S5 Fusion is built up of modules of 8 strips. Controls closely resemble those of a traditional analog surface. In its simplest form a single strip controls a single source so a 24 strip surface could control 24 channels.
However there is a very useful function called “Swap” which allows single strips, or every strip, to switch between two channels. So 48 channels (sources) could easily be controlled from 24 strips by Swapping between the two layers at the push of a button (1-24 and 25-48).
S5 Fusion adds further flexibility by allowing any source to be controlled from any strip, it is even possible to have two strips controlling a single source. This is where Layouts come into play.
Layouts & Control Groups
The position of sources on the surface can be saved and recalled as Layouts. For example one Layout could be sources 1-24 and another sources 25-48 for a console with 48 channels and 24 strips. More importantly the most critical sources can be placed next to the operator. For example, dialog to the left and music sources to the right of the center. Different Layouts can be saved so that the engineer always has the most important sources within easy reach. Layouts do not save and recall knob and fader settings, they simply recall the layout of sources on the control surface. SnapShots are used to save parameter settings. Control Groups allow a number of faders to be controlled from a single strip. Layouts can store/recall the entire desk or only certain strips defined by the operator.
Central Control of Strips
The Master Control Module includes a complete strip for central control of any source. Pressing the Wave key next to a source fader brings that source to the central strip.