The color screen of the X32 offers a wealth of visual feedback and hands on control for the console. Whereas the dedicated top panel controls offer immediate hands-on adjustments for the most important operations of a channel, the color screens offer similarly immediate visual feedback for a selected channel, as well as more global areas of the console.
The screens are divided into three main areas:
1. Global Screen Elements
2. Main Display
3. Rotary Encoder Elements
Global Screen Elements
The “global” screen elements are located at the top of the screen, laid out in a horizontal row. They always remain visible no matter what specific screen the user has currently navigated to, because they displays console parameters that are always important to keep in view at all times. These screen elements include, from left to right:
Channel Indicator: Displays various elements of the currently selected, including:
1. The number of the specific input or output channel that is currently selected
2. The custom channel name (if one has been assigned)
3. Channel color (if one has been assigned)
4. Channel icon (if one has been assigned)
Show Indicator: This number, presented in a large orange colored font, displays the currently loaded show.
Scene Name/Number: Thus number, displayed in a smaller black colored font, indicates the number of the currently loaded scene.
USB Recorder File: Displays the name of the active file that is currently being recorded or played back.
AES50-A: Displays, by name, what AES50 based equipment is connected to the console’s AES50-A port. The green LED lights solid when a valid AES50 connection is present.
AES50-B: Displays, by name, what AES50 based equipment is connected to the console’s AES50-B port. The green LED lights solid when a valid AES50 connection is present.
Word Clock/Sample Rate Indicator:
1. Displays the current sample rate of the console.
2. The green LED illuminates when a valid internal or external clock is present.
3. Displays the current source of the clock:
- L: Internal Clock
- A: AES50 port A
- B: AES50 port B
- C: X-USB
Clock: Displays the current time of day in hours:minutes:seconds.
The main content of the screen is displayed in the middle of the screen and is divided up into different sections of information, depending on the specific screen being shown at any given time. Information shown in the main content portion of the screen consists of two types:
1. Display-only content: This type of content is a visual indication only and cannot be adjusted by the user. An example would be the graphical response curve of an equalizer or the response graph of a compressor.
2. Adjustable content: Content that displays an adjustable parameter, controlled by a dedicated top-panel control. For example, the “home” tab of the “home” screen displays a knob graphic for input gain (trim). This control is adjustable by turning the dedicated “gain” control on the top panel of the console, in the Channel Strip section of the top panel.
The most important information for any screen category will be located on it’s “home” page. However, most screens contain alternate pages of information that are also useful. They are represented by different “tabs” that can be seen towards the top of the screen. Each tab is named to describe the functions it represents. Navigate to these alternate tabs by pressing the Page Select left and right keys.
Rotary Encoder Elements:
The bottom of most screens contain 6 slots of information that are always paired with the 6 hardware rotary encoders located directly underneath each slot. The hardware encoders are used to adjust parameters displayed in these slots, and operate in the following manner:
1. Parameters displayed in the top half of each slot are most often “continuous” type parameters, and are adjusted by rotating the corresponding encoder located directly below the bottom of the screen.
- For example, in the “home” tab of the Home screen, the “gain” parameter of the selected input (located in slot 1) is adjusted with the first encoder.
2. Parameters displayed in the bottom half of each slot (outlined in dark grey) are most often “on/off” style parameters, and are adjusted by pushing the encoder inward, using it as a button.
- For example, in the “home” tab of the Home screen, the “link” parameter of the selected input (located in slot 1) is adjusted with the first encoder’s push action.
3. If a given screen contains more parameters than fits into the 6 slots, then a 2nd set of slots is made available. Navigate to the next set of slots by pressing the Layer down key, and the bottom-of-screen content will change to display the next set of 12 parameters to be adjusted. Press the Layer up key to return to the original set of 12 parameters.