iLive 101 – Show memories and USB scene transfer

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You can archive your configuration as a Show memory. Show memories overwrite all the settings. These include all current parameters, system DSP and control configuration, all 250 Scenes and the user preferences. Shows are stored on the TouchScreen computer within the Surface and can be transferred between systems using a USB key.

iLive provides two types of Show memory: Template Shows to give you a quick starting point for standard applications, and User Shows to store your customised settings for recall later or transfer to other iLive systems.

Note – Shows will not load on iLive systems running an earlier version of firmware than the system used to save the Show. However, Shows saved on earlier firmware versions will load on systems running more recent firmware. If you are working with an earlier version show we recommend that you re-archive it as a current version show. This may add parameters that were previously unavailable in the older version.

Settings stored in a Show memory:

  • Current Settings Includes all the current mix parameters, processing parameters, preamp settings, names and colours, patching, effects, clock source, talkback and signal generator settings, and Surface strip assignments.
  • Mix Configuration The way the MixRack has been configured. Includes the current mix bus architecture, channel stereo assignments and global direct output source.
  • User Preferences Several user options including Scene switch enable, latching Talk switch, LCD value display, linking fader banks. Note that some options are not stored in the Show. These remain with the system and include PAFL preferences, temperature units and LCD contrast.
  • All Scenes The names, contents and descriptions of all the Scene memories are stored within the Show. Recalling a Show overwrites the Scene list with the Scenes stored in the Show being recalled.
  • All Libraries The user Libraries are stored within the Show. These overwrite the current libraries on recall. Note that the User Libraries can be separately stored to and recalled from a USB memory key.

Settings not stored in show memories include Temperature Units, Fader Bank Linking, LCD contrast, Network Settings, PAFL Settings, Current SEL/MIX/PAFL selection, Current User, User Profiles and passwords.

To archive your configuration, overwrite an existing Show, or to recall a Template, User or USB show go to the UTILITY / Configuration / Show Manager screen.

Note – For iLive to see the Shows on your USB key they should be placed in an ‘allenheath\shows’ folder in the root directory of your key. If you have previously archived Shows to the key using an iLive then this folder should have already been created.

iLive can transfer its Show memories, libraries and log files between the onboard computer and an external PC or another iLive system via a USB memory key. You can also recall a show directly from the key without the need to copy it to the Surface first. Use a good quality, non-partitioned USB key. Shows are saved as xml files.

USB Scene Transfer

Recalling a Show may not be ideal in a festival situation where several guest engineers arrive with their settings stored as Shows on their USB keys. You may not want important settings such as output processing and patching overwritten. The USB Scene transfer function lets you select Scenes or ‘last settings’, and transfer these to Scenes within the iLive. A Transfer Filter can be assigned to block selected parameters from being overwritten.

To select and transfer Scenes from the USB key go to the UTILITY / Configuration / USB Scene Transfer page. Before transferring Scenes touch the Filter button and select parameters from the list to Block or Allow their transfer. Use the Filter + and – keys to expand or collapse the parameter tree. The Filter tree is similar to the Scene contents list.

Note – Transferring Scenes from the USB key does not immediately change the iLive settings. You need to select a transferred Scene and Recall it using the SCENES screen before its settings take effect.

Note – Scenes transferred into the iLive in this way may have been created on an iLive system with a different mix bus configuration, layout and patching. The transfer does a ‘best fit’ to match parameters to the iLive. Check the settings after recalling the Scene.

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