The new EUCON Hybrid option for System 5 extends the control capabilities of the console beyond the dedicated DSP Core 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 System 5 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 System 5 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.
The EUCON control protocol makes all this connectivity possible and is transparent to the user. The EUCON Hybrid Pilot Computer scans the Ethernet network for available workstations. Any PC or Mac application, not just DAWs, can be controlled from the System 5 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 Digital Performer, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Maestro, MIO Console, SONAR and Pyramix, have an extremely high level of integration with high-resolution, high-speed connectivity to all of the application’s functions, including multi-channel metering and EQ/pan curves. Control is fast and highly responsive.
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 System 5.
With the EUCON Hybrid option installed, DAWs running the EUCON Client Application are highlighted in the sub-panel and can be selected for access by the System 5.
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 System 5 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 System 5 and appear on the Main Panel for the selected DAW.
The System 5 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 System 5 automation of DSP Core 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.
EUCON Hybrid Package
- EUCON Hybrid Pilot Computer (PC 254h) fitted with:
- Two Ethernet ports for connecting to the System 5 and external DAW networks
- EUCON Hybrid Software Package
- Latest software Application Sets
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. With Soft Keys selected (lower photo) the selected DAWs soft keys are available for sending out EUCON commands and Keystroke commands to the DAW.