This guide will explain how to send audio signals to the Lexicon Effects unit from the XL desk and then back into the SSL XL desk from the Lexicon Effects unit before finally showing how to record the audio signals into Pro Tools.
Setting Up an Aux Send on the XL Desk:
1. For channels 1 – 16, in the St Cue and Mono Auxes section located in the middle of each channel strip, ensure the POST switch is not pressed in for each channel that needs to be sent to the Lexicon Effects Unit.
This will set the signal of the channel strip to be sent pre fader to the St Cue bus.
2. In the ST Cue and Mono Auxes section located in the middle of each channel strip, turn the ST CUE gain knob fully clockwise for each channel that needs to be sent to the Lexicon Effect Unit.
This will output the entire dry signal to the ST CUE bus pre fader.
Patching into the Lexicon Effects Unit:
1. Use two bantam cables to connect from XL Ster Cue L and R to either PCM 81 In L and R or PCM 91 In L and R respectively.
This will patch the stereo bus to the Lexicon Effects Unit.
Controlling Input Signals on the Lexicon Effect Unit:
1. On the Lexicon Effects Unit adjust the INPUT knob slowly from the 0 value marking (fully anti-clockwise) to an appropriate level.
The red LED indicates the input signal is clipping therefore adding distortion to the signal.
Patching Out of the Lexicon Effects Unit:
1. Use two bantam cables to connect from either PCM 81 Out L and R or PCM 91 Out L and R (this depends on which unit has been used) to SSL XL Stereo In 1L and 1R respectively.
This sends the stereo signal from the Lexicon Effects Unit to stereo channel 17 – 18 on the XL Desk.
Setting Up a Direct Out on the XL Desk:
1. In the TRIM section of channel 17 – 18 located at the top of the channel strip on the XL Desk, ensure the CHOP POST is not pressed in.
This sends the effect out of the direct channel of the SSL XL Desk and into Pro Tools.
2. For stereo effects ensure the MONO switch, located next to the channel strip’s pan knob, is not pressed in.
3. For mono effects ensure the MONO switch is pressed in.
This will sum the left and right channels together.
Setting the Inputs for Wet Signals in Pro Tools:
1. Click Track to open the drop down menu, located on the MAC toolbar located at the top of the screen, and Click New.
This will open the New Tracks window.
TIP: Alternatively use the keyboard shortcut shift + cmd + N to create a new track.
2. For stereo effects create 1 new stereo audio track in samples using the drop down menus in the New Tracks window.
3. For mono effects create 1 new mono audio track in samples using the drop down menus in the New Tracks window.
4. In the Mix window change the input of the track to Desk Inputs 17–18 (Stereo) for stereo effects or Desk Inputs 17 (Mono) for mono effects located in the I/O section of the channel strip.
5. Arm the record button for track and click the play button.
This will record the effect onto a Pro Tools track.
TIP: For every new effect sound create a new track and repeat steps 4-5 for that track.