DirectOut announces partnership with Waves

DirectOut announces partnership with Waves

Connectivity specialists DirectOut are pleased to announce that they have entered into a SoundGrid licensing partnership with Waves Audio, the world’s leading developer of audio plugins and signal processors for the professional and consumer electronics audio markets. The collaboration has led to the development of a new device with a SoundGrid and MADI interface that will be unveiled at the forthcoming IBC in September.

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SoundGrid is an audio-over-Ethernet networking and processing technology developed by Waves offering extremely low latency, high channel count audio processing. Running on standard Intel CPUs and 1Gbps Ethernet networks, SoundGrid uses standard computers, switches and servers and integrates easily with analog and digital mixing consoles. Real-time audio processing is performed on standard Intel-based plugin servers running a Waves-customized version of the rock-solid Linux platform, making it an ideal solution for studio facilities, live sound, broadcast, post-production and more.

“SoundGrid opens up a range of new applications for our customers,” commented DirectOut’s Stephan Flock. “We are very excited about the collaboration with Waves and the possibility to integrate SoundGrid into our products. We will be showing the first fruits of our collaboration at IBC, and I am sure it will both expand our current portfolio as well as the scope of applications that we can address.”

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Mick Olesh, Waves EVP of Sales & Marketing, comments:
“We are delighted to offer Waves SoundGrid technology to DirectOut and contribute to their development and implementation of future products. This is another step in Waves ongoing policy, of refining networking possibilities and enabling our users to benefit from having access to a variety of tools, enhancing their processing capabilities and cater to their specific needs to ensure the highest level of professionalism.”

About Waves Audio Ltd.:
Waves is the world’s leading developer of audio DSP solutions for the professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets. Since its start in the early '90s with the introduction of the Q10 equalizer plugin, Waves has gone on to develop a comprehensive line of over 200 audio plugins, including industry standards like the L1 and L2 Ultramaximizers, popular vintage console models, and innovative mixing tools like Vocal Rider and the Artist Signature Series. For its accomplishments, Waves received a Technical GRAMMY® Award in 2011, and the Q10 was selected as an inductee into the TECnology Hall of Fame. In 2016, Waves released the eMotion LV1 mixer, a revolutionary live digital mixing console that provides real-time audio mixing for front-of-house, monitor, studio and broadcast engineers. Waves technologies are now used to improve sound quality in virtually every sector of the audio market, from recording, mixing, mastering and post-production to broadcast, live sound, and consumer electronics. Waves has over 20 years of expertise in the development of psychoacoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge of human auditory perception to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures, and top-selling video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software and hardware-plus-software solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. The company’s WavesLive division is a market leader in all live sound sectors, spearheading the development of solutions for all live platforms. Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers semiconductor and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics applications. Waves Maxx technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Dell, LG, TCL, Lenovo, Asus, Denon and more.

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About DirectOut GmbH
DirectOut GmbH was founded in 2008 by a team of professional sound engineers headed up by Stephan Flock, an award-winning classical music sound engineer with over 20 years’ experience in digital audio signal processing design. The company specializes in developing essential pro audio connectivity, networking and bridging solutions for broadcast, studio, live and installed sound applications. Unique in that all members of the DirectOut development team are still active professional sound engineers, the company is thus fully focused on real-world demands and problem solving. The product range, marketed under the brand of DirectOut Technologies®, offers solutions that build bridges between different audio worlds and make systems and formats more flexible. Audio formats supported include MADI, AES67 and RAVENNA. Headquartered in Mittweida, Germany, DirectOut products are distributed worldwide.

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