This guide will explain how to safely reset the SSL XL desk, reset the patch bay without damaging any cables and how to save, close and back up a Pro Tools session at the end of a production session. This is an important step because the studios need to be ready to use in a default configuration for the next group/user.
Resetting the Monitor Section:
1. In the Monitor Section located on the lower right side of the XL desk, turn down all knobs to their minimum setting (fully anti-clockwise) including the MONITOR LEVEL knob. This will ensure no loud pops or sounds will be heard from the Genelec 8040As when resetting the desk.
2. Again in the Monitor Section, ensure that only the MIX A button has it’s LED set to on. This prevents any pops or sounds from entering other monitor sources such as headphones used in a recording session.
Resetting Channel Strips:
1. For all channel strips on the XL desk including MIX A, pull down the faders to the Infinity (∞) value marking.
This will prevent any pops or sounds outputting from the desk’s main outputs.
2. In the MIC PRE section on channel strips 1-8 located on the upper left side of the XL desk, turn down the red gain knob labelled dB to the +20 value marking (fully anti-clockwise).
This will prevent any loud pops or distortion when microphones are connected in future sessions. Failing to do this could also result in damaging the mic pre-amps or speaker cones.
3. Again in the MIC PRE section on channel strips 1-8, ensure all +48V switches are not pressed in as this could damage microphones connected to the desk in future sessions, especially ribbon microphones.
4. In the MIC PRE section on channel strips 1-8 and TRIM section on channel strips 1-24, ensure all switches are not pressed in to reset the desk to the default configuration for the next group.
5. If the 500 Series EQ has been used ensure all switches are not pressed in, the trim knobs labelled dB are set to the centre position and the frequency knobs labelled kHz and Q knobs are turned fully anti-clockwise.
6. In the Stereo Cue and Mono Auxes section on channel strips 1 – 24 located along the middle of the XL desk, turn down all green knobs down to the Infinity (∞) value marking (fully anti-clockwise).
This will prevent loud sounds from potentially entering headphone mixes in future recording sessions that use the aux buses.
Resetting the Patchbay:
1. Unplug all bantam patch cables and XLR patch cables by their connectors, not the cable’s wire, from the patch bay and store on the correct cable hooks located in the room.
Saving and Closing a Pro Tools Session:
1. To save a Pro Tools session click File located on the upper left of the screen on the Mac toolbar to reveal a drop down menu and click either Save, Save As or Save Copy In depending on the type required.
TIP: For more information about the available save options and Pro Tools project management, see ‘Pro Tools Essentials – Basic Project Management’ guide on YouTube via this link.
2. To close a Pro Tools Session click Pro Tools located on the upper left of the screen on the Mac toolbar to reveal a drop down menu and click Quit Pro Tools located at the top left of the screen.
Alternatively use the keyboard shortcut cmd + Q to close the session.
Backing Up a Pro Tools Session:
1. Open finder using the dock at the bottom of the screen and navigate the folders to find your Pro Tools session folder.
2. Click and drag the session folder to a desired storage medium. Use a USB drive or cloud service, such as Google Drive, to back up a Pro Tools session.
3. Ensure it is not just the .ptx file that has been stored but all contents of the session folder, especially the audio files.
TIP: Always store copies of sessions on multiple devices to prevent losing work in case one of the storage mediums fail.