We designed the TFT-422 remote at the same time as we designed the DFC-422 Remote. The DFC remote is designed to fit in the AMS Neve DFC console. A number of DFC-422 remotes were built for Twickenham Studios , Goldcrest and others. A prototype of the TFT-422 was made and photographed but none were sold at the time. . The advantage of the TFT-422 over the UR-422 or SR-422 are that the 3.5” TFT Display that allows for the status of multiple machines to be displayed and that the 7 LCD macro keys may be reprogrammed without the need to update a paper label.
I received the following from a USB-422 user - Peter Persaud at Foley One, Toronto, Canada
Pro Tools sees our Soundmaster but the lock time is super long now. Almost 3-4 seconds. I can get it to work locally from Soundmaster instantaneously if I put the ‘Allow 9-pin Transport Commands in Local Mode’ but I can’t get it to chase to the Master video player. If I take it off and just run the Remote function the system locks but again the super long 3-4 second problem. It seems as if the Pro Tools is ‘slewing’ and trying to catch up to speed or something. The Soundmaster says it’s locked, the Pro Tools play bar is rolling but no sound and the Stop tally is solid in Pro Tools and the Play tally is blinking for the 3 - 4 seconds like I described Any thoughts on how I can tighten up the lock time?
In order to synchronize Protools it is necessary to use a Protools-Dante Bridge. The current Protools software disables synchronization when using a network Dante Port!
Last week I visited Olivier Chouteau at Eclair in Paris, Olivier installed the first TMC-1-MMP1 system in a 7.1.4 studio. Daniel Gollety who makes the french translation of our manuals accompanied me on the visit - my French is not to good. Although configured as a 7.1.4 room one of the main reasons for using the TMC-1 is the ease in switching between Stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and 7.1.4.
SceneWhilst checking and updating the TMC-1-DMon for the latest version of the D-Mon software I found that I had labeled two user definable keys as 'Preset', Not Good!
'Scene' seems to be used more and more to describe setup presets, I have replaced the new TMC-1 'Preset' described in recent posts with 'Scene' and replaced the 'Preset' for the D-Mon with 'S.Preset'.
TMC-1-DMonWhilst making the updates I added D-Mon Studio Preset to the TMC-1 Scene so that when changing the studio setup it is also possible to change the D-Mon Studio Preset. Please let me know if it is necessary to include Session snapshots?
This week I have been interfacing the TMC-1 with the Yamaha MMP1. We have been waiting for a MMP1 since it was announced last year, a loan unit finally arrived last week . Before starting we had to buy a I-Pad (we are Android users and our OSC software runs on both), this arrived two days ago since then I have been writing code.
What is an EDL RecorderWhen a live broadcast is made from multiple camera's, for example reality programs, the EDL recorder connected to the video mixer so that a EDL is generated as the mix engineer selects the live camera sources. Often highlight programs want to show what occurred before an event, the recorded EDL facilitates this.
- The EDL is generated using time of day so that it can be related to the original production.
- A conform key has been added allowing the Start Record time for the EDL to be set to any value.
use with two S3's and a MTRX in a 5.1 Post room.
Although we have sold PD-3's to studios in USA, this was the first to be installed in London and I was eager to see how it performed in a working Studio instead of my test bench.
The PD-3 has two almost completely separate sections the Pec/Direct and TMC-1, each has its own processor and network connection. They share a power supply (5v or USB) and the TMC-1 Select Switch.
PD-3 TMC-1The day before I arrived Rory configured the TMC-1 section of the PD-3, renaming the inputs and defining the user key layout he wanted. As a post studio there was no need for Talk back or Listen back (unless the studio is used with Source Connect) . They have only two speaker sets 5.1 and Stereo TV (A sound bar) I set Advanced Menu 18 to disable the Alt Speaker selection so that the [Speaker] user key would toggle between Main and Mini Speaker outputs (named 5.1 and Stereo by Rory) instead of stepping through three selections.
New /improved User Key request
Stem configuration using PD-Stem
Once Boom have used the PD-3 for a few weeks Daniel and I will visit the studio again and find out how it performed in a studio environment instead of my test bench!
The TMC-1 implementation of OSC allows for multiple controllers to be used simultaneously. You can use the sample OSC pages that I designed or design your own talent controls. The talent can then control his own monitors using a tablet or mobile phone app.
The four selection keys(Link, Cue 1, Cue 2 and Cue3) allow the talent to select the sources, there is a fader for the level and a Talk key to activate the Listen Back input.
The 3, 2, 1, Go LED's are activated by Midi Note On messages from the DAW and can be used to cue the talent.
I will add talent screens for each of the Cue sends to the OSC file available from the TMC-1 page.
New User Keys - Talkback to AllWhilst in LA I added a [T/B All] and [T/B Alx] user keys, as the name suggests these keys talk to all cue outputs and do not require any setup. By positioning them in logical order with the talkback keys the numbers of subsequent user keys have changed. This changes the user key numbers for OSC. To simplify OSC implementation The TMC-1 now displays both the Number and Name of the last user key depressed in the top line of the TFT Display.
My plans for the I-Mon changed on the first day of the AES in New York, where I was informed that Netflix and possibly Amazon had decided on 9.1.6 as there home cinema format! I decided to include this format in the new I-Mon design. Unfortunately this will put back the release of the I-Mon Analogue immersive Monitoring system to January 2018.
Dolby also informed me that in most installations the Surround bass extension speakers are placed next to the LFE speaker. To simplify installation I decided to provide Surround bass extension via the main LFE output.
What does this imply for the I-Mon design?
The A-Mon frame has 32 inputs and 24 outputs with an extra 8 outputs if External Metering available as an option.
To optimise the use of inputs and outputs I decided to add the extra 4 inputs and outputs required by 9.1.6 to the 7.1.4 design using links on the board and software settings. This allowed the I-Mon to be configured for 9.1.6, 7.1.4 or 7.1.6 using links to assign inputs and outputs.
The metering switching also needs to be enhanced to allow all 16 outputs to be monitored in two banks of 8.
I-Mon Revised specifications for 7.1.4, 9.1.4 and 9.1.6
Note. Links are used to switch between Cue Input 3 or T/B input 2 and L/B Mic input 2
OSC in now available on all versions of the TMC-1 software. Several people have asked how to connect OSC to the TMC-1, below is the diagram from TMC-1 Reference showing how to make the connections. The only requirement is a Ethernet Server - WiFi or Wired depending on your connection to the tablet.
OSC Wifi Connections
The Computer connection is only required if you wish to control your DAW (Protools, Logic, Nuendo...) from the same OSC App on the Tablet. The TMC-1 will forward any commands that it does not recognize to the Computer, TouchOSC Keyboard and Midi commands will be routed directly to TouchOSCBridge on the Computer. If further routing is required you can install Osculator on the computer.
Please check the web first when you need information, I try to keep the web copy of
up to date and add extra information regularly.
TouchOSC for you phone or tablet is available from the Apple App Store for IOS or Google Play Store for Android.
TouchOSC-Editor to design your personal screens and TouchOSCBridge to control your DAW are available at hexler.net
Osculator OSC routing software is available at https://osculator.net/
AES NY 2017 STAND 214
The I-Mon is our new 7.1.4 Immersive Audio Monitoring system, based on our existing A-Mon Monitoring system with a number inputs and outputs reassigned. The combination of the I-Mon and TMC-1 is a stand alone Atmos capable system for the smaller studio.
The problem with analogue circuitry is that unlike digital systems the routing is defined by the hardware. The modular design of the A-Mon enabled the I-Mon to be made by redesigning a single board.
Main Input : 7.1.4
Alt Input: 7.1
2 dedicated Stereo inputs
2 or 3 Stereo and/or cue inputs
Stereo AFL input
1 or 2 Talk back inputs
1 or 2 Listen back inputs
Main Output: 7.1.4
Alt Output or Rear Bass Extension: Stereo
Mini Output: Stereo
4 Cue Send Outputs
Stereo Downmix Output
Optional External Meter O/P
You can download a I-Mon/A-Mon/XMon comparison chart
The I-Mon uses the same chassis as the A-Mon and has the same number of inputs, outputs and internal switches, the design of the I-Mon involved some compromises and rethinking,
1) Remove some A-Mon features for listening to 5.1 and 7.1 on Stereo speaker or 7.1 on 5.1 speaker layouts - No Centre speaker, No Rear speakers, No LFE Speaker.
2) Reassign 2 Stereo inputs as 4 Overhead inputs
3) Reassign 4 of the Alt outputs as 4 Overhead outputs
4) reassign 2 of the Alt outputs as Left and right Surround Bass Extension or Stereo Alt Output.
5) Cue input 1 can reconfigured as 2nd Talkback and 2nd Listen Back inputs.
6) Reassign SLS and H/P metering as Overhead input metering
7) Move Left and Right Metering to after Left and Right Source selection to allow SLS and H/P metering when PFL active
8) Add switching enabling the Cue Inputs be used as stereo inputs
9) Add an External metering output.
10) Add an Ethernet remote control connection
The PCB layout for the new card is now complete, we are now consulting with users before ordering and making the PCB's and metalwork. We welcome your input, especially before we commit the design to hardware!
Delivery for the I-Mon is currently about 6 weeks.
Currently there are 2 methods with the option for a third if requested
Using the 5.1 Output for Metering
Advanced menu 19 is used to select the Alt-Output function, select '5.1 Meters' to use this output for metering.
Connect a unused Cue output to Stereo meters
There are 4 cue outputs on the A-Mon, if you have an unused output it can be used to meter the Left and Right down mix by enabling 'Link' in the cue sends page. If you also enable the talk back to the cue output you can check that the talk back level is correct (thanks to Owen Curtin for this suggestion).
Modify the 7.1 rear outputs to feed Stereo meters
If your speaker setup is Stereo or 5.1 we can supply a plug in modification kit to route the Left and Right signals to the Rear Outputs. This will require a software switch added to the A-Mon which I am happy to add if/when a customer asks.