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X32: Safely Powering Off your console

At the end of the day, all digital consoles are just computers with some fancy faders and knobs on them – more often than not laid out in a useful order. And as with any computer, they don’t like being shut down abruptly. If the device is writing to it’s memory or any other a number of other tasks it could get corrupted. You don’t want this happening to your new shiny mixing console do you?!

Old Firmware

In the old firmware, there was an option to “Safe Shutdown” the console. To get to this option, click on the Setup button to the right of the screen and you will see Safe Shutdown above the 5th rotary encoder on the bottom of the screen. Pressing this encoder would display a message stating it was safe to shutdown the console.



New Firmware >2.04

However, in a recent firmware update, this option was removed and a lot of people were confused as to how they were going to shut down their consoles. Do not fear, it is still possible to do this. All you have to do is ‘Lock’ the console and it will be put in exactly the same mode enabling you to safely turn the power off. To lock the console, hold down the Home button for a few seconds. Likewise to unlock, hold down the home button until it unlocks.

The 10 Second Snapshot

The X32 software has a snapshots feature built in that takes a snapshot of the state the console is in every 10 seconds. This means that when you turn it on again, it will go back to the last saved snapshot. Safe Shutdown and Locking the console effectively pause this process enabling you to turn off and on again and get the state as it was.


James is a freelance Sound Engineer in the East of England. He works for a variety of companies specialising in different sectors of the industry.

2 thoughts to “X32: Safely Powering Off your console”

  1. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way to much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

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