Launched at this year’s proLight+sound exhibition in Frankfurt, Camco’s UCA (Universal Controller Amp) card is a DSP module designed for its Tecton and Vortex series amplifiers. The card allows the control of many functions, including full parametric EQ, Delay, IIR-filters, X-Over and Limiters, with all functions selectable and controlled by the Camco WinCai remote control system. All this and more on a card that fits neatly into the amplifier body, essentially turning it into a sophisticated digital signal processor.
Camco’s UCA has been designed to accommodate the requirements of such speaker systems and in due course we will be seeing many downloads available for a vast array of systems specifically for the UCA. Along with the features listed above, the UCA user can choose a preferred network format, via analogue, AES/EBU, EtherSound or Cobranet inputs, making the UCA open to all markets and preferred formats. The UCA can also be loaded with “parameter sets” from the MF measuring system. In short, this means you can have a system tested (independent from Camco), produce a set of data, and end up with a dedicated DSP design for a given application.
With the cost of modern system controllers generally running at 2K+, the card is a pretty cost effective solution, especially when you have multiple amplifier racks fed from mixing matrixes in remote locations where multiple controllers would run up a bill of thousands.