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The Representation of, and Control over Mixing Desks via a Software-based Matrix

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The control over all the parameters of a mixing desk can be a daunting task. This paper describes a software system that has been created to represent the signal processing and routing functions of MIDI-controllable mixing desks in a conceptually clear manner. Input to output routings are displayed in the form of a matrix, while signal processing functionality can be accessed at the inputs, outputs, and cross-points. XML is used to capture the elements of the mixing desk, and to associate appropriate MIDI control messages with these elements. This enables the same matrix template to be used for many mixing desks. Remote control is enabled by IP-based MIDI routing software known as MIDINet.

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