Bridge Product from Hear Technologies Brings Waves SoundGrid Processing to Dante Networks

January 19 2018, 04:00
Waves Audio has once again joined forces with Hear Technologies, to develop the WSG Bridge solution. The cooperation between the digital audio processing and personal monitoring specialists, allows the use of Waves innovative networking and real-time processing platform - SoundGrid - directly integrated with Audinate’s Dante audio networking systems, currently dominating in the industry.

Hear Technologies, a pro audio division of Quantum Technologies located in Huntsville, AL, is an innovative company, designing unique and affordable solutions for personal and professional monitoring systems. The company started to cooperate with Waves in 2015 to incorporate Waves SoundGrid digital processing technology in its Hear Back PRO Personal Mixer System - a high-end yet affordable monitor mixing system. Incorporating Waves SoundGrid technology in Hear Back PRO enabled monitor mixing engineers to use Waves’ popular plugins, resulting in the best sound quality for in-ear mixing/monitoring. 

Based on Gigabit Ethernet, Waves SoundGrid also enables the Hear Back PRO system to easily network and connect with other SoundGrid-enabled devices. This created an expanded user experience, and opened up Hear Technologies’ solutions to Waves plugins and Waves SoundGrid-enabled hardware.

A great fit for any environment – from simple project studios to live venues to complex networked recording and broadcast facilities – SoundGrid is an Audio-over-Ethernet technology developed by Waves. It allows users to stream high counts of digital audio channels (up to 128), and to process that audio through plugins at ultra-low latency (as low as 0.8 ms), all taking place over a 1Gb network. Together with a SoundGrid Waves Server, a Mac or Windows host computer and a SoundGrid I/O, SoundGrid allows running a multitude of reverbs, equalizers, compressors, and other mixing tools by Waves, as well as any other SoundGrid-compatible third-party plugins, all in real time.

Meanwhile, with the growing popularity of Dante-based audio networking solutions, Waves and Hear Technologies detected the need to also provide networking access to Waves’ powerful processing capabilities and plugins, allowing compatibility with a growing number of products in the market. The WSG Bridge, which will be distributed directly by Waves Audio, is an excellent and cost-effective solution for that purpose. The WSG Bridge simultaneously transmits up to 64 channels of audio from Waves SoundGrid to Dante and 64 channels from Dante to Waves SoundGrid.

As Nason Tackett, Senior Design Engineer, Hear Technologies, explains, “By providing 64 channels of bidirectional audio between the two protocols with sampling rates from 44.1kHz up to 96kHz, we’re providing yet another innovative tool to our innovative customers.” |
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