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(12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2011/0069025 A1
FUJITA et al.
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(43) Pub. Date:
MIXING CONSOLE
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FUJITA, Hamamatsu-shi-
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Hamamatsu'shi (JP)
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YAMAHA CORPORATION,
Hamamatsu-shi (JP)
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ABSTRACT
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inputting a Value of the target parameter. The numeric keypad
56 Varies depending on the type of a target parameter. When
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a user touches the numeric keypad 56 to input a Value, the
target parameter is updated With the input value.
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MIXING CONSOLE
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
[0001] 1. Field of the Invention
[0002] The present invention relates to a mixing console
having a sub-display Which displays, at all times, an ancillary
menu relating to a target parameter displayed on a main
display.
[0003]
2. Description of the Related Art
[0004]
Conventionally, there have been mixing consoles
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so that by a double click on an operating element or a block
relating to a parameter on the main screen, the detailed editing
screen corresponding to the clicked operating element or
block Will be displayed on the touch panel. On the detailed
editing screen displayed on the touch panel, buttons and the
like for editing a plurality of parameters are displayed so that
a user of the disclosed mixing console can edit the respective
parameters by manipulating the buttons and the like.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
for use in a concert hall or the like, the conventional mixing
[0007]
consoles controlling respective levels and frequency
to display the detailed editing screen on the touch panel in
order to edit a plurality of parameters on the touch panel only
responses of audio signals output from a multiplicity of
microphones and electric/ electronic musical instruments
placed on a stage or the like, mixing the controlled signals,
and then transmitting the mixed signals to a poWer ampli?er.
By use of various kinds of panel operating elements provided
on the conventional mixing console, a user of the mixing
console controls respective tone volumes and tone colors of
audio signals representative of tones of musical instruments
and vocals to realiZe a state in Which performances are most
suitably represented. The mixing console has buses for mix
ing sound signals input from input channels, and output chan
nels for outputting the mixed sound signals. The respective
input channels control frequency response and mixing level
of sound signals input to the input channels, and then output
the controlled sound signals to the mixing buses. The mixing
buses mix the input sound signals, and then output the mixed
signals to their respective output channels. Respective out
puts from the output channels are ampli?ed to be emitted by
speakers and the like.
[0005]
On the conventional mixing consoles, parameter
values for use in signal processing can be edited by user’s
manipulation. For example, there is a knoWn mixing console
Which displays on a main display unit, a GUI (graphical user
interface) screen for accepting the editing of parameters. On
this conventional mixing console, in addition, the main dis
HoWever, the disclosed mixing console is designed
When the speci?c manipulation (double click) is performed
on the main screen. That is, the detailed editing screen is not
displayed at all times. Furthermore, the detailed editing
screen only displays the parameters. Therefore, the touch
panel is not able to display ancillary operating functions such
as copy and paste of a selected parameter, failing to alloW the
user to perform the ancillary operating functions by use of the
touch panel. In addition, the disclosed mixing console is not
designed to display on the touch panel, a screen tailored to the
type of a parameter selected as a target parameter, failing to
offer simple parameter editing.
[0008] The present invention Was accomplished to solve
the above-described problem, and an object thereof is to
provide a mixing console Which displays, on a sub-display, a
screen tailored to the type of a parameter selected on a display
screen of a main display as a target parameter.
[0009] In order to achieve the above-described object, it is
the primary feature of the present invention to provide a
mixing console including a ?rst display portion Which has a
touch panel capability and displays sets of parameters, the
sets relating to respective channels; a selector Which deter
mines a parameter Which is a target parameter to control, by
detecting a touch of the ?rst display portion to select the
parameter corresponding to the touch from among the plural
play unit has a touch panel so that a user can touch the screen
ity of parameters displayed on the ?rst display portion, and
directly to manipulate the GUI. The conventional mixing
console is designed such that by user’s manipulation of a
detecting a manipulation of an operating element for select
ing a channel to select a channel corresponding to the manipu
lated operating element from among the channels; a second
button or ?eld corresponding to a certain parameter on a main
screen displayed on the main display unit, a pop-up WindoW
displaying details or a list of the parameter appears to alloW
the user to edit the parameter in detail on the pop-up WindoW.
display portion Which has a touch panel capability and dis
plays at all times a screen on Which, in a case Where the target
This is because the main screen is not large enough to display
the GUI necessary to accept user’s manipulations of detailed
editing of a parameter. If the GUI Were displayed on the main
screen, the main screen Would have to display in small letters,
parameter has been determined by the selector, a value relat
ing to the parameter is input, and Who se manner of inputting
the value varies according to the type of the target parameter
determined by the selector; a ?rst editor Which alloWs editing
of the parameters displayed on the ?rst display portion, inde
reducing visibility and operability.
pendently of What is displayed on the second display portion;
In a case Where the pop-up WindoW is displayed on
and a second editor Which updates, in a case Where the value
the main display unit, the main screen placed beneath the
pop-up WindoW is invisible during the display of the pop-up
WindoW. If the display scheme is simply modi?ed such that
the pop-up WindoW is displayed apart from the main screen,
relating to the target parameter has been input on the screen
the modi?ed scheme requires the user to select a target param
eter to edit on the main screen before moving to the pop-up
WindoW situated aWay from the main screen to edit the target
play portion displays a screen on Which, in a case Where the
[0006]
parameter, reducing operability due to the manipulations at
displayed on the second display portion, the parameter
de?ned as the target parameter With the input value.
[0010]
According to the present invention, the second dis
target parameter has been determined, a value relating to the
parameter is input, and Whose manner of inputting the value
varies according to the type of the target parameter. Conse
separate locations. In order to solve the above-described
quently, the mixing console according to the present inven
problem, therefore, there has been a conventional mixing
console (e.g., Japanese Unexamined Patent Publication No.
tion is able to display a screen tailored to the inputting of a
value of the target parameter at all times on the second display
2007-267135). The disclosed mixing console is provided
portion. Thus, the mixing console of the present invention
With a touch panel Which displays a detailed editing screen
separately from a display panel Which displays a main screen
facilitates user’s input of a numeric value and user’s control of
surround pan, also alloWing at all times a user to control the
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parameters displayed on the ?rst display portion indepen
dently of what is displayed on the second display portion.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0011] FIG. 1 is a block diagram indicative of a con?gura
tion of a mixing console according to an embodiment of the
present invention;
[0012] FIG. 2 is a block diagram indicative of an equivalent
hardware con?guration of a mixing algorithm executed on the
mixing console of the present invention;
[0013] FIG. 3 is a con?guration ofa display portion of the
mixing console of the present invention and a con?guration of
operating elements placed on a panel;
[0014]
FIG. 4 is an example screen displayed on a main
display of the mixing console of the present invention;
[0015]
FIG. 5 is the other example screen displayed on the
main display of the mixing console of the present invention;
[0016]
FIG. 6 is an example screen of a sub-display which
displays a context menu on a utility area of the sub-display of
the mixing console of the present invention;
[0017]
FIG. 7 is the other example screen of the sub-display
which displays a context menu on the utility area of the
sub-display of the mixing console of the present invention;
[0018]
FIG. 8 is a screen switched from the screen indicated
in FIG. 7;
[0019]
FIG. 9 is an example display manner of a context
pad displayed on the utility area of the sub-display of the
mixing console of the present invention;
[0020] FIG. 10 is the other example display manner of the
context pad displayed on the utility area of the sub-display of
the mixing console of the present invention;
[0021] FIG. 11 is a ?owchart of a target parameter deter
mination process carried out on the mixing console of the
present invention;
[0022]
FIG. 12 is a ?owchart of a context menu/pad draw
ing process executed on the mixing console of the present
invention; and
[0023] FIG. 13 is a memory image ofthe mixing console of
the present invention.
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effector (EFX) 19 adds effects such as reverb, echo and cho
rus to the mixed audio signals under the control of the CPU
10.
[0025] A display IE 13 is an interface for displaying a
screen of various contents relating to mixing on a display
portion 14. The display portion 14 is formed of main displays
14a, 14b each having a touch panel capability and a sub
display 140 having a touch panel capability as indicated in
FIG. 3A detection IE 15 scans operating elements 16 such as
faders, knobs and switches provided on a panel of the mixing
console 1 to detect user’s manipulations of the operating
elements 16 to edit or manipulate parameters used for sound
signal processing on the basis of the detected manipulation
signals. A communications IE 17, which is an interface for
allowing the mixing console 1 to communicate with an exter
nal apparatus through a communications I/O 18, is a network
interface such as Ethernet (trademark). The CPU 10, the
ROM 11, the RAM 12, the display IE 13, the detection IE 15,
the communications IE 17, the EFX 19 and the DSP 20
transmit and receive data and the like with each other through
a communications bus 21.
[0026]
The EFX 19 and the DSP 20 transmit/receive data
and the like to/ from an AD 22, a DA 23 and a DD 24 through
a sound bus 25. The AD 22 is a plurality of analog input ports
for inputting analog signals to the mixing console 1. The
analog input signals input to the AD 22 are converted into
digital signals before being transmitted to the sound bus 25.
The DA 23 is a plurality of analog output ports for outputting
mixed signals which have been mixed from the mixing con
sole 1 to the outside. Digital output signals received by the DA
23 through the sound bus 25 are converted into analog signals
before being output from speakers placed in a venue or on a
stage. The DD 24 is a plurality of digital input/output ports for
inputting digital signals to the mixing console 1 and output
ting mixed digital signals to the outside. The digital input
signals input by the DD 24 are transmitted to the sound bus
25, whereas the digital output signals received through the
sound bus 25 are output to a digital recorder or the like. The
digital signals transmitted from the AD 22 and the DD 24 to
the sound bus 25 are received by the DSP 20 to be digitally
processed as described above. The mixed digital signals
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED
EMBODIMENT
transmitted from the DSP 20 to the sound bus 25 are received
by the DA 23 or the DD 24.
[0024] FIG. 1 is a block diagram indicative of a con?gura
tion of a mixing console according to an embodiment of the
present invention. On a mixing console 1 indicated in FIG. 1,
a CPU (central processing unit) 10 carries out a control pro
[0027] FIG. 2 is a block diagram indicative of an equivalent
hardware con?guration of a mixing algorithm executed on the
gram (OS: operating system) to control the entire mixing
mixing console 1. In FIG. 2, a plurality of analog signals input
to the plurality of analog input ports (AD 22) are converted
into digital signals before being input to an input patch 30. A
console 1 by the OS. The mixing console 1 has a nonvolatile
plurality of digital signals input to the plurality of digital input
ROM (read-only memory) 11 which stores operating soft
10, and a RAM (random-access memory) 12 which functions
port (DD 24) are directly input to the input patch 30. In the
input patch 30, each of the input ports from which signals
were input is selectively patched (connected) to one of input
as working areas of the CPU 10 and stores various kinds of
data. The CPU 10 carries out the mixing control program to
channel portion 31 having N channels (N is an integer which
allow a DSP (digital signal processor) 20 to process input
is 1 or more: 96 channels, for example). To the respective
input channels 31-1 to 31-N, audio signals In. 1, In. 2, In. 3, .
ware such as a mixing control program executed by the CPU
sound signals to perform mixing processing. By employing a
channels 31-1, 31-2, 31-3, . . . , 31-N included in an input
rewritable ROM such as a ?ash memory as the ROM 11, the
. . , In. N transmitted from the respective input ports patched
operating software can be rewritten to facilitate updates of the
operating software. Under the control of the CPU 10, the DSP
20 controls the respective tone volume levels and frequency
responses of the input sound signals on the basis of set param
by the input patch 30 are supplied.
[0028] As for respective input channel signals supplied to
eters, and mixes the sound signals to perform digital signal
the respective input channels 31-1 to 31-N of the input chan
nel portion 31, characteristics of sound signals are controlled
by an equaliZer and compressor, with respective sending lev
processing which controls sound characteristics such as tone
volume, pan and effect on the basis of the parameters. An
mixing bus (Mix Bus) 34 having M buses (M is an integer
els being controlled. The signals are then transmitted to a
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Which is 1 or more: 24 buses, for example). In this case, the N
input channel signals output by the input channel portion 31
are selectively output to one or more of the M buses of the
mixing bus 34. In the respective buses of the mixing bus 34,
one or more input channel signals selectively input from the
input channel(s) included in the N input channels are mixed,
resulting in a total of M different mixed outputs. The respec
tive mixed outputs output from the respective buses of the M
mixing bus 34 are output to respective output channels 32-1,
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14b Which are touch panels, and the sub-display 140 Which is
also a touch panel. BeloW the main display (left) 1411, a
physical panel (left) 1611 having the operating elements 16
forming channel strips of eight channels, for example, is
provided. BeloW the main display (right) 14b, a physical
panel (right) 16b having the operating elements 16 forming
channel strips of eight channels, for example, is provided. On
the left of the physical panel (left) 16a, a physical panel
(selected channel section) 160 having the operating elements
32-2, 32-3, . . . , 32-M included in an output channel portion
1 6 is provided. The main displays offer intuitive manipulation
32 having M channels. In the respective output channels 32-1
to 32-M, characteristics of sound signals such as frequency
balance are controlled by the equalizer and compressor
before being output as output channel signals Mix. 1, Mix. 2,
on the touch panels to the user. On each main display, more
speci?cally, respective areas for displaying screens for mak
ing various settings and a screen for manipulation are distin
guished clearly. By displaying only necessary information
Mix. 3, . . . , Mix. M. The M output channel signals Mix. 1 to
only When the information is required, therefore, the mixing
Mix. M are output to an output patch 33.
[0029] One or more of the M output channel signals Mix. 1
to Mix. M output from the output channel portion 32 are
console 1 of the present invention enables intuitive manipu
lation, also preventing user’s erroneous manipulation on the
selectively transmitted to an MTRX bus 35 having P buses (P
is an integer Which is 1 or more: 8 buses, for example) Which
are matrix buses. In each of the P buses of the MTRX bus 35,
one or more of the output channel signals selectively input
from the output channel(s) included in the M output channels
are mixed, resulting in a total of P different mixed outputs
MRX. 1, MRX. 2, MRX. 3, . . . , MRX. P being output to an
output patch 33. By the MTRX bus 35, as described above,
sub-mixed signals MRX. 1 to MRX. P obtained by further
touch panels.
[0032]
More speci?cally, the central area of the main dis
play (left) 14a is an overvieW area L-1 Where a screen for
making various settings is displayed. On the overvieW area
L-1, the channel strips of the eight channels provided on the
physical panel (left) 1611 are to be handled. The channel strips
are designed such that image operating elements displayed on
the main display (left) 1411 are vertically linked seamlessly to
the operating elements 16 provided on the physical panel
(left) 1611, as displayed in a later-described example screen
mixing (sub-mixing), in the P different buses, the signals
mixed by the mixing bus 34 are output. The sub -mixed signals
indicated in FIG. 4. An area situated above the overvieW area
L-1 is a navigation area L-2 Where a screen for setting various
can be used in the folloWing case: In a case of a concert hall
settings is displayed. On the navigation area L-2, the user
selects a channel block Which is to be assigned to the physical
panel (left) 1611. Each channel block is formed of a certain
number of channels such as eight channels. The navigation
Where music is played, With the ?rst output channel being
assigned vocal, the second output channel being assigned
guitar, the third output channel being assigned drums, and the
like, it is preferable that sound signals Which are to be emitted
from speakers placed in a lobby and hallWays of the concert
hall are the signals obtained by mixing the vocal, guitar,
drums and the like. By mixing, by the MTRX bus 35, the
output channel signals Mix. 1 to Mix. M representative of the
vocal, guitar, drums and the like output by the output channel
portion 32, therefore, the sub-mixed signals MRX. 1 to MRX.
P output by the MTRX bus 35 can be emitted from the
speakers placed in the lobby and the hallWays.
[0030] The output patch 33 selectively patches (connects)
each of the M output channel signals Mix. 1 to Mix. M output
area L-2 displays all the channel blocks at all times so that the
user can touch a user’s desired channel block to assign the
desired channel block to the overvieW area L-1 and the physi
cal panel (left) 1611. Each channel block alWays displays
input/output meters and fader positions in order to provide the
user the outline of the channels of each block.
[0033] An area situated on the left of the overvieW area L-1
and the navigation area L-2 is a selected channel area L-3
Where a screen for manipulation is displayed. The selected
channel area L-3 displays image operating elements Which
alloW the user at all times to manipulate important parameters
by the output channel portion 32 and the P sub-mixed signals
of a currently selected channel. The selected channel area L-3
MRX. 1 to MRX. P output by the MTRX bus 35 to one of the
is designed to Work With the physical panel (selected channel
plurality of output ports (the DA 23 and DD 24). To the
section) 160, so that the user can manipulate, With the oper
respective output ports, the output channel signals patched by
ating elements 16 provided on the physical panel 160, all the
items Which require real-time operation of a channel assigned
the output patch 33 are supplied. In the output ports of the DA
23, digital output channel signals are converted to analog
to the selected channel area L-3. The selected channel area
output signals to be ampli?ed by an ampli?er before being
emitted from speakers placed in the venue. The analog output
resented by the physical panel (selected channel section) 160.
signals can be also supplied to in-ear monitors Worn by musi
cians and the like performing on a stage, or reproduced by
stage monitoring speakers placed near the musicians. Digital
audio signals output by the digital output port portion (the DD
24) having a plurality of digital output ports can be supplied
to a recorder or an externally connected DAT so that the
L-3 displays those channel parameters Which cannot be rep
Such channel parameters can be roughly grouped under
“parameters for making a tone itself’, “parameters for rout
ing” and “other parameters”. Without depending on respec
tive states of the other areas in principle, the selected channel
area L-3 alWays alloWs user’s manipulations on the param
eters of an assigned channel and displays the parameters of
digital audio signals can be digitally recorded.
[0031] FIG. 3 indicates a con?guration of the display por
the assigned channel.
tion 14 of the mixing console 1 of the present invention and a
overvieW area R-1 Where a screen for making various settings
con?guration of the operating elements 16 provided on the
is displayed. Because the overvieW area R-1 is designed simi
larly to the overvieW area L-1, the explanation about the
panel. The display portion 14 is formed of main displays
having the main display (left) 14a and the main display (right)
[0034]
A central area of the main display (right) 14b is an
overvieW area R-1 Will be omitted. An area situated above the
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overview area R-1 is a navigation area R-2 Where a screen for
making various settings is displayed. Because the navigation
area R-2 is designed similarly to the navigation area L-2, the
explanation about the navigation area R-2 Will be omitted. An
area situated on the right of the overvieW area R-1 and the
navigation area R-2 is an administration area R-3 Where a
screen for manipulation is displayed. The administration area
R-3 serves as an area for the entire control to govern the entire
modes of the mixing console 1, Without depending on respec
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panel (selected channel section) 160, therefore, the user is
able to edit the parameters of the assigned channel. By
manipulating one of the channel faders 45 provided on the
physical panel (left) 1611, the user is able to control the level of
the channel assigned to the channel strip 42 Which has the
manipulated channel fader 45.
[0038] In the example of FIG. 4, the SEL key 44 of channel
3 Which is the third channel from the left on the physical panel
(left) 1611 has been selected to illuminate. From among the
tive states of the other areas. Functions Which cannot be
selected parameters “VoFB”, therefore, the parameter
represented by the parameters of the channels such as con
“VoFB” of the channel 3 is selected to be focused. That is, the
focused parameter “VoFB” is regarded as a target parameter
Which is to be controlled, With a sub-menu (context menu)
?guration on the mixing console 1 are to be invoked on the
area.
[0035]
FIG. 4 indicates an example screen displayed on the
main display of the mixing console 1 of the present invention.
In FIG. 4, an example screen of the overvieW area L-1 dis
formed of manipulation items relating to the target parameter,
or an image for input (context pad) being displayed on the
sub-display 140 at all times. Display modes of the sub-display
played on the main display (left) 14a and the con?guration of
140 include a context menu mode and a context pad mode. In
the physical panel (left) 1611 are indicated. The overvieW area
R-1 of the main display (right) 14b displays a similar screen,
the context menu mode, the sub-display 14c displays a con
With the physical panel (right) 16b being con?gured similarly.
[0036] The overvieW area L-1 of the main display (left) 1411
indicated in FIG. 4 displays image operating elements 41
provided for respective parameters provided for each of the
eight channels Which con?gure the channel block assigned to
the area. Each channel has the sixteen image operating ele
ments 41 arranged in tWo lines to extend vertically. To the
image operating elements 41 of each channel, parameters
text menu formed of items of ancillary operating functions
such as copy and paste of the focused parameter. The items
included in the context menu vary according to the type of a
focused parameter. In the context pad mode, the sub-display
14c displays, as a context pad, a softWare keyboard for input
ting a numeric value to the focused parameter or a screen of
surround pan in a case Where the focused parameter is about
pan. The number of parameters Which can be speci?ed by the
focusing is one. That is, the sub-display 14c displays at all
Which are important to the channel and parameters Which are
times, the context menu or the context pad for a focused
to be handled in real time are assigned, respectively. Each
channel’s image operating elements 41 arranged in the verti
parameter. The manner in Which the sub -display 140 displays
cal direction displayed on the overvieW area L-1 are linked
seamlessly to the operating elements 16 Which are arranged in
the vertical direction and are provided on the physical panel
the screen Will be described later.
[0039] The overvieW area L-1 and the overvieW area R-1
can display a screen for detailed editing of a selected channel
so that the user can make detailed settings on the selected
(left) 16a, resulting in a channel strip 42 corresponding to the
channel on the screen. FIG. 5 indicates a state Where the
channel. FIG. 4 indicates a case Where the channel strips 42
are provided for the eight channels. When the user touches
overvieW area L-1 displays the detailed editing screen. In the
screen indicated in FIG. 5, the SEL key 44 of the channel 3 has
one of the image operating elements 41 displayed on the
overvieW area L-1, a parameter assigned to the touched image
operating element 41 is to be selected. When the user touches
been manipulated to illuminate, With the detailed editing
the image operating element 41 assigned to the parameter
an input channel, and the detailed editing screen displays the
image operating elements 41 for controlling the level of head
amp (HA), the attenuation level of attenuator (ATT), the
“VoFB” of a channel, for example, the parameter “VoFB” is to
be selected, so that boxes 40 enclosing the respective image
operating elements 41 corresponding to the selected param
eter are displayed. By touching one of the image operating
elements 41, therefore, the parameter corresponding to the
image operating element 41 is to be selected on each channel
displayed on the overvieW area L-1, resulting in the boxes 40
enclosing the respective image operating elements 41 of the
parameter “VoFB” provided for the respective channels being
overlaid on the operating elements 41, respectively.
[0037] Once the parameter is selected as described above,
screen for the selected channel 3 being displayed on the
overvieW area L-1. As indicated in the ?gure, the channel 3 is
curve of frequency response of equalizer (EQ), the curve of
compressor (Comp), the send level to the mixing bus 34 and
the master level. In the shoWn detailed editing screen, in
addition, the image operating element 41 for controlling the
head amp (HA) has been touched to display the box 40
enclosing the image operating element 41 of the head amp. In
this case, the parameter on the level of head amp (HA) is
focused, so that the sub-display 14c displays at all times, a
context menu or a context pad for controlling the focused
the user is able to change the value of the selected parameter
parameter. The mixing console 1 is designed such that When
by manipulating an operating element 43 provided at the top
of the physical panel (left) 16a. The parameter value Which is
the user manipulates the SEL key 44 of the user’s desired
to be changed is the selected parameter of a channel assigned
to the channel strip 42 Which has the manipulated operating
FIG. 4, the screen of the overvieW area L-1 changes to the
detailed editing screen indicative of the user’s desired channel
channel on the screen of the overvieW area L-1 indicated in
element 43. The user is alloWed to edit parameters by use of
indicated in FIG. 5. HoWever, the mixing console 1 may be
the operating elements 43 regardless of contents displayed on
the sub-display 140. If the user manipulates one of SEL keys
modi?ed such that the detailed editing screen pops up so that
the detailed editing screen Will be overlaid on the overvieW
44 provided on the physical panel (left) 1611, the selected
channel area L-3 and the physical panel (selected channel
section) 160 are assigned the channel assigned to the channel
area L-1.
[0040] FIG. 6 indicates an example screen of the sub-dis
play 140. The sub-display 14c serves as an ancillary display
strip 42 Which has the manipulated SEL key 44. By manipu
lating the operating elements 16 provided on the physical
portion provided in order to support user’s manipulation of
the main displays 14a, 14b to improve operability for the user.
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The sub-display 140 is a touch panel Which offers intuitive
operability. As indicated in FIG. 6, the sub-display 140 has
three display areas: a left narrow channel strip function area
S-1, an upper utility area S-2 and a user-de?ned key area S-3.
The channel strip function area S-1 is assigned the operating
elements corresponding to ASSIGNABLE FUNCTION
ENCODER, Fn KEY, CUE KEY, and CHANNEL METER,
respectively, included in the channel strip Which has the
focused parameter. More speci?cally, the channel strip func
tion area S-1 displays functions Which vary according to the
focused parameter. In the case of FIG. 6, the channel strip
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not be used. In a case Where the target is the mixing bus 34,
“MIX” is to be assigned to “xxx”. In a case Where the target is
the MTRX bus 35, “MATRIX” is to be assigned to “xxx”. In
general, the respective buses of a mixer are arranged in roWs
as in the case of the MTRX bus 35 of FIG. 2, so that the copy
is conducted upWard or doWnWard. Therefore, the arroWs
“'I‘ \I,” are indicated in the item.
[0047] “COPY TO [ALL xxx] (xxx: CH/MIX/MATRIX/
ST/DCA, etc.)”: Directly update all the channels With the
target parameter. The copy buffer Will not be used. “xxx” Will
function area S-1 displays a state Where the ASSIGNABLE
vary according to the target. In a case Where the target is a
FUNCTION ENCODER is assigned Input Gain, With the
CUE KEY and the CHANNEL METER also being displayed
Without displaying the Fn KEY (Function KEY). The utility
send parameter, “e—>” is to be added, resulting in “COPY
TO [ALL xxx e—>]”. In general, the respective buses of a
mixer are arranged in roWs as in the case of the MTRX bus 35
area S-2 displays a context menu or a context pad for the
of FIG. 2, so that the copy is conducted in the lateral direction
parameter focused on the main display 14a, 14b. The context
pad has an interface for inputting a value directly. In the case
of FIG. 6, the utility area S-2 displays the context menu.
[0041] By user’s touch of either the “context menu tab” or
the “context pad tab” provided on the top of the utility area
S-2, the utility area S-2 displays either the context menu or the
context pad, depending on the tab that the user has touched.
Alternatively, the precedence betWeen the context menu and
the context pad may be previously determined according to
the type of a focused parameter, so that either the context
menu or the context pad Will be displayed on the utility area
S-2. In the case of FIG. 6, the sub-display 140 is in the context
menu mode, so that the context menu is displayed on the
utility area S-2. In the user-de?ned key area S-3, user-de?ned
keys of up to 24 keys are arranged on the screen. Above the
user-de?ned keys, four sWitch keys for sWitching among
banks A, B, C and D are provided. Therefore, user’s de?ni
tions of up to 24><4 can be assigned to the keys. Next to the
sWitch keys, an “Edit” key is provided. In the shoWn example,
the key of bankA illuminates to indicate that bankA has been
selected. BeloW the sub-display 140, four physical operating
elements 50 are arranged. Each physical operating element 50
across the channels. Therefore, the arroWs “@Q” are indi
cated in the item.
[0048] “COPY TO [ALL xxx BALL xxx]”: Update all the
sends of all the channels With the target parameter of Send
Level/On/Pan/FolloW Fader. The copy buffer Will not be used.
“xxx” Will vary according to the target, such as “COPY TO
[ALL CH><ALL MIX]”.
[0049]
“UNDO”: Put the current state back to the latest
starting point of UNDO. The timing at Which a starting point
is created is immediately before the execution of the context
menu for Which UNDO is available or immediately after the
opening of a pop-up (except some pop-ups). Up to ten starting
points can be stored, With information on the oldest starting
point being deleted at each storing of a neW starting point. At
the time of execution of the context menu for Which UNDO is
available, parameters Which are to be retained at a starting
point are all the parameters Which are to be affected by the
execution. At the time of opening of a pop-up, all the param
eters Which are to be handled by the pop-up are to be retained.
By forcefully recalling a parameter group stored as a starting
point (recall safe is not available), UNDO is achieved. The
elements, so that the user can use a function corresponding to
parameters Which are to be affected by the execution of
UNDO are to be stored immediately before the execution of
UNDO as a starting point of REDO.
[0050] “REDO”: Put the current state back to the latest
a selected user-de?ned key. By user’s touch of the “Edit” key,
furthermore, a screen for programming user-de?ned keys
before the execution of UNDO, so that all the parameters
is also able to be assigned a user-de?ned function. In the
user-de?ned key area S-3, user-de?ned functions are assigned
to GUI image operating elements and hardWare operating
appear to alloW the user to program the respective user-de
?ned keys.
[0042] The context menu displayed in the utility area S-2 of
FIG. 6 is able to display buttons of the folloWing items:
[0043] “COPY”: Save the target parameter to a copy buffer.
[0044] “CHANNEL COPY”: Save all the parameters of the
channel strip having the target parameter to the copy buffer.
[0045]
“PASTE”: Update the target parameter (or the chan
nel including the parameter) With that stored in the copy
buffer (paste the parameter stored in the copy buffer). There
are different types of parameters such as level and frequency.
Only in a case Where the current target parameter is the same
starting point of Redo.A starting point is created immediately
Which are to be affected by the execution of UNDO are
retained. Although the number of starting points is not lim
ited, a starting point is created by an execution of UNDO.
Actually, therefore, the number of starting points depends on
the number of available UNDOs. The REDO becomes opera
tive by an execution of UNDO. Once a modi?cation is made
to the parameter in the state Where REDO is operative, hoW
ever, all the starting points of REDO are to be deleted, so that
the REDO becomes inoperative.
[0051]
“SET DEFAULT”: Put a focused target parameter
back to a default value.
copied parameter can be pasted. In a case Where the target
parameter is not the same type of parameter as the copied
[0052] “SET NOMINAL”: Set a focused target parameter
at a nominal value (0 dB).
[0053] “SET DEFAULT (CHANNEL)”: Put the param
eters of the channel strip having the target back to their
parameter, the copied parameter cannot be pasted.
respective default values.
type of parameter as the copied parameter, therefore, the
[0046] “COPY TO [ALL xxx’I‘ \|,](xxx: MIX/MATRIX)”:
[0054]
Update all the sends of the respective buses of the mixing bus
opened to paste (overWrite) only the focused target parameter
“GLOBAL PASTE”: A GLOBAL PASTE screen is
34 or the MTRX bus 35 of the channel With the target param
eter of Send Level/On/Pan/FolloW Fader. The copy buffer Will
to an existing Snapshot. The user is alloWed to select a plu
rality of Snapshots to Which the focused target parameter Will
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be pasted. The Snapshot indicates sound settings provided by
the DSP 20’s signal processing by use of a parameter set for
signal processing.
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user has moved the focus, the current value is to be displayed
on the numerical value display portion 57. FIG. 9 indicates a
case in which a parameter of delay is focused, with 26.5 m
being displayed on the numerical value display portion 57 to
[0055] “GLOBAL PASTE (CHANNEL)”: The GLOBAL
PASTE screen is opened to paste (overwrite) only the channel
strip having the target to an existing Snapshot. The user is
room. By touching the numeric keypad 56, the user is allowed
allowed to select a plurality of Snapshots to which the channel
to specify a user’s desired value so that the numerical value
indicate a set distance from a main speaker to an operator
strip will be pasted.
display portion 57 will display the speci?ed value. By touch
[0056]
ing an “ENTER” key after specifying the value, the user
con?rms the speci?ed value. The numerical value display
“LR-MONO TYPE”: An LR-MONO TYPE
SELECT screen is opened to prompt the user to select either
stereo or monaural. The user is allowed to select the type only
when the focused target is an input channel of STEREO
TYPE.
[0057] “IDENTIFY”: The display portion 14 of a focused
actual device blinks so that the user can identify the focused
device even in a case where there are a plurality of devices.
The blink will be canceled by a user’s repeated selection of
“IDENTIFY”.
[0058] “HELP”: A help screen is displayed to jump to the
help of a selected element.
[0059] Because the context menu displayed on the utility
area S-2 includes items which are related to a parameter, the
contents of the context menu vary depending on the focused
portion 57 may be modi?ed to serve as a cancel button as well
so that the user can cancel the speci?ed value by touching the
numerical value display portion 57 after the user’s speci?ca
tion of the value. In a case where a parameter of level is
focused, the user is able to specify the user’s desired level
whose unit is dB by use of the numeric keypad 56. In a case
where a parameter of frequency is focused, the user is able to
specify the user’s desired frequency whose unit is HZ or kHZ
by use of the numeric keypad 56.
[0063] FIG. 10 indicates the other example display manner
of the context pad displayed on the sub-display 140 in the
context pad mode. The display manner of the context pad
indicated in FIG. 10 is displayed in a case where a surround
menu. Such parameters have so many items related to the
mini-graph is focused. In this case, more speci?cally, the
utility area S-2 displays a two-dimensional pan pot 58 serving
focused parameter that the utility area S-2 of a limited width
cannot display all the items in some cases. FIG. 7 and FIG. 8
indicate the other manners in which the utility area S-2 dis
plays the context menu for such a parameter.
as a context pad. The pan pot is a mechanism for distributing
a signal to a plurality of buses to localiZe sound image in
accordance with differences in the level among the buses. On
the left of the pan pot 58, a button 59 serving as a toggle for
parameter. However, certain parameters share contents of the
[0060] The display manners indicated in FIG. 7 and FIG. 8
are switchable by the manipulation of a display switch button
51 from the display manner of FIG. 7 to the display manner of
FIG. 8, and vice versa. In the display manner of FIG. 7,
without changing the arrangement of the user-de?ned keys
displayed on the user-de?ned key area S-3, the context menu
displayed on the utility area S-2 is allowed to scroll. In FIG. 7,
therefore, the utility area S-2 displays scroll buttons 52 for
scrolling up and down, with a scroll bar 53 indicative of the
scroll provided along the right side of the context menu. By
user’s touch of either of the scroll buttons 52, the context
menu is scrolled up or down so that items hidden in the
context menu will appear on the utility area S-2.
[0061]
In the display manner of FIG. 8, the utility area S-2
is enlarged so that more items included in the context menu
can be displayed. However, the area of the user-de?ned key
area S-3 is shrunk, so that the user-de?ned keys need to be
scrolled up or down. On the user-de?ned key area S-3, there
fore, scroll buttons 54 for scrolling up and down are provided,
with a scroll bar 55 indicative of the scroll provided along the
SEND ON to the respective surround buses is displayed. By
touching the pan pot 58, the user is able to pan to the touched
position. By dragging as well, the user can pan. In a case
where the user drags to pan out of an operating range, clipping
is performed to pan within the range.
[0064] FIG. 11 is a ?owchart of a target parameter deter
mination process carried out on the mixing console 1 of the
present invention. The target parameter determination pro
cess starts when a focused parameter changes to another
parameter on the main display 14a, 14b, or when another
channel has been selected by use of the SEL key 44. In step
S10, a channel (a) selected by use of the SEL key 44 is
obtained. In step S11, a parameter (b) selected on every chan
nel displayed on the main display 14a, 14b is obtained. The
parameter (b) selected on every channel is the parameter
assigned to the image operating elements 41 enclosed with
the boxes 40 in FIG. 4, for example. After the step S11, the
process proceeds to step S12 to determine that the parameter
(b) of the channel (a) is a focused target parameter. Then, the
target parameter determination process terminates.
right side of the user-de?ned keys. By user’s touch of either of
[0065]
the scroll buttons 54, the user-de?ned keys are scrolled up or
down so that the hidden user-de?ned keys will appear on the
ing process executed on the mixing console 1 of the present
invention. The context menu/pad drawing process starts when
a target parameter has been determined by the above-de
scribed target parameter determination process, or when the
user de?ned key area S-3.
[0062] FIG. 9 indicates an example display manner of the
context pad displayed on the sub-display 140 in the context
pad mode. As indicated in FIG. 9, although the utility area S-2
displays the context pad in the context pad mode, the respec
tive display manners of the channel strip function area S-1
and the user-de?ned key area S-3 will not change. In the
display manner indicated in FIG. 9, the utility area S-2 dis
FIG. 12 is a ?owchart of a context menu/pad draw
user has touched either a “CONTEXT MENU tab” or a
“CONTEXT PAD tab”. In step S20, various kinds of infor
mation on a focused target parameter is obtained. In step S21,
it is determined which is to be displayed on the utility area
S-2, the context menu or the context pad. In a case where the
target parameter is de?ned as giving a higher priority to
plays a software numeric keypad 56 which serves as a context
context menu, or in a case where the “context menu ta ” has
pad. On a numerical value display portion 57 provided on the
left of the numeric keypad 56, a value of a focused parameter
and the unit of the value are displayed. Immediately after the
been touched, it is determined that the utility area S-2 is to
display the context menu to proceed to step S22 where the
context menu corresponding to the obtained target parameter
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is displayed on the utility area S-2. In a case Where the target
not limited to the mixing console. That is, any sound appara
parameter is de?ned as giving a higher priority to context pad,
tuses can be employed as long as they have tWo or more input
or in a case Where the “context pad tab” has been touched, it
channels, and mix sound signals input to the input channels to
output the mixed signals. Furthermore, the mixing console of
the present invention is designed such that the sixteen image
operating elements 41 provided for each channel are arranged
is determined in step S21 that the utility area S-2 is to display
the context pad to proceed to step S23 Where the context pad
corresponding to the obtained target parameter is displayed
on the utility area S-2. After the step S22 or step S23, the
context menu/pad draWing process terminates.
[0066] FIG. 13 indicates a memory image (data structure)
of various kinds of parameters stored in the RAM 12 of the
mixing console 1 of the present invention. As indicated in
FIG. 13, Parameter 1, Parameter 2, Parameter 3, etc. Which
are the current parameters for signal processing on the mixing
console 1 are stored in the RAM 12. As indicated by an
example of Parameter 1, each parameter includes its “Name”,
“Type”, “Value”, “Context”, “Nominal Value”, “Default
Value”, etc. Among them, the information of “Context”
includes information on “Menu”, “Pad”, etc. Furthermore,
“Menu”, Which is information on items, includes the above
described items of “Copy”, “Channel Copy”, “Paste”, “Copy
to [All xxx]”, “Copy to [All xxxBAll xxx]”, “Undo”, “Redo”,
“Set Default”, “Set Nominal”, “Set Default (Channel)”,
“Global Paste”, “Global Paste (Channel)”, “LR-Mono Type”,
“Identify”, “Help”, etc. Among these items, the items corre
sponding to a focused parameter are to be displayed on the
utility area S-2 by the step S22 of the context menu/pad
draWing process. In addition, the information of “Pad”
includes “Pad Type” indicative of a type representative of the
numeric keypad 56 or the pan pot 58 so that the pad of either
type corresponding to the focused parameter is to be dis
played on the utility area S-2 by the step S23 of the context
menu/pad draWing process.
in tWo columns on the overvieW area. HoWever, the arrange
ment of the image operating elements 41 is not limited to that
of the present invention. That is, the number of operating
elements 41 provided for each channel may be less than 16, or
more than 16. Furthermore, the user-de?ned key area has 24
user-de?ned keys. HoWever, the number of user-de?ned keys
is not limited to 24. That is, the number of user-de?ned keys
may be less than 24, or more than 24.
What is claimed is:
1. A mixing console comprising:
a ?rst display portion Which has a touch panel capability
and displays sets of parameters, the sets relating to
respective channels;
a selector Which determines a parameter Which is a target
parameter to control, by detecting a touch of the ?rst
display portion to select the parameter corresponding to
the touch from among the plurality of parameters dis
played on the ?rst display portion, and detecting a
manipulation of an operating element for selecting a
channel to select a channel corresponding to the manipu
lated operating element from among the channels;
a second display portion Which has a touch panel capability
and displays at all times a screen on Which, in a case
Where the target parameter has been determined by the
selector, a value relating to the parameter is input, and
Whose manner of inputting the value varies according to
the type of the target parameter determined by the selec
tor;
[0067] On the mixing console described above, each main
display Which is a touch panel Which is a ?rst display portion
is able to display a plurality of parameters provided for each
of the channels. By user’s touch of the image operating ele
a ?rst editor Which alloWs editing of the parameters dis
ment displayed on the main display, the parameters corre
a second editor Which updates, in a case Where the value
sponding to the touched image operating element are
selected. By user’s manipulation of the SEL key to select a
relating to the target parameter has been input on the
screen displayed on the second display portion, the
parameter de?ned as the target parameter With the input
value.
2. A mixing console according to claim 1, Wherein
channel, furthermore, the parameter Which serves as a target
parameter is determined. Once the target parameter is deter
mined, the context pad Which is a screen for inputting a value
regarding the parameter is displayed on the sub-display
Which is a second display portion. When the user inputs a
value on the context pad, the input value is re?ected on the
target parameter. In this case, independently of the display
state of the sub-display, the parameters of the respective chan
nels displayed on the main displays can be edited by use of the
operating elements provided on the physical panel.
[0068] Although the present invention has been described
as an invention of the mixing console, the present invention is
played on the ?rst display portion, independently of
What is displayed on the second display portion; and
the screen Which is displayed on the second display por
tion, and on Which the value is input is a screen for
inputting a numeric value.
3. A mixing console according to claim 1, Wherein
the screen Which is displayed on the second display por
tion, and on Which the value is input is a tWo-dimen
sional screen for controlling pan position.
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