E-1 Digital Control Surface
Technical Guide
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General Information
Evolution 1 is a new control surface that revolutionizes small footprint networkable
consoles by including an integrated LCD display that eliminates the need for an external
video monitor while still providing all the metering and control access needed in a
surface of its class. Offering the full functionality of Wheatstone’s large E-Series
surfaces, the E-1, when paired with the WheatNet-IP 88cb audio console Blade/mix
engine, creates a powerful networkable or standalone solution. Four mix output buses
and individual fader bus minus with talkback are just two of the standard features. The
E-1 also has event recall, three monitor outputs, and pan, and mode for each channel. It
has an array of programmable master panel switches for customized functions like
phone, intercom, salvos, or machine commands. The E-1 drives a LCD display, via the
Embedded E-1 Graphic User Interface (GUI), providing hi-res REALTIME graphic
displays, production tools, and set up screens (security protected by multilevel pass
codes). An RJ-45 Audio Transport MIXER connector on the rear of the control surface
serves as the link between the surface and the network system.
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Unpacking and Installing the Control Surface
The E-1 digital audio control surface and its power supply, connecting cable, and
technical manual are shipped in one packing box. The control surface can be unpacked
by one person by grasping the surface at both sides, and lifting it upward out of the
box. Remove packing materials and store them in the box for future use. The E-1 is
designed for simple drop-in installation in a counter top. Cutout dimensions (in
inches) are shown in the drawings below. Avoid proximity to any electromagnetic
fields, such as large power transformers, motors, and fluorescent lighting fixtures.
3.56" 2.89"
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I/O Connections
All user wiring to and from the E-1 control surface is made via connectors located
on the control surface’s rear panel. Two jacks at the center of the control surface’s
rear are for power supply connections. An external stereo, line level headphone
signal plugs into the female DB-9 connector, located next to power supply jacks.
This signal is routed to internal amplifiers that feed the headphone jack, located on
the front right-hand side of the surface’s pan. There are two RJ-45 connectors; the
one labeled ENET connects to a standard Ethernet network switch and the MIXER
connector connects to a specific DSP card in an E-Series SAT cage. A PS-2
connector for keyboard rounds out the rear panel. The sketch below shows connector
locations. For all wiring pinout connections refer to Chapter 4.
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Getting Started
The E-1 control surface comes with the E-1 Embedded Graphical User Interface (GUI)
program, intended to be straightforward in use, controlling and displaying graphics, production tools, and set up screens. All controls of the GUI’s main screen are in fixed positions,
except that the FUNCTION DISPLAY area contents change according to selected function.
Power up the surface, and the GUI will appear on the LCD display. The surface’s Master
Panel has a built-in touch pad to control the mouse pointer on the VGA screen for system
software navigation.
We will also refer throughout this manual to the XPoint program. This program, which
runs on a user-supplied PC running Windows XP, complements the embedded surface GUI
program, providing additional programming and control functionality. Read more about
XPoint in the Wheatstone Evolution Series Digital Audio Network System Technical Manual.
When the surface boots, it enters the log in level that was last accessed. Look in the lower
left corner of the VGA screen to see the button that display the current ACCESS AUTHORIZATION level. Pressing this button opens the PASSCODE ACCESS window. Select a user
level - Intern, Operator, Production, or Engineering - with the mouse, then enter a numeric
pass code and press the OK button. All default passcodes are “111.” Please see the Master
Panel - Control Modes section of this manual for detailed information regarding passcodes.
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Tabbed Navigation
The E-1 features a “tabbed” navigation architecture to easily access features with
a minimum number of mouse clicks. There are a few subtleties you need to be familiar
with to efficiently get around the tabbed software screens. This section introduces you
to the tabs; detailed function information is included in the Input and Master panel
The E-1 VGA monitor is vertically divided into two halves with a METERING
PANE on the left side and a FUNCTION PANE on the right side. The Main Menu
Tab buttons are located across the top of the function display area. You may access
any of the Main menu Tabs by simply clicking on them. To access Input functions you
can also press an Input SET button, and the Function Pane will jump to settings for
that input fader strip.
Notice the “Button Bar” at the bottom of the Input screen. You can access
powerful programmable features here.
Main Tab - displays Timer/Clock, Current Event, Switched Meter, and the
External Sources for monitors.
Input Tab - displays interactive Source window, Mode, and Pan settings for the
selected channel. Note you must press an Input fader’s SET button to show the
settings for that channel, or click on a CHANNEL STATUS button in the lower left
side of the VGA to access any fader.
Input Button Bar - click on Source, VDip, Load, and Save to access these features,
described later.
Events Tab - the E-1 can store a “snapshot” of the entire control surface in a file
called an EVENT. The Event Pane is divided into two sections. The Event Recall
section lets you recall previously saved Events. The Event Editor is a manager for
creating, editing, and deleting Events. Optional permissions let you limit access to
Event Recall and Event Editor functions.
Options Tab - a wide variety of programmable options are found here to customize
the E-1 for your application.
Note: Each Tab is described in detail in subsequent manual sections.
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Input Panel (IPE-1)
Controls and Functions
Each input panel of the E-1 digital audio control surface has four identical strips
representing four input channels. You control how each channel is set up by pressing
physical switches on the surface and configuring software settings through the Input Tab.
A/B Button - Source Switching
The A/B button located at the top of each
fader strip provides two different functions. The
first use of the A/B button is as a source selector
for the fader strip.
Each fader can be programmed to quickly
switch between two different sources, designated as the A source and the B source. A quick
press of the A/B button switches that fader
between its A and B sources. The SOURCE
display for that fader indicates the name of the
source currently selected. Thus, if A is currently
selected, its name is shown, and tapping A/B
changes the source to the B source, and at the
same time shows the new name in the display.
If you have the A source currently selected
and have no source programmed as the B source,
then a quick tap on the A/B button will switch off
the A source to that fader, and the display will
say NOSOURCE. If both A and B are programmed for the same source, tapping the A/B
button will have no real effect.
Note that A and B designations are arbitrary,
in the sense that the operator will not know if the
current source is A or B, but will know only the
name of the currently selected source, which is,
after all, the important piece of information.
A/B Button - Select Mode
Aside from the A/B button, the fader strip
has several other controls. Channel on and off,
fader level, cueing, talkback, and output assign
can all be done from the fader strip, and these
functions are addressed in more detail below.
However, there are other functions we may want
to adjust for each fader. These additional functions are controlled from the master panel. But
how does the master panel know which fader it’s
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Press the fader’s A/B switch and hold it until the button lights (as opposed to
tapping it for source switching). This switches the VGA screen to the Input tab for
this fader, where you can change the programmed sources for A and B, select the
fader mode, adjust panning, and set up VDip. All of these functions are covered
in the following paragraphs, with the exception of VDip, which is discussed in the
next chapter on the master panel.
You can deselect the selected fader by pressing and holding the A/B button
until the light goes out. You can also select a fader from the VGA screen by
clicking on the CHANNEL STATUS button of the fader you want to select, or
deselect an already selected fader by clicking on its CHANNEL STATUS button.
Once lit, the A/B button stays lit until you light A/B on a different fader, or
deselect the fader, or until a timeout of approximately 20 seconds occurs. This
timeout is optional, and can be defeated in the options text file, which is discussed
in the appendix.
Input Tab Display
When you press and hold an Input fader’s A/B button the Tab display switches
to the Input Tab for that channel. You can click on various buttons to configure the
channel for your application. Note that the Source window is interactive.
A Button Bar located near the bottom of the Input Tab provides for navigation
between the SOURCE, VDIP, and Preset LOAD-SAVE screens.
A typical Input Tab SOURCE screen is shown below, followed by descriptions for each of the functions. Other screens from the Input Tab are discussed at
the end of Chapter 3.
When A/B is pressed
and held, the FUNCTION PANE displays
the last feature selected
from the Input Tab’s
“Button Bar” — Source
- VDIP - Load - Save
Currently selected fader strip
Function Tabs
Function Pane
Button Bar
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Source Window
Click in the SOURCE window to open
the signal tree. Highlight a source name in the
tree and double-click to select it.
You may use the Visibility feature in
XPoint to limit the signal list the user “sees”
when selecting sources. This feature is especially useful in large systems with lots of
Visibility for input sources can also be set from the surface. This
procedure is outlined in Chapter 3.
Fader Mode Controls and Indicators
There are four available channel modes:
Stereo, Mono, Left only, and Right only. Click
on the desired mode and its virtual switch will
STEREO – selects stereo mode; Left in
feeds fader L, right in feeds fader R. If a mono
source is selected, it will feed both L and R.
MONO – selects mono mode. If a stereo
source is selected it is summed to mono and
reduced by 6dB.
LEFT (left only) – passes only the left
channel of a stereo source to both L and R.
RIGHT (right only) – passes only the right
channel of a stereo source to both L and R.
L/R - slider moves the signal left to right.
The user can save all adjustments with the SAVE button.
Pressing the SAVE button will bring up the “SAVE TO”
form that allows all changes to be saved to a channel, a source,
an event, or a preset.
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Other Physical Switches and LEDs
Output switches assign the selected source signal to any combination of
the surface’s four stereo Program outputs—A, B, C, and D (also known as
OL, or Off Line). The button will be lit when the source is assigned to its
respective bus. To remove a source from the bus, press the button again; the
light will go off to indicate that the source is no longer assigned to that bus.
TB Switch
The TB BUS- switch routes the TB BUS audio, typically the operator’s
microphone, to the BUS MINUS output for that channel, allowing the
operator to talkback to the talent hearing that BUS MINUS signal.
LED Readout
An 8-character display shows the name of the audio source selected to the
CUE Switch
The CUE switch assigns the selected source to the CUE bus, letting the
control surface operator monitor the channel’s pre-fader signal.
Bus-Minus / Direct Outputs
Each fader has a dedicated Bus-Minus output that includes all active
faders on its selected source bus, except for itself. These auto generated
monaural mix-minus signals may be routed to feed telephone hybrids, or
other devices as required Bus-Minus mix outputs for each surface fader
appear as Sources in the Surface signal area of XPoint, typically located
above source signal ID1001. A typical Bus-Minus output signal name is
E1BM01 but the exact name depends on the fader and surface ID number.
Any of the four PGM busses may be selected in the VDip settings (see the
section on VDIP Settings in Chapter 3) as the source bus. Also in VDip, the
OL Bus (PGM D) may be selected as the source bus when the channel is off
regardless of the bus selected as the (channel on) Bus-Minus source.
Another selection that can be made in VDip is to repurpose the fader’s
Bus-Minus output as a Direct Output.
Channel output level is set by a 100mm, professional, conductive plastic
linear fader.
Channel ON Switch
The channel ON switch turns the channel signal ON and fires any channel
ON (START) logic mapped with VDip to the fader’s source signal. The
switch LED lights to indicate the channel is ON.
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Channel OFF Switch
The channel OFF switch turns the channel signal OFF and fires any
channel OFF (STOP) logic mapped with VDip to the fader’s source signal.
The switch LED lights to indicate the channel is OFF.
Channel Status Buttons Display
A row of numbered buttons along the bottom of the main VGA screen
shows the status of each channel. When a channel is OFF with the fader
down its corresponding button appears gray. If the fader is brought up with
the channel remaining OFF the button turns yellow. If the channel is ON
and the fader is down, or if the channel is ON with the fader up but not
assigned to any of the four PGM buses, the button color becomes green.
If the channel is ON, and the fader is up, and the channel is assigned to one
of the four PGM buses, the button color becomes blue.
The CHANNEL STATUS button will also indicate a “logic lock”
situation, which happens when a signal is assigned to multiple channels,
either on the same surface or on different surfaces. As long as all of the
affected channels are OFF there is no indication. But as soon as one of
those channels is turned ON, the indicator, which consists of a padlock
icon, will appear on the CHANNEL STATUS button of the rest of the
affected channels. The purpose of the indicator is to tell the operator that
the signal on that channel is in use elsewhere, and that logic control for the
signal is owned by some other channel in the system. Operators should be
made aware that logic associated with a signal will not act as expected
when the logic lock indicator is ON.
When viewing the Input tab on the VGA screen, the CHANNEL
STATUS buttons can also be used to select the channel that settings are
displayed for.
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Master Panel (MNE-1)
Controls and Functions
The E-1 digital audio control surface is equipped with one MASTER
panel. This panel contains numerous
controls, including INPUT SOURCE
select, CUE control, TIMER control
buttons, four PROGRAMMABLE buttons, and three MONITOR sections
with buttons to select PROGRAM
sources, plus two additional EXT (programmable) sources, as well as level
controls. Add to that a TB button for
STUDIO monitor, a group of four
switches to deal with various operational modes, and a mouse pad with
two buttons to aid in navigating the
VGA screen.
The SELECT knob serves as a
Source signal selector for fader strips.
• When the A/B button is pressed
and held on the desired fader strip
AND the Input Tab is positioned on the
main SOURCE screen, the SELECT
knob can be used to select the desired
source. By turning this knob, the available inputs are displayed in the 8-character SOURCE display for the selected
channel. When the desired input source
is scrolled into the SOURCE window,
pressing the SELECT knob will cause
that source to be switched to the input
of the channel. If you fail to press the
knob, the display will revert to its original setting after a timeout of approximately 4 seconds, and the original
source remains in effect. Note you can
also simply click in the SOURCE window on the Input Tab, or press the
SELECT knob on the Master panel,
and select the desired Source from the
signal list.
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• When no A/B button is lit, pressing the SELECT knob will
open a screen showing a full list of input sources and locations for
quick source selection on a fader, or for making other connections
within the system. This operation may be denied to a user in the
Access Authorization settings.
Sources can also be selected in the XPoint program.
The XPoint matrix is analagous to an electronic patch bay.
Audio sources (router inputs) are located along the X axis at the top,
audio destinations (router outputs) are vertically stacked along the
Y axis on the left side. Simply click at the intersection of the desired
Source and Destination signals to “patch” them. All surface mixes
(eg. PGM busses, Bus-Minus, etc.) appear as Sources, usually
beginning at signal ID1001. All surface inputs (faders, talk back,
monitor source selects, etc.) appear as destinations, also beginning
at signal ID1001. Surface signals may be routed just like any user
Source Visibility - use the Source Visibility Option setting to
limit the sources the user “sees” in the signal tree. This feature is
helpful, especially in large systems with lots of signals.
E-1 Mixer Inputs
E-1 Mixer Outputs
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• Press the Options Tab on the VGA screen and choose Source Visibility from the
AVAILABLE OPTIONS scroll down list to display the Source Visibilities form.
With this form the user can set the channel’s source visibilities. Scroll up and down
the source list and highlight the desired source signal(s) and click the APPLY button to
save the visibility options. If you have made changes and then decided you don’t want
to put the changes into effect, click RESET. This will cancel any changes you made since
entering the screen or since clicking APPLY, whichever happened most recently.
In addition to the eight character name of a signal, signals may also have a second
identifier, an eight character location, which is typically set up in the XPoint program.
Using the SHOW LOCATIONS button on the Source Visibility Options screen you can
determine if the location identifier will show up in the Source list on the monitor when
setting visibility. Click the SHOW LOCATIONS button to toggle between YES (show
locations) and NO (don’t show locations).
There are also “QUICK VISIBILITY” selection buttons. Clicking the ALL button
will set all source signals to be visible. Clicking the NONE button will set all source
signals to be hidden.
You can change the channel you are affecting visibility on by selecting the desired
channel in the channel drop down box.
You can also make and use visibility SUBSETS. To apply a visibility subset to the
current channel, select the subset from the SUBSETS drop down box, then press LOAD.
After a subset is loaded, you can make changes to it by altering the visibility as described
above, then press SAVE TO.
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CUE Knob
The CUE master level control is located in the center section of the
MNE-1 panel. The CUE signal is pre-fader, and is normally used to check
signals. When a channel is CUEd, its pre-fader signal will appear in the
external cue speaker, and the switched meter screen on the VGA, if visible,
will show the level of the pre-fader signal.
The CUE level control determines the overall loudness of the cue
The external cue speaker has the potential for feedback and should be
muted whenever the control room speakers are. Use VDip to add the CUE MUTE attribute
to any microphone signals located in the control room.
Monitor Speaker Controls
The Monitor section, at the bottom of
the MNE-1 panel has the controls for three
monitor outputs: CONTROL ROOM, STUDIO, and HEADPHONE. The VGA always displays the monitor level, muting,
and options status.
Each monitor has a LEVEL control. CR
and HEADPHONE share a bank of source
select buttons for PROGRAM, as well as
two programmable EXT buttons. The STUDIO section has a bank of source select
buttons, and adds a TB button, allowing the
operator to talkback to the studio. Each
monitor output has options for Muting,
Locking the output level, and interrupting the output with Cue audio.
Speaker Muting
To MUTE a monitor output you first need to configure the virtual dipswitches (VDip
settings) for each microphone source signal. VDip is easily accessed by pressing and holding
the mic input fader strip’s A/B button. The VGA automatically switches to the Input Tab for
that channel. Then choose VDip from the Button Bar near the bottom of the Input Tab. Check
the Mute boxes as required to mute the CR or Studio outputs when the mic is turned ON. An
Options Text File setting determines whether the Mute occurs when the fader is simply turned
on or if the fader must be ON, up, and routed to the PGM bus (see Appendix 2 for more
information about the Options Text File).
Speaker Level Controls
Monitor level can be controlled from the
monitor panel or from the VGA screen controls. The CTRL ROOM, HEADPHONE,
and STUDIO level meters on the VGA
monitor will indicate the overall loudness.
NOTE: If a monitor output is muted and
you turn the level control all the way up,
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then remove the condition that has the monitor muted, the sound in the monitor
speakers (or headphones) will suddenly be VERY LOUD!
Source Select Switches
Each monitor output section (one section for CR and HEADPHONE, the other for
STUDIO) has its own bank of source select switches which select the audio signal sent
to the speakers or headphones. Each bank includes dedicated switches for selecting
PROGRAM A, B, C, or D (OL), and two programmable sources (EXT 1 and EXT 2).
Simply press the desired switch to listen to that output bus or external source signal.
Programming External Source Switches
External switches may be programmed to select any Source signal on the router.
Press the external button and hold it for few seconds; the list of the available external
inputs will pop-up in the monitor display. Choose the desired external input from this
list by using the surface’s mouse pad or up and down buttons. You can also initiate the
source programming for the external inputs
by clicking the EXT source window on the
VGA monitor.
While there are separate EXT 1 and
EXT 2 buttons for each monitor select bank,
the buttons really only represent two stored
signal choices. Both EXT 1 switches are
mapped to one source, and both EXT 2
buttons are mapped to a second source.
Control Room Section
The control room section of the monitor
has a dedicated meter and level knob. The
board operator’s microphone is normally
programmed using VDip to MUTE the
control room output and prevent the occurrence of feedback. When MUTE is active,
the word MUTE appears in the center of the
monitor’s meter display.
The CR level may also be locked to a
user defined volume level. See the E-1 Monitor Options section below.
Headphone Section
The built in HP amp output signal appears at the headphone jack, mounted on the
right-hand front of the control surface’s lower mainframe pan. The jack is provided as
a place to plug in user-supplied stereo headphones having an impedance of
60 Ohms or higher. A DB-9 connector on the rear of the surface provides a stereo line
level input to the HP amp. See Chapter 4 of this manual for pinout information. To get
audio into the HP amp, wire any router analog output to the HP amp input. Use XPoint
to cross connect the surface’s HP mix source signal (e.g. E1HP) to the analog
destination wired to the surface.
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Studio Section
The Studio output section has a dedicated source select bank, metering,
and a level knob. Microphones located in the studio are normally programmed using VDip to MUTE the Studio output to prevent the occurrence
of feedback. When MUTE is active, the word MUTE appears in the center
of the monitor’s meter display. The Studio level control may be locked to a
user defined volume level (see the E-1 Monitor Options section below).
Talkback to Studio
The Studio output has a dedicated TB button which lets the operator
interrupt the normal feed to the studio speakers with a pre-determined TB
signal. Note that the Talkback source, typically the board operator’s mic,
must first be cross connected to the surface’s TB input using either XPoint
software or the E-1’s built in Route function. The TB signal may be any
Source signal in the router, including MXM busses. The E-1’s TB input
signal is a factory defined surface Destination signal with a name similar to
E1TBk. The actual name depends on how many surfaces you have. There is only one
TB bus input on the E-1. You can use Programmable Buttons to momentarily route
other sources to the Studio output.
E-1 Monitor Options
The Headphone, Control Room, and Studio
outputs are normally subject to the control
surface’s muting and cue interrupt circuits. Use
the Options Tab > Monitor Config screen to
modify speaker behavior.
Cue Defeat - Click on the Options Tab,
choose Monitor Config from the AVAILABLE
OPTIONS scroll down list, and set the Cue
Defeat option for Headphone, Control Room,
and Studio. If you program a Cue Defeat option
to be ON, that means that cue will not interrupt
that monitor output.
Level Lock - You can lock any of the surface’s
monitor level control pots. Use the slider to set
a level and switch the Level Lock to be ON.
Press the APPLY button at the bottom to confirm. The corresponding LOCK LED will be lit
in the monitor speaker section of the VGA.
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The E-1 includes a snapshot save and recall feature
that saves all of the surface’s switch, level, and DSP
settings to a unique Event file. These saved Events
may be recalled as required at any time. User access
privileges may be configured to limit access to Event
Save, Recall, or both. Click on the Events Tab or press
either EVENT button (VIEW or SAVE) on the Monitor Panel to open the Events
The Events Tab is split into two sections - Event Recall and Event Editor.
EVENT RECALL, located in the top section of the tab, allows users to select and
recall a previously saved Event. Highlight the Event name in the list window, then
press ARM, then press TAKE. Note that the board will completely reset to the
previously saved state. In order to accommodate Event switching while OnAir,
any faders which are ON when the Event is recalled will NOT be affected.
The EVENT EDITOR acts an Event file manager. This is where you create,
save, rename, and delete Events. It is pretty easy to use. To create a new
“snapshot,” simply click NEW and enter an Event name using the pop-up virtual
keyboard. Highlight an existing Event name and click SAVE TO to overwrite the
Event with the current surface configuration, RENAME to retitle it, or DELETE
to permanently remove it.
Deleted Events may NOT be restored.
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Control Modes - User Permissions
The E-1 control surface is operated in one of four
modes: Intern, Operator, Production, and Engineering. Engineering mode, by default, allows the user to
perform all surface functions. To set passcodes, press
the Options Tab and choose User Config from the
AVAILABLE OPTIONS scroll down list.
All four end user modes can have their
permission levels modified by any user with
permission to do so. This is done by pressing
the GUI Options tab and choosing Access
Authorization from the AVAILABLE OPTIONS scroll down list to bring up the Access
Authorization dialog box. Personnel with the
designated authority to set the permission levels should spend some time with this dialog box
and experiment to see what levels of authority
can be granted or denied.
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To log in to a given mode, press the button on the lower left corner of the VGA
screen that displays the current ACCESS AUTHORIZATION level.
This brings up the PASSCODE ACCESS dialog box. Select the desired
mode, then enter the password for that mode. The default password for all four
end user modes is “111” and can be changed for each mode by any user who
knows the password for that mode. This can be done by clicking the EDIT button
on the PASSCODE ACCESS form to bring up the EDIT PASSCODE box,
where you enter the old (current) passcode and then enter the new passcode twice
and click OK to effect the change.
“111” for
all users.
Once a given control mode is selected for a surface, that setting will persist
through a power cycle or surface reset.
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Switched Meters
The control surface includes a switched meter on
the Main Tab. The switched meter displays the signal
level of a user selected source - any source on the
router - or the CUE signal level when an input fader’s
CUE switch is activated (but see below to disable this
Auto-Cue function). Pressing the METER button will switch the screen to the Main
Tab if it is not there already.
The switched meter display shows the signal source name
at the top. Click on this name to bring up the source selection
window and change the signal as desired.
A METERS setting on the Options Tab allows you to turn
off Auto-Cue to this meter.
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Timer Section
The control surface timer is provided with an AUTO-RESTART function so that programmed (via the GUI) input modules can automatically reset
the timer display (located on the upper-left side of the main E-1 GUI screen)
to zero and start a new count, allowing the announcer to easily track his own
pace. The AUTO button on the Monitor Panel must be lit to enable this
The S/S (start/stop) button halts the timer, holds the last count, and then
restarts and accumulates the count when depressed again—perfect for compiling tapes of desired duration.
RESET has a dual-mode capability:
- if you depress it while the timer is counting, the display will instantly
reset to zero and start a fresh count;
- if the timer is already stopped, depressing this button will reset the timer
to zero, where it will hold until start is pressed.
The HOLD button allows you to hold the display for a longer viewing
duration, while still allowing the counter to continue in the background.
Releasing the button will then display the current count.
Time of Day Clock
The main Embedded E-1 GUI
screen includes the digital and
analog displays of a time of day
clock in 12 or 24 hour format. 12/
24 operation is set by making the
desired choice on the Options Tab
- Misc Options.
To set the time on this clock,
run the Wheatstone utility program, WSTimeSet.exe, on a network computer. The program allows you to set the clocks on multiple control surfaces by specifying the IP addresses of the control
surfaces in a list. A single command then updates all specified
clocks. Program options allow
auto updating at midnight or at the
top of the hour. See Appendix 1
for details. The time of day is read
from the PC’s time of day clock
so the PC must be kept synchronized to a network time server, GPS clock, master
clock system, etc.
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Programmable Buttons
Also known as “Spare buttons,” these four (4)
switches and indicating LEDs are designed to
perform user-programmable functions. Some functions, such as firing Salvos, making temporary
connections, or interfacing with the logic
input and output ports on system Logic I/O
cards, must be configured through the Windows™ XPoint application. See the E-Series Network System manual for details.
Some of the spare button programming
can be done via the E-4 GUI. Press the
Options tab and choose Programmable Buttons from the AVAILABLE OPTIONS
scroll down list to display the Programmable Buttons form. You will see a separate line on the form for each of the four
buttons; each line has a drop down mode
selector, a FLASH button, and an EDIT
• Mode selection - the spare buttons can
be operated in various modes:
• None - in this mode button presses
are ignored - the button LED is controlled by DIO, which simply means
that the LED can be turned on
and off by a logic signal in the
E-Series Network System - this
control would be configured in
• Toggle - in this mode the
button acts like a toggle; one
press turns it on and another
press turns it off - the button’s
LED state is controlled by the
surface, with the LED lit when
the button is on and unlit when
the button is off - the actual
function performed by the button is configured in XPoint
• Momentary / Surface LED in this mode the button has a
momentary action; it is on while
pressed and off when released the button’s LED is controlled
by the surface, with the LED on
while the button is pressed and
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off when it is not being pressed - the actual function performed by the button is
configured in XPoint
• Momentary / DIO LED - in this mode the button has a momentary action, with
its function configured in XPoint - the button LED is controlled by a system DIO
which is also configured in XPoint
• Software Controlled - in this mode the button’s function is set up by the E-1 GUI
using the EDIT button, as described below - the LED is controlled by the surface
and is on while the button is pressed and off when released
• FLASH - press this button to make a particular spare button flash - this helps you
see which button you are programming
• EDIT - this button is only active when the spare button mode is “Software
Controlled” - in all other modes it is grayed out - when active, this button brings up
the Monitor - Pgm Button Y form.
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VDIP Settings
Many surface functions, such as Mute,
Tally, and Machine Start Pulsed, are
programmed from the VDIP Screen.
VDip settings are attributes of the Source
signal and will follow the signal onto
different faders of the same console or
even other surfaces, depending on how it
is programmed. You may configure VDip
from the E-1 directly or by using the
VDip dialog box in XPoint software. It is
convenient to configure VDip right on
the E-1, but you may have to use XPoint
if you have other surface models.
To configure VDip DEFAULT on
the E-1 press the Options tab and choose
VDIP Settings from the AVAILABLE
OPTIONS scroll down list and then check
the functions that will be same for ALL
To configure VDip for a particular
source on the E-1, first make sure that the
source you need to program with VDip is
assigned to an input fader. Press and hold
the fader’s A/B button and the Input Tab
will open to the last screen used. Select
VDip from the Button Bar at the bottom.
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Make sure USE DEFAULTS is NO if you want this signal to work differently than
the default settings, and then simply check the functions for this signal. If USE
DEFAULTS is set to YES, that signal will use the default settings. Once you have the
settings you want, click APPLY.
To load other signals you want to to change the settings of, press and hold another
fader’s A/B button or click the SIGNAL button and choose which signal to load from
the Signal List.
Click DEFAULT to change settings you want to be the same for ALL signals The
default settings form then shows the default values used for any signal unless
specifically overridden. If you have made changes and then decided you don’t want
to put the changes into effect, click RESET. This will cancel any changes you made
since entering the screen or since clicking APPLY, whichever happened most
PFL/CUE Dropout—When a channel’s CUE button is pressed it will assign the
channel’s signal to the CUE bus. When “PFL/CUE Dropout” is checked it causes the
channel’s CUE function to be de-activated whenever the channel ON switch is
EFS—This function causes the channel to be OFF when the fader is fully down or ON
when the fader is brought up from the fully down position. The ON and OFF switches
can still control the channel.
Fader Cue—Assigns the signal to the Cue bus when the fader is moved all the way
down. The CUE button can still be used to change the CUE status.
PGM D Pre Fader—When checked, causes the signal, when assigned to the
surface’s PGM D output, to be tapped before the fader.
PGM D Pre On—When checked, causes the signal, when assigned to the surface’s
PGM D output, to be tapped before the channel ON switch.
Timer Restart—The surface’s digital timer can be programmed to automatically
reset to zero and begin counting up when the channel’s ON button is pressed. To
enable this function the AUTO button in the timer section of the Monitor Panel has
to be activated.
Machine Start Pulsed—This setting allows you to correct for differing source
machine ON/OFF control signals to the input channel. The input channel will work
with most standard source machines. Occasionally, the source machine, because of
the way it is designed, will send overly long control closures to the channel’s remote
ON and OFF ports - closures so long that they will hang up the module’s ON/OFF
logic. When this kind of problem manifests itself, setting to “Machine Start Pulsed”
will convert the closures to pulses before they get to the channel ON/OFF switch
Remote Ready—The channel’s OFF switch normally has its LED indicator controlled by the switch itself. This is the factory default setting. When “Remote Ready”
is checked, the channel’s OFF switch LED can be controlled by an external source
machine. This requires additional configuration in XPoint to fully implement the
PGM D Off Line—This function determines what will be heard at the fader’s
Bus Minus output when the fader is off. If the box is not checked, when the fader is
off the same bus will feed the bus minus that feeds it when the fader is on, as
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determined by the BUS MINUS SOURCE selection below. But if the PGM D Off
Line box is checked, when the fader is off the Bus Minus output will be fed from the
PGM D bus instead.
STUDIO MUTES—Input channels can be programmed to mute the various
monitors when the channel is ON. There are five STUDIO MUTES checkboxes, one
for each monitor section plus one for CUE. The checked boxes show which speakers
are muted. Note that the Studio 2 mute has no effect on the E-1 surface.
STUDIO TALLIES—Turning the channel ON can activate a remote tally indicator. There are four tally control lines. The checked boxes show which tallies are
activated. This requires additional configuration in XPoint to fully implement the
BUS MINUS DIRECT OUT—For each fader, determines if the Bus Minus output
is a mix-minus of the selected BUS MINUS SOURCE (unchecked) or is a Direct
Output (checked). On faders where the BUS MINUS DIRECT OUT box is checked,
the PGM D Off Line box (above) will have no effect.
BUS MINUS SOURCE—For each fader, determines which bus the Bus Minus
output is a mix-minus of. Any of the four PGM busses can be selected as Bus Minus
Source. If, for example, E1PgmA is selected, then the BUS MINUS output will
consist of the audio on the E1PgmA bus, minus the signal assigned to the fader. This
is true when the fader is turned on. It also true when the fader is turned off, unless
the PGM D Off Line box is checked (above). This setting will have no effect on any
fader where the BUS MINUS DIRECT OUT box is checked (above).
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Machine Logic
The surface’s start/stop logic
options can be selected via the
E-1 GUI. Press the Options tab
and choose Misc Options from
scroll down list to display MACHINE LOGIC choices.
The purpose of this option is
to allow the privileged operator
to determine the conditions under
which START and STOP signals
(referred to herein collectively as
DIO signals) are sent in response
to a command to turn a channel
ON or OFF. Channel ON and
OFF commands can come from
three different sources:
• Surface - a channel can be
turned ON or OFF by a surface action, such as pressing
the ON or OFF switch, or
moving a fader if EFS has
been enabled
• Remote (RMT) - a channel
can be turned ON or OFF by sending it a command from a system Logic I/O card
via the RemOn and RemOff functions, configurable from within XPoint
• Automation Control Interface (ACI) - various automation systems are capable of
sending ACI signals to the system via Ethernet to turn channels ON and OFF (and
perform other functions as well).
There are four possible start/stop options:
DIO Always—START and STOP (DIO) signals are always sent in response to
channel ON and OFF commands, regardless of the source.
No DIO w/ACI—DIO signals are blocked if the channel ON and OFF commands
are from an automation system (ACI).
No DIO w/RMT—DIO signals are blocked if the channel ON and OFF commands
are initiated from a system Logic I/O card.
No DIO w/ACI or RMT—DIO signals are blocked if the source of channel ON and
OFF commands is either automation or Logic I/O.
Note that DIO signals are always issued if the corresponding channel ON or OFF
command is initiated by a surface control.
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Optional Glass E Interface
Wheatstone offers the optional PC-based software, called “Wheatstone Glass E
Virtual Control Surface,” that controls the E-1 surface from a remote
PC. The Windows XP-based PC software accesses remotely through a
LAN/WAN. It brings studio control
surfaces anywhere in the world under remote control of an internetconnected PC. Glass E is a graphical
replication of the control surface to
which it is assigned. All surface functions and features are accessed by
the Glass E. The surface presets,
system X-Y access, system programming, and configuration are password protected.
Before you can run the GLASS E
software to control a particular surface, that surface needs to be set up to
allow the Glass E interface to function. In the E-1 GUI press the Options Tab and choose Misc Options
scroll down list to display the screen
that has the Glass E interface options. Enter a Port number (the default is 49152), then click APPLY. The surface is now
ready to host a link to the Glass E software.
On the PC that’s running the Glass E software, start the software. You should see the
following screen:
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Select the Surface Type, enter the surface’s IP address, and enter the Port you
previously set up at the E-1. Then enter the user name and password that corresponds
to the user type you want to
operate the surface as, and you
should then see screens similar to following two screens
(shown for E-6 surface) on the
PC running Glass E:
The first screen is a duplicate of the surface’s GUI as it
appears on the surface’s VGA
screen. All controls and functions of the GUI that have
been described in chapters 2
and 3 of this manual work the
same on this Glass E screen.
The second screen is a replication of the actual surface
panels, and is operated in much
the same fashion as the actual
physical controls in the surface.
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Meter Labels
Click label windows to rename
Function Tabs
Functions display:
Clock, timer, current event, and
switched meter
Program meters
Click on EXT windows to choose source
Channel Select / Status
Monitor Controls
Access Authorization
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Pressing fader’s A/B switch
automatically opens the Input Tab
Meter labels
click to rename
Click here to change
the source
A typical Input Tab
Functions display:
Source and Fader Mode
Drag PAN slider or use Pan Pot
Button Bar
buttons show ON/OFF.
Use “Monitor Config” in the OPTIONS tab
to lock monitor levels feeding amplifiers.
Separate password
protected login for
engineers, jocks, interns.
MUTE labels let you see
when speakers are
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Events Manager tab — “Events” are snapshots of the entire control surface.
All faders, switches, sources, etc. are stored
and recalled.
Last event taken
Event Recall
To recall an event:
• click on event name
• click ARM
• click TAKE
• click UNDO to go back
Event Editor
This section lets you manage:
NEW—Save current surface state to a new event.
SAVE TO—Lets you save current surface state to an
existing event.
RENAME—3 guesses? Just click on the event name
and the virtual keyboard opens up.
DELETE—Just click on the event name, click
DELETE and confirm.
E-1 GUI Events Tab Screen Controls
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Options Manager tab — Provides access to a
whole host of system options. Some are self
explanatory, but see the Options Details
section for details.
E-1 GUI Options Tab Screen Controls
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Press A/B on a fader to open main
INPUT screen
Choose fader sources
Use the Button Bar to navigate
various input screens
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E-1 GUI Input Tab Screens
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Access Authorization
User Configuration
Programmable Buttons
Crosspoint Visibility
Network Settings
Miscellaneous Options
VDIP Settings
Monitor Configuration
Source Visibility
This screen available only for the system
with WheatNet-IP engine BLADE.
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