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Creating presets

Presets are a quick and efficient way to recall a known configuration of one or more DSP blocks.  The process of creating presets is the same for Audia or Nexia software.  A preset resides in the configuration file (.dap or .nex) and can be recalled from the Audia/Nexia software, a daVinci panel, or an external trigger (Select 8, contact closure, or 3rd-party controller).  This article describes how to create presets in an Audia or Nexia configuration file.

Creating a preset

To create a typical preset, open your Audia or Nexia file, and follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Presets menu and select Create/Edit/Recall.
  2. There is a tray on the right side of the Create/Edit Preset window with several buttons.  Click the New button to create a new preset.
  3. Assign a descriptive name to the preset by editing the Preset name field.
  4. If you'd like this preset to be recalled every time the device is powered up, check the Set as power-up default checkbox.  There can only be one power-up default preset in any configuration file.
  5. If you'd like all audio in the system to be briefly muted while this preset recalls, check the Mute audio during recall checkbox.
  6. The Available DSP block window shows all of the blocks in your file, and the Selected DSP blocks window shows all of the blocks that will be affected by this preset.  Using the Add and Remove buttons, ensure that every block that needs to be affected by this preset is listed in the Selected DSP blocks window.  If there are blocks that you don't want this preset to affect, make sure they are listed in the Available DSP blocks window.
  7. Edit the state of each DSP block to be included in the preset as required.  To do this, you can right-click on any DSP block in the Selected DSP blocks window and select Open Control Dialog.
  8. Once all blocks are in the desired state, click the Save button.  When you click Save, the state of every block in the Selected DSP blocks window will be recorded.  When this preset is later recalled, all selected blocks will be set back to their current state.
  9. Your preset has now been created.  You can expand the tray on the bottom of the window to see all of the presets that exist in this configuration file.

Fine grain presets

Normally, a preset will record the state of every parameter within a block.  When that preset is recalled, every parameter of that block is changed.  However, in some cases, that behavior is not desired.  For instance, there may be a case where you want a preset to change the state of some crosspoints in a matrix mixer, but leave the state of other crosspoints unchanged.  This is possible by using fine grain presets.

Fine grain presets are created by using the Edit Block Fields button in the Create/Edit preset window.  To use this feature, complete the following steps while creating a preset:

  1. Click on a block in the Selected DSP block window to select it.
  2. Click on the Edit Block Fields button.
  3. In the Select Block Preset Fields window, check the checkbox for any parameters within that block that you'd like the preset to affect.  Any unchecked parameters will not be affected by this preset.

Further reading

If a preset has already been created and you'd like to modify it, see How to modify an existing preset.

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