Channel Control Tile

Channel path input controls are available via the Channel Control Tile to the right of the Main Screen.

Press the Input button beneath the console logo to assign Input functions to the Channel Control Tile Screen:

The 'Selected' path is shown at the top of the screen; the Prev and Next arrow buttons either side of it can be used to scroll through channels sequentially.

The encoders around the screen are assigned to the functions in the screen area nearest to them.

Switches/buttons are operated by pressing the encoder. Continuous parameters are changed by turning the encoder.

The LED next to each encoder is lit whenever the encoder is assigned to any on-screen parameters. If the encoder is only assigned to a switch, the LED colour also indicates the state of the switch.

All on-screen buttons can also be controlled by touching the screen.

Each Channel has two inputs; to switch between them, press & hold the Input A or Input B button in the top left and right corners. The active input is lit blue.

The rest of the screen features the same controls as the main screen Detail View; +48V phantom power, High Gain Sensitivity, Pad, analogue HPF, Polarity, Balance and Mono Sum controls. Any controls which aren't relevant for the input type will be inactive.

You can adjust the analogue gain on the pre-amp (Gain) and introduce a digital signal trim (Trim) using the encoders beneath the screen. The Pre Trim Solo buttons allow you to listen to the pre-trim signal.

If the input signal is not what you expect it to be, activate the Attention! button. This illuminates the ATT light on the stagebox socket routed to that input, providing indication to technical personnel on the stage that the input needs checking. You can cancel all ATT lights by pressing Attention Clear All.

Note: All settings in this screen coloured red are stagebox settings which are controlled remotely from the console. They will only work when the channel is routed to an SSL LIVE stagebox or local analogue input.
Gain Sharing

Gain Sharing

When more than one console is receiving signals from the same stagebox, only one console can have remote control of the stagebox pre-amps. The 'Master' console is simply whichever one is connected to the MADI inputs of the stagebox (or port A of the Blacklight Concentrator, if connected over Blacklight II).

The Gain Share function allows the console without pre-amp control (the 'Slave' console) to compensate digitally for any changes made to the analogue signal level by the Master console, therefore avoiding unintended changes to the Slave console's overall input level:

Once the Master console engineer has settled on an initial analogue gain for a channel, the Slave console engineer should activate Gain Sharing by pressing the Gain Share button on their Slave console.

Now, if the analogue pre-amp gain is decreased by 3dB by the Master console, the digital trim on the Slave console will increase by 3dB. If Gain Sharing is left off on the Slave console, there will be no digital compensation on the Slave console for analogue gain changes.

Note: Large gain changes on the Master console (e.g. engaging the Pad or High Gain Sensitivity mode) may cause audible level changes on the Slave console as it applies a compensating trim.

The colour of the LED bar at the top of the Gain Share button indicates whether the signal level will increase or decrease if Gain Sharing is turned off. A grey light indicates that no digital trim offset has been applied (i.e. the analogue gain has not been changed since Gain Sharing was switched on).

A green light indicates that turning Gain Sharing off will result in a decrease in level. (The analogue gain has been turned down and therefore the console has compensated by turning the digital trim up, so turning Gain Sharing off will remove this offset.)

A red light indicates that caution should be taken as turning Gain Sharing off will result in an increase in level.

The text field below the Gain Share button indicates the amount of digital trim that has been applied to the channel.

Note: The 'Master' console also has a Gain Share button and digital trim control. These have no effect on the 'Slave' console's gain, nor do the 'Slave' console's Gain Share button and digital trim have any effect on the 'Master' console's gain.
The 'Master' console's Gain Share button can be used to self gain share in order to maintain a consistent gain structure, even if the analogue gain needs to be changed. This is useful if settings such as compressor and gate thresholds have been already set and wish to be maintained.

Channel Control Tile: Hardware Controls

The controls around the Input button beneath the console logo provide access to essential input elements, and these remain active regardless of whether Input functions are assigned to the Channel Control Tile screen.

These include: