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Remote Control from SOLSA PC software, other Consoles & Remote Expander

This section describes how to remote control the console over a network connection from a computer running SOLSA , another SSL Live console or from the Remote Expander . The Remote Tile connects to the console via USB and has a dedicated page here: Remote Tile.

Remote console control surfaces or computers running SOLSA may be connected to the main console over an Ethernet network to share its audio processing capabilities.

For L300, L500 and L500 Plus, up to 2 devices can remotely control the console at the same time. For L100 and L200, one device can remotely control the console at any one time.

The connection process is the same for SOLSA, another SSL Live console in "Remote Surface" mode and the Remote Expander.

SOLSA

SOLSA (SSL On/Off-line Setup Application) for PC provides an offline interface for users to prepare showfiles without a console. SOLSA can also be used online to remotely control any SSL Live console.

Another SSL Live Console in "Remote Surface" Mode

If more than one SSL Live console is available, consoles can be used to remotely control one another. This effectively expands the control surface of the console.

Note: This feature increases the number of control surfaces able to control the audio processing; it does not increase the amount of audio processing available. Configuring a console as a Remote will disable its internal audio engine.
Please note: L100 and L200 consoles cannot act as remote surfaces. They also cannot be remotely controlled by another SSL Live console or the Remote Expander. They can be remotely controlled by SOLSA.

The Remote Expander

The Remote Expander is a dedicated remote surface for SSL Live.

Remote Expander

Unlike other control surfaces in the Live range, the Remote Expander does not include any audio processing capability; it is purely a control surface for attaching to a Live console. The Remote Expander is available with either 24 or 36 faders, a main touch-screen and a VGA output for an external screen.
Please note: L100 and L200 consoles cannot be remotely controlled by the Remote Expander.

Connecting to the Console

On the console, go to MENU > Setup > Options > REMOTE tab.

Connecting to SOLSA

Connecting to SOLSA

Ensure the console is set to Main Surface mode in the Surface Settings section. If not, press & hold the Main Surface button.

Choose a console name and password and enter it in the Password field.

Connect the network port on your PC to one of the Network ports on the back of the console.
Alternatively, if connecting to the console wirelessly, connect a wireless access point to one of the Network ports on the console. Now connect your PC to the wireless network.

Now check that the console's IP address is in the same subnet as the computer.
The console's IP settings are set in MENU > Setup > Options > Network tab. Please see the Network Options section for more information.
Your PC's IP address is set in "Network and Internet" settings in Control Panel.

Open SOLSA.

In SOLSA, go to MENU > Setup > Options > Network tab and select an Adapter, either Wireless or select the ethernet port that the console is plugged into on the PC. Close and reopen SOLSA.

In SOLSA, go to MENU > Setup > Options > Remote tab.

Press and hold Remote Surface.

The SSL Live Connections area lists all consoles visible on the network. Locate the console you wish to connect to. Its default name will begin with "LIVE-".

The Status column lists the connection status of each console in the network. Tap the Discovered button and select Connect from the drop down list.

Enter the password and press OK.

The remote's Status button will now display Waiting for server response.

On the console, press the Awaiting authorisation button and press one of the Connect to slot x buttons.

The connection will now be made.

Use the Disconnect button to decline the connection request.

Use the Ban button to decline the request and prevent the device requesting further access.

Once connected, both SSL Live Connections areas of the main console and remote should now show the other device as Connected OK.

To disconnect once connected, press the Connected OK button and select Disconnect.

Connecting to another SSL Live Console or the Remote Expander

Connecting to another SSL Live console or the Remote Expander

Ensure the main console (the one processing the audio) is set to Main Surface mode in the Surface Settings section. If not, press & hold the Main Surface button.

Choose a console name and password and enter it in the Password field.

Connect one of the Network ports on the back of the main console to one of the Network ports on the other console/Remote Expander.

Now check that the main console's IP address is in the same subnet as the other console/Remote Expander.
IP settings are set in MENU > Setup > Options > Network tab. Please see the Network Options section for more information.

On the remote console/Remote Expander, go to MENU > Setup > Options > Remote tab.

Press and hold Remote Surface.

The SSL Live Connections area lists all consoles visible on the network. Locate the console you wish to connect to. Its default name will begin with "LIVE-".

The Status column lists the connection status of each console in the network. Tap the Discovered button and select Connect from the drop down list.

Enter the password and press OK.

The remote's Status button will now display Waiting for server response.

On the main console, press the Awaiting authorisation button and press one of the Connect to slot x buttons.

The connection will now be made.

Use the Disconnect button to decline the connection request.

Use the Ban button to decline the request and prevent the device requesting further access.

Once connected, both SSL Live Connections areas of the main console and remote should now show the other device as Connected OK.

To disconnect once connected, press the Connected OK button and select Disconnect.

Once connected, settings from the main console can be copied to the remote surface using the Remote Sync buttons in the main console's Layer Manager (Menu > Setup > Layer Manager). One Remote Sync button is included for each remote surface connected to the main console. These buttons will be disabled during synchronisation; if sync'ing two remote surfaces wait for one to complete before starting the other. These settings will be stored in the main showfile independently of the main console's settings. Note that updating the main console's settings will not update the remote surfaces unless the relevant Sync button is pressed again.

Scope

Certain elements are always controlled in 'parallel' from the separate control surfaces. These include any functions that affect the processing of audio, such as Solo, Mutes, bus routing, automation changes etc.

Other items are independent for each surface. Fader Tile Layers and Banks can be configured independently for each surface. Brightness settings, External Screen selection, Mouse & Touch settings and all items in the Surface Options tab (Tile setup, Query and Follow modes) can also be configured independently. Pressing the Remote Sync button described above will copy the main console's settings to the remote surface.
Note that User keys can also be configured independently if connecting another console as a remote surface. However, these must be configured on the main console then sync'ed across to the remote using the Remote Sync button. The main console User keys can then be changed as desired.

Useful Links

Setup: Console and User Options

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