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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)

If you have not used Device Console with your Flex before, you will need to perform a one-time migration procedure. See Migrating to DC.

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 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.

Connecting to a device

To connect to a device for editing and control, click on its name. DC will update to display the device-specific sidebar on the left and the signal processing control interface in the main area on the right.

The signal processing area is divided into sections for the input channels and output channels. There is a control strip for each channel. The output channel strips also contain the signal routing matrix.

miniDSP Flex in device console

If this is the first time you have used Device Console with your miniDSP Flex, Device Console will check for an existing preset that was created with the older MiniDSP-2x4-HD "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.

Tip

Once you have switched to miniDSP Device Console, don't use the older MiniDSP-2x4-HD "plugin" user interface to connect to the miniDSP Flex any more.

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.

Template devices in miniDSP Device Console

To edit a template device, click on 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.

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While editing a template device, the level meters will display a "dummy" signal. To turn off the level meters while editing a template device, click the Mute button in the left sidebar.

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 Install USB Audio Driver feature installs the latest version of the miniDSP UAC2 audio driver. 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.

Device controls

The following sections apply when Device Console is connected to a processor, or when editing a template device.

Volume and mute

To change the volume from within Device Console, drag the slider:

Volume control - miniDSP Device Console

To mute the Flex, press the mute button:

Volume control - miniDSP Device Console

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While the cursor is over the volume slider, use the mouse scroll wheel to adjust volume.

Input sources

To select the input source, drop down the selector menu and select the desired input:

Input selection for Flex - miniDSP Device Console

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The input source can also be selected from the front panel or with a remote control.

The set of inputs that can be selected can be set up by clicking on the CUSTOMIZE SELECTION button. Any input source can be enabled or disabled here. This is a convenience feature so that unused inputs do not have to be cycled through when using the front panel or remote control. Use this menu to disable unused inputs:

Selectable inputs - miniDSP Device Console

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You cannot disable the currently-selected input.

Using presets

Preset selection and control - miniDSP Device Console

The miniDSP Flex has four onboard presets, each of which contains all of the settings for audio processing.

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Items controlled by the front panel and remote control (volume, mute, input source) are not stored in the presets.

Selecting a preset

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

Renaming

To rename a preset, select it, 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 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, the preset will also be sent to the Flex.

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 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 has issues or miniDSP Support instructs you to refresh the firmware.

Convert to Flex (DL)

Dirac Live is an optional upgrade to the miniDSP Flex. You can purchase and activate the upgrade from within the miniDSP Device Console. After the upgrade is done, switch to using the Flex (DL) User Manual.

Warning

All configuration presets will be erased. Ensure that you have saved all of your configurations to named files if you wish to preserve any of the data. Once your device has been converted to a Flex (DL), you will not be able to load the Flex configuration files into it. Any filters or crossovers that you wish to transfer over must be reloaded from scratch as a new configuration in the Flex (DL). Note that FIR filters can not be transferred, as the Flex (DL) does not provide them in a user-accessible way.

Note also that, since the Flex (DL) does not run at the same internal sample rate as the Flex, all biquad filters – including those generated by REW Auto EQ – will need to be regenerated at 48 kHz.

To begin, click on Convert to Flex (DL) in the Device Console sidebar:

Upgrade to Flex (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

1. Purchase the Dirac Live upgrade

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Before proceeding, check the system requirements for the Flex (DL), as they are higher than for the standard version.

Click on BUY UPGRADE. A browser window will open on stripe.com. Enter your payment details and click Pay. You will be redirected to an acknowledgement screen, and also receive a receipt by email.

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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. Here is an example:

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

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

Tip

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

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

Restore after conversion - miniDSP Device Console

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

Display settings

Controls to manage the front panel display are located in the left sidebar.

Idle Timeout

Click on "Idle Timeout" to set the idle timeout to a value between 3 and 120 seconds. After this period of time, the front panel will turn off. It will turn on again on any user interaction.

Brightness control - miniDSP Flex

Brightness

Click on "Brightness" to set the brightness of the display while it is on:

Brightness control with dimming - miniDSP Flex

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The minimum setting of "1" does not turn the display fully off, but to the minimum supported brightness level.