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Showfiles

All of LIVE's settings are saved and recalled with showfiles. In addition to saving you from having to recreate all of your settings each time you switch between projects, it also allows you to transfer configurations between consoles.

SSL have created a number of templates which provide a starting point from which you can create your own Shows. This also means that the task of setting up your console may be very straightforward, as we've already done most of it for you.

Note: At the very top of the main screen there is a status display that logs a range of console activity, including show management functions. This area goes red to indicate that a procedure has not been successful. Double tap the message area to open the Status Messages window for further information.

Shows are saved and loaded using the Showfiles screen, accessed by touching the Menu button, then Setup, then Showfiles:

The following screen will appear:

Showfile List Navigation

To access SSL's template showfiles, touch SSL Templates. The details of the template's contents are shown in the Notes area for each template.

To access User show files, start by ensuring that SSL Templates is inactive. Drives will then be listed across the top of the Show list, with the internal drive shown as HD, and USB drives numbered in the order in which they were plugged in. Touch a drive to select it, using the arrow buttons to scroll the list if necessary.

Notes:
USB drives can be inserted into any of the USB ports on the console. There is one in the top-right of the control surface, one under each end of the front of the console, and four on the back of the console. USB drives do not need to be ejected before being removed.
USB drives should be used for file transfers (copy) only. Loading or saving shows directly to USB is not recommended due to the risk of drive removal mid-operation. If loading a show, copy it to the internal drive first and load from there. If saving a show, save to the internal drive initially and make a copy to the USB drive.

The contents of the selected location are shown in the Show list below the drives. You can scroll the list up and down by swiping the screen.

Folders appear at the top of the list, indicated by folder icons; double-tap them to open them, and touch Up to move back up a level.

Touch a Show file to select it – it will become highlighted with a cyan surround.

The Edit button accesses the functions listed below it; these are described below.

For loading and saving shows, Edit must be inactive.

To create a new folder in the current location, touch New Folder. You can then rename the folder as described below.

Load, Save, Save As

To load or save a show, start by selecting the Show file to be loaded or overwritten.

Ensure that the Edit button is inactive.

To load the selected show, press & hold Load.

To save the current desk configuration as a new file, press Save As. Name the new Show using the keyboard which appears, and touch OK. This show will then become the loaded show.

Notes:
SSL Template Shows cannot be overwritten. Use the the Save As function to save them as your own Show to save any changes.
Files preceded by a padlock symbol cannot be overwritten, as described below.

To save the current desk configuration over the existing showfile, press & hold Save.

Showfile Notes

Any pertinent details about a show can be typed into the Notes display, beneath the Show list.

To type notes for a Show, navigate to the Show and Select it so that it has a cyan surround. Its name will be shown above the notes display.

Double-tap inside the notes display, then type the notes using the keyboard which appears, and touch OK.

These notes will appear in the notes display whenever that Show is highlighted in the Show list.

Edit Mode

A number of folder actions are only available when the Show list is in Edit mode.

To activate Edit mode, touch the Edit button in the top-centre of the screen. The button will 'light' and a second navigation pane will appear in the right side of the screen.

To select a Show to be edited using any of the edit actions listed between the panes, navigate to it in the left navigation pane and touch the circle at the end of its list entry – the circle will go red to indicate that the Show is Edit Enabled.

You can select multiple Shows and multiple folders for edit. You can also select all Shows and folders in the current location by touching the All circle at the top of the list.

Remember: Edit mode functions always act on the Shows which are Edit Enabled, and not on Shows which are highlighted (displayed with a cyan surround).

Moving and Copying Shows

To move or copy files and folders, navigate to the source folder in the left pane, and the destination folder in the right navigation pane;

In the left navigation pane, Edit Enable the items to be moved or copied;

Now press the Move or Copy button in between the two panes. The items will be moved or copied to the new location.

Notes:
The currently loaded Show cannot be moved. Items cannot be copied into their current location.

Making Shows Read-Only

You can make Shows read-only in order to prevent them from being overwritten via the Save function.

To select the Shows to be made Read-Only, navigate to them in the left navigation pane and Edit Enable them.

Now press the Read Only button in between the two panes. A padlock symbol will appear before the file names.

To undo a file's Read Only status, simply repeat this procedure.

Renaming Shows and Folders

To rename a file or folder, navigate to it in the left navigation pane and Edit Enable it.

Now press the Rename button between the panes, rename the Show using the keyboard which appears, and touch OK.

Deleting Shows and Folders

To delete Shows or folders, navigate to them in the left navigation pane and Edit Enable them.

Now press & hold the Delete button between the panes.

Note: Folders must be empty before they can be deleted. Showfiles with Read Only protection cannot be deleted.

Backup Showfiles

The console saves a backup showfile with the state of the console every minute, so this is the most you will lose in the event of a power loss.

When restarting the console it will always load the most recent backup showfile for you, so it's ready to go.

Note: If the last showfile loaded or saved was to a USB drive, the backup showfile will not be loaded when restarting the console. This is a security feature to prevent visiting engineers' showfile data from persisting in the system.

Status Bar Indication

The name of the currently loaded Show is displayed at the very top of the screen, towards the right-middle of the status bar. One of the following icons will be displayed to the left-middle of the status bar:

Green disk The Current Show is saved to the user's showfile and no pending changes to any part of the Show are detected by the system;
Yellow disk Part of the Current Show has changed since last user Showfile save and the changes are saved on the console's backup system;
Orange disk Part of the Current Show has changed since last user Showfile save and the changes are not yet saved on the console's backup system;
White disk The system is currently saving or loading Show data, either to/from user file, or from the console's backup system.

Showfile Compatibility Between Console Models

Showfiles are cross-compatible within the entire SSL Live console range, with no additional software or conversion required.

A showfile created on a larger console may be loaded onto a smaller one (e.g L500 Plus show onto an L300). The system will automatically enter 'Compatibility' mode if the showfile cannot fit within the resources available. This allows paths and effects to be disabled (from the Console Configuration and Effects Rack pages respectively) to allow the show to fit on the smaller console.

Compatibility mode may also be enabled manually by engaging the Compatibility Mode button in the Setup: System Options page. This mode may be used to create a showfile destined for a larger console on a smaller one that doesn't necessarily have the amount of processing that will ultimately be used. A green Compatibility icon will be displayed in the status bar at the top of the main screen to indicate that Compatibility mode has been enabled but no processing is currently disabled.

To disable paths, navigate to the Console Configuration (Menu > Setup > Console Configuration) page and engage the Compatibility button on the right hand side of the screen. Expand the desired path type list and tap the radio button in the Enabled column for each path you wish to disable. Press & hold the Apply button to confirm the changes. Disabled paths will remain on the control surface but will no longer pass audio.

To disable effects, navigate to the Effect Rack page (Menu > Effects) and select the effect module you wish to disable. Press & hold its Enabled button.

When paths or effects have been disabled, the Compatibility Mode button will turn red and a red Compatibility icon will be displayed in the status bar.

Once all disabled processing has been removed, it is possible to exit Compatibility mode by pressing the Compatibility Mode button.

Any disabled paths or effects will be stored in the showfile and automatically reactivated the next time the show is loaded on a capable console.

Useful Links

Tutorial: Loading and Saving Shows
Index and Glossary
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