Solid State Logic, the leading manufacturer of audio consoles for the broadcast industry, announced the release of MADI-X8, a versatile and cost effective 8-port MADI audio router/splitter/aggregator system and the new SDI-MADI, a 4 x 16 channel audio de-embedder with four auto sensing 3G SDI inputs and 64 channel MADI fibre and AES Digital audio outputs at IBC 2010.
“MADI-X8 is a product which responds directly to requests from many of our SI partners and clients for an audio asset sharing system that is affordable for small and mid scale installations,” says Niall Feldman, Director of New Products at SSL “Delivering a low cost 512 cross point router with eight MADI I/O and clock distribution, which can be controlled from cross platform browser software from anywhere on a network, is a significant achievement. This kind of technology has never been available at this price before, so it lowers the barrier to what can be achieved with an intelligent audio network in small- to mid-scale systems.”
MADI-X8 is an affordable, powerful and versatile MADI routing system. In addition to offering simple point to point bulk routing, MADI-X8 offers Source Distribution (one source to many destinations), Device Splitting (any combination of individual channels to any destination) and Source Aggregation (a single 64 Ch. output consists of any combination of channels from various inputs). MADI-X8 is therefore a unique low-cost solution to audio distribution and aggregation challenges in a wide range of applications including, broadcast production studios and OB vehicles, large scale film/game scoring, multi-room studio complexes requiring real time asset sharing and live sound.
“With SDI video infrastructure becoming prevalent within broadcast facilities the SDI-MADI provides broadcasters with a convenient and cost effective means of de-embedding up to 16 channels of audio from each SDI stream and aggregating the audio into up to 64 channels of MADI and AES digital audio output.” says Niall Feldman, Director of New Products at SSL. “The SDI-MADI is another example of our commitment to delivering cost-effective MADI based I/O, conversion and routing solutions which are a perfect fit for the requirements and budgets of our customers.”
The SSL SDI-MADI is a cost-effective solution to the problem of connecting audio equipment to the SDI-based infrastructure found in many broadcast facilities today. Occupying only 1U of rack space, the SDI-MADI provides the interface between SDI video bitstreams and digital audio. SDI-MADI extracts up to 16 audio channels from each of the unit’s four SDI inputs to provide a total of up to 64 audio channels in both MADI and AES3 formats. All SDI inputs independently auto-sense between 3G, HD and SD standards and are provided with loop-through connectivity for downstream equipment.
With a comprehensive range of synchronizing options and switchable sample rate convertors, the SDI-MADI is designed to reliably and seamlessly integrate into any broadcast environment where SDI-embedded audio channels require format conversion.