April 18th 2015
We have worked non stop to expand the product lineup to meet the needs of our customers. The new components, in no particular order:
The Universal Translators are a series of brand new, extremely flexible controllers that solve a problem better than any of their predecessors: They can read non-Opus-Two input card chains and write to non-Opus-Two driver cards. They is designed to be mounted in place of existing processors from other manufacturers (in the console, in the chamber, inside a cardcage, etc.). These controllers are fully functional controllers (and even have MIDI capability), but are designed from the ground up to be satellite controllers to a CVA or CVE, enabling Opus-Two processing and features to be added to other brand relays without replacing the output cards in the chambers or rewiring the chambers.
The C-IV Controller is an update to the C-I-K. It steps up to a physically smaller processor, freeing up space for more features. Several SPI ports mean that multiple nearby controllers can communicate at a very high speed. SPI ports can also be used for FLASH/uSD memory expansion modules. Analog inputs right on the card mean no more SC adapters just to read in swell shoes. Expanded on board memory will allow future program changes to be sent from controller to controller (such as updating a chamber from the console). Additional diagnostic LEDs greatly simplify troubleshooting. And finally, every pin is labeled, so no lookup or hookup diagrams are needed.
The CVE Controller is an update to the C-IV using an ARM controller. All of the features of the C-IV are retained, but the ARM platform is deployed for installations where high horsepower is called for. The ARM platform has lots more memory, tons of processing power and still runs cool to the touch.
The CVA is the new flagship of the controllers. This high power, ARM based controller packs a lot more memory, tons of processor speed, and best of all, it keeps a tradition that the PIC C- cards started: No thermal cycles. The CVA runs cool to the touch. No cooling fans or heat sinks needed, yet it’s up to 10 times faster than the C-IV. This controller features two Opus-Two ports for card 11chains (20 cards each), 3 SPI ports, touch screen ports, traditional display ports (supporting up to 4 traditional displays), multiple analog inputs, 2 MIDI In, 2 MIDI Out, 2 chamber connections, a CardBus connection, and the most flexible programming environment ever seen on an Opus-Two controller. The CVA can effortlessly run the biggest organs built on earth at 10ms clock times, and have tons of memory and space leftover. Future features will be effortlessly accommodated.
Along with the controllers is a big update to the input and output cards:
The 64IO is now the primary input and output card in every system, console and chamber. Every pin is assignable (on the fly) and can function as an input (or an output). The polarity can be easily changed in the field, and most importantly – every single pin gets pull-up/pull-down protection AND diode suppression. Internally, the 64IO communicates much faster than our classic input and output cards, and chains made up of IO64s can work much more efficiently. In fact, the Opus-Two 64IO card has more horsepower on board each card than some of the competing systems have overall. As the crowning feature – IO64 cards have bi-colored LEDs on each and every pin. At a glance, you can tell whether a pin is energized or not.
Beta testing will begin in local sites, and be slowly expanded over the next 5 years across the country.