At this year’s recent PLASA show, there were notable releases of EtherSound-enabled products by EtherSound licensees Allen & Heath, AuviTran, Digigram, InnovaSon, Pinanson and Stardraw.com.
"The EtherSound audio networking standard was without a doubt one of the hottest topics at the show," said EtherSound business development manager Jimmy Kawalek. "The massive launch of new products and the impressive number of licensees displaying the EtherSound logo at their booth demonstrated very clearly the momentum EtherSound has gained in 2005. While new licensees are always seen as a positive endorsement, and EtherSound has more than doubled the number of licensees since the beginning of the year, seeing new and varying products brought to market in a very timely manner is what makes the technology real."
Current EtherSound licensees include Allen & Heath, Archean Technologies, Audio Performance, AuviTran, Bittner Audio, Bouyer, CAMCO, DiGiCo, Digigram, InnovaSon, Lab X Technologies, Martin Audio, Mediachip, NetCIRA by Fostex, Nexo, Pinanson, Stardraw.com, VTG Audio and Whirlwind.
At the show, the following products were introduced:
Allen & Heath (www.allen-heath.com) launched the iLive, a new live sound digital mixing console. The heart of the system is the iDR-64, a stand-alone 19-inch rackmounting modular mix engine providing 64 channels into 32 mixes. The unit is controlled via an Ethernet network, as distinct from the EtherSound network and can be connected to a variety of controllers, including the new range of iLive control surfaces, Allen & Heath's PL range of remote units, third-party devices or a laptop/PC.
AuviTran (www.auvitran.com) launched AVB32-ES, an EtherSound-to-AES/EBU interface in a 19-inch 1U rack box. AVB32ES is available in three formats: 32-in, 16-in/16-out or 32-out.
Digigram (www.digigram.com) introduced a number of new EtherSound-enabled offerings; ES881, ES1241 and ES16161 form a range of rackmount AES/EBU-to-EtherSound interfaces in a variety of I/O configurations that will connect any digital product to an EtherSound network.
InnovaSon’s (www.innovason.com) DioCore is the first modular digital stagebox to offer audio transmission via EtherSound.
Pinanson (www.pinanson.com) launched its first digital product, an EtherSound stagebox with 48 mic/line inputs and 16 outputs all on XLR connectors.
And finally, Stardraw.com unveiled Stardraw Control RC2 (Release Candidate 2). Stardraw Control is a software-based, unified framework that can control remotely controllable producta from any manufacturer over any protocol, including EtherSound.