Using A360 Channel Manager

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One of the coolest features of the A360 Personal Mixer has to be that each A360 can be individually programmed to have the exact channel layout that each performer needs. A Pro16e network can have up to 64 sources to choose from, and that offers a lot of flexibility.

A360 Channel Manager™ simplifies the setup of A360 Personal Mixers that will be used in Custom mode. Each A360 in your system can have a unique set of channels assigned to it simply by creating a custom configuration for each mixer. Mixer Configuration files are created on your PC and can be saved to a USB memory stick for loading into the A360 Personal Mixer.

Programming the Channel Buttons

Each mix channel button on an A360 Personal Mixer (as well as the Dual Profile Channel and Ambience buttons) can be assigned either a mono or stereo source from the 64 Slots available in the Pro16e network. In addition, each mix channel button on the A360 can be independently set to either Mono or Stereo using the Stereo Link radio buttons. (Of course, your input devices need to be set up properly for these stereo links to work on the A360.)

Select a channel from the list to assign it to a button.

To change a mono channel button’s assignment, click to open the drop-down menu associated with the channel and then choose the desired network slot from the list. In the screen shot above, we are editing channel button #7. We are in the process of selecting a mono source, #10,  from the network.

Choose a drive and configuration number.

Choose a drive location and a configuration number to save your new file.

The drop-down menu for stereo channels contains pairs of odd-even network slots 1/2 through 63/64, plus the double dash ‘‘‑ ‑‘‘ character used to indicate that a channel button is unassigned. To change an assignment for a stereo mix channel button, click to open the drop-down menu associated with the channel and then choose the desired pair of network slots from the list.

Save a Configuration

Use the Save… command (in the File menu) to store your new configuration. A dialog box with drop-down menus allows you to select the storage device on your PC where configurations will be stored as well as which Configuration Number to use. Each storage device can hold up to 16 unique configurations, more than enough for a typical ensemble.

 

Load a Mixer Configuration Into the A360

Once you’ve created your custom configuration, it needs to be loaded into the A360 Personal Mixer. Follow these steps:

1.   Connect the USB memory device to the USB port on the rear of the A360 Personal Mixer.
2.   Move the rear-panel switch on the A360 to the Program position; the Save and Recall LEDs flash and the A360 mixing interface is temporarily disabled.
3.   Press the Recall button.
4.   The Save LED goes out and all 16 mix channel buttons begin to flash.
5.   Press the numbered mix channel button that corresponds to the configuration you wish to load.
6.   The yellow Mute LEDs beneath the mix channel buttons light in sequence as a confirmation that the configuration has been loaded successfully.
7.   Move the rear-panel switch on the A360 to the Custom position to use the new channel layout.

That’s it. Your custom configuration will remain in your A360 until you decide to change it. Of course, there’s more you can do with A360 Channel Manager, including saving mix presets from your Personal Mixers and editing existing configurations.  For more information, refer to the A360 Channel Manager User Guide.

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