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Contents
Chapter 1. New Features in Pro Tools HD 7.4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Playlist Switch Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Monitor Output Linking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Chapter 2. New Features in Pro Tools HD 7.4cs1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
“Auto Write To” Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Soft Keys Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Dual Transport Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
LED Test Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Chapter 3. D-Control Multi-Mode (Mac Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Configuring D-Control Multi-Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Using D-Control Multi-Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
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Chapter 1: New Features in Pro Tools HD 7.4
Playlist Switch Commands
Monitor Output Linking
D-Control and D-Command now allow you to toggle through
available playlists on the focused track from the Soft Keys section.
(D-Control Only)
The Playlist switch in the Management Section of the Soft
Keys now has two new commands: Show Previous Playlist and
Show Next Playlist, which toggle the Edit window playlist display of currently selected tracks.
Playlist Switch
In the Control Room Monitoring section of D-Control, you
can link the Output Level controls so that the Main, Alt, and
Mini levels adjust in tandem, allowing you to maintain relative levels when you adjust output gain and switch between
speaker systems.
When you link the Output Level controls, all output trim settings are preserved, as well as any offsets between the current
Main, Alt, and Mini Output Level control settings.
The Playlist switch displays the following playlist commands:
• New: New Playlist
To link D-Control Output Level controls:
• Duplicate: Duplicate Playlist
1 Do one of the following:
• Delete Audio: Delete Unused Audio Playlists
• Prev Plylst: Show Previous Playlist
• Set the Main, Alt and Mini levels independently. Any offsets between these controls will be preserved after they
are linked.
• Next Plylst: Show Next Playlist
– or –
• Delete MIDI: Delete Unused MIDI Playlists
To cycle through playlists on a track:
1 Focus the track.
2 In the Management section, press the Playlist switch.
3 In the Soft Keys section, do one of the following:
• Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Prevs Plylst” to select the previous playlist in that track’s Playlist menu.
• Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Next Plylst” to select the select the next playlist in that track’s Playlist
menu.
• Turn the Main, Alt and Mini levels all the way down (to
-INF). This ensures there will be no offset between these
controls after they are linked.
2 Hold the Setup switch in the Monitor Output Mode controls
and press the Main Output On/Off switch. The Monitor Section displays show “Output Lk On” to indicate that linking is
active.
To unlink D-Control Output Level controls:
„ Hold the Setup switch in the Monitor Output Mode controls
and press the Main Output On/Off switch. The Monitor Section displays show “Output Lk Off.”
Chapter 1: New Features in Pro Tools HD 7.4 1
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Chapter 2: New Features in Pro Tools HD 7.4cs1
Pro Tools HD 7.4cs1 includes controller personality file and
firmware updates for D-Control™ worksurfaces.
For instructions on installing Pro Tools HD 7.4cs1
and its associated D-Control firmware updates, see
“Pro Tools HD 7.4cs1 Read Me.pdf.”
Automation
Write to All
switch
These personality and firmware updates include the following
new or updated features:
• Changes to the “Auto Write To” Switches
Automation
Write to Start
switch
Automation
Write to End
switch
Automation
Write to Punch
switch
Automation
Write to Next
switch
• Changes to the Soft Keys Section
• Dual Transport Mode
“Auto Write To” switches
• LED Test Mode Color Changes (D-Control ES Only)
• D-Control Multi-Mode (Mac only)
All Switch
“Auto Write To” Switches
The All switch writes the current automation value of all
write-enabled parameters to an entire selection or track when
performing an automation pass.
(All D-Control Systems)
To manually write automation to all of a track or selection:
New “Auto Write To” Switch Layout
„
Press the All switch during playback.
The “Auto Write To” switches now invoke the manual “Write
to Start/End/All/Punch/Next” commands and the automatic
“Write to Start/End/All/Punch/Next on Stop” automation
commands in Pro Tools.
To write automation to all of a track or selection on stop:
The new switch mapping now includes all of the Manual
Write and Write on Stop commands available in the Pro Tools
Automation window.
To set Write to All on Stop to remain enabled after each
automation pass:
The “Write to Start/End/All/Punch/Next” commands can also
be invoked from the Soft Keys section of D-Control.
The “Write/Trim/Glide to Current” and
“Write/Trim/Glide to All Enabled” commands
remain available from the D-Control Soft Keys.
„ Hold the Start key (Windows) or the Control key (Mac) and
press the All switch.
„ Hold the Alt+Start keys (Windows) or the Option+Control
keys (Mac) and press the All switch.
To disable automatic Write to All on Stop:
„
Press the flashing All switch.
If you purchased a D-Control unit before October 1, 2007, you
will need Lexan overlays to update the two “Auto Write” sections on your Main Unit (which are in the left and right Channel Strip Master sections). For information on obtaining these
Lexan overlays, contact Digidesign Customer Service. To find
the number of your local Digidesign Customer Service office,
visit the Digidesign website at www.digidesign.com.
The switch LED colors shown below apply to
D-Control ES only.
Chapter 2: New Features in Pro Tools HD 7.4cs1 3
Start Switch
Punch Switch
The Start switch writes the current automation value of all
write-enabled parameters to the start of a selection or track
when performing an automation pass.
The Punch switch writes the current automation value of all
write-enabled parameters back to the punch point (the location in the track where the current automation pass started).
To manually write automation to the start of a track or selection:
To manually write automation back to the punch point:
„
Press the Start switch during playback.
„
Press the Punch switch during playback.
To write automation to the start of a track or selection on stop:
To write automation back to the punch point on stop:
„ Hold the Start key (Windows) or the Control key (Mac) and
press the Start switch.
„ Hold the Start key (Windows) or the Control key (Mac) and
press the Punch switch.
To set Write to Start on Stop to remain enabled after each
automation pass:
To set Write to Punch on Stop to remain enabled after each
automation pass:
„ Hold the Alt+Start keys (Windows) or the Option+Control
keys (Mac) and press the Start switch.
„ Hold the Alt+Start keys (Windows) or the Option+Control
keys (Mac) and press the Punch switch.
To disable Write to Start on Stop:
To disable automatic Write to Punch on Stop:
„
Press the flashing Start switch.
„
Press the flashing Punch switch.
End Switch
Next Switch
The End switch writes the current automation value of all
write-enabled parameters to the end of a selection or track
when performing an automation pass.
The Next switch writes the current automation value of all
write-enabled parameters forward to the next automation
breakpoint.
To manually write automation to the end of a track or selection:
„
Press the End switch during playback.
To write automation to the end of a track or selection on stop:
„ Hold the Start key (Windows) or the Control key (Mac) and
press the End switch.
To set Write to End on Stop to remain enabled after each
automation pass:
Hold the Alt+Start keys (Windows) or the Option+Control
keys (Mac) and press the End switch.
„
Unlike the other Write To commands, the Write to Next on
Stop command always remains enabled after each automation
pass, until you disable it.
To manually write automation forward to the next breakpoint:
„
Press the Next switch during playback.
To set Write to Next on Stop to remain enabled after each
automation pass:
„ Hold the Start key (Windows) or the Control key (Mac) and
press the Next switch.
To disable automatic Write to Next on Stop:
To disable automatic Write to End on Stop:
„
„
Press the flashing End switch.
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Press the flashing Next switch.
(All D-Control Systems)
AWrtTo Punch (Auto Write to Punch Point on Stop) Writes current automation values back to where the current automation
pass began.
In the D-Control Soft Keys section, the soft keys invoked by
the Actions and Modes switches now have a new layout of
pre-existing commands, to correspond with the new arrangement of the “Auto Write To” switches on D-Control.
AWrtTo Next (Auto Write to Next Breakpoint on Stop) Writes
current automation values from the insertion point forward to
the next automation breakpoint when the transport is
stopped after an automation pass.
Soft Keys Section
New Actions Switch Layout
In the Automation Soft Keys section, page 2 of the Actions
switch commands now shows the Auto Write To commands
in the following order:
Wrt To All (Write to All) Writes current automation values to
an entire selection or track while performing an automation
pass.
Snap Back Causes all Latch or Write enabled tracks to exit
their current automation pass and return instantly to the previously written automation levels. During playback, this command stops writing of automation without applying any AutoMatch ramping.
Wrt To Start (Write To Start) Writes current automation values from the insertion point backward to the beginning of a
selection or track while performing an automation pass.
Wrt To End (Write to End) Writes current automation values
from the insertion point forward to the end of a selection or
track while performing an automation pass.
Wrt To Punch (Write To Punch Point) Writes current automation values back to the point where writing of automation began
Wrt To Next (Write to Next Breakpoint) Writes current automation values from the insertion point forward to the next
automation breakpoint while performing an automation pass.
New Modes Switch Layout
In the Automation Soft Keys section, the Modes switch now
shows the Auto Write on Stop commands in the following order:
AWrtTo All (Auto Write to All on Stop) Writes current automation values to an entire selection or track when the transport
is stopped after an automation pass.
AWrtTo Start (Auto Write to Start on Stop) Automatically
writes current automation values from the insertion point
backward to the beginning of a selection or track when the
transport is stopped after an automation pass.
Dual Transport Mode
(Digidesign MachineControl with a 9-pin or MMC Device)
With Digidesign MachineControl, you can now place D-Control in Dual Transport mode, which activates the second set of
Transport controls on D-Control (in the section labeled “Machine Transport”).
Dual Transport mode assigns the upper set of transport controls to a 9-pin or MMC device using MachineControl.
‹ In Dual Transport mode, you can toggle the transport master between “Transport=Pro Tools” and “Transport = Machine,” “Transport=MMC,” or “Transport=Remote” directly
from the D-Control Transport switches.
‹ In Single Transport mode, you toggle the transport master
between “Transport=Pro Tools” and “Transport = Machine,”
“Transport=MMC,” or “Transport=Remote” using the Machine Online switch in the Transport Mode controls.
New D-Control Transport Mode Preference
A new D-Control Console preference lets you switch between
Single and Dual Transport modes. In the Console Preferences,
page 5 of the Operation preferences now includes the following preference:
Transpt (D-Control Transport Mode) Toggles D-Control transport operation between Dual and Single Transport modes.
Dual Transport mode activates the second set of transport
controls on D-Control, in the section labeled “Machine Transport.” In Single Transport mode, only the transport controls
marked “Pro Tools Transport” are active.
To toggle D-Control between Dual Transport mode and Single
Transport mode:
1 In the Soft Keys section, press the Operation switch repeat-
edly to display the page that includes “Transpt.”
2 Press the Soft Key that corresponds to “Transpt” to toggle
the Transport mode between “Dual” and “Single.”
3 Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) and press the
Operation switch to exit.
AWrtTo End (Auto Write to End on Stop) Writes current automation values from the insertion point forward to the end of
a selection or track when the transport is stopped after an automation pass.
Chapter 2: New Features in Pro Tools HD 7.4cs1 5
Selecting the Transport Master in
Dual Transport Mode
In Dual Transport mode, either set of transport controls can be
active. The transport switches light to indicate the current
Transport Master:
• If the Pro Tools Transport switches are lit,
Transport = Pro Tools.
• If the Machine Transport switches are lit, the Transport Master is one of the following:
• Transport = Machine
• Transport=MMC
• Transport=Remote
To select the Transport Master in Dual Transport mode:
Press the Machine Online switch in the Transport Mode
controls.
„
– or –
„
Do one of the following:
• When Transport = Pro Tools, press any unlit switch
(Rewind, Fast Forward, Stop, Play, or Record) in the Machine Transport section.
• When Transport = Machine, MMC, or Remote, press any
unlit switch (Rewind, Fast Forward, Stop, Play, or Record)
in the Pro Tools Transport section.
The first press of an unlit transport switch changes the Transport Master and does not send a transport command. The second press sends the transport command.
Selecting the Transport Master in
Single Transport Mode
In Single Transport mode, only the Pro Tools Transport controls are active, and control the currently selected Transport
Master.
To select the Transport Master in Single Transport mode:
Press the Machine Online switch in the Transport Mode
controls.
„
Cycling through the Transport Master Choices
In both Single and Dual Transport modes, the
Machine Online switch is now used to cycle the Transport
Master through the available choices (Pro Tools, Machine,
MMC, and Remote) from D-Control.
To cycle through available Transport Master choices:
„ Hold Start (Win) or Control (Mac) and repeatedly press the
Machine Online switch in the Transport Mode controls.
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LED Test Mode
(D-Control ES Only)
The D-Control Utility mode LED test now activates D-Control
switch LEDs according to the new D-Control ES color scheme.
Chapter 3: D-Control Multi-Mode (Mac Only)
Pro Tools HD 7.4cs1 adds the ability to enter D-Control
Multi-mode, which lets you use a single D-Control console to
access up to four Pro Tools|HD systems on a network.
Multi-mode lets you quickly switch worksurface control from
one Pro Tools system to another by pressing a single switch on
the D-Control console.
Multi-Mode Compatibility
D-Control Multi-mode is qualified on a subset of systems
qualified for Pro Tools 7.4. For complete details, visit
the compatibility pages on the Digidesign website
(www.digidesign.com/compatibility).
D-Control Multi-mode is not supported on
Windows-based Pro Tools systems.
D-Control Multi-mode can be enabled only on D-Control
consoles comprised of Main and Fader units that have current
Comm boards.
For information on updating the Comm boards in your
D-Control units, contact Digidesign Customer Service. To find
the number of your local Digidesign Customer Service office,
visit the Digidesign website at www.digidesign.com.
7 The Comm board firmware version appears in the channel
display of the unit.
• If the Comm board firmware version is “b7.2.0.92,” the
unit has a current Comm board, and supports
Multi-mode operation.
• If the Comm board firmware version is “b2.59,” the unit
does not have a current Comm board, and will not support Multi-mode operation.
8 Exit Utility mode and power cycle the D-Control unit to
start the unit in normal mode.
Configuring D-Control Multi-Mode
Updating D-Control Firmware
Before you can use D-Control Multi-mode, all D-Control units
(the Main Unit and each Fader Module) must have the firmware update included in Pro Tools HD 7.4cs1.
To initiate the firmware update for D-Control included in Pro Tools
HD 7.4cs1:
1 Launch Pro Tools HD 7.4cs1.
To determine the Comm board version in your D-Control unit:
1 If Pro Tools is running, quit Pro Tools.
2 Choose Setup > Peripherals and click Ethernet Controllers.
3 If they are not already declared, declare your D-Control
2 Turn off the D-Control unit.
Main Unit and Fader Modules.
3 Turn on the D-Control unit and hold the Select, Solo and
4 Click OK in the Peripherals dialog.
Mute switches in the Focus Channel Strip (on a Main Unit) or
on the leftmost channel strip (on a Fader Module) during
power-up. This restarts the unit in a special “bootloader”
mode.
4 After the unit is powered up, put the unit in Utility mode by
doing one of the following:
• On a Main Unit, press the Utility switch in the Session
Management section.
• On a Fader Module, press and hold the modifier keys in
the lower left of the unit in the following sequence:
Shift+Alt/Command+Win/Option.
5 Follow the on-screen instructions to update your D-Control
firmware.
If you have a D-Control Surround Panner, you will be
prompted to update the firmware for the panner. This
firmware update can take about 11 minutes. You may
choose to cancel the Surround Panner update until later.
The Surround Panner firmware update is not required to
use the features in Pro Tools HD 7.4cs1.
5 Press the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “System.”
6 Hold the Soft Key (Main Unit) or encoder Select switch
(Fader Module) that corresponds to “FW ver.”
Chapter 3: D-Control Multi-Mode (Mac Only) 7
Enabling Multi-Mode on D-Control Units
If a D-Control unit is declared on a Pro Tools system running a version of Pro Tools lower than 7.4cs1, you may encounter prompts from the system to update firmware. To
avoid potential conflicts while updating, do not update the
firmware on a D-Control unit while it is in Multi-mode.
To enable a D-Control console to be declared on multiple
Pro Tools|HD systems, the D-Control Main Unit and Fader
Modules must first be placed in Multi-mode.
To toggle a D-Control unit in or out of Multi-mode:
Only update D-Control firmware when in normal mode,
from a system with a known version of the firmware.
1 If the unit is declared on a system, do one of the following:
• Quit Pro Tools.
– or –
• Undeclare the unit in the Pro Tools Peripherals dialog.
2 Press and hold the Solo switch in the Focus Channel Strip
(on a Main Unit) or on the leftmost channel strip (on a Fader
Module) for approximately three seconds.
When in Multi-mode, the unit displays “D-Control
Multi-Mode” in the Soft Keys (on a Main Unit) or in the Channel Displays (on a Fader Module).
Declaring Multi-Mode Enabled D-Control Units
When a D-Control unit is in Multi-mode, it appears in the Peripherals dialog multiple times, with the numbers “1” through
“4” appended to its name. These multiple listings can then be
declared on different Pro Tools systems on the network.
To declare D-Control units in Multi-mode:
1 Make sure all Pro Tools systems are running Pro Tools 7.4cs1
or higher.
2 On the first Pro Tools system, choose Setups > Peripherals,
Using D-Control Multi-Mode
When multiple Pro Tools systems are available, you can view
their transport synchronization status and instantly switch
between them using the Machine Online switches (Mach 1
through Mach 4) in the Online section of the Transport controls.
Pro Tools System Status Indication
When the Pro Tools Transport Master is set to Transport=Machine or Transport=MMC, the Machine Online switches
(Mach 1 through Mach 4) show the status of available
Pro Tools systems as follows:
Pro Tools system status indications (Transport=Machine or MMC)
Mach switch state
Indication
Off
No Pro Tools system available
Flashing (slow)
Active Pro Tools system on D-Control
Flashing (fast)
Available Pro Tools system, stopped or
not locked to time code
On (solid)
Available Pro Tools system, locked to
time code
and click Ethernet Controllers.
3 In the Ethernet Controllers page, select Enable. Pro Tools
scans the Ethernet connection and finds the Multi-mode enabled D-Control units.
4 Declare the Main Unit and Fader Modules that end in the
suffix “1,” in the order you want the units arranged from left
to right.
When the Pro Tools Transport Master is set to Transport=Remote, the Machine Online switches (Mach 1 through Mach 4)
show only the following states:
Pro Tools system status indications (Transport=Remote)
5 Click OK to close the Peripherals window.
Mach switch state
Indication
6 On the second Pro Tools system, repeat the above steps, declaring the Main Unit and Fader Modules that appear with the
suffix “2,” in the same order from left to right as you declared
them on the first Pro Tools system.
Off
No Pro Tools system available
Flashing (slow)
Active Pro Tools system on D-Control
On (solid)
Available Pro Tools system, online
7 If you have additional Pro Tools systems, declare the D-Con-
trol units that appear with “3” and “4” on subsequent systems, in the same order from left to right as above.
As you declare the D-Control units from each Pro Tools system, the Machine Online switches (Mach 1 through Mach 4)
in the Online section of the Transport controls flash to indicate that system is available.
When Transport=Remote, the Pro Tools Online switch and
the Transport controls (Rewind, Fast Forward, Stop, Play,
and Record) flash, and do not accurately report the
Pro Tools transport status.
Switching Control Between Pro Tools Systems
When a Pro Tools system is indicated as available, you can
switch control to that system by pressing the corresponding
Machine Online switch (Mach 1 through Mach 4).
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