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Solo

LIVE has two Solo buses and three Solo output channels, with either bus able to feed any channel. There is full signal processing on the Solo output channels.

The diagram below outlines the complete structure of the console's Solo facilities (See Tutorial: Solos for more information):

Channel Solo Assignments

To configure a channel's feeds to the Solo buses, open the Fader page of the channel's Detail dialogue:

Touch the Solo A button (towards the top left) to open a submenu of options for Solo bus A;

Select None to have no feed to Solo bus A, Bus Default to set the bus default feed, PreFader to feed the bus pre-fader, or PostAll to feed the bus after the fader and any other channel elements which have been placed after the fader.

Now repeat the process for Solo B.

Solo Buses A and B default feed points can be adjusted in Menu > Setup > Options > User tab.

New paths will be created with both Solo Bus feed points set to the Bus Default.

Note: The fader's position in the channel processing order is defined in the Eyeconix Detail page (See Processing Order for details).

Solo Output Selection & Activation

The way in which the two Solo buses are routed to the three Solo outputs is defined using the buttons in the right half of the Solo area in the top right of the Master Tile:

Press the Solo Select A or B button to define which Solo bus' routes you are selecting.

Now press the Output Select 1, 2 and 3 buttons to make or unmake routes from that bus to each of the three Solo Outputs.

Press the Solo A or Solo B encoder to activate the outputs for that solo bus, and turn them to adjust their level. The encoder light will turn red when the solo bus is muted.

The same controls are available in the Main screen by touching the Solo bus level meter button on the right-hand side of the screen. This is accessible from any page of the Main screen.

Solo Output Routing

Solo channel outputs are routed in the usual way, using the Routing display accessed through the Solo channels' Detail Dialogue (Input/Routing page):

The headphone sockets under the arm rest are available for Solo listening:

The socket on the left side is hard-wired to Local I/O outputs A13 and A14 on the back of the console. Solo Channel 1's output is routed to these outputs in the SSL template showfiles.

The socket on the right side is hard-wired to Local I/O outputs A15 and A16. Solo Channel 2's output is routed to these outputs in the SSL template showfiles.

Solo Channel 3 has no default routing.

Note: You should avoid using an XLR output on the back of the console if you are also using the headphone socket which is hard-wired to it, as this will result in degraded audio performance. Note: See Tutorial: Routing for details of how to use the Route Out dialogue.

Solo Button Modes

By default, Solo buttons are inter-cancelling (also known as auto-cancelling or single solo mode) - pressing one will cancel all other Solo buttons. This can be turned on and off using the Additive Solo Mode buttons in the User Options page. When switched on, the Solo buttons will then become additive (when you press a second one, the first one stays active, and so on).

Solo In Place

The solo system can also operate in 'Solo In Place' (or SIP) mode, where the channel Solo buttons change function from sending that channel to the solo buses (standard operation), to listening to channels 'in place' of the main mix, by muting all other channels from the Master mix outputs (e.g. through the main PA). Since this is a 'destructive' operation, the Solo buttons become press & hold to turn on (but remain a short press to switch off). This mode is always additive, i.e. it is possible to SIP multiple channels simultaneously without each cancelling out the previous one.

Input Channels, Stems, Auxiliaries and Masters can all be soloed in SIP mode.

SIP mode is activated from the User Options page. See Setup: Console and User Options. SIP mode is indicated at the very top of the screen, towards the left-middle of the status bar with a flashing yellow 'S' icon when active.

SIP Isolate

Each path type listed above also has an SIP Isolate button, to prevent it from being muted when other channels are soloed in SIP mode. This can be useful to isolate effects channels or subgroups that you want to listen to in conjunction with the channel being soloed. SIP Isolate can be accessed from the Quick Controls by selecting the Fader Assign button in the Channel View and also from the Fader page of the Channel Detail dialogue.

Default Solo Source

Each of the three Solo output channels can be configured to receive a default input source when no other source is being soloed. This can be any source within the console; the main mix output, a lead vocal channel or a certain monitor mix etc.

The default solo source is independent for each Solo output channel. Use the Routing display accessed from the Route Default Input button on the right hand side of each Solo channel's Detail Dialogue (Input/Routing page):

Ensure that Default Input is selected in the Solo Source Select section of the Input/Routing Detail page.

If not in Broadcast Solo Mode (see below), the Solo Bus assigned to the Solo Channel will control the level of the default solo source in the Solo Channel, so level and mute control is available from the Solo Bus controls on the Master Tile. Deassigning both Solo Buses from the Solo Channel will mute the external input.

Note: If both Solo Buses are assigned to the same Solo Channel, both Solo Buses will control the level of the default solo source in parallel for that Solo Channel.

External Inputs

Similar to the Default Solo Source section described above, an additional six inputs may be injected into the Solo Channel for monitoring of mixes, program outputs etc.
Each external input can be routed using the Route External Inputs buttons to the right of the Solo Channel's Input/Routing Detail page.

Select Ext Input in the Solo Source Select section to the left of the same page, then use the Ext 1 - Ext 6 buttons above it to select which external input is being monitored. The LED bars will light green if the input has been routed to a source.

Select Sum Both to listen to the external input and default source together.

The External source selectors are also available on the Channel Control Tile small screen, in the Solo Channel's Fader TB section.

If not in Broadcast Solo Mode (see below), the Solo Bus assigned to the Solo Channel will control the level of the external input in the Solo Channel, so level and mute control is available from the Solo Bus controls on the Master Tile. Deassigning both Solo Buses from the Solo Channel will mute the external input.

Input Solo Priority

Input Solo Priority allows Channel Solos to temporarily override Stem and Aux solos.

When the user solos a Stem or Aux, followed by one or more channels, the bus Solo is temporarily overridden. When the channel Solos are cleared, the bus will be soloed again.

To turn on Input Solo Priority go to MENU > Setup > Options > USER tab. In the SOLO SETUP section to the left, tap Input Solo Priority to engage it.

Now press the SOLO button on a Stem or an Aux. The Stem/Aux's signal will be sent to the solo buses. The bus' SOLO button will turn yellow to indicate this.

Now press SOLO on a Channel. Only the Channel's signal will be sent to the solo buses. The Channel's SOLO button will turn yellow to indicate this. The Stem/Aux's SOLO button will turn orange to indicate that it was the most recently soloed bus.

Press the Channel's SOLO button again to un-solo it, and the Stem/Aux will be soloed again. The Stem/Aux's signal will go to the SOLO buses again and the Stem/Aux's SOLO button has turned yellow to indicate this.

Press the Stem Aux's SOLO button again to clear the Solo.

The Solo CLEAR button on the Master Tile can be used to clear solos in Input Solo Priority. When Input Solo Priority is engaged the CLEAR button will clear the most recent solo. So if a bus is soloed, then a Channel is soloed, the CLEAR button will need to be pressed twice to clear both solos.

Notes:
To use Input Solo Priority with Solo in Place , first solo the bus using the SOLO button on the Fader Tile. Now solo the channel using the SOLO buttons on the Main Screen in the Fader section of the Channel View or Detail View.

To turn off Input Solo Priority return to MENU > Setup > Options > USER tab and tap Input Solo Priority again to disengage it.

Follow Pan Options for Solo Sends

The Follow Pan Solo option controls whether signal that feeds the Solo Buses follows the pan of the path.

Notes:
Panning from SSL Live console paths can be configured for each send individually. For this reason, the panner is not part of the fader in the signal chain, and therefore sending to a Bus Post Fader does not also mean Post Pan.

To adjust the Follow Pan settings go to MENU > Setup > Options > USER tab.

In the SOLO SETUP section to the left are two buttons: Follow Pan: Pre Fader Sends and Follow Pan: Post Fader Sends.

Follow Pan: Pre Fader Sends affects all Pre Fader sends to the Solo Buses. Engaging Follow Pan: Pre Fader Sends means for Pre Fader sends to the Solo Buses, the path's main Pan will be followed. Disengaging Follow Pan: Pre Fader Sends means for Pre Fader sends to the Solo Buses, the path's main Pan will be ignored. The signal will be sent to the Solo Bus using the default Folddown settings. These are adjustable in MENU > Setup > Options > SYSTEM tab.

For example, Channel 1 is mono, and is feeding to Solo Bus A Pre Fader. Solo Bus A is sending to Solo Channel 1, which is stereo. Channel 1 is panned hard left. Engaging Follow Pan: Pre Fader Sends will mean the signal is sent to Solo Channel 1 hard left. Disengaging Follow Pan: Pre Fader Sends will mean the signal is sent to Solo Channel 1 centre.

Follow Pan: Post Fader Sends works in the same way as its Pre Fader equivalent. Engaging Follow Pan: Post Fader Sends means for Post Fader sends to the Solo Buses, the path's main Pan will be followed. Disengaging Follow Pan: Post Fader Sends means for Post Fader sends to the Solo Buses, the path's main Pan will be ignored. The signal will be sent to the Solo Bus using the default Folddown settings.

Broadcast Solo Mode

When activated (see Setup: Console and User Options), the functions of the Solo channels are reconfigured so that the outputs can be used as traditional monitor outputs feeding a mono, stereo, or 5.1 speaker setup according to the Solo Channel format.

The Solo Channel output level is controlled directly from the Solo Channel Fader, which becomes the main Monitor level control. The Solo A and Solo B controls on the Master Tile continue to trim the level of their respective Solo Buses when routed to a Solo Channel and a path Solo is active. However, the Solo A and B controls no longer affect the level of the default monitor source assigned to a Solo Channel and there is no requirement to route a Solo Bus to a Solo Channel in order to hear the default or external inputs.

A Solo Channel DIM function has been added, controlled by the Solo Channel's Solo button (labelled Solo/Dim on the Master Tile's Main Fader). Dim level can be set from 0 to -40dB, from the Solo Channel Fader section, either from the touch screen or the Channel Control Tile via the Fader TB button.

It is also possible to control the Dim remotely using the console's GPI ports. GPI 1, 3 and 5 will control the Dim for Solo Channels 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Similarly, GPI's 2, 4 and 6 will toggle the Mute for Solo Channels 1, 2, and 3 respectively.

If a separate solo speaker is in use, the main monitor feed can be dimmed when a path Solo is active using the Auto Dim function. This is also enabled from the Solo Channel Fader section.

The default configuration is for all paths to route Post All processing to Solo Bus A and Pre Fader to Solo Bus B. Solo Buses A and B feed Solo Outputs 1 and 2 respectively by default. So, for example, route Solo Channel 1 to a set of stereo Monitors and Solo Channel 2 to a dedicated 'PFL' speaker. The Default Input for Solo Channel 1 could be set to the main mix output. This would be overridden by soloing a path.

Engage the Auto Dim button in Solo Channel 1's Fader Detail page. This will automatically dim the output to the main Monitor outputs from Solo Channel 1 whenever a path is soloed to the 'PFL' output from Solo Channel 2 (fed from Solo Bus B).

Channel Component Solo Configuration (Misc Solo)

Some channel elements have their own solo functions, allowing you to hear, for example, the pre-trim input, or the key input of the compressor or gate.

The solo bus used for these solo signals is defined on a channel wide basis in the Eyeconix Detail dialogue, opened by double-tapping in the Eyeconix area at the base of the channel:


A dialogue similar to the below will appear:

Note:
The buttons down the left of the dialogue define which Detail page is displayed. If the Name, Eyeconix and Colour page isn't already selected, touch the channel Eyeconix area in the top left corner of the dialogue.
The Channel Scroller (near the top left corner) can be used to scroll the dialogue to a different channel.

Touch the Misc Solo: button on the right of the dialogue to open up a submenu of bus options;

Now select Solo A&B, Solo A, Solo B or None.

Effects Rack Solo Configuration

Some modules within the Effects Racks also have solo functions. The solo bus used for these solo signals is defined for each Rack, using the Misc Solo: buttons down the right side of the Effects screen:

Touch the Misc Solo: button for the appropriate Rack to open up a submenu of bus options;

Now select Solo A&B, Solo A, Solo B or None.

Useful Links:

Tutorial: Routing
Tutorial: Solos
Solo Operation
Solo Output Channels
Processing Order
Index and Glossary
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