MESSE06: New MADI Converters From RME

US MADI CONVERTER and ADI-6432 MADI-to-AES Converter launched      30/03/06

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RME chose the Frankfurt Music Fair for the launch of their new ADI-6432 MADI-to-AES Converter and their MADI converter.
Here’s the details that RME have given us…

RME´s new MADI converter converts MADI digital audio streams from optical format to coaxial and from coaxial to optical. The compact 19" 1U unit device contains 6 fully independent bi-directional converters.
The MADI converter will operate with any MADI format, be it 56-channel, 64-channel, and with any sample rate, even out-of-spec rates, and will transfer "invisible" control bits unchanged. Special equalisation and highly sensitive input stages allow distances of up to 100 meters coaxial cables. Up to 2000 meters can be covered with optical cables.
All 12 inputs are equipped with status LEDs on the front panel. Any input signal will pass through absolutely unaltered.
Additionally, a MIDI distributor allows copying one MIDI input signal to three MIDI outputs. Several devices can be controlled without an external MIDI distributor.
The MADI converter is an ideal companion to RME's MADI Bridge. Its six coaxial inputs and outputs can be converted to optical, which is advantageous in live and installed setups, and for longer cable lengths. The device can be placed underneath the MADI Bridge ideally; the coaxial in- and outputs of the two devices will be right next to each other vertically, and can be connected with short patch cables.
The specially developed internal high performance switching power supply allows operation of the MADI converter with voltages ranging from 100 to 240 V AC worldwide.

The ADI-6432 is a 64-channel bi-directional MADI – AES converter. The compact device (19", 2U) supports 64 channels at up to 48 kHz, 32 channels at up to 96, and 16 channels at up to 192 kHz, all at 24 bit. All channels are transferred via a single cable, either MADI coaxial (BNC) or MADI optical (network cable). A typical application would be to use two units as a digital multicore. Connected to the RME HDSP MADI card, the ADI-6432 turns into an external AES/EBU interface with up to 32 stereo AES/EBU inputs and outputs.
RME tell us that for the first time, a 19" RME device is 2U in height. This way, in spite of the number of connectors on the rear panel, there is no lack of space, and cabling is very convenient. The front panel features a detailed display with 97 LEDs for Sync/Lock and Audio states of all I/Os, and a number of buttons with LED display for configuring the device's settings. Of course any number of units can be cascaded and synchronized with sample accuracy.
Many well-known features of other RME devices have been included, e.g. SteadyClock for excellent reclocking and jitter suppression, direct clocking via MADI (no Word Clock required), full compatibility with third-party MADI devices and "invisible" transfer of MIDI and RS232 serial data in the MADI stream. The ADI-6432 is fully MIDI controllable, both with the 5-pin DIN connector and via MIDI over MADI.
Price and Availability
The MADI Converter will be available from RME dealers in April 2006
The ADI-6432 will be available in stores from May 2006
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