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Using Control Ports in HiQnet London Architect

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Using Control Ports in HiQnet London Architect

In another guide we showed how to connect wall controllers to the Control Ports on Soundweb London devices. In this guide we will focus on London Architect and what types of controls can be assigned to Control Inputs and Logic Outputs.

Let us start by viewing the Control Ports in London Architect. There are two groups of Control Ports in the Design Tree for each Soundweb London device in the system. This is because Logic controls and DSP controls reside in separate parts of the device and can be used in different ways. More on this later.

Create a new design and add a BLU-160 to it. Open the Design Tree by selecting |View|Design| in the main menu bar of London Architect. This will open the Design Tree on your screen. Expand the categories called Devices| BLU-160’s | U1. If you expand both the Default Config folder and the Logic folder you will see a folder labeled Control Ports. Each of these folders represents the same control ports. The Logic control ports are used to assign Logic Sources and Logic Ends to external devices. The Configuration control ports are used to assign DSP controls. These controls can be any parameter from any default control panel within the design. You can only associate one Logic control or one DSP control to a given port at one time. Logic is executed on the Host CPU inside the London device, not on the DSP chip. This is why it does not use any DSP resources. The Soundweb London device can store and load up to 20 configurations, each with its own unique control port utilization. Each configuration is listed in the Design Tree and has its own control port assignments. This is why Logic control ports and DSP control ports are shown in separate locations within the Design Tree.

To assign a Logic Source to a Control Input, drag the button from the Logic Source control panel to the control port in the Logic folder. This displays the Assign Input Control Port dialog box. In this dialog box is displayed the control’s origin and a selection for Mode. The Mode selection will display different options based on the control being assigned to the port. In the case of a Logic Source button, the choices are Direct Action, Inverted Direct Action or Toggle. Direct action means that when the port is activated (or shorted to common), then the assigned button will be in the On state. Inverted Direct Action means that when the port is active the assigned button will be in the Off state. Toggle Action means each time the port is activated the assigned button will change to its alternate state.

To assign a Logic End to a Logic Output, drag the indicator from the Logic End control panel to the control port in the Logic folder. This displays the Assign Output Control Port dialog box. In this dialog box is displayed the Control’s origin and a selection for Mode. The Mode selection will display different options based on the control being assigned to the port. In the case of a Logic End indicator, the choices are Normal or Inverted.

Note: You can also click and drag the port from the Design Tree and drop it on a Control or Indicator to make the assignment.

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