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Solid State Logic: Conversion connection

12 September 2014

New features for MADI-Bridge, the MADI to Dante IP audio network interface, have been released. They include bi-directional 44.1kHAz/48kHz/88.2kHz/96kHz sample rate conversion and a new split mode.

Part of SSL’s new Network I/O Range, MADI-Bridge is the industry’s first fully broadcast-ready interface between MADI and Dante, according to the company.

With 64 channels per Bridge at 48kHz, or 32 channels at 96kHz, as well as redundant MADI, IP network ports and PSU, SSL said the Bridge is built for uninterrupted, 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. The unit can synchronise to video sync, tri-level or black and burst, word clock, MADI or PTP Network sync.

MADI-Bridge also features a front panel headphone socket with rotary level control, as well as built-in headphone monitor routing. The company said the bridge could  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 audio.

MADI-Bridge’s Split Mode allows the pair of MADI connectors to be used independently, rather than in their usual redundant mode, for bi-directional split/combine operation.
Other new features include a new Lock mode that allows an admin user to lock all functionality of the unit except the front panel confidence monitoring. There’s also the ability, in monitor mode, to toggle the screen between showing the monitor matrix view and the channel name of the device currently being monitored.

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