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Octaire Control Panel Operation

Octaire Control Panel operations consist of the following four basic tasks:

Choosing a mode, submenu, or list: press the Function Key to access the Function menu. Use the Control Dial and Select Key to choose the desired mode, submenu, or list.

Selecting

Inputs or outputs: press the corresponding Input or Output Key. Selected keys will change color or flash, depending on the routing state.

Values for fields (such as routing levels, volume, or preset values): use the Control Dial and Select Key.

Executing a command: press the Take Key.

Labeling Input & Output Keys

Each Octaire system ships with a custom labeling kit. Additional custom labeling kits may be ordered separately. The kit includes:

Label holders – Attach to the front panel above each row of Input and Output Keys.Perforated card stock sheets – Print, separate labels, and slide into holders.

The label template (an .xlt template formatted in Microsoft Excel) is included on the AMX AutoPatch CD and is available atwww.amx.com.

Slide label into holder before attaching to Control Panel

FIG. 32 Custom labels

Tip: When the labels are ready to print, we recommend printing a sample sheet on plain paper first.

To create and install labels for Input and Output Keys:

1.From the AMX AutoPatch CD, launch the Label Form Spreadsheet.xlt file.

2.Type the labels in the pre-formattedcells on the template according to the instructions in the template (if desired, use standard Excel editing tools to alter font size, spacing, color, etc.).

Do not modify the cell size.

3.Save the file for future use (recommended).

4.Print the labels on the perforated sheets provided, using any standard laser printer.

5.Trim off the excess label insert material where indicated.

6.Separate the label strips at their perforations (bend both ways first).

7.Slide the first label strip into a plastic label holder (position with open edge of holder up).

8.Peel the adhesive backing off the label holder and press the holder firmly onto the control panel above the appropriate Input or Output Keys. The silk screened labels on the front panel will aid in label holder alignment.

9.Repeat Steps 7 and 8 for the remaining labels.

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Executing Switches

A switch is an active connection between an input (source) device and one or more output (destination) devices. The signals connected in a switch command are individual signals or groups of individual signals coming through the connectors on the rear of an enclosure. You can execute switches from the Control Panel using the steps below or by executing a global preset (see page 51).

When executing a switch, you must specify the routing level (Virtual Matrix) that includes all the signals you want to route. The LCD displays All, Video, or Audio in the upper-rightcorner. If you need to change the routing level, see “Changing Virtual Matrices / Routing Levels” onpage 48.

Note: When you put the panel in Change Mode, available keys will be blue and any unavailable ones will not be illuminated. The first blue key selected flashes white and the next key(s) selected turns white. You can toggle thenon-flashingwhite keys between the selected (white) and unselected (blue) state before pressing the Take Key. For an example, seeFIG. 31 on page 44.

In an execute switch command either an input or an output can be selected first. To switch to multiple outputs, the Input Key must be selected first. With the Octaire Control Panel you can select and unselect Input and Output Keys to modify the switch as long as the keys are not flashing. Once satisfied with the switch selections, press the Take Key to execute it. (Or, if not satisfied with the selections, press the Cancel Key and start over.)

For new installations, we recommend executing a test switch to verify the system is working correctly before attaching all inputs and outputs. To execute a test switch, attach the first input (source) and first output (destination) and then complete the directions below. Depending on the signal type (e.g., component signals), you may need to attach multiple input and output connectors. For more information on test switches, see the “Installation & Setup” chapter (page 30).

The directions below switch Input 1 to Output 1 on the currently selected routing level.

To execute a test switch:

1.Press the Function Key. The Function menu appears.

2.Press the Select Key to choose Change.

The system is in Change Mode (the available Input and Output Keys turn blue).

Routing level

3.Press Input Key 1.

Input Key 1 flashes indicating that it is ready to switch. (Any outputs currently connected to Input 1 will turn white).

4.Press Output Key 1.

Output Key 1 illuminates indicating that it is ready to accept the switch.

5.Press the Take Key.

Input 1 switches to Output 1, and the keys turn blue.

The panel remains in Change Mode until the Function Key is pressed.

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Changing Virtual Matrices (Routing Levels)

The Octaire system supports three routing levels (virtual matrices) for switching signals: All (Audio-follow-Video),Video, and Audio.

Occasionally you may need to execute switches (or perform other operations) using a routing level other than the current one. The directions below give the steps to change from routing signals on All to routing on Audio.

To change the virtual matrix (routing level):

1.Press the Function Key. The Function menu appears.

2.Locate Virtual Matrix by scrolling with the Control Dial.

3.Press the Select Key. The V.Matrix list appears.

Current routing level

4.Scroll the Control Dial to Audio.

5.Press the Select Key to enter your selection.

The display returns to the top of the V.Matrix submenu. Audio becomes the new routing level used for all operations.

Newly selected level

6.Press the Function Key to return to the Function menu.

The system is ready to perform operations on the Audio routing level. The system will remain on Audio for all operations until the routing level is changed or the power is cycled (at which time the Control Panel will switch on the default routing level).

Note: To change the default virtual matrix, see the instructions onpage 60.

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Disconnecting Switches

Disconnecting a switch deactivates the connection between an input (source) and one or more output (destination) devices. Disconnecting an input will disconnect all outputs currently receiving the input's signal. An output can only be connected to one input; therefore, disconnecting an output will only disconnect the connection between the output and the input that is routed to it. Inputs and outputs can be selected in the same disconnect command.

You can disconnect inputs or outputs from the Octaire Control Panel using the steps below. If you need to change the routing level, see “Changing Virtual Matrices (Routing Levels)” on page 48.

Note: When you put the panel in Disconnect Mode, available keys will be blue and any unavailable ones will not be illuminated. When you select a blue key, it turns white. You can toggle the keys between the selected (white) and unselected (blue) state before pressing the Take Key. For an example, seeFIG. 31 on page 44.

Once the Control Panel is in Disconnect Mode, inputs and outputs can be selected and unselected by pressing the corresponding Input and Output Keys. Pressing the Cancel Key clears an incomplete disconnect command and returns the display to the beginning of the submenu. The disconnect command is not executed until the Take Key is pressed.

While in Disconnect Mode, the Octaire Control Panel will not show current routing for the inputs and outputs that are selected.

Caution: Disconnecting an input disconnects all outputs receiving that source signal even if a specific output(s) is selected at the same time.

The example below disconnects Inputs 1 and 3 and all outputs connected to them as well as Output 9.

To disconnect inputs and outputs:

1.Press the Function Key. The Function menu appears.

2.Locate Disconnect by scrolling with the Control Dial.

3.Press the Select Key.

The system is in Disconnect Mode (all the available Input and Output Keys turn blue).

4.Press Input Keys 1 and 3 and Output Key 9.

The keys turn white indicating that they are selected.

Routing level

Disconnect:

Press I/O then Take

5.Press the Take Key.

Inputs 1 and 3 (and all outputs connected to them) and Output 9 are disconnected as soon as the Take Key is pressed, and the keys turn blue.

6.Make additional disconnects.

Or press the Function Key to return to the Function menu.

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Verifying Signal Status

Signal status can be verified to confirm that a switch has executed properly or to confirm correct routing to multiple outputs (destinations). Verifying an input will illuminate all outputs currently receiving the input's signal. An output can only be connected to one input (source); therefore, verifying the status of an output will illuminate only the one input that is currently routed to it.

The status of inputs or outputs can be checked using the Octaire Control Panel. Once the Control Panel is in Status Mode, inputs and outputs can be selected by pressing the corresponding Input and Output Keys without changing the routing state. The panel stays in Status Mode until the Function Key is pressed.

To verify signal status on a different routing level, see “Changing Virtual Matrices (Routing Levels)” on page 48.

To verify the status of a signal:

1.Press the Function Key.

The Function menu appears.

2.Locate Status by scrolling with the Control Dial.

3.Press the Select Key.

The system is in Status Mode (all available Input and Output Keys turn blue).

Routing level

Status:

Press I/O Key

4.Press the Input Key that corresponds to the input you want to check.

The selected Input Key turns white, and any Output Keys receiving the input signal also turn white. Or press the Output Key that corresponds to the output you want to check.

The selected Output Key turns white, and any Input Key routed to it also turns white.

5.Select another signal to verify.

Or press the Function Key to return to the Function menu.

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Defining & Executing Global Presets

Global presets are predefined sets of switches that can easily be executed at one time. The Octaire Control Panel supports up to 64 global presets. A global preset number can be assigned to a routing state during runtime and stored by the system, allowing you to replicate an entire system state. (The system state includes audio volume/gain settings and all signal routings.) That system state can be restored at any time by selecting the assigned global preset number. Global presets can be defined or recalled using either the Octaire Control Panel or BCS commands interchangeably.

Defining Global Presets

A global preset is a snapshot of an entire system’s state which enables that system state to be recalled at a later time. Before defining a Global Preset, route the system to the desired state (including audio settings if applicable).

All 64 global preset numbers are displayed in the Global Preset submenu, even if not defined. Be aware that there is no indication to distinguish a Global Preset number that has been assigned to a routing state from an undefined Global Preset.

Caution: Westrongly recommend keeping track of the number and the system state routing used for each global preset. If a previously used number is assigned to another system state (using either the Octaire Control Panel or BCS commands), the former state will be automatically overwritten.

The example below defines Global Preset 3, and the example on the next page executes Global Preset 3.

Important: Wait approximately ten seconds for the system to permanently store the global preset setting before performing another operation.

To define a global preset:

1.Route the system to the desired state.

2.Press the Function Key. The Function menu appears.

3.Locate Global Preset by scrolling with the Control Dial.

4.Press the Select Key.

The Global Preset submenu appears.

5.Scroll the Control Dial to Define Global. Press Select Key.

The Define Global list appears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6.Scroll the Control Dial until Global Preset 3 appears.

7.Press either the Select Key or the Take Key.

8.Wait approximately ten seconds for the system to store the global preset setting.

The current routing state can now be recalled as Global Preset 3, and the system returns to the Global Preset submenu.

9.Press the Function Key to return to the Function menu.

Executing Global Presets

To execute a global preset:

1.Press the Function Key. The Function menu appears.

2.Locate Global Preset by scrolling with the Control Dial.

3.Press the Select Key. Execute Global appears.

4.Press the Select Key.

Execute Global Preset list appears.

5.Scroll the Control Dial until Global Preset 3 appears.

6.Press either the Select Key or the Take Key. Global Preset 3 is executed.

The system returns to the Global Preset submenu.

7.Press the Function Key to return to the Function menu.

Note: Status is not invalidated by global presets.

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Adjusting Audio

If your Octaire system routes audio, the control panel supports volume control, and adjustments may be made at any time during normal operation. Audio adjustments are made in real time as the Control Dial is turned and remain in effect until changed.

The Adjust Volume Screen displays the current volume setting and the range available for the specific audio output signal that has been selected for adjustment. The Adjust Input Gain Screen displays the current gain setting and the range available for the specific audio input signal that has been selected for adjustment. For more information on audio signals and specifications, see the “Signal Types” chapter on page 39.

When audio is adjusted for a source or destination switching on “All,” the adjustment remains in effect for that source or destination when it is switched on “Audio” and vice versa.

Important: For Octaire systems, the totalthrough-systemgain (the amount of input gain plus the amount of output gain) specified for any input/output routing path cannot exceed 10 dBr. If you enter a volume (gain) command that exceeds 10 dBr when it is combined with the gain of an input, the command will be accepted (and will be indicated in status results) but will not result in an audible difference of more than 10 dBr.

When the panel is placed in any of the Audio Modes, available keys will be blue and any unavailable ones will not be illuminated. When you select a blue key, it turns white indicating that it is ready for the audio adjustment. Audio adjustments are made with the Control Dial and do not require pressing the Take Key.

You can adjust output volume, mute outputs, and adjust input gain from the Octaire Control Panel using the steps below and on the following pages.

Adjusting Output Volume

To adjust the volume:

1.Route the destination (output) to be adjusted to the source (input); see page 47.

Note: Audio adjustments can be made without routing the switch.

2.Press the Function Key. The Function menu appears.

3.Locate Adjust Audio by scrolling with the Control Dial.

4.Press the Select Key.

The Adjust Audio submenu appears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5.Press the Select Key again to choose Output Volume.

The panel is in Output Volume Mode (all Input Keys are turned off, and the available Output Keys turn blue).

Routing level

6.Press the Output Key that corresponds to the output to be adjusted.

The Adjust Volume Screen appears, displaying the volume range of the audio signal and the current volume setting for the selected output.

Current volume setting

Volume range

7.Adjust the volume by scrolling with the Control Dial. The volume audibly adjusts as you scroll the Control Dial.

8.Select another output to adjust.

Or press the Cancel Key to return to the Adjust Audio submenu. (The Cancel Key does not undo the audio adjustments.)

Or press the Function Key to return to the Function menu.

Note: If the selected output is muted, “Muted” displays as the current setting(FIG. 33). Turning the Control Dial willun-mutea muted output and adjust the Volume.

FIG. 33 Example of muted output in Output Volume Mode

To reapply mute, see the following.

Muting & Un-mutingOutputs

Note: Themute/un-muteoption applies to output volume only and is not available for input gain.

To mute an output:

1.Press the Function Key. The Function menu appears.

2.Locate Adjust Audio by scrolling with the Control Dial.

3.Press the Select Key to enter the selection. The Adjust Audio submenu appears.

4.Scroll the Control Dial to Mute/Unmute.

 

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5.Press the Select Key.

The system is in Mute Mode (all Input Keys are turned off, and the available Output Keys turn blue), and any muted Output Keys turn white.

Routing level

6.Press the Output Key that corresponds to the output to be muted. The output is muted, and the Output Key turns white.

7.Select another output to mute.

Or press the Cancel Key to return to the Adjust Audio submenu. (The Cancel Key does not undo the audio adjustments.)

Or press the Function Key to return to the Function menu.

To un-mutean output while in Mute Mode:

1.Press the muted (white) Output Key.

The output is un-muted,and the Output Key turns blue.

Adjusting Input Gain

The purpose of “Input Gain Control” is to allow input (source) signals of varying amplitudes to be equalized before they are routed and the volume is adjusted. Equalizing input signals provides a consistent reference for volume adjustments and eliminates jumps when routing between different inputs.

Typical uses for input gain (the nominal level of the signal from the source device) include switching consumer and professional grade audio equipment (whose levels can vary noticeably) in the same matrix switcher. Input gain adjustment is also used for equalizing amplitudes between balanced and unbalanced source inputs.

Caution: We strongly recommend that input gain adjustments be made only by a qualified dealer or installer.

The following steps tell how to adjust input gain as part of the process of equalizing input levels.

To adjust input gain:

1.Route the source (input) to be adjusted to the destination (output); see page 47.

Note: Audio adjustments can be made without routing the switch.

2.Press the Function Key. The Function menu appears.

3.Locate Adjust Audio by scrolling with the Control Dial.

4.Press the Select Key to enter the selection. The Adjust Audio submenu appears.

5.Scroll the Control Dial to Input Gain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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