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Merging Technologies at Prolight + Sound 2012

  Horus and Ovation feature at Europe’s premier live event

Puidoux, 24th February 2012: Merging Technologies will be exhibiting at Prolight + Sound on stand #8.0 G18A. Horus, Merging’s new flagship I/O system is now being delivered and is already making its mark on the live sound market, just as it is with high end music recording and broadcast. For this reason, Merging Technologies decided to exhibit in Frankfurt on its own stand rather than that of a local distributor. Horus has been designed as a stand-alone converter of the highest quality, but its utility is hugely increased by becoming an IP “node” on a RAVENNA network. Combined with Merging’s MassCore, performance and flexibility takes on another dimension and allows comprehensive routing and control of the astonishing I/O capability of the converter.

Looking at the features of Horus in more detail reveals how much has been condensed into such a small form factor:

  • “Classic” Analogue to AES/EBU and/or MADI conversion
  • “Classic” AES/EBU and/or MADI to Analogue conversion
  • Up to 24 channels of highest quality mic/line inputs and line level outputs
  • Gain, mic/line or phantom power can be selected on a per-channel basis
  • 480 x 282 pixel touchscreen TFT
  • RAVENNA Ethernet port provides 176 I/O@1Fs
  • Supports PCM sample rates from 44.1 to 192 kHz, with Premium version extending to 384 kHz, DXD and DSD
  • It becomes an IP “node” fully configurable from one Ethernet cable
  • Allows routing on an 8 channel granularity level of up to 128 channels of MADI, 24 channels of AES/EBU and 24 channels of analogue to/from Ethernet
  • Allows routing in parallel analogue to AES/EBU, MADI and Ethernet (and vice versa)

This highly scalable solution has applications right across the industry from the simplest location recording and mastering to major broadcast facilities, OB vans, live sound and large installation projects. Ease of installation and set-up makes Horus an obvious choice by saving large quantities of cable, minimising rack space and increasing reliability.

The Ovation Media Server and Sequencer is quickly gaining ground in a wide array of applications due to its open architecture and the flexibility of its audio engine. In its latest guise, Ovation 3.0 has already proven to be a major leap forward in the control of audio in major venues such as theme parks. The theatre industry is also embracing the power of the system and the ease of editing the tracks and adjusting the cues. These features are of major benefit to the live events and music venue operators and being incorporated into a networked audio system with Horus offers possibilities that have been dreamt about for years.

At the heart of the Ovation3 system is one of the most flexible and intuitive cue sequencers available. Capable of huge multitrack audio playback (up to 384 tracks) of any file type or sample rate (realtime SRC) combined with control protocol firing for interaction with any system configuration (MIDI/RS-232/GPIO/RS-422/LTC/Script/…), Ovation is proving itself to be a new standard for configured live event playback.

Within the same application exists an incredibly powerful internal mix engine. Combining playback audio and feeds from live inputs, the mixer can then be manipulated by mouse or through remote protocols such as EuCon, Oasis and MIDI/HUI. Then, once balances have been created, it is possible for the user to save mixer snapshots and embed them in cues for recall with user definable glide times. Output is provided over optional MADI/AES/TDIF/Analogue and incorporates the Ravenna Ethernet audio protocol as standard, which allows it to connect to Horus.

Ovation3 also provides an easy to use and easy to configure remote interface for the system with the WebServer option. Using any web-enabled device, it is possible to connect to the Ovation show over http and access all the firing controls through any standard web interface. And, as the WebServer option is connected using JavaScript, a white paper provided with each Ovation3 system allows the possibility for the creation of custom interfaces using basic web page design.

About Merging Technologies

Merging Technologies SA is a Swiss manufacturer with over 20 years of experience in developing groundbreaking, professional Audio and Video products for a wide range of entertainment and media industries. With a dedicated user base in the elite end of the music, film, television, mastering and performances industries, Merging is committed to developing product ranges with unrivalled quality and flexibility, no matter what the application. Merging builds tools for people who want more from their systems, have an inherent need to push boundaries, and believe that quality always comes first, every time.

About Ravenna

RAVENNA is a technology for real-time distribution of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments. Utilizing standardized network protocols and technologies, RAVENNA can operate on existing network infrastructures. RAVENNA is designed to meet the strict requirements of the pro audio market featuring low latency, full signal transparency and high reliability.
While primarily targeting the professional broadcast market, RAVENNA will also be suitable for deployment in other pro audio market segments like live sound, install market and recording. Possible fields of application include (but are not limited to) in-house signal distribution in broadcasting houses, theaters, concert halls and other fixed installations, flexible setups at venues and live events, OB van support, inter-facility links across WAN connections and in production & recording applications.