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ADX Technical Tips:  Configuring Inputs and Outputs


Groups Tab
Use this page to put several zones into a group. Groups are useful for controlling several zones at the same time with volume, source selection and mute commands. You can also create 2.1 audio zones (a full-range and a low-pass zone output joined together) using the group feature. (More on low-pass mode: page 10.)

To set up a group, use the following steps:
  1. Label groups on the Favorite/Group Naming page.
  2. On the Groups page (illustration on page 12) double click the junction between a zone and a group to include a zone in a group. The group name is displayed in the upper left corner when you click on a junction square.
  3. Repeat this step for all other zone/group combinations desired. 


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The ADX Setup Utility is the easiest way to perform advanced setup tasks, as described below. Most of these tasks may also be accomplished using serial or Ethernet commands, and some are accessible via the ADX front panel controls.

Download the Utility and the manual:

Configuration File

When you import a new ADX or your existing ADX configuration, ths tab lists all commands and command descriptions in the configuration file; primarily used for diagnostics and troubleshooting. In most cases this information should not be modified.

Source/Zone Naming

This tab lists all current Zone and Source Names. To change the names of zones and sources, double click in the appropriate field and type in your changes. Use up or down arrow keys to move to the next field.

These characters are allowed for naming fields:

A - Z
a - z
0 - 9
' ' space
'-' dash
'.' period
',' comma
'/' forward slash
'!' exclamation
'?' question
'\' back slash


Favorite/Group Naming

This tab lists all current configured Favorites and Groups.  To change the names of Favorites and Groups, double click in the appropriate field and type in your changes. Use up or down arrow keys to move to the next field.

 


Zone Audio Controls

    This tab includes all software tools required to modify zone-specific DSP settings for the ADX.
Below is a summary of each tool:
10-band Zone Equalization (ZQ Mode)
    1.  Select the zone you wish to adjust
    2.  Select ZQ Mode from the DSP Mode dropdown menu
    3.  Make desired EQ adjustments for any of the 10 available frequency bands*

 



Global EQ Presets
(Preset Mode)
The ADX includes 10 built-in “Global” EQ presets, which can be used by any ADX zone.  By default, all 10 EQ presets are flat.  Adjusment of global EQ presets is accomplished using the ADX EQ Presets page (See page 10).  Once all EQ presets have been set up, preset mode can recall any global preset to a zone.
    1. First, make sure the desired EQ preset has been set up on the ADX EQ Presets page.
    2. Select Preset Mode from the DSP Mode dropdown menu.
    3. Select a zone.
    4. Select the desired EQ preset from the ADX EQ Preset dropdown menu*.





Bass & Treble
(Tone Controls)
    1.  Select the zone you wish to adjust.
    2.  Select Tone Controls from the DSP Mode dropdown menu.
    3.  Make any desired bass and treble adjustments*.   


*IMPORTANT NOTE:  In order to hear your changes, you must transfer all utility settings into the ADX using the “export” option from the File menu.  For real-time ZQ adjustment and monitoring, EQ presets, bass & treble changes, etc. program the serial commands into a remote control system such as URC, Command Fusion, or RTI.




LowPass and HighPass Filters

Used to turn any zone output into a dedicated mono low-pass output for a subwoofer, or high-pass output for stereo speakers. A low-pass zone output can be grouped with another zone output to create a 2.1 audio zone group.  IR and serial group commands (source, volume, and mute) can then be used to control both outputs as one zone.  More details on 2.1 channel zone groups.




EQ/Tone Disabled

If no EQ or tone mode is desired select EQ/Tone Disabled from the DSP Mode dropdown.  All levels will be flat, but previous settings can be recalled by switching back to ZQ or Tone Mode.



Volume

1. Select a zone.
2. Adjust volume to the desired level*.
3. If your installation requires a fixed volume level from the ADX (i.e. volume level is adjusted through an external amplifier or volume control), select the “Volume Lock” setting.  When an ADX zone is set to “Volume Lock”, it ignores all ADX volume up/down commands (Serial, Telnet or IR) and remains at a fixed full output level.

Balance
1.    Select a zone.
2.    Adjust left/right balance levels accordingly*.




ADX EQ Presets Page

The ADX includes 10 built-in “Global” EQ presets, which can be used by any zone.  By default,
all 10 EQ presets are flat and require adjustment for use.  The ADX EQ Presets Page allows
you to name all 10 presets and adjust band settings for each.


Modify and Store Global EQ Presets
1. Select a ZQ preset.
2. Name the preset in the ADX Preset Name text box.
3. Make any desired adjustments to EQ sliders*.

* IMPORTANT NOTE:  In order to hear your changes, you must transfer all utility settings into the ADX using the “export” option from the File menu.  For real-time ZQ adjustment and monitoring, EQ presets, bass & treble changes, etc. program the serial commands into a remote control system such as URC, Command Fusion, or RTI.


Save EQ Preset to an EQ File
Occassionaly, it may be desired to save a global preset’s EQ settings to an EQ file so that those settings can be used in future installations.  This is accomplished using the following steps:
  1. Select the EQ preset you wish to copy settings from.
  2. Under the PC Quick EQ Presets section, click the “Save” button.
  3. Name the EQ file.
  4. The EQ file is now saved in a folder on your computer for use in other projects. To recall, the EQ file must reside in the same folder with the PC Utility.

 



Favorites Tab

Set up audio “scenes” such as party, dinner, game night, etc.  Each scene is a list of zone/source combinations.  All favorites can be recalled with a dedicated serial or IR command, or from the front panel of the ADX.  To set up a favorite, use the following steps:
          1. Label your favorites on the Favorite/Group Naming page (See page 8).
          2. Back on the Favorites page select a favorite name from the “Choose a Favorite” list.
          3. Double click the junction between a zone and a source to include a source/zone combination into a favorite scene.
          4. Repeat this step for all other source/zone combinations you desire to be included in the favorite scene.
          5. Follow steps 2-4 above for all additional favorites.

 



Network Page

This tab allows you to adjust the following:

1.    Network settings (Enable DHCP, IP Address, Network Mask & Gateway).
2.    Lockouts (Front Panel Buttons & Front Panel IR).
3.    Display brightness.


 Download the Utility and the manual:



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