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:konductor | Quick Start Guide

Learn how to quickly setup :konductor with this step-by-step guide.

Quick Start PDF Tech Specs PDF

Overview

Step-by-Step

Step 1 | Connections

Switch power on. Connect a computer or switch to the CONTROL A network port.

The Network LEDs will start to blink.
:konductor uses a DHCP client and will automatically configure its IP address. Without a DHCP server reply a link-local IP address (169.254.x.y) will be self-assigned. An additional fixed IP address can be configured via KLANG:app (e.g. on the front display, requires USB keyboard) CONFIG > INFO > Set > Set fixed IP
Connect a Wireless AP or DiGiCo SD/Q to CONTROL B.
As per default ALL network ports (CONTROL A/B, LINK, Front) are connected to the same internal switch, and must therefore not be connected externally to the same network/ switch to prevent network loops.

Step 2 | KLANG:app

Open KLANG:app and go to CONFIG > CONNECT and choose your device.

If the computer is connected via Ethernet, WiFi should be disabled as running two active network connections could interfere with the device discovery process.

Step 3 | System Setup

For the next steps, work in Admin mode. Click and hold CONFIG for 3 seconds.

  1. Go to CONFIG > SYSTEM to specify your sampling rate (SINGLE 48kHz or DOUBLE 96kHz). Regardless of these settings, KLANG:konductor provides 16 mixes of 128 mono input channels each.
  2. To apply these changes, click and hold RESTART for 3 seconds.
This device does not offer sample rate conversion (SRC) and
must therefore run with the same sample rate as the incoming audio stream. Or the DMI card must offer SRC itself such aus the Dante64@96 DMI card.

Step 4 | IO & Routing

Power off the device before swapping cards!

Install required DMI cards, e.g. Dante, MADI or Optocore. Here is a list of supported DMI cards.

Per default DMI 1 delivers the first 64 input channels and DMI 2 input channels 65–128. All 16 Mixes are returned to channels 1–32 of each DMI card per default.

Go to CONFIG > ROUTING and check routings TO: and FROM: 3Diem. Set clock source or apply different routing choices e.g. to convert between DMI cards or to the CUE output.

Step 5 | Phones & Cue

  1. Activate Engineer CUE via front touch display or KLANG:app
  2. Select a mix to be cued. Per default the CUE output is routed to the headphone amp. Otherwise, check and set routing as described in STEP 4.
  3. Connect In-Ears or Headphones to the front.
  4. Adjust volume with the volume control knob. Push to extend or retract.

Step 6 | Enjoy Immersive In-Ear Mixing

  1. Go to CONFIG > CHANNELS and set colors, icons and edit channel names. Assign to individual groups.
  2. Create immersive in.ear mixes using STAGE and FADERS

:kontroller LINK

For control:

Connect a :kontroller to the front port and assign a :konductor mix to the :kontroller.

For audio:

Install a DMI-DANTE or DMI-DANTE64@96 into :konductor. Connect its primary Dante port to :konductor’s LINK port.

The KLANG Control and Dante network are now the same network as they are connected to the same internal switch. CONTROL A/B provides a multicast filter, i.e. no multicast traffic will leave on these ports. It is safe to connect Wireless APs or consoles on these ports, but Dante will not work through these ports.

If Control and Dante are required to stay separate networks, see the VLAN in-depth guide:

Learn how to setup Dante Follow

Technical Info

Warnings & Precautions

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  • To reduce the danger of electrical shock, DO NOT remove covers. There are no user serviceable parts inside KLANG products. Please refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. DO NOT handle the power cord with wet or moist hands! Class I device: Connect only to main socket outlets with protective earth. Unplug main power cord to ensure an all-pole disconnection. Keep main power socket easily accessible at all times.
  • DO NOT expose this device to rain, water or other types of liquid or moisture (incl. splashing or dripping, dew or fog). Never place objects filled with liquids, such as vases, bottles or glasses on or near the device.
  • Operating Temperature: 0 °C to 50 °C (32 °F to 122 °F). Avoid exposing this device to sources of heat.
  • Using any audio system at high volume levels can cause permanent damage to your hearing. Set your system volume as low as possible. Avoid prolonged exposure to excessive sound pressure levels.

Compliance

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This device has been tested and found to comply with the requirements defined in: EN55103-1:2009, EN 55103-2: 2009, EN 55022:2006/CISPR 22:1997, CAN/CSA-CEI/IEC CISPR 22:02 and FCC 47 CFR, Part 15.

Safety

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EN 60065, 7th Edition, Rev.: 09/21/2012; CAN/CSAC22.2 No. 60065:03 (R2012). RoHS Compliant and Pb-Free.

WEEE – Recycling

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According to RL2002/96/EG (WEEE – Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) electronic equipment has to be recycled and does not belong in the standard waste. If you are unsure how to recycle this product please contact us and we will recycle the device for you.

FAQ

:konductor

What kind of network switches work with Dante?

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Generally, managed switches with deactivated EEE are preferred for Dante networks. Follow this guide to find the features you need.

How can I update DMI expansion cards?

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Login with KLANG:app to your :konductor. Go to CONFIG > INFO > SET > Update DMI cards.

The DMI card firmwares are included in the KLANG Operating System (KOS). A KOS Update might offer new firmwares, but they will never be installed automatically. Head to CONFIG > INFO to check if a new firmware is available for your DMI cards.

Here is a more detailed guide.

Which DMI expansion cards are supported in :konductor

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The KLANG Operating System (KOS) on :konductor officially supports the following DMI expansion cards:

  • DMI-DANTE
  • DMI-DANTE64@96
  • DMI-MADI
  • DMI-OPTO
  • DMI-DAC

 

Learn more about the supported DMI cards.

How many :apps can be connected to KLANG immersive processors?

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Our products are designed and tested to be used with at least 1 :app or :kontroller per mix, plus 2 :apps for engineers. In most cases is is possible to use even more apps, there is no fixed limit.

How many KLANG devices can be connected?

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Depending on your input channel requirements and the number of mixes required, more than one KLANG device can be connected to the same control network. Input channels arriving on KLANG:fabrik e.g. via MADI, can be routed to other KLANG:fabrik’s and KLANG:vier (48kHz only). Dante input channels can be routed to as many receiving devices as needed. Depending on the network load Dante Multicast flows have to be used and managed switches with proper IGMP snooping and QoS configuration should be used.

Most KLANG immersive processors can be configured to work in a cascade of units.

There is no limit other than your network limitiation as to how many KLANG:fabrik and KLANG:vier can be added to your network. KLANG:app will show each KLANG device available on your network.

How can I store and recall presets?

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Presets are by default stored inside the immersive processor hardware and can be recalled directly via KLANG:app. In order to backup presets or transfer them from one KLANG device to another, simply connect with KLANG:app go to the CONFIG > PRESET page, select a preset from the dropdown and click TRANSFER. Presets are interchangable between different immersive processors e.g. between KLANG:fabrik and KLANG:konductor.

More info on Preset…

How can I listen or CUE into mixes?

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All KLANG immersive processors allow for CUEing into all available mixes. This is particularly helpful for monitor engineers that need to constantly switch between mixes. Details on the CUE functionality can be found here.

Which Sampling Rates are supported?

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KLANG:vier can receive (Dante and ADAT comp.) and transmit (Dante) audio with 44.1 and 48kHz.

KLANG:fabrik can receive and transmit digitial audio (Dante, MADI, ADAT comp.) with single speed sampling rages 44.1/48kHz and double speed sampling rates 88.2/96kHz. At double speed, ADAT comp. inputs and outputs use SMUX format. MADI input can receive 28/32channel with high frame rate and SMUX. Transmit is always high frame rate with 32 channels.

KLANG:quelle can receive Dante audio with 44.1/48kHz, 88.2/96kHz and 176.4/192kHz.

KLANG:vokal, DMI-KLANG and :kontroller and :konductor can work with 48kHz and 96kHz and offer the exact same channel count / mix count with both sample rates.

 

What is a mix or an output? Is it mono or stereo?

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A mix (or :output as labelled on the back of e.g. KLANG:fabrik) always refers stereo pair of output channels. In order for the 3D processing to work the connection between our immersive KLANG in-ear mixing processor and the in-ears / headphones has to be stereo as well.

Do I need a control computer for the DiGiCo console link?

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Yes. The KLANG DiGiCo Console Link requires a computer running KLANG:app for setup and for operation.

Do I need special headphones or in-ears to experience 3D sound?

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No. KLANG incorporates binaural technology and processes the sound inside a KLANG processor to work with your own pair of standard stereo headphones or in-ears. In fact, it is not important if your headphones are open or closed, electrostatic, dynamic or use balanced armature drivers as most in-ears do. You can use universal fit in-ears or custom molded in-ears. Just make sure that the polarity is correct and the left and right signals go to the correct ears.

Is it Personal Monitoring System or is it a tool for Monitor Engineers?

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Both.

The KLANG system is designed to be very easy to use especially if you don’t have years of experience in mixing monitors. The 3D in-ear mixing functionality enables musicians to get a very transparent and natural in-ear / headphone mix and a very short time.

At the same time, our products and especially KLANG:app offers all features experienced sound engineers or monitor engineers expect when working with a mixing tool for the live or studio market. Especially features like CUE mixing for musicians is a feature you want to use at mixing monitors constantly.

Why are all other groups turned down if I increase the volume of one group?

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KLANG:app and KLANG:kontroller offer customizable DCA groups for an improved mixing workflow e.g. during a show. By default, the volume of all other groups is decreased when the volume of one group is increased. This helps to keep the sound pressure level approximately the same and prevent the mix to get louder.

However, if you want to deactivate relative DCA group mixing go to KLANG:app > CONFIG (requires Admin mode to change this setting) > INFO > SET > Disable KLANG:app Relative Group Mixing

In order to change the behavior for KLANG:kontroller login with KLANG:app to your KLANG:kontroller (requires Admin mode to change this setting) > INFO > SET > Disable Relative Group Mixing.

What do the red or green icons above CONFIG stand for?

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From left to right.

“C” stands for Clock

  • green: clock sync is OK.
  • red: there is a clock error

Change and monitor clock settings in CONFIG > ROUTING.

“N” stands for Network

  • green: Connection and ping time to KLANG processor OK
  • orange/yellow: some pings did not come through or the ping time is very long > Network problems or processor overload
  • red: connection to KLANG processor lost or communication too slow > check network settings and processor.

Take a look at CONFIG > INFO more details.

 

“D” indicator (DiGiCo console is Init Master) /
“K” (KLANG is Init Master) indicator above CONFIG /
“T” (Throttling is active) network messages are currently slowed down as there is a lot going on.

  • <No indicator>: Mixing Console Link Mode is set to OFF
  • Blinking Green: Mixing Console Link Mode is set to Setup
  • Static: Mixing Console Link Mode is set to Active
  • Blinking Red: Link Mode is set to Active but NO Mix or NO Channel Mappings are set.
  • RED: Console Link connection not working / lost connection
  • YELLOW: Console Link connection issues, loosing connection
  • GREEN: Console Link connection OK and working.

More info on the console integration 

 

How do I exchange presets between different processors?

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Presets are interchangeable between all KLANG immersive processors.

If the presets contains less input channels or less mixes these settings will be added from the default file. In case the preset has more mixes or more input channels than the processor offers the first mixes and first channels will be loaded until the maximum is reached.

More info on Preset…

What mixing consoles can be connected?

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Any digital mixing console with either ADAT / optical outputs or the Dante AoIP protocol or AES67 support or MADI BNC or Optocore.

Which Characters are allowed for Preset Names?

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Preset names shall not include blank spaces or any special characters such as  \“#@,;:<>*^|?\\/ etc.

Allowed characters are ‘a–z’, ‘A–Z’, ‘0–9’, ‘-‘, ‘.’, ‘_’

How can I connect digital audio interfaces and consoles?

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KLANG:vier offers ADAT, Dante/AES67 interfacing. KLANG:fabrik offers optionally MADI and is a versatile audio format router.

A detailed overview of further audio standards and possible converters to connect 3rd party equipment to KLANG products is shown on our blog here…

Can I use a different word clock source for the Dante network?

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Yes. Dante has the great advantage that it takes care of audio clocking almost automatically. If you use e.g. KLANG:vier with an ADAT input or KLANG:fabrik with ADAT or MADI or external Wordclock, or KLANG:vokal with MADI and you want to integrate the KLANG devices to a Dante network the clock has to be configured manually.

Set the KLANG devices to the clock source of your choice. In Dante Controller tweak the clock settings of this KLANG device in the “Clock Status” tab. Enable the “sync to external” and “preferred master/leader” for this unit. Now, the internal clock of the KLANG device will feed the entire Dante network and you can route audio from your KLANG processor e.g. to a :quelle or :kontroller.

Make sure the KLANG processors are not set back to Dante as the clock master in before unchecking the “sync to external” setting again. Otherwise, you will end up with the clock loop.

 

Can I remote control the system via MIDI or OSC?

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Yes, that is possible.

KLANG:app, all KLANG processors and :kontroller exclusively communicate with each other via OpenSoundControl (OSC) messages. Find all details about the OSC messages in the OSC Reference Guide.

KLANG:app can further be controlled via MIDI / MCU.

There are also flexible third party converters from OSC to OSC or MIDI to OSC available, such as OSCulator. In this way, mixing console commands like snapshot recall or fader comnands can be converted. Additionally, tools like touchOSC can be used to design specific graphic interfaces if required.

Why is the KLANG sound so much more transparent?

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Our hearing always relies on spatial cues and is trained to listen to different directions. Once we concentrate to listen to sound coming from a specific location (hitting our ears from a certain angle) the other sounds from other directions are blended out immediately. With KLANG:fabrik and KLANG:vier this spatial cues are delivered through your in-ears and headphones and your ears can work in the same way they are used to do. This feels very natural and is not tiring for your ears. That is the reason why many musicians still feel relaxed when playing live or in the studio through KLANG’s 3D mixing.

Without KLANG? If your ears don’t find these spatial cues in your sound mix, you have to concentrate on specific timbres or sounds of instruments. What happens then, you have to think e.g. how a violin sounds like and then find the violin like sound character in a one-dimensional sound mix. This is a very challenging task for your ears and your brain. No matter how experienced you are with this, 3D in-ear mixing relieves your ears.

Do I need an iPad, Tablet or Smartphone?

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It depends. If you want to use the KLANG processor a personal monitoring system all musician should have access to their mixes.

This can either be done with KLANG:app on smartphone or tablets or with KLANG:kontroller. This works of course at the same time, it’s completely your choice.

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