® User Guide V1.4 For Soundcraft Si Impact Console ® User Manual INFORMATION INFORMATION IMPORTANT Please read this manual carefully before using your mixer for the first time. This equipment complies with the EMC directive 2004/108/EC and LVD 2006/95/EC. This product is approved to safety standards: IEC 60065:2005 (Seventh Edition) +A1:2005 EN60065:2006 +A1:2006 +A1:2008 UL60065 2012 7th Edition CAN/CSA-E60065-03 + A1: 2006 And EMC standards EN55103-1: 2009 (E2) EN55103-2: 2009 (E2) Warning: Any modification or changes made to this device, unless explicitly approved by Harman, will invalidate the authorisation of this device. Operation of an unauthorised device is prohibited under Section 302 of the Communications act of 1934, as amended, and Subpart 1 of Part 2 of Chapter 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations. NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: * Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna * Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver * Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. * Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. For further details contact: Harman International Industries Ltd, Cranbourne House, Cranbourne Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 3JN, UK. Telephone +44 (0)1707 665000 Fax: +44 (0)1707 660742 email: email@example.com © Harman International Industries Ltd. 2014 All rights reserved Parts of the design of this product may be protected by worldwide patents. Part No. 5059376 Rev 1.0 E&OE September 2014 Soundcraft is a trading division of Harman International Industries Ltd. Information in this manual is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of the vendor. Soundcraft shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from the use of information or any error contained in this manual. 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Harman International Industries Limited Cranborne House, Cranborne Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 3JN, UK Tel: +44 (0)1707 665000 Fax: +44 (0)1707 660742 http://www.soundcraft.com INFORMATION CONTENTS User Manual CONTENTS 1.0 AN INTRODUCTION TO Si IMPACT 1.1: Safety 1.2: Warranty 1.3: Specifications 2.0: GETTING STARTED 2.1: Console Overview 2.2: Parts Of The Console 2.3: FaderGlow 3.0: ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS 3.1: Fader Layers 3.2: Control Channels 3.2.1: Control Channel Assignment 3.3: Assignable Channel Strip 3.4: tOTEM (Fader Follow) 4.0: TOUCH SCREEN OPERATION 4.1: Main Menu 5.0: INPUTS & OUTPUTS 5.1: Patching 5.1.1: Soundweb Patching/Control 5.2: Default Patching 5.3: ViSi Connect I/O (Option Cards) 5.3.1: Option Cards 5.3.2: Stageboxes 5.4: MADI-USB Card 5.4.1: MADI-USN Setup 5.4.2: USB PC Driver 6.0: CHANNELS & BUSSES 6.1: Input Channels 6.1.1: Input Setup 6.2: Mix Outputs 6.2.1: Mix Outputs Setup 6.3: Matrix Outputs 6.3.1: Matrix Outputs Setup 6.4: Main Mix Outputs 6.4.1: Main Mix Outputs Setup 6.5: FX Busses 7.0: DSP Elements 7.1: Function Focus 7.2: ACS / Channel Strip Elements 7.2.1: ACS Input 7.2.2: ACS Gate 7.2.3: ACS Compressor 7.2.4: ACS Equaliser 7.2.5: ACS Output 7.3: Control Channel 7.4: Graphic EQ (GEQ). 8.0: MIX FEATURES 8.1: Mute Groups 8.2: VCA Groups 8.3: Copy And Paste 8.4: Audio Interrogate 8.5: Solo System 8.6: Monitoring 8.7: CLR & ALT + CLR 9.0: SHOWS, CUELISTS, AND SNAPSHOTS 9.1: Shows 9.2: Cuelist & Snapshots 9.2.1: Edit Cue 10.0: LEXICON FX 10.1: Reverbs 10.1.1: Reverb Parameters 10.2: Delays 10.2.1: Delay Parameters 10.3: Misc FX 10.3.1:Misc FX Parameters 11.0: PREFERENCES, SYSTEM, SECURITY 11.1: Preferences 11.2: System Settings 11.3: Security Settings 11.3.1: Add/Edit User 11.3.2: Profiles 11.4: Software Updates 11.5: Reset Console 12.0: OSCILLATOR APPENDIX 01: NO SOUND? A Trouble Shooting Guide. For clarity, this manual uses section references rather than page numbers. In some instances, one section reference may extend to several pages. CONTENTS 1.0: INTRODUCTION User Manual INTRODUCTION TO IMPACT The Soundcraft Si impact is a compact digital console optimised for live sound. It’s powerful, yet simple to use, with intuitive controls, consistent colour-coded feedback, and rapid parameter access. Features such as analogue, MADI, and USB I/O as standard, motorised faders, the Assignable Channel Strip (ACS), tOTEM fast mix access buttons, and VCAs, mean that any aspect of the performance can be served to the surface in an instant, with analogue-style control of its comprehensive feature-set. assignment of all Mix, Matrix, and FX Send busses - create mixes quickly and easily. • Recallable GB mic inputs with locking connectors and phantom power indicators. • 24 XLR and 8 Combo XLR/Jack inputs, 16 XLR analogue line outs, AES out, Wordclock, Headphones out. • HiQnet Ethernet Port and compatibility (Venue Events, Soundweb Control). • Assignable Control Strip (ACS) for instant access to all channel parameters. • Colour touch screen interface for patching, routing, show set-up and security settings. • Ships with 64 x 64 MADI-USB I/O card fitted, plus 32 x 32 option card slot, fully compatible with all ViSi Connect series cards and Soundcraft Stageboxes. • Comprehensive Show, Snapshot, and Cuelist system with USB storage. • Up to 40 channels to mix (32 Mono input channels, 4 Stereo input channels). • 4 Matrix mixes that can operate in mono or stereo. • Soundcraft 4-band British EQ on all inputs and outputs. • Soundcraft Dynamics available on all channels. • Delay available on all channels. • BSS™ Graphic EQ on all Mix, Matrix, and Main Bus Masters. • 4 user-assignable fader layers. • 14 Aux-style Mix Busses, 6 of which can operate in mono or stereo. • 8 Mute Groups. • 8 VCA Groups • Quad Lexicon™ FX processors. • Comprehensive input, output, gain reduction and status metering/monitoring. • Fader Glow™ illumination on all faders for at-a-glance • Independent Main Mono/Centre and Left/Right busses. display of current fader function. • Ultra hard-wearing, polycarbonate-covered control surface resists wear and tear. • D.O.G.S. (Direct Out Gain Stabiliser) technology. • tOTEM™ (The One Touch Easy Mix) system for fast fader 1.0: WELCOME TO IMPACT 1.1: SAFETY User Manual INTRODUCTION > SAFETY SAFETY NOTICES For your own safety and to avoid invalidation of the warranty please read this section carefully. Important Symbols Cautions Alerts the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance. Notes Contain important information and useful tips on the operation of your equipment. Warnings Headphones Safety Warning Alerts the user to the presence of uninsulated ‘dangerous voltage’ within the product’s enclosure that may be of siuffiecient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons. Contains important information and useful tips on heaphone outputs and monitoring levels. THIS UNIT MUST BE EARTHED Under no circumstances should the mains earth be disconnected from the mains lead. The wires in the mains lead are coloured in accordance with the following code: Earth: Green and Yellow (Green/Yellow - US) Neutral: Blue (White - US) Live (Hot): Brown (Black - US) As the colours of the wires in the mains lead may not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals in your plug, proceed as follows: The wire which is coloured Green and Yellow must be connected to the terminal in the plug which is marked with the letter E or by the earth symbol. The wire which is coloured Blue must be connected to the terminal in the plug which is marked with the letter N. The wire which is coloured Brown must be connected to the terminal in the plug which is marked with the letter L. Ensure that these colour codings are followed carefully in the event of the plug being changed. This unit is capable of operating over a range of mains voltages as marked on the rear panel. The internal power supply unit contains no user serviceable parts. Refer all servicing to a qualified service engineer, through the appropriate Soundcraft dealer. 1.1: INTRODUCTION > SAFETY User Manual 1.1: SAFETY INTRODUCTION > SAFETY WARNINGS • Read these instructions. • Keep these instructions. • Heed all warnings. • Follow all instructions. • Clean the apparatus only with a dry cloth. • Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat resistors, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat. • Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. • Do not use this apparatus near water. • Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. When the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet. • Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles and the point where they exit from the apparatus. • Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer. • Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time. • Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped. • Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When the cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over. • No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles or cigarettes etc., should be placed on the apparatus. • No user serviceable parts. Refer all servicing to a qualified service engineer, through the appropriate Soundcraft dealer. • It is recommended that all maintenance and service on the product should be carried out by Soundcraft or its authorised agents. Soundcraft cannot accept any liability whatsoever for any loss or damage caused by service, maintenance or repair by unauthorised personnel. • WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture. Do not expose the apparatus to dripping or splashing and do not place objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on the apparatus. No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, should be placed on the apparatus. • Ventilation should not be impeded by covering the ventilation openings with items such as newspapers, table cloths, curtains etc. 1.1: INTRODUCTION > SAFETY User Manual 1.1: SAFETY INTRODUCTION > SAFETY WARNINGS ADVICE FOR THOSE WHO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES Although your new console will not output any sound until you feed it signals, it has the capability to produce sounds which, when monitored through an amplifier or headphones, can damage hearing over time. Please take care when working with your audio — if you are manipulating controls which you don’t understand (which we all do when we are learning), make sure your monitors are turned down. Remember that your ears are the most important tool of your trade, look after them, and they will look after you. Most importantly — don’t be afraid to experiment to find out how each parameter affects the sound — this will extend your creativity and help. NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense. This Class A digital apparatus meets the requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations. Cet appareil numérique de la Classe A respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada. NOTE: The packaging, in which your console arrived, forms part of the product and must be retained for future use. 1.1: INTRODUCTION > SAFETY 1.2: WARRANTY User Manual INTRODUCTION > WARRANTY WARRANTY 1 Soundcraft is a trading division of Harman International Industries Ltd. End User means the person who first puts the equipment into regular operation. Dealer means the person other than Soundcraft (if any) from whom the End User purchased the Equipment, provided such a person is authorised for this purpose by Soundcraft or its accredited Distributor. Equipment means the equipment supplied with this manual. 2 If within the period of twelve months from the date of delivery of the Equipment to the End User it shall prove defective by reason only of faulty materials and/or workmanship to such an extent that the effectiveness and/or usability thereof is materially affected the Equipment or the defective component should be returned to the Dealer or to Soundcraft and subject to the following conditions the Dealer or Soundcraft will repair or replace the defective components. Any components replaced will become the property of Soundcraft. 3 Any Equipment or component returned will be at the risk of the End User whilst in transit (both to and from the Dealer or Soundcraft) and postage must be prepaid. 4 This warranty shall only be available if: a) The Equipment has been properly installed in accordance with instructions contained in Soundcraft’s manual. b) The End User has notified Soundcraft or the Dealer within 14 days of the defect appearing; and c) No persons other than authorised representatives of Soundcraft or the Dealer have effected any replacement of parts maintenance adjustments or repairs to the Equipment; and d) The End User has used the Equipment only for such purposes as Soundcraft recommends, with only such operating supplies as meet Soundcraft’s specifications and otherwise in all respects in accordance Soundcraft’s recommendations. 5 Defects arising as a result of the following are not covered by this Warranty: faulty or negligent handling, chemical or electro-chemical or electrical influences, accidental damage, Acts of God, neglect, deficiency in electrical power, air-conditioning or humidity control. 6. The benefit of this Warranty may not be assigned by the End User. 7. End Users who are consumers should note their rights under this Warranty are in addition to and do not affect any other rights to which they may be entitled against the seller of the Equipment. 1.2: INTRODUCTION > WARRANTY 1.3: SPECIFICATIONS User Manual INTRODUCTION > SPECIFICATIONS Si IMPACT TYPICAL SPECIFICATIONS • Frequency Response - Mic / Line In to any Output: +/-1.5dB, 20Hz-20kHz • T.H.D. - Mic Sensitivity -30dBu < 0.01% @ 1kHz • Noise - Residual noise -86dBu - Mic Input E.I.N. 22Hz - 22kHz, Unweighted. (max gain) -126dBu (150Ω source) - Mix noise, masters at unity < -86dBu - 1 input to mix at unity gain -84dBu - CMRR mic @1KHz (max gain) -80dBu • Crosstalk (@ 1kHz) - Channel ON attenuation <120dB - Channel Fader attenuation <120dB - Mic – Mic -100dB @ 1KHz, -85dB@10kHz - Line – Line -100dB @ 1KHz, -85dB@10kHz • Input Gain - Mic Gain -5dB – 58dB integrated pad design, 1dB steps - Line Trim -10dB - +16dB • Gate - Threshold -60dBfs - -6dBfs - Depth -60dB - -3dB - Attack 0.1ms – 200ms - Release 20ms – 500ms - Side-chain HPF 22Hz – 2.5kHz - Side-chain LPF 160Hz – 20kHz • Compressor - Threshold -52dBfs - -6dBfs - Ratio 1:1 – 20:1 - Attack 0.1ms – 200ms - Release 5ms – 900ms - Makeup Gain 0dB – 24dB • EQ - All Bands 22Hz – 20kHz, +/-15dB Q 6-0.3 - Shelf (HF) 800Hz – 20kHz, +/-15dB - Shelf (LF) 20Hz – 500Hz, +/-15dB - HPF 40Hz – 1kHz • Delay - User adjustable delay 1sample – 500ms • GEQ - 31Hz – 16KHz 1/3 octave • Digital I/O - External Word Clock In range 48kHz +/-7Hz (internal systems), +/-3Hz with stageboxes. - Word clock out jitter +/- 7ns - Analogue out for 0dBfs +21.5dBu - Converter resolution 24-bit - DSP resolution 40-bit floating point • Latency - Mic In to Line Out <0.8 ms - Analogue in to AES out <0.6 ms - Stagebox Mic In to Stagebox <0.9mS • Input & Output Levels - Mic Input +22dBu max - Line Input +22dBu max - Mix Output +21.5dBu max - Headphones (@150Ω) 300mW (recommended impedance 75 to 200Ω) • Input & Output Impedances - Mic Input 3kΩ - Line Input 10kΩ - Outputs 150Ω (balanced), 75Ω (unbalanced) - Word Clock used as Output 50Ω - Word Clock used as Input 4K7Ω - AES Output 110Ω • USB - Max current 500mA • Power - Consumption (typical) <130w - AC Input voltage range 88-264VAC auto sensing - AC Frequency range 47-63Hz • Operating Conditions - Operating Temperature Range 5°C to 45°C - Humidity 0%-90%, non condensing Ta=40°C (104°F) - Storage Temperature Range -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F) E & OE. Soundcraft reserves the right to change specifications without notice. 1.3: INTRODUCTION > SPECIFICATIONS 2.0: GETTING STARTED User Manual STARTING OFF - AN INTRODUCTION TO THIS MANUAL Anyone with minimal audio experience should be able to operate the Si Impact console without reading too much of this manual, though we do recommend you take the time to go through it. An excellent place to start would be the feature list on the introductory page (chapter reference 1.0), which will familiarise you with all of the main possibilities, facilities, and functions. ® User Guide V1.4 nsole t Si Impact Co For Soundcraf PDF If you’re reading the PDF version of the manual, you can use the thumbnail view and links from the Contents page to navigate quickly. ® 2.0: GETTING STARTED 2.1: OVERVIEW User Manual GETTING STARTED > OVERVIEW The Si Impact console offers an incredible amount of flexibility and ease-of-use for its relatively compact size. To achieve this, there are several assignable features it is advisable you understand before using the console for performance. Assignability Assignability means that one button can assign a function to many other buttons. For example, pressing a Control Channel SEL button assigns that channel’s entire channel strip and associated controls to the Assignable Channel Strip (ACS) section. In this way, the ACS can take the place of many sets of repeated controls. In addition, the console has 14 Mix busses, four stereo Matrix busses, and four internal FX send busses, most conveniently accessed with the tOTEM controls, which assign their respective bus mixes to the console faders. For full detail on the Si Impact’s assignable controls, please see section 3. Also note that the MIX 1-14 Busses and Bus masters serve the same function as Auxiliary Mix busses and masters. Physical I/O, DSP Channels, Control Channels Because the console has inputs and outputs that can be patched anywhere, and DSP channels that can be controlled by any Control Channel, these elements are considered separate in this manual. Section 5 deals with the console’s patching system, which connects physical inputs and outputs to DSP channels. Section 6 deals with DSP channels (Input Channels, Mix busses and masters, and so on), routing, and channel-type-specific settings. Section 7 deals with the assignable control channels (console surface controls) and the channel processing elements that they control. Section 8 (Mix Features) deals with console performance functions that sit outside the assignable channel structure, such as Mute Groups, VCA Groups, Copy And Paste, the interrogation function, the Solo system, and so on. Touch Screen The console Touch Screen has a simple, one-layer menu structure. The main menu is the default screen and can always be accessed by pressing the MENU button next to it. The Main Menu options are clearly labelled and lead to simple menus or special functionality, such as a QWERTY keyboard for text input etc. Please see Chapter 4 for more detail on the Main Menu options. The individual Menus themselves are dealt with in the relevant chapter references (For example, the INPUTS menu is dealt with in the Input Channels reference). Power Use the power switch on the rear of the console to turn the console on and off. To boot into software update mode, hold down the recessed Boot Loader switch when turning on. 2.1: GETTING STARTED > OVERVIEW User Manual 2.2: PARTS OF THE CONSOLE GETTING STARTED > PARTS OF THE CONSOLE 2.2: GETTING STARTED > PARTS OF THE CONSOLE User Manual 2.2: PARTS OF THE CONSOLE GETTING STARTED > PARTS OF THE CONSOLE 2.2: GETTING STARTED > PARTS OF THE CONSOLE User Manual 2.3: FADERGLOW GETTING STARTED > FADERGLOW Soundcraft FaderGlow™ is a unique feature that gives the user an additional level of status indication, and can significantly reduce operating errors. Several different functions can be assigned to the console faders, so it can be easy to lose track of which function is currently being controlled, especially when grabbing a fader in a hurry. The main principle of FaderGlow is to indicate the current fader function with colour, so more immediate recognition is possible. Soundcraft FaderGlow is fitted to all console faders that can change their function. The Si Impact FaderGlow colours are: YELLOW: MIX 1-14 PRE-FADE bus master or contribution. GREEN: MIX 1-14 POST FADE bus master or contribution ORANGE: MATRIX master or matrix contribution. CYAN: Stereo Input patched as an FX return or contribution. MAGENTA: Stereo Input patched as a line source other than FX. WHITE: Linked Mono Input Channel. RED: GEQ (Graphic Equaliser). BLUE: VCA Group Master. 2.3: GETTING STARTED > FADERGLOW User Manual 3.0: ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS At the heart of the Si Impact is a group of assignable controls that make the console easier and faster to navigate and operate. Assignable controls work by changing the function of sections of the console surface. In this way, a single control can do several jobs, depending on the mode the console is working in. It is important that you understand the assignable controls on the console in order to use it effectively - especially the way in which the FADERS and tOTEM buttons together determine the functionality of the Control Channels and Faders. The main assignable controls on the console are: Control Channels These are the vertical strips containing a Fader, Encoder, Status/Meter screen, plus the SOLO, SEL, and ON switches. They are assigned to control real input and output channels as well as GEQ bands and bus Masters. A group of Control Channels makes a Fader Layer. Fader Layers (Selected with the FADERS button group) Switch between whole layers of Control Channels. There are four DSP Control Channel Fader Layers and two GEQ (Graphic EQ) Fader Layers. Assignable Channel Strip (ACS) Used to control nearly all parameters on the active channel. Press a Control Channel SEL button to ‘focus’ the ACS. tOTEM ‘The One Touch Easy Mix’ system used to assign Mix, Matrix, and FX Send busses to the Control Channel Faders. 3.0: ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS 3.1: FADER LAYERS User Manual ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS > FADER LAYERS The are four main Fader Layers on the Impact console, selected by the FADERS button group (A, B, C, and D) to the right of the Control Channels. The additional buttons in this group assign Graphic EQ bands across the faders for convenient control. Each layer is made up of 24 Control Channels, plus the Left/Right and Mono/Centre main mix Control Channels. By default, Layers A and B are assigned to input channels, with the Stereo input channels on the right hand end of layer B; Layer C is assigned to Mix Master channels; and the first four Control Channels of Layer D are assigned to the Matrix Master channels. These assignments are user configurable in the FADER SETUP Touch Screen menu (see the Control Channel Assignment section 3.2.1). 3.1: ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS > FADER LAYERS User Manual 3.2: CONTROL CHANNELS ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS > CONTROL CHANNELS A Control Channel is an assignable Channel Strip for DSP channels, with Fader, indicators, plus ON, SOLO, and SEL buttons. The SEL button is used to focus the Assignable Channel Strip (ACS) on that channel. The DSP channel controlled by a Control Channel is determined by the current Fader Layer (FADERS button group) and assignment (FADER SETUP Touch Screen menu). For more information on the individual controls, see section 7.3. Control Channel assignment is dealt with in 3.2.1. 3.2: ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS > CONTROL CHANNELS User Manual 3.2.1: CONTROL CHANNEL ASSIGNMENT CONTROL CHANNELS > ASSIGNMENT Control Channel Assignment is accessed via the FADER SETUP button in the Touch Screen Main Menu. Select the Control channel using the Fader Layer and SEL buttons in the usual way - the current Fader Bank and Slot Number cannot be edited in the FADER SETUP menu. A DSP channel or VCA Master can be assigned to more than one Control channel, though you cannot assign more than one channel or VCA Master to a single Control Channel. Fader Bank Shows the currently selected Fader Layer. This parameter cannot be edited in the menu - use the FADER button group to switch Fader Layers. Slot Number Shows the currently selected Slot Number (Control Channel Number) in current Fader Layer. This parameter cannot be edited in the menu - use the Control Channel SEL buttons to choose a Slot/Control Channel Number. Assign Mono Inputs Assign a Mono Input channel to the currently selected Control Channel. Touching the value field will bring up a scrollable list of available Mono Input Channel names. 3.2.1: ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS > CONTROL CHANNELS > ASSIGNMENT User Manual 3.2.1: CONTROL CHANNEL ASSIGNMENT CONTROL CHANNELS > ASSIGNMENT Assign Stereo Inputs Assign a Stereo Input channel to the currently selected Control Channel. Touching the value field will bring up a scrollable list of available Stereo Input Channel names. Assign Mixes Assign a MIX Master channel to the currently selected Control Channel. Touching the value field will bring up a scrollable list of available MIX Master Channel names. Assign MTX Assign a Matrix Master Channel to the currently selected Control Channel. Touching the value field will bring up a scrollable list of available Matrix Master Channel names. Assign VCA Assign a VCA Master Channel to the currently selected Control Channel. Touching the value field will bring up a scrollable list of available VCA Masters 1 - 8. RESET LAYER Reset the currently selected Fader Layer to its default Control Channel Assignments. You will be asked to confirm this action as it will destroy any custom assignments on the current Fader Layer. 3.2.1: ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS > CONTROL CHANNELS > ASSIGNMENT User Manual 3.2.1: CONTROL CHANNEL ASSIGNMENT CONTROL CHANNELS > ASSIGNMENT INSERT BLANK Insert a blank Control Channel into the currently selected Control Channel Slot and shift the others to the left or right. Choosing INSERT BLANK >> (right), for example, will push all Control Channels to the right of the currently selected slot, one slot to the right. The rightmost control channel will be lost. You will be asked to confirm this action. SHIFT Shift the currently selected channel allocation to the left or the right, as long as there is an unassigned slot available. SHIFT>> and/or SHIFT<< will only be available when an adjacent unassigned Control Channel slot is available in the direction of the Shift. 3.2.1: ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS > CONTROL CHANNELS > ASSIGNMENT User Manual 3.3: ASSIGNABLE CHANNEL STRIP ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS > ACS By pressing the SEL (Select) button on any available DSP channel, you assign that channel’s parameters to the ACS. From the ACS you can control all input, EQ, dynamics, and output functions available to the selected channel. Adjusting an ACS control will trigger the ‘Function Focus’ feature and the console Touch Screen will reflect any changes you make in greater detail, as you make them. You cannot select (SEL) a Control Channel that does not control a DSP channel (VCA, for example). For more information on the ACS controls and processing elements, see section 7.2. 3.3: ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS > ASSIGNABLE CHANNEL STRIP User Manual 3.4: tOTEM ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS > tOTEM (FADER FOLLOW) tOTEM (The One Touch Easy Mix) buttons MIX 1-14, MTX 1-4, FX 1-4, situated just below the ACS, make up the FADER FOLLOW button group and allow rapid access to bus contributions from channels in any current Fader Layer. If your current fader layer is the default ‘A’ layer (all input channels), then pressing the MIX 1 tOTEM button will assign all channel faders to control the Mix 1 sends for those channels and the Mono control channel fader to control of the Mix 1 Master. This allows one-touch access to complete bus mixes. In addition, when a tOTEM button is pressed all existing solos will be cleared, the selected bus will be soloed, and the ACS will be assigned to the selected bus master channel. If a tOTEM button is selected that is not applicable to a channel type, then the fader will have no function (selecting a Matrix (MTX) bus contribution for an input channel, for example). 3.4: ASSIGNABLE CONTROLS > tOTEM (FADER FOLLOW) User Manual 4.0: TOUCH SCREEN TOUCH SCREEN The console colour Touch Screen can be used through direct touch, or in conjunction with the Scroll Encoder and MENU / APPLY buttons. It provides access to System settings and preferences, Copy/Paste and cuelist / Show functionality, as well as settings for inputs, outputs monitoring, the solo system, plus a frequency response-type display of the 4-band EQ. MENU Access the Touch Screen Main Menu. Encoder Scroll or adjust parameters, and select value fields. Turn the Encoder to navigate a menu; press the Encoder to select a value field for adjustment, then turn the encoder again to adjust the value field. APPLY Apply the set value, where applicable. The Apply button will illuminate white when required to confirm values. 4.0: TOUCH SCREEN 4.1: MAIN MENU User Manual TOUCH SCREEN > MAIN MENU The Touch Screen Main Menu can be accessed at any time by pressing the MENU button next to the Touch Screen. From here you can navigate to any of the settings menus. SHOW Show File operations and global Isolate settings, console RESET CONFIG function. New show, load, reset functions for show files. Isolate settings are used to isolate parameters from show recalls. See section 9.1 - Show Storage and recall - for more detail. The RESET CONFIG function forces the console to re-discover and reset the I/O configuration. COPY PASTE Used to copy and paste settings between channels. Press copy to copy to clipboard, then press and hold PASTE-HOLD and use the SEL buttons to Paste. See Reference 8.2 for more detail. SECURITY Console Admin settings and selective 'lock-out'. See section 11.3 for more detail. 4.1: TOUCH SCREEN > MAIN MENU 4.1: MAIN MENU User Manual TOUCH SCREEN > MAIN MENU SYSTEM System information, HiQnet and IP addressing, selective console reset functions, and the Event Log. Use the system menu to reset channels, busses, patching, and the whole console. See section 11.2 for more detail. PREFS Brightness settings and D.O.G.S. system (Direct Out Gain Stabiliser) On/Off. When enabled, D.O.G.S. Adjusts the direct output level from each channel inversely to any manual change of a mic gain control. See section 11.1 for more detail. FADER SETUP Assign DSP channels to Control Channel slots. Use FADER SETUP to create custom Fader Layers. See section 3.2.1 for more detail. INSERT Setup and patching of the four available insert sends and returns. See section 5 - Inputs & Outputs - For more information. Remember, an insert interrupts signal flow, so if an insert is assigned to a channel, the signal must have a return path. SOLO Solo system settings. Options include Highlight, Blend, and Solo Trim levels, as well as Solo In Place and Input Priority On/Off. See section 8.4 for more information. 4.1: TOUCH SCREEN > MAIN MENU 4.1: MAIN MENU User Manual TOUCH SCREEN > MAIN MENU OSC Settings and operations for the built in Oscillator. Routing, waveform, frequency, and output options. See section 13 for more detail. MONITOR Settings for the monitoring systems. Delay, patching, and Mono Check. See section 8.5 for more information. INPUTS & VCA Input channel or VCA Master-specific settings. The Menu will change depending on whether an Input channel or a VCA Master is selected. For INPUTS, the menu will show Naming, patching, Channel Isolate, Mix contribution routing, and so on. See section 6.1.1 for more information. For VCA, the Menu will show VCA Name. See section 8.7 for more information. OUTPUTS Output channel-specific settings. The menu will show Naming, patching, bus routing, and so on. See section 6.2.1 for more detail. EQ Graphic representation of the EQ for the selected channel. Simply touch the EQ Touch Screen button to see the frequency response graphic - incorporates the HPF and 4-band EQ, but not the Graphic EQ. See section 7.2.4 for more on the ACS EQ section. 4.1: TOUCH SCREEN > MAIN MENU User Manual 5.0: INPUTS & OUTPUTS INPUTS AND OUTPUTS The console has an assignable patching system for all inputs and outputs. In other words, any DSP Channel input or output can be assigned a physical input or output. At its simplest, this might mean that the input to Channel 1 is patched to MIC01 (the first local mic/line XLR socket). The console does have a factory default patching configuration, which is used whenever the console is reset to its default (SYSTEM menu > RESET PATCHING or RESET ALL).. Additionally, the console has two ViSi compatible option card slots - one is preloaded with the MADI-USB 64-in / 64-out expansion card, the other has 32-in / 32-out expansion capability. The first uses DIGITAL IN 1 - 64 & DIGITAL OUT 1-64; the second uses DIGITAL IN 65-96 & DIGITAL OUT 65-96). Both can be used with a wide range of ViSi I/O cards, or a Soundcraft Stagebox (with the MADI card). 5.0: INPUTS & OUTPUTS User Manual 5.1: PATCHING INPUTS AND OUTPUTS > PATCHING When patching an input or output, you will be presented with an I/O selection screen. The current patch is shown with an orange tick over the relevant patch icon. Scroll left or right through the available options and select from the labelled patch icons. The system will only show option cards if they are fitted, or if the show was created on a console with expansion cards fitted, or if the show was created with option cards in the offline editor. The internal Stereo FX returns are shown as available inputs - these are assigned by default to Stereo Input channels 5-8. You can use console SEL buttons to choose other channels while the patching screen is open. Stereo Channels The Impact’s four stereo inputs are patched as returns from the internal Lexicon FX by default. When stereo channels are patched, the system will allow you to choose consecutive odd/even pairs. In any patching menus, the odd-numbered channel will be listed as the current patch. For example, if the Stereo Input channel ST 01 shows LINE IN1 in the Input Patch menu item, then the left channel will be patched to LINE IN1 and the right channel will be patched to LINE IN2. In the patching screen, both LINE IN 1 and LINE IN2 patch icons will be shown with ticks. NOTE: Stereo channels can only be line level or digital inputs, or FX returns - not microphone inputs. Auto Complete To have the system automatically patch multiple channels press the AUTO COMPLETE button; this will increment the input by 1 and patch by 1 until a logical ‘group’ of patches is complete. This logical ‘group’ idea exists to prevent AUTO COMPLETE overwriting too many channels and mix buses, or physical inputs and outputs. The auto complete boundaries are nominally grouped in eights (e.g. mic inputs 1-8, mic inputs 9-16, input channels 17-24, input channels 25-32). However, Auto Complete groups may be smaller if there are fewer than eight channels available in that type. For example, if you start Mix Bus 9 patched to Line Out 9 then press AUTO COMPLETE, the process will stop at Mix Bus 14 to Line Out 14. However if you started with Mix Bus 1 to Line Out 9 then press AUTO COMPLETE, the process will stop at Mix Bus 8 to Line Out 16. 5.1: INPUTS & OUTPUTS > PATCHING 5.1: PATCHING User Manual INPUTS AND OUTPUTS > PATCHING Patching for the various inputs and outputs on the console can be accessed as follows: Input Patch Source for an Input Channel. Input Channel selected > INPUTS & VCA menu. Direct Output Patch Direct output from an Input Channel. Input Channel selected > INPUTS & VCA menu Bus Master Output Two available outputs from each Mix, Matrix, Left/Right, or Mono Master Channel. Bus Master selected > OUTPUTS menu. In LCR Panning Mode, Mono Master Channel is the Centre Channel. Oscillator Patch Physical output for Oscillator signal. OSC menu. Monitor Patch Physical stereo output for Monitor line output. MONITOR menu. Insert Patch Inserts are set up in the INSERT menu. Use the INSERT ASSIGN menu to assign insert points to channels, and use the INSERT SETUP button on the same screen to assign insert sends and returns to physical outputs. Currently, digital inputs are available for insert return, not the console analogue inputs. NOTE: Patch changes are stored per cue. Having made any patch changes the cue must be stored or updated to make the change permanent. D.O.G.S. - Direct Output Gain Stabiliser System D.O.G.S. is a tool to help maintain stored gain structure between channel input and direct output when multiple devices are sharing a single source. In other words, it prevents Direct Output levels from changing when a Mic Gain is changed - so any feeds taken from the console remain stable. When enabled, D.O.G.S. adjusts the direct output level from each channel inversely to any manual change of a mic gain control (across a change of +16/-10dB) on that channel. You can enable or disable D.O.G.S in the Preferences Menu via PREFS. See section 11.1. 5.1: INPUTS & OUTPUTS > PATCHING User Manual 5.1.1: SOUNDWEB CONTROL INPUTS AND OUTPUTS > PATCHING > SOUNDWEB The console can control BSS Soundweb London devices’ preamp controls via Harman’s HiQnet protocol. When a digital audio transport card (Dante, BLU Link, Cobranet, etc.) is installed and your Si console is connected to a network with Soundweb London devices via the HiQnet port on the back of the console, you can now bring up the SOUNDWEB LONDON EXTERNAL PREAMP control. Soundweb External Preamp Control device setup is saved in show files and Mic Gain and 48V values can be recalled with snapshots. Snapshot recall of these values can also be disabled with the ISOLATE feature Network Settings The first step to configuring Soundweb London devices is setting up the IP settings in the SYSTEM menu on your Si console. The Soundweb London device and the console must be on the same subnet in order to communicate. See chapter reference 11.2 for more detail. Control Access Press and hold a digital input patch icon to add Soundweb London external preamp control to that channel. This will bring up the Soundweb London Control Menu (see below). Note: Soundweb London preamps are controlled in 6dB increments. Trim control can be performed in 1dB increments. 5.1.1: INPUTS & OUTPUTS > PATCHING > SOUNDWEB User Manual 5.1.1: SOUNDWEB CONTROL INPUTS AND OUTPUTS > PATCHING > SOUNDWEB External Control Status. Disable / Enable Soundweb London Preamp control for this patch. If enabled, this will activate MIC GAIN* and 48V control from the console on that input channel for the associated Soundweb London device. If Disabled, it will deactivate the MIC GAIN and 48V control from the console, but will keep all the settings (Node Address, Input Card, Input Channel) and the last set gain value. Node Address Set the Soundweb London devices’ node address to send and receive HiQnet values to your Si console. The node address can be found and adjusted in London Architect and Audio Architect software platforms. It is important to note that the Node Address value in the Si console must be given in decimal format rather than hexadecimal format. Input Card Select an input card on the Soundweb London device. There are four fixed entries: A, B, C, D. Choosing A, for example, will allow you to control one of the input channels on the Soundweb London’s A input card. Input Channel Select an input channel on the selected card and device. 5.1.1: INPUTS & OUTPUTS > PATCHING > SOUNDWEB 5.2: DEFAULT PATCHING User Manual INPUTS AND OUTPUTS > DEFAULT PATCHING The default patching for the Si Impact console - also shows default Fader Layers in brackets. The console patching can be reset to default via the SYSTEM menu. VCA master assignments are also shown for convenience, though there is no audio patching for these. • XLR Mic/Line In 1-24 > Channels 1-24 (Fader Layer A, slots 1-24). • XLR/Jack Combo Mic/Line In 25-32 > Fader Channels 25-32 (Fader Layer B, slots 1-8). • Unassigned faders x 12 > Fader Channels 33-44 (Fader Layer B, slots 9-20). • Stereo FX Returns 1-4 > Stereo Input Channels 1-4 (Fader Layer B, slots 21-24). • MIXES 1-14 > Analogue Line Out 1-14 (Fader Layer C slots 1-14). • FX SEND MASTERS 1-4 > To Internal FX 1-4 (Fader Layer C slots 15-18). • MTX 1-4 > Not Assigned (Fader Layer D slots 1-4). • Main L&R > Analogue Line Out 15-16 (Master L&R Fader). • MONO > Not Assigned (MONO/SEL Fader). • VCA Group Masters 1-8 > (Fader Layer C slots 15-22) 5.2: INPUTS & OUTPUTS > DEFAULT PATCHING User Manual 5.3: ViSi CONNECT INPUTS AND OUTPUTS > ViSi CONNECT The console has two ViSi CONNECT compatible option card slots - one with 64-in / 64-out expansion capability (DIGITAL IN 1 - 64 & DIGITAL OUT 1-64) and the other with 32-in / 32-out DIGITAL IN 65-96 & DIGITAL OUT 65-96). The first is pre-loaded with the MADI-USB card, which allows both Soundcraft Stage boxes and USB-equipped computers/devices to be connected. The second slot is available for use with a wide range of ViSi I/O cards. Currently available ViSi modules are shown 5.3.1. More detailed instructions for the installed MADI-USB card are detailed in 5.4 The ViSi Connect I/O is patched in the same way as the normal system I/O - via the INPUTS & VCA, OUTPUTS, OSC, INSERT, and MONITOR menus, depending on what type of source or destination you are patching. The option card inputs are labelled DIGITAL IN 1-64 (card 1), DIGITAL IN 65-128 (card 2). The option card outputs are labelled DIGITAL OUT 1-64 (card 1) and DIGITAL OUT 65-96 (card 2). See the Soundcraft Si Option Slot & Option Card User Guide for detailed instructions on card installation and configuration. 5.3 INPUTS & OUTPUTS > ViSi CONNECT User Manual 5.3.1: ViSI CONNECT CARDS INPUTS AND OUTPUTS > ViSi CONNECT > CARDS Single Port CAT5 MADI Dual Port CAT5 MADI (redundant link) Dual Port Multi-Mode SC Optical MADI (redundant link) AES 3 XLR (4ch in, 4ch out on XLRs) AES D-Type (8ch in, 8ch out, 25-way D-SUB connector) Multi Digital Card (32 in / 32 out - FireWire for Mac, USB or FireWire for PC, plus 8 in / 8 out ADAT optical). Dante (64 x 64 interface to Dante digital audio network) Riedel RockNet 5.3.1: INPUTS & OUTPUTS > ViSi CONNECT > CARDS User Manual 5.3.1: ViSI CONNECT CARDS INPUTS AND OUTPUTS > ViSi CONNECT > CARDS BLU Link (32 x 32 interface to Soundweb London digital audio bus) Aviom® A-Net (16 output channels, CAT5 - Pro-16 head) CobraNet™ (Up to 32 in and 32 out) MADI-USB (32 in/ 64 out MADI + 32 in/out USB, OR 64 in/out MADI + 32 USB out only. Connect Soundcraft Stagebox plus a PC or Mac. See section 5.4 for more detail. 5.3.1: INPUTS & OUTPUTS > ViSi CONNECT > CARDS User Manual 5.3.2: STAGEBOXES INPUTS AND OUTPUTS > ViSi CONNECT > STAGEBOXES Using the fitted MADI-USB card, the Si Impact can be connected to A variety of additional I/O, including the Soundcraft Stageboxes. Soundcraft Mini Stagebox Two variations of a smaller Stagebox for general use when modular I/O is not required. The Mini Stagebox 32 (3U) provides 32 analogue inputs and 8 analogue line outputs, with 4 pairs of AES outputs, providing a total I/O capacity of 32 inputs and 16 outputs, with the Mini Stagebox 16 (2U) model providing 16 analogue inputs and 8 line outputs making a 16 x 8 matrix. They connect to any of the Soundcraft Si Series and Vi Series consoles via a MADI card fitted to the option card slot. Soundcraft Compact Stagebox A high density of I/O connections in only 4U of rack space. The modular unit is fully configurable but is offered with a standard configuration of 32 mic/line inputs, 8 line outputs, 8 channels of AES/EBU outputs and 2 expansion slots for standard Studer D21m I/O cards. The D21m is the I/O architecture for Studer as well as Soundcraft digital mixing systems and allows connection to most popular digital formats, including CobraNet®, AVIOM A-Net®16, Ethersound, ADAT and RockNet. A MADI recording interface can also be fitted to the expansion slots. 5.3.2 INPUTS & OUTPUTS > ViSi CONNECT > STAGEBOXES User Manual 5.4: MADI-USB CARD INPUTS AND OUTPUTS > MADI-USB CARD The Soundcraft MADI-USB Combo card offers digital audio connection between an Si series console and Apple Mac or PC with a USB port, as well as any of the Soundcraft range of Stageboxes via Soundcraft’s proprietary Cat 5 MADI connection. Audio capability across the USB link is 32 channels in and 32 channels out at 48KHz, switchable between digital output channels 1-32 and 33-64. The Cat 5 MADI port can be used simultaneously with up to 32 inputs and 64 outputs (Digital output channels 1-64). However, more MADI inputs are possible at the expense of the USB inputs, which would give 64 MADI inputs, 64 MADI outputs, and 32 USB outputs (NO USB inputs). NOTE: By Default, the Si Impact card is set-up to handle 32 USB channels in and out (channels 33-64), plus 32 MADI channels in and 64 MADI channels out (channels 1-64). If you require a different configuration, you must change the DIP Switch settings on the card itself. Connection and setup of the card to a PC is made simple with the use of the Soundcraft digital audio driver and associated control panel. USB connection to a Mac requires no extra software or drivers. USB Cable The USB port on the MADI-USB combo card is the ‘B type’ connector. USB host devices normally use the rectangular ‘A type’ connector. As such, a ‘A type to B type’ USB cable is required. 5.4: INPUTS & OUTPUTS > MADI-USB CARD 5.4.1: MADI-USB SET-UP User Manual INPUTS AND OUTPUTS > MADI-USB CARD > SETUP DIP Switches - Card Configuration DIP switches on the card provide extra flexibility depending on the application. The standard (factory) configuration is as follows: DIP 1 OFF: Master (Internal) Synchronisation DIP 2 ON: 32 USB Out (channels 32-64) DIP 3 OFF, DIP 4 ON: 32 USB In (channels 32-64), 32 MADI In (Channels 1-32) This allows for 32 USB inputs and outputs for PC and Mac recording and playback, plus 32 MADI inputs and 64 MADI outputs (for connection to a Soundcraft Stagebox, for example). DIP Switch 1: Sync - Master / Slave This alters the syncing interaction between the MADI-USB Combo card and the mixer. As standard, the card should be set to sync to the mixer and so, switch 1 should be set OFF. To connect two consoles together using two MADI-USB Combo cards, for a master/slave type operation, the card within the master console should be set to sync to the Mixer (switch 1 OFF), and the slave console/card set to sync to the Card (Switch 1 ON). The consoles will then need to be set to INTernal and OPTion clocking respectively. DIP Switch 2: USB Out Range This determines what channels (console output paths) the USB is sent out from on the USB portion of the option card. OFF is channels 1-32, ON (default) is channels 33-64. DIP Switches 3 & 4: USB / MADI In Range Together these switches determine the input range and positions of the MADI and USB streams. You can also set the card to 64 channels of MADI in using these switches. 3 OFF 4 OFF: Input Channels 1-64 MADI (no USB in) 3 OFF 4 ON (default): Input Channels 33-64 USB, Input Channels 1-32 MADI 3 ON 4 OFF: Input Channels 1-32 USB, Input Channels 33-64 MADI 3 ON 4 ON: Input Channels 1-64 MADI (no USB in) 5.4.1: INPUTS & OUTPUTS > MADI-USB > SETUP User Manual 5.4.2: USB PC DRIVER INPUTS AND OUTPUTS > MADI-USB CARD > PC DRIVER To use the MADI-USB Combo Card on PCs additional drivers are necessary. Soundcraft’s MADI-USB Combo card audio drivers can be found on the Soundcraft website (www.soundcraft. com). The install package includes WDM and ASIO drivers for low-latency operation with a control panel to configure driver settings for best performance. You do not need additional drivers for Mac. Before you install the PC drivers, insert the MADI-USB Combo Card into the console, connect the PC to the MADI-USB Combo card and boot the console. Once the drivers are installed, shortcuts for the control panel are available on the desktop or under all programs, Harman Pro, Soundcraft, Multichannel USB Audio. When the card is connected to the computer, task-bar icons will indicate a device has been detected and clicking the icon will open the appropriate control panel. When the drivers are installed onto your PC, you will need to restart your machine for the install process to be complete. The Soundcraft Audio Driver settings can be found in the Soundcraft USB Control Panel. Within this menu, there are options to adjust the streaming mode of the MADI-USB Combo Card and the buffer size from 64 samples up to 8192 samples. Recommended buffer size will vary depending on application, however higher buffer sizes should be used when monitoring from the DAW is not necessary. For most live recording applications, a standard buffer size of 1024 samples is enough to ensure reliable operation and clean audio. The streaming mode settings modify the behaviour of the USB driver for maximum optimisation when set in conjunction with the buffer size setting. The buffer size modifies the amount of audio data that is stored before being released into the application. A large buffer size results in higher latency to your DAW. A small buffer size reduces the latency to your DAW but can cause audio glitches and errors. To adjust the buffer size of the MADI-USB Combo card, both the streaming mode and the buffer size settings need to be set correctly corresponding to one another. For example, by setting the streaming mode to ‘Reliable’ and then the buffer size to 1024 samples, the system will then be running at 1024 samples and the audio will be clean. For lower buffer sizes, the streaming mode should be set to ‘Low Latency’ and the buffer size to 128 samples. A mismatch between Streaming mode and buffer size could cause artefacts in the audio and could corrupt the audio recording. A mismatched buffer setting such as setting the streaming mode to ‘Reliable’ and the buffer size to 64 samples would result in distorted audio in your recording. To avoid artefacts and to produce a reliable recording you should select the appropriate buffer size for the streaming mode. When a mismatch occurs, a dialogue will appear at the bottom of the control panel menu with instructions of where to go from the current setting to make a compatible setup. 5.4.2: INPUTS & OUTPUTS > ViSi CONNECT > MADI-USB User Manual 6.0: CHANNELS & BUSSES CHANNELS & BUSSES The Si Impact console has several basic channels and busses. These are mono and stereo input channels, mono and stereo Mix Busses and MIX output master channels (MIX 1-14), internal FX send mix busses (FX 1-4), stereo Matrix mix busses and Matrix output master channels (MTX 1-4), and the main Left, Right, and Mono/Centre mix master channels. 6.0: CHANNELS & BUSSES 6.1: INPUT CHANNELS User Manual CHANNELS & BUSSES > INPUT CHANNELS Input channels receive either external input from instruments, microphones, and so on, or they receive input from the internal Lexicon FX units (FX Return - Stereo Input Channels 1-4). Input channels can be mono (64 available: CH 01 - CH 64), stereo (4 available: ST 1 - ST 4 - FX Retunrs by default), or mono-linked (assigned in odd/even stereo pairs of mono Input Channels), and can be patched to any microphone, line, or digital inputs. Mono inputs do not have a FaderGlow colour. Mono-linked channels use FaderGlow white, and Stereo FX returns from the internal FX units use FaderGlow cyan. If patched externally, stereo input channels use FaderGlow pink Input channels can contribute to any or all of the MIX 1-14 Mix busses (which feed the Mix Bus Master channels), the Main L&R and Mono/Centre mix busses, or to the FX send busses - which get routed to the internal Lexicon FX. There are three ‘taps’ for these bus contributions - Pre Dyn (Pre Dynamics), Post EQ, and Post Fader. The levels of these contributions are accessed via the tOTEM buttons. Please note, Input Channels can not contribute to the Matrix (MTX) busses, so the MTX FADER FOLLOW buttons are not applicable for Control Channels assigned to Input Channels. There are various input-specific options, found via the Touch Screen Main Menu INPUTS button. These offer channel naming, linking, Pre/Post routing options for Mix busses and direct outputs, and physical input and Direct Output patching. See section 6.1.1. NOTE: For LCR Panning, LCR Panning Mode must be set in the INPUTS & VCA Menu. The Mono output patch is the Centre output patch, and Mono routing must be enabled in the ACS (Assignable Channel Strip) OUTPUT section with the MONO button (can be done in Interrogate mode for speed). 6.1: CHANNELS & BUSSES > INPUT CHANNELS 6.1: INPUT CHANNELS User Manual CHANNELS & BUSSES > INPUT CHANNELS 6.1: CHANNELS & BUSSES > INPUT CHANNELS User Manual 6.1.1: INPUT SETUP CHANNELS & BUSSES > INPUT CHANNELS > SETUP There are various input-specific options, found via the Touch Screen Main Menu INPUTS button. These offer channel naming, linking, LR or LCR Panning / routing, Pre/Post routing options for Mix Busses and Direct Outputs, and physical input and Direct Output patching. Name Name the selected input channel. When the Name field is selected, a QWERTY keyboard will appear on the Touch Screen so you can enter the desired name. Isolate Isolate this channel from automation playback. When a new cue is loaded, this channel will not be affected and its setting will not be changed. However, current channel settings are still stored when a cue is stored. Please note: To prevent conflict, Isolation function does not include 48V and pre-amp gain. Type An input channel can either be Mono, Linked, or Stereo. Stereo channels on this console are fixed as ST1 - ST4 and therefore the Type parameter is not editable. Mono Channels can be linked in consecutive Odd/Even pairs. Linked mono channels act in unison though the 48V and phase buttons, and the Delay, Gain, and Pan controls remain independent. Pan Mode Set Pan mode for this channel to LR (Left Right) or LCR (Left Centre Right). Routing/Panning for the Main Mix Bus. In LCR mode the Main Mono Mix Bus is used as the Centre channel. Mono routing must be enabled in the ACS (Assignable Channel Strip) OUTPUT section for this to work. 6.1.1: CHANNELS & BUSSES > INPUT CHANNELS > INPUT SETUP User Manual 6.1.1: INPUT SETUP CHANNELS & BUSSES > INPUT CHANNELS > SETUP LCR Pan Width Set the proportion of centre channel signal sent to Left And RIght. Adjust the pan law when in LCR mode is active to increase/decrease the contributions to the LR and Mono buses when panning. DirectOut Pre/Post Choose whether the Direct Output patch is sourced Pre Filter or Post Filter. Post Filter is immediately after the HPF (High Pass Filter) but before the main EQ and Dynamics processing stages. Pre Filter is immediately after the Analogue To Digital conversion, before the Trim, Phase, and Delay stages. There must be a patched DirectOut for this option to be functional. Input Patch Choose an analogue or digital input for this input channel. Touching the value field will bring up the standard Patching setup on the Touch Screen. For more detail, please see section 5 - Inputs & Outputs. DirectOut Patch Choose an analogue or digital output for this channel's Direct Output. Touching the value field will bring up the standard Patching setup on the Touch Screen. For more detail, please see section 5 - Inputs & Outputs. Set Global Post/Pre Set a global routing for all Mix bus contributions from the input channel. You can choose from all three bus ‘taps’: All Post Fader, All Post EQ, or All Pre Dyn. Alternatively, the Pre- or Post-fader routing can be set individually for the each Mix Bus contribution further down the menu. This setting can be overridden by the Output Bus setup. MIX 1-14 Pre/Post Set individual Pre- or Post-Fade routing to Mix Busses 1-14. Choose from Post Fader, Post EQ, or Pre Dyn. 6.1.1: CHANNELS & BUSSES > INPUT CHANNELS > INPUT SETUP User Manual 6.2: MIX OUTPUTS CHANNELS & BUSSES > MIX OUTPUTS All contributions to a Mix Bus are summed into Mix Bus Master DSP Channels (MIX 1-14). They have various uses, including feeding auxiliary effects, as monitoring mixes, or creating unique mixes for zoned areas, contribution to the main mix, and more. All output channels include a Graphic EQ. Mix Busses can be mono (MIX 1-14) or stereo (MIX 9 -14) and they receive input from the each of the MIX 1-14 busses. In other words, Mix Master 1’s input is the sum of the contributions to the MIX 1 Bus (from the Input channels). Mix Master channels can contribute to the Matrix (MTX) 1-4 busses, the Main LR and Mono mix buses (via the Fader) and be patched to a physical output. Contributions to the Matrix busses are accessed via the tOTEM buttons when a Mix Master Control Channel is selected. You can access Mix Master channels via the Fader Layers (FADERS) button group or by selecting the bus mix via the tOTEM buttons. The Fader Layer C is the default layer for the Mix Masters, though remember that control channels can be assigned to any channel you require. All Mix Master channels include a Graphic Equaliser, though do not use the ACS mic/line input controls (48V, trim), and they do not have a Gate processing element. Please note, Mix Masters cannot contribute to the FX 1-4 busses, or themselves, so the MIX, and FX FADER FOLLOW buttons are not applicable for Control Channels assigned to Mix Masters. There are various output-specific options, found via the Touch Screen Main Menu OUTPUTS button. These offer channel naming, isolate, routing options, width (stereo/mono), and physical output patching. See section 6.2.1. NOTE: For LCR Panning, LCR Panning Mode must be set in the OUTPUTS Menu. The Mono output patch is the Centre output patch, and Mono routing must be enabled in the ACS (Assignable Channel Strip) OUTPUT section with the MONO button. 6.2: CHANNELS & BUSSES > MIX OUTPUTS User Manual 6.2: MIX OUTPUTS CHANNELS & BUSSES > MIX OUTPUTS 6.2: CHANNELS & BUSSES > MIX OUTPUTS User Manual 6.2.1: MIX OUTPUTS SETUP CHANNELS & BUSSES > MIX OUTPUTS > SETUP There are various Mix Output-specific options, found via the Touch Screen Main Menu OUTPUTS button. These offer channel naming, isolate, LR / LCR panning and routing Pre/Post routing options, width (stereo/ mono) and physical output patching. Name Name the selected Mix Bus. When the Name field is selected, a QWERTY keyboard will appear on the Touch Screen so you can enter the desired name. Isolate Isolate the Mix Bus Master Channel from automation playback. When a new cue is loaded, this channel will not be affected and its setting will not be changed. However, current channel settings are still stored when a cue is stored. Mix Width Select Mono or Stereo width for this Mix Bus. Note, only Mix busses 7-14 can be switched to stereo. Mix busses 1-8 are mono only. Pan Mode Set Pan mode for this channel to LR (Left Right) or LCR (Left Centre Right). Routing/Panning for the Main Mix Bus. In LCR mode the Main Mono Mix Bus is used as the Centre channel. Mono routing must be enabled in the ACS (Assignable Channel Strip) OUTPUT section for this to work. 6.2.1: CHANNELS & BUSSES > MIX OUTPUTS > OUTPUTS SETUP User Manual 6.2.1: MIX OUTPUTS SETUP CHANNELS & BUSSES > MIX OUTPUTS > SETUP LCR Pan Width Set the proportion of centre channel signal sent to Left And RIght. Adjust the pan law when in LCR mode is active to increase/decrease the contributions to the LR and Mono buses when panning. Set Mix Sends Pre/Post Set the pre/post routing for all contributions to this Mix Bus. This setting can override settings made in the Input Channel Setup. The options are Post Fade, Post EQ, or Pre Dyn. Contribution Pan Mode Choose a pan mode for all contributions to this bus. The bus must be set to Stereo Width for this setting to be active. Choose from Independent Pan Control, Bus Follows Channel Pan (contributions to this bus will be panned the same as each input channel’s Pan control), or Bus Inverts Channel Pan (Contributions to this bus will be panned opposite to each channel’s Pan control). Output Patching Choose specific analogue or digital outputs for this DSP Channel. Touching the value fields will bring up the standard Patching setup on the Touch Screen. Two outputs can be allocated, with individually patchable left and right connections. For more detail, please see section 5 - Inputs & Outputs. 6.2.1: CHANNELS & BUSSES > MIX OUTPUTS > OUTPUTS SETUP 6.3: MATRIX OUTPUTS User Manual CHANNELS & BUSSES > MATRIX OUTPUTS The Matrix busses feed the Matrix Master channels. Matrix Busses can be used for many things, including a convenient way to send the same Mix to several monitor destinations at differing levels; or to use as an alternative main mix of mix groups to feed additional front of house zones. Matrix Master channels receive their input from the Matrix (MTX) 1-4 busses, which can be fed by the MIX 1-14 Master channels and/or the Left, Right, and Mono main mix outputs. The Matrix busses and masters are stereo, and the Matrix Master channels have two patchable stereo outputs each (Left and Right of both outputs are interdependently patchable). All Matrix channels include a Graphic Equaliser, though do not use the ACS mic/line input controls (48V, Gain/Trim, Phase), and they do not have a Gate processing element. Please note, Matrix Masters can not contribute to the MIX 1-14 busses, FX 1-4 busses, the Left/Right and Mono/Centre Main Mix busses, or themselves, so the MIX, FX, and MTX FADER FOLLOW buttons are not applicable for Control Channels assigned to Matrix Masters. There are various Matrix output-specific options, found via the Touch Screen Main Menu OUTPUTS button. These offer naming, isolate, width, and physical output patching. See section 6.3.1. 6.3: CHANNELS & BUSSES > MATRIX OUTPUTS 6.3: MATRIX OUTPUTS User Manual CHANNELS & BUSSES > MATRIX OUTPUTS 6.3: CHANNELS & BUSSES > MATRIX OUTPUTS User Manual 6.3.1: MATRIX OUTPUTS SETUP CHANNELS & BUSSES > MATRIX OUTS > SETUP There are various Matrix output-specific options, found via the Touch Screen Main Menu OUTPUTS button. These offer naming, isolate, width, and physical output patching. Name Name the selected Matrix Bus. When the Name field is selected, a QWERTY keyboard will appear on the Touch Screen so you can enter the desired name. Isolate Isolate the Matrix Master DSP Channel from automation playback. When a new cue is loaded, this channel will not be affected and its setting will not be changed. However, current channel settings are still stored when a cue is stored. Matrix Width Choose Mono or Stereo type for the Matrix Master Output. Patching Choose specific analogue or digital outputs for the Master Output Channel. Touching the value fields will bring up the standard Patching setup on the Touch Screen. Two outputs can be allocated, with individually patchable left and right connections. For more detail, please see section 5 - Inputs & Outputs. 6.3.1: CHANNELS & BUSSES > MATRIX OUTPUTS > SETUP 6.4: MAIN MIX OUT User Manual CHANNELS & BUSSES > MAIN MIX OUTPUTS The Main Left, Right, and Mono/Centre Busses and Master Channels are used for the main mix output and receive their inputs from the Input Channels and Mix Bus Master channels. The Mono bus is the Centre bus when the Panning Mode of contributing channels is set to LCR, and Mono routing is enabled. The Left and Right busses feed the main Left/Right stereo output channel, which is permanently assigned to the Left/ Right Control Channel. The Mono bus feeds the main Mono/Centre output channel that, during normal operation, is controlled by the MONO/SEL control channel (though that channel is assigned to Bus Masters when a tOTEM selection is active. The Left/Right and Mono/Centre channels include a Graphic Equaliser, though do not use the ACS mic/line input controls (48V, Gain/Trim, Phase), and they do not have a Gate processing element. There are various Main Left/Right and Mono/Centre-specific options, found via the Touch Screen Main Menu OUTPUTS button. These offer naming, isolate, and physical output patching. 6.4: CHANNELS & BUSSES > MAIN MIX OUTPUTS User Manual 6.4.1: MAIN MIX OUTPUTS SETUP CHANNELS & BUSSES > MAIN MIX OUTS > SETUP There are various Main LR and M-specific options, found via the Touch Screen Main Menu OUTPUTS button. These offer naming, isolate, and physical output patching. Name Name the selected Main Output Bus. When the Name field is selected, a QWERTY keyboard will appear on the Touch Screen so you can enter the desired name. Isolate Isolate the Main Output Master DSP channel from automation playback. When a new cue is loaded, this DSP channel will not be affected and its setting will not be changed. However, current channel settings are still stored when a cue is stored. Patching Choose specific analogue and digital outputs for this DSP Channel. Touching the value fields will bring up the standard Patching setup on the Touch Screen. Two outputs can be allocated for both the L&R (Left and Right) and the M (Mono) channels. For more detail, please see section 5 - Inputs & Outputs. The Mono output patches are also the Centre output patching when using LCR panning. 6.4.1: CHANNELS & BUSSES > MAIN MIX OUTPUTS > SETUP User Manual 6.5: FX BUSSES CHANNELS & BUSSES > FX Busses The FX Send busses (FX 1-4) are used exclusively to feed the internal Lexicon FX units. They receive input from the Input Channels. Those contributions are accessed via the FX 1-4 tOTEM buttons. Management of the Lexicon FX is enabled via the FX button (Lexicon FX setup) near the touch screen. Please see section 10 for more details. 6.5: CHANNELS & BUSSES > FX BUSSES User Manual 7.0: DSP ELEMENTS CHANNEL ELEMENTS Input and output (Bus Master) DSP channels share many common DSP processing elements and controls via the Control Channel and Assignable Control Section (ACS). This chapter explains those elements and their controls. Please note, some elements will not be available (will be unlit and inactive) on certain channel types (Master Output Channels have no Gate section, for example). 7.0: DSP ELEMENTS User Manual 7.1: FUNCTION FOCUS DSP ELEMENTS > FUNCTION FOCUS Function Focus allows pinpoint adjustment of any controls and settings by automatically detailing the value of both the control you are currently adjusting and any other controls in its group, plus the channel name and alternate units for the same control. For example, DELAY is illustrated in ms (milliseconds), feet, and meters, while EQ filter ‘Q’ is shown as both Q and bandwidth (octaves). The Function Focus display can be ‘pinned’ (displayed even when the control is inactive) to the screen by touching it while it is displayed. Touching it again will unpin it. 7.1: DSP ELEMENTS > FUNCTION FOCUS User Manual 7.2: ACS ELEMENTS DSP ELEMENTS > ACS ELEMENTS The Assignable Channel Strip (ACS) follows the currently selected DSP Channel and provides almost all of the controls relating to that. It is broken down into logical sections, making it easy to identify control groups and functions at a glance. There is a dedicated control for each function and each control has a dedicated label and scale, just as you would find on an analogue mixer The exact value of any control will be shown on the Touch Screen using the Function Focus feature (see section 7.1) as you adjust them. 7.5: DSP ELEMENTS > ACS 7.2.1: ACS INPUT SECTION User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > INPUT The input section mainly provides the features required for input channels such as phantom power and mic/line level. Metering is applicable to all DSP channel types, and HPF (High Pass Filter) is available in Mix Bus Master Channels. Metering Signal level in channel shown as dBfs Stereo channels use both L and R bargraphs, mono channels use the L/MONO bargraph. The scale is relative to digital 'full scale', so 0dBfs is the maximum before clipping. For input channels, the meter source is 'PRE' (just after the analogue-to-digital conversion but before the rest of the channel processing) so you can adjust for optimum Gain. The output/bus channel metering source is 'POST' (just before the physical output). 48V Phantom Power Turn 48V phantom power supply on or off. This only works for Input Channels patched to mic inputs and supplies the 48V necessary to polarise condenser (capacitor) microphones. Pressing and holding the key will activate Interrogate mode for this function (see the Mix Features section 8.3). 7.2.1: DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > INPUT 7.2.1: ACS INPUT SECTION User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > INPUT Phase Invert Invert signal phase (180 degrees). Pressing and holding the key will activate Interrogate mode for this function (see Mix Features 8.3). GAIN/TRIM Adjust mic gain or line trim for input channels. The control changes its function depending on the selected input. Mic Gain (-5dB - +58dB) is applied in the analogue domain, before analogue-to-digital conversion. It is only applicable to Microphone inputs. Line input trim is applied after conversion (-10dB/+16dB). HPF Frequency Adjust the cut-off (-3dB) frequency of the High Pass Filter. This filter 'cuts' low frequencies according to an 18dB/Oct slope that turns down just before the cut-off frequency. Use it to filter out low frequency 'rumble' and clean up live microphone feeds, for example. HPF On/Off Switches the High Pass Filter on and off. Pressing and holding the key will activate Interrogate mode for this function (see Mix Features 8.3). 7.2.1: DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > INPUT 7.2.2: ACS GATE SECTION User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > GATE A Gate is a threshold-driven gain reduction process normally used to attenuate a signal when its level falls below the Threshold. Setting the Threshold just above a noise floor or background noise, for example, will allow the Gate to attenuate the source during periods when the main input (voice, instrument etc) is silent. This gate includes a Sidechain Filter section. This allows you to control what frequency range is compared to the threshold level. For instance, you could limit the sidechain range to only ‘Ess’ vocal frequencies. In conjunction with a carefully set threshold this would act as an effective ‘broadband’ De-Esser. ATTACK Adjust the Attack time of the Gate The time taken for the limiter to reach full attenuation. RELEASE Adjust the Release time of the Gate The time taken for the limiter to return to zero attenuation after limiting. 7.2.2: DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > GATE 7.2.2: ACS GATE SECTION User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > GATE DEPTH Adjust the Depth value of the Gate The amount of attenuation applied when the gate is closed. THRESHOLD Adjust the threshold of the Gate The signal level of the sidechain at which the gate is activated. S/C LPF Adjust the Sidechain Low Pass Filter This filter cuts out high frequencies. S/C HPF Adjust the Sidechain High Pass Filter This filter cuts out low frequencies. Gate Status LEDs Indicate the current operating status of the gate OPEN (inactive - the gate is passing signal and audio is above the threshold), HOLD (the gate is passing signal but audio is below the threshold, the gate will close soon), SHUT (audio is below threshold and the gate is closed - the audio is attenuated according to the DEPTH control value). GATE On/Off Switch the gate process On and Off Pressing and holding the key will activate Interrogate mode for this function (see Mix Features 8.3). 7.2.2: DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > GATE 7.2.3: ACS COMPRESSOR SECTION User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > COMPRESSOR A compressor is a threshold driven process used to reduce the dynamic range of a signal by applying gain reduction when the signal level exceeds the threshold and applying ‘make-up gain’ to keep the overall level consistent. You can use compression to increase the apparent loudness of a signal without increasing the peak level, or to control overly dynamic sources. ATTACK Adjust the Attack time of the Compressor The time it takes for the compression function to reach full attenuation after the threshold has been reached. The slower the attack time, the 'softer' the compression for less audible ‘pumping’ (abrupt, repetitive changes in level). RELEASE Adjust the Release time of the compressor The time it takes for the attenuation (compression) to return to zero after the signal has returned to below the threshold. Longer release times will soften the compression and reduce audible ‘pumping’ (abrupt, repetitive changes in level). 7.2.3: DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > COMPRESSOR 7.2.3: ACS COMPRESSOR SECTION User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > COMPRESSOR GAIN Adjust the make-up gain of the Compressor Gain applied after the compressor to account for level lost in compression. THRESHOLD Adjust the Threshold level of the compressor When the signal exceeds the threshold, it will be attenuated according to the ratio setting. RATIO Adjust the Ratio value for the Compressor The ratio between the amount that the normal signal level has exceeded the threshold and the level above threshold it will be attenuated to. For example, if the threshold is set at -10dB and the ratio is set to 2:1, when a signal level of 0dB (10dB above threshold) comes in, it will be attenuated to -5dB (5dB above threshold, which is 10dB divided by 2). In the same instance, if the ratio was 5:1 then the signal would be attenuated to -8dB, which is 2dB above threshold (10dB divided by 5). Essentially, the higher the ratio, the more the signal is ‘squashed’.. Gain Reduction Meter Indicates amount of gain reduction currently being applied by the compression process. COMP On/Off Switch the compression process on or off. Pressing and holding the key will activate Interrogate mode for this function (see the Mix Features 8.3). 7.2.3: DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > COMPRESSOR User Manual 7.2.4: ACS EQUALISER SECTION DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > EQUALISER The channel EQ (Equaliser) section is used for sculpting the tonal (frequency-based) balance of the signal. The Impact EQ has four fully parametric, full range bands - LF and HF have switchable bell/shelf modes. You can check the EQ ‘curve’ via the Touch Screen Main Menu EQ button. HF Level Adjust the boost/attenuation of the HF shelving filter. HF FREQ Adjust the centre frequency of the HF shelving filter. The filter will boost or cut the signal at this frequency by the amount set by HF Level. The cut-off frequency will be lower, according to the filter slope. HF Q Adjust the Q of the HF filter and switch bell/shelf mode. The HF band is normally bell-shaped. When Q is turn to maximum, shelf mode is enabled and the shelving LED will light. Q is ‘magnification’ at resonance, and is inversely proportional to bandwidth. For an equaliser it is useful to think of it simply as a bandwidth control (the width of the ‘bell’ in the case of a bell-shaped filter). That is, the higher the Q, the lower the bandwidth - or the more ‘focussed’ the filter. Bandwidth (in octaves) is shown on the Touch Screen with the Function Focus feature. 7.2.4: DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > EQUALISER 7.2.4: ACS EQUALISER SECTION User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > EQUALISER HI MID Level Adjust the boost/attenuation of the HI MID filter. HI MID FREQ Adjust the centre frequency of the HI MID filter. Frequencies above and below this, within the bounds of the Q setting will be affected by the HI MID level control. That is, Q effectively sets the ‘width’ (bandwidth) of the filter’s bell shape and FREQ sets the frequency at the centre of the bell shape. HI MID Q Adjust the Q of the HI MID Filter Q is ‘magnification’ at resonance, and is inversely proportional to bandwidth. For an equaliser it is useful to think of it simply as a bandwidth control (the width of the ‘bell’ in the case of a bell-shaped filter). That is, the higher the Q, the lower the bandwidth - or the more ‘focussed’ the filter. Bandwidth (in octaves) is shown on the Touch Screen with the Function Focus feature. LO MID Level Adjust the boost/attenuation of the LO MID filter. LO MID FREQ Adjust the centre frequency of the HI MID filter. Frequencies above and below this, within the bounds of the Q setting will be affected by the LO MID level control. That is, Q effectively sets the ‘width’ (bandwidth) of the filter’s bell shape and FREQ sets the frequency at the centre of the bell shape. 7.2.4: DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > EQUALISER 7.2.4: ACS EQUALISER SECTION User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > EQUALISER LO MID Q Adjust the Q of the LO MID Filter Q is ‘magnification’ at resonance, and is inversely proportional to bandwidth. For an equaliser it is useful to think of it simply as a bandwidth control (the width of the ‘bell’ in the case of a bell-shaped filter). That is, the higher the Q, the lower the bandwidth - or the more ‘focussed’ the filter. Bandwidth (in octaves) is shown on the Touch Screen with the Function Focus feature. LF Level Adjust the boost/attenuation of the LF ‘bell’ filter. LF FREQ Adjust the cut-off frequency of the LF ‘bell’ filter. Frequencies above and below this, within the bounds of the Q setting will be affected by the LF level control. That is, Q effectively sets the ‘width’ (bandwidth) of the filter’s bell shape and FREQ sets the frequency at the centre of the bell shape. LF Q Adjust the Q of the HI MID Filter and switch bell/shelf mode. The LF band is normally bell-shaped. When Q is turn to maximum, shelf mode is enabled and the shelving LED will light. Q is ‘magnification’ at resonance, and is inversely proportional to bandwidth. For an equaliser it is useful to think of it simply as a bandwidth control (the width of the ‘bell’ in the case of a bell-shaped filter). That is, the higher the Q, the lower the bandwidth - or the more ‘focussed’ the filter. Bandwidth (in octaves) is shown on the Touch Screen with the Function Focus feature. EQ On/Off Switch the EQ process for this channel On and Off. Pressing and holding the key will activate Interrogate mode for this function (see Mix Features 8.3). 7.2.3: DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > EQUALISER 7.2.5: ACS OUTPUT SECTION User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > OUTPUT The outputs section contains features specific to the outputs of all channels. Delay and Pan (or balance) are applicable to all channel types, while LR and MONO/ CENTRE routing is specific to input and Mix Bus Master output channels (not Matrix master channels). DELAY Adjust the delay applied to this DSP Channel. ACS units are milliseconds, though the Touch Screen will show feet and meters as well, with the Function Focus feature. PAN Adjust the Pan (or balance for stereo channels) of the DSP Channel or Bus routing to the main LR bus. The Pan control operates as a channel-to-Left/Right, Mix Bus-to-Left/Right, or as a balance control when the Left/Right Master Channel is selected. 7.2.4: DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > OUTPUT 7.2.5: ACS OUTPUT SECTION User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > OUTPUT LR (Main Left Right Bus Routing) Route the selected channel to the Main Left/Right Stereo Bus. Any channels routed to LR will be summed into the Main LR Master Output Channel, controlled by the L&R Control Channel. M (Main Mono / Centre Bus Routing) Route the selected channel to the Main Mono/Centre Bus. Any channels routed to M will be summed (Mono) into the Main M/C Master Output Channel, controlled by the M Control Channel. 7.2.4: DSP ELEMENTS > ACS > OUTPUT 7.3: CONTROL CHANNEL User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > CONTROL CHANNEL Control channels contain the primary performance controls and indicators. Layers of Control Channels (assigned to various ‘actual’ channels) are selected using the FADERS (Fader Layers) button group. Control channel positions are assigned to channels using the Touch Screen FADER SETUP menu (see section 3.2.1). Channel Name / Function Text screen, plus status colour The text, and the colour of the LCD change depending on the current function of the control channel or fader. For example, normal audio channels will show the channel name and FaderGlow colour, while a GEQ assigned to the faders will show centre frequencies on a red background. Gate Closed (X) Indicates the selected channel's gate is closed. 7.3: DSP ELEMENTS > CONTROL CHANNEL 7.3: CONTROL CHANNEL User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > CONTROL CHANNEL Gain Reduction Meter Indicates gain reduction for the selected channel. These are the three LEDs on the left side labelled 1, 5, 10 (dB of attenuation). Level Meter Indicates audio level for the selected channel - dBfs ON ON key function is dependant on the channel type and selected fader layer. A long press of this button will use ‘Momentary’ behaviour. Audio channel/ bus master: Turns channel on (Green) or off (Unlit). When the channel is muted by a Mute group or VCA Group master, the ON button will be red. Follow Mode (tOTEM button selected): Switches the send from that channel to the selected bus on or off. GEQ Mode (GEQ HI or GEQ LO FADERS button selected): Resets the GEQ band to 0dB. ON button will be red when a GEQ band is ‘active’ (non-zero). In Audio Channel or with a tOTEM button active, holding an INACTIVE On button down will make the switch ‘momentary’ (it will turn off again when you release it). This facilitates talkback (input channel) and audition bus (MIX/MTX) functionality. SEL Select this Control Channel. In normal operation this selects the channel or mix master channel, switching the ACS to that channel and focussing the Touch Screen onto that channel. In other modes, the SEL keys are used to select channels for inclusion or functionality, such as Mute Group setup or during an Interrogate operation. 7.3: DSP ELEMENTS > CONTROL CHANNEL 7.3: CONTROL CHANNEL User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > CONTROL CHANNEL SOLO Press to Solo this DSP Channel (Input Channel, Mix Bus Master, Matrix Master). See section 8.4 for more information of the console’s Solo system. FADER Adjust signal level. Audio channel / VCA level. FOLLOW MODE (tOTEM button selected): Send level form channel to selected bus. GEQ Mode (GEQ HI or GEQ LO FADERS button selected): GEQ band gain. The console uses motorised faders to recall position when switching Fader Layers and so on. If a Control Channel is unassigned, the fader will resist movement. 7.3: DSP ELEMENTS > CONTROL CHANNEL User Manual 7.4: GRAPHIC EQ (GEQ) DSP ELEMENTS > GRAPHIC EQ (GEQ) 28-Band Graphic Equalisers (GEQs) are available to all Output Masters on the console: Mix Bus, Matrix Bus, and Left/Right and Mono/Centre Bus Masters. All Masters can run GEQs simultaneously. When any output channel is selected, the GEQ LO and GEQ HI buttons (FADERS button group) will assign 14 bands to the Control Channel Faders, colour-coded with red FaderGlow. Faders are centre (0dB position) detented with in use as GEQ bands. The Bands for High and Low GEQ sections are marked above the relevant Faders and Function Focus will activate when a band is adjusted. When a band is moved from its zero position (0dB) the Control Channel ON button will light red to show that band is active. You can press a red ON button to ‘zero’ that band. A channel’s Graphic EQ setting does not affect the Touch Screen EQ response graphic (EQ Main Menu button). 7.4: DSP ELEMENTS > GRAPHIC EQ (GEQ) 7.4: GRAPHIC EQ (GEQ) User Manual DSP ELEMENTS > GRAPHIC EQ (GEQ) GEQ HI Press to assign the 14 'high' GEQ bands (800Hz - 16kHz) to the Control Channel Faders. An output channel (Mix Bus, Matrix Bus, LR / Mono bus masters) must be selected for this button to have any effect. GEQ LO Press to assign the 14 'low' GEQ bands (31Hz - 630Hz) to the Control Channel Faders. An output channel (Mix Bus, Matrix Bus, LR / Mono bus masters) must be selected for this button to have any effect. ON (red) Lighted red to indicate an active (non-zero) GEQ band. Press to 'zero' that band. This ON button mode is only active while GEQ is assigned to the faders. CLR + GEQ 'Zero' all bands in the active GEQ. Hold CLR and press either the GEQ HI or GEQ LO buttons to 'zero' (set to 0dB) all bands (both high and low). FADER Adjust the level of the assigned GEQ band. The GEQ scale is shown on the left of the fader - +/-15dB, above and below a centre detented 0dB position. GEQ FaderGlow is Red. The centre frequency of each band is shown in the Channel Name LCD. 7.4: DSP ELEMENTS > GRAPHIC EQ (GEQ) User Manual 8.0: MIX FEATURES MIX FEATURES Si Impact Mix Features include mix functions outside the normal audio signal path: Mute Groups, VCA Groups, Copy and Paste, Interrogate, the Solo system, Monitoring, and the CLR and ALT + CLR facilities. 8.1: Mute Groups Set up groups of channels that can be muted with a single button press. You can create up to eight mute groups, operated by the Mute/VCA Group Master buttons 1-8. While not is VCA setup mode, the buttons are Mute Group selectors. Mute groups are cumulative, so activating a second Mute Group Master will add those channels to the number of muted channels. 8.2: VCA Groups Set up groups of channels with faders controlled by a VCA Master fader (which is assigned to a Control Channel). You can create up to eight VCA Groups using the VCA SETUP button and the Mute/VCA group Master buttons 1-8. 8.3: Copy & Paste Copy then Paste whole channels, channel sections, FX settings, and Mix bus, FX send, and Matrix bus mixes. Press the PASTE button in the Touch Screen Main Menu to begin the process. 8.4: Audio Interrogate Interrogate and change the status of ACS button across every channel simply by pressing and holding that button. For example, check the status of all channels in one go! Press and hold the button to enter Interrogate mode. 8.5: Solo System Listen to individual channels on the monitor mix or main mix (Solo In Place). The automatic solo mode function chooses PFL or AFL depending on where one or more channels are soloed. 8.6: Monitoring The Engineer’s mix. Solo system integration, delay, mono check, and patchable outputs, 8.7: CLR & ALT + CLR Special modifier buttons for clearing or resetting individual channel settings or settings across the whole console. 8.1: MIX FEATURES > MUTE GROUPS 8.0: MIX FEATURES 8.1: MUTE GROUPS User Manual MIX FEATURES > MUTE GROUPS Mute Groups enable group-muting of selected channels at any time. Create up to eight Mute Groups operated from the Mute/VCA Group Masters button group 1-8. Mute Groups can be cumulative. While not in VCA or MUTE setup modes, the buttons are always Mute Group Masters. MUTE - Mute Group Setup Enter Mute Group SETUP mode or hold Interrogate Mute Groups This mode allows you to configure Mute Group assignments in conjunction with the Mute Group Masters’ buttons 1-8. The button illuminates Red when active. To ‘Interrogate’ Mute Groups, press and hold this button. The Channel Name screens on any Control Channels that are members of a Mute Group will glow red and display the Mute Group Master. Mute Group Master Select a Mute Group Press a Mute Group Master button to activate or deactivate a Mute Group either in normal or SETUP mode. In normal operation, Mute Groups can be selected cumulatively. 8.1: MIX FEATURES > MUTE GROUPS User Manual 8.1: MUTE GROUPS MIX FEATURES > MUTE GROUPS SEL Select Control Channels. While in Mute Group SETUP mode, with a Mute Group Master active, use the Control Channel SEL buttons to choose which channels should belong to that Mute Group. Orange highlighted SEL buttons indicate members of the currently selected Mute Group. CLR Clear Selection. While in Mute Group Setup mode, holding the CLR button and pressing a Mute Group Master button will clear that Mute Group. ALT + CLR Clear all. While in Mute Group Setup mode, holding ALT + CLR and pressing Mute Group Master Button will clear all Mute Groups. ON Mute status indication. Red illuminated ON buttons indicate a channel that has been muted by a Mute Group Master, Green ON buttons indicate an active, un-muted channel, and an unlit ON button indicates an inactive channel, muted via the ON button. 8.1: MIX FEATURES > MUTE GROUPS User Manual 8.2: VCA GROUPS MIX FEATURES > VCA GROUPS VCA Groups allow you to control groups of Input Channels from a single VCA Master. For example, you could put the whole drum kit under the control of a single VCA Master, or if you have a multiple mics on a guitar cabinet you could set the ratios with individual channels and then create a Guitar VCA Master - move the VCA Master Channel and all Group Member levels will be ‘offset’ from current levels by the VCA Master level. 8.1: MIX FEATURES >> MUTE 8.2: MIX FEATURES VCA GROUPS 8.2: VCA GROUPS User Manual MIX FEATURES > VCA GROUPS The Si Impact has eight VCA Groups available, setup with the VCA Setup button and the Mute/VCA button Group. Simply press the VCA Setup button, select a VCA Master 1-8, then use the SEL buttons to allocate channels to the group. - Channels can be members of more than one VCA group. - You can clear VCA Groups with the CLR (single Group) and ALT + CLR (All Groups) modifiers. - You can name VCA Masters by selecting a VCA Master Control Channel then touching the Touch Screen Main Menu INPUTS & VCA menu. - Active controls on a VCA Group Master are the Fader and the On (Mute) controls. - VCA Masters 1-8 are available for allocation to Control Channels in the same way as other channel types (see section 3.2.1 for more on this) - FaderGlow colour Blue. - See below for all VCA set-up controls, and VCA Group Master Control Channel controls. NOTE: The VCA master fader works as an offset to the current channel faders (does not move the member faders), so it’s a good idea to set group members, and the Master to nominal levels. When assigned, VCA Master Faders start at 0dB. VCA - VCA Group Setup Enter VCA Group SETUP mode or hold Interrogate VCA Groups. This mode allows you to both create and clear (CLR) VCA Groups. The button illuminates Red when active. Choose a VCA Group button 1-8 to set it up. To ‘Interrogate’ VCA Groups, press and hold this button. The Channel Name screens on any Control Channels that are members of a VCA Group will glow blue and display the VCA Group Master numbers. VCA Group Master Select a VCA Group. When VCA Setup mode is active, use buttons 1-8 to choose a VCA Group to set up. Use the Control Channel SEL buttons to activate / deactivate VCA group members. SEL Select Control Channels. While in VCA Group SETUP mode, with a VCA Group Master number button selected, use the Control Channel SEL buttons to choose which channels should belong to that VCA Group. Orange highlighted SEL buttons indicate members of the currently selected VCA Group. 8.2: MIX FEATURES > VCA GROUPS User Manual 8.2: VCA GROUPS MIX FEATURES > VCA GROUPS CLR Clear Selection. While in VCA Group Setup mode, holding the CLR button and pressing a VCA Group Master button 1-8 will clear that VCA Group. ALT + CLR Clear all. While in VCA Group Setup mode, holding ALT + CLR and pressing a VCA Group Master Button 1-8 will clear all VCA Groups. ON VCA Group / Mute status indication. Red illuminated ON buttons indicate a channel that has either been muted by a VCA Master or a Mute Group Master. Green ON buttons indicate an active, un-muted channel, and an unlit ON button indicates an inactive channel, muted via the ON button. VCA Master Fader Offset the level of VCA Group Member Channels. The VCA Master Faders, by default, are allocated to Fader Layer C. They can be assigned to another other Control Channel via the FADER LAYERS menu (see section 3.1). A VCA Master offsets the level of all members of the VCA Group. The Member faders will not move. 8.2: MIX FEATURES > VCA GROUPS 8.3: COPY AND PASTE User Manual MIX FEATURES > COPY AND PASTE This facility allows almost any processing section to be copied easily and quickly from a channel or bus and pasted to another channel or bus. You can also copy and paste the internal Lexicon FX settings and Aux, FX Send, and Matrix mixes. When you press COPY PASTE (Touch Screen Main Menu), or when you reselect a channel or bus while the COPY PASTE mode is active, the console’s clipboard captures the state of that selection. If you have a channel selected, that channel’s processing (except GAIN or 48V status’) is copied; if you have a bus mix selected via the FADER FOLLOW (tOTEM) buttons, that bus mix is copied. COPY PASTE Copies the selected element to the console’s clipboard. Select a channel or Mix Bus to copy those to the clipboard. FX settings are selected by pressing the FX button while in Copy-Paste mode. PASTE-HOLD Hold and select a destination to paste the clipboard. To paste DSP Channel settings, touch a SEL button, to paste a complete Mix Bus mix, touch a tOTEM (FADER FOLLOW) button, and to paste FX settings, touch the corresponding FX 1-4 tOTEM button (see following examples). 8.3 : MIX FEATURES > COPY AND PASTE User Manual 8.3: COPY AND PASTE MIX FEATURES > COPY AND PASTE DSP Channel COPY-PASTE With a DSP channel (Input Channel or Mix/Matrix Bus Master) selected, COPY PASTE mode will display a version of the ACS (with GEQ for Bus Masters). By touching sections in this Touch Screen display you can remove individual sections from the paste operation. To select a single section only, touch and hold that section in the Touch Screen. To paste channels and channel selections, touch and hold the PASTE-hold Touch Screen button and choose another channel with its Control Channel SEL button. Mix Bus COPY-PASTE With a tOTEM button selected you can use COPY PASTE mode to copy and paste an entire MIX, MTX, or FX Bus Mix. For example, you could copy the MIX 1 contribution levels from all Input Channels and paste those levels as a MIX 2 mix). When you touch COPY PASTE, the mix to be copy-pasted will be shown in the Touch Screen display. To paste a Bus mix, touch and hold the PASTE-hold Touch Screen button and choose another Bus mix via with the tOTEM buttons. FX COPY-PASTE To copy and paste settings between the four Lexicon processors, start by pressing the round FX button while in COPY-PASTE mode. This will display the four processors in the Touch Screen. Select the processor you want to COPY - it will be highlighted in blue. To paste, press and hold the Touch Screen PASTE-hold button, the select another processor with the four FX tOTEM buttons - FX 1 - FX 4. 8.3: MIX FEATURES > COPY AND PASTE 8.4: AUDIO INTERROGATE User Manual MIX FEATURES > AUDIO INTERROGATE Audio Interrogate is a powerful method of checking and changing a particular switch status across all channels on the currently selected fader layer. For example, you can check at a glance which channels are routed to the main LR mix bus and change that status rapidly for all visible channels. Audio Interrogate works for all status buttons on the Assignable Channel Strip: 48v ON/OFF Phase Reverse ON/OFF HPF IN/OUT GATE IN/OUT COMPressor IN/OUT EQ IN/OUT LR routing ON/OFF MONO routing ON/OFF To Interrogate an ACS switch status: 1) Select a Fader Layer (FADERS) relevant to the switch status you wish to interrogate (for example, to interrogate LR routing of input channels, the current Fader Layer must include input channels). 2) Press and hold the ACS button for the chosen function (HPF, GATE, EQ, LR, and so on). The SEL (Select) buttons of any channels where that function is active will light. 3) While holding the relevant ACS button, you can use the SEL buttons across that Fader Layer to change the status for each channel. For example, if you select a Fader Layer containing input channels and you hold the 48V button down, the SEL buttons of any channels that have 48V Phantom Power enabled will illuminate. If you continue to hold the 48V button, you can then press the channel SEL buttons across the Fader Layer to toggle 48V on or off for each channel. * Mute and VCA Group Interrogate: Mute and VCA Groups can be interrogated by holding the VCA or MUTE setup buttons. The Channel Name LCD screens will show group members with colour and group numbers. You cannot change Mute or VCA Group settings via interrogate (see sections 8.1 and 8.2). 8.4: MIX FEATURES > INTERROGATE User Manual 8.5: SOLO SYSTEM MIX FEATURES > SOLO SYSTEM Solo provides a way of monitoring and checking individual channels and groups of channels quickly by routing only the ‘soloed’ channels either to the monitoring system (normal operation) or to the main mix outputs (Solo In Place - SIP). There are two main types of SOLO: PFL (Pre Fade Listen) and AFL (After Fade Listen). The difference between the two is the ‘tap’ where the solo source is taken from in the selected channel - pre- or post-fader. You can set whether Solos ‘accumulate’ (pressing a Solo button does not cancel other Solos) or ‘Auto-Cancel’ (pressing any solo cancels any other active solo) in the Solo Settings Menu. The console has an ‘AUTO’ Input Solo mode (default) that uses intelligent automatic soloing to provide the best source for any given task or SOLO key operation. If only a single input channel is soloed then PFL routing will be used. If two or more input channels or any output channel are soloed then AFL routing will be used. You can also set the Input Solo Mode as PFL only, or AFL only. Highlight and Blend settings in the Solo Settings menu allow control ‘background’ levels. ‘Highlight’ allows a soloed channel to stand out by attenuating other soloed channels by the required amount. It is activated by pressing and holding a Solo button. ‘Blend’ sets an attenuation level for the whole monitor source so you can dial in a certain amount of background with any soloed channels. Solo In Place (SIP) is a Solo mode that routes the soloed signal to the main mix outputs. This can be useful, for example, during sound check where you want to quickly select specific sources for checking. The Solo In Place mode is activated via the Solo Settings Menu (Touch Screen) to prevent accidental activation during performance. WARNING: Solo In Place Mode will interrupt the Main Mix outputs. Do not activate during performance. 8.5: MIX FEATURES > SOLO SYSTEM User Manual 8.5: SOLO SYSTEM MIX FEATURES > SOLO SYSTEM SOLO Press to solo the assigned channel Normal button behaviour is ‘latching’ (press on - press off). Press and hold a SOLO button for momentary (non-latching) behaviour. Press and hold an active SOLO button to use the Highlight feature, which highlights a soloed channel by attenuating other soloed channels. SOLO buttons light up orange when active. SOLO CLR Press to clear any active solos. Button lights up Red to show there are active solos. Solo Status Indicators Indicators light to show Solo mode / status. If only a single input channel is soloed then PFL routing will be used. If two or more input channels or any output channel are soloed then AFL routing will be used. SOLO (Touch Screen) Access Solo settings menu. Solo In Place Switch Solo In Place (SIP) mode On or Off. Solo In Place routes soloed signals to the main mix outputs rather than the monitor outputs, so it should not be activated during performance. An SIP logo is shown at the top of the Touch Screen when active. Highlight Level The attenuation level of the unhighlighted soloed channels while Highlight is active. With more than one active Solo, press and hold an active SOLO button to use the Highlight feature. 8.5: MIX FEATURES > SOLO SYSTEM 8.5: SOLO SYSTEM User Manual MIX FEATURES > SOLO SYSTEM Blend Level The attenuation level of the primary monitor source while a PFL or AFL is active. The default setting is -∞ (- infinity) resulting in complete mute of the normal monitor source. Input Priority Allow input Solos to temporarily override an output AFL. When active, this allows convenient monitor and control of contributions to a mix. If all active solos are cleared the system reverts to monitoring the active output AFL solos. Solo Trim ±10dB of trim to the level of the Solo bus to the monitor system. This control is independent of the main monitor level control. Select Follows Solo Enable or Disable ‘Select Follows Solo’ Mode. When enabled, pressing a Solo button will also select that DSP channel, as if you had pressed the SEL button. It will, for example, assign the ACS to that channel’s audio parameters. It will always choose the last DSP Channel soloed. Input Solo Mode Set the Input Solo Mode to Auto, AFL, or PFL. In Auto Mode the console chooses Pre-fade Listen solo (PFL) when only one Input Channel is soloed, or After-Fader Listen (AFL) when more than one Input Channel is soloed. In AFL or PFL mode, only those solo types are used. The PFL bus takes it’s feed from a DSP channel before the Fader and Mute button; the AFL bus takes its feed from a DSP channel after the Fader and Panning stages. Solo Auto Cancel Mode Enable or disable the Solo Auto Cancel Mode. When enabled, pressing any Solo button will cancel any other active Solo (exclusive). 8.5: MIX FEATURES > SOLO SYSTEM User Manual 8.6: MONITORING MIX FEATURES > MONITORING The Si Impact monitoring system is comprehensive, yet simple. The monitoring source (active monitor signal) will normally be the main LR mix, though will switch to any selection made in the Solo system - AFL or PFL busses. The active monitor signal is always available on the headphones output (located below the front of the console near fader 1). Monitoring level is normally controlled by the MON LEVEL encoder, though Main Fader and Mon Level Encoder functionality can be swapped using the LR/Mon Level Swap parameter in the Monitor Settings Menu. There is also a parallel Monitor Output Patch available allowing the engineer to connect control room speakers or headphone distribution, for example. MON LEVEL Adjust the overall monitoring signal level. MONITORS Indicates level in the engineer’s monitor system This is normally the LR signal but may be PFL/AFL, or other signal as set in the MONITOR system menus. The scale is dBfs (full scale, digital), so the 0dB level is at clipping. 8.6: MIX FEATURES > MONITORING 8.6: MONITORING User Manual MIX FEATURES > MONITORING Monitoring Settings Menu You access the Monitor Settings menu by touching the MONITOR Touch Screen button from the Main Menu. L&R Monitor Speaker Enable / disable the Monitor Output patch. Patching for the monitor output is specified in the separate Monitor L&R OutPatch menu item below. Mono Check Outputs a mono sum of the stereo monitor signal. This adds left and right monitor outputs together. A mono check is important when compatibility with mono playback devices is required - some delays and stereo processing can cause mono issues that will not necessarily be obvious when listening in stereo. Delay Enable / disable the monitor output delay. The monitor output delay can be used to synchronise the monitor output with, for example, the Front Of House output, which can be subject to system and distance delays, making monitoring in the same environment difficult. Delay Time (samples, milliseconds) Set the Monitor Output delay time. At 96 Samples, the parameter unit changes to milliseconds (ms) Monitor L&R Out Patch Set the physical patching for the monitor output signal. The Monitor Output patch is additional to the headphones output. LR/Mon Level Swap Enable or disable the LR/Mon Level Swap function. When enabled, this parameter causes the main LR fader to control Monitor level, while the Mon Level Encoder controls the main LR level. 8.6: MIX FEATURES > MONITORING 8.7: CLR & ALT+CLR User Manual MIX FEATURES > CLR & ALT+CLR The CLR (Clear) button located to the right of the Channel Faders area is used in conjunction with individual input channels, output channels, channel parameters, and mutes to clear or reset to default. The ALT button (above-right of LRM Mix faders) can be used in conjunction with the CLR button to clear or reset parameters, channels, and bus mixes across the whole of the console. CLR Functions CLR + SEL button (Channels) Reset all audio parameters within the channel or bus to the factory defaults (does not affect functions such as SOLO, bus type, names patching and mute assignment, or preamp gain). CLR + HPF (ACS) Reset HPF setting for the currently selected channel back to default. CLR + EQ (ACS) Reset all EQ section parameters for the currently selected channel. CLR + GATE (ACS) Reset all Gate section parameters for the currently selected channel. CLR + COMP (ACS) Reset all COMPRESSOR parameters for the currently selected channel. 8.7: MIX FEATURES > CLR & ALT+CLR 8.7: CLR & ALT+CLR User Manual MIX FEATURES > CLR & ALT+CLR CLR + GEQ HI/LO (FADERS) Reset all Graphic EQ levels to 0dB for the currently selected channel. Only works where GEQ is available (output / bus channels). CLR + tOTEM (FADER FOLLOW) button Reset all contributions and ON status from channels or buses to the selected bus back to factory defaults. CLR + Mute Master 1-8 While in MUTE setup mode: Clear channel mute assignments to the selected Mute Master. CLR + VCA Master 1-8 While in VCA setup mode: Clear Fader assignments to the selected VCA Master. ALT + CLR Functions ALT + CLR + SEL Reset all audio parameters in all like-for-like channels across the whole console (does not affect functions such as SOLO, bus type, names patching and mute assignment, or preamp gain). ALT + CLR + EQ Clear all EQ section parameters across the whole console (on ALL channels). ALT + CLR + HPF Reset all High Pass Filters across the whole console to default. ALT + CLR + COMP Clear all Compressor section parameters across the whole console. ALT + CLR + GATE Clear all GATE section parameters across the whole console. ALT + CLR + PHASE Resets the phase to Off across the whole console. ALT + CLR + LR Resets all LR routing to Off across the whole console. ALT + CLR + MONO Resets all MONO routing to Off across the whole console. 8.7: MIX FEATURES > CLR & ALT+CLR 8.7: CLR & ALT+CLR User Manual MIX FEATURES > CLR & ALT+CLR ALT + CLR + Any MIX tOTEM button (MIX 1-14) Resets all channels’ contributions to all 14 Mix busses to zero. It Does not affect the Auxiliary Mix bus master channels or master levels. ALT + CLR + Any FX tOTEM button (FX 1-14) Resets all channels’ contributions to all four Lexicon FX Send busses to zero. It Does not affect the FX Send bus master channels or master levels. ALT + CLR + Any MTX tOTEM button (MTX 1-14) Resets all channels’ contributions to all four Matrix busses to zero. It Does not affect the Matrix bus master channels or master levels. ALT + CLR + Any Mute Master Button While in MUTE setup mode: Clear channel mute assignments to all Mute Masters. ALT + CLR + Any VCA Master Button While in VCA setup mode: Clear channel fader assignments to all VCA Masters. Other ALT Button Functions Though not related to the CLR (Clear) function, the following ALT functions are included for completeness, though they are also included in the relevant sections of this manual. ALT + ON Sets the selected mix send (fader) to unity. ALT + NEXT Scrolls and activates the previous cue in the cue list. 8.7: MIX FEATURES > CLR & ALT+CLR User Manual 9.0 SHOWS, CUELIST, SNAPSHOTS SHOWS, CUELIST, AND SNAPSHOTS The console file system uses the Show as it’s basic file. The Show contains all console settings, plus the Cuelist. The Cuelist contains recallable Cues that contain Snapshots of console settings, plus automation functionality (HiQnet events). 9.0 SHOWS, CUELIST, AND SNAPSHOTS User Manual 9.1 SHOWS SHOWS, CUELIST, SNAPSHOTS > SHOWS A Show is an entire console setup including Cuelist and associated Snapshots. Shows can be saved, loaded, and created in the EDIT SHOW Touch Screen Menu. You can also reset the I/O configuration of the console through the EDIT SHOW Touch Screen Menu. The console’s USB port allows external storage of Shows, as well as transfer between systems and the Offline Editor software. The EDIT SHOW menu also provides access to the Global Isolate filter settings. The Isolate system allows you to isolate parameters from console automation (snapshot recall rather than Show loading). NEW SHOW Create a new Show. A new show deletes all cues and their associated events but retains names, audio settings, patches, and similar since there is a high probability these will be re-used in the ‘new show’. The system will provide a warning the action will overwrite the current show and allows the action to be aborted. DELETE Initiates the deletion of a Show File or Folder. This button brings up the file navigation screen so you can navigate to the file or folder you wish to delete. Pressing the APPLY button will confirm the deletion. The system will require an additional confirmation of the action before any delete action is invoked and allows the action to be aborted. It is not possible to delete a folder containing files. 9.1: SHOWS, CUELIST > SHOWS 9.1 SHOWS User Manual SHOWS, CUELIST, SNAPSHOTS > SHOWS LOAD Initiate the Load Show process. You can navigate the internal file system (MMC) or USB key (if present) and select a Show File to load by pressing the APPLY button. The system will provide a warning that the action will overwrite the current show and allows the action to be aborted. SAVE AS Initiate the process of saving the current show. When you press SAVE, the QWERTY keyboard is shown with the current show name. You can continue the save action with the current name (and overwrite) or change the name to create a new show file. Press APPLY to confirm the name and navigate the file system to confirm the save location. RESET CONFIG Re-establish the system configuration. Clears the console database of any option cards or external I/O systems that may have been attached to the console then forces a ‘re-discovery’ of any installed option cards or connected I/O system, such as a Soundcraft Stagebox. The system will provide a warning that the action will overwrite the current configuration database and allow the action to be aborted. Show Name Name the current show. Touching the value field will bring up a QWERTY keyboard for editing the name of the show. Press the APPLY button to confirm. Global Isolate Filters Select and Isolate parameters from recall by the automation system. If a parameter or group of parameters are set to 'Isolate', they will not be changed from the current setting when a new snapshot is recalled, even if the snapshot has a different setting. Isolate settings for individual channels are available via the INPUTS and OUTPUTS menus. NOTE: All parameters are saved with a snapshot, regardless of the any Isolate settings. Please note: There are also per-channel Isolates in the INPUTS & VCA and OUTPUTS menus. 9.1: SHOWS, CUELIST > SHOWS 9.2: CUELIST & SNAPSHOTS User Manual SHOWS, CUELIST > CUELIST & SNAPSHOTS The Si Impact incorporates a comprehensive Cuelist and Snapshot automation system for fast access to preset console states and for working with other performance systems via Harman’s HiQnet. A snapshot is a ‘picture’ of the entire console state - all settings, patching, routing, and so on. A cue is essentially a snapshot of the console’s state, plus a HiQnet Transmit (send a HiQnet venue preset event). When you store a cue, you also take a snapshot to be stored with that cue. The console’s Cuelist is a list of cues that can be recalled when required. The Cuelist is stored within a Show (see 9.1). The primary snapshot/cue controls are the Cuelist button group: CUE LIST, STORE, NEXT, and RECALL. These are located just above the main Left/Right and Mono Master Control Channels. The CUE LIST button gives access to the detailed Cuelist editing and functionality on the Touch Screen. Please Note: Isolate filters (isolating parameters and channels from automation / Cue recall) are set elsewhere. The Global Isolates are available in the SHOW menu, and channel isolates are set in the INPUTS / OUTPUTS menus. 9.2: SHOWS, CUELIST > CUELIST & SNAPSHOTS 9.2: CUELIST & SNAPSHOTS User Manual SHOWS, CUELIST > CUELIST & SNAPSHOTS CUE LIST Bring up the Cuelist screen in the console Touch Screen. This gives access to Cuelist editorial, and Cue editing functionality. There are four columns in the main Cuelist: Cue Number, Snapshot Name, and HiQnet Status. Cues are colour-coded according to: Green text: Currently loaded / Current Cue; White text: NEXT Cue (will be loaded with NEXT button); Grey Text: Inactive Cue; Grey Highlight/ Cursor: RECALL Cue (will be loaded with the RECALL button or by pressing the Touch Screen Encoder). STORE Store the current snapshot in the Cuelist. The Snapshot will be added to the end of the Cuelist and named automatically "Unnamed Snapshot n" where 'n' is the snapshot's numbered position in the Cuelist. Remember that the number in the snapshot name and the order of snapshots can change, so the number in the snapshot name and the Cue number will not necessarily correlate after re-ordering and re-naming. RECALL Load the currently highlighted Cue Pressing the Touch Screen Encoder will also load the currently highlighted Cue. NEXT Load the Next Cue. The Next Cue will be shown in white text in the Cuelist. ALT + NEXT Load the previous Cue. The previous cue will be the one numerically previous to the currently selected one. That is, if Cue Number 5 is active, the 'previous' Cue will be Cue Number 4 - not the previously loaded Cue, if that is different. 9.2: SHOWS, CUELIST > CUELIST & SNAPSHOTS 9.2: CUELIST & SNAPSHOTS User Manual SHOWS, CUELIST > CUELIST & SNAPSHOTS UPDATE Update the currently active Cue with the current Snapshot. Useful for editing Cues as they are used. When you press UPDATE confirmation will be required in the Touch Screen as the action will overwrite the current Cue. EDIT CUE Edit the Cue details in the Touch Screen. Includes Snapshot Name and HiQnet settings. See section 9.2.1 for more detail. MOVE UP Move the currently highlighted Cue up one in the Cue List. This action affects the currently highlighted Cue, which is not necessarily the currently active Cue. 'Up' means 'to the next lower numbered Cue Number'. MOVE DOWN Move the currently highlighted Cue down one in the Cue List. This action affects the currently highlighted Cue, which is not necessarily the currently active Cue. 'Down' means 'to the next higher numbered Cue Number'. DELETE Delete the currently highlighted Cue. This action affects the currently highlighted Cue, which is not necessarily the currently active Cue. Confirmation will be required in the Touch Screen. 9.2: SHOWS, CUELIST > CUELIST & SNAPSHOTS 9.2: CUELIST & SNAPSHOTS User Manual SHOWS, CUELIST > CUELIST & SNAPSHOTS HiQnet Status Highlighted orange if there is an active HiQnet transmit active in the Cue. 9.2: SHOWS, CUELIST > CUELIST & SNAPSHOTS 9.2.1: EDIT CUE User Manual SHOWS, CUELIST > CUELIST > EDIT CUE By touching the EDIT CUE Touch Screen button in the Cue List display you access more detail, including the Cue Name, and HiQnet automation parameters. HiQnet is a network protocol, developed by Harman Pro for communications and control between audio system components. The console can send HiQnet venue presets when Cues are recalled. Cue Name Edit the name of the current Snapshot / Cue. Brings up the Touch Screen QWERTY keyboard for entering / editing the Cue Name. HiQnet Venue Recall Set Venue Recall On or Off for the Cue. Console network settings, including IP settings and HiQnet Enable and Address options can be found in the Touch Screen SYSTEM menu - reference chapter 11. HiQnet Venue Number Set the transmitted Venue number for this Cue. 9.2.1: SHOWS, CUELIST > CUELIST > EDIT CUE User Manual 10: LEXICON FX LEXICON FX The console comes with four Lexicon FX processors, each with 29 available algorithms. Each FX unit has its own dedicated FX Send Bus, and stereo return path. Send Routing Every input channel can contribute to the FX 1-4 send busses, which correspond to the FX unit 1-4 inputs. Contributions are controlled in the same way as Mix bus contributions, via the FX 1 - 4 tOTEM buttons, which assigns each channel’s contribution to the selected bus to its fader. The Stereo Return channel is assigned to the MONO/SEL Control Channel on the right hand end of the console. Return Routing The Stereo Input channels, ST 1 - ST 4 are, by default, patched to the Lexicon FX unit 1-4 returns (as per the console’s default set-up). For example, Stereo Input ST 1 is patched to LEX-RT1 (FX Processor 1, Lexicon Return Channels 1 and 2); Stereo Input ST 2 is patched to LEX-RT3 (FX Processor 2, Lexicon Return Channels 3 and 4), and so on. Patching for the Stereo Input channels is via the OUTPUTS Touch Screen menu. 10: LEXICON FX User Manual 10: LEXICON FX LEXICON FX Storage All Parameters from the four FX Units and for all FX Types are stored with console Snapshots. See chapter reference 9.2 for more on the Cuelist and Snapshots. Copy Paste Settings can be copied and pasted between processors using the console COPY PASTE function. Touch COPY PASTE in the Touch Screen Main Menu, then press the FX button in the Lexicon control group. The Touch Screen will show the four processors - touch one to copy, then press and hold PASTE-HOLD and touch another processor to Paste. Control Pages and parameters are selected direclty on the Touch Screen. To adjust a parameter simply select it on the Touch Screen and turn the SCROLL/ADJUST encoder. FX Access FX Screen Access the Lexicon FX menus in the Touch Screen or, while in COPY PASTE mode, select processors for Copy / Paste function. ADJUST/SCROLL (Touch Screen Control) Can be used instead of touch to select an FX processor, or adjust a selected parameter. Parameter adjustment: Touch the parameter on the screen, then adjust with the ADJUST/SCROLL encoder. TAP Tap delay/tempo setting. Used for processors 1-4 to tap the tempo / delay time for relevant algorithms 1-4. The keys light blue when the function is available, and flash in time with the set tempo. NOTE: The resulting tempo is based on an average interval between all taps, up to five seconds apart. In order to restart the measurement you need to wait five seconds without tapping. 10: LEXICON FX User Manual 10.1: REVERBS LEXICON FX > REVERBS Reverberation (or “reverb” for short) is the complex effect created by the way we perceive sound in an enclosed space. When sound waves encounter an object or boundary, they don’t just stop. Some of the sound is absorbed by the object, but most of the sound is reflected or is diffused. In an enclosed space, reverb is dependent on many features of that space, including the size, shape and the type of materials that line the walls. Even with closed eyes, a listener can easily tell the difference between a cupboard, a locker room and a large auditorium. Reverb is a natural component of the acoustic experience, and most people feel that something is missing without it. Halls SMALL HALL, LARGE HALL, DRUM HALL, VOCAL HALL A Hall reverb is designed to emulate the acoustics of a concert hall – a space large enough to contain an orchestra and an audience. Because of the size and characteristics,Halls are the most natural-sounding reverbs, designed to remain “behind” the direct sound – adding ambience and space, but leaving the source unchanged. This effect has a relatively low initial echo density which builds up gradually over time. Vocal Hall and Drum Hall reverbs are specifically tailored for those uses. Vocal Hall has as lower overall diffusion which works well with program material that has softer initial transients like a voice. Drum Hall has a higher diffusion setting which is necessary to smooth out faster transient signals found in drums and percussion instruments. In addition to general instrumental and vocal applications, the Hall program is a good choice for giving separate tracks in a mix the sense of belonging to the same performance. Plate Reverbs SMALL PLATE, LARGE PLATE, DRUM PLATE, VOCAL PLATE A Plate reverb is a large, thin sheet of metal suspended upright under tension on springs. Transducers attached to the plate transmit a signal that makes the plate vibrate, causing sounds to appear to be occurring in a large, open space. The Plates in the Vi4 FX units model the sound of metal plates with high initial diffusion and a relatively bright, coloured sound. Plate reverbs are designed to be heard as part of the music, mellowing and thickening the initial sound. Plate reverbs are often used to enhance popular music, particularly percussion. Chamber Reverb Historically, recording studio chambers were oddly shaped rooms with a loudspeaker and set of microphones to collect ambience in various parts of the room. Chamber programs produce even, relatively dimensionless reverberation with little colour change as sound decays. The initial diffusion is similar to the Hall programs. However, the sense of size and space is much less obvious. This characteristic, coupled with the low colour of the decay tail, makes these programs useful on a wide range of material - especially the spoken voice, to which Chamber programs add a noticeable increase in loudness with low colour. 10.1: LEXICON FX > REVERBS User Manual 10.1: REVERBS LEXICON FX > REVERBS Room Reverb Room produces an excellent simulation of a very small room which is useful for dialogue and speech applications. Room is also practical when used judiciously for fattening up high energy signals like electric guitar amp recordings. Ambience Reverb Ambience is used to simulate the effect of a small or medium sized room without noticeable decay. It is often used for voice, guitar or percussion. Spring Reverb A Spring reverb is created by a pair of piezoelectric crystals—one acting as a speaker and the other acting as a microphone—connected by a simple set of springs. The characteristic ‘boing’ of a spring is an important component of many classic rock and rockabilly guitar sounds. Reverse Reverb Reverse reverb works in the opposite fashion from normal reverb. Whereas a normal reverb has the loudest series of reflections heard first that then become quieter over time, the Reverse reverb has the softest reflections (essentially the tail of the reverb) heard first, and then grows louder over time until they abruptly cut off. Spring Reverb A Spring reverb is created by a pair of piezoelectric crystals—one acting as a speaker and the other acting as a microphone—connected by a simple set of springs. The characteristic ‘boing’ of a spring is an important component of many classic rock and rockabilly guitar sounds. 10.1: LEXICON FX > REVERBS User Manual 10.1.1: REVERB PARAMETERS LEXICON FX > REVERBS > REVERB PARAMETERS PRE DLY - Pre Delay Adjust time delay between the source signal and the onset of reverberation. This control is not intended to precisely mimic the time delays in natural spaces, as the build-up of reverberation is gradual, and the initial time gap is usually relatively short. For the most natural effect, the Pre Delay values should be set in the range of 10-25 milliseconds. However, if a mix is very busy or overly cluttered, increasing the Pre Delay time may help clarify it, and set each instrument apart from each other. Mid RT - Mid Range Reverb Time Adjust the amount of time the mid-range reverb can be heard. Higher settings increase reverberation times which are usually associated with larger acoustical environments, but can decrease intelligibility. Lower settings shorten reverb times and should be used when a smaller apparent space or a more subtle effect is desired. ER Level - Early Reflections Level Adjust the level of early reflections within the reverb. ER Time - Early Reflections Time Adjust the amount of time before reverb early reflections occur. Size Build-up rate of diffusion after the initial period (which is controlled by Diffusion). The Size control changes reverb sound from very large to very small. Generally, set this control to the approximate size of the acoustic space being created, before adjusting anything else. The size in meters is roughly equal to the longest dimension of the space. Audio is temporarily muted when Size is changed. RT High Cut Rt HC sets the frequency above which a 6dB/octave low-pass filter attenuates the reverberated signal. It does not attenuate the reflections. High frequencies are often rolled off with this parameter, resulting in more natural-sounding reverberation. Setting a low frequency for this parameter can actually shorten the reverb time, as it damps the audio as it recirculates 10.1.1: LEXICON FX > REVERBS > REVERB PARAMETERS User Manual 10.1.1: REVERB PARAMETERS LEXICON FX > REVERBS > REVERB PARAMETERS Shape Adjust the 'contour' of the reverberation envelope. With Shape all the way down, reverberation builds explosively, and decays quickly. As Shape is advanced, reverberation builds up more slowly and sustains for the time set by Spread. With Shape in the middle, the build-up and sustain of the reverberation envelope emulates a large concert hall (assuming that Spread is at least halfway up, and that Size is 30 meters or larger). Spread Adjust reverb onset and sustain. Low Spread settings result in a rapid onset of reverberation at the beginning of the envelope, with little or no sustain. Higher settings spread out both the build-up and sustain. Diff - Diffusion Initial echo density. High settings of Diffusion result in high initial echo density, and low settings cause low initial density. In a real-world situation, irregular walls cause high diffusion, while large flat walls cause low diffusion. For drums and percussion, try using higher Diffusion settings. Bass Bst - Bass Boost Boost or cut frequencies below the Bass Boost Frequency (the transition point from Mid Rt to Low Rt). The amount of boost or cut required is highly dependent on the material being processed. RT Hi Cut - Reverb Time High Cut Set the frequency of a 6dB/octave low-pass filter on the reverberated signal. It does not attenuate the reflections. High frequencies are often rolled off with this parameter, resulting in more natural-sounding reverberation. Setting a low frequency for this parameter can actually shorten the reverb time, as it damps the audio as it recirculates. Hi Cut Adjust the amount of high frequency content in the reverberation tails. Higher frequency settings increase high frequency response, creating brighter reverbs; lower frequency settings create darker reverbs with more bass frequency emphasis. Hi Cut Adjust the amount of high frequency content in the reverberation tails. Higher frequency settings increase high frequency response, creating brighter reverbs; lower frequency settings create darker reverbs with more bass frequency emphasis. 10.1.1: LEXICON FX > REVERBS > REVERB PARAMETERS User Manual 10.2: DELAYS LEXICON FX > DELAYS Delays repeat a sound a short time after it first occurs. Delay becomes echo when the output is fed back into the input (feedback). This turns a single repeat into a series of repeats, each a little softer than the last. Studio Delay The Studio Delay features up to 1 second of stereo delay and offers a built-in ducker that attenuates the delay output whenever signal is present at the input. This can be used to keep the original signal from being muddied up by delay repeats. 2-Tap Delay The 2-Tap Delay is probably best described as an adjustable pong delay where each tap can be individually set in relation to the delay time. The 2 taps are a calculated percentage of the actual delay time from 1-100% (for example, if the delay time is 500ms and Tap 1 is set to 50% and Tap 2 is set to 100%, Tap 1 time would be 250ms and Tap 2 time would be 500ms). Narrow spacing of the tap percentages can widen the stereo image of the delay while wider tap spacing can create rhythmic delay lines. Modulated Delay The Modulated Delay is enhanced by an LFO (low frequency oscillator) that produces a chorusing effect on the delay repeats. This is a great delay for guitar and instrument passages that need that “special something.” Mono Delay The Mono Delay is the cleanest, most accurate of the delay programs, with up to 1 second of mono delay with panned output, and the built-in ducking feature. Pong Delay This delay effect pans the delay repeats from left to right, while the input signal remains at its original(centre) position. Tape Delay In the days before digital, delays were created using a special tape recorder in which the magnetic recording tape was looped, with closely-spaced recording and playback heads. The delay effect was created by the tape moving in the space between the record and playback heads – while delay time was adjusted by changing the speed of the tape loop. Although very musical-sounding, wow and flutter combined with a significant loss of high frequencies, and to some extent also low frequencies, are all elements commonly associated with tape recordings. Reverse Delay This delay effect emulates the old studio trick of flipping a tape over, playing it backwards through a tape delay, and recording the effect. The delays build up from softer to louder – creating the sensation that the delays come before the signal. 10.2: LEXICON FX > DELAYS User Manual 10.2.1: DELAY PARAMETERS LEXICON FX > DELAYS > DELAY PARAMETERS Dly Time - Delay Time Controls the length of the delay time relative to Tempo. At the middle of its range, delay repeats are synchronous with the Tempo button; lower values create faster repeats, while higher values increase the time between repeats. Feedback Controls the number of delay repeats by feeding the delay output signal back into the delay input. This creates a series of delay repeats, each slightly attenuated until they become inaudible. Higher settings create more repeats; lower settings reduce the number of repeats. When this knob is turned fully clockwise, it engages Repeat Hold – delay repeats play back in an infinite loop, but no further input signal is introduced into the delay effect. Repeat Hold is available only on Studio, Mono and Pong Delay. Hi Pass Frequencies below this are filtered / removed. Lo Pass Frequencies above this are filtered / removed. Duck Lvl - Duck Level Set the input signal level at which ducking occurs. Studio, Mono and Pong delays only. Ducking causes delay repeats to be attenuated by a variable amount when an input signal is present. As the performance pauses, the delay signal level returns to its normal setting. This allows the delay to remain as an effect, but not clash with the original signal. For example whilst a vocalist is singing, the level of delay is kept down, but in the pauses the level of the repeats is brought up to provide a smooth tail to the vocal phrases. The Ducker Threshold sets the level at which the input signal has to be at for ducking to cut in – the higher the threshold, the louder the signal has to be for ducking to occur. Duck Thr - Duck Threshold Ducking attenuation amount. Ducker Level sets the amount of attenuation once the signal has exceeded the threshold. 0dB is no ducking, 18dB is the maximum amount of ducking to the delayed signal. 10.2.1: LEXICON FX > DELAYS > DELAY PARAMETERS User Manual 10.2.1: DELAY PARAMETERS LEXICON FX > DELAYS > DELAY PARAMETERS Smear Ducking attenuation amount. Available only for Tape and Reverse Delays, this parameter controls the amount of “smear,” or signal degradation and frequency loss. The higher the setting, the more each delay repeat loses intelligibility compared to the original signal. Ratio - Tap Ratio Controls the Tap ratio of left and right outputs relative to the Delay time. Specific to the Pong Delay effect, this controls the delay time offset between left and right taps, expressed as a ratio of left to right time difference. In the centre the taps have the same time (1:1). Swap - Tap Swap Swaps the delay time tap offset set by the Tap Ratio. Specific to the Pong Delay effect - reverses the offset set by the Tap Ratio control. Depth - Modulation Depth Control the intensity of modulation, or “depth” in the Modulated Delay. Lower settings produce a more subtle chorus effect, while higher values give a more lush chorusing of the delay repeats. Pan - Tap Pan Adjust the pan positions in the stereo field of Tap 1 and Tap 2. Mix Ratio of Wet to Dry signal. 100% is fully wet (effect) signal; 0% is fully dry (original) signal. 10.2.1: LEXICON FX > DELAYS > DELAY PARAMETERS 10.3: MISC FX User Manual LEXICON FX > MISC FX The MISC category provides primarily modulated and pitch-varying effects. Chorus Chorus creates a lush, full sound by combining two or more signals together where one is unaffected and the other signals vary in pitch very slightly over time. Chorus is commonly used to fatten up tracks and to add body to guitars without colouring the original tone. Chorus can also be used with discretion to thicken a vocal track. Flanger This effect was originally created by simultaneously recording and playing back two identical programs on two tape recorders, then using hand pressure against the flange of the tape reels to slow down first one machine, then the other. Phaser The Phaser automatically moves frequency notches up and down the spectrum of the signal by means of a low frequency oscillator (LFO), creating an oscillating “comb filter” type effect. This effect is very useful on keyboards (especially pad presets) and guitars. Tremolo Tremolo/Pan creates rhythmic changes in signal amplitude. Tremolo is obtained by setting Phase to 0 degrees, and affects both channels’ amplitude simultaneously. If the Phase is set to 180 degrees, an AutoPanner effect is generated, with the amplitude of one channel being raised whilst that of the other channel is lowered. Vibrato Vibrato is obtained by smoothly varying the pitch of the signal just sharp and flat of the original at a determined rate. Phase controls whether the pitch of both channels is modulated together, or in an opposite direction. Rotary Rotary speaker cabinets were designed to provide a majestic vibrato/choir effect for electronic theatre and church organs. The most well known rotary speaker is the Leslie™ Model 122, which has two counter-rotating elements: a high-frequency horn and a low-frequency rotor with slow and fast speeds. Pitch Shift This effect shifts the frequency spectrum of the input signal. Altering the pitch of a sound produces a wide range effects - from subtle detunes to full interval shifts up or down a two octave range. The Pitch Shift effect is a chromatic shifter, meaning all notes of the scale are shifted by the same interval. Pitch Shift is very useful with guitar tracks, monophonic synth lines, or where special vocal effects are needed. Detune Detune adds a slightly pitch-shifted version of the original source, thickening the sound. This creates a particularly effective simulation of “double-tracking.” Also a great alternative to the Chorus effect, adding the richness of a chorus without the audible sweep caused by the chorus rate. 10.3: LEXICON FX > MISC FX User Manual 10.3.1: MISC FX PARAMETERS LEXICON FX > DELAYS > DELAY PARAMETERS Speed Sets the speed at which the modulated effect cycles. Depth - LFO Depth Scales the intensity of the effect. This control affects the output of the LFO only. It has no effect on the outputs of the individual waveforms. Voices - Number Of Voices Controls the number of additional Chorus voices. Higher amounts add more richness to the Chorus effect. Regeneration Controls the amount of modulated signal being fed back into the input, creating feedback. Higher amounts add more resonance to the signal. Diff - Diffusion Creates a time-smoothing effect similar to diffusion in reverb. Diffusion can be a subtle effect to add a little warmth to the chorus. Pre Dly - Pre Delay Determines the amount of offset between the two signals that create the flange effect. Lower values create a tighter effect, higher values result in a more extreme “whooshing” sound. 10.3.1: LEXICON FX > DELAYS > MISC FX PARAMETERS User Manual 10.3.1: MISC FX PARAMETERS LEXICON FX > DELAYS > DELAY PARAMETERS Waveform Selects the wave pattern used by the modulated effect. Select from sine wave, triangle wave, Stepped Triangle, and random. Phase Controls whether amplitude or depth change occurs in both left and right outputs simultaneously or alternates between left and right outputs. This control affects the output of the LFO only. It has no effect on the outputs of the individual waveforms. Phs Stgs - Phase Stages Selects between a 4-, 8-, or 12-state phase shifter. Spread - Stereo Spread Increases or decreases the stereo imaging of the Rotary effect. Drive - Overdrive Gain Adjust overdrive gain to the preamp section of the rotary speaker effect. Diffusion can be a subtle effect to add a little warmth to the chorus. Rot Min Sets the minimum speed at which the LF Speaker will rotate. Rotary effect only: The speed limits are used when the speed parameter is changed from Slow to Fast. 10.3.1: LEXICON FX > DELAYS > MISC FX PARAMETERS User Manual 10.3.1: MISC FX PARAMETERS LEXICON FX > DELAYS > DELAY PARAMETERS Rot Max Sets the maximum speed at which the LF Speaker will rotate. Rotary effect only: The speed limits are used when the speed parameter is changed from Slow to Fast. Horn Min Rotary effect only: Minimum speed of the HF rotary horn. The speed limits are used when the speed parameter is changed from Slow to Fast. Horn Max Rotary effect only: Maximum speed of the HF rotary horn. The speed limits are used when the speed parameter is changed from Slow to Fast. Doppler Increases or decreases the Doppler pitch effect. The Doppler effect is a rise and fall in pitch experienced by an observer when a sound source is moving towards or away from them, due to a compressed or expanded wavefront. Shift 'n' Determines the amount of pitch shift or detune shift from the original signal source. Diffusion can be a subtle effect to add a little warmth to the chorus. Delay 'n' - Shift Delay Sets the delay time before the pitch shift or detune effect is heard in the Pitch Shift and Detune effects. Rotary effect only: The speed limits are used when the speed parameter is changed from Slow to Fast. 10.3.1: LEXICON FX > DELAYS > MISC FX PARAMETERS User Manual 10.3.1: MISC FX PARAMETERS LEXICON FX > DELAYS > DELAY PARAMETERS Fdbk 'n' - Feedback Adjusts how much of the shifted signal is sent back through the delay line in Pitch Shift and Detune. For creating cascading arpeggio-type effects. Pan 'n' Sets the pan position in the stereo field for each tap in the 2-Tap Delay or each channel of the pitch shift/detune effects. Allows the stereo width to be increased by panning versions of the original signal that have been shifted slightly up and down, to left and right channels respectively. Mix Ratio of Wet to Dry signal. 100% is fully wet (effect) signal; 0% is fully dry (original) signal. 10.3.1: LEXICON FX > DELAYS > MISC FX PARAMETERS User Manual 11.0: SETTINGS, SOFTWARE, RESET SYSTEM SETTINGS System Settings are accessed via the Touch Screen Main Menu and appear under the Menus PREFERENCES, SYSTEM, and SECURITY. 11.1: Preferences (PREFS) The PREFS Menu is mainly concerned with LED and LCD (display, buttons etc) brightness and adjustments. This is also where you enable or disable the D.O.G.S. (Direct Output Gain Stabiliser) mode so gain changes at mix pre-amps don’t affect the Direct Outputs levels. 11.2: SYSTEM The System menu provides information about the console itself, as well as offering settings for the console name, date, time, wordclock, and network settings (for HiQnet and Soundweb functionality). The System Menu also provides reset functions for channels, busses, patching, and ‘all’, as well as the Event Log. 11.3: SECURITY This console can be set to allow specific access privileges to a number of users. You can lock-out a variety of console functions, as defined in User Profiles. When LOCK is set in the Security menu, a user selection and valid password are required to operate the console. 11.4: SOFTWARE UPDATE Update from a USB Memory Stick. 11.5: RESET CONSOLE 11.0: SETTINGS, SOFTWARE, RESET 11.1: PREFERENCES User Manual SETTINGS > PREFERENCES Preferences include console brightness settings and the D.O.G.S. (Direct Out Gain Stabiliser) system enable. LED Brightness Adjust the brightness of LEDs across the console. This includes all Encoder level indicators, metering, and status LEDs. FaderGlow Brightness Adjust the FaderGlow brightness across the console. This includes all colour fader lighting. Screen Brightness Adjust the Touch Screen brightness. Channel LCD Brightness Adjust the Brightness of the Channel LCD Screens 11.1: SETTINGS > PREFERENCES 11.1: PREFERENCES User Manual SYSTEM SETTINGS > PREFERENCES Channel LCD Contrast Adjust the contrast of the Control Channel LCD screens. D.O.G.S. Enable / Disable Direct Out Gain Stabiliser system. D.O.G.S. is a tool that prevents Direct Output levels from changing when a Mic Gain is changed - so any feeds taken from the console remain stable. That is, it maintains stored gain structure between channel input and direct output when multiple devices are sharing a single source. When enabled, D.O.G.S. adjusts the direct output level from each channel inversely to any manual change of a mic gain control (across a change of +16/-10dB) on that channel. Auto Bus Master Select Disable to prevent the Assignable Channel Strip switching to Bus Master control when a tOTEM button is selected. Default is On. 11.1: SETTINGS > PREFERENCES 11.2: SYSTEM MENU User Manual SYSTEM SETTINGS > SYSTEM MENU The System menu provides information about the console itself, as well as offering settings for the console name, date, time, wordclock, and network settings (for HiQnet and Soundweb functionality). The System Menu also provides reset functions for channels, busses, patching, and ‘all’, as well as the Event Log. RESET CHANNELS Reset all Input audio channels to factory default. Includes all Input Channel audio parameters, channel name and channel type(Mono/Linked). It does not include patching. You will be asked to confirm this action in the Touch Screen. RESET BUSES Reset all Output audio channels (Bus Masters) to factory default. Includes all Bus Master audio parameters, bus name and bus type(Mono/Stereo). It does not include patching. You will be asked to confirm this action in the Touch Screen. RESET PATCHING Reset all system patching to factory default. You will be asked to confirm this action in the Touch Screen. 11.2: SETTINGS > SYSTEM MENU 11.2: SYSTEM MENU User Manual SYSTEM SETTINGS > SYSTEM MENU RESET ALL Reset all parameters including names and patches to factory default. You will be asked to confirm this action in the Touch Screen. EVENT LOG A log of specific system events. Can be useful for trouble shooting and for technical support staff. Console Name Name the console Touch / select the value field to bring up a QWERTY keyboard to edit the Name. Console Type Console Model - Read Only Software Version Current software version - Read only. Date System Date. Touch or select to bring up a date editor in the Touch Screen. 11.2: SETTINGS > SYSTEM MENU 11.2: SYSTEM MENU User Manual SYSTEM SETTINGS > SYSTEM MENU Time System Time. Touch or select to bring up a time editor in the Touch Screen. Wordclock Choose an Internal, External, or Option card wordclock reference. The console can be set as Word Clock Slave (EXTernal or OPTION) or Master (INTernal). When set to EXTernal the console will attempt to clock from an incoming word clock to the rear panel Word Clock connection. If successful, a CLOCK icon displayed on the title bar. If there is no valid signal the icon is shown with an exclamation mark and the console will run from its internal clock until external clock returns. When set to OPTION, the console will use an installed option card as its reference. The console has a single word clock connector, which operates as an output when set to INTernal and as an input when set to EXTernal. MAC Address The Media Access Control address. Read Only. IP Address Resolution Set IP resolution to DHCP (Dynamic) or Manual. When you set the IP resolution to manual, you will have to enter a valid IP address in the IP Address field. IP Address The IP Address of this console on the network. If IP Resolution is set to DHCP (Dynamic) then this value is read-only. Up to software version 1.6 the console is limited to IPv4 Private Network address ranges: 10.0.0.0–10.255.255.255, 172.16.0.0–172.31.255.255, or 192.168.0.0– 192.168.255.255. IP address changes require a console reboot to take effect. Subnet Mask Used to specify the subnet for this device. If IP Resolution is set to DHCP (Dynamic) then this value is read-only. 11.2: SETTINGS > SYSTEM MENU User Manual 11.2: SYSTEM MENU SYSTEM SETTINGS > SYSTEM MENU HiQnet Enabled/Disabled Turn HIQnet capability On of Off. This console can transmit HiQnet Venue Events on the network along with cue recalls. Please see chapter reference 9.2 for more detail. The console can also control Soundweb London Device Pre amp devices directly via HiQnet - see chapter reference 5.1.1 for more detail. HiQnet Address The HiQnet address of this device. 11.2: SETTINGS > SYSTEM MENU User Manual 11.3: SECURITY MENU SYSTEM SETTINGS > SECURITY MENU This console can be set to allow specific access privileges to a number of users. You can lock-out a variety of console functions, as defined in User Profiles. When LOCK is set in the Security menu, a user selection and valid password are required to operate the console. Access privileges are defined in the PROFILES menu. Each user is assigned a Profile when they are created. Editing of users and profiles is only available when logged-on as the administrator. Please note: Passwords cannot be easily recovered if lost or forgotten. The factory default Administrator user has a password of “password” (lower case”). ADD USER Add a User to the Administrator list. A ‘User’ is a person / administrator account (a ‘profile’ is a set of access privileges assigned to a User). When selected, the Touch Screen will display the Add User menu. See chapter reference 11.3.1 for more detail. EDIT USER Edit the selected User. When selected, the Touch Screen will display the Edit User menu. See chapter reference 11.3.1 for more detail. 11.3: SETTINGS > SECURITY MENU User Manual 11.3: SECURITY MENU SYSTEM SETTINGS > SECURITY MENU DELETE USER Delete the selected User. The system will ask for confirmation in the Touch Screen to confirm this action. PROFILES Access the Profiles Menu. Use the Profiles Menu to add and edit profiles that can be assigned to users. LOCK Lock the console. After locking, the console will require a User selection and associated password for operation. NOTE: Passwords cannot be easily recovered if lost or forgotten. User Select Select A User from the current list. You can or select a User to log-in as that user. The Touch Screen will display a User / Password entry screen for that purpose. 11.3: SETTINGS > SECURITY MENU User Manual 11.3.1: ADD / EDIT USER SYSTEM SETTINGS > SECURITY > ADD / EDIT USER The Add and Edit User menus require similar information - User Name, Profile, and Password. Profiles can be created and/or edited in the Edit Profile menu (see chapter reference 11.3.2 for more detail). User Name Name the User. Touching or selecting the value field brings up a QWERTY keyboard in the Touch Screen. Profile Profile Name. Use the Profiles Menu to add and edit profiles that can be assigned to users. A ‘profile’ is a set of access privileges assigned to a User (a ‘User’ is a person / administrator account). Password Choose a password for this user. Touching or selecting the value field brings up a QWERTY keyboard in the Touch Screen. 11.3.1: SETTINGS > SECURITY > ADD / EDIT USER User Manual 11.3.1: ADD / EDIT USER SYSTEM SETTINGS > SECURITY > ADD / EDIT USER CANCEL Cancel the current User creation or edit without saving any altered values. SAVE Save the current User. 11.3.1: SETTINGS > SECURITY > ADD / EDIT USER 11.3.2: PROFILES User Manual SYSTEM SETTINGS > SECURITY > PROFILES A profile defines the access privileges of a console User. Many functional aspects of the console can be denied to users, according to the Profile. The access categories are: Input Processing, Bus Sends, Bus Processing, Matrix Sends, Matrix Processing, Main Output Processing, Main Output Matrix Sends, Main Output On Faders, GEQ, Fader Layer A, Fader Layer B, Fader Layer C, Fader Layer D, FX, Touch Screen, and Cue List. NOTE: If a Cue recall will change an aspect of console functionality that is locked, but Cue List functionality is not locked, the Cue will still be recalled as normal. DELETE PROFILE Delete the currently selected Profile. The system will ask for confirmation in the Touch Screen. NEW PROFILE Create a new access Profile. Touching this option will bring up a QWERTY keyboard in the Touch Screen to name the new Profile. When you press the APPLY button, the screen will change to the Profile options menu. 11.3.1: SETTINGS > SECURITY > PROFILES 11.3.2: PROFILES User Manual SYSTEM SETTINGS > SECURITY > PROFILES CANCEL Cancel the current Profile creation or edit without saving any altered values. SAVE Save the current Profile. Profile Select a profile to view or edit. Touch or select the value field to select a Profile. You can only edit profiles when logged on as the Administrator. 11.3.1: SETTINGS > SECURITY > PROFILES 11.4: SOFTWARE UPDATE User Manual SYSTEM SETTINGS > SOFTWARE UPDATE The Si Impact software is updated via the USB data port on the front panel. Details and special instructions for any release will be included with the software release package; however, the ‘normal’ procedure is listed below for reference: 1. Unzip the files to a USB key in the root directory, you should have two or three files: impact.bin; info.xml; impactFader.hex (optional, see release notes). 2. Switch the console off using the Power switch on the rear of the console. Remove any USB keys. 3. Press and hold the recessed BOOT LOADER button on the rear of the console (use a thin, blunt tool to access it) while you turn the console on using the power switch. A Software Loader screen will appear. 4. Insert the USB stick and then press the MENU key. 5. Select the info.xml file using the adjust encoder. The LOAD button at the bottom right of the touch screen window will appear when a valid selection is made. 6. Press the LOAD button. Software will begin loading. 7. Wait until both progress bars have reached 100%, and the ‘tick’ symbol has appeared to the right of each progress bar, before removing the USB stick. NOTE: Always follow on-screen instructions and release notes as updates to fader firmware or similar may require additional user input. 11.4: SETTINGS > SOFTWARE UPDATE 11.5: RESET CONSOLE User Manual SYSTEM SETTINGS > RESET CONSOLE The following procedure will restore the console back to the factory defaults and re-format the internal SD card. DO NOT do this is you wish to keep saved data (Shows). You can use the RESET options in the SYSTEM menu to set parameters and settings back to factory default without destroying data. Remember: All settings, cues, users, profiles and shows will be lost. 1. Starting with the console off, hold the POWER key for ~5 seconds until the console starts. 2. Press the MENU key once the loader screen appears. 3. Press the LR, MONO and FX1 keys together, this opens the update page. 4. Press the CLEAR SD CARD button on the touch screen. 5. Restart the console. 11.5: SETTINGS > RESET CONSOLE User Manual 12: OSCILLATOR OSCILLATOR The console’s internal Oscillator is a signal generator provided for various test purposes. It can generate either a sine wave or pink noise (equal power per octave) and has various routing options to Mix and Matrix busses, as well as a patchable physical output. It is not possible to route directly to the console’s LR and MONO buses, though you can route the Oscillator signal to a Mix bus master then use the LR and MONO routing keys. Oscillator patching is stored in Snapshots; Oscillator settings default to Off following a power cycle. Route To MIX / MTX Route the oscillator signal to individual Mix and Matrix busses. Oscillator routing to each bus has to be enabled using the SOLO button on that Bus Master. Route To All Route the oscillator to all Mix and Matrix busses. Level Set the Oscillator signal level. 12: OSCILLATOR User Manual 12: OSCILLATOR OSCILLATOR Frequency Set the frequency for the Oscillator's Sine output. Type Set the signal type for the Oscillator output. Either Sine Wave or Pink Noise (Full spectrum, equal power per octave). Oscillator Out Patch Set a physical output for the Oscillator signal Touching or selecting the value field will bring up a normal patching screen in the Touch Screen. See Section 5.0 for more details. 12: OSCILLATOR User Manual APPENDIX 01: NO SOUND? NO SOUND? A Troubleshooting Guide. One of the most common problems experienced with mixing consoles is finding that an input isn’t appearing at an output. There are many possible reasons for this, but the best way to troubleshoot it is to first make sure the Control Channel is set up correctly, then to go through the signal path and workout where the ‘break’ is... You can check the exact audio path of any signal by referring to the signal path diagrams in Chapter 6. Are Solos inactive? If the SOLO CLR button is lit red, then there a channel is soloed and all other channels may be muted. This shouldn’t affect a main Left/Right or Mono output unless Solo In Place is enabled in the SOLO menu. Also, if Solo mode is ‘Auto’ the system may be switching to AFL - with faders down you will lose signal. Switch Solo Mode in the SOLO menu. Clear all active Solos by pressing the SOLO CLR button Are the Control Channel, Input Channel, and Input Patch correct? The physical input should be patched to an Input Channel, and that Input Channel should be controlled by a Control Channel. For example, by default (factory settings) Mic/Line Input 1 is patched to mono Input Channel CH 01, which is controlled by the Control Channel in Slot 1, Fader Layer A. The other default patches are listed at 5.2. You can check which Control Channel is controlling which Input Channel in the FADER SETUP menu (See 3.2.1). You can check which physical input is patched to an Input Channel by selecting the relevant Control Channel. The Input Patch menu item (INPUTS from main Touch Screen Menu) will show the currently patched physical input. See reference 5.1 for more patching detail. Is there anything on the meters? By checking the Input and Output path meters, you should be able to localise a problem to a large extent. The Input channel metering comes after the Mic/Line input but before the rest of the Input Channel. Therefore, if the input signal is valid, the input is patched correctly, you have selected the correct Control Channel (SEL button), and you have applied enough Gain, you should see a level indication on the meters in the IN section of the Assignable Channel Strip (7.2.1). Output Channel metering is tapped just before the physical output patch. Are they ‘in phase’? Phase is only likely to cause an issue if coherent signals are applied to more than one channel and they are both routed the same way. For example, you might be using a test signal, or using two channels for the same signal. You can check if phase is an issue by switching the Phase by 180 degrees on ONE of those channels (use the PHASE button for that audio channel in the IN section of the ACS - 7.2.1). If the audio comes back, then look for the cause of the phase issue - it may be that a balanced connection has been wired incorrectly, for example. APPENDIX 01: NO SOUND? User Manual APPENDIX 01: NO SOUND? NO SOUND? Is the Gate shut? It is possible for an incorrectly set Gate process to stop all signal. This happens most often when the threshold is set too high and the signal never gets loud enough to 'open' the Gate. You can easily check this by turning the Gate process off with the GATE button in the GATE section of the ACS (7.2.2). If there is an Insert Point assigned, is the signal returned? An insert point interrupts the signal flow by patching in a physical output and a physical input. If the signal is not being returned at the Insert Return (or there is no Insert Return patch) then signal will stop there. The easiest way to check is to check the INSERT page from the Touch Screen Main menu. If the problem channel has an Insert Point assigned, check that both the Insert Send and Return for that Insert Point have valid patches and that the signal is being returned (from an external processor, for example). Reference section 5.1 has specific information on Insert patching. Is the Channel on and unmuted? If a Control Channel ON button is either not lit, or is illuminated red (part of an active Mute Group) then this will mute the signal. Turn off the relevant Mute group or press the ON button to correct the problem. The basic ON button operation is described in section 7.3, while Mute Groups are covered in section 8.1. Is the Fader up? The Fader need to be set high enough when routing to any post-fade destination. If your problem output route is set pre-fader, then this will not affect anything. You can check the Pre/Post routing of any Mix Bus from an Input Channel in the INPUTS menu - Per Mix Post/Pre (6.1.1). Is the channel panned to a valid output? If a signal is panned to the right and no right output exists - either because it isn't patched, or because there is another problem with the right-hand path - then no signal will be heard. Set Pan to the middle to make sure this isn't a problem. APPENDIX 01: NO SOUND? User Manual APPENDIX 01: NO SOUND? NO SOUND? Is the Signal Routed to a valid output bus or channel? Routing can cover LR and Mono routing, as well as Mix bus routing. This will depend on the particular instance. If the issue is no output at the main LR or mono outputs for example, then check than the signal is routed using the LR and/or MONO buttons in the ACS OUT section (7.2.5). If the issue is with a Mix Bus or Matrix output, then check contribution to that bus is turned up (see the tOTEM section 3.5). Is the Output Master Channel Path valid? Almost exactly the same checks as above can be done on the Output Master Channel, whether it's a MIX, MATRIX, or LR / M Master. For detailed path troubleshooting check the signal path diagrams in section 6, as the path order may be slightly different, otherwise run through the same checks as above but for the Output channel. Is the Output Patch Valid? To check the physical output patch, select the relevant Bus Master Channel and then go to the OUTPUTS menu in the Touch Screen. There are two ways to access an Output Master Channel: Either press the relevant tOTEM button (the MONO/SEL Control channel becomes the Master and is selected automatically) or choose the correct Fader Layer and Select (SEL button) the channel. APPENDIX 01: NO SOUND?
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