We've demonstrated the usage of the Configuration Wizard to create the first configuration of a project. The wizard is the fastest way to create your project's first configuration, provided the required conditions for using the wizard are met.
A common scenario when using MSO is to create your first configuration, optimize it, then, if you're not fully satisfied with the results or if you think you can improve the performance by making some changes, to try different changes to see what works best. For instance, you might want to see the effect of having different numbers of PEQs per sub on the result. In making the various changes, you'd like to preserve the previous states to make comparisons. You could do this by making a new configuration each time with the Configuration Wizard, but there is a better way: the configuration cloning feature. You can clone a configuration in two different ways.
- Choose Config, Clone from the main menu, or;
- In the Config View, right-click on the node of the configuration you wish to clone, and select Clone Configuration.
If you choose Config, Clone from the main menu, the Clone Configuration dialog box will be shown.
Choose the desired configuration to clone, and a name for the new configuration. Make sure that the Clone associated graphs option is checked. Then click OK. The cloned configuration initially takes on all of the properties of the original, but it is completely independent of the original in all other respects. To rename the newly-cloned configuration after cloning it, click its name in the Config View and press F2.
If you chose to clone a configuration by right-clicking on its root node in the Config View, the resulting dialog will appear as below.
If you clone a sub-only configuration, you have the option of making the new configuration a sub+mains configuration. Sub+mains configurations cannot be converted to sub-only configurations by cloning.
Cloning Associated Graphs
When you choose the Clone associated graphs option in the Clone Configuration dialog, MSO will search the project for graphs that contain traces referring to the configuration to be cloned. If it finds any such graphs, it copies each graph, along with all its options, giving it a new name. The traces of the newly-created graph that previously referred to the original configuration are then changed to refer to the newly-created configuration. In this way, if you had set up all the graphs you needed for the old configuration, you'll have all the graphs you need for the new one too. You'll probably want to change the name of the newly-created graph or graphs to your liking.
Once you have created multiple configurations, modified them to try out various conditions, and run optimizations on them, there are two ways to compare the optimization results of the different configurations.
- Place the response curves of all listening positions for all configurations on the same graph and inspect the results.
- Use the Configuration Performance Metrics dialog to compare various numerical errors (flatness error of the MLP, seat-to-seat response variation in dB and so on) for the configurations of interest.
Next we'll discuss using graphs for visual comparisons of configurations, after which we'll cover the usage of the Configuration Performance Metrics dialog for comparing configurations quantitatively.