Monday, June 23, 2008

Monitor Mix on M7CL

How do I setup my M7CL as a monitor console? Where is monitor output and a monitor level master fader?

Please refer to M7CL Short-cut list.
The following is from the document.

The default patch does not include an XLR output for cue/monitor signals. To patch the monitor bus to an omni out;
1. Press the Headphone Icon in the function access panel.
2. Open the MONITOR pop-up by pressing the grey tab to the left of the screen.
3. Press the grey square under the L meter to see the OUTPUT PORT SELECT for Monitor L pop-up and chose your output (OMNI 1 for example).
4. If you want to monitor in mono press MONO MONITOR to combine signals from ST IN channels and hear signals panned to the right.
5. If you want to monitor in stereo repeat steps 1-3 for the R side.

Some stage monitor engineers like to have fader control of their Cue listening level. There is no software short-cut for doing this and to achieve this you need a MY card (eg MY8-AE) and break-out cable. Here is a way to configure this on M7CL:
1. In the MONITOR screen MONITOR pop-up, patch the
Monitor out L and R to a Slot outputs, eg Slot 1-1 and Slot 1-2.
2. Physically connect Slot 1-1 output to Slot 1-1 input and Slot 1-2 output to Slot 1-2 input using your breakout cable.
3. Patch the Insert return of the STEREO Master to Slot 1-1 and Slot 1-2. (Select STEREO> “push-click” any encoder> touch INSERT grey square.)
4. Switch on the INSERT for the STEREO masters, and check the INSERT POINT is PRE ATT if you want to use channel EQ.
5. Connect the wedge amp or in-ear pack to OMNI 15(L) and OMNI 16(R) in the default routing or patch the STEREO outputs to your chosen output.
Do not cue the STEREO channel, or a feedback loop will be created.
Remember to set the MONITOR LEVEL rotary knob to 10 as the audio still passes through this.

If you don’t have access to a suitable MY card you can patch the monitor output to an OMNI out and then bring that back into a spare input channel routed to the MONO master. However remember that this “economy method” introduces an extra DA and AD conversion and routes the signal through an unnecessary HA stage so there will be quality and latency issues that could effect precise monitoring.
If you want to use this method for stereo monitoring using the STEREO master fader remember you must unassign all the input channels routed to the STEREO by default.


Austin said...

Then what is used as your QUE level then?

Shaun "MANNY" Kamiya said...

Hi Austin,
The red Stereo master fader will control your CUE level.

Austin said...

So if I am correct, you set the que output to an OMNI out. You then QUE up a mix you want and bring the master fader up for the level.

Shaun "MANNY" Kamiya said...

Yes, correct.

After you do the "TO PATCH MONITOR OUT" patch, your CUE output is now assigned to OMNI output 1 via the MONITOR function.

And then, when you do the "CUE LEVEL ON A FADER" patch, your STEREO MASTER fader controls your CUE (MONITOR) level and your CUE output is now assigned to OMNI output 15-16.

Make sure your MONITOR level control is MAX to have correct level control on the STEREO MASTER fader.

Austin said...

Thanks man

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