DirectOut integrates Waves SoundGrid in its SG.MADI converter

Waves Audio has joined forces with German-based networking, routing and conversion specialist DirectOut Technologies to include Waves SoundGrid technology in DirectOut’s SG.MADI converter.

DirectOut’s SG.MADI is an audio format converter that links MADI signals with Waves SoundGrid Audio-over-Ethernet. SoundGrid is a Layer 2-based network protocol offered by Waves, for Audio-over-Ethernet networking and real-time processing solutions for live, broadcast and music production facilities, to deliver uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio over Ethernet networks.

By using SG.MADI’s integrated network switch, integration of outboard equipment and redundant DAWs to a SoundGrid environment is made simpler. Working in large multi-stage venues, SG.MADI connects MADI to a SoundGrid network and to SoundGrid software or hardware, and works as a monitoring tool for all SoundGrid and MADI signals.

Housed in a 1U 19-inch casing, SG.MADI includes a headphone jack and volume control for easy monitoring. There are two GPIs on the rear panel, in order to integrate control signals via the network or MADI link, and the two GPOs can be individually configured for triggering system events or activating on-air or recording lights etc. It is also equipped with dual redundant power supplies, and both the MADI and network ports may be employed as dual redundant pairs with auto fail-over.

Stephan Flock (CTO, DirectOut) commented, “Waves software algorithms have become an essential tool in music production, live sound and broadcast environments. The SoundGrid network audio standard offers the perfect format for integration of a plug-in server and also serves as interconnect between DAWs and other digital audio hardware setups, either based on MADI or other network audio standards. We are very glad about our cooperation with Waves and the possibility to offer a SoundGrid interface in our product line.”