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Solid State Logic Demonstrates IP Audio Networking Technology For Broadcast Production At NAB 2014
SSL leads the way with forward thinking audio routing for broadcast production
March 27, 2014 --
Solid State Logic, the world's leading provider of tools for creative
audio professionals, is demonstrating how IP Audio Networking can deliver
significant feature benefits and cost optimisation in audio routing systems for
broadcast production at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C2317). The insightful
demonstration serves as a launch for SSL's new 'Network I/O' broadcast audio
interface range and shows how the new product line and SSL digital broadcast
consoles can be elegantly interfaced with devices from more than 75 different
manufacturers using a Dante IP Audio Network. The new SSL Network I/O range
consists of 'MADI-Bridge,' providing 64 bidirectional channels of fully redundant
MADI-to-network bridging with front panel confidence headphone monitoring;
'SDI,' bridging eight 3G-SDI embedders and eight de-embedders to the network or
MADI with internal per channel routing; and 'Stagebox,' which provides eight
channels of mic/line I/O (using SSL's renowned SuperAnalogue(tm) mic pres) with
redundant network connectivity. The demonstration includes four SSL consoles (2 x
C10, C100 and Live) networked with third-party devices from Shure and Sound
Devices and also features SSL's 'LMS-16' Loudness Monitoring system connected
directly to the network. With Dante committed to conform with AVB standards and
with AES67, the SSL Network I/O range is ready for future networked audio
The case for IP Audio Networking and Dante for broadcast
Audinate's Dante technology is well established in professional audio for live
production and installation sectors, with more than 200 devices from over 75
different manufacturers already available. The demonstration at NAB sets out a very
strong case for why Dante is the right choice for forward-thinking audio routing for
broadcast production applications.
Dante uses IP networking. The backbone of IT infrastructures worldwide, IP
networking is a lower cost technology that benefits from developments and cost
competition in much larger industries than broadcasting. Cat 5, Cat 6, fibre cabling
and off-the-shelf network switch hardware come at a fraction of the cost of
comparable TDM-based solutions and are guaranteed to be supported by
international standards and major manufacturers. IP networks are scalable and can
be grown easily as budgets and needs require. In addition to transporting audio,
they can also support other data traffic pertinent to the workflow. The function of
routing, so expensive and complex to implement in TDM systems, can be
accomplished using standard network switch hardware and conventionally
managed router software. Ethernet/IP connectivity simplifies the interfacing to a
range of other systems such as Intercoms and Station Automation. Network switches
with industry-standard redundancy protocols are readily available and enable IP-
based networks to meet the highest levels of redundancy demanded by
SSL chose to utilise Audinate's Dante Technology because it meets their technical
requirements and has the critical mass that other solutions can't match. Developed
using existing standards, including IEEE and IETF, Dante is deployable on any
standard IP infrastructure and can share networks with other types of traffic. A key
factor in SSL's decision was Audinate's commitment to converge with the AVB
standards and to conform with AES67. These clear migration paths mean investment
today is future-proof and a single device will be able to function in any of these
environments. Audinate's clearly defined device discovery mechanism also means
any device is plug-and-play, and network standards allow you to tailor your
infrastructure to define if you want this to be the case.
Key IP Audio Network benefits:
* High Channel Counts: 512ch @ 48kHz (256 @ 96kHz) on a single 1GB connection.
* Guaranteed Interoperability: plug-and-play discoverability of 200 devices from 75 different manufacturers - and growing.
* Remote Device Control: parameters configured anywhere on the network.
* Reduced Cost: standard low cost IT hardware, standard and/or existing Cat 5 or Cat 6 cabling with audio and control on the same network down a single cable.
* Simplified Interconnectivity: Ethernet/IP connectivity simplifies interfacing with a wide range of devices, including Intercoms and Station Automation.
* Flexible Scalability: systems can grow as your needs evolve. Want a bigger network? Add another switch!
* Full Network Redundancy: technology tried-and-tested across many industries and fully compatible with all network redundancy models.
* Distributed Routing Control: routing control from unlimited devices or terminals.
* Absolute Resilience: catastrophic failure of a single device will have no effect on any other devices in the network.
* Standards compliant: IEEE and IETF compliant, thus deployable on and can mix with traffic on any standard IP infrastructure. Committed to converge with AVB standards and conform with AES67.
About SSL's 'Network I/O' Range:
Network I/O: MADI-Bridge
'MADI-Bridge' provides an interface between a Dante IP Audio Network and
MADI. With 64 channels per Bridge (@ 48kHz), redundant MADI, IP Network ports
and PSU, the Bridge is built for interrupted 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. 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
Network I/O: Stagebox
A Mic/Line Network I/O device for use on any Broadcast Studio floor, 'Stagebox'
brings SSL's renowned SuperAnalogue(tm) pre-amp design to the interoperable IP
Audio Network market. With eight Mic/Line inputs, eight Line outputs and a pair of
redundant network connections, Stagebox allows easy deployment of mic pres and
speaker feeds where needed in a Studio. The Network I/O's plug-and-play feature
allows devices to easily be moved, even between studios and retain routing and
settings if required. Clear signal present, phantom power and local attention LEDs
provide intuitive front panel feedback.
Network I/O: SDI
'SDI' 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 and the unit has dual Dante and triple MADI
connectivity (2 x optical, 1 x coax I/O). In addition to SDI-Dante bridging SDI allows
direct bridging between SDI and MADI infrastructure. Internal channel-by-channel
routing enables flexible routing between all three domains. As you would expect
redundant PSUs provide reassurance in a 24-hour Broadcast environment.
Solid State Logic is the world's leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles
and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For
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