‘MADI-Bridge’ provides an interface between a Dante IP Audio Network and MADI. With 64 channels per Bridge @ 48kHz, or 32 channels at 96kHz, redundant MADI, IP Network ports and PSU, the Bridge is built for uninterrupted fully-redundant operation. In addition to the built-in clock redundancy in Dante controller, the MADI-Bridge includes a pair of sync inputs for use as a self-redundant Dante Grand Master clock. The unit can synchronise to Video sync, tri-level or black and burst, Word clock, MADI or PTP Network sync. MADI-Bridge also features a front panel headphone socket (with rotary level control) and built-in headphone monitor routing, to truly replace traditional patch bay routing and fault-finding functionality with equivalents in the IP Audio domain. GPIO connections allow for transfer of tally info and switching functions across the network with the audio.
MADI-Bridge will be shown for the first time at IBC 2014 featuring bi-directional 44.1kHz / 48kHz / 88.2kHz / 96kHz Sample Rate Conversion functionality and an innovative new ‘Split Mode’ feature. Split Mode allows the pair of MADI connectors to be used independently (rather than in their usual redundant mode) for bi-directional split/combine operation. This can be employed in a number of ways, for example, two 32 channel 96kHz MADI feeds can be combined to form one 64 channel 48kHz Dante stream or an asynchronous, but same sample rate stage can be connected to multiple OB vehicles. Other new features include a new LOCK mode whereby an admin user can lock all functionality of the unit except the front panel confidence monitoring and a neat new feature which, in Monitor Mode, enables the user to toggle the screen between showing the Monitor Matrix view and the Channel Name of the device currently being monitored.
Also available in the SSL Network I/O range is ‘SDI,’ which provides bidirectional bridging between embedded SDI Audio and a Dante IP Audio Network (eight 3G-SDI Embedders and eight SDI De-Embedders provide up to 256 channels of SDI connectivity). Solid State Logic will showcase the Network I/O Range at IBC with a forward thinking practical demonstration of how SSL consoles and a wide range of devices from third party manufacturers can be combined today to form dynamic and extremely powerful IP audio Networks. All SSL Network I/O devices are available now.
The new MADI-Bridge features are available to existing owners as a free firmware upgrade.