Midas recently announced that it has adopted the AES50 standard interface for multichannel digital audio and that it has licensed the AES50 (SuperMAC) and HyperMAC technologies from Sony Pro Audio Labs Oxford for implementation in Midas and Klark Teknik equipment.
AES50, implemented by Sony as SuperMAC, can carry up to 48 bi-directional audio channels and 5 Mbps of generic Ethernet control data on a single Cat-5 cable. HyperMAC can carry up to 384 bi-directional audio channels and 100Mbps Ethernet on Cat-6 cable or fiber.
“In live sound applications, we are confident that the open standard AES50 approach has significant advantages over other technologies; in particular, the exceptionally low latency and error correction, says Midas’ research and development director, Simon Harrison. “We are delighted to be working with Sony Pro Audio Labs to bring this exciting technology to our customers.”
Adds John Richards, Sony Pro Audio Lab’s general manager, “We are very enthusiastic about working with Midas, an outstanding company in the live sound area. AES50/SuperMAC and HyperMAC have excellent latency and jitter performance that, combined with error correction, AES3 transparency and the ability to handle Ethernet-compatible auxiliary and control data, make them ideally suited to live sound applications. I’m sure that today’s announcement will add a lot of momentum to promotion and adoption of the AES50 standard.”