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The miniDSP Device Console

The miniDSP Device Console ("DC") is the new configuration and control software for miniDSP audio processors. It replaces the earlier "plugin" control software. In contrast to the earlier software, Device Console provides:

  • A single software program to control all miniDSP processors
  • Over-the-air (OTA) self-updates
  • Detection and installation of firmware upgrades for your processor
  • Purchase and activation of Dirac Live upgrades (where applicable)

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 Flex Eight requires that a miniDSP Wi-DG be connected to its USB port.

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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. In particular, the Flex Eight requires that the Wi-DG be on firmware 0.9.5 or higher.

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. See Input channels.
  • The output channels area displays the routing from input to output channels, and a control strip for each output channel. See Signal routing and Output channels.

miniDSP Flex Eight in device console

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. See Obtaining Support.

Input sources

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

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 Flex Eight 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).

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 Flex Eight 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 Flex Eight, the preset will also be sent to the Flex Eight.

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 Flex Eight 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 Flex Eight has issues and/or miniDSP Support instructs you to refresh the firmware.

Convert to Flex Eight (DL)

Dirac Live is an optional upgrade to the miniDSP Flex Eight. You can purchase and activate the upgrade from within the miniDSP Device Console.

To purchase the Dirac Live upgrade, click on Convert to Flex Eight (DL) in the Device Console sidebar:

Upgrade to Flex Eight (DL)

Read the information and warning notices and click through if you wish to proceed.

The upgrade is a two-step process: 1. purchase; 2. activate.

Dirac Live upgrade purchase page - miniDSP Flex Eight

1. Purchase the Dirac Live upgrade

Click on BUY UPGRADE. A browser window will open on stripe.com. Enter your payment details and click Pay.

miniDSP purchase Dirac Live upgrade

The Stripe payment page redirects to an acknowledgement screen:

miniDSP purchase Dirac Live upgrade

You will also receive an email receipt.

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After you press the Buy Upgrade button, miniDSP Device Console will wait for an acknowledgement from the payment system. If you decide not to proceed with the upgrade, click the back-arrow button near the top left of the purchase screen and the Device Console will return to normal operation.

Cancel Dirac Live upgrade

If you just close the payment window, Device Console will wait 30 minutes for the acknowledgement; in that case, quit and restart the Device Console application.

2. Activate the Dirac Live upgrade

After payment completes, return to the miniDSP Device Console window. You will see acknowledgement of successful payment:

miniDSP purchase Dirac Live upgrade

Click OK to return to the upgrade screen.

Dirac Live upgrade purchase page - miniDSP Flex Eight

Click on RETRIEVE KEY ONLINE to retrieve the activation key. Then click ACTIVATE to activate the upgrade on your Flex Eight.

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Retrieving the activation key online requires an active Internet connection. If you have a device that needs to be activated while offline, save the activation key file that was attached to the purchase acknowledgement email onto a USB stick. On the device to be activated, click LOAD FROM FILE and select the file from the USB stick.

After activating, the Flex Eight will restart. When it comes back online, it will appear in the Device Console list of devices as a Flex Eight (DL).

The miniDSP Flex Eight presets will not be converted to the Flex Eight (DL). When reconnecting, you can choose to either restore all presets to their default values or to use existing Flex Eight (DL) presets.

Restore after conversion - miniDSP Device Console

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Be sure to use the Flex Eight (DL) version of the manual/help after you have completed the upgrade.