Paul_Vannatto Volunteer Moderator 08-22-2018

08-22-2018

Mixing Station Tips, Tricks and Tutorials (X-Air)

The purpose of this thread is to compile all of the tips, tricks and tutorials that we all have discovered for the Mixing Station (and Pro) app for the X-Air/M-Air consoles. Please feel free to contribute your favorite discoveries.

Since the X32/M32 version of Mixing Station is very similar, other tips, tricks and tutorials can also be found here

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Super Contributor - Level 2

USB Player Controls

One more before the forum gets locked...

When I'm running my MR12 or XR16, I often use the USB Player for break music and to record the mix. To make this easier, I have a group of controls at the bottom right of the layouts. See attached.

The grey box displays the currently selected track. A touch opens the USB Player window for folder/track/source selection. The Play button doubles as Pause if long-pressed while playing. An illuminated Record button is a good reminder to hit Stop before turning the mixer off! The controls are all buttons. These are the settings:

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Button 8x1, Label: "USB Player", Margin: 0, Theme: White, Touch: None,

Box
Button 8x2, Label: "[value]", Margin: 0, Theme: Regular, Touch: Single,
Action: USB Player -> Labels -> Title
Action: Open View -> USB Player

Time Field
Button 4x1, Label: "Time: [value]", Margin: 1, Theme: Blue, Touch: None,
Action: USB Player -> Labels -> Elapsed Time

Left Field
Button 4x1, Label: "Left: [value]", Margin: 1, Theme: Blue, Touch: None,
Action: USB Player -> Labels -> Remaining Time

Record
Button 4x2, Label: "Record", Margin: 1, Theme: Red, Touch: Long,
Action: USB Player -> Buttons -> Rec

Play
Button 4x2, Label: "[value]", Margin: 1, Theme: Green, Touch: Long,
Action: USB Player -> Buttons -> Play

Stop
Button 4x2, Label: "Stop", Margin: 1, Theme: Yellow, Touch: Long,
Action: USB Player -> Buttons -> Stop
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Re: Mixing Station Tips, Tricks and Tutorials (X-Air)

Useful info. Thanks for posting. Smiley Happy It may spur me on to making some more interesting layouts for Mixing Station.
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Using Snapshots for Custom Actions

MSXP custom button actions typically provide on/off switching of mixer options and settings. They don't allow mixer parameters to be set to specific values. This can be achieved though, on MR12, XR12, XR16, MR18, X18 and XR18, by loading Snapshots with limited Recall Scope.

 

Snapshots, like Scenes, store all mixer settings (apart from a few global things like network parameters). They are stored in the mixer itself so load almost instantly. A big advantage is that there are options to control the Recall Scope - the mixer settings that are affected when the Snapshot is loaded. This allows them to be used to recall some settings without disturbing other channel and mix parameters.

 

Each saved Snapshot has a set of Recall Scope options. They can be viewed and adjusted by selecting the Snapshot (single click) on the Snapshot list. The options are automatically saved with the Snapshot and can be updated as requirements change. By default, all options are on so all mixer settings will be affected when a Snapshot is loaded.

 

The Recall Scope options are divided into three lists:

 

Channel Selection determines which Channels, FX Returns, Bus Masters, FX Sends or Main LR will be loaded.

 

Parameter Selection determines which parameters of the selected channels will be loaded. Some of these are grouped (e.g. Source, Input, Config, EQ, Dyn, Fdr/Pan, Mute) which are mostly self-explanatory. There are individual options for sends to the six Buses and the four FX slots.

 

The final Global list is for settings that are not concerned with individual channels and buses. This includes options for the In/Out routing, Configuration, DCAs and the four FX slots.

 

The options make it possible to have Snapshots that load only (for example):

The send from channels 3 and 7 to FX 2.

The FX parameters for slot 1.

The EQ parameters for bus 4.

The dynamics settings for the Main LR mix.

and many other combinations.

 

There are limitations, of course. If you enable the options to load the EQ settings for channel 1 and the send to FX3 from channel 2 at the same time, channel 2's EQ and channel 1's FX3 send will also be loaded. I haven't found this to be a big problem in practice.

 

By saving two Snapshots with different mixer settings and the same Recall Scope options, custom button actions can be used to switch special settings in and out on the fly. By default, the button will be illuminated while its Snapshot remains loaded.

 

 

 

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Super Contributor - Level 2

Special Button for Selecting SoF Target Bus

This trick is repeated from another thread. The requirement was for a button that would select an SoF (Sends-on-Faders) target bus but would not return to the main mix when pressed again. The custom MSXP layout was designed to allow users to adjust a number of monitor mixes but prevent access to the main mix controls. The problem with using normal buttons with SoF actions is that they have toggle behavior. You can use several buttons to select different target buses but, if you press a button twice, it releases the SoF mode.

 

The solution is to break the toggle action of the SoF buttons. Create each SoF bus select button and define two actions. Set the first action to select the target SoF bus but with Invert on. Set the second action the same but with Invert off. It sounds bizarre but it does work. The button can change the SoF target but it can't turn SoF off.

 

Of course with conflicting actions, the button will never highlight. This is easily solved by placing another button on top (foreground) that has an action to select the same SoF target bus but with Touch = None. If you set the button's label to [sofname] it will display the name of the target bus. This button is simply an indicator that the target bus is selected. Its action will never be triggered but the button below it (background) will still work.