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DirectOut Technologies Integrates Waves SoundGrid® in Its SG.MADI Converter

KNOXVILLE, TN Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing solutions and digital music production tools, has joined forces with German-based networking, routing and conversion specialist DirectOut Technologies to include Waves SoundGrid® technology in DirectOut’s SG.MADI converter.

DirectOut Technologies is now shipping its latest development, SG.MADI, an audio format converter that links MADI signals with Waves SoundGrid Audio-over-Ethernet. SoundGrid is a Layer 2-based network protocol offered by Waves, for Audio-over-Ethernet networking and real-time processing solutions for live, broadcast and music production facilities, to deliver uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio over Ethernet networks.

By using SG.MADI’s integrated network switch, integration of outboard equipment and redundant DAWs to a SoundGrid environment is simple. Working in large multi-stage venues, SG.MADI easily connects MADI to a SoundGrid network and to SoundGrid software or hardware, and works as a monitoring tool for all SoundGrid and MADI signals.

Housed in a robust 1U 19-inch casing, SG.MADI makes economical use of valued rack space. A headphone jack, including volume control, provides easy monitoring. There are two GPIs on the rear panel, in order to integrate control signals via the network or MADI link, and the two GPOs can be individually configured for triggering system events or activating on-air or recording lights etc. It is also equipped with dual redundant power supplies, and both the MADI and network ports may be employed as dual redundant pairs with auto fail-over.

Udi Henis, Waves International Marketing, comments, “We are delighted to collaborate with DirectOut in offering Waves SoundGrid technology, to facilitate the making of the SG.MADI and to offer MADI-enabled console users the possibility of easy networking and use of Waves plugins.”

Stephan Flock (CTO, DirectOut) states, “Waves software algorithms have become an essential tool in music production, live sound and broadcast environments. The SoundGrid network audio standard offers the perfect format for integration of a plug-in server and also serves as interconnect between DAWs and other digital audio hardware setups, either based on MADI or other network audio standards. We are very glad about our cooperation with Waves and the possibility to offer a SoundGrid interface in our product line.”

  • Connects MADI and SoundGrid consoles in multi-stage venues
  • Provides monitoring of SoundGrid and MADI signals
  • Links SoundGrid DSP Server with Waves plugins into a MADI environment
  • Integrates outboard equipment and DAWs to a SoundGrid environment
  • Offers remote control of external components via SoundGrid / MADI
  • Analog I/Os allow for immediate interfacing with the network audio and the MADI signal (Two microphone / line inputs with switchable phantom power and continuous gain for input signals from less than -55 dBu up to +24 dBu, two balanced line outputs, and headphone output)
  • Optical SC (single-mode or multi-mode), coaxial (BNC) and SFP
  • Mac Core Audio and Windows ASIO compatible
  • Selectable clock sources are word clock, MADI, SoundGrid® or the internal clock. The current system clock is provided at the word clock output at any time.

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