X32 RACK: Everything you ought to know about Solo and monitor sources
The X32 RACK allows you to monitor audio sources on a set of headphones or monitor speakers when operating the console from a front-of-house position. 1. Connect a set of headphones to the ¼" phones jack on the front panel.
2. Alternatively, connect a set of monitors to the ¼" monitor outs on the rear panel.
3. Press the Monitor button.
4. Adjust the 6th encoder to select the audio source for the monitor bus, for example LR PFL (LR Pre-Fader Listen). This will output the main LR pre-fader signal to the monitors when no Solo button is selected on any of the channels or buses.
5. Adjust the first encoder to set the level of the monitor signal. Then, adjust the level of the connected headphones and/or monitor using their respective level controls on the X32 RACK front panel.
6. Press the Solo button on any input or output channel to send that channel’s audio to the solo bus. This operation will not affect the mix that the audience is hearing, nor the monitor mix heard by the talent. Input channels take priority over DCAs, DCAs take priority over buses, and buses take priority over main LRC/mono.
7. Press the “Clear Solo” button above the main fader to quickly clear the solo status of any and all channels. This is particularly useful when solo is active on a channel that is not present on the current input layer and you wish to quickly clear its solo status.
The solo bus also has various preferences that can be set using the second encoder, allowing you tailor its operation to your specific working style. Examples include:
1. Use “Exclusive” if you want the act of pressing another solo button to automatically disengage the previous solo. This is useful if you know you will never want to solo more than one channel of material at the same time. In this mode you can press several Solo buttons at the same time to solo the corresponding channels together.
2. Use “Solo Follows Select” if you want the solo selection to automatically follow any channel that you have selected. This allows you to quickly hear the audio of that channel in your headphones when you select it to adjust EQ, compression, etc. Remember that you need to solo a channel first before this function is active.
3. Use “Select Follows Solo” when you want the reverse to occur: Any channel that is soloed will automatically become the currently selected channel, allowing you quickly make adjustments for any channel you have soloed.
4. Use the “Channel Solo AFL” to listen to the channel signal after the fader and stereo PAN.
5. Use “Mix Bus Solo AFL” to listen to the mix bus signal after the fader and stereo PAN.
6. Use “DCA Group AFL” if you want to put the contents of a soloed DCA group into after-fader listen mode when the solo button is pressed on a DCA channel.
7. “Use Master Fader” option lets you adjust the solo signal on the monitor/headphones with the Master fader on the console.
Note: The master output level cannot be changed in this mode. This mode has primarily been designed for using the X32 RACK as a pure monitor console where the main bus is not used for your PA system.