Channel Detail

You can configure a Channel's inputs in the Input/Routing page of the Channel's Detail dialogue, opened by touching the top section of the Channel then double-tapping the Quick Display:

A display similar to the below will appear:

The buttons down the left of the dialogue define which Detail page is displayed. Touch Input/Routing if it isn't already selected.

The Channel Scroller (near the top left corner) can be used to scroll the dialogue to a different channel.

As each Channel has two inputs, ensure that the correct input's button (Input A or Input B, to the right of the Channel Scroller) is lit blue. It it isn't, press & hold the correct button.

You can use the Pre Trim Solo Input A and Pre Trim Solo Input B buttons to audition the incoming signal before switching inputs. The Pre Trim Solo button solos whichever input is currently active (Input A, Input B or the Live Recorder Record Return if in Rehearse Mode).

In the main part of the dialogue there are controls to turn on +48V phantom power and invert the input's Polarity (called 'phase' on many consoles). The High Gain Sensitivity button increases the input sensitivity of the preamp by +15dB for particularly quiet sources.

When using the local Analogue inputs or an ML32.32 stagebox, there are controls to insert the -20dB Pad (used for mic/line switching) and activate the analogue HPF (70Hz, 12dB per octave High Pass Filter).

When using Net I/O Stagebox inputs, there is a -30dB Pad, a Mic/Line switcher (engage Mic for mic mode, disengage for line mode), Input Mute and Aud (Audition, SB 8.8 & i16 only) and Lim (Limiter, SB 8.8 & i16 only). For more information on Net I/O Stageboxes please see Introduction to Net I/O Stageboxes.

Note: Controls which are not relevant to the input type will be greyed out. If you haven't routed an input yet, go to: Tutorial: Routing.

You can then adjust the analogue gain using the Gain control and introduce a digital signal Trim using the sliders to the right of the input buttons.

Important Note: If the same stagebox/local analogue input is routed into multiple Input Channels and/or Talkback Channels, then each of those channels may have control of the same set of parameters associated with that analogue input (gain, pad etc.) and will therefore remain synchronised with one another. Control of those parameters may be automated per-channel under the 'Input' column, but differences in the automated states of those shared analogue input parameters may inadvertently be introduced if the channels are not dropped in or out of Store and Recall scope together. Firing a scene with such differences in it may result in undesired behaviour of the analogue input's parameters.

Data generated during the initialisation of routing analogue inputs to channels is specific to each channel, not per analogue input. Care must therefore be taken to ensure this data is explicitly stored for each channel.

The Balance control becomes active on stereo channels and adjusts the level balance between the Left and Right input signals.

The Mono L, Mono R and Mono L+R buttons can be used to reroute the incoming Left and Right signals to the remainder of the channel processing. For example, the Left input can be routed to both halves of a stereo channel if the Right input becomes noisy. Alternatively, a stereo keyboard channel could be configured in a festival situation, but certain acts may only bring a mono keyboard, in which case the Mono L button can simply be pressed without the need to reroute or reformat the channel. For stereo channels only, the LR Reverse button will reverse the left and right input signals.

Tap Route Output to route the output of a channel.

The output feed point can be adjusted by tapping Out Feed: and choosing one of the options (Post Trim, Pre Fader, Post Fader and Post All).

The default output feed point of an Input Channel can be customised in Menu > Setup > Options > System tab. New Input Channels will be created with the default output feed point.

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. Note: Essential parameters in the page can be assigned to the Quick Controls beneath the screen. This requires the Follow Detail button (bottom right corner of the Main Screen) to be engaged. Touch the button to toggle between:
Follow Channel (button inactive): the Quick Controls below the screen follow the selected function, as per the Quick Controls on the other Fader Tiles.
Follow Detail (button active): When the detail dialogue is open the Quick Controls below the screen are assigned to different functions for the selected channel.
Changing the detail dialogue page when in Follow Detail mode will cause the Quick Controls beneath the screen to follow; the Quick Controls on the other Fader Tiles will remain unchanged.
The labels across the bottom of the Detail dialogue indicate the functions assigned to the Quick Controls directly beneath them. As a general rule only one function is assigned to each Channel's Quick Controls. Switch functions are assigned to the upper Quick Key (which will be lit if available) and continuous parameters are assigned to the Quick Encoder.

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.

Touch Close (top right) to close the Detail dialogue.