As well as releasing Pro Tools 2019.5, Avid have also released a new version of the Eucon control software, EuControl 19.5.0, which amongst the new features added, brings new monitor control options in the Pro Tools Control app as well as Avid control surfaces like the Pro Tools Dock and S3.
As we revealed in our exclusive Pro Tools 2019 Preview article as part of our NAMM 2019 coverage users can now control any EUCON-enabled monitoring system, including Pro Tools MTRX, XMON, monitor sources in Pro Tools, right from your iPad. This means that you can do so much more with just an iPad and the free Pro Tools Control app. All these features and more are now available with Pro Tools 2019.5, Eucontrol 19.5.0 and Pro Tools Control app 19.5.0.
Monitor View In Pro Tools Control App
With the free Avid Pro Tools Control iOS app, you can now control any EUCON-enabled monitoring system-including XMON, Pro Tools MTRX, D-MON, as well as the monitoring sections in Pro Tools, Nuendo, Cubase, and Pyramix. In this video, Avid product specialist Jeff Komar shows how you can now take full control of source selections, speaker cuts, talkback, cues, and more.
The new Monitoring view in the Pro Tools Control app that will be part of the EuControl suite will now let you assign and manage monitor controls. The Monitoring view will support any hardware or software application with a Eucon Monitor section, including the Pro Tools MTRX, Avid XMON and Studio Monitor Pro 2.
Users working with DAWs other than Pro Tools like Nuendo, Cubase, and Pyramix, the Main (level), and Cut (mute) are also supported in Pro Tools without MTRX or XMON when you Enable EUCON Monitor as long as you have Pro Tools 2018.7 or higher.
Be aware though, that for users fortunate enough to have an Avid S6, Monitoring view is not available in the Pro Tools Control app when used simultaneously with an S6.
This new Monitoring view includes…
Source Switching And Summing
Individual Speaker Enables
Engage FoldDown and UpMatch Presets
Assign Input Sources to Cue Monitors
Surface Attention Follows DAW (Attention Most Recently Clicked DAW Area)
As long as you have Pro Tools 2019.5 or later, you can now optimise how EUCON surfaces react to actions on-screen in your DAW using the Attention Most Recently Clicked DAW Area options in the General tab of EuControl Settings.
When using a DAW that does not directly support these new features, the previously available “Attention most recently selected track” setting remains available.
Open/Close Window On Workstation When Editing
In previous versions of EuControl, the Open Plug-ins On Workstation When Editing setting let supported workstations open plug-in windows on-screen when a plug-in was selected for editing on S3 and similar Artist Series media controllers (all except Pro Tools Control). Similarly, the Close Plug-ins On Workstation When Exiting setting would, when enabled, close the plug-in window when the controller was focused on a different element.
Beginning in EuControl 19.5.0 these settings have been expanded and renamed and these new settings now also apply to Pro Tools Control. You can choose whether you want to open just the plug-ins, plug-ins and pan, plug-ins and sends, or plug-ins, pan and sends when Open Windows on Workstation When Editing is enabled.
Un-spill VCA From Dock and Pro Tools Control App
VCA Spill has been enhanced with the ability to select other tracks without un-spilling, and with dedicated controls to explicitly un-spill.
Talkback Via Footswitch
On supported controllers, you can designate a footswitch to control Talkback in the Preferences tab of EuControl Settings.
Sum And Intercancel For Sources And Speakers
Pro Tools Control 2019.5 now provides Sum and Intercancel setting for Sources and Speakers.
Suspend All Faders
In EuControl Settings > General the new Suspend All Faders setting lets you disengage faders from following Pro Tools automation. Faders still control on-screen levels, but will not move in response to automation or on-screen adjustment of their current parameter. Unlike the Faders Off Soft Key (EUCON > Global > Faders Off) faders stay at their current position when suspended.
Scroll To Track And Scroll Into View
EUCON surfaces fully support ICON-style Scroll to Track and Scroll into View to scroll Pro Tools windows so that the selected track is at the far left in the Mix window and at the top of the Edit window.
Scroll to Track lets you search for and scroll/bank to tracks by name. The searched track is selected.
Scroll into View lets you scroll and bank without selecting by clicking on their on-screen name, or using their strip Sel switch.
Momentary Fader Value Display
You can now optimise the fader display of track name and values by configuring the Show Timed Fader Values and Fader Value Timeout settings in the Preferences tab of EuControl Settings.
Show Timed Fader Values - When enabled, values temporarily replace track name on fader displays when the fader is touched or adjusted. The length of time values are displayed is determined by the Fader Value Timeout setting.
Fader Value Timeout - The Fader Value Timeout setting lets you customize the length of time values are displayed (between 0 and 5 seconds).
Enable EUCON Monitor
There has been a hidden feature since Pro Tools 2018.7 in which Pro Tools now lets you designate a Master Fader to act as a Monitor Path that can be controlled from EUCON control surfaces. Designation of a Master Fader as a EUCON Monitor path is stored in the Pro Tools session, letting it persist when a session is moved from a system with an S6 to one with a Dock, or similar. This has now formally been brought into EuControl 19.5.0.
We shared this feature in our recent Pro Tools Dock Tutorial - The Hidden Tricks Which Most People Missed
Shortcut To Enable/Disable Plug-In Automation (Pro Tools Only)
When in the Inserts view (top level), press and hold Control-Option-Command on a Mac or Control-Alt-Start on Windows, and touch a knob top (for example, the knob or slot showing EQ3-7Bnd) to toggle Automation Enable of all controls in the corresponding plug-in.
When a plug-in is spilled to encoders, use the same key combinations and touch the knob for any parameter to toggle its individual automation enable state.
Be aware that toggling automation enable status off can cause automation data to be deleted although Pro Tools will warn you.
Bug Fixes in EuControl 19.5.0
All EuControl Devices / EuControl Software
EuControl: After assigning an Attention/Selected Track in a Layout it was possible for that track to not appear when recalling the Layout until viewing, leaving, and then returning to the Assign tab (GWSW-11591)
Pro Tools | Control, S3, Dock, Artist Series
Spilling a VCA over a currently spilled VCA could clear track assignments
It was possible for the Control app Main Counter to not display properly when connected to Digital Performer
In the Control app, meter peaks could fail to clear when Peak Hold is set to “3 seconds”
Meters in the Control app could become intermittent
It was possible for send values displayed in the Control app to not match S3 or other surfaces
When a Dock and Artist Mix were attached it was not possible to collapse a VCA spill from the Dock
It was possible for Dock and Artist Series units to become unresponsive in certain power-up sequences
S3 with Dock: The Pro Tools Mix or Edit windows could auto-scroll after selecting an off-bank track
Spilling a VCA or using Bank to Selected Track could move tracks to the left by one strip
When assigned to a EUCON Master in Pro Tools, pressing the Dock Monitor knob with Option key could incorrectly light the Cut LED
It was possible for knob displays to be blank after auto-inserting a default EQ or Dyn plug-in
An erroneous “Versions are incompatible” message could appear when adding the Control app to My Surfaces
It was possible for MackieControl to not function correctly with newly installed versions of EuControl
When using the Dock with Apple’s Logic Pro X it was possible for the Jog and Shuttle switch LEDs to incorrectly indicate status
Bug Fixes in EuControl 18.3.0
At times, the Rec switch automation LED would insist on illuminating while in Read+Trim mode
The Record Ready LED could remain off while recording in Pro Tools if the Preference Rec/Auto switch press changes automation modes was not enabled
The Rec switch automation LEDs could flicker when writing automation if the Preference Rec/Auto switch press changes au- tomation modes was enabled
S3 or Artist Mix: Pressing a knob while Flip mode was active would reset the fader instead of the control assigned to the knob
When in Flip mode while the EuControl Preference setting SHIFT + fader sets level to 0dB enabled, resetting the fader value by holding SHIFT and touching the fader would not set it to the correct default and adjust pan