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Old 09-19-2018, 08:42 PM
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Default Re: Creating Custom Soft Keys for Workflow Automation 2/2

Jeff, these continue to be great. Thank you for doing them.
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Old 09-24-2018, 11:26 AM
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Default Expand Faders: EQ: Mapping for Versatility

Let's take a closer look at Expand Faders, with an emphasis specifically on EQ. When mapping a reverb, multi-band compressor, noise reduction processor or any other plug-in which is not classified as an EQ or DYN, individual Expand Fader maps are going to need to be created at least once (then likely stored in your template) for each different plug-in. With EQ (magenta) maps, an Expand Fader map can be created and reused for any plug-ins that support the dedicated EQ pagetables on S6.

I wanted to show an example of, not only creating the map, but using the EQ cycle function to roll through 10 of the following EQ plug-ins from Avid and our 3rd Party partners:



Here's the list of EQ's inserted on to track A:
Avid EQ3-7
Focusrite d2 6-Band
Avid Channelstrip
DMG EQuick
Avid JoeMeek EQ
DMG EQuality
Fabfilter Pro-Q2
McDSP AE400
McDSP Filterbank 202
Sonnox Oxford EQ + Filters


Once we create the map, you can observe that the assignments to the parameters are fixed whether or not the next and previously cycled EQ plug-ins on the track contain those parameters. Essentially, your map should contain the most important parameters that you might need, and if a plug-in has less, it will show what it can.

There's a slight error in my video with regard to the way I reference the 2 different EQ Expand Fader map pages. To be very specific, page 1 (which I refer to as page 2) is shown here:



...which contains HPF and LPF plus parametric controls from Low-Mid and Hi-Mid bands. It's not terribly important, and actually somewhat arbitrary once you've defined the parameters, but I wanted to make sure no confusion was created by my reference.

So - experiment with the idea of creating YOUR ideal EQ map and take advantage of the fact that once the parameters have been assigned, they can be reused for any other EQ plug-ins.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qr75xjcywt...2418a.mov?dl=0
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Old 09-25-2018, 12:05 AM
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Default Re: S6 Tip ‘o the Day

This one is awesome ! Thanks Jeff :)
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:44 PM
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Default Talent Cues: Split Console Layouts with PT & DADman

Let's explore the idea of creating Track Layouts from elements in a DADman monitor profile plus Layouts composed from Pro Tools session elements to access within Spill Zones in a kind of split-console super bank. This workflow example requires a bit of setup, so please stay with me.

We have a monitor profile created in DADman, connected and controlled from our S6 console that contains Source Inputs and Outputs (Speakers) for the Control Room as well as Monitors A, B, C & D. For this example, we are going to focus on Monitor D, which you can see here:



Let's break down the Sources and Outputs contained within Monitor D, which is one of the 4 available talent mixes:

PTHD: 7.1.2 wide path from Pro Tools that can feed Stereo up to Atmos
Mac Pro: DVS: Dante Virtual Soundcard - Channels 1-2 from Mac, iTunes + More
Moog: Sub Phatty Analog Synth
LIVE: Ableton Live via Dante Virtual Soundcard - Channels 3-4
CUE A: Submix coming from Pro Tools via DigiLink 15-16
CUE B: Submix coming from Pro Tools via DigiLink 17-18
CUE C: Submix coming from Pro Tools via DigiLink 19-20
Outputs: KLANG quelle: 4 Stereo Pair Dante Headphone D/A (Pair 4)
Fold Down: This is where FoldDown and UpMatch matrixes are applied

So, in a nutshell, I can send talent either the Main Mix from Pro Tools, iTunes, Ableton Live, or specific sets of stems blended on the S6 composed from CUE A - CUE D. Let's look at the architecture of the Pro Tools session, starting with the SubMasters which are simple Stereo AUX Input tracks where all of the food groups for this music session flow into:



During the section where we begin routing from the Sends on the SubMasters, we are using the idea that we can instantiate everything but the kitchen sink we may need, then simply deactivate, leaving just the essentials. When we need to apply a Send route, simply hold COMMAND + CONTROL on the Fader Module switches while pressing a SEL switch on a Send to activate it. You can see that Drums and Bass are going to CUE A, Guitars and Keys are going to CUE B, and BGV's and Vox are going to CUE C.

We've also created Stereo Master Faders as a final gain stage and safety precaution using TrackLimit plug-ins on each from DMG Audio, as you can see here:



We are taking advantage of Track Layouts in both DADman and Pro Tools, collecting the Source Inputs and the Monitor D master in the Monitor Profile, then collecting the SubMasters and the Stereo CUE Masters in Pro Tools. Loading these saved Track Layouts into Spill Zones gives us the flexibility of seeing and controlling all of these elements in context, to provide talent with the best blend of audio elements in real-time.

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Default Preferences Gauntlet A

For this TOD I wanted to do a simple breakdown on a possible collection of preferences located on multiple S6 pages which can contribute to a more streamlined workflow for the operator. This is one possible path among many.

We start on the Tracks page and immediately enable Display Breaks on Track Color to quickly clean up our track matrix which helps manage large sessions when trying to find specific tracks. After enabling, we can scroll down till we get to some of our primary Vocal tracks which are easily identified in Yellow. Back into the Local Options (gear icon) on the Tracks page, and we will also enable Show Home Screen on Track Attention and Auto Bank to Attentioned Track. Now, when we Attention LD Vox Main from the Tracks page we are immediately taken to the Home page and, based on the Auto Bank to Attentioned Track preference, all of the faders on the console immediately bank within the range of the touched track based on the justification settings.

Next, we’ll dig into the Local Options (gear icon) for the Home page and tweak a few settings. Track Scroller Follows Attentioned Track allows me to ensure that whether I attention a track from the S6 Fader Module Attention button or by touching on the Tracks Page, the scroller at the bottom of the page is always going to center justify to show me the Attentioned track relative to the whole session. We’ll simplify the center real estate of the Home page window by enabling Knob View: Selected Function, filtering out other virtual knobs that are not part of the currently selected function scroller module. For Open Plug-Ins on Workstation When Knobs Assigned, the S6 is looking to the Master Module to bring up the appropriate plug-in windows for EQ, DYN, or other individual Inserts. Next, we’ll tweak the Function and Knob Page Selected on Attention Page and Backup Function and Knob Page Selected on Attention Page. Essentially, we are going to tell the S6 to try and access EQ as the first priority on the Home page and its adjacent docked encoders. If that particular function is not available on the Attention track, then next try and bring up DYN. The second pop-up options for both the Primary and the Backup function refer to the specific page to display when EQ or DYN is brought up. So for example, if always wanted to make sure the High-Pass Filter was visible, we could choose EQ, then specify Page 2. Lastly, Auto Show Function Graph on Selection is going to ensure that when the EQ or DYN function is brought up on the Attentioned track, it will also display the appropriate Curve in the center real estate of the Home page.

If we touch LD Vox Main while in Attention mode on the Tracks page, the console faders bank to that track range and we are immediately brought to the Home page with the EQ function accessible on the docked encoders, with the EQ plot visible in the center. If we touch Sends, dock them to the right side encoders and press the Lock, S6 will remember this collection the next time we access this track. Returning back to the Tracks page, this time we touch LD Rev vox, again while in Attention mode, and since this track doesn’t contain an EQ, the Fabfilter Pro-C2 compressor is accessed instead, our backup function: DYN. Let’s do the same locking trick again, but this time with the Input function. We’ve touched Input and docked the Mic Preamp parameters over to the right side encoder and pressed Lock. Again, you can see that the Track Scroller at the bottom of the Home page is centered around the tracks we’ve been working with. We can touch back to LD Vox Main from here (blue outline indicates Attention), and we get 2 bands of EQ controls on the left - but since we locked Sends to the right, those take precedence. Let’s touch back to LD Rev vox using the Tracks Scroller at the bottom and you can see that once again, EQ does not exist on this track, so DYN is brought up with Threshold, Ratio, Attack and Release always showing up justified on the bottom-left docked encoders. Our preserved Mic Preamp and Input controls are available as a result of the Lock on the right side encoders.

A few thoughts about preserving these settings once you’ve settled on an appropriate collection of them for your workflow. I would recommend navigating to Settings > User and touching Save to create an actual file containing these settings. You can either save this to the local S6 SSD, or pop a flash drive in one of the USB jacks on the back of the touch-screen and save it to your jump drive for portability. In the event that you are moving around between rooms, rigs and facilities, you can take advantage of the Auto-Load preferences under Settings > System and tick the User Preferences box. This will ensure that when the Pro Tools session is loaded, (assuming you’ve correctly targeted the Workstation with the Blue Star) it will also restore your operator-specific console preferences.

Preferences can be a bit intimidating for the novice and advanced S6 user alike. Experiment with the settings above and we will circle back with additional preferences and workflows to explore down the road.

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