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Controlling Audio Systems with ActiveX Controls over CobraNet and Other Ethernet-Based Networks

Networked audio systems are the present and future of the professional audio industry. Use of Microsoft ActiveX controls to control multiple CobraNet devices from one or more PC locations over an Ethernet network are discussed. Because of the professional audio industry's understandably conservative transition into such a future, a means to also incorporate current, familiar, and trusted equipment into networked systems is a worthy endeavor. This is necessary until networked equipment is more prevalent, understood, and trusted. A means to control such legacy equipment and to incorporate tools, such as relays, switches and indicators, into networks is also illustrated using ActiveX over standard CobraNet or any Ethernet network. The biggest advantage to the ActiveX approach is its ability to control many manufacturers' devices from a single user interface while needing no cooperation between manufacturers.:

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