Not that type of gang – we’ve not gone all West Side Story on you…
Whilst checking out something wholly unrelated in AudioCore this very morning, I discovered a neat little feature that I (and I am glad to report no-one else here) knew about when you are working with ganged outputs.
So let’s assume for some reason you’ve ganged the first four outputs on a 448 together like this:
If I now go to the gains tab during editing, the gains will be linked and will all track together as expected, and the mutes will remain independent, as they do when operated via the front panel of the unit:
However…what I didn’t realise is that if I go to the EQ editing tab (where the output tabs for channels 2, 3 and 4 have been amalgamated to a single tab covering 1+2+3+4), there is also a Mute button. Its behaviour is different – it allows you to mute all the channels in the gang together, whilst leaving the individual mute controls accessible via the gains tab.
If any channel in the gang is muted, this will show mute enabled – pressing it will set all mutes to the same state – it doesn’t just toggle the states – so if you turn it off here, all four outputs will unmute.
The same holds true of phase controls (always unganged via the front panel), but can be controlled as a gang via this control on the EQ editing tab.
Try it out – Very handy!
It’s funny the things you discover when you think you know it all 😉