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Agree the scene systems needs a major overhaul or a complete redesign.

All these things are needed from a theatre perspective:

Scene-cut/copy/insert is much needed (reorder is too slow)
A scope-funktion for selecting what to store every time you hit store (“store scope” ?) perhaps with memory too.
Scene-fading (selectable on/off pr channel)
ON-THE-FLY channel-safe function: Yamaha does this. If you press and hold select while recalling a scene, the particular channel or channels don’t update. Very useful for dialogue channels e.g.
Offset on scene-load (pm5d has this). Very useful for effects or background music. For i.e. you can turn on an effect and automatically open a radio mic 5 seconds later.
Store button assignable to user-key
Auto-advance function is weird. Needs to recall when “go” is pressed – it’s very confusing to have another scene than the current one highlighted all the time
Speed – scene-loading needs to be much faster (as does startup time and reconfigure time)
On a related note – scene-storing should happen in the background, so you’re not stuck for 10 seconds everytime you update a scene.
This one is exciting: reconfigure the go-button to send a midi-string to something like cuelab wich then in turn sends the go-signal back when everything is ready. The userkeys are too far away to use for this. They should be in the lower-right corner on the next generation surface.

The key for theatre use is speed and easy access. If you’re programming during rehearsals you need to move along with what’s happening on stage. You need to be able to move scenes around, cut,copy and paste with lightning speed and to update a scene in a flash and move on right away. If you want to update a scene during a show, you have to be able to do that without being afraid of missing the next cue.

Then some other minor stuff:
width control (or dual pan) on stereo channels and busses
Perhaps a multiple pfl funktion (and dual path in the console if possible, so you can listen to one thing in the wedge while listening to another in in-ears) for multiple operators.
Pitch-effect (but only if it’s really good – has to replace a TC Intonator or Antares ATR1)
Distortion effect (right now I have a tube-screamer in the back of the case :D)
Delay (effect) in notes corresponding to the tap-tempo and with a midi-set function.
Keying comps on groups (from other groups or a channel)
Better de-esser with width
Personally I don’t need the graphics to go below 63 Hz, I find it’s a question of where you put your hi-pass filter, but an 8-band PEQ on busses would be an idea for a mkII system.

For R72:
PEQ/COMP/ETC on-knobs function. Should work like it did on the Icon DP1000/DL1000. Could be accessed from userkeys.

This is one of the best systems out there, and with these features it would absolutely kill everything else. I love working on the iLive. I never feel irritated, and the sound is just sonic heaven :)

Jonas Rose H√łeg
Lydfolket I/S