AES 2003: MediaMatrix CAB 4n Audio Bridge

Nov 4, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The new CAB 4n features MediaMatrix’s new Scalable I/O architecture, with support for its line of I/O modules (up to four modules configurable for 16x0, 0x16, 12x4, 4x12 or 8x8 operation). All inputs can be configured in groups of four channels for microphone or line-level in any of the available configurations.

In addition, the CAB 4n supports the new MM AEC4 acoustic echo-cancellation card in any of the configurations, as well as including support for the company’s Serial Bridging system, providing transport of multidrop RS-485 across the CobraNet network.

New for the CAB Series is the versatile, performance-oriented GPIO port, which provides configurable contacts for analog, digital and dry contact use. All of the GPIO ports are configurable from Mware software and include any easy DIN rail-mounting system for rack wiring and service.

In other company news, MediaMatrix’s new X-Bridge is a single-rackspace product that provides CobraNet audio network interface for the X-Frame 88 digital audio processor.

The X-Bridge provides a seamless link between the CobraNet digital audio network and the X-Frame 88’s digital audio “link” connectors. With the X-Bridge, up to four simultaneous CobraNet audio bundles appear within the XWare software as two sets of eight channel inputs and outputs. Several combinations of systems configurations are possible, including interfacing with larger, frame-based MediaMatrix systems, stand-alone CobraNet operation using the CAB Series breakout boxes or peer-to-peer systems where long-distance audio transport is required.

The X-Bridge includes support for both RS-232 and RS-485 serial data interfaces so XControl flush-mount controllers and third-party control systems can communicate with the X-Frame 88 via the CobraNet network. To facilitate applications where visual monitoring of network audio signals is required, X-Bridge includes switchable front-panel metering. Status LEDs are also included for monitoring network status and fault conditions.

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