SYSTEM FAQs

Systems Basic FAQ’s (Q=Question, A=Answer)

(This system is not HUI and the max amount of channels is 128)

Q:1) Does this Plug In effect my signal level coming out of the D/A of my DAW.

A:1) No it does not change the level coming out of your DAW’s D/A converter. It only sends control voltage in the case of the SOLO8 and sends and receives control voltage in the case of the Moving Fader system.

Q:2) If I have automation written into a session and would like to keep the level changes and move them into the analogue world of the DAWtomation. Would my level and mute moves translate into the Plug In.

A:2) First I would suggest to do a save session as keeping the original in tact.

Next we would suggest you highlight the channel DAW automation moves and mutes, and paste them into the DAWtomation Plug In.

The next step would be to then delete your original fader moves on the DAW channel and have them sit at “0” dB.

Now you will have all of your levels controlled in the analogue domain by the DAWtomation Plug In.

Q:3) Where do I patch the SOLO8 in my signal chain.

A:3) If you are using a console we would put it as the last patch in the insert of the console.

If using a summing mixer we suggest putting it as the final part of the chain before the line input of the summing mixer.

(NOTE: If your insert or line input is unbalanced there are jumpers inside the SOLO8 board for unbalanced operation.)

Q:4) How do I calibrate my system to get the best sound out of the DAWtomation SOLO8 with a console or summing mixer.

A:4) The SOLO8 is made to follow the fader taper of most DAW’s internal level that reach +12 dB.

The output of the SOLO8 will go to an analogue level of +12dB.

Take a sine wave generator plug in and keep the internal DAW fader at 0 dB and the DAWtomation plug in at 0 dB. Then measure the D/A output with a voltmeter set to AC until you reach 1.23volts (+4dB).

Then proceed to move the individual channels faders panned to one side L or R to read 0 dB on the output of your console or summing mixer.

Q:5) How do I calibrate my system to get the best sound out of the DAWtomation MotorDrive with a console.

A:5) The MotorDrive is made to follow the fader taper of most DAW’s internal level that reach +12 dB.

The MotorDrive will read a physical analogue level of +12dB following the DAW’s taper.

Take a sine wave generator plug in and keep the internal DAW fader at 0 dB and the DAWtomation plug in at 0 dB. Then measure the D/A output with a voltmeter set to AC until you reach 1.23volts (+4dB).

And proceed to move the individual channels faders to 0 dB on the fascia panned to one side, L or R to read 0 dB on the output of your console or summing mixer.

(Note if your console does not have a calibration screw to achieve what is           listed above. Then it is suggested to adjust the output of your D/A.

As not all consoles are calibrated to go to +12dB at the top of their travel. If none of these solutions is available to you please contact us.

As we have some factory fittings that may be included while the system is being built.)

Q:6) What consoles can I install the MotorDrive into.

A:6) Its made to fit into any console with a minimum module width of 35mm. And preferably a minimum length of 174mm.

At 174mm we can only fit stock MACH I, Mach II versions.

We are able fit a Mach III with some modifications to the armrest and the ISEP rails to a 174mm fascia extending it out to 182mm.

Mach III will easily install in any desk with a fascia for 182mm in length.

(NOTE: We can do custom colours and panels at an additional fee.)

Q:7) How does the motor drive connect audio wise to my console.

A:7) Normally it connects with a pair of screened leads in and out of your desk. And that goes through the fader and the relay mute circuit to not add or change the colour of the desks sound.

If need be though we can make change over boards to have ribbon connector I/O’s if that is your desks provisions.

If your desk is a Neve 81,V,VR,88R series we will fit the control board with the buffer circuit normally located on the fader and you can connect it pin for pin via ribbon connector.

Q:8) Can I use my controller with the SOLO8 and MotorDrive if I wanted to.

A:8) Yes there is a section in the manual on how to do this as we though that people may want to work this way.

Q:9) How do I power the SOLO8’s.

A:9) There are PSU’s that can either use the BOB filter box that can accept one PSU and feed up to 3 units. Or just use one PSU to power one unit.

Q:10) I noticed that the SOLO8’s use VCA’s and a buffer amp will it change my sound.

A:10) The signal path for the SOLO8’s was made to be transparent and very low noise and distortion. Here are the spec’s below.

+28 dB before clipping

THD .008%

Crosstalk: @10KHZ -98dB @1KHZ -101dB

Noise At Unity Gain 20hz to 22khz -104 dB

POWER CONSUMPTION PER UNIT 333MA @ +/-15 Volts

All other questions that you may have should be answered in the rest of this website. Anything further please contact us at info@dawtomationsystems.com