X32 COMPACT: Scenes Screen

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The scenes screen allows setup for saving and recalling different memory scenes of the console. The comprehensive recallability of the console (including gain settings for the digitally controlled mic preamps) is one of the most powerful aspects of the console.

The scenes screen contains the following separate tabs:

Home: This screen contains a general overview of the scenes contained in the console, along with their custom names and what parameters are included in each scene.

MIDI: This screen allows the console to associate different scenes with incoming and outgoing MIDI messages, allowing the console’s scene changes to control or be controlled by external MIDI equipment.

Parameter Safe: This screen configures which console parameters are and are not saved/switched with the console scenes.

Channel Safe: This screen configures which console channels are and are not changed when a console scene change occurs.


Scenes Screen: Home Tab

The scenes screen’s home tab shows a general overview of the scenes that have been configured in the console, along with their custom names and what parameters are included in each scene.

For a setting where scenes are used heavily and are very critical (such as a theater performance), this would be a good screen to leave on at all times so that the console operator can be completely sure, at all times, what scene the console currently resides on and what scene will come up next when the “Go” button is pressed.

To adjust the various settings on the home tab, perform the following steps:

1. Rotate the 1st encoder to scroll among the available scenes in the scenes list, which is displayed on the left side of the color screen.

2. Tap the 1st encoder to “go” to the currently selected scene in the list, switching the console to the state it was in when that scene was stored

3. Rotate the 2nd encoder to select a scene in the list to be “skipped” when cycling through scenes using the Prev and Next buttons.

4. Tap the 2nd encoder to complete the “skip” command on the currently selected scene. That scene will now be skipped when scrolling through the list.

5. Rotate the 3rd encoder to scroll back through recent changes.

6. Tap the 3rd encoder to undo the recent change.

7. Rotate the 4th encoder to select a slot to save a new scene.

8. Tap the 4th encoder to complete the save operation. The console’s current state will be overwritten on the scene number that was selected with the encoder.

9. Rotate the 6th encoder to select which aspects of the console’s routing are made “safe” from a scene change, and will be unaffected by any scene changes that occur. Routing choices that can be safed include:

  • Routing
  • Output Patch
  • Mic Preamp Gain (HA, short for head-amplifier)
  • Configuration
  • Channel Processing
  • Mix Buses
  • Effects
  • Talkback

10. Tap the 6th encoder to select any of the above choices as the encoder rotation is used to select them. Multiple categories can be selected at the same time.


Scenes Screen: MIDI Tab This MIDI tab of the scenes screen allows the console to associate different scenes with outgoing MIDI messages, allowing the console’s scene changes to control by external MIDI equipment.

For instance, the user could configure the console to issue a MIDI program change message as each new scene is recalled, with the outgoing MIDI message triggering a new scene of a MIDI-equipped lighting controller.

Note - Scenes can be recalled via MIDI using simple Program Change 1-100 commands, provided that MIDI Scene Recall is generally enabled on the Setup/Remote page. To adjust the various settings on the MIDI tab, perform the following steps:

1. Rotate the 1st encoder to select a scene to edit.

2. Tap the 2nd encoder to “safe” the console from any incoming MIDI messages, preventing the console from switching scenes in response to MIDI data.

3. Rotate the 3rd encoder to select what type of MIDI event is transmitted by the console when a scene change is issued. The choices include:

  • Off (No MIDI event)
  • MIDI program change
  • MIDI control change
  • Note

4. Encoders 4, 5 and 6 adjust the channel, number, and velocity (if applicable).

The color screen displays the MIDI data associated with the currently selected scene.


Scenes Screen: Parameter Safe Tab

The scenes screen’s “parameter safe” tab configures which console parameters are and are not saved/switched with the console scenes. This is very useful when the operator has certain parameters that they wish to remain in control of, and would never want to have altered during a scene change, for example, the mic pre gains on the input channels.

To adjust the various settings on the Parameter Safe tab, perform the following steps:

1. Rotate any of the first 4 encoders to navigate among the checkboxes in the color screen, which represent various console areas that can be isolated from scene changes.

2. Tap any of the first 4 encoders to select the console areas that have been selected with the encoders. In each of the four columns, multiple console areas can be selected and isolated from scene changes. The following areas of the console can be isolated from scene changes, and are divided up into 4 columns on the color screen:

Column 1: Input Channels

  • HA (Head Amp/Microphone Preamp)
  • Configuration
  • Channel Equalizer
  • Channel Gate/Compressor
  • Channel Insert
  • Channel Groups
  • Fader, Pan, Mute, Mix Ons Column 2: Input Channels
  • Mix sends 1-16 Column 3: Mix Buses
  • Mix sends 1-16
  • Configuration
  • Equalizer
  • Compressor
  • Insert
  • Groups
  • Fader, Pan, Mute, Matrix Ons Column 4: Console
  • Configuration
  • Solo
  • Routing
  • Output Patch

Scenes Screen: Channel Safe Tab

The scenes screen’s “channel safe” tab configures which console channels are and are not changed when a console scene change occurs. This allows the user to “protect” certain channels from ever changing during a scene change, giving them as much control as possible for key audio sources.

For example, in a theater context, the console operator may have dialed in just the right EQ and compressor settings and channel volume for the voice of the lead actor, and does not wish to have them altered when the console changes scenes and alters various parameters.

To adjust the various settings on the Channel Safe tab, perform the following steps:

1. Rotate any of the 6 encoders to navigate among the check boxes in the color screen, which represent various groups of channels that can be isolated from scene changes.

2. Tap any of the 6 encoders to select the console areas that have been highlighted with the encoders. In each of the 6 columns, multiple console areas can be selected and isolated from scene changes. The following areas of the console can be isolated from scene changes, and are divided up into six columns on the color screen:

Column 1: Channels

  • Input Channels 1-16 Column 2: Channels
  • Input Channels 17-32 Column 3: Buses
  • Aux 1-8
  • FX 1L through 4R Column 4: Returns
  • Mix 1-16

Column 5: Main/Matrix/Groups

  • Matrix 1-6
  • LR Bus
  • Center/Mono Bus
  • DCA groups 1-8 Column 6: Effects Slots
  • FX 1-8