Copperlan is a new networking "command and control" protocol suited to audio applications.
According to its creator, CopperLan is:
- A protocol and networking system for audio + command & control
- Based on existing hardware standards
- Supposedly self-configuring, plug and play
- Compatible with MIDI
- Turnkey solution: protocol, hardware solutions, middleware, driver and application code
The system is designed to allow for large amounts of control data to co-exist over ethernet, with bridges to existing interfaces such as USB, MIDI, Firewire etc, enabling control of huge numbers of parameters of both hardware and software to be edited, stored, recalled in one huge self-aware system.
In other words, if this system turns out to be what it should, you should be able to plug in a CopperLAN enabled device (or not) into an aware device, and the system should know (and say) what has been plugged in.
The main point would be that it'd make it possible to consolidate very different technologies and devices into a single, unified standard.
For more info, check out www.copperlan.org, they have a video describing everything in detail.
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