Genex, Merging Technologies Form Alliance

Apr 23, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Genex Audio and Merging Technologies have formed a strategic alliance to provide a seamless transition between sound acquisition and post-production.

"Genex Audio is the world's leading developer of multiformat digital multitrack recorders and converters," said Genex president Kevin Brown. "Through our close co-operation with Merging Technologies, we have developed a series of unique interchange tools that will dramatically reduce the time needed to exchange data between our products."

Extensions to the MADI (Multichannel Audio Digital Interface) AES-10 standard protocol will allow a conventional MADI interface to transmit and receive up to 24 channels of DSD data between Pyramix and either the GX9000 Series Multiformat converters. "Optional plug-in MADI cards for our recorders and converters use optical-fiber interconnects to carry digital audio data hundreds of meters with no interference," Brown said.

Both companies support the DSD IFF and AES31 file formats, and have developed extensions to the AES31 interface to support multichannel DSD recordings. "The new GX9000 and GX9048 Digital Multitrack Recorders are now capable of generating Pyramix-formatted waveform files during the record process," Brown said. "A disk drive can now be hot-swapped from a GX9000 or GX9048 recorders to a Pyramix workstation for direct access to waveform editing and plug-in tools."

"While multichannel transmission of up to eight channels of DSD audio signals is possible with transmission mediums based on existing AES/EBU- or SDIF-format I/Os," said Claude Cellier, president of Merging Technologies, "clearly the industry needs a more practical transmission standard—even more so as the first DSD products with capacities in the range of 16 to 48 channels are being rolled out. We are very pleased to see Genex adopt the DSD-M format, which is based on well-proven, reliable and cost-effective MADI technology."

For more, visit Genex online at or Merging Technologies at

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