Otari mLan and MADI Modules for FS-96

Oct 16, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Otari showed the ZA9DA-S IEEE-1394 (FireWire) and ZA-9CF-S MADI optional interface modules for its FS-96 96 kHz Digital Format and Sample Rate Converter.

The IEEE-1394 I/O module is a new option that allows users to send and receive multichannel digital audio signals over an IEEE-1394 S400 network at up to 400 Mbps/second. The module supports Yamaha’s mLAN protocol for the transmission of audio data and control signals over a FireWire connection.

The Otari ND-20 audio network distribution system, Yamaha PM1D/DM-2000, or any other available IEEE-1394 mLAN product can easily be connected to the IEEE-1394 audio network for digital signal transmission and routing. Installation of the option board in the FS-96 permits audio data conversion between IEEE-1394 and all common data formats (including AES/EBU, TDIF, SDIF2 and ADAT) supported by the FS-96.

Synchronization between IEEE-1394 and other formats can be accomplished in a variety of ways: synchronizing to the clock associated with the incoming digital signal; using the FS-96’s internal crystal clock; synchronizing to Word Clock input received at the BNC connector; or using the SYT clock generated from SYT packets on the IEEE-1394 bus.

The MADI module allows the FS-96 to handle MADI serial digital audio signals according to the AES10 standard. With the card installed, the FS-96 can convert MADI format signals at sample rates up to 96 kHz to any of the other formats supported by the unit. All common MADI formats are supported, allowing for conversion to and from both 96kHz and legacy frame patterns to AES dual-speed and dual-wire.

The option modules, like the FS-96, can handle up to 24 channels of 96kHz digital audio signals. In the case of MADI, the 24 input and output channels can be selected from the up to 56 channels that may be present on the interface, with signal routing within the selected channels for maximum flexibility. All 56 MADI channels can be fully utilized by cascading three FS-96 units.

Configuration options for both cards are displayed on the FS-96’s LCD screen for front -panel access, and setup parameters are performed within the FS-96 menu system.

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