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Digigram Shows New Products For Multichannel Broadcasting

Native support of multichannel audio files, several new sound cards and new EtherSound products (September 09, 2005)

Digigram, a world leader in PC audio interfaces and innovative networked audio devices, revealed at IBC in Amsterdam, a major product roll-out for the multichannel broadcasting market. Digigram presented native support of multichannel audio files in its application development environment, several new sound cards and a number of new EtherSound products with the result that Digigram can now support traditional multichannel infrastructures based on analog or AES/EBU cabling, or a network-centric approach where audio is distributed over standard Ethernet using EtherSound technology.

On the sound card side, Digigram announced native support of multichannel management in its application development environment, HR Runtime, as well as in its DirectSound and Wave drivers. This development enables management of play, record and mix of PCM WaveFormatExtensible files in 5.1, 5.1+2, 7.1, or 7.1+2. Multichannel files and legacy stereo files may be used simultaneously.

The announcement is accompanied by the launch of two new multichannel sound cards in the High Resolution series; the VX1222HR (2/12 analog and digital I/Os) and its sister model VX1221HR (2/12 digital I/Os only). Benefiting from the key features of Digigram's industry standard setting HR series, these cards bring Digigram audio quality and reliability to professional users working with software based on standard WDM DirectSound, ASIO, WAVE, or Digigram application programming interfaces. Both the VX1221 and VX1222HR support the simultaneous play-out of two PCM 5.1-surround signals.

Also benefiting from multichannel support is a further addition to the VX range: the VX820v2. Based on the best-selling PCX822v2 platform, VX820v2 is an ideal solution for small radio stations with linear, analog-only playout configurations. The card combines the attractive price of an analog-only solution with the possibility to upgrade into the digital domain AES/EBU I/Os may be enabled in the field by applying a software key, effectively turning the VX820v2 into a VX822v2 without the need to purchase a new sound card.

Other sound cards for multichannel broadcasting include the recently launched PCX1222HR, PCX1221HR, PCX882HR, PCX881HR, VX882HR, and VX881HR models.

Digigram also debuted the first elements of its network-centric approach to multichannel broadcasting, which uses EtherSound technology and standard Ethernet components to distribute the audio and thus helps broadcasters and their suppliers cut costs on cabling, switching matrices and rack space, and at the same time increase the routing flexibility.

ES881, ES1241 and ES16161 form a range of rack-mount AES/EBU to EtherSound interfaces in a variety of I/O configurations that will connect any digital product to an EtherSound network. ES881 offers four stereo AES/EBU inputs (eight ES channels) and four stereo AES/EBU outputs (eight ES channels) while ES1241 and ES16161 provide two stereo AES/EBU inputs (four ES channels) and six stereo AES/EBU outputs (twelve ES channels), and eight stereo AES/EBU inputs (sixteen ES channels) and eight stereo AES/EBU outputs (sixteen ES channels) respectively. ES881 and ES1241 come with XLRs on the digital audio inputs and outputs while ES16161 features Sub-D connectors. All devices offer sample rate converters on each input, as well as World Clock input and output.

Continuing the EtherSound product roll-out, LX6464ES, with up to 64/64 EtherSound I/Os, is a linear PCI sound card that connects an EtherSound network directly to computer based audio applications using standard DirectSound, Wave, or ASIO drivers.

Finally, Digigram also announced the extension of its HR series with a further five new stereo sound cards (PCX924HR, PCX22HR, PCX924HR-Mic, VX222HR, VX222HR-Mic). With these latest additions, the HR series covers the whole span of sound cards from stereo models to multichannel sound cards.

About Digigram
Digigram digital audio solutions are key to the success of broadcast and public address companies worldwide. We develop innovative networked audio devices, computer sound cards, and audio management software.

Digigram Powered solutions are installed in thousands of corporate and commercial sound installations; radio and television stations; and audio recording and video post production facilities around the globe.

Customers are served from three regional business units: Digigram S.A. (Digigram Headquarters, Grenoble, France) serving Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, Digigram Inc. (Arlington, VA USA) serving North America, and Digigram Asia (Singapore) serving Asia and Australia/Oceania. Digigram is publicly traded on the Paris stock exchange.

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Related Keywords:Digigram, Multichannel Broadcasting, sound cards, EtherSound, multichannel audio, WaveFormatExtensible, VX1222HR, VX1221HR, VX820v2, PCX822v2, radio stations, LX6464ES,

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