RME’s new ADI-6432 is a bi-directional MADI-to-AES converter. The 19-inch, two-rackspace device supports 64 channels at up to 48 kHz, 32 channels at up to 96 kHz, and 16 channels at up to 192 kHz, all at 24-bit. All channels are transferred via a single MADI coaxial (BNC) or MADI optical (network) cable. When connected to the RME HDSP MADI card, the ADI-6432 turns into an external AES/EBU interface with up to 32 stereo AES/EBU inputs and outputs.
The front panel features a detailed display with 97 LEDs for Sync/Lock and Audio states of all I/Os, and a number of buttons with LED display for configuring the device's settings. Any number of units can be cascaded and synchronized with sample accuracy.
Other features include SteadyClock for reclocking and jitter suppression, direct clocking via MADI (no word clock is required), full compatibility with third-party MADI devices and “invisible” transfer of MIDI and RS232 serial data in the MADI stream. The ADI-6432 is fully MIDI controllable, both with the 5-pin DIN connector and via MIDI over MADI.
The ADI-6432 will be available in stores in May 2006. More information is available on RME’s Website at www.rme-audio.com/english/index.htm.