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DirectOut is In with Hans Zimmer Tour

A top touring draw in Europe since 2018, the symphonic The World of Hans Zimmer tour carries a variety of DirectOut gear.

Germany (March 5, 2020)—On the road throughout Europe since 2018, The World of Hans Zimmer: A Symphonic Celebration presents famous themes by the German film composer, arranged for orchestra for the first time and conducted by Gavin Greenaway, a long-time companion of Zimmer.

Audio for the entire run has been provided by Soundhouse Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH, under project manager Philipp Stapf. In keeping with the Germany conntion, the tour makes use of two key items from German manufacturer DirectOut: the Andiamo for AD/DA conversion, and the EXBOX.MD for uninterrupted provision of the output signal.

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The EXBOX.MD handles the conversion between Dante and MADI, while DirectOut’s proprietary EARS feature (Enhanced Automatic Redundancy Switching) ensures uninterrupted playback of the MADI output. One of two Dante streams with 32 channels each is transmitted from the EXBOX.MD via MADI to the Andiamo for DA conversion. If the trigger signal fails in one of the two Dante streams, the audio channels of the other Dante stream are automatically switched to the MADI output. Additionally, the force function of EARS allows users to manually select the Dante stream. By using the control software globcon, both devices can be monitored and controlled.

Jürgen Erhard, event technician of Soundhouse, noted, “It is important for us to create maximum reliability with an automatic monitoring for the production and additionally be able to intervene manually if the situation requires it. An absolute killer feature is also the control of the Andiamo via EXBOX.MD as network interface via globcon bridge, because you don´t need any extra connection between the two devices. Via globcon and globcon bridge ,we always keep the overview and have the chance to react immediately.”

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