AudioCore V8.86 is here – start skipping!

Posted by | June 27, 2014 | , , , | 2 Comments

Yes – start skipping! And this is why – there are serious and valuable additions to this latest AudioCore release, but the one thing that will probably be appreciated more than any other is the small addition of this little button:

If you know they're not there, why wait? Tell the computer!

If you know they’re not there, why wait? Tell the computer!

You’ll see it now when you start working on a new system and AudioCore is scanning all IDs to see what’s out there(after choosing to “Build System From Connected Units”):

Once your IDs have been found, hit the button.

Once your IDs have been found, hit the button.

Handy.

Even more handy is that AudioCore now supports the DC1048 (and the MC2 Ti1048) for the first time, including the ability to configure and manage the timed presets. We won’t go into all the editing and how that works – it’s basically the same as a DP448 but with the mix matrix mode of the DP548 (instead of fixed level routing).

Remember – if you’re connecting the DCor Ti1048 to the computer via the USB connection, you need to select “Master” as the connection type on the unit, and in AudioCore select “RS232” as the connection type and choose the appropriate COM Port that the USB-Serial device is installed on.

To access the timed presets, it’s a simple right click on the device window, in the same way as you would do to modify the routing or edit input and output names:

Choose "Timed Presets" to edit the automated recall configurations for this device...

Choose “Timed Presets” to edit the automated recall configurations for this device…

This will then display the timed preset manager, where up to 10 events can be scheduled – either as weekly events on certain dyas, or as single one-shot events at a certain time on a certain day.

Set up your memory recall schedules.

Set up your memory recall schedules.

Note the “Update to current time” tick box in the bottom left corner – it’s handy to tick this before hitting OK, as it will send you current computer’s clock settings to the unit to make sure its clock is correct – assuming your PC’s one is of course 😉 It’s worth knowing that once a one-shot event has “fired”, then next time you access the timed preset manager, it will have been deleted from the list.

Talking of presets, the ability to load presets from DP448 “.xbl” files (Library Manager files) has been extended to cover the DP548 and the DC1048 and Ti1048.

Presets are loaded on an individual basis through a right click on the Device Window and choice of “Modify Device”:

Just as you would choose to edit names or change routing configurations...

Just as you would choose to edit names or change routing configurations…

On the first tab, you’ll see the “Load Preset” button:

Remember - this will want to find an xbl file - NOT a bin file...

Remember – this will want to find an xbl file – NOT a bin file…

Point AudioCore to a Library Manager file (NOT the output bin file that you would load into the unit – they won’t be recognised!)

We will access the L-Acoustics library file:

We will access the L-Acoustics library file:

…and given a suitable file (it has to be a DP448 file – so a compatible 4 in 8 output device) you will be greeted with a list of all the presets in this file. Pick one and load and you’re done!

Select your chosen preset.

Select your chosen preset.

Note that the routing is handled intelligently when loading a fixed routing preset into a DC1048 or Ti1048, and into a DP548 which is currently running in matrix mixer mode. Channel sends will be muted or set to 0dB in accordance to the fixed routing config in the preset. If, when loading into a DP548 the current config is already a “fixed” routing ( so anything other than mix matrix mode), then this mode of operation will be preserved.

For example, the L-Acoustics preset loaded into the DC1048 above (which only operates in mix matrix mode) will have set up the “sends” to work just like a 2 x 4 way system, as you can see below:

This is a stereo 4-way system.

This is a stereo 4-way system.

In case you were wondering, presets with summed inputs (such as mono summed outputs for sub drive) are also sympathetically handled: an output fed from A+B for example in a preset, will be imported into a mix matrix with both sends set to -3dB so the output level is summed to 0dB. This is the way the fixed routing has always worked too.

And don’t forget this:

If you know they're not there, why wait? Tell the computer!

If you know they’re not there, why wait? Tell the computer!

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