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TAI (FlyingFaders)

How do I install the Tangerine Automation Interface for Flying Faders?

Installing the Tangerine Automation interface for Flying Faders is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3

  1. In the Flying Faders card cage, replace the existing MartinSound SECA card with the new Tangerine SEKA card. Connect it to the Tangerine Automation interface for Flying Faders using an Ethernet cable.
  2. Connect the USB port to your computer, ethernet to your network and power.
  3. Download and install the drivers and Injektor Software.

For more detailed installation and troubleshooting instructions you can refer to the Tangerine user's manual available here.

Which workflow is best for me?

The Tangerine Automation Interface supports 3 dedicated workflows.  On top of all original Flying Faders computer functions, each workflow offers different modern approaches to automation that certain users may prefer.

 
1. The Injektor workflow is our most recent - and most popular - no-compromise method for working with the TAI. Using our AAX/VST/AU plugins, you can quickly and easily control up to 96 channels directly in your favourite DAW. All available automation modes are available - including TRIM. This workflow requires installing our Injektor software package. To see the Injecktor workflow in action, check out our tutorial video here: https://youtu.be/jAyzd3Iwe6g
 
2. The Reaper workflow was developed to match the feel of the original Flying Faders automation computer. In this workflow, Reaper directly replaces the existing Flying Faders computer and will be “Synched/Slaved” via time code to your audio source and can control up to 96 channels.
 
3. The HUI workflows turn your Flying Faders into a control surface that interacts with HUI compatible DAWs without any additional software required. Though HUI workflows don't require any additional software, they do have some tradeoffs compared to other workflows. The HUI OTB workflow is limited to 32 channels and does not support TRIM automation modes. The HUI Hybrid workflow can support up to 96 channels by using bank switching and supports TRIM automation modes, but it does not have unity-gain coming out of the DAW.

How do I configure my interface and my DAW software?

Initial set-up of your Tangerine Automation Interface is quick and easy.

After installing your TAI and connecting it to your network, navigate to the Tangerine's Setup page available at http://tai.local/setup (this web page will only be accessible if you have a Tangerine system connected to your network). From there you can choose your desired workflow and other comfort settings.

Depending on your chosen workflow, you may need to install a software package.

  • The Injektor workflow requires our Injektor software package available here.
  • The Reaper/SSL workflow requires the Reaper DAW available here and our driver/skin package available here.
  • The HUI workflows do not require any additional software.

All that's left afterwards is configuring your DAW for use with the Tangerine (this only needs to be done once). Each DAW has its particularities and configuration steps vary by workflow. Complete information for each DAW and workflow is available in the Tangerine user's manual available here.

How do I use the Tangerine Automation interface ?

Fader moves and mute switch toggles are sent from your console to your DAW according to the selected automation mode. You can select the automation mode by pressing fader record and match buttons on the console.

Within the DAW, volume and mute information will be read from or written to track automation envelopes. How the DAW and console respond to this envelope is dependent on the choice of workflow:

  • Using the InjektorReaper/SSL and HUI-OTB workflows, volume information will be sent to the console VCAs and mutes. The DAW will therefore be normalized to 0 db on each channel and the console takes care of volume changes.
  • Using the HUI-Hybrid workflow, volume information will control the DAW's fader volumes and mutes. The console VCAs will therefore be set to a normalized 0 db.

What automation modes does the Tangerine support?

Available automation modes depends on the workflow you're using.

The InjektorReaper/SSL and HUI-Hybrid workflows support all available automation modes: OFF, READ, WRITE, LATCH, TRIM WRITE, TRIM LATCH, TRIM READ.

The HUI-OTB workflow does not support trim workflows. It only supports: OFF, READ, WRITE, LATCH.

What's the difference between the TaiMothership and the TaiSingleChannel plug-in

The Injektor workflow is built uppon a pair of plug-ins: the TaiMotherShip and the TaiSingleChannel.

The TaiMotherShip brings all the console faders into a single plugin, no console track assignment is required. Install this plugin on only one track in your DAW session (usually the master fader), turn mix on and you're ready to mix with automation. It's quick and easy for sessions with a 1 to 1 output mapping; sessions with more routing may require using the TaiSingleChannel on certain channels.

The TaiSingleChannel controls one fader at a time, it must be assigned to the fader you want to control. Use as many SingleChannel plugins as you have faders to control. The plugin is usually installed on the same DAW track that sends audio to the console channel strip and is usefull for sending busses from the DAW to the console.

TAI (SSL E/G)

How do I install the Tangerine Automation Interface for SSL?

Installing the Tangerine Automation interface for SSL is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3

  1. Connect the 50-pin flat cables from your SSL console (channel, VCA group and keyboard) to the rear side of the TAI.
  2. Connect the USB port to your computer, ethernet to your network and power.
  3. Download and install the drivers and Injektor Software.

For more detailed installation and troubleshooting instructions you can refer to the Tangerine user's manual available here.

Which workflow is best for me?

The Tangerine Automation Interface supports 3 dedicated workflows.  On top of all original SSL computer functions, each workflow offers different modern approaches to automation that certain users may prefer.

 
1. The Injektor workflow is our most recent - and most popular - no-compromise method for working with the TAI. Using our AAX/VST/AU plugins, you can quickly and easily control up to 96 channels directly in your favourite DAW. All available automation modes are available - including TRIM. This workflow requires installing our Injektor software package. To see the Injecktor workflow in action, check out our tutorial video here: https://youtu.be/jAyzd3Iwe6g
 
2. The Reaper workflow was developed to match the feel of the original SSL computer. In this workflow, Reaper directly replaces the existing SSL computer and will be “Synched/Slaved” via time code to your audio source and can control up to 96 channels. This is the preferred workflow when controlling automation from a tape deck directly from the SSL centre section without having to manipulate a DAW. 
 
3. The HUI workflows turn your console into a control surface that interacts with HUI compatible DAWs without any additional software required. Though HUI workflows don't require any additional software, they do have some tradeoffs compared to other workflows. The HUI OTB workflow is limited to 32 channels and does not support TRIM automation modes. The HUI Hybrid workflow can support up to 96 channels by using bank switching and supports TRIM automation modes, but it does not have unity-gain coming out of the DAW.

How do I configure my interface and my DAW software?

Initial set-up of your Tangerine Automation Interface is quick and easy.

After installing your TAI and connecting it to your network, navigate to the Tangerine's Setup page available at http://tai.local/setup (this web page will only be accessible if you have a Tangerine system connected to your network). From there you can choose your desired workflow and other comfort settings.

Depending on your chosen workflow, you may need to install a software package.

  • The Injektor workflow requires our Injektor software package available here.
  • The Reaper/SSL workflow requires the Reaper DAW available here and our driver/skin package available here.
  • The HUI workflows do not require any additional software.

All that's left afterwards is configuring your DAW for use with the Tangerine (this only needs to be done once). Each DAW has its particularities and configuration steps vary by workflow. Complete information for each DAW and workflow is available in the Tangerine user's manual available here.

How do I use the Tangerine Automation interface ?

Fader moves and mute switch toggles are sent from your console to your DAW according to the selected automation mode. You can select the automation mode by pressing the channels status switches on the console.

Within the DAW, volume and mute information will be read from or written to track automation envelopes. How the DAW and console respond to this envelope is dependent on the choice of workflow:

  • Using the Injektor, Reaper/SSL and HUI-OTB workflows, volume information will be sent to the console VCAs and mutes. The DAW will therefore be normalized to 0 db on each channel and the console takes care of volume changes.
  • Using the HUI-Hybrid workflow, volume information will control the DAW's fader volumes and mutes. The console VCAs will therefore be set to a normalized 0 db.

What automation modes does the Tangerine support?

Available automation modes depends on the workflow you're using.

The Injektor, Reaper/SSL and HUI-Hybrid workflows support all available automation modes: OFF, READ, WRITE, LATCH, TRIM WRITE, TRIM LATCH, TRIM READ.

The HUI-OTB workflow does not support trim workflows. It only supports: OFF, READ, WRITE, LATCH.

What's the difference between Total Recall and Recall-iT?

Recall-iT is an improvement over SSL® Total Recall®. Available on SSL® consoles with the required hardware, Recall-iT can deliver all the same console layout information as Total Recall®, but does so as a web page, accessible on any computer, phone, or tablet connected to your network. It's also possible to use the built-in HDMI port to have a dedicated viewing monitor.

How do I know if my console supports Recall-iT?

If you have been using SSLⓇ Total RecallⓇ without issue, your console has the required hardware for Recall-iT, you won't need anything else.

If you have never used SSLⓇ Total RecallⓇ with your console, you need to make sure your console has recall multiplexers installed and that the center section bus driver is complete and functional. Each recallable channel must have its own recall multiplexer daughter card. In the event that your console is missing recall multiplexers on some channels, you can still use Recall-It, but those specific channels won't function.

Don't know where to find recall multiplexers or center section bus driver for your console? We have a visual guide to locating the recall multiplexers and bus driver within your console, available here.

How do I use Recall-It?

When using Recall-iT, the current position of the console's switches and knobs are displayed simultaneously over the local network (by accessing www.tai.local/recallit) and from the built-in HDMI output to any HDMI compliant display. When a snapshot is created, Recall-iT scans each console channel's switches and knobs. The resulting high resolution data snapshot is saved to file. When recalling a snapshot file, a distinctive red mark appears around all unmatched knobs and switches. To match, turn the knobs and press the switches until the all red marks are cleared.

The Tangerine Automation Interface (TAI) can manage (save,recall rename, delete) over 5000 Recall-iT snapshots on its integrated storage. Backups to a connected computer are also possible for posterity.

To save the current console state:

  1. Enter the Recall-it mode
  2. Activate the snapshot mode
  3. Save the snapshot file to the TAI's internal storage

To recall a saved console state:

  1. Enter the Recall-it mode.
  2. Load the saved snapshot file from the TAI's internal storage.
  3. Select a channel to display/match by pressing its fader status switch
  4. For the selected channel, move each "red marked" switch and knob on the console until the red mark is cleared. For knobs, a green mark will show the target position to match.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all required knobs and switches are matched

Voila!

What's the difference between the TaiMothership and the TaiSingleChannel plug-in?

The Injektor workflow is built uppon a pair of plug-ins: the TaiMotherShip and the TaiSingleChannel.

The TaiMotherShip brings all the console faders into a single plugin, no console track assignment is required. Install this plugin on only one track in your DAW session (usually the master fader), turn mix on and you're ready to mix with automation. It's quick and easy for sessions with a 1 to 1 output mapping; sessions with more routing may require using the TaiSingleChannel on certain channels.

The TaiSingleChannel controls one fader at a time, it must be assigned to the fader you want to control. Use as many SingleChannel plugins as you have faders to control. The plugin is usually installed on the same DAW track that sends audio to the console channel strip and is usefull for sending busses from the DAW to the console.