XTA’s iCore software package was developed to provide the interface for sister company MC² Audio’s Ti Series and XTA’s DC1048 integrated audio management system. . Now, the new iCore2 package has been extended to support all 4Series products as well as adding a number of features that will make operating systems – whether in live sound or fixed installations simpler.
iCore2 sees upgraded control features including the aforementioned control of 4 Series devices, Parameter Linking, Custom Control Panels, application auto-update and wireless kit compatibility.
The XTA 4-Series is completely supported by iCore. Although Library Manager files cannot be handled by iCore, presets and memories (including those with locked parameters) can be uploaded from 4-Series devices to iCore. Settings can be intelligently copied and pasted from 4 Series memories and presets into DC1048 devices to assemble new configurations without having to start from scratch.
The linking of parameters between units simplifies system control and becomes a powerful tool when used in conjunction with custom control panels.
“Parameter linking allows continuously variable controls or on/off type controls to be linked together across any device on the system. In conjunction with custom panels, new controls can be created to use any linked parameter, and even restrict the range available so only trim controls are available to certain users.
Custom Control Panels
Only administrator users can create or delete custom control panels, although all users can make use of them. User access to custom control panels and device control panels in the User Levels tab in the File Properties dialog box can be easily restricted. In Design Mode custom panels can be created to control one or any number of units or parameters. With a library of faders, buttons, knobs and LEDS sound engineers and designers can decide what they want access to instantly or group together. By setting up security within the properties screen different levels of access can be given. Backgrounds can be added which could be anything from a corporate logo to a jpeg of a band or system.
iCore now has a handy auto-update engine which detects when a new version of the software has been made available and alerts the user to update. bundled in with new versions will be any necessary firmware updates for connected devices. Updating device firmware is performed through the network without having to disconnect everything. (Ti-Series only, RS485 connections only)
Wireless Kit Setup
The wireless kit for iCore is exactly the same as for AudioCore, Different drivers are used with iCore but these are bundled in with the Walkabout kit as standard. Information about setting this up is on the iCore page of XTA’s website.
To make professional looking control panels, images can be used both as backgrounds to the controls and for the controls themselves
iCore2 works with Windows XP, Vista and Win7.
“iCore2 is another step forward in supplying easy to use, comprehensive control across our product range,” says XTA sales director, Bill Woods. “It adds a further dimension to the scope of applications that our products can be used for and is part of our ongoing commitment to continually provide our users with improved performance.
“iCore2 is downloadable now from the XTA website – www.xta.co.uk – where you will also find links to short video tutorials explaining some of iCore2’s finer points. I should also point out that Audiocore support continues as ever – so all of those system techs and engineers who rely on Audiocore control – fear not!”