DirectOut celebrates 10 years of RAVENNA partnership with limited edition of EXBOX.RAV AoIP-to-MADI converter
EXBOX.RAV, a popular edition to the well-established EXBOX converter range, was launched in late 2020 based on DirectOut’s proven RAV2 board, also available as OEM product and already adopted by other manufacturers.
Four gigabit ports with an internal switch and PoE, plus three MADI ports in BNC, SC and SFP format offer bidirectional conversion and routing of up to 64 audio channels, with built-in SRC functions (FastSRC™) and automatic redundancy switching (EARS™). In addition to fully supporting RAVENNA with a wide range of configuration options, it also supports NMOS for stream and device discovery and connection management.
The handy size of the popular EXBOX series (1/3 of 19’’), combined with the rock-solid housing and redundant power supplies, makes EXBOX.RAV a compact and affordable solution to migrate baseband audio to IP.
“We’ve been a RAVENNA partner since day one,” says DirectOut CEO/CTO Claudio-Becker-Foss. “We were totally convinced by RAVENNA’s open approach and its use of existing and publicly available standards. Our congratulations go to the fantastic team at ALC NetworX, the company behind RAVENNA technology, who had a vision of next-generation broadcast technology and brought it to life. Even now, ten years later, RAVENNA remains the cutting-edge solution of the market, both in terms of performance and reliability.”
Andreas Hildebrand, RAVENNA evangelist at ALC NetworX is equally pleased to mark the anniversary. “Ten years with RAVENNA should definitely be celebrated!” he says. “Thanks to all at DirectOut for their unwavering commitment over the last decade which has resulted in a range of reliable, functional products that fully support RAVENNA/AES67 and SMPTE 2110. Many, many companies have been able to make the transition to a stable AoIP workflow thanks to DirectOut and companies like them. Better still, we get an amazing RAVENNA-green limited edition EXBOX.RAV to mark the occasion – what’s not to like!”
About DirectOut GmbH
Headquartered in Germany, DirectOut GmbH specializes in developing essential pro audio connectivity, networking and bridging solutions for broadcast, studio, live and installed sound applications. The product range, distributed under the brand ‘DirectOut Technologies®’, offers solutions that build bridges between systems based on different audio formats such as MADI, SoundGrid, Dante, RAVENNA and the standards AES67 and SMPTE ST2110-30 / -31.
RAVENNA is a technology for real-time distribution of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments. Utilizing standardized network protocols and technologies, RAVENNA can operate on existing network infrastructures. RAVENNA is designed to meet the strict requirements of the pro audio market featuring low latency, full signal transparency and high reliability.
While primarily targeting the professional broadcast market, RAVENNA is also suitable for deployment in other pro audio market segments like live sound, fixed installations, and recording. Possible fields of application include (but are not limited to) in-house signal distribution in broadcasting houses, theaters, concert halls and other fixed installations, flexible setups at venues and live events, OB van support, inter-facility links across WAN connections and production & recording applications.
Unlike most other existing networking solutions, RAVENNA is an open technology standard with no proprietary licensing policy. RAVENNA is fully compatible with the AES67 and ST2110 standards. Liaisons with standards organizations and industry alliances (e.g. AES, AIMS, AMWA, SMPTE and others) ensure the close alignment of RAVENNA technology with current industry trends.
About ALC NetworX GmbH:
ALC NetworX is an R&D company in Munich, Germany, whose team of highly regarded pro audio experts with in-depth knowledge of networking technologies developed the RAVENNA technology platform. While ALC NetworX will continue to keep the lead role in the RAVENNA technology development, product implementations are executed by individual partner companies, such as DirectOut, Genelec, Lawo, Merging, Riedel, Ross Video and many others.