Question: How do I navigate the ATDM-0604 Web Remote software?
Answer: The ATDM-0604 Digital SmartMixer® software is accessible via any standard internet browser on the same network. While setting up the mixer for the first time, you may use the Audio-Technica Locate application, which is available for free download from the Audio-Technica website. With your computer and the mixer on the same subnet, the Locate application will show the IP address of the mixer and provide a link to open the Web Remote in your default web browser. You may also connect the computer directly to the mixer with a standard Cat5 cable. For Locate to find the connected mixer, you may need to adjust the Network and Sharing settings on your computer, including enabling Network Discovery.
The first screen of Web Remote is the login screen. When logging in for the first time and for setting up the mixer, you will need to log in to the Administrator page. Once the mixer has been properly configured, you may log in to the Operator page. This page gives you access to basic operational functions such as volume and mute adjustments, which are all assignable and customizable in the setup.
The Mixer View is like any standard mixer and includes:
- SmartMixer Settings
- Channel Bus Assignment
- FBS (Feedback Suppressor)
The gear icon for each input channel allows you to copy the settings of that channel to another channel or reset to the default settings. (Figure 1.1)
The input type selector and gain levels may be set for each input channel.
Channels 1 – 4 are Mic level only. (Figure 2.1)
Channels 5 and 6 may be set to Mic level or 3 levels of Line level. (Figure 2.2)
The Stereo Channel may be set to the USB input or 3 levels of Line level. (Figure 2.3)
Additional buttons for input channels 1 – 6:
- +48V = Turns on/off phantom power for condenser microphone
- Polarity Switch = Turns on/off phase polarity inversion
- Low-Cut = Turns on/off 120 Hz, 6 dB/oct low-cut
- EQ = Turns on/off 4-band EQ settings
The 4-band EQ fully parametric settings may be viewed by pressing the pop-out window button. (Figure 3.2) The EQ pop-out also allows you to select saved EQ settings. Additionally, there is an “Easy Mode” consisting of simple, preset EQ settings. To change between the “Easy” and “Expert” modes, press the gear icon in the EQ pop-out window. The gear settings icon is also the place to save the current EQ setting or reset the EQ. (Figure 3.1)
The Output Bus buttons may be selected to direct a channel to a particular output or to multiple outputs. The channel output may be sent to Output #1, Output #2, or to the Stereo Output. (Figure 4.1)
You may change the channel name and color to help identify inputs or groups of channels. To change, double-click on the channel name bar. Select OK when completed. (Figure 4.1)
What sets the ATDM-0604 apart from other mixers is its AEC (Acoustic Echo Canceler) processing – the “secret sauce” that provides clear audio when using a soft codec such as Skype, Zoom or Google Hangouts. To adjust the AEC settings, select AEC on the right side of the screen to access the AEC settings pop-out window. (Figure 5.2) Additionally, for the Smart Mix settings, select Smart Mix on the right side of the screen. (Figure 5.1)
Each input channel has a Max Volume control which may be engaged. When engaged, the volume may not exceed the current location of the fader. This may be helpful when setting up the mixer for use by a variety users to ensure that a certain volume level is not exceeded. (Figure 6.1)
On the output tab, you have the three output channel strips, which operate similarly to the input channel strips. The gear icon for each output channel allows you to copy the settings of that channel to another channel or reset to default settings. (Figure 7.1, Figure 7.2)
Output #1 and Output #2 both have 3 output levels, which may be set to properly match connected devices. They may be set to +4dBu, 0dBV, or -10dBV. (Figure 8.1)
The Stereo Output may be set to -10dBV or -33dBV. (Figure 8.2)
The Feedback Suppressor, EQ, and Dynamics buttons need to be engaged to insert those settings into the signal chain.
To open the Feedback Suppressor, EQ, and Dynamics settings, click on the pop-out window button. (Figure 9.1)
The output has a 12-band fully parametric EQ. You may recall EQ settings by pressing on the gear icon in the EQ settings pop-out window. (Figure 10.1)
Each output also has a delay that you can set depending on your needs. (Figure 11.1)
The output channel strip name, color, fader, and max volume may be set just as on the input tab. (Figure 12.1)
The USB output may be selected to use any of the three output buses. To select, click on the USB Out tab on the right side of the screen. The AEC output selection is the audio for the far end of a conference call. (Figure 13.1)
The ATDM-0604 settings may be accessed by clicking on the large gear icon in the top right of the page. On the Settings & Maintenance page you have different tabs on the left side that allow you to dig into the settings. You may set a static IP, import or export the EQ settings for the inputs or outputs, set passwords for the Operator and Administrator logins, and set the Operator web page layout.
The Operator page may be configured to use different icons, labels, and groups. Each individual microphone or output may have its own user fader and mute, or they may be grouped together. Additionally, you may set a max volume for groups. (Figure 14.1)
Entire presets (commonly referred to as “scenes”) may be saved and recalled, allowing the ATDM-0604 to be used for different applications in the same space. Users logged in as an Operator may recall presets predefined by the Administrator. (Figure 15.1)
The ATDM-0604 SmartMixer Web Remote information may be found in the System Info Settings tab, as well as by clicking on the Audio-Technica logo in the top right corner of the screen for quick access to the current firmware version loaded on the mixer. (Figure 16.1)
While there is a lot of information in this blog post on the Web Remote Software for the ATDM-0604 SmartMixer, there is a lot more to dive into with the AEC and SmartMixer settings. These settings may be set based on the application, system setup and room acoustics. For assistance with the setup of these features, you may contact the Audio-Technica Application Engineering Team at AETeam@atus.com.
And, as always, if you have questions about other Audio-Technica products, please contact us here in the Audio Solutions Department.