IBC 2015 will be showcasing a slew of new RAVENNA/AES67-enabled product from a
number of different manufacturers. New products include everything from plug-in
modules from solutions specialists, Archwave, to finished products from the likes of
TSL, Neumann, DirectOut, Merging Technologies, Lawo, Sonifex, Digigram, GatesAir
Lawo alone will be showing no less than ten new RAVENNA products including
NOVA37, their innovative hybrid RAVENNA/MADI Plug & Play audio router, already
road-tested at the huge Bastille Day celebrations in front of the Eiffel Tower in
Paris. Other Lawo products include a new RAVENNA virtual sound card for the JADE
engine and A_digital8 and A_madi8, the latest members of Lawo’s new A_line series
of high quality audio-to-IP interfaces based on RAVENNA technology for broadcast,
live and install applications.
Neumann will be showcasing the most up-to-date version of their RAVENNA-enabled
DMI-8 digital microphone interface which was recently deployed in force (no fewer
than ten units) for a major classical concert in Lille’s state-of-the-art covered
stadium. The DMI-8s were an integral part of the largest ever RAVENNA digital
audio networking setup in a live situation.
German connectivity specialists, DirectOut, are pleased to be showing the
MONTONE.42 MADI-AoIP bridge based on RAVENNA audio networking technology.
The company recently teamed up with Merging Technologies to demonstrate high-
performance bi-directional interoperability of 256 channels via RAVENNA between
MONTONE.42 and Merging’s renowned Pyramix Virtual Studio DAW. From their side,
Merging will be revealing Pyramix 10, the very latest version of the powerful
software that has revolutionized digital workflow techniques in post-production
British broadcast audio equipment manufacturer, Sonifex, is pleased to bring to
market their first product for use in RAVENNA networks, the AVN-GMC PTPv2
grandmaster clock with GPS receiver for use with AoIP applications. IEEE 1588 PTP
(precision time protocol) is used to synchronise all the nodes within a network. To
achieve this one of the nodes must become the master clock and distribute time
packets to the others. The AVN-GMC is designed to perform this role simply and
accurately, acting as a GPS receiver and enabling sub micro-second synchronisation
between all nodes.
Global leaders in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV
broadcasters, GatesAir, will also be taking advantage of IBC to showcase VMXPress
IP, an AES67-compliant audio and logic device that establishes a standards-based
AoIP gateway for radio studios. Leveraging the non-proprietary nature of RAVENNA
networking technology, VMXpress IP drives interoperability across the studio
through its open, standards-based foundation.
TSL Products will be presenting their newly redesigned MPA (Monitor Plus Audio)
family. Rebuilt from the ground up to offer greater ease of use and excellent sound
quality, the new audio monitoring range offers solutions for traditional I/O as well
as embracing the industry’s move to AoIP workflows with integrated support for
both RAVENNA and Dante.
Archwave, the Swiss audio interface solutions specialists, have added to their
AudioLan product family with the new uNET MINI module for streaming audio over
AES67/RAVENNA networks. Designed for end-point applications such as networked
loudspeakers or microphones, the module accepts two digital streams in 12S format
and converts them to AES67/RAVENNA for streaming over Ethernet cable.
Finally, Digigram will be demonstrating a simple RAVENNA-based radio setup on
their stand using the LX-IP RAVENNA PC audio-to-RAVENNA sound card, the
IQOYA*CALL AoIP codec and a Lawo console.
The above represents just a selection of the plethora of RAVENNA-enabled products
on show at IBC 2015 and is representative of the growing trend towards IP and
digital workflows in broadcast environments.