With any assignable console, there is always likely to be the problem that some of the settings you have made are currently hidden since you are now using the assignable controls for something else. Preferably there would be some attempt to show you, in abbreviated form, the most important ones. Capricorn has a function indicator at the top of each strip which shows the functions you have assigned. These include, as I mentioned earlier, expander gate, compressor, limiter, filter, EQ and of course the movable insert point. Its almost a whole effects rack and patchbay in its own right. You can see from here whether a function has been assigned, and then switch it into the audio path. Phase, stereo mode and 48V phantom power are selectable here too. Operation of the console is spread between the AFU and the strips. you will notice from the photos a number of knobs on the strips. Oops, did I say knobs? Of course I meant Function Assignable Controls, or FACs as AMS Neve describe them. The FAC does look pretty much like a conventional knob but it doesnt have any endstops so it goes round and round, if you want it to. The position of the knob is shown by a ring of LEDs which can illuminate individually to show position or en masse to indicate something like stereo width. Mostly you might like to use these for gain, aux sends and pan or width, but you can assign EQ functions to these as an alternative. One point that is worth a mention is that certain of the FACs have click stops and others operate smoothly. Clicks, or detents if that is your preferred word, are great for gain setting but they dont seem too good for EQ. I found that when I was trying to adjust EQ precisely, judging by what I was hearing from the monitors, the additional sensory input from the clicking knob put me off just a fraction. I dont mean to say that the knob clicks audibly, but the feel just doesnt seem right. Perhaps AMS Neve can devise some kind of electromagnetic clutch so that you can have clicks when they are appropriate and smooth action when that would be preferable.Come on the FREE COURSE TOUR
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