What’s a Control Processor?
A control processor is a device that is used to manage and control the various components in an audio-visual system. It typically includes a central processing unit (CPU), memory, and software that can be programmed to perform specific functions, such as controlling audio levels, adjusting lighting, or switching sources. A control processor can also be used to integrate different systems and components in a larger audio-visual system, such as integrating a matrix switcher with a touch panel control system.
Standalone Control Processors
Standalone control processors are self-contained units that can be programmed to control audiovisual systems. They typically have a built-in web interface or front panel for programming and can communicate with other devices over various protocols like RS-232, IR, and Ethernet.
PC-Based Control Processors
PC-based control processors are software applications that run on a PC or server. They typically require additional hardware, such as an interface card or gateway, to communicate with other devices in the audiovisual system. They offer greater processing power and flexibility than standalone processors and can integrate with other software applications.
Cloud-Based Control Processors
Cloud-based control processors are virtual processors that operate in the cloud. They provide a scalable and flexible solution for controlling audiovisual systems and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. They typically require a cloud service subscription and a compatible gateway or interface to communicate with other devices.
Integrated Control Processors
Integrated control processors are often built into other devices, such as AV receivers, projectors, and displays. They provide basic control functionality for the device they are integrated with and may offer limited integration with other devices in the audiovisual system.
Distributed Control Processors
Distributed control processors are used in large and complex audiovisual systems. They are typically comprised of several standalone processors that communicate with each other to control the entire system. This allows for greater scalability and redundancy in the event of a failure.