DirectOut Prodigy Series Enjoys Prodigious Evolution During Pandemic

September 1 2020, 00:45
Using the extra time available for development allowed by the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on other activities, German developer DirectOut has greatly expanded the capabilities of its PRODIGY Series with the release of new firmware for both the PRODIGY.MC (Modular Audio Converter) and PRODIGY.MP (Multifunction Audio Processor). The result, the company says, is a "prodigious" evolution, with both firmware and software updates that considerably expand features, redundancy, and versatility.

"We are immensely proud to share this major update of the PRODIGY Series,” comments DirectOut CEO/CTO, Claudio Becker-Foss. “The lockdown had a huge impact on all of us; it has changed and will continue to change the industry. Considering the circumstances, we are extremely happy that we could use this time to continue our work on the PRODIGY Series in order to provide customers with this exciting update."

Originally planned solely for PRODIGY.MP, the update considerably expands the potential application scenarios of PRODIGY.MC by adding FastSRC and EARS (Enhanced Automatic Redundancy Switching).

FastSRC is a bidirectional, low-latency asynchronous sample-rate converter for MADI and Network I/Os that allows two digital interfaces of a device to work in different clock domains. It combines good sound quality with very low latency of less than 0.15 milliseconds, and is invaluable in live sound applications and a "life-saver" in critical situations.

"Besides finalizing the already large feature set of PRODIGY.MP," says Becker-Foss, “we even added a bunch of new functions. Some of them, like the Levelmeter speed configuration or the LTC-to-MTC converter, were implemented as an immediate response to the increased remote production requirements that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new firmware makes the product unequaled on the market, and ready to face those new challenges." 

"The quality of the FastSRCs exceeded our expectations, and we are thrilled to implement this outstanding feature also into PRODIGY.MC,” he adds.

A new version of the globcon control software is also available for free download, and is required in order to manage all of the new functions brought to the PRODIGY Series by the major firmware updates.

Luca Giaroli, Product Manager at DirectOut and at globcon, is fully satisfied with the work done: “Thanks to the great co-operation between DirectOut and the globcon team, we have been able to increase the usability and versatility of the DSP functions inside PRODIGY.MP still further by adding parallel compression and stereo link to the dynamics, and introducing a new set of IIR EQs including All-Pass filters. The processor combined with its control software is absolutely ready to face any audio challenge."

For a detailed feature list of the updates and for more information and firmware downloads visit:
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Headquartered in Mittweida, Germany, 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, Waves SoundGrid, Audinate Dante, RAVENNA and the standards AES67 and SMPTE ST2110-30/31.
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