Audio Network Development: Developing Products Based on RAVENNA

April 14 2016, 03:00

In our regular column Standards Review, audioXpress has been addressing the specifics of audio networking, available protocols and development solutions. In the first two articles in this series, we touched upon the evolution of audio network connectivity, available technologies and platforms, and provided an update on existing technologies. In the third article, we addressed how to implement products over Dante — a technology directly developed and supported by Audinate. In this article, we continue to explore the options for audio networking development and implementation in new audio products with a look at RAVENNA and what differentiates this powerful media network technology, which is also at the forefront of the interoperability efforts with AES67. We are sharing the fourth part of this series to everyone in the hope this will encourage more readers and subscribers to audioXpress, getting access to our full content. For now, Read the Full Article Available Online here.

audioXpress already published two articles describing RAVENNA in detail (both articles are now available online here) so we will focus on RAVENNA’s development and implementation.

But first there’s something important to mention — very important. Since audioXpress published those two articles on RAVENNA, the new AES67 standard for high-performance streaming audio-over-IP (AoIP) interoperability is now a practical reality. Together with Livewire+ from The Telos Alliance, RAVENNA is probably the closest networking protocol implementation to the AES67 specifications, which is why RAVENNA is being promoted as RAVENNA/AES67. But for the purpose of this article, we are focusing on RAVENNA, understanding that this is an open technology, without a proprietary licensing policy and fully compatible with the AES67-2013 standard (now updated to AES67-2015). In the May 2016 edition of audioXpress there is a dedicated article discussing RAVENNA/AES67 implementation.

RAVENNA Tools for Manufacturers
In the world of professional audio, where software has an increasingly important role and computers are now at the center of most operations, implementing audio networking is a question of running the available applications depending on the operating system. The advantage here is that the connectivity is provided as standard on available Ethernet interfaces, which are common on any current computer.

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