DirectOut Updates MONTONE.42 Firmware with ST 2110-31 Support

May 29 2019, 00:35
A major firmware update has been released for the MONTONE.42, DirectOut’s MADI to Ravenna/AES67 converter. According to the German networked audio and interconnectivity specialist, the transparent transport of AES3 audio data over IP is now possible with the MONTONE.42 through the newly added ST 2110-31 support. Meanwhile, DirectOut Technologies also announced the appointment of a new distributor in the US for the non-broadcast related pro audio market segment of the industry.

The standard released by the SMPTE in 2018, allows to transmit any format which can be encapsulated in AES3 (24 bit audio plus subcode) as a 2110-compliant network stream and supports audio as well as non-PCM data as payload. Using a ST 2110-31 stream the audio signal can now be transmitted over IP, while the metadata is preserved.

DirectOut utilizes the AES3 user bit to transmit control data for its ANDIAMO series converters, embedded in MADI. As a result, remote ANDIAMO devices can now be controlled through Audio-over-IP streams. Switchable transparency modes in the MONTONE.42 allow to safely transmit non-PCM data, such as Dolby E over ST2110-31 streams. The implementation of the standard has been tested and approved at a Workshop of the Video Services Forum (VSF) in Houston. 

“From the beginning DirectOut made use of User Bits in AES3 to allow remote control over MADI. Therefore, transparent transmission of the subcode was provided in many devices as a standard and by that ensured that DirectOut products support third-party solutions that make use of AES3 in various ways too,” says Claudio Becker-Foss, CTO and Managing Director at DirectOut. “We are very happy that now we can continue to offer this versatility in the IP world with ST 2110-31.” 

As a successful participant of the JT-NM Tested program (, DirectOut‘s MADI to Ravenna/AES67 converter, was already listed at the IP Showcase promoted during NAB 2019 as a device aligning with the SMPTE 2110 standards. Not only was the MONTONE.42 part of the JT-NM Tested event in March 2019, but it was selected to contribute as a reference audio device for testing the ST 2110-30 implementation of other equipment.

New US Distributor
DirectOut Technologies announced the addition of MultiPoint Integrated Technologies as a new distributor, expanding the company's presence in the United States. DirectOut has already made its mark in the studio broadcast and remote operation/mobile broadcast production communities, and the company’s longstanding distributor Joseph Electronics remains in place serving this market segment. MultiPoint will introduce both the DirectOut brand and its new Prodigy Series product platform to the non-broadcast related pro audio market segment of the industry.
“This would not be the first time that I have taken on the challenge of introducing a ground-breaking new technology from a perceived newcomer in pro audio business and brought it to the forefront of our industry,” says Tom Bensen, Founder and CEO of MultiPoint Integrated Technologies. “DirectOut, however, has the strategic advantage of a ten-year record of success under its belt, along with a team of leading-edge engineers and product specialists, and a finely tuned and well-oiled administrative support mechanism already in place.”

“After meeting Tom and his skilled and well-known team of seasoned pro audio professionals, we knew immediately they had the right combination of knowledge, business connections and experience necessary to bring our company and our new products to this growing market segment,” says DirectOut Managing Director, Jan Ehrlich. “MultiPoint has a highly skilled technical staff of working sound engineers and product specialists in place and ready to go. The alignment of our two companies, in both our business philosophies and personnel complement, is basically perfect.”
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