Mic Cues

Mic cues are similar to Audio cues, except instead of targeting a track on your computer, Mic cues take in live audio from a microphone or any live source of audio plugged into your audio interface.

When a Mic cue is selected, four tabs will appear in the Inspector:

  • Basics
  • Device & Levels
  • Trim
  • Audio Effects

Basics

Please refer to the section on the inspector in the "Getting Started" section of this documentation.

Device & Levels

Audio input & output patch. A Mic cue must use the same audio device for both its input and its output. This can be the same device used for Audio cues in the same workspace, but it must be set up separately and will appear as a separate device in QLab. (See Settings.) If you need to use one device for input and a separate device for output, you must set up an aggregate audio device (using an Apple-supplied application called Audio MIDI Setup, found in Applications/Utilities. The process is described in this Apple support document.)

More The ••• button is a shortcut to open the patch editor for the selected patch. The patch editor lets you name cue outputs, assign audio effects to cue outputs, route cue outputs to device outputs, and assign audio effects to device outputs. For more information about this, please see the Audio section of the Settings page of this documentation.

Default Levels. Clicking this button sets the levels of the cue to the default levels, which can be set in the Mic section of Settings.

Set all silent. This button does exactly what you think it will.

Assign Gangs. Assigning gangs for Mic cues is exactly the same as for Audio cues; please refer to Audio Cues.

Visible Channels. This control allows you to set the number of output channels currently visible in the matrix mixer. Outputs which are not displayed are not disabled, they're simply hidden from view.

Matrix Mixer. In an Audio cue, each row in the Matrix Mixer represents one channel of the targeted audio file. In a Mic cue, each row represents one input on your audio device. QLab will automatically make a row for every input it recognizes. If, for example, you're using the Mac's built-in input you'll see two rows, but if you're using an RME FireFace 800 you will see 24 rows, because the FireFace 800 has 24 inputs (actually it has 28 inputs, but QLab only supports 24 inputs for Mic cues). The rest of the matrix mixer works the same as in Audio Cues.

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Trim

Trim for Mic cues operates the same as Trim for Audio Cues.

Effects

Effects for Mic cues operate the same as Effects for Audio Cues.

Broken Cues

Mic cues can become broken for the following reasons:

No audio device. Select one in the "Device & Levels" tab.

You may also need to visit the Mic section of Settings and connect an audio device to the desired patch.

One or more audio effects in this cue are missing.

This typically happens when a workspace that uses audio effects is moved from one computer to another, and the new computer does not have the necessary AudioUnit installed. Either choose a different audio effect, or install the necessary AudioUnit.

One or more audio effects on the cue outputs are missing.

This typically happens when a workspace that uses audio effects is moved from one computer to another, and the new computer does not have the necessary AudioUnit installed. Either choose a different audio effect, or install the necessary AudioUnit.

One or more audio effects on the device outputs are missing.

This typically happens when a workspace that uses audio effects is moved from one computer to another, and the new computer does not have the necessary AudioUnit installed. Either choose a different audio effect, or install the necessary AudioUnit.

A pro license is required to use audio effects.

You'll need to either install a Pro Audio or Pro Bundle license, or remove the audio effects from this cue.

Timecode triggers require a Pro license.

You'll need to either install a Pro Audio or Pro Bundle license, or remove the timecode trigger from this cue.