All, the new codec is around the corner. For users of VRC, vSTARS, and vERAM, you will have to download the “standalone AFV” client until those programs integrate some code. You can learn about the new codec by following the link below. Training staff will be available shortly before launch to assist if you have any questions on how the standalone software works.
The long and the short of it is that the entire concept of “voice rooms” is going away in favor of more natural use of frequencies. The AFV client will allow you to transmit and receive on those frequencies using antennas in order to simulate VHF line of sight and range degradation. It is quite cool. Thanks to the hard work of Chris Carstens, you will be able to use those features fully inside ZLA, with our antennas placed largely in their real-world locations for the network.
Largely you should see no changes to how you control on the network other than needing an additional piece of software for the moment. As new features develop, we will stay on top of them. You can expect some SOP updates as we stay on top of new features and adjust the wording on older SOPs to bring them in line with how the new codec operates.
TL;DR: Cool new voice codec means an extra client for a bit. Does not change how you control.