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:
|Feature||Demo||Lite||Standard||Professional / Pro Plus / Platinum||Note|
|Sound File Support|
|WAV, MP3, WMA, AIFF, OGG, FLAC||Y||Y||Y||Y||1|
|Video File Support|
|AVI, WMV, MPG, MPEG, MP4, MOV||Y||Y||Y|
|Still Image File Support|
|PNG, JPG, BMP||Y||Y||Y||3|
|Audio File Cues||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Stop/Fade-Out/Release (SFR) Cues||Y||Y||Y||Y||4|
|Level Change Cues||Y||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 (Telnet/UDP)||Y||Plus/Plat|
|Control Send Cues - HTTP Request||Y||Plus/Plat|
|'Run External Program' Cues||Y||Y|
|Live Input Cues||Y||6|
|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|
|Device Outputs (eg speakers)|
|Max. Audio Output Channels per Production||4||2||4||16/32/512||7|
|Max. SCS Audio Devices per Cue||2||1||2||8/16/16||8|
|Max. Secondary Screens for Video/Image Cues||4||4||4/8/8|
|Max. Fixture Types||8||16/16/32|
|DMX Universes * Channels||1-32||1‑32 / 2*(1‑512) / 2*(1‑512)||5|
|Max. Video Capture Devices||1||2/4/4||14|
|Cue Activation Control|
|Manual Start ('Go' button or right-click)||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|
|Network Control (Telnet/UDP)||Y||Plus/Plat|
|Standby Cue Control||Y||Y|
|Cue Start Confirmation||Y||Plus/Plat|
|Max. No. of Cues||25||40||80||unlimited||10|
|Max. No. of Cues that may use WAV file Cue Points or Markers||2||0||2||Pro: 2, Plus/Plat: unlimited||11|
|Print Cue List||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Customize Displayed Cue List||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Bulk Edit Cues||Y||Y|
|Lock Editing and Options||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Collect Production Files||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Favorite Cue Files||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||12, 13|
|Primary/Backup Functional Mode||Y||Plus/Plat|
- SCS may not be able to play WMA files with DRM protection (Digital Rights Management). You may get the message 'License Required'.
- AAC and M4A files only supported under Windows 7 or later.
- GIF and other image formats are not supported.
- 'Hibernate' options in SFR cues are not available with SCS Lite.
- 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.
- Live Inputs only available for SM-S (SoundMan-Server) users.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Only VST Effects Plugins are supported, and only one Plugin per Audio File Cue.
- Video Capture supported in SCS Professional and higher licenses, and in the Demo version.