the new Source.
Format
Select a format for the Source from the Format menu (Mono, Stereo, 5.1). The Source uses the number of channels in the selected
Format beginning at the selected Start channel.
Create
After naming and configuring a Source, you must click the Create button to create the Source and make it available to other tabs.
Source Information
Existing Sources appear in rows in the Source Information area. Each row shows the Source’s Name, Start channel, and Format.
Delete
Clicking the Delete button with a Source row selected deletes that Source.
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Patching Tabs
Three Patching tabs let you route audio between applications and audio hardware that uses ASIO.
SME O/P Patch Tab
The SME O/P Patch tab lets you route SME Monitor outputs (Main, Monitor A, Monitor B, Alt 1, and Alt 2) to audio I/O hardware.
SME O/P Patch tab
Hardware O/P Menus
To route Monitor outputs, select the desired hardware outputs from the corresponding Hardware O/P menus.
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Application O/P Patch Tab
The Application O/P Patch tab lets you route application outputs (Application O/P) to hardware outputs (Hardware O/P) directly and/or
SME inputs (SME I/P).
Application O/P Patch tab
Hardware O/P Menus
The Hardware O/P menus let applications using the ASIO driver bypass SME to route signals directly to hardware outputs.
SME I/P Menus
The SME I/P menus let applications using the ASIO driver route signals into the SME mixer.
Selecting both a Hardware O/P and SME I/P simultaneously creates a mult.
Outputs must be enabled in the Config tab before they are available from the Hardware O/P and SME I/P menus.
Using the Application O/P Patch Tab
These selectors let you assign monitor channels for main and alternate speakers, cue mix feeds for headphones, and other output
destinations. If the main outputs from your DAW application are Hardware O/Ps 1–6, they would typically be routed to SME O/Ps
1–6. However, it is also possible to route the speaker outputs in a different order (such as SMPTE format) than your monitors.
To change the layout (format) of a 5.1 output:
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Select the Application O/P tab.
2
Use the menus to change the output routing of your monitors instead of physically repatching their outputs.
For example, you can change from L-C-R-Ls-Rs-LFE to L-R-Ls-Rs-C-LFE.
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Hardware I/P Patch Tab
The Hardware I/P Patch tab lets you route audio from the hardware inputs (Hardware I/P) on your audio interface to your application’s inputs (Application I/P) and/or SME’s mixer inputs (SME I/P).
Hardware I/P Patch tab
Application I/P Menus
The Application I/P menu routes a hardware input to an application input.
SME I/P Menus
The SME I/P menu routes a hardware input to an SME input.
Using the Hardware I/P Patch Tab
To route audio from a hardware input to an application, the Hardware I/P must be patched to the Application I/P. We recommend a
one-to-one patch to make it easier to track the mapping between physical inputs and DAW input channels. However, it is possible
to re-route a hardware input to a different input. For example, if the kick drum is on the Hardware I/P 24 and you want it to appear
on your DAW at input 1, select 1 from the Application I/P 24 menu.
Outputs must be enabled in the Config tab before they are available from the Application I/P and SME I/P menus (see “Patching
Tabs” on page 16). Enable only the outputs you need to minimize CPU resources used by SME.
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Config Tab
In the Config tab, you can do the following.
• Set Dim, Fixed, and Talkback levels
• Set an Action to occur at the Talkback Destination
• Enable/disable hardware I/O ports that patch sources to destinations
• Load and save all SME settings
• Display CPU Usage and Sample rate information
Config tab
Set Dim Level
This sets the signal attenuation when using Talkback. The field to the right of the slider displays the current value.
Set Fixed Level
This sets the fixed output level, which is selectable in the Main tab for the Control Room output. The field to the right of the slider
displays the current value. This is useful for setups calibrated to a specific reference level.
CPU Usage
This meter shows SME’s CPU usage.
Sample Rate
This displays the current sample rate to which SME is locked. The sample rate is set on your audio hardware, so this is an indicator
only.
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Settings
These controls save the current settings or load previously saved settings. This lets you quickly switch between different SME configurations.
Load
This lets you load a file with previously saved settings. The current file name in use is displayed above the Load and Save buttons.
Save
This lets you save SME’s current settings to a file.
Enable Hardware Ports
This lets you explicitly enable or disable each SME port. This limits the ASIO stream inputs and outputs monitored by SME, thus
minimizing traffic on the audio bus (and CPU usage) to only those ports necessary for the current setup. Only ports enabled here
are available for routing on the Main and Sources tabs.
Talkback
Level
This slider sets the Talkback Level for all destinations. The field to the right of the slider displays the current value.
Action
Separate Actions can be selected for Control Room, Monitor A, and Monitor B when a Talkback signal reaches that Destination.
The Action menu contains Dim, Cut, and ... options (... does not Dim or Cut the signal).
Destination
When selected, these checkboxes enable Talkback for Control Room, Monitor A, and Monitor B.
When the Destination checkbox is selected, the Action selected for that Destination occurs when Talkback arrives.
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Main Tab
In the Main tab, you can do the following.
• Adjust level sliders, settings, and assign Sources for Control Room, Monitor A, and Monitor B
• Globally enable Talkback for Control Room, Monitor A, and Monitor B
Changes made in SME’s Main tab are reflected on the surface of any connected Artist Series devices, and vice versa.
Main tab
Control Room
Level
This slider adjusts the Control Room level. The field below the level slider displays the current value.
Turning the CONTROL ROOM/MONITOR knob on any connected Artist Series device also adjusts the Control Room level.
Dim
When the Dim button is enabled, the signal is attenuated to the Dim Level set in the Config tab (see “Config Tab” on page 19) during
Talkback.
Cut
When the Cut button is enabled, the signal is completely muted during Talkback.
Fixed
When the Fixed button is enabled, the signal is set to the Fixed Level specified in the Config tab (see “Config Tab” on page 19).
Phase
When selected, the phase of the left Control Room output channel is reversed. Phase can only be adjusted in the Main tab.
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Control Room Speaker and Format Selectors
The top menu (Main in the figure above) contains the speaker options (Main, Alt1, Alt2) to which the Control Room can be routed.
Select a Control Room speaker, then select its format (Mono, Stereo, 5.1) from the lower menu.
Sources
This routes Sources created in the Sources tab to the Control Room. Select a source in the Sources box, or from the Setup: Control
Room Touchscreen on the Artist Series device. A Source must first be created in the Sources tab before it is available to other tabs
for patching (see “Sources Tab” on page 15).
Monitor A and B
Monitor A and B have identical controls, so they are discussed together in this section.
Talkback and Monitor A and B settings in the Main tab
Level
These sliders control the Monitor A and B levels. The field below the level slider displays the current value.
The Monitor A level can also be adjusted by holding down the SHIFT key and turning the CONTROL ROOM/MONITOR knob.
The Monitor B level can only be adjusted from this tab.
Dim
When enabled, the signal is attenuated to the Dim Level set in the Config tab (see “Patching Tabs” on page 16).
Cut
When enabled, the signal is cut completely.
Sources
This routes Sources created in the Sources tab to Monitor A and/or B. Select a source in the Sources box, or from the Setup: Monitor
Touchscreen. A source must first be created in the Sources tab (see “Sources Tab” on page 15).
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Talkback
Select the Talkback checkbox to enable Talkback. De-select it to turn Talkback off.
This setting globally enables talkback to Control Room, Monitor A, and Monitor B.
See “Talkback” on page 26 to learn how to route the signal to these destinations.
Speakers Tab
The Speakers tab lets you attenuate and mute speaker output levels. Control Room (Main, Alt1, and Alt2), Monitor A, and Monitor B
each have their own controls.
Speakers tab
Dragging the sliders to the left lowers that channel’s level, and dragging to the right raises it. The level is displayed in the field to
the right of each slider.
Enabling a Cut button mutes that output channel.
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