Feature Comparison

The following license levels are available: Lite, Standard, Professional, Professional Plus and Platinum. The only feature difference between Professional Plus and Platinum is the maximum number of output channels supported. To use the additional output channels available in Platinum you need SoundMan-Server (SM-S) installed and selected as the Audio Driver.

The following table shows a comparison of the functionality available with the SCS license levels, as well as the functionality of the Demo version:


Feature


Demo 


Lite 


Standard 

Professional/
Pro Plus/
Platinum


Note 

Sound File Support

WAV, MP3, WMA, AIFF, OGG, FLAC

Y

Y

Y

Y

1

AAC, M4A

Y

Y

Y

Y

2

Multi-Channel Files

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

ASIO support

Y

 

Y

Y

 

SM-S support

Y

 

 

Y

 

Video File Support

AVI, WMV, MPG, MPEG, MP4

Y

 

Y

Y

 

Still Image File Support

PNG, JPG, BMP

Y

 

Y

Y

 3

Cue Types

Audio File Cues

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Stop/Fade-Out/Release (SFR) Cues

Y

Y

Y

Y

4

Level Change Cues

Y

 

Y

Y

 

Playlist Cues

Y

 

Y

Y

 

Video/Image Cues

Y

 

Y

Y

 

Lighting Cues

Y

 

 

Y

5

Notes

Y

 

Y

Y

 

Memos

Y

 

 

Y

 

'Go To' Cues

Y

 

 

Y

 

'Call Cue' Cues

Y

 

 

Y

 

'Set Position' Cues

Y

 

 

Y

 

'Enable/Disable Cues' Cues

Y

 

 

Y

 

Control Send Cues - MIDI/RS232

Y

 

 

Y

 

Control Send Cues - Network (Telnet/UDP)

Y

 

 

Plus/Plat

 

Control Send Cues - HTTP Request

Y

 

 

Plus/Plat

 

'Run External Program' Cues

Y

 

 

Y

 

Live Input Cues

 

 

 

Y

6

MTC (MIDI Time Code) Cues

Y

 

 

Y

 

Cue Play Control

Set Level and Pan for each Cue

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Set Fade-In and Fade-Out Times

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Dynamically Adjust Level and Pan

Y

 

Y

Y

 

Set Start-At and End-At Times

Y

 

Y

Y

 

Device Outputs (eg speakers)

Max. Output Channels per Production

4

2

4

16/32/512

7

Max. SCS Devices per cue

2

1

2

8/16/16

8

Max. Secondary Screen for Video/Image Cues

4

 

4

4/8/8

 

Cue Activation Control

Manual Start ('Go' button or right-click)

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Hotkeys

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Auto-Start (following an earlier cue)

Y

 

Y

Y

 

Time-of-Day Start (time-based cues)

Y

 

Y

Y

 

MIDI Control (eg MSC, but excluding MTC)

Y

 

 

Y

 

MTC (MIDI Time Code)

 

 

 

Plus/Plat

 

RS232 Control

Y

 

 

Y

 

DMX Control

Y

 

 

Plus/Plat

9

Network Control (Telnet/UDP)

Y

 

 

Plus/Plat

 

Standby Cue Control

Y

 

 

Y

 

Cue-Start Confirmation

Y

 

 

Plus/Plat

 

Cue Limits

Max. No. of Cues

25

40

80

unlimited

10

Max. No. of Cues that may use WAV file Cue Points or Markers

2

0

2

Pro: 2, Plus/Plat: unlimited

11

Other Features

Print Cue List

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Customize Displayed Cue List

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Re-Number Cues

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Bulk Edit Cues

Y

 

Y

Y

 

Select Colors

Y

 

Y

Y

 

Lock Editing and Options

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Collect Production Files

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Import/Export Cues

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Favorite Cue Files

Y

Y 

Y

Y

 

Production Timer

Y

 

Y

Y

 

Faders Window and External Control Surface support

Y

 

 

Y

 

Import Devices from another SCS Cue File

Y

 

 

Y

 

Notes 

1.SCS may not be able to play WMA files with DRM protection (Digital Rights Management). You may get the message 'License Required'.

2.AAC and M4A files only supported under Windows 7 or later.

3.GIF and other image formats are not supported.

4.'Hibernate' options in SFR cues are not available with SCS Lite.

5.Lighting Cues send DMX, and for DMX you need an ENTTEC 'DMX USB PRO MK2', 'DMX USB PRO' or 'OPEN DMX USB' device, or an FTDI 'USB-RS485 cable'. The maximum DMX channel number available in SCS Professional is 16. There is no limitation on DMX channel numbers in higher license levels.

6.Live Inputs are only available for SM-S (SoundMan-Server) users. 

7.Output channels are physical outputs on sound cards / audio interfaces. For example, a 7.1 sound card has 8 output channels and with an SCS Standard license you will be able to use up to 4 of those channels. These could be set up as 4 mono outputs, or 2 stereo outputs, or 1 stereo output and 2 mono outputs, or 1 four-channel output.

8.SCS Devices are logical devices that you define in your Production Properties. They may be given device names like 'Front' for the front speakers, 'USL' for an upstage-left speaker, etc.

9.For DMX Control you need an ENTTEC 'DMX USB PRO' or 'DMX USB PRO MK2'. Note that the cheaper Enttec 'Open DMX USB' is not suitable as this only supports DMX Send, not DMX Receive.

10.The Max. No. of Cues includes all cue types. For example, if you have 30 audio file cues and 20 SFR cues this counts as 50 cues, which means you will need either the Standard or a higher level license. Combined cues (eg a sound file cue and stop cue combined) count as a single cue.

11.In many audio file editors, such as GoldWave, you can set 'cue points' or 'markers' which are sample-accurate. In SCS you can use these 'cue points' or 'markers' for setting start, end and loop points in an audio file cue. You need an SCS Professional Plus or higher license to make full use of this feature. If you have an SCS Standard or Professional license then you can use the feature on up to 2 audio file cues. This enables you to try out the feature before upgrading to Professional Plus or Platinum.