At the bottom of each channel strip is a fader. To the right of the fader, you will find metering for the compressor, gate and channel signal. Above the fader are four buttons:
Select assigns the channel to the Detail display, Channel Control Tile, and Focus controls;
Solo routes the channel to the solo buses;
Mute silences the channel;
Q is used for viewing all routes to and/or from a channel, as described below.
On an Input Channel, press the Q ('Query') button to see what Auxes, Stems and Masters the Channel is routed to, in addition to any VCAs assigned to it.
Press the Q button on a Stem, Aux or Master to see all the paths routed to that bus. Querying a VCA will show all paths assigned to it.
The Query can be 'compressed', showing only the contributing paths on all Fader Tiles but the one the Query was initiated from. This will override the user-configured Fader Tile layers/banks. Alternatively it can be 'expanded' to maintain the user layers/banks; in this mode the Q buttons of the contributing paths light in green (if an input to the Queried path) or red (if an output from the Queried path).
Press the Q button again to cancel the Query.
Fader Quick Controls
It is also possible to display channel faders in the Assignment area of the Channel View. This is primarily intended for use when configuring the console offline.
To view channel faders on the screen, select the Fader Assign button:
Fader will appear on the screen, along with its Solo (S) and Mute (M) buttons, and a 0dB button which sets the fader to 0dB.
Mute, Solo and Gain functions will also be assigned to the channel Quick Controls, as shown on the right.
In addition to the fader Quick Controls, similar controls are available within the channel's Detail dialogue which can be opened by double-tapping in the channel's Quick Display.
A dialogue similar to the below will appear:
The buttons down the left of the dialogue define which Detail page is displayed. Touch Fader (labelled Fader/TB in Auxes) 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.
The Lock button in the top right corner of the Detail page will prevent any parameters on the Fader Detail page from being changed. Ensure it is deactivated to make any necessary adjustments and re-enable once finished to prevent accidental changes.
Note: This Detail page also allows you to configure the way in which the channel feeds to solo buses, using the Solo A and Solo B buttons. If Solo In Place mode is active, channels can also be isolated from SIP here. See for more details.
The Fader controls can also be shown in the Channel Control Tile by pressing the Fader / TB button immediately above the Channel Control Tile Screen.
The 'Selected' channel 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 are operated by pressing the encoder, and 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.
Most of these controls function exactly as they do in the Detail display, with the exception of the Solo 1 and Solo 2 buttons which cycle through No Feed, PRE Fader and POST All, as indicated immediately above each button.
A group of channel faders can be controlled from a single fader using the console's VCAs. You can add channels to VCAs by selecting the VCA Assign button in the channel strip. VCA fader layers can be brought onto the control surface for adjustments. Seefor details.
The parameter of the fader and the Quick Encoder are switched, allowing the faders to be used to perform fine adjustments to Quick Control functions. This is done using the Flip button, below the Quick Scroller (see right). Press the button again to deactivate it.
The console has two additional faders, the Focus Fader, and the Main fader.
The Focus fader, along with its associated Mute, Q and Solo buttons and the Quick Controls in the bottom left corner of the Channel Control Tile always operate on the Focus channel.
The Focus Fader normally follows the Selected channel, but it can also be 'assigned' to a specific channel. This could be an important Input Channel, VCA, Solo Channel, additional Master etc. that you need quick access to.
To do this, press & hold the Call button above the Focus Fader. It will flash cyan to indicate it is in setup mode. Press the Select button for the required channel. This will also flash cyan to confirm the selection. Press the Call button again to finish.
The Call button will normally be backlit to indicate it is following the Selected channel on the Fader Tiles. Press the Call button to select the assigned Focus channel to the fader and Channel Control Tile. It will light cyan (just like the other Select buttons) when selected. Press any other Select button to select a different channel to the Focus Fader and Channel Control Tile.
It is also possible to 'lock' the Focus Fader to the assigned channel. Simply double-tap the Call button to lock. The Call button will light green to indicate it is locked. Pressing any other Select button will no longer override the assigned Focus channel.
The Channel Control Tile can also be locked to the Focus Fader's assigned channel; Go to the User Options page (Menu > Setup > Options > User Tab) and enable the Link Channel Control Tile button in the FOCUS FADER LOCK section. Whenever the Focus Fader is locked to its assigned channel, the Channel Control Tile will now also be locked to that channel and will no longer follow the Select button.
The fader on the right of the Master Tile can be assigned to any input or output channel on the console, providing constant control of that channel's level regardless of whether the channel is active in a Fader Tile or not. Typically this would be used for one of the Master Buses, or possibly the lead vocal or solo wedge level. It might also be assigned to a VCA which in turn controls a selection of buses, for example.
To assign a channel to the Main Fader:
Bring the Bank containing the channel to be assigned into a Fader Tile;
Press & hold the Call button above the Main Fader until it flashes cyan. The currently assigned channel's Select button will also flash;
Now press the Select button for the channel you wish to assign to it – it will flash cyan while the old assignment will stop flashing;
Press Call again to disengage the assign function.