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    Default New SAC Version 4.0 Update!

    Well... Its finally ready for primetime. This is a huge update that adds lots of new enhancements to the SAC experience.

    It is the first paid update in the SAC product line. The cost is $100... but take a look at the enhancement list. If you just purchased SAC within the last 6 months, then your update flag has been set and is free.

    The engine changeover to the new channel count means that mix sessions, mix templates, scenes and preferences must be translated and adjusted internally. This is done automatically as you open them the first time, but they are not backwards compatible if you decide you need to open them again in SAC 3.1 or earlier, so keep a backup copy of everything important and move forward with the new format.

    Also, because of all the new graphic elements in the new Mixer Views, current Shades may be troublesome until they are updated. You may be missing active elements or certain active zones may be moved from where they were before. It is highly recommended that you switch back to the default Shade, until your favorite Shade has been updated by the Shade designer.

    To update your program, just go to the online store and click on the Updates Link on the left side of the store home page, or click the New Update link inside the SAC product area at the top of the store home page.


    Bob L

    Version 4.0

    * Windows 8 MultiTouch functions have been added to the code so any Windows 8 compatible multitouch screen may be used with the multitouch functions when running Windows 8. I recommend you set the Touchscreen mode in the Mixer Menu to avoid faders snapping to your finger position. This option must be activated in the Options Menu in the Touch Devices Option.

    Some useful gestures built into the SAC multitouch function support to learn and practice are:

    Right-Click... done by tapping two fingers held very close together in a short single tap movement. The first finger down is the actual right-click screen point, so you can use this as the actual tap position as if you right-clicked with a mouse pointer at that specific screen position. There is only a single tap, but both fingers must hit the screen at very close to the same time.

    Right-Hold... done by creating the right-click two finger gesture, but keeping the fingers in contact with the screen. The first finger down is the important touch position. This can then be used for vertical scrolling the Zoom Mixer window, by sliding the finger up or down in the same manner as when using the mouse. Only the first finger needs to be held on the screen once the two finger right-click gesture is recognized.

    Left-Flick... done by a single finger touch and a smooth quick flick motion to the left with the finger dragging on the screen. This can be used in the mixer views to page flip the current mixer to lower chan numbers. For instance, if 8 Z-Mixer chans are visible and the start chan is currently chan 9, this gesture would flip the view to start on chan 1.

    Right-Flick... done by a single finger touch and a smooth quick flick motion to the right with the finger dragging on the screen. This can be used in the mixer views to page flip the current mixer to higher chan numbers. For instance, if 8 Z-Mixer chans are visible and the start chan is currently chan 1, this gesture would flip the view to start on chan 9.

    * A new View has been added to the View Menu called Touch Mixer. This new mixer view and its associated section views have been designed to be touch freindly. They are larger in size with larger switches and controls that are spaced apart so it is easier to operate with your finger. The Touch Mixer view is saved as part of the F-Key Workspaces and can therefore be displayed by itself or in combination with all other workspace views. A blend of mixer views can be a very handy way to work. The Mixer View contains links at the top to specific section views for Input/Att, EQ, Dyn, FX, Aux and Assign/XY Pan, to give easy access to all controls of the FOH and Monitor mixers. See the helpfile or pdf manual for details.

    * A new option has been added to the Mixer Menu called Touch Screen Mode - Lrg Titlebars. This option works exactly like the original Touch Screen mode, stopping the cursor from snapping to the mouse position, but also enlarges the size of the titlebars to be more touch friendly. This allows you to easily access the titlebar areas and close buttons with your finger. This mode saves with the preferences file. If you turn this mode on make sure to adjust your F-Key window views if needed, to compensate for the larger titlebar area. Then resave your F-Key defaults.

    * Two more options have been added to the View Menu called Touch Panel Lrg and Touch Panel Lrg Visible As Default. These new options work like the original Touch Panel view but this view is larger to be more touch friendly. Now tablets can be comfortably used as remotes with just finger touch. The combination of the touch enhancements all combined can make for a very effective tablet style remote experience.

    * Both Touch Panels have been enhanced with the addition of a new option labeled R Btn. This option makes Right-Click functions very easy to obtain with a single finger operation. Just click the R Btn option to create its flashing light, and then the next touch operation will become a Right-Click instead of a Left-Click. For most operations, the R Btn will then be disengaged until activated again. The Windows Taskbar popup option has been removed from the Touch Panels to make room for the R Btn function.

    * The In and Out Device Menu Lists now display in columns to be more touch friendly on smaller tablets.

    * The mixer views have been enhanced to expand the fader increment/decrement area across the meter display. The meter-clear popup menu is now available by Right-Clicking on the meter display.

    * The Solo Bus mode has been enhanced to now include separate FOH and MON Master Bus Level settings as well as separate FOH and MON Offset Chan settings. The level processing has also been moved to be post any Solo FX Patches so that level displaying plugins (such as the Frequency Analyzer) are not affected by the bus level adjustments. The two new options added to the Mixer Menu Solo Mode option are called MON Solo Bus Level and Clear MON Solo Bus Master Offset Chan.

    * New controls have been added to the system in a new view called the IOIH (I/O Interface Hardware) Control View to control a new 32 chan I/O Interface Mic Pre and Digital Converter hardware box created by an Italian company called Montarbo in direct association with myself. These controls consist of remote Mic Gain and Line Gain levels, and Mic/Line, Pad and 48V Phantom switches. These controls interact with the hardware circuitry directly from SAC Host or Remote systems over an ethernet connection and a new custom IOIH Control Ethernet protocol. They may also be used to control other hardware interface boxes in the future. This view displays all hardware interface channels and can chase cross-patched input chan devices and virtual mixer channels, to help link which hardware interface chan is controlling which SAC mixer chan. Jumping to the I/A section of one of the other mixer views by either clicking the F-Mixer I/A colored zone or by using the I key will cause the IOIH Control View to jump to the assigned hardware input (if one is assigned) for easy adjusting of cross-patched inputs and mixer channels. I still recommend patching on a 1 to 1 basis however, hardware device 01 to SAC mixer chan 01, hardware device 02 to SAC mixer chan 02... etc. to keep things much simpler to relate to. These settings are tied to the I/A Scene Property switch and can be recalled with scenes if that switch is active. This adds great functionality to control complex band changes in a festival type situation which might include mic gain changes as well as other input hardware adjustments. The IOIH view is saved in the F-Key Workspaces and can therefore easily be blended with other views within different F-Key setups.

    * Modified code to extend VST Plugin compatibility to the 2.4 version changes which should help with newer plugin compatibility issues. Not all new options are yet supported but this should allow many newer plugins to be used that otherwise would not load.

    * The Input/Output Device count has been expanded to handle 60 stereo devices or 120 channels in and 120 channels out. This can be facilitated with some Madi and Dante soundcard products that can handle large channel counts in one or two motherboard slots.

    * The Input Chan count of the system has been expanded to 120 channels as well. All older session and mix template files as well as scenes will automatically convert as they are opened. The extra channels past chan 72 will display at the end of the mixer views after the 24 output channels. You can select them all and [Shift-Click] on any mixer chan number zone to snap them back in the proper order if desired. Be aware that older sessions, mix templates, scenes and system preferences will automatically adjust to the new expanded channel count structure, but anything saved on this version is not backward compatible to the earlier versions. Keep a backup copy of anything you feel you may need to use again on an earlier version. It is recommended that you re-save your preferences and mix sessions after first opening them in this version.

    * Enhanced the SACLink code to handle 120 input chans for record through the SACLink with SAWStudio version 5.5 and higher.

    * There is a new option on the Scene Properties Screen called Link FOH Partial Chans To All Mixers. This option makes it easy to create scenes that operate on a group of channels across all mixers. Now you no longer have to select all channels on each mixer separately for scenes that you want to operate across multiple mixers... simply select the channels on the FOH mixer and turn ON this new option... the partial listbox will display the list of channels and will display that they are selected for All Mixers.

    * The mixer views now display the status of the Mute Thru Monitors Latch. A thin green line is displayed under the Mute switches which are latched thru to give a visible indication of which mutes will operate thru to the monitor mixers when clicked.

    * Added a new Mixer View called Monitor F Mixer View. This exciting new view allows you to see all 24 monitor mixer settings for any one mixer chan. For instance, you can select the kick chan and see kick levels for all 24 monitor mixers at the same time. The view displays the same channel on up to 24 Full mixer modules at the same time. The view can be sized down and then the typical scrolling features apply for scrolling thru the different modules, which now represent mixers instead of channels. The current active channel and label is displayed at the top of the view. You can right-click anywhere within the view area to display a popup jump menu to change this active channel. The channel order displayed in the jump menu is dependent on the chan order for the currently selected mixer module you clicked on, which is highlighted exactly like the hotchan display in the Full mixer view. You can also move the mouse over the active channel area at the top of the view and use the wheel mouse to scroll thru the channels, again the order of which is dependent on the selected mixer module. While scrolling thru the different mixer modules in the display, if you hold the Alt-Key down, all mixer views will change to the currently selected mixer, displaying the actual mix itself. You may also set this option to always be active (no need for the Alt-Key) with a navigation link in the Mixer/Navigation Links menu. When scrolling thru hot channels in the other mixer views, the current active channel of the Monitor F view will chase. You can lock the view and stop the chan chase by right-clicking the close button in the upper right corner. When the lock is displayed, the current active channel will remain fixed until you change it directly in the view itself. You may also double-click any of the mixer modules and the Exploded View mixer will popup linked to the selected mixer module and the current active chan. From there you can change any of the control settings on the entire chan strip. This view can be an extremely powerful way to adjust and see what is happening with all 24 monitor mixers, but it can be confusing at first, because you have to get used to looking at mixer modules side by side instead of channel modules. This view saves with the F-Key workspaces.

    * A new option has been added to the Mixer Menu Navigation Links option. It is called Link Monitor F Mixer View To Cur Mixer. This option forces the link between the Monitor F Mixer and all other mixer views to always chase and display the Hot Module selection in the Monitor F Mixer. This eliminates the need to press the [Alt-Key] to operate this feature.

    * Added SACLink Output Record Bus functionality. Each of the SAC Master Outs and Aux Master Outs on all mixers can now be assigned to one of 8 Record Buses as well as Device Outs. This allows you to direct outputs for record as well as inputs. SAWStudio 5.5 adds the SACLink Record Bus functionality to the record meter input assignment menu. These assignments must be made manually. They will not automatically export to SAWStudio with the Import SAC Mix Data function.

    * Modified the Midi Ctrl section to now handle 3 midi controller ports. This allows you to use control surface extenders with the Mackie and Icon Qcon controllers. There are new templates included that will now control 16 chans and 24 chans of the Mackie protocol, which includes full mixer processing controls (I/O, Eq, Auxes and Dynamics). The 16 chan template uses one Mackie Extender on the left and one Mackie Control Master on the right. The 24 chan template uses two extenders on the left and one master on the right. The Icon Qcon controllers work the same way with their own set of templates. New features have been added to the templates to include mixer switching and hooking the transport play/rec functions thru to the SACLink over to SAWStudio. Live meter displays on the Mackie (from host or remote) are also included... see the helpfile or manual for details.

    * A new group of menu items has been added to the {Right-Click} Current Mixer popup menu. Copy Faders/Pans To, Copy Src-Ins To, Copy Eq To, Copy Dynamics To, and Copy Chan Order To. These options offer another approach to sharing data between mixers. These options also allow you to copy data from the current mixer to All Mixers or All Mon Mixers in one operation.

    * A new option has been added to the Options menu called Force CPU Blocking. This option is designed to help reduce or eliminate slipped buffer problems on Windows 7 and 8. It can be used on a troubled XP system as well, but is mainly designed for Windows 8. Win 8 has changed the main thread scheduling system to attempt to even out cpu scheduling time across all cpus and all thread priorities. This allows other background processes to step on the main engine loop which requires as close to realtime priority as can be gotten inside an already non-realtime OS. When other cpu cores run code that accesses memory, all priorities are ignored and the main engine thread can be interrupted, causing it not to finish processing the audio buffers for all mixers within its designated looptime when under heavy loads. This results in missed data buffers causing audio glitches and distortion. The CPU Blocking code attempts to block the other cpu cores (up to 4 cores) from accessing memory during the realtime portion of the engine loop threads by forcing them into tight internal loops which only operate within the cpu registers themselves. This can have a significant effect in keeping the main engine threads from being interrupted as often, thereby allowing the audio processing to complete in time, and eliminate slipped buffers. Each system will react differently to these performance options. Test them individually and in combination to find what works best for your setup. This option saves with the preferences. If your system has more than 4 cores, it may be to your advantage to shut some down, in the motherboard bios, to use only 4 cores.

    * Modified The Full Mixer Return Chan graphic to expand the Label Area for normal Return Labels and to accommodate the new Monitor F Mixer View.

    * Completely re-formatted and re-compiled the helpfile into the newer html help .chm format. This allows for better searching and indexing as well as allows the helpfile to open correctly on Win 7 and 8.

    Bug Fixes

    * Fixed code to correct wrap-around effect when using touch on the popup faders and pushing past fader limits in Windows 8.

    * Fixed code to correct for low level solo volume wrap-around when using a master solo offset fader and also having the master solo level set to a minus value.

    * Fixed some graphic label element alignments across the different module types on the default shade.


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    Default Re: New SAC Version 4.0 Update!

    A small bug for the Win 8 Touch Mode activation has been discovered. When activating Win 8 Touch mode from inside the program, the touch would not work until preferences were saved and the program was restarted.

    This modified release was uploaded 07/13/15 at 3:00 pm west coast time. If you downloaded before then, please re-download. The version number remains at 4.0.


    Bob L

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    Default Re: New SAC Version 4.0 Update!

    Added the Flick Reverse option and some large popup menu modifications were adjusted to better fit smaller tablet screens.

    This modified release was uploaded 07/15/15 at 10:00 am west coast time. If you downloaded before then, please re-download. The version number remains at 4.0.

    Bob L

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    Default Re: New SAC Version 4.0 Update!

    Another minor fix that deals with display updates on the Monitor mixer from midi control and the Mute thru.

    This modified release was uploaded 07/16/15 at 2:00 am west coast time. If you downloaded before then, please re-download. The version number remains at 4.0.

    Bob L

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    Default Re: New SAC Version 4.0 Update!

    Another few fixes concerning Groups and Latches not saving and restoring correctly. Also fixed an issue with the Select chan in the Mackie Template to keep it in sync with the mixer hot chans on screen. This keeps the controller from adjusting the wrong chan when setting eq, dyn... etc.

    This modified release was uploaded 07/18/15 at 7:30 pm west coast time. If you downloaded before then, please re-download. The version number remains at 4.0.

    Bob L

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    Default Re: New SAC Version 4.0 Update!

    More fixes... this solves the mystery issues that have caused me some grief since releasing 4.0.

    I increased the version number to 4.0a. If you have an earlier version, please download again.

    Bob L

    Version 4.0a

    Bug Fixes
    * Fixed Monitor F View popup faders.

    * Fixed the extra engine loading that caused slipped buffers on some systems.

    * Fixed CPU Blocking option that could cause lockups on some systems.


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    Default Re: New SAC Version 4.0b Update!

    More fixes for the new Mackie MCUPro templates.

    This 4.0b update should fix issues with the MCU units. There were differences between the older MCU and the firmware 3.xx newer units and the newest firmware 4.xx units. This should fix them all and get the units working as they should be.

    The templates and supporting code have been modified extremely to increase speed and overall stability to eliminate random dropped LCD display characters.

    In some cases during testing we found better performance by using separate midi ports rather than the internal MCUPro ports when connecting the Extenders. Your results may vary.

    Bob L

    Version 4.0b

    Bug Fixes
    * Fixed midi control pans to react to group selection.

    * Fixed Mackie MCUPro midi template transport lites to react correctly to the Stop, Play and REC modes under all combinations of play/rec activity with SAWStudio ver 5.6 and higher.

    * Modified code to speed up MCUPro templates and fix metering issues that caused display flashing and bogdown issues with the newer units.


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    Default Re: New SAC Version 4.0c Update!

    More fixes to keep 4.0 moving forward.

    Bob L

    Version 4.0c
    * Includes new IOIH Block Commands.

    Bug Fixes
    * Fixed code to properly save the IOIH and the MonF Mixer views in the F-Key defaults if they are part of the starting F-Key display.

    * Fixed code to properly refresh the IOIH display between host and remotes when controls are adjusted.

    * Fixed code to properly lockout Midi Controllers on remotes with No Access rights.

    * Fixed code that could cause a crash when recalling scenes with auto fade times and CPU Blocking is active.

    * Fixed code changes that affected BCF2000 and some other midi controller templates. This affected faders in group and latch mode which caused some faders not to track properly.


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