Overview


Overview

Take deep, hands-on control of Pro Tools 10, and other EUCON apps over the high-speed EUCON Ethernet control protocol. With System 5MC you get the same unparalleled, rich mixing and editing experience used by music and audio post production professionals. Based on the ergonomic and powerful System 5 digital console and the innovative MC Pro editing controller, the System 5-MC tightly integrates with multiple DAWs. System 5-mc serves as the ideal hub of modern studio, giving you a total workstation surface with responsive tactile control and visual feedback high-end mix.

System 5-MC serves as the ideal hub of the modern studio, giving you a total workstation surface with the responsive tactile control and visual feedback of a high-end mixing console.

Avid Pro Tools
Pro Tools 10 has over 500 functions mapped to System 5 MC, giving you unprecedented control over your edinting and mixes.

High-resolution, high-speed control
With 8x the resolution and 250x the speed of MIDI, Pro Tools 10 and EUCON give you the most powerful, highly responsive tactile control in the industry.

Pro Tools 10 Power



Upon the release of Pro Tools 10, Avid added approximately 500 new key commands specifically designed to make the System 5MC and MC Pro the most powerful user interface ever!


  • 308 Pro Tools menu commands
  • 30 Automation commands
  • 73 Editing commands mapped to softkeys
  • 27 Transport commands
  • 23 Zoom commands
  • All commands found on an ICON soft Key
  • System functions like “Do to Selected”, “Do to All”, Escape & OK, Fader Motors Off, etc.
  • Over 2000 key commands premapped to Mac and PC apps
  • ”Heat” Knobset
  • Avid Satellite functions from softkeys
  • High resolution EQ graphs shown on 408 TFT monitor
  • Preview automation state from CM408 channel strips
  • Open Aux send panner window from surface
  • VCA tracks show members on channel strip
  • Introduction of instrument knob sets on surface
  • Introduction of Mic preamp control knobset on surface
  • Need more specifics? Download the “ProTools Eucon Guide” here

The System 5-MC Package

The base System 5-MC package includes:

  • 8 Channel Strips - one CM408T module
  • MC fitted with twin joysticks and a VESA compatible adjustable LCD screen arm
  • System 5-MC 5-slot (5ft) frame
  • Studio Monitor Express monitor matrix application
  • Avid XMON for complete studio monitoring and talk back

System 5-MC and MC Pro work with any PC or Mac multiple processor workstation but the faster the better. Any workstation to be used with the system must have the EUCON client software application (included) installed.

Other 3rd Party Options:
System can be used with any ASIO or Core Audio compliant I/O, any plug-ins or virtual instruments supported by the DAW. In fact the options for audio and video hardware are limited only by the DAW’s ability to support them. To switch between multiple W/S Avid can supply a GPIO relay switch box for connection to a DVI switch such as the Gefen range of DVI matrix switchers for automatic screen selection - Keyboard and trackball is carried in the Ethernet connection to multiple W/S.

Channel Strip Features

Interactive Flash Demo

See how the system interacts with Pro Tools click here

The System 5-MC's channel knobs are shown opposite - functions, such as EQ, are each color coded for easy recognition.
Every supported DAW can have tracks brought up on the System 5-MC for fader and knob control of parameters.

Each channel strip has 8 touch-sensitive knobs with switches to select the knobset between EQ, dynamics, pan, input controls and plug-ins used in the track. The controls can be paged through parameters or from one plug-in to another. At the top of the strip the TFT display shows graphs for Pan, EQ and dynamics.


Layouts

Layouts save group masters, VCA masters and allow the movement of any channel instantly to where you need it. You can use "layouts" to access banks in chunks that match your custom requirements or can also allow you to nudge banks with the "page" arrows instantly. A layout can also be set to control the master for a set of 6 surround tracks for a 5.1 source.

Powerful built-in computer CPUs in each fader chassis and top quality P&G fader motors make for instant fader and state recall whenever and wherever you need them.

Channel Strip Features

Channel Strip Parts

  • 100mm long-throw touch-sensitive moving faders.
  • Dual high-resolution LED meters, for levels and automation, next to each fader.
  • 4-character dual designation displays showing track names above fader (12-14 character on the TFT channel screen).
  • On, solo, automation mode, input monitoring, attention and Swap switches.
  • 8 touch-sensitive rotary controls per channel with LED display rings and 4 character designation displays. Each knobset has select, on and automation switches and automation status LEDs. Knobs can control any channel processing including plug-ins.
  • High-resolution TFT displays at the top of each channel showing metering, processor graphs (for EQ and pan), routing, 12-14 character channel name designations and status.

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

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, the high resolution TFT displays illustratewhat is happening to the audio.

 

Automation

Automation

The System 5-MC touch-sensitive faders and knobs can be used to write automation moves to any applications that supports EUCON, HUI or Mackie Control protocol.

The fader and knob move data is sent directly from the surface to the DAW automation so it can be stored and edited from within the DAW project file. When the DAW plays back moves the faders will move to follow the automation and the display LED rings around the knobs will show current position of the control.

The operator can choose to edit automation using the knobs and faders with touch sensitive drop-in capability or by using the DAWs on-screen editing functions. A swap (or flip) function allows any parameter to be swapped onto the fader so an aux send, for example, could be controlled from the faders during the setup of a foldback output and automated using the faders if necessary.

MC Pro Center Section

MC Pro Center Section

MC PRO Center Section

MC Pro Center Section

At the center of the System 5-MC is the MC Pro Media Application Controller. The MC has the following main features:

  • Trackball with scroll ring next to programmable transport keys
  • Standard full-sized qwerty keyboard with numeric keypad (which can be changed for a user preferable keyboard).
  • 56 programmable SmartSwitches each with an integral LCD display to show their function.
  • 9 touch sensitive Soft Knobs for processor and plug-in control
  • Twin programmable joystick panners.
  • 4 buttons for selecting different workations
  • High-resolution touch-screen for setup and control.

  • Surround monitoring section including monitor matrix, speaker controls, solo and talkback microphone.
  • Extensive connectivity including 1/4” footswitch jack, headphone thru jack, touchscreen VGA out, standard keyboard and mouse ports, USB port, serial service port and Ethernet.

For full detailed guided tour of the MC Pro see the separate MC Pro Guided Tour. The MC Pro is available as a stand-alone controller.

The MC Pro is capable of controlling any software application running on the System 5-MC host workstation. The MC Pro intelligently switches all its surface controls to match the active application making it easy to move from one application to another.

Above the MC Pro is a VESA compatible adjustable arm for fitting LCD displays (LCD Display available separately).

Avid XMON

Avid XMON

THE Avid XMON is the “studio hub” for the System 5MC and ICON range of products. With EUCON control, the XMON provides analog complete studio connectivity that is controlled from the System 5MC surface and makes the most out of your Pro Tools Workstation..

Features include:

  • Stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround monitoring
  • Alternate Speaker switching
  • Talkback and cue sends
  • Stereo and surround inputs for other sources (ie CD, BluRay)


Transport & Machine Control

Transport & Machine Control

The MC controller can access the extensive machine control facilities of the DAW. SMPTE or MIDI timecode and locate registers can be permanently displayed on the MC’s touch screen.

An optional external synchronizer, compatible with the DAW may be used for multiple machine control. The System 5-MC controls this through the DAW via EUCON if the DAW supports this control.

The MC’s SmartSwitches can be set to act as machine control and transport switches, plus custom locate switches can easily be programmed and added to the surface.

the 10 SmartSwitches above the trackball are usually selected to act as transport controls with dual color displays for showing green when in play and red when recording.

The great thing about the MC is that the user can program these switches to manage any transport or sync function in any order, to exactly match the transport layout that they feel is most appropriate for their way of working.

Advanced Eucon Control

The Avid System 5 family features incredible control of your workstation utilizing EUCON (Extended User Control), a high-speed open control protocol that has been adopted by many of the world’s leading software developers, including Apple, Autodesk, Steinberg, and others. With EUCON, you gain highly responsive control over almost all software functions and a tightly connected experience in which the control surface acts and feels like a physical extension of your software.

Pro Tools 10 has over 500 features that natively support the EUCON protocol, most specifically implemented for System 5MC and MC Pro..

1. Better and more advanced Track Navigation!
Banking and nudging now work like other EUCON apps (no more banking by eight tracks only), even with the 4-fader MC Control. In addition, you can now mimic the custom fader feature, or what the Artist Series refers to as “Layouts.” Layouts allow you to lock any Pro Tools track to any Artist Series fader and then save it on a per session basis. This is a highly valuable and unique feature to have available on a control surface at this price point.

2. Enhanced Fader, Plug-in/Virtual Instrument & Meter Resolution!
With HUI, our fader resolution was 512 steps, or 9-bit. Pro Tools offers the same professional 10-bit fader resolution as all other EUCON compatible DAW’s. In addition, plug-in/VI parameter resolution has also been greatly enhanced, as well as the metering displays. *In order to experience full EUCON Resolution in Pro Tools, go to the Pro Tools pull-down menu>Preferences>Mixing. Under the “automation” section you will see a checkmark option to “smooth and thin data after pass.” If you deselect this option then Pro Tools will activate the full EUCON resolution during automation writing and playback.

3. Automation Playback on Motorized Faders is much smoother and more accurate!
Using the HUI protocol caused the motorized faders to playback automation in a coarse and inaccurate manner. EUCON now offers much smoother and accurate automation playback than ever before.

4. Instantiating Plug-ins, Bus sends, & Virtual Instruments is now much easier!
HUI only allowed the user to modify ONE plug-in/virtual instrument parameter at any given time. Now with EUCON, each user can modify as many parameters simultaneously as is humanly possible!

5. Adjust more than 1 Plug-in/Virtual Instrument Parameter at once!
HUI did allow for the user to add a new plug-in to an insert slot without a mouse, but it was a fairly cumbersome process. When doing this, the user was limited to one rotary encoder where they had to scroll through EVERY single plug-in that was installed to try and find the right one. This feature was time-consuming, and therefore rarely used. With EUCON, every rotary encoder instantly maps to a specific plug-in folder when instantiating a plug-in. (dynamics, EQ, modulation, etc.) This way the user can quickly navigate to the plug-in of their choice. No scrolling required!

6. Plug-in/VI Parameter Pages now display more than 4 Parameters!
HUI only allowed 4 plug-in/VI parameters to be displayed per page, even though the Artist Series Mix and Control have 8 physical rotary encoders. Now, when a plug-in/VI is instantiated, ALL 8 rotary encoders are automatically mapped to the appropriate parameters.

7. Plug-in/VI Control now available on all tracks, all the time!
HUI used to only allow plug-in/VI control on the first 8-channel bank of HUI and not on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th banks. Now, you can access any plug-in on any track quickly via EUCON.

8. Flipping Plug-in/VI Parameters from Rotary Encoders to the Faders is now available!
HUI always allowed for the user to assign Aux Sends to faders, but there was no “True-Flip” function. Now, the user can flip any parameters being displayed on the rotary encoders (plug-ins, VI’s, Aux Sends, etc.) to the faders with the touch of a button. When the user instantiates flip mode, track volume control is still available on the rotary encoders.

9. More EUCON commands now available for programming onto Soft Keys!
Historically, when assigning a EUCON command to a Soft Key in Pro Tools, The EUCON command list was actually a list of global HUI functions. Now, the EUCON command list has been updated to include many functions that were never available via HUI. Many functions that the user could previously only perform with a mouse have been added to EUCON commands. For example, functions in the automation window such as “write to selection” and “write to selection start” are now available.

10. Full track name Displays with no abbreviations!
HUI only allowed for a 4-character display on the scribble strips for track names. With EUCON, the user can now view the full track name (not abbreviated) and not have to rethink their track names in order to recognize them on the control surface.

11. Pro Tools Color-Coding in Mixer Window is fully displayed on the MC Pro Center Section!
HUI used to have specific color-coding for how many fader packs were configured that was independent of the color-coding in the Pro Tools mixer window. Now, the “tracks” page on the touchscreen of the MC Pro matches the colors defined in the Pro Tools Mixer Window.

EUCON-enabled applications
  • Avid Pro Tools 10 and Pro Tools 10HD
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Apogee Maestro for Duet, Ensemble, and Symphony
  • Apple Logic
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple Soundtrack Pro
  • Cakewalk
  • SONAR
  • Digital Audio Denmark AX24 Converter System
  • Magix Sequoia
  • Merging Pyramix
  • Metric Halo MIO Console
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Steinberg Nuendo

System Features

System Features 

  •  High resolution TFT displays showing track names, panning and high resolution metering, including full 7.1 channel metering on a single strip 
  •  Swap function allowing to switch between 2 channels per strip so you can quickly get to twice the channels without paging/banking
  •  Quick Channel, I/O, Aux, Insert assign using the fader and high res descriptions on TFT to scroll through choices
  •  Local assign matrix per channel – allows you to quickly select through routing and plug in assign menus from a single strip.
  •  Motorized, touch sensitive joystick panner option.
  •  Ability to hard assign any channels to any strips on the fly and save these as layouts anywhere on the surface.
  • Ability to assign any channel strip to follow selection
  •  Fully customizable smart switches with labeling/colors in center section (S5MC). These can show graphics and are color coded and allow you to place functions you use where you want them and save then in sets which can change for each application (Pro Tools, Media Composer, Final Cut, etc.)
  •  Edit/select/assign touch screen in center section (S5MC)
  •  Expandable to 48 faders in 8 fader increments (verses 16 fader modules with Icon)
  •  Able to control up to 4 different DAW systems.
  •  High resolution jog shuttle wheel
  •  Up to 10/12 characters for channel names in TFT, which also show track colors from Pro Tools for easily recognizing groups of tracks
  •  8 touch sensitive encoders per channel with full RGB LED color coding
  •  Compact console depth for easy reach to all encoders – extremely ergonomic
  •  Processing in/out buttons next to EQ/Dyn/Aux/Insert select switches.
  •  Surround panner view from TFT
  •  Up to 10/12 characters for channel names in TFT
  •  High resolution stereo LED bargraph meters next to faders
  •  Backstop Solo capability in Faders
  •  Modular construction allows the expansion of the surface from 8 faders to 48 faders and beyond!
  •  Program and perform complex functions with a single touch using 56 programmable LCD SmartSwitches

Hardware and Specifications

Hardware and Specifications

Power Consumption:
CM408T Channel Strip Module

  • Integral 300 WATT PSU
  • Input: 100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
  • DC Outputs: +5V @ 40 Amps, +12 V @ 8 Amps
  • AC Input Connector: Chassis mounted IEC with
  • On/OfF Switch
  • Typical Power Consumption 150 Watts
    MC
  • External Table Top 150 Watt PSU with On/OFF Switch
  • DC Outputs: +5V @ 15 Amps, +12 V @ 8 Amps
  • Input: 100 – 240 VAC 50/60 Hz
  • Typical Power Consumption 80 Watts
  • AC Input Connector: IEC with On/OFF Switch
  • DC Output Connector: 19 Pin Locking Circular

MC Hardware Features:

  • Touch Screen VGA Output (1024x768)
  • Keyboard and Mouse Serial Inputs
  • Keyboard connectors are in tray both USB and PS-2
  • USB 1.1
  • 100 MB Ethernet (IEEE 802.3) Connector: EtherCon RJ45
  • 1/4” Stereo headphone in (back) pass through to out
  • (front)
  • 1/4” footswitch programmable from touch screen
  • VGA output of touch screen
  • Integral phantom powered electret talkback microphone
  • 65 programmable SmartSwitches
  • 9 Rotary Controls with Display Rings for Plug-In control
  • Backlight brightness controls
  • 3 eight segment and 1 four segment displays in mon section

MC Data Storage:

  • Internal Hard drive
  • USB port on the MC for external USB drives
  • Files can be stored on the host workstation via the network

MC Overall Size:

  • 37.5” (952.5mm) wide, 20.7” (526mm) deep,
  • 3.6” (91.5mm) high - 36” (914.5mm) wide without end caps

MC Weight

  • 40 lbs (18.2 kg)

Environmental

  • Ambient Temperature Operating: +5°C to +35°C
  • Non-operating temperature: –40°C to +70°C
  • Operating Altitude: –100 to 10,000 ft.(–30 to 3,048 m)
  • Relative Humidity: 20% to 85%, non-condensing

Recommended Height:

  • MC should be positioned so the user’s forearms are horizontal when fingers rest on the keyboard.
  • Specifications and features are preliminary and may change without notice.

System 5 MC Diagram

System 5 MC Diagram



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