The latest update, just released, for the DirecOut PRODIGY Series of devices is Ember+, a network-based third-party protocol, an open control initiative of the Lawo Group that’s also used by companies such as Riedel, SSL and Lawo.
Previously, control of PRODIGY.MC (Modular Audio Converter) and PRODIGY.MP (Multifunction Audio Processor) was only possible via the front panel touch display and globcon remote control software using its native JSON API. The DirectOut implementation of Ember+ allows controlling the configuration, the settings of the microphone preamp and the routing matrix, including channel labeling as well as monitoring the status of the device.
“Ember+ opens up the range of control systems that can interact with our PRODIGY devices,” says Claudio Becker-Foss, CEO/CTO of DirectOut, “For example popular and widespread software like hi, VSM or KSC may be used. Even direct access from a mixing console can be possible. Actually, we´ve already successfully tested our implementation with Broadcast Solutions´ control software hi, without any changes required in the software.”
Also note that globcon can be used at the same time to control other functions, e.g., the DSP section of PRODIGY.MP. Ember+ is available as a paid software option for the PRODIGY Series and can be purchased separately per device.