We have covered the topic of AoIP (Audio Over IP) extensively over the last several years on Production Expert as it has been changing the way we work with audio for the better. Brands such as Focusrite, DAD and Ferrofish, to name a few, have all produced amazing AoIP gear of which we have reviewed and brought together in this article. There is also a lot of information regarding AoIP on the internet covering best uses, applications and general “how to” articles, of which we have also contributed to over the years which can be read below:
AoIP Studio Gear Reviews
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new ML-32D from Tascam. A 32 channel Line Level I/O to Dante converter. James shows you around the unit, explains the connectivity and how he is using the ML-32D in his studio set up and then goes on to let you hear the unit in a short track featuring full drum kit, bass and lead guitar.
Continuing our look at the DiGiGrid Desktop Range, the natural partner to the excellent DiGiGrid D is the DiGiGrid M. A 2 in, 2 out Soundgrid IO which, having tried all the boxes in this range I have to say is my favourite. I can think of many, many tracking jobs which would be improved immensely with a bag of DiGiGrid Ms.
In this review Pro Tools Expert Team Member Julian Rodgers takes an in depth look at the DiGiGrid D, the largest of the For Desktop range from DiGiGrid.
Pro Tools Expert Audio over IP specialist Julian Rodgers looks at the Focusrite AM2 headphone amplifier. Whether as part of a RedNet system or as a high quality endpoint in a mixed Dante system simple things, if they are worth doing, are worth doing well.
Cards on the table time - I've long been a fan of Genelec - I like the sound their monitors make, and personally feel that they translate well. However I am very aware that they're not to everyone's tastes, and I've experienced quite a few installations where they've been forced into speaker locations and acoustic environments that don't help them sound their best.
In part 4 of this multi Part review Julian gives his thoughts on the AX32:
In part 3 of this review Julian Looks at the Dante functionality of the AX32 by combining it with Pro Tools, Dante Virtual Soundcard and a Klang Quelle headphone amplifier and running through some simple examples.
In part 2 of this multi-part review Julian looks at the DADman software used to control the AX32. From setting input gain, to routing, to configuiring clocking and HDX functionality DADman offers an efficient user interface for the hardware.
In the first of a multi-part review, Julian takes a look at the AX32 Converter System from Digital Audio Denmark. This very classy hardware offers modular analogue and digital I/O of the highest quality along optional Dante audio networking, HDX connectivity and DSD and DXD operation.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, James Ivey takes another look at the new Red 4 Pre by Focusrite.
AoIP Tutorials & Topics
Production Expert sit down with Lee Boylan, Product Specialist, and the new PreSonus StudioLive 64S mixer.
On the run up to NAB 2019 next week in Las Vegas, RTW have announced new versions of their TouchMonitor TM7 and TM9, which now have Dante AoIP support, including an AES67 mode with up to 32 channels of audio and redundant network support.
The team at Swiss audio company Merging have come up with a new take on the desktop interface. Anubis is a new breed of interface connecting to your host computer via the Ravenna AoIP protocol.
Our friends at Audinate have announced the release of the Dante AV module - an Audinate module which allows the transport of video along with audio on the same network using the same tools. No more sync issues or need to transport audio and video streams by different means.
As well as the new HypeMic, which should be available almost immediately, Apogee are taking the opportunity at NAMM 2019 to preview several products not due for release for some time. Apogee are showing their Apogee FX Rack DualPath Monitoring Feature, their Pultec Series of plug-ins for Apogee FX Rack - two classic vintage Pultec plug-ins and a Symphony Mk II Dante Software Preview.
At NAMM 2019 on booth 15321, Prism Sound will be showing new black-fronted Dante compatible Atlas and Titan multitrack audio interfaces, which will be available from the second quarter of 2019.
Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers considers a fundamental difference between the worlds of networked audio and old fashioned point to point cabling, and why he sometimes feels disorientated by AoIP.
The chances are that if you have ever done any kind of recording using a DAW then at some point in time you have probably lost something you recorded. This is not an article about backup solutions, we have plenty of content on the site already about that, and you should read them. This article is about a very neat way to have a second or what is known redundant recording solution running along side you DAW recording rig.
This new DigiLink option card for the Avid MTRX will provide 2 more primary mini DigILink ports to the Avid Pro Tools MTRX modular interface. This will enable an MTRX to become the single hub for a multi Pro Tools room or a single interface for an HDX 3 Pro Tools system.
Whether you work in music production or audio post-production you can now have a versatile interface that delivers the respected DAD sound quality with complete Pro Tools integration. In this article we walk through the features in the MTRX that will help you future proof your Pro Tools HD system and talk to a user about why he chose to buy a Pro Tools MTRX.
Today Avid has added an MTRX compatible version of the successful SQP Speaker Processor Card that DAD has produced for their AX32 and DX32 units. This brings all the power and features that were only available in the DAD units to the Pro Tools | MTRX interface.
Our friends at DiGiGrid will be holding a free event in the UK looking at the hardware and software options available with Waves SoundGrid on Wed 18 April 2018 from 12:30 – 17:30 BST at Triplex Productions in Moseley, UK.Dan from DiGiGrid will be in attendance to show us the DiGiGrid range and speak of future products.
We always welcome new AoIP products and while there have been countless Dante products released over the last couple of years, developments in the area of AVB have been rather slower. One thing about this release which caught our attention was a statement about compatibility with other AVB systems, an area where AVB doesn't have the same guaranteed compatibility as some alternative AoIP solutions.
Audinate, the makers of Dante have announced a line of miniature Dante adapters. These tiny adapters look like they have reduced a network node to its bare minimum with a RJ45 at one end and breakout connectors on short tails at the other. These adapter will offer a way to integrate existing, non-Dante hardware into a Dante network.
Here's an interesting idea from DiGiGrid about how to use their Soundgrid Diglink interfaces to use old or second hand Digilink equipped Avid I/O boxes with any DAW you like. Particularly interesting considering how cheap these boxes are second hand.
Over the Christmas period, each team member is sharing their product of the year. For Julian Rodgers it is DiGiGrid AoIP hardware.
Mention the word Dante in the wrong circles and many people think of a bad Pierce Brosnan movie from the late 90s. However, in the high tech audio world, we now think of Audinate's Dante Audio Over IP solution and maybe the Focusrite RedNet range of high-end interfaces. Enter the new Tascam ML-16D and ML-32D Analogue to Dante converters with either 16 or 32 channels of A-D and D-A conversion respectively at up to 96KHz sample rate.