There are two ways to create a new project:
(1) Network View
(2) Project View 

Network View
Your device must be detected for this method. 

Select the device block.
To select multiple devices, Ctrl+Click the devices. If you are unsure which device is correct, right click the device block > Flash Front Panel. (The device must be online and connected for this function).

With the device(s) highlighted, at the top right, select Create New Project from Selected Device(s).

A new window will appear. This is Project View. The selected device(s) have populated the grid area. These items match the connected hardware devices. The device Mac address is listed at the bottom of each module.


Project View

To create a blank project, open the Xilica Designer software and select "New Project".
The software will ask you which DSP series you are using. Select the correct series. 

When a new Project is created, the software will open Project View.

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Overview of Project View
Project View allows you to design, customize and configure your devices. 

In Project View, the left displays the Component Library menu. The Component Library menu lists Xilica devices, third-party products, and other elements to use in your design. 

Project View's dotted grid is the work area. Simply drag and drop modules from the Component Library into the work area. 

To the right is the Object Property menu. Select an item to view the object properties. 

Designing on this grid will generate a Bill of Materials document and BluePrint drawings as well.

Starting a design
Drag in a Xilica DSP processor from the Component Library menu (on the left).

For Solaro processors, a Device Option Configuration pop-up will appear. You can select a pre-designed design template to help you get started, setup your device IO card configuration, Dante option card, Project Scheduler and Project Controller. Click Ok to complete configuration. These settings can be changed any time using the Object Property menu. Select the device block and configure the settings in Object Property. 

With the device highlighted, you can change the device properties in the Object Property menu (on the right).


DSP design schematic
Double click the device module to open the design schematic.  

A new window will appear. Drag the corner of the window to resize it, use the zoom slider at the top right of the window to resize the view or go full-screen.  

To extend the work area for your design, click and drag a selection box around the output blocks. Click and drag the blocks or use your keyboard arrow keys to move the blocks.


DSP Modules

Notice that the Component Library menu has changed to a list of DSP modules. Click and drag a DSP module into the device work area to begin your DSP design. The DSP module properties are configured using the Object Property menu on the right. 

Different DSP modules have different object properties. Double click the DSP module to view the parameters.

Source processing is known as front-end processing. Middle processing includes: mixers, room combiners and routing-type modules. Back-end processing is loudspeaker management. It is recommended to work from left to right.

Wire modules 

Select an input/output node of one module and drag the node to a node of another module. Only matching node types can be wired together. 

When there are multiple wires in the design, the wires may overlap and be difficult to read. To move wires, highlight the wire and drag a red wire node. You may also use your keyboard arrow keys to adjust selected wires. 

Click here for detailed wiring and design techniques.

Save your Project
Navigate to the "File" tab at the top left of the software. 

"Save As": will save a new Project file.
When saving the file, a recommended format name is:
(ProjectName)_(SoftwareVersion)_(VersionNumber)_(LastUpdateDate)
Recording the software version, version number and last update date will help you stay organized and keep track of projects, especially when other software versions are available.

"Save": If a master file is already saved, this will save all changes to the master file. 

Save Icon: If a master file is already saved, a save icon at the top right of the work area (Floppy Disk icon) saves all changes to the master file. 

It is recommended to back-up Project Files to an external location.

Click here to learn about Xilica Designer back up files and Solaro DSP back-up files.

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