In the broadcast sector, the increasing acceptance of AoIP and sales of the Ovation audio and event sequencer have boosted sales of Merging Technologies’ Horus and Hapi converters, said the company. On its stand, Merging’s management and product specialists are discussing the introduction of AES67 a year ago and how this has changed the market.
Merging said the majority of Horus and Hapi sales are with the premium AD8DP and DA8P converters fitted, but the ADA8 AD and DA combination board is also proving popular as it allows an instant doubling of the quantity of analogue I/O available on the units. For Horus, this means a possible 48 I/O can be used in a stagebox application. For Hapi, this allows 16 or 8 I/O with MADI.
Despite the extra component density, the performance of the AD and DA option card is virtually identical to the AD8 and DA8 components that are still in the range, said Merging. These can be mixed and matched to form a broad range of I/O combinations.
Each ADA8 board comes equipped on the input stage with mic/line input selection, phantom power, LPF and phase invert. The output stage is also equipped as the DA8 card is, with a dip switch controlled line up level up to +24dBu and a digitally controlled output trim. All parameters can be managed from the front panel or remotely via the Ravenna LAN connection.
Also on show is the VCube series of cost efficient PCI Express cards and USB video interfaces, now available in 4K and offered in three packs. These support a range of video cards from Blackmagic Design for capture and playback.