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