TaCo Tablet Control
The console can also be controlled wirelessly using the TaCo (Tablet Control) iPad and Android tablet app. The app can be limited to control an individual Aux mix for artists or unlocked to quickly and easily control all fader levels, sends and mutes as well as path processing parameters. Up to 10 tablets can be connected simultaneously for providing mix capabilities to each performer on stage (of which up to 2 tablets in Engineer Mode are supported).Please Note: A minimum of 5Mbps of wireless network bandwidth is required for each connected tablet running TaCo. If 10 tablets are connected, a minimum of 50Mbps of wireless network bandwidth will be required. SSL recommends: If TaCo is critical to your system, SSL recommends that a dedicated tablet is used to run TaCo and this tablet is not used for any other purpose.
Automatic updating of apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store should be turned off on this device to prevent TaCo from automatically updating when new versions become available. It is important to note that previous versions of console Control Software are incompatible with the latest version of TaCo. It is not possible to downgrade to a previous version of TaCo once the latest version has been installed.
Therefore, the TaCo app should only be updated once the console has been updated to the latest version of Control Software.
Installing and Updating the TaCo App
The TaCo app can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Just search for "SSL Live TaCo".SSL recommends: SSL recommends that automatic updating of apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store should be turned off on devices with TaCo installed to prevent TaCo from automatically updating when new versions become available. It is important to note that previous versions of console Control Software are incompatible with the latest version of TaCo. The TaCo app should only be updated once the console has been updated to the latest version of Control Software.
If automatic updating of apps has been disabled, the TaCo app will need to be updated manually from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
To check which version of TaCo is currently installed, open TaCo and check the version number in the bottom right corner.
The Description section of the TaCo app in the app stores describes which console software version is compatible with that version of TaCo.
Connecting TaCo to SSL Live
- Install the SSL Live TaCo app from the Apple/Android App Store onto your iPad or Android tablet.
- Connect the main console's Network port to a wireless router or access point.
- Connect the tablet to the wireless router/access point.
- If your wireless access point does not issue IP addresses to connected devices, ensure the IP address of the console's Connectivity network is in the same subnet as that of your tablet e.g. If the console's Connectivity IP address is 192.168.1.1, subnet mask 255.255.255.0, your tablet's IP address should be 192.168.1.[2-254], subnet mask 255.255.255.0. Adjust the Connectivity network settings in MENU > Setup > Options > NETWORK tab.
Open the TaCo app on the tablet. Any consoles detected on the network will be listed.
- On the console, set a console password in MENU > Setup > Options > REMOTE tab.
- Type the same password into the Password field in TaCo and tap Connect
- The Status area in TaCo will now display Awaiting authorisation.
On the main console, navigate back to the Remote tab (MENU > Setup > Options > REMOTE tab)
and locate the device in the Tablet Controllers area that is awaiting authorisation. Press Awaiting authorisation and select one of the options presented.
- Accept as Engineer will provide control of all fader levels, mute status, path processing and send levels to buses.
- Use the Accept with button to select a specific Aux. TaCo will be limited to control of the selected Aux mix (e.g. for giving to a performer to control their own mix).
- The Recent button provides a list of Auxes that have been connected to most recently.
- 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 accepted, the console and tablet connection areas should now show Connected.
To disconnect, on the console go to MENU > Setup > Options > REMOTE tab and press the Connected OK button and select Disconnect, or tap Disconnect in TaCo's Setup page.
In Engineer Mode TaCo has remote control over the following console parameters:
- Fader levels
- Mute status
- Input Controls (eg. Gain, +48V, Digital Trim etc)
- Path EQ and Filter parameters
- Path Compressor and Gate parameters
- Path Delay and All Pass Filter parameters
- Stems assignments and send levels
- Aux assignments and send levels
- Master assignements
- Mute Group assignments
- VCA assignments
- Effects Rack Unit parameters
Up to 2 tablets in Engineer Mode are supported.
In Engineer Mode TaCo has two modes: Faders and Controls.
To access the Faders page tap MENU > FADERS.
In this page, you can now remotely control the console's path fader levels and mute statuses from the tablet. Simply tap and drag on the fader in TaCo to adjust.
A maximum of 12 faders are displayed at any time, to match the console's fader tiles. When TaCo is first connected to a console, TaCo's banks and layers are System Layers (ie listed in Path order).
In TaCo, the banks are displayed to the right. Tap on a bank to bring it to the screen.
Above the bank buttons there is an up and a down arrow. Tap on these to cycle through the layers.
Tap Layers to open the navigation window. Overview shows all the banks available in System Layers, and Layers shows the banks laid out in User Layers as they are on the console. Tapping on a bank within a User Layer will bring that Tile's User Layers to the main screen.
To remote control send levels to Stems and Auxes, tap MIXES.
All Stems and Auxes on the console are now displayed at the top of the screen. Tap a Stem or an Aux to adjust send levels to that bus. Swipe left of right at the top of the screen to switch between viewing Stems or Auxes.
Paths can be displayed in two different ways, Compressed Query or Expanded Query. These modes behave in the same way as the Query modes on the console. To choose Compressed Query or Expanded Query, go to MENU > SETUP. The Query modes are listed at the bottom of the page.
Tap MIXES again to exit the mix view and return to controlling the main fader levels for all paths.
To access the path controls in TaCo, tap MENU > CONTROLS.
On the console, SELECT the path you wish to manipulate. This path will now display on the tablet. The path name, colour, number and format is displayed in the top left corner. To view a different path use the arrow keys below the path name to cycle through paths in path order. Or SELECT a different path on the console.
On the tablet at the top (when in portrait) or to the left (when in landscape) select which parameters to view. The options are:
- INPUT - All Input parameters including analogue gain and digital trim
- DELAY/ALL PASS - Delay control and All Pass Filter
- EQ - Equaliser and Filters
- DYN - Dynamics section including Compressor and Gate
- PAN - Panning
- STEMS - Stem assignment and send levels
- AUX - Aux assignment and send levels
- MAST - Master assignment
- MG/VCA - Mute Group and VCA assignment
- INS A - Effects Unit inserted on Insert A
- INS B - Effects Unit inserted on Insert B
Tapping any of these buttons will display the parameters for each section.
Path processing is laid out with a graphic in the centre of the screen, surrounded by sliders for each parameter. Each Effects Unit from the Effects Rack has its own visuals and controls.
Parameters can be adjusted by tapping and dragging the points on the graphic, or by tapping and dragging the sliders around the sides.
EQ band Q controls and Dynamics Knee can be adjusted using the pinch gesture.
To switch path processing or inserts in/out, tap the corresponding IN button. These buttons are located below the page buttons at the top in portrait, or to the right of the page in landscape. Tap the IN button again to disengage and switch the processor out.
The path EQ and Dynamics processors and inserted Effects can also be viewed in full screen. To do this tap FULL SCREEN. Tap FULL SCREEN again to return to the normal view.
Locking TaCo to a Single Path
To lock TaCo to a specific path, first assign a path to the console's Focus Fader. To do this press and hold the CALL button by the Focus Fader and SELECT any path on the console. Press the CALL button again to confirm. Now lock the Focus Fader by double tapping on the CALL button and it will go green. Now go to MENU > Setup > Options > SURFACE tab. Engage Link Channel Control Tile. TaCo will now remain displaying the chosen path until the Focus Fader's path is changed.Please note:
On L500 Plus, L500 and L300 consoles with the Channel Control Tile fitted, TaCo and the Channel Control Tile always display the same path.
Some parameters, such as EQ band gain and Stem/Aux send level, can be reset to 0dB from TaCo. Parameters with this feature enabled have an arrow beside their gain value.
Tap on the gain value and a pop up will appear.
Tap Reset to 0dB and the gain of that parameter will be reset to unity.
Locking Sends to Buses
Send levels to buses can be locked to prevent accidental changes. To do this navigate to either the Stem or Aux pages. Engage the padlock to lock, and disengage to unlock.
The Screen Query option allows users to query a path from TaCo, and use all of the console's Fader Tiles to display the contributions.
Screen Query is part of Engineer Mode. Ensure that TaCo is authorised in Engineer Mode and go to MENU > QUERY.
Choose a path type using the CHAN, STEM, AUX, MAST, VCA buttons. Up to 36 paths can be displayed at one time. Tap the 1-36, 37-72, 73-108 etc buttons to view more paths.
TaCo utilises the same Query technology as the Live console, meaning only the channels turned on to the selected Aux are displayed.
Once the tablet is connected to the console, tap Awaiting Authorisaton and tap Accept with then choose the desired Aux to control.
On the tablet tap MENU > FADERS.
The tablet will list all paths contributing to the Aux, and provides control over send levels and Mute status to that specific Aux.
The tablet displays 12 paths at a time. For large lists, use the bank icons to the right to cycle through paths.
Aux Mode always displayed contributing Channels and Stems in Compressed Query mode.
There are display options for TaCo to help the user customise how paths are displayed. These settings are in MENU > SETUP.
At the bottom of the page are the following buttons:
- Compressed Query: Behaves the same as Compressed Query on the console (applicable to Mixes only).
- Expanded Query: Behaves the same as Expanded Query on the console (applicable to Mixes only, only available in Engineer Mode).
- Stems before Channels: Engage to list Stems before Channels when viewing Mix contributions (applicable to Mixes only).
- Left Justify Controls: To move the Menu to the left side of the screen.
Tap on any of these buttons to engage them. Tap again to disengage.
All TaCo pages work in either portrait or landscape. To switch between portrait and landscape simply tilt your tablet to a different orientation. (For this to work please ensure that you have not locked orientation in your tablet's settings).
An Auto-Reconnect feature automatically reconnect tablets with the console in the event of a disconnection.
Once a tablet has been authorised by the console once, if it loses its connection to the console and tries to reconnect within a 30-minute period of the disconnection, the tablet will automatically be reconnected to the console. The tablet will automatically receive the same authorisation as it had before the disconnection. So if the tablet was authorised to adjust sends to Aux 7 only and it loses connection, when it reconnects the tablet will automatically be re-authorised to Aux 7 only. The console operator can continue to mix during this process without needing to re-authorise tablets that lose connection.
Auto-Reconnect will also work if the tablet loses connection due to battery loss. When the tablet is plugged into power, and TaCo is reopened, the connection to the console will be automatically restored (providing this is within the 30 minute Auto-Reconnect period).
To check the connection status of a tablet go to MENU > Setup > Options > REMOTE tab.