At this year‘s Musikmesse RME presented its new Digiface Dante, Digiface AVB and ADI-2 Pro FS.
The mobile audio interface is based on the AVB standard (Audio Video Bridging) and enables the transmission of up to 256 network audio channels between a Windows computer and other AVB devices within an audio Gigabit network via a single USB 3.0 cable.
The future of audio networks
With the Digiface AVB, RME focuses on the future of audio network technology. The mobile audio interface with USB bus power operation uses the open IEEE 802.1 protocol as part of the AVB standard of the Audio/Video Bridging Task Group and enables synchronized and prioritized streaming of audio data over a gigabit network. The integrated USB 3.0 connection allows up to 128 audio channels to be streamed back to the AVB network and another 128 channels to the computer — with sampling rates of up to 192 kHz. Users can adjust the channel sizes of streams between 2 and 32 channels as needed to ensure maximum compatibility with AVB audio devices available on the market.
In addition to the Gigabit Ethernet connection and USB 3.0 port, the RME Digiface AVB features word clock I/O and a headphone output for flexible, high-quality monitoring of the transmission signals. The package also includes the DSP-based TotalMix FX mixer with its comprehensive routing and monitoring options as well as an AVDECC controller. The controller enables detection of all AVB devices within a network and allows users to manage and monitor incoming and outgoing streams.
The mobile audio interface enables the transmission of up to 64 Dante channels and 64 MADI channels via a single USB 3.0 connection. With the new Digiface Dante RME extends its Digiface series with a powerful Dante model for USB and standalone operation.
Mobile Dante solution
The Dante Audio-over-IP protocol was developed by the Australian company Audinate and enables uncompressed transmission of digital audio signals with low latency over long distances. To support the growing popularity and distribution of Dante-based solutions in the professional audio market even more flexibly, the compact Digiface Dante USB 3.0/Dante interface from RME adds an external option for fully mobile operation to the previously available internal Dante PCIe card. To power the Digiface Dante in the field, users can use both an external power supply and USB bus power.
Dante & MADI
With the integration of the MADI drivers (Mac/Windows) of the renowned RME MADIface series, Digiface Dante allows users to transfer up to 64 MADI channels via USB 3.0 in addition to up to 64 Dante channels. For this purpose, both BNC sockets for the word clock I/O can be switched to MADI I/O. The total of 128 Dante and MADI channels can be conveniently controlled via the included Dante control software and the DSP-based RME TotalMix FX mixer with its comprehensive routing and monitoring options. In this way, TotalMix FX allows users to create independent sub-mixes according to the number of available outputs.
The Digiface Dante has two banks of redundant network ports that can be used multifunctionally as inputs and outputs, as network switches and for redundant operation with primary and secondary networks in case of increased security requirements. In addition, the interface can also be used as a mobile 64-channel Dante/MADI converter if the USB computer connection is not in use.
In addition to the USB 3.0 port, Dante network ports, word clock I/O ports and power supply connector, the Digiface Dante also has a high-quality headphone monitor output that can be used as a line output to transmit an optional analog stereo mixdown.
ADI-2 Pro FS
Updating the reference converter ADI-2 Pro with SteadyClock FS
The successful ADI-2 Pro is now available as ADI-2 Pro FS. This updated version of the high-end AD/DA converter includes the new femtosecond clock technology of the ADI-2 DAC. The ADI-2 Pro FS offers professional users the famous, comprehensive functionality of the previous reference converter, but now with updated clocking. In addition, the AutoDark mode from the new ADI-2 DAC has now also been implemented in the ADI-2 Pro FS.
Like the ADI-2 Pro, the ADI-2 Pro FS combines several devices in one: a high-end studio-quality AD/DA converter, a dual headphone amplifier, a multi-format converter (AES, SPDIF, ADAT) with monitoring features, a DSD recording and playback converter as well as an AD/DA frontend for audio measurements with up to 768 kHz sample frequency. With this range of functions, the new ADI-2 Pro FS presents itself as one of the most flexible converters on the market.
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