Studer, a Harman Pro company, and Digigram, the developer and licensor of EtherSound technologies, jointly announced the availability of an EtherSound network interface card for Studer consoles at the NAB 2007 trade show in Las Vegas, Nev.
“EtherSound technology has become a de facto standard for low-latency networked audio distribution in both live and installed sound,” says Digigram president and CEO Philippe Delacroix. “Studer has established a strong reputation for quality and innovation and is a leader in routing and mixing systems for the broadcast industry. We are pleased to jointly pave the way for cutting-edge networked systems. Studer consoles can now be seamlessly integrated within innovative, flexible and cost-effective EtherSound audio distribution networks.”
Digigram’s new EtherSound card is designed to fit into the Studer D21m I/O system rack. Initially for use with the Studer OnAir 3000 console, the card is also compatible with Studer’s flagship Vista Series and routing systems. Using ES-100 technology, the card allows 128 channels of audio (64 inputs/64 outputs) to be connected to the D21m via a single Cat-5 connection. A second Cat-5 connection allows daisy chain or redundant ring topologies, in which the network function continues uninterrupted even if a cable or connector is broken.
Digigram’s card is also compatible with the ES-Giga technology due for release in 2007. ES-Giga will allow even higher channel counts as well as tunneling of standard Ethernet protocols such as TCP/IP, among other advanced features. All EtherSound technologies operate with extremely low latency, an advantage in both broadcast and professional audio applications.
With the Digigram card installed, network inputs and outputs can be patched directly from Studer consoles. Digigram’s own control software can be used to route signals between different EtherSound-enabled devices over a standard Ethernet network.