At NAB, Digidesign showed new features for its VENUE live sound environment, including digital stage input (DSI) and digital stage output (DSO) card options, and VENUEPack 2 and VENUEPack Pro 2 effects processing and analysis plug-ins .
VENUEPack 2 is included with every VENUE system and features the Troodon Technologies TrooTrace™ audio analysis bundle, while VENUEPack Pro 2 offers five additional high-quality plug-ins with the purchase of a D-Show™ Mix Engine DSP card. Also featured was D-Show 2 software—an upgrade to the VENUE system software—which delivers extended snapshot automation capabilities, improved workflows and expanded signal routing and control possibilities.
The new DSI and DSO card options offer additional digital input and output options for the Stage Rack. Engineers can use these cards to integrate a wider range of digital peripherals and components. A single DSI card provides eight channels of digital input for the VENUE Stage Rack, either through four AES/EBU pairs on individual XLRs or via a single ADAT optical interface. A single DSO card offers eight channels of AES/EBU outputs across four discrete XLRs, as well as eight channels via the ADAT optical interface. The DSO keeps both AES/EBU and ADAT connections active at all times, creating a digital split with the AES signals mirrored to the ADAT connection.