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MADI connectivity with no PCI card from DiGiCo

DiGiCo launched its new UB MADI interface (under the DiGiCo Solutions moniker) at NAMM last week, writes Dave Robinson.

Digital mixing console pioneer DiGiCo launched its UB MADI interface (under the DiGiCo Solutions moniker) at NAMM last week. The device is shown here, with DiGiCo US’ national sales manager Matt Larson. Up until now, MADI connectivity on your desktop or laptop required a format such as PCI or ExpressCard. This involves an inconvenient and time consuming set up operation on a desktop, whilst it is increasingly difficult to find a laptop with the necessary slot. DiGiCo’s UB MADI allows any computer to instantly connect to MADI via the most standard connector of all, USB 2.0. UB MADI uses the Stealth Digital Processing FPGA technology distilled from DiGiCo’s award-winning SD range of consoles. Small enough to fit in a sound engineer’s pocket, it delivers 48 simultaneous inputs and outputs – 96 channels of audio I/O – over USB 2.0. Once the low latency driver is installed, UB MADI is a simple plug-and-play device, automatically detecting the MADI input format and clock selection. UB MADI then communicates with PC or Mac as a standard ASIO or Core Audio interface. Just a single USB cable, providing both audio and power connectivity. Unlike existing PCI based solutions, UB MADI is fully ‘hot pluggable’, booting within seconds of its connection. In a move designed to encourage widespread use of the product, the DiGiCo graphic symbol, rather than the company name, feature on the UB MADI upper face. “Having an R&D team that strives to push technology and deliver something considered impossible is motivational for the whole company,” says James Gordon, DiGiCo’s managing director. “I am very proud of their achievement in this new area for DiGiCo. UB MADI will be a real problem solver for anyone wanting MADI connectivity on their computer and, as with all our Stealth Digital Processing based products, UB MADI has even greater potential for the future.” UB MADI moves into full production in early 2012, with the first orders being fulfilled during Pro Light + Sound. 

To read more new product highlights from NAMM, including the StageScape m20D from Line6 and the Mackie DL1608 mixing desk, click here.