Atlas Control Panel app
The Atlas Control Panel app is a program which can be used to adjust Atlas's settings and view its metering and status indicators, from the screen of the Mac or PC.
Whilst Atlas can be controlled in a limited way from within the Mac or Windows operating system, or by some audio application programs, most of its detailed features can only be accessed using the Atlas Control Panel app.
Accessing the Atlas Control Panel app
The Atlas Control Panel app can be run directly like any other Mac or Windows program (via the 'Prism Sound USB Audio Control' shortcut), or it can be accessed from the operating system itself, from the "Sound and Audio devices" dialogue in the Windows' Control Panel (or from the Device Manager) or from the Audio MIDI Setup in Mac OS X. Some audio applications also allow guided access to the Atlas Control Panel app.
Operating the Atlas Control Panel app
The Atlas Control Panel app dialogue box can be activated and 'put away' like any other Mac or Windows application. When active, it cannot be resized. The upper part of the Control Panel contains Unit settings, and beneath are a stack of 'tabs' allowing context-switching of the bulk of the user-interface area.
The Inputs tab contains everything to do with setting up analogue and digital inputs, the Outputs tab similarly for outputs. A row of Mixer tabs provide access to the low-latency built-in mixers for each output pair.
Where more than one Atlas unit is connected, a separate Atlas Control Panel controls each connected unit (see the section on Operating multiple units). If no Atlas units are connected, the Control Panel is replaced by a small dialogue box which reports this.