Calrec SIGMA Operator's Manual

Manual is about: Digital Broadcast Production Console with Bluefin HDSP

Summary of SIGMA

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    Sigma operator manual v2.8 calrec.Com putting sound in the picture digital broadcast production console with bluefin hdsp.

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    Calrec audio ltd nutclough mill hebden bridge west yorkshire england uk hx7 8ez tel +44 (0)1422 842159 fax +44 (0)1422 845244 email [email protected] calrec.Com no part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying ...

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    Sigma contents important information 4 health and safety 5 technical support 6 overview 7 introduction 8 principal features 9 system specification 10 layering and assignable control 11 paths and ports 12 signal paths 13 inputs and outputs 14 getting started 15 touch screen layout 16 error messages (...

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    4 sigma with bluefin after sales modifications please be aware that any modifications other than those made or approved by calrec audio limited or their agents, may invalidate the console’s warranty. This includes changes to cabling provided by calrec and variations to the recommended installation a...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 5 please observe the following: this equipment must be earthed • only suitably trained personnel should • service this equipment please read and take note of all • warning and informative labels before starting any servicing • operation, equipment must be isolated...

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    Technical support 6 sigma with bluefin should you require any technical assistance with your calrec product then please contact your local distributor, if outside the u.K. And ireland. For a list of worldwide distributors please see the calrec web site at www.Calrec.Com or contact calrec uk. For tec...

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    Overview calrec.Com putting sound in the picture sigma.

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    8 sigma with bluefin sigma is calrec’s second all digital production console designed for the most critical broadcast production and on-air applications. Based on the well established alpha digital system architecture, sigma provides comprehensive features and functionality with sophisticated failur...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 9 principal features channel / group facilities up to 320 mono equivalent • channels: 108 stereo channels plus 104 mono channels. Up to 52 full 5.1 surround • channels allocated from available channel resource. 8 x 5.1 surround, stereo or • mono audio groups. All ...

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    10 sigma with bluefin analog input for 0dbfs can be pre-set globally to +28, +24, +22, +20, +18 or +15 dbu pre-fader headroom on analog inputs is adjustable globally from +24 to +36db in 2db steps analog output for 0dbfs matches input setting into >1kohms (+24dbu max into 600 ohms) the system can be...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 11 layering each fader can control two independent audio signal paths, named a and b. These signal paths can be either channels or groups, although for easy reference, the faders are simply known as channel faders. B signal paths are fully equipped with all the sa...

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    12 sigma with bluefin paths and ports paths and ports on an analog desk, the channel inputs are physical connections to the channel module or card. They are fixed. Channel 1’s input is always channel 1’s input (even though it may be possible to control channel 1 from a different fader). Every channe...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 13 the system can have 320 equivalent channels: up to 108 stereo plus 104 mono channels. Up to 52 5.1 surround channels can be created, each of these will use the resources of 2 stereo and 2 mono channels. The 8 groups can each be designated as mono, stereo or ful...

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    14 sigma with bluefin (0759-52) the largest system (in terms of i/o) would have 8 wab cards and 2 aes cards. If one wab card is reserved as a redundant hot spare, this system would have 896 mono i/o on wab interfaces, plus 32 stereo aes i/o. If all wab i/o was aes through a hydra network, the system...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 15 getting started as a safety measure, ensure that all faders are minimised, and the control room level control is no more than half way up. Check that the basic system ports have been set up and the control room monitor speakers are connected to the appropriate ...

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    16 sigma with bluefin touch screen layout the system is designed to minimise the need for the operator to use the screen once the console has been preset. A logical user interface provides easy and quick access to the functions and information on the touch screen. Failure of the screen’s computer ha...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 17 the awacs button at the bottom of the screen will flash to alert the user that a message has been reported. Selection of this button will open the awacs page, where messages can be viewed. Selecting a message will reveal a more detailed description. Message his...

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    Fader area calrec.Com putting sound in the picture sigma.

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    20 sigma with bluefin channel and group paths are controlled by the channel faders. Any fader can control any channel or group path. Main output paths have their own dedicated faders in the main outputs section. Style 1 faders if your console uses style 1 faders please refer to appendix a. Style 1 f...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 21 above the channel fader section, there are a set of indicative leds and a set of user-definable rotary controls (wild controls) for each fader path. A set of leds provide good visual feedback of : routing to groups and mains • the currently selected input type ...

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    22 sigma with bluefin the assignable fader is positioned towards the centre of the console, in the optimum listening position, and works in parallel with the currently assigned channel or group fader. Alternatively, lock fader allows it to be fixed to a specific path. The assignable fader can follow...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 23 vca grouping vca groups allow the audio level, cut, afl and pfl functions of several slave faders to be controlled from one master fader. A vca group is made or edited by holding down the assign button (a or b) of the fader to be master and pressing the assign ...

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    24 sigma with bluefin this feature allows the user to automatically fade channel and group faders in or out under the control of an external signal. Cross-fades may be achieved by driving two or more optos with one fader being faded out while a second fader is being faded in. Assigning auto-faders t...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 25 fade in/out times the fade in and out times of each auto-fader are individually adjustable either by typing a value in the relevant cell in the fade in/out columns, or by using the nudge buttons. The range for both parameters are 10 ms to 5secs, as follows: 10m...

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    26 sigma with bluefin layer locking each fader can be locked to always display either its a or b layer. When a fader is locked to an a or b layer, the unwanted a or b layer button is disabled and the fader is isolated from any all a or all b switching. Enabling layer locking to enable layer locking ...

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    5.1 surround calrec.Com putting sound in the picture sigma.

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    28 sigma with bluefin 5.1 surround channels provide the ability to control a discrete 5.1 source as a single channel. The system can have up to 52 surround channels. A surround channel consists of a surround master and the paths which are used to construct it. Creating a surround channel the surroun...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 29 mic open system when a port, which is assigned to a mic open buss (on the options - port lists screens), is patched to a surround spill leg, the mic open circuit will operate when that surround spill leg is faded up and routed to the program output. The system ...

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    30 sigma with bluefin user - spill assign screen this screen provides alternative selection controls for the surround channels, groups or mains and their individual spill paths. Spill independence screen independence can also be activated for the spill paths of each surround channel using the user-s...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 31 dynamics linking there are 2 desk wide user dynamic link busses. Each surround channel or group has its own dynamic link bus. When a surround channel is created the surround master and all its spills except the lfe are associated with the surround channel’s dyn...

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    Input and output controls calrec.Com putting sound in the picture sigma.

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    34 sigma with bluefin the i/o matrix provides a set of input and output controls. It allows ports to be assigned to channel inputs and channel and group direct outputs. It allows path type selection and path operations to be carried out. Inserts can be ssigned to channels and groups using these cont...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 35 direct outputs ports can be connected to channel and group direct outputs, first by selecting port1 or port2, and using the rotary control and on button to choose and select ports. (two ports can be connected to each direct output). When scrolling through the l...

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    36 sigma with bluefin the input controls on this panel allow separate settings for the two channel inputs; and gain and on/off for the group and main direct inputs. Input settings gain adjustment balance control width control inserts direct output and mix minus stereo and surround panning input sele...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 37 >> lb rb ol / / or 2 48l 48r tone m/s in eq pre eq pre bus tone tb mix minus in in gain input selection stereo width front/back pan rear pan divergence front pan balance direct output surround sound in in rear level 1 lfe l-c-r on input insert fdr pre fdr pre i...

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    38 sigma with bluefin >> lb rb ol / / or 2 48l 48r tone m/s in eq pre eq pre bus tone tb mix minus in in gain input selection stereo width front/back pan rear pan divergence front pan balance direct output surround sound in in rear level 1 lfe l-c-r on input insert fdr pre fdr pre input py4885 outpu...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 39 wi5567 desc joystick > in front divergence fader divergence front/back pan in freeze l-r pan in l-c-r freeze fdr19a judy l 4 r ss st gp lock null snap to audio rear level in disengage joystick touch active controls overrides rear pan/level the motorized joystic...

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    These controls allow specific amounts of delay to be applied to the currently assigned channel path. 256 mono legs of delay are available for inputs and 128 mono legs are available for outputs, each providing up to 2.73 seconds of delay. Stereo paths use two legs, and surround paths use 6 legs. Dela...

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    Channel functions calrec.Com putting sound in the picture sigma.

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    42 sigma with bluefin this screen provides controls for channel functions, some of which are available on the control surface. The right side of the screen shows the fader paths a and b. To make changes, select the required fader path either from the screen or by pressing its fader assign button, an...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 43 wild control assignment the wild controls above each fader are assigned from this screen. All the assign panel rotary controls incorporate a switch which is operated by pushing the control. These switches are used to assign the control to a wild control as foll...

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    44 sigma with bluefin the equaliser section of the module controls eq and filters on the channels, groups and main outputs. As console processing is not pooled, eq can be assigned to every path, without fear of running out. Once a channel has been selected by pressing its assign button (a or b), its...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 45 the dynamics controls adjust the compressor and expander or gate on channels and groups, and the compressor and expander on main outputs. As console processing is not pooled, dynamics can be assigned to every path, without fear of running out. Once a channel ha...

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    46 sigma with bluefin nine sections of a channel or all together can be copied to another channel or channels using the user- copy screen. First select the fader path you wish to copy, by pressing its fader assign button. Select the controls you want to copy, using the selection buttons i/ps, eq, fl...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 47 condition switching there are three modes which the system can be in: transmit (tx or on air), rehearse, or neither. These are controlled from the on air and reh buttons or from external inputs set up on the gpi screen. The options-tx reh screen allows the cond...

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    The console function buttons provide an easy way of changing channel or global console settings. These buttons flash when pressed and require the exec button to be pressed before the operation is carried out. It is recommended that settings are saved to memory before these functions are used. Channe...

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    Busses calrec.Com putting sound in the picture sigma.

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    50 sigma with bluefin routing buttons routes to tracks, groups or main outputs for the currently assigned path can be made or removed by pressing the numbered buttons in the routing section. In addition to the indicative leds on the fader’s channel control section the button led will light to indica...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 51 panels-route screen this screen provides alternative controls for the routing, in addition to those on the control surface. In addition, the user can choose whether to control the routing of the currently assigned fader path, or to select a different fader, kno...

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    52 sigma with bluefin routing matrix this screen allows whole channels or individual spill paths of surround channels to be routed to mains, groups, tracks and auxiliaries, using a selection table. Allocations to the mix minus bus, dynamics link busses and side chain independence can also be made he...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 53 like channel and group faders, the main fader design is dual path. Sub- mains 1 and 2 are incorporated under mains 1 and 2 on a second layer of control. The assign buttons (m1, m2, s1, s2) call the path to the assign panels to allow: routing (of one main to ano...

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    54 sigma with bluefin the user-busses screen allows the width of the main, group and auxiliary busses to be defined. Mains each main and sub-main output can be set to be stereo or surround here. Groups group busses can be selected to be mono, stereo or 5.1 surround. Stereo channels feed a mix of lef...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 55 there are 20 mono auxiliary output busses, which can be paired up to be used as stereo auxiliary output busses. Auxiliary busses are pre-set to be mono or stereo on the user-busses screen. The displays above each rotary control show what is being controlled (e....

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    56 sigma with bluefin talkback is available to all auxes, all main and sub-main outputs, 6 external sources (via gpo switching), all tracks, and studio. In addition, the master button operates all the tb buttons preselected by the master presel button. The gain control sets the level of the tb mic. ...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 57 this screen provides controls for the oscillator. Frequency the frequency of the tone can be adjusted from 20hz to 20khz in in incremental steps using the nudge buttons, or set to 1khz using the 1k button. Alternatively, the sweep button will set the oscillator...

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    Memories calrec.Com putting sound in the picture sigma.

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    60 sigma with bluefin 99 memories can be held in the flash rom for different console arrangements. In addition, the pc back-up can allow an unlimited number of memories, which are easily recalled into the flash rom. Memories can be stored to removable media, which can be useful when many different o...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 61 the memory setup screen duplicates the memory functions available on the control surface, and allows management of stored memories and stacks. The two memories either side of the selected memory will appear in the windows either side of the selected memory wind...

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    62 sigma with bluefin the isolate screen allows channel and group settings to be isolated from memory recall. This means their current settings will not be over-written when a memory is loaded. The right side of the screen shows all fader paths. Paths can be selected from here or by pressing the fad...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 63 the partial memory save option allows components of console settings to be saved in the same way as full console memories. Once partial memory save option is active, the save buttons on the screen and control surface are used to save partial memories in the sam...

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    Monitoring system calrec.Com putting sound in the picture sigma.

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    66 sigma with bluefin assignable monitoring & metering the assignable monitor panels offer a high degree of flexibility and user- definability. Each monitor output can select the source to monitor from the available sources, independently of the other monitor outputs. If your console has the traditi...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 67 monitor panel setup both main and small ls can be stereo, 3 stereo, or 5.1 independently. Dim, cut and solo operate on both sets of loudspeakers. Dim and cut can be externally operated. Dim can be controlled from the tb if it is set to do so using condition swi...

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    68 sigma with bluefin once the user has the assignable monitor panels set up as desired, the monitor configuration can be given a name and saved to the pc’s hard disk, so that it can be recalled at a later date. The name of the monitor configuration currently active on the control surface will be sh...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 69 my5403 monitor sel mute = cut bank a bank b bank c bank d bank e bank f bank g funct misc assignment selection type selection mute = dim cut dim cut l cut r stereo mono misc op1 l > l + r r > l + r surr main 1 meter 1 cr mon follow meter 2 surr main 2 meter 3 m...

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    70 sigma with bluefin the control room misc functions selection button allows listening modes to be applied to the control room monitor, and apfl functions to be set up. Mp5405 small ls level l r balance dim clear direct input change over stereo mono surr main 1 misc op5 stereo main 1 misc op6 pfl m...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 71 the decoders selection button allows any decoders which are installed to be controlled. Pressing this button allows the user to select a decoder, and gives access to decoder remote functions displayed on the monitor selections panel. Mp5405 small ls level l r b...

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    Metering system calrec.Com putting sound in the picture sigma.

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    74 sigma with bluefin high quality tft screen based meters can be incorporated into the console upstand either instead of or alongside moving coil or led bargraph style meters. The user can dynamically change the layout of the tft meters and their arrangement. The screen layout is configured such th...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 75 the setup screen allows the user to change global metering settings. Bar colours the user can select the colours to be used on the meters. The top/middle/ bottom colours for each signal can be selected independently. Select the signal from the list, then select...

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    76 sigma with bluefin adjusting tft screen layout the user can (with some rules) control the layout of the rows and columns on the tft screens. The numbered buttons on the options - meters - layout screen allow the meter panels to be selected for set-up. Upon selection of one of the numbered buttons...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 77 sources are allocated to tft, bargraph or moving coil meters in the same way. Select a meter position (its background will turn blue) and select change meter. A dialogue box will appear which allows the meter source to be chosen. Select the required source from...

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    78 sigma with bluefin in the example below, the tft meter screen has been split up into three rows. The top row has been split up into 12 meter positions to house the tracks, and the middle and bottom rows have been split up onto 8 meter positions across, to house the channel inputs for the a and b ...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 79 in the example below, the tft meter screen has been split up into two rows with 12 meter positions across each row. The top row takes up 1/3 of the height of the screen, and is occupied by tracks. The bottom row takes up 2/3 of the height of the screen, and is ...

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    80 sigma with bluefin in the example below, the tft meter screen has different row sizes on each half. In the first half, the top row houses graphs showing tracks in pairs and fours, allowing 12 tracks across half of the screen. The middle and bottom rows display channel inputs for a and b paths res...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 81 once the user has the meters set up as desired, the configuration can be saved to the pc’s hard disk, so that it can be recalled at a later date. A configuration consists of the values set on the setup screen and the layouts designed on the layout screen. The c...

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    On-screen patching calrec.Com putting sound in the picture sigma.

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    84 sigma with bluefin this screen allows patching of input sources to channel inputs, insert returns, direct inputs or to output ports. On the control surface, ports may also be assigned using the i/o matrix, but these screens provide an alternative set of controls. This screen shows the patching fo...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 85 the i/o - output screens allow patching of console output signals to main, auxiliary and track output ports, insert sends and direct outputs. It is also for setting up monitor, talkback, oscillator and external metering outputs. This screen shows the patching f...

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    86 sigma with bluefin the assignable insert sends are set up on the i/o - output screen, by selecting “assignable inserts” from the list of output views. The output ports for assignable insert sends can be patched, moved and removed here in the same way that buss outputs are patched. The input ports...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 87 the assignable insert returns are set up on the i/o - input screen, by selecting “assignable inserts” from the list of input views. The input sources for assignable insert returns can be patched, moved and removed here in the same way that channels inputs are p...

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    88 sigma with bluefin insert screen once the assignable insert sends and returns have been set up on the i/o - input and i/o - output screens, they can be patched here to channels and groups, in the same way that channel inputs are patched. The fader view buttons select which paths are on display. A...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 89 main insert sends the main insert sends are set up on the i/o - output screen, by selecting “main inserts” from the list of output views. The output ports for main insert sends can be patched, moved and removed here in the same way as buss outputs are patched. ...

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    90 sigma with bluefin main insert returns the main insert returns are set up on the i/o - input screen, by selecting “main inserts” from the list of input views. The input sources for main insert returns can be patched here in the same way that channel inputs are patched. >> lb rb ol / / or 2 48l 48...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 91 monitoring, talkback and oscillator outputs the output ports for the monitoring, talkback and oscillator outputs can be patched on the i/o - output screen, by selecting “mon/tb & osc” from the list of output views. Ls monitor insert the send ports for the ls mo...

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    92 sigma with bluefin external meter output ports the output ports for the direct outputs, can be patched on the i/o - output screen, by selecting “direct outputs” from the list of output views. Direct output ports the output ports for external meters, such as a dk phase scope, can be patched on the...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 93 input-output ports direct input ports input ports can be patched directly to output ports on the i/o - input screen, by selecting “outputs” from the list of input views. Input ports can be patched to direct inputs on the i/o - input screen, by selecting “direct...

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    94 sigma with bluefin input usage screen the input usage screen shows a summary of all input port connections. Fader, insert, direct input and output allocations are shown for each input port, along with any long description entered for the port during the set up of the console, or on the options - ...

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    Port list management calrec.Com putting sound in the picture sigma.

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    96 sigma with bluefin port list allocation all of the available input and output ports can be grouped into lists using the options - ports lists screens. These lists are then available on the i/o screens and can be made available on the control surface port selection controls. Lists and their settin...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 97 port list order once lists are set up, they can be viewed on the port order screen. Lists are selected using the selection buttons on the right of the screen. The “more lists” button gives access to lists which have been set up on different “views” on the optio...

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    98 sigma with bluefin sorting and managing port lists this screen allows a number of list views to be created. List views allow the user to change the order the lists appear on the port selection controls and i/o patching screens, and control the accessibility of the lists. “create new view” and “re...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 99 saving and restoring lists once the user has the lists set up as desired, the configuration can be saved to the pc’s hard disk, so that it can be recalled at a later date. The currently active configuration will be shown at the top of the screen, and the config...

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    Engineering information calrec.Com putting sound in the picture sigma.

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    102 sigma with bluefin the tech screens are for the studio technician and calrec support engineers to diagnose problems, access system information such as lists and rack card configuration, save the default studio memory and enter password protected modes. The tech-user mode screen allows the studio...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 103 operational modes the console can be in one of three modes, “user”, “technician” and “supervisor”. Operation of certain screen functions is only available in “technician” or “supervisor” mode. These modes are password protected to add an extra layer of securit...

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    104 sigma with bluefin the options - misc screen allows console functions to be enabled. Mic input headroom this is the headroom available above the input gain setting, up to the channel fader. For example, if the input gain is set to 40 db and the mic input headroom to 36 db, the channel will handl...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 105 synchronization screen the system can be pre-set with up to five external sync sources, plus internal, such that if the 1st source fails, it will automatically switch to the 2nd, and so on. One of the external sources can be video, (pal or ntsc). Ttl wordclock...

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    106 sigma with bluefin talkback and tone inputs the input sources for talkback and reverse talkback are patched on this screen. The ports for the mono, stereo or 5.1 surround external tone inputs for use with the oscillator can also be patched here. (1) source lists talkback and tone input ports can...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 107 external monitor inputs the input sources for external monitor inputs can be patched here in the same way that channel inputs are patched. Return ports for the ls monitor insert are also patched here. The send ports are patched on the i/o - outputs - mon tb & ...

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    108 sigma with bluefin external meter inputs the input sources for external meters can be patched here in the same way that channel inputs are patched. There can be up to 64 external meter inputs, which are mono, stereo or 5.1 surround. External input ports are selected from the available lists on t...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 109 the states screen allows different console behaviours to be enabled and disabled. The options are in two groups. Those in the left column (‘stored in the live/hidden memory’) remain are not affected by the console memory system. The one in the right column wil...

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    110 sigma with bluefin condition switching this screen provides a mechanism for the system’s condition switching to be set up. There are three modes which the system can be in: transmit (tx or on air), rehearse, or neither. These are controlled from the on air and reh buttons on the broadcast facili...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 111 general purpose outputs screen up to 16 relay isolated outputs are available on each gpio card in the system. Please note that on relay/ opto card 1, relays 1 - 4 are not available, as they are used for tx, reh, psu fail and apfl facilities. The gpo screen all...

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    112 sigma with bluefin general purpose inputs up to 8 opto isolated inputs are available on each gpio card in the system. The gpi screen allows the general purpose inputs to be set up. “misc functions”, “channel cut” or “auto fade” each opto-isolated general purpose input can be assigned to up to 10...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 113 the serial port supports the following serial interfaces: cue director • nexus router • tsi image video 1000 • ross video (synergy 2 & 3) • serial port setup and label associations are made using the options-serial i/f screens. Serial port settings screen the ...

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    114 sigma with bluefin some routers incorporate a label interface which is used for the transmission of source (input) and destination (output) descriptions between itself and other equipment. When an audio signal from a router is connected to the console, its associated label is transmitted to the ...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 115 the serial i/f - router labels associations screen allows each of the defined labels to be associated with one of the console’s input ports. The input ports are shown down the left hand side of the screen, and the router labels are shown along the bottom of th...

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    116 sigma with bluefin the rack mounted madi unit contains two independent, aes10 madi compatible interfaces. The two ports are interfaced to the console via a wide area bulk (wab) card, which occupies one of the aes/bulk card slots in the processing rack. Each madi interface can operate in either 5...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 117 pc information remote access usb connectors are provided on both the front and rear of the pc for the option to add an external modem of your choice. If a modem is added, and a suitable telephone line installed, the console can be remotely accessed by calrec s...

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    118 sigma with bluefin 118 sigma with bluefin filename description c:\sigma\cust1\config.Ini this file should only be altered by an approved calrec engineer using a specifically designed application. The file can be copied but any unauthorised changes made will render it inoperable, including changi...

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    Calrec.Com sigma putting sound in the picture hydra audio networking.

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    120 sigma with bluefin gigabit ethernet is founded on key principles of preceding ethernet technologies and provides a data rate of 1000 mbps over copper or optical fiber. Audio and control data is transferred using the ethernet frame format over switched media in a network constructed from standard...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 121 the above diagram shows 4 control rooms, each with a calrec digital console. The gigabit interface unit for each console transmits and receives audio data to and from the hydra i/o boxes, via a gigabit switch located in the equipment room. The console racks an...

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    122 sigma with bluefin power fault hp procurve switch 4104gl 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 power fault hp procurve switch 4104gl 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 console 1 connection from wab 1 connection from wab 2 console’s pc gigabit switch 1 gigabit switch 2 console 2 connection from wab 1 connection from wab ...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 123 these robust, self-contained boxes can provide audio input and output facilities for use in areas such as: equipment room rack • studio wall box • studio gantry / lighting grid • control room rack • outside broadcast truck • outside broadcast flight case • var...

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    124 sigma with bluefin power and redundancy the units are mains powered and have two internal power supply units, providing psu redundancy. As standard, one iec input connector is fitted to power both internal psus. Versions of each unit (with the ‘p’ suffix after the unit number, for example ad5600...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 125 sdi boxes 4 sdi in & pass through with optional dolby decoders (vi5699) 8 sdi in & pass through (vi5698) 8 sdi in & pass through (vi5698, note the extra iec inlet) calrec sdi de-embedders are available in four and eight way versions, each sdi stream providing ...

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    126 sigma with bluefin modular hydra i/o boxes allow a user-configurable set of analog and digital i/o to be connected via the networking system to one or more calrec digital consoles. Modular structure there are 14 modular slots across the width of the unit, labelled a to n. Input, output, processo...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 127 rack-mounted ac psu a 2u rack-mounted power supply unit is available to provide the dc power for the modular hydra i/o box. This holds up to four identical ac plug-in psu modules. One module will provide power for a fully populated modular hydra i/o box, with ...

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    128 sigma with bluefin this screen allows the user to manually setup the type of input and output modules occupying each slot in a modular hydra i/o box. Modular i/o box configuration in some situations, it may be necessary to re-configure modular hydra i/o boxes to meet the requirements of each pro...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 129 this screen allows the network to be configured. The window on the left side of the screen shows the devices available to the console. These devices will have been loaded via the conf i/o box screen. The window on the right side of the screen shows the devices...

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    130 sigma with bluefin this screen allows the user to view the hydra sources, their location and type. A similar screen is available to view the output ports. Hydra ports are always treated as pairs. They can be used for two mono signals, a stereo signal, or as part of a surround signal. Hydra port ...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 131 the device status screen provides an overview of the status of all devices configured on the network. Each device has a green indicator for its available ports, which will “heartbeat” (flash bright green) to indicate that the unit is running and can be reached...

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    132 sigma with bluefin once set up, hydra sources are selectable on the i/o screens just like local sources, and can then be patched to faders on the console in the same way. Please note that hydra inputs cannot be patched to hydra outputs, and hydra outputs ports cannot be isolated from memory reca...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 133 when a hydra port is patched, ownership of it is assigned to the console. The console is given control (ownership) over that source. Other consoles that subsequently connect the same source will not be able to control it. Source ownership there may be circumst...

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    134 sigma with bluefin sdi inputs where the surround channel on fader 25a carries signals decoded from three dolby e pairs and the stereo channel on fader 25b carries an ltrt version of the same signal. Each sdi input stream has the capacity to carry 16 mono legs of audio and these are configured as...

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    Calrec.Com sigma putting sound in the picture setup application.

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    136 sigma with bluefin setup application introduction the setup application allows the users to adjust and save various mixer settings. The changes made will affect all mixer memories. The settings of the setup application are saved on the mixer’s pc at c:\sigma\cust1\setup.Ini. This file must not b...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 137 pfl / afl buttons the options shown on the right allow the function of the pfl, track afl and direct output afl buttons to be adjusted. Using the pull down box the function can be changed between momentary, latching and auto. Auto allows the function of the bu...

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    138 sigma with bluefin assigned fader position the slider above allows the user to set the location of the assigned fader panel. The assigned fader panel (see picture on the right) duplicates the controls of the fader currently selected. The assigned fader panel is usually located near the centre of...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 139 back up drive the pc is fitted with a card reader and one of the card positions has a memory card fitted. The purpose of this memory card is to automatically backup the user files. These backups will allow for the pc to be more easily recovered, in the event o...

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    140 sigma with bluefin meters / levels operating levels the specification of operating levels varies with different broadcasters. The options below allow the user to set the mixer operating levels to their own specification. These settings should be correct, when the mixer is delivered. Analogue aud...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 141 calrec meters the parameters below allow the user to set the operating levels of calrec meters. The settings do not affect external meters, or internal meters which are not manufactured by calrec, such as dk and rtw. Calrec bargraphs have individual segments p...

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    142 sigma with bluefin control room the page to the right allows the user to set the required format of the main and small loudspeaker outputs. To change the settings, click on the grey box on the loudspeaker output. Then, using the option buttons at the bottom of the window, select the required lou...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 143 misc outputs the assignable monitoring system has six miscellaneous loudspeaker outputs. The functionality of each misc loudspeaker can be set using the monitoring/misc output page. To change the settings click on the relevant misc output and then use the butt...

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    144 sigma with bluefin meter selection as with the misc output page, the meter selection screen will only appear if the mixer is fitted with the assignable monitoring system. The assignable monitoring system has four meter selectors. Each meter selector can be labelled and displayed on the mixer con...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 145 inputs and outputs inputs the inputs page allows the user to label each input port, simply by click on the ‘user label’ column for each input port. Each label can be no longer than six characters and no labels can be repeated. A full description for each port ...

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    146 sigma with bluefin inserts the insert ports can be configured like the input and output ports using the page below. Also using the page below the inserts can be assigned to inserts lists. Lists allow ports to be grouped together by type, so ports can be more easily located. To move a port to a d...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 147 the monitoring of the main outputs can be the output of the mixer, or an external input. For example, a user may wish to monitor the output of the studio or even an off air receiver, as oppose to the mixer’s internal signal. The current settings can be changed...

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    148 sigma with bluefin.

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    Calrec.Com sigma putting sound in the picture programming utility.

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    150 sigma with bluefin programming utility the programming utility allows the user to program the mixer’s processors with software and new setups. It also has useful debugging features, which can be useful when fault finding. To use the programming utility, go the console pc. The programming utility...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 151 lost, in which case the processor card will need to be returned to calrec for repair. To verify the software of a processor card, select send hub s/w. Hub refers to a type of processor (un4873 or un5221) in the mixer. The hub processor is on a different unit t...

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    152 sigma with bluefin dsp rack 1 programming the rack processors - if you wish to transfer any files from the pc to the mixer’s processors, select ‘run kernel’. If a processor has successfully entered kernel mode, the following message, or one very similar, will be displayed in the text window on t...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 153 forcing a processor into kernel mode if after repeated attempts a processor will not enter kernel mode, please carry out the following, to force the card into kernel mode. You may need a colleague to assist you:- on the front edge of each processor 1. Card is ...

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    154 sigma with bluefin.

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    Calrec.Com sigma putting sound in the picture appendix a - offline editor.

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    156 sigma with bluefin the offline editor works by providing an emulation of the calrec console pc application on any other pc such as a laptop. To avoid confusion, this calrec supplied rack mounted pc will be referred to as ‘the console pc’ and the computer on which the offline application is to be...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 157 organising bundles once the installer and bundle are created, they can be copied to the laptop. If it is likely the laptop will be used for offline work with several different consoles, it is worth devising a logical ‘tree’ structure to make it simple to manag...

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    158 sigma with bluefin loading a desk into the laptop start the offline editor by double clicking on the desktop shortcut, or by going via the calrec offlineeditor program group. The first time the editor is run, no bundles will be listed. Once you have loaded bundles into the application, subsequen...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 159 saving offline changes when all the setting and configuration changes have been completed they need to be a saved into a bundle that can be loaded back into the console. When working on the console, some items such as meter settings are always saved to console...

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    160 sigma with bluefin loading a modified bundle on the console pc, go to the tech screen and the offline editor page which opens the now familiar ‘bundle operations’ screen. Browse for the modified bundle file using the ‘load a bundle from’ field. In many instances, the offline changes may all be s...

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    Calrec.Com sigma putting sound in the picture appendix b - style 1 faders.

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    162 sigma with bluefin channel and group faders (style 1) channel and group paths are controlled by the console’s channel faders. Each fader can control two independent audio signal paths. Any fader can control any channel or group path. If your console uses style 2 faders please refer to the descri...

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    Calrec.Com sigma putting sound in the picture appendix c - traditional style monitor panel.

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    164 sigma with bluefin selectors the monitor and meter selectors are used to select the source to monitor, and what to display on the meters. Selectors 1 and 2 are sub-selectors which feed the other selectors. All selector external inputs can be mono, stereo, or 5.1. Mono inputs are fed to the left ...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 165 decoder remotes the decoder remote buttons control whichever decoder is currently selected. (other decoders remain in their previously set state). The buttons are shown engraved for a dolby dp570. 4 buttons for alternate output modes • (all off indicates full ...

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    166 sigma with bluefin this screen is used to allocate monitor sources to the user-definable selection buttons on the traditional style monitor selector panel. Buttons can only be assigned when in technician or supervisor mode. This allows the system to be set up prior to operation, and protects aga...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 167 monitor ls set up the screen shows a representation of the monitor ls controls. The right side of the screen lists all the available monitor sources. Monitor sources are allocated to the assignable selection buttons as follows: select the button to which you w...

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    168 sigma with bluefin 168 sigma with bluefin if your console uses the traditional style monitor panels, there are the following additional controls available on the states screen: ls monitor insert (only visible when traditional style monitor panels are used) in addition to the monitor panel button...

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    Calrec.Com sigma putting sound in the picture appendix d - version changes.

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    170 sigma with bluefin please note that some version numbers are not generally released for all products, and are therefore not documented here. V1.16 included: new pc front end application, with new colour scheme, faster start up time, fader memory load time, multiple patching on i/o screens, repla...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 171 v1.23 included: introduction of new style assignable monitor panels. The type of monitor anel fitted must now be chosen in the configuration. The old and new style panels cannot be mixed in a console. The setup application is used to select:- the width, phanto...

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    172 sigma with bluefin outputs with the option to downmix the output to stereo instead. The mix-minus of a surround direct output is a true mix- minus of the whole surround channel or group. Pfl to mon and pfl from surround paths to small ls are surround, (pfl ls output is still stereo). An extra 12...

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    Calrec putting sound in the picture 173 clear many channels at the same time. This is implemented on the user-chan screen buttons on the options - misc screen set the functionality of the all a and all b buttons on the assignable fader when using a short press. If set to change layer, a short press ...

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