DM1000-v2 Quick Start Guide
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Getting Started with a ‘blank’ desk
To erase all memories in the desk, and return it to its factory settings,
hold the SCENE MEMORY STORE switch while turning on the power,
and choose the INITIALIZE option. (You don’t need to do this if you
have just unpacked the product from its box for the first time)!
To start from blank settings without erasing the memories, just recall
SCENE 00. To do this, use the SCENE MEMORY Up-Arrow/DownArrow switches to select Scene ‘00’ and then press RECALL.
All the faders will then move down and all the mixing functions set to
their default status.
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Understanding the Rear Panel
All the audio connectors are on the rear panel. They include:
1. 16 Mic/line inputs with XLRs.
2. 4 Line inputs (called OMNI IN) with XLRs.
3. 12 ‘OMNI’ analog outputs with XLRs.
4. 2x 2-Track Digital Inputs and Outputs
5. 2 option slots for expansion.
Other connectors on the rear panel are for various control and sync
functions. For example, the CONTROL port (25-pin D-sub) is for low
voltage GPI relays, REMOTE is for controlling external mic pre-amp
units, and the METER connector is for the optional Meter Bridge.
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Understanding the Front Panel
All the controls are on the front panel, laid out in logical areas:
1. Analog input gain, pad and +48V.
2. Faders, On, Solo, Sel switches for the channels
3. Aux and Pan controls
4. Selected Channel area
5. Monitor controls
6. Display Access switches (grey diamond shapes)
7. User Defined, Channel Layer, and Display control
The SELECTED CHANNEL area is a fundamental concept to
understand. It shows important functions for one channel at a time.
Only one channel can be selected at any time. To select a channel
(and see its settings in the SELECTED CHANNEL area), just press the
SEL switch. Then press the SEL switch for another channel when you
are ready to move on.
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Controlling Channel Faders
There are 6 layers of faders on the DM1000:
1. Input channels 1-16
2. Input channels 17-32
3. Input channels 33-48
4. Master Layer: Aux 1-8, Bus 1-8
5. Remote 1 for controlling other functions / devices.
6. Remote 2 for controlling other functions / devices.
When you change layers, all the channel settings are remembered.
You just change which channels you are looking at!
Each fader controls a different input to the DM1000. This assignment
is not fixed: it can be changed in the INPUT PATCH menu.
Here is the default patch:
channels 1-16 control the 16 analog inputs on the top on the
channels 17-24 control inputs 1-8 from Slot 1;
channels 25-32 control inputs 1-8 from Slot 2;
channels 33-40 control inputs from internal Effects 1-4;
channels 41-48 control inputs from the 2-Track Digital inputs
and from Omni inputs 1-4.
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To assign different inputs to the input channels, such as Slot 1 inputs
9-16, follow these steps:
1. press the INPUT PATCH Display Access key.
2. If necessary, press it repeatedly until the IN PATCH page is
3. Press the SEL switch for the required channel (or move the
cursor on the screen to the required channel number).
4. Press ENTER (by the data wheel on the right side of the
5. Select the type of input from the first list (AD in / Slot in / FX
out and so on).
6. Press ENTER and choose the required item from the next
column (Slot # or FX # for example).
7. Press ENTER and choose the required item from the last
column (CH# or L/R for example).
8. Press ENTER and click YES on the screen to complete the
Patch change.
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The encoders above the faders can be used to edit various channel
parameters. The most useful ones are Pan and Aux send.
1. To edit Pan on the encoders, just press the PAN ENCODER
MODE switch and turn the required encoder. The LCD display will
show the pan position in a ‘pop-up’ window.
2. To edit Aux on the encoders, press the AUX ENCODER
MODE switch, then select the required AUX# (1-8) with one of the AUX
SELECT switches above. The LCD display will show the Aux level in a
‘pop-up’ window.
3. To see the Aux send information for many channels at the
same time, press the AUX SELECT DISPLAY switch. Each time this
switch is pressed, it will change the LCD to a different page to see the
information for other channels. In these pages Pre/Post status can be
edited, and the Aux sends can be switched off by pressing ENTER
while the cursor is high-lighting the level encoder.
4. When the FADER MODE switch is pressed, the Aux Send
levels are shown on the faders instead of the channel level. Choose
which Aux to see on the faders with the AUX SELECT switches (as in
step 2 above). Press the FADER MODE switch again to resume
normal level operation on the faders.
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Using the SELECTED CHANNEL controls
When a channel is selected, its settings can be seen and controlled in
the SELECTED CHANNEL area. The currently selected channel’s
name and number is always shown in the top-left corner of the LCD
When one of the EQ controls is moved, the LCD will show the EQ edit
screen. There are 4 parametric bands. Select which band to control
with the HIGH, HIGH-MID, LOW-MID and LOW switches. Note that
the LOW band can be a Low Shelf or a HPF by changing the Q to the
maximum or minimum position. In the same way, the HIGH band can
be a High Shelf or a LPF. There are 2 types of EQ (TYPE I or TYPE II),
with slightly different sound characteristics. The ATT function is an
attenuator, or digital trim to adjust the channel level pre-eq.
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Each input channel has both a GATE and a COMP. The output
channels only have a COMP. When the DYNAMICS Display Access
switch is pressed, the LCD shows the relevant GATE or COMP screen.
Gain Reduction meters and Key-In status can also be viewed here.
Usefully, the COMP can be positioned pre-eq, pre-fader (post-eq) or
The SURROUND PAN settings of the selected input channel can be
edited here (output channels do not have Pan). The Joystick can be
used for panning in Stereo Mode if the ‘Joystick Auto Grab’ option is
selected in the PREFERENCES1 display (SETUP menu). To select a
the SURR MODE page is shown. Then choose the SURROUND
MODE: 3-1 or 5.1 or 6.1. This will then convert some of the buses (18) into Surround Buses.
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In this section, the Selected Channel can be routed to any of the 8
Buses, to the Stereo Bus and to a Direct Output. Just press the
relevant switch to route the channel to the Bus (these switches are not
available for Output Channels). The PAN switches in the LCD ensure
that the PAN of the channels will follow through to the Buses. This is
particularly useful when using the Buses as stereo sub-groups (like on
a typical analog console).
Buses can be routed to Stereo (just like Sub-Groups on an
analog console). To do this, press the ROUTING DISPLAY switch to
see the BUS TO ST screen. Here Buses 1-8 can be routed, panned
and mixed to the Stereo Bus. Use the cursor keys, data wheel and
ENTER switch to adjust the parameters.
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Press this DISPLAY ACCESS switch to see Phase and Insert
information on the LCD. Phase reverse is only available for input
channels. Insert is available for all channels. Inserts need to be
patched, choosing which rear-panel connection (or internal Effect) to
also be changed here.
Press this DISPLAY ACCESS switch again to see Delay settings for
each channel. All input and output channels have a delay function.
The maximum possible delay time varies with sample rate. At 44.1KHz,
the maximum possible delay time is 984.1ms. Input channels have a
FB.GAIN (Feedback Gain) and MIX parameter to create a simple delay
effect. The DELAY SCALE can be changed to see the delay time in
equivalent distance, number of samples, beats-per-minute or number
of Frames (linked to Time-Code Frame Rate).
After editing the delay time for one channel, double-click the ENTER
key to copy this time to all the other channels.
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If some Stereo input sources are used, such as a Synthesizer or CD
player, it could be useful to pair the relevant channels together. There
are two modes for pairing channels, as selected in the PAIR/GROUP
Horizontal mode allows odd numbered channels to be paired with their
adjacent even numbered channel.
Vertical mode allows channels on the top fader layer (1-16) to be
paired with the equivalent channel on the layer below (17-32).
Channels 33-48 and the output channels can only be paired
When channels are paired, they share the same fader level, the same
ON, EQ, Gate, Comp, Aux settings. Pan and Routing parameters
remain separate (though Pans can be linked separately).
To quickly pair channels without using the LCD screen, first [1] hold
down the SEL switch for the Left channel, then [2] also hold down the
SEL switch for the Right channel (or vice versa) for half a second. This
only works in Horizontal Pair Mode.
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Fader Groups are useful for controlling many faders by just moving one
fader. There are 8 Fader Groups available for input channels and 4
Fader Groups for output channels.
Here is how to link faders together in a Group:
1. Access the PAIR/GROUP displays on the LCD.
2. Choose a Group (A to H for inputs, Q to T for outputs) using
the Cursor keys (right of the console, by the data wheel).
3. Press the SEL switches for the required channels to include
them in the Group.
Now, when one fader in the Group is moved, all the others move by the
same amount. If one fader in the Group needs to be moved without
the others, then hold that channel’s SEL switch while pushing the fader
(but not while the GROUP menu is displayed, or the channel will be
removed from the Group).
Channels cannot be in more than one Fader Group at the same time.
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Mute Groups are useful for switching On/Off many channels by just
pressing one switch. There are 8 Mute Groups available for input
channels and 4 Mute Groups for output channels. To assign channels
to a Mute Group, follow the same 3 steps as made for a Fader Group,
but while viewing the MUTE GROUP screens (Groups I to P are for
Inputs, Groups U to X are for Outputs).
Once a Mute Group is made, when the ON switch for one channel is
pressed, all the other channels in the same Group are also switched
The VIEW Display Access Menu provides some useful displays,
showing all the important parameters for the selected channel. The
PARAMETER page shows EQ, Comp, Gate, Insert, Delay, Pair
information, while the FADER page shows Pan, Aux, Bus Routing,
Group status. There is also a LIBRARY page where channel data can
be stored and recalled.
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There are 4 Multi-Effect Units inside DM1000. They can be viewed on
the LCD by pressing the EFFECTS Display Access switch, and then
pressing one of the switches F1-F4 below the LCD.
The Effect parameters can be edited using the data wheel and cursor
keys to the right of the console.
To change the type of effect (from Reverb to Delay for example), follow
the LIBRARY link shown on the left side of the LCD to see the FX
LIBRARY. Then scroll through the list with the data wheel, and press
ENTER with the cursor over the RECALL button on the left of the
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Before an effect can be used properly, it needs to be patched. The
default patch (factory setting) has Aux 1-4 patched to the inputs of
FX1-4 respectively. The stereo outputs of FX1-4 are patched to input
channels 33-40 respectively. This is convenient, but can be changed if
necessary. For example, an effect could be inserted in just one
channel using the INSERT OUT and IN patch. To change the FX
patching, go to the EFFECT page in the INPUT PATCH display menu.
1. First, audio needs to be routed into the effect. If the default patch is
used, first turn up Aux 1 send level for the required channel.
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2. Check that the Aux 1 Master fader is up to 0dB (that is its default
3. Already audio should be seen on the level meters of Effect 1. You
can see the meters on the top-right corner of the FX EDIT screen.
4. Then push up faders 33 and 34 to start hearing the effect’s output in
the Stereo bus.
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There are 99 SCENE
MEMORIES available in
DM1000. Each Scene stores
all the mixing parameters,
including all input channel,
output channel and Effects
parameter data.
can be seen by pressing the
SCENE Display Access
When a SCENE is stored,
a name can be entered. If
it cannot be overwritten
when STORE is pressed.
This avoids erasing
something by mistake.
The PATCH LINK feature can be useful if different Scenes need
different Patch settings. Patch information is not stored in the scenes,
but is stored in the INPUT PATCH and OUTPUT PATCH libraries
(accessed from the relevant DISPLAY ACCESS switches). Then the
Patch libraries can be linked to the Scenes so they are recalled at the
same time as the scene.
In this screen, choose which
parameters will not be changed
when recalling a Scene. When the
Global Recall Safe box is checked
(at the top of the screen), the
chosen parameters will be safe in
all Scenes. Otherwise, these
settings will only apply to the
current Scene (once it is stored).
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Normally when a Scene is recalled,
the Faders move instantly to their
stored position. Using the Fade Time
function, the faders can be
programmed to move slowly, taking
up to 30 seconds to complete their
movement. Checking the Global
Fade Time box will give the same
Fade Time to every Scene. After
setting the Fade Time for one
channel, double-click the ENTER
switch to copy the time to all Input or
Output Channels.
If some settings need to be copied from one Scene to some others, the
PATSE SRC and PASTE DST LCD screens can be used.
In the PASTE SRC screen, choose which parameters of which
channels should be copied.
In the PASTE DST screen, choose which Scene Memories should be
updated. The maximum number is 10 Scenes for each operation.
To move a Scene to a different position in the Library, use the SORT
screen in the SCENE MEMORY menu:
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In this section of the console, the operator chooses what to listen to,
and controls the listening level.
1. The MONITOR LEVEL adjusts the
main listening level. The DIMMER
switch can quickly dim the speakers by
20dB or so.
2. The 2TR & STEREO switches choose
what to listen to in the monitors, (and in
the headphones).
3. The SLOT and BUS switches choose
what to listen to in the surround monitors
when mixing in surround mode.
4. The SOLO CLEAR switch will switch
off the SOLO switches for all channels.
accesses the many extra monitor
functions on the LCD.
There is a small TALKBACK microphone built in to the top right corner
of the console, and it has a level controller. The TALKBACK on/off
switch is located next to the MONITOR LEVEL pot. To route
TALKBACK to different outputs, access the C-R/TB display in the
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DM1000-v2 Tips & Short-Cuts
Using the ‘SEL’ switches
Hold ‘SEL’ for one channel and press ‘SEL’ for the adjacent channel to
make a stereo pair. This works for input and output channels, so long
as the left side is an odd number and the right side is an even number.
The channel with the SEL switch you hold first is the master channel
for the pair: its settings are copied to the other channel (except for pan
and bus routing). Repeating this action breaks the stereo pair, to make
the channels mono again.
Select the source channel with its SEL switch, then press the
CHANNEL COPY switch (this must be assigned to a USER DEFINED
KEY). Then press the SEL switch of the destination channel and click
PASTE (also assignable to a USER DEFINED KEY).
NOTE __________________________________________________
The parameters which are copied are determined on the
PREFERENCES 2 page in the SETUP menu.
Other Short-Cuts
1. EQ Gain to 0dB
To reset the gain of an EQ band to 0dB, press and hold the relevant
band selection switch (in the SELECTED CHANNEL) for one second.
2. EQ Reset
To return the whole Parametric EQ for a channel to its default settings,
press the LOW and HIGH band selection switches at the same time.
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To access the AUX SEND ON/OFF switches quickly, press and hold
the required AUX SELECT switch. Then the CHANNEL ON switches
above the faders become the AUX SEND ON switches for the selected
This can be useful for creating a MIX-MINUS. First set an AUX to ALL
NOMINAL, using the switch at the top of the SEND1-32 page in the
AUX DISPLAY menu, then hold the AUX SELECT switch to switch off
the send for the required ‘minus’ channel.
To solo an AUX MASTER while still viewing an INPUT FADER LAYER,
press the required AUX SELECT switch once to select it, and once
again to SOLO it. Pressing a third time will cancel the SOLO. While
the AUX is SOLO’d, its SELECT switch will flash.
NOTE ___________________________________________________
This function can be disabled in the SOLO page of the MONITOR
menu, with the AUX/SOLO LINK option.
5. Copy STEREO Mix to an AUX
Press and hold an INPUT FADER LAYER switch, then press an AUX
SELECT switch, and click YES in the confirmation box on the LCD.
This copies the fader levels to the selected AUX sends. (Make sure
the Aux sends are all PRE by clicking the GLOBAL PRE switch on the
SEND1-32 page in the AUX DISPLAY menu).
NOTE ___________________________________________________
Repeat the same procedure for each fader layer to copy the whole mix
to the Aux sends, as only one layer is copied at a time.
TIP _____________________________________________________
This is useful for making a quick headphone mix in a recording session,
or making a quick stage-monitor mix for a guest musician at a live
To assign the same fade time to all channels, first enter the required
FADE TIME for one channel, then double-click ENTER to copy the time
to all the other input or output channels.
To assign the same delay time to all channels, first enter the required
DELAY TIME for one channel, then double-click ENTER to copy the
time to all the other input or output channels.
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Other Tips
1. TOUCH SENSE FADER enable / disable
Touch Sense faders can be either very useful or very annoying,
depending on the engineer’s working style and the application. To
change the Fader Touch Sense settings, access the PREFER2 display
in the SETUP menu.
To have DCA (or analog VCA) style Fader Masters, first check the
INPUT FADER MASTER box near the top of the FADER GROUP
display page. Then view the REMOTE menu, and select USER
ASSIGNABLE LAYER as the TARGET for one of these layers. After
that, all the GROUP MASTER FADERS can be selected to appear on
the REMOTE FADER LAYER, along with any other channels chosen
by the user.
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3. MUTE MASTER Switches
The USER DEFINED KEYS can be programmed to control the twelve
MUTE GROUP MASTER switches. But first the INPUT MUTE
MASTER and OUTPUT MUTE MASTER boxes must be checked in the
MUTE GROUP display menu. Then the Mute Groups will behave in a
similar way to those on a typical analog console: each channel’s ON
switch is independent, while the Mute Master switches will mute all the
assigned channels, causing their ON switches to flash.
4. SCENE MEMORY Auto Update
In the PREFERENCES1 page of the SETUP menu, the Scene MEM
Auto Update option can be found. When this is switched on, the last
mixing settings are memorised just before the next Scene is recalled.
Then when a previous Scene is recalled, its last settings are recalled
first. Press RECALL again to access the original scene settings. So
two memories for each scene are kept: the original settings, and the
last settings.
5. Return to Current Scene
When scrolling through the SCENE MEMORY list, it is easy to forget
which is the current Scene. To force the display to show the current
Scene number again, press both SCENE UP and DOWN keys
Here are some suggested uses for these keys, apart from the defaults:
Scene +1/-1 Recall: to recall the next or the previous Scene.
OSC On/Off: to control the internal Oscillator.
Talkback Assign: to choose the talkback destination.
Studio Manager: open and close various windows in the
DM1000 Editor software on PC or Mac.
Display Forward/Back: to scroll through previously viewed
7. Initialize Memories
To erase all the memories in the console and return it to is initial
settings, first switch off the console. Then switch it on again while
holding the SCENE STORE switch. Choose INITIALIZE to erase all
the libraries and return to the default settings.
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