RME, a company that I personally think builds stellar interfaces for the money, has announced a new lineup of MADI equipment – no less than five units to fulfill our needs.
I’ll let the press release do the talking for these ones:
The MADI Router has four groups of three different MADI I/O’s and is used as a patch bay and format converter. Apart from the fully transparent routing of entire MADI streams between its ports, its performance supersedes the popular MADI Bridge by letting users create output signals that combine audio channels from different MADI inputs.
The ADAT Router is based on the design of the ADI-648, providing eight optical ADAT inputs, eight ADAT outputs, and MADI connectors for optical, coaxial, and MADI Twisted Pair connections. All audio channels can be freely routed between MADI and ADAT.
Following in the footsteps of the ADI-642 and ADI-6432, RME’s new AES3 Router will give you the best of both units offering channel routing and multiple conversion capabilities. Apart from optical, coaxial and twisted pair MADI connections, the AES3 Router provides four D-sub 25-pin ports, carrying 32 audio channels both in and out of the device. However, the ports can be configured to be send-only or receive-only, resulting in 64 audio channel outputs or 64 audio channel inputs.
All three routers are equipped with a TFT display for easy operation and status overview, redundant power supplies, and USB ports for preset storage and firmware updates.
The ADAT Converter is an extension to either one of the routers, receiving its power over the MADI Twisted Pair connection from the Router. Therefore, no additional power supply is needed. The ADAT Converter translates the signals of up to eight ADAT inputs to MADI TP, and sends the signals from its MADI input to the eight ADAT outputs.
The new AES3 Converter also acts as an extension to either one of the routers. It can be configured to convert the attached MADI signal to send and receive 32 audio channels, or, if required, either send or receive 64 audio channels.
Couldn’t see anything on their website about it yet, but I’m sure it will turn up.