Yamaha Commercial Audio has announced a new “system design philosophy” during a PLASA Show rich in news relating to audio distribution and networking technologies.
Based on EtherSound ES100 redundant ring topology, UNioN enables Yamaha consoles and stage boxes to be integrated with devices from a host of third party manufacturers, including Teqsas, Neutrik, Waves, AuviTran and Steinberg.
In what is seemingly a further step on from the interoperability provided by Yamaha’s Mini-YGDAI cards, UNioN offers a feature-set including 24-bit AD and DA conversion and microphone preamps, 32-bit peripheral architecture, 58-bit fixed point DSP platform, audio-dedicated power supply design and CE-compliant electromagnetic shielding.
Mixing, speaker processing, power amplification, effects processing, third-party DSP, audio distribution, routing and recording are among the tasks that can be facilitated by a UNioN-based system. Non-audio Ethernet based components include video over Ethernet, DMX and ArtNET, while Ethernet-based user interfaces include wireless systems using laptops and tablets. Connectivity over CobraNet and Dante, non-licensed audio networks such as OptoCore, Rocknet and AVIOM, and point- to-point connection formats such as MADI and LightViper are also supported through third party interface cards.
Nick Cook (pictured), European marketing director of Yamaha Commercial Audio Europe, commented: “As a networking solution, we believe that UNioN significantly increases the efficiency of touring logistics, compared to analogue and point-to-point systems, which will generate significant cost benefits for the user. At the same time, UNioN removes virtually all distribution constraints caused by conventional cabling, allowing sound designers to expand their creative options. Inputs from throughout the network are available anywhere to be picked up by any Yamaha digital console or DME digital mixing engines.
“Importantly, the UNioN design philosophy supports incremental additions and, therefore, investments. The high degree of compatibility and the massive market presence of UNioN compatible products allows systems to be temporarily expanded very easily, by hiring additional components.”