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LS9 Remote

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About LS9 Remote:

 
 

 

LS9 Remote is an Universal App to remotely control a Yamaha LS9 Mixing Console via WiFi. Imagine the advantages of being able to wander around an auditorium, tweaking mixes and settings from your iPad!

Note that the LS9 responds to changes made on the iPad. If changes are made on the LS9, the faders on the iPad move accordingly (known as 'handshaking')

A typical setup is shown below:

Typical 01v96 Remote Setup

The hardware/software requirements are as follows:

Hardware: iPad, Mac or PC with WiFi and USB, LS9 with latest firmware.

Software: iOS4 or later, and installed on the host computer: DSMidiWifi host, MIDI Patchbay (Mac) or MIDIOX (PC), latest version of Yamaha Network MIDI Drivers.

 

 
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Installing and using DSMidiWifiServer:

 
 


Firstly, download DSMidiWifi-NRPN Server for your platform from http://www.strongsoft.co.uk

Then follow the installation instructions included in the download to install the software to your host computer. To use LS9 Remote, DSMidiWifiserver must be launched first, then MIDI Patchbay (see #3), then the LS9 Remote App (on the iPad)

. When the DSMidiWifi Server is launched, you will see the following window (MacOSX pictured):

DSMidiWifi-NRPN Server

Once this window is visible, you should be able to set your MIDI routings in MIDI Patchbay (see #3) - once
you've done this, you're ready to go!

Using LS9 Remote when there's no WiFi network Available:

To do this you must create a computer to computer network (P2P):

In the Airport menu (see below), click on 'Create Network':-

 

Airport Menu

In the dialogue box that appears, type a name for your P2P network (anything will do!)

 

P2P Dialogue Box

The airport icon will change to the P2P icon (see below):-

 

P2P Network Created

You can now connect to this network from your iPad/iPhone in 'Settings' > 'Wi-Fi'. Just select your P2P nework name from the list.

 

iPad > Settings > Wi-Fi Menu

 

 
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Installing and using MIDI Patchbay:

 
 


Download and install MIDI Patchbay (FOC) from: http://notahat.com/midi_patchbay

Then arrange a MIDI patch to suit your setup, similar to the one pictured below...

MIDI Patchbay

 

 
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Setting up the LS9:

 
 

 

Make sure you have the latest version of the Yamaha LS9 Network-MIDI Driver installed on your host computer. You can download it from:

http://www.yamahaproaudio.com/downloads/firm_soft/index.html

Once installed, it can be configured in 'Preferences' (Mac), as per the screenshot below:-

MIDI-Network Prefs

 

 

Your LS9 should now be receiving MIDI from your iPad/iPhone with LS9 Remote running on it.

NB. While the LS9, and the iPad communicate both ways (known as 'handshaking'), at start up, the LS9 doesn't know what state the iPad is in. To resolve this, you need press the 'get' button in LS9 Remote, or 'load' a scene from the LS9 Remote 'Library'.

Note that you can change the behavior of the way in which LS9 Remote behaves on pressing 'send', and on loading from the 'Library' as follows (You do this in LS9 Remote 'Preferences' - Preferences button outlined in red below):-

Prefs Screenshot

1. Send: - sends all settings from iPad/iPhone to Console.

2. Send Safe:- sends all settings from iPad/iPhone to Console, except for stereo master, which is muted.

3. Load:- loads settings from library into iPad/iPhone and sends them to Console

4. Load Safe:- loads settings from library into iPad/iPhone and sends them to Console, except for stereo master, which is muted.

5. Load Only:- loads settings from Library to iPad/iPhone, and doesn't send anything to Console until 'Send' is pressed


 
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5.

Using LS9 Remote in conjunction with Yamaha Studio Manager:

You can use Yamaha Studio Manager(YSM) with LS9 Remote, provided you use a different port for transmission/reception of the YSM data. YSM sends out a massive amount of data, which if routed to DSMidiWifi server can cause serious problems with unresponsiveness, and can even cause loss of transmission in either direction. If you have persistent problems, just use LS9 Remote without YSM.

 

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6.

Troubleshooting and FAQs:

 
 

 

1. LS9 not receiving MIDI...

Make sure you have a good Wi-Fi connection - No Wi-Fi, no MIDI!

2. Faders on LS9 are jittery...

Check your MIDI routings in MIDI Patchbay, and in the LS9 DIO and MIDI setup pages.

3. Nothing seems to work properly...

It's likely that the LS9 is sending out a glut of Sysex! Make sure you have things routed correctly in
MIDI Patchbay. If all else fails, reboot both the iPad and the host computer, and try again.

 

 

 
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