Stereoscope

With stereoscope you can vastly improve your mixing experience by controlling your digital mixer remotely with mobile devices. It acts as a server that translates between simple OSC messages and mixer specific protocols. Stereoscope runs on a Mac or Windows PC (Linux version in development) and connects to the client via WIFI. The mixer is connected to the host via Ethernet, USB or MIDI-Cable.

Stereoscope setup

This concept has several advantages:

 Reliability

This is the most important thing in a production environment. Customers reported usages of seven hours without problems. Stable versions are supported with recent bugfixes and we employ continuous integration and test strategies. The Stereoscope engine parses the messages and classifies them in terms of importance and age (with millisecond resolution) according to previous messages. This ensures a smooth realtime behaviour even under heavy loads. You can resync a client at any time, in case you loose contact to the wifi accesspoint. Additionally, Stereoscope has a 'Snap Faders'-Feature that ignores value changes from controls that are out of sync until the value is 'picked up' by the user. This vastly reduces the chance to make unwanted level changes.

 Flexibility

By its modular design, Stereoscope is not limited to a specific mixer, vendor or even protocol. Stereoscope currently supports 10 different mixer models from three vendors and there are more to come. In Stereoscope 2.x you can even control several mixers at a time with a virtually unlimited amount of client devices. The software is based on Java technology which means that it is not limited to a specific hardware or operating system. Currently there are stable versions for OSX and Windows, with Stereoscope 2.x an additional Linux version will be available.

 Customization

Stereoscope comes with default layouts for TouchOSC, which has a powerful and free frontend editor. Together with our well documented, OSC based message specification you can build your own user interfaces that exactly fit your needs. Because we rely on an open standard with a published parameter namespace you are not restricted to TouchOSC, but can also use other surfaces like Lemur or build your own client, for example in Ableton.

 Scalability

Stereoscope currently has two versions: The older 1.7 is a reliable server that supports one client connection at a time. When you want newer features and support for multiple clients at the same time, you can simply upgrade to the 2.x development line. This is the version we are currently actively developing.
The DDX3216 Plugin is free and fully enabled in the demo version (because of the limited control abilities of that mixer).

For mixer specific features see the table below.

Mixer implementation chart

This table shows which features are available for the supported mixers.

  01V9602R96LS9DM1000DM2000M7CLPM5DDDX3216M-380M-400
Full Duplex yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes(*) yes yes
Input Level yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Input Master yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Mute Buttons yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Panning yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Parametric EQs yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Dynamics yes yes yes yes yes yes yes - yes yes
Aux Level yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Aux Master yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Channel Names yes yes yes yes yes yes yes - yes yes
Graphical EQs - - yes - yes yes yes - yes yes
Flex15 GEQ - - yes - - yes - - - -
GEQ Band Reset - - yes - yes yes yes - yes yes
GEQ Full Reset - - yes - yes yes yes - yes yes
Delay Lines yes yes yes yes yes yes yes - - -


Full Duplex means, that the mixer responds to the received signals or sends its actual status per request. This is needed for sync and realtime operation.

* On the DDX3216 Direct Par Sysex has to be enabled in both directions ('MMC/MIDI' -> 'RX/TX').

Delay Lines is a feature to delay audio signals in large or difficult installations. It has nothing to do with the delay sound effect.

Requirements

There are a few things besides the mixer that are required for stereoscope to run flawlessly:

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