Merging teams up with RAVENNA to release ANEMAN

RAVENNA recently partnered with Merging Technologies to co-host an exclusive launch of the Merging/Digigram-developed Audio Network Manager (ANEMAN) software tool at the London premises of audio & video solutions resellers Jigsaw24.

RH Consulting’s Roland Hemming opened the proceedings with a brief introduction on AES67, its role in audio networking and the close relationship between AES67 and RAVENNA before handing over to Merging’s Audio-over IP expert Nicolas Sturmel.

Sturmel, who recently joined Merging from Digigram, has been leading the ANEMAN project, which offers a completely new and easy way to patch AES67 audio and more.

ANEMAN was designed as a network management and monitoring tool to enable the capabilities of RAVENNA and AES67 to be exploited easily, and was developed on the premise that it should not be a closed tool dedicated to a particular ecosystem.

ANEMAN is built on an open specification that was initiated by Merging and Digigram in 2014. The first UI is offered by Merging under the name ANEMAN but other manufacturers are welcome to develop their own UIs that can be specific to their own use cases. All that is required is that the manufacturer be compatible with the existing plugin, or that they write their own. To date, compatible manufacturers include Genelec, Archwave, Digigram and Merging. ANEMAN will soon be available to download for free from the Merging website.

“Ethernet networked audio – or AoIP – systems are increasingly replacing MADI-based systems because they offer many more channels, far more flexibility and are much more scalable,” said Sturmel. “We therefore need tools that enable us to harness this potential and manage AoIP networks quickly and easily. Users don’t want to worry about IP addresses or complex system setups – they just want to patch audio.

“At the moment we’re just at the beginning of the ANEMAN journey,” Sturmel concluded. “The software will be constantly evolving and improving as more manufacturers come on board and as more users embrace the concept and provide feedback. We think it’s the defining technology for all networked audio systems for the future. We invite all interested parties to contact us and take an active part in shaping the future of audio networking.”

ANEMAN will be demonstrated on the Merging stand at NAB 2017, stand C3037.