Manual - Ponticlaro
Operations Manual
SwiftMixTM Automation
Thank you for your purchase of the SwiftMix automation for the 5088 console.
Everyone at Rupert Neve Designs hopes you enjoy using this tool as much as we
have enjoyed designing and building it. Please take note of the following list of
safety concerns and power requirements before the use of this product.
Safety
It’s usual to provide a list of “do’s and don’ts” under this heading but mostly these
amount to common sense issues. However here are some reminders:
Don’t operate your 5088 with SwiftMix in or around water! Electronic equipment
and liquids are not good friends. If any liquid is spilled such as soda, coffee,
alcohol or other drink, the sugars and acids will have a very detrimental effect.
Sugar crystals act like little rectifiers and can produce noise (crackles, etc.).
SWITCH OFF POWER IMMEDIATELY because once current starts to flow, the
mixture hardens, can get very hot (burnt toffee!) and cause permanent and costly
damage. Please contact support as soon as possible at support@rupertneve.com for
resolution.
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.
8) Do not install near any heat source such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or
other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
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.
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.
11) Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12) Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods
of time.
13) Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the
apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as when 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.
14) Do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
15) The apparatus shall be connected to a mains socket outlet with a protective
earthing connection.
SwiftMix Overview
Built around state of the art motorized faders and DAW control over ethernet,
SwiftMix combines the accuracy and convenience of digital automation with the
unrivaled analogue sound of Rupert Neve Designs 5088 Console.
Each SwiftMix channel features five illuminating tactile switches and a 100mm
motorized fader. The switches control DAW channel selection, DAW solo, DAW
mute, channel record enable and automation mode selection. The automation mode
switch toggles the selection between off, read, touch, latch and write, which are
individually indicated with LEDs on the fader panel. A carbon impregnated fader
cap provides immediate touch responsiveness while dampening any static discharge
to the touch circuitry, and the 100mm motorized fader is accurate to 1/5mm for
writing, adjusting and following of automation commands.
For maximum compatibility, SwiftMix communicates via a 9 bit HUI over ethernet
protocol. SwiftMix’s implementation provides precise fader mapped calibration,
which allows the motorized analogue fader to match levels previously set in the
DAW. This attention to detail is essential for flawlessly recalling mixes created in
the box or at another location. System setup can be accomplished in moments
by connecting a single ethernet cable to the DAW host computer and then adding
SwiftMix as a HUI Controller in the DAW. ipMIDI needs to be installed on the DAW
host computer, and channel assignment of the faders are assignable via switch
settings on the fader PCB (5088s ordered with SwiftMix will come pre-configured).
SwiftMix is primarily optimized for use in Avid Protools and Apple Logic, however it
will work with most DAWs supporting HUI control surfaces.
Swiftmix faders work on a one to one basis with the faders in the DAW, and it is
currently not possible to use them as banks for writing automation on multiple
tracks.
System Setup Instructions
Hardware Setup
1.) Connect power and ethernet to the SwiftMix Control Module.
2.) Connect ethernet from the control module to the host computer (an ethernet to
thunderbolt adapter may be required on newer computers).
3.) Connect the Multi-pin cable from the rear panel of the 5088 console frame to the
control module.
4.) Switch on the power on the SwiftMix Control Module.
Computer Setup
SwiftMix uses HUI over ethernet to communicate between the faders and the DAW.
For the computer to accept the HUI over ethernet protocol, the midi driver ipMIDI,
must be installed on the machine.
For Mac OSX 10.6-10.9, ipMIDI 1.6 can be downloaded for free at:
http://www.nerds.de/en/ipmidi_osx.html
1. Follow the ipMIDI installation instructions.
2. Find ipMIDI in Apples’s “Audio MIDI Setup”, and Double click the ipMIDI icon
to adjust the number of ports.
3. Add a port for each 8 channel group of SwiftMix faders. For instance 1 port for
an 8 channel system, or 4 ports for a 32 channel system.
4. After restarting your DAW, these MIDI ports should be visible.
DAW Setup
Avid Pro Tools
1.) Open a Pro Tools session and click on the“Setups” tab. Open the “Peripherals”
menu and click on the MIDI Controllers tab.
2.) For each set of 8 faders, select type=“HUI”, and select the corresponding ipMIDI
port in both the receive from and send to fields (Controller 1= port 1, Controller 2=
port 2, ....etc).
3.) Click on the “OK” box in the “Peripherals” menu.
4.) Cycle power on the SwiftMix system amd restart the ProTools
Other DAWs
Other DAWs can be used with SwiftMix, although they are not currently supported
fully. Simply follow their instructions for installing a HUI control surface in your
DAW after installing ipMIDI and select the corresponding ipMIDI input and output
port for each set of 8 channels.
Session Setup:
With SwiftMix it is important to set up your sessions such that the signal is affected
either by the analogue fader or the digital fader.
For motorized fader level control (recommended), set the faders to Read, Touch
or Latch, and set the channel outputs in the DAW to pre fader (if this isn’t an
option, create a pre fader send on the track in the DAW). Any plug-ins and plug-in
automation will affect the signal going into the 5088, and the automation data will
affect any post fader sends on the channel in the DAW, but the actual level change
will occur in the analogue domain.
For digital level control, set the automation mode to off, and move the faders to
0dB with each channel output assigned to a channel on the 5088.
SwiftMix: Front Panel
SwiftMix Control Module
DAW
INTERFACE
100-240 VAC
50/60Hz 75 Watts
CAUTION
Risk of Electric Shock
Disconnect from outlet
before removing cover
Rupert Neve Designs, LLC
Model SMP-1
Back panel features include: Ethernet , Power and Mini USB for firmware
updates
Front panel features include: Multi-pin Connectivity, and illuminating power
switch
Fader Channel & Group Assignment Switching
SwiftMix systems are grouped into 8 channel groups. Each fader has a channel and
group assigned via the A1,A2,A3 and B1,B2 settings. If faders are relocated, they
will need to have their channel and group updated accordingly.
Automation Modes
The faders work relative to which mode they are in. Changing the mode on the
SwiftMix fader changes the mode on the corresponding fader in the DAW.
Here is an overview of the various modes:
1.) OFF (All SwiftMix mode LED’s off)
The channel is completely manual. The on screen fader and console fader do not
follow automation. The on screen fader matches the console fader always. Starting
and stopping the transport does not change the mode from OFF.
2.) READ (SwiftMix READ mode LED on)
The on screen fader and console fader follow automation. When a console fader is
touched and moved, the on screen fader follows the user movements. The console
or on screen fader movements are not recorded in the automation. Starting and
stopping the transport does not change the MODE from READ.
3.) TOUCH (SwiftMix TOUCH mode LED blinking or on)
When the transport is stopped and the fader is not touched, the TOUCH mode LED
blinks. When the transport is running and the fader is not touched, the TOUCH
mode LED blinks, and the on screen fader and console fader follow automation.
When a console fader is touched, the TOUCH mode LED lights solid and the on
screen fader follows the user movements and fader movements are recorded in the
automation. When the transport is running and the fader is released, the TOUCH
mode LED blinks and the on screen fader and console fader follow the automation
again. When the transport is stopped, the TOUCH mode LED blinks.
4.) LATCH (SwiftMix LATCH mode LED blinking or on)
When the transport is stopped and the fader is not touched, the LATCH mode LED
blinks. When the transport is running and the fader is not touched, the LATCH
mode LED blinks. The on screen fader and console fader follow automation. When
a console fader is touched, the LATCH mode LED lights solid and the on screen
fader follows the user movements, and the fader movements are recorded in the
automation. When the transport is running and the fader is released, the LATCH
mode LED remains lit solid, the current console fader position continues to be
written into the automation track and the on screen and console fader do not follow
automation. When the transport is stopped, the LATCH mode LED blinks.
5.) WRITE (SwiftMix WRITE mode LED blinking or on)
When the transport is stopped and the fader is not touched, the WRITE mode LED
blinks. When the transport is running and the fader is not touched, the WRITE mode
LED lights solid and the current fader position is recorded into the automation track.
When a console fader is moved the on screen fader follows the user movements, and
the fader movements are recorded in the automation. When the transport is running
and the fader is released, the WRITE MODE LED remains lit solid, the current
console fader position continues to be written into the automation track and the on
screen and console fader do not follow automation. When the transport is stopped,
the automation generally will return to LATCH MODE (this can vary depending on
DAW settings).
Other DAW controls
It is possible for other DAW controls and settings to modify SwiftMix’s performance.
If there are other automation modes in the DAW, such as TRIM mode in Pro Tools,
SwiftMix can not be guaranteed to work in them.
Additionally, using various keystrokes in the DAW when pressing the channel select
switches can trigger various functions in different DAWs, such as group selection
and calling up plug-ins. For more information on that functionality, please refer to
your DAW manual.
PRODUCT WARRANTY
Rupert Neve Designs warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and
workmanship for a period of one (1) year from date of purchase, and agrees to remedy any defect identified within such one year period by, at our option, repairing or
replacing the product.
LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS
This warranty, and any other express or implied warranty, does not apply to any
product which has been improperly installed, subjected to usage for which the
product was not designed, misused or abused, damaged during shipping, damaged
by any dry cell battery, or which has been altered or modified in any way. This
warranty is extended to the original end user purchaser only. A purchase receipt or
other satisfactory proof of date of original purchase is required before any warranty
service will be performed. THIS EXPRESS, LIMITED WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF
ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO THE EXTEND ALLOWED
UNDER APPLICABLE STATE LAW. IN NO EVENT SHALL RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS
BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THIS PRODUCT. Some states do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of consequential damages or limitations on how long an
implied warranty lasts, so this exclusion may not apply to you.
WARRANTY SERVICE
If you suspect a defect in this product, please call us at 512-847-3013 or email us
at support@rupertneve.com to discuss the suggested defect (it is possible that a suspected defect could be due to improper usage) and to obtain a return authorization
number. It shall be your responsibility to pay for shipping the product to us, and, if
the product is determined to be defective, our responsibility to pay for shipping the
product back to you.
Rupert Neve Designs
PO Box 1969
Wimberley TX 78676
www.rupertneve.com
tel: +1 512-847-3013
fax: +1 512-847-8869
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