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Getting Started with xIO Updater Configurator

In Composer 8.5 we introduced the xIO Updater Configurator. Essentially, it is a virtual device that acts as a DSP with Dante, which cannot be used in a site with actual Symetrix DSP units. If you are using any Symetrix xIO Dante expanders as simple Dante endpoints with third-party equipment, you must use the xIO Updater Configurator along with Composer 8.5. Composer 8.4 and earlier are not compatible with xIO Updater Configurator and will require a Symetrix DSP to configure any Symetrix Dante expanders.

Now, with Composer 8.5 open and your PC connected to the Dante network or directly to a Symetrix xIO endpoint, drag in the xIO updater configurator from the toolkit. If you have used Composer before, the configurator may automatically locate. If you have never used or configured Composer before, click on this small box in the lower left corner, which should be brown. You will be prompted with this Intelligent Module Options dialogue. This Composer installation has already been configured and so has the green check mark instead.

The use of the xIO configurator requires letting Composer know which PC network interface cards it should use for the Control and Dante audio networks, which may both be the same interface if you only have one on your PC.

Click Choose and select the appropriate network interface cards. Then click OK.

Now, drag in any xIO endpoints you may have in your Dante system and locate them.

Once all units have been located, double-click on the Updater Configurator to enter its design view.

You’ll notice there aren’t any module blocks like the analog inputs and outputs. This is because the Updater Configurator is not a real DSP, but a virtualized device.

Expand the Intelligent Modules folder in the toolkit. You will see the Intelligent Modules for all located Symetrix Dante devices. Drag each module into the design view and double click to open and configure them.

Composer can connect to each of these devices offline and then configure them accordingly. While connected offline, these units are effectively programmed per their parameter changes like phantom power or input gain. Changing fundamental configuration such as the xIO XLR LED functions in the properties menu will need to be pushed from Composer.

Only those xIO features that can be controlled in the Intelligent Module are communicated to the xIO. Any presets or routing which may have been previously configured by a Composer push using a DSP unit will still be present in the xIO. It is advisable to do a factory reset on an existing xIO before using them in stand-alone operation or unwanted routing may return after a power cycle.

As a reminder, the xIO Updater Configurator cannot be used in conjunction in a Site File with a Symetrix DSP and cannot be added to a site file with one already in it. Likewise, a Symetrix DSP cannot be added to a Site File with an updater configurator in it.

More information about the xIO updater configurator can be found in the Composer Help File under Help > Help Topics, and searching for xIO Updater Configurator.