MIDI and Desk Setup

MIDI and Desk Setup View

Desk Properties

Pan Law

Defines the global pan law for channels.

Options:

- Linear (Default).

- Cosine.



Meters Type

Defines meters visual response standard (ballistics).

Options:

- EBU Digital (Default).

- IEC PPM type I.

- IEC PPM type II.



Multi-Selection

Defines the behaviour for multi-channel selection.

If Apply to All is set, fader, mute, solo, PFL and phase reversal actions apply to all selected channels.

Options:

- Off (Default).

- Apply to All.

Note: faders increase/decrease is relative to the current position, all other functions are absolute.



Latency Display

Defines the global behaviour for latency displays.

Options:

- Plugin Latency (Default) - Shows the total plugin latency for that channel in samples.

- Compensation Delay - Shows the ADC added for that channel in samples.

Note: SoundDesk uses Automatic Delay Compensation or ADC to automatically correct latency introduced by plugins.



Mixer Latency

Defines the global behaviour for the mixer latency.

Options:

- Zero Latency (Default).

- Padded by Buffer Size.

Zero Latency desks are guaranteed to be synchronised by the Automatic Delay Compensation system at all stages.

Padded by Buffer Size desks will unlock the ability to send Auxs to other Auxs. This option no longer adds extra latency to other channels and automatically prevents feedback loops, but sequential Aux receivers can escape the Automatic Delay Compensation system, so audio is not guaranteed to be synchronised past the first Aux. We can still have synchronised audio, if all Aux receivers use, exclusively, latency-free plugins. This should be considered an advanced feature, and only be used when the consequences are clear.



MIDI Desk Control

SoundDesk can be controlled by a MIDI device connected to your computer.

Currently supported protocols:

- Mackie Control

- Mackie Control XT

- HUI

- Baby HUI/HUI XT

- CC (Controller Change messages only)


Note: for MIDI Instrument setup please see Channel Overview.



CC Map

After selecting CC as the protocol SoundDesk will let you change the assigned Controller Change message Numbers (hexadecimal or binary values need to be converted into decimals to be used in SoundDesk).

Functions like faders are assumed to be in series or banks of 8 channels, if we assign the CC Map -> Fader to 20, the first fader is 20, the second is 21 and so on. This is also true for Pan pots, Solo, Mute, PFL and Sel toggles.

Please refer to the controller manufacturer to find the device CC assigns.

Channel

Control+clicking (mouse right-click) over any CC message assign will show the channel options. By default, SoundDesk will listen to all channels and reply to the last received channel or the first channel if no message has been received yet. By selecting a channel SoundDesk will send and receive from that channel exclusively.

MIDI Learn

By pressing the MIDI Learn button, SoundDesk will enter learning mode until the MIDI Learn button is pressed again (the learning state is indicated by the red colour on the button). While in learning mode, we can select a message box (for example Fader) and then move the first fader of the controller, SoundDesk will learn the message and channel number for the first Faders and assume a bank of 8 from there.



I/O

SoundDesk supports up to 4 MIDI Surfaces for up to 32 real channels.

Each device can use its own protocol so devices can be mixed and matched. When available, extender (XT) protocols should be used for Extender devices to keep the setup efficient.

Devices should be set up from top-to-bottom, for a left-to-right device order.

Note: For single-device setups, users should always use the top-most I/O options.



Mackie Control Protocol

Modifiers

shift

Same as alt key.

option

Same as alt key.

control

Same as alt key.

alt

Alternative Key Option.

Utilities

save

Save menu option, Save as… menu option (save + alt).

undo

Undo menu option, Redo menu option (undo + alt).

cancel

-

enter

Pressing while one of the function keys is pressed, flips the bypass state for that insert (see Function Keys).

Transport

marker

-

nudge

-

cycle

-

drop

-

replace

-

click

Timekeeper Tap

solo

-

rewind

-

fastFwd

-

stop

-

play

-

record

-

up

Same as Up keyboard key.

down

Same as Down keyboard key.

left

Same as Left keyboard key.

right

Same as Right keyboard key.

zoom

-

scrub

-

Global View

midi tracks

Show Desk Timekeeper.

inputs

Main Desk Window to Front.

audio tracks

Show Global Audio Options.

audio instrument

Show Track Utilities for All.

aux

Show Track Aux Sends for All.

busses

-

outputs

Main Desk Window to Front.

user

Show Desk and MIDI Options.

Automation

read/off

-

write

-

trim

-

touch

-

latch

-

group

-

VPot Assign

track

Assign Input Gain (if available).

send

Assign and cycle through Aux Send banks.

pan/surround

Assign Pan.

plug-in

-

eq

-

instrument

-

Channel

rec

Track PFL Toggle.

solo

Track Solo Toggle.

mute

Track Mute Toggle.

sel

Track Select.

touch

Track Fader Touch.

pan

Track Pan/Bal.

fader

Track Fader.

master

Master Fader (with Link).

Function Keys

F1

Bring Plugin Window (1) to the front for the Selected track.

F2

Bring Plugin Window (2) to the front for the Selected track.

F3

Bring Plugin Window (3) to the front for the Selected track.

F4

Bring Plugin Window (4) to the front for the Selected track.

F5

Bring Plugin Window (5) to the front for the Selected track.

F6

Bring Plugin Window (6) to the front for the Selected track.

F7

Bring Plugin Window (7) to the front for the Selected track.

F8

Bring Plugin Window (8) to the front for the Selected track.

Note: functions followed by - are currently not in use.



HUI Protocol

Keyboard and Shortcuts

shift

Same as alt key.

option

Same as alt key.

control

Same as alt key.

alt

Alternative Key Option.

save

Save menu option, Save as… menu option (save + alt).

undo

Undo menu option, Redo menu option (undo + alt).

editmode

-

edittool

-

Edit

capture

Creates a New Recording Window.

separate

-

cut

-

copy

-

paste

-

delete

Same as Delete menu option.

Locate Numerics

0

-

1

-

4

-

2

-

5

-

.

-

3

-

6

-

enter

Pressing while one of the function keys is pressed, flips the bypass state for that insert (see Function Keys).

+

-

7

-

8

-

9

-

-

-

clr

-

=

-

/

-

*

-

Transport

audition

-

pre

-

in

-

out

-

post

-

rtz

-

end

-

on line

-

loop

-

click punch

Timekeeper Tap

talkback

-

rewind

-

fast fwd

-

stop

-

play

-

record

-

down

Same as Down keyboard key.

left

Same as Left keyboard key.

mode

-

right

Same as Right keyboard key.

up

Same as Up keyboard key.

scrub

-

shuttle

-

Window

mix

Main Desk Window to Front.

edit

Show Desk and MIDI Options.

transport

Show Desk Timekeeper.

memlock

Show Track Aux Sends for All.

status

Show Global Audio Options.

alt

Show Track Utilities for All.

Automation

plug in

-

pan

-

fader

-

send mute

-

send

-

mute

-

read

-

write

-

trim

-

touch

-

latch

-

off

-

Status Group

phase

-

monitor

-

auto

-

suspend

-

create

-

group

-

Assign

send a

Assign Aux Send bank A.

send b

Assign Aux Send bank B (if available).

send c

Assign Aux Send bank C (if available).

send d

Assign Aux Send bank D (if available).

send e

Assign Aux Send bank E (if available).

pan

Assign Pan.

input

-

output

-

rec all

-

bypass

-

mute

-

shift

Assign Input Gain (if available).

suspend

-

default

-

assign

-

Channel

rec

Track PFL Toggle.

solo

Track Solo Toggle.

mute

Track Mute Toggle.

sel

Track Select.

touch

Track Fader Touch.

insert

Opens Inserts for editing.

v_sel

Desk Select List Add/Remove.

auto

-

pan

Track Pan/Bal.

fader

Track Fader.

Function Keys

F1

Bring Plugin Window (1) to the front for the Selected track.

F2

Bring Plugin Window (2) to the front for the Selected track.

F3

Bring Plugin Window (3) to the front for the Selected track.

F4

Bring Plugin Window (4) to the front for the Selected track.

F5

Bring Plugin Window (5) to the front for the Selected track.

F6

Bring Plugin Window (6) to the front for the Selected track.

F7

Bring Plugin Window (7) to the front for the Selected track.

F8

Bring Plugin Window (8) to the front for the Selected track.

Note: functions followed by - are currently not in use.





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