Topic: TotalMix FX 1.10 preview now available for download
The next version of TotalMix FX, 1.10, which is supposed to be released at Musikmesse, is now available as beta (preview) for public testing.
These are the news:
- Mirror function for outputs
- Copy function for input and playback channels
- Copy function for input/output FX
- Added right mouse button context menu to the Matrix channel labels
- New option Hide Control Strip in Window menu
- All faders of a fader group which include the Main output now follow the ’Do not load volume/balance’ option
- Added Mackie remote Extender support
- Channel names edit for Control Room and Channel Layout dialog
- Choice of None for Main Out
- Support for the Babyface Pro
Here are the details.
Mirror function for outputs
Finally! Whatever output signal, you can now easily have the same signal on any other output. Right click on an output, select ‘Copy / Mirror <channel name>’, right click another output, select <Mirror of <channel name> - that’s it. As often as you like (read: have channels).
Under the hood we use synchronized submixes, so all mirrored outputs get the exact same submix setup, and will follow any change done in the mix simultaneously. This is easy to see by all mirrored outputs getting highlighted at the same time, and the input/playback routing menu, where all those routing destinations are marked at the same time. Of course the Matrix shows this technique as well, in every detail.
The beauty of this ‘synchronized submix’ concept is that the output settings themselves, fader, gain, EQ, Dynamics, stay fully individual! You can also just remove the mirror function and continue working on the submix, now no longer coupled to the original output’s submix.
The former workarounds – abuse Cue to get a doubled output, and set up the exact same submix but miss all the changes thereafter – are gone. And yes, even the oldest RME system (as long as it is supported by TotalMix FX) can now take advantage of this new, useful feature!
Question: can I now mirror Mains to a third output where I activate the LFE EQ preset and connect a subwoofer? Answer: yes. After linking the faders Main and Sub as fader group it works perfectly. As long as you don’t use Speaker B, Talkback or Ext In….the subwoofer channel is outside the Control Room Section and therefore not controlled (muted) as necessary. But don’t worry, the Multichannel Control Room is the next step to finalize this kind of operation.
Copy function for input and playback channels
A feature from the old TotalMix, in fact the only one not found in TotalMix FX. Missing requests kept us from adding it, but now that it is fully included you will wonder how you could live without it before.
The function is as simple as can be. Copy Input copies one input or playback channel’s current routing into any number of outputs, and allows to set all these routing/mix settings to a different input or playback channel. Example: you set up a guitar with EQ, and route it with different levels to several outputs. Now there’s another guitar that requires the absolutely same routings and levels. Instead of manually checking all routings and applying them to the new input simply right click on the guitar input channel, select ‘Copy Input <channel name>, head over to the new guitar input channel, right click and select ‘Paste Input Mix <channel name> – done!
This enables totally new applications. For example when an input has changed to a different one, and rerouting at the source is complicated or tedious, simply copy the channel over to the new one.
Copy function for Input/Output FX
Oh wait, what about the EQ? Yes, there is now a quick way to copy/paste the complete channel state, including EQ, FX Send and Dynamics. Simply right click again on the second guitar channel and select ‘Paste Input FX <channel name>.
This process was split into two actions to allow to only copy the whole FX stuff, like it is very often required in the output channels. Example: to copy the Main’s output EQ to Speaker B simply select Copy Main and paste FX onto Speaker B – there you go!
We added all the Copy stuff for Playback channels as well, but there are no FX, obviously.
Added right mouse button context menu to the Matrix channel labels
All the above features are found in the right click menus on all three rows of the mixer view. Users who prefer to work in the Matrix view will be pleased to hear that the Matrix got the right mouse click menu too, on inputs, playback and output labels. The highlighting of the labels has been improved, and mirrored outputs are highlighted simultaneously, like in the mixer view. Although you cannot see the FX settings in the Matrix, you can still copy and paste them there as well. We thought whatever, give them everything…
Hide Control Strip
In the top menu, Windows, the new option Hide Control Strip does exactly that, in both views, to optimize screen space usage.
All faders of a fader group which include the Main output now follow the ’Do not load Main volume/balance’ option
When changing between snapshots users often don’t want the current listening volume to change. This can be achieved by activating the option ‘Do not load Main volume/balance’ from the Preferences dialog. In multichannel setups, where a fader group is used to control the levels of Main and several other channels outside the Control Room Section, this option affects only the Main output, causing immediate mismatch and failure when changing the snapshot. In version 1.10, all faders of a group that includes Main now no longer load volume/balance when this option is active.
Added Mackie remote Extender support
In the Settings dialog (F3), tab MIDI, the new entry ‘Extender to…’ allows to add an extender to your existing Mackie remote. The numbering is quite flexible, so it is possible to put the extender left or right of the main remote, and have the same arrangement in TotalMix. This new feature also enables to build fader blocks for other Mackie compatible remotes. You can have multiple remotes synced as one big fader block, and move the whole block from one button.
Channel names edit for Control Room and Channel Layout dialog
The names of the channels in the Control Room section (Main, Phones x) can now be edited/changed by the user. We hesitated to enable this feature for a long time. TM FX can be complicated for beginners as well as advanced users. The manual refers to Main and Phones, and the Assign dialog will continue to use these names. So it is important to have these channels always with that name to not cause total confusion. On the other hand we understand that advanced users want to label their Phones mixes with better matching names (artist, location…).
Our solution is to disable the double click on the channel name in the Control Room section. Those channels can only be renamed in the Channel Layout dialog by a double click in the second column, Name (User), which now allows to edit the name. Enter jumps to the line below, so editing all names is quickly done.
Choice of None for Main Out
In the Assign dialog the top entry is now ‘None’. With Phones also set to None the Control Room is empty, all hardware outputs stay in the left side. This feature has been demanded from users who use MADI cards and are not interested in any master volume or Control Room functionality.
Unfortunately (similar to the complete list of outputs for Main/Phones) this new feature requires a firmware update for all devices with dedicated DSP. It works with all non-FX units (Multiface, 9632 etc), up to the HDSPe MADI, as well as the Babyface. The HDSPe MADI FX can use it also, being the only exception to this rule.
As you can guess there have been heavy changes on the code, so we might not have caught all the bugs or unwanted behaviors. Please use TotalMix FX and report anything you find, or just want to comment on, in this thread.
And don't forget: playing with these new features is real fun, because a simple click on Undo (or multiple) will get you back to where you started!