Getting Started

Configure AirFader for Yamaha LS9 or M7CL

Setting up AirFader to talk to your console is not difficult, but paying special attention to network setup will make things much easier later. These instructions will help you determine your network router's current network configuration, so you can avoid making changes to the network itself. If you have not set up your wireless router, please follow their directions for a typical setup. Be sure to enable security for your WiFi network.

 

Connect your network

  1. Connect your Windows computer to your wireless network router, either via WiFi or CAT5 cable.
  2. Connect your audio console to the router using a CAT5 cable.
  3. Open AirFader, click Config, and choose the Server tab:


  4. Note the IP address which is normally assigned by your router (via DHCP). The first three sets of numbers are your "network prefix." The last number identifies your specific device. In this example the network is "192.168.2" and the computer is "104". It is okay if your prefix is different as long as all your devices have the SAME network prefix and DIFFERENT final number. Your router will handle most of this for you automatically but we need to know so we can set up the console.

 

Configure the console

  1. Enter the network setup on your console:
    • LS9: Setup --> Misc Setup --> Network --> SET
    • M7CL: Setup --> NETWORK
  2. Set the IP ADDRESS so that it begins with the network prefix you discovered earlier, and ends with a unique number. Routers usually use a specific range for automatic addresses, like 2-100 or 100-250, so if your computer has a high number, give the console a low number... or if your computer has a low number, give the console a high number. (But never use "1" or "255".) This way you can avoid another device getting the same address as the console.
  3. Set the GATEWAY ADDRESS to be your network prefix with "1" as the last number.
  4. Set the SUBNET MASK to be exactly "255.255.255.0".
  5. (MAC ADDRESS can't be changed and is unique for every console made.)

 

Install the Yamaha DME-N Network Driver

  1. Visit the Yamaha website:
    http://www.yamahaproaudio.com/global/en/downloads/firmware_software/networkdrivers/

  2. Select "Network Driver V1.2.3 for Win"
  3. Agree to the license agreement and begin the download.
  4. Open the ZIP file, then the "dme_nwd123_win" folder, and double-click to run "setup.exe"
  5. Follow the steps to install the driver. (There are no options to change.)
  6. Restart the computer. You must do this or the DME service won't start and AirFader will not work.

 

Configure the Yamaha DME-N Network Driver

  1. Open the DME-N setup from Windows Control Panel
    • Windows XP/Vista/7
      1. Click the Start Menu and choose Control Panel
      2. Click "Switch to Classic View" in the top left of the window, or type "DME" in the Search Bar
      3. Double-click the "DME-N Network Driver" icon
    • Windows 8
      1. Go to the Start Screen and start typing "DME"
      2. Click "DME-N Network Driver" from the search results
  2. Click "Advanced Settings" which is actually the easiest method.
  3. Enter your console's IP ADDRESS in both the "Detect From" and "Detect To" boxes.
  4. Click "Start"
  5. Your console should immediately show up in the list. Click to select the console, and click "Add To Device List"
  6. The new device will have a generic name like "UNIT1". Click to select it.
  7. Change the name in the "DEVICE NAME" box to something helpful like "LS932" or "HOUSE M7CL"
  8. Click "Apply"
  9. Click "Save and Close". We're almost done!

 

Configure AirFader

  1. Open AirFader
  2. Click "Config" and choose the "Devices" tab
  3. Select your console in BOTH the "Input Device" and "Output Device" sections
  4. Select the proper "Console Type" from the drop-down box
  5. Done!
  6. Go to the "About" tab and enter your license key if you haven't already, and then click "Save" followed by "Connect" to test it out!

 

Configure AirFader for Yamaha 01V96

The Yamaha 01V96-series of consoles do not have a network port, so you must use USB to connect to the console. This is where AirFader's client/server mode is very useful. You can connect AirFader for Windows to the 01V96 via USB, and connect a WiFi router to the AirFader machine. Then you can use AirFader for Android/iPad to mix wirelessly via WiFi.

BOTH versions of AirFader for Windows support the use of Android/iPad devices. The "Standard" version is limited to one user at a time, while the "Server" version allows multiple users at once.

 

Installing/Configuring for 01V96

First, check the MIDI settings on the 01V96 console:

  1. Press DIO/SETUP
     
  2. Select the MIDI/HOST tab
     
  3. Under SPECIAL FUNCTIONS, make sure StudioManager is set to "USB", "1", with ID "1"
     

Now go to the Windows computer:

  1. Install the Yamaha USB-MIDI driver for your console and version of Windows. It is available at Yamaha's website:
  2. Connect the 01V96 to the Windows computer via USB cable
     
  3. Start AirFader for Windows
     
  4. Go to "Config" and select "Yamaha 01V96-1" for BOTH Input Device and Output Device
     
  5. Select "Yamaha 01V96" for the Console Type
     
  6. Click Save.
     
  7. Click "Connect". (You may be asked for License Key info during your first time.)

If you're still not able to control the 01V96, please contact support.

Set up AirFader Server for Android or iPad

AirFader's Server Mode allows you to use mobile devices (Android or iPad) to create a Personal Monitor System. The console itself does not support more than one device at a time. AirFader solves this problem by working as a "repeater" and manages the connections and permissions for you.

Before you set up the server, make sure AirFader for Windows is configured and working with your console. (See "Support -> Getting Started" for specific instructions for your console.)

 

Server Configuration

The Server itself needs very little configuration. AirFader will "listen" for remote clients on all IP addresses assigned to your computer. (Usually just one, but if you have multiple interfaces it will use all of them.) For convenience, the current IP address is listed on the Server tab. The remote clients need to know this IP Address as well as the Port number in order to connect. If your computer's IP address is dynamically assigned by DHCP, be aware that it can change every time you connect to the network or reboot.

Note: It may be wise to assign a "static" IP address to your computer so it is consistent every time.

 

Port - The default port number (12301) should be fine for most situations. However, it can be changed if there is a conflict with existing services or firewalls.

Status - The current status of the server. It must be "Online" for remote clients to connect.

Start / Stop - Click once to Start or Stop the server. Stopping the server will immediately disconnect everyone.

Start Server when AirFader Starts - If you want the server to start automatically whenever AirFader is running, just check this box. Otherwise, you must manually start the Server each time you wish to allow remote access.

 

A Note about Firewalls

It is commonly recommended to simply disable your firewall, especially since this network should not be tied to the Internet at all for security and performance reasons. However, if you are able, we still recommend operating a firewall so you don't forget to turn it back on later. If so, your firewall must be configured to allow exceptions for inbound traffic on ports 12300 (Yamaha DME) and 12301 (AirFader Server).

Firewall or not, always use Wireless Security (such as WPA/WPA2, etc) when providing a wireless network - never run an Open/Unencrypted network. (Or MAC filtering, or something else.) Consider hiding the SSID to discourage nearby smartphones from innocently trying to connect and disconnect... consult the Internet for instructions on that.

 

User Management

Access to the server and mixes is managed using User logins. There is no (practical) limit to the number of user accounts, and a single user account can technically log in multiple times. Use your own judgement when determining how to manage security, but in general be conservative. (A person cannot accidentally mess with things they can't access to begin with.)

 

Adding a new user

  1. To create a new user, click "New User" below the Users list.
  2. Enter their "User Name". A first name may be sufficient. Capitalization is ignored and does not matter either way.
  3. Choose a password. Blank passwords are allowed. However, remember that anyone with access to your wireless network could gain control of your mixes by finding the password, so choose carefully.
  4. Make sure "Enabled" is checked. (To temporarily disable an account without deleting it, un-check this box and click Apply.)
  5. The rest of the check boxes determine what the user can control.
    • Channel Params
      Allows control of channel details such as Parametric EQ, HA, and PAN. (If a user does not have Channel Params access, they can only control faders and mute.) Disable Channel Access if users are simply controlling their own monitor mixes.
    • Master Faders
      This provides access to the Mix or Matrix faders. They must also have access to the individual Mix or Matrix. If a user has access to "Mix 1" but not "Master Faders", they can adjust individual channel sends to Mix 1 but not the overall level of Mix 1. On the other hand if they have "Master Faders" but no access to "Mix 1", they will not be able to do anything to Mix 1.
    • Rack/GEQ
      This provides access to the Graphic EQ and Outport level/delay controls.
    • Main Mix
      Allows control of the Main FOH mix.
    • Mix 1 - 24
      This determines which Mix bus sends the user can control. For personal monitor mixing, you may choose to give the user access to only one of the Mixes. (If a user has access to Mix 17, but the console only has 16 Mixes, it is ignored.)
    • Matrix 1 - 8
      Similar to Mix permissions, this gives the user access to Send-to-Matrix levels.
    • Per-Channel
      This limits which channels the user can access. It works together with Mix, Matrix, and FOH permissions to decide which faders to show. If a user has FOH access but only "Ch 17-24" channel permissions, then they can control the Main Mix for only those 8 channels.
  6. Finally, click "Apply" to save the new user.
  7. The remote client can immediately log in.

Editing a user

  1. To edit an existing user, click on their name in the "Remote Control Users" box.
  2. The screen will show their current access.
  3. To change their password, type it in the box; otherwise leave it unchanged.
  4. Click "Apply" when done making changes.
  5. Access permissions take effect immediately when you click "Apply." If a user loses access to the mix they're currently using, they are immediately taken to the "Select Mix" screen and cannot continue until choosing a mix they have access to. If a user is viewing the "Select Mix" screen, buttons will appear and disappear as if by magic! (No refresh or logout/login is necessary.)

Deleting a user

  1. To delete an existing user, click on their name in the "Remote Control Users" box.
  2. Click "Delete User" below.
  3. The user will be deleted. If they are using the server, they will be logged out immediately.
Create a Personal Monitoring System

A Personal Monitoring System gives each musician the ability to make changes to what they hear on stage, whether that's through floor wedges, headphones, or a wireless in-ear system. This is popular in House of Worship applications, for example, where there might be a large band but no dedicated monitor engineer.

Several hardware solutions exist that provide a small mixer for each musician. These devices usually only allow the system to work with 8 or 16 channels, and require expensive hubs and a lot of cabling. It typically costs $1,000 or more per mix to implement, and that doesn't include in-ear transmitters or wedges.

You can use AirFader Server to build a Personal Monitoring System that gives each performer access to ANY channel. With Android tablets available for under $200, you can add Personal Monitor capabilities for much less than a hardware solution.

To create a Personal Monitoring System, you need:

  • AirFader Server Edition
  • Microsoft Windows-compatible computer (either a tablet, laptop, or desktop is fine)
  • Compatible Digital Mixer (such as a Yamaha LS9 or M7CL)
  • WiFi-capable network router

For EACH musician, you also need:

  • Android phone/tablet or iPad
  • Microphone stand tablet mount (optional)
  • A monitor, such as:
    • Powered floor wedge (QSC K12, JBL EON, etc.)
    • Passive (non-powered) floor wedge and power amplifier
    • Headphone amp (similar to Rolls PM50S, Behringer MA400-MICROMON, or ART HeadAmp6PRO) and headphones/earbuds
    • Any in-ear monitor system (transmitter and belt-pack receiver) and earbuds

Because AirFader controls the console itself, it already works with your existing monitor system - whether you have floor wedges, headphone amps, wireless in-ears, or any combination. Just add a Windows computer with AirFader Server, and one Android device for each musician. If you're starting from scratch, you're not limited to a specific technology. Use what you can afford and whatever meets your needs, and build up your system as you go!

For each musician, simply create a "user" and password for them in AirFader Server setup, and give them access to the MIX that controls their monitor. Then install AirFader Mobile (Free) on their Android device, and set up their AirFader Mobile to point to your server and the user/password you created for them.

Mixing with AirFader can even be a "collaborative" effort. The FOH/Monitor engineer can still pull up any monitor mix at the console and either rough-in their mix in advance, or quickly fix a problem, without having to go on stage. This can be done from the console in Sends-on-Faders mode, or a tablet with AirFader Mobile that has "master" access to all mixes. You also get the ability to apply limiters or compressors at the console to help prevent musicians from causing damage to monitors (or ears!)

Android User Guide

NEW: AirFader LS9 Pro is now available directly from the Google Play Store. It allows direct connection to a Yamaha LS9 console.

 

AirFader Mobile for Android functions as a "remote control" for the Windows version of AirFader. It allows control of basic mixing functions and can be used either on the Main Mix or any MIX bus, allowing for remote monitor mixing. Access Controls in AirFader Windows version can be used to limit which mixes each user of the Android version is allowed to control. For example, you could provide full access to Phil the FOH engineer, while Guitarist Nich only has access to the front wedge mixes, John the Drummer can only control the drum wedge, and Singer Rachelle can only control her own in-ear mix.

The Windows version is still required and functions as a "server" to handles all the console communication, logic, and access control. This makes the Android app highly efficient: over a local network, movements have almost no visible delay and initial sync takes a fraction of a second. Since the Server always stays in contact with the console, the Android client can freely connect and disconnect with essentially no waiting. The Server Edition also allows multiple connections, so more than one Android client can be used at the same time. For example, each member of a 4-piece band could use their own Android phone as a personal monitor mixer, with the ability to adjust any input to their mix.

The Android app is available - for free - in the Google Play store. Just search "AirFader".

 

(This guide will be expanded after the new version is released)

iPad User Guide

 

Most configuration happens on the Server Side, so setting up AirFader on your iPad is simple. If you have not yet configured your Server or network, do that first: Set Up AirFader Server.

 

  1. Open AirFader on the iPad and click "Settings" from the bottom bar.
     
  2. Enter the IP address you set up for AirFader Server.
    • The server's IP Address and usernames/passwords can be found in AirFader Server by clicking "Config" and selecting the "Server" and "Users" tabs.

  3. Enter the Username and Password for the person using this iPad.
     
  4. Click "Connect" to log in with the new settings.

 

If you can't log in, make sure you're connected to the correct wireless network, and that the IP, Name, and Password all match what's in AirFader Server.
 

 

Configuration Notes

 

  • Changing any Server Settings will force AirFader to disconnect. Click "Connect" to re-connect with the new settings.
     
  • AirFader aggressively auto-connects every time the app starts, or the "Mixer" screen is shown, or connection is lost. If connection fails due to wrong address or password it will stop trying until you click the green "Connect" button, above

 

  • AirFader will disconnect if the iPad goes to sleep, but will automatically re-sync when it wakes up. It's very fast!

 

 

 

Usage Tips

 

Here are some overall tips on using AirFader for iPad smartly.

 

  • Pressing the "Mix" Fader Mode button (below "FOH") will switch to Sends on Faders mode for the last Mix used. Pressing it again will pop up a box to select a different mix.
     
  • If a button or fader doesn't show up, your Permissions in AirFader Server don't allow you to control it.
     
  • Faders are color coded based on their function:
    • White - Channel Fader Level (FOH Mixing)
    • Yellow - Channel Send to a Mix (Sends on Faders)
    • Purple - Master Level for a Mix (Mix Master)
    • Red - "Stereo Master" Fader (FOH Master)
    • Blue - Other Channel Parameter (Pan, etc.)
       
  • Knobs can be adjusted by touching inside the circle and then dragging outside to create a virtual "handle". Then move in a circle pattern around the knob to adjust. The bigger your circle, the easier it is to make small adjustments. If you run out of room, just tap and drag a new handle.
     
  • Knobs can also be adjusted by selecting them and then using the blue horizontal "Parameter Fader" at the bottom.
     
  • To choose channels for the Custom Layer, simply long-press the "Custom" button.
     
  • You can put your "Mix Master" fader on a Custom Layer! For example, put your 7 most important channels in your Custom Layer, plus the Master fader for your mix. Then you can do most things from a single page, and still have the option to choose "Channel" Layer mode to access the other channels.
     
  • To make small adjustments easier turn on Fine Mode by pressing the "Fine" button. Faders and knobs will move 1/5th as fast, and they can be "grabbed" anywhere on the fader track; not just the fader cap.
     
  • You can also "nudge" a fader slightly by tapping the top or bottom of the fader body. Tapping in Fine Mode will move just one step. (Horizontal faders can be tapped Left or Right but always move one step.)
     
  • To turn on Channel Level Meters click the "Meters" button in the right-side toolbox of AirFader Server.

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