System 5 Fusion

Überblick

Musik- und Postproduktionsstudios auf der ganzen Welt verwenden S5 Fusion als leistungsstarke, flexible und preisgünstige Audio-Mischlösung für hohe Klangqualität. Da S5 Fusion aus den Hochleistungskonsolen der Serie System 5 abgeleitet wurde, finden Sie darin das Beste aus zwei Welten. Die dedizierte, erweiterbare DSP-Engine und die EUCON Hybrid-Steuerung werden in einem Paket zusammengefasst, mit dem Sie eine direkte haptische Kontrolle nicht nur über die eigenen DSP-Kanäle der Konsole, sondern gleichzeitig auch über mehrere externe DAW-Kanäle ausüben können. Damit steht Ihnen zu einem perfekten Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis ein hoher Leistungsumfang für das Mischen zur Verfügung.

Die wichtigsten Features

  • Erweitern Sie die ergonomische Bedienoberfläche auf die Anforderungen Ihres Projekts, um 8 bis 56 Fader/Kanalzüge. 
  • Steigern Sie Ihre Bearbeitungsleistung mit bis zu 116 Kanälen dedizierter DSP-Power.
  • Gewinnen Sie an Routingflexibilität mit 256 Kanälen MADI-Konnektivität (erweiterbar auf 512).
  • Beschleunigen Sie Ihre Mischarbeit mit SnapShot Recall, anpassbaren Layouts und Total Automation.
  • Greifen Sie auf Quellen und Gruppen in verschiedenen Formaten zu, indem Sie benutzerdefinierte Spill-Zonen verwenden.
  • Erweitern Sie die modulare Bedienoberfläche und die I/O-Funktionen nach Ihren Bedürfnissen.
  • Verfolgen Sie Pegelanzeigen, Routing, Panning und EQ/Dynamik über visuelles Feedback auf hochauflösenden TFT-Bildschirmen.
  • Mischen Sie in 7.1-Surround mit zwei Joysticks und bis zu 26 analogen Ausgängen.
  • Steuern Sie bis zu fünf verschiedene Digital Audio Workstations gleichzeitig über EUCON Hybrid.

Features

  • Details zur Bedienoberfläche von S5 Fusion:
    • Erweiterbar um 8 bis 56 Fader (Module zu je 8 Fadern)
    • 8 berührungsempfindliche Drehregler und ein 100-mm-Motorfader pro Kanalzug
    • Hochauflösende LED-Anzeigen neben jedem Fader
    • Hochauflösende TFT-Displays pro Kanal für Pegelanzeige (bis 7.1), EQ-, Dynamik- und Pan-Graphen und Routing
    • Master-Modul
    • Modul mit Display für eMix-Software und zwei Joysticks
    • Komplette Surround-Sound-Monitormatrix mit analogen Monitor-Ausgängen
    • 256 x 256 MADI-Kanäle (bei 48 kHz, erweiterbar auf 512 x 512)
    • Rahmengrößen in cm: 152,4, 213,36 oder 274,32
  • Spurensteuerung für bis zu 5 DAWs über eine Bedienoberfläche
  • Umfassende Direktsteuerung für Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Pyramix, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Maestro und mehr
  • Mischen von DSP-Kanälen und DAW-Spuren über die Bedienoberfläche
  • Einfache Bedienung dank intuitiver Oberfläche
  • Modulares Design – Erweiterung und Anpassung der Oberfläche und der I/O
  • Konstantes visuelles Feedback über hochauflösende TFT-Displays
  • Unübertroffene Klangqualität und Leistungsstärke dank hochwertiger I/O und dedizierter DSP
  • Sicherer Betrieb ohne Engpässe in der Kommunikation dank Hochgeschwindigkeits-Ethernet-Anbindung
  • Schneller mischen mit SnapShot Recall für bis zu 240 Snapshots zum Abrufen aller Konsoleneinstellungen
  • Anpassung der Oberfläche mit bis zu 48 Layouts für verschiedene Konfigurationen
  • Einfache Routing-Steuerung über digitale Router-/Patchbay-Software PatchNet (bis zu 768 x 768 Signalpfade)
  • Mischen von Mehrkanal-Audio einschließlich Surround-Panning und -Monitoring (standardmäßig)
  • Einfacher Zugriff auf Mehrkanal-Quellen über Spill-Funktion
  • Nutzung jedes beliebigen Faders für Mehrkanal-Audio (bis 7.1)
  • Einfaches Arbeiten mit Film einschließlich dynamischer Automation der meisten Parameter über Timecode
  • Anpassen von Automation und Film über Conform-Funktion
  • Umfassende Maschinensteuerung über Soundmaster, Colin Broad, Tamura und JSK

Schneller mischen!

Auch wenn S5 Fusion wie eine herkömmliche analoge Bedienoberfläche aussieht und funktioniert – sie bietet Ihnen wesentlich mehr Leistungsstärke und Flexibilität, sodass Sie schneller und einfacher mischen können als je zuvor. Die Bedienoberfläche kann mit acht bis 56 Kanalzügen an Ihre Projekterfordernisse angepasst werden. Jeder Kanalzug verfügt über einen Mehrkanal-Motorfader, acht berührungsempfindliche Drehregler für EQ, Filter, Kompressor, Expander/Gate, Aux-Sends und Pansteuerung, mit deren Hilfe Sie DAW-Funktionen steuern, einschließlich Anpassung der TDM-, VST- und Audio-Einheiten-Plug-In-Parameter. Volle Kontrolle über Ihre Mischung gewähren Ihnen das Master-Modul sowie ein Modul, das das eMix-Software-Display und zwei Joysticks umfasst. Und dank hochauflösender Displays erhalten Sie sofort Rückmeldung über Pegel, Trackinformationen, Routing und weitere Details.

Leistungsfähige DSP-Verarbeitung

S5 Fusion wird über den SC264D Studio Computer betrieben, der die Maschinensteuerung abwickelt und eigene, erweiterbare DSP-Kanäle für die Konsole bereitstellt. Diese sind jeweils mit EQ- und Dynamikbearbeitung, Delay und Surround-Panning für Mehrkanalmischungen und mit Gruppen- und Aux-Bussen ausgestattet. Über die eMix-Software richten Sie das System ein und passen es an, verwalten Dateien und führen Diagnosevorgänge über die Konsole durch. Zur Verfügung steht außerdem PatchNet, ein leistungsstarkes digitales Patching-System für das Routen aller Konsolen-Ein- und Ausgänge. Anders als bei einer herkömmlichen Patchbay ist dabei das Speichern und Abrufen jeder einzelnen Patchverbindung möglich. Der Computer ist um zusätzliche DSP-Karten und damit um Kanäle und Busse erweiterbar. Diese werden mit Hilfe von eMix an Ihre Anforderungen angepasst.

Übernehmen Sie die Kontrolle mit EUCON

S5 Fusion ist besser als andere Mischsysteme. Der Unterschied? EUCON Hybrid. Das Steuerprotokoll EUCON ermöglicht die umfassende, enge, integrierte Direktsteuerung von DAW-Anwendungen über eine Hochgeschwindigkeits-Ethernet-Anbindung. Pro Tools 9, Logic Pro, Pyramix, Nuendo, Digital Performer und andere Anwendungen sind so direkt über EUCON steuerbar. Das im Lieferumfang von S5 Fusion enthaltene EUCON Hybrid erweitert die Steuermöglichkeiten der Konsole – neben den integrierten dedizierten DSP-Karten –, sodass Sie DAW-Spuren mehrerer Workstations zum Mischen in die Konsole routen können.

Dabei können Sie in jeder DAW in Ihrem Netzwerk, auf der EUCON Client ausgeführt wird, Spuren auswählen und diese auf die S5 Fusion-Bedienoberfläche legen und steuern. Spuren können auf eine beliebige Position der Bedienoberfläche geroutet werden. Sie können sogar mehrere Spuren aus verschiedenen DAWs in beliebiger Reihenfolge auf die Konsole routen, und zwar gleichzeitig und zusätzlich zu den DSP-Kanälen von S5 Fusion. Diese Kanalpositionen werden dann als Layouts für einfachen Zugriff und einfache Organisation gespeichert. So können Sie etwa ein Layout für DSP-Kanäle erstellen, eines für Pro Tools und eines mit Kombinationen aus mehreren DAWs. Dadurch erweitern Sie die Möglichkeiten Ihrer Konsole wesentlich und können auf DAW-Spuren zugreifen, die sonst nur als herkömmliche Wiedergabequellen zur Verfügung stünden. Mit EUCON Hybrid ist jetzt der direkte Hochgeschwindigkeits-Zugriff auf all diese Spuren sowie deren Plug-Ins und Pegel möglich.

Verbindung mit der Außenwelt

Über den Branchenstandard MADI, ein äußerst stabiles und robustes, von der AES unterstütztes Format, routen und patchen Sie bis zu 64 digitale Audiokanäle (24 Bit, 48 kHz) gleichzeitig über ein einziges Koaxialkabel. S5 Fusion verfügt über ein I/O-Interface mit je vier MADI-Ein- und -Ausgängen (256 x 256 Audiokanäle) und unterstützt bis zu 512 Audio-I/O-Kanäle. Da das System modular konzipiert ist, sind die I/O über eine ganze Reihe hochwertiger (analoger und digitaler) Wandler von Avid anpassbar und Sie können sicher sein, dass Ihre Erfordernisse jetzt und in Zukunft bestens erfüllt sind.

Product Tour

01 Control Modules

The Control Modules

The S5 Fusion surface is modular and comes with three different types of modules (see opposite page for 5ft S5 Fusion package surface ):

  • CM401-T Master Control Module (1ft wide, 305mm)
  • CM408-T 8-Fader Channel Strip Module (1ft wide, 305mm)
    • from 1 to 7 for 8-56 faders.
  • CM411-J Joystick Module (1ft wide, 305mm) Optional modules...
  • CM402-T Submaster Central Assign Module
  • CM403- F/J Film Monitoring Panel with twin Joystick Module (1ft wide, 610mm) Replaces CM411-J module
  • CM409-F Blank Module (1ft wide, 305mm)

S5 Fusion Frame 
The S5 Fusion frame is available in three sizes supporting 5, 7 or 9 modules.

The main console modules connect to the equipment rack via Ethernet cables for extremely simple hookup, allowing the surface to be placed long distances from the rack. The CM401-T Master Control Module also includes talkback wiring.

The illustration below shows the 5-module frame. Widths for the three frame sizes are

Typical Equipment Rack

The rack below shows an S5 Fusion system equipment rack. The MA703 is used for monitor feeds. The standard S5 Fusion has 4 MADI ins and 4 MADI outs - each MADI can handle up to 64 channels at 48Khz totalling 256x256 signal paths. These are the audio inputs and outputs to the Avid DSP channels and buses. One of the MADI outs is used for the MA703 monitor feed MADI to analog converter. Adding an extra DSP card adds 4 extra MADI ins and outs, up to a total of 8 MADI I/O (512 x 512 signal paths) with two DSP Cards. Connections to and from the MADI I/O can be made to any MADI converters including the full Avid range of modular and multi-channel converters shown on page 28. 3rd party MADI I/O can also be used. One of the cheapest and most effective ways to connect DAWs is to use MADI PCI cards such as the RME Hammerfall DSP MADI card.

S5 Fusion 5-module frame dimensions:

02 Control Surface

S5 Fusion Control Surface - 5 Module Frame

03 Channels

Channels

The number of cards in the DSP cards determine the number of channels and buses that are available in each S5 Fusion. For a given number of DSP cards, different combinations of channels and buses may be quickly configured using the eMix Mixer Model software. Usually a Mixer Model is chosen during installation and is used throughout the life of the system as it will best match the application requirements of the studio.

Each S5 Fusion channel has:

  • 2 inputs, that may be fed from analog or digital sources (using appropriate converters), labelled A & B. Either A, B or A & B may be selected to feed the channel
  • phase reverse
  • gain trim
  • delay up to 2 secs
  • insert send & return
  • 4 band fully parametric EQ
  • 2 filters
  • dynamics including compress/expand-gate with hysteresis, key input and side chain filter
  • touch sensitive moving fader
  • multi-format panning to group and mix buses
  • up to 32 mix buses
  • up to 24 group buses
  • up to 16 aux send buses
  • solo (APL, PFL, SIP)
  • 2 direct outputs - pre-fader & post-fader

If mic preamps are connected to the channel these additional controls are available which relate to the ML 530 remote mic/ line interface unit :

  • input impedance - hi/lo
  • phantom power
  • hi pass filter
  • analog input gain

04 Strips

Strips

S5 Fusion is built up of modules of 8 strips. Controls closely resemble those of a traditional analog surface. In its simplest form a single strip controls a single source so a 24 strip surface could control 24 channels.

Swap (Replace) 
However there is a very useful function called “Swap” which allows single strips, or every strip, to switch between two channels. So 48 channels (sources) could easily be controlled from 24 strips by Swapping between the two layers at the push of a button (1-24 and 25-48).

S5 Fusion adds further flexibility by allowing any source to be controlled from any strip, it is even possible to have two strips controlling a single source. This is where Layouts come into play.

Layouts & Control Groups 
The position of sources on the surface can be saved and recalled as Layouts. For example one Layout could be sources 1-24 and another sources 25-48 for a console with 48 channels and 24 strips. More importantly the most critical sources can be placed next to the operator. For example, dialog to the left and music sources to the right of the center. Different Layouts can be saved so that the engineer always has the most important sources within easy reach. Layouts do not save and recall knob and fader settings, they simply recall the layout of sources on the control surface. SnapShots are used to save parameter settings. Control Groups allow a number of faders to be controlled from a single strip. Layouts can store/recall the entire desk or only certain strips defined by the operator.

Central Control of Strips 
The Master Control Module includes a complete strip for central control of any source. Pressing the Wave key next to a source fader brings that source to the central strip.

 

05 New Touch Sensitive Knobs

New Touch Sensitive Knobs

S5 Fusion uses unique rotary illuminated touch-sensitive knobs that instantly reset after a recall. The center of the knob also includes a switch which can be used for certain knobset select functions, and to punch in the knob automation, if the touchsensitive knob automation option is switched off. The displays reflect the type of control, for example a gain control is shown opposite. Below are the different displays for different functions:

Knobsets At the top of each strip are a set of 8 knobs with associated switches. These knobs can be selected to control the following parameters using the switches just below the knobs:

  • Input Controls
  • Dynamics
  • EQ & Filters
  • Aux Sends - level, pre/post and routing
  • Pan
  • Routing to Group/Clean Feeds and Mix Buses

The selected button in this photo shows that the knobset is controlling EQ. To the left of these keys are processor In/Out switches.

Other Channel Functions 
Here are just some extra functions available to the engineer:

  • Copy and Paste one strip to another
  • Use a single strip to select function such as EQ, Dynamics, Aux for all strips
  • Clear all controls
  • Lock a strip to prevent changes when the Layout changes
  • Select a strip to be controlled from the center section
  • Expand a strip so that EQ, Dyn, etc. controls are spread across several strips

06 Inputs

Inputs

Each channel has two digital inputs labelled A and B. Controls for each input include:

  • Gain Trim
  • Phase Reverse
  • Delay
  • Input Select (A, B, or A+B)

Patching Input Sources (PatchNet) 
The PatchNet routing system (see page 24) is used to patch sources to inputs. Any sources within the system, such as mixminus/ group outputs or externals may be sent to these inputs.

External MADI inputs can also be directly patched. For Analog, AES/EBU and other digital sources the Avid converters are used. See the Converter section for details

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Mic/Line Preamp 
For variable gain analog mic inputs Avid can provide the optional ML 530 with 24 mic/line input preamps and the AM713 analog to digital converter. If this is connected to the system the controls for phantom power, input impedance, high pass filter and gain are available on the channel strip.

This can also act as a direct box, providing correct impedance matching with balanced outputs plus the benefit of gain control.

07 Channel Process Order

Channel Process Order

Each channel has an insert point which can be placed in any of the seven process positions. The Avid converters provide analog and digital I/O for insertion of any type of device, such as a delay line, into the signal path.

There are 7 processing sections:

  • Delay
  • Metering Source
  • Insert Point
  • EQ
  • 2 Filters
  • Dynamics
  • Fader and Mute

These can be arranged in any order using the eMix application, even when passing audio, but must be re-ordered at least two adjacent channels at a time. For example, the EQ may be set to follow dynamics, the insert may be placed after the EQ or dynamics, and metering, can be placed after the fader, on channels 1 and 2, or on channels 1-8.

EQ & Filters 
The EQ controls are shown opposite. Avid has a wellearned reputation for the highest quality EQ algorithms with an uncompromised approach to design. S5 Fusion’s equalizer is much more than just a simple EQ. The four bands are each fully parametric, with additionally switchable peak/shelf selection on two of the bands. Frequencies are not limited to fixed ranges; each band covers the entire 20Hz - 20kHz spectrum, with a gain +/- 24dB and local variable Q control. The Page key at the bottom of the knobs brings up the Filters. There are two Filters that can each be set to: High Pass, Low Pass, Band Pass or Notch. Each filter has a frequency control. The notch filter includes Q control and a “boost/listen” function, monitoring the audio without the filter in the circuit, to help identify any problematic frequency prior to selection. A 50/60 Hz hum, or other unexpected noise problem can be taken care of without disturbing the program mix or compromising any equalizer settings as with shared designs.

EQ Display 
Whenever an equalizer is being adjusted a graphical display appears to illustrate what the processor is doing to the audio at the top of the channel.

08 Dynamics

Dynamics

The S5 Fusion has an extremely powerful dynamics section comprising of a Compressor/Limiter, an Expander/Gate and side chain key input with filter. S5 Fusion allows both Compress and Expand sections to be used together. The knobset shown opposite is the simple Compress/Expand knobset with the main controls for both sections available. The page keys at the bottom allow the knobset to be switched to a further 3 sets of knobs that give more advanced control. Here are the full set of parameters that can be adjusted:

Compressor

  • Release
  • Attack
  • Threshold
  • Ratio
  • Depth
  • Knee
  • Gain Make Up
  • Compressor In/Out

Expander/Gate

  • Release
  • Attack
  • Threshold
  • Ratio
  • Depth
  • Knee
  • Hold
  • Hysteresis
  • Expander/Gate In/Out

Side Chain

  • Filter Type - Hi Pass, Lo Pass, Band Pass, Notch
  • Side Chain Listen
  • Side Chain Source - Channel, Key Input, Link
  • Detector Type - Peak, Average

Dynamics Display
Whenever dynamics are being adjusted a graphical display is shown on the display at the top of the strip to illustrate how the processor is affecting the audio.

09 Bus Routings and Aux Sends

Bus Routing and Aux Sends

Number of Buses - Mixer Models 
The number of Mix, Group and Aux buses available in a S5 Fusion console is dependent on the number of DSP cards and the selected Mixer Model. A second DSP card may be added at any time to increase the number of channels.

Bus Processing 
The new DSP cards support up to 8 dedicated bus processors comprising filters and dynamics that can be attached to any mix, group or aux bus and controlled from a Strip.

Mix Buses
Up to 32 mix buses are available, configured in Sections (Stems) to allow mixing to different formats. For example, a stereo mix section has two individual buses and a 5.1 mix section has six. Up to 16 mix sections may be simply configured from the eMix setup software and each may be given a name. S5 Fusion supports up to 32 individual mix buses. Formats are Mono, Stereo, LCRS, 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 plus custom formats. Routing a source to a Mix Section is done from the switches on the Knobset after first pressing the Route - Mix key. Just as with the Aux sends, as shown right, each On/Off key switches the signal to that bus section. The channel signal may be routed to all buses in that section with or without the pan inserted. It is also possible to route to individual buses (direct assign) in each section, for example, just the center bus of a 5.1 mix section.

Group Buses 
Up to 24 audio group/DAW send buses are available. They can be set to formats from mono thru 7.1. Routing is similar to Mix buses by pressing the Route - Group key then using the knobset On/Off switches. For traditional sub-group control these buses may be brought back into channels that can act as audio sub-group masters - note that dedicated bus processing is also available. The Group knobsets also include an overall group send level control.

Aux Send 
Up to 16 Aux sends are available and can be configured in mono or stereo pairs. Press the Aux function key to bring up the Aux sends on the knobset. The example on the right shows typical Aux sends with 1 & 2 working as a stereo send with pan. Sends can be individually set to feed pre or post-fader and can be used as effects sends or foldback sends. Aux masters are controlled from the center section and include individual talkback and tone insert provisions. Each send may be named to reflect its destination. Aux sends can be flipped to be controlled from the faders - very useful for setting complex monitor mixes and sends

10 Pan Controls

Pan Controls

Pan Formats
Years of experience in the film world allows Avid to include powerful surround features not found on other systems, with an extremely simple user interface. For surround Mix Sections (Stems) the following pan controls are available:

  • Front Pan
  • Surround Pan
  • Rear Pan
  • Boom Level
  • Non-Boom Level
  • Divergence
  • Focus
  • Rotate

Multi-Format Masters and Spill
Stereo sources or surround sources such as a 5.1 pre-mix, or the 8 sources in an audio sub-group (in the case of 7.1) can be controlled from a single control strip called a Multi-Format Master to save on space and to make adjustments, including routing, much simpler. A function called Spill allows the component sources of the Multi-Format Master to be brought up on the surface, for individual adjustment of each element, at the push of the channel select button on the Multi-Format Master or Control Group.

Panning Display
Whenever pan is being adjusted the display above the channel indicates the pan position.

 

11 Meters

Meters

The meters above each strip may be set to show any source, Mix, Group or Aux bus. Single or dual meters can be selected. For example, all strips could have the source fader signal plus the first 24 strips could also show the mix bus levels. The example shown to the right has been configured with a single input meter displaying the source signal (channel 1) and a dynamics meter.

The meter is accurate to within 1/4dB from 0dBfs down to 48dBfs and displays clip indication. The green bar to the left of the meter lights showing the approach to peak level.

If the strip is set to a Multi-Format Master that has stereo or surround format then the meter at the top of the strip will show stereo or 5.1 metering.

It is also possible to set up the channel meters so that they display metering for both the Main and Swap sources at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meter Presets 
Meter presets allow the setup of meter combinations to be stored and named for later recall - 24 are available. One setup could contain primary source meters together with mix bus signals, another Aux sends.

EQ / Dynamics / Pan Display 
Whenever EQ, Dynamics, and Pan are being controlled on the knobset, a graphical display illustrates what is happening to the audio.

Channel Routing Display
Source routing to the mix and group buses are also displayed on the screen.

 

12 CM401-T Master Module

CM401-T Master Module

Master Module 
The CM401T Master module includes a full assignable channel strip on the left, plus all the master facilities controls including monitoring, comms, bus masters Solo, transport and automation. The photo below shows all the major control sections which are discussed in detail in the next few pages.

13-18 Master Facilities

Master Facilities

Master Meters
The flat screen display above the center section includes metering for main monitor outputs. The number of meters will match the monitor’s format (5.1 is shown in the example below).

The 8 meters at the bottom of the screen are for Aux, Group, Mix outputs or the SLS/Cue monitors, depending on the bus master knobset selection.

Solo, AFL, PFL 
S5 Fusion includes:

  • Solo-In-Place (SIP)
  • After Pan Listen (APL)
  • Pre Fader Listen (PFL)
  • Fader Backstop PFL
  • Solo Safe - for isolating effects returns from Solo-In-Place

The solo control knob in the center section allows the level of APL and PFL to be set and pressing the top of the knob will clear any solos. There is also a solo active LED.

Solo Options:

  • Inter-cancelling, Momentary or Latching Solo switches
  • Solo (AFL, PFL) can be sent to either of the two alternate speaker outputs or can be sent to whichever is the currently selected speaker
  • Solo can dim the monitors

Monitoring 
S5 Fusion has five monitor outputs; Control Room (main and two alternates), and the SLS/Cue outputs Mon A, B, C and D. Each of the 5 monitor feeds can select from external inputs configured as External Devices, the Mix Sections (Stems) both bus and playback return, and the aux sends.

The format of the main control room monitors, and Mon A can handle up to an 8 output surround format. Even the Alt 1 outputs can handle 6 speakers which is very useful for a second set of control room speakers when mixing in surround. Group outputs are usually monitored on the strips but can also be picked up by the External inputs using PatchNet.

Main Panel 
The main panel in the center section is used for making monitor selections as well as for many other functions including saving and loading Layouts, Meter Presets and SnapShots. It is very simple to operate with a straightforward menu structure and designations which describe functions next to the actual keys. The External Monitor Selection is shown opposite for selecting external sources to the Control Room Monitors.

External Inputs 
Up to 24 devices may be configured for External sources in any surround format up to 7.1. The monitor matrix is intelligent and automatically selects the appropriate monitor format to match the source’s format.

Monitor Source Selection 
Each of the monitor outputs (CR, Mon A, B, C, D) have their own level and source select key. It is important to note that these are digitally controlled analog controls as they provide a quiet and highly stable monitor output stage which is essential when feeding powerful monitors at high levels.

The 8-character display shows the name of the selected source and the switch on the level knob acts as a speaker mute.

The Main Control Room feed can be sent to the Main Monitors, Alt 1, or Alt 2.

Each of the 5 monitor outputs has a Source button. Pressing this activates the Main panel.

Monitor Output Control Main Control Room Monitor 
The Main Control Room speaker section includes a digital readout of level, 8-character source display and dedicated Dim and Mute keys. The active speakers are indicated just above the level control to show which speakers are switched on (L C R etc.).

 

 

It is also possible to switch off individual speakers, set dim level and phase reverse the Left speaker. These options are accessible from the CR Output key which brings up menus on the Main panel.

Mon A, B, C & D 
By pushing the Mon A, B, C & D level control switch these feeds can be muted.

Monitor Format Fold Down 
The Control Room Output key also brings up main monitor fold down options such as folding down a 5.1 feed to LCRS, Stereo or Mono. The way the outputs get folded down, and any level drops, can be set by the user from the eMix software (shown opposite). These settings can be stored as 24 user presets.

 

Communications Facilities

S5 Fusion includes a comprehensive communications system including talkback, listenback, oscillator and slate. The Comms Ctrl button, just above the main monitor controls, brings up all the communications options on the Main panel. The Quick Keys panel (shown opposite) can also used for fast access to comms facilities.

Talkback 
Two talkback mic inputs are available with phantom power. One talkback mic is provided and is normally situated in the engineers position, a second can be added for the producer and located elsewhere in the control room. A remote talkback enable switch input is provided. Mon A, B, C and D are usually used for SLS or Cue feeds.

  • Talkback to Mon A, B, C & D & Aux
  • Individual level control of each talkback mic
  • Talkback keys can latch or be momentary
  • Main CR monitor, Mon A, B, C or D dims during talkback

Listenback Four Listenback mic inputs are available. These include phantom power and individual level controls. Listenback features

  • Listenback to Main Control Room Monitor, Alt1, Alt2
  • Listenback can follow CR Speakers
  • Listenback to Mon A, B, C, D each with switch
  • Can be latching or momentary and can dim CR Monitors

Oscillator
Digital oscillator accessible from the Comms Control key and keys on the Main panel. Features:

  • Dedicated 100Hz, 440Hz, 1kHz, 10kHz and user settable key
  • Sine or Pink Noise
  • Oscillator level control
  • Osc to Mix Sections, Grps, Aux plus all of these

Quick Access Panel 
This panel has 4 sets of 5 keys, factory set for quick access to commonly used comms features. The four buttons at the top bring up four sets of 5 keys, the one shown right is the set of talkback keys.

Bus Masters 
Bus Masters are controlled from the 8 knobs and function select switches in the middle of the console. The knobset can be switched between Group, Mix and Aux Bus Masters using the function select keys at the bottom of the knobset. The page key allows the 8 knobs to switch between sets of 8 controls (1-8, 9-16 etc.)

Each master has a gain trim and On/Off switch plus an insert. For a Mix Section this will control the gain of all the buses within the section. For the Mix Masters the upper switch next to each knob switches the knobs to allow On/Off and gain trim for individual buses within each Section. The user can lock the bus masters so the point of reference is always the same.

Master Fader 
The Master Fader in the middle of the center section controls all Mix Section output levels. It can also be locked out.

 

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19 SnapShot Recall™

SnapShot Recall™

A SnapShot stores console settings for recall at a later date. S5 Fusion supports 240 SnapShots per Title. The operator can choose which parameters to include in a SnapShot. For example, a SnapShot may include every setting on all channels, a single channel, or just the EQ or pan settings on a single channel. SnapShots can be named and can also be modified. When a Title is stored the state of the console is stored in that Title so when it loads it brings back all console settings.

Total Automation™
As S5 Fusion is a fully digital console, it has been designed with Total Automation in mind. Almost all parameters on the console may be dynamically automated to timecode including faders, EQ, pans, Aux sends, dynamics, processor in/out and fader On/Off.

The faders are motorized and touch-sensitive, as are the knobs, which (with their unique illuminated displays) show automation moves as they playback, with dedicated LEDs showing automation status. Each switch that can be automated has its own automation punch key.

In the center of the console are a set of dedicated automation keys. These are used to select objects for inclusion into the automation and for selecting the object status. Automation may be written in small sections, which is more normal for post work, or can be written as continuous moves throughout the length of the Title.

Automation Status
Isolate - Object behaves manually. 
Read - Object plays back automated move. When playing back an automated move in READ the engineer can manually override the control or fader by simply touching and moving the control - nothing is written but the manual moves will be heard. 
Write Absolute - moves are recorded.
Write Trim - trim moves can be written on top of an existing move. 
Auto Glide - This is a punch out mode for a soft ramped change between the level at punch out and the underlying level. Glide time can be user set.

Automation Performance Control 
Several modes are available to modify the main automation status:

  • Preview - When activated the engineer can preset a value prior to punching an object into write. Useful for writing an abrupt jump in level.
  • Suspend Preview - Allows the engineer to quickly switch between the new value and the underlying automated value.
  • Capture - Stores in memory the values of objects which are writing. Punch Capture allows all these objects to be punched back into record at the stored values.
  • Join - Stores in memory which objects were writing when the transport was stopped (i.e. objects that were not punched out manually). The join key allows all these objects to be punched back into record.
  • Auto Join - Automatically punch all the objects that were writing when the transport was stopped back into write at the timecode where the transport was stopped.
  • Fill - Four keys that allow a level or switch state to be written from the punch out point to the start, or to the end of a region. Can also write the punch out level or state between two points.
  • All Match - Punches out all objects currently writing. Objects will glide back to previously recorded values.

20 Fader and Knob Automation Mode

Fader and Knob Automation Modes

Conforming Automation to Picture 
As video or film sections are inserted, deleted, and moved during post-production, the Conform utility realigns the automation data to match the edited film. Data from an Edit Decision List (EDL) with the start time, end time, and duration for each edit, along with the type of operation (insert, delete, move) is entered into the Conform utility. The Conform utility creates a new mix with the EDL changes.

CM403 Joysticks 
Twin joysticks can be assigned to any channels

21 Film Monitor Panel Options

Film Monitor Panel Option

A CM403- F/J Film Monitoring Panel with twin Joystick Module, can replace the standard CM411 - J module, which only has the twin joysticks. This film module includes the film monitor panel, as shown below, as well as the twin joysticks. There is a blank panel space for any custom controls at the top of the module. A special display screen, showing monitoring status and stem multi-format meters, replaces the eMix screen at the top of the module - so if this option is fitted another blank 411 module is needed for the eMix screen or an external eMix screen display is required.

The Film and Post Monitoring Panel fulfills the requirements for a traditional PEC/Direct monitoring system for the film post-production environment. The Film Monitor module is divided into two distinct parts: the traditional PEC/DIR panel on the left, and an additional utility panel to the right. The right panel duplicates most of the master section’s monitoring and setup functions

The PEC/DIR panel houses the traditional paddles used for PEC/DIR, Bus/Playback, or Bus/Tape switching. The second sets of paddles are used to put track(s) into record. There are eight paddle strips, with associated switches above them, and a master control strip. All operations take place within the console’s existing monitor matrix and affect only the main (CR) monitors.

The system automatically sends mix buses to the correct monitor bus based on the bus section format. For example, when monitoring FX, the left bus of the section is automatically sent to the left monitor bus. It is sometimes required to override this assignment and send a mix bus to a different monitor bus than was intended. It is possible to use the Exp/Sel keys above the displays on the PEC/DIR paddle to select buses within a section. When a bus is selected, the Speaker Re-Assign panel illuminates the current monitor bus assignment. Selecting a different speaker from the panel re-assigns the bus within the monitor matrix

21 EUCON Hybrid

EUCON Hybrid

Get Connected 
EUCON Hybrid is included with S5 Fusion and extends the control capabilities of the console beyond the dedicated DSP Cards to the outside world, bringing DAW tracks from multiple workstations onto the console surface for mixing. No other control system or console comes close to the power and total integration of Avid control surfaces with EUCON.

Any DAW running the EUCON Client Application on the network can have its tracks selected for placement and control on the S5 Fusion surface. The position of DAW tracks on the surface is completely flexible. Multiple tracks from separate DAWs may be placed in any order on the surface simultaneously next to Avid DSP channels. These channel Layouts may be saved, making them easy to access and organize - one Layout for DSP channels, one for Pro Tools and one with combinations from multiple DAWs for example.

This greatly extends the capability of any S5 Fusion console and allows operators access to DAW tracks that would otherwise be available only as traditional playback sources. It is now possible to have direct, high-speed access to any of these tracks, their plug-ins and metering

EUCON 
The EUCON control protocol makes all this connectivity possible and is transparent to the user. EUCON Hybrid scans the Ethernet network for available workstations. Any PC or Mac application, not just DAWs, can be controlled from the S5 Fusion surface.

The EUCON Client Application is installed on each PC or Mac workstation for basic connectivity. This allows control surface commands, such as fader or knob moves, to be translated into EUCON, HUI or Mackie Control commands for each application. Native EUCON applications that directly support the EUCON protocol, such as Pro Tools 9, Digital Performer, Nuendo, Logic Pro, SONAR, and Pyramix, have an extremely high level of integration with high-resolution, high-speed connectivity to all of the application’s functions. Control is fast and highly responsive. EUCON Hybrid also provides extensive high-speed control of other applications through a combination of HUI and Mackie Control Universal protocols. In addition to fader, pan, aux sends, metering and routing, EUCON Hybrid allows access to the track’s plug-ins from the 8 knobs on the S5 Fusion.

 

DAWs running the EUCON Client Application are highlighted in the sub-panel and can be selected for access by the S5 Fusion.

DAW Tracks can be assigned to any strip in any order and saved using Layouts (up to 48 Layouts). Auto-Assign works just the same as with normal S5 Fusion channel strip assignments. DAW tracks also appear in the list of available sources when assigning directly from the strip. DAW tracks can be independently placed on the control surface. For example, Pro Tools track 1 could be placed next to its track 24 which could be followed by track 14 from a Nuendo system.

The MC Controller includes multiple banks of 24 SmartSwitches, programmed with keystroke or EUCON commands, which are saved in Application Sets specific to each application. These Soft Keys are available for use on the S5 Fusion and appear on the Main Panel for the selected DAW.

The S5 Fusion includes a jog/shuttle wheel at the bottom of the CM401-T center section. One of the most useful features of EUCON control is the ability to assign different functions to this wheel. As well as Jog and Shuttle the wheel may also be used for adjusting clip based functions in some EUCON DAWs such as trim head/tail, fade in/out, slip, move and clip gain.

Automation functionality of DAW tracks is dependent on the features within each DAW. Any fader, knob or switch automation for DAW tracks is written directly to the DAW software and is not associated with the Avid S5 Fusion automation of DSP card channels. Faders are touchsensitive and knobs include auto-pickup functionality. Any automation playing back from the DAW will move the appropriate faders, and display changes on the knob LED rings and switches.

The Main Panel provides access to Tracks and Soft Keys for each connected workstation. With Tracks displayed (upper photo), the list of tracks currently available from the application in focus on the connected workstation is shown - ready for placement on the surface. With Soft Keys selected (lower photo) the selected DAWs soft keys are available for sending out EUCON commands and Keystroke commands to the DAW.

22 SC264D Studio Computer

SC264D Studio Computer

The new SC264D Studio Computer runs the eMix software which includes the file management system and the PatchNet software. It includes twin drives set up as a RAID array for redundant storage of all data. There is a separate keyboard and mouse for this computer that fits under the console and an external screen for showing the eMix software at the top of the Joystick module.

The SC264D includes an Ethernet port for connection to the S5 Fusion LAN and is fitted with two controller and up to 2 DSP cards:

  • EUCON Hybrid PCI Card - Control up to 5 workstations
  • TT002 card for machine control, including a single RS422 port, MMC port, video ref plus 32 GPIO for use with the console the events system
  • Up to two SP663 DSP Cards

The DSP Cards provide:

  • DSP Processing - Massive amount of scalable DSP available for fully featured channels and Buses with Delay, EQ & Dynamics processing. Each SP663 card adds 5.5 GFLOPS of processing power
  • MADI I/O - each SP663 card adds 4 MADI inputs and outputs (256 x 256 paths at 48kHz)
  • Router controlled by the console’s PatchNet Software
  • Up to 116 full featured Channels at 48kHz - 2 x SP663 Cards
  • 96kHz operation with 50% less dsp channels
  • Independent EQ, filters and dynamics processing per channel
  • Up to 2 seconds delay per channel
  • Bus processing with dynamics and filters
  • 4,096-path FPGA audio router on each SP663 DSP card
  • Up to 8x8 MADI I/O (512x512 paths @ 48kHz)
  • Hardware compatible with 192/384 kHz
  • DSPs support 40 bit, 32 bit IEEE floating point and 32 bit fixed point formats
  • Hybrid FPGA and DSP technology to accommodate 40 bit floating point (extended precision) operation, for timing precision, and wide feature set
  • Parallel signal processing utilizing SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) architectur

Channels, Mix, Aux and Group Bus Numbers for Multiple SP663 Cards

 

23 Patching – PatchNet

Patching - PatchNet

S5 Fusion includes a large comprehensive digital patchbay called PatchNet, operated from the eMix software program which runs on a monitor next to the console.

eMix 
PatchNet is one of the eMix menus. Other menus that are accessible on this computer are the File Directory, Bus Formatting, System Setup, Format Fold Down, External Source Setup & Conform.

PatchNet 
S5 Fusion ’s patching system. PatchNet operates in the same way as an engineer would make a patch on a traditional patchbay. First the source is located and selected, then the destination, and the patch can then be made.

The screen below shows PatchNet in operation. The left hand side of the screen shows the groups of signals, such as console A & B inputs, or External Inputs. Once the group of signals is selected every signal in that group appears on the main part of screen for patching. Multiple signals can be selected making it a simple job to patch 32 bus outputs to 32 recorder inputs, for example.

Patches are saved within Titles. So when the session starts and the engineer loads the Title, the complete patchbay comes back exactly as it was left at the end of the last session.

Default Title 
Each studio can set up default PatchNet wiring and naming after installation. This includes naming of all studio patchpoints such as mic inputs and effects devices. Normalling of standard connections such as sources to inputs and console outputs to device inputs can also be setup. These initial settings are similar to the studio wiring, normalling and patchbay labelling in an analog studio. These default settings are brought into PatchNet each time a new Title is created. They can be updated at any time to reflect the addition of new equipment.

24 File Management

File Management

eMix 
eMix is the management software program for S5 Fusion and runs on a screen that sits next to the console. The program comprises the following modules:

  • Directory
  • PatchNet
  • System Diagnostics and Mixer Models
  • Mix and Group Bus Setup
  • Monitor Fold Down Setup
  • External Inputs Setup
  • Conform (see page 23)

Directory 
S5 Fusion has the following file hierarchy: Drives - Projects - Titles - Mixes.

A project is a folder which contains Titles. A project is like a folder and can be used to house all an operator’s Titles or all Titles in a Show. The Titles are where all the important data relating to a session is stored.

The directory includes all the features you would expect from a file management system such as copy, paste, rename, open and close. The eMix computer includes a large hard disk, recordable CD-RW drive and floppy drive. The CD-RW can be used to store and remove Project/Title information. Loading a Title brings back all the stored information about that title including Last Setup, Layouts, Meter Presets, SnapShots and, most importantly, the PatchNet digital patchbay.

PatchNet 
See previous page.

System Mixer Models
eMix allows the combination of channels, buses and externals to be changed very simply so that the system can be tailored to each application and installation.

Mix, Group, Fold-Down, External Setup 
Sections of eMix allow the mix and group bus formats, external formats and monitor fold down to be defined. Up to 24 external devices are available and can be set to be any format and can also be named such as 5.1 format DVD player or stereo CD player.

25 Optical Analog & Digital Converters

Optional Analog & Digital Converters

Internally, S5 Fusion uses MADI to route and patch digital audio. MADI is a very stable and robust AES sanctioned format that allows up to 64 channels of digital audio (at 24-bit, 48kHz) along a single coax cable.

To interface to analog and other digital formats such as AES/ EBU, Avid provides a full range of high quality converters in multi-channel, 19” rack mounting cases. The standard S% Fusion package includes an MA703 for analog monitor feeds.

All signals such as Aux sends, mix minus/group outputs, mix outputs, channel inputs, inserts and dynamic key inputs are MADI and require the Avid converters for analog or AES/ EBU connection. Commercial MADI converters are also available including PCI cards for connecting MADI into and out of PCs.

Because the system is modular, it is easy to start working with the S5 Fusion in an analog environment and then add digital converters in future as more of the facility’s sources move to digital.

AM713 Analog to MADI Converter 
26 balanced analog on XLR plus an AES or S/PDIF pair to MADI.

MA703 MADI to Analog Converter 
MADI to 26 balanced analog on XLR plus an AES or S/PDIF pair - included in the S5 Fuson package.

DM714 AES/EBU to MADI Converter 
13 AES/EBU pairs on 110ohm XLR, or 75ohm BNC, with two extra analog balanced inputs plus an AES or S/PDIF pair to MADI.

MD704 MADI to AES/EBU Converter 
MADI to 13 AES/EBU pairs on 110ohm XLR or 75ohm BNC withtwo extra analog balanced outputs plus an AES or S/PDIF pair. MI715 Analog to MADI Converter 16 balanced analog line level inputs and 8 AES/EBU digital inputs plus an AES or S/PDIF pair to MADI.

MO705 MADI to Analog Converter 
MADI to 16 balanced analog line level outputs and 8 AES/EBU digital outputs plus an AES or S/PDIF pair.

ML530 Remote Mic Preamp 
24 remote controlled mic preamps with XLR inputs. Usually supplied with AM713 Analog to MADI converter. The mic preamps are controlled remotely using TCC serial control from the SC264 Studio Computer.

SH612 StudioHub 
The SH612 is a comprehensive professional 12x12 MADI router. Although the new DSP cards include complete MADI routing for S5 Fusion, the SH612 is available for use as a standalone router and can be controlled from any Windows PC using the optional SH612 Route Manager patching software.

FC726 Digital Format Converter with SRC
Bi-directional digital format conversion of up to 56 channels with sample rate conversion. Formats supported; MADI, SPDIF- 2, ProDigi, TDIF, ADAT Optical, AES/EBU. 56 channels of AES/ EBU are always available regardless of what formats are being used.

FT730 FiberTran Fiber Optic MADI Extender 
The FT730 FiberTran can extend MADI and Digital Sync for up to 1km over fiber optic cable. The FT730 can also extend TCC control to an ML530 mic pre or the MC524 monitor controller when used with a Avid S5 Fusion or Max Air console.