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Meters
User Manual
VERSION 1.1.205.0
D&R Electronica B.V., Rijnkade 15B, 1382GS Weesp, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)294-418014, Fax: +31 (0)294-416987, Website: http://www.d-r.nl, E-Mail: [email protected]
Inhoud
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INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................................ 3
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SOFTWARE ELEMENTS ............................................................................................................................... 3
2.1
ANALOG AND DIGITAL CLOCK ....................................................................................................................... 3
2.2
PPM METERS .............................................................................................................................................. 3
2.3
SILENCE DETECTION .................................................................................................................................... 3
2.4
MIC ON TIMER .......................................................................................................................................... 4
2.5
SETTINGS ................................................................................................................................................... 4
2.6
ONLINE INDICATOR ...................................................................................................................................... 4
2.7
CONSOLE SIGNALS ....................................................................................................................................... 5
2.8
MODULE STATES ......................................................................................................................................... 5
2.8.1 ON-switch ............................................................................................................................................. 5
2.8.2 Source select.......................................................................................................................................... 5
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SETUP ............................................................................................................................................................. 6
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1 Introduction
Airlite Meters is a software tool to let you as user monitor and control the Airlite console in an intuitive
and user friendly manner. This manual describes the features Airlite Meters contains and how to setup
and use the application.
2 Software elements
2.1 Analog and Digital clock
Airlite meters provides an analog as well as a digital clock which display PC system time the
application is running on. The analog clock contains a seconds dot counter which can be used as
indicator for program end time countdown.
2.2 PPM meters
Two stereo PPM(Peak-Program-Meters) meters provide real-time and accurate readings of the
Master- and CRM(Control Room Monitor) buss audio levels. A variety of PPM meter scales exist these
days with all different range and read out. Based on the most used scale the following type is used:
IEC 60268-10 Type I, DIN scale. This scale ranges from -50 till +5dB.
2.3 Silence detection
Since continuous radio is important for a radio station, the Airlite is equipped with a built-in software
silence detector which guards presence of audio signal on the master output. If no sound is present for
a specified time, the console generates an alarm and switches automatically to non-stop mode.
When the silence detector is active red line marks in the master PPM bars indicate the threshold as
well as the operating mode which can be left, right or stereo.
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2.4 MIC ON Timer
The first three modules of the Airlite can be used for connecting microphones. If one of these mic
modules is active (source selector is set to mic, ON is active and fader is up) the MIC ON timer will
start. Once the timer is active the elapsed time is shown in the analog clock area below the system
date. The timer will reset if all the mic modules are inactive.
2.5 Settings
Pressing the gear wheel symbol at the right upper corner will open the (communication) settings
window.
Airlite Meters communicates indirectly with the console via a UDP/IP (User Datagram Protocol)
connection. Since the only available communication interface on the Airlite console is USB, another
Airlite Control application is required to run on the PC the Airlite is connected to. The Airlite Control act
as a USB/UDP gateway and provides a communication interface for client applications anywhere on
the network, like Airlite Meters.
2.6 Online indicator
Below the D&R logo the online indicator is located. This indicator will become green (online) when
receiving metering data. Make sure the Airlite Control application is running on the main PC in order to
provide the metering data to Airlite Meters.
When the indicator shows offline status (grey) the Airlite Control application is not running or the Airlite
console is disconnected.
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2.7 Console signals
At the right side Airlite Meters contains a set of console signals indicating internal states of the
console.
PHONE:
Will inform you with an incoming call on module 8 (VoIP).
ON AIR 1/2:
Configurable Logical busses. Can be attached to a GPO for example.
NONSTOP:
SILENCE:
can be used as indicator as well as remote nonstop switch by clicking on the signal.
Indicates the silence detector is in alarm state. In this alarm state NONSTOP is
flashing to indicate the console has switched automatically to nonstop mode. The
alarm can be reset by clicking on NONSTOP or by pressing the nonstop switch on the
console.
MIC ON:
One of the mic modules is active. Behaves parallel to the hardware MIC ON output.
CRM MUTE:
CRM buss is muted by active mic module where crm-mute option is enabled.
2.8 Module states
The Airlite console contains eight modules in which their current state is represented by the
rectangular icons at the bottom of the application. Each icon show the state of the ON switch and the
selected source of the relevant module.
2.8.1
ON-switch
A module can be in one of the following three states:
ACTIVE:
ON active, fader down
ACTIVE_AND_FADER_ON:
ON active, fader up
INACTIVE:
ON inactive, fader down
Since the ON switches of the Airlite console have internal LEDs, each of the above states can be
configured to represent one of the following colors: NONE, RED, GREEN. It is up to the user to
determine which color represent a particular state.
The icons in Airlite Meters can be seen as duplicate of the ON switches and therefore behave as
remote of the hardware switches. Clicking on the icons results in toggling the ON state.
*** NOTE: If the icon flashes, the module is in voicetrack-mode.
2.8.2
Source select
Each module can select between LINE and MIC/USB/VoIP source depending on the module.
Additional to showing the ON switch state, the current selected source for each module will be shown
in the right down corner of the icons.
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3 Setup
In order to use Airlite Meters follow the steps below:
1. Connect the USB-main port of the Airlite to your PC with supplied USB cable
2. Install, configure and run the Airlite Control application on this ‘main’ PC
3. Run Airlite Meters on any PC in the network, or from your home!
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