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DDX3216- How Do I Use Routing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A demonstration of channel routing, multi-track bus out faders, and AUX/FX sends

 

Channel Routing

1.  Press the ROUTING switch in the PROC (processing) bank of the left switch block, to enter the CHANNEL
ROUTING menu.

 

2.  Press the channel 1 SELECT switch so that it lights up.

 

3.  Master controller 2 (the second knob from the left, under the display) determines the level that is sent to the multi-track busses, and controls the pre/post-fader assignment. Turn the knob to set the level at '0dB', and press the knob until 'post' (for post-fader) is selected.

 

4.  Use master controller 3 to control the pan of the signal when routed to the multi-track busses. If the FOLLOW CHANNEL function is on, the bus pan is the same as the channel pan. Set the PAN knob to read '0', and press the controller knob so that the 'FOLLOW CHAN' on the display is not highlighted (it should not be darkened).

 

5.  Master controllers 4 and 5, bellow the DESTINATION BUS list on the display, are used as switches to route the signal to the 16 multi-track busses. You can select more than one pair of multi-track busses. Use the controllers to select '1-2' and '9-10' (the display will show dotted lines around the busses that were selected). If you had wanted to complete the routing to the destination bus at this time, you would press master controllers 4 and 5 to highlight (darken) your selections.

 

6.  Use master controller 6 to route the signal to the stereo MAIN bus. The 'MAIN' button on the display should be selected (darkened). This signal is always post-fader as well as post-mute/pan.
 

Multi-track Bus Output Faders

 

7.  The mult-track bus outputs are available via the digital I/O modules, but can also be assigned in the I/O menu to any of the multi outputs. The multi-track busses can be grouped or paired using the PAIR and GROUP switches, and can be muted. The faders for the multi-track busses are activated by pressing the BUS OUT 1-16 switch in the FADER bank of the left switch block until you see the multi-track bus faders page. By default, this will assign the level meters to the multi-track faders.

 

8.  Next we will pair busses 1 and 2 together. Press PAIR in the GENERAL bank, and all 16 of the SELECT switches in the channel strips will begin to flash.

 

9.  Press the channel 1 and 2 SELECT switches, and you will see them stop flashing, but they will remain lit. The SELECT switches in the other channels will be unlit.

 

10.  Press the ENTER switch (to the right of the display) to designate busses 1 and 2 as a pair. In the BUS FADERS menu you will now see a ?diamond? shape between faders 1 and 2 on the display, indicating that busses 1 and 2 are now a pair.

 

11.  The BUS FADERS can be paired or grouped, but not at the same time. You will need to unpair BUS FADERS 1 and 2 before moving on to the grouping process. Press the PAIR switch in the GENERAL bank, and then press channel strip 1 SELECT switch, so that channel strip 1 and 2 SELECT switches are lit but not flashing.  Press the ENTER switch (next to the display) to 'UNPAIR' BUS FADERS 1 and 2, and the 'diamond' shape that was between BUS FADERS 1 and 2 on the display will be removed; indicating that they are no longer paired.

 

12.  The grouping and muting of busses follows a similar process to pairing. To begin, press the GROUP switch in the GENERAL bank, and all 16 of the SELECT and MUTE switches on the channel strips will begin to flash.

 

13.  To group busses 1 to 3 together, press the SELECT switches on those channel strips. The SELECT switches for channel strips 1-3 will remain lit, but will stop flashing.

 

14.  To mute busses 1 and 2, press the MUTE switch on channel strip 1 and 2. The MUTE switches will remain lit, but will stop flashing.

 

15.  To finalize the process of grouping busses 1-3 and muting busses 1 and 2, press the ENTER switch next to the display. The BUS FADER menu will show you an alpha value (like A or B) to indicate which busses have been grouped together and muted. Any 2 or more busses can be grouped together, and a multiple of bus groups can be created at the same time.

 

16.  While in the BUS FADER menu you can use the channel strip faders 1-16 to adjust the bus output levels for busses 1-16. As you move a channel strip fader, you will see the corresponding bus level fader on the display move, and it will indicate the bus output level below the fader. You will notice that if you adjust one fader from the group, the others in that group will also move.

 

AUX and FX Sends
Each of the 32 input channels as well as the effects returns have access to four AUX and four FX sends. The level for each send as well as it?s position (pre or post-fader) can be set individually. Using the AUX and FX switches in the CHANNEL ENCODER bank you can send one common AUX or FX send to channels 1-16 or 17-32. 

 
17.Press the CH 1-16 switch in the FADER bank to see the CHAN 1-16 FADERS
menu on the display.
 
18.Press the channel 1 SELECT switch so that it lights up.

19.Press the AUX1 switch in the CHANNEL CONTROL bank and you will see the AUX SENDS menu page as it applies to channel strip 1.

20.Use the CHANNEL CONTROL knob (the large knob on the channel strip, surrounded by 11 LEDs) for channel 1 to set the AUX 1 SEND level on the display to '-50 dB'. Master controller 1 (the knob on the far left underneath thedisplay) can also be rotated to set the level. Press master controller 1 to select the 'PRE' (as opposed to 'POST') send for AUX 1 SEND.

21.Press the AUX 2 switch in the CHANNEL CONTROL bank so that it lights up. Use master controller 2 to set the AUX 2SEND level on the display to '5.0 dB'.  Press master controller 2 to select 'PRE' for AUX 2 SEND.

22.Use the AUX 3 switch and master controller 3 to set the AUX 3 SEND level to '-10 dB' and routed 'POST' fader.  Controller 3 to set the AUX 3 SEND level to '-10dB' and routed 'POST' fader.

23.Use the AUX 4 switch and master controller 4 to set the AUX 4 SEND level to '-15 dB' and routed 'POST' fader.

24.In addition to providing a method for setting the channel 1 AUX sends, the AUX SENDS menu page allows you to set the AUX 1-4 MASTER GAIN levels. Turn master controller 5 to select AUX 1 MASTER and press master controller 6 to set the AUX MASTER 1 level to '0'. 

25.Use master controller 5 to select MASTER AUX 2, and turn master controller  6 to set the AUX MASTER 2 level to '-16'.

26.Use the same process described above to select MASTER AUX 3 and set it to '-10', and to select MASTER AUX 4 and set it to '5.0'.
 
AUX SENDS PAGE
 
The FX SENDS menu page on the display shows the current settings, including the choice of effects for FX SENDS 1 through 4, for the channel that is selected, and also shows the gain levels for MASTER FX 1 through 4.

27.Press the FX1 switch in the CHANNEL CONTROL bank until you enter the FX SENDS page. You will see the word 'SEND' in the upper left corner of the display.
 
28.Press the channel 1 SELECT switch so that it lights up, and the FX SENDS page will show the controls and settings that affect the channel.

29.Use master controller 1 to set the FX SEND level on the display to '6.0 dB'. Use master controller 1 as a switch to choose 'POST' (as opposed to 'PRE') fader routing of the signal.

30.Use master controllers 2-4 to adjust the FX SENDS 2-4 to these settings:
FX SEND 2 '-3.0dB' 'POST' (fader)
FX SEND 3 '12.0dB' 'PRE' (fader)
FX SEND 4 '2.1dB' 'PRE' (fader)

31.To select FX1 MASTER, press master controller 5, and press master controller 6 to set the gain level to '0'.

32.Use master controller 5 to select FX2 MASTER, and turn master controller 6
to set it to '6.0'.

 
33.Use master controller 5 to select FX3 MASTER, and press master controller 6
to set it to '0'. 

 
34.Use master controller 5 to select FX4 MASTER, and turn master controller 6
to set it to '-3.0'.
 
 
FX SENDS page
 
At this point you could have selected the effects to be assigned to FX SENDS 1-4 on channel 1, as well as assigning a preset number and name to this FX menu, but another STEP in the DDX3216 course (Selecting and editing an effect algorithm) will explore the process in detail.
 
35.Use of the AUX/FX faders menu allows for adjustment of the 4 AUX and 4 FX master sends, as well as the 4 stereo FX returns 1-4. All of the faders in this  menu can be muted. The AUX SEND masters and FX RETURN masters can be paired and grouped, but the FX SEND masters cannot.  To enter the AUX/FX fader menu, press the AUX/FX switch in the FADER bank until you see 'AUX FX' in the upper right of the display.
 
36.You will now see the AUX/FX faders menu on the display, and it will consist of 16 sets of controls plus a single folder on the far right to control the fader for  stereo main mix. All of the controls in the display are accessed by use of the input channel strip controls on the DDX3216. For example, the input channel 1 fader is now used to control the gain level for AUX SEND 1, which is called 'A1' on the display. As you adjust the channel 1 input strip fader, you will see the corresponding fader on the display move and show a gain value underneath. Take a moment to try some of the other faders, to familiarize yourself with how they are assigned.
 
 
AUX/FX faders menu
 
37.To begin the process of pairing AUX SEND masters 1 and 2, press the PAIR switch in the GENERAL bank. The display will now show the  CHANNEL PAIR page.

38.Press the SELECT switches for AUX SEND 1 and 2 (formerly known as input channels 1 and 2) until they are lit but not flashing.

39.Press the ENTER switch (to the right of the display) and you will return to the  AUX/FX fader menu, and there will; be a 'diamond' shape between 'A1' and 'A2' (AUX SENDS 1 and 2), indicating that they are now paired.

40.AUX SEND masters can be paired or grouped, but not at the same time. You will need to unpair AUX SENDS 1 and 2 before we move on to the next step. Press the PAIR switch in the GENERAL bank, and then press the channel strip 1 SELECT switch so that it lights up, along with the channel strip 2 
SELECT switch.

41.Press the ENTER switch (next to the display) to 'UNPAIR' AUX SENDS 1 and 2, and the 'diamond' shape that was between ?A1? and ?A2? in the display will be removed, indicating that they are no longer paired.

42.The process of muting and grouping AUX send faders and muting FX send faders is very similar to pairing. Press the GROUP switch in the GENERAL bank to enter the AUX/FX fader menu.

43.Press the SELECT switches for AUX SEND 1 through 3 on the corresponding channel strips until they are lit, but not flashing, and press the MUTE switches for AUX SENDS 1 and 2 on the channel strips until they are also lit but not flashing.
 
44.Press the ENTER switch (to the right of the display) to return to the AUX/FXfader menu, and you will see that AUX MASTERS 1 through 3 are now designated as a group (There will be capital letters in the lower row of boxes under 'A1', 'A2' and 'A3' on the display). Mutes for AUX SENDS 1 and 2 are also set as a group (you will see capitol letters in the boxes just below 'A1'  and 'A2' on the display).
 
 
[AUX/FX faders menu with AUX 1-3 grouped and AUX 1 muted]
 
The FX send masters cannot be paired or grouped. If you try these functions, you will see that the settings on the display for these masters won't respond to adjustment by the controls.
 
If you want to ungroup a multiple of BUS faders or AUX Master Send faders, here is the process: For this example, we'll assume that AUX MASTERS 1-3 are designated as a group. Press the GROUP switch in the GENERAL bank to enter the GROUP menu. Press the SELECT switch on channel strip 1 until it is lit but not flashing. The SELECT switches on channel strips 2 and 3 should be flashing. Press the ENTER switch to the right of the display. You will return to the AUX/FX fader menu, and you will see that AUX 
1-3 ('A1', 'A2' and 'A3' on the display) are no longer shown as a group.
 
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