It’s gone live today, and it’s got a whole load of new stuff that I thought was worth a quick post about. You can download a guide to the key new features here if you can’t be bothered to read this on-line:
Assuming you’re still with me, let’s examine the evidence, m’lud.
Firstly, you now get full support for all 4 Series units. That includes the downloading (so, unit to PC) of presets AND the ability to copy and paste settings from these into DC1048s, so if you’ve a favourite crossover preset from a manufacturer or want to compile a group in your 1048 you can now do this.
Just in case you’ve not done any copy and pasting, it’s very comprehensive and is also context sensitive – the fancy name for “you get different choices when you click on different things” – but remember it’s a right click on panels to get at this stuff 🙂
Other new big feature is the ability to create your own custom panels. This is pretty impressive stuff as you’ve basically got “carte blanche” to add as many buttons, knobs, faders, LEDs as you want to a panel and “attach” them to any parameter of any unit anywhere on the system.
So, you could have a fader that adjust the gain of a low shelf filter on an output of a 1048 (or several outputs if you link controls – more on that later) – label it “Bass” and you’ve got…a Bass control. A-MAZ-ING. Seriously though – the possibilites are vast for custom panels – gain control linked to disparate types of device and even things like the ability to add buttons to bypass individual bands of EQ should that sort of thing take your fancy.
Probably the most useful thing is being able to set up simpler panels (not massive complex ones) for staff of limited knowledge to use. That’s the polite way of saying, keep the fancy stuff out of the way of the fools who don’t know what they are doing. “I was just messing about and it all went off”. So, maybe some gain controls for a few amp channels and a mute that silences everything, and a standby button to put all amps to sleep.
You can even include your own pictures and design new buttons and knobs, should you feel very creative but, as the example below shows , you don’t have to do a lot to come up with a simple serviceable panel that is easy to use and looks a little more bespoke.
The next post won’t be so much of a sales pitch. 😉