|Until Winter NAMM 2012, MADI connectivity on a desktop or laptop required a format such as PCI or PCI 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 Solutions’ UB MADI was designed to eliminate this frustration. It was also showcased at ISE 2012 in Amsterdam.|
Launched at the 2012 NAMM show in Anaheim, California, UB MADI allows any computer to instantly connect to MADI via USB 2.0. UB MADI uses the latest Stealth Digital Processing FPGA technology straight out of DiGiCo’s SD range of consoles, yet fits into your top pocket and delivers 48 simultaneous inputs and outputs, totalling an unprecedented 96 channels of audio I/O over USB.
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 your preferred PC or Mac as a standard ASIO or Core Audio interface. UB MADI requires 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.
“Delivering the convenience of USB combined with Stealth Digital Processing to professional audio engineers working with MADI has been a massively rewarding experience. Taking USB audio into the professional space has meant facing some significant challenges; from meeting PCB footprint and power constraints to, most importantly, the chipset selection and firmware design,” comments the UB MADI project manager.
“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.”
UB MADI moves into full production in early 2012. Shipping is expected to start around prolight+sound 2012.