I am using the 3800 with two 3000x expanders and one 1000XL expander. I am about to upgrade the firmware on the 3800 and put in an ethernet card. I am not sure if it will improve my systems behavior. I now experience some glitches in the system where the system chooses the wrong channels sometime etc. It usually works when jerking with some faders but then I also change values so I hope the ethernet connections will improve this. I am trying to find answers to what the firmware update does. There is not that much info out there about this system.
I am also very surprised why the MCS protocol in Nuendo only supports 3 eq:s when there is 4 and two more bank bottons on the MCS controller. My only answer to this is that the protocol has not been updated in a looong time.
It´s probably from a time when Nuendo only had 3 eq:s in the system. Shouldn´t be that hard to update this.
Now I am trying to find answers to what some MCS bridges would do for improvement. Maybe it will not work at all, but it would be nice to be able to use it´s surround joysticks to control the channels, as well as using the encoders for controlling plugins, but I guess that will never happen.
I also would like the ability to flip so I can control sends, plugin parameters etc with the faders. Is this so hard to apply?
One good thing with the MCS is that it can control video editing software as well.
I wonder how the protocol looks from Nuendo. Would it be that hard to improve functionality in this? Can we do it ourselves? The mcs system is really nice because of it´s posibility to add different units and expanders in so many different ways. Guess the only problem is that it´s too pricey. I wonder why? It´s metal but the knobs don´t feel that great. In fact they don´t respond that well after being unused for a while… The faders feel great I think. Alot better on the MSC3000XL off coarse.