I'm sure this has come up here before, I know its been beaten all the way to the glue factory on soundforum, but I'd like to make one last push (from me - this is a primary reason for wanting the X32 over the analog boards we already use) for the board security options.
The general response to this has been "R&D is looking at how to best implement this" - I'm not sure if this means just the best way to present it to users or whether it is actually a question of how to get the board to work with it, but if its the former, this is what I envision for it.
I would say options for 3-4 different levels: "Owner", "Technician", and "Operator" or something like that. Owner would have access to everything with no options to lock out, then "Technician" and "Operator" would have two lists of parameters that are set by the Owner as to what they can and cannot control. Ultimately, this list would be similar to the Scene Param/Channel Safe lists, INCLUDING the ability to lockout Faders, etc, with the addition of another column for Scene Save, Scene Recall, etc.
Owner would be able to set the passwords for all levels, perhaps 6 digit numerical passcodes set by the rotary encoders below the screen? There could also be an option for the Technician to adjust the level of control allowable to the Operator (within the constraints of what the Technician can edit - If the Owner has prevented the Technician from adjusting the Routing, for example, the Technician would not be able to allow the Operator to adjust the Routing. Along the same lines the Operator would inherit the same restraints that the Owner has set for the Technician level has automatically), and perhaps an option where the Operator doesn't have a passcode (in instances where security from the general public messing with the board is not a concern)
That's how I see it/would want it. There's some wiggle room obviously and the possibility others would have different opinions. These settings should be board-wide and not included/recallable within the scenes whatsoever. In this scenario, the Owner (or Installer?) would make the initial setup of an installed board and perhaps even the first adjustments. He could then set a Technician level for his company staff to come back and make adjustments in the future or a person at the install location who is to be trusted with future adjustments to things like EQ and gain, but not routing. Finally, the Operator level would be set to allow normal operation of whatever the mixer is used for, but not make changes to the gain or EQ.
I hope this isn't too long, is understandable, and isn't out of place. Thanks for listening, R&D, and I hope to see features like this implemented in the near future.