WinControl Server

Control, Monitor and Message Store

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WinControl Server is an industrial-standard PC running a proprietary “Service Version” of the WinControl software. This combination allows full control and monitoring of the entire audio system from a central point, plus full control and configuration of the AXYS components. Inclusion of Cerberus units extends the scope of the monitoring to include third- party components. 

All AXYS DANTE™ enabled devices offer control as well as multichannel digital audio transport over Ethernet. WinControl offers the system supervisor a user-friendly GUI overview of the whole audio system, with rapid access to every parameter of each system component. Faults are reported on-screen and recorded in an event log. Provided that Internet access is available, WinControl can be configured to generate email alerts in response to definable fault conditions. 

The Wave Player plays uncompressed sound files recorded in .wav format at 48 kHz sample rate. The files may be of any duration, and can be set to continuously repeat if desired. An important feature of the Wave player is that a pilot tone may be permanently enabled at the audio outputs. The frequency and level of the tone is adjustable. Other AXYS system components (and some third-party equipment) then monitors the pilot tone to confirm the validity of the audio routing.

Mutli-level password protection is provided as part of WinControl; typically there is a “view only” level, allowing system status to be observed, a “user” level permitting component configuration, etc., and a “service” level which would normally only be available to suitably qualified personnel. 

To remove all possibility of a single point-of-failure, two WinControl Servers may be installed (ideally in different locations), with divergent, redundant interconnection paths (a ring topology is common). Normally, both Servers would interface to the facility’s main SCADA, BMS, or other control and monitoring system. The external system then designates one as a master and the other as client. Only the master issues control commands, but both Servers perform the monitoring functions and log faults. 

A multi-function external control port allows WinControl Server to be interfaced to external SCADA, BMS or other control systems. This can be used to trigger messages, request status reports from other system components, mute/unmute selected amplifiers and/or loudspeakers, load specific configuration pre-sets into amplifiers or loudspeakers, etc. 

WinControl Server communicates with other AXYS products via either RS-485 or DANTE™. In the event of an application or OS crash, an on- board watchdog reboots the PC, with no impact on audio transmission through the other system components. The software has multiple, password-protected access levels.

The WinControl Server (DANTE™) is Audinate Dante Domain Manager™ (DDM) Ready.

The WinControl Server comes complete with a ATEN CL1000M 17" LCD KVM 1u console.

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Features

  • Dedicated industrial-quality server computer
  • Runs Service (enhanced) version of AXYS WinControl software
  • Provides control/monitoring of an entire distributed audio system
  • Full fault logging with alerts
  • Incorporates message store for announcements (Wave Player)
  • Audinate Dante Virtual Soundcard (DVS) installed
  • Interface with system components via RS-485 or DANTE™ and external control port
  • Automatic reboot on crash

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WinControl (Windows) | Axys Speaker System Control Software
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The key to harnessing the powerful potential of an AXYS speaker system is the dedicated WinControl software – a highly developed, yet intuitive environment through which the system designer can access and set all functions and parameters.

WinControl has been developed for use with AXYS Intellivox Loudspeakers, as well as Target, G2 products (Source and Scope ranges), the PB Series of networked amplifiers and the recently released AXYS Octadrive DSP – a high performance line driver that can be used to interface between 3rd-party systems and AXYS products. This enables WinControl to provide system-wide status monitoring, even across products from different manufacturers.

As the name implies, the WinControl software runs on most varieties of Windows® OS on a standard PC. Communication, via RS-485, with the settings stored in non-volatile memory in the Intellivox units themselves, meaning the PC can be removed at the end of the process.

AXYS WinControl directly controls DDC-driven products, and enables the upload of DDA-calculated DDS directivity files. It is also used to define other audio parameters that are critical to achieving the full capabilities of an installation within a specific acoustic space. In short, it is WinControl that enables coherent, intelligable sound to be delivered to the areas where it is required, while steering it away from reflective surfaces that would cause unwanted reverberation.

Despite the extent and precision of control offered by WinControl, the in-house software development team has ensured that the user interface can be readily understood. Typically, parameters can be adjusted numerically, or scrolled up and down, with confirmation of the changes displayed graphically in real-time.

The inputs can be configured to work in one of three ways:

  • Inputs can be summed
  • Level controlled priority switching
  • Pilot tone controlled priority switching

Once the units have been configured, the PC can be removed from the network as the settings are stored in non-volatile memory.

The latest version of AXYS WinControl is available for immediate use or evaluation. Existing users are advised to check from time-to-time that they are running the most recent WinControl release.


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