DirectOut launches MI6 MADI monitor


German pro audio connectivity specialists, DirectOut, are pleased to announce the launch of their new MI6 16-channel MADI audio monitoring unit. The compact 1U device was developed especially for US mobile TV production giants, Game Creek Video, who now have 64 units installed in their newest remote production facility, Encore. Game Creek will be putting the system through its paces at the forthcoming US Open golf tournament.

MI6 provides three MADI inputs and outputs, headphones out, an analog stereo line out and an AES3 output. Sixteen channels can be summed with individual levels onto a main mix which is then output via the device’s integrated speakers and other outputs. All MADI outputs carry the signal of the active MADI input allowing several units to be daisy-chained.

Easy and straightforward to operate, the active MADI signal is split into four banks of sixteen audio channels. Each channel, which features its own volume pot and mute button, is added to the mix for either mono or stereo monitoring. A handy “Isolate” function mutes all sixteen channels of a bank for soloing one or several channels. The speakers may also be muted separately from the other outputs when required.


According to DirectOut’s Stephan Flock, the MI6 is a valuable addition to DirectOut’s range of MADI products. “When Game Creek Video asked us to develop the unit, we realized that they probably weren’t the only ones with the same or similar requirements. We had a very tight timeline, but we nevertheless managed to deliver over 60 units in less than three months. The result is a powerful and flexible MADI audio monitoring system that delivers a 64-channel MADI signal via a single fiber link. This represents huge cost, space and weight savings in terms of cabling, especially for large-scale installations with many monitoring seats. After the successful Game Creek installation, we’re now delighted to make the technology available for all of our customers.”

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.