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Waves Audio SoundGrid Extreme

SoundGrid DSP server

What is it? The latest iteration of Waves’ SoundGrid protocol for live applications, said to be the most powerful SoundGrid DSP Server yet.
Details SoundGrid Extreme is capable of running over 500 instances of Waves stereo SSL E-Channel or C4 Multiband Compressor plug-ins, with latency as low as 0.8 milliseconds. Housed in a “rugged, road-ready” 2U chassis, the Extreme DSP server features an Intel i7 Extreme microprocessor capable of delivering over 40% more power than the SoundGrid Server One. The ability to run large numbers of Waves’ audio processors is achieved using standard PCs via Ethernet – surpassing the specs of dedicated DSP-based platforms. Super-low latency performance allows users to take advantage of greater numbers of audio and CPU-intensive processors than ever before; according to Waves: “leveraging the recent advances in both Ethernet and CPU technologies to provide better, more cost-effective performance for the pro audio and live sound markets”. And another thing… Waves currently lists over 100 SoundGrid-compatible plug-ins in its catalogue together with some 26 SoundGrid plug-in bundles for Yamaha DiGiCo and Allen & Heath consoles.