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.
DirectOut GmbH was founded in 2008 by a team of professional sound engineers headed up by Stephan Flock. The company specializes in developing essential pro audio connectivity, networking and bridging solutions for broadcast, studio, live and installed sound applications. Unique in that all members of the DirectOut development team are still active professional sound engineers, the company is thus fully focused on real-world demands and problem solving. The product range, marketed under the brand of DirectOut Technologies®, offers solutions that build bridges between different audio worlds and make systems and formats more flexible. Audio formats supported include MADI, SoundGrid, Dante, RAVENNA and the standards AES67 and SMPTE ST2110-30. Headquartered in Mittweida, Germany, DirectOut products are distributed worldwide.