X32 COMPACT: Setup Screen

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The setup screen offers various controls for global, high-level functions of the console such as display adjustments, sample rates and synchronization, user settings, and network configuration.

The setup screen contains the following separate tabs:

1. Global: This screen offers adjustments for various global preferences of how the console operates.

2. Config: This screen offers adjustments for sample rates and synchronization, as well as configuring high-level settings for signal path buses.

3. Remote: This screen offers different controls for setting up the console as a control surface for various DAW recording software on a connected computer.

4. Network: This screen offers different controls for attaching the console to a standard Ethernet network.

5. DCA Groups: This screen offers controls for various aspects of the console’s DCA groups.

6. Card: This screen selects the input/output configurations of the USB interface card.

None of the setup screen’s tabs contain a secondary level of encoder functions, so the Layer up/down keys do not need to be used for these screens.


Setup Screen: Global Tab

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The setup screen’s global tab allows the user to adjust various global controls of the console, such as display brightness and contrast, the panning mode used by channels, text languages, and more.

To make adjustments in the global screen, perform the following steps:

1. Adjust the first encoder to select various console settings for pop-up messages and assorted preferences.

2. Tap the 1st encoder to turn the currently selected setting on/off.

3. Adjust the 2nd encoder to select settings for linking multiple console channels.

4. Tap the 2nd encoder to turn the currently selected setting on/off.

5. Adjust the 3rd encoder to set the console’s panning mode, which affects how channel panning is performed in the stereo field. The two choices are:

  • LR + Mono: This is the default mode of the console. In this mode, channels can be panned between the left and right mix outputs, as well as assigned to the separate mono mix bus. In this mode, the Center/Mono bus is not affected by from the pan control.
  • LCR enable: In this mode, the signal is panned from Left over Center to Right. This behavior is emulated by the faders on the Main tab, a behavior that is more intuitive than on other consoles. Note that in this mode, the definition of “mono” changes since the setup is no longer mono, but rather a setup consisting of Left-Center-Right.

6. Adjust the 4th encoder to set the brightness of the various LED lights of the console, from a range of 1-100.

7. Adjust the 5th encoder to set the brightness of the color screen (main display), from a range of 1-100. In order to prevent any errors by losing power during a store operation, we recommend using the “Safe Shutdown” function by pressing the 5th encoder, then turning the power switch off.

8. Adjust the 6th encoder to set the brightness of the individual LCD screens (channel display) above each input and output channel, from a range of 1-100.

NOTE: The X32 can be locked against unintended use by pressing the 6th encoder to activate ’Lock Console’. In this state, the UI will not allow any changes to be made and the display shows “X”. Keep HOME depressed for about 5 seconds to unlock the X32 again.


Setup Screen: Config Tab

The setup screen’s config tab allows adjustment of various audio-related settings, such as the console’s base sample rate and use of an internal or external digital clock. It also offers choices for high-level global settings for how signal path buses operate.

To adjust the various settings of the config tab, perform the following steps:

1. Adjust the 1st encoder to select between Console, Show Data, and Libraries for initialization.

2. Tap the 1st encoder to initialize the console back to its factory state.

  • An “are you sure” message will appear. Use the left Page Select key to cancel out of the operation, or the right key to

confirm the operation and initialize the console.

3. The console’s current firmware is displayed in the first column of the main color screen.

  • If/when a firmware update is available for the console, the user simply needs to download the new firmware file to the root level of a USB thumb drive, attach the thumb drive to the console, and then reboot. The console will see the firmware file and an update will be done automatically while booting.

4. Adjust the 2nd encoder to select the digital sample rate of the console. Choices include:

  • 48 kHz
  • 44.1 kHz

5. Tap the second encoder to assign the currently selected sample rate.

Tip: Note that the sample rate of the console will be the same sample rate for any audio recorded to the onboard stereo USB recorder, as well as the sample rate output by the AES/EBU connector that may get patched into an outboard recorder. Thus, it is often beneficial to select a sample rate that is appropriate for the medium that recorded audio will eventually be used on. If the program material being recorded is audio only, with no video component, then it usually makes sense to set a sample rate of 44.1 kHz. This will ensure that any audio recorded is compatible with the 44.1 kHz sample rate of commercial audio CDs. If the program material being recorded is audio that is meant to accompany video, then it usually makes sense to set a sample rate of 48 kHz. This will ensure that any audio recorded is compatible with the 48 kHz sample rate of the various audio formats used on a video DVD.

6. Adjust the 3rd encoder to set the word clock synchronization of the console to use its internal digital clock, or slave to an external digital clock. Choices for the clock signal include:

  • Internal clock
  • External clock from the AES50-A port
  • External clock from the AES50-B port
  • X-USB card

Note that the graphics at the top of the screen will always display a green led when the console has achieved proper “digital lock”, from either its own internal clock or a valid external clock.

7. Tap the 4th encoder to cycle through the different settings for the console’s internal date and time settings.

8. Adjust the 4th encoder to set the value for the currently selected date/time setting.

9. Adjust the 5th encoder to select the console’s “Bus Pre-Configuration”. This settings allows the mix bus outputs to be configured in various combinations of:

  • Pre-fader, variable output auxiliary sends
  • Post-Fader, variable output auxiliary sends
  • Fixed-output sub groups


10. Choices include:

  • 8 pre-fader auxiliary sends, 8 post-fader auxiliary sends, and no sub-groups
  • 8 pre-fader auxiliary sends, 4 post-fader auxiliary sends, and 4 sub-groups
  • 6 pre-fader auxiliary sends, 4 post-fader auxiliary sends, and 6 sub-groups
  • 4 pre-fader auxiliary sends, 4 post-fader auxiliary sends, and 8 sub-groups
  • 10 pre-fader auxiliary sends, 6 post-fader auxiliary sends, and 0 sub-groups

11. Tap the 5th encoder to assign the currently selected configuration. As the configuration is selected, a display on the right-hand side of the color screen changes to show the currently selected configuration.


Setup Screen: Remote Tab

To adjust the various remote settings, perform the following steps:

1. Tap the 1st encoder to enable DAW remote control.

2. Adjust the 2nd encoder to select the specific control surface protocol used, in conjunction with the target DAW software.

Choices include:

  • Mackie Control: Use this protocol to control any DAW software that is compatible with a Mackie Control hardware control surface.
  • HUI: Use this protocol to control any D.A.W. software that is compatible with a HUI hardware control surface, such as Pro Tools.

3. Tap the 2nd encoder to assign the currently selected control surface protocol.

4. Adjust the 5th encoder to select whether the remote function uses the MIDI In and OUT jacks or the X-USB card’s MIDI.

5. Tap the 5th encoder to confirm the selection.

6. Adjust the 6th encoder to adjust various MIDI-based operations for the console. Choices include:

  • MIDI In/Out: This toggles the MIDI input and outputs for the console on/off.
  • Card MIDI: Allows MIDI transmission through the X-USB card.
  • USB In/Out: This toggles the console’s USB ports on/off.
  • RTP (Real-time Transport Protocol): This toggles on/off the console’s ability to interface with an Ethernet-based MIDI system.
  • Enable MIDI scene recall: This toggles on/off the console’s response to incoming MIDI messages for switching console scenes.

7. Tap the 6th encoder to toggle the currently selected MIDI option on/off. This can be useful if you want to ensure that any connected MIDI transmitters cannot interfere with the console.


Setup Screen: Network Tab

The setup screen’s network tab contains settings used when connecting the console to a standard Ethernet network. The user can set parameters such as using a fixed IP address or having one assigned, as well as setting up the Ethernet and subnet mask settings.

To set the network address for the console, perform the following steps:

1. Adjust the 1st encoder to select which specific network field to adjust. Choices include:

  • IP Address
  • Subnet Mask
  • Gateway

2. Adjust encoders 2, 3, 4, and 5 to set the 4 numerical fields to be adjusted, for the selected network field.

3. Tap the 6th encoder to assign the adjusted settings.


Setup Screen: Scribble Strip Tab

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The Scribble Strip tab allows the color, icon and name that appears in the small LCD display of a channel, bus, matrix or DCA group to be adjusted.

1. Adjust the 1st encoder to select the channel, bus, matrix, DCA group, etc. you wish to edit.

2. Adjust the 2nd encoder to set the color for the currently selected channel.

  • The selected color will be shown in the LCD screen above the selected channel’s fader. For example, if DCA#5 is assigned the color red, the LCD screen above output fader #5 will illuminate in red.

3. Adjust the 3rd encoder to select the graphical icon for the channel. A large variety of clip-art is available to represent various input sources and output destinations.

4. Adjust the 4th encoder to select a name from a list of common preset names (snippets), for the currently selected channel.

5. Tap the 4th encoder to assign the currently highlighted preset text (snippet) to the channel.

6. Tap the 5th encoder to edit the channel name. An edit screen will pop up.

7. Adjust the 4th encoder to shift the cursor position.

8. Tap the 4th encoder to issue a “backspace” command, deleting the currently highlighted character.

9. Adjust the 5th encoder to select a letter, number, or symbol to enter into the channel’s name field.

10. Tap the 5th encoder to insert the currently highlighted letter, number, or symbol into the channel’s name field.

11. Adjust the 6th encoder to select whether the text entry choices offer capitals, normal characters, or numbers and symbols.

12. Tap the 6th encoder to exit the editing page, and save the current parameters to the channel.


Setup Screen: Preamps Tab

The Preamps tab allows the digital trim to be adjusted for all local and AES50 channels. 1. Adjust the 1st encoder to select a block of 8 channels.

2. Adjust encoders 2-5 to set the preamp gain for the top or bottom row of inputs.

3. Tap encoders 2-5 to toggle phantom power on and off.

Note - Use the Layer Up and Down buttons to select the top or bottom row of inputs for editing.


Setup Screen: Card Tab

The Card tab allows selection and configuration of the X-USB card. Note that if no card is installed, this tab is not accessible. Specific routing for the card can be adjusted on the Routing: Home and Card Out tabs.

1. Adjust the 2nd encoder to select the configuration that best suits your application. See the USB Interface Operation chapter for more details. Options include:

  • 32 in/32 out
  • 16 in/16 out
  • 32 in/8 out
  • 8 in/32 out
  • 8 in/8 out
  • 2 in/2 out

2. Tap the 2nd encoder to confirm your selection.