The following levels of registration are available: Lite, Standard, Professional, Professional Plus and Platinum. The following table shows a comparison of the functionality available with these levels, as well as the functionality of the Demo version:

FeatureDemoLiteStandardProfessional / Pro Plus / PlatinumNote
Sound File Support
Multi-Channel Files Y Y Y Y  
ASIO support Y   Y Y  
SM-S support Y     Y  
Video File Support
Still Image File Support
PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF (including animated GIFs) Y   Y Y 2
Cue Types
Audio File Cues Y Y Y Y  
Stop/Fade-Out/Release (SFR) Cues Y Y Y Y 3
Level Change Cues Y   Y Y  
Playlist Cues Y   Y Y  
Video/Image Cues Y   Y Y 13
Lighting Cues Y     Y 4
Notes Y   Y Y  
Memos Y     Y  
'Go To' Cues Y     Y  
'Call Cue' Cues Y     Y  
'Set Position' Cues Y     Y  
'Enable/Disable Cues' Cues Y     Y  
Control Send Cues - MIDI/RS232 Y     Y  
Control Send Cues - Network (TCP/UDP) Y     Plus/Plat  
Control Send Cues - HTTP Request Y     Plus/Plat  
'Run External Program' Cues Y     Y  
Live Input Cues       Y 5
MTC/LTC (MIDI/Linear Time Code) Cues Y     Y (LTC: Plat only)  
Cue Play Control
Set Level and Pan for each Cue Y Y Y Y  
Set Fade-In and Fade-Out Times Y Y Y Y  
Dynamically Adjust Level and Pan Y   Y Y  
Set Start-At and End-At Times Y   Y Y  
Allow Loops in Audio File Cues Y   Y Y  
Adjust Tempo and Pitch in Audio File Cues Y     Y  
Device Outputs (eg speakers)
Max. Audio Output Channels per Production 4 2 4 16/32/512 6
Max. SCS Audio Devices per Cue 2 1 2 8/16/16 7
Max. Secondary Screens for Video/Image Cues 4   4 4/8/8  
Max. Control Send Devices per Production 1     4/8/16  
Max. Fixture Types 8     16/16/32  
DMX Universes * Channels 1-32     1‑32 / 2*(1‑512) / 2*(1‑512) 4
Input Devices
Max. Video Capture Devices 1     2/4/4 13
Cue Activation Control
Manual Start ('Go' button or right-click) Y Y Y Y  
Hot Keys Y Y Y Y  
Auto-Start (following an earlier cue) Y   Y Y  
Time-of-Day Start (time-based cues)     Y Y  
MIDI Control (eg MSC, but excluding MTC) Y     Y  
MTC (MIDI Time Code) Control       Plus/Plat  
RS232 Control Y     Y  
DMX Control Y     Plus/Plat 8
Network Control (TCP/UDP) Y     Plus/Plat  
Standby Cue Control Y     Y  
Cue Start Confirmation Y     Plus/Plat  
Cue Limits
Max. No. of Cues 25 40 80 unlimited 9
Max. No. of Cues that may use WAV file Cue Points or Markers 2 0 2 Pro: 2, Plus/Plat: unlimited 10
Other Features
Print Cue List Y Y Y Y  
Customize Displayed Cue List Y Y Y Y  
Re-Number Cues   Y Y Y  
Bulk Edit Cues     Y Y  
Select Colors Y   Y Y  
Lock Editing and Options Y Y Y Y  
Collect Production Files Y Y Y Y  
Import/Export Cues Y Y Y Y  
Favorite Cue Files Y     Y  
Production Timer Y   Y Y  
Faders Window and External Control Surface support Y     Y  
Import Devices from another SCS Cue File Y     Y  
VST Plugin support for Audio File Cues Y     Plus/Plat 11,12
Primary/Backup Functional Mode Y     Plus/Plat  


  1. SCS may not be able to play WMA files with DRM protection (Digital Rights Management). You may get the message 'License Required'.
  2. Some restrictions apply regarding animated GIF's. See the documentation on 'Still Images' for details.
  3. 'Hibernate' options in SFR cues are not available with SCS Lite.
  4. Lighting Cues send DMX, and for DMX you need an ENTTEC 'DMX USB PRO MK2', 'DMX USB PRO' or 'OPEN DMX USB' device, or an FTDI 'USB-RS485 cable'. The DMX USB PRO MK2 is the recommended device. SCS Professional supports DMX channel numbers 1-32, but SCS Professional Plus and higher support 2x512 DMX channel universes.
  5. Live Inputs only available for SM-S (SoundMan-Server) users.
  6. Audio Output Channels are physical outputs on sound cards / audio interfaces. For example, a 7.1 sound card has 8 output channels and with an SCS Standard license you will be able to use up to 4 of these channels. These could be set up as 4 mono outputs, or 2 stereo outputs, or 1 stereo output and 2 mono outputs, or 1 4-channel output.
  7. SCS Audio Devices are logical devices that you define in your Production Properties. They may be given device names like 'Front' for the front speakers, 'USL' for an upstage-left speaker, etc.
  8. For DMX Control you need an Enttec 'DMX USB PRO' or 'DMX USB PRO MK2'. (Note that the cheaper Enttec 'Open DMX USB' is not suitable as this only supports DMX Send, not DMX Receive.)
  9. The Max. No. of Cues includes all cue types. For example, if you have 30 audio file cues and 20 SFR cues this counts as 50 cues, which means you will need either the Standard or a higher level license. Combined cues (eg a sound file cue and stop cue combined) count as a single cue.
  10. In many audio file editors, such as GoldWave, you can set 'cue points' or 'markers' which are sample-accurate. In SCS you can use these 'cue points' or 'markers' for setting start, end and loop points in an audio file cue. You need an SCS Professional Plus or higher license to make full use of this feature. If you have an SCS Standard or Professional license then you can use the feature on up to 2 audio file cues. This enables you to try out the feature before upgrading to Professional Plus or Platinum.
  11. Only VST Effects Plugins are supported, and only one Plugin per Audio File Cue.
  12. Plugins from waves.com are not directly supported, even when using their WaveShell DLL. However, you may be able to split the WaveShell into separate DLL's using a product call shell2vst. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need more info.
  13. Video Capture supported in SCS Professional and higher licenses, and in the Demo version.

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