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CSC - Show Control Software

Ever wondered what controls the big shows? How the sound effects are replayed reliably night after night to audiences all over the world? How the entire sound system is pulled together and automated at the touch of a button? Well the answer is using a Show Control System. And CSC is one such system used nightly on prestigious West End musicals and touring shows alike worldwide.

CSC is a complete Theatrical/Live Sound Show Control Software package for Windows XP/Vista/7. It can be used to tie together all aspects of live sound control, and enable performances far more complex than could ever be dreamed of using traditional human control. The key difference with CSC to other systems is the use of a modular workspace, and a much more "hands on" approach to constructing a show. Designs are constructed around "real" objects - wave playback is similar to using traditional MiniDisc machines and CD players, and levels can all be changed at the touch of a button.

Shows can be designed using cuelist methodology, for sequential events to be triggered, or for one-off, less predictable events, pages of hot scenes to instantly recall any state or sound can be pre-programmed.

MIDI control is supported in the form of standard MIDI messages, MIDI Show Control, MIDI Machine Control and customizable strings of System Exclusive commands. MIDI Sequences can be recorded to enable capture of modern digital mixing desk's fader movements, or for live recording of sound effects sequences using samplers and keyboards.


Audio playback can be automated, with an offering of 24 playback devices, each of which can be programmed to Play, Stop, Fade, Pause or Resume standard WAV files, to any suitable output devices installed on the system. Complex sequences of wave files can be mixed and layered easily using the Live Mixer module, which can control the level and pan of any of the playback devices at any point in time, as well as traditional mixer features such as Solo and Mute to fine tune and diagnose problems in a mix.

Equipment designed to respond to RS232 Serial commands such as DVD players or video mixers can be controlled from CSC also, the Serial module allowing user defined messages of ASCII or HEX characters to be sent to up to 4 Comm ports on the computer.


Events can be triggered by remote control button boxes, MIDI commands, TCP/IP network messages, and triggers can even be based on the system time clock. Multiple computers can be networked together to track a master and send network chat messages to each other.

The External trigger list allows 4 additional cuelists to be constructed allowing event triggers such as switches in props or MD click track start buttons to be integrated into the system with ease. All events are safeguarded to occur at the correct time only through the use of cue regions.

New to Version 3 is the inclusion of a wave display editor to finely adjust wavefile start and stop points without needing to jump out to an editor, add loop points to enable easy vamping and constantly changing soundscapes, and well as a timeline based editor similar to traditional sequencers to visually edit a cue (From version 3.1). "Image" groups can be set using the new Routing Mixer and recalled or edited on the fly.

CSC is available for download in LE or PRO versions.

Easy to use and read cue-list systemYESYESYES
Insert and delete cues at any point in cuelist, at any timeYESYESYES
Up to 99 additional insert cues between existing cuesYESYESYES
Send cues in order, standby, jump cues or recover any position, any timeYESYESYES
Intuitive, modular based workspaceYESYESYES
Standard MIDI Message commandsPrgCh ONLYYESYES
Wave mixing, auto fades and assignable output channels for each soundYESYESYES
CD Player transport controlYESYESYES
Cuelist transport controlYESYESYES
Cue-list and workspace parameters dynamically editable, on the flyYESYESYES
Store operator notes for each cue to give valuable show informationYESYESYES
List and print all media files and paths in use during showYESYESYES
Produce and print full cue-sheet for showYESYESYES
MIDI Mapper refers channels to devices and sets PC base valueYESYESYES
Drag and Drop cues to rearrange Cue OrderYESYESYES
Audio Files Backup to New Folder ProceduresYESYESYES
Auto-Locate Missing Audio FilesYESYESYES
Expanded Cuelist view to show components of individual cuesYESYESYES
Support for 8, 16 bit, 22k, 44.1k and 48k mono or stereo PCM WAV filesYESYESYES
Real Time Live Audio Mixer to balance Complex CuesYESYESYES
Analogue Modelled Audio Faders for traditional feel and fade curvesYESYESYES
Act Rearrangement to move groups of cues within showYESYESYES
Line Up Tone Generator for Level MatchingYESYESYES
WavPlayer array for multiple simultaneous Files and Multi-track mixing4 Players8 Players24 Players
Hot-scene pad to jump to any cue by pressing mapped button4 Buttons1 Page100 Buttons, 5 Pages
Cues assignable to MIDI Program Change and Note OnNONOYES
Dual machine tracking to enable switch over to backup PC in case of crashNONOYES
Network message chat system for sending backstage informationNONOYES
MMC and MSC MIDI message commandsNONOYES
Auto-link cues by time, manual trigger or MIDI InputNO MIDINO MIDIYES
Link to external systems for time critical synchronizationNONOMTC
Control cuelist operations via assignable MIDI channelNONOYES
MIDI Sequence Creation, Playback and Function editorNOYESYES
Support for Remote buttons using Joystick PortNO8 Buttons8 Buttons
MIDI Activity and Event ViewerNONOYES
Multiple Audio Buss outputs (dependant on System)2 (Stereo)4 Max32 Max
Read and trigger cues using MIDI Timecode (MTC)NONOYES
MIDI Keyzone Editor for Sampler and Video MappingYESYESYES
Serial/RS232 Event Control Window1 PORT1 PORT4 PORTS
External Event Trigger ListsNONOYES
System Command Module to Automate many Toolbar FunctionsYESYESYES
Telnet CommuncationsNONO4 PORTS
Terminal WindowNONOYES
Machine Control TransportYESYESYES
Wave Display Editor for setting Start/Stop/Loop PointsYESYESYES
MIDI Timecode Capture WindowNONOYES
Independant MIDI Time Code InputNONOYES
Default Player Routing SetupYESYESYES
Timeline view for graphical WavPlayer editingYESYESYES


CSC is a theatrical and live sound control software system for Windows.
It has been developed to aid the need of theatre sound designers and anyone who needs some degree of control functionality for a production.
CSC has built in capability for multiple wave file playback, automated fading, cue linking, the sending of standard MIDI messages, MIDI Show Control support (1.0 spec), MIDI Machine Control support, Serial and Telnet commands as well as network tracking and backup facilities.
Shows can be edited offline on a laptop and transferred to a main computer system with ease saving valuable production time "in the space".
Written by theatre professionals, CSC presents the designer and operator alike with tools that are really needed in today's technologically changing theatrical world, and helps to solve many of the long term problems which have hindered control applications in the past.

The Workspace

All show design in CSC is performed within the modular workspace. The workspace can be configured to show as many modules as are required for the show, and the visibility and placement of these is stored within the show file. If a module is used for programming, but then removed from the workspace, then data within the module is still executed, the windows are merely hidden from view. The most important part of CSC is the cuelist and the use of individual cues to build up a show.

About Cues

In CSC, a "cue" is a point in time. For any cue, any number of events can occur, and they all have the one common factor that groups them together: they all happen at the same point in time and can all be fired from a single button push. No 2 cues can ever be executed at exactly the same point in time. A cue can actually be thought of as a "workspace memory", so a list of 5 individual cues will be giving the user 5 individual memories, each one remembering the settings of each module within the workspace. On recall of the cue, any data within each module is also executed, or transmitted.

CSC has been designed by people who really know the industry, and as such offers a set of features you really need, in an all round easy to use package.


 » Easy to use and read cue-list system
 » Insert and delete cues at any point in cuelist, at any time
 » Send cues in order, standby jump cues or recover any show position at any time
 » 8 DirectSound Wave Players for multiple simultaneous files
 » Wave mixing, auto fades and assignable output channels for each sound
 » Cues assignable to MIDI program change and Note On
 » Dual machine tracking to enable switch over to backup PC in case of system crash
 » MMC and MSC MIDI message commands
 » Auto-link cues by time, manual trigger or MIDI Input
 » Cue-list and workspace parameters dynamically editable, on the fly
 » Clock triggers to fire cues based on system clock time
 » MIDI Sequence Creation and playback
 » Expanded cuelist view to show components of individual cues
 » Real time Player Mixer to balance complex cues

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