DirectOut PRODIGY Series Equipped With Automator & EARS Disaster Recovery

Automator License makes it possible to program triggers to run tasks in an automated way while Disaster Recovery adds more security for the EARS feature.
Several new upgrades have been announced for the DirectOut PRODIGY series.

DirectOut has announced that its PRODIGY series, including the PRODIGY.MC modular audio converter and PRODIGY.MP multifunctional audio processor, can now be outfitted with Automator License that makes it possible to program triggers to run tasks in an automated way.

Triggers can be coming from different sources, such as parameter or status changes in the device itself, a MIDI or OSC command from an external device, a cron job (periodically recurring trigger) or created based on time (e.g., LTC). In addition, device actions such as gains, mutes, snapshot recalls, input manager switches and EARS source selection or GPOs can be triggered, and it’s also possible to send custom defined messages via OSC and MIDI or to hosts via HTTP, UDP and TCP commands.

In addition, DirectOut has implemented Disaster Recovery for the EARS feature — first employed at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest — to be more secure. A third multichannel audio source has also been implemented, which is automatically selected in case the main and backup multichannel input (MADI or audio network) fail. Further features include configurable crossfades for groups as well as an automatic 4-Wire patch function for the Routing tab.

For PRODIGY.MP specifically, there’s a new IIR filter — The First Order All Pass for Live Sound — which allows for phase rotation of 90 degrees at selected frequencies. In addition, a Solo Bus function makes it possible to route soloed channels to summing buses 31/32 of PRODIGY.MP, and it offers three modes: summing all soloed channels; replacing, where one soloed channel replaces the previously selected one; and PA tuning, where the processed and clean signal is routed to the solo bus outputs automatically.

In addition to the PRODIGY updates, the globcon virtual remote control, which fosters the building of customized user interfaces across devices, has also received some new features as well. The configuration interface allows to drag and drop channels from any device available in globcon and build sets of up to eight channels in 12 layers. These layouts include faders, buttons and level meters, and are accessible via a web browser and can be used from mobile devices in the network as well.

Further, up to 16 virtual controllers can be configured and mapped to hardware controllers. Presets are available for OSC. Other third-party hardware (e.g., MIDI controllers) can be “learned” and mapped by performing the required trigger movements. Finally, globcon is now also offered as a native binary for computers with Apple silicon (M1/M2).