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Old 08-10-2018, 01:05 PM
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Default S6 Tip ‘o the Day

Let's take a look at the idea of creating an Attention Expand Knob Zone. This one will be split into two parts to show creation and usage.

An On Attention Knob Zone is a way for a user to customize the S6 and place a focus / attention control area anywhere on the desk that makes sense ergonomically. This can be either a dedicated knob module or a traditional knob module living within a bucket of Process, Knob and Fader Modules. One of the cool things about this feature is the ability to enable and disable the zone on the fly - which means it can act as your go-to module for tweaking EQ for any Attentioned track, and then when you need to get to sends or pan on that Knob Module you borrowed, you can simply suspend the On Attention Zone.

Let's first add a single Attention Expand Knob Zone to my existing M40 S6. Note that M40 systems can add two dedicated knob zones while M10 can add just one.

Access the Settings > Surface menu and touch Config to start. Next touch Surface then Expand then Knob. All of the knob modules on your console should illuminate (similar to when you were first creating your surface configuration). Touch any knob module to declare it as your primary / 1st Expand Knob Zone. Press Done.

You will notice an Attention triangle with a 1 in the center appears to indicate the location of the Expand Knob Zone on your surface. The zone can be enabled / disabled by two different methods:

(1) Access the Local Settings (gear icon) of the Home page and tick the Enable Attention Expand Knob Zone. This same menu is where you declare which function you would like to populate into the zone by default. You can see that we currently have Dynamics set for the 1st Expand Knob Function and Backup Function Selected on Attention Change. That's a mouthful. So any track I attention either from the channel, the tracks page or from Pro Tools is going to bring up Dynamics parameters within my right side knob module, assuming it is enabled.

(2) From the Automation Module (Extras) Soft Keys, there are dedicated functions for enable and disable of On Attention Fader and Knob Zones. The Knob Zone, as you can see, is on the bottom right. Experiment with enabling and disabling the zone as well as targeting different functions into it by attentioning. We will look at a few applications of how this can be applied in the next TOD.

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