DirectOut EXBOX.MD MADI <>Dante konverter
DirectOut adds EARS to
EXBOX.MD Dante Interface
DirectOut Technologies has significantly
expanded the capabilities of its recently released EXBOX.MD Dante/MADI
interface, with a major firmware and software update
to be one of the most flexible Dante bridges
presently on the market. Concurrently, EXBOX.MD has been integrated in the new
‘globcon’ global control software, where the new features are fully supported.
The highlight of the enhancements is the
innovative EARS (Enhanced Automatic Redundancy Switching) technology, which was
designed by DirectOut to improve reliability of digital multichannel audio
systems. EARS offers different modes of operation and methods of triggering
automatic input switching in a comfortable and reliable way.
“Leveraging the experience and the feedback
related to our EXBOX.BLDS – an automatic redundancy switch for MADI systems we
introduced five years ago – we have acquired the knowledge necessary to design
and enhance failover-systems,” says DirectOut CTO, Stephan Flock. “The EXBOX.MD
is the world’s first Dante/MADI interface to offer automatic redundancy
switching in different modes, such as our popular BLDS mode for immediate in-sample
switching or a pilot tone trigger. An engineer is now able to improve the
redundancy of a playout or multichannel audio system within a Dante-based audio
network, no matter whether it is using Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Pyramix
or any other current DAW software.”
The upgrade also adds a channel-based routing
matrix to allow access to all inputs and outputs, and offers the option to
present new output streams to the Dante and MADI domains.
Further building on its ability to provide
extremely reliable and flexible MADI systems interfacing, DirectOut has
extended options to configure the unit’s MADI outputs, including for 48/96kHz
operation and 64/57/56 channel settings, with all modes supported and detected
automatically on inputs.
EXBOX.MD is an Audio-over-IP to MADI converter based on Audinate’s
audio networking technology Dante. Equipped with three MADI ports and
four network ports it offers straight-forward conversion of 64 audio
channels between MADI and Dante.
The handy size of the popular EXBOX series (1/3 of 19’’), combined
with the rock-solid housing and redundant power supplies, makes the
EXBOX.MD a perfect connectivity tool for touring live shows, OB vans as
well as studio applications.
LEDs at the front panel inform about clocking, sample rate, device state and power supply at a glance.
Up to 32 streams with a total number of
64 audio channels are supported. The device also features the latest
Dante firmware with activated AES67 support.
EXBOX.MD offers highest flexibility as it provides three MADI ports of different interface types:
- optical SC multi-mode (single-mode som bestillingsvariant)
- coaxial (BNC)
The Small Form Factor Pluggable cage can be fitted with any SFP module suitable for the particular application.
One of the three MADI ports is selected as input automatically, all three outputs work in parallel.
Four network ports are connected to an
internal switch and give the opportunity to use Dante’s redundancy mode
(Primary <> Secondary), while more EXBOX.MDs or other Dante
devices can be connected in switched mode directly to increase the
number of channels.
EXBOX.MD can be controlled by Audinate‘s remote software ‚Dante Controller‘ and is ‚Dante Domain Manager‘ ready.
The device can be powered by up to two external power-supplies as well as PoE (Power over Ethernet).
EXBOX.MD can be mounted into a standard
19’’-rack by using the optional kit BOXMOUNT.XL. Up to three devices may
fit side-by-side within 1 RU.