Mixer Navigation

Site: QSC
Course: TouchMix Training
Book: Mixer Navigation
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Date: Friday, 24 May 2024, 10:08 AM

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Video Transcript

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Welcome to another session of the TouchMix Training Series.
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Today we're going to go over a simple but vitally important function of your mixer:
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how to update the firmware.
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This is a relatively simple process, but we're going to show you what it looks like,
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just in case you were wondering.
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We strongly encourage all TouchMix users to install the new 2.1 version of the firmware.
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It includes updates that will greatly increase short and long-term stability of your mixer.
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In addition, there are a number of great new features, including support for Midi-over-USB foot switches,
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more flexible functionality for scenes, and the ability to use your aux busses as subgroups.
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And, as always, the update is free.
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If you've already registered your mixer, you should receive an e-mail every time we release a new firmware.
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And you can always visit the TouchMix page on the QSC website for further information.
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Now the first step, of course, is to download the new firmware update from the website.
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If you are a PC user, you should be able to just double-click the zipped file
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that contains a compressed file that ends in tar.gz.
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If you're a Mac user, then your Safari browser may automatically attempt to unzip that compressed filed as well.
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To prevent this, you'll need to go to your Safari preferences, choose the General tab,
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and deselect the box at the bottom that says "Open "safe" files after downloading".
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Next you'll have to open it and extract the tar.gz file by specifying a destination.
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If you're still having trouble, you may need to change a setting in the Archive Utility.
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Double-click the drive for your computer's system and go to System > Library and go to Core Services.
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Find and open the Archive Utility. In the Menu screen, select Archive Utility and choose Preferences.
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Then uncheck "Keep expanding if possible." Then, proceed to unpack the file as described earlier.
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Once you're done with the process, you can change any of these settings back if you so desire.
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For both PC and Mac users, now that you have the tar.gz file,
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put it in the root directory of a USB storage device.
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This can be a hard drive or a thumb drive, just as long as it's formatted with the FAT32 file system.
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Insert this device into one of the USB ports on the back of the TouchMix and then stop.
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Ask yourself a couple questions. For instance, are you about to start a gig?
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Yes? Well then maybe now is not the best time to upgrade your firmware.
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Don't do it.
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This process will take a little while, so you have to be sure you have enough downtime to finish the upgrade.
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Ask yourself another question: do you want to save the current settings on the Mixer?
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If so, be sure to save a new Scene of your current setup so that you can recall it after the update.
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The update will reset all of your channel levels, labels, EQ, etc.,
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but all of your scenes and presets will remain intact.
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Once you're sure you're ready to update, press the Menu button, press Mixer Setup, and then Upgrade.
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You'll get a warning dialogue box to remind you of all the things we just told you:
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This is going to take some time, you'll lose your current settings, etc.
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The upgrade process cannot be interrupted and the device should not be unplugged until it's complete.
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If you mess this up, the TouchMix will explode. Okay, no, it won't explode.
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The TouchMix is designed to recover perfectly fine if it gets interrupted, but don't go testing that out.
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Don't be that guy. Nobody likes that guy. That's the same guy that puts the Mentos in the Coke bottle.
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I hate that guy. Everybody hates that guy, just don't interrupt it, alright?
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Now press Proceed and confirm one final time that you do want to do this.
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First, you'll see a loading screen.
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It may take up to 30 or 45 seconds to complete. Wow, that was faster than I thought!
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Settle down, that's just loading the upgrader application. Once the upgrader opens, you'll see this screen.
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Any available TouchMix upgrades will be listed under your USB devices here.
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If you want to back out, simply press the Exit button. Otherwise, press Update and the process will begin.
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This can take up to ten minutes, and it may look like it's not doing anything at times,
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but simply be patient. At the end of the process, a dialogue box will tell you that the upgrade was successful.
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Simply press OK and the software upgrader will close and the mixer will reboot.
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And that's it. Your TouchMix is ready to go with all of the latest features.
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Remember that updating your firmware is actually quite easy,
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but knowing what to expect really goes a long way.
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Thanks for watching.

Lesson Description

Learn the fundamentals of TouchMix's layout & operations.  We'll present a quick review of inputs & outputs, as well as the master wheel.