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    Sam Drazin
    Setting up Channel Strips and Configuring the Monitor Tab
    Topic posted November 15, 2011 by Sam DrazinExpert, last edited November 26, 2013 by AdminProficient, tagged how-to 
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    Setting up Channel Strips and Configuring the Monitor Tab
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    Overview

    The Monitor tab is a view of Wireless Workbench where you can display a set of parameters for all networked Shure wireless equipment in a single window. Channel strips display a set of channel parameters, and can be configured depending on the model of device.

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    Relevant Devices

    Wireless Workbench 6 renders channel strips for networked Shure wireless microphone/PSM systems only. This includes the following devices:

    • AXT400 receivers
    • PSM1000 Transmitter
    • UHF-R receivers (UR4S, UR4D, MW4S, MW4D, UR4S+, UR4D+, etc...)

    With a properly configured network, you will be able to access the channel strips for any of the devices listed above. While online, you can control certain parameters of the physical devices themselves via Wireless Workbench.

    Access

    Channel strips are accessed from either the Monitor tab. You can view a channel strip for both offline and online devices. A device must be in the inventory for you to access it's channel strip. Either add devices from the Add New Device dialog, or discover them from your network.

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    Switch to the Monitor Tab. There are two portions of this view which you will interact with.

    • The column on the right is called the "Device Chooser". This will display all channels for which channel strips can be displayed in the "Channels" section.
    • The large area on the left with the dark background is the "Monitor View". When you select for channel strips to be displayed, this is where they will show up.

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    Display a Channel Strip

    To display a channel strip, click the channel of a device from the Device Chooser. The channel will be highlighted green, and its channel strip will be displayed on the Monitor View.

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    You can display as many channel strips as you would like at a given time.

    Configuring Channel Strips

    For each model/type of device, you can configure which parameters are displayed on its channel strip. Right-click anywhere in the Monitor View and select "Channel Strip Settings".

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    The Channel Strip Settings dialog is displayed. This dialog will allow you to specify which parameters will be shown for the different Shure wireless devices.

    First, you can dictate how many channel strips will be displayed per-row. The "Select number of channels per row" field will control how many strips-wide your layout will be before adding channel strips to the next row. This value is set to 14 by default.

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    Next, you will see tabs for each type of device. On the "Microphones" tab, you can add the parameters you would like to see for all microphone channel strips.

    Parameters on the left (under "Available Parameters") are not currently displayed, while parameters on the right (under "Current Channel Strip Configuration") are. To add parameters to be displayed, select them on the left, and select "Add".

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    Once you have added all desired settings for microphone channel strips, proceed on to PSM strips and follow the same steps.

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    Select "OK" to confirm your changes, and notice that your channel strips update to show the requested parameters.

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    Drag the channel strips into a different order to rearrange them. When you save a show file, the last channel strip configuration will be remembered.

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    Channel Groups

    You might have a group of channels that you associate with one-another, and always want to see at the same time. Wireless Workbench provides Channel Groups for this scenario.

    In the Device Chooser, expand the section entitled "Channel Groups".

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    Select "Add Group" and enter the name of your channel group.

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    Once created, you are ready to add channels to the group. Ensure that the channel is selected in the Channels area (highlighted green), and drag the channel's name to the Channel Group area, dropping it onto the group you'd like to add it to.

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    The channel name will be displayed under the group name when it has been successfully added.

    Continue to add selected channels to your group. Once complete, you can select the group from the Channel Groups area. When you select a channel group, it will hide all other channel strips being displayed, and only show that group.

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    You can build up multiple channel groups, and even include the same channels in multiple groups to customize displays within your Monitor View.

    This method is recommended when viewing large numbers of channels. Organizing them into groups will allow for quick access to a subset of channels, and keep the Monitor View uncluttered.

    Answer

     

    • cdeming
      Not sure if this is the place to post suggestions, so I apologize in advance if it is not.
      It would be helpful to have the ability to allow the color that can be assigned to each channel in the "Inventory" tab be carried to the "Monitor" tab channel strip name. The color already follows in the "Frequency Coordination" tab, why not the "Monitor" tab?

      Cory Deming
      Farber Sound
    • EdJaniszewski
      WWB definitely needs the ability to freely arrange devices in the monitor view. I have 32 devices in three different racks on stage, each rack has a different number of devices so organizing by number of devices in each row doesn't help. I want to be able to arrange devices as they sit in their respective racks. Currently, trying to locate one specific device among 32 devices is cumbersome. Cory's suggestion about color would be a step in the right direction and if combined with the ability to freely arrange devices things would be near perfect.

      Ed Janiszewski
      Nashville

     

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