RAVENNA enters world of entertainment with Weigl Control
“I’m happy to be a RAVENNA partner,” says Weigl GmbH & Co KG, CEO, Ing. Manfred Weigl. “The ProCommander® X Series, which we developed in celebration of our company’s 10th company anniversary, will use RAVENNA for network-based audio distribution. The ProCommander® X Series expands the functionality of the ProCommander® Series with polyphony, advanced networking, extended network lighting playback and digital motor control via industry standard CANOpen and EtherCAT protocols. We chose RAVENNA for its state-of-the-art, standards-based technology, its unsurpassed flexibility and the ability to provide our customers with a wide range of AES67-compatible network devices.”
Andreas Hildebrand, RAVENNA Evangelist at ALC NetworX, is pleased to welcome Weigl Control on board: “I am really proud that Weigl Control has chosen RAVENNA as their network-based audio distribution technology. Weigl Control has an impressive record of installations in globally renowned theme parks and other entertainment locations where seamless interoperation between motion and media is key. During our initial discussions with Weigl Control it became clear that 100% reliability, interoperability with other AES67 devices and highest flexibility are the decisive factors – a perfect match for RAVENNA. Watch out for the first RAVENNA-powered roller coaster ride!”
About Weigl Control:
Austrian-based Weigl GmbH & Co KG, is known around the world as Weigl Control, a leader in high performance solutions for Show Control. Weigl Works, LLC. dba Weigl Controls has been our exclusive partner within the Americas from the beginning. Over the years, our worldwide partnership has lead to outstanding support for new and innovative solutions such as this, cross platform software solutions and digital motor control standards embraced in the cutting edge attractions Weigl has become known for.
Weigl GmbH & Co KG was founded in 2007 and develops individual Show Control solutions under the Weigl Control brand. In 2019 Weigl GmbH & Co KG began development of hardware for Audio over IP (AoIP) with RAVENNA support. Flagship devices are the ProCommander HX with 8 channels and the ProCommander VX with 4 channels of polyphonic audio with AES67 support.
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 Archwave, DirectOut, Genelec, Lawo, Merging, Riedel, Ross Video and many others. For a complete list of current partner companies, please see http://www.ravenna-network.com/partners/.