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1. What is an audio matrix on a console (analog vs. digital) – Stage Left Audio

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: What is an audio matrix on a console (analog vs. digital) - Stage Left Audio

hi so over the past year i got some emails regarding matrix and sort of what's it used for and how you're really supposed to use it so this is a video covering the matrix on an analog console as well as a digital console let's take a look at the analog solution to a matrix first and then we'll take a look at a digital solution all right the matrix is sort of like an aux send now let me get my pointer here right over here is the matrix and on analog consoles this would be called on this particular console this is called a seven by four matrix and what that means you've got one two three four five six seven we've got seven inputs and you have one two three four four outputs so you've got a 7 by 4 matrix this bottom knob over here is the level is the master level for anything that comes into the matrix for example this matrix number one we could use that for center field use matrix number two let's say for a side fill for left-sided stage we could use another matrix channel here for the right side of the stage and if we wanted to we could use the last matrix for a videographer when they're requesting a feed off the board the matrix consists of a mix of all the different mixes that may be going on with the console so this matrix can support an input from the rear of the console which is the external and then you can mix in subgroups 1 two three and four and you can mix in what is going on the left and right main front of house mix so if you run your board using subgroups which are down here let's back out just a little bit here this particular console has four subgroups these subgroups correlate directly with these blue knobs over here so group one two three and four so whatever level that we have that's going on with this particular subgroup is sent to the matrix and then we can take this signal and send it out someplace different [Music] so for this matrix whatever goes to the subgroups and whatever's being sent out from a house that's what we can mix into we can't mix any of the aux sends and also we cannot mix any of the individual channels like you can on most digital boards all right so for this setup we're just gonna get a mic running through the system and we're gonna assign a particular channel into a subgroup we'll use subgroup number one and then we'll get the signal sent out of the board using the matrix all right here we have our mic cable connected to it looks like it's a number nine we're going to be using and over here on the back of the console you can see all the quarter inch outputs so up here where it says matrix on this particular board matrix here are the externals you can send to the matrix and here are the outputs so what we're going to do is we're going to connect a cable into matrix one all right now that we have the cables connected let's give this a try matrix mix on this particular board is only can only use the subgroups whatever is external to it as well as the left and right main one of the shows we did a few years ago using our larger soundcraft board we used the matrix on that board to provide a center fill as well as an audio feed to the videographer and in that particular event for the videographer all they wanted was the main feed out of the board like a front of house feed and then they would take care of doing any kind of eq on their end in post-production all we had to do was provide them the main front of house signal and then they took that into their recorder unit so our responsibility for the center field setup was just to maintain the volume level a reasonable volume level for the center field and anytime the videographers requested either more signal less signal from us all we had to do was just make a quick adjustment on on the matrix feed we need to set up a subgroup so we can uh utilize the matrix for it so we're on channel 9 test one two two two two where's our nine at right there test one two two one two there we go we'll get a good there we go that'll work for this all right let's take this uh channel and let's assign it to um subgroup number one so we're gonna punch our subgroup buttons one is on the left we'll pan to the left okay this signal is now routed to uh subgroup number one okay so our signal is now routed over to here test one two so let's just bring up subgroup number one test one two now that channel nine is now going into subgroup number one all right now that it's routed into subgroup number one all we need to do let's get a sort of a volume set here a main output volume for this particular matrix channel one two we're going to go up to subgroup number one test one two test one two and i've got a pa speaker sitting up for it test one two and that's all there is to uh really working a matrix and if we had other instruments uh like as i said vocals and stuff like that we can just add them up into the other matrix inputs for this particular matrix channel once again this is a small matrix but it actually functions very well now not all analog consoles provide a matrix functionality usually it's the larger channel count the larger frame consoles will all right let's say that um we don't have any instruments in a sub roof we don't want to use a subgroup that's fine because you can still grab the left and right main outputs on it so we're going to bring that down take it out of the subgroup and we've removed it from the subgroup and we are going to yeah we'll do that we've got that set up now to do a uh throughout the signal to the left and right main output so we've got this down we'll take that out of it we're going to take that down we're going to keep the volume level where it is and what we're going to do is turn up our left and right so now there's no subgroup going on with it test one two test test test one two test one two our main left and rights are up now we just need to bring up the channel as we normally would test one two check check check one two all right and that is the same signal going through the main left and right and being routed through the matrix it's that simple so that's how you can use a matrix grabbing just a left and right signal all right let's take a look at a digital console to see what the differences are [Music] all right for the digital example on a matrix we're going to use our presonus 32 the only thing that we have connected right now is our microphone we do not have any main outs or a matrix out or anything like that check check check check one two okay i think that'll work fine for this all right so it's a little bit more involved in trying to get a matrix set up on a digital console all right to set up the matrix we can use any one of these mix buttons over here to do this but what i'm going to do is i'm going to use mix 11 so i'm going to select that and we're going to come over here and we are going to under the flex mix mode we're going to select matrix which this should turn green and it does and if we look back down here our button is now green indicating this is a matrix mix okay now that we've selected uh mix 11 to use as the matrix we just need to connect a cable xlr cable into output number 11. but the difference here also is that we do not need to use this adapter this was the adapter that we used for the analog board because it was a quarter inch so we're going to use a regular cable and we're going to go into mix 11. all right now that we are in output number 11 this we can send any one of these aux mixes to the matrix now you'll probably notice that one of these is blank it's blank because this would be aux 11 which is the one we're using you can't send the same ox mix to itself that's the reason why that one is blank but we can also do uh the other aux mixes over here we've got the subgroups in these three mixes here we've got the regular on board subgroups over here and we can also send the main mix now we can also send individual channels to the matrix as well which is what you see here is back over on one was that that was a got a kick snare that's the hat hi tom mid tom okay we can send all the other channels into the matrix as well and we'll also can send the effects returns into the matrix also so it is it's actually very extensive what you can send to the matrix let's get channel 9 into come out into that matrix output all right chest one two we'll select the matrix we want channel nine there we go it's gonna be all the way over here all right it's over here so we're gonna bring that up and check check check this is our main matrix output test one two test one two right there that's the main output test one two you can send a center fill you can send side fills you can send a broadcast feed you can send something to a videographer a matrix feed is like a glorified ox mix all right so uh one of the powers of using a digital console and a matrices is uh let's see i've got the the channel select over here the one that i'm actually using uh if i select mix 11 there we go which is the matrix that we're on we've got a parametric eq that we can use we can roll off make a high pass filter out of it that's got a limiter on it you can actually control a lot of different things with that signal that's leaving the console through a matrix which you can do that on an analog board but it does require outboard gear so it is a little bit more to set it up uh on a digital console than it is an analog console but i think the benefits uh benefits are much greater using a digital board versus an analog board for a matrix [Music] so to break down a matrix now on the analog board which i didn't show there's really nothing to do with uh breaking down a matrix feed all you got to do is just turn down the knobs if you wanted to or you just unplug it from the back and your your matrix is done but what we want to do is we want to free up this uh the matrix the mix 11 for it so what we're going to do is just remove it as a remove it as a matrix and we're going to send it back to an aux mix so all we got to do is select raw mix 11. which you can tell that mtx stands for matrix but we're on mix 11. we're going to go to the gear icon we're going to set it back to regular aux and you can tell our aux we're back to yellow alright well that's about it setting up a matrix on a presonus console all right well i hope this helps thanks for watching


2. Adding a Subwoofer to a Zone on a Triad Audio Matrix Switch

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Adding a Subwoofer to a Zone on a Triad Audio Matrix Switch

schwarzenegger movie in his living room the hero uses a boomerang to bring down a helicopter resulting in a huge explosion unfortunately for mike his sound system lacks a subwoofer leaving him missing the boom in his listening experience [Music] to add a subwoofer to an audio zone of a triad audio matrix switch follow these steps first connect physical cables from speaker and subwoofer amplifiers second configure outputs on the audio matrix switch third make connections and end points in composer step one start by identifying the two outputs on the audio matrix switch that you are pairing in this example we will use outputs one and two connect the cables from the speaker amplifier to output one and the cables from the subwoofer amplifier or powered sub to output two step two in composer in system design click the audio matrix switch in the output controls box click output 1. in the 2.1 audio zone box click audio output 2 from the pair sub output list click update pairing step 3. click the connections tab click the audio matrix switch click on output 1 and drag it to input 1 of the power amplifier click on the living room click and drag audio endpoint one to zone one of the power amplifier click and drag audio volume 1 to room selection 1 of the audio matrix switch no connections or endpoints are needed for the paired sub output with the subwoofer up and running mike can now feel and experience the full range of sound in his movies


3. When to Use an Audio Matrix

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: When to Use an Audio Matrix

When first introduced to digital mixing, one of my first thoughts was, “What the heck is a matrix?”. Coming from a simple analog setup, the only Matrix I knew of was a movie released in 1999. I would venture to say that matrix mixes are misunderstood and underused in most churches. But, once you know their application, matrix mixes are easy to understand. This video is brought to you by Behringer X32 Mastery, the fastest way for church sound techs to master the X32. And, with a team license, you can enroll unlimited team members now and in the future. Finally, everyone will be on the same page. Visit or click the link in the description to learn more. In short, a matrix mix allows you to create slight variations of your main mix. I can think of three specific uses for churches. First up, use a matrix mix to route sound to your foyer, restrooms or nursery. When doing this, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, if you can hear sound bleed from the sanctuary, you will need to use a matrix to add delay to the main mix so that the sound from both sources hits the listener at the same time. Also, when routing the main mix to another room, the music tends to be too loud when you turn it up enough to hear the pastor during the sermon. You can fix this by adding more of the pastor’s mic into the matrix mix for that room. The second use for matrix mixes is to produce better recordings. When you listen to a recording of your main mix, you have probably noticed it sounds nothing like the live sound. The main reason this happens is because you have all kinds of noise in addition to your main mix: stage monitors, guitar amps, live drums, audience noise and the natural reverb of the room. All of this is heard in a live setting but does not exist in the recording. As a result, the drums may be more than loud enough during a service but completely lost in the recording. Or, the recording may lack energy because you can’t hear the congregation singing. All of this can be fixed using a matrix mix and adding in those missing pieces. The last way churches can use a matrix mix is as a crossover. If your speakers or amps don’t have built-in crossovers, or you simply want to program it all from your mixer, an audio matrix is a great solution. Well, there you go. Now you know when to use a matrix mix. And, if you are using the X32, we have a guide on how to set up a matrix mix. Download it for free at If you’d like to see more videos like this, give me a thumbs up to let me know. And if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to our channel and ring the little bell so we can let you know when a new video comes out. See ya next time.


4. Audio Matrix Switcher Overview | Key Digital KD-MAX8x8

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Audio Matrix Switcher Overview | Key Digital KD-MAX8x8

thank you for tuning into bzb TV you are watching another fresh episode of the hive I'm Joel that's floor on teh now I hope you guys remember to brush your teeth this morning and to subscribe to vzb TV you do not want to miss out on the latest AV news trends and products we'll be looking at a buzz worthy new product from our partners at key digital we'll be getting a glimpse of their new KTM AX 8x8 which is an 8 by 8 audio matrix which with built-in audio DSP sit back relax grab yourself a nice cold drink while we unbox the unit for you all [Music] all righty so this is key digital's 8x8 audio matrix with built-in DSP now it says it's an 8 by 8 matrix but in reality you can use 16 inputs with this that's because each of the 8 inputs has analog and digital connections so we flipped it onto the back any of the outputs can't connect to any of the inputs the outputs also have a full sort of DSP features including variable level settings for volume muting 3 band EQ balance and lip sync delay / balanced output multi-channel audio is supported up to 5.1 the KT max 8x8 is ideal for bars restaurants and any other multi zone applications it is also cascade Obul meaning if your application requires 16 or 24 zones you can achieve that easily by stacking these units together this system can be integrated with tcp/ip rs-232 and of course optical IR control let's not forget it has front panel push buttons and LED indicators as well the KT max 8x8 is also IP controllable making it app ready the key digital app can be downloaded right now in the apple iOS store for the super low price of free this app gives you a pre-built GUI for total control that is user-friendly it's great for clients who are not too tech-savvy and also want a low-cost solution well that was key digital's KD max 8x8 hope you guys enjoyed the overview look down below in the description so we provided the product link for full product detail also leave a comment if you have any questions I want to thank you guys for tuning in I want to thank ki digital for this exceptional units now we appreciate your guys's support so please smash that like button down below give us a thumbs up and if you have not done so please subscribe to bzb TV we will have a lot more episodes on everything AV coming in the future now my name is joel signing off hope to catch you guys on the next episode of the hive


5. 953.045UK – RZ45 Remote Zone Audio Matrix with Bluetooth®


6. Allen & Heath AHM Series Audio Matrix Processors

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Allen & Heath AHM Series Audio Matrix Processors

ahm 64 started a new breed of audio processors with ultra low latency 96khz fpga technology and a 64x64 processing matrix building on the success of ahm 64 allen heath has added two new models in the range ahm 32 with 12 by 12 analog io and a 32 by 32 internal matrix and ahm16 with 8x8 analog io and a 16x16 internal matrix both with a front panel lcd display and programmable soft keys for volume control source or preset selection and more build systems that scale from boardroom to global bank from coffee shop to campus supported by a full ecosystem of audio expanders and control options for every scenario including our bring your own device friendly custom control app the ahm audio matrix processors have the flexibility to excel in a wide variety of roles incorporate retail hospitality education and a world of other applications ahm create great audio systems quickly and easily with the growing family of alan heath solutions for sound management and installation


7. Control4 Audio Matrix Switch Overview


8. When to use an audio matrix? Part 1/3

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: When to use an audio matrix? Part 1/3

when we have to make a large installation we wonder what is the best solution in this video i will present the mpx series is an audio matrix with eight analog input channels to eight output zones and four configurable digital channels [Music] it allows the selection of the music source volume control and equalization of each zone through pc software or by main server of the optional control knobs of the mpx series dsp on inputs and outputs priority control and feedback suppressor allows priority paging via microphone with zone selector on the front panel there is a lcd information display which indicates software version active preset pc to matrix connection status dsp status device id and signal and clip indicators for the inputs and outputs and system status indicators on the rear panel we find the rj45 network connector with a selector switch lan rc net and the rc net ports for linking several cascaded matrices then there are the contact closures which can be individually controlled via pc software and can be used as switches for other electrical devices there is also a serial port and commands for integration either via serial port rs-232 or lan connection finally the eight input channels and eight output channels of analog audio with which we can send any audio input to any area of the installation in real time it is a highly versatile system suitable for installations of any size such as shopping centers sport centers airports hotels conference rooms etc microphone with zone selector and music alert tones allow zones to be selected individually or all at once customizable zone names microphone volume volume and music tone duration via physic physical controls and pc software with the audio input output remote control with two input channels one mic with phantom selector and another rca stereo and two balanced line outputs you can connect an audio source to the remote control and by means of the matrix assign it to any zone remote control of volume and zone control we can assign different zones by means of its physical remote control and control its volume this remote control is the same as the previous one but also incorporates two balanced audio outputs modern and elegant remote control for volume control zone assignment and scenes with touch screen this device allows us to increase the number of rd channels which allows us to increase the number of devices that i have just mentioned [Music] on the rear panel we have the socket for the dante expansion module this 8x8 channel digital audio input and output module allows audio channels to be shared between the different matrices in the installation using the dante protocol this module is necessary in installations with several mpx408 matrices interconnected to each other working as a large system of several matrixes comes to complete the whole system a multi-channel power amplifier with eight input channels to eight output channels with 170 v line and eight by 135 w rms power ideal for amplifying the outputs of the mpx4088 audio matrix highly efficient and reliable class d amplifier circuit in the size of 1u it manages to amplify 8 channels with great power and sound quality


9. Audio Matrix Switch Overview HD

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Audio Matrix Switch Overview HD

the audio matrix switch brings dynamic audio performance to the control4 audio distribution family in addition stdp makes it easier for our dealers to install this product into control4 projects the audio matrix switch when paired with our 100 series amplifiers provides a cost-effective solution for our dealers installing larger audio distribution systems of nine or more zones some of the key features of our audio matrix switch include exceptional audio quality easy sddp integration as well as a new form factor the audio matrix switch provides half db volume steps for each output zone giving a smoother ramp rate for the consumer sddp allows our installer to easily set up the audio matrix switch into a control 4 project taking advantage of the auto discovery tool makes it simple for integration the audio matrix switch's 2u form factor complements control 4's media distribution family having a similar look and feel to the hc800 and hc250 products the audio matrix switch takes advantage of ethernet control and sddp making it easy for dealers to install into audio systems in addition you'll notice that there are 16 individual stereo inputs and 16 stereo outputs each individual input has gain control that can be adjusted in composer pro for leveling out audio sources this prevents unexpected volume jumps when switching between sources each output zone has base and treble control that can be adjusted in composer pro as well path db volume steps in a wider dynamic range the control4 audio matrix switch really does provide a good solution for large audio distribution systems with nine or more audio zones


10. AHM-64 – 64×64 Audio Matrix Processor

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: AHM-64 - 64x64 Audio Matrix Processor

this is a HM 64 from Allen & Heath a powerful matrix processor that makes creating great installed audio systems faster and easier supported by a full ecosystem of scalable impotent alpert options together with the ideal choice of remote control for every scenario the i/o port enables 64 by 64 dante networking and more and Allen & Heath own s link protocol allows connection of up to 128 inputs and outputs a HM 64 has the flexibility to excel in a wide variety of roles in corporate retail hospitality education and a world of other applications allowing integrators to quickly create systems that build from a single boardroom to a complete campus [Music] ahm 64 from Allen & Heath rethinking the matrix


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