ALC NetworX, developer of the RAVENNA audio-over-IP technology, welcomes audio interface and networked audio specialists, RME, as the latest partner to the RAVENNA community. RME’s first RAVENNA-enabled product, the Digiface RAVENNA, will be unveiled at IBC 2022. Developed in cooperation with RAVENNA partner DirectOut, the new Digiface RAVENNA expands the highly successful Digiface series of interface products which currently exists for USB, AVB and Dante applications.
Digiface RAVENNA is a unique mobile solution that connects RAVENNA networks with a Windows or Mac computer. It allows bi-directional transmission of up to 128 audio channels between RAVENNA and a connected computer via a single USB 3.0 connection. It also features a MADI interface and includes TotalMix FX, which allows you to freely route and mix all I/O channels, far exceeding simple patchbay-style routing.
Matthias Carstens, co-founder of RME, explains the collaboration with DirectOut and the decision to build a RAVENNA-enabled device: “It was always our wish to do a project together with DirectOut, whose founder Stephan Flock was part of the RME core team when it all started. So, the question is more like – what took us so long? Consequently, we decided to join the RAVENNA community and here we are, with a device that brings superior RAVENNA networking capabilities to desktop computers, based on the strengths of RME and DirectOut – computer interface design/drivers and RAVENNA expertise. Clearly the best of both worlds”.
Andreas Hildebrand, RAVENNA Evangelist at ALC NetworX, is pleased to welcome RME on board: “I am delighted to see RME joining the RAVENNA partner community. It’s even more pleasing to see that RME is already announcing their first product, a RAVENNA-enabled version of their powerful Digiface interface series, bringing rock-solid RAVENNA networking performance to PC and MAC computers. Their strong cooperation with DirectOut shows the true strength of the RAVENNA partner community and continues to prove the success of the open technology approach of RAVENNA.”
The RME Digiface Ravenna will be on display at the RAVENNA booth (#8F57) and at the DirectOut booth (#8F56).
For over 25 years RME has built a strong, globally recognized reputation for reliable, stable and fast Windows and Mac drivers for their numerous audio interfaces, that broke new ground and set the bar in PCI, FireWire and USB performance. RME’s portfolio also covers external preamps, analog and digital converters, and various Dante and AVB-based products.
RAVENNA is a technology for real-time distribution of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments. Utilizing standardized network protocols and technologies, RAVENNA can operate on existing network infrastructures. RAVENNA is designed to meet the strict requirements of the pro audio market featuring low latency, full signal transparency and high reliability.
While primarily targeting the professional broadcast market, RAVENNA is also suitable for deployment in other pro audio market segments like live sound, fixed installations, and recording. Possible fields of application include (but are not limited to) in-house signal distribution in broadcasting houses, theaters, concert halls and other fixed installations, flexible setups at venues and live events, OB van support, inter-facility links across WAN connections and production & recording applications.
Unlike most other existing networking solutions, RAVENNA is an open technology standard with no proprietary licensing policy. RAVENNA is fully compatible with the AES67 and SMPTE ST 2110 standards. Liaisons with standards organizations and industry alliances (i.e., AES, AIMS, AMWA, SMPTE and others) ensure the close alignment of RAVENNA technology with current industry trends.
About ALC NetworX GmbH:
ALC NetworX is an R&D company in Munich, Germany, whose team of highly regarded pro audio experts with in-depth knowledge of networking technologies developed the RAVENNA technology platform. While ALC NetworX will continue to keep the lead role in the RAVENNA technology development, product implementations are executed by individual partner companies, such as DirectOut, Genelec, Lawo, Meinberg, Merging, Riedel, Ross Video and many others. For a complete list of current partner companies, please see www.ravenna-network.com/partners/.
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