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The miniDSP Device Console

Finding connected devices

The Discover Devices screen displays devices connected to your computer, or which have a network-accessible control interface.

Connected devices in miniDSP Device Console

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For network control, the miniDSP processor requires that a miniDSP Wi-DG be connected to its USB port. Note that network control is for miniDSP Device Console only – Dirac Live calibration can not be performed over the network.

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If your device is connected to a Wi-DG but is not visible here, confirm that you have updated the firmware on your Wi-DG to the latest version.

Connecting to a device

To connect to a device for editing and control, click on its name. While the device is connected, the Device Console displays three main areas:

  • The global control area has items that are not specific settings of the processor for the current preset. These items are described on this page.
  • The input channels area displays a control strip for each input channel.
  • The output channels area displays the routing from input to output channels, and a control strip for each output channel.

miniDSP processor in device console

If this is the first time you have used Device Console with your miniDSP processor, Device Console will check for an existing preset that was created with an older "plugin" user interface. If found, Device Console will automatically import it. This is done on a preset-by-preset basis.

When you are done, click DISCONNECT.

Using template devices

The Template Devices screen displays the complete list of devices supported by Device Console. This can be used to explore features of a processor that you do not have, or to edit your processor settings when you are not able to connect to it.

A template device "mirrors" the real device, so that you can edit your settings while not connected. That is, while you are editing the real device, the current preset is copied to the corresponding template device whenever you change presets and when you disconnect. You can then edit those settings in the template device.

To edit a template device, click on it.

Template devices in miniDSP Device Console

When you are done editing in the template device, click FINISH.

When you connect to your real device again, Device Console detects that you have edited the template and asks you if you want to use the settings from the edited template. Or, you can discard the changes you made in the template and revert to the settings that your device had the last time you were connected to it. This is done on a preset-by-preset basis:

Dialog when the template device has changed

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You will see a similar dialog if you edit the settings of your device using a different computer or the older "plugin" user interface (the latter is not recommended once you have migrated to the miniDSP Device Console).

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If you have more than one device of the same type, only one of them can be edited using the template device. If you have more than one device of the same type or need to edit your devices from more than one computer, you will need to manage your presets by exporting them to and importing them from files. See Importing and Exporting.

Settings

These settings are for Device Console itself (and not any connected processor).

{dc.name}} Settings screen

The Modes selection sets the DC to display with a light theme, a dark theme, or with the same theme as your operating system (Windows or macOS). If you choose the System option, you may need to quit Device Console and restart it for the change to take effect.

The Check USB Audio Driver feature checks if you have the miniDSP UAC2 audio driver installed, and that it is the latest version. It appears on Windows only. See Installation for more information.

The Create Program Snapshot feature is used to help miniDSP support diagnose issues you may be having with your unit.

Using Dirac Live

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The miniDSP processor implements stereo Dirac Live correction. That is, there are two channels of Dirac Live correction. After stereo Dirac Live correction, the audio signal is routed to the {{ no such element: dict object['num_channels_text'] }} output channels for processing such as parametric EQ and crossovers.

This section applies only to processors that have Dirac Live activated on them.

To start Dirac Live calibration, click on the START CALIBRATION button. The Device Console will disconnect and the Dirac Live application will start.

Dirac Live buttons - miniDSP Device Console

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Be sure to start the Dirac Live application from within the Device Console using the START CALIBRATION button. If you open the Dirac Live application by itself, it will not be able to detect the processor.

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Dirac Live calibration can not be performed over the network, so the START CALIBRATION button will be visible only if the processor is connected to the computer by USB.

Dirac Live room correction can be turned on and off with the DIRAC ON/DIRAC OFF button. The front panel knob and the remote control can also be used as a more convenient way to turn Dirac Live on and off.

Input sources

To select the input source, drop down the selector menu.

For processors with more than three inputs, the selectable inputs can set up by clicking on the CUSTOMIZE SELECTION button. Any input source can be enabled or disabled here.

Selectable inputs - miniDSP Device Console

If an input is disabled, it cannot be selected here, from the front panel, or by remote control. This is a convenience feature so that ununused inputs do not need to be cycled through.

Using presets

Preset selection and control - miniDSP Device Console

The miniDSP processor has four onboard presets, each of which contains all of the settings for audio processing except items controlled by the front panel and remote control (volume, mute, input source, Dirac Live on/off).

Selecting a preset

Click on the desired preset number. Or if you have renamed the presets, its name.

Renaming

Select the preset, then click the RENAME button. Enter the desired name, then click OK. The name can be up to 12 letters long.

Rename a preset - miniDSP Device Console

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The preset name is displayed in the Device Console only. The front panel of the processor will still display "Preset 1" through "Preset 4".

Importing and exporting

To import a preset from a file, click the IMPORT button, then navigate to a saved preset file and click Open. The preset will be loaded from the file. If Device Console is currently connected to the miniDSP processor, the preset will also be sent to the processor.

To export a preset to a file, click the EXPORT button. Navigate to the desired location in the file system, change the file name if desired, and click Save.

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It is not possible to load a preset from the processor back to the Device Console. We strongly recommend always exporting your presets to files when they are complete, to ensure that you don't lose them in future.

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To copy all settings from one preset to another, export the first preset to a file, select the second present, and then import the file that you just saved.

Resetting

To reset the current preset to default values, click the RESET button.

To reset all four presets to default values, click the RESET-ALL button.

Firmware updates

miniDSP Device Console will check for firmware updates when a device is connected, and notify you if one is available. To manually update the firmware, click the Refresh DSP Firmware and Refresh XMOS Firmware button.

Firmware management - miniDSP Device Console

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You do not need to use these buttons in normal operation. They are there in case your processor has issues and/or miniDSP Support instructs you to refresh the firmware.

Convert to Dirac Live version

Some miniDSP processors can be converted to a corresponding Dirac Live version with the purchase of an optional Dirac Live upgrade.

If you purchased a Dirac Live upgrade, you will need to activate the license on your device before you can convert to Dirac Live. See Activating Dirac Live below.

If you purchased Dirac Live together with your processor, it is already activated on the device.

To convert an activated device to Dirac Live, click Convert to .... After confirming, the device will disconnect and you will need to reconnect to it.

Convert to Dirac Live version - miniDSP Device Console

The presets will not be converted to the Dirac Live version. When reconnecting, you can choose to either restore all presets to their default values or to use existing Dirac Live version presets.

Restore after conversion - miniDSP Device Console

Convert to non-Dirac Live version

Some miniDSP processors that have Dirac Live can be converted to a corresponding non-Dirac Live version. This provides some different functionality in place of Dirac Live – such as user-settable FIR filters.

To convert to the standard version (without Dirac Live), click on Convert to .... After confirming, the device will disconnect and you will need to reconnect to it.

Convert to standard version - miniDSP Device Console

The presets will not be converted to the Dirac Live version. When reconnecting, you can choose to either restore all presets to their default values or to use existing Dirac Live version presets.

Restore after conversion - miniDSP Device Console

Note that this operation is fully reversible: you can freely convert back and forth between the standard and Dirac Live versions.

Activating Dirac Live

If you have not activated Dirac Live, the following screen will appear after you confirm in response to Convert to ...:

Activate Dirac Live

  1. If you have not already, purchase the Dirac Live upgrade from our website.

  2. Click on the button "Copy Activation Code to Clipboard". Send an email message to [email protected] with the specified subject.

Paste the activation code into the body of the email message.

  1. When you receive a response with an attached file, save the file to your drive. Click on LOAD FROM FILE and select that file, then press ACTIVATE.

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Please note that this is not an automated process. miniDSP will respond in normal Hong Kong working hours.

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