Current StagePrompt multi screen software titles are StagePrompt Worship , StagePrompt Theatre and StagePrompt Orchestral.
All three titles can display different information on up to 10 display screens (channels), each of the 10 display channels can then be slaved off to any number of screens, so for example you may have 5 screens showing display channel 1, and 4 screens showing display channel 2 , and 8 screens showing display channel 3 etc etc.
Obviously for each display channel, you need a video card in the computer, for 10 channels you would normally install 2 x quad graphics cards and 1 x dual graphics card, this provides the 10 channels.
Ten is the practical limit for one computer, but you can have more than one computer if more channels are required.
StagePrompt and the display channels can be controlled by many methods:- The computer keyboard, the computer mouse, touch screen display monitors, footswitches or even hand gestures.
Hand Guestures:- This method of controlling the display channels is accomplished by proximity detectors, the detectors detect any object in front of the detector ( up to 100mm or 4”away ), the detectors can be placed anywhere, but are generally placed at the left and right of a display screen. So in practical terms the musician can turn the page of their music, by simply moving their hand near the right hand side of their display screen, as well as turning pages back by moving their hand near the left of the screen.
If any kind of audio track is being used, the display screens can be controlled automatically by a method called “ Tap Timing”, this is where the operator has preset the display screens the change or advance, synchronised to the audio track.
This title is generally used by Orchestra’s, or many musicians playing together, where for example, the first display channel is used by the conductor, the second display channels is used by the string section, the third display channel is used by the brass section, the fourth display channel is used by the guitarist, the fifth display channels is used by the Pianist etc etc .
Each channel showing the manuscript notation the user needs to see.
The content displayed on each channel are image files ( these are easily created from PDF files ), so the user creates whatever they want to display.
The displays advance page by page controlled by the musician looking at the monitor screen or by a person designated to advance the displays. The displays can be advanced manually using the computers keyboard, footswitches or hand gestures.
The hand gestures method is where the user simply moves their hand near to the display screen.
The displayed manuscript notation is displayed two pages at a time ( side by side, just like a book ). The pages can be advanced sequentially or overlapping:-
Sequentially: 1 & 2 then 3 & 4 then 5 & 6 and so on.
Overlapping: 1 & 2 then 2 & 3 then 3 & 4 and so on.
To facilitate “returns” and “Coda” in the music, pages can be advanced or reversed using footswitches or hand gesture sensors to the left and right of the display screen.
Furthermore, The sequence of the pages can be preset, for example to display pages 1 & 2 then 3 & 4 then 2 & 3 then 3 & 4 then 5 & 6 and so on, this means that the musician only needs to use one hand gesture sensor or footswitch to progress through the music as the backward page turning has been preset.
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