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Z-Systems Announces New Z-128.128R Digital Detangler Pro

System handles up to 128x128 24-bit AES/EBU or S/PDIF stereo (October 08, 2001)
Z-Systems Audio Engineering has unveiled the latest addition to its highly regarded series of Digital Detangler Pro(tm) audio routers. The new z-128.128r enables studios to seamlessly integrate and re-configure their digital audio workplace, and accommodates up to 128 stereo inputs routing in any combination to a total of 128 outputs. Asynchronous sources and destinations can be either 24-bit AES/EBU or S/PDIF format, at sampling rates to 192 kHz, and beyond. Crosspoint assignments can be selected via a dedicated serial port, using either the firm's dedicated hardware remote or networked MacOS(r) and Windows(r) control software. The z-128.128r is modular in increments of 16x16, and has a pro-user price of $25,000.

"Like our z-8.8r, z-16.16r, z-32.32r and z-64.64r Digital Audio Routers," confirms Z-Systems president Glenn Zelniker, "the new z-128.128r eliminates the problem of interconnecting converters, effects processors, recorders, workstations, etc, that operate at different sampling rates and use different digital I/O formats. And all with the added convenience of a remote control or a Mac- or Windows-based control interface." The remote control and computer interfaces allow the creation of multiple I/O presets, or salvos, that can later be recalled for instant reconfiguration.

"There are many different ways a studio might need to hook these and other devices together," Zelniker continues. "A source might need to feed, for example, a targeted DAT machine, a workstation, a hard-disk recorder or a D-to-A converter. Furthermore, if a single source needs to feed multiple destinations at the same time - for example, an A/D converter connected to several recorders, a workstation and a D-to-A converter for monitoring - daisy-chaining these destination devices can be unsafe and unreliable. The new z-128.128r solves these and other problems."

Rear-panel D-sub connectors require breakout cables identical in pin-out to the DB25-to-XLR breakout cables used by TASCAM DA-Series MDM Eight-tracks and related units. Z-Systems supplies pin-out designations, or pre-fabricated AES/EBU breakout cables.

Founded in 1993, Z-Systems specializes in the development of leading-edge digital audio interface and signal processing products for the recording, mastering, broadcast and post-production markets.

Z Systems Audio Engineering, 4641-F N.W. 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32609, USA

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